Category: Albums of 1968

Gabor Szabo ‘Bacchanal’

  Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Bacchanal” by Gabor Szabo Yesterday, I wrote about the Lena Horne/Gabor Szabo album Lena & Gabor. In doing so, I listened to that album, plus records by Lena Horne and Gabor Szabo while researching the piece.  As a result, I decided to feature one of Sazabo’s great albums today, and to reuse some of the information that I used in yesterday’s post. Gabor Szabo was one of the few guitarists whose stands comfortably beside Jerry Garcia when it comes to guitar sound, technique and improvisatory style. His use of Indian and Middle Eastern scales had a profound influence on the likes of John McLaughlin, Carlos Santana, Robbie Krieger of The...

The Who ‘Magic Bus: The Who On Tour’

  Song Of The Day by Eric Berman   –   “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by The Who Psychedelic Ox from an album reviled by the band, but truly loved by fans. Today’s Song Of The Day was originally a 1968 B-side written by Who bassist John Entwistle.  The song ended up on the album Magic Bus: The Who On Tour, which contrary to its title was not a live recording, but a compilation of studio off tracks from other releases. The 1968 album, which was compiled for American and Canadian markets only, included tracks from EPs (primarily the 1966 EP, Ready Steady Who) and stray singles, with a dash of a few already available cuts from the...

Fats Domino ‘Fats is Back’

  Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Lady Madonna” by Fats Domino Reprise Records was one of the labels to be on in the 1960s. What started out as the house that Frank Sinatra built, chock full of releases by his cronies like Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., turned into Mo’s home when Sinatra sold the label to Warner Brothers in 1963, and Mo Ostin began to sign artists to the label. Ostin ran the label as a haven for artists and under his aegis, a hip cadre of musicians like Randy Newman, Joni Mitchell, The Kinks, Arlo Guthrie, Ry Cooder, Neil Young, T. Rex, Pentangle, Gram Parsons, Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, Gordon Lightfoot, Jimi Hendrix and...

Bread ‘Make it With You’

  Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Make It With You” by Bread To some, Bread’s brand of soft rock was nothing more than insipid drivel. To others they were purveyors of well-crafted, easy listening staples that provided some of the greatest guilty pleasures to be heard on AM radio during the early ‘70s. To me, their songs were minor annoyances that didn’t make me rush to change the station when they used to pop up on the radio, but now their heavenly brand of melody-driven soft rock provides a welcome dose of nostalgia for the wonder years every time I hear them. When they released their first eponymously titled album in 1969, the band consisted of...

The Golden Toadstools ‘Silly Savage’

  Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Silly Savage” by The Golden Toadstools “Chuck Berry, strawberry, cranberry and dingleberry, baby!” And so begins one of the most funked-up romps I’ve ever heard this side of the Godfather Of Soul himself!  Next to nothing is known about The Golden Toadstools, who originally released this one-off record written by Merlin Jones and Wayne Branham back in 1966. After doing much research I couldn’t come up with any information about who Jones and Branham are, who the group was or where they were from. All I could find is information about the record label that released this one of a kind record, which duly follows. The record was released on...

Zager and Evans ‘In The Year 2525’

  New Year’s Eve Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “In The Year 2525” by Zager and Evans Denny Zager and Rick Evans met in college in Nebraska in the early 1960s and began playing music together. They wrote the song in 1964 and recorded it and released it on the local Truth record label in 1968. Once the song became a regional hit on radio stations in Nebraska, the duo was picked up by RCA records who released it nationally where it reached the top of the charts for six weeks during the summer of ’69, just in time for man’s first steps on the moon. It was also the number one record in the country...

John Fahey ‘Requia and Other Compositions for Guitar Solo’

  Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Requiem For John Hurt” by John Fahey  I buy most of my music these days on line. I either purchase from Amazon where I can take advantage of free shipping, eBay where I can score clean copies of used records or directly from record labels like Polyvinyl and Third Man Records. Earlier today I got a rush and gave my friend John a call and we went down to a small independent record store in Barrington, Illinois called Rainbow Records. I had been to Rainbow once before on Black Friday Record Store Day and thought the store was pretty cool, so I made a mental note to come back again...

The Mothers of Invention ‘We’re Only In It For The Money ‘

  Song Of the Day by Eric Berman – “Mother People” by The Mothers Of Invention – Every Christmas Eve through Christmas morning I manage a homeless shelter in an area church. It gives the regular workers a night off on their holiest of holidays, and it is something that I find very rewarding. Inevitably every year, I either get home after, or someone comes up to me during the 15 hour shift to tell me of some celebrity who has passed. So it was that I came home today, not only to the news that we lost the great actors, Jack Klugman and Charles Durning, but we also lost Ray Collins of The Mothers Of Invention. Collins was...

Doug Dillard & Gene Clark ‘The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark’

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#785 in the Series) is Doug Dillard & Gene Clark, The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark They may have only recorded together for (roughly) eighteen months but in that short but productive period of time Dillard & Clark made some of the best music you’ll ever hear, two albums and a single which still sound fantastic all these years later. Best of the material though is undoubtedly this superb debut album from October 1968. It’s an album which is a definitive document, and a cornerstone release, of the (then) burgeoning country-rock movement, an album which took the traditional forms of bluegrass, country and folk, gave them a shake, added electric instruments...

The Beacon Street Union ‘The Eyes of The Beacon Street Union’

Posted 20 Sep 2012 in Albums of 1968, Albums of the 60s, Rock + Roll

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#782 in the Series) is The Beacon Street Union, The Eyes of The Beacon Street Union Boston, over the years, has produced some top notch rock and roll bands (other than Boston) like J. Geils and Aerosmith. Boston in the late 60’s had a thriving “underground” music scene that produced East Coast progenitors of “psychedelic” sounds, like Ultimate Spinach, Orpheus and The Beacon Street Union. The Eyes of The Beacon Street Union was  the bands’ first recording, released in 1968. The group started out as college buddies “getting a band together”, playing dances at first, then getting good gigs backing up Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and opening for the Velvet Underground. The BSU...

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