The Brain Police were one of the relatively few psychedelic groups to emerge from San Diego in the late '60s during the early psychedelic era. This short-lived band would record an unreleased album and single in 1968-1969 before splitting up. They played pretty average, if competent, psychedelic period rock with hard rock and baroque pop influences. In these respects, they were somewhat similar to a band they toured with in the Southwest, Steppenwolf, although the Brain Police had a lighter touch and no hit-worthy songs on the order of "Born to Be Wild" and "Magic Carpet Ride." After recording the unreleased album and failing to land a major-label contract, the frustrated band broke up at a local gig in which they opened for Steppenwolf. This unreleased LP was reissued on CD by Normal/Shadoks, as were songs cut for a 1969 single and poppier 1964-1966 cuts from singles by the Man-Dells and the Other Four (bands that Brain Police songwriters Norman Lombardo and Rick Randle played in prior to 1967).
In regards to vinyl the album was issued by Italian label Akarma sometime in the 1980s (Though exact date was unknown), in 1996 by Rockadelic Records with different artwork and in 2012 by Guerssen.
Discography[edit | edit source]
- The Brain Police (Album) (1968, K.B. Artists)
- San Diego's Only Psychedelic Cops (Compilation) (2000, Shadok Music)
Members[edit | edit source]
- Rick Randle - Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals (1968 - 1969)
- David Randle - Guitar (1968 - 1969)
- Norman Lombardo - Bass, Vocals (1968 - 1969)
- Sid Smith - Drums (1968 - 1969)