Content tagged '60s'
Black & White (Album of the Day)
Elvis Presley and Dusty Springfield both knew a good song when they heard one, and each recorded a track from Tony Joe White's 1969 debut, BLACK & WHITE. As accomplished a composer as he is, Tony Joe is also a talented performer, and it was his guitar picking and hickory-smoked vocals that made “Polk Salad Annie” - recorded 50 years ago today – a Top 10 hit. That ode to hardscrabble life in the South is joined by such other originals as “Willie and Laura Mae Jones” and “Soul Francisco” on Side 1, while the flip gives White's distinctive bayou-based treatment to covers including “Little Green Apples” and “Scratch My Back.” Roots rock champion Billy Swan produced this fine set, and Louisiana swamp music never sounded sweeter than on BLACK & WHITE.
You'll Never Walk Alone (The EMI Years 1963-1966) (Album of the Day)
The Beatles weren't the only Liverpool group managed by Brian Epstein and produced by George Martin; like the Fabs, Gerry And The Pacemakers rode the beat boom to the top of the British charts in the early 1960s, scoring three successive U.K. No.1s (“How Do You Do It?,” “I Like It” and “You'll Never Walk Alone”). Like Lennon and McCartney, Gerry Marsden was a talented writer whose original songs – including “Ferry Cross the Mersey” and “Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying” - were popular on both sides of the Atlantic. The four-volume YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE (THE EMI YEARS 1963-1966) is the ultimate collection from the quartet's original incarnation, featuring all their hits plus rarities and a full live concert from 1964.
Dock of The Bay Sessions (Album of the Day)
Soul great Otis Redding was on top of the world in 1967, and when he entered Memphis' Stax studio in the fall, he began to explore new musical directions. Tragically, those sessions were cut short after only a few weeks when the singer died in a plane crash on December 10, 1967, leaving his vision for the album unrealized. Now in stores, Rhino's DOCK OF THE BAY SESSIONS is the first collection to show what could have been. Compiled with the Redding family's full endorsement by Roger Armstrong of Ace Records and Otis biographer Jonathan Gould, these 12 songs range from the driving R&B of “Hard To Handle” and “Love Man” to such heart-stopping ballads as “I've Got Dreams To Remember” and the title classic. Although the individual tracks have been previously released across posthumous compilations, they have a cumulative power on DOCK OF THE BAY SESSIONS, which captures the first indication of a new Otis Redding, one that wowed European audiences and brought the house down at the Monterey International Pop Festival.
SONG OF THE DAY - "Respect" (Album of the Day)
It took quite a singer to upstage Otis Redding, but Aretha Franklin managed to do it. Redding had written “Respect,” scoring a Top 40 single with it in 1965, but it was the Queen of Soul who transformed the song into an anthem two years later. Where the original was a plea from a tired working man, Aretha's version – with some subtle changes in lyrics and arrangement - was a demand for R-E-S-P-E-C-T, and became a rallying cry for both the civil rights and women's rights movements. Her iconic performance of “Respect” became a Billboard No.1 hit and has been named to both the Grammy Hall of Fame and the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry; more recently it was given an orchestral setting on Franklin's A BRAND NEW ME album. In honor of African American Music Month, it's our Song Of The Day!
Waiting for the Sun (50th Anniversary Edition) (Album of the Day)
Released 50 years ago today, The Doors' WAITING FOR THE SUN was the band's third platinum album in less than two years and the first to top the album chart. The collection has sold millions of copies around the globe and contributed to the Doors' legendary canon with classics like “The Unknown Soldier,” “Five To One” and the #1 smash “Hello, I Love You.” This summer, Rhino commemorates the golden anniversary of the album with a Deluxe Edition featuring a new version of the original stereo mix on both CD and 180-gram vinyl LP, remastered by longtime Doors engineer/mixer Bruce Botnick. The WAITING FOR THE SUN: 50th ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION also includes a second CD of 14 completely unreleased tracks: nine recently discovered “rough mixes” from the album recording sessions and five live songs from a 1968 Copenhagen show.
What's That Sound? The Complete Albums Collection (Album of the Day)
Canadian transplants Neil Young and Bruce Palmer intersected with Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and Dewey Martin in 1966 to form one of the truly great Los Angeles bands; Buffalo Springfield released three studio albums on ATCO during its intense two-year existence. Newly remastered from the original analog tapes under the auspices of Neil Young, WHAT'S THAT SOUND? THE COMPLETE ALBUMS COLLECTION includes stereo mixes of all three albums, plus mono mixes for the first two. The pioneering folk- and country-rock on the group's self-titled debut (“For What It's Worth”), BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD AGAIN (“Rock And Roll Woman,” “Mr. Soul”) and LAST TIME AROUND (“Kind Woman,” “Uno Mundo”) earned the quintet a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Enjoy some musical fireworks today with the new WHAT'S THAT SOUND? boxed set!
I've Been Doin' Some Thinkin' (Album of the Day)
Fifty years ago today, Mose Allison entered Annex Recording Studios in Hollywood to begin work on I'VE BEEN DOIN' SOME THINKIN', the singer-songwriter's sixth album for Atlantic Records. Mose was one of the greatest lyricists in jazz history; when he started thinking, you were wise to start listening, and his sly wit sparkles on such originals as “Just Like Livin',” “Your Molecular Structure” and the wickedly barbed ballad “Everybody Cryin' Mercy” (there's also a sharp cover of “You Are My Sunshine” among these dozen tracks). Bassist Red Mitchell and drummer Bill Goodwin supply rhythm here, and Allison attacks the keyboard with particular gusto on the 1968 collection. This is cool jazz with some fire to it, and I'VE BEEN DOIN' SOME THINKIN' ranks with the performer's best.
THE MONKEES 50 (Album of the Day)
The Monkees have amassed a dozen Top 40 hits - including a trio of tunes that soared to #1 - and sales of their LPs were more phenomenal still, with 16 million albums and 7.5 million singles sold in a mere 2 1/2 years. In celebration of the band's golden anniversary two years ago, Rhino released THE MONKEES 50, a three-CD set packed with 50 unforgettable songs from the band’s historic career. Along with classic chart-toppers “Last Train To Clarksville,” “I’m A Believer” and “Daydream Believer,” and such Top 40 singles as “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone” and “Valleri,” the collection delves even deeper into the band’s rich catalog to include fan favorites like “She,” “Mary, Mary” and “Papa Gene’s Blues.” The group returned during the MTV era (receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on this day in 1989) and THE MONKEES 50 also features comeback tracks "That Was Then, This Is Now" and "Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere" as well as songs from their latest album, GOOD TIMES!
Over the Years... (Album of the Day)
Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Graham Nash burst onto the scene during the British Invasion with The Hollies before he formed the legendary supergroup Crosby, Stills and Nash in 1968 with David Crosby and Stephen Stills. Towering above virtually everything that Nash has accomplished in his long and multi-faceted career, there stands the litany of songs that he has written and introduced to the soundtrack of the past half-century. Painstakingly curated by Nash and longtime associate Joel Bernstein, the new anthology OVER THE YEARS... looks back at some of his best-known recordings and features more than a dozen unreleased demos and mixes. Among the classics heard in both familiar versions and demo form on this 2-CD set are “Marrakesh Express,” “Teach Your Children,” “Our House” and “Just A Song Before I Go.”
My Favorite Things (Deluxe) (Album of the Day)
Rhino's John Coltrane anthology was subtitled “The Last Giant,” and that's no exaggeration - the saxophonist grew from accomplished sideman to sonic revolutionary before his untimely death from liver cancer on this day in 1967. Trane came into his own as a composer and group leader during his tenure with Atlantic Records, and MY FAVORITE THINGS, his 1961 album for the label, remains a highlight of his career. Along with pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Steve Davis and drummer Elvin Jones, Coltrane employed extended improvisations to reinvent four standards, turning the title track into one of jazz music's signature recordings; the Deluxe Edition of MY FAVORITE THINGS includes the two-part single version of that song as a bonus.