Category: 60s

Iron Butterfly “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”

Posted 22 Aug 2011 in 60s, Albums of 1968, Albums of the 60s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#473 in the Series) is Iron Butterfly, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida I told this story originally as part of the Sergio Mendes and Brazil 66 write up. It needs to be here as well. I know I’ve mentioned many times in these parts how much of a part my two older sisters (Tina and Judy) played in getting me started on listening to good music. Tina was the older one; she always made sure that she had on “Where The Action Is” or “Shindig” in the afternoons.  She added the first albums to the family record collection that were not my father’s stuff like Al Martino, Mario Lanza or Robertino “The Young Italian Singing Sensation.”  Judy...

James Brown “Live at the Apollo”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#442 in the Series) is James Brown, Live at the Apollo I often look at “Top” lists when I decide which album to feature.  I sometimes look thru “Top Live Albums” and such just to get ideas. The one album that may show up more than any other album on those top lists is this one, James Brown, Live at the Apollo. This was recorded in late 1962 and released in 1963.  I wonder, not only is this one of the best live albums of all time, but it’s also got to be one of the first live albums as well. What’s more interesting is the fact that this album almost was never...

Chicago Transit Authority ‘Chicago Transit Authority’

Posted 05 Jul 2011 in 60s, Albums of 1969, Albums of the 60s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#425 in the Series) is Chicago Transit Authority. How times have changed in the music industry.  I remember an era when if you were a pretty decent band, honed your writing skills, your playing skills and your overall package, you had a decent chance of getting a record deal.  If you had a following, you had a real good chance.  The labels often didn’t even expect anything from your first offering. They were often content to invest in you for the long term.  Start you off with album one, get you noticed and then try to just advance from there, album by album.  In fact, they worried more about over exposing you than...

The Meters “Look-Ka Py Py”

Posted 04 Jun 2011 in 60s, Albums of 1969, Albums of the 60s, Funk

Today’s Cool Album of the Day(#395 in the Series) is The Meters, Look-Ka Py Py Today we’re going to take a look at The Meters’ classic album called Look-Ka Py Py. Classic you say? Well, for its genre it is. Actually you can probably say maybe even more than that.  We’ve referred to that Rolling Stone Top 500 Albums of all-time list more than once in these parts. Well, The Meters had the #138 entry with Rejuvenation while Look-Ka Py Py was listed at #218.  So I guess they actually had a pair of classic albums. So you’re not familiar with The Meters you say and “what genre is that of you speak?” Yeah, I guess I’m getting a...

Johnny Cash “at Folsom Prison”

Posted 13 May 2011 in 60s, Albums of 1968, Albums of the 60s, Country, Live

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#373 in the Series) is Johnny Cash,  at Folsom Prison. Rosanne Cash was on tour recently on a west coast tour, one of her stops was in Folsom, California.  While there, she made a stop to the prison where her famous father recorded one of his most famous albums 44 years earlier. She played a few songs in the lunchroom, just as he once did.  Many times I think about concerts and say “I wish I were there.” This is one that hearing a tape would be just as fine, thank you. Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison almost did not happen.  It was in the works for some time and then some major...

Sly and the Family Stone ” Stand!”

Posted 02 May 2011 in 60s, Albums of 1969, Albums of the 60s, Funk, Soul/R+B

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#362 in the Series) is Sly and the Family Stone, Stand! Unfortunately, Sly Stone has built one legacy. That legacy being, never showing up, or if he does, showing up very late for his gigs. I’ve heard these stories over and over.  Are they deserved, yeah, and they were not the only instances of bizarre behavior in his days.  Let’s not forget the weird exit at the Grammy’s just a few years ago. He left the stage near the end of a medley of some of his best works; strangely leaving “his” band to finish it off without him. I used the word unfortunately, why?  That’s because for some time, he was one...

Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass “Whipped Cream & Other Delights”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#337 in the Series) is Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Whipped Cream & Other Delights OK, A question for all the baby-boomer guys in the room. Do I even need to do a write-up for this album? I don’t think the music really mattered to us when we were curious young men! Back in 1965, Herb Alpert was the king of cool. This music was everywhere. It was in all the cool places as well. The popularity of this trumpet and brass driven jazz fit in well with the likes of the James Bond hits of the day.  Think Casino Royale! As I’m guessing most of you know that the great band-leader,...

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...

Paul Revere and the Raiders “Midnight Ride”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#320 in the Series) is Paul Revere and the Raiders, Midnight Ride. This is another album that was a staple during my formative years.  My two older sisters didn’t bring home a ton of albums but this is one that they did.  I played it to death. Well, in all actuality I played “Kicks” to death.  I probably should have had them buy me the 45. It could have saved them some wear on their album. I only learned years later that the song was actually drug related. I just thought it was cool! This, as do many Paul Revere and the Raiders albums, falls into the same formula. That being, “Go ahead boys, feel free...

The Beach Boys “Pet Sounds”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#308 in the Series and #2 in the Whale Wednesday Series) is The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds. Beach Boys, Pet Sounds and The Beatles, Sgt. Peppers.   I think we know the relationship between these two albums.   If you don’t, really quickly, Pet Sounds was released directly before Sgt. Peppers.  The Beatles were heavily influenced by the  Beach Boys use of structure and over dubbing.  That story is well told, I’m not going to rehash it now.  Paul McCartney has even been quoted as saying that “God Only Knows,” a Pet Sounds single, is his favorite song.  (Hey Paul, if you’re reading… I’d lean towards “Caroline, No” actually.) This was another one of those...

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