Tag: The Beatles

Various Artists: Come Join My Orchestra: The British Baroque Pop Sound 1967-73 (Grapefruit)

This excellent three disc set offers up an amazing treasure trove of Baroque pop from the late 60s and early 70s, offering up killer harmonies and lush orchestral arrangements from bands and artists both familiar and obscure.

Song Of The Day: Yoko Ono, “Imagine”

Taken from the Chimera Music release, Warzone.

Cilla Black:Cilla: All Mixed Up/Beginnings: Revisited (SFE)

In 2009, two digital-only releases from legendary British pop singer Cilla Black appeared–a remix album and a reconfiguration of a 2003 collection––to mixed results. They would prove to be her final releases, and are compiled in a physical format for the first time as part of an extensive career reissue campaign.

Song Of The Day: Paul McCartney, “I Don’t Know”

Taken from the forthcoming Capitol Records release, Egypt Station.

If You Don’t Underestimate Me, I Won’t Underestimate You: Bob Dylan’s John Wesley Harding At 50

Fifty years ago this past December, Bob Dylan emerged from his exile with a startling new album–the simple, direct, no-frills John Wesley Harding. Ron Hart approached a handful of musicians to share their thoughts on this seminal–and sometimes under-appreciated– comeback album.

Song Of The Day: Atlantic Bridge, “Dear Prudence”

Taken from the Esoteric Recordings release, Atlantic Bridge.

Jan & Dean: Filet of Soul Redux: The Rejected Master Recordings (Omnivore)

Surf duo Jan & Dean’s “comedy” album was intended as a contractual obligation, an unfunny joke that was rightly rejected, yet bowdlerized by their label after Jan Berry’s near-fatal car accident. Fifty-one years later, this reissue presents the album as it was meant to be heard.

Best Of The Recoup: Life Is Far Too Fast: A Conversation With Mike McCartney

Last year, we sat down and had a long, compelling conversation with Mike McCartney about his delightful one-off album, McGough & McGear and the era that produced it.

Charlie Byrd: Sixties Byrd: Charlie Byrd Plays Today’s Great Hits (él Records)

Charlie Byrd Sixties Byrd: Charlie Byrd Plays Today’s Great Hits él Records/Cherry Red I have long had the sneaking suspicion that during the Sixties, Easy Listening artists adapted rock and roll and pop hits as a way to build common ground between younger and older music listeners, perhaps in a spirit of fun for older… Read More ›

Anita Kerr: The Five Classic Warner Brothers Albums 1966-1968 (el Records)

Anita Kerr left the comfort of her successful career in Nashville, setting out to Los Angeles to experiment with more contemporary music. The five albums she released under her name for Warner Brothers are fine examples of mid-60s Easy Listening and Sunshine Pop.