The Wizards from Kansas were an obscure country-psych rock group from Kansas. In 1968, four of the five original members (from the Kansas City area) formed a band called New West, and began playing in the Lawrence, Kansas area, at clubs and parties, near Kansas University. Guitarist Robert Manson Crain, from California, joined the group soon thereafter, expanding to a quintet. At that time, the guys were calling themselves "Pig Newton", then Pig Newton and the Wizards from Kansas. The album was issued in October, but a week before its release, drummer Marc Caplan and bassist Bob Menadier decided that they'd rather play jazz instead of rock and left the band to pursue those interests. With no band to promote the record, Mercury lost interest and the album sank without a trace. The Wizards From Kansas disbanded shortly thereafter.
Complete your The Wizards From Kansas collection. My copy of this has stickers that say "STEREO" over the "not for sale" text on the label. Also my labels are more black & white than both of these promo copies appear to be dark blue & white.
The Wizards From Kansas' eponymous album finds this Midwestern group sounding more like a West Coast hybrid combining rambling, melancholy country-rock elements with harder psych-rock sounds. Their biggest influences seem to have been Northern California-based groups like the Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and the Grateful Dead, and it shouldn't really come as a shock to discover that the Wizards From Kansas was recorded in San Francisco, between July and August of 1970
Listen to music from The Wizards From Kansas like High Flying Bird. Find the latest tracks, albums, and images from The Wizards From Kansas. In July and August of 1970, the Wizards From Kansas recorded their eponymous debut album in San Francisco. During the recording of the album, several band members decided they would rather play jazz, and duly departed to pursue their interests. Shortly thereafter, The Wizards From Kansas disbanded.
The Wizards From Kansas High Flying Bird. The Wizards From Kansas Flyaway Days. The Wizards From Kansas Country Dawn. The Wizards From Kansas Hey Mister. The Wizards From Kansas Codine.
The Wizards From Kansas - She Rides With Witches 1970. on Aug 31, 2010 by DropDownFreddie. Wizards From Kansas - Hey Mister. The wizards from kansas - selftitled first full album - . on Dec 23, 2016 by MECA PD CHANNEL II. Play. The Wizards From Kansas - S/T (1970) (Scorpio re vinyl) (FULL LP). on Jun 23, 2017 by Josh R. The Wizards From Kansas - Orion. on Jun 16, 2011 by pelcof. The Wizards From Kansas - No Rules. on Jun 17, 2011 by pelcof.
The Wizards from Kansas started off in the late 60’s playing festivals alongside other, more well known bands. They have a disc of late 60’s outtakes and alternate versions that are trippier and more psych oriented than the above album. It took me a while to get into this album, but I now consider it one of the best San Francisco style acid guitar LPs. As mentioned before, High Flying Bird is radically reworked into a psychedelic tour de force, full of hard distorted guitar and great Airplane-like vocals
Pig Newton & the Wizards From Kansas – Still in Kansas compilation from 2003 is a proof how good you were live. Hal Pierce: It’scalled reunion and it’s done. the 5 of us had not been in the same room togather for 40 yrs. we had 2 practice sessions and into the studio we went. all original material.
|A1||High Flying Bird||5:02|
|A3||912 1/2 Mass||4:56|
|B5||She Rides With Witches||4:06|
- Pressed By – Rainbo Records – S-52897
- Pressed By – Rainbo Records – S-52898
NotesReissue of original LP from 1970. Reissue comes in thick, glossy card stock style jacket on 140 gram vinyl.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A hand-etched): 3972-SR6I309-I (A) S-52897
- Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B hand-etched, first number "5" scratched ): 3972-SR6I309-I (B) S-5 52898
|SR 61309, SR-61309||The Wizards From Kansas||The Wizards From Kansas (LP, Album)||Mercury, Mercury||SR 61309, SR-61309||US||1970|
|ASHCD3010||The Wizards From Kansas||The Wizards From Kansas (CD, Album, Ltd, RE, Unofficial)||Phoenix Records||ASHCD3010||UK||2008|
|SR 61309||The Wizards From Kansas||The Wizards From Kansas (LP, Album, RE, 180)||Mercury||SR 61309||US||Unknown|
|SR 61309||The Wizards From Kansas||The Wizards From Kansas (LP, Album, Unofficial)||Not On Label (The Wizards From Kansas)||SR 61309||Europe||1995|
|WPC6-8465||The Wizards From Kansas||The Wizards From Kansas (CD, Album, RE)||World Psychedelia Ltd.||WPC6-8465||US||Unknown|