Saturday, 26 June 2010

The 60s Laid Bare

The title's probably a bit over-dramatic but, in the end, I couldn't think of anything better. I wanted to try and highlight what I think of as the "non-trendy" 60s, rather than the 60s of the Stones, Janice Joplin etc. This is the music that the grown-ups favoured and, as someone whose childhood spanned the whole decade, it's the music I tend to associate with the time too, having more contact with adults than teenagers.

I reckon easy-listening as we know it came into being in the 60s, and there are a few examples here, with the opening and closing tracks from Mrs Mills representing the good old-fashioned singalong which was very popular back then, but just seems to have vanished in the years since.

Another interesting development of the late 60s was how political consciousness was turned into entertainment, as illustrated by the Diana Ross & the Supremes track and the Three Degrees.

1.Mrs Mills - Winchester Cathedral1967
2.John Walker - Annabella1966
3.Matt Monro - On Days Like These1969
4.Madeline Bell - I'm Gonna Make You Love Me1968
5.Dusty Springfield - So Much Love1968
6.Diana Ross & the Supremes - Love Child1968
7.Three Degrees - I Like Being a Woman1972
8.Tony Christie - Avenues and Alleyways1971
9.Mrs Mills - Bye Bye Blackbird1964

Please note this mix is presented for information and demonstration only in a low bitrate mono stream

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Junk Shop Choice

Apologies for the long absence, but I'm back with a shorter show this time which I've called Junk Shop Choice.

You see all sorts of unlikely looking and forgotten music in junk shops and charity shops, and I thought it might be fun to string some of together and see how it sounds.

I've got a very eclectic selection here, but there's something I like about all of them from the super-cool sound of Alfred The King of Disco to the novelty charm of Botch-a-Me by Rosemary Clooney.

Take a listen, and I hope you enjoy it!

1.00:00Marty Cooper Clan - Walk Don't RunEarly 60s
2.03:50Dick Hyman - Alfred the King of DiscoEarly 70s
3.07:20Julie London - Fly Me to the Moon1964
4.09:45Tommy Dorsey Orchestra - Sunny Side of the Street1944
5.12:54Rosemary Clooney - Botch-a-Me1952
6.15:09Vinnie Bell - Dawn1967

Please note this mix is presented for information and demonstration only in a low bitrate mono stream