Category: Albums of 1967

Al Hirt ‘Soul in the Horn’

  Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Harlem Hendoo” by Al Hirt Time was running out. By 1968, the gravy train that artists like Al Hirt and Herb Alpert had ridden to fame on, was about to make a stop. Sure, Alpert would score his last huge hit, the #1 Bacharach and David gem “This Guy’s In Love With You” in 1968, but shortly after that, even Alpert’s run at the top would end until the mid-1980s. Things were even worse for Al Hirt. It had been four years since Hirt was on the top with singles like the Allen Toussaint-penned “Java,” “The Green Hornet Theme” and “Sugar Lips,” plus top-ten albums like Honey In The Horn”...

Sebastian Cabot, actor; Bob Dylan, poet ‘A Dramatic Reading with Music’

Posted 18 Jan 2013 in Albums of 1967, Albums of the 60s, Bob Dylan

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#826 in the Series) is Sebastian Cabot, actor; Bob Dylan, poet. A Dramatic Reading with Music.  ..Like one of our favorite comedy troupes once proclaimed…”And Now For Something Completely Different.” You’d be hard pressed to find something as different as this. What I like about this album is the fact that it’s of course a novelty album, a “what the heck, why not album” yet it has a redeeming quality that makes me actually like it on a non-novelty level. It is just what the title says it is. It’s the late actor Sebastian Cabot giving a dramatic reading to Bob Dylan’s lyrics. Mr Cabot is probably best known at least here...

Peter Paul and Mary ‘If I Had My Way’

  Song Of the Day by Eric Berman – “If I Had My Way” by Peter, Paul and Mary They were the original prefab group, put together by their manager much in the same way that The Monkees were. But instead of a casting call, Albert Grossman knew exactly what he was looking for to form his folk group…two bearded guys (one on stand-up bass, one on guitar) and one woman, preferably a blonde, who could all sing. That’s how the folk trio of Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey & Mary Travers came to be. But unlike The Monkees who were ridiculed by many and spent years proving to their audience that they were the real thing, PP&M were welcomed...

Arlo Guthrie ‘Alice’s Restaurant’

Posted 21 Nov 2012 in Albums of 1967, Albums of the 60s

  Today’s Cool Album of The Day is  is Arlo Guthrie, Alice’s Restaurant. An American Classic, simply put. Alice’s Restaurant was recorded and released in 1967. It was Woodie Guthrie’s son, Arlo’s, debut album. The story of ‘Alice’s Restaurant Massacre” is a wonderful tale, full of humor and Americana. It is some marvelous story telling.  It’s a tale that needs to be listened to.  It’s the full side of the album. It could have been longer as far as I’m concerned. Many radio stations break format on Thanksgiving and will play this lengthy track.  We’re thankful for that.  We have the full song below for you to listen to. Sit back, relax and enjoy this Arlo Guthrie classic. We’re...

Vanilla Fudge “Vanilla Fudge”

Posted 14 Apr 2012 in Albums of 1967, Albums of the 60s, Rock + Roll

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#678 in the Series) is the debut from Vanilla Fudge. This was another one of those albums that was in my older sister’s record collection as a kid. In fact, one of my sisters saw Vanilla Fudge when they were still playing little bars when they would come thru Chicago.  That must have been pretty darn cool. However, if you saw them touring for this album, you really didn’t know what they would become. This was their debut, and it was all cover tunes. As we’re well aware, releasing an album of complete covers is en vogue now, but it wasn’t at the time. It was even more surprising considering the completely...

The Beach Boys “Smile”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#541 in the Series) is The Beach Boys, SMiLE Is SMiLE a magnificent work of inspired musical genius or an over-hyped load of half-formed, unfinished nonsense? You decide! Rumour, speculation, lies, half-truths, assumptions, deliberate misleads and red herrings, guesswork………it seems that SMiLE has been, and no doubt shall continue to be, the subject of all of the above and lots more besides. For many people, their opinion of this album (regularly cited as “the greatest lost classic” of all time) depends on not just the music which has crept out over the years, but also upon just whose version of events they choose to believe. And everyone involved with SMiLE seems to have...

Procol Harum “Procol Harum”

Posted 14 Sep 2011 in 00s, Albums of 1967, Albums of the 60s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#495 in the Series) is the debut album from Procol Harum. This was Procol Harum’s debut album and it was released in 1967.  I’ll go and say it. I think it contains two of the best songs of the decade. One for sure, the other, maybe it’s more of a personal favorite. I don’t think there’s any doubt that I’m referring to “Whiter Shade of Pale.” This is an absolute 100% masterpiece of a song.  It was written by the band’s lead vocalist Gary Brooker and lyricist Keith Reid. (Or was it? More on that later) And Yes, I did say lyricist.  Keith Reid was considered a full-fledged band member even though; he...

Aretha Franklin “I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#419 in the Series) is Aretha Franklin, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You When Columbia Records signed the 18 year old Aretha Franklin in 1960 they must have been absolutely delighted. There was no doubt that the kid had tremendous talent and years of singing and playing gospel music along with her father and sisters had given her the confidence and experience to go with it. There was surely no doubt that she would go on, very soon, to be one of the biggest stars the label had ever had. Leaving her home in Detroit for New York to work with some of the finest musicians in the country as...

The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Are You Experienced?”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#322 in the Series) is The Jimi Hendrix, Are You Experienced? I started making my notes and was thinking, “what can I say about an album that everyone pretty much knows already.” Well, there’s not much really. You know what jumped out at my first? What I noticed was the length of these tracks.  Over the years we think about these long, guitar solo heavy Hendrix pieces. It’s funny to look at all these track lengths in the two minute and low three minute times. This was Jimi’s debut album. QUICKLY!!! How many official studio albums did he release? Again, it’s hard to believe, but there were only three Hendrix albums.  Are You...

The Moody Blues “Days of Future Passed”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#225 in the Series) is The Moody Blues, Days of Future Passed. When listening back to this album the first thing that hits me is “This was 1967!”  I remember hearing some of the hit songs on the radio when I was a kid. I wish I would have remembered more what people were saying about the release.  This was definitely ahead of his time stuff.   How many bands had orchestral arrangements in their music? I was thinking which other acts featured an orchestra ‘back in the day.’  I came up with Procol Harem (Live), Pink Floyd (Ummagumma), Emerson, Lake and Palmer (Pictures at an Exhibition), King Crimson (Court of the Crimson King.) ...

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