1-22-10 Time Machine #7
I have been ‘reading’ the Japanese magazine “Strange Days” for a while now. A regular feature of this magazine has been “Time Machine – 40 Years Ago” – listing many records released in 1969. Last year, I wrote 5 blogs on the releases of 1969. I have yet another one for you today!
Strange Days 2010.02 lists “December 1969 Albums” as The Rolling Stones “Let It Bleed” (Decca UK SKL 5025), John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band “Live Peace In Toronto 1969” (Apple UK CORE 2001), John Lennon & Yoko Ono “Wedding Album (Apple UK SAPCOR 11), Fairport Convention “Liege and Leaf” (Island UK ILPS 9115), Renaissance “s/t” (Island UK ILPS 9114), Creedence Clearwater Revival “Green River” (Fantasy US 8393), and Quicksilver Messenger Service “Shady Grove (Capitol US SKAO-391).
I muse be getting old, because I remember each and every record on this list today. I own all of them in 2010 – but in 1969, I didn’t go for John & Yoko’s “Wedding Album” because the kind hippies at the downtown Long Beach hippie record store warned me that it “didn‘t have any songs like on Live Peace in Toronto 1969”. I also took a few years to come around to the Fairport Convention LP, but I like it fine in 2010.
The Rolling Stones LP comes with a poster and special inner sleeve; I got my copy the day it was released in the US – and I still think “Live With Me” is a real highlight of late 60’s Stones’ songs. Pretty much everybody was waiting on the follow-up to “Bayou Country” by CCR; I think the sole disappointment of the “
Renaissance was very interesting me for two reasons: Keith Relf had been in The Yardbirds and bassist Louis Cennamo had appeared on a Colosseum LP that I liked. And it had a great cover, and was on Island
For some reason, today’s list seems a bit more mainstream than some of the other 1969 releases. Hit product ready in time for Christmas?
We’ve now been through all the Strange Days (
I find that I am rather aware that it has been 40 years since 1970 – and I remember 1970 very well. I was in 6th grade, but I believe I was already a record collector, doing my best to pay attention to everything that went on in record stores. I tried to find and read issues of Billboard, Melody Maker etc. In a short time, I would be reading Crawdaddy, Creem, Circus, N.M.E., Sounds…