The annual all-45 edition of the show: We’ll be camping out on the obscure end of the 1960s music spectrum as we welcome in the new year at 45 revolutions per minute, looking back over the best of our 7-inch discoveries from the past year. On the way, singles by the Loose Ends, the Live Five, the Rainy Daze, the Roosters, the Underdogs, and many more.
WNCW, my home radio station, asked me to produce a two-hour radio special around the new 5-cd box set, “Stax ’68: A Memphis Story”. The program features over three dozen tracks from the set and backstory/context for the songs. I thought you soul fans would enjoy it, so here ’tis!
Qued up for you: album tracks by the Troggs, Status Quo, and Aretha Franklin; a 1967 single by James Taylor’s first band, the Flying Machine; cool soul 45s by the Other Brothers and Willie Gauff with the Love Brothers; a Rolling Stones b-side that got well into the US top 40; plus songs by the the Sorrows, Marianne Faithfull, and American garage bands.
Here’s a partial list of the records we’ll listen to: a cut from the debut album by Chicago Transit Authority; 45s by garage bands the Us Too Group, the Regents, and the Foggy Notions; a late ’66 single by Van Dyke Parks; B-sides by Joe Cocker and the Left Banke; plus Peter & Gordon, Richard & Mimi Farina, and the Steve Miller Band.
We’ll enjoy music by Grapefruit, Morning Glory, the Association, Marvin Gaye, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Sweetwater, the Beach Boys, girl group the Bittersweets, Ella Washington, garage band 45s, and more.
Included: a demo from the Beatles White Album sessions, Ike & Tina Turner covering the Beatles, a 1965 hit for the Kinks that marked a turning point for them; 45s by garage bands the Enfields, the Jades, and the Memphis Nomads; a Beach Boys cut from the Pet Sounds album, and more records from across the 1960s pop music spectrum.
You’ll hear album cuts by Pink Floyd, Dusty Springfield, the Seeds, and the Mamas & The Papas; soul 45s by the Freeman Brothers, the Rayons, and the Webs; garage band 45s; plus Hearts & Flowers, HP Lovecraft (pictured), Paul Revere & The Raiders, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and more.