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Reviews of releases for 1969

Third Ear Band - Alchemy (Expanded and Remastered)

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This is where it all began for a band so unusual and outside the ‘rock box’ that many at the time may have dismissed them as being too far out. When I first heard Alchemy, I...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-06-30)

Hasting's Street Opera - Slippery When Wet

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In the late 60s a group of young friends (Harry Wellott, Gordon Carlisle, Don Hathaway, and Chris Nelson) in Montclair, NJ formed the Hasting’s Street Opera, named after an old Detroit blues...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-06-23)

Claude Lombard - Claude Lombard Chant

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Claude Lombard is a Belgian songstress active in the 60s and 70s who placed seventh in the Eurovision 1968 song contest and sang songs on many TV cartoon shows. In 1969 she recorded an experimental...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-09-24)

East of Eden - Mercator Projected

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East of Eden's debut is one of the great late-60s albums, following on the way the Beatles started occasionally fusing their music with the sounds of other cultures. However, where the Beatles...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-08-10)

Colosseum - Those Who Are About to Die Salute You

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John Mayall often gets lost in the list of influential musicians but it wasn't just the blues alone that he had a powerful influence on. Just off the top of my head, he was largely responsible...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-06-08)

Chicago Transit Authority - Chicago Transit Authority

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Progressive rock is often considered a European phenomenon, at least in its symphonic sense, but if you look at it from its birthplace in the 60s, where nearly every genre experienced a psychedelic...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-05-25)

Jodi - Pops de Vanguardia

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In the late 60s, two Paraguayan brothers of German descent, Joern and Dirk Wenger, began playing together in a beat / psychedelic band The Rabbits. The Rabbits released a very rare EP and then the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-03-28)

Amon Düül II - Phallus Dei

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If I was to take a census of Amon Düül II fans, favorites are usually Yeti (mine), Dance of the Lemmings, or Wolf City, and then the others usually line up right after....

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-02-02)

Jody Grind - One Step On

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This obscurity from 1969 is definitely a “close-but-not-quite” attempt at something special. The something in this case is psychedelic rock with heavy guitar and organ combined with a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-07-20)

Fairport Convention - Liege and Lief

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A couple of weeks ago I realized I needed to reevaluate the early Fairport Convention albums — every so often I try to do this with major groups and artists that I don't seem to rate so...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-06-03)
 

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