Bobby Callendar “The Way (First Book Of Experiences)”

The Way

An orchestral and eastern influenced psychedelic pop gem, Bobby Callendar’s “The Way” sometimes gets the shaft to “Rainbow,” but I like “The Way.”

Sometimes, when folks are asked if they could interview anybody from any time, it would be Gandhi. But, The Rising Storm chooses Bobby C. Seriously, somebody needs to get the scoop on this mysterious and intriguing record. Bobby’s intense lyrics are matched with a mix of eastern instruments, lush strings, and tambourine. I can’t say why but the tambourine sticks in my memory. Nothing says 60s pop like that wonderful percussion instrument.

Bobby C. was clearly very into the Mike Love style 60s eastern Buddhism thing. “Sitting ‘neath the bodhi tree… as one. ┬áThe Story of Rasha & Dhara is essential listening for psychedelic music fans. It’s pretty, and strange, and sports one of the smoothest basslines of the 60s.

Not to say that this record is flawless. There are a few skippable tracks, all in all it’s nothing to brag about, but there are some real nice gems in here. The opening is miraculous, while others are catchy, and others take you quite by surprise. Be prepared for religous themes and a generally trippy experience.

The lack of availability to this record is a disappointment; the sturdy digipak casing, reminiscent of some of the best vinyl record sleeves, should be a standard for CD reissues. And like I’ve been saying, this one is a real gem.

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“Story of Rasha and Dhara”

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  • cdawg

    this amazing record’s gonna be reissued soon! can. not. wait.

  • Len Liechti

    Gotta feeling Bobby Callender’s music is like Marmite (US readers, Wiki that one). I have his Rainbow, bought as an Amazon recommendation with good listener reviews. To my mind it’s a preposterously indolent piece of fake Oriental nonsense without the slightest urgency about it – I just can’t get on with it at all despite being a total psych obsessive. But if it works for you, that’s just dandy.

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