1970: 20 Songs Released in 1970 You Must Hear

My rules:

  • Only one song per artist/group
  • The song must be released that specific year
  • Songs from live albums not allowed
  • Restricted to only 20 songs

A lot of GREAT music was released in 1970, here are my 20 chosen songs.

  • Into the Mystic – Van Morrison

    “Into the Mystic” is one of Morrison’s warmest ballads, an Otis Redding-style reverie with acoustic guitar and horns. The lyrics are truly mysterious: “People say, ‘What does this mean?’ ” said Morrison. “A lot of times I have no idea what I mean. That’s what I like about rock & roll — the concept. Like Little Richard — what does he mean? You can’t take him apart; that’s rock & roll to me.”
    rollingstone.com

    Written by Van Morrison and featured on his 1970 album Moondance. It was also included on Morrison’s 1974 live album, It’s Too Late To Stop Now. It was recorded during the Moondance sessions at A&R Recording Studios in New York City in September to November 1969. Elliott Scheiner was the engineer.

    We were born before the wind
    Also younger than the sun
    Ere the bonnie boat was won as we sailed into the mystic
    Hark, now hear the sailors cry
    Smell the sea and feel the sky
    Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic




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June 22: Happy 83rd Birthday Kris Kristofferson – His 10 best songs

 

June 22: Happy Birthday Kris Kristofferson (born 1936 – age 83) – His 10 best songs

One of my fav artists, and he’s written many great songs.

This is a list (+ videos), not a bio… so here goes:
(preferred album version included)

  1. Sunday Morning Coming Down – The Austin Sessions (1999)
  2. Me and Bobby McGee – Kristofferson (1970)
  3. Why Me – The The Austin Sessions (1999)
  4. Help Me Make It Through the Night – Kristofferson (1970)
  5. For the Good Times – The The Austin Sessions (1999)
  6. Here Comes That Rainbow Again – The Essential Kris Kristofferson (2004)
  7. The Silver Tongued Devil and I – The Silver Tongued Devil and I (1971)
  8. To Beat the Devil – The Austin Sessions (1999)
  9. Nobody Wins – The Austin Sessions (1999)
  10. The Pilgrim, Chapter 33 – The Silver Tongued Devil and I (1971)

Yes! I LOVE “The Austin Sessions” album…

There are many great video clips on youtube, and I’ve tried to compile the best versions (live versions are as always preferred):

Sunday Morning Coming Down

Well I woke up Sunday morning,
With no way to hold my head that didn’t hurt.
And the beer I had for breakfast wasn’t bad,
So I had one more for dessert.
Then I fumbled through my closet for my clothes,
And found my cleanest dirty shirt.
An’ I shaved my face and combed my hair,
An’ stumbled down the stairs to meet the day.

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Watch: Kris Kristofferson (and Johnny Cash) Performing “Here Comes That Rainbow Again”

June 1998.Actor Kris Kristofferson.

The scene was a small roadside cafe
The waitress was sweepin’ the floor
Two truck drivers drinkin’ their coffee
And two okie kids by the door

“Here Comes That Rainbow” is one of my fav Kris Kristofferson songs.

Here are some great live versions by Kris & Johnny Cash.

Dec 1984:

How much are them candies, they asked her
How much have you got, she replied
We’ve only a penny between us
Them’s two for a penny, she lied

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Watch: Kris Kristofferson Talk About Bob Dylan and Other Influences in 1984

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Bob Dylan was a bigger influence than Beatles or Elvis
– Kris Kristofferson

Kris Kristofferson talks about his many song writing influences. Among them are John Prine, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Mick Newbury (and more). Kristofferson is a great story teller and has incredibly good taste.

He also talks about Dylan’s impact on popular music in general.

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August 24: Kris Kristofferson released The Austin Sessions in 1999

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Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose,
And nothin’ ain’t worth nothin’ but it’s free,
Feelin’ good was easy, Lord, when Bobby sang the blues,
And buddy, that was good enough for me,
Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee.

For us this album contains ultimate versions of many of Kris’s best songs. Not many music writers seems to agree… too bad, because if you really listen to this album you will get it. This is the way these songs are supposed to sound, stripped down and sung with all of his big heart & soul.

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1973: 20 songs released in 1973 you must hear




The Year 1973 summary

  • Great Britain, Ireland, and Denmark enter European Economic Community (Jan. 1)
  • A ceasefire is signed, ending involvement of American ground troops in the Vietnam War. (Jan. 28)
  • US bombing of Cambodia ends, marking official halt to 12 years of combat activity in Southeast Asia (Aug. 15)
  • Fourth and largest Arab-Israeli conflict begins when Egyptian and Syrian forces attack Israel as Jews mark Yom Kippur, holiest day in their calendar (Oct. 6). Egypt and Israel sign US-sponsored cease-fire accord (Nov. 11). Background: Arab-Israeli Wars
  • Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) hikes oil prices tremendously in retaliation for Western countries’ involvement in Yom Kippur War.
  • US Supreme Court rules on Roe v. Wade.
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  • Movies: The Harder They Come, American Graffiti, The Exorcist, The Sting, Last Tango in Paris
  • Deaths: W.H. Auden, Pearl S. Buck, Betty Grable, Pablo Picasso & Lyndon Baines Johnson

Rules:

  • Only one song per artist/group
  • The song must be released that specific year
  • Songs from live albums not allowed (that’s another & more complicated list)
  • Max 20 songs

Here we go…

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