Suggested Listens October 2017 Week 1

Hi everyone, here are our six musical recommendations for the week; five streaming suggestions and one recommended album on CD.

(Click on the photo to stream or request the album)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

Deuces, T’s, Roadsters and Drums by  And The Young Cougars by Hal Blaine (Genre: Classic Rock, Hot Rod Rock, Surf Music):


Drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Hal Blaine is best known as a member of the influential group of studio musicians known as The Wrecking Crew. Blaine played on thousands of recording sessions in California in the 1960s and 1970s. This 1963 album is one of his few solo albums. The records contains 22 surf instrumentals with the sounds of hot rods interspersed throughout. It is a fun album and includes the songs: Challenger II, Nashville Coupe, Mr. Eliminator, Deuces, TS, Roadsters and Drums, Gear Stripper and Hawaii 1963.

Now Hear Our Meanin’ by The Kenny Clarke Band (Genre: Jazz, 60’s Jazz):


The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Band features a combination of great Jazz musicians that played in Europe during the sixties. The group, which produced great swinging jazz, usually recorded in Cologne, Germany. This is their third album from 1965 and it features Kenny Clarke on drums, Francy Boland on piano, Sahib Shihab on flute and baritone sax and Ake Persson on trombone.

Songs on the LP include: Johnny One Note, Night Lady, I’m Scared of Girls When They’re Good Looking, A Ball for Othello, Sabbath Message and Now Hear My Meanin’

Harlem Street Singer by Reverend Gary Davis (Genre: Blues):


The Reverend Gary Davis’s finger style guitar playing has had a great impact on the evolution of folk and rock finger style guitar playing since his the blues revival of the 1960s. This is his third album, originally released in 1960, is considered one of his best and was recorded in only three hours! This version of the LP is the bonus edition which features 8 extra songs.

Songs on the album include: Samson and Delilah, Let Us Get Together, I Belong to the Band, Pure Religion, Lo, I Be With You Always and Motherless Children.

King’s Record Shop by Rosanne Cash (Genre: Country/Rock/Pop/Folk etc.):

This now classic album by Rosanne Cash was originally released in 1987. The album features her usual excellent work, songwriting wise and playing wise, with great musicians providing backup, Rosanne singing in top form and some excellent back up from other well-known musicians including Patty Smith and Steve Winwood.

Songs include: the empowering tune Rosie Strikes Back, The Way We Make a Broken Heart, If You Change Your Mind, The Real Me and Somewhere Sometime.

And just a note on Rosanne’s music, if you’re not familiar with it – it is generally categorized as country but she is one of those artists who rises above genre categories – she mixes country, folk, pop and rock with a bit of blues thrown in for good measure so easily, that if country isn’t usually your favorite type of music and you instead prefer pop, rock or folk music and you haven’t previously listened to Rosanne Cash’s music before – you really should check it out as it is top notch!

Brahms: The Piano Trios by Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos & Johannes Brahms (Genre: Classical):

This is the brand new albumby the renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Emanuel Ax. Ma and Ax are joined by violist Leonidas Kavakos for this album of Brahms Piano Trios.

Here’s the composition list for this album:
Piano Trio No. 2 in C Major, Opus 87
1 Allegro
2 Andante con moto
3 Scherzo: Presto
4 Finale: Allegro giocoso

Piano Trio No. 3 in C Minor, Opus 101
1 Allegro energico
2 Presto non assai
3 Andante grazioso
4 Allegro molto

Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Opus 8
5 Allegro con brio
6 Scherzo: Allegro molto
7 Adagio
8 Finale: Allegro

Compact Disc Recommendation of the Week:

Carolina Chocolate Drops & Joe Thompson (Genre: Folk, Blues & Country):

The Carolina Chocolate Drops were a string band consisting of Rhiannon Giddens on banjo and fiddle, Don Glemons on guitar, jug and harmonica and Justin Robinson on banjo and fiddle. Giddens has since gone solo to great acclaim. This album was recorded at the 2008’s MerleFest held in Wilkesboro, North Carolina and features the then 90 year old fiddler Joe Thompson.

Songs on this album include: Dona Got a Ramblin’ Mind, Corn Bread & Butter Beans, John Henry and Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad.

Music Videos of the Week:

Have Fun!!! Play Drums!!! By Hal Blaine

Manteca by The Kenny Clarke Band

Bebop by Kenny Clarke

Runaway Train by Rosanne Cash

Glory Halleloo by the Rev. Gary Davis

Brahms Piano Trio No. 3 in C Minor – Movement I (excerpt)

Brahms Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major – Movement I (excerpt)

References

Artist Biography & Discography Information
http://www.allmusic.com/

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)

Have a great weekend!

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.

Suggested Listens September 2017 Week 4

Hi everyone, here are our six musical recommendations for the week; five streaming suggestions and one recommended album on CD.

(Click on the photo to stream or request the album)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

1. Grant Hart & Husker Du:

Last week that Grant Hart, best known as the lead singer, songwriter and drummer for the 1980s punk group Husker Du died after a battle with cancer.

If you’re not familiar with his work it sounds like the epitome of 1980s punk rock – glossy and fresh and similar in scope to the work of R.E.M. and it is definitely worth checking out.

The Freegal Music Catalog features several albums by Husker Du and Grant Hart’s solo album debut too.

So I’m going to recommend three albums that feature Grant Hart’s music and if you like the first one, Husker Du’s 1984 release Flip Your Wig, then you’ll the other two as well – Husker Du’s 1985 album Zen Arcade and Hart’s first solo album, 1989’s Intolerance.

Flip Your Wig by Husker Du:

Songs include: Flip Your Wig, Every Everything, Makes No Sense At All & The Wit & The Wisdom.

Zen Arcade by Husker Du:

Songs include: Something I Learned Today, Never Talking To You Again, Dreams Reoccurring & What’s Going On.

Intolerance by Grant Hart:

Songs include: All of My Senses, Now That You Know Me, Fanfare in D Major and Roller-Rink.

2. Ain’t Goin’ That Way by Hokum Boys and “Banjo Joe” Gus Cannon (Genre: Blues):

The Hokum Boys were a group that played in the twenties and early thirties. The core members of the band were of pianist Alex Hill and guitarists Dan Roberts and Alex Robinson.

And a note on the word “Hokum, “Hokum” was a term from the ’20s used to describe music full of double entendres dealing with sex, drinking and drugs, and thus no respectable person from the period would be caught dead listening to it! This compilation includes 20 tracks from the Hokum Boys, Banjo Joe and Blind Blake, featuring Hokum Blues; Gambler’s Blues; Selling That Stuff; Jonestown Blues; He’s in the Jailhouse Now, and more.

3. Little Girl by Syndicate Of Sound (Genre: Classic Rock/Sixties Pop):

Syndicate of Sound was a mid-sixties band from San Jose, California and consisted of Don Basking on guitar and vocals, Bob Gonzalez on guitar, Larry Ray on lead guitar, John Sharkey on keyboards and John Ducksworth on drums.

Their music is great traditional rock that sounds like it was made in the mid-sixties; and as the LP was released in 1966 that is right on the proverbial money!

Songs in include: Big Boss Man, Almost Grown, Little Girl, Lookin’ for the Good Times and Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby.

4. You Ain’t Talkin’ To Me: Charlie Poole And The Roots Of Country Music by Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers (Genre: Country/Folk):

This set includes 45 songs recorded by Poole between 1925 and 1931. Today we’d call this music old time country or perhaps Americana – but whatever designation we use – it is great early country music with banjos and fiddles front and center.

Songs include: Shootin’ Creek, There’ll Come a Time, White House Blues, Hungry Hash House, & Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down Blues.

5. Open Book by Fred Hersch:

This album is a brand new release by jazz pianist, composer, educator and activist Fred Hersh and includes the songs: The Orb, Whisper Not, Zingaro, Plainsong, Eronel and more.

CD Recommendation of the Week:

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised by Gil Scott-Heron:

This collection features some of poet, activist and rap progenitor Gil Scott-Heron’s best music from the early seventies.

Songs include: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, The Get Out of the Ghetto Blues, Lady Day and John Coltrane and Whitey on the Moon.

Videos of the Week: 

Makes No Sense At All by Husker Du:

The Hokum Blues by The Hokum Boys:

Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down by Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers:

Little Girl by the Syndicate of Sound:

Open Book by Fred Hersch:

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised by Gil Scott-Heron:

References:

Artist Biography & Discography Information:
http://www.allmusic.com/

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)

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 includes our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York!

Library cards are free if you live in our service area. And you can obtain a card by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features your name and your current address.

 

Suggested Listens September 2017: Week 3

Hi everyone, here are our six musical recommendations for the week; five streaming suggestions and one recommended album on CD.

(Click on the photo to stream or request the album)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

1. Between The Lines: Sara Bareilles Live At The Fillmore by Sara Bareilles (Genre: Pop):

This concert performance by singer-songwriter and pianist Sara Barilles is full of energy and includes the songs Bottle It Up, Fairytale, August Moon, Love Song and more. Twenty eight songs in all.

2. Grateful by DJ Khaled (Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap):

D J Khaled worked for years as a radio DJ before breaking out as a performer himself. Songs on his new album include To the Max, Wild Thoughts, I’m The One, On Everything & I Love You so Much.

3. Imaginary Appalachia by Colter Wall (Genre: Folk/Country):

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Singer-songwriter Colter Wall hails from Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada and has been playing great music for several decades. Imaginary Appalachia, released in 2017, is his first U.S. album. Songs on the LP include: Sleeping on the Blacktop, Johnny Boy’s Bones, Caroline, Living on the Sand and Ballad of a Law Abiding Sophisticate.

4. Let’s Get Together/The Collectors #1 by Dickey Betts and Great Southern (Genre: Country/Southern Rock):

Singer-songwriter & guitarist Dickey Betts was a member of the seminal rock group The Allman Brothers Band. And he even wrote two of their most famous songs Ramblin’ Man and Jessica. After the band broke up in 1976 Betts formed the group Southern Comfort. And if you like classic rock or want to hear more of southern rock than this is a great double album set to check out.

Songs in this collection include: Rave On, Here Come the Blues Again, Donna Maria, George on a Fast Train & Steady Rolling Man.

5. Live At Carnegie Hall-1938 Complete by Benny Goodman & his Orchestra (Genre: Jazz/Swing):

AllMusic’s Bruce Eder offers an excellent explanation as to why you should listen to this album if you’ve never heard it!

Eder notes of the album “Benny Goodman’s January 16, 1938, Carnegie Hall concert is considered the single most important jazz or popular music concert in history: jazz’s “coming out” party to the world of “respectable” music, held right in that throne room of musical respectability, Carnegie Hall.” And Eder is right this is a great album of swinging music!

And just a note about the sound quality of the set; it was recorded in 1938 via 78 RPM transmission discs intended for radio broadcast — a common way of recording at the time. So the songs are great, and you can clearly hear the music, just be aware you will also hear some light crackling in the background something that is uncommon with music recorded today.

Songs include: Don’t Be That Way, Sometimes I’m Happy, One O’Clock Jump, Shine, Life Goes to a Party and Honeysuckle Rose.

CD Recommendation of the Week:

The Big Chill Soundtrack (Genre: Soundtracks/Sixties Music):

The Big Chill Soundtrack was very popular when it was released, and has continued to be in the years since. In fact the album was so popular that they released a second soundtrack titled The Big Chill: More Songs From The Original Soundtrack, a deluxe double album edition of the original soundtrack that features 38 songs and later still they released a 15th Anniversary Edition of the original soundtrack.

This LP on CD is the original soundtrack that has been so popular over the last 30 years!

Songs include: I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye, My Girl by The Temptations, Good Lovin’ by Rascals, The Tracks of My Tears by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles and Joy To The World by Three Dog Night.

And as a related bonus suggestion check out–

The Big Chill 15th Anniversary Edition on DVD:

The Big Chill Trailer: 

Music Videos of the Week:

Bottle It Up by Sara Bareilles from the David Letterman Show:

Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller:

Sleeping On Blacktop by Colter Wall: 

Good Time Feeling by Dickey Betts and Great Southern:

(from the album Atlanta’s Burning Down — also available through Freegal: https://goo.gl/Ynd6y1)

Sing, Sing, Sing by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra from the film Hollywood Hotel:

References:

Artist Biography & Discography Information:
http://www.allmusic.com/

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)

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 includes our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York!

Library cards are free if you live in our service area. And you can obtain a card by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features your name and your current address.

Suggested Listens September 2017: Week 2

Hi everyone, here are our six musical recommendations for the week; five streaming suggestions and one recommended album on CD.

(Click on the photo to stream or request the album)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

1. Happy Endings by Old Dominion

This is the second album by the bright country pop group and should appeal to those that like modern pop and country. The album features fun pop culture references in their song No Such Thing as a Broken Heart to Jack & Diane (from John Mellencamp’s early eighties song of the same name) and thoroughly relateable topics as in the songs Shoe Shopping, Be With Me and New York at Night. The bright upbeat songs in this collection are perfect if you’re taking a long drive too.

2. The RCA Singles by Stained Glass


I’m a huge fan of classic rock and have listened to it since, well, since the songs of the seventies were new…

Having said that, I’d never heard of the band Stained Glass before. The band, which despite their name isn’t a religious or gospel group, formed in the mid-sixties and has that mid-sixties acoustic rock sound. To my ears, the group sounds a bit like the Searchers and they were certainly influenced by the Beatles even covering George Harrison’s If I Needed Someone.

The band was a trio that consisted of Songwriter and bassist Jim McPherson, Bob Riminger on guitar and Dennis Carrasco on drums.

Songs in this collection include: the previously mentioned If I Needed Someone, My Buddy Sin, Vanity Fair, We’ve Got a Long Way to Go and Bubble Machine.

So if you’re a classic rock fan – check it out!

3. In the Year 2525 (Exordium Terminus) by Zager & Evans

And yes, I’m on a classic rock kick this week! If you’ve ever heard the eerie song In the Year 2525 – this is the album it came from!

Zager and Evans were a short lived folk rock duo consisting of guitarists and vocalists Denny Zager and Richard Evans.

This album has folk, rock and psychedelic-rock elements and includes the title track, In the Year 2525, which hit #1 on the Billboard Pop Chart in 1969. Songs on the LP include the title track In the year 2525, the horn centric Taxi Man which has a nice driving beat throughout and several folk pop songs including Cary Lynn Javes & I Remember Heide.

4. Don Williams in Ireland: The Gentle Giant in Concert:

This is a mellow collection of the late great country artist’s best songs recorded live in concert.

Songs include: I Believe in You, Good Ole Boys Like Me, Back in My Younger Days, Elise, Till the Rivers All Run Dry and more.

5. The Essential Preservation Hall Jazz Band:

The band hails from New Orleans and have been playing great traditional Jazz since the sixties – and by “traditional” I mean their music prominently features horns, piano and even banjo but guitars, a staple of modern Jazz, are elusive!

Songs in this collection include: Tiger Rag, Mood Indigo, The Buckets Got a Hole in It, St. Louis Blues, Georgia on my Mind and more.

CD Suggestion of the Week:

Crossroad by Tracy Chapman:

Chapman’s 1988 self titled debut album brought singer songwriters back into the collective public consciousness. This is her second album from 1989 and it is a great collection of thoughtful, introspective songs that both relate to how life is lived today (Okay, in 1989 and now) and that pack a “Hey, pay attention to this topic!” punch.

Songs include: Crossroads, Freedom Now, Material World, A Hundred Years, This Time & All That You Have Is Your Soul.

Music Videos of the Week:

No Such Thing as a Broken Heart by Old Dominion 

My Buddy Sin by Stained Glass

In The Year 2525 by Zager and Evans

You’re My Best Friend by Don Williams

Tailgate Ramble by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Fast Car by Tracy Chapman 

Sweet Home Chicago by Bonnie Raitt, Tracy Chapman, Jeff Beck & company from the 35 annual Kennedy Center Honors Show in 2012

References

Artist Biography & Discography Information
http://www.allmusic.com/

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)

Have a great weekend!

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.

Suggested Listens September 2017: Week 1

Hi everyone, here are our six musical recommendations for the week; five streaming suggestions and one recommended album on CD.

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

Suggestion 1:

Songs of Bob Dylan by Joan Osborne:

The brand new album by the rock singer with blues rock roots.

Songs include: Tangled up in Blue, Buckets of Rain, Highway 61 Revisited, High Water, Masters of War and Right Them Bells.

Here’s the link to stream the new Joan Osborne album:

https://goo.gl/424T1v

Suggestion 2:

Steve Winwood Live by Steve Winwood:


This just released album features a selection of Steve Winwood’s Greatest Hits including: I’m a Man, Glad, Can’t Find My Wan Home, Had to Cry Today, 40,000 Headmen & The Low Sparks of High Heeled Boys.

Here’s a link to stream the new Steve Winwood album:

https://goo.gl/6mBEn9

Suggestion 3:

The Legendary Bill Evans Trio – The 1960 Birdland Sessions by The Bill Evans Trio:

A classic Jazz album featuring Bill Evans on piano, Paul Motian on drums and Scott LaFaro on bass.

Songs include: Autumn Leaves, Our Delight, Come Rain or Come Shine & Blue in Green.

Here’s a link to stream the Bill Evans Trio LP:

https://goo.gl/dybhDL

Suggestion 4:

American Roots by Various Artists:

This various artist’s collection features some great mid-twentieth century folk and blues artists including: Big Mama Thornton, Bill Monroe, Muddy waters, David Grisman, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie & The Staple Singers.

Songs include: Bumble Bee (Big Mama Thornton), Cheyenne (David Grisman), Nobody Knows by Mahalia Jackson, Willing Conscript by Pete Seeger and New Born Soul by The Staple Singers.

Here’s a link to stream the American Roots collection:

https://goo.gl/vrvNsQ

Suggestion 5:

Summer Place 76’ by the Percy Faith Orchestra:

This LP Features up-tempo but mellow background music with a pinch of disco added!

Songs include: Summer Place ’76 (Theme From “A Summer Place”), Feelings, Maybe September, Dream Your Dreams & Send in the Clowns.

Here’s a link to stream Summer Place ’76:

https://goo.gl/7rJqEU

CD Suggestion of the Week:

8 Classic Albums by Harry Belafonte:


Import-only four CD set containing eight albums from the vocalist and activist: Mark Twain, Belafonte Sings the Blues, Calypso, to Wish You a Merry Christmas, Belafonte Sings the Caribbean, Belafonte, An Evening with Belafonte and Love Is a Gentle Thing.

Songs in the collection number 89 and include: God Bless The Child, The Fox, Delia, Day O (Banana Boat Song), Jamaica, Farewell & In That Great Gettin’ Up Mornin’

Here’s a link to request the Eight Album Harry Belafonte set:

https://goo.gl/8YMwZA

Music Videos of the Week:

Tangled Up In Blue by Joan Osborne

Back in the High Life Again by Steve Winwood

Autumn Leaves by The Bill Evans Trio

Bumble Bee by Big Mama Thorton

 Cheyenne by The David Grisman Quintet 

References

Artist Biography & Discography Information
http://www.allmusic.com/

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)

Have a holiday weekend!
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.

Suggested Listens August 25, 2017

Hi everyone, here are our six musical recommendations for the week; five streaming suggestions and one recommended album on CD.

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

The Genius Of The Electric Guitar by Charlie Christian:

This collection features the seminal work of early electric guitarist Charlie Christian. Christian died tragically young of tuberculous in 1942 at age 25; but not before recording some great music with Benny Goodman’s band. In an age when popular music was dominated by horns, Christian was one of the first guitarists to bring the new electrified guitar to the front and center of the stage and recording studio.

This is an outstanding collection featuring all of Christian’s best recordings including Flying Home, Rose Room, Memories of You, AC-DC CurrentGone with the Wind, Lester’s Dream & Wholly Cats. Guest musicians that appear on this collection are a variable who’s who of Jazz/Swing greats of the time including Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa, Jack Teagarden, Fletcher Henderson and Benny Carter. Check it out!

Here’s a link to stream the Charlie Christian collection:

https://goo.gl/gQ7MS4

The Essential Jimmie Rodgers by Jimmie Rodgers:

This Columbia Records collection features songs recorded by the yodeling country music pioneer from 1927 to 1933. Rodgers was an extremely talented individual who was one of the first country singers to sing of the hard working life laborers experienced in the early twentieth century. Rodgers was a hard working laborer himself. He spent a number of years working as a break man on the railroads; so when he sang about gamblers, ramblers, bounders and rounders, as his AllMusic biography states – he knew of what he sang! And I had to look up definitions for the early twentieth century words “bounders” and “rounders;” as I had never heard them before! The former term describes a dishonorable man and the later a drunken man. Rodgers, like Charlie Christian, died young of tuberculosis; but he left behind wonderful recordings that not only influenced country musicians for decades after his passing, but that also, like Woody Guthrie’s music, captured what life was like for poor working class Americans in the early twentieth century.

This collection includes the following songs Blue Yodel (T for Texas), Train Whistle Blues, In The Jailhouse Now, My Carolina Sunshine Girl, Frankie and Johnny & Peach Pickin’ Time in Georgia.

Here’s a link to stream the Jimmie Rodgers collection:

https://goo.gl/5xLNzA

 Pearl (The Legacy Edition) by Janis Joplin:

This 1971 release shows the gritty classic rock singer Joplin at her finest. It is regarded by many critics as her second masterpiece, after her 1968 debut Cheap Thrills. Songs include: Move Over, Cry Baby, A Woman Left Lonely, Half Moon, Buried Alive in the Blues, Me and Bobby McGee & Mercedes Benz.

Here’s a link to stream Pearl:

https://goo.gl/aFEgs4

The Search for Everything by John Mayer:

Popular singer-songwriter & excellent guitarist John Mayer released his first album Room for Squares in 2001. On that first album, Mayer concentrated on producing thoughtful acoustic folk-rock music. Since then, he has emerged as a talented guitarist and branched out to record music that includes blues and jazz elements. The Search for Everything is his new album and features the songs: Still Feel Like Your Man, Emoji of a Wave, Love on the Weekend, In the Blood, Changing, Moving On and Getting Over and Rosie.

Here’s a link to stream The Search for Everything:

https://goo.gl/su7JNy

Fumbling Towards Ecstasy by Sarah McLachlan:

Talnted singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan released her first album, Touch, in 1989. 1993’s critically acclaimed Fumbling Towards Ecstasy was her third album and is considered a classic. Songs include: Possession, Good Enough, Elsewhere, Hold On, Fear and the title track – Fumbling with Ecstasy.

Here’s a link to stream the LP Fumbling Towards Ecstasy:

https://goo.gl/yofi4p

CD Suggestion of the Week:

Eight Classic Albums by Dinah Washington:

This set contains eight albums from the wonderful singer including: Dinah Jams, For Those in Love, In the Land of Hi-Fi, The Swinging Miss D, What a Difference a Day Makes, The Two of Us (With Brook Benton), I Concentrate on You, September in the Rain, Summertime, Come Rain or Come Shine, There’ll Be A Jubilee, On The Sunny Side of the Street and many more.

Here’s a link to request the Dinah Washington collection on CD:

https://goo.gl/oZtFhe

Music Videos of the Week:

Charlie Christian:

Swing to Bop

Stompin’ at the Savoy

Jimmie Rodgers:

Waiting for a Train

Blue Yodel No. 1 (T for Texas)

Janis Joplin:

Ball and Chain

Somebody to Love

John Mayer:

Ain’t No Sunshine

John Mayer & Keith Urban:

Don’t Let Me Down

Sarah McLachlan:

Angel

Building A Mystery

Dinah Washington:

Cry Me A River

What a Difference A Day Makes

References

Artist Biography & Discography Information
http://www.allmusic.com/

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)

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.

Weekly Recommended Listens: June 2017, Week 2: Sixties Rock: The American Musical Response To The First British Invasion

Hi everyone, this week we’re continuing our look at the sounds of American rock bands that came to musical prominence in the era just after the launch of the British Invasion.

And this week our three groups are: Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Association & The Young Rascals who later dropped the “Young” from their name and simply became The Rascals.

And just as a reminder, each weekly recommended music posting features the following sections:

I. Links To AllMusic Biographies Of The Weekly Artists/Groups

II. Freegal Music Recommendations Of The Week (streaming music)

III. Recommended Compact Discs Of The Artists/Groups Of The Week

IV. Videos Of The Artists/Groups Of The Week

VI. References

I. Links To AllMusic Group Bios:

Paul Revere & The Raiders AllMusic Biography by Bruce Eder
https://goo.gl/YNUXaW

The Association AllMusic Biography by Bruce Eder
https://goo.gl/rijFDt

The Rascals, originally known as The Young Rascals
https://goo.gl/VJCyPf

Freegal Notes:
To access Freegal Music from a desktop or laptop simply click on the following link: http://stlsny.freegalmusic.com/

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:

II. Freegal Music Recommendations Of The Week:

Paul Revere & The Raiders:
Paul Revere & the Raiders were one of the most popular American bands of the mid-sixties. They sold more records between 1966 and 1969 than any other bands with the exception of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

The creator and driving force behind the group was Paul Revere Dick, who was better known simply as Paul Revere. Revere played keyboards, organized the band, managed the band, came up with the idea for their eighteenth century costumes and even worked hard after their sixties heyday to keep the band’s music alive on the oldies circuit. The band featured a number of musicians during their most popular years, 1966 – 1971,although only two were constant: Revere on keyboards and Mark Lindsay on vocals. The group frequently appeared on the weekday broadcast of the TV Show Where The Action Is which broadcast the band’s music to millions of Americans on a regular basis and no doubt this helped get their music out to the listening public at large!

The group’s hits include: Just Like Me, Kicks, Hungry, Good Thing, Him Or Me – What’s It Gonna Be? and Indian Reservation (The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian).

Here’s a link to stream their Greatest Hits album from Freegal:
https://goo.gl/5PaKTa

The Association:
The Association was a very popular band whose singles charted repeatedly during the two year period 1966-1968. The band formed in Los Angeles and consisted of Jim Yester, Russ Giguere, Gary Alexander and Larry Ramos on guitars, Brian Cole on bass and Ted Bluechel on drums. All the band members sang and their lush, harmony-rich singles quickly became pop music staples. The bands hits include: Along Comes Mary, Cherish, Wendy, Everything That Touches You and Never My Love.

The Freegal Music Catalog features a number of songs The Association re-recorded after the sixties (think K Tel style). And as we all know, re-recorded versions of hits by the same group, in subsequent years, can’t usually hold a candle to the original versions.

So I’m going to recommend you actually skip streaming any Association music from Freegal. Instead, check out the videos listed below and the Original Album Series collection by the group as soon as it is available.

The Rascals:
The Rascals, who were originally known as The Young Rascals, formed in New York City and were one of the most popular “Blue-Eyed Soul” groups of the sixties. The band consisted of Felix Cavaliere on organ and vocals, Eddie Brigati on vocals and bass, Gene Cornish on guitar and vocals and Dino Danelli on drums. All members of the band, save Danelli, had previously been members of the early sixties group Joey Dee & The Starlighters – known for their hit The Peppermint Twist.

The Rascal’s sixties his include: Good Lovin’, You Better Run, I’ve Been Lonely Too Long, Groovin’, A Beautiful Morning and How Can I Be Sure.

Unfortunately, the Freegal Music Catalog doesn’t contain any sixties studio albums by The Rascals. However, the catalog does contain a mellow and fun album from the band released in 1972 titled The Island of Real. The songs on this album sound very much like their sixties songs and include: LuckySaga of New York, Jungle Walk, Island of Real & Time Will Tell.

Here’s a link to stream The Island of Real LP: https://goo.gl/tdKiiZ

III. Compact Discs of The Artists/Groups Of The Week

Paul Revere & The Raiders:


Greatest Hits:

This eleven song album is available right now and includes the songs: Louie, Louie, Stepin’ Out, Just Like Me, Kicks, Hungry and Good Thing.

Here’s a link to request their Greatest Hits album on CD:

https://goo.gl/Lw3Tgq

Spirit of ’67:

This studio album contains a great collection of classic rock songs including the tunes: Good Thing, All About Her, In My Community, Hungry, The Great Airplane Strike, Our Candidate & 1001 Arabian Nights.

Here’s a link to request Spirit of ’67 (as soon as it is available): https://goo.gl/8nDwGe

The Association:

The Original Album Series:

This collection, which should be available in StarCat soon, makes up for the fact that you can’t stream any original studio albums by The Association through Freegal. And it does so as it contains all the music on their first five albums – so it includes all their bright, breezy, harmonizing hits and many more great songs!

The albums included in the collection are: And Then… Along Comes the Association (1966), Renaissance (1966), Insight Out (1967), Birthday (1968) & The Association (1969).

This is perfect music for summer!

Here’s a link to request The Original Album Collection (The Association) as soon as it is available:

https://goo.gl/Tp6zev

The Rascals:

The library has one album by The Rascals aready in circulation and an Original Album Set currently in process.

Ultimate Rascals
This LP, which you can request now, contains some really great songs including: I Aint’ Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore, Mustang Sally, Good Lovin‘ and People Got To Be Free.

Here’s a link to request The Ultimate Rascals CD: 

https://goo.gl/ztkHV3

The Original Album Series (The Rascals):
This set allows you to dig deeper into the classic rock sound of The Rascals as it contains, and you guessed it! all the music on their first five albums.

The AllMusic Review of this multi disc set by Steve Leggett sums it up nicely so here it is: “The Rascals’ blend of blue-eyed soul, British Invasion pop, and garage band R&B made them one of the more interesting American rock groups of the 1960s. This set, which includes the band’s first five original LPs, 1966’s The Young Rascals, 1967’s Collections and Groovin’, 1968’s Once Upon a Dream, and 1969’s Freedom Suite, shows the band’s rapid growth and expansion into psychedelic rock, urban soul, and other areas, even incorporating gospel, jazz, and Latin elements into the mix. It adds up to a complete portrait of a fine singles band with a whole lot of heart and soul.”

And perhaps needless to say this collection contains all their sixties hits.
The set will be available in StarCat & our New CD Section shortly and here’s the link to request it as soon as it is available:

https://goo.gl/jKGT9p

IV: Videos Of The Artists/Groups Of The Week:

Paul Revere & The Raiders:

Just Like Me

The Great Airplane Strike

Him Or Me, What’s It Gonna Be?

The Association:

Along Comes Mary from The Smother’s Brothers Comedy Show

Cherish from The Ed Sullivan Show

Never My Love (original audio recording with photo of band)

The Rascals:

Good Lovin’ (the original audio recording with photos of the group)

How Can I Be Sure?

It’s A Beautiful Morning

VI. General References & Artist Specific References:

The Association AllMusic Biography by Bruce Eder: https://goo.gl/rijFDt

The Association AllMusic Discography by Bruce Eder: https://goo.gl/BY22tF

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)

Paul Revere & The Raiders Biography by Bruce Eder: https://goo.gl/YNUXaW

Paul Revere & The Raiders Discography by Bruce Eder: https://goo.gl/YNUXaW
The Rascals AllMusic Biography by Richie Unterberger
https://goo.gl/VJCyPf

The Rascals AllMusic Discography by Richie Unterberger
https://goo.gl/Y3UjAA

Sixties Rock: A Listener’s Guide by Robert Santelli (Contemporary Books. Chicago. 1985.)

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.

 

Weekly Recommended Listens: June 9, 2017

Hi everyone, this week we’re kicking off a month long look, at the American music that was influenced by, and came just after, the first British Invasion that began with The Beatles appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964.

As a reminder, our weekly music postings feature the following sections:

I. Links to AllMusic Biographies of the Artists/Groups of the Week

II. Freegal Music Recommendations Of The Week (streaming music)

III. CD Music Recommendations Of The Week

IV. Videos Of This Weeks’ Artists/Groups

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

And this week we’ll check out the music of three of the most popular American bands of the mid-sixties: The Beach Boys, The Monkees and The Grass Roots.

I. Links to AllMusic Biographies of the Artists/Groups of the Week:

The Beach Boys AllMusic Biography by John Bush
https://goo.gl/AqNSLM

The Grass Roots AllMusic Biography by Bruce Elder
https://goo.gl/KT1tEj

The Monkees AllMusic Biography by Mark Deming
https://goo.gl/2Zdf5D

II. Freegal Music Recommendations Of The Week (streaming music)

The Beach Boys:

The Beach Boys originally hailed from Hawthorne, California and consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis & Mike Wilson their cousin Mike Love and mutual friend Al Jardine. Bruce Johnson joined the group in the mid-sixties after the band’s songwriter Brian Wilson retired from touring. The Beach Boys played Surf Music to begin with and then transitioned into playing great sixties era rock music until Brian Wilson, the creative genius behind the group, became ill and retired from the group for the remainder of the sixties. Brian eventually regained his health and later returned to playing music.

The early Beach Boys albums, and they released five albums in the U.S. before the arrival of The Beatles, are great Surf Rock albums. And by the time they released 1965’s Today! album they really had transformed into playing great sixties rock with Brian Wilson’s top notch songwriting as a base.

The Beach Boys by The Beach Boys

The Freegal Music Catalog doesn’t feature any original studio albums by The Beach Boys. However, they do have an interesting collection of their songs, some recorded live, on an album released by the Piros/Send label and titled simply The Beach Boys. I would describe their early music as having the combo theme of being Surf and “it’s cool to be young” style of music – and those are the types of songs that are dominant in this collection. This collection includes the songs: Surfin’ Safari, Surfer Girl, I Get AroundWouldn’t It Be Nice, and Ride The Wild Surf.

The album also contains one song, Good Vibrations, in which you can hear the beginnings of the blossoming creativity the group found in the mid-sixties under the songwriting and musical production guidance of Brian Wilson. And as that lone song is from their more creativity period – I’ll save the suggestions for their later songs for the CD section of this posting – as we there are a variety of great Beach Boys albums available for request in StarCat.

Here’s a link to stream The Beach Boys album:
https://goo.gl/undv3M

The Monkees:

The Monkees were a band put together directly in response to The Beatles! Specifically, they were put together in response to The Beatles success with their 1964 film A Hard Days Night. The band consisted of Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz. The group had their own zany TV show, which was certainly inspired by A Hard Days Night, and released some great pop-rock music. And they actually get something of a bum rap as being nothing more than a Beatles knock off band. However, if you listen to their music it does hold up as solid upbeat pop-rock music.

The Freegal Catalog doesn’t feature any of The Monkees studio albums; however, two of their best-known songs can be found in the catalog – the Neil Diamond classic I’m A Believer and the theme from their TV Show “Hey, hey, we’re the Monkeys and people say we monkey around, but where too busy singing to put anybody down” – very catchy!

And on to the streaming suggestions!

I’m A Believer from the various artists LP Sugar Sugar
This is the original song from a various artists album with a super long title: Sugar Sugar: The Very Best Pop Golden Oldies of the 1960s by the Ronettes, Sonny & Cher, The Monkees, And More

Just a pre-listening note: This album features a few original recordings, including I’m A Believer, some re-record version of popular songs and a few songs credited simply to “Various Artists.” Nevertheless, the album contains a solid collection of upbeat pop-rock and is perfect listening to whilst sitting around the pool!

Here’s a link to stream the album:
https://goo.gl/3Q5yD8

The Monkees TV Show Theme from the various artists LP Aquellos Maravillosos Años

Here’s a link to stream the song:
https://goo.gl/c57E2R

The Grass Roots:

The Grass Roots formed in Los Angeles in the mid-sixties and consisted of Rob Grill on vocals and bass, Wayne Entner & Creed Barrington on guitars and Rick Coonce on drums. The group was guided by the classic rock songwriting team of P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri who wrote a number of their songs.

The Grass Roots recorded some great songs that complimented the mid-to late sixties era including: Where Were You When I Needed You, Let’s Live For Today, Things I Should Have Said, Temptation Eyes and Midnight Confessions.

And the Freegal Music Catalog features a number of greatest hits style collections by the band, however, they all feature re-recorded versions of their music – so I recommend you skip them, check out the YouTube videos by the band further along in this posting and request a CD by the group through StarCat!

III. CD Music Recommendations Of The Week

The Beach Boys:

Five Classic Albums:

This multi-disc set features five of the band’s early albums: Little Deuce Coupe, Surfin’ USA, All Summer Long, Summer Days (And Summer Nights) and Pet Sounds. This five album, five disc set, contains more than fifty songs. To my ears the first two albums Little Deuce Coupe and Surfin’ USA find the band playing solid Surf rock but still finding their musical footing while their songs/playing on the last three albums All Summer Long, Summer Days and Pet Sounds are really solid as if they did indeed find their footing and were beginning to creatively blossom as a band.

The songs on this set include: Surfin’ U.S.A., Shut Down, Little Deuce Coupe, I Get Around, Wendy, All Summer Long, Help me Rhonda, California Girls, Wouldn’t It Be Nice, God Only Knows and many more.

Here’s a link to request the five CD set: https://goo.gl/IXoiH9

The Smile Sessions:

In 1966 The Beach Boys, under direction of their primary songwriter and musical director Brian Wilson began working on the album SMiLE which Wilson intended to be a seminal work of progressive pop rock with psychedelic roots. Many, many hours of studio recordings were made but the album, which the rest of the band and their record label – Capital didn’t think was a commercial enough project put pressure on Wilson to finished it or abandon the project – so abandon the project they did. And in the decades that follow this unreleased album took on an almost mythical reputation as the greatest rock album never released. The album was finally released on CD in 2011 and the music is very cool! This is no Surf or youth orientated album – and if you are already a Beach Boys fan you should enjoy this set – if however, you’re new to listening the band in an in-depth way – you might want to skip this album and check out Pet Sounds or the classic greatest hits collection Endless Summer.

This collection includes the songs: Our Prayer, Heroes And Villains, I’m in Great Shape, Child is Father Of The Man, The Elements: Fire (Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow), Good Vibrations, You’re Welcome, Cool Cool Water and more – 40 songs in all.

Here’s a link to request the Smile box set in StarCat: https://goo.gl/rmydjC

The Monkees:

The Monkees Greatest Hits:

This is a 1995 album released by the great Rhino Records and it includes The Monkees (TV Theme), Last Train To Clarksville, I’m A Believer, (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone, A Little Bit Me, A LIttle Bit You, Daydream Believer and Pleasant Valley Sunday.

Here’s a link to request the album in StarCat:

https://goo.gl/JgZpFS

The Grass Roots:

The Complete Original Dunhill/ABC Hit Singles:

 Believe it or not, there isn’t a single album by The Grass Roots available through out the entire Southern Tier Library System – so we’re rectifying that musical travesty and have one on order! The LP is titled The Complete Original Dunhill/ABC Hit Singles and features all 24 of the hits they had in their mid-sixties heyday including: Mr. Jones (Ballad of a Thin Man), Where Were You When I Needed You, Let’s Live for Today (Both Censored & Uncensored Versions), Things I Should Have Said, Midnight Confessions, Temptation Eyes, Glory Bound and Anyway The Wind Blows.

The album should be available in StarCat soon!

IV. Videos Of This Weeks’ Artists/Groups:

The Beach Boys – three performances from the Ed Sullivan Show

Wendy

I Get Around

Good Vibrations

The Monkees

Last Train To Clarksville

Pleasant Valley Sunday

I’m A Believer

The first episode of Monkees TV series:

The Grass Roots:

Midnight Confessions

Temptation Eyes

Let’s Live For Today

VI. 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:

The Beach Boys AllMusic Discography by John Bush
https://goo.gl/Srpldb

The Grass Roots AllMusic Discography by Bruce Elder
https://goo.gl/KT1tEj

The Monkees AllMusic Discography by Mark Deming
https://goo.gl/PGMDhA

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.

 

Weekly Recommended Listens: May 2017, Week 3: Sixties Rock: The First British Invasion Continued

Hi everyone, this week we’re continuing our look at the sounds of the first British Invasion that ran, roughly, from February of 1964 to May 31, 1967.

And as a reminder, each weekly recommended music posting features following sections:

I. Links To AllMusic Biographies Of The Weekly Artists/Groups

II. Freegal Music Recommendations Of The Week (streaming music)

III. CD Music Recommendations Of The Week

IV. Videos Of This Weeks’ Artists/Groups

V. Wild Card Print Book Recommendation Of The Week

VI. References (for those who’d like to know a bit more about the artists of the week).

Our artists for this week are The Rolling Stones, The Kinks & The Animals.

And just FYI as a beginning note, since we’re taking a look at the early years of The British Invasion you won’t find recommendations for any music released after the end of May 1967. We’ll take a look at the music of the second British Invasion, that ran from June 1, 1967 through the end of the sixties in July.

I. Links to AllMusic Artist Bios:

The Rolling Stones Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
https://goo.gl/ESaSb4

The Kinks Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
https://goo.gl/BVCC6z

The Animals Biography by Bruce Eder
https://goo.gl/CwB1bW

Freegal Notes:
To access Freegal Music from a desktop or laptop simply click on the following link:
http://stlsny.freegalmusic.com/

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:

II. Freegal Music Recommendations Of The Week:

The Rolling Stones:

Carol from the Various Artists LP Canciones Con Nombre De Mujer Vol. 2

The Rolling Stones original line-up included Mick Jagger on vocals, Keith Richards on guitar, Brian Jones on guitar, Bill Wyman on bass and Charlie Watts on drums. And the Freegal Music Catalog doesn’t contain any full-length albums by The Rolling Stones. However, I did discover the catalog features a live version of The Stones covering Chuck Berry’s Carol that offers you a good idea of their early sound.

Here’s a link to the live version of Carol is from the Various Artists LP Canciones Con Nombre De Mujer Vol. 2
https://goo.gl/fu0VTT

The Kinks:

The Kinks (1964):

This is indeed the first album released by The Kinks. The original line-up of the group included brothers Ray and Dave Davies on guitars, Mick Avery on drums and Peter Quaife on bass. And this album showcases their early, raw classic rock sound as epitomized by songs like You Really Got Me and All Day And All Of The Night. As the sixties progressed and Ray Davies songwriting skills matured the sounds of the band transformed into a smoother more polished style of rock. This collection of music though, aptly shows off the early, earthy sound of the Kinks and includes the songs: You Really Got Me, Beautiful Delilah, So Mystifying, Too Much Monkey Business, I’m A Lover Not A Fighter, Revenge and Stop Your Sobbing.
https://goo.gl/em4bPZ

The Animals:

The Animals On Their Own – The Dave Cash Collection:

If you’re wondering who on Earth Dave Cash was? You’re not alone! I’d never heard of him before I did the research for this posting. It turns out he was the British equivalent to Dave Clark — a long time D J who worked for The B.B.C. for more than fifty years.

But I digress! Back to The Animals! The Animals original line-up included Eric Burdon on vocals, John Steel on drums, Alan Price on keyboard, Chas Chandler on bass and Hilton Valentine on guitar. The group played really great traditional rhythm and blues based rock. And unlike The Stones and The Kinks who branched out stylistically by writing their own songs The Animals remained true to their traditional R&B and rock roots – and you can hear that in all their music.This collection offers a great introduction to the band including the songs: House Of The Rising Sun, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, Bring It On Home, When I was Young and Hard Times.

The Animals On Their Own – The Dave Cash Collection
https://goo.gl/FmMyk9

Freegal Wild Card Streaming Pick Of The Week:

Here is an interesting album featuring a mixture of fuzzy guitars and clear vocals – today I suppose you’d classify this album as Indie Rock. I like the sound of this Australian band and also, being a cat fan, I like the name of the group too!

The Summer Cats:

Songs for Tuesdays
“The Summer Cats aren’t the kind of cats who like to curl up and purr the day away, they’re more apt to chase things, run around wildly, and basically tear stuff up. The Australian quintet states their aim as clearly as possible on the first track of their first album Songs for Tuesdays. “Let’s Go” bursts out of the gate with a supercharged Flying Nun-inspired attack (the Clean especially, but also some early Chills too) built around fuzzy guitars, peppy organ, and shouted vocals. The rest of the album follows in kind with barely a break for breath. Thirteen songs in 32 minutes doesn’t leave a lot of space for meandering or epic ballads or wasting time with guitar solos; it does leave plenty of space for memorable hooks and for songs that sound like they were created just to be played loudly in the summertime. Any summer mixtape would be improved by the addition of the noisy rocker “Hey You,” the droning Stereolab-esque “Lonely Planet,” or the wildly oscillating “St. Tropez.” You could really take any song and plug it into that sentence; the record is that strong and unified. The only complaint you might have with a record as tightly constructed as this could be that the songs all run together. The group heads this off in a couple of ways. While bandleader Scott Stevens takes most of the vocals, he turns a few over to other members of the group, most notably Irene, who provides the innocent female vocals that pair up with Stevens’ slightly manic tones perfectly. Secondly, they vary the sound of each song just a little bit. Some songs are heavy; some are lighter than air. Some have distorted guitars; some have clean and jangly guitars. It’s an admirable attention to detail that does a world of good. The Summer Cats spent a few years honing their sound on singles and EPs, and it really pays off on their debut. It’s the sound of a great rock band playing and writing at the peak of their game, and Songs for Tuesdays is an album anyone with a fondness for spiky, catchy, and super fun indie pop should own.”
–AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra–

https://goo.gl/nlOy6a

III. Compact Discs Recommendations:

The Rolling Stones:

Out of Our Heads (1965):
Out of Our Heads shows the Stones at a great time in their career. The band was still playing music that mixed traditional rhythm and blues with the sounds of classic rock and they were still covering other artists songs while also branching out and writing their own songs. This great album includes some super covers songs including Don Covay’s Mercy, Mercy, Bo Diddley’s I’m Alright, Marvin Gaye’s Hitch Hike and Sam Cooke’s Good Times. The album also includes some great original songs by Jagger & Richards including: The Last Time, Play With Fire, The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man, The Spider & The Fly and one of their all-time biggest hits — Satisfaction.

This CD isn’t quite ready to circulate but should be in the next few days – here’s a link to the request page in StarCat: https://goo.gl/9obOZz

The Kinks:

Face to Face (1966)
The Kinks were so much more than the sum of the hits they had – great songs though they were – the band was capable of producing excellent albums that flowed together as compared to simply being a group that whose albums featured hit singles.

This album received a great AllMusic review, which praises the album and notes that it is “One of the finest collections of pop songs released during the ’60s.” And I agree with that assessment!

When you listen to the early sound of The Kinks, as heard on their first album from 1964, and compare it to the sound of this album, released just a scant two years later — you can hear how the band has matured. Songs like the Dandy, Too Much on My Mind, Rainy Day in June, Sunny Afternoon and, my favorite, Party Line are really great classic rock songs that feature cool, creative lyrics.

And I do have to wonder – who out there even has a party line anymore?

But once upon time people did!

And this great album will be available in StarCat and our New CD Section shortly — it isn’t quite ready to circulate yet.

I will update this posting to include a request link for the album on CD as soon as it is ready to circulate.

The Animals:

Animalisms (1966)
The Animals, like The Rolling Stones started out playing a combination of traditional rhythm and blues and classic rock with a heavy emphasis on rhythm and blues. This is a great album! And in his review of Animalisms AllMusic editor Bruce Elder describes it nicely as “a truly transcendent collection of a dozen songs, mostly superb covers interspersed with some good originals, principally by Eric Burdon and Dave Rowberry. Burdon was never singing better and the group had developed a bold, tight sound that seemed to lift his soul shouting to ever higher levels of passion and conviction.” This album features twenty five songs including: Maudie, Sweet Little Sixteen, Gin House Blues, I Put A Spell on You, Don’t Bring Me Down and Inside Looking Out.

And this album too, is not quite ready to circulate, It will be available in StarCat and our New CD Section shortly.
I will update this posting to include a request link for the album on CD as soon as it is ready to circulate.

IV: Videos Of This Weeks’ Artists/Groups:

The Rolling Stones:

The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man

Mercy, Mercy

The Spider and the Fly

The Kinks:

A Well Respected Man

End of the Season

Waterloo Sunset 

Bonus Video:
The Big Boys by Chuck Berry – this is Berry’s first ever music video from his forthcoming album Chuck – being released posthumously in June:

V. Wild Card Print Book Recommendation Of The Week:

Talking Guitar: Conversations with Musicians Who Shaped Twentieth-Century American Music

by Jas Obrecht:

In this lively collection of interviews, storied music writer Jas Obrecht presents a celebration of the world’s most popular instrument as seen through the words, lives, and artistry of some of its most beloved players. Readers will read–and hear–accounts of the first guitarists on record, pioneering bluesmen, gospel greats, jazz innovators, country pickers, rocking rebels, psychedelic shape-shifters, singer-songwriters, and other movers and shakers. In their own words, these guitar players reveal how they found their inspirations, mastered their instruments, crafted classic songs, and created enduring solos. Also included is a CD of never-before-heard moments from Obrecht’s insightful interviews with these guitar greats.

Highlights include Nick Lucas’s recollections of waxing the first noteworthy guitar records; Ry Cooder’s exploration of prewar blues musicians; Carole Kaye and Ricky Nelson on the early years of rock and roll; Stevie Ray Vaughan on Jimi Hendrix; Gregg Allman on his brother, Duane Allman; Carlos Santana, Eric Johnson, and Pops Staples on spirituality in music; Jerry Garcia, Neil Young, and Tom Petty on songwriting and creativity; and early interviews with Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, and Ben Harper.
https://goo.gl/gi71zo

VI. References:

The Animals – Animalisms AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder
https://goo.gl/MhQOmm

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)

DJ Dave Cash celebrates 50 years on the air
https://goo.gl/4SZMVm

The Kinks – Face to Face AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
https://goo.gl/vCJo8T

The Kinks Something Else Reviewed by Thomas Erlewine – AllMusic
https://goo.gl/oVTbaZ

The Kinks – The Kinks AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger
https://goo.gl/uvhH9B

The Rolling Stones – Out Of Our Heads AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger
https://goo.gl/9nxe6F

Sixties Rock: A Listener’s Guide by Robert Santelli (Contemporary Books. Chicago. 1985.)

Summer Cats Songs for Tuesday AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra
https://goo.gl/eI1iKL

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 Catalog 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.

Weekly Recommended Listens: May 2017: Week 2: Sixties Rock: The First British Invasion Continued

Hi everyone, this week we’re continuing our look at the sounds of the First British Invasion that roughly covered the time frame from February 1964 through May 1967.

And just as reminder, each weekly recommended music posting features the following sections:

I. Links To AllMusic Biographies Of The Weekly Artists/Groups
II. Freegal Music Recommendations Of The Week (streaming music)
III. CD Music Recommendations Of The Week
IV. Videos Of This Weeks’ Artists/Groups
V. Wild Card Print Book Recommendations Of The Week

Our artists for this week are The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies & The Zombies.

I. Links To AllMusic Biographies Of The Groups of The Week:

The Dave Clark Five Biography by Richie Unterberger
https://goo.gl/SXRJEI

The Hollies Biography by Richie Unterberger
https://goo.gl/1pE3Cs

The Zombies Biography by Richie Unterberger
https://goo.gl/NXdOrO

Freegal Notes:

To access Freegal Music from a desktop or laptop simply click on the following link: http://stlsny.freegalmusic.com/

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:

II. Freegal Music Recommendations Of The Week:

The Dave Clark Five: The Dave Clark Five hailed from the North London region of Tottenham and consisted of Dave Clark on drums, Mike Smith on vocals and keyboards, Denny Paxton on saxophone, Lenny Davidson on guitar and Rick Huxley on bass. The band came to the U.S. in early 1964, right on the heals of the Beatles, and had their first U.S. hit, Glad All Over in March. Subsequent hits included: Bits And Pieces, Do You Love Me, Can’t You See That She’s Mine, I Like It Like That, Catch Us If You Can and You Got What It Takes.

The Freegal Music catalog doesn’t feature any full-length album by The Dave Clark Five; however, I did find two songs by the group that you can stream through Freegal and they are:

One of their biggest U.S. hits, Glad All Over

From the various artists album Top 100 Hits – 1963, Vol. 1
https://goo.gl/o8X38o

And the fun instrumental Chaquita

From the various artist LP The Greatest Instrumentals 1934~1962:
https://goo.gl/ttRSuh

To request a full length Dave Clark Five album — check out the CD Recommendations section.

The Hollies: The Hollies formed in Manchester, England in 1963. The band consisted of Allan Clarke on vocals, Graham Nash on vocals and guitar, Terry Hicks on guitar and vocals, Bobby Elliott on drums and Eric Haydock on bass. Haydock was replaced by Bernie Calvert in 1966.

The Hollies U.S. hits of the sixties included Look Through Any Window, Bus Stop, Stop Stop Stop, On A Carousel, Pay You Back With Interest, Carrie-Anne and Jennifer Eccles.

Late in 1968, Nash left the band to form the seminal trio, Crosby, Stills & Nash, with David Crosby and Steven Stills.

Clarke, Hicks and Elliott continued playing with the band into the seventies; and the group had three more top ten hits: He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother, Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress) and The Air That I Breath.

The Hollies Greatest Hits:

This album contains all the band’s U.S. hits of the sixties hits except Jennifer Eccles. And as a bonus it contains their three big seventies hits: https://goo.gl/3UtfvB

Evolution: Evolution was released in 1967 and features a cool blend of vocal harmonies, classic rock and psychedelic influences with some nice sounding acoustic guitar playing woven in for good measure. Songs on the album include Jennifer Eccles, Carrie-Anne, When Your Lights Turned On and the nostalgic Ye Olde Toffee Shop.


https://goo.gl/ksYp3u

The Zombies: The Zombies were from Hertfordshire, England and consisted of Colin Blunstone on vocals, Rod Argent on keyboards, Paul Atkinson on guitar, Hugh Grundy on drums and Chris White on bass. The group produced excellent, smooth flowing pop music rich with harmonies and organ playing. The group put out four great albums in the sixties: The Zombies, Begin Here, I Love You and Odessey and Oracle, and had three top ten hits during that era: She’s Not There, Tell Her No and Time Of The Season.

As with The Dave Clark Five, The Freegal Music Catalog does not contain a full-length Zombies albums; however, you can stream several of their hits – found on various artists compilations.

She’s Not There

From the various artists collection 60’s Top Hits, Vol. II
https://goo.gl/TZ2UHp

Tell Her No

From the various artists collection Essential in Music, Vol. 2
https://goo.gl/z0lsTm

Time of the Season

From the various artists album Grandes Éxitos 1969:
https://goo.gl/QUaozd

As with music of the Dave Clark Five, for a link to StarCat to request a full-length Zombies album on CD, check out the CD Recommendations Section.

Freegal Wild Card Streaming Pick Of The Week:

The Essential Herbie Hancock by Herbie Hancock:

I have to say, and I’m showing my vintage, I didn’t realize Herbie Hancock had been recording music for as many years as he has been. His first album, Takin’ Off, was released in 1962! Not a surprise to Jazz fans but to those listeners of pop and rock who came of age in the mid-eighties as I did – that came as a surprise. I was a young teenager when MTV launched, and I can recall his song Rockit and the stylish/bizarre companion video of the song that was shown on MTV.

And the song Rockit itself doesn’t sound like jazz to me — it has a very modern sound to it, even all those years later. And, in doing research for this posting I learned that Hancock has been very prolific both in recording music and in playing in a great variety of styles over the years including jazz, hip-hop, fusion, modern and dance.

The Essential Herbie Hancock album offers a good introduction to Hancock’s work and includes the songs: Butterfly, ‘Round Midnight, Hidden Shadows, Joanna’s Theme, People Music and of course, the MTV favorite Rockit.

Here’s a link to stream The Essential Herbie Hancock album:
https://goo.gl/H9uWGi

And if you want to know more about Herbie Hancock, here’s a link to his AllMusic biography written by Richard S. Ginell: https://goo.gl/09HJPV

III. Compact Discs Recommendations:

Dave Clark Five:

The History of the Dave Clark Five:

This fifty song double CD features the band’s greatest songs icluding: Glad All Over, Bits And Pieces, Do You Love Me, Because, Having A Wild Weekend and Catch Us If You Can.
https://goo.gl/8wO2Wk

The Hollies

The Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years: The Complete Hollies, April 1963-October 1968:

This six disc collection features all the songs The Hollies recorded between the spring of 1963 and the autumn of 1968. The music was recorded during the height of the band’s popularity and contains great songs written by Clarke, Hicks & Nash. In fact, all the singles released by the band from October of 1966 until Graham Nash left the group at the end of 1968 were co-written by Clarke, Hicks & Nash. The group produced great harmony-rich pop-rock and if you’re not familiar with their music you really should check it out.

The 158 songs on this collection include: Time For Love, Too Much Monkey Business, Honey And Wine, Look Through Any Window (both English and French versions), Hard, Hard Year, On A Carousel, Have You Ever Loved Somebody and much more.
https://goo.gl/0MuAj4

The Zombies

The Singles Collection As & Bs 1964-1969

This 28 song collection features the A and B sides of all 14 Zombies singles including: She’s Not There, Tell Her No, Beechwood Park, I’ll Call You Mine and Time of the Season.
https://goo.gl/a6Ib9h

IV: Videos Of This Weeks’ Artists/Groups:

The Dave Clark Five

Glad All Over:

Bits And Pieces:

Over And Over: 

Catch Us If You Can:

The Hollies

Bus Stop:

Just One Look:

Stop Stop Stop:

The Zombies

Tell Her No:

She’s Not There:

Time Of The Season:

V. Wild Card Print Book Recommendation Of The Week:

Our suggested music read this week is the autobiography of Cream drummer Ginger Baker! And here’s the info on the book:

Ginger Baker: Hellraiser: The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Drummer

by Ginger Baker

The music, the marriages, the polo, the drugs, the trans-Saharan trucking scheme—the drummer best-known for his work in Cream and his contributions to World Music tells his whole fascinating story.

Peter “Ginger” Baker is a legend. A pioneering drummer who has transcended genres, he did much to popularize world music with his fierce passion for the rhythms of Africa. He is that rare thing, a critically-acclaimed musician who has enjoyed global success with not one but several supergroups to his name, including Cream and Blind Faith. Here, Ginger tells his story for the first time and without any self-censorship. It’s an often harrowing, but honest journey from his humble beginnings in war-torn south London to his adopted home in South Africa’s beautiful Western Cape—complete with polo club. He tells of his life-long love of jazz, how he discovered the drums and African music, and life on the road. He also confesses to the heroin use that should have killed him in his colorful 1960s prime, working and playing with the biggest names of the time. In the 1970s, he came up with a trans-Saharan trucking scheme, was a successful rally driver, built an ill-fated recording studio, and discovered a consuming passion for playing polo. He talks candidly of the loss and recovery of his fortune, his three marriages, Cream’s 1993 induction into the rock’n’roll hall of fame, their subsequent successful reunion in 2005, and his hopes for the future. — From the publisher.

Here’s a link to request the biography:

https://goo.gl/6Dj08H

VI. General References & Artist Specific References:

General 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.)

Recommended Artists Specific References:

The Hollies Evolution AllMusic Review by Lindsay Planer
http://www.allmusic.com/album/evolution-mw0000690238

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.