December 20: The late Pat Hare was born in 1930

If highly distorted guitar played with a ton of aggression and just barely suppressed violence is your idea of great blues, then Pat Hare’s your man.
~Cub Koda (allmusic.com)

….Auburn “Pat” Hare, the most aggressive picker to work at Phillips’ studio [Sun Studions that is]. Together, Hare and James Cotton produced one of the truly great blues recordings, “Cotton Crop Blues.”
~From the book: “Good Rockin’ Tonight: Sun Records and the Birth of Rock ‘N’ Roll

James Cotton (Pat Hare on guitar) – Cotton Crop Blues (May 1954):

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December 8: John Lennon was murdered in 1980 – 36 years ago

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 “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
~John Lennon

From the Liverpool docks to the red light Hamburg streets
Down in the quarry with the Quarrymen.
Playing to the big crowds
Playing to the cheap seats
Another day in your life on your way to your journey’s end
Shine your light, move it on, you burn so bright, roll on John
~Bob Dylan

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
― John Lennon

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33 Songs released in 1971 you MUST hear

Photo – Iain Macmillian
Photo – Iain Macmillian

 

Rules:

  • Only one song per artist/group
  • The song must be released in 1971
  • Songs from live albums not allowed (that’s another & more complicated list)

Please feel free to publish your own favorite songs from 1971 in the comments section…

AND lists like this are supposed to be fun! Don’t take it too seriously.

My favorite (studio) albums from 1971 include:

Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2, If Only I Could Remember My Name (David Crosby),  There’s a Riot Goin’ On (Sly & the Family Stone), What’s Going On (Marvin Gaye), Who’s Next (The Who), Tapestry (Carole King),  Shaft: Music from the Soundtrack (Isaac Hayes),  Sticky Fingers (The Rolling Stones), Imagine (John Lennon),  Surf’s Up (Beach Boys),  LA Woman (The Doors),  Coat of Many Colors (Dolly Parton), IV (Led Zeppelin), Every Picture Tells a Story (Rod Stewart), Songs of Love & Hate (Leonard Cohen), Blue (Joni Mitchell), Pearl (Janis Joplin), White Light (Gene Clark), John Prine (John Prine), Nilsson Schmilsson (Harry Nilsson), Hunky Dory (David Bowie), Tupelo Honey (Van Morrison), Jack Johnson (Miles Davis), The Cry of Love (Jimi Hendrix), In Search Of A Song (Tom T. Hall), Crazy Horse (Crazy Horse) & Just as I Am (Bill Withers).

Here we go…

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December 3: Blind Willie Johnson: Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground – 1929

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The greatest example of slide guitar ever recorded
~Jack White

The most intense and startling blues record ever made
~John Clarke

It has been said that in the heart of every man is the yearning to know the divine. to have and understand your connection to God, and that life is a struggle until you resolve it. Whether you agree with this or not, here is one bluesman’s moving take on that struggle. There is no evangelistic sermon here, just Blind Willie’s soulful moan and the loneliest guitar telling you about this yearning in a way that cannot be conveyed in words.
~Judah Bauer (from the MOJO Classic – Blues Heroes)

This is one of my favorite blues songs. An intense yearning for meaning & hope. Just Blind Willie Johnson’s moaning & a killer slide guitar.. that’s all you need.

This is not only an extremely important piece of art, it’s a way to learn something about yourself. Quite simply a song that everybody should offer 3 min of mindful listening to, you will not regret.

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Best Albums 2016 – Lists from Rolling Stone & Paste Magazine

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More Year-end lists, this time from two american magazines: Rolling Stone mag & Paste. Relevant videos are bundled inbetween.

Rolling Stone’s Top 50 Albums of 2016

Check out the post @ Rolling Stone site

Beyoncé – Hold Up:

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