Count Five – Psychotic Reaction (1966)

Originally published on YouTube on May 23, 2016. Originally released as a single in February 1965, “Psychotic Reaction” was only able to initially attract an enthusiastic California audience. The two rave-up sections, inspired by portions of “I’m A Man” by…

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Originally published on YouTube on May 23, 2016.

Originally released as a single in February 1965, “Psychotic Reaction” was only able to initially attract an enthusiastic California audience. The two rave-up sections, inspired by portions of “I’m A Man” by The Yardbirds, were taken a bit further, allowing the lead guitar to play a hypnotic-sounding scale. This made Count Five, quite probably, the first psychedelic band in rock and roll history. “Psychotic Reaction” was re-released many months later in July 1966 and became a national mega-hit, reaching #5 on Billboard and #4 on Cash Box on October 22, 1966.

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