Albums I have listened to this week:
Simon and Garfunkel
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme (1966)
This was kind of folk/medieval sounding music. The lyrics were incredibly unusual and just a tad too poetic for my liking and although the harmonies were smooth, I like to summarise it as a couple of choir boys accompanied by some nice guitar. I mean, it was a bit different to other music that was being released, but I found that all the songs sounded the same because of the limited instrumentation. And by now you should know that I really don't enjoy an album full of the same songs...
BEST SONG: Homeward Bound
The 13th Floor Elevators
The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators (1966)
I surprisingly liked this album quite a bit. I wasn't sure at the start, but when the track I chose as my favourite came on, it kind of woke me up and got me to pay much more attention. I feel like these guys were doing what The Rolling Stones should have been doing from the start...maybe they gave this a listen and realised that too. The guitar throughout is super nice. It's not really psychedelic at all though to be honest, I'm not sure what that's about, but the artwork sure does stand out.
BEST SONG: Splash 1
John Mayall's Blues Breakers
Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton (1966)
I suppose it's been a while since I listened to a classic blues album, I'm usually used to hearing at least 3 a week. I didn't mind listening to this one though, it was a bit more interesting than hearing The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Byrds or Yardbirds doing boring blues covers. This has more of a rock & roll feel to it, plus I really liked Clapton's raspy voice. The drum solo in 'What I'd Say' was incredibly unnecessary, but there had to be something I hated.
BEST SONG: Another Man
The Yardbirds (1966)
Well this is great. One blues album straight after another. I don't know why I even said it had been a while since I'd heard one. Now I've had two in a row. This album was a bunch of 'crusty' blues; rough sounding tracks that were a dip in quality from the previous one. It included a few rip off songs, but what blues song isn't a rip off of another? I was bored after the second track. If you want to hear an album full of the same song over and over again then stick this on and you won't be disappointed.
BEST SONG: Over, Under, Sideways, Down
Wild Is The Wind (1966)
This album is so heartfelt and deep that I couldn't concentrate on anything else. Every song was just shockingly truthful and raw that it didn't ever matter that her voice wasn't perfect all the time. This album made it clear to me that it isn't always about the accuracy of the voice, it's more about the emotion and how it makes you as a listener feel. The song I chose as my favourite hit me so hard because it's so bold. She is unafraid to sing the cold hard truth and I love her for that.
BEST SONG: Four Women
Beach Samba (1967
I was going to write something here about how this was another Samba album that I wasn't particularly interested in. Maybe I would have added something along the lines of "it's nice to hear some female vocals in this genre", but I was actually so taken aback by 'You Didn't Have To Be So Nice', that I can't think about anything else. What is this? Some love duet between an older lady following a young child? What a horrible concept. The lyrics are extremely strange and I felt so uncomfortable the entire song. I chose it as best so you have to hear it too.
BEST SONG: You Didn't Have To Be So Nice
Chelsea Girl (1967)
I think this is my least favourite of the week by far. I just couldn't get on with her voice. It sounded like she was unable to hear her vocals or even the music when she was recording. Was she just yelling into the microphone randomly? I didn't get it at all and didn't expect it to be like this for some reason. There was very rarely any melody (sigh) and there was this one song, 'It Was A Pleasure' that consisted of nearly 3 minutes of screeching guitar that was louder than her vocals. Not. A. Fan.
BEST SONG: I'll Keep It With Mine
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
I think it would be foolish of me to deny the quality and uniqueness of this album during this time. But if I was going to give my honest opinion, I wasn't struck down in awe like I seemed to think I would be. It has some great songs on it, and I did enjoy listening to it, however it made me realise that perhaps I will never be an incredible Beatles fan... maybe I'm just not meant for Beatlemania. After listening all the way through, I still definitely think everyone should hear it, I just wasn't super impressed.
BEST SONG: Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (don't judge me)
Country Joe and the Fish
Electric Music For The Mind And Body (1967)
So I started by quite liking what I was hearing, but as I made my way through the album I started to question that. The track 'Section 43' was literally 7 minutes of odd keyboard playing, and really didn't match the rock feel of the previous songs. So that was weird. What was even stranger (and surprising) was the whispering at the end of 'Sad and Lonely Times', which was just "LSD" repeated. I chose this song as my favourite because I liked the rhythm and at this point was enjoying the album.
BEST SONG: Porpoise Mouth