Various Artists

Psychedelia: San Francisco Legends

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Fine Tunes' Psychedelia: San Francisco isn't strictly psychedelic -- "Shake Some Action" is hardly psychedelic, and it was recorded nearly a decade after the era began; Canned Heat is more bloozy boogie than psychedelia -- but that isn't its main problem. No, the main problem with Psychedelia is the same as any Fine Tunes release: the featured tracks are not the original recorded versions, but inferior live recordings and remakes. That makes it uninteresting to both collectors (who want detailed explanations of rare recordings, as well as good fidelity) and casual fans (who will want familiar versions of the hits). As it stands, Psychedelia is simply another shabby budget-priced collection.

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