Ken Harris

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And We Don't Need The Ladies Crying 'Cause The Story's Sad

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The Climax Blues Band  Amerita/Sense Of Direction  buy on itunes
Tommy Bolin  Homeward Strut  buy on itunes
Rick Derringer  Beyond The Universe  buy on itunes
The Cate Brothers  Union Man  buy on itunes
Foghat  Honey Hush  buy on itunes
Dave Mason  Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave  buy on itunes
The Guess Who  Hand Me Down World  buy on itunes
Sweet  Ballroom Blitz  buy on itunes
Flo & Eddie  Keep It Warm  buy on itunes
Argent  Hold Your Head Up  buy on itunes
Mott The Hoople  All The Way To Memphis  buy on itunes
David Bowie  The Jean Genie  buy on itunes
Jonathan Richman  Roadrunner  buy on itunes
Jello Biafra  Joey Ramone  buy on itunes
Joe Walsh  Rocky Mountain Way  buy on itunes


For no apparent reason, I've been thinking lately about the mid-70s, a period of popular music that's been summed up by many as bloated, arena-oriented and somewhat stale. Whether those representations are accurate or fair continues to be debated. The reason I find that time period interesting is primarily two-fold. First, I graduated high school in 1974, which sort of makes this clearly "my time". I saw many of these artists (about half of those listed) and was thrilled to be part of that energy. Vinyl was the predominant medium in those days and like many of you, I'm sure, my records were an extension of my identity. I don't feel a like connection to the vast majority of "CDs" I've accumulated over the years that comes close to anything like how I felt holding Traffic's "Welcome To The Canteen", King Crimson's "In The Court of The Crimson King" or even The Beatles "1962-1966" in my hands. Album art, liner notes and the distinguishing features of vinyl greatly enhanced my connection to the music. The other reason this era appeals to me, clearly in retrospect, is because of the tsunami that was soon to erupt in the popular music universe. While many of these tracks were receiving airplay, however limited, The Ramones were working on their brilliant sound and attitude, the Sex Pistols were just over the horizon with the jaw-dropping "Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols" and The Jam and The Clash were tuning up and getting ready. I reflect on the songs in this collection and realize just how close a few of them are to what we'd call the "new wave" sound (e.g., The Ballroom Blitz). Another reason that I find this era to be of interest deals with pop culture theories that attempt to explain the changes and evolution of trends in music, film, etc. My favorite pop theory deals with the climate in America in the winter months that followed the assassination of President Kennedy in November, 1963. All throughout that deep, dark winter, America collectively grieved for their fallen leader (remember, it's only a theory!), until one Sunday night in February, 1964, when 4 mop-topped, smiling lads took the stage on the Ed Sullivan Show and sang "I Want To Hold Your Hand" to a still teary-eyed America, instantly burying deep inside the hearts of the public, ever so innocently and tenderly telling all of us it was okay to move on. Right place, right time.and the rest, as they say, is history. So I think about these tracks and look for messages or tip-offs that a "new wave" was about to emerge.

Anyway, I thought I'd post this to give some props to a few tracks that have real meaning for me in identifying a point in time. The next-to-last track is clearly more recent and features Jello Biafra monologuing on this very issue. The segue to Joe Walsh is rather dramatic, if I do say so myself.

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Date: 5/31/2008
I read your comments with interest. And look forward to listening to this fabulous looking mix. Expect an email then...
Date: 5/31/2008
after reading your notes i had to take my "In The Court Of The Crimson King" album off the wall and fondle it for a moment. nice to see Rick Derringer on a mix. I am of roughly the same era so thanks for the memories!
Date: 5/31/2008
Right on Ken, I still look at my vinyl records even though I have nothing that will play them (and haven't had for years). Nice selection of songs from the era.
Date: 6/1/2008
Very nice from top to bottom, looking forward to the d/l when I get home. Viva vinyl...
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Date: 6/26/2008
The '70s were part of my misspent youth, which is always nice to re-live through the music. It went by like Flo & Eddie with tongue firmly in cheek.
Date: 10/9/2013
I graduated in 1972 and I totally agree with you. Popular music today is as vapid as the biggest pop hits of the '70s, '80s and '90s. And the amount of 'good stuff' was there, too, if you were a music fan and did just a little digging. The ratio of good to "bad" music in any decade doesn't vary too greatly. You just gotta look for it. And, yes, I'd rather hold an album cover than a CD jacket. Plus, the double LP covers were great for sorting seeds...

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