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the best songs ever
The mesmerizing, scenic and soulful song by Fred Neil, The Dolphins, is #4 on my all time list.

I discovered it on our FM album-oriented rock station in 1968. I bought the album, which also contains his song that Nilsson recorded for the movie Midnight Cowboy (1969, mentioned above). Not long after I bought it, the album was re-titled "Everybody's Talkin' ". But The Dolphins is side 1, track 1. It is a cult favorite.





It was a very personal song for Fred, which is why he put everything into it he could. A few years after recording it, he stopped making music and dedicated the rest of life to a project to save and protect the dolphins he loved, and whom he wanted to be able to stay "wild."

I thought he must be a Pisces; he was an escapist who loved sailing the sea and loved those that swim in it. And so he was. I think if he could have, he would have just swum away into the ocean and become a fish.

(hey, that remark of mine reminds me of H.P. Lovecraft novels-- see below, the musical group recorded Neil's songs)

http://www.fredneil.com/

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Neil
Neil gained public recognition in 1969, when Nilsson's recording of "Everybody's Talkin''" was featured in the film Midnight Cowboy; the song became a hit and won a Grammy Award. He was one of the pioneers of the folk rock and singer-songwriter musical genres, his most prominent musical descendants being Tim Buckley, Stephen Stills, David Crosby and Joni Mitchell. His most frequently cited disciples are Karen Dalton, Tim Hardin, Dino Valenti, Vince Martin, Peter Stampfel of the avant-folk ensemble the Holy Modal Rounders, John Sebastian (the Lovin' Spoonful), Gram Parsons, Jerry Jeff Walker, Barry McGuire, and Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane). Some of Neil's early compositions were recorded by Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison. He played guitar on the demo version of Bobby Darin's 1958 hit "Dream Lover" and was a demo singer on a late-1950s Elvis Presley movie soundtrack session.

It appears that Paul Kantner and the Jefferson Airplane/Starship's references to "Pooh" might also refer to Fred Neil (Pooneil)

The group H.P.Lovecraft included a version of Fred Neil's song "That's the Bag I'm In,"
https://youtu.be/bjzyHAob7kw as well as Neil's song about "Bleeker and McDougall" streets in Greenwich Village NY (title of Neil's second album) and Coconut Grove (where Neil lived), in the 1967 album I featured earlier.
https://youtu.be/poKB0mI3UDk

original version: https://youtu.be/PeBPb_1RKLc (title track of his 1965 album)

Tim Buckley made a well-regarded cover of The Dolphins. Tim was strongly influenced by Fred Neil.
https://youtu.be/CBcfDoQZ-IA

Linda Ronstadt and It's A Beautiful Day also covered it.
https://youtu.be/NkvqyIYFXnY

I just posted another "Dolphins" piece from 1985 on the "lost years" thread.
https://youtu.be/-FvnQQCDIoU

Dolphins inspire some great music!
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track 2 deserves its own post. I think this song was composed by Elizabeth Cotten, and arranged by Fred. I have heard other versions of it.





didn't we shake sugaree
I'm gonna go to heaven in a split pea shell
everything I have done and gone (or pawned?)

https://youtu.be/O1ViAIdO3i4
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugaree
http://www.allmusic.com/album/shake-suga...0000636068


Elizabeth Cotten sang a version of "Going Down the Road, Feelin Bad" a traditional blues song. So did the Grateful Dead. Apparently Fred Neil adapted one line of this song for "Everybody's Talkin' and changed one word. "I'm going where the weather fits my clothes" (became suits my clothes).
https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Going_Dow...lin%27_Bad
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British-invasion organ blues-rock meets the Motown sound, resulting in a great classic, and the best by Eric Burdon and/or The Animals, from late 1966.



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uploader comment: Released on Valiant Records and produced by Curt Boettcher (both of them worked in the group Millenium) this Phil Ochs folk classic gets a re-vamp from its Chad Mitchell version. This cut highlights the genius of Curt and Lee's vocals. The arrangements are cutting edge and the production was as slick as you could find in rock's heyday in 1966. Enjoy!

It was one of the first folk-rock-psychedelic songs, released in September. My essay on this song:
http://philosopherswheel.com/melee.htm

In the years after it came out, I played it more than any other single that I bought, ever. It was a splendid soundtrack for the times; all its life is in it. It sorta barely missed being a hit, but broke through in some places (#2 in Seattle). It was not promoted well, it is said, because it sounded too much like The Association (" Along Comes Mary ," "Cherish"). At the time I thought there must be some kind of "association" between them, in fact. And, in fact, there was. Same label, same producer (Curt Boettcher), some of the same background singers. It was reported that Brian Wilson was stunned when he heard a recording session of That's The Way it's Gonna Be in Spring 1966, and that it inspired him during his recording of Pet Sounds; which in turn influenced The Beatles. I wondered what happened to Lee Mallory after this great song, but until the year 2000 I heard nothing. Until he personally called me on the phone. He and his friend saw my website and liked that I had put That's the Way It's Gonna Be as #7 on my all-time 400-plus rock/folk list.

So I invited him down for my radio show, and then I was invited by him a couple of times up to San Francisco where he performed with other cool singer-songwriters of his scene. He had moved there from LA about 20 years before. Read more from my essay. But the main thing I found out (ironically, in the year 2000 is when I found out) is that he did have a later career. Curt Boettcher and Lee Mallory had formed a "supergroup" called The Millennium in 1967-68. Their album was "Begin", which was recorded in 16 tracks. "To Claudia on Thursday" written by Mike Fennelly and Joey Stec is one song they did, which was also covered by The Mamas and The Papas. https://youtu.be/3dNny2F1a0A?list=PLH7U1...a9eZ7UID-c

Lee Mallory and Curt Boettcher wrote and performed this psychedelic gem:
https://youtu.be/ZyHXmkeuJC0

They did a lot of songs. Curt sometimes sounds effeminate; he was gay in fact, and died of AIDS in the AIDies. Before The Millennium, they were also involved in a studio group put together by LA producer Gary Usher (worked with Beach Boys and Byrds) called Sagittarius in 1967, after Gary's sun sign. But the leading singer and songwriter for that group was Curt, especially on their biggest hit that I knew and loved at the time, "Another Time." https://youtu.be/cOUYJtn26qY

That's The Way It's Gonna Be was written by folk icon Bob Gibson and revised by Phil Ochs, and was the title track for a Chad Mitchell Trio album. With John Denver no less!
https://youtu.be/A5C0uEphYPU
A number of others recorded it as well.

Looks like I am officially a "freak!" Just in time for the time!
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Eric The Green Wrote:For some of the more recent years I only picked my favorite of the year, or left it for others to choose. I know there's more, but I know so much more about this era, and I really think it's the best pop era; 1956-1977 is my list; 1963-1973 is the best part of it, and 1966-1967 is the peak of the peak. Like a mountain pop may never reach again; I'd bet that it won't in fact. And even though I know a lot from this era, it's so rich and there were so many local centers of music, that there's probably almost as much that I don't know from this era as from the other periods.

Yes, there is good stuff back then.  I bet Eric does NOT have this on his top 400 though 'cause he was too OLD.
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So yeah, the in 1969, the trippy stuff was everywhere.
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(07-21-2016, 01:49 AM)Ragnarök_62 Wrote:
Eric The Green Wrote:For some of the more recent years I only picked my favorite of the year, or left it for others to choose. I know there's more, but I know so much more about this era, and I really think it's the best pop era; 1956-1977 is my list; 1963-1973 is the best part of it, and 1966-1967 is the peak of the peak. Like a mountain pop may never reach again; I'd bet that it won't in fact. And even though I know a lot from this era, it's so rich and there were so many local centers of music, that there's probably almost as much that I don't know from this era as from the other periods.

Yes, there is good stuff back then.  I bet Eric does NOT have this on his top 400 though 'cause he was too OLD.
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So yeah, the in 1969, the trippy stuff was everywhere.
Ooooh rags is in a mood tonight! Big Grin
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When I was that age, I was listening to the Chipmunks. And The Witch Doctor. Ooh EE OOh AH AH
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(07-21-2016, 02:48 AM)Eric the Green Wrote: When I was that age, I was listening to the Chipmunks. And The Witch Doctor. Ooh EE OOh AH AH

Ting tang walla walla bing bang! Surprised? Wink
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This is where i heard it from Smile



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The Supremes big hit from 1966, don't hurry!





The follow-up; hanging on!
https://youtu.be/KKQbcJyVKR0

Original: The Supremes ( U.S.A. ) - You keep me hanging on ( B. Holland - Lamont Dozier - E. Holland ) ( realesed: 12/10/1966 ). Covers: Vanilla Fudge ( U.S.A. ) - You keep me hanging on ( 1967 ). Les Ingénues ( Canada ) - Tu me gardes en suspends ( 1967 ). The Box Tops ( U.S.A. ) - You keep me hangin' on ( 4/1968 ). Paul Mauriat ( France ) - You keep me hangin' on ( 1968 ). Wilson Pickett ( U.S.A. ) - You keep me hangin' on ( 1969 ). Grupo Corpus ( Perú ) - Confesión de un creyente ( 1970 ). Kim Wilde ( U.K. ) - You keep me hangin' on ( released: 13/10/1986 ). Reba Mc Entire ( U.S.A. ) - You keep me hangin' on ( released: 3/10/1995 ). Mr. Blues ( Perú ) - You keep me hanging on ( 2007 ).
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Wise words with some wonderful sounds that bring them to life! Carry your cup in your hand (notice a few other references to cups in these sixties songs, an ancient symbol of the yin receptive side; the watery side; the chalice as opposed to the blade, the holy grail)





Time, time, time
See what's become of me
While I looked around
For my possibilities

I was so hard to please

But Look around
Leaves are brown
And the sky
Is a hazy shade of winter

Hear the salvation army band
Down by the riverside
It's bound to be a better ride
Than what you've got planned

Carry your cup in your hand

And Look around
Leaves are brown now
And the sky
Is a hazy shade of winter

Hang on to your hopes my friend
That's an easy thing to say
But if your hopes should pass away
Simply pretend
That you can build them again

Look around
Grass is high
Fields are ripe
It's the springtime of my life

Seasons change with the scenery
Weaving time in a tapestry
Won't you stop and remember me?
At any convenient time?
Funny how my memory skips
Looking over manuscripts
Of unpublished rhyme
Drinking my vodka and lime

I Look around
Leaves are brown
And the sky
Is a hazy shade of winter

Look around
Leaves are brown
There's a patch of snow
On the ground

Look around
Leaves are brown
There's a patch of snow
On the ground

Look around
Leaves are brown
There's a patch of snow
On the ground
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Virtual title track of their album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, 1966





Simon and Garfunkel, Scarborough Fair in counterpoint to a "canticle"
Expert arrangement by Art. Haunting and beautiful; a song like this maybe only possible to make in the Summer of '66? Vibrations calling all humanity!
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The Hollies' best; their harmonies took some getting used to, but I realized later how profound the feelings expressed are in the innovative sounds and melody. And my brother met his wife at a bus stop.



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Oh gosh, so much to cover. It's 1966! I made this video of the flip side of That's the Way It's Gonna Be, composed and sung/played by Lee and arranged by Curt Boettcher. Some of the most heavenly vocal harmonies ever. Those were the times!



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(07-21-2016, 12:06 PM)Eric the Green Wrote: The Hollies' best; their harmonies took some getting used to, but I realized later how profound the feelings expressed are in the innovative sounds and melody. And my brother met his wife at a bus stop.

Odd, the song below reminds me of good times as a kid with my cousins.





It's strange how some songs are "nice" because the evoke nice memories.
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Yes they do. On the other hand, it's also true that for those who can get them, some songs and music evoke nice memories because they are so nice i.e. good; iow the best songs ever
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I want to introduce some astrology and cultural history as we go through the next group of posts that cover the Summer of 1966. Late in the year the forces were gathering for a great transformation, and for a wonderful climax of musical and cultural creativity, as well as for the polarization that has afflicted us ever since. In the next two years society exploded, in America and worldwide. In November this was correlated in the sky when during an eclipse all the planets formed into a peace symbol.

[Image: peace-symbol-d-render-big-colorful-ocean...880262.jpg]

But this was just intensifying the new forces that were released in the Summer. Between June 1966 and Feb 1967 all the slow outer planets formed the base for this peace symbol in the sky. At the base of the peace symbol itself was electric and revolutionary Uranus intensified by potent Pluto in Virgo. Opposing the revolution was Saturn, the brake and symbol of the Establishment, lost at sea in Pisces. Jupiter, Neptune and Saturn formed a mutual grand trine in the 3 water signs of passion, escape and mysticism.

[Image: uranus-conjunct-pluto-diagram.jpg]

There have been greater cultural awakenings and revolutions before in history, which led to even greater and more-lasting achievements in the arts and deeper changes in society. But I suggest none in the lifetimes of living generations. The early 1990s had potential too, with the Uranus-Neptune alignment. Great changes in world order happened, for sure, but the cultural revolution of that time was much less profound. Certainly grunge cannot compare even a little bit. Instead, all the major changes in society in our time, for better or worse, stem from the mid-sixties, and were extended in the 1989-1994 era.

From Oct/Nov. 1965 this revolution was building up, and it was truly launched in late June 1966 when the conjunction matured. That was the lightning stroke, the detonation of the explosion. Many of us like myself actually felt it, and were transformed by it. These following among the best songs ever expressed it and helped launch it. This also applies to "That's the Way It's Gonna Be/Many Are the Times" discussed above which were also made at this time, but released a little bit later, and probably Fred Neil's "The Dolphins" and maybe Judy Collins' "Suzanne" too. And probably Pink Floyd's early jam sessions that matured into Interstellar Overdrive by 1967.
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First up is the Revolver album, the greatest ever by The Beatles, released in early August. The first to be recorded on the album, probably in April or May, was Tomorrow Never Knows, which not only well and truly launched "acid rock," but remains the best example of it. Here again is the link to the commentator I mentioned before:
https://youtu.be/-vwfGz75vlU?t=6m45s





A few years after 1966, it reached #5 on my all-time list.

Another interesting discussion!
https://youtu.be/kYYEReQx-ME
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comment on video below: Best love song ever written and admitted by Paul himself . Who's with me?

I can't find a video that defies the you-tube and UMG copyright mavens right now, but here is Paul singing it live:





And certainly as profound a mystical song as Tomorrow Never Knows; #14 on my list. After all, God IS here, there and everywhere!
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(07-23-2016, 01:28 AM)Eric the Green Wrote: comment on video below: Best love song ever written and admitted by Paul himself . Who's with me?

I can't find a video that defies the you-tube and UMG copyright mavens right now, but here is Paul singing it live:





And certainly as profound a mystical song as Tomorrow Never Knows; #14 on my list. After all, God IS here, there and everywhere!

No sorry cannot stand the Beatles. My mother likes them but not enough to own any tapes records or cds of their music THANKFULLY. She is more of an Elvis or Cliff Richard lady which is lucky for me as i have to live with whatever music she has on.
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