7-inch Singles/E.P.s Acid, Garage, Psychedelic Rock U.K. 1960s The Open Mind – “Magic Potion”

The Open Mind – “Magic Potion” Track’s Video on “YouTube”

Category/Music Genres :

7-inch Singles/E.P.s Acid/Garage/Psychedelic Rock U.K. 1960s

Band :

The Open Mind (London, Greater London, U.K.)

British rock band from London, late 1960s, originally called The Apaches, later renamed to The Drag Set before the were called The Open Mind.
Mike Brancaccio (guitar, vocals) Timothy du Feu (bass) Phil Fox (drums) Terry Schindler aka Terry Martin (guitar, vocals)

The Open Mind Band’s photo 

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Related Artists :

Armada

Also known as :

The Apaches, The Drag Set

Track :

“Magic Potion” (written by  Mike “Bran” Brancaccio), (A’ Side single) released on Philips Records (BF 1805) in 1969

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The track is also included on the reissue edition of the album “Open Mind” (originally released on Philips Records SBL 7893, in 1969), released on Antar Records (ANTAR 2), released in 1986

The Open Mind _ “The Open Mind” Original edition on Philips Records (sbl 7893), album’s cover photo (front)

The Open Mind _ “The Open Mind” Reissue edition on Antar Records,  album’s cover photo (front)

THE OPEN MIND 1 (2)

The Open Mind _ “The Open Mind” Full Album Audio Playlist on “Spotify”

B’ Side single “Cast A Spell”

The Open Mind – “Cast A Spell” (B’ Side Single) Track’s Video on YouTube

Line-up :

Mike Brancaccio – Guitar, Vocals
Timothy De Feu – Bass
Phil Fox – Drums
Terry Martin – Guitar, Vocals
Jon Anderson briefly sang in the band but left before the recordings to form Yes.

Lyrics :

Take a drink from my magic potion
Do you wanna really feel fine?
What’s if?
And you will see things you never saw before
How do you feel?
I feel fine
How do you feel?
I feel fine
Gone by my soul, I feel fine
Hold on my son, there’s a different world
Appearing in front of my eye
If you don’t wanna try this potion
Leave it all for me
How do you feel?
I feel fine
How do you feel?
I feel fine
Gone by my soul, I feel fine
Take a drink from my magic potion
Tell me, do you still feel fine?
What’s if?
And you will see things you never saw before
How do you feel?
I feel fine
How do you feel?
Oh, I feel fine
Gone by my soul, I feel fine
Songwriters: Michael Brancaccio
Information related to the track :
“Pop Matters”
“Magic Potion” is psychedelia purged of all whimsy and wonder and utopian overtones; instead is a feeling of churning menace — underscored by apocalyptic hoof-beat drumming, quasi-raga licks, and droning open-string riffs played through thick distortion and a truly toxic wah-wah — that makes it hard to believe when singer Terry Martin bellows, “Upon my soul, I feel fine”. You get a sense of the incipient danger in “seeing things you never saw before”: you get the feeling these would not be cellophane flowers and marmalade skies, but something chthonic and unspeakable. On the whole, the song is unbelievably heavy without being ponderous, and seems like a prescient blueprint for late 1990s stoner rock.
Information related to the band :
“Wikiwand”

The Open Mind was an English psychedelic rock band formed in London, and active in the 1960s and 1970s.

Overview

The band was formed in 1963 by four musicians from Putney, South West London. Initially named The Apaches formed by Tim du Feu, Mike Brancaccio and Philip Fox and their friend Ray Nye. Nye left in 1965 and another friend, Terry Schindler, joined instead. The band became The Drag Set, who released a little-known single in February 1967, “Day and Night” / “Get Out of My Way”. Shortly thereafter, they changed their name to The Open Mind and in July 1969 released a self-titled LP which has since become a highly sought-after collectible. The band, however, is best known for its druggy August 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, their single “Magic Potion” having been covered by bands such as The Seers, Sun Dial and The Damned.

Band members

  • Mike Bran, a.k.a. Mike Brancaccio – lead guitar, vocals, piano (born 17 April 1946, Rome, Italy)
  • Timothy du Feu – bass guitar (born 31 May 1944, Malvern, Worcestershire, England)
  • Philip Fox – drums (born 26 August 1946, Westminster, South West London)
  • Ray Nye – guitar, vocals
  • Terry Martin, a.k.a. Terry Schindler – guitar, vocals (born 26 August 1945, Holborn, West Central London)

Discography

Singles

  • “Horses and Chariots” b/w “Before My Time” (Philips BF 1790) May, 1969
  • “Magic Potion” b/w “Cast a Spell” (Philips BF 1805) August, 1969
The Drag Set
  • “Day and Night” b/w “Get Out of My Way” 7″ single (Go AJ 11405) May, 1967

Album

  • The Open Mind LP (Philips 7893) (July 1969)

The Open Mind was reissued on CD on the Acme Records and Second Battle labels. The two non-LP songs from the single are included as bonus tracks.

“Rockasteria”
he band was formed in the mid 1960s by four musicians from Putney, South London.Initially named The Drag Set, they released a little-known single in February 1967, “Day and Night”/”Get Out of My Way”. Shortly thereafter, they changed their name to The Open Mind and in July 1969 released a self-titled LP which has since become a highly sought-after collectible.
The Open Mind produced one of the finest UK psychedelic albums, which is excellent throughout and hardly contains a bad track. The music is characterised by some particularly strong psychedelic guitar work and good vocals. It’s impossible really to pull-out particular tracks as highlights – they’re almost all equally good.
Fortunately this album was re-released and this has made this classic piece of 60’s Freakbeat much more accessible to collectors of 60’s psychedelia. The reissue includes their second rare 45 release, which unlike the first wasn’t taken from the album and is superb. A blistering 45 with tasty psychedelic fuzz guitar work. The band, however, is best known for its druggy August 1969 single, “Magic Potion”, which did not appear on the album.
“Cosmic Mind At Play”

This outfit from Putney in South London had previously been known as The Drag Set, rubbing shoulders with The Soft Machine and a newly-arrived-in-the-UK Jimi Hendrix, and coming to the attention of producer Joe Meek and recording a couple of songs with him just days before he took his own life. They released a fine mod/freakbeat single on the CBS subsidiary Go in March 1967, ‘Day and Night / Get Out Of My Way’.

Changing name to The Open Mind at the end of 1967, the group played hip London venues such as The Electric Garden, UFO and Happening 44, and gained a residency at The Marquee where they were sometimes fronted by future Yes man Jon Anderson, who at the time went by the name Hans Christian.

Boxing impresario Benny Huntsman landed the band a deal with Philips on the condition that his son Roger became their manager (though in effect it was Benny who ran the show), and their excellent self-titled album on that label was recorded in 1968, though not released until July 1969. It included both sides of their debut single ‘Horses and Chariots / Before My Time’ from May of that year, as well as a revamped version of the a-side of The Drag Set 45 with the new title ‘Girl I’m So Alone’. The group appeared in Philip’s New Faces of 1969 promotional film alongside the likes of The Barrier, Ambrose Slade and Procession, miming ‘Horses and Chariots’.

The Open Mind’s second single, released in August 1969, consisted of two new tracks and is perhaps the pinnacle of their recorded output. The a-side ‘Magic Potion’ is a sublime example of heavy psychedelia with its fuzzy rhythm guitar, snaking lead guitar lines, and druggy lyrics. The arrival of the wah-wah in the break is perfectly judged, and there is some truly thunderous drumming throughout, especially in the outro.

Flip side ‘Cast a Spell’ is a little less high voltage but retains the fuzzy guitars and perhaps is even more catchy with its “It’s all in the mind” refrain. This is a fearsome double sider. A jewel in the crown of Brit-psych you might say!

When Benny Huntsman died of a heart attack the band ended up being financed by the Richardson family, part of London’s criminal underworld. Promoters were loathe to book them when they learned of this and with gigs petering out and psychedelia on the wane The Open Mind broke up.

Reissues: Both sides of the 45 are on the essential Rubble Volume 1 (what an eye opener that was for me into the delightful world of British psychedelia and freakbeat), and also on the vinyl British Psychedelic Trip Volume 3 (part of another great compilation series, though with a fair amount of overlap with the Rubbles).

Photos related to the album/track :

The Open Mind – “Magic Potion” Single photo (A’ Side)

THE OPEN MIND MAGIC POTION 1 (2)

Photos related to the band :

Tim Dufeu

The Drag Set

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Links related to the album/track :

The Open Mind – “Magic Potion”Track’s Video on “YouTube”

The Open Mind – “The Open Mind” Full Album Audio Playlist on “Spotify”

The Open Mind – “The Open Mind” Full Album Download Link on “Rockasteria” Blog

The Open Mind – “The Open Mind” Full Album Download Link on “Back In Purple” Blog

The Open Mind – “The Open Mind” Full Album Download Link on “Willie Said” blog

The Open Mind – “The Open Mind” Full Album Download Link on Rock Archeologia” blog

The Open Mind – “The Open Mind” Full Album’s Review on “Pop Matters”

The Open Mind – “Magic Potion” Information related to the track on “Magic Potion Net”

The Open Mind – “Magic Potion” on “45cat”

Links related to the band :

The Open Mind Band’s Page on “Discogs”

The Open Mind Band’s Page on “Rate Your Music”

The Open Mind Interview with Timothy Dufeu n “It’s A Psychedelic Baby Magazine”

The Open Mind Band’s Page on “Spotify”

The Open Mind Band’s Page on “Apple Music”

The Open Mind Band’s Page on “Time Machine Music” Website

The Open Mind Information related to the band on “Eric Brightwell” Blog