“Heart of the Country” is a song written by Paul and Linda McCartney from their album Ram released in 1971. The song has simple acoustic tune with a heavy bass chorus, and an unusually mellow sound to the acoustic guitar that was achieved by tuning all of the strings a full step lower than standard pitch. The topic is as simple as the title, a man searching for a farm in the middle of nowhere. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic described the song as “an effortless folk-pop tune that ranks among [McCartney's] very best songs.” “Heart Of The Country” appears on the forthcoming Deluxe re-issue of RAM.
“This number is probably more of a jam than a definite composition. But it’s a good rebuttal to McCartney and more than just a ‘sugared’ pop. This is from Wings first album and you can hear the band is new. But it is clear that there’s a party in the studio and McCartney have demonstrated how insanely good a rock singer he is, too. Here, they are really pushing for it, and the few times I’ve had the pleasure of DJing with some rock-club events, have that number filled the floor and created a huge party.” – Tim Christensen
“The masterpiece for me is Ram from 1971. The inspiration is great and every song is filled with emotions like anger and loss, the most to do with the break up with the Beatles in general and Lennon in particular. Several of the songs, including this, is believed to be a direct attack against John. Compositional Dear Boy is McCartney at his very best and it is very few who can reach this high level.” – Tim Christensen
Chinatown is a song performed by The Move. Released in 1971, this was The Move’s penultimate release reaching number 23 on the UK singles chart. Recorded at the same time as the band’s alter-ego Electric Light Orchestra were laying down tracks for their first album. Former Move vocalist Carl Wayne claimed it was his favourite song by the band. The b-side was a Lynne penned song Down on the Bay. The single (with an edited version of “Chinatown”) was issued on MGM, but quickly withdrawn (probably prior to regular stock copies pressed, although yellow label promos have been seen). The single with the same edit was almost immediately issued on United Artists.
[Dedicated to Niels Boe Sørensen]
“Levon” is a song written and recorded by Sir Elton John with lyrics written by Bernie Taupin. It is from John’s fourth album Madman Across the Water and was recorded on February 27, 1971. The song reached #24 on the Billboard Hot 100. Bernie Taupin, who wrote the lyrics for “Levon”, was inspired by The Band’s co-founder, drummer, and singer Levon Helm to name the title character after him. The Band was apparently Elton John’s and Bernie Taupin’s favourite group in those days. The “Alvin Tostig” mentioned in the song (Levon’s father) is, according to Taupin, merely fictional. Elton John and his civil partner, David Furnish, named their son “Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John”. He was born on Christmas Day 2010.
“Tiny Dancer” is a 1971 song by Elton John with lyrics by Bernie Taupin. It appears on John’s fourth album, Madman Across the Water, and was released as a single in 1972. It was certified Gold on May 19, 2005, and Platinum on August 19, 2011, by the RIAA. The song was written by Taupin to capture the spirit of California in 1970 encapsulated by the women he met. It has become known that the song is about Taupin’s first wife. The song was dedicated to her on the album Madman Across the Water. The cast of Almost Famous (2000) sing along to the song while riding in the tour bus, and it is also featured as instrumental incidental music in a phonic reference to Penny Lane as Russell realises Penny has set him up to do the right thing by William. Canadian DJ Deadmau5 made a remix of the song.
[via Christian Mongsgaard in Lejre]
Future Games is the fifth studio album by British rock band Fleetwood Mac, released in 1971. It was their first album with guitarist Bob Welch and the first to feature Christine McVie as a full member. Without the 1950s leanings of departed guitarist Jeremy Spencer, the band moved further away from blues and closer to the melodic pop sound that would finally break them in America four years later. After the band completed the album and turned it in, the record label said that it would not release an album with only seven songs, and demanded that they record an eighth. “What a Shame” was recorded hastily as a jam to fulfill this request. A heavily edited version of “Sands of Time” was an unsuccessful single in the United States and some other territories. However, the album did get airplay on FM radio. The title track “Future Games” was later re-recorded by Bob Welch for his 1979 solo album The Other One.
[via Henrik Queitsch in Copenhagen]