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on Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:52 pm
Going through a list of some 300 albums compiled by my former partner-in-crime at PSF and EH, I stumbled across this jewel. Love the ambience on Human Expression's "Optical Sound" (1967). The title is possibly a reference to the synaesthesia sometimes experienced when tripping.



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on Fri Jul 05, 2019 3:15 pm
Here's another from that same list, which I'm standardizing over time. Rainbow Ffolly could only hail from the UK with a name like that. "Sun Sing" is from their 1967 album Sallies Fforth. Lots going on--the psychedelic video is pretty cool too. Love the spoken bit at the end!!!



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on Sat Jul 20, 2019 12:06 pm
Here's a third from that list, in the "Worth Another Listen" section. From Salt Water Taffy's 1968 album Finders Keepers, "You Baby" has been singled out as "great". I'm no fan of sunshine pop but I'm willing to be converted by the likes of this. (One review unfairly describes it as The 5th Dimension trying to do a BB cover.) Lotsa good stuff in them there lists. Wink


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on Tue Jul 23, 2019 7:10 pm
Mr. K wrote:Here's a third from that list, in the "Worth Another Listen" section. From Salt Water Taffy's 1968 album Finders Keepers, "You Baby" has been singled out as "great". I'm no fan of sunshine pop but I'm willing to be converted by the likes of this. (One review unfairly describes it as The 5th Dimension trying to do a BB cover.) Lotsa good stuff in them there lists. Wink


Awesome sound and melody!

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on Thu Aug 01, 2019 11:10 am
They have songs about everything, don't they. I was looking rather apprehensively for a song about reassurance and lo and behold there are several, including this cool example by Cartoone, a late '60s Scottish group with a fascinating if rather sad story (see link). "Let Me Reassure You" from their 1969 self-titled debut album must be one of the tracks to feature Jimmy Page on lead guitar:

 

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on Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:42 am
I haven't heard this one since 1962! And I only just discovered who Les Chakachas were (see link). "Twist Twist" was released when that dance craze was at its peak and was a respectable hit in the US:



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on Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:09 am
Some years ago I discovered this take on Richard Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra and posted it at a now-defunct forum. I rediscovered it last night with a lucky spell of googling and here it is again (now on two forums for safety's sake). 
 
I remember giving the debut album by Ars Nova a brief listen in a record shop in 1968--it was on Elektra so I was immediately intrigued. I gave up after two or three tracks--it was too eclectic for my tastes in those days (and perhaps too frivolous). So I never got as far as "Zarathustra". 
 
It seems this album and 2001: A Space Odyssey were released pretty well simultaneously so there was little question of the Kubrick film being an influence. As if to confirm this, the Ars Nova track includes a bizarre passage from Strauss's work that is nowhere to be found in Kubrick's OST, namely the twelve-tone "Of Science" fugue (here at 0:32; see the Strauss link).
 
Fifty years later, I can appreciate this album more than I did then, having mellowed with age (or something). "Zarathustra" was the last track on side one of the original LP:
 

 
http://therockasteria.blogspot.com/2017/10/ars-nova-ars-nova-1968-us-magnificent.html [please read but don't click on links on this page!]  
 
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on Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:36 am
This song from 1968 was used in the first series of Killing Eve. As a YT commenter says, "Contact!", sung by Brigitte Bardot, could have been recorded a week ago. Wonderful stuff, like the show.



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on Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:31 pm
Had this on my mind earlier this evening. I bought Forever Changes in 1968 but believe it or not didn't really "get it" until last year, with a little help. The sublime "Alone Again Or" was released as a 45 but didn't do much. 



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on Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:32 pm
I have this thing about The Lovin' Spoonful (same goes for Sting as it happens). I tend to pooh-pooh them a bit and then I hear a long-forgotten song from them that blows me away. 

This version of "Didn't Want To Have To Do It" features Cass Elliott, who had sung with Zal Yanovsky in The Mugwumps before he co-founded the Spoonful. Her voice certainly adds a special sheen to the song.
 
 
 
(Looking at her wikipage, I see there is a circuitous Beach Boys connection.) 
 
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on Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:12 pm
Mr. K wrote:This version of "Didn't Want To Have To Do It" features Cass Elliott, who had sung with Zal Yanovsky in The Mugwumps before he co-founded the Spoonful. Her voice certainly adds a special sheen to the song.

Thanks for sharing that! What a lovely song. Cass Elliot is one of the singers from Mamas & The Papas right?

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on Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:21 pm
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Mr. K wrote:This version of "Didn't Want To Have To Do It" features Cass Elliott, who had sung with Zal Yanovsky in The Mugwumps before he co-founded the Spoonful. Her voice certainly adds a special sheen to the song.

Thanks for sharing that! What a lovely song. Cass Elliot is one of the singers from Mamas & The Papas right?

Right. I remember BrianMargo67 enthusing about what they did to this song written eight years earlier:   

 

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on Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:36 pm
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Mr. K wrote:This version of "Didn't Want To Have To Do It" features Cass Elliott, who had sung with Zal Yanovsky in The Mugwumps before he co-founded the Spoonful. Her voice certainly adds a special sheen to the song.

Thanks for sharing that! What a lovely song. Cass Elliot is one of the singers from Mamas & The Papas right?

Right. I remember BrianMargo67 enthusing about what they did to this song written eight years earlier:   

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dedicated_to_the_One_I_Love

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on Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:40 am
This cool song was recommended to me by RangeRover, who's been visiting San Francisco: 



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on Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:28 pm
This is brilliant! The early Floyd era with Syd has always been my favourite from Floyd.


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on Sun Oct 27, 2019 12:28 pm
Poking around on Smiley I bumped into this snippet of information in an old post by Jason Penick:

"There was a one-off single on the Poppy label in 1967 by the awkwardly-named Giant Jellybean Copout, which was actually members of the vocal group The Critters (also great) and a gifted doo wop/ lounge singer named Bob DiLeo-- 'Awake in a Dream'/'Look at the Girls'. The b-side in particular is tremendous-- very lush and moody."

And here is the B-side, with thanks to that splendid fellow. Stunning vocals harmonies abound:



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on Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:56 am
A song for today. From 1969, here are The Shaggs with "It's Halloween":



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on Sat Nov 02, 2019 11:23 am
The US charts in the early '60s were certainly full of surprises. Dick and Dee Dee's "The Mountain's High", a huge favourite of mine, was utterly out of left field (and a B-side to boot) but reached #2 in 1961. That four part-vocal stack is really weird (Dick at top and bottom, Dee Dee on the middle voices) but it works! 



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on Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:14 pm
Yesterday on Dutch TV the world-famous Kronos Quartet was awarded an Edison (the Dutch classical music equivalent of an Oscar) in the Lifetime Achievement category. They then gave a blistering performance of "The House Of The Rising Sun". Speaking to their first violinist David Harrington, the show's presenter brought up The Animals' version as an influence. "Oh no", replied Harrington, "the one by the Everly Brothers." "Why the Everly Brothers?" "We like the Everly Brothers!"

Obviously I looked out their version from 1967. I'm afraid it didn't grab me. (It's just Don singing, apparently.) The KQ imitated the drums in the introduction with slashing lines in the upper strings:
 

 
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on Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:18 pm
The Cascades are best known for their 1963 worldwide hit "Rhythm Of The Rain". The follow-up, "Shy Girl", barely scraped into the US top 100. I rediscovered it during a game at Hoffman. Lovely harmonies--it should have done better:



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on Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:38 am
I came across this in an episode of NCIS. At first I thought it was The Beach Boys, yet it didn`t sound like any song by them that I had heard, so realized it wasn`t them. It was obviously influenced by them. I found very little information on it. I had never heard it before. This is something John likes to explore so he can have at it.

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on Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:28 am
DarkGothicQueen wrote:I came across this in an episode of NCIS. At first I thought it was The Beach Boys, yet it didn`t sound like any song by them that I had heard, so realized it wasn`t them. It was obviously influenced by them. I found very little information on it. I had never heard it before. This is something John likes to explore so he can have at it.

'Summer Day Lucky Day'---Jay Ramsey

H'mm--interesting! The name is unfamiliar to me, which is odd as JR has been very prolific over the years, not least as a composer. I see he wrote a couple of things for Mad Men, among many other films and series. He's quite well represented in that album series Cult Hits of the 1960's. "One Plus One" is a preposterously Four Seasons-ish 45 released in 1965 by Jay's then band The Expressions:   



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For Roger (Endless Harmony).


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