This is a list of the best psychedelic rock albums to listen to for five hours.
The Doors – The End
The Doors were an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1965. The group consisted of vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore. They were unique and among the most controversial and influential rock acts of the 1960s, mostly because of Morrison’s cryptic lyrics and enigmatic stage persona. After the group’s debut album in 1967, Strange Days, which sold poorly initially but eventually reached number three on the US Billboard 200 after several months, the band achieved commercial success with their next two albumsWaiting for the Sun (1968) and The Soft Parade (1969).
The Doors were one of the first American bands to sign to a major record label outside of the United States when they signed with Elektra Records in 1966. The band toured extensively throughout 1967, 1968 and 1969 before they released their fourth album, Morrison Hotel. The album peaked at number four on the Billboard 200 and became their fifth consecutive album to reach the top 10.
The Doors’ final studio album, L.A. Woman, was released in 1971 and peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200. The album would be Jim Morrison’s last with the band as he died three months after its release. After Morrison’s death, the remaining members continued as a trio until finally disbanding in 1973.
Jimi Hendrix – All Along the Watchtower
This song is an all-time classic, and for good reason. Jimi Hendrix took Bob Dylan’s original and completely reimagined it, creating a psychedelic odyssey that is both menacing and beautiful. The song is grounded by Hendrix’s masterful guitar playing, which weaves in and out of the song’s trippy main melody.
Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb
Comfortably Numb is one of the most popular psychedelic rock songs of all time, and it’s easy to see why. The song is driven by a simple, yet catchy guitar riff, and the lyrics deal with the feelings of isolation and loneliness that can come with drug use. Pink Floyd was one of the most popular psychedelic rock bands of all time, and Comfortably Numb is one of their best-known songs.
Led Zeppelin – Kashmir
“Kashmir” is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin, composed by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. It was included on the band’s seventh studio album Presence (1976). The song was inspired by the film Lawrence of Arabia and Page’s travels in Morocco. Kashmir was one of the last Led Zeppelin songs to be written and recorded.
The song is noted for its unusual time signature of 12/8, Kashmir features some of Page’s heaviest riffs to date as well as an extended outro which features a series of dreamlike guitar solos. “Kashmir” is one of Led Zeppelin’s longest songs, clocking in at over 8 minutes.
The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter
The Rolling Stones, who rose to fame in the 1960s with hits like “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and “Paint It, Black,” were one of the first mainstream rock bands to experiment with psychedelic sounds. On 1968’s “Gimme Shelter,” from the album “Let it Bleed,” the Stones combined those trippy textures with a dark and ominous lyric about the Vietnam War. Theresult is a song that captures both the hope and the despair of that turbulent era.