Neil Young is the self-titled debut studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young, which was his debut release as a solo artist following his departure from the band Buffalo Springfield. Released first in November 1968, it was then partially remixed and re-released in January 1969.
LOUIS “BLUES BOY” JONES – a native of Galveston, Texas was a remarkable and extremely talented musician from the early 1950′s and 1960′s.
Notable achievements of this singer, songwriter, pianist & drummer include becoming the lead singer of the Bobby Scott Orchestra, recording a song for a major motion picture, working with the late Ray Charles and traveling & performing with B.B. King.
Jones also sang backup with various blues & gospel acts on labels such as Peacock records, Sabra records (both in Houston, TX at the time) & Decca records in New York.
Movie work included the song, “The Birds Is Coming” for the Alfred Hitchcock thriller, “The Birds” from 1963.
[Dedicated to H.K.]
Margo Guryan is an American songwriter, singer, musician and lyricist. As a songwriter, her work was first recorded in 1958, although it was for her 1960s song "Sunday Mornin'", a hit for both Spanky and Our Gang and Oliver, that she is perhaps best known. Her songs have also been recorded by Cass Elliot, Glen Campbell and Astrud Gilberto, among others.
Words and Music by Margo Guryan
It’s alright now
We talked the whole thing over
We understand each other
And we won’t be seen together anymore
It’s alright now
Be careful not to touch me
Don’t tell me what you’re thinkin’
And don’t ask me what I feel
Ev’rything will be okay tomorrow
When love is gone
No one seems to love forever
Why should ours go on
It’s alright now
It’s time that we were leaving
I’ve other things to think of
And you shouldn’t see me cryin’ anyhow
And anyhow it’s alright now
© 1971 (renewed) Dartmoor Music
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“Albatross” is a guitar-based instrumental by Fleetwood Mac, released as a single in 1969, later featuring on the compilation albums The Pious Bird of Good Omen (UK) and English Rose (USA). The piece was composed by Peter Green. The composition and its arrangement suggest a relaxing sea setting, with cymbals imitating the sound of waves (Mick Fleetwood played his drum kit using timpani mallets to give a muted sound) and a dreamy solo from Green’s guitar. It contains only two chords, Emaj7 and F#m, and could be seen as an early ambient work. It is often assumed that Green used his Les Paul but he said it was his Fender Stratocaster, as there is subtle use of the vibrato bar. The Les Paul that Green used in Fleetwood Mac has a nasal tone like that achieved in the in-between positions of a Stratocaster, and heard in the tune. Green had been working on the piece for some time before the addition to the band of 18-year-old guitarist Danny Kirwan. Slide guitarist Jeremy Spencer was not generally inclined to work with Green, who had felt unable to realise the overall effect that he wanted. With Kirwan’s input, Green completed the piece and it was recorded just two months after Kirwan joined, without Spencer present. Kirwan’s instrumental “Jigsaw Puzzle Blues” was chosen for the B-side in most territories. “Albatross” has been re-released many times as a single in various countries, with many different B-sides. It has been suggested that the piece is associated with the metaphorical use of the word albatross to mean a wearisome burden. The use of the word “Albatross” to mean an encumbrance around somebody’s neck is an allusion to Coleridge’s poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (1798). It is unclear whether Fleetwood Mac intended the title to invoke this meaning or if it refers to the bird; but the title of the UK compilation album it appears on, The Pious Bird of Good Omen, alludes to and quotes from the Coleridge poem. This composition is one of only a few tracks by the original lineup of Fleetwood Mac that is included on their later “greatest hits” and “best of” compilations. Many of their compilations only focus on hits from the 1970s and 1980s. However, other compositions from that period have gone on to become classic recordings in the hands of other performers – “Black Magic Woman” as recorded by Santana for example. Another example, “Oh, Well” has gone on to become a classic rock standard. “Albatross” is the only Fleetwood Mac composition with the distinction of having inspired a Beatles song, “Sun King” from 1969′s Abbey Road. One of the earliest uses of the tune was on the soundtrack for the Rainer Werner Fassbinder sci-fi virtual reality film Welt am Draht (usually translated as World on a Wire). It was featured (along with “Jigsaw Puzzle Blues”) in 1979′s “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School”.
“Lay Lady Lay” was originally written for the soundtrack of the movie Midnight Cowboy, but wasn’t submitted in time to be included in the finished film. Dylan’s recording was released as a single in July 1969 and quickly became one of his top U.S. hits, peaking at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single did even better in the United Kingdom where it reached #5 on the UK Singles Chart. Like many of the tracks on Nashville Skyline, the song is sung by Dylan in a warm, relatively low sounding voice, rather than the more abrasive nasal singing style with which he had become famous. Dylan attributed his “new” voice to having quit smoking before recording the album, but some unreleased bootleg recordings from the early 1960s reveal that, in fact, Dylan had used a similar singing style before.
From ‘The Plastic Ono Band – Live Peace In Toronto 1969′.
Yoko Ono – vocals
John Lennon – guitar
Eric Clapton – guitar
Klaus Voormann – bass guitar
Alan White – drums
Recorded live at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival Peace Festival, Varsity Stadium, Toronto, Canada, 13 September 1969. Produced by John & Yoko (Bag Productions). Remixed from the original 8-Track tapes by Rob Stevens at Quad Recording, 1985. Digitally remastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound.
Bert Jansch is the debut album by Scottish folk musician Bert Jansch. The album was recorded on a reel-to-reel tape recorder at engineer Bill Leader’s house and sold to Transatlantic Records for £100. Transatlantic released the album, which went on to sell 150,000 copies. It is also mentioned in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The record includes Jansch’s best known tune “Needle of Death,” which was inspired by the death of a folk singer friend of his, Buck Polly.
Scott 4 is Scott Walker’s fifth solo album (a collection of songs he had performed for his BBC television series had been his fourth). It was originally released in late 1969 under his birth name, Noel Scott Engel (the name Walker did not appear on the original album sleeve), and was the first Walker album to consist solely of self-penned songs (Scott 1-3 had each featured translations of Jacques Brel songs, which were later compiled to form the album Scott Walker Sings Jacques Brel, and the earlier albums had also featured some songs from other sources). The quote “a man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened” (credited to the French-Algerian writer Albert Camus) appears on the back of the sleeve of the album.
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