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the best songs ever
The Mr. Fantasy album was AOR, and although I heard the album and their other one when they came out in 1968, those two tracks I only discovered later in 1974 when I finally picked up the album.

Another album-rock classic from 1968 is The Pusher by Steppenwolf. One poster writes:
"one of the most powerful songs ever written and sung." So it is.





Of course they also put out another powerful song called Don't Step on the Grass Sam about the ridiculous marijuana prohibition; sort of the other side of the coin; sorta. Great organ part in this song.
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Of course Steppenwolf had a couple of big mainstream hits in 1968. Born to Be Wild is more well-known today, but Magic Carpet Ride was the bigger hit, and the better song IMO.





Fantasy will set you free! Look inside, let the sound take you away.

On the record, the organ part is louder in the instrumental section. Thankfully.
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Another great song from Beggar's Banquet.





risque tho!

comment on video:
Dennis Leone, 3 months ago:
I never took the lyrics of this song seriously--just part of the early Stones Lewd, Crude and Raw Rock and Roll.
Beatles were the good guys--Stones were the Bad Boys!
This is one great Rock & Roll song!!!
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A huge hit by Eric Burdon and the Animals in the fantastic, often-rough and raw year of 1968, peak year of the USA-Vietnam War. Excellent classic!

How high can you fly, you'll never reach the sky.
With God you're never alone.





comment on video: One of the best classic rock songs ever. Period.
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Trippy track following Sky Pilot on the album






Vince Klortho 4 years ago
Pure psychedelic transcendence...the very music of the spheres...

comment on another video version:
que buena cancion (Psicodelia, blues y rock juntados)

Not sure the sound is coming through well though.
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(07-09-2016, 04:32 PM)Eric the Green Wrote: Of course Steppenwolf had a couple of big mainstream hits in 1968. Born to Be Wild is more well-known today, but Magic Carpet Ride was the bigger hit, and the better song IMO.



Fantasy will set you free! Look inside, let the sound take you away.

On the record, the organ part is louder in the instrumental section. Thankfully.

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Song of da year man.  2016 = year of Toxic Shadows. Big Grin Cool Tongue
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Well we have now crossed the threshold of groovy enlightenment, as Gabrielle said. Into 1967, and 1966.

Light My Fire by the Doors was #1 of the whole year, locally in the Bay Area. It was a breakthrough recording which for while made longer album cuts on AM radio possible, which however soon split off into a genre of its own. It was the single which topped the charts though, and that version had a livelier feel off the vinyl. But this is the album version which featured the famous, brilliant long organ and guitar instrumental. The guitar theme of that section reminds me of Take Five by Dave Brubeck. It was my #2 pick for 1967, but a few other pieces from 1967 have since surpassed it on my all-time list. It has received many honors as the video commentary reports. In about 1980, a poll on our local Bay Area talk show station put it as all-time #1. It's another example of how important the organ was in 2T rock, which largely disappeared later on. Rock organ was one reason I took up the instrument myself, and this song was certainly the most prominent example.

It is the song which embodies the groovy year more than any other, even tough the lyrics are rather conventional. It is obviously sexual, as is Jim's singing. But they include the line "we couldn't get much higher," which Ed Sullivan forbid them to sing on his show because he thought it suggested drug use. They sang the line anyway; what else could they have done? So Ed banned them, but later Sly and the Family Stone sang "we're gonna take you higher" anyway, and it was OK with him by then. Talking about getting high was something that became so ubiquitous in those days that it could not be censored.



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(07-10-2016, 09:41 PM)Ragnarök_62 Wrote: More good shit from youtube.   Cool

There were sure a lot of musicians that I didn't know about from this era; many local centers of music, and many boomer youth doing garage-band stuff. Toad is from Switzerland. I guess they had time to put down their guns and pick up their guitars Smile
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My #1 for 1967, it always transfixes me, but especially when it came out; displacing Light My Fire as my fave of the year. That took some doing! Arranger Joe Renzetti, who worked on several other hits of the time, went on to compose classical music. A.P.P.P. was sort of a southern (or was it Philly) white+black motown sound. Even more than with Magic Carpet Ride, you can let the sound take you into fantasy. The most delicious record ever made, without doubt. Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie; Jay & the Techniques. A big national hit; exactly contemporary with a bigger, somewhat-similar hit, The Letter by the Box Tops, which was #1 of the year nationally. The title, I learned later, is an alternative name for Hide and Go Seek. Did you play it? We did all the time. I loved it as a kid. I wasn't looking for a girl yet though; except maybe Crystal. Currently I list it as #8 on my all-time list.





I could never make out the lyrics, though. So here they are:

Ready or not here I come
Gee that used to be such fun
Apples peaches pumpkin pie
Who not ready, holler I?
That's a game we used to play, yeah.
Hide and seek or what was its name.
Ready or not, hear I come,
Gee that used to be such fun.
I always used to find a hiding place,
Times have changed.
Well I'm one step behind you, but still I can't find you.
Apple peaches pumpkin pie,
You were young and so was I.
Now that we've grown up it seems
You just keep ignoring me.
I'll find you anywhere you go,
I'm gonna look high and low.
You can't escape this love of mine anytime.
Well, I'll sneak up behind you,
Be careful where I find you.
Apple peaches pumpkin pie,
Soon your love will be all mine.
Then I'm gonna take you home,
Marry you so you won't roam.
Marry you so you won't roam. Right now
I'll find you anywhere you go,
I'm gonna look high and low.
You can't escape this love of mine anytime.
Well, I'll sneak up behind you,
Be careful where I find you.
Ready or not here I come,
It used to be such fun, now....
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Exclamation 




lyrics Wrote:Once the religious, the hunted and weary
Chasing the promise of freedom and hope
Came to this country to build a new vision
Far from the reaches of kingdom and pope
Like good Christians, some would burn the witches
Later some got slaves to gather riches
But still from near and far to seek America
They came by thousands to court the wild
But she just patiently smiled and bore a child
To be their spirit and guiding light
And once the ties with the crown had been broken
Westward in saddle and wagon it went
And 'til the railroad linked ocean to ocean
Many the lives which had come to an end
While we bullied, stole and bought our homeland
We began the slaughter of the red man
But still from near and far to seek America
They came by thousands to court the wild
But she just patiently smiled and bore a child
To be their spirit and guiding light
The blue and gray they stomped it
They kicked it just like a dog
And when the war was over
They stuffed it just like a hog
And though the past has it's share of injustice
Kind was the spirit in many a way
But it's protectors and friends have been sleeping
Now it's a monster and will not obey
The spirit it was freedom and justice
And it's keepers seem generous and kind
It's leaders were supposed to serve the country
But now they won't pay it no mind
'Cause the people grew fat and got lazy
Now their vote is a meaningless joke
They babble about law and order
But it's all just an echo of what they've been told
Yeah there's a monster on the loose
It's got our heads into a noose
And it just sits there watchin'
Cities have turned into jungles
And corruption is stranglin' the land
The police force is watching the people
And the people just can't understand
We don't know how to mind our own business
'Cause the whole worlds got to be just like us
Now we are fighting a war over there
No matter who's the winner, we can't pay the cost
'Cause there's a monster on the loose
It's got our heads into the noose
And it just sits there watching
America where are you now?
Don't you care about your sons and daughters?
Don't you know we need you now?
We can't fight alone against the monster
America where are you now?
Don't you care about your sons and daughters?
Don't you know we need you now?
We can't fight alone against the monster
America where are you now?
Don't you care about your sons and daughters?
Don't you know we need you now?
We can't fight alone against the monster
America where are you now?
Don't you care about your sons and daughters?
Don't you know we need you now?
We can't fight alone against the monster
America where are you now?
Don't you care about your sons and daughters?
Don't you know we need you now?
We can't fight alone against the monster

Yup, what was old is certainly new again.
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(07-11-2016, 01:54 AM)Ragnarök_62 Wrote:

With all that hair, they didn't need to cover Smile

But can cool guitar work stave off the end of the world?
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Protest is cool and all, but I like music to get high by. Lots of folks like these two pop psychedelic classics. I sure did. And that psychedelic organ. Groovy man!

Turn on, tune in, turn your eyes around! Look at yourself.





It's all too beautiful!



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Exotic middle-eastern interpretation by cool singer Keith in 1967 of a really-nifty tune, another arrangement by Joe Renzetti




Hollies original from 1966
https://youtu.be/nOx-ESwWYOQ

Good cover by Fogelberg from 1978
https://youtu.be/8mI6qw6LNeE

Keith's and Renzetti's other great hit from 1967
https://youtu.be/ykN6Cz05bLM
sunshine pop! Lovin is the medicine that saved me. Hey 98.6 it's good to have you back again!
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This one certainly takes pop music to another level. Amazing.





Some say Jimmy Webb's lyrics to this were sad, but to me it felt like Zen liberation. Be open and receptive like a cup and the waters of life flow. The magic of 1967 is all in this groovy, enlightening, uplifting song. Near the top of my Top 400-plus at #17.

Some comments on the video:

Thanks for sharing this for not only we that were there..back in the day, but for those that were not.

Back in the day, I bought the Magic Garden album and played it until the needle practically wore a hole through it. Drove the neighbors crazy. Loved every minute of it. Where is that music today?

Musically, it was a fascinating era, one I doubt will ever happen again. I'm thankful to have seen, heard and enjoyed many of these artists and performers in their prime.

kind of like a Beatles song Great

This lyrics should get a Nobel prize

McCoo thrills in all dimensions!

You gotta have a lot of talent to sing about a paper cup...they do!

to me it sounds like somebody who's giving up on regular life and its many stresses (aka somebody who's homeless and is actually happy with his new stress free lifestyle (paper cup = beggars cup (or change cup))
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A little bit of a preview: LSD may not be for everyone (including me), and Ed Sullivan and the Establishment wanted to suppress it. But it was the catalyst for the late sixties music. This song is the fount of it all. But I'm just posting a commentary for now, because we haven't got to 1966 in our review yet!-- although many of the songs released in 1967 were already there underground in 1966 and not yet released, as the counter-culture quickly came out of the college town houses and into the world of all of us, as Kenneth Clark said about the romantic natural men of the Revolution.
https://youtu.be/-vwfGz75vlU?t=6m45s
LSD was supposed to open our creativity and imagination. And so it did for a while in pop music and psychedelic art. Maybe we could have done so much more with it, were it not for all the suppression and denial. And it opened the way to non-chemical means to enlightenment and the flow of creativity too, which we call the new age. Gen Xers, it's still there. Knock it all you want, but our culture was dead until LSD came along.
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(07-11-2016, 12:09 PM)Eric the Green Wrote: This one certainly takes pop music to another level. Amazing.





Some say Jimmy Webb's lyrics to this were sad, but to me it felt like Zen liberation. Be open and receptive and the waters of life flow.  The magic of 1967 is all in this groovy, enlightening, uplifting song. Near the top of my Top 400-plus at #17.

Some comments on the video:

Thanks for sharing this for not only we that were there..back in the day, but for those that were not.

Back in the day, I bought the Magic Garden album and played it until the needle practically wore a hole through it. Drove the neighbors crazy.  Loved every minute of it.  Where is that music today?

Musically, it was a fascinating era, one I doubt will ever happen again. I'm thankful to have seen, heard and enjoyed many of these artists and performers in their prime.

kind of like a Beatles song Great

This lyrics should get a Nobel prize

McCoo thrills in all dimensions!

You gotta have a lot of talent to sing about a paper cup...they do!

to me it sounds like somebody who's giving up on regular life and its many stresses (aka somebody who's homeless and is actually happy with his new stress free lifestyle (paper cup = beggars cup (or change cup))

My parents liked the Fifth Dimension, so I heard a lot of them as a child.   Good stuff Big Grin   Cool




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