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A Beacon from Mars is Kaleidoscope's second album. It was published in January 1968 by Epic Records along with the single "I Found Out" b/w "Rampè Rampè". At the time it was released it received good reviews,[citation needed] but like Kaleidoscope's other albums, it was commercially unsuccessful.[1]

A Beacon from Mars
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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 1968
GenreFolk, psychedelic rock, blues rock, Arabic
ProducerMike Goldberg, Stu Eisen
The Kaleidoscope chronology
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Allmusic      [2]

Allmusic's retrospective review hailed the album as flawless brilliance, "the best non-compilation showcase of Kaleidoscope's legendary eclecticism and versatility." They noted the many styles represented by each of the songs, and deemed that "Every one of these disparate styles is performed with authority and commitment, and the result still has the power to amaze."[2] The track Taxim is based on "Şehnaz Longa", a Turkish piece by Santuri Ethem Efendi.

Track listingEdit

1."I Found Out"Earl Shackleford2:11
2."Greenwood Sidee"traditional4:17
3."Life Will Pass You By"Chris Darrow3:26
5."Baldheaded End of a Broom"traditional3:15
6."Louisiana Man"Doug Kershaw2:46
7."You Don't Love Me"Willie Cobbs4:00
8."Beacon from Mars"Kaleidoscope12:32



  1. ^ Joynson, Vernon (1995). Fuzz, Acid, & Flowers Archived 2011-08-25 at the Wayback Machine. London: Borderline Books.
  2. ^ a b A Beacon from Mars at AllMusic