Archive for the '1960s' Category

Unexpected rock instruments: Sitar

Posted by pharland on January 12th, 2008 filed in 1960s, Beatles, Harrison, George, Phillips, Shawn, Progressive Rock, Rock instruments

When one thinks of traditional rock and roll, one generally pictures a band of four and the instruments are usually the drums, bass, guitar, and vocal, as well as some keyboards. (You can also throw in a harmonica and tambourine, if you like). As rock developed into the 1960s, however, a variety of other unexpected [...]

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Motown meets Bayou: Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “I heard it through the grapevine” (1970)

Posted by pharland on January 5th, 2008 filed in 1960s, 1970s, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Gaye, Marvin, Soul / Funk / Motown

Listen while you read: “Heard it through the grapevine” (a half-decent recording of the song on youtube opens up in a new window) I’ve been listening to a lot of Motown and related (R&B, Soul, Funk) since getting back into vinyl, including the likes of Al Green, Supremes, Roberta Flack, Stevie Wonder, and others. Marvin [...]

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Favourite Christmas album: Ella Fitzgerald’s Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas

Posted by pharland on December 21st, 2007 filed in 1960s, Fitzgerald, Ella, Jazz and Blues

Listen while you read: Open up the Verve jukebox in a new window (the jukebox will automatically play a snippet of each tune from the album) Don’t let the strange (though cool-looking) cover with a multi-coloured unicorn eating a flower fool you. This is a Christmas album, and an excellent one! Don’t get me wrong. [...]

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“21st Century Schizoid Man. . . “: King Crimson’s debut (1969)

Posted by pharland on October 8th, 2007 filed in 1960s, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, Jazz and Blues, King Crimson, Progressive Rock

Seldom does an album-cover embody the essence of a song so perfectly (or vice versa), but that is the case with the disturbing cover of King Crimson’s debut album of 1969, the year of my birth (art by Barry Godber). The thing is, An Observation by King Crimson (© 1969 E.G. Music Ltd) is such [...]

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From Pink Floyd’s mysteries to Led Zeppelin’s “Satanic” music

Posted by pharland on September 4th, 2007 filed in 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, Dylan, Bob, Johnson, Robert, Music and religion

There are a number of posts about music, religion, and culture on my academic blog that may be of interest to readers of this one: The times they are a changin’ endin’: Bob Dylan’s apocalypse Satanic conspiracies of the 1970s and 1980s (dealing with the supposed and real cases of back-masking) “Me and the Devil [...]

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