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Saturday, April 07, 2018

SONGS OF THE SWINGIN' SIXTIES

by the Living Strings


RCA CAMDEN RECORDS
CAS-2397
STEREO
1970


SIDE A:



Aquarius
Hey Jude
Somethin' Stupid
A Taste of Honey

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SIDE B:



Red Roses For a Blue Lady
Hello, Dolly!
Blue Velvet
Moon River
Calcutta

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Editor's note: the tail-end of the liner notes posits: "If people stumble over this album fifty years from now, will they get a clear image of the sixties? Not quite--it's impossible even now to recapture those mad years, but it's certainly a lot of fun trying." Not really but it's interesting. Only women, children and gays are allowed to have fun. Men are here to record, take notes and obscure their primal urges with preposterous measures and weights of man's greatness if only he were given that chance. Well, time's up. Greatness is achievable but wasted on the human ape. Ditto with my effort to archive. Eat it up just the same, monkeys.

3 comments:

gog magog said...

i dunno, but i have been studying sixties pop culture in a somewhat deeper, possibly more scholarly fashion than most casual consumers. i have been working on a project that involves an acute dissection of "the american counter-culture" that involves much more than the standard "classic rock" household names and assumed legacy of hippies, the summer of love and your garden variety "psychedelic sixties" tropes.

albums like this gem seem to sum up the reality of those days quite succinctly in my humble opinion. hendrix was a fringe act, pink floyd was way out there, the doors were tres controversial. not the beloved heritage acts they have become today. you could hear them on the radio, sure, but youd have to wait through hours of Percy Faith and Ethyl Merman to get there. old men controlled the media and they were really square. "sound alike" and "orchestral version" pop records have a special place in my heart. middle aged squaresville studio hacks pumping out dross for the kiddies and not yet honed their marketing techniques to the psychopath level targeting we see today.

gog magog said...

and as for your "monkeys" comment... I would argue that "Monkeys a go-go by The Chimps" is maybe one of the finest examples of sound alike knock off copy cat records ever made.

the said...

Haven't heard of Monkeys A Go-Go but I did see the Sylvester Stallone workout album yesterday and should have picked it up.

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