Although a couple of us were a bit suspicious about what was going on, even we skeptics were convinced when we heard jingles, stingers, and even commercials for stuff like the Charles Atlas bodybuilding course interspersed with songs we had never heard, such as I Can't Reach You, that were every bit as good as any song being played on Radio Luxembourg. Well, as it turned out, we were indeed being hoaxed by Bill and his older brother, who had put on his brand new copy of The Who Sell Out when he saw us approaching the apartment building they lived in.
I eventually picked up a copy of the album for myself, and still consider it one of the best Who albums ever made. Fun stuff. The band had been asserting its independence, even going so far as to self-produce a set of recordings that the label in turn rejected as having no commercial potential.
The label wanted another Happy Together. The band responded by creating a facetious new song called Elenore. The song had deliberately silly lyrics such as "Elenore gee I think you're swell" and "you're my pride and joy etcetera" and gave production credit to former Turtles bassist Chip Douglas for the "Douglas F. Hatelid Foundation", which was in itself an in-joke referring to the pseudonym Douglas was forced to use as producer for the Monkees in Then a strange thing happened: the record became a hit.
I suspect this was the event that began Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman's eventually metamorphosis into rock parody act Flo and Eddie. Black Sabbath, by Black Sabbath, from the album Black Sabbath is, after all, the first song from the first album by the first true heavy metal band. The track starts off by immediately setting the mood with the sound of church bells in a rainstorm leading into the song's famous tri-tone often referred to as the "devil's chord" intro, deliberately constructed to evoke the mood of classic Hollywood horror movies.
Ozzy Osborne's vocals only add to the effect. Even the faster-paced final portion of the song has a certain dissonance that had never been heard in rock music before, in part thanks to Black Sabbath's deliberate use of a lower pitch in their basic tuning. The result is something that has sometimes been compared to a bad acid trip, but is unquestionably the foundation of what came to be called heavy metal. I managed to get this one posted on time! Instrumentally the song sounds a lot like something off of Led Zeppelin's first couple of albums.
Once Keith Relf's vocals come in, however, there is no doubt that this is vintage Yardbirds, and quite possibly the best track of the entire Jimmy Page era. The band had recently picked up a new producer, Mickey Most, known mostly for his work with Herman's Hermits and the original Animals. Most had a tendency to concentrate solely on the band's single A sides, leaving Page an opportunity to develop his own songwriting and production skills on songs such as Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor, a track that also shows signs of Page's innovative Album) style that would help define 70s rock.
As such, Puzzles featured an almost Led Zeppelin sounding guitar break that does not entirely mesh with the rest of the song.
By the debut of Zeppelin, Page had solved that by making the songs themselves heavier and more in tune with his guitar style. Knight Label: Arf! In fact, the producer often already had the song in mind before finding a band to record it. That song would then be issued as a single, with the band itself being allowed to choose and record the B side.
Virtually nothing is known about the band itself, and the A side of the record, from what I have heard, was pretty lame in comparison to Deathwish. That trend continued with the formation of the "new" Animals in and their first single, When I Was Young.
Meanwhile the band's British label decided to instead issue Good Times, an autobiographical song which was released in the US as the B side to San Franciscan Nights as a single, and the band ended up with one of their biggest UK hits ever. One of these is Dreaming, a song from the band's first LP that features both Bruce and guitarist Eric Clapton on lead vocals.
Dreaming is also one of the shortest Cream songs on record, clocking in at one second under two minutes in length. Sloan Label: Rhino original label: White Whale Year: The Turtles were nothing if not able to redefine themselves when the need arose. Originally a surf band known as the Crossfires, the band quickly adopted an "angry young men" stance with their first single, Bob Dylan's It Ain't Me Babe, and the subsequent album of the same name.
For the follow-up single the band chose a track from their album, Let Me Be, that, although written by a different writer, had the same general message as It Ain't Me Babe. The band would soon switch over to love songs like You Baby and Happy Together before taking their whole chameleon bit to its logical extreme with an album called Battle Of The Bands on which each track was meant to sound like it was done by an entirely different band.
Mother's Little Helper, released in spring ofis a scathing criticism of the parents of the Stones' fans for their habitual abuse of "legal" prescription drugs while simultaneously persecuting those same fans and the band itself for smoking pot. Perhaps more than any other song that year, Mother's Little Helper illustrates the increasingly hostile generation gap that had sprung up between the young baby boomers and the previous generation.
Originally issued in the UK as a single, it scored high on the British charts. The song next appeared on the Smash Hits album, which in Europe was on the Polydor label. This was the way things stayed until the early s, when MCA acquired the rights to the Hendrix catalog and re-issued Are You Experienced?
This means that Purple Haze heard here in its original mono mix has now been released by all three of the world's major record companies. That's right. There are only three major record companies left in the entire world, Sony which owns Columbia and RCA, among othersWarner Brothers which owns Elektra, Atlantic, Reprise and others and Universal which started off as MCA and now, as the world's largest record company, owns far too many current and former labels to list here.
Don't you just love out of control corporate consolidation? Some, like the Byrds and Poco, ended up being recognized as pioneers of what came to be known as country-rock. Others, such as L. By this point, conflicts within the band were starting to take their toll, and combined with a decided lack of commercial success, led to the band losing its contract with Reprise Records and falling into obscurity before finally calling it quits in Rather, it is an Ian Anderson solo work with orchestration.
This was quite a departure from the first Tull album, which was like most debut albums made up of songs already in the group's live performance repertoire the exception being Mick Abrahams's Move On Along, which in addition to having Abrahams on lead vocals, added a horn section.
The tune bears a strong resemblance to Coo Coo, a non-album single the band had released on the Mainstream label before signing to Columbia. Oh, Sweet Mary, however, has new lyrics and a "dreamy" bridge section played at a slower tempo than the rest of the tune. For the B side of that record the band was allowed to record one of their own compositions.
The result is a track that sounds a bit like a twisted variation on Muddy Waters's classic Rollin' And Tumblin'. In fact, the band's first two singles were covers of Dylan songs, and the group fully intended on recording and releasing a third Dylan-penned single as late as mid In they took a decidedly commercial turn with one of the silliest, yet memorable hits of the British invasion, Do Wah Diddy Diddy.
The song was written by the husband and wife team of Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, who operated out of New York's Brill building under the supervision of Don Kirschner. Do Wah Diddy Diddy, with lead vocals by Paul Jones, topped the charts for several weeks and ended up among the top 10 songs of One of the most successful of these budget labels was Crown, a label created in by the Bahari Brothers which specialized in low-priced LPs spotlighting either a specific genre polka, blues, gospel, etc.
In reality, they were both by the same band, rumored to be a local Los Angeles group that was not actually called either the Firebirds or 31 Flavors. Unlike most Crown releases, however, these two albums featured original material such as No Tomorrow that would not have been out of place beside albums by Blue Cheer or early Grand Funk Railroad.
The band is best remembered as the support group for a teenaged Kenny Loggins, who wrote and sang all of the band's material, including Floating Downstream On An Inflatable Rubber Raft, which was released as a single in The song was intended to be part of the Smile album, but ended up being released as a single in an entirely different form than Brian Wilson originally intended. Eventually the entire Smile project was cancelled, and a considerably less sophisticated album called Smiley Smile was released in its place.
Nearly 30 years later Smiley Smile and its follow-up album, Wild Honey, were released on compact disc as a set. One of the bonus tracks in that set was this alternate version of Heroes And Villains, which is now believed to be the version that would have been included on Smile had it been completed.
Country Joe and the Fish did just that; not once, but twice. The second Rag Baby EP, released inwas all Fish, and featured two tracks that would be re-recorded for their debut LP the following year. In addition to the instrumental Section 43, the EP included a four-minute version of Bass Strings, a track with decidedly psychedelic lyrics. Of all the tracks on their first album, Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine probably got the most airplay on various underground radio stations that were popping up on the FM dial at the time some of them even legally.
I thought not. As if founding the whole college circuit wasn't enough, they were arguably the very first jam band, as their version of the Muddy Waters classic Two Trains Running shows. Among those drawing their inspiration from the Blues Project were the Warlocks, a group of young musicians who were traveling with Ken Kesey on the Electric Cool-Aid Acid Test tour bus.
The Warlocks would soon change their name to the Grateful Dead and take the jam band concept to a whole new level.
Still, they may never have moved in that direction at all if it weren't for the Blues Project. The album itself is generally considered to be Steppenwolf's most blatantly political. One notable exception was the album's closing track, Five To One, which features one of Jim Morrison's most famous lines: "No one here gets out alive". You've never heard of Adrian Pride? That is the version that usually gets heard on commercial radio every year. In the mids, Carl Wilson, who by then had stepped into the leader's role formerly Turtle Blues - Big Brother & The Holding Company - Cheap Thrills (Vinyl by older brother Brian, pulled out the original tapes and created a new stereo mix of the song.
The instruments have greater prominence in this version and include the distinctive sound of sleighbells that were completely exorcised from the version.
One of the most successful of these was their Christmas album, which featured this surfinated version of Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride, a piece usually associated with the Boston Pops Orchestra. One of the top bands on the scene up there was the Sonics, who recorded raw hard-driving songs with titles like Psycho, the Witch and Strychnine.
Santa Claus is very much in the same vein, making it the punkiest Christmas song of the sixties, if not all time. With Robert "Big Bear" Hite fronting the band on blues harp and vocals, they recorded their Christmas Blues in time for the Yule season. Presents For Christmas captures Burke at his peak in Kitt continued to perform with nearly as much energy as she had in the 50s right up to her death on Christmas Day, Doo-wop was at the peak of its popularity in and the Cadillacs, led by Earl "Speedoo" Carroll, were among the best of the bunch.
The most distinctive voice of the original Drifters was high tenor Clyde McPhatter for whom Ray Stevens's famous camel was namedwhich is heard prominently on their version of Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Over the years the group's lineup changed many times and led to several former members forming competing groups, all using the Drifters name. Over time, members of these offshoots would in turn form their own Drifters, despite having virtually no connection to the original group.
This is why it sometimes seems that half the doowop singers in the world claim to be former members of the Drifters. His best known work was on the song Yakety Yak by the Coasters in Turtle Blues - Big Brother & The Holding Company - Cheap Thrills (Vinyl the sixties he became the music director for the Atlantic Records group, appearing on a variety of recordings by artists such as Solomon Burke and occassionally released material on the Atco label under his own name.
Tragically, his life was cut short when he was the victim of a stabbing when he attempted to stop junkies from shooting up on his front steps in New York. So there it is: the Hermit's own take on Yuletime. I hope you enjoy the show.
Next week we take a look back at the songs and artists that got the most airtime on Stuck in the Psychedelic Era this past year. Whereas before Somebody To Love came out you could just dismiss hard-to-cover songs as being "lame" anyway, here was a tune that was undeniably cool, and yet virtually impossible for anyone but the Airplane to play well and even they were unable to get it to sound quite the same when they performed it live.
Although garage bands would continue to exist and still dothe days when a group of kids from the suburbs could form a band, play a handful of parties, maybe win a battle of the bands and write and record a hit record with virtually no prior experience were gone forever. To make room for these, three songs were cut from the original UK Album) of the LP. Despite the audience's positive response to the song, the band apparently dropped Can You See Me from their live set shortly after Monterey.
The song was originally slated to be released as the B side LP The Wind Cries Mary, but instead was used as an album track. It wasn't until the release of the Magic Bus single and subsequent LP in that the tune appeared on US vinyl, and then, once again as a B side.
Their first two releases were floppy inserts included in Joe McDonald's self-published Rag Baby underground newspaper. In the band was signed to Vanguard Records, a primarily folk-oriented prestige label that also had Joan Baez on its roster. Not for the unenlightened. The Byrds' David Crosby claims to have discovered Hey Joe, but was not able to convince his bandmates to record it before their third album.
In the meantime, several other bands had recorded the song, including Love on their first album and the Leaves. The version of Hey Joe heard here is actually the third recording the Leaves made of the tune. After the first two versions tanked, guitarist Bobby Arlin, who had recently replaced founding member Bill Rinehart on lead guitar, came up with the idea of adding fuzz guitar to the song. It was the missing element that transformed a rather bland song into a hit record the only national hit the Leaves would have.
As a side note, the Leaves credited Chet Powers aka Dino Valenti as the writer of Hey Joe, but California-based folk singer Billy Roberts had copyrighted the song in and had reportedly been heard playing the tune as early as They were the first Boston area band to grow out their hair and wear leather sandals; To top it off their drummer, Vic "Moulty" Moulton, had lost his left hand in an accident when he was younger and wore a prosthetic hook.
Inafter the band had moderate national success with a semi-novelty song called Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl, the band's producer, Doug Morris, talked Moulton into recording a faux-autobiographical song called Moulty, using New York studio musicians from a group called Levon and the Hawks who had backed up such notables as Ronnie Hawkins and Bob Dylan on tour and would, in a few years, become superstars in the own right after changing their name to The Band.
Moulton, upon finding out that the recording had been released, was incensed, and went to the New York offices of Laurie Records, chasing the label's president around the office and breaking copies of the record over his head. Moulty was the last Barbarians record to appear on the Laurie label. Mother's Little Helper, released in Spring of '66, is a scathing criticism of the abuse of prescription drugs by the parents of the Stones' fans.
Perhaps more than any other song of the time, Mother's Little Helper illustrates the increasingly hostile generation gap that had sprung up between the young baby boomers and the previous generation. A year later they had their second and last hit, Mind Excursion, which holds up as one of the best examples of "flower power" pop ever recorded.
Other than the vocals, the only other instrument heard on the track is Paul Simon's guitar. Garfunkel has called the piece, which is still in his solo repertoire, "one of the most challenging" to perform, due to its somewhat free-form structure.
A live version of the song was released as a single inmaking it to the 53 spot on the charts. He asserts that he is actually from the planet Mars and has lived among dinosaurs in a past life. Sometimes I feel like I'm living among dinosaurs in this life, so I guess I can relate a little. The band's only major hit, 96 Tears, has the distinction of being the last top 10 single on the Cameo label before Cameo-Parkway went bankrupt.
The record, initially released without much promotion from the record label, was championed by Seattle DJ Pat O'Day of KJR radio, and was already popular in that area when it hit the national charts thus explaining why so many people assumed the band was from Seattle. Sporting a cover depicting a roll of toilet paper against a background of tiles with the likenesses of Russell and Benno, the album was a curious mix of psychedelia and novelty, with Indian Style which was also released as a single being a good example of the latter.
Look Inside The Asylum Choir was not an immediate success, but was reissued with a new cover following Russell's emergence as a star in his own right in the early s. Joining Keen were year-old guitarist Jimmy McCulloch who would eventually join Paul McCartney's Wings before dying of a heroin overdose instudio engineer Andy "Thunderclap" Newman who had worked with Pink Floyd, among others on piano, and Townshend himself on bass.
Following the success of Something In The Air, the group recorded an album, but sales were disappointing and the group soon disbanded.
Sardonicus, released in The album was originally going to be produced by Neil Young, but due to other commitments Young had to bow out, recommending David Briggs, who had already produced Young's first album with Crazy Horse, as a replacement. The first song to be released as a single was Animal Zoo, but the tune barely cracked the top charts.
The album itself did better on progressive FM stations and has since come to be regarded as a classic. For the B side of that record the band was allowed to record one of their own compositions. The result is a track that sounds a bit like a twisted variation on Muddy Waters's classic Rollin' And Tumblin'. Other than the slightly off-key vocals led by drummer Ginger Bakerthe only instrument heard on the track is a piano probably played by producer Felix Pappalardi.
King song in late To my knowledge, this novelty song was never included on any of the Turtle Blues - Big Brother & The Holding Company - Cheap Thrills (Vinyl albums. The song quickly dispelled any notion that the Doors might be one-hit wonders and helped establish the band as an international act as opposed to just another band from L. The album itself, Strange Days, was a turning point for Elektra Records as well, as it shifted the label's promotional efforts away from their original rock band, Love, to the Doors, who ironically had been recommended to the label by Love's leader, Arthur Lee.
The next project, however, did not go over quite so well. It had been over two years since the group's last major movie HELP! Unlike the previous two films, this new project would not follow traditional filmmaking procedures.
Instead it would be a more experimental piece; a series of loosely related songs and comedy vignettes connected by a loose plot about a bus trip to the countryside. Magical Mystery Tour made its debut in early December of to overwhelmingly negative reaction by viewers and critics alike partially because the film was shown in black and white on the tradition minded BBC-1 network; a later rebroadcast in color on BBC-2 went over much better.
The songs used in the film, however, were quite popular. Since there were only six of them, far too few for a regular LP, it was decided to issue the album as a pair of 45 RPM EPs, complete with lyric sheets and booklet recounting the story from the film.
In the US, where the six tunes were supplemented by the band's five remaining single sides from to create an LP, Magical Mystery Tour was only available in stereo. Although both the EP and LP versions have different sequencing than the telefilm, all three open the same way, with the film's title song.
Additionally, each member except maybe Ringo was starting to move off in his own direction as a songwriter. Nonetheless they went ahead with plans to form Apple, a company designed to market not only their music, but other products as well. The first album released on the new label was titled simply The Beatles and had a plain white cover, resulting in it soon becoming known as the White Album.
It was the Beatles' first double-LP set, and the only one to feature all-new material. The music covered a wide variety of styles, some of which are even now hard to describe. I defy anyone to define exactly what genre these two tracks are representative of. George Harrison had already written several songs that had appeared on various Beatle albums and an occasional B side throughbut his first acknowledged classic was While My Guitar Gently Weeps, which immediately follows Bungalow Bill on the album.
The recording features Harrison's close friend, guitarist Eric Clapton, who at that time was enjoying superstar status as a member of Cream. My original intention was to continue the project until I had ranked every recording in my collection, but after about ten years of near-continuous listening to minute cassette tapes that I would update weekly I finally decided that I needed a break, and never went back to it.
As a result, many of my favorite recordings especially album tracks never got ranked. Of those that did, every song on the top 10 was from the yearswith the top five all being from Although I never returned to the project itself, the results I did get convinced me that I was indeed stuck in the psychedelic era, and within five years I had created a radio show inspired by the project. Not surprisingly, the number one recording on my list was I Am The Walrus, a track from the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour that is often considered the apex of British psychedelia.
Although the group had no hit singles, some tracks, such as Ballad of the Hip Death Goddess received a significant amount of airplay on progressive "underground" FM stations.
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