Leicester’s Diesel Park West are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love by revisiting four of their favourite tracks from 1967. Tracked live in the studio, this is their collective touchstone of songs – those played in rehearsal or jams right from the beginning.

The Summer of Love was an extraordinary moment in history – a hedonistic blast of glamour, ecstasy, and Utopianism that drew 75,000 people to the streets of San Francisco in 1967. The Vietnam War was raging, anti-war protests were surging, civil rights had morphed into Black Power, and the Beatles & Bob Dylan were voicing a cultural revolution on the airwaves. Psychedelic drugs were a sacrament, and everything was spiritual. The youth led the way. They opened the door, and everybody went through it. Everything changed after that.

Lead track For What It’s Worth (Revisited) is surely as prescient today as it was 50 years ago in the hands of Buffalo Springfield. Next up is the Youngbloods classic Let’s Get Together followed by The Jefferson Airplane’s Somebody To Love – one of the first big hits to come out of the US West Coast counterculture scene. The EP closes in style with Alone Again Or from Love album Forever Changes.

Released on Strataville, the Summer of Love EP is available digitally to stream/buy now.

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