If I could have your attention for the next twenty-five minutes or so, I think you’ll find it worth your while. Now I know that’s asking a lot what with your busy schedule and all, but if you just take your protein pills and put your helmet on, I’ll serve up a tasty dollop of radio nostalgia and then you can get back to where you once belonged and whatever it was you were doing at the time. Now according to my calculations, sixty-two and a half percent of today’s batch of All Hand Mixed Vinyl comes from 1969. And it’s ninety percent full of transitional shenanigans most notably with three tracks from The James Gang. Funk #48 came out on their debut album in 1969. A year later, the James Gang gave us Funk #49 and a track called Asshton Park which, for now, we’ll call Funk #50. Musically, the songs are sort of variations of each other, so I took the liberty to remix the three tracks into five parts. Before that, let’s call them, Funk numbers 46 and 47: Which is actually Cold Blood doing “I’m a Good Woman” with a funky segue into “You Just Can’t Stop It” from the Doobie Brothers playing with the Memphis Horns. After all the funkiness, we’ll take a sharp left turn onto Abbey Road for Ringo’s ode to cephalopod aquaculture, followed by Simon and Garfunkle’s plea for customer satisfaction and Blood, Sweat, and Tears’s famous declaration of complete contentment, all of which were recorded or released in 1969. A year that saw the Beatles give their last public performance, from the roof of Apple Records of all places. And the same year the Plastic Ono Band Recorded “Give Peace a Chance.” Which just goes to show how crazy those darn hippies were. From the Way Back Studios here’s Lydia Pense and Cold Blood.
|Cold Blood||I’m a Good Woman|
|Doobie Brothers||You Just Can’t Stop It|
|James Gang||Funk #48|
|James Gang||Funk #49 (part 1)|
|James Gang||Asshton Park|
|James Gang||Funk #49 (part 2)|
|James Gang||Asshton Park (repeated)|
|Simon & Garfunkle||Keep The Customer Satisfied|
|Blood, Sweat, & Tears||You’ve Made Me So Very Happy|
With one exception, everything in that set was either recorded or released in 1969. That’s when Simon and Garfunkle were in the studio building their Bridge Over Troubled Water from which we heard “Keep the Customer Satisfied” which ends with that wailing horn chart. Now I wanted to give credit where it’s due but I looked on the album and on the CD and in All Music Guide and nowhere are the horn players given credit. Well, whoever they were, they led us into Blood, Sweat, and Tears who released their second album in 1969 featuring the hit “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy.” Before the customer satisfaction, we were in the “Octopus’s Garden” with you and the Beatles on Abbey Road, which was released, that’s right, in 1969.
By the way, there’s a guy who calls himself DJ Lobsterdust who does a very cool mashup of “Octopus’s Garden” and Blondie’s “Heart of Glass.” Be sure to check that out on line sometime. At the top of the set, we heard “I’m a Good Woman” from Lydia Pense and Cold Blood from their debut album also from 1969. After that, the anomaly in the set was the Doobie Brothers “You Just Can’t Stop It” from 1974’s What Were Once Vices Are Now Things We Engage in on a Regular Basis. After that, the James Gang. They released Yer Album in 1969 the same year they recorded The James Gang Rides Again. Those two albums gave us “Funk #48” and “Funk #49” along with “Asshton Park” the instrumental which is essentially a variation on the rhythm track from “Funk 49.” And we liked it so much, we played it twice. Well, it’s the same old story. Everywhere I go, I get slandered, libeled, I hear words I never heard until I got to the Way Back Studios. I’m Bill Fitzhugh saying thanks for listening. I’ll be back eventually with another batch of All Hand Mixed Vinyl, right here in the Deep Tracks.