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1967 Part 1

I last posted an episode of The Rock n Roll Years in July 2018 which covered the year 1965. Unfortunately I don’t have the 1966 episode so I’m going to jump ahead to 1967. For the history of music in general and what is most important to me – my history of music, 1967 is an absolutely key year so I’m going to do a couple of posts on the subject, especially as for obvious reasons I’ve got plenty of time at the moment to do such things.

However I will write more on the subject in the next post. For now here is the programme. Apologies that the 1st couple of minutes are missing. The Forsyte Saga clip was the 1st item though.

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fifty three years ago

a couple of posts ago in this series which covered 1962-63 i did an analysis of the uk singles charts for those years. this time for my text covering this post i thought i would do a little analysis of the uk album charts of 1965. top of the charts in this period was dominated by the beatles the rolling stones and the sound of music. the beatles with 3 albums beatles for sale, help! and rubber soul, the stones with their 1st 3 albums.

but to me the main story is that of bob dylan. i think there was only 1 week when he got to number one in the album charts that year but all 6 of the albums that reach to the end of 1965 were at some point in the top 20 and frequently 3 or 4 of them at a time. the key thing i think was the release of bringing it all back home in march which was a revolutionary album that changed the world of pop music – the concept of having a serious lyric with a rock and roll format song with a beat to it.

as for the sound of music it’s another film i’ve never watched but the soundtrack album is the only one of all the albums i’ve referred to in this post that i actually own a vinyl copy of other than highway 61 revisited.

here’s the 1965 edition of rock and roll years –

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When I Was 4

Here’s the next year of the Rock And Roll Years series. I better confess now that I don’t have all of these. In fact I’m missing some of the ones that I would most like to have in particular those that cover the period when British bands first made their extraordinary impact. In addition some of the episodes I have aren’t complete. This one pretty much is except I’m missing the closing credits. I’m sure you can live without those. In fact you can probably live without the final act. I would hope so anyway.

For 1957 I went through some of the films released that year. This time I’m going to cover some of the albums released in the year in question. I’m taking my information from the 1958 albums category page in wikipedia. Not a definitive list no doubt but an interesting and thorough enough work in progress. My aim is to concentrate on those albums which I have in vinyl. I’m sure I could dig through my collection and find albums missing from the list in my collection, but I must say I would be happy to get hold of any of the albums that are covered in the list, pretty expensive items some of them must be.

Firstly there are 2 great Miles Davis albums, Milestones and Porgy and Bess. I’m discounting 1958 Miles because that shouldn’t be on the page as it wasn’t released in 1958.

Then Miles crops up again on the brilliant Cannonball Adderley album Somethin’ Else.

None of those 3 do I have on original releases from the 50s, but the next 2 I do.

Art Blakey‘s Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk. The title sort of says it all. The other musicians playing on the session are Bill Hardman on trumpet, Johnny Griffin on tenor saxophone and Jimmy “Spanky” DeBrest on double bass.

Finally there is The Modern Jazz Quartet at Music Inn Volume 2 which has Sonny Rollins as guest artist. My copy of this is not pristine, there’s a chunk of the front cover missing. Anyway this one shouldn’t really be there because although recorded in 1958 it wasn’t released until 1959. Well I suppose the whole premise is rather arbitrary. Really does it matter?

Just enjoy the programme.


news review

there’s much that is good about the ability to gain an international understanding of the world and here are some links which are my news review

Philippines story of a tragic death

the first item is a short news clip from philippines about a filipino woman who was beaten to death in kuwait. I don’t know exactly what happened but the point of interest for me is not the story itself but how the story is told. there is a mixture of video shots with drawings, but the figures in the drawings don’t seem to set out to be anything like likenesses of the actual people involved.

Salvador Dali photographed by girl guides with brownie cameras

secondly I have a great shot from el país of salvador dali. I’m not a big fan of his, but I have to ultimately respect the innovation that makes him an icon. I would really like to know whether this photo opportunity was planned or whether it was just a spur of the moment chance.

red picture with horses

another picture which is one of the best forgeries by master-forger wolfgang beltracchi. supposedly heinrich campendonk’s red picture with horses. it was sold for 2.88 million euros in 2006, but after a scientific analysis it was discovered that some of the paint used contained titanium white, which wasn’t around in campendonk’s time.

chinese store skulduggery

the next link is just an article from eastday which is a shanghai news portal. this sort of cheating seems to be endemic in contemporary china. it’s a very modern tale. earlier today I just finished reading the gilgul or the transformation by avrom ber gotlober which would seem to suggest that life could have been similar in 19th century eastern europe.

ukrainian land sales

finally because I’m going to ukraine in a few weeks time, an insight into the current situation in eastern europe. like the philippines link I started with there is a certain amount of innocence that I like about this article. on the other hand it is the link that has most invasive advertising, which often contradicts the feeling behind the words. I say often because it’s random and I don’t know what happens every time you go there.