The Wizards from Kansas: The Wizards from Kansas (1970)
The album kicks off with a bit of a ringer, "High Flying Bird," a frequently-covered folk rock chestnut probably best known in its Jefferson Airplane version (and recently revived by Neil Young), here showing off the Wizards' harmonic skills and psych-blues guitar shredding; it's probably my favorite version. But the originals here are plenty strong as well -- you've got mellow folk rock like "Hey Mister," ably holding up alongside the Byrds and Moby Grape; "Freedom Speech," a mid-tempo Airplane-like rocker; the eclectic, jazzy "Flyaway Days" moving them into a bit of post-psych prog territory; "Misty Mountainside" is pretty, laid-back Americana more in the CSNY camp; and "Country Dawn" features some beautiful Byrdsy/Dead jangle. The album closes with "She Rides With Witches," which manages to squeeze in a drum solo and some guitar jamming, while still remaining relatively concise.
Will this album change your life? No. But it holds up much better than most records of its ilk, a near-classic that easily stands up alongside far better remembered monuments of late 60s West Coast psychedelia. Give it a shot, I'm pretty confident you'll dig it.
If you aren't Spotify-enabled, here's an audio rip of the entire album: