Hippies from A to Z
by Skip Stone
Songs With A Message
Do you believe in rock 'n roll?
Can music save your mortal soul?
Don McLean (American Pie)
Hippies use music to express themselves emotionally, spiritually, and
politically. Music can make a statement, give voice to a movement, even
unite us. As hippies explore their inner world, music guides them along
in their quest for meaning. Without drugs it can get you high. With drugs,
well, let's just say, music can be a religious experience.
To explain the impact of music as a social phenomenon, we need to go
back before the hippies to the Civil Rights Movement. The protesters would
sing a song called "We Shall Overcome". The Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker, an associate
of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said:
"One cannot describe the vitality and emotion this hymn evokes across
the Southland. I have heard it sung in great mass meetings with a thousand
voices singing as one. I've heard a half dozen sing it softly behind the
bars of the Hinds County Prison in Mississippi. I have heard old women
singing it on the way to work in Albany, Ga. I've heard the students singing
it as they were being dragged away to jail. It generates power that is
indescribable. It manifests a rich legacy of musical literature that serves
to keep body and soul together for that better day which is not far off."
So the early sixties saw music becoming more than just entertainment.
It was now music with a message. And the messages our poets sang helped
us identify with important issues and events that concerned us all. They
spurred us to action. These songs had an impact on the consciousness of
not just hippies but all society. Some of these songs also broke new ground
musically. One way or another they hit us deeply, made us think, made us
dream, made us feel as one people.
The musicians listed below were the inspiration for much of the music
that has been made since. This includes Heavy Metal, Punk, Disco, Rap,
Hip Hop, and Techno. Some of the artists in this list, many of the greatest,
devoted the last years of their lives to sharing their music with the world.
They touched millions of us, each in a unique way.
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The Allman Brothers
Greg and Duane Allman, and Dicky Betts could really jam. Their live
concerts are the stuff of legend. Their southern rock sound conquered the
north as well. Duane's death in a motorcycle accident was a shock, but
the band carried on and has scored many hits since.
Eat a Peach - This recording includes
"Melissa", "Blue Sky", and the 33+ minute "Mountain Jam".
Another great choice is Live at Filmore East
with "Whipping Post". This band could really put on a show.
America's laid back, easy listening sound won many fans. Their soft
acoustic melodies and crisp harmonies put America on the Pop map with tunes
like "Horse With No Name", "Ventura Highway" and "Sandman".
Their first album, America, was
very timely with an American Indian flavored cover, and ran up the charts.
Their latest release is called Human Nature
History: America's Greatest Hits
(1975) has most of their best songs.
The Animals were part of the original British Invasion that included
the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Herman's Hermits and the Dave Clark Five.
Eric Burdon, the lead singer, is a legend among blues rockers. "House of
the Rising Sun" and "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place" are two of their
The Best of the Animals. Remastered,
from mono! - remember that?
This pop group specialized in upbeat love songs. Their great melodies,
tight harmonies, and lively rhythms made them very popular. "Cherish" and
"Never My Love" are classic love songs.
Greatest Hits - This release includes
"Cherish", "Windy", "Never My Love", and "Along Comes Mary".
We're more popular than Jesus now;
I don't know which will go first- rock and roll or Christianity.
When the Beatles came to America in 1964 it really was an invasion
of new music, style and attitude. They not only turned the music world
upside down with their electric guitars, their happy harmonies, long hair
and mod fashions, but suddenly music was fun like it hadn't been since
Elvis. We boomers couldn't get enough of them, as Beatlemania swept the
With fame and fortune theirs, they realized they could do anything,
and decided to experiment with new sounds, new electronic techniques, and
new drugs. What followed was the most innovative music the world had ever
seen. The Beatles got serious about their music and the messages it conveyed.
After all they are the biggest band ever and their influence was worldwide.
Credit John Lennon with much of the creative new work and deeper messages.
George Harrison took the Beatles on a turn to the East with Ravi Shankar
inspired sitar work and philosophical lyrics. Paul McCartney added a much-needed
light cheery touch to their music. There's no way we can measure the profound
impact of the Beatles on other artists and the course of human history.
I don't know a single hippy who didn't love them. As a group the Beatles
had their ups and downs, and when they called it quits, no one wanted to
believe it. Fortunately their legacy lives on in some of the best music
to ever slip through our ears and grace our minds.
She Loves You - (1964) Their first
hit single in the U.S., this record is so full of joy, you couldn't help
but be happy listening to it. The Beatles' infectious harmonies, their
haircuts, their appeal to teenage girls made their first trip to the U.S.
to be on Ed Sullivan one of the high points of Rock and Roll. Beatlemania
was here to stay.
Yesterday - (1966) Yesterday
and Today The best song Paul McCartney ever wrote (according
to John). A melancholy ballad lamenting a lost love, it affected just about
I Am the Walrus - (1967) Magical
Mystery Tour Beatles fans debated the meaning of the lyrics
in this John Lennon tune. The Beatles were in their most experimental phase
in the studio and many of the special sound effects that were to become
a Beatle trademark can be heard here. And just what DID the chorus sing
at the end of the record?
With A Little Help From My Friends
- (1967) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Not a drug song! Yeah, and Yoko's the best thing to ever happen to the
Beatles. Not! Ringo's singing was fortunately overshadowed by the lyrics
and its placement on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The best version
ever done was by Joe Cocker, live at Woodstock!
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds -
(1967) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Gee, they couldn't even fool ol' pussy footin' Spiro Agnew into believing
it was just about a girl (with Kaleidoscope eyes!). Now we knew just what
inspired the Beatles latest creative spurt.
Let It Be - (1970) Let
It Be Another McCartney hit, supposedly a tribute to his mother,
Mary, not a drug song, yeah, right.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band -
(1967). This landmark concept album marked a transition for the Beatles
and everyone who listened to the various stories told herein. This Album
won the Golden Hippy for best album in Hippyland's Hall of Fame!
Other must haves for the Beatle fans are: Rubber
Soul, Magical Mystery Tour, Abbey Road, and The White Album
(named for its white cover). For just the hits try
the 1962-1966 (Red Album) and
for the later hits, 1967-1970 (Blue Album).
This short lived group was most notable for the matching of Eric Clapton's
virtuoso guitar work with the sensitive vocals of Steve Winwood. Their
one album, with the controversial cover of a nude girl fondling a phallic
airplane is a classic.
Blind Faith. This 1969 release
with Eric Clapton, Stevie Winwood, Ginger Baker and Rick Gretch was the
only recording this "supergroup" made. "Can't Find My Way Home" is a great
Buffalo Springfield with Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay
helped popularize folk rock. Their unique sound, superb harmonies, and
socially relevant lyrics were a hit with the hippies. Unfortunately, or
fortunately, depending how you look at it, they split up and started CS&N+Y
and Poco, which continued to expand the folk/country rock tradition.
For What it's Worth - (1967)
Retrospective: The Best of Buffalo Springfield. A cautionary
tale for those who go up against the system.
Retrospective: The Best of Buffalo Springfield
Cuts like "Expecting to Fly", "Mr. Soul" and "For What it's
Worth" highlight how great this band was.
David Crosby and Roger McGuinn powered this group to the top with "Eight
Miles High" and "Turn! Turn! Turn!" Their cover of Dylan's "Mr. Tamborine
Man" was also a big hit in 1965.
Turn! Turn! Turn! - (1966) Turn!
Turn! Turn! Very old lyrics (biblical), with a very timely message
written by Pete Seeger.
The Byrds Greatest Hits - (1996)
A great collection for Byrds fans, "Turn! Turn! Turn!" was digitally remastered
and includes seven bonus tracks.
Joe made his mark at Woodstock '69 with an incredibly soulful version
of "A Little Help From My Friends" that blew everyone away. His deep, gravely
voice, and on stage spasms brought the music home to us.
Classics - Joe can really belt
out a tune with all his being. He does it here in "A Little Help From My
Friends", "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window" and "Midnight Rider".
Mad Dogs and Englishmen is one of the all time greats, a two
disk set recorded live at the Filmore East in 1970.
Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton played together for a short
time, but their influence lingers today. Their dramatic brand of heavy
rock has been imitated by many, but surpassed by none.
The Very Best of Cream This
recording contains 20 of Cream's hard rock tunes including "Sunshine of
Your Love", "White Room" and "Strange Brew".
Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR)
CCR's fans are legion. Their country rock sound crossed over and produced
one hit after another.
Fortunate Son - (1969) CCR has
had so many hits, but this one hit a nerve, and was used appropriately
in Forest Gump's soundtrack. An anti-war/anti-draft song it reflected the
sentiment at the time.
Cosmo's Factory - This 1970 album
is packed with some of CCR's best material including "Heard it Through
the Grapevine", "Lookin' out my Back Door" and "Who'll Stop the Rain?".
Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits
- This collection has most of their hits including "Proud Mary", "Green
River", and "Bad Moon Rising".
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY)
David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash teamed up three great
singers and songwriters whose harmonies transport us to another time and
place. Their social relevant lyrics echo within and have inspired many
a hippie to take up a cause. They have weathered many a storm (drugs, jail,
alcohol, serious illness). They are reuniting again so don't miss their
Suite Judy Blue Eyes - (1969) This
was the first song CSN played at Woodstock. It went over very well. Their
tight harmonies and excellent song writing scored right from the start.
Ohio - (1971)
4 Way Street "They're cutting us down!" refers to the 1970 Kent
State Massacre, wherein four students were murdered by the National Guard.
Also Chicago - from the same album,
is a call to protest at the trial of the Chicago Seven, who were facing
charges for conspiracy and inciting a riot at the Democratic Convention
in 1968. Moving song reminding us we can still "change the world".
Crosby, Stills & Nash - Their
first album together. A classic! "Suite Judy Blue Eyes", "Marrakech Express",
and "Guinnevere" are just the first three cuts from this remarkable debut
Deja Vu - The second CSN album, this time with Neil Young. This classic
recording includes some of their best tunes like "Carry On", "Teach Your
Children" - with Jerry Garcia, "Deja Vu" and "Woodstock".
4 Way Street - Crosby, Stills,
Nash & Young. This two album live set is a landmark in American music.
An outstanding collection of songs about love, hate, war and protest, it
is the voice of a generation seeking answers. The unsurpassed live vocal
harmonies make this work stand out. Released in 1971, it was updated in
1992 with four more cuts added.
Down through all of eternity the crying of humanity,
'tis then when the hurdy gurdy man comes singing songs of love.
Donovan (Hurdy Gurdy Man)
Donovan Leitch inspired us with his great music, excellent arrangements,
and timely messages about love. His playful, joyful lyrics made us scratch
our heads, light the candles and incense, and get mellow. Although his
latest work is lacking those elements above, Donovan is still an icon of
the Hippy movement.
Mellow Yellow - (1966) Donovan's
Greatest Hits This song had thousands of people doing some very
weird things with bananas. Some people are still trying to figure it out.
I think it was plot by Chiquita to improve sales. By the way, that's Paul
McCartney doing the backup vocals.
Hurdy Gurdy Man - (1967) A big
hit for Donovan, it's a powerfully haunting song about the man who's "singing
songs of love" at a time when it's most needed. John Bonham, John Paul
Jones and Jimmy Page (who plays an outrageous screaming guitar lead) appear
just prior to the formation of Led Zeppelin.
Donovan's Greatest Hits - This
is definitely the best selection of Donovan's early hits. It includes "Wear
Your Love Like Heaven", "The Hurdy Gurdy Man" and of course "Mellow Yellow".
Jim Morrison still lives on as a rock icon. His sensuous voice, defiant
attitude and iconoclastic lyrics along with Ray Manzarek's great keyboard
work propelled the Doors to the top of the charts. Jim defied the authorities,
pushing the envelope especially during his live performances. A passionate
poet, he touched those most sensitive areas of our collective psyche.
Light My Fire - (1967)
The Best of the Doors One of the top hits of all time. Who didn't
get turned on by Morrison's sexy lyrics? The arrangement of Light My Fire,
especially Ray Manzarek's keyboards make this a psychedelic classic.
The Best of the Doors - This two
disk set contains the Doors biggest hits including "Light My Fire", "Riders
on the Storm" and "L.A. Woman".
In the early 60's Bob Dylan transformed folk music into protest music
with tunes like "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are A-Changin'".
These songs influenced a whole generation and just about everyone who calls
himself a musician. Bob the poet reminds us that words and music can be
a potent force. No can be unmoved by the urgency and power of his lyrics.
Bob's continuing metamorphoses keep everyone guessing what he'll do next.
Blowin' in the Wind - (1963) Bob
Dylan's Greatest Hits This early protest song opened people's
minds to music with a message. Powerful, direct lyrics + simple folk music
+ Dylan = A new musical paradigm. This too, became an anthem for the Civil
The Times They Are A-Changin' -
(1964) Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits
Again, Dylan's forceful uncompromising lyrics tell it like it is! This
song was prophetic.
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits. This
recording has all his early hits. Another great selection from 1966 is
Blonde on Blonde.
The Eagles currently consist of Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh,
Timothy B. Schmit, and Don Felder.
Hell Freezes Over - This recent
live recording does justice to all the tunes from the exceptional "Hotel
California" to "Take it Easy". If you get a chance, check out the live
performance on video. It's exceptional and the band has never sounded better.
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
The talented ELP hit it big with their excellent arrangements and style,
somewhat similar to the Moody Blues. What set them apart was Keith Emerson's
fantastic keyboards and Greg Lake's mood evoking voice.
Emerson Lake & Palmer - This,
their first album of "pomp" rock from 1970 defines their intense orchestral
style with some very fine tunes including "Lucky Man" and "Take A Pebble".
Keith Emerson's keyboards and Greg Lake's vocals are timeless.
The Grateful Dead
The enduring legacy of the Grateful Dead lives on. Jerry Garcia and
company are an ongoing phenomena despite Jerry's death and the breakup
of the band. The Dead's legions of devoted fans, followed them everywhere,
incorporating The Letter The Boxtops Oldies 01:50 their music
into a Hippy lifestyle. Since the Dead were such an experimental and experiential
band (they were involved with the Acid Tests, after all), they managed
to carve out their own genre of American music. This is one group where
the performance was the message. Many find their music is best enjoyed
on psychedelics. The group's hip, laid back attitude was a departure from
the ego-centric rock stardom that many pursued.
Truckin' - (1970) American
Beauty One of the legendary Dead's few commercial hits. Once
you got this song in your head, you couldn't get it out, and before you
knew it you were a "dead head". The Dead became the epitome of the trippy
hippy band. And what a long strange trip they took....
American Beauty - This 1970 release
showcases the band's song writing and is a perfect introduction. For those
who want a brief overview of this prolific band try Skeletons
from the Closet. For a more in-depth live experience I recommend
The Guess Who
This pop band scored a number of hits, thanks to memorable lyrics,
and strong music that echoed in your head over and over. They are now playing
the revival circuit.
The Best of The Guess Who. Hits
include "Laughing", "American Woman", "These Eyes" and "No Time".
His folk style echoes the music of his famous folk singer father, Woody
Guthrie. Arlo made a name for himself with the song and album Alice's Restaurant.
His appearance at Woodstock included some memorable quotes (included in
The Best of Arlo Guthrie - This
recording includes the hits, "Alice's Restaurant", "The City of New Orleans"
and "Coming into Los Angeles".
Richie opened Woodstock with his songs 'Handsome Johnny' (an antiwar
song) and 'Freedom' (a civil rights tune). His unique style of rhythm guitar
complements his deep resonant voice resulting in a powerful sound. With
his intensity, Richie Havens can ignite your soul with his original songs
or famous covers. From Woodstock to the present Richie still delivers music
with a passion.
Resume - The Best of Richie Havens.
All his classic tunes are here to enjoy.
Jimi Hendrix was one of those rare talents that appears once in a lifetime.
Like a saint he walked among us to remind us that there are greater things
than we can possibly understand. Through his music he let us hear and see
these wondrous things. Whether in the studio, at Woodstock, Monterey, the
Isle of Wight or the Fillmore, Jimi fed his heart and soul into his music.
The result was music that could lift you so high you could "Kiss the Sky"
or plunge you into a 'Manic Depression'. His influence on rock music was
profound. Jimi's legend lives on now that some new releases are out.
Purple Haze - (1967) Are
You Experienced? You ran right out and bought the record, "Are
You Experienced?". Then you rushed home, put it on the turntable, and this
was the first song you heard. What went through your mind? All of a sudden
music was REALLY GROOVY, man!
Are You Experienced? - The Jimi
Hendrix Experience. This 1967 recording captured Jimi's best known works.
The legendary guitarist/composer exposes his raw psychedelic talent on
everything from "Purple Haze" to "Foxey Lady". Another good one is Electric
Jimi Hendrix - Live At The Fillmore East. Yes it's a new double album
of two concerts recorded at the Fillmore, New Year's eve 1969 and New Year's
day 1970. Jimi was in turmoil, and these performances were his catharsis.
Experience Hendrix: The Best Of Jimi Hendrix.
Yet another new release captures his greatest hits. This may be the best
collection yet on one CD.
Live At Woodstock [2 CD-BOX SET]
- This latest release contains 16 tunes from Jimi's performance at Woodstock.
Not his best since he was reforming his band and the other instruments
aren't clear in the mix, but as usual, Jimi shines! A must for fans.
It's A Beautiful Day
The LaFlammes put out several albums and ended up in an interminable
lawsuit with their original manager (it's still on). Thus they have never
made anything from their albums. That said, their first release, It's a
Beautiful Day is a classic from the 60s.
It's A Beautiful Day - This album
has become very famous due to it's scarcity. At one time a good copy would
fetch about $60. The best cut, "White Bird", really grooves thanks to the
blazing violin. Other good tunes are "Hot Summer Day", "Bombay Calling"
and "Wasted Union Blues".
Grace Slick, Marty Balin, Paul Kanter, Jorma Koukonen, Jack Cassady
had a sound that typified the psychedelic music from San Francisco. Grace's
soaring vocals, Marty's sensitive lyrics, and the rest of the bands' electric
energy turned on Frisco and the rest of the world. The band has had numerous
incarnations with various members such as Hot Tuna and Jefferson Starship,
but the original is still the greatest. They played at Monterey Pop, Woodstock,
Altamont (tried to, until Marty got punched out by a Hell's Angel) and
many Fillmore and Winterland shows.
Somebody to Love - (1967)
Pillow The first hit off their Surrealistic Pillow album. When
Grace Slick belted this song out, we all knew just what she meant.
White Rabbit - (1967) Surrealistic
Pillow This song, with references to Lewis Carroll's Alice in
Wonderland and certain drugs, got us high just listening to it. Feed Your
Surrealistic Pillow - The Airplane
first landed on the San Francisco music scene in 1966, and with this 1967
album (their second) took the country by storm. "Somebody to Love" and
"White Rabbit" became instant classics. For all you fans there's a new
release, Live at the Filmore East (1998) which showcases their legendary
Propelled by Ian Anderson's dramatic flute and eccentric lyrics Tull
brought a fresh edge to rock and distinguishes this band from others of
the period. Jethro Tull's powerful portrait of a social reject, Aqualung,
hit you in the gut! It was an early cross of heavy metal and grunge. The
whole record was a great social statement.
Aqualung - (1971) Aqualung The
big hit that made Jethro Tull famous. A biting comment on social misfits.
Aqualung - Released in 1971 this
record went to the top. The subsequent album, Living in the Past (1972)
showed a mellower side of Tull.
No one sang the blues like Janis. She could put more feeling into one
song, than many people put into their whole lives. We feel your pain, Janis!
Piece of My Heart - Janis Joplin
(1968) Cheap Thrills with Brother & The Holding Company or Janis Joplin's
Greatest Hits Janis rips through this one like a tortured feline.
Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits. This
album has a good selection of hits. For a more complete selection there's
a three-CD set, Cheap Thrills/I Got Dem Ol' Kosmic
Blues Again Mama!/Pearl. Big Brother & The Holding Company
(with Janis Joplin of course!) This is their first major album with a classic
cover from R. Crumb. "Piece of My Heart", "Summertime" and "Ball and Chain"
are as gritty as Janis gets.
Carole is one of the most prolific and successful songwriters in history.
Her tunes were sung by many popular stars. Her music always has an emotional
storytelling that captures you.
Tapestry - (1971) One of the best-selling
records of all time, Tapestry showcases Carole's gift of songwriting. For
something more complete try Carole King Natural
Woman-Ode Collection including many songs written for artists
like James Taylor and Aretha Franklin.
In The Court Of The Crimson King
- Originally released in 1969, this famous album features Greg Lake singing
and the guitar work of Robert Fripp. For a taste of the band's new work
(minus Lake) check out their 1998 release, Absent Lovers-Live In Montreal
Led Zeppelin defined heavy metal music. The hard rockin' blues of Robert
Plant and Jimmy Page and their live concerts are the stuff of legends.
Plant's extraordinary vocal range and Jimmy's mastery of the guitar are
a great combination. Exotic influences permeate their sound sending us
back in time to distant lands. If you get a chance check out their movie
"The Song Remains the Same" to see their remarkable live performance.
Stairway to Heaven - (1971) Led
Zeppelin IV One of the biggest hits ever! This song by the heavy metal
band took everyone by surprise by being so mellow, then building to one
of the great climaxes in music. Plant and Page at their best!
Led Zeppelin IV This album marks
the pinnacle of Led Zeppelin's career. With Stairway to Heaven the band
scored it's biggest hit. The Remasters collection has all their hits sounding
better than ever.
John's legacy and his inspired songwriting lives on in some new releases.
Lennon's influence goes far beyond his music, as we've all been touched
by his magic and spirit.
Imagine - (1971)
Imagine or Lennon Legend - The Very
Best of John Lennon. This song sums up John's philosophy. Just
imagine if John's dreams came true...
Lennon Legend - The Very Best of John Lennon.
This recording includes all his post Beatles hits. An excellent collection.
Perhaps a better choice than the John Lennon Anthology.
Loggins & Messina
Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina struck up a great friendship in the early
'70s. Their excellent harmonies and songwriting highlight the few recordings
they did together.
Sittin' In - (1972). This upbeat
album shines thanks to great songs and good vocal harmonies on tunes like
"Vahevalla", "Back to Georgia" and "Nobody Like You".
The Lovin' Spoonful
Led by John Sebastian, this group had many hippie hits in the 60s.
Anthology - The Lovin' Spoonful
includes "Do You Believe in Magic?", "Daydream" and "Summer in the City".
The Mamas and the Papas
John Phillips led this band of trippy hippies to stardom. With Cass
Elliot, Denny Doherty, and Michelle Phillips they cranked out hit after
hit. Super songwriting (John) and tight harmonies were sometimes happy,
sometimes sad. Their autobiographical music told of their ups and downs,
lives and loves, and we loved them for it.
California Dreamin' - (1966) If
You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears We'll probably never know
how many people went to California after hearing this song. I know I did!
If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears
- The Mamas and Papas. This 1966 classic has "Monday, Monday" and "California
Dreamin'". If you want even more check out their Greatest Hits for 20 great
Bob Marley & the Wailers
Bob Marley introduced the world to Reggae music and Rastafarianism.
His heartfelt music spoke volumes about injustice, freedom, and love. One
of the great heroes of the common man, Marley has influenced musicians
and free thinkers around the world.
I Shot the Sheriff - (1973) Burnin'
or Legend This hit song (Eric Clapton's
version) opened up the world for Reggae music, and Bob Marley. Typically,
the subject is injustice.
Legend - Bob Marley and the Wailers.
This album showcases the King of Reggae's biggest hits. Whether singing
about Love or Protest, Bob's funky soulful sound is always spiritually
Paul's pop musical style doesn't appeal to everyone, but his good natured
upbeat tunes usually make us smile.
Ram - (1971) Paul's best solo album
has some good cuts including "Too Many People" and "Uncle Albert/Admiral
Halsey". Band on the Run, (1973) with Wings, is another good choice.
One of the original folk singers, Canadian Joni has explored other
musical styles with great success. Her vocal range, excellent guitar playing
and sometimes cynical lyrics make her a outstanding performer.
Woodstock - This tune, popularized
by CS&N, pretty well summed up the event and the feelings of a whole
Blue - Released in 1971 this great
album has Stephen Stills and James Taylor on some tracks. From the love
ballads here to jazz and rock Mitchell explores various styles with her
unique vocals. Her latest, Taming the Tiger focuses on her jazz guitar
and synth playing and is reminiscent of some of her best work.
The Moody Blues
Ever since their second album, Days of Future Past (their first had
different band members), the Moodies captured our imagination with lush
orchestrations, magnificent moog synthesizer, deep inspirational lyrics,
wonderful melodies, and moving vocals. Their extraordinarily loyal and
devoted fans still regard them as psychedelic rock legends, and I'm definitely
Nights in White Satin - (1967)
of Future Past. Justin Hayward's haunting vocals highlight this
Time Traveler - The Moody Blues.
This five CD set covers the Moodies' extraordinary journey through time
and innerspace, from Days of Future Past (1967) to Keys to the Kingdom
(1991). Fortunately, they managed to keep together some of the more dramatic
segues from their early albums. A must for those who don't have all the
Days of Future Past was one of
the first concept albums with smooth segues between tunes (like Sgt. Pepper).
The Moodies succeeded big time by blending their form of introspective
rock with classical music, thanks to the London Festival Orchestra.
This soulful crooner real packs a wallop when he wants to. He's scoring
big with his new album.
Moondance - The master of R&B
romance scores on this one with "Moondance", "Crazy Love" and "Into the
Mystic". Van Morrison was the inspiration for the movie "The Commitments".
Back On Top - He scores again with
this hit album that harkens back to his '70s magic. A must buy for fans
and those who love good R&B music.
The New Riders of the Purple Sage
NRPS rode to stardom with their laid-back country rock style with echoes
of the Grateful Dead.
New Riders of the Purple Sage.
This 1971 release includes backup work by Jerry Garcia, Spencer Dryden,
Mickey Hart and Commander Cody. Their brand of mellow country/rock is highlighted
in "Glendale Train" and "Louisiana Lady". The
Adventures of Panama Red is another good recording from NRPS.
Peter, Paul & Mary
These aging beats, along with Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie were responsible
for popularizing folk music in middle America. Their beautiful harmonies
made us listen to the subtle messages of peace and freedom in the lyrics.
Where Have All The Flowers Gone?
- Pete Seeger/Peter, Paul & Mary (1962) Includes songs that we baby
boomers sang in school like "This Land is Your Land" and "If I Had a Hammer".
These tunes put subtle yet influential messages in our virgin brains, whose
seeds would bear fruit in our teenage years.
Puff the Magic Dragon - (1963)
A drug song or a fairy tale? Depends on who's listening. After all Jackie
Paper needs his friend Puff to have fun, and don't forget the sealing wax
Jackie! This is still a popular children's song.
Around the Campfire - Yup, they're
still around and this new album has lots of their old hits and four new
recordings. You can gather 'round the fire with your kids (grandkids?)
and sing along to "Puff the Magic Dragon" and "Leavin' on a Jet Plane"
I remember my friend Floyd trying to get us to listen to an album by
Pink Floyd. We looked at the Pink cover, then at him and laughed (he was
a little weird after all). Well, Floyd had the last laugh as we all became
addicted to the hallucinogenic band called Pink Floyd. Their psychedelic
leanings were evident in the early albums Dark Side of the Moon and Wish
You Were Here. Despite the band's break up, both David Gilmore and Roger
Waters are still touring (separately), and packing in the legions who love
to fly comfortably numb.
Time - (1973) Alan Parsons produced
the album Dark Side of the Moon with all it's sound effects. This record
stayed on the charts for an amazing 14 years! Time is one of the more compelling
pieces, lamenting it's passage and aging. The opening sequence of clocks
chiming is classic.
Dark Side of the Moon - This incredible
album still gets lots of play on the airwaves. Their mastery of the electronic
milieu is at its finest here. Today, as in 1973 this recording has messages
for us all. For a taste of the Floyd live, you must check out Pulse available
on CD and Video (VHS and laserdisk). Some of the tunes here are better
than the originals, and the video is outstanding.
This underrated group still has many fans. Their upbeat country rock
was highlighted by Rusty Young's pedal steel guitar, along with Jim Messina,
Richie Furay, and Timothy B. Schmit's great harmonies.
The Forgotten Trail 1969-74 - This
2 CD set contains 38 cuts both live and studio and a 36 page book. Poco
is a great country rock band and this recording covers all their hits including
"Kind Woman", "A Good Feeling to Know" and "Pickin' up the Pieces".
This band had a couple of great hits, then faded. Fortunately they're
back with a new recording, that makes it seem like they never left!
The Best of Procol Harum (1973).
This album contains their hits "Whiter Shade of Pale" and "Conquistador".
Their latest release, Prodigal Stranger
(1991) is much like their old stuff.
This group was very popular, and had a number of classic hippie hits.
The Very Best of the Rascals. The
Rascals had some big hits in the 60s and 70s including "Groovin'", "Good
Lovin'" and "A Beautiful Morning", all of which are included here.
The Rolling Stones
Since 1964, The Stones always seemed to be the best music to play at
a party. Their infectious tunes got everyone up and dancing. The lack of
current hits hasn't hurt their popularity any. As long as Mick, Keith and
Charlie can still stand I guess we'll have more to look forward to.
Satisfaction - (1965) Hot Rocks
1964-1971 This song of social angst hit our collective button, and gave
the Stones one of their greatest hits.
Flowers - (1967). Digitally remastered,
this early work with Brian Jones contains the hits "Ruby Tuesday", "Lady
Jane" and "Mother's Little Helpers". Another blast from the past is the
1970 Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!, their best live album.
Hot Rocks 1964-1971 - This collection
of hits from their early period has everything. "Satisfaction", "Jumpin'
Jack Flash", "Ruby Tuesday", "Sympathy for the Devil" and lots more!
Carlos Santana and company managed to define a whole genre back in
the early '70s. His great performance at Woodstock made him a legend. And
today he's back on the charts with a new hit. Their pioneering funky, latin,
soul, rock sound is unmistakable. Carlos' mesmerizing lead guitar playing
is your ticket to nirvana. It's nearly impossible to sit through this music.
Dance, sister dance!
Black Magic Woman - (1970) The
Best of Santana This song was their greatest hit. We couldn't
stop dancing while Carlos Santana's scorching riffs burned into our brains.
There have been many imitators, but no band ever did it better.
Abraxas - (1970) "Black Magic Woman",
"Oye Como Va" and "Hope You're Feeling Better" are just some of the great
cuts on this album. Carlos Santana's guitar work is electric and the beat
is sensual. This mix of rockin' salsa is outstanding.
The Best of Santana. This new release
showcases the bands forays into Latin/Jazz/Rock fusion. The early hits
like "Oye Como Va" and "Black Magic Woman" are highlighted making this
a great introduction to the band's tight funky sound.
Simon & Garfunkel
Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel made some beautiful music together. Their
sensitive harmonies made us feel sensitive too. Simon's great songwriting
talent produced hit after hit. Excellent melodies and interesting arrangements
highlight their music.
Old Friends - This 1997 release
went back to the old masters and sounds great! All their hits are here
in this three-CD set. If you don't already have their old albums, this
is a good way to get caught up.
Sly and the Family Stone
Sly Stone embodied the upbeat, funkadelic sound that was widely copied
by many. His very lively performances made him a legend. Sly's soul funk
and his personal style influenced many a disco performer. 'I Want to Take
You Higher' is one of his best long live songs.
Greatest Hits - Sly and the Family Stone.
This collection of great music from 1970 makes you want to get up and "Dance
to the Music!"
Dance to the Music - (1968) Greatest
Hits This funky tune was the precursor to Disco music.
Steppenwolf coined the term "Heavy Metal" and their sound was intense
Born to Be Wild - (1968) 20th Century
Masters: The Best Of Steppenwolf As the lead song on the soundtrack to
Easy Rider this was sure to be a hit. It captures the spirit of the open
road, freedom, and bikers. This song also was responsible for the term
"Heavy Metal" as in "heavy metal thunder..."
20th Century Masters: The Best Of Steppenwolf
Hits include: "Born to Be Wild", "Magic Carpet Ride" and "It's Never Too
Cat Stevens' voice resonated somewhere deep within us. He kept us hanging
on every word he sang. Few artists have ever been able to convey their
feelings so dynamically. I can't help but feel we have lost him just as
we lost our other great hippie icons, suddenly, never to return. He was
not the only sensitive artist to reject the call to superstardom, but he
turned his back on all his fans. Since the '80s, he has devoted his life
to Islam, and our lost is their gain.
Tea for the Tillerman - This group
of songs represents his best effort. They include "Father and Son", "Where
do the Children Play", and "Hard Headed Woman" His Greatest Hits album
includes "Peacetrain" and "Moonshadow".
Three Dog Night
This pop band had many hits and is still touring, much to the delight
of their aging fans.
The Best of Three Dog Night. The
hits came easily to this band including "Joy to the World", "Shambala",
"Eli's Coming" and "One".
Pete Townsend, Roger Daltry, Keith Moon and John Entwistle entered
my consciousness with the song 'I Can See for Miles and Miles'. Just like
the song, the Who faded, only to return again much more triumphantly. The
Who's legendary presence onstage was nowhere better than at the ill fated
Isle of Wight Festival where they performed the entire Tommy rock opera
among other tunes.
Won't Get Fooled Again -
(1971) Who's Next A great synth riff, Keith Moon's driving beat, Pete Townsend's
politically inspired lyrics, and a thunderous finale make this a true rock
Who's Next - One of the greatest
rock albums of all time, and the Who's only #1 record. It has some of their
best work, like "Baba O'Reilly", "Behind Blue Eyes" and "Won't Get Fooled
Again". Full of existential and political messages, this 1971 release was
remastered in 1995 with added tracks. Tommy, their famous rock opera (and
movie) has several versions, all good.
Yes consists of Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Chris Squire and Steve
Howe. This is another group that's back on tour again, with a new album,
The Ladder, of course!
Fragile - This 1972 recording was
remastered and highlights Yes' dramatic rock style. "Roundabout" and "Long
Distance Runaround" are two hits from this album. Their latest release,
Open Your Eyes (1997) brings together the original band members.
This Canadian musician got his big break writing and singing with Buffalo
Springfield. His popularity soared when he teamed up with Crosby, Stills
& Nash. Neil went on to produce his own great solo recordings including
the Gold Rush and Harvest.
Neil's style ranges from hard rock, blues, folk ballads to country. His
heavy rock is credited with inspiring grunge music.
After the Gold Rush - Neil Young.
On this 1970 solo album Neil Young sings "Tell Me Why", "Don't Let It Bring
You Down" and "Southern Man". For a great live recording check out his
Zappa's original group The Mother's of Invention's first album, entitled
"Freak Out" was very popular and way out, even for it's time. Zappa's music
was a very wild, creative satire on society. Remarking on Zappa's creative
genius, one of his band members once said that Zappa would first make beautiful
music, then turn it ugly (dissonant). Zappa coined many expressions and
became a icon of the lack of respect for the establishment. A popular college
poster from the 60's showed Zappa with his long, wild and stringy hair
sitting naked on a toilet. The title was Frank Zappa Crappa.
Freak Out! - Frank Zappa and the
Mothers of Invention. The band's first album released in 1966 is still
a monument to Zappa's satirical anarchy. A good place to start with Zappa.
1967 - Rock 'n Roll's greatest
1967 brought to our attention such phenomenal artists
as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead,
The Doors and The Moody Blues. The psychedelic San Francisco sound and
the spread of LSD opened minds everywhere to new possibilities. Concept
albums like Sgt. Pepper had us leaving our turntables on 33 instead of
45. Concerts like Monterey Pop were huge happenings where the audience
was part of the show. Then there was the Summer of Love.... To be alive
and part of this scene was something very special. It forever changed the
face of music, society and our lives.
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