50 Years Ago Today THE BEATLES Topped UK Singles Chart With ‘THE BALLAD OF YOHN AND YOKO’…

Knockouts from the past

11 June 2019

Today 50 years ago, on 11 June 1969, the incomparable Liverpool icons THE BEATLES (actually only Paul and John were involved for this recording) topped the UK Singles Chart with THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO, the band’s 17th and final Numero Uno in their native country. The song told the story of the eventful days of the marriage of the late genius John Lennon and his muse Yoko Ono. It stills sounds as catchy as hell. Start
the car here…

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5 Masterpiece Albums Turning… 50 In 2019

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

Here come Five Masterpiece Albums, selected
by Turn Up The Volume turning 50 next year!

The Stooges by THE STOOGES

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‘The Velvet Underground’ by THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

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‘Let It Bleed’ by THE ROLLING STONES

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‘Trout Mask Replica’ by CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & HIS MAGIC BAND

– ‘Abbey Road‘ by THE BEATLES

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It Was 50 Years Ago Today… That THE BEATLES Released The Double LP Know As ‘THE WHITE ALBUM’…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

22 November 2018

Band: THE BEATLES

Album: Self-titled double LP better know as THE WHITE ALBUM

Released:
22 November 1968 – 50 years ago

Rolling Stone Magazine wrote: “The power of rock and roll is a constantly amazing process. Although it is Bob Dylan who is the single most important figure in rock and roll; and although
it is the Rolling Stones who are the embodiment of a rock and roll band; it is nonetheless Our Boys. The Beatles, who are the perfect product and result of everything that rock and roll means and encompasses… Never has this been so plainly evident as on their new two-album set. The Beatles. Whatever else it is or isn’t, it is the best album they have ever released, and only the Beatles are capable of making a better one. You are either hip to it, or you ain’t… In short, it is the new Beatles record and fulfills all our expectations of it. In general, you could say that this new release (excellent) stands in the same relationship to Sgt. Pepper (incredible) as Revolver (excellent) was to Rubber Soul (incredible). And that is to say, the next one ought to be incredible.”
– Full extended review here

Turn Up The Volume! says: I’m definitely a 100% Beatles fan, but if they had selected all the top tracks on this double LP and locked them into a single longplayer it would have been one of their very best. Well, actually I did that for myself and it’s solid gold! But I’m also aware that countless artists would have sold their mother if they only could have written all the other, lesser songs.

Four Fab Top Tracks: Back in the U.S.S.R. / Helter Skelter /
While My Guitar Gently Weeps / Dear Prudence

BACK IN THE U.S.S.R.

HELTER SKELTER

WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS

DEAR PRUDENCE

ALBUM in full…

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THE BEATLES Played Legendary ‘HEY JUDE’ Version On British TV Show 50 Years Ago Today…

When timeless in sound and vision…

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8 September 2018

On 8 September 1968 – a half-century ago – THE BEATLES made a legendary appearance on British TV show ‘Frost On Sunday‘ to play their then newest bestseller single HEY JUDE which was released, shortly before, on 30 August. The timeless song is a ballad written by Paul McCartney for John Lennon‘s son Julian, during his parents’ divorce. The TV rendition became a classic Beatles momentum over the years (more than 120 million views on YouTube). The performance starst with the fab four fooling around followed by host Froster‘s introducing the Liverpool icons as “the greatest tea-room orchestra in the world“. C’mon, let’s all go Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Na

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10 Memorable Albums Turning 50 in 2018!…

When I went back in time to find out which outstanding
longplayers still sound spectacular today after 50 years I
was really surprised that some of them actually turn fifty
as you hear their influences daily in 21st century music.
Here’s my selection. Ten classics! Ten stunning survivors!…


1/ ‘ASTRAL WEEKS’
by VAN MORRISON
Rolling Stone wrote: “Van Morrison never sounded more warm and ecstatic,
more sensual and vulnerable, than on his enigmatically beautiful solo debut”

Released:  29 November 1968
Listen: here

2/ ‘BEGGARS BANQUET’ by THE ROLLING STONES
Time Magazine: “England’s most subversive
roisterers since Fagin’s gang in Oliver Twist

Released: 6 December 1968
Listen: here

3/ ‘THE KINKS ARE THE VILLAGE GREEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY’ by THE KINKS
Rolling Stone: “Each new hearing is a combined joy of renewal and discovery”
Released: 22 November 1968
Listen: here

4/ ‘WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT’ by THE VELVET UNDERGOUND
All Music wrote: “It’s easily the least accessible of VU’s studio albums, but anyone
wanting to hear their guitar-mauling tribal frenzy straight with no chaser will love it.”

Released: 30 January 1968
Listen: here

5/ ‘GRIS-GRIS’ by DR.JOHN
Rolling Stone:A swamp-funk classic. ‘Gris-Gris’ blends
New Orleans R&B, voodoo chants and chemical inspiration.”

Released: 22 January 1968
Listen: here

6/ ‘THE BEATLES / THE WHITE ALBUM’ by THE BEATLES
All Music wrote: “None of it sounds like it was meant to share album space together,
but somehow The Beatles create its own style and sound through its mess.”

Released: 22 November 1968
Listen: here

7/ ‘OGDENS’ NUT GONE FLAKE’ by THE SMALL FACES
All Music wrote: “The ballsiest-sounding piece of
full-length psychedelia to come out of England in 1968”

Released: 24 May 1968
Listen: here

8/ ‘DANCE TO THE MUSIC’ by SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE
Rolling Stone: “Overall the album is uneven, but its highs are intense,
prolonged and ecstatic. Seductive melodies and horn lines tickle your mind.”

Released: 27 April 1968
Listen: here

9/ ‘ELECTRIC LADYLAND’ by JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE
All Music: “Jimi Hendrix takes his funk and psychedelic sounds to the absolute limit.”
Released: 16 October 1968
Listen: here

10/ ‘MUSIC FROM BIG PINK’ by THE BAND
Rolling Stone: “The rustic beauty of The Band’s music and the drama of their own
reflections on family and obligations made ‘Big Pink’ an instant homespun classic.”

Released: 1 July 1968
Listen: here

THE BEATLES – Fabulous Album ‘SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND’ Is 50 Today…

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‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ by THE BEATLES

On 1 June 1967 the FAB FOUR released their most innovative album so far in their career. SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND was musically and conceptually different from anything they did before and sounded and looked spectacularly at that very time, fifty years ago. Listening to that non-stop symphony magic still feels quite special today. Becoming a devoted and experimental studio band – with the incredibly impactful vision from fifth Beatle George Martin – after their decision not to play live anymore the Liverpool legends created a masterpiece (almost) everyone loved, then and now, and it was the perfect soundtrack for the 1967 summer of love. I’m sure even the ones who didn’t/doesn’ like the best ever popular music band in history at least listened once to that magnum opus. A great 1987 Rolling Stone Mag piece on the album with Paul McCartney anecdotes tells a lot about the birth and the making of that timeless record. You can read it here.

Now, music maestro, please!

It was 50 years ago today Sgt. Pepper
taught the band to play’

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The iconic Peppers album sleeve even inspired my wife and me for our 2009 wedding invitation (the size of a 7″ single with all info of the wedding party on the back)…

10 Classic Albums Turning 50 in… 2017

Looking back in time… memorable moments in sonic history!

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Here are ten blockbusters from one of the most important years in popular music, 1967, as some groundbreaking, legendary artists released their astonishing debut albums (The Doors, Pink Floyd, The Velvet Underground,  Jimi Hendrix, and Leonard Cohen) & other giants continued to produce flabbergasted LPs. It sounds incredible, but yes, these masterpieces turn 50 in 2017

1/ ‘The Doors’ by THE DOORS
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Released: 4 January 1967 – debut LP

2/’The Velvet Underground & Nico’ by THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
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Released: 12 March 1967 – debut album

3/’Are You Experienced’ by THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE
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Released: 12 May 1967 – debut LP

4/’Absolutely Free’ by MOTHERS OF INVENTION
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Released: 26 May 1967 – second LP

5/ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ by THE BEATLES
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Released: 1 June 1967 – 8th album

6/’The Piper At the Gates Of Dawn’ by PINK FLOYD
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Released: 5 August 1967 – debut LP

7/’Forever Changes’ by LOVE
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Released: November 1967 – 3rd album

8/’Their Satanic Majesties Request’ by THE ROLLING STONES 
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Released: 8 December 1967 – sixth (British) album

9/ ‘The Who Sell Out’ by THE WHO
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Released: 15 December 1967 – 3rd LP

10/ ‘Songs Of Leonard Cohen‘ by LEONARD COHEN
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leonardcohen
Released: 27 December 1967 – debut album

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