Hi everyone, it has been a very, very busy week in Library Land and I am swamped!
So our regular weekly recommended music posting, this month spotlighting blues rock of the Sixties, is going to get bumped to Saturday.
And in the meantime, here are three suggested albums of the Sixties that you can access through Freegal* – enjoy!
Suggestion 1: Kind of a Drag (Expanded Edition) by The Buckinghams
Given its source, Kind of a Drag was one of the most extraordinary albums of the 1960s. One expected great, diverse LPs out of the likes of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, among others; by contrast, even the better albums by top garage-punk outfits such as the 13th Floor Elevators generally had a one-note feel to them, or were conspicuously strong in one direction. So when a Chicago-based garage band (or were they a garage band?) like the Buckinghams, with one serious hit (the title track) to their name, put out a long-player that embraced soul, blues, garage punk, and English pop-rock with just about equal aplomb, it must have caught purchasers, radio programmers, and music writers alike off guard. Kind of a Drag isn’t the kind of searing punk document that their Windy City rivals the Shadows of Knight presented with their two LPs — the latter group’s work stood next to the Buckinghams roughly where the Who’s albums did next to those of the Beatles. The Buckinghams’ lean, guitar-driven garage punk versions of “Sweets for My Sweet” (a cover of the Searchers’ version, not the Drifters’) and the Hollies’ “I’ve Been Wrong” are juxtaposed with a horn-ornamented version of the Beatles’ “I Call Your Name” — on which the lead guitar is playing what sound almost like mandolin riffs; and all are sandwiched between the horn-driven “I’ll Go Crazy” and the raw, bluesy “I’m a Man” (patterned after the Yardbirds’ rendition, with some twists that are all the Buckinghams’ own). They still come off somewhat as light-weights, as on their cover of “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” but that’s a minor lapse. The Sundazed CD reissue restores “I’m a Man,” which was pulled off of the original LP, and it also has about the best sound that this release has ever offered. AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder
Here’s a link to stream the album through Freegal: https://goo.gl/wu1EuG
Suggestion 2: Do you Believe In Magic by The Lovin’ Spoonful
By the time of its release, the Lovin’ Spoonful’s debut album was already a significant record because of the inclusion of its title track, John Sebastian’s timeless anthem to love and music, which had been one of the major hits of the summer of 1965. The album elaborated upon Sebastian’s gentle, winning songwriting style with the humorous “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind,” which was released as a single in the spring of 1966 and became another Spoonful hit, and the wistful “Younger Girl,” which became a chart hit for the Critters. The album also revealed the group’s jug band roots in its arrangements of traditional songs like “Fishin’ Blues” and “Wild About My Lovin'” and revealed that lead guitarist Zal Yanovsky and drummer Joe Butler, while not quite in Sebastian’s league, were good singers as well. The Spoonful would be remembered as a vehicle for Sebastian’s songwriting, but Do You Believe in Magic was a well-rounded collection that demonstrated their effectiveness as a group. AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann
Here’s a link to stream the album: https://goo.gl/sZJTpP
Suggestion 3: Lovely To See You: Live by The Moody Blues
This Moody Blues album was recorded live in 2005 and features some of their classic sixties songs including: Nights In White Satin and Tuesday Afternoon as well as, some of their more “recent” material including In Your Wildest Dreams and The Otherside of Life. This is fun live album perfect to listen to while kicking back and relaxing!
Here’s a link to stream the album: https://goo.gl/6tHgq0
The Buckingham’s Kind Of A Drag
The Lovin’ Spoonful’s Do you Believe In Magic
The Moody Blues – Lovely To See You
* You must have a library card to stream music through The Freegal Music service. The service is free for all library card holders though-out the entire Southern Tier Library System – this includes all public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Allegheny Counties.