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Music History Monday: January 13

Posted by Jeff Harris, January 13, 2014 12:12pm | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: January 13, 1962 - "The Twist" by Chubby Checker hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks. Written by Hank Ballard, it is the biggest hit for the Philadelphia-born singer (real name Ernest Evans). The song and massively popular dance will find popularity initially with teenagers when it is first released in 1960, hitting number one for one week in September of that year. A little over a year later, the dance will find renewed popularity with adults, putting the record back on the pop singles chart. Re-entering the Hot 100 at #55 on November 13, 1961, it will climb to the top of the chart eight weeks later. "The Twist" will be the only single in Billboard chart history to top the pop chart twice in two entirely separate chart runs.
 


On this day in music history: January 13, 1964The Times They Are A-Changin', the third album by bob dylan the times they are a-changinBob Dylan is released. Produced by Tom Wilson, it is recorded at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City from August 6 - October 31, 1963. Right on the heels of the successful and acclaimed The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, the prolific songwriter and musician will return to the studio a few months later to record the follow up. The album is Dylan's first to feature all original material written by him. The songs are more serious and are starkly arranged featuring Dylan accompanied only by his own acoustic guitar and harmonica playing. The album will yield some of his best known and loved songs including "North Country Blues" and the anthemic title track. The Times They Are A-Changin' will peak at #20 on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Producer Joe Boyd

Posted by Amoebite, January 2, 2014 04:19pm | Post a Comment

Joe Boyd

Joe Boyd is an icon when it comes to music producers. He was at the core of Britain's folk rock boom of the '60s and pioneered the World Music genre in the '80s and '90s. Mr. Boyd has been a part of some Joe Boydiconic moments in music history, including overseeing Bob Dylan's legendary first live electric performance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. Boyd also signed and produced a young 20-year-old Nick Drake who subsequently released the classic album, Five Leaves Left. Boyd also holds the distinction of producing Pink Floyd's first single, "Arnold Layne."  From founding his label, Hannibal Records, to working as a film executive for Warner Bros. to releasing his memoir, White Bicycles: Making Music In the 1960s, Joe Boyd has definitely made his mark.  

Amoeba's "What's In My Bag?" crew had the pleasure of hanging out with Mr. Boyd during a recent visit to our San Francisco store. Needless to say, he has very eclectic taste in music. Mr. Boyd kicks off the episode with Dafnis Prieto's About The Monks and says Prieto is the "new genius of the drums." Boyd also digs up a copy of Mongo Santamaria's Our Man In Havana on vinyl. Although he points out he doesn't keep up with current bands too much, he made sure to pick up a copy of Phosphorescent's Here's To Taking It Easy. Mr. Boyd has many cool picks from all regions of the world to check out!

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100 Essential Albums for Your Record Collection

Posted by Billy Gil, November 13, 2013 09:40am | Post a Comment

Starting a record collection? Or trying to round out the one you have? Here's a list of 100 records, in alphabetical order, that most people can agree are essential listens. I picked based on two criteria: essentialness and availability. If there's no reasonable way you can pick up the album in store at any given time (and for under $40), it's not on there. If you'd like to head straight to shopping, check out this handy feature at our online store. Enjoy!

Allman Brothers Band Live


The Allman Brothers Band Live At Filmore East (1971)

Hear pretty much the best guitar playing ever.

 

 

 

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The B-52’s The B-52's (1979)

A crash landing of alien surf riffs, sci-fi trash nostalgia and punk attitude that sounded like nothing before it and doesn't sound like anything since.

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10 Black Friday Releases to Look For

Posted by Billy Gil, October 22, 2013 01:02pm | Post a Comment

The folks at Record Store Day have just released their list of titles that will be either exclusive for Black Friday (Nov. 29, the day after Thanksgiving) or will be an early release on that day. Below I picked some highlights to look for; check out the whole list of Black Friday releases that will be available at Amoeba here (.pdf). Better line up early for these!

 

Bob Dylan Side Tracks (Black Friday Exclusive)

bob dylan side tracks lp

A compilation of Bob Dylan tracks that have never been released formally on an album, now released on a triple-LP set. Enough said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Track list:

LP 1:
Baby, I'm in the Mood for You
Mixed-Up Confusion (Single Version)
Tomorrow Is a Long Time
Lay Down Your Weary Tune
Percy's Song
I'll Keep It with Mine
Can You Please Crawl out Your Window? (Single Version)
Positively 4th Street
Jet Pilot
I Wanna Be Your Lover
I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) (Live)

LP 2:
Visions of Johanna (Live)
Quinn the Eskimo (Mighty Quinn)
Watching the River Flow
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Down in the Flood (Live)
I Shall Be Released
You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
George Jackson (Acoustic Version)
Forever Young
You're a Big Girl Now
Up to Me

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Music History Monday: October 21

Posted by Jeff Harris, October 21, 2013 11:05am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: October 21, 1957 - "Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley hits #1 on the Billboard Best Sellers chart for seven weeks, also topping the Country singles chart for one week on December 2, 1957 and peaking at #2 on the R&B singles chart on the same date. Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, it is the eighth chart topper for Presley in under a year and a half. Recorded as the title song from his third film, the track recorded at Radio Recorders in Hollywood on April 30, 1957. The song name checks a number of real people including musician Shifty Henry and the 1920's mobsters The Purple Gang. "Jailhouse Rock" is backed with the song "Treat Me Nice," which is also included in the film. It will peak at #18 on pop singles chart on October 28, 1957. The film will also open on the same date and top the box office charts simultaneously. Presley will also make history as being the only artist to ever dominate the top of the singles chart for 25 weeks during one calendar year. He will do it in both 1956 and 1957.
 


On this day in music history: October 21, 1967 - "To Sir With Love" by Lulu hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks. Written by Don Black and Mark London, it is the biggest hit for the Scottish-born singer and actress (born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie in Lennoxtown, Stirlingshire, Scotland). It is the theme song to the Sidney Poiter film about a teacher dealing with social and racial issues in a tough Secondary school in East London. Also co-starring in the film, Lulu will introduce her friend Mark London to the film's producers after they cannot find a suitable song for the main theme. London will write the music in just five minutes, with lyricist Don Black penning the lyrics the next day. When the single is released in the US, Epic Records will place "To Sir With Love" on B-side of "The Boat That I Row" (written by Neil Diamond). American radio DJ's will prefer the flipside and "Sir" will take off quickly. Entering the Hot 100 at #74 on September 9, 1967 it will race up the chart, hitting #1 six weeks later. Certified Gold in the US by the RIAA, "To Sir With Love" will be ranked the top single of 1967 as determined by Billboard Magazine.
 

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