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’70s stoner rock comp ‘Brown Acid: The Third Trip’ is coming (stream a track)

Brown Acid The Third Trip

Stoner rock label RidingEasy Records and Chicago/LA record store Permanent Records have teamed up once again for a third installment of their Brown Acid series, which “collects the best of rare & unreleased 60s-70s proto-metal and stoner rock singles, painstakingly licensed from the original artists.” Brown Acid: The Third Trip will be out on Halloween (pre-order), and here’s some more details on it via the label:

Screaming out of the gate, here’s the third volume of the critically acclaimed Brown Acid series! We curate these heavy compilations so the heads can hear the best songs they’ve never heard. As usual, this batch of tracks is off the rails. It’s an absolute tragedy that these cuts aren’t in heavy rotation on classic rock radio…yet.

We continue down the wormhole of hard rock, heavy psych, and proto-metal here on The Third Trip with a set of tunes so obscure they can’t be seen without a third eye. Most of these tracks were recorded in shack-sized studios, privately pressed for promotional purposes, and tossed out like last night’s half empties only to later be discovered to be half-full, if not overflowing with greatness. The majority of these tracks are from the good ol’ US of A with two exceptions, Ash-labelmate New Zealanders, Chook, and the mighty Limeys, Factory.

We won’t take full credit for it, but we’re sorry to say that these types of 45s have skyrocketed in value over the last little while and some of the records included in this volume have only changed hands a handful of times on the collector market. Although it’s a bummer for the pocketbook, we say “Hell Yeah!” it’s about time these rarities have become recognized as the priceless artifacts that they are.

Unlike many labels doing compilations of rare dusties, we’ve actually gone to the trouble to contact the bands included here for permission to use their material. It was a long and arduous task to say the least, but it’s the way it should be done. And we paid ‘em! So sleep easy knowing that no one was ripped off in the making of this record.

As they say, first is the worst, second is the best, third is the one with the hairy chest. So take a shot of whiskey, shotgun a beer, and put some fuzz in between your nipples with the hairiest Trip you’ve taken yet. You won’t be sorry you did.

We’ve got the premiere of the comp’s opening track, “Scream (It’s Eating Me Alive),” a 1970 single by Seattle’s Grand Theft. If you’re unfamiliar with these guys, but you like newer stoner metal like Sleep or Electric Wizard, or more popular classics like Sabbath and Blue Cheer, it’s very worth checking this out. (It also feels like it’s got a few hints of “Helter Skelter.”) This song is a riff machine and it truly sounds great today. Listen:

Here’s the full tracklist:

01. Grand Theft – Scream (it’s eating me alive)
Seattle, Washington 1970

02. Chook – Cold Feet
Melbourne, Australia 1971

03. Lindholm Brothers
Barrington, Illinois 1976

04. Diehard – Heartbreak
Hollywood, California 1970

05. Blown Free – The Wizard
Houston, Texas 1982

06. Factory – Time Machine
East Sussex, England 1971

07. Inside Experience – Be On My Way
Fremont, Ohio 1967

08. Cold Swett – Quit Your Foolin
Denver, Colorado – 1979

09. Elliott Black – Highway Song
Kalamazoo, Michigan 1978

10. First State Bank – Before You Leave
Dallas, Texas 1975

11. Flash Beverage – The Train
Grand Rapids, Michigan 1980

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