A compilation of heavy psych, pop psych and sunshine pop from New Zealand's psychedelic scene 1966 - 1972.
A Day In My Mind's Mind Volume 4 soars the sonic heights from the heavier side of the Kiwi psychedelic scene before descending into the valley of pop psych and sunshine pop. Like the first three volumes the psych underground scene is explored with landmark recordings and unreleased tracks while paying homage to all involved with extensive liner notes...the stories behind the music are just as colourful as the music itself.
American raised-Kiwi born singer songwriter Chris Malcolm set off on the ultimate hippy dream and went looking for whatever they were looking for in the day by traveling the world with his auto harp, and in the space of a year turned the local scene on its head as the main songwriter for local group The Avengers. Two of his Avengers tracks are included to complement his writings on previous volumes including the LSD influenced 'Waterpipe' and the contrasting solo single 'Trip On Life'. This album opens with his Australian recorded single 'Hurt, Love and Fire' with the bludgeoning backing track courtesy of Australian instrumental band The Atlantics.
Better known as a jazz singer, Ray Woolf features as the vocalist on the groovy-way-out Brew track 'Bengal Tiger' and fronting his own group on their unreleased self -penned, mind-bending 'Little Things That Happen'.
The Dave Miller Set has been a constant in this series and they return with the heavy 'Bread and Butter Day'.
Gene Pierson established his pop star career in New Zealand and by 1969 he had returned home...featured here is his Australian recorded single 'Reach Out' along with Kiwi band The Simple Image.
By 1969 Maori showband The Maori Hi Quins had morphed into the American-based jazzy-psychedelic soul band, The New Zealand Trading Company. Featured here is their harmony laden album track 'Oh What A Day'.
Future Dragon stalwart and songwriter Paul Hewson started writing songs in his early teens. In 1968 as a member of The Arch they recorded his composition 'Dear Madelaine' at Eldred Stebbing's studio with a rare lead vocal from Paul himself.
Christchurch band Salvation only released one single during their career but left behind a wealth of unreleased tracks which have been featured on previous volumes. Included on volume four are two more tracks including a riff-laden rock version of Grateful Dead's slow burning blues ballad 'Cold Rain and Snow'.
Sebastian's Floral Array were joint winners along with The Fourmyula for the 1967 Wellington Battle of the Bands. They broke up before they could contest the National finals, which were won by The Fourmyula in early 1968. They labelled themselves as New Zealand's only true psychedelic folk rock group and recorded their version of 'Hey Joe' just before they broke up.
Several members of Sebastian's Floral Array went on to join The Cellophane who went on to win the 1969 Wellington Battle of the Bands. The recording of their single 'Fire' was part of their prize package.
'Race With the Devil' was the first of two singles by Rebirth, who included ex Tom Thumb guitarist Mike Farrell and future Warratah Clint Brown on bass.
The un-controversial Lew Pryme became the centre of controversy when he admitted to taking LSD in a bid to leave behind his cabaret/pop star image and become a fully-fledged member of the turned on set which culminated in his recording of local psychedelic guru Bryce Peterson's ode to LSD: 'Gracious Alice Dee' in 1968.
Having only ever sung at parties Tony Jones left New Zealand to see the world and ended up as Hayden Wood in the UK two years later recording for Parlophone at Abbey Rd with Teenage Opera producer and brainchild Mark Wirtz producing before signing with the NEMS label in 1969.
Members from two Christchurch bands joined forces and set off to the UK under the name of Mee & The Others. They recorded a track for possible release only to break up shortly afterwards. Included in the group were Peter Dawkins who would go on to become one of Australasia's top producers, Gary Thain - the celebrated bassist from Uriah Heep before his untimely death - and Paul Mugglestone who is now a Las Vegas lounge crooner.
Other highlights include The Clevedonaires with their cover of The Small Faces song 'Up the Wooden Hills To Bedfordshire, The Underdogs with their album track 'Is He Going To Die', Bryce Peterson's reprisal of his House of Nimrod song 'Slightly-Delic', which was done for an attempted kids opera, while Wayne Mason and Ali Richardson come to grips with 'Nature' on this demo version of the Kiwi classic.