Thank you Dawn for the subtitle of today’s shuffle.
Like we did last Monday, we shuffle up some of our classic tunes and play them back for you…
First up, we have one of the most exquisitely perfect Pop songs of all time by a master of the genre from his very first album. Marshall Crenshaw was released in April 1982 (30 years!) and Someday, Someway got played on Casey Kasem‘s American Top 40. Blah blah… let’s get to the song (a nice way to start a cruddy Monday morning).
For our second song of the morning, we go back another 11 years or so for a song written by Kris Kristofferson. Janis Joplin died in October 1970, and her version of the song was released in January 1971. It turned out to be her only Number One song. It appeared on her classic album Pearl.
Now we go back another five years or so to a song released around the time I turned one month old. Since I seem to be unusually obsessed with Billboard chart positions, this song reach #5. So there.
Homeward Bound is from Simon & Garfunkel’s album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. This song always comes to my mind when I am in the final leg of a return from a long vacation.
That last video was recorded at the Monterey Pop festival in 1967. The final song in this morning’s shuffle was recorded just two days later. For What It’s Worth was originally released on Buffalo Springfield’s self-titled debut album.
|Rhino Hi-Five: Marshall Crenshaw
Rhino Hi-Five: Marshall Crenshaw
|Janis Joplin Janis Collage Spiral Dye Men’s T-shirt
JANIS COLLAGE – MEN’S T-SHIRT
|Classic Paul Simon – The Simon and Garfunkel Years
The music from four landmark albums. Bookends, Bridge Over Troubled Water, The Sounds Of Silence, and Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme.
|Monterey Pop – Fullscreen Dolby
The first concert film of the rock & roll era, Monterey Pop is an invaluable record of some of the major musical figures of the late 1960s. The organizers of the Monterey International Pop Festival, held June 16-18, 1967, wisely chose to record the proceedings on film for commercial distribution. Even if some of the festival’s big acts — The Byrds, The Grateful Dead, and Buffalo Springfield — didn’t make the final cut for various reasons, the roster of performers who did reads like a who’s who of the era: Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company (featuring Janis Joplin), Simon & Garfunkel, and The Mamas and the Papas (that group’s leader, John Phillips, was one of the festival’s principal organizers). The festival’s “international” tag is well-earned by one performer in the film: Ravi Shankar, whose final-day performance was one of the festival’s highlights and closes the movie on an exuberant note. Though the festival seemed to be anticipating nearby San Francisco’s Summer of Love, the film chooses to concentrate on the musical performers, with only brief intimations of the burgeoning counterculture. ~ Tom Wiener, Rovi