And so it began…
Sometime you just need to take a chance. I saw the James Taylor vinyl box “The Warner Bros. Albums 1970-1976” at a great price and I needed to own it. Hey, I haven’t even listened to mr Taylor much. He is a friend and colleague to David Crosby and Graham Nash, so how could it not be good?
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Shut the door
Is Stephen Stills Neil Young’s friend or fiend? It is hard to know. They had played alongside each other in Buffalo Springfield, but they have also butted heads several times before and after. Already half a year after “Déjà vu” was released Stills came out with his self titled solo album.
Stephen collected seceral well known musicians around him. There was David Crosby and Graham Nash of course. Also; Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Ringo Starr, Dallas Taylor, Booker T. Jones, Rita Coolidge, John Sebastian and Mama Cass Elliot. The most notable omission is Neil.
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Yellow moon on the rise
“Déjà vu” is one of those very special albums that defies common sense. David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young together on an LP. The first bona fide supergroups.
This is an enigmatic collection of musical styles and strong personalities. How in the world could they cooperate so well? Ehh, well, the simple answer is that they couldn’t and they have been “on and off” in different constellations over the years. But back in 1970 however, they all played nice.
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The end is always near
The fifth studio album by The Doors is kickstarted by a fantastic song, “Roadhouse blues”. It may be the song that turned me on The Doors in the first place. I love its sweaty sexiness.
But one great song doesn’t make up my mind of a whole album. My ratings are on the complete album, mind you. As I spin this LP in preparation for my top list of the year of 1970, I consider it as a whole. What is it that draws me towards The Doors?
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Maybe I’m unamazed
Macca’s first solo album is a collection of leftover songs from the Beatles era and some new ones. It seems to be a collection of home demos. According to the internets the songs were recorded on a four track machine. All instruments are played by Paul, with some help from Linda on backing vocals. I really liked this album black in the eighties when I started to hang out with my friend Mr Magic who was and is a huge Beatles fan. How would it stand up the test of time and my slowly evolving musical taste?
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Wait for the ricochet
My introduction to Deep Purple came via a music group talent competition in my home town back in the eighties. A local group with a fantastic singer did “Child in time” as one of their numbers. Each band would play a handful of songs and then the audience voted which bands would go through to the next level. I was there mostly for my friends that did a set of Cure covers. They called themselves “The Funeral Party”. They didn’t win it all but we had a blast. The band with “Child in time” was one of my favourites due to the song and the performance of that young man. After that I soon found a used copy of “Live in Japan” and that was my ticket into Deep Purple.
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“Trespass”, Genesis second album, is one of those albums were the cover art draws you in. I love the blue cover. It’s from a fantastical world; a king, a queen, a balcony with domed windows, an angel, the devil and a knife.
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Charlotte Pringle’s due
“Is it avant-garde?” principal Snyder asked at the end of the episode “The Puppet Show” and I could say the same. Is it avant-garde?
The album “Atom heart mother” is the last album before Pink Floyd “arrived”. By the next release they would forever be among the greatest bands in history.
But here in 1970 they were still honing their skills. Their previous album “Ummagumma” was built on some great ideas that didn’t translate to the black gold. The result was really not that good. It was more psychedelic than melodic. “Atom heart mother” suffers from the same, but it is a giant leap forward and they are close to “getting there”.
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Generals gathered in their masses
The second album from Sabbath was released just a few months after the first. It follows the lead by the debut album with a stellar first side with three great songs and a filler. The second side this is where this album differs to the debut album. Let’s review!
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Misty morning, clouds in the sky
What is this that stands before me?
Figure in black which points at me
Turn ‘round quick and start to run
Find out I’m the chosen one.
Big black shape with eyes of fire
Telling people their desire
Satan’s sitting there, he’s smiling
Watches those flames get higher and higher
Oh, no, no, please, God, help me!
Is this the end, my friend?
Satan’s coming ‘round the bend
People running ‘cause they’re scared
The people better go and beware
No, no, please, no!
Was Robert Jordan, the author of the massive fantasy epos “The Wheel of Time”, a Black Sabbath fan? Incredibly, the whole 15 books saga is described more or less in those three verses above. Jordan used a few more words though.
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