Jimi Hendrix – Foxy Lady (Starters for Ten #181) 1/10 (19)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #181: Top Ten Jimi Hendrix numbers: 190630

Foxey Lady (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.

Kickstarting the 19th, running between 30 June and 9 July and featuring my top ten Jimi Hendrix numbers – here’s Foxy (aka ‘Foxey) Lady which first appeared on the debut album ‘Are you experienced’, released in 1967.

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Canned Heat – On the road again (Starters for Ten #162) 2/10 (17)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #162: Top Ten Driving tracks: 190611

Canned Heat – On the road again (1968)

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 17th – featuring my top ten driving tracks, and running between 10 and 19 June – here’s On the Road Again, a song recorded by the American blues-rock group Canned Heat in 1967.

It first appeared on their second album, Boogie with Canned Heat, in January 1968; when an edited version was released as a single in April 1968, “On the Road Again” became Canned Heat’s first record chart hit and one of their best-known songs.

The Beatles – I want to hold your hand (Starters for Ten #156) 6/10 (16)

Starters for Ten 2019 – #156: Top Ten Lurve songs: 190605

The Beatles – I want to hold your hand (1964)

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 16th – featuring my top ten ‘lurve’ songs, and running between 31 May and 9 June – here’s I want to hold your hand from The Beatles, released in 1964.

Lesley Gore – I’ll cry if I want to (“The ’59”) #036

The ’59 2018 #036: 180205

Lesley Gore – I’ll cry if I want to (1963)

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 5 – 1963

‘I’ll Cry If I Want To’ was Lesley Gore’s debut album. It included her hit singles “It’s My Party” and its follow-up, “Judy’s Turn to Cry” and was rushed out after “It’s My Party” became a big hit.

The songs are mostly about crying, linking to the hit single’s first line “It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to”, incorporating songs with titles such as “Cry”, “Just Let Me Cry” and “Cry and You Cry Alone”.Besides the hit singles, the album included the pop standards “Misty”, “Cry Me a River” and “What Kind of Fool Am I?”.

The Rolling Stones – Let it bleed (Epic #263)

The Epic 2017 Project #263: 170920

The Rolling Stones – Let it bleed (1969)

Continuing into the last 12 days of September, Jemtunes is featuring 12 albums from The Rolling Stones. 19/9 saw Sticky Fingers (1971); today sees ‘Let it Bleed’ – the eighth British and tenth American album released in December 1969 by Decca Records in the United Kingdom and London Records in the United States.

Released shortly after the band’s 1969 American Tour, it is the follow-up to 1968’s Beggars Banquet (see Epic #271 due on the 28th) and the last album by the band to feature Brian Jones as well as the first to feature Mick Taylor.

Arlo Guthrie – Alice’s Restaurant (Epic #102)

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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.

 

Cream – Disraeli Gears (Epic 2017 #041)

The Epic 2017 project #041: 170210

Cream – Disraeli Gears (1967)

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This was Cream’s second studio album, released in November 1967 and subsequently reaching  No. 5 on the UK Albums Chart. It was also the group’s American breakthrough, becoming a massive seller in 1968, and reaching No. 4 on the American charts. It features the two singles “Strange Brew” and “Sunshine of Your Love”

Drummer Ginger Baker recalled how the album’s title was based on a malapropism which alluded to 19th-century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli:

You know how the title came about – Disraeli Gears – yeah? We had this Austin Westminster, and Mick Turner was one of the roadies who’d been with me a long time, and he was driving along and Eric (Clapton) was talking about getting a racing bicycle. Mick, driving, went ‘Oh yeah – Disraeli gears!’ meaning derailleur gears…We all just fell over…We said that’s got to be the album title.