Fav. Tracks: Zabriskie Point – Various Artists

zabriskie Zabriskie Point – Country Song (Pink Floyd)

This post brings the description of my current music collection to an end.  I have not included any of my classical music, but I think I have included all others.

This final collection of music from various artists is in fact the soundtrack to a cult film from 1970, which describes the development of the youth-based movement of the late 60s in the USA.  A total failure as a film, the beauty of Zabriskie Point is undoubtedly this music and especially the input from Pink Floyd.

This song starts off very much like some of the tracks from the film More, but after a while it turns to a more rock-based sound with a buzz effect on the lead guitar.  This turns back to the initial theme and so the tune repeats.  The lyrics are interesting and powerfully sung and there is clearly music development that makes the sound a little unusual for Pink Floyd.  The rock influence gets stronger toward the end of the track until a faded ending.  A very unusual piece of music from an unusual album.

The album tracks:

Heart Beat, Pig Meat Pink Floyd
Brother Mary Kaleidoscope
Dark Star [Excerpt] Grateful Dead
Crumbling Land Pink Floyd
Tennessee Waltz Patti Page
Sugar Babe The Youngbloods
Love Scene Grateful Dead; Jerry Garcia
I Wish I Was a Single Girl Again Roscoe Holcomb
Mickey’s Tune Kaleidoscope
Dance of Death John Fahey
Come in Number 51, Your Time Is Up Pink Floyd
Love Scene Improvisations [take 1] Jerry Garcia
Love Scene Improvisations [take 2] Jerry Garcia
Love Scene Improvisations [take 3] Jerry Garcia
Love Scene Improvisations [take 4] Jerry Garcia
Country Song Pink Floyd
Unknown Song Pink Floyd
Love Scene [Version 6] Pink Floyd
Love Scene ][Version 4]
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Fav. Tracks: Yesterdays Gold Vol. 13 – Various Artists

alb_224404_big Yesterdays Gold Vol. 13 – Cathy’s Clown (The Everly Brothers).

This MP3 download has some classic oldies from the 60s, but was primarily bought for this one song – Cathy’s Clown.

The sound is instantly recognisable as The Everly Brothers and is typical of the pop ballads of the early 60s.  It quickly becomes a sing-along track and is easy to listen to at anytime.  One of the classics of the era.

 

The album tracks:

The Everly Brothers – Cathys Clown
Roy Orbison – Crying
The Coasters – Along Came Jones
Clyde Mc Phatter – A Lovers Question
Gene Pitney – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Ray Charles – Georgia On My Mind
Fats Domino – I Want To Walk You Home
Connie Francis – Mama
Brook Benton – Frankie and Johnny
La Vern Baker – I Cried A Tear
Jackie Wilson – Dogging Around
Bobby Darin – Wont You Come Home Bill Bailey

Fav. Tracks: The World of Progressive Music – Wowie Zowie – Various Artists

100 The World of Progressive Music – Wowie Zowie – Train to nowhere (Savoy Brown).

This vinyl album, from the Decca label, is another example of a sampler album introducing the labels various Progressive Rock artists (Decca were probably the least well known for this genre at the time, but eventually produced several major bands through Decca Deram).  The album was released in 1969 and has quite a few well known bands including Genesis, East of Eden and The Moody Blues.  Savoy Brown were a less well known (at least in the UK) London band who formed in the mid sixties, but later moved to the USA.  My introduction to their music was from this sampler album and I really liked this track (for some reason I never got around to buying any of the LPs).

I love the unusual sound of the track, which is excellently complemented by the singing voice of Bryce Portius, but it is difficult to describe the sound of the music – it is neither blues nor rock and is maybe a portent of things to come!  This album is an indicator of how progressive Rock was to develop into many interlinked bands.

The album tracks:

Down at Circes Place – Touch
Where did I Belong – John Mayall
Train to nowhere – Savoy Brown
Voodoo Forest – Johnny Almond
Communion – East of Eden
In The Beginning – Genesis
Nights in White Satin – The Moody Blues
Computer Love – William R Strickland
Go Away, come back another day – John Cameron Quartet
Not Foolish, Not Wise – Keef Hartley Band

Fav. Tracks: Woodstock Two – Various Artists

jimi-hendrix-woodstock-two-4231451 Woodstock Two – Marrakesh Express (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young).

This is an old vinyl double-album dating back to 1971 and is a second release of material from the famous Woodstock Festival and, as such, is perhaps not quite as good as the first album, but still has some important bands and music and remains an important recording of this historical event that gave birth to all other music festivals (and saw the development of the peace movement so tightly associated with hippies and the youth of the time in general).

Picking a favourite track from this album was not too difficult and I immediately chose this classic hit from the brilliant Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.  I love the catchy tune and the lyrics are brilliant and tell the tale of that early 70s era.

Catch a bit more of the era with the closing song sung by most of the artists who appeared and featuring a track made famous by the musical stage play “Hair”

The album tracks:

Jam Back at the House Jimi Hendrix
Izabella Jimi Hendrix
Get My Heart Back Together Jimi Hendrix
Saturday Afternoon/Won’t You Try Jefferson Airplane
Eskimo Blue Day Jefferson Airplane
Everything’s Gonna Be Alright Paul Butterfield
Sweet Sir Galahad Joan Baez
Guinnevere Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
4 + 20 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Marrakesh Express Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
My Beautiful People Melanie
Birthday of the Sun Melanie
Blood of the Sun Mountain
Theme for an Imaginary Woman Mountain
Woodstock Boogie Canned Heat
Let the Sunshine In Various Artists

Fav. Tracks: While My Guitar Gently Weeps Disc 2 – Various Artists

whilemyguitar%20lge While My Guitar Gently Weeps Disc 2 – Cocaine (J.J. Cale)

The second CD of this small boxed set is another collection of wonderful guitar riffs and tune.  However, picking a favourite was, again, very easy for me as this track (cocaine) is one of my all time favourite blues track.

The riff is instantly recognisable and a great complement to words that I think are an interesting reflection of the world.  This is a really good foot-tapping tune and one everyone should have in their blues collection, whether it be Clapton’s version of this one  by JJ Cale.

The album tracks:

Big Log – Plant, Robert
Purple Rain – Prince
Road To Hell (part 2) – Rea, Chris
Parisienne Walkways – Moore, Gary
Jessica – Allman Brothers
Woodstock – Matthew’s Southern Comfort
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Turn To Stone – Walsh, Joe
Black Magic Woman – Fleetwood Mac
Hold The Line – Toto
More Than A Feeling – Boston
Guitar Town – Earle, Steve
Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor Doctor) – Palmer, Robert
Jail Bait – Wishbone Ash
Cocaine – Cale, J.J.
Blue Guitar – Hayward, Justin & John Lodge
Going Home (Local Hero theme) – Knopfler, Mark
Whiskey In The Jar – Thin Lizzy

Fav. Tracks: While My Guitar Gently Weeps Disc 1 – Various Artists

whilemyguitar%20lge While My Guitar Gently Weeps Disc 1 – While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Jeff Healey Band)

This double CD is a wonderful collection of some of the best guitar work in recent rock history.  However, picking a favourite track from this first CD was relatively easy as the title track has always been one of my favourite pieces of music.

The introduction has a wonderful sound to it and really fits to the chorus and track title – the guitar really does weep.  The lyrics, in my view, are an amazing commentary on the world and the chorus easy to sing along with – just rock music at its best.

The album tracks:

After Midnight – Clapton, Eric
Love Over Gold – Dire Straits
Samba Pa Ti – Santana
Stuck In The Middle With You – Stealer’s Wheel
Keep On Lovin’ You – REO Speedwagon
Show Me The Way (live) – Frampton, Peter
Little Bit Of Love – Free
Right Next Door (Because Of Me) – Cray, Robert Band
Thrill Is Gone – King, B.B.
Sweet Dreams – Buchanan, Roy
Cryin’ Won’t Bring You Back – Green, Peter
Chance – Big Country
I Don’t Want A Lover – Texas
Shine Silently – Lofgren, Nils
Bird Of Paradise – White, Snowy
What’s Going On – Taste
Badge – Cream
While My Guitar Gently Weeps – Healey, Jeff Band

Fav. Tracks: The Very Best of MTV Unplugged, Vol. 2 – Various Artists

The Very Best Of MTV Unplugged 2 - FRONT The Very Best of MTV Unplugged, Vol. 2 – Wicked Game (Chris Isaak).

I am not sure how I came to this album, but I have a feeling I may have downloaded it to get this one track.  However, there are some other interesting tracks, some of which I had not heard before and others that were major hits.

I love the introduction to this track the guitar is superb and there is a great rhythm to the tune.  Chris Isaak’s voice is perfect for this song and he provides a real depth to the sound and that interesting shift in key is superb.  All in all a great track.

The album tracks:

Every Breath You Take Sting
Wicked Game Chris Isaak
Zombie The Cranberries
Imitation of Life R.E.M.
Layla Eric Clapton
Four Seasons in One Day Crowded House
Cornflake Girl Tori Amos
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You Rod Stewart
Like a Rolling Stone Bob Dylan
Human Behaviour Björk
Crazy Seal
Beds Are Burning Midnight Oil
Run, Baby, Run Sheryl Crow
I’m Ready Bryan Adams
In the Air Tonight Phil Collins
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me Elton John