Hippies from A to Z
by Skip Stone

Hippie Music: 
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. 

Also visit: 
Hippyland's Music Page - Links to other great music sites. 
Famous Hippy Quotes - Our page of great quotes from the Beats and hippies in music and literature. 
Hipplanet's Music Store to buy the music on this page or other great music! 

The Musicians and Their Music

The Top 40 Hippie Songs are highlighted in Blue
Recommended CDs are highlighted in Rust

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 (1998).
History: America's Greatest Hits (1975) has most of their best songs.

The Animals
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 big hits.
The Best of the Animals. Remastered, from mono! - remember that? 

The Association
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. 
John Lennon

The Beatles
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 country.

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 everybody.

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).

Blind Faith
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 tune.

Buffalo Springfield
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.

The Byrds
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 Cocker
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". His 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 tour! 
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 recording! 
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". 

The Doors
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". 

Bob Dylan
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 Rights movement. 
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
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 Europe '72.

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".

Arlo Guthrie
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 this book). 
The Best of Arlo Guthrie - This recording includes the hits, "Alice's Restaurant", "The City of New Orleans" and "Coming into Los Angeles".

Richie Havens
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
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 Ladyland. 
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".

Jefferson Airplane
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) Surrealistic 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 Head!
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 onstage energy.

Jethro Tull
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.

Janis Joplin
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 King
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.

King Crimson
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
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 Lennon
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 tunes. 

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 satisfying. 

Paul McCartney
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.

Joni Mitchell
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 generation.
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 one! 
Nights in White Satin - (1967) Days of Future Past. Justin Hayward's haunting vocals highlight this song.
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 albums yet.
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.

Van Morrison
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"

Pink Floyd
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".

Procol Harum
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.

The Rascals
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 psychedelic rock.
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 Late". 

Cat Stevens
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". 

The Who
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 anthem.
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.

Neil Young
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 After 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 Unplugged album.

Frank Zappa
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 year! 
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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