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maxim

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Re: Songs from the 60's and 70's, obscure or not, that really stand out
« Reply #90 on: April 02, 2005, 07:41:08 pm »

tim wrote:

"I listened to a lot of albums late at night through a set of Pickering headphones back when I was a kid in the early 70s, here a few amazing sounding records that haven't been mentioned yet"

what about your avatar?

that album blew my impressionable mind

after hearing '21st century schizoid man', i knew there was no going back
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Re: Songs from the 60's and 70's, obscure or not, that really stand out
« Reply #91 on: April 03, 2005, 01:21:44 am »

I :heart: Traffic.  When I was in high school in the '80s, I used to do a cover or "Pearly Queen".
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Re: Songs from the 60's and 70's, obscure or not, that really stand out
« Reply #92 on: April 03, 2005, 07:08:18 am »

When I caught a few minutes on TV of S + Garfunkel at the reunion gig a year or two back, I was convinced I saw a Fairchild 660 on the stage with them, anyone notice it?

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same determined look on Norman's face



So was Norman a pretty intense guy? Did he suffer fools gladly?

I can fully understand if you need to keep certain info back for a book Bob, but it would be a joy to read anything relating to Whitfield's studio ideology. Funnily enough, I got together with some musicians on Friday night after the pub, and we had a "Whitfield" session listening to the rare extended mixes of "Papa was" and "Runaway child", as well as material from his own Whitfield label. You could hear (by today's standard) that they were limited in terms of tracks and mix positioning options, yet the space available was used to great effect with such dexterity.

There does seem to be very little documentation in the public realm relating to Whitfield in the studio, if anyone can direct me towards books or links I'd be highly grateful.

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Re: Songs from the 60's and 70's, obscure or not, that really stand out
« Reply #93 on: April 04, 2005, 04:10:12 pm »

this post has made me think of a lot of records... here goes...

band of gold by... maybe it's freda payne according to all music guide... i can't remember...

david bowie's diamond dogs... in my opinion one of the best produced and engineered records i have ever heard.

i agree with astral weeks...

the song Kanga Roo by Big star... the most beautiful mayhem... perfect lyrics too... ah. i just started hanging out with a beautiful young woman and i heard this song the other day and it parallels my situation... and ... and... it's just so gorgeous and heartbreaking and happy.
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« Reply #94 on: April 04, 2005, 05:33:47 pm »

Yep, Band Of Gold was by Freda Payne.  The lyric tells of a bride who discovers on her wedding night that hubby can't perform.  She winds up sleeping in a separate room, and then leaves him.  Whew, what a tragedy -- Freda Payne was gorgeous, and viagra wouldn't be around for 30 years.

And yes, Van Morrison's Astral Weeks is an absolutely amazing album in many ways  -- a work of art that totally stands the test of time.  Some of his really old recordings with Them are pretty remarkable too -- "Mystic Eyes", "Baby, Please Don't Go", and his version of "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue", which is beautiful, unusual, and haunting.

The other day I picked up the "Tom Dowd & The Art Of Music" DVD.  Wow, that's an amazing documentary, just full of great footage and stories.  Much of it overlaps with discussions that we've had here.  A scene about Booker T & The MG's has footage of them playing "Green Onions" in a club.  Holy crap, they just SMOKED!  It'd almost be worth buying the DVD for that one scene.
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Re: Songs from the 60's and 70's, obscure or not, that really stand out
« Reply #95 on: April 04, 2005, 05:57:07 pm »

Great documentary ....Tom Dowd makes you feel like you're there with him ..neat guy ..hope more films like that are made.



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Re: Songs from the 60's and 70's, obscure or not, that really stand out
« Reply #96 on: April 04, 2005, 08:01:48 pm »

Seven pages an no mention of The Stooges 'Funhouse'?    Hard edged sound with really intense performances that really were captured with minimal crap between the band and the tape.  A truly classic rock album in my view.
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Re: Songs from the 60's and 70's, obscure or not, that really stand out
« Reply #97 on: April 04, 2005, 11:32:16 pm »

In the discussion of foot stomping sounds, somehow no mention was made of "Foot Stomping", by the Flairs.  That's a great, early R&B/rock song.
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Also, a page or two back, somebody mentioned Allen Toussaint and the New Orleans R&B songs.  Oh right, that was me.  Another of his great but now obscure productions is "Nearer To You" by Betty Harris, on the Sansu label.  With its commanding vocal, church-heart keyboards,  and soulful chorus "Nearer To You" could have been a beautiful gospel song, but instead it was a beautiful love song that made #16 on the R&B charts.

I'm not so sure that anyone here will go out of their way to find an old Betty Harris or Chi-Lites record but trust me, these are great old recordings that are worth having.  If you run across one in a used record store cheap, buy it.

P.S.  I'd like to know more about the history of New Orleans R&B and rock and I'd start a thread on it, but I guess this forum is about to be retired.  Still, if anyone here can recommend a book or DVD or two, I'd like to know about them.

P.P.S.  Thanks again, Terry.
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Re: Songs from the 60's and 70's, obscure or not, that really stand out
« Reply #98 on: April 05, 2005, 12:08:44 pm »

tarmadilo- Strange how these posts have evolved.Dan Kennedy questions,what happened to Dave Bromberg,tarmadilo responds.David Kulka mentions Tom Dowd,vernier replies...nothing unusual about that.But...

I too had lost track of Dave Bromberg`s career over the years but have some information as to how it began.Surprisingly,at least for me,he toured with Jerry Jeff Walker for a few years in the late 60`s.The original version of"Mr.Bojangles",recorded by Tom Dowd featured Dave Bromberg on second guitar.If memory serves it was recorded  at a radio station and was to be used as a demo.That "demo" version is the one used on Jerry Jeff Walker`s second album "Five Years Gone" .


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