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September 22, 2009: Looooong Tracks
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|Steppenwolf||LOST AND FOUND [Through Trial and Error]||Steppenwolf the Second||1969||13:46 Usually, a band's second record will tell you if they're the real deal or not, as many bands fall victim to the Sophomore Slump. The reason is that they've had all their lives to prepare for the first, but not as long for the second, which can break things. However, with this one, we knew John Kay and the boys were here to stay. Big hits from this one were "Magic Carpet Ride" and "Don't Step on the Grass, Sam". This cut took up most of side two and seems to be some sort of History of the Blues sort of thing. It is made up of five parts: A) Disappointment Number (Unknown), B) Lost and Found by Trial and Error, C) Hodge Podge, Strained Through a Leslie, D) Resurrection, and E) Reflections.|
|Rolling Stones||GOING HOME||Aftermath||1966||11:42 Aftermath was the Stones sixth record, the first to be recorded in the USA and also the first to feature an entire lineup of Jagger/Richard originals (before that the Stones featured a lot of older blues numbers in their repertoire). It was also the first to be recorded in that new-fangles Stereo thing that the kids liked so much. Also notable in that Brian Jones played many other 'oddball' instruments, like the dulcimer, sitar and marimba that weren't considered rock n roll mainstays.|
|Timothy Leary||LIVE AND LET LIVE||You Can Be Anyone This Time Around||1970||13:01 A remixed version of a news conference by Leary to a friendly crown in which he bloviates on politics of the mind backed up with some hip music. The cool thing is the band: Steve Stills and John Sebastian on guitar, Buddy Miles on Drums and some guy named Hendrix on bass.|
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|I'M SO GLAD|
|Love||REVELATION||Da Capo||1967||19:26 Again from a second album, wherein we learn that Arthur Lee and Love were to be taken seriously. This was the first time a rock track took up an entire side of an LP (unless you count Dylan's "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" or Zappa's "Return of the Son of Monster Magnet"). Lee had claimed that it was a song that the band would play live to spotlight the various musicians in solos (as lots of bands did) and claimed that the Stones stole the idea as inspiration for their own "Going Home." Those of us who have met Arthur Lee (who died in 2006) can attest that he was not always in his right mind.|
|Procol Harum||IN HELD TWAS IN I||Shine On Brightly||1968||17:59 Another second album effort, produced by organist Matthew Fisher (who did the third "Salty Dog" as well, and then left the band). Supposedly the band took their name from a friend's Burmese cat, but the name could also have come from the Latin for "beyond these far off things." Of course their biggest hit "A Whiter Shade of Pale" is a monster that is always on the list of Best Songs Ever, and was recently the subject of a lawsuit involving Matthew Fisher versus Booker and Reid. Fisher initially won, then lost, then won again, on the basis of partial writing credit (and signature organ part) and will now share in some of the [sizable] future royalties. Full disclosure: my wife Linda and I are casual friends with Fisher's wife carol, although I have yet to meet Matthew himself.|
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