Kaleidoscope，一只来自美国的psychedelic folk乐队，1966年至1970年之间在Epic发表过4张专辑，乐队成员包括Solomon Feldthouse, David Lindley, Chris Darrow, Chester Crill和John Vidican，乐队擅长各种民族弦乐器，使他们迷幻音乐带有浓重的世界音乐气息，特别是乐队拥有David Lindley这样多才多艺的乐器大师——David Lindley不仅吉他技术出众，还能演奏banjo, lap steel guitar, violin, oud, cittern, bouzouki, saz和cümbüş等各种民族乐器，之后他与Jackson Browne合作一举成名，并在Warren Zevon, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, David Crosby, Terry Reid, Graham Nash, Bob Dylan, 和Rod Stewart的专辑中都以乐手身份出现过。
The original line-up featured Solomon Feldthouse, David Lindley, Chris Darrow, Chester Crill (a.k.a Max Budda, Fenrus Epp, Templeton Parcely) and John Vidican. Between them, they played a wide range of stringed instruments and world-music influences, deployed in their early psychedelic songs such as Egyptian Gardens and Pulsating Dream and then in longer pieces such as Taxim, which they also performed live at the Berkeley Folk Festival on July 4 1967. They were also unusual among rock bands in being able and willing to feature music by Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington in their repertoire.
Their versatility also enabled members of the band to back Johnny "Guitar" Watson and Larry Williams on their 1967 single Nobody. Trivia: Kaleidoscope backed Leonard Cohen on So Long Marianne, Teachers and maybe more.
Their 1967 piece Stranger in Your City/Beacon from Mars, recorded live in the studio, was also influential, with Led Zeppelin admiring Lindley's controlled feedback solo.
Darrow and Vidican left and were replaced by Stuart Brotman and Paul Lagos for their 3rd and 4th albums. The release, "Bernice," is deep, amazing psych with phenomenal electric guitar work that was missing from some of the other albums, and while it looks as though it may be more country influenced, which many of their albums surely were, this one is WAY overlooked.
In 1976, ex-members Brotman, Crill, Darrow, Feldthouse and Lagos reconvened for the reunion album, When Scopes Collide, which was released on Michael Nesmith’s Pacific Arts label. Lindley also contributed, but distanced himself from the project by appearing as “De Paris Letante.”
Fourteen years later, Crill and Darrow organized a second reunion session, this time for Gifthorse Records. Greetings from Kartoonistan (We Ain’t Dead Yet)again brought together the same lineup, with Brotman contributing the impressive instrumental, Klezmer Suite. (Though invited, Lindley declined to participate.) While the second reunion album lacked Lindley’s input and, inevitably, the youthful fire of the Epic recordings, it was a mature work, and musically true to the eclectic spirit of the original band.
1. I Found Out
2. Greenwood Sidee
3. Life Will Pass You By
5. Baldheaded End Of A Broom
6. Louisiana Man
7. You Don't Love Me
8. Beacon From Mars