Thursday, August 22, 2019

Playlist for 8/22

Orville Peck - Pony
Western Centuries - Songs From The Deluge
King Crimson - Discipline
Eric Dolphy - Far Cry
Peter Frampton - All Blues
Booker T. & The M.G.'s - Soul Limbo
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018 Movie)

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Woodstock at 50

I was all of 5 years old in August 1969. So, everything I learned about Woodstock came from watching a scratchy version of the Documentary on cable TV in the 80's. Reading up on the festival at my local library was next.  And Rhino Records released a 2CD version in 1994, which made me hear the performances in a much better light than on the Documentary. Of course the iconic performances have been around my musical space for ages:  Santana, Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix, Ten Years After, Country Joe.

Making the rounds on PBS the month of the 50th anniversary is a 90 minute documentary titled Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation.  It's probably the best behind the scenes look to come out.  Even more revelatory was the release of CCR's Live at Woodstock.  Not on the original Woodstock album that came out in 1970, because John Fogerty wasn't happy with the bands set.  Now heard 50 years on, it turns out to be a tight hour long set that catches them at their peak.

But what to make of the festival's image itself?  It's often seen as the last moment for the Peace, Love generation.  As the 70's came along that would be more obvious.  And Woodstock's lasting image has never taken a hit because of its place in a turbulent decade's final year.

Maybe the most lasting image, and one of the most famous photos ever,  which appeared on the cover of the soundtrack, is the young couple embracing each other while surrounded by numerous concert goers on the muddy ground.  Anyone cynical about Woodstock's legacy should take a hard look at that photo and see what the fuss was and is all about.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Playlist for 8/16 (Special Elvis Presley RIP Edition)

Elvis: Rebirth of the King (BBC Documentary)
Elvis Presley: Last 24 Hours (Documentary)
Elvis Presley - Live, 1956, Tupelo's Own (Short Video)
Elvis - Making of Aloha From Hawaii TV Special - 45th Anniversary (Documentary)
Elvis Presley - Our Memories of Elvis Vol. 1-3 (CD)
Elvis Presley - Live in Vegas, August 26, 1969, Dinner Show (CD)
Elvis Presley -  Live 1969 (11 CD Box Set)

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Playlist for 8/11

Philip Bailey - Love Will Find A Way
Mark Ronson - Late Night Feelings
Aaron Watson - Red Bandana
Charlie Rich - Silver Fox
Tomb Weavers - We Dig Sounds
Black Keys - Let's Rock
Let's Go Down and Blow Our Minds: British Psychedelic Sounds of 1967 (Box Set)

Monday, August 05, 2019

Playlist for 8/5

Raconteurs - Help Us Stranger
Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis - Beautiful Lie
Buddy & Julie Miller - Breakdown on 20th Ave. South
A Star Is Born (2018 Movie)
Black Godfather-Clarence Avant Story (Netflix Documentary)
Lewis Capaldi - Divinely Uninspired
Lil Nas X - 7 EP

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Playlist for 7/30

Best of Gary Stewart at Rhino - Various (Spotify Playlist)
Essential Riot Grrrl - Various (Spotify/NY Times Playlist)
Uncut Magazine's 40 Favourite Electronic Pop Singles (Spotify Playlist)
Electronic Pop: Ultimate Genre Guide (Uncut Magazine)
If You're Not Part of the Solution..Soul, Politics and Spirituality in Jazz 1967-75 - Various (Ace)
Phil Collins - Other Sides
Kinks - Great Lost Kinks Album

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Playlist for 7/24

Soul Explosion - Various (Stax)
Boy Meets Girl: Classic Stax Duets - Various (Stax)
Lee "Scratch" Perry - Rainford
Prince - Originals
Prince: Rave Un2 the Year 2000 (Concert)
Hit Parade: Invisible Miracle Sledgehammer Edition Genesis, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel Compete on the Charts (Slate Podcast)

Boy Band Con: Lou Pearlman Story (YouTube)
I Used To Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story (Documentary)
Chasing Happiness: Jonas Brothers (Documentary Amazon Video)
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