Bob Dylan – Subterranean Homesick Blues (Starters for Ten #046) 6/10 (5)

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Bob Dylan – Subterranean Homesick Blues (1965)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 5th – my top ten acoustic tracks, and running between 10 and 19 February, here’s Subterranean Homesick Blues from Bob Dylan’s 1965 album ‘Bringing in all back home’

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Arlo Guthrie – Alice’s Restaurant Massacre (Starters for Ten #045) 5/10 (5)

Starters for Ten 2019 – 45: Top Ten Acoustic tracks: 190214

Arlo Guthrie – Alice’s Restaurant Massecre (1967)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 5th – my top ten acoustic tracks, and running between 10 and 19 February, here’s Arlo Guthrie’s ‘Alice’s Restaurant Massacre’ from the album of the same name released in 1967.

Ralph McTell – Streets of London (Starters for Ten #043) 3/10 (5)

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Ralph McTell – Streets of London (1969)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 5th – my top ten acoustic tracks, and running between 10 and 19 February, here’s Ralph McTell’s ‘Streets of London’, released in 1969.

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues (The ’59) #323

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Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues (2011)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Today we’ve reached year 53 – 2011.

Helplessness Blues was the second studio album from Seattle, Washington–based folk band Fleet Foxes. Released on May 3, 2011 as the follow-up to their self-titled debut, it received universal acclaim from critics and was nominated for Best Folk Album for the 54th Grammy Awards.

Helplessness Blues is the band’s first studio album to feature bass guitarist Christian Wargo and multi-instrumentalist Morgan Henderson. It is also the band’s only album to feature drummer and backing vocalist Josh Tillman, who left the band in 2012 to pursue his solo career under the name Father John Misty.

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory (The ’59) #076

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Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory (1970)

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 12 – 1970.

With the release of Cosmo’s Factory in July 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival hit their commercial zenith. It was their fifth album in two years and became an international smash, topping the album charts in six countries.

The band also toured Europe in 1970, playing the Royal Albert Hall to enthusiastic audiences, and had emerged as the most popular band in America by largely ignoring the trippy acid rock indulgences that were typical of the era. However, despite the band’s infectious blend of rockabilly, folk, and R&B, some peers and rock critics dismissed them as a singles band with no substance.

In a 2012 cover story, Uncut observed, “While San Francisco longhairs across the bridge scoffed at their commercialism, Creedence henceforth made a point of releasing double A-sides. And invariably both songs would have an uncanny knack of cutting through to all sections of the population.”

Singer and guitarist Fogerty, who had seemingly arrived out of nowhere, but had actually struggled with his bandmates throughout most of the 1960s as the Blue Velvets and the Golliwogs, composed the group’s songs and generally steered the band artistically, although his grip on the band – including his dubious role as manager – irritated the others, especially his older brother Tom Fogerty, who’d left the band by the end of 1970.

Van Morrison – Astral Weeks (The ’59) #062

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Van Morrison – Astral Weeks (1968)

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 10 – 1968.

Astral Weeks was the second studio album from Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. It was recorded at Century Sound Studios in New York City during three sessions in September and October 1968.

On its release, it did not receive promotion from the label and was not an immediate success with consumers or critics. But things did get better and Astral Weeks’ critical standing eventually to a point where the album is viewed as one of rock music’s greatest and most important records.Critics now laud the album’s arrangements and songwriting. Morrison’s lyrics are often described as impressionistic, hypnotic, and modernist. It was placed on numerous widely circulated lists of the best albums of all time and had an enduring effect on both listeners and musicians.

Forty years after the album’s release, Morrison performed all eight of its songs live for the first time during two Hollywood Bowl concerts in November 2008; this performance was later released as a live album.

Donovan – Sunshine Superman (The ’59) #053

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Donovan – Sunshine Superman (1966)

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 8 – 1966.

Sunshine Superman was the third album from folk singer-songwriter Donovan. It was released in the US in September 1966, but was not released in the UK because of a contractual dispute.

In June 1967, Donovan’s management team found a way around this by releasing the album (under its original name) but this time comprising a compilation of the Sunshine Superman and Mellow Yellow albums.

Sunshine Superman was named after Donovan’s hit single released in the US in July 1966. The tracks from Sunshine Superman and Mellow Yellow were not mixed into stereo, with the exception of “Season of the Witch”, until the 2011 2-CD deluxe edition issued by UK EMI.

In 2017, Sunshine Superman was ranked the 199th greatest album of the 1960s by Pitchfork.