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Album Review

In the 1960s and '70s, Dr. Timothy Leary managed to offend people on both the left and right. President Richard Nixon called him "the most dangerous man in America," and many liberals and progressives felt that Leary's blatant promotion of LSD hurt their causes. Regardless, Leary was an icon of the psychedelic '60s counterculture, and some of his psychedelic theories and ideas can be heard on Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out. David Hancock, a busy classical recording engineer in the '60s, recorded this spoken word album in Leary's Hudson Valley, NY estate in 1967. Turning these recordings into an actual album required a lot of work on Hancock's part; when Leary spoke to Hancock, there were long pauses between each phrase — and Hancock needed to edit out those pauses in order to make Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out sound like a legitimate spoken-word album. On this disc, one hears Leary expressing his belief that most of society's problems are caused by people over 40 (although Leary himself was about 46 or 47 at the time) and complaining that the American school system breeds mindless conformity, but mostly, he talks about drugs — especially LSD, which Leary believed could dramatically change society for the better. But one doesn't have to agree with Leary's theories to realize that Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out has historic value. This recording is very much a product of its time, and it is an intriguing listen despite — or perhaps because of — Leary's eccentricities and excesses.

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Mind Blowing

The album title says it all. This is one triptastic masterpeice for the ages.

Re: The main review for this album and the reviewer who wrote it.

To whoever wrote this review... For future reference, don't comment on a subject you obviously know little to nothing about. You sound not only arrogant but also stereotypically conservative and ignorant. Are you experienced or have you ever been experienced? Next time you have the oppurtunity to experience losing your ego...Take the ritual sacrement, relax and float down stream, don't be anxious for anything but make your requests known to the LORD and remember : Be Here Now. Dr. Leary once said, (paraphrasing) the worst thing that can happen from taking LSD, is that you will come back the same person you were at the beginning of the trip. After you come back, then write a review for this album.

Pancreatic cancer?

Obviously the main review of this recording is written by someone who’s point of view is that in every situation all drugs are bad or it’s worded as a safe legal strategy (legal department: “don’t be ambivalent; drugs are bad mmm kay”). This historical documentation is part of a large picture of a man and how a drug became a sacrament of a revolution. LSD’s influence was ubiquitous and can be seen in everything that came out of the 1960’s. Music, fashion, art, politics (JFK probably took it) and consciousness. Timothy Leary was an opportunist but he believed that through the ritualistic use of LSD people could open doors of perception that would lead to a better world through the understanding that there is no separation between what is perceived and the object of perception. “As above; so below” was a common 60’s expression used to convey the understanding that everything is one and the same. Leary believed that everything emanated from Love and that ultimately Love was everything. His was a noble experiment shattered by misinformation and the sad truth that not everybody had a good heart.

Biography

Born: October 22, 1920 in Springfield, MA

Genre: Spirituality

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

Most famous as a writer and countercultural theorist, Timothy Leary recorded a collectable spoken word/sound montage album of sorts at the height of the psychedelic era,...
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