Weekly Recommended Listens: February 2017: Week 2: Sixties Rock: Twangy Guitars Continued

Here’s our delayed weekly recommended music posting for the week of February 13, 2017.

As you may know, STLS has been upgrading equipment over the last week and StarCat has been up and down  – but this morning it is up for good so here are the music recommendations for last week and the recommendations for this week will be up by Saturday.

In succeeding weeks my plan is to have the Weekly Suggested Listening Recommendations posted on Thursdays — and I’ll start doing that next week – starting Thursday, March 2.

These weekly postings will offering suggestions of music you can listen to both through the library’s digital Freegal Music Service* and via the library’s compact disc collection. Our music theme for this year is Sixties Rock and our monthly theme Twangy Guitars. This weeks’ posting has five sections:

I. Freegal Music Recommendations Of The Week

II. CD Music Recommendations Of The Week

III. Videos

IV. Wild Card Print Book Recommendation: This recommendation will be a print book that focuses on a musician, musicians, songwriters or other musical genres, styles etc. from any musical era.

V. References & Brief Artist Bios (for those who’d like to know a bit more about the artists of the week).

This week our recommended trios of twangy guitar players, and their bands, are:

Johnny & The Hurricanes, The Shadows & The Ventures!

I. Freegal Music Recommendations Of The Week:


1. Johnny & The Hurricanes: Greatest Hits by Johnny and the Hurricanes:

This collection features the hits and more! J&TH best known songs are here including – Red River Rock, Beatnik Fly and Reveille Rock as are a number of other fun, bouncy favorites.

Here’s the link to the album:


2. The Shadows – Various Artists Collection Guitar Greats:

There is a complete album by The Shadows found in the Freegal Music Catalog; that album is titled The Albums and EP’s Collection 1961-1962 (https://goo.gl/OyqLGw); however, since the album covers a super short period of time and doesn’t feature their best known hits I’m going to recommend you stream a different album and then if you really love the sound of The Shadows you can go back and stream the Albums and EP’s Collection LP!

The album I’m recommending is a various artists collection titled Guitar Greats and it features music by many popular instrumentalists of the early sixties including Santo & Johnny (Sleep Walk), The Champs (Tequila), Bill Justis (Raunchy), Bo Diddley, Les Paul, Dick Dale, The Scotty Moore Trio and many more! And the album features three of The Shadows best -known hits: Apache, Kon-Tiki and Wonderful Land.

Here’s a link to the album:


3. The Ventures – No Trespassing – The First Four Albums:

The Ventures are, undoubtedly, the best known instrumental rock group of the sixties. And this collection includes the first four Ventures albums: Walk Don’t Run, The Ventures, Another Smash! and The Colorful Ventures. Included in this collection are some of the ventures most popular songs including: Perfidia, Ram Bunk Shush, Walk Don’t Run, Raunchy, Rawhide and more!

And a neat item of note as described by the publishers “Also included on this superb  set is a rare July 1961 radio interview with Ventures main men Bob Bogle and Don Wilson.”

Here’s a link to the album:

Freegal Notes:

To access Freegal Music from a desktop or laptop simply click on the following link:

The Freegal Music Catalog homepage will display — it looks like this:


The Freegal Music app can be found in your app store and it looks like this:


Freegal Wild Card Pick Of The Week:

The Wild Card Pick Of The Week may feature a recommended musician, band, composer or musical style of any time in the history of recorded music and is not tied to our yearly theme – thus the title “Wild Card Freegal Pick Of The Week.”

So without further ado here’s the Wild Card Freegal Music Pick for this week:


Traditional Music from Cape Breton Island by various artists:

This various artists collection includes music by Natalie MacMaster! Corning Civic Music fans may recall that Natalie MacMaster, and her husband Donnell Leahy, kicked off the 2016-2017 Civic Music concert series. I was fortunate enough to attend their September 24, 2016 concert and boy, can they both play the fiddle! Natalie MacMaster plays on two songs on this compilation: The Bonnie Lass of Headlake & Irish Lasses. Other artists featured in this collection include: Jerry Holland, John Morris Rankin, Brenda Stubbert, Howie MacDonald, Dougie MacDonald and more. If you like traditional fiddle music – you’ll like this album!

Here’s the Freegal link to the album:

About Requesting CDs This Week: Due to the upgrade of catalog equipment, not all of our recently added items, books, DVDs, CDs etc., are currently listed in StarCat even though they are available on our shelves – this includes three of our four CD recommendations the CDs by Johnny & The Hurricanes, The Ventures and our Wild Card CD pick of the week — Charley Pride’s four album collection Charley Pride – Country Charley Pride/The Country Way/Pride Of Country Music/Make Mine Country; those three CDs are available on our shelves so you can pick them up today. And of course, you can always call us and ask us to place requests for items and/or pull available items from our shelves and leave them at the Circulation Desk so you can pick them up later.

The library’s phone number is: 607-936-3713 and entering extension 501 will get you a live person to assist you!

And now, on to the recommended CDs!

II. Compact Discs Recommendations:


1. Johnny & The Hurricanes:

The Very Best Of Johnny & The Hurricanes

by Johnny & The Hurricanes:

This CD set contains 50 of the bands original recordings on two CDs. The hits are all here as are a solid number of other fun rocking tunes including: Red River Rock, Crossfire, Joy Ride, Milk Shake, Corn Bread, The Kid, Beatnik Fly, Traffic Jam and more!


2. The Shadows: Two Classic Albums Plus by The Shadows:

This set includes the classic Shadows albums The Shadows and Out of The Shadows as well as their classic era singles and EPs. The set includes over 100 hundred great classic instrumental songs! The songs include: Guitar Tango, FBI, Kon Tiki, Wonderful Land, Bongo Blues, Shadoogie, That’s My Desire and more!

Here’s a link to the request page for the CD:


3. The Ventures – No Trespassing – The First Four Albums:

The Ventures are, undoubtedly, the best known instrumental rock group of the sixties. And if you’ve read this entire posting to this point – then this will sound familiar!

And if think you’ve read it before – you have!

This is the exact same album I recommend you stream from the Freegal Music Catalog – this is simply the CD version instead!

As a reminder the collection includes the first four Ventures albums: Walk Don’t Run, The Ventures, Another which collectively contain more than 50 songs.

Wild Card CD Pick Of The Week:

Charley Pride – Country Charley Pride/The Country Way/Pride Of Country Music/Make Mine Country by Charley Pride

Our Wild Card CD Pick Of The Week is a four album CD set by the great country artists Charley Pride. The set, which includes four of Pride’s first five albums.

Charley Pride, began his recording career in the 1960s. Pride, who is black, broke the stereotypical mold by singing and recording country music. During his recording career he’s earned 36 number one country songs, 4 platinum and 30 gold albums! If you’re unfamiliar with his music he has an easy going voice and style which is somehow reassuring to listen to no matter what subject his is singing about. The songs in this collection include his first hit The Snake Crawls At Night, Yonder Comes A Sucker, The Last Thing On My Mind, Spell Of The Freight Train, Just Between You & Me and many more!

III. Videos:

Johnny & The Hurricanes:

Red River Rock live version recorded in 1981.

(A slightly fuzzy video – but you can see the actual band playing)

Red Rover Rock (original version) – the sounds is good for this video but you don’t get to see the band playing, instead you’re treated to 2 minutes of looking at a vintage photo of the group gathered around their touring van.

The Shadows:

Here’s a cool video of the Shadows playing their biggest hit – Apache.

The Ventures:

Introduced by Dick Clark here’s a link to a clip of the Ventures playing their biggest hit Walk—Don’t Run:

V. Wild Card Print Book Recommendation:

The Rolling Stones by Reuel Golden:

This is a great 522 page book, published by Taschen (they’re known for their photos) that features top notch photos of the Rolling Stones over the years. This book is what we use to call a “coffee table book” because of its size and the beautiful photos it contains. The book is about the size of three large pizza boxes and is a bit weighty so you’ll get a mini work out when you pick it up. Check it out!

Here’s the publisher description of the book:
“We were lucky enough to work with some of the greatest photographers in the world who captured many magical moments of our career. This volume brings together some incredible pictures spanning the past fifty years.” Mick Jagger

“This book isn’t just rock ‘n’ roll, it’s a roller coaster through fifty years of memory lane! “Keith Richards Ladies and gentlemen…The Rolling Stones!

The definitive, authorized illustrated history of the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band
The kind of fame and success The Rolling Stones have achieved in their 50-years and counting career is without parallel; their most famous riffs and catchiest lyrics are indelibly engraved in our collective memory. With their bluesy rock ‘n’ roll and mesmerizing off and onstage presence, the Stones redefined the music of the 1960s and 1970s and paved the way for rock as we know it today. They also set the standard for how a rock band should look and behave. Produced in close collaboration with the band, this book charts the Stones’ remarkable history and outrageously cool lifestyle in over 500 pages of photographs and illustrations, many previously unseen, and gathered from archives all over the world. Unprecedented access to the Rolling Stones’ own archives in New York and London adds an equally extraordinary, more private side to their story. For Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie this is their official photographic record.

Over 500 pages of incredible images from some of the world’s greatest photographers, including David Bailey, Peter Beard, Cecil Beaton, Anton Corbijn, Annie Leibovitz, Gered Mankowitz, Helmut Newton, Bent Rej, and Norman Parkinson

V. Brief Artists Bios, General References & Artist Specific References:

Brief Artists Bios:

Johnny & The Hurricanes:
Johnny & The Hurricanes formed in Toledo, Ohio in 1958. And they can be thought of as a roll over band in the sense that they were popular in the late 1950s and the early 1960s. The classic line up of the band included Paul Tesluk on organ, Dave Yorko on guitar, Lionel “Butch” Mattice on bass, Tony Kaye on drums and saxophonist and band leader Johnny Paris on saxophone. The group differed from The Ventures and The Shadows, who were guitar-centric, in prominently featuring the saxophone and organ playing of, respectively, Paris and Tesluk. Their most popular songs include: Crossfire, Reveille Rock, Beatnik Fly and their biggest hit Red River Rock. The group was exceptionally popular in Europe and when they played the Cavern Club in Hamburg, Germany in the early 60’s their opening act was a then little known band called The Beatles! Paris continued to tour with various versions of the band until he died in 2006.

The Shadows:
The Shadows: The Shadows formed in Hertfordshire, U.K. in the late 1950s. Their classic line up consisted of guitarists Hank B. Marvin & Bruce Welsh, drummer Jet Harris and drummer Tony Meehan.

The Shadows were Britain’s answer to the Ventures and the first British rock group to hold sway over the British charts – they were the most popular British rock group in the pre-Beatles era. The Shadows were originally named The Drifters and first stepped into the international lime light as British pop star as singer Cliff Richard’s back-up band. They changed their name to The Shadows in the early 1960s when the great American R&B group The Drifters emerged. Some of the Shadows most prominent songs include: Apache, F.B.I. Guitar Tanto, Don’t Make My Baby Blue & Kon-Tiki

The Shadow never had a hit in America; however, Shadows lead guitarist Hank Marvin cast a strong influence on succeeding generations of British guitarists and became the  U. K.’s first guitar super star so he really does rate mention right up there the other great American instrumental guitarists of the early Sixites era: Steve Cropper (Booker T. & The MG’s), Duane Eddy, Link Wray and Nokie Edwards (The Ventures).

The Ventures:
The Ventures were formed in Tacoma, Washington in 1959 and originally consisted of Bob Bugle on bass, Don Wilson on rhythm guitar, Nokie Edwards on lead guitar and Howie Johnson on drums. The classic line up of this guitar centered band included the previously mentioned Bugle, Wilson, Edwards and Mel Taylor on drums.

The Ventures are quite probably the best known instrumental rock group of all time and continue to play concerts to this day. Some of their most well-known hits include: Walk—Don’t Run, Ram-Bunk-Shush and Perfida.

Also notable is the fact that the Ventures jumped on the LP bandwagon by putting out long-playing records with themes. For example, one of their albums is titled The Colorful Ventures which features songs with colors in their title; another is titled The Ventures Perform the Great TV Themes. Ironically, one of their most popular albums,  The Ventures Play Telstar & The Lonely Bull, departed from that format and featured a number of well-known songs that have nothing to do with each other, from a thematic standpoint, including: Green Onions, Red River Rock, Percolator, Last Night, Let There Be Drums, Tequila, Apache and of course — Telstar.

General References:
Santelli, Robert. Sixties Rock: A Listener’s Guide. Contemporary Books. Chicago. 1985.

Corning Civic Music. http://www.corningcivicmusic.org/

Corning Civic Music: Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy. https://goo.gl/ne43G9

Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. Billboard Books. New York. 2009.

Artist Specific References:

Johnny & The Hurricanes References:

Johnny & The Hurricanes Artist Biography by Heather Phares. AllMusic.com.

Johnny Paris. American Pop Musician Who Led From Saxophone. The Guardian.

The Shadows:

The Shadows. Artists Biography by Bruce Eder. AllMusic.

The Ventures:

The Ventures: Artist Biography by John Bush. AllMusic.

That is it for our music recommendations for the week of February 13 – the newest recommended Sixties listening suggestions will be posted by Saturday.

Have a great day!
Linda, SSCL

P.S. If you have any questions about how to download or stream free music through the Freegal Music service to a desktop or laptop computer or how to download and use the Freegal Music app let us know! Drop by the library or give us a call at: 607-936-3713

*You must have a library card at a Southern Tier Library System member library to enjoy the Freegal Music Service. Your card can be from any library in the system, and the system includes all public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Allegheny Counties and including our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York. Library cards are free and at our library you can obtain one by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features both your name and your current address.

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