Forge Your Own Chains: Heavy Psychedelic Ballads And Dirges 1968-1974 cover

Forge Your Own Chains: Heavy Psychedelic Ballads And Dirges 1968-1974

Recorded
1968-1974
Released

By the end of the 2000s, Now-Again had established itself as a different sort of reissue label — one that took its sample-searching record-fiend roots to further and deeper outer-world realms to meticulously-researched and endlessly curious levels. And even when the results were uneven, they were definitely edifying: Forge Your Own Chains depicts psychedelic rock in all its transcendent, dopey, innovative, eccentric, deeply messy totality. And if that guarantees at least one bummer trip for every two brushes with the divine, the global scope of this comp — Sweden (Baby Grandmothers), Nigeria (Ofege), Iran (Kourosh Yaghmaei), South Korea (Shin Jung Hyun & the Men) — delivers glorious unpredictability.

Nate Patrin

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