i mentioned in the last post that musically 1967 was a crucial year for me. let’s face it i could pick out any year around then and say the same thing and put together many more mixes. the crucial thing i’m talking about is what’s emphasised in this mix. it was the year when afro-american artists came to the forefront. these artists had been around for a while especially if you’d been into early rock’n’roll or been a blues fanatic. the artists that had taken centre stage in the british music scene had come out of those people but they had then taken over and dominated and to be fair in their turn influenced the afro-american artists. but in 1967 things turned around and it seemed quite sudden that there was music that you could dance to without looking stupid. not that i did then. well if i did i don’t remember it.
i know that sergeant pepper’s and the previous year’s pet sounds were massively influential and i was certainly still listening to some british and white american bands but they didn’t get to me like the music coming out from detroit, memphis, muscle shoals etc
so anyway the 2nd mix will be any type of music that was released in 1967 and probably won’t have much that could have charted in it.
i’ll write a bit as usual with added links about the tracks on the mix. the setlist is below all this text and that’s where you’ll find the button that plays the music.
actually i haven’t got a lot to say about most of these artists. there’s not really that much point about re-hashing information gleaned from the web and i haven’t got a vast library of literature on the subject and the library’s been closed for weeks now. but i’ve gathered together a number of clips where i could of archive footage from 1967 or around then. here’s the one for booker t and the m.g.’s
i wasn’t aware at the time of the late sixties of the electric prunes but i’ve put them in the mix as something a bit different and they were ground-breaking in their own way.
my brother or my sister (possibly both) had a nina simone album back around this time so she was definitely one of the artists that i’m talking about above.
the incredible string band were more in my life a few years after in the early 70s. i can’t say i was ever that much into them but most people i knew then who were trying to play music seemed to be imitating them and could play many of their songs. i never learnt any of them but often played along to other people playing them.
and it was a few years after the late sixties that i first started listening to james brown. i knew the name from the temptations song sweet soul music where he was denoted as the king of them all. it always seemed strange to me that he was the king and yet his music wasn’t that widely heard. he didn’t actually get into the uk top ten until 1986 (and that was the only time he did) although he did get to number 13 in 1966 but i was only 12 and i missed it.
and similarly i was unaware of the velvet underground until the early 70s.
but tramp was one of those songs that made me think about things back then. there had been male/female duo songs before from artists like sonny & cher but this was different. it was like real life instead of some fantasy bullshit. and it swung. sorry no clip for carla thomas only otis.
back in 1967 frank sinatra’s music wasn’t anything that particularly interested me but i could feel its strength. strangers in the night had been a huge hit in 1966. i can’t recall hearing any of the album with jobim at the time but later i came under jobim’s influence like so many others.
if i was to choose a favourite soul artist from that era it would have to be aretha.
i learnt to play chapter 22 last year. i’ve always got to remember to start it slow enough. you can play it a bit quicker but then the bass riff at the end of each verse is harder to get right. ufo?
i’m sure that if samuel johnson had been alive in the late 1960s he would have said that if a person was tired of sly and the family stone then they were tired of life. but maybe bobbie gentry would have been more his thing.
maybe i should have saved the ivor cutler track for the next mix. the beatles’ magical mystery tour was broadcast on tv in december 1967 with ivor featuring as buster bloodvessel, the bus conductor. you probably already know that.
7 rooms of gloom by the four tops was another one of those songs that seemed to open things up.
you took the dream i had for us and turned that dream into dust i watch a phone that never rings i watch a door that never rings
i must admit it never occurred to me that maybe 7 rooms was a lot of rooms for a couple. maybe there were kids too. they’re not mentioned in the lyrics.
one rainy wish was released as the b side to up from the skies. that was the only single to come from the jimi hendrix experience’s 1967 album. the next single they released was a cover of the song that closes this mix.
according to wikipedia wilson pickett’s version of funky broadway was the first charted single with the word funky in the title.
dylan has written that when he performs all along the watchtower he feels that although it’s his own song he feels like it’s a tribute to hendrix.
|Hip Hug-Her||Booker T & The M.G.’s||Hip Hug-Her|
|Wind-Up Toys||The Electric Prunes||Underground|
|Go To Hell||Nina Simone||Silk & Soul|
|Way Back in the 1960s||The Incredible String Band||The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion|
|Bring It Up||James Brown & The Famous Flames||James Brown Sings Raw Soul|
|All Tomorrow’s Parties||The Velvet Underground & Nico||The Velvet Underground & Nico|
|Tramp||Otis Redding & Carla Thomas||King & Queen|
|Dindi||Frank Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim||Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim|
|Baby, I Love You||Aretha Franklin||Aretha Arrives|
|Chapter 24||Pink Floyd||The Piper at the Gates of Dawn|
|Bad Risk||Sly & The Family Stone||A Whole New Thing|
|Shoplifters||Ivor Cutler Trio||Ludo|
|7 Rooms of Gloom||Four Tops||Reach Out|
|One Rainy Wish||The Jimi Hendrix Experience||Axis Bold As Love|
|Funky Broadway||Wilson Pickett||The Sound of Wilson Pickett|
|All Along The Watchtower||Bob Dylan||John Wesley Harding|