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1969 in music. • Page 2

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by phaynes12, Jun 7, 2021.

  1. Gianni28


    This song is perfection. Have never delved into a full album of theirs, but plan on it this week.
  2. cshadows2887 Jun 8, 2021
    (Last edited: Jun 9, 2021)

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    1. The Beatles - Abbey Road
    2. The Moody Blues - On the Threshold of a Dream
    3. The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground

    Others I love:
    Crosby, Stills and Nash - Crosby, Stills and Nash
    The Moody Blues - To Our Children's Children's Children
    The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed
    Bee Gees - Odessa
    Creedence Clearwater Revival - Green River
    Elvis Presley - From Elvis in Memphis
    Creedence Clearwater Revival - Willy and the Poor Boys
    Joe Cocker - With a Little Help from My Friends
    Isaac Hayes - Hot Buttered Soul
    Gal Costa - Gal Costa
    The Band - The Band
    Sly and the Family Stone - Stand!
    Led Zeppelin - II
    Neil Young - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
    Dusty Springfield - Dusty in Memphis
    Laura Nyro - New York Tendaberry
    Townes Van Zandt - Townes Van Zandt
    Fairport Convention - Liege and Lief
    The Temptations - Cloud Nine
    Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bayou Country
    The Who - Tommy
    Quicksilver Messenger Service - Happy Trails
    Delaney and Bonnie - Home
    Fairport Convention - What We Did on Our Holidays
    Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
    The Four Seasons - The Genuine Imitation Life Gazette
    Santana - Santana
    The Kinks - Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)
    Jorge Ben - Jorge Ben
    Joe Cocker - Joe Cocker!
    Bob Dylan - Nashville Skyline
    Procol Harum - A Salty Dog
    Boz Scaggs - Boz Scaggs

    Good ones:
    Nina Simone - To Love Somebody
    Jefferson Airplane - Volunteers
    McCoy Tyner - Expressions
    Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left
    Spooky Tooth - Spooky Two
    Pharaoh Sanders - Karma
    Leonard Cohen - Songs from a Room
    The Flying Burrito Brothers - Gilded Palace of Sin
    The Meters - Look-a-Py-Py
    The Rascals - See
    Chicago Transit Authority - Chicago Transit Authority
    The Stooges - The Stooges
    King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King
    B.B. King - Completely Well
    Elis Regina - Como e Porque
    Herbie Hancock - The Prisoner
    Johnny Cash - At San Quentin
    The Allman Brothers Band - The Allman Brothers Band
    The Bob Seger System - Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
    MC5 - Kick Out the Jams
    Desmond Dekkar - This Is Desmond Dekkar
    Diana Ross and The Supremes - Cream of the Crop
    The Jackson 5 - Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5
    Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell - Easy
    Dr. John - Babylon
    Martha Reeves and the Vandellas - Sugar 'n Spice
    Nina Simone - Nina Simone and Piano
    The Dells - Musical Menu
    The Four Tops - Now!

    Not a fan:
    Poco - Pickin' Up the Pieces
    The 5th Dimension - The Age of Aquarius
    Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band - Trout Mask Replica

    Targets for listening:
    Eddie Floyd - Never Found a Girl
    Roberta Flack - First Take
    Tim Buckley - Happy Sad
    Miles Davis - In a Silent Way
    Fairport Convention - Unhalfbricking
    Pentangle - Basket of Light
    Alexander "Skip" Spence - Oar
    Scott Walker - Scott 4
    Youngbloods - Elephant Mountain
    Frank Zappa - Hot Rats
    Blind Faith - Blind Faith
    David Bowie - Space Oddity
    Five Man Electrical Band - Five Man Electrical Band
    Fleetwood Mac - Then Play On
    Norman Greenbaum - Spirit in the Sky
    Steve Miller Band - Brave New World
    Jethro Tull - Stand Up
    Joni Mitchell - Clouds
    Tommy James and the Shondells - Crimson and Clover

    The Tony Williams Lifetime - Emergency!
    The Meters - The Meters
    Sir Douglas Quartet - Mendocino
    Tyrone Davis - Can I Change My Mind?
    Clarence Carter - Testifyin'
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  3. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    My first spin with them was I Think We're Alone Now in '67 and it blew me away. Planning on doing Crimson and Clover this year, too.
  4. The Lucky Moose

    I'm Emotional, I Hug the Block Prestigious

    People really need to check out From Elvis in Memphis
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  5. Surfwax

    bring on the major leagues

    1. Crosby Stills and Nash - s/t
    2. The Beatles - Abbey Road
    3. Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Everybody Knows This is Nowhere

    I can’t rate the CSN debut highly enough. It is a fantastic and perfect record. As I mentioned in the 67 thread it’s Stephen Stills at the top of his game, and I consider that to be a fairly mountainous peak.

    As much as I don’t want to contribute to another Beatles victory, I think Abbey Road deserves as much praise as any entry in their catalog. It isn’t quite as perfect as Revolver nor is it at as interesting as the white album, but it is easily their third best record in my book and one of the finest records of the decade. Side 2 is a towering achievement.

    Went back and forth between Neil and Creedence for the 3 spot. I think the highs on EKTIN warrant placement here. CCR deserves a mention for one of the most ridiculous years in history, releasing 3 defining albums in 12 months, but they hadn’t peaked yet. Considering them for the 1 spot next year.

    Finally giving a full listen to Songs From a Room, which I suspect could have been a ranked option for me if I had gotten to it earlier. Regret not voting in the 67 thread for his debut which should have placed.
  6. PauLo

    43% Burnt

    1. Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica
    2. Isaac Hayes - Hot Buttered Soul

    That’s it. The end. That’s all there is for 1969. Everything else pales in comparison.
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  7. PauLo

    43% Burnt

    Oh ok, Hot Rats by Frank Zappa and Black Woman by Sonny Sharrock too. But they’re faaaaaaaaaaaaar behind Beefheart and Hayes.
  8. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Absolutely. Easily one of the best "comeback" records ever.
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  9. PauLo

    43% Burnt

    Fine. These too…

    Santana - ST
    Tim Buckley - Happy Sad/Blue Afternoon
    Can - Monster Movie
    Dr John - Babylon
    Marlena Shaw - Spice of Life
    Herbie Hancock - Fat Albert Rotunda
  10. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Blind Faith - Blind Faith
    2/3 of an absolutely essential album...and then a WAY overlong jam at the end. "Can't Find My Way Home" and "Presence of the Lord" are just incredible songs. Winwood and Clapton had a lot of chemistry and then Baker just does his Ginger Baker jazz thump thing.

    Tyrone Davis - Can I Change My Mind?
    A big, produced soul album from a blues singer. Gives you the holy-shit vocals you expect. The title track was a big hit for a reason and the soul-shredding singing on the closer is hair-raising. Also bonus points for a great looking cover.

    Scott Walker - Scott 4
    Does anyone lie to themselves more than Scott Walker fans? "Well he's not really crooner/pop because he has such odd or dark subject matter." Hate to break it to you, he's not only a crooner, but he's much more Andy Williams than Frank or Tony, so not only do you like crooner pop, you like programatic crooner pop. Digression aside, this album rules. Really gorgeous arrangements, good songs, well-sung, and a little more variety of style than I recall on his debut, which is the other full-length I've heard.
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  11. George

    Trusted Prestigious

    Listened to From Elvis in Memphis. I think the only Elvis albums I've heard is a pretty comprehensive compilation, and his debut album, so clearly a big gap for me.

    The two songs I knew here (as sung by Elvis, specifically) are "In The Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds", both of which I love, the latter in particular for Elvis brilliantly desperate vocal performance. One of the best pop songs of all time for sure.

    I really enjoyed this - I know Elvis has that slight reputation for phoning it in on some of his many albums in the 60s, perhaps an unfair reputation, as I said I haven't heard much of him in album form at all, but this is consistently excellent, and he sounds full of life and energy in it.
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  12. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    sea of joy is so so so good
  13. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    In fairness, it's generally held as his most focused and committed record. It came in the wake of the '68 Comeback Special.

    I did like that one a lot, too. I just wish they'd hung together a little longer to write 2-3 songs to follow it.
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  14. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    i get that sentiment but it would have kept clapton from making layla and other assorted love songs, which is the best album he ever put his paws on
  15. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    The '80s lover in me insists Journeyman might have something to say about that,'re probably right.
  16. Meerkat

    human junk drawer Prestigious

    '69 has a bunch of stuff I've heard but haven't spent a ton of time with. Starting with the Zeppelin debut. One of those bands I always forget how much I really enjoy until I'm sitting down and listening to them. Not saying anything new here, but they really were a group of absurdly talented people
  17. Matt Chylak

    I can always be better, so I'll always try. Supporter

    I know I've listened to a bunch of Zeppelin albums over the years but they must've been in one ear and out the other because none of the tracklists look familiar. Pretty big gap for me.
  18. Meerkat

    human junk drawer Prestigious

    Maybe a lame way to say it but they're just an excellent rock band. Bonham is especially one of the best to ever do it. I'm mostly familiar with the singles so it's fun to go in order (lining up with whatever year we're in on Chorus) and just absorbing the whole thing
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  19. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    Ok, thought about this a bit.

    1. The Beatles - Abbey Road
    2. The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed
    3. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin I

    Abbey Road is right up there with Rubber Soul as one of my favorite Beatles albums. There's something so melancholy about it, as if you can hear their union disintegrating on tape, but still manifesting as some of the most beautiful music ever made. In particular, I'd say "Something" is my one favorite Beatles song, if I had to name one.

    Let It Bleed ignites one of the greatest three album runs in music history. It's probably my least favorite of those three, if I had to pick, but it's still such a dynamite collection of songs, flowing with such a palpable sense of turmoil and dread, that I can't help but be captivated by it. Doesn't hurt that it's on the shortlist for "greatest bookends on an album ever."

    I get the sense, from this thread and other reading, that Led Zeppelin II is the preferred 1969 album from the band, but I'm personally partial to Led Zeppelin I. So much of what makes that band special as a musical force is already fully formed on that album, and "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" is my favorite Zeppelin song. II is remarkable stuff too, but if I had to pick just one...
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  20. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    let it bleed probably is a top 50 album ever for me

    can't wait to see the reaction for houses of the holy
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  21. The Lucky Moose

    I'm Emotional, I Hug the Block Prestigious

    He definitely phoned it in on a lot of the soundtracks, but every now and then he came back with a classic.

    Also check out “If I Can Dream” from the same sessions.
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  22. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Got any albums from this year on the to-do lists for the week?
  23. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    There's a ton of stuff on your list that I haven't heard. The CCR albums, Fairport Convention, and Dusty in Memphis are all things I've been meaning to listen to for a long time, so definitely those.
  24. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Awesome. Looking forward to your take on whichever ones you get to!
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  25. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    wait what? craig hasn’t heard CCR?? how???