70’s Slow Sounds Showdown
by Occult Fan
First off, it’s not always slow tempo. In fact, side II of Utopia (1974) just picked its tempo up to a ridiculous speed, and this happens to be my least favorite part of this track, The Ikon, the side II-long track averaging about the same as Pink Floyd’s ‘Echoes’, released in proper three years prior in 1971 to Todd Rundgren’s first effort with his new Utopia band which would be his main project ’til the 1980’s after having a successful solo career, but of course, his biggest solo hit came in 1983, bang that drum somewhere else, with ya Emperor of the Highway, get outta hearrr.
So pragmatically, I’ve listened to Utopia both yesterday and today, just almost fully, that is, a Seventies Saturday, a Seventies Sunday. After Utopia came Led Zeppelin III, opening with the immortally epic ‘Immigrant Song’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEGuHdKn0Lc – which is also their only single w/ b-side [Hey, Hey, What Can I Do?], which I listened to next, actually, to bridge listening to LZIII, to ZoSo (1970 and 1971, respectively), the single being released somewhere in between, So it seems.
Then I think I went crazy and listened to the Grateful Dead’s 1977 premium funk release Terrapin Station. That was wicked. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the artwork for that album, but check it out. No, not the front cover with the dancing turtles outside a scant rail depot, though that is -cute-. No, I’m talking about the Cyclops skull w/ Native American feather. Hm. Uni. Que. –> https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/89/42/39/894239993358b962f75567571b5b12d5.jpg –>
Dig that ‘futuristic’ lettering. Hmm. Wombats. So, what we have left is Black Sabbath’s epic 4-side “We Sold Our Souls For Rock ‘n’ Roll “(1976), which is just cram-packed full of too many excellent titles to mention, save but the one I have a vinyl copy cover of Mogwai doing, and that is found on the III’rd side, Sweet Leaf. Well of course Iron Man, War Pigs, and Paranoid are on there, in reverse order that is side II.
Finished off the night with L.A. Woman (1971), the seminal Doors’ release itself ending with what was a most-trancelike journeying experience last evening ‘Riders on the Storm’. I know what I am when I listen to that song. Mucha mucha more thanna L’American. Ain’tchu, too? That album was surprisingly satisfying.
So, this is a blog post. Gotta keep practicing writing. Practice makes perfect. Or at least I can say I was fucking trying (what the fuck have you done!) (wrong decade! they come later). So, I have listened to a shotgun ton of seventies yesterday, re-listened to Rundgren’s Utopia today, again, and I want so bad to listen to Sigur Rós’s ‘Von’, it lay right leaning up left next to me, so purple… so shiny…
And I really want to listen to the other two albums I have lined up over there, Modest Mouse’s ‘Good News For People Who Love Bad News’, and Mogwai’s ‘The Hawk Is Howling’, 2004 and 2009, respectively. But! I just took a berak from writing this to go peruse my record collection for what I will listen to today while I… see this is the whole reason it’s music music music… besides BECUZ is that I’ve dedicated the majority of my free time this ‘Memorial Day’ weekend to TRULY REMEMBER via Peter Levenda.
So I’m reading Sinister Forces pt I and jamming to 70’s. Now I’ve noticed that I don’t have any 1972 represented yet, and that is because I noticed I had quite a few of the 70’s ‘done’ with, and I began perusing my collection to fill out the remainder of the years, and of the records I’ve pulled to do this, I will name quickly before establishing how great sync is in this moment for I’ve just… here’s the list.
Bob Dylan/The Band – “Before The Flood” (1974)
Pink Floyd – “The Dark Side Of The Moon” (1973)
Steely Dan – “Aja” (1977)
Steely Dan – “Katy Lied” (1975)
George Harrison – “Thirty Three & 1/ॐ” (1976)
Eagles – “Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)” (1976)
Boston – “Boston” (1976)
Willie Nelson – “Stardust” (1978)
While I have more than enough for 1976, here’s where sync just came in to play, as I see I need to find a 1979 (not the SP song), but an album proper, and I must find one prior to this midnight. That said, these are my choices, but notice that also there is no 1972 listed yet, well, I noticed, and this was a point of contention! I was rummaging, finding nothing! While rummaging, I found some Santana, first album (but it’s 1969), found my Talking Heads demos bootleg, but that’s not 1979 or 1972, far from knowing if I will find the nine, heh, heh, heh, heh, heh, heh, heh, heh, heh – I shall say.
I just found out I have David Bowie reading Peter the Wolf in a clear green ‘Orchestra for Young Persons’ – was l’amazed! Forgot I found that a while back! But then I realize, what’s this? Woah! Wicked cool picture disc of Bowie I forgot getting. Nice. :Pays it no mind:
Going through https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1972_in_music Just to see if I have anything from that era I wasn’t noticing. So, I keep going through wiki, I get to June, see ‘Obscured By Clouds’, just one of a few albums that, if I had my whole collection, I’d be all set for sure, including if I had ‘Can’t Buy A Thrill’. That said, too bad ‘Gaucho’ is 1980. Damn. The other two are 1972 a piece. And Zeppelin released nothing that year. That was prior to 1973 when they released ‘The Houses Of The Holy’. That said…
I keep reading. Oh, hey! David Bowie released an album in 1972! Huh? It was ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’. Jeez! I WISH I had THAT one. All I have is this AWESOME Peter and the Wolf clear green Bowie narration a la ‘The Snowman’, :swoon:… and this STELLAR picture disc, but like, I don’t know what album that is, with Bowie, in the street, at night, that picture disc… is… I go, like, no way, I go, like look and like… DUDE. I HAVE THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS IN PICTURE DISK??!?!?!?! Snap-dizzle. Cooly. [sync/heartmelt]
So that’s what I’m doing today. And I gotta like, get to it now. So I was productive, made a journal entry, keeping moving on forward, exercising these efforts and skills. This is getting me somewhere good, one focused creative acton at a time. 99u… need to get to re-reading that. You know. Once I’m done with Levenda’s “Sinister Forces” Trilogy. And S.K. Bain’s ‘The Most Dangerous Book in the World’. Then more 99u. ‘Coz I love J Glei’s work.
So, that’s my Slamtastic Seventies Supersounds Showdown Saturnalia… yea. Now I gotta just find The Nine. That is, 1979. Cool kids… never have the time. I only have time to find another album from 79 to fill out the required spectrum for SUCCESS. In this … meager… minor… Meaningful endeavor. Ah. And some coffee. And Blue Chemdog.
[Update] I’ve just noticed that if my PF or TR collections were more complete, I’d have two excellent 1979 choices. As it is, I’ve just perused both my collection, and the wiki on music from that year – and wouldn’t you know it. My LZ collection saves the day, with [we came in] ‘In Through The Out Door’ [isn’t this where?] – perfect connection there. I wonder now, holy crap. I wonder now. Wow wow wow. That turned out to be a GREAT update. So, There’s my list, and to finish it off, 72 repped by Bowie’s Rise/Fall, 73 is DSOTM, 75 will be Katy Lied, 78 will be Willie’s Stardust, and 79 will be LZ’s ‘ITTOD’. – xoxo –