Journey to the Center of the Mind (song)

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"Journey to the Center of the Mind"
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Single by the Amboy Dukes
from the album Journey to the Center of the Mind
B-side "Mississippi Murderer"
ReleasedMay 1968 (1968-05)
Label Mainstream
Producer(s) Bob Shad
The Amboy Dukes singles chronology
"Baby, Please Don't Go"
"Journey to the Center of the Mind"
"You Talk Sunshine, I Breathe Fire"

"Journey to the Center of the Mind" is a song released by the Amboy Dukes in 1968. It reached number 16 on the Billboard charts in 1968 [1] and number 19 in Canada. [2]


Original recording

"Journey to the Center of the Mind" featured a psychedelic rock, [3] garage rock, [4] hard rock [5] and acid rock sound. [6] The song features lyrics written by the Dukes' second guitarist Steve Farmer, [7] and melody written by Ted Nugent. [8] [9] The song was recorded with a higher budget than their past recordings. During the recording of the song there was a lot of tension between the band members, and a few of the members quit after the album was released. Released in the summer of 1968, the single helped define the psychedelic era as it peaked at # 16 on the Billboard charts. [10] [11]

Other versions

The song "Journey to the Center of the Mind" was covered by Slade (as "Ambrose Slade") in 1969 on the album Beginnings , by The Ramones in 1994 on Acid Eaters [12] and by Sun City Girls in 2001 on Libyan Dream. Journey to the Center of the Mind was included in the influential compilation album Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968 , on the 1998 CD reissue, as a bonus track.

Nugent re-made the song on his 2007 album Love Grenade .

The lyrics of the song are generally thought to have references to drug use. [13] [14] [15] [16]

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