Weekly Recommended Listens: July 2017, Week 3: Sixties Rock: The Second British Invasion – British Rock From 1967-1970

Hi everyone, this is week 3 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.

This week we’ll be taking a listen to the music of The Moody Blues, Jethro Tull and Joe Cocker.

I. Freegal Music Recommendations Of The Week (streaming music):

The Moody Blues: The Moody Blues started out as an R&B group and through the sixties transitioned into a group that featured rich orchestrations as a background for their musical story telling. The band formed in Birmingham in 1964 and originally consisted of Denny Laine on guitar and vocals, Mike Pinder on keyboards and vocals, Ray Thomas on harmonica and vocals, Clint Warwick on bass and Graeme Edge on drums. This line-up had one hit – 1964’s Go Now. After the release of their first single Laine and Warwick left the group and John Lodge (bass) and Justin Heyward (guitar/vocals) joined the band – and thus their classic line up was in place.

The Moody Blues released six albums in the sixties:
The Magnificent Moodies (1965)
Go Now (1965)
Days of Future Passed (1967)
On the Threshold of a Dream (1968)
To Our Children’s Children’s Children (1969)

Freegal Moody Blues Streaming Suggestion:

Lovely To See You…Live

The Freegal Music catalog doesn’t feature any studio albums by the Moody Blues. However, they do have a greatest hits live LP from 2005 which features many of the band’s classic sixties songs and some from the seventies and eighties too.

Here’s the song list for Lovely to See You Live:
1. Lovely to See You, 2. Tuesday Afternoon, 3. Lean on Me (Tonight), 4. The Actor, 5. Steppin’ in a Slide Zone , 6. The Voice, 7. Talking Out of Turn, 8. I Know You’re Out There Somewhere, 9. The Story In Your Eyes, 10. Forever Autumn, 11. Your Wildest Dreams, 12. Isn’t Life Strange, 13. The Other Side of Life, 14. December Snow, 15. Higher and Higher, 16. Are You Sitting Comfortably?, 17. I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock & Roll Band), 18. Nights in White Satin, 19. Question, 20. Ride My See-Saw

And here’s a link to stream the Lovely to See You Live album:
https://goo.gl/6tHgq0

Jethro Tull: Jethro Tull formed in England in the mid-sixties and its classic sixties line-up consisted of multi-instrumentalist Ian Anderson on vocals, Glenn Cornick on bass, Mick Abrahams on guitar and Clive Bunker on drums.

I think Bruce Elder well sums up the appeal of Jethro Tull’s music in his AllMusic bio of the band when he says “Jethro Tull were a unique phenomenon in popular music history. Their mix of hard rock, folk melodies, blues licks, surreal, impossibly dense lyrics, and overall profundity defied easy analysis, but that didn’t dissuade fans from giving them 11 gold and five platinum albums.” I agree with that assessment! Jethro Tull produces music that blends a number of musical styles, more than the average rock band by far, and as a result offers a great listening experience.

Jethro Tull’s released two LPs in the Sixties:

This Was (1968)
&
Stand Up (1969)

And although their sixties albums sound great, I can’t help but mention that they produced some really great albums in the seventies too – of particular note are Aqualung (1971), Thick As A Brick (1972) and Minstrel in the Gallery (1975) all three of which are requestable in StarCat

Freegal Jethro Tull Streaming Suggestion:

Aqualung Live:

The Freegal Catalog features a few studio albums by Jethro Tull and even a Christmas album; but none of the studio albums they released in the sixties or seventies.

However, the Catalog does feature the Aqualung Live album recorded in 2005 – it sounds slightly mellower than the original to my ears but is well worth a listen here’s the link:

https://goo.gl/T8JrjP

Joe Cocker: British R&B singer Joe Cocker hit number 1 in the U.K. with his cover of The Beatles With A Little Help From My Friends in 1968. The following year he appeared at Woodstock and his energized performance has gone down in rock history.

Cocker’s first three albums, With A Little Help From My Friends (1968), Joe Cocker! (1969) and the double live Mad Dogs & Englishmen (1970) cemented his reputation as one of the greatest classic rock singers. His vintage sixties songs include the aforementioned With A Little Help From My Friends, Delta Lady, Cry Me A River, She Came in Through the Bathroom Window, High Time We Went and The Letter.

Also of note, after the sixties he had two huge hits; the ballad You Are So Beautiful in 1975 and a number 1 duet with Jennifer Warnes – Up Where We Belong in 1982.

The Freegal Music Catalog does feature several of Joe Cocker’s studio albums; however, they are all from the 1990s. You can check out his With A Little Help From My Friends album on CD – for more information check out the CD Recommendations Section below.

Joe Cocker Freegal Streaming Suggestion: 

Have A Little Faith

If you’d like to stream one of Joe Cocker’s albums to get a musical taste of the waters, as it were, you can stream a solid album of his from 1994 called Have a Little Faith. The album features the following songs: Let the Healing Begin, Have a Little Faith In Me, The Simple Things, Summer In the City, Soul Time and Angeline.

Here’s a link to stream Have A Little Faith:
https://goo.gl/E5fW32

II. CD Recommendations Of The Week

The Moody Blues:

Days of Future Passed:
This 1967 album was a watermark album for the group because it ventured beyond the classic rock format offering a concept album that told the story of a day and had the band backed by the London Festival Orchestra.

Here is the song list for the LP:

1. The Day Begins

2. Dawn: Dawn is A Feeling

3. The Morning: Another Morning

4. Lunch Break: Peek Hour

5. The Afternoon: Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?)/Time to Get Away

6. Evening: The Sun Set/Twilight Time

7. The Night: Nights in White Satin

And here’s a link to request a CD version of Days of Future Passed:

https://goo.gl/xJ1QQT

Jethro Tull:

This Was, Stand Up & Benefit Set

The band’s first three albums, This Was, Stand Up & Benefit are available in one multi-disc collection.

Here is the song list for the CD set:

Disc: 1 (This Was)
1. My Sunday Feeling (2001 Remastered Version)
2. Some Day the Sun Won’t Shine for You (2001 Remastered Version)
3. Beggar’s Farm (2001 Remastered Version)
4. Move on Alone (2001 Remastered Version)
5. Serenade to a Cuckoo (2001 Remastered Version)
6. Dharma for One (2001 Remastered Version)
7. It’s Breaking Me Up (2001 Remastered Version)
8. Cat’s Squirrel (2001 Remastered Version)
9. A Song for Jeffrey (2001 Remastered Version)
10. Round (2001 Remastered Version)

Disc: 2 (Stand Up)
1. A New Day Yesterday (2001 Remastered Version)
2. Jeffrey Goes to Leicester Square (2001 Remastered Version)
3. Bouree (2001 Remastered Version)
4. Back to the Family (2001 Remastered Version)
5. Look Into the Sun (2001 Remastered Version)
6. Nothing Is Easy (2001 Remastered Version)
7. Fat Man (2001 Remastered Version)
8. We Used to Know (2001 Remastered Version)
9. Reason for Waiting (2001 Remastered Version)
10. For a Thousand Mothers (2001 Remastered Version)

Disc: 3 (Benefit)
1. With You There to Help Me
2. Nothing to Say
3. Alive and Well and Living in
4. Son
5. For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me
6. To Cry You a Song
7. A Time for Everything
8. Inside
9. Play in Time
10. Sossity You’re a Woman

Here’s a link to request the CD via StarCat:
https://goo.gl/xogp99

Joe Cocker:


With A Little Help From My Friends

This is Joe Cocker’s second album and features twelve classic songs: Feelin’ Alright, Bye Bye Blackbird, Change In Louise, Marjorine, Just Like A Woman, Do I Still Figure In Your Life?, Sandpaper Cadillac, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, With A Little Help From My Friends, I Shall Be Released, The New Age Of Lily & Something’s Coming On.

Here’s the link to StarCat to request the album on CD::
https://goo.gl/euqSTh

III. Videos Of This Weeks’Artists/Groups

Available on DVD in the Library’s Collection:

Woodstock: The 40th Anniversary Edition:This DVD features the entire performance of every artist  filmed at Woodstock. This footage has been archived since that history-making weekend and has only recently been re-discovered. Never before has the complete performance been shown. And Joe Cocker’s career making performance is including in this set.

Here’s a link to request the Woodstock DVD via StarCat:
https://goo.gl/dut6Rs

YouTube Videos:

The Moody Blues:

Nights In White Satin

Tuesday Afternoon

In Your Wildest Dreams

(And yes, I’m fudging it a bit to recommend this song/video as it is from the 80s — but it is still a fun song & video!)

Jethro Tull:

A Song For Jeffrey & My Sunday Feeling

Aqualung 

A New Day Yesterday

Joe Cocker:

With A Little Help From My Friends

She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

Feelin’ Alright

IV. Print References:

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.)

Online References:
All artist/group biographical information is from the AllMusic site except as noted. The AllMusic site is found at:
http://www.allmusic.com/

Have a great day!
Linda, SSCL

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Cliff Notes Sixties Rock: Suggested Listens 3 9 17

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!

Linda, SSCL

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

References:

The Buckingham’s Kind Of A Drag
http://www.allmusic.com/album/kind-of-a-drag-mw0000044664

The Lovin’ Spoonful’s Do you Believe In Magic
http://www.allmusic.com/album/do-you-believe-in-magic-mw0000225145

The Moody Blues – Lovely To See You
http://www.allmusic.com/album/lovely-to-see-you-mw0000259713

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