Various Artists – American Acid (Volume 1)

As much as I like Psychedelic music, my knowledge of the scene from the USA is not as good as it is for other countries from around the world. The brand of Psych from the US sometimes is lumped under the title of Acid Rock, which generally means that songs have heavy, distorted guitars with extended jams and lyrics full of drug references, either blatant or subtle. However, like most labels of music, it is pretty meaningless. 

A lot of the groups and singers on this compilation either came out of the Garage Rock or Folk Rock scenes. Those bands that developed from Garage Rock into the Psych era took with them the distorted guitar sound and sound effects, which is major contrast from British Psych which took its cues from childhood imagery and the Music Hall Tradition. As time went on, the guitars became heavier and would eventually evolve into heavy rock and metal. 

For this compilation, I looked at using music from the golden age of what could be considered Acid Rock music, which is arguably between 1966 and 1970. Not all of these artists are rockers, with the likes of Joni Mitchell and Time Rose making an appearance. What I was going for here was the feel of the US in the late 60s and I hope that I achieved this. Enjoy. 

Disc 1

  • The Fish Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag – Country Joe & The Fish
  • Spirit In The Sky – Norman Greenbaum
  • Going Up The Country – Canned Heat
  • Hey Grandma – Moby Grape
  • Alabama Bound – The Charlatans
  • Night In The City – Joni Mitchell
  • Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was in) – Kenny Rodgers & The First Edition
  • For What Its Worth – Buffalo Springfield
  • That’s It For The Other One (Edit) – The Grateful Dead*
  • Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
  • The Weight – The Band
  • The Pusher – Steppenwolf
  • The Red Telephone – Love
  • Karmic Dream Sequence #1 – The Millennium
  • Mr Skin – Spirit
  • In A Gadda-Da-Vidda – Iron Butterfly

*Edited at 6:26

Disc 2

  • Wooden Ships – Crosby, Stills & Nash
  • The Golden Road (To Ultimate Devotion) – The Grateful Dead
  • Underdog – Sly & The Family Stone
  • Do You Follow Me – The United States Of America
  • Down on Me (Live) – Big Brother & The Holding Company
  • Morning Dew – Tim Rose
  • Magic Carpet Rode – Steppenwolf
  • Two Days ‘Till Tomorrow – The Beau Brummels
  • The Crystal Ship – The Doors
  • Sugar Man – Rodriquez
  • 1982-A – Sons Of Champlin
  • Up & Down – The Serpent Power
  • Volunteers – Jefferson Airplane
  • Fool (Single Version) – Blue Cheer
  • How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away – Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
  • Bryte ’N’ Clear Day – Kak
  • Bummer In The Summer – Love
  • Murder In The Heart For The Judge – Moby Grape
  • Five To One – The Doors
  • Sure ‘Nuff ’N Yes I Do – Captain Beefheart & HIs Magic Band
  • I Need It Higher – Zerfas
  • Get Together – The Youngbloods
  • Porpoise Song (Mono Single Mix) – The Monkees

Various Artists – Almost Famous OST (Deluxe Edition)

On the 8th September 2000, a film had its premier at the Toronto International Film Festival. That film was ‘Almost Famous’, and it was director Cameron Crowe’s love letter to the rock scene in America in the early 1970s. Crowe himself had been contributing music reviews for an underground newspaper, San Diego Door by the time he was 13. By the time he was 16, he was writing for Rolling Stone magazine and was their youngest ever contributor. Being younger than all of the other contributors, he covered the bands that most of the other journalists didn’t like. These included Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles and the Allman Brothers band. The latter band were used as his first cover story. 

The script and some of the characters were based upon his experiences at that time. The songs used in the film were drawn from the time that the film is set, except for the songs that were performed by the fictional band Stillwater. These songs were written by Crowe with his then wife Nancy Wilson, who was also the guitar player in the band Heart. Two more were written by Peter Frampton who was also worked as the technical consultant on the film. He would also make a cameo as a roadie for Humble Pie, a band he was actually in between 1969 & 71.  a Stillwater were actually a real band from the era and Crowe asked permission to use the name, which they agreed to after negotiating a fee for themselves. Though the film was a critical success and nominated for a number of awards as well as winning an Academy Award for best screenplay, it was not the commercial success. 

It is not the film itself that I am focusing on today but the soundtrack album. This won the 2001 Grammy for the Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media and is a classic of the genre. It mixes period music with some of the songs written specifically for the film. The music is so integral to the scenes that Crowe managed secure the rights to using Led Zeppelin songs, something the band did not grant very often. Elton John’s ‘Tiny Dancer’ featured prominently in a scene where band tensions on the tour bus has reached a point where no one is talking to one another. ‘Tiny Dancer’ starts playing and then as it continues to play, the band and hangers on start to sing along. 

What I set out to do here was to produce a deluxe edition of this soundtrack album to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the film. As with all the deluxe editions, the original sequence of songs needs to stay, even though I added a couple fo bonus songs on at the end as there was room to spare and too many good songs not leave any off. I also wanted to spread the renaming Stillwater songs out so that they would not be too many on the second disc. 

‘Almost Famous’ is one of the great films about music and is rightly hailed as one fo the greatest films of all time. 

Disc 1

  • America – Simon & Garfunkel
  • Sparks – The Who
  • It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference – Todd Rundgren
  • I’ve Seen All Good People – Yes
  • Feel Flows – The Beach Boys
  • Fever Dog – Stillwater
  • Every Picture Tells A Story – Rod Stewart
  • Mister Farmer – The Seeds
  • One Way Out (Live) – The Allman Brothers
  • Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • That’s The Way – Led Zeppelin
  • Tiny Dancer – Elton John
  • Lucky Trumble – Nancy Wilson
  • I’m Waiting For The Man (Live) – David Bowie
  • The Wind – Cat Stevens
  • Slip Away – Clarence Carter
  • Something In The Air – Thunderclap Newman
  • Paranoid – Black Sabbath
  • You Had To Be There – Stillwater

Disc 2

  • Roundabout – Yes
  • Burn – Deep Purple
  • Sweet Leaf – Black Sabbath
  • Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere – Neil Young & Crazy Horse
  • Chance Upon You – Stillwater
  • The Oogum Boogum Song – Brenton Wood
  • Reelin’ In The Years – Steely Dan
  • Looking At You – MC5
  • Love Thing – Stillwater
  • Easy To Slip – Little Feat
  • Search & Destroy – Iggy & The Stooges
  • Go All the Way – The Raspberries
  • Wishing Well (US MIx) – Free
  • Tangerine – Led Zeppelin
  • Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters – Elton John
  • Dear Jill – Blodwyn Pig
  • Hour Of Need – Stillwater
  • Teacher – Jethro Tull

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Episode 95 – I Love To Ride My Bicycle

As Prefab Sprout once wrote, songs can be more about more than Cars and Girls. In this show, we are going to have a look at songs written about the glorious bicycle. 

  • My White Bicycle – Tomorrow
  • Daisy Bell (On A Bicycle Made For Two) – Dinah Shore
  • Lady On A Bicycle – Kippington Lodge
  • La Bicyclette – Yves Montand
  • Trip On An Orange Bicycle – Orange Bicycle
  • Bicycles, Roller Skates & You – The Archies
  • The Pushbike Song – The Mixtures
  • Broken Bicycle – Kes Wyndham
  • Silver Machine – Hawkwind
  • Bicycle Ride – Queen
  • Peddle Your Blues Away – R Crumb & His Cheap Suit Serenades
  • Terry Keeps His Clips On – Viv Stanshall
  • Riding On My Bike – Madness
  • Cycling Is Fun (Early Version) – Shonen Knife 
  • Tour De France (Francois K Remix) – Kraftwerk
  • Bike Ride To The Moon – The Dukes Of Statosphear
  • See That My Bike’s Kept Clean – Half Man Half Biscuit
  • My Bike – Kimya Dawson
  • Bicycle Song – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • Bike (Mono Mix) – Pink Floyd