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Elton John Greatest Hits 1970 To 2002 Rar 21l

November 3-8, 1970 The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA: Oliver/Nolan and The Kool Aid Chemist (Tuesday-Sunday)William Oliver Swofford (1945-2000), who used the stage name Oliver, had an interesting career and--for a pop musician--a surprisingly different post-music career. Oliver had some popular sixties hits, such as "Good Morning Starshine" and "Jean." "Starshine" (from Hair) had reached #3 in July '69, and "Jean" (the theme song to the movie The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie) reached #2 shortly afterwards. Still, Swofford grew tired of the lightweight pop sound, and throughout the 70s performed and recorded in a more folk style, using the name Bill Swofford. By the late 1970s, he had quit music.

Elton John Greatest Hits 1970 To 2002 Rar 21l

Waylon Jennings (1937-2002) was an established country singer, but he had roots in rock and roll. Jennings had been the bass player for Buddy Holly and The Crickets, and had graciously offered to give up his seat on the airplane to The Big Bopper, on the fateful flight on February 3, 1959 that crashed, killing Holly, the Bopper, and Ritchie Valens. Jennings had gone on to success as a Nashville singer, but he had never been happy with how his records were made. Jennings had made his 13th album, Singer Of Sad Songs, in Hollywood, and RCA had released it in November 1970. The record company refused to promote it, however, since they had wanted Jennings to record in Nashville. Jennings, never one to conform, was promoting it himself at The Troubadour. A few years later, he would relocate to Austin, find common cause with Willie Nelson, and Outlaw Country would become a real thing.

The King's Record Collection, Volume 1 [Hip-O, 1998]A great gift idea for that Elvis nut, this collection of records Elvis covered hits every Sun nonoriginal except "Milkcow Blues Boogie" and establishes his superiority to Arthur Crudup and Big Mama Thornton (though not the Drifters or Joe Turner) for anyone who's never located the records in question. A vivid representation of both his voracious tastes and the musical ferment from which he made what he made. D.O.A.: Leon Payne's dull "I Love You Because." Born again: the Shelton Brothers' deadpan "Just Because." A-

Electric Highlife: Sessions From the Bokoor Studios [Naxos World, 2002]Ghanaian-Nigerian highlife was a pop music not just because it was urban and popular, but because it produced something resembling hits and stars--in their world, the Victors Uwaifo and Olaiya were genuinely famous. Not these eight early-'80s guitar bands John Collins recorded in Accra. As all too part-time musicians in a ruined economy, they share a likably ramshackle feel, which infused by the good cheer they mustered in the face of 100 percent inflation is enough to sell this collection. But I noticed a funny thing when I looked closely at the second Rough Guide to Highlife, which is that its two finest tracks began their public life at Bokoor: the hummable one by the Black Beats, who had a long if varied career elsewhere, and the musicianly one by Francis Kenya, who seems to have been Collins's greatest protege. Think there were some players over in Ghana? Must have been. A-

Postwar Jazz: An Arbitrary Roadmap [no label/Weatherbird, 2003]Gary Giddins Jazz, I call it. Not officially for sale and never will be, permissions being the slough of greed, vanity, and indifference they are. But available on the Net to those as know how, I am assured by one of the two nuts of my acquaintance who copied, borrowed, ripped, and otherwise purloined a six-CDR set comprising the 1945-2001 choice cuts our greatest jazz critic annotated for the June 11, 2002, Voice. Beyond the cross-generational ecumenicism Giddins champions--the assumption that jazz musicians are artists for life, so that a supernally lucid summation by 78-year-old Benny Carter takes the 1985 prize--is a music in which intellection harnesses energy and feeling and rides them hard toward the horizon. The selections are sometimes too avant for my tastes, and insufficiently electric (Craig Harris over Blood Ulmer in 1983?!); I wouldn't agree they're all "great records." But the vast majority come close enough. Among the artists I'd never have believed could dazzle me like this are Art Pepper, Gil Evans, Tommy Flanagan, Stan Getz, George Russell, and, I admit it, Sarah Vaughan. Why had I barely heard of Sonny Criss? How the fuck did I miss "Little Rootie Tootie"? A+

Beatles Beginnings [Rhythmand Blues, 2009]The young may find the second, "rock 'n' roll" volume educational, though not as educational as best-ofs by Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, etc. But this misleadingly billed predecessor will enlighten and entertain almost any American, not with its perfectly OK roots-style material, which is less country than blues, but with its pop, especially its British pop. Top of which are some terrific skiffle records, the greatest of them Lonnie Donegan's runaway version of Huddie Ledbetter's "Rock Island Line," a novelty smash Stateside in 1956. But the choicest are names more read about than heard: George Formby, Humphrey Lyttelton, Chris Barber--every one proof of life on radio for eager '50s British kids. And then there are a dozen tracks illustrating pop's unpredictable fecundity in any period or context: "Your Feet's Too Big" and "Sheik of Araby," Marlene Dietrich and "Third Man Theme," Ray Charles' "My Bonnie" and Gene Vincent's "Summertime," even Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly joining in on "True Love." I hated that record when I was a musically rebellious teen. But as the notes point out, it's the direct source of John Lennon's "Good Night." Pick and choose, pick and choose--it's the way of pop genius. A-

The 1950s1Count BasieAtomic Basie19582Dave BrubeckTime out19593Ray CharlesThe genius of Ray Charles19594Miles DavisBirth of the cool19495Miles DavisKind of blue 19596Fats DominoThis is Fats Domino19567Duke EllingtonAt Newport19578Ramblin' Jack ElliottJack takes the floor19589Ella FitzgeraldSings the George and Ira songbook195910Billie HolidayLady in satin195811Buddy Holly & the CricketsThe "chirping" Crickets195712Little RichardHere's Little Richard195713Louvin brothersTragic songs of life195614MachitoKenya?15Sabú MartinezPalo Congo195716Thelonious MonkBrilliant corners 195617Elvis PresleyElvis195618Louis PrimaWildest195719Tito Puente and his OrchestraDance mania195820Marty RobbinsGunfighter ballads and trail songs195921Frank SinatraIn the wee small hours195522Frank SinatraSongs for swingin' lovers195623Sarah VaughanAt mister Kelly's1957The 1960s1#A Christmas gift for you (Phil Spector)19632Joan BaezJoan Baez19603BandMusic from big pink19684BandThe Band 19695Beach boysPet sounds19666Beach boysThe Beach boys today!19657BeatlesA hard day's night19648BeatlesAbbey road19699BeatlesRevolver196610BeatlesRubber soul 196511BeatlesSgt. Pepper's Lonely hearts club band196712BeatlesThe Beatles (= the white album)196813BeatlesWith the Beatles196314Beau brummelsTriangle196715Jeff BeckTruth196816Bee geesOdessa196917Big Brother and the Holding companyCheap thrills196818Blood, sweat & tearsBlood, sweat & tears196919Blue cheerVincebus eruptum196820Booker T and the MG'sGreen onions196221Jacques BrelEngregistrement public à l'Olympia 1964196422James BrownLive at The Apollo, october 24, 1962196323Tim BuckleyGoodbye and hello196724Tim BuckleyHappy sad196825Buffalo springfieldBuffalo springfield again 196726Solomon BurkeRock 'n soul196427ByrdsFifth dimension196628ByrdsMr. Tambourine man196529ByrdsSweetheart of the rodeo196830ByrdsThe notorious Byrd brothers196831Captain Beefheart and the Magic bandSafe as milk196732Captain Beefheart and the Magic bandTrout mask replica196933Johnny CashJohnny Cash at Folsom prison196834Johnny CashJohnny Cash at San Quentin196935Ray CharlesModern sounds in country and western music196236ChicagoChicago transit authority196937Leonard CohenSongs from a room196938Leonard CohenThe songs of Leonard Cohen196839John ColtraneA love supreme196440Sam CookeLive at the Harlem square club, 1963198541Country Joe and the FishElectric music for the mind and body196742CreamDisraeli gears196743Creedence clearwater revivalBayou country196944Creedence clearwater revivalGreen river196945Crosby, Stills & NashCrosby, Stills & Nash196946Miles DavisIn a silent way196947DonovanSunshine superman196648DoorsThe Doors196749Dr. JohnGris-gris196850Nick DrakeFive leaves left196951Bob DylanBlonde on blonde196652Bob DylanBringing it all back home196553Bob DylanHighway 61 revisited196554Bob DylanThe freewheelin' Bob Dylan196355Electric prunesI had too much to dream (last night)196856Bill Evans trioSunday at the Village Vanguard196457Everly brothersA date with the Everly brothers196158Fairport conventionLiege & lief196959Fairport conventionUnhalfbricking196960Flying burrito brothersThe gilded palace of sin196861Aretha FranklinI never loved a man (the way I love you)196762Aretha FranklinLady soul196863Stan Getz and Joao GilbertoGetz/Gilberto196464Stan Getz & Charlie ByrdJazz samba196265Astrud GilbertoBeach samba196766Grateful deadLive/Dead196967Merle HaggardI'm a lonesome fugitive196768Isaac HayesHot buttered soul196969Jimi HendrixAre you experienced?196770Jimi HendrixAxis : bold as love196771Jimi HendrixElectric ladyland196872Incredible string bandThe hangman's beautiful daughter196873Iron butterflyIn-a-gadda-da-vida196874Bert JanschBert Jansch196575Jefferson airplaneSurrealistic pillow196776King CrimsonIn the court of the Crimson king196977B.B. KingLive at the Regal196478KinksArthur, or the decline and fall of the British empire196979KinksFace to face196680KinksSomething else by the Kinks196781KinksThe Kinks are the Village green preservation society196882Led zeppelinLed zeppelin 1196983Led zeppelinLed zeppelin 2196984Jerry Lee LewisLive at the Star club Hamburg 196585LoveDa capo196786LoveForever changes196787Loretta LynnDon't come home a drinkin' (with love on your mind)196788Miriam MakebaMiriam Makeba196089Mama's and the Papa'sIf you can believe your eyes and ears196690John MayallBluesbreakers with Eric Clapton196691MC5Kick out the jams196992Charles MingusThe black saint and the sinner lady196393Moby grapeMoby grape196794MonkeesHeadquarters196795MonksBlack Monk time196696Van MorrisonAstral weeks196897Fred NeilFred Neil196798NicoChelsea girl196799Laura NyroEli and the thirteenth confession1967100Os mutantesOs mutantes1968101Buck OwensI've got a tiger by the tail1965102PentangleBasket of light1969103Pink floydThe piper at the gates of dawn1967104Elvis PresleyElvis is back!1960105Elvis PresleyFrom Elvis in Memphis1969106Pretty thingsS.F. sorrow1968107Ray PriceNight life?108Quicksilver messenger serviceHappy trails1969109Otis ReddingOtis blue - Otis Redding sings soul1966110Paul Revere and the RaidersMidnight ride1966111Rolling stones12 x 51964112Rolling stonesAftermath1966113Rolling stonesBeggars banquet1968114Rolling stonesLet it bleed1969115Ravi ShankarSounds of India1968116Shivkumar Sharma, Brij Bushan Kabra & Harprasad ChaurasiaCall of the valley?117Simon and GarfunkelBookends1968118Simon and GarfunkelParsley, sage, rosemary and thyme1966119Nina SimoneWild is the wind1966120Frank SinatraFrancis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim1967121Sly and the family StoneStand!1969122Small facesOgden's nut gone flake 1967123Jimmy SmithBack at the chicken shack1961124SonicsHere are the Sonics1965125Alexander 'Skip' SpenceOar1969126Dusty SpringfieldA girl called Dusty1964127Dusty SpringfieldDusty in Memphis1968128StoogesThe Stooges1968129TemptationsCloud nine196913013th Floor elevatorsThe psychedelic sounds of the 13th Floor elevators1966131TrafficTraffic1968132United States of AmericaThe United States of America1968133Caetano VelosoCaetano Veloso1968134Velvet undergroundVelvet underground1968135Velvet undergroundVelvet underground + Nico1967136Velvet undergroundWhite light/white heat1968137Scott WalkerScott 21968138Scott WalkerScott 41969139Muddy WatersMuddy Waters at Newport1960140WhoMy generation1965141WhoThe Who sell out1967142WhoTommy1969143YardbirdsThe Yardbirds (a.k.a. Roger the Engineer)1966144Young rascalsGroovin'1967145Neil YoungEverybody knows this is nowhere 1969146YoungbloodsElephant mountain1969147Frank Zappa & the Mothers of inventionFreak out!1966148Frank ZappaHot rats1969149Frank Zappa & the Mothers of inventionWe're only in it for the money1968150ZombiesOdessey & oracle1968The 1970s1AbbaArrival19762AC/DCHighway to hell19793David AcklesAmerican gothic19724AdvertsCrossing the Red sea with the Adverts19775AerosmithRocks19766AerosmithToys in the attic19757Allman brothers bandAt Fillmore east19718Joan ArmatradingJoan Armatrading19769B-52'sThe B-52's197910Bad companyBad company197411Syd BarrettThe madcap laughs197012Beach boysSurf's up197113Bee geesTrafalgar197114Jorge BenAfrica Brasil197615Big starNo. 1 record197216Big starThe third album/Sister lovers197817Black sabbathBlack sabbath197018Black sabbathBlack sabbath, vol. 4197219Black sabbathParanoid197120BlondieParallel lines197821BostonBoston197622David BowieAladdin sane197323David BowieHeroes197724David BowieHunky dory197125David BowieLow197726David BowieStation to station197627David BowieThe rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust and the spiders from Mars197228David BowieYoung Americans197529Tim BuckleyGreetings from L.A.197230Rahul Dev BurmanShalimar (soundtrack)?31Burning spearMarcus Garvey197532BuzzcocksAnother music in a dif