18/11/2013 ‘1969,Ok?’ tracklist

Was 1969 okay? For those immersed in Woodstock’s mud or with their eyes to the moon, perhaps all was wondrous and rosy, but along with the rise of the Woodstock generation and Neil Armstrong‘s ‘giant leap for mankind’ there was also a dark side to the year. There might not have been the widespread protests of the previous year, but Japanese students took over Tokyo University in January, the same month as Jan Palach died after setting himself alight in Prague’s Wenceslas Square protesting the Soviet invasion of  Czechoslovakia and subsequent demoralization of much of the populace. And sandwiched between the Moon landing and Woodstock, the followers of an unsuccessful singer-songwriter who had formed a philosophy based on, among other things, Scientology and Beatles‘ lyrics, decided the way to start an apocalyptical race war was to commit a series of murders. Add the Zodiac Killer‘s attacks to Manson and his crazed flock’s atrocities, and the decade ending violence and death at the free festival in Altamont, and, despite the peace, love, and creativity of the Laurel Canyon crowd, it certainly wasn’t all ‘okay’ in California. Meanwhile, in the Motor City, The Stooges and MC5, were reacting to their environment by creating the sounds which would fuel the punk explosion of the mid-70’s, and in Europe the groups emerging from the Kommunes of West Germany were heading towards the cosmic….
On The Kitchen Sink, the following sounds, recorded or released in the year in question, hopefully proved that sonically at least, 1969 was more than okay!

1)MC5 – THE AMERICAN RUSE /from ‘Back In The USA’/ Atlantic 1970
More info: http://www.mc5.org/
2)THE PLASTIC PEOPLE OF THE UNIVERSE – MUZ BEZ USI (live 1969) /from ‘Muz Bez Usi’/ Globus 2002
More info: http://plasticpeople.eu/
3)THE VELVET UNDERGROUND – I CAN’T STAND IT /from ‘1969 Live’/ Mercury 1974
More info: http://www.oceanstar.com/patti/poetry/velvet.htm
4)TANGERINE DREAM – RESURRECTION /from ‘Electronic Meditation’/ Ohr 1970
More info: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/11847-electronic-meditationalpha-centauri/
5)AMEN CORNER – HALF AS NICE /from the collection ‘If Paradise Is Half As Nice’/ Immediate 2000
More info: http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/music/sites/amen-corner/pages/biography.shtml
6)DON CHERRY – TERRESTRIAL BEINGS /from ‘Mu First Part’/ Actuel 1969
More info: http://www.jazzhouse.org/gone/lastpost2.php3?edit=920558579
7)APRYL FOOL – THE LOST MOTHER LAND (Part 1) /from ‘Apryl Fool’/ Columbia 1969
More info: http://www.japrocksampler.com/artists/…/apryl_fool/
8)THE STOOGES – NO FUN (Full Version) /from ‘The Stooges’ 2005 reissue/ Elektra 1969, 2005
More info: http://www.iggyandthestoogesmusic.com/us/news
9)KIM SUN – THE MAN WHO MUST LEAVE /1969, included on ‘Psych-Funk 101 1968-1975’/ World Psychedelic Funk Classics 2009 More info: http://www.forcedexposure.com/labels/world.psychedelic.funk.classics.html
10)CLARK-HUTCHINSON – IMPROVISATIONS ON AN INDIAN SCALE /from ‘A=MH2’/ Decca 1969, Sunbeam 2008
More info: http://www.last.fm/music/Clark+Hutchinson/+wiki

That epic raga-workout by English duo Andy Clark and Mick Hutchinson brought the hour of sounds from ’69 to a close. The usual diversity, and even that rarity on the show, a number 1 single courtesy of Andy Fairweather Low‘s outfit Amen Corner – yep, a little slice of paradise to go with a few darker sounds!
Til next time, wishing anyone perusing this many a sonic wonder, S.

The Kitchen Sink is broadcast every Monday from 10.15 p.m CET/9.15 UK on http://www.radior.cz

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~ by theshinybeast on November 27, 2013.

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