Hi everyone, we’re on the final week of our month long look at the music of the second British Invasion of the Sixties, which ran from June of 1967 through the end of the sixties.
Next week we’ll start a month long look and listen to some of the best soul artists of the sixties.
For this final week of July, we’ll be taking a listen to the music of Procol Harum, King Crimson & The Small Faces. And on a beginning note, just in case anyone isn’t familiar with the music of these three bands two of them, Procol Harum and King Crimson, produced music that is more down the experimental progressive path and the third, Small Faces features music that is more of the straight ahead rock n roll variety.
I. Freegal Music Recommendations Of The Week (streaming music):
Procal Harum: Procol Harum formed in the U.K. in the mid-sixites. The original line-up included singer and keyboardist Gary Brooker, lyricist Keith Reid, Ray Royer on guitar, Matthew Fisher on organ, Dave Knights on bass and Bobby Harrison on drums. Also of note, the band’s lead guitarist from 1968-1971 was Robin Trower who received greater acclaim in the 1970s as a solo artist.
Procol Harum’s best known songs include: A Whiter Shade of Pale, A Salty Dog, Beyond the Pale, Ceredes, Grand Hotel and Conquistador.
In the sixties the group released three LPs:
Procol Harum (1967)
Shine on Brightly (1968)
A Salty Dog (1969)
The Freegal Music Catalog doesn’t feature any albums by Procol Harum but they do offer several by guitarist Robin Trower including one he did with Cream bassist, songwriter and singer Jack Bruce titled Songs From The Road – which is a great album, although it does hearken more to the heavier guitar music played in the seventies than what we expect to hear from musicians and bands of the sixties – which is fair as the album was recorded in 2009!
Songs From The Road
The album was recorded live and features the songs Distance Places of the Heart, Sunshine of Your Love, So Far Yesterday, Just Another Day, White Room and Politician.
Here’s a link to stream the LP:
Living Out Of Time LP by Robin Trower
Also in the Freegal Music Catalog is the Robin Trower solo album Living Out of Time Live which features the songs Sweet Angel, What’s Your Name & Rise Up Like The Sun.
Here’s a link to stream that LP:
King Crimson: King Crimson wasn’t a singles band. Instead during the late sixties, when psychedelic music was in vogue, they produced music that blended rock, jazz and classical elements. The group was together only five years and had a shifting line-up; however, the key players in the group during that time included experimental guitarist Robert Fripp, lyricists Peter Sinefield, multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald later of Foreigner, Greg Lake later of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, bassist Peter Giles and drummer Mike Giles.
Some of King Crimson’s best known songs include: 21st Century Schizoid Man, Dinosaur, Easy Money, Fracture, I Talk To The Wind & Elephant Talk.
The Freegal Music Catalog doesn’t contain any King Crimson albums; however, the do feature a full-length spoken album by Robert Fripp. And when I say “spoken” what I mean is that this LP features a live non-musical recording Robert Fripp made before an audience – it is an interesting album if you’d like to know more about Robert Fripp, his humor and his recording career – check it out!
Robert Fripp… Unplugged!
For those that would prefer to stream music by King Crimson – here’s a link to YouTube to stream their song Moonchild from their first LP In the Court of the Crimson King:
Small Faces: The AllMusic biography of the Small Faces notes that they “were the best English band never to hit it big in America. Outside Europe, all anybody remembers them for is their sole hit, “Itchycoo Park,” which was hardly representative of their psychedelic sound, much less their full musical range — but in England, Small Faces were one of the most extraordinary and successful bands of the mid-’60s, serious competitors to the Who and potential rivals to the Rolling Stones.” And I think that assessment is spot on accurate! Small Faces were a great classic rock band whose original line-up consisted of Steve Marriott on guitar and vocals, Ronnie Lane on bass and backing vocals, Jimmy Winston on organ and future Who member Kenney Jones on drums.
Some of their best known songs include: Shake, What’cha Gonna Do About It, Itchycoo Park, Afterglow, Rene, Lazy Sunday and My Way of Giving.
The group released four albums in the sixties:
Small Faces (Decca Records, 1966)
Small Faces (Immediate Records, 1966)
Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake (1968)
There Are But Four Small Faces (1969)
In 1970 Steve Marriott left the band to form Humble Pie and the group was Ron Wood and Rod Stewart join the band for the album First Steps. The original band’s name came about due to the fact that Marriott, Lane, Winston and Wood were all of short stature – Ron Wood and Rod Stewart, on the other hand, are tall – so after they joined the group the band dropped the small from their name and simply became the Faces.
I’m going to recommend two albums by the Small Faces, their 1966 Immediate label self-titled album Small Faces and Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake from 1967.
Small Faces (Immediate Records)
This album features mono and stereo recordings and includes the songs: (Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me? Something I Want To Tell You, Feeling Lonely, Happy Boys Happy. Things Are Going To Get Better and more:
Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake
And my favorite Small Faces album is their Sgt. Pepper’s inspired Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake which is fun and hilarious!
Songs on the LP include: Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake, Afterglow, Long Agos and Worlds Apart, Rene, Songs of a Baker & Lazy Sunday.
Be advised though, this album is a little bit risqué (so now you have to listen to it!)
Here’s link to stream the album:
II. CD Recommendations Of The Week
Procol Harum (1967)
This is the group’s debut album. It contains the songs: A Whiter Shade of Pale, Conquistador, Salad Days, She Wandered Through the Garden Fence and Cerdes (Outside the Gates Of).
Here’s a link to request the CD version of the LP:
In the Court of the Crimson King – 30th Anniv. Ed.
That a group has a 30th anniversary special edition of an album tells us that the album is worth a listen to! This first King Crimson album contains the following songs: 21st Century Schizoid Man (Including Mirrors, I Talk To The Wind, Epitaph (Including March For No Reason/Tomorrow And Tomorrow, Moonchild (Including The Dream/The Illusion)& The Court Of The Crimson Song (Including The Return Of The Fire Witch/The Dance Of The Puppets)
Here’s the link to request the CD version of the album:
Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake
As I mentioned when I recommended this album as streaming favorite – it is a great LP that was obviously very influences by Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – but this one has a more playful nature to it. If you haven’t heard it – I highly recommend it!
Here’s a link to request the CD:
III. Videos of the Aritsts/Groups of the Week:
A Whiter Shade of Pale & Kaleidoscope
21st Century Schizoid Man (Live at Hyde Park 1969)
Cat Food-Top Of The Pops March 1970
Lazy Sunday Afternoon
The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)
Sixties Rock: A Listener’s Guide by Robert Santelli (Contemporary Books. Chicago. 1985.)
All artist/group biographical information is from the AllMusic site except as noted. The AllMusic site is found at:
Have a great day!
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