today!! on this special occasion i have a double post with two volumes of my various artists compilation series for you. i hope you like it and please enjoy listening to this lovely collection of vintage songs.
on volume 5 of the rock sessions series there are a lot of classic songs most of you will be familiar with. take for instance the three songs of ten years after on this volume, a very favourite group of mine. the very first track i put here also is their biggest success or at least most popular number, ‘id love to change the world’, from their amazing ’71 album ‘a space in time’. musically not that outstanding, as it doesnt really feature the fantastic solos the group usually provides on their live tracks, but its a great rock song that fits mainstream taste and still gets stuck into your head. another well-known and also fantastic song on this cd is ‘although the sun is shining’ by fleetwood mac. although this is from their last album with peter green (the man on horseback you see in the picture above is taken form its cover art) and it does sound a lot like him (i must admit that i dont like the green-less fleetwood mac at all, he truely is one of my heroes in music), it was written by danny kirwan who joined in 1968 and is one of my favourite songs of theirs and of course will surprise anyone who just knows the “later” fleetwood mac.
another real classic song on this volume which i guess i do not have to introduce a lot is ‘layla’ by derek and the dominos alias eric claption and the dominos. the only speciality here is that i cut off the long instrumental part at the end of the song to make it more suitable for a compilation with many different songs being played one after the other instead of an album. in case you dont alreay know this, not only was ‘derek’ as pseudonym for eric clapton himself (to be seen on the right in the picture above), but ‘layla’ referred to a woman clapton just recently had fallen in love with, who was his best friends wife: pattie boyd, married to george harrison since 1966. pattie then left george and turned to eric but surprisingly the two men stayed good friends. nevertheless this amazing rock love song gets sort of a bitter-sweet note when thinking of its background story.
just after this number theres a song that virtually everyone knows, so nothing much to say about it: ‘hey joe’ sung and played by jimi hendrix (also featured on my cover art). this is neither a rarity nor a speciatlity in any sense, but as this still is a tremendous number i thought it just had to appear in my collection anyway. track number 8 is a great number from led zeppelins legendary fourth album, ‘black dog’, also sort of a classic number. a song, or rather a version of a song, that maybe not everybody will know, is the one of ‘louie louie‘ recorded by the troggs in 1966 on their very first album. compared to the more widely known version by the kingsmen recorded three years earlier, this is more than just a blast, it is a real rocker. since i first heard it i can hardly understand why it was their cover of ‘wild thing’ that made the troggs popular, as this number is so much hotter.
track number 13 is another favourite of mine, ‘scarborough fair‘ by simon and garfunkel (which alongside ‘mrs robinson’ also appears in ‘the graduate’). this song has been covered hundreds of times and there are many fantastic versions of it, but still the very original has a certain atmosphere to it that can neither be emulated nor improved; so perhaps just take this of a reminder how great tom & jerry already were despite all those marvelous cover versions. three tracks later i included another timeless classic one, ‘sunshine of your love’ by cream. this is almost the same as with scarborough fair, this song too has been covered so often and so great, but still every now and then one just has to listen to the original again.
track number 19 is a little gem for the deep purple fans among you or those interested in rarities. it is a version of the mk I song ‘the bird has flown’ recorded at the BBC, but by mk II – thus it is not rod evans but ian gillan who sings this bone-smasher. as his vocal style is much ‘wilder’ than that of his predecessor the song that was already rockin in its original version becomes a real heavy rocker here, certainly not to be missed. last but not least is a song by a group that was already featured on the previous two volumes, floating bridge. ‘watch your step’ is four-minute-plus heavy psych rocker that will certainly blow your ears, if not your brains out. no more words on that one now, just enjoy!
click here to get the previous volumes.
- I’d Love to Change the World ∙ Ten Years After ∙ 1971
- Although the Sun Is Shining ∙ Fleetwood Mac ∙ 1969
- Marie’s a Woman ∙ Five Day Rain ∙ 1969
- Layla ∙ Derek and the Dominos ∙ 1970
- Hey Joe ∙ Jimi Hendrix ∙ 1966
- Odyssey ∙ Kahvas Jute ∙ 1971
- Stoned Woman ∙ Ten Years Afters ∙ 1969
- Black Dog ∙ Led Zeppelin ∙ 1971
- Louie Louie ∙ The Troggs ∙ 1966
- Brother Can You Spare a Dime ∙ The Artwoods ∙ 1966
- Temptation Inside Your Heart ∙ The Velvet Underground ∙ 1968
- Dust Is in My Eyes ∙ The Five Day Week Straw People ∙ 1968
- Scarborough Fair ∙ Simon and Garfunkel ∙ 1966
- Whole Lot of People ∙ Rory Gallagher ∙ 1972
- Gallows Pole ∙ Led Zeppelin ∙ 1970
- Transparent Face ∙ Phantasia ∙ 1972
- Sunshine of Your Love ∙ Cream ∙ 1967
- Sugar the Road ∙ Ten Years After ∙ 1970
- Bird Has Flown (live) ∙ Deep Purple ∙ 1969
- Watch Your Step ∙ Floating Bridge ∙ 1969