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The Open Mind
The band was formed in the early 1960s by four musicians from Putney, South London. Initially named The Drag Set, they released a little-known single in 1967, Day and Night/Get Out of My Way. Shortly thereafter, they changed their name to The Open Mind and in 1969 released a self-titled LP which has since become a highly sought-after collectible. The band, however, is best known for its druggy 1969 single Magic Potion, which did not appear on the album.
The Open Mind disbanded in 1973; its members wanted to move into jazz-influenced music, but The Open Mind was too well-known as a psychedelic band. The band members (minus Phil Fox ) went on to form Armada, which lasted about three years but did not release any recorded material.
Despite their paucity of recorded material, The Open Mind have proven to be influential in the psychedelic rock genre. The noted 1990s psych group Sun Dial paid tribute to the band with a cover of Magic Potion on their 1993 album Return Journey.
- Mike Brancaccio - guitar, vocals
- Timothy du Feu - bass guitar
- Phil Fox - drums
- Terry Martin , a.k.a. Terry Schindler - guitar, vocals
- Day and Night/Get Out of My Way 7" single (Go Records AJ 11405, May 1967)
- The Open Mind LP (Philips 7893, 1969)
- Magic Potion/Cast A Spell single (1969)
The Open Mind was reissued on CD on the Phantom label (ASIN B000094Q0K). The two non-LP songs from the single are included as bonus tracks.
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