New Crystal Syphon Album Release

Crystal Syphon, one of the greatest “lost” groups of the West Coast psych scene, came together in Merced, California in 1965. Originally a Beatles / Byrds-influenced unit called the Morlochs, they soon shed their original moniker and moved in a more psychedelic direction, becoming a fixture on the ballroom circuit from 1966-1970. Although their music may nod in the direction of the New Tweedy Brothers and Quicksilver Messenger Service at times, it’s imbued throughout with a distinctive sound that arose from practicing up to six nights a week. The band entertained offers from various labels during their existence, but as they insisted on complete artistic control and ownership of their music, no deals were struck. Now, some 44 years after its creation, Roaratorio is proud to make the music of Crystal Syphon available for the first time ever. Drawn from studio tracks, rehearsal tapes and a live recording from the Fillmore West, Family Evil is released in an edition of 500 copies, with cover art by Norman Orr and extensive historical liner notes on an old-style “tip-on” jacket. Digital download included.

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One comment

  1. Mike Thanks for your assistance in helping promote the album. It’s taken about two years to get this project together, but it’s now happening. We;ve had a lot of interest is the record and are currently doing email interviews with two English magazines and I’ve referred both of these publications to your excellent site for more info on the Merced scene.

    One problem we’re having is finding pictures of the band for these publications. If any of your readers have anything we can use, please have them drop me a note at I’m also going to send you a download of the albim cover as i know you appreciate these sorts of things. With much help from Norman Orr, we think it’s a real knockout. I’m also going to send you a copy of the first draft of the liner notes for the album as i think it might help provide more achival material for your site. by the way, I moved back to Merced last Winter. it’s not quite as rockin’ as it was in the day, but we’re working on it.

    Bpb Greenlee

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