now heres the next volume of my sampler series, a bit late as always, but i hope you will enjoy it. and, as always, there are some evergreens and a couple of interesting songs on it. the first song for instance is a really great popsike/psychy late 60s number, ‘jack dor’ by episode six. there are virtually no vocals on this song, except for the title line being said once by ian gillan. great, freaky tune not to be missed!
track no. 4 is the well-known hit by the moody blues, ‘nights in white satin’. i am quite sure everyone of you has heard it hundreds and hundreds of times, but it still is a wonderful song and many of us have been kissing to it as teenagers ;-) it is said though that justin hayward, at that time the moodys new vocalist after denny laine had left, was crying when he left the studio after recording this song because he had just been left by his girlfriend. what a heart-warming anecdote, pop music for once not just being superficial!
next, on #10, we have a nice underrated number by the kinks, ‘sittin on my sofa’ – flat, repetitive and annoying if you will, but it certainly works when you are in a funny / cheeky mood :-) mid sixties funny beat at its best.
the last song on this volume is my favourite song by led zeppelin, ‘when the levee breaks’, from their fourth album which also includes the inevitable ‘stairway to heaven’. the lyrics are mostly taken from a song with the same name written by blues lady memphis minnie in 1929, about the great mississippi flood of 1927. it was the most destructive river flood in the US history, and just like after the katrina disaster of 2005 the black population suffered from it the most, because especially in times of racial segregation they were mostly left on their own and had to fend for themselves. thus its also a political song like a lot of blues from that time is. and what led zep made of it is fantastic – it is heavy, hard hitting, slow paced and surely deserves to be as well-known as it is. when the levee breaks, mama you got to move…
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- Jack D’or ∙ Episode Six ∙ 1969
- Heart Full of Soul (live) ∙ The Yardbirds ∙ 1965
- Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) ∙ The Beatles ∙ 1965
- Nights in White Satin ∙ The Moody Blues ∙ 1967
- North Country Blues ∙ Bob Dylan ∙ 1964
- Blue Jay Way ∙ The Beatles ∙ 1967
- Green Onions ∙ Booker T and the MG’s ∙ 1962
- Little Girl ∙ Them ∙ 1965
- Incense ∙ Episode Six ∙ 1966
- Sittin’ on My Sofa ∙ The Kinks ∙ 1965
- Outlaw Blues ∙ Bob Dylan ∙ 1965
- All Along the Watchtower ∙ The Jimi Hendrix Experience ∙ 1968
- Harley Davidson Blues ∙ Canned Heat ∙ 1973
- SWLABR ∙ Cream ∙ 1967
- You Need Loving ∙ Small Faces ∙ 1966
- Down in Mexico ∙ Simon Stokes and the Nighthawks ∙ 1970
- Put Your Thing on Me ∙ The Grodeck Whipperjenny ∙ 1970
- Midnight Sun ∙ Jesse Harper ∙ 1969
- Welcome to the Void ∙ Steve Morgen ∙ 1969
- When the Levee Breaks ∙ Led Zeppelin ∙ 1971