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]

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: 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: Vertigo Annual: 1970 – Various Artists

VERTIGOANNUAL_GER2 Vertigo Annual: 1970 – Three Sisters – Affinity,

This double album (vinyl) is one of my all-time favourite “sampler” albums and is a wonderful illustration of how progressive music was developing quickly and being marketed in 1970.  The music on this album led me to buy several other albums by the featured artists, so it did its job very well, but it a collection of many of major bands of the time.  In picking a favourite track I feel I should avoid those bands that I have listed elsewhere and, so, I choose a piece of music that I think is very catchy and an example of rock music developing from progressive rock sounds, from a band that launched from The University of Sussex, produced a single album, but then disappeared.

I like the rhythm that opens the track and the way the lyrics echo the story of the witches from Macbeth.  The music has hints of Black Sabbath and I can imagine a powerful stage-act built around this (although, because the band mainly played universities, this probably would not have happened).

The Album tracks:

Elegy Colosseum
Handbags and Gladrags Rod Stewart
Half Baked Jimmy Campbell
I Don’t Know May Blitz
Mississippi Woman Juicy Lucy
In My Box Fairfield Parlour
Goin’ My Way Magna Carta
Three Sisters Affinity
Behind the Wall of Sleep Black Sabbath
Introduction Gracious
To Play Your Little Game Cressida
Elastic Rock Nucleus
One Way Glass Manfred Mann, Chapter Three
No Time Like The Present Bob Downes
Summer Breeze Dr Strangely Strange
Gypsy Uriah Heep

Fav. Tracks: Together – Various Artists

200px-TogetherSampler Together – Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo (Johnny Winter).

This is one of the albums (vinyl) I mentioned earlier where the music company (in this case CBS) is promoting their own music (in this case mostly progressive rock, rock, country and a hint of blues) and is a classic example of why I liked to purchase these albums (a great way to hear some new bands, or some bands I had not heard as yet, but had read about etc.).  In fact this album got me interested in Johnny Winter, Poco, Soft Machine and Big Brother and The Holding Company to mention only a few.  Oh!  I nearly forgot to mention that this was also the first coloured vinyl that I ever owned – the album is coloured blue (this was to become something of a fashion during the 70s).

Choosing Johnny Winter was not too difficult as shortly after I bought this album I was at a concert at The University in hull where The Winter Brothers played and it was a great concert.  This track is a classic piece of rock music and is an excellent track.  However, the album also features some great tracks and is still a good play.

The Tracks:

Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo – Johnny Winter
Found a Child – Ballin’ Jack
Move Over – Janis Joplin
Se A Cabo – Santana
Cast Your Spell Uranus – Argent
Mr Natural – Big Brother and the Holding Company
New York City – Dreams
Teeth – Soft Machine
A Man Like Me – Poco
Merrimac County – Tom Rush
Lover of the Bayou – The Byrds
Waterfall – Mick Softley
Fool – Trees
Morning Will Come – Spirit
Beads of Sweat – Laura Nyro
Going to the Mill – The Chamber Brothers

Fav. Tracks: Easy Rider (Soundtrack) – Various Artists

EasyRiderOST Easy Rider – Ballard Of Easy Rider (Roger McGuinn) Not this album.

This film is one that is legendary amongst my age group and, in fact, I first saw it when I was at University (actually in the Student Union).  I have watched it a few times since, but it is the music that I enjoy more now as the film seems aged.

Picking a track is not easy, but perhaps my real favourite – Born To Be Wild – I have described elsewhere!  So, I have chosen this ballad that is the story of the film.  I love the words of the song and the simple guitar work that comprise the theme of the music.  Somehow, this song not only sums up the film, but also sets the scene for music of that era.

1. The Pusher – Steppenwolf
2. Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf
3. The Weight – Smith
4. Wasn’t Born To Follow – The Byrds
5. If You Want To Be A Bird – The Holy Modal Rounders
6. Don’t Bogart Me – The Fraternity Of Man
7. If Six Was Nine – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
8. Kyrie Eleison Mardi Gras – The Electric Prunes
9. It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) – Roger McGuinn
10. Ballad Of Easy Rider – Roger McGuinn

Fav. Tracks: Various Artists – Best Of The Seventies

31P6ZAH1JQL__AA240_ This 6-CD album is a useful collection of popular music from the 1970s; although I have to admit that there are fewer tracks on this album, that I really like, than I had hoped for when I purchased it.  There are several tracks that I don’t have in any other form, and it was obtaining these “key tracks” that led to me buying the CD-set.

Disc 1 really has only one track that I can choose – No More Heroes – which, unfortunately, I have chosen before, but there are no other favourites.

 

Disc: 1
1. No More Heroes – The Stranglers
2. Straw Dogs – Stiff Little Fingers
3. New Rose – The Damned
4. Public Image – Public Image Ltd
5. Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t ‘ve?) – The Buzzcocks
6. Making Plans For Nigel – Xtc
7. King Rocker – Generation X
8. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (Live) – The Ramones
9. Homicide – 999
10. Babylon’s Burning – The Ruts
11. Money (That’s What I Want) – Flying Lizards
12. Into The Valley – Skids
13. The Day The World Turned Dayglo – X Ray Specs
14. Sound Of The Suburbs – The Members
15. (Get A) Grip (On Yourself) – The Stranglers
16. Shot By Both Sides – Magazine
17. Outdoor Miner – Wire
18. Valley Of The Dolls – Generation X

smoke on the water In contrast, disc 2 has a number of tracks that I could choose as a favourite, but also quite a few tracks that I also have elsewhere.  However, one track of classic rock music really stands out as an all time favourite – Smoke On The Water – you just have to admire the quality of this early rock hit.

Disc: 2
1. Heart Of Glass – Blondie
2. Life In A Day – Simple Minds
3. Peaches – The Stranglers
4. What Do I Get? – The Buzzcocks
5. 2-4-6-8 Motorway – The Tom Robinson Band
6. Milk And Alcohol – Dr Feelgood
7. Nutbush City Limits – Ike & Tina Turner
8. Let’s Work Together – Canned Heat
9. Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple
10. Doctor Doctor – Ufo
11. Silver Machine – Hawkwind
12. Dance With The Devil – Cozy Powell
13. Ships In The Night – Bop Deluxe
14. Whole Lotta Love – Ccs
15. Black Night – Deep Purple
16. Devil Gate Drive – Suzi Quatro
17. Motor Bikin’ – Chris Spedding
18. Denis – Blondie

Suzi Quatro Disc 3 is a wonderful collection of what I call “bop-hits”, perfect examples being Make Me Smile and Tiger Feet, but Suzi Quatro gets my vote here as, back then, a female rock artist was a rare thing indeed and Suzi was brilliant at what she did, even when it was “bop”!

Disc: 3
1. Metal Guru – T Rex
2. See My Baby Jive – Wizzard
3. The Secrets That You Keep – Mud
4. Touch Too Much – Arrows
5. Goodbye My Love – The Glitter Band
6. Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) – Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
7. Can The Can – Suzi Quatro
8. 10538 Overture – Electric Light Orchestra
9. Ball Park Incident – Wizzard
10. January – Pilot
11. Love Is The Drug – Roxy Music
12. Tiger Feet – Mud
13. The Bump – Kenny
14. Some Girls – Racey
15. Tonight – The Move
16. Judy Teen – Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
17. I Hear You Knocking – Dave Edmunds
18. She’s A Wind Up – Dr Feelgood

Hot Chocolate I guess the other style of music associated with the 1970s is the classic ballet and there was no better band than Hot Chocolate for reproducing this style.  Probably their most famous song was “You Sexy Thing” and so i choose this as my favourite from this CD.

Disc: 4
1. You Sexy Thing – Hot Chocolate
2. Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now – McFaddem & Whitehead
3. That’s The Way (I Like It) – Kc & The Sunshine Band
4. Don’t Take Away The Music – Tavares
5. Dancing In The City – Marshall Hain
6. Rock Your Baby – George McCrae
7. Disco Stomp – Hamilton Bohannon
8. Do What You Wanna Do – T Connection
9. Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet – Gonzales
10. Boogie Oogie Oogie – A Taste Of Honey
11. Everyone’s A Winner – Hot Chocolate
12. More Than A Woman – Tavares
13. Queen Of Clubs – Kc & The Sunshine Band
14. Movin’ – Brass Construction
15. (You Gotta Walk) Don’t Look Back – Peter Tosh
16. Gangsters – Special Aka
17. The Prince – Madness
18. A Message To You Rudy – The Specials

Kate Bush There were some very interesting new bands and singers who arrived during the 70s and no one had more impact, or was more unusual in musical style, than Kate Bush.  Her most famous single by a long way was, of course, Wuthering Heights and this track takes my vote; although, I would have chosen Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street, but I chosen that track elsewhere.

Disc: 5
1. Wuthering Heights – Kate Bush
2. Loving You – Minnie Ripperton
3. When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman – Dr Hook
4. Something – Shirley Bassey
5. The Air That I Breathe – The Hollies
6. Softly Whispering I Love You – Congregation
7. Summer (The First Time) – Bobby Goldsboro
8. Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty
9. Rhinestone Cowboy – Glen Campbell
10. A Little Bit More – Dr Hook
11. Band Of Gold – Freda Payne
12. I Can’t Tell The Bottom From The Top – The Hollies
13. Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue – Crystal Gayle
14. What I’ve Got In Mind – Billie Jo Spears
15. Suspicious Minds – Candi Staton
16. Tired Of Being Alone – Al Green
17. Have You Seen Her – The Chi Lites
18. I Can’t Leave You Alone – George McCrae

Mungo Jerry Some of the fun sounds of the 70s were short lived, but there is one sound that has lasted the test of time well and this sound came from Mungo Jerry, with their “jug-based” rhythm and the jolly summer sound.  In the Summertime, is probably a hot that everyone will remember and enjoy for many years to come.

Disc: 6
1. Mississippi – Pussycat
2. Pop Muzik – M
3. Magic – Pilot
4. Rumours – Hot Chocolate
5. Romeo – Mr Big
6. Under The Moon Of Love – Showaddywaddy
7. Lay Your Love On Me – Racey
8. Rich Kids – Rich Kids
9. Hypnosis – Mud
10. Spanish Stroll – Mink De Ville
11. Oh You Pretty Things – Peter Noone
12. Something Tells Me (Something’s Gonna Happen Tonight) – Cilla Black
13. Years May Come Years May Go – Herman’s Hermits
14. In The Summertime – Mungo Jerry
15. The Combine Harvester (Brand New Key) – The Wurzels
16. Year Of The Cat – Al Stewart
17. All Around My Hat – Steeleye Span
18. Tubular Bells – Mike Oldfield

Another collection of interesting sounds and music from a distant time!