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The Music Years - 1963
The following albums were released in 1963 and have been reviewed thanks in part to the following legal music sites:
It is impossible to define just when rock music took off and even harder to define just where and how. The year 1963 seems as good a starting point as any, however. That isn't to say of course that there weren't important recordings before 1963 or that suddenly in 1963 the music world shifted and changed forever. But we have to start somewhere. So let's turn the clock back to 1963. Bands, particularly in the United Kingdom, were beginning to define their sound and one of, if not, the greatest rock band of all times was beginning to launch a career of British beat music tinged with a touch of American blues. Not to put too fine a point on it, the Beatles were the band the world had been waiting for, These Liverpudlians liberated music, but they did so much more than just set if free. They defined the sixties and a change in music that would shake the world of entertainment. Suddenly the balladeers were on the run at the hands of young upstarts. There were plenty of imitators, but more importantly there were plenty of original bands striving for popularity and fame - but not so many to denigrate the music which was suddenly uplifting and upbeat at the same time.
There can be no argument that the two nations responsible for the popularity of rock and p; Julie London, Tony Bennett and Joe Henderson - proving that serious rock music/pop music is still in a minority.
So let me explain exactly what I will be doing in these pages. I have assigned a page to each year from 1963 to 2010 and intend reviewing albums from that year, given the following criteria.
1/ What are generally considered by those in the know to be important rock/pop music albums
2/ Albums that have a specific meaning for me
3/ Albums by major artists.
Sadly I cannot cover every genre of music so most of the albums will be in the rock field, although there will be cross over artists such as Johnny Cash and John Stewart (country), Joan Baez, Sandy Denny and Judy Collins (folk). This is simply because these are some of my favourite artists and it is only right and proper that they be included. Likewise some of my favourite artists such as Barclay James Harvest, Phil Ochs and Harry Chapin would never figure in any expert's greatest ever list. But as they are among my favourites I feel they should be reviewed. Music is all about individual tastes and I hope my music years section illustrates some of mine. You will also find artists who I do not enjoy but whose work I have tried to cover in as constructive manner as possible.
The Beatles - The Beatles 6
It Won't Be Long/All I've Got to Do/All My Loving/Don't Bother Me/Little Child/Till There Was You/Please Mr. Postman/Roll Over Beethoven/Hold Me Tight/You've Really Got a Hold on Me/I Wanna Be Your Man/Devil in Her Heart/Not a Second Time/Money
Just four months after Please
Please Me, the Beatles decided to do it all over again. So here we
have a similar format of original numbers (eight in total
including the first by George Harrison "Don't Bother
Me") alongside covers (six in total). This time around the
covers seemed to blend in more with the Lennon/McCartney songs -
almost as if they had been chosen and could almost be passed off
as Beatles originals. Certainly Meredith Willson's
"Till There Was You," Smokey Robinson's "You've
Really Got a Hold on Me" and Janie Bradford/Berry Gordy's
"Money" could so easily have come from the pens of the
dynamic duo. "Till There Was You" is a genuinely lovely
ballad. Whilst feeling that some of the covers on Please Please Me
sounded rather like filler material, With the Beatles throws up
the first track from the Fab Four that I genuinely dislike -
"Please Mr Postman" which is horrible drivel. Neither
have I ever been a big fan of Chuck Berry's Roll Over Beethoven.
So what of the original compositions this time round. Well if the
covers fitted in better, the originals weren't quite so strong.
"All My Loving is a cast iron hit but some of the others are
almost lacking in grace. So for me its a win some lose some album
that has a raw energy about it but is less immediate than Please
Freewheelin - Bob Dylan
Blowing in the Wind/Girl From the North Country/Masters of War/Down the Highway/Bob Dylan's Blues/A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall/Don't Think Twice It's All Right/Bob Dylan's Dream/Oxford Town/Talkin World War III Blues/Corrina Corrina/Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance/I Shall Be Free.
Deuce Coupe - The Beach Boys
Little Deuce Coupe/Ballad of Ole Betsy/Be True to Your School/Car Crazy Cutie/Cherry Cherry Coupe/409/Shut Down/Spirit of America/Our Car Club/No-Go Showboat/A Young Man is Gone/Custom Machine
USA - The Beach Boys
Surfin USA/Farmer's Daughter/Misirlou/Stoked/Lonely Sea/Shut Down/Noble Surfer/Honly Tonk/Lana/Surf Jam/Let's Go Trippin/Finders Keepers
Girl - The Beach Boys
Surfer Girl/Catch a Wave/The Surfer Moon/South Bay Surfer/The Rocking Surfer/Little Deuce Coupe/In My Room/Hawaii/Surfers Rule/Our Car Club/Your Summer Dream/Boogie Woodie
|Also to review
Blood, Sweat and Tears by Johnny Cash
The Christmas Spirit by Johnny Cash
In Dreams by Roy Orbison
Joan Baez in Concert Part 2 by Joan Baez