Langspeeltijd * Longplaytime: Mon. 21 & Wed. 23 May: Mothers of Invention, Grateful Dead, Tim Hardin, Walker Brothers, Sonny & Cher, Pretty Things [Ed’s Show, 2018-21]

LONGPLAYTIME: THE ALBUMS of 1967, part 2: Mothers of Invention, Grateful Dead, Tim Hardin, Walker Brothers, Sonny & Cher, Pretty Things *** REPEATED:  The Rolling Stones, The Monkees, Laura Nyro, The Troggs, Jefferson Airplane, Otis Redding & Carla Thomas, Nina Simone ** [2018-21 (36) equals 2017-02]; Monday 21 May 12 noon til 12 midnight, Brussels CET + repeated Tuesday 23, 12 noon till 20:00 hrs CET Brussels . **** RADIO 68: ALL THE SOUNDS AND ALL THE VOICES OF THE SIXTIES **** 

PLAYLISTS

NEW SHOW: THE ALBUMS of 1967, part 2
THE GRATFUL DEAD: THE GRATEFUL DEAD ** THE ELECTRIC PRUNES:  UNDERGROUND (A-side) ** THE WALKER BROTHERS: IMAGES ** THE PRETTY THINGS: EMOTIONS (B-side) ** TIM HARDIN: TIM HARDIN 2 (B-side) ** THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION: ABSOLUTELY  FREE  ** SONNY & CHER: IN CASE YOU’RE IN LOVE (A6, B1, B2)  ** WORD:  High in de Rai (Hippie, Amsterdam, 1067) * JIM HIGHTOWER: Natural Parks * ALAN GINSBERG reads ‘Nova’ (Dialectics of Liberation, 1967) * GRACE PETRIE: They Shall Not Pass ** HAROLD PINTER, Nobel Prize Winner Literature *

REPEATED SHOW:  THE ALBUMS of 1967 pt.1,  a selection of the first four-hour show ‘THE ALBUMS of 1967, part 1 ‘
THE MONKEES: MORE OF THE MONKEES  ** THE ROLLING STONES: BETWEEN THE BUTTONS (UK version) ** LAURA NYRO: MORE THAN A NEW DISCOVERY   ** THE TROGGS: CELLOPHANE  ** JEFFERSON AIRPLANE:  SURREALISTIC PILLOW   ** NINA SIMONE: SINGS THE BLUES ** WORD:  Dr.  MARTIN LUTHER KING on Vietnam, 1967 **  JOAN BAEZ sings Commandante Che Gueverra * NINA SIMONE On Racism  and Blackism*

SHOWTIME 

 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Brussels    London
 Longplaytime new show: Albums of 1967, pt. 2 12:00  hrs 11 a.m.
Longplaytime repeated show: Albums of 1967, pt. 1 16:00 hrs 3 p.m.
End of show 20:00 hrs 7 p.m.

HIGHLIGHT

THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION: ABSOLUTELY FREE

“ When following up a great debut, a band has to take in consideration to not make a rehash of the previous album. They also need to make a record that is capable of bettering the debut, which for most groups, is a difficult feat. For The Mothers of Invention, the latter was not a problem at all. In 1967, the magnificent follow-up to “Freak Out!” was released. Known as “Absolutely Free”, this record takes all the elements from “Freak Out!” and expands on it, but in a more condensed form.
With the improvements present on “Absolutely Free”, it would be incorporated into two suites, “Absolutely Free” and “The M.O.I. American Pageant”, both movements in “Underground Oratorios”. The first side, a zany suite consisting of songs dealing with the “Duke of Prunes”, showcasing Zappa’s composing skills, makes for an entertaining listen, and from the first listen, is highly accessible. Side two is practically The Mothers playing in a bar, which from the start you can see a visual of sitting in a dimly-lit bar, fogged up with cigarette smoke while watching the bar band play their music for a few bucks.

The use of nightclub sound effects in the suite would be highly influential and would be used over the years by artists such as Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, and The Beatles. Also in the suite is one of Zappa’s well-known tunes, “Brown Shoes Don’t Make It”. The track begins with an attack on the media and American society, later transitioning to a bizarre tale of a city official fantasizing about sexual intercourse with a minor. “America Drinks & Goes Home” ends the album perfectly: in absolute chaos. And for posterity, “Big Leg Emma” and “Why Don’tcha Do Me Right?”, both extras on the reissue and originally a single, are both decent, but have no place on “Absolutely Free”. It’s unfortunate they were never released on an official album despite it called “a dumb attempt to make dumb music to appeal to dumb teenagers”. (Source: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/57014/The-Mothers-of-Invention-Absolutely-Free)

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