The ’59 2018 #091: 180401
The Rolling Stones – Goats Head Soup (1973)
This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. We’re currently at year 15 – 1973.
The Stones’ third number one album in a row, on both sides of the Atlantic, was released in August 1973.
It included another classic Stones ballad, “Angie”. Inspired by Keith’s newborn daughter Angela, it was released as a single and became their seventh No.1 record in America. Strangely, it only made number five in Britain, but it did make the top spot in France and Holland, as well as number two in Germany.
The most controversial track on the album was, without a doubt, “Star Star”, which caused Atlantic Records boss, Ahmet Ertegan, whose company distributed the album for Rolling Stones Records, to initially be concerned about the strong lyrics. Later he realized that the BBC and other radio stations across the world banning the song just added to the publicity for the album.
The early work on the album was done at Dynamic Sound in Jamaica with later sessions at Village Recorders in Los Angeles, Olympic and Island studios in London. Among the other musicians on the record are Bobby Keys and Jim Horn on saxes, Nicky Hopkins and Ian Stewart on piano and Billy Preston on clavinet.
The Epic 2017 Project #102: 170412
Arlo Guthrie – Alice’s Restaurant (1967)
Arlo Guthrie’s debut album is essentially all about the song ‘Alice’s Restaurant Massacre’ which dominates the whole of side 2.
“Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” is a satirical, first-person account of 1960s counterculture. It was also the inspiration for the 1969 film of the same name.
The song is Guthrie’s most prominent work, based on a true incident from his life that began on Thanksgiving Day 1965 with a citation for littering, and ended with the refusal of the U.S. Army to draft him because of his conviction for that crime. The ironic punch line of the story which is (of course) an open invitation to listeners to join together to resist the draft for the Vietnam war, goes like this …
I’m sittin’ here on the Group W bench ’cause you want to know if I’m moral enough to join the Army — burn women, kids, houses and villages — after bein’ a litterbug.
Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #160: 160608
[Favourite 50’s tune (6)]
Released in September 1957
Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #78: 160318
[A song from the 1960’s (3)]
Released in 1969 and winning the Ivor Novello award that year for best song musically and lyrically, ‘Where do you do to my lovely’ is about a fictional girl named Marie-Claire who grows up on the poverty-stricken backstreets of Naples to become a member of the jet set, and lives in Paris. The lyrics describe her from the perspective of a childhood friend; it is left unclear whether they have remained close. Sadly perhaps the rhetorical question of the title suggests that her glamorous lifestyle may not have brought Marie-Claire happiness or contentment.
Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #64: 160304
[A favourite cover song (3)]
Turning a classic Stones’ rock n roll blaster into a humble ballad represents a true mastery of interpretation. Cat Power’s version achieves this with little aplomb and ado but a mountain of admiration – particularly from me.