Tag: 1964

The Dave Clark Five – American Tour

ARTIST: The Dave Clark Five                  220px-American_Tour_(_Epic_1964_)

TITLE: American Tour

YEAR RELEASED: 1964

CHART ACTION: #11

SINGLES: Because (#3)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Oh, no, because Dave Clark kept everything under wraps (and still does)

LINEUP: Dave Clark, Mike Smith, Lenny Davidson, Rick Huxley, Dennis Payton

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A better than usual hit + filler thanks to some strong songwriting.

 SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: At first glance, this may be “Because” plus 11 other tracks. Not so fast.

Yeah, there are some instrumentals, but the band gets into them with great vigor. And “Come on Over” is a blatant rip of “Glad All Over”, but still stomping fun. But what makes the deep cuts special is the booming bass of Rick Huxley. His deep bass lines, unusual for the UK scene, make his sound distinctive and adds a sonic character to the tracks that the usual UK 60’s bands didn’t have. Add in Dave Clark’s booming drums.

Sure, it’s short and sometimes slight, and probably best for DC5 or beat group fanatics, but they’ll love it.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Dave Clark has allowed some whole albums to stream. Of course, there was such a disparity between US and UK albums (the band didn’t release many UK albums until 1968, but cranked out 13 between 1964 and 1967, including four each in 1965 and 1966.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

 GRADE B: My sister left me this album and I played it quite a bit as a kid, because it’s right in a kid’s wheelhouse. It’s got charm and stompability.

Phil Ochs – All the News That’s Fit to Sing

ARTIST: Phil Ochs                       All_the_News_That's_Fit_to_Sing_cover

TITLE: All the News That’s Fit to Sing

YEAR RELEASED: 1964

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: None

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: One More Parade, Power and the Glory, The Bells, Too Many Martyrs, What’s That I Hear

LINEUP: Phil Ochs, Danny Kalb

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The first broadside from one of Broadside magazine’s favorites.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Sure, this 1964 record is topical, and reads like a current events look at America during that troubled and turbulent time. Because of that, it’s an important document – a take on current events from a progressive voice that takes on the issues head-on.

Ochs’ voice is strong and unwavering, and his vocal style fits each style of song, from talking blues, to protest, to ‘journalism’ folk. His guitar work has a lot of finesse and he can play in several styles to fit the song. His lyrics are definitely pointed, and unwavering on his politics. The only slight stumbles are when he tries to become a bit sentimental – he’s not quite as nuanced there as he would be later.

Ochs is a better singer, and a better guitar player than most other of his contemporaries. His political leanings were far left, but in the protest movement, he was beloved at this time.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: In 1963, he recorded an album of campfire songs for children, anonymously. This wasn’t discovered until 2000.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No 

GRADE: A:  Sadly, you could probably adapt many of these songs to the current political landscape.

The Beach Boys – All Summer Long

ARTIST: The Beach Boys          AllSummerLongCover

TITLE: All Summer Long

YEAR RELEASED: 1964

CHART ACTION: #4

SINGLES: I Get Around (#1 US, #7 UK), Don’t Worry Baby (#24 US), Little Honda (#65 US, #11 UK), Wendy (#11 US)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: All Summer Long, Hushabye, Don’t Back Down, The Girls on the Beach

LINEUP: Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Al Jardine, Mike Love. Hal Blaine elped with drums.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Finally, an album with minimal filler and time wasting, though there are still a couple of real filler tracks.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: This definitely is a summer album, with the perfect summer album opener (“I Get Around), one of the best motorcycle songs of the era (“Little Honda”), a beautiful, plaintive track (“Wendy”), and probably the best example of Brian Wilson’s falsetto (Don’t Back Down”)

The other tracks aren’t totally embarrassing. The surf instrumental by Carl Wilson is decent enough, and the song about drive-in movies is childish but harmless, and there is one that’s just recording studio chatter, but that’s easily skipped and it’s not cringeworthy.

What’s best is that Brian Wilson is soon becoming the consistent and memorable songwriter and arranger that we know him for. Good musical times were coming.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: During the brilliant “I Get Around”, Brian fired his dad as the manager.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Single mixes and alternate takes.

GRADE: B: Not many to skip or exile, finally.

The Beach Boys – Shut Down, Volume 2

ARTIST: The Beach Boys

TITLE: Shut Down, Volume 2 ShutDownVol2Cover

YEAR RELEASED: 1964

CHART ACTION: #13

SINGLES: Fun, Fun, Fun (#5), I Get Around (#1), Don’t Worry Baby (#24)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Most all of the album are covers of known songs.

LINEUP: Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Al Jardine, Mike Love

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A split decision, with some classics and some filler.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Four tracks on the first side (“Fun, Fun, Fun”, “Don’t Worry Baby”, “The Warmth of the Sun”, “This Car of Mine”) are bonafide Beach Boys classics (major and minor). The other eight songs range from amusing filler (“In the Parkin’ Lot”, “Pom, Pom Play Girl”), and valiant attempt at “Why Do Fools Fall in Love”, down to blatant filler (two instrumentals and a cover of “Louie, Louie”).

Then there’s the inane “Cassius’ Love vs. ‘Sonny’ Wilson”, an excuse to fill 3:30 with trash talks and recycled hits. Who thought this was a good idea worth keeping on a record? Maybe a B-side?

The demands of Capitol Records for product meant that Brian Wilson could only do so much to make an album consistently excellent. For now, hits+filler was the rule.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Al Jardine marks his reappearance as a full-time member in the studio and photos.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, a mono mix of one track, and a couple of oddities.

GRADE: C+: There’s some A+ stuff here, and then there’s the filler and obnoxious whatever it was.

Otis Redding – These Arms of Mine

ARTIST: Otis Redding              220px-Otisredding-paininmyheart-original

TITLE: Pain in My Heart

YEAR RELEASED: 1964

CHART ACTION: #103 US, #28 UK

SINGLES: These Arms of Mine (#85 US, #20 R&B), That’s What My Heart Needs (#27 R&B), Pain in My Herat (#61 US, #11 R&B), Security (#97 US, #23 R&B)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: He covers “Stand by Me”, “You Send Me”, “Louie Louie” ,and “Lucille”

LINEUP: Otis Redding, Booker T. Jones, Isaac Hayes, Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, Al Jackson, Jr., Johnny Jenkins, Lewis Steinberg, Wayne Jackson, Charles Axton, Floyd Newman

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First album from soul legend showed his vocal ability and songwriting prowess, backed by the first-rate Stax musicians.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Whether it’s recording Naomi Neville’s title track, his own “These Arms of Mine”, or another cover version, Otis Redding’s talent is apparent, and indescribable.

Redding please, croons, cajoles, begs, and shouts, sometimes all in the same song. His emotional range and feeling he puts in each song makes the album burn in your ears, even if some of the covers seem perfunctory. A half-assed performance by Redding beats almost everyone else’s best shot.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The album was made from sessions dating back to his debut in October of 1962.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: B+:  Some of the covers aren’t Otis’ best work and I don’t think the band was into the, either. But he really cooks on his songs and the title track.

 

The Beatles – Beatles for Sale

ARTIST: The Beatles                       220px-beatlesforsale

TITLE:  Beatles for Sale

YEAR RELEASED: 1964

CHART ACTION: #1 UK

SINGLES: Eight Days a Week (#1 US), Kansas City / Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey (#75 US)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No Reply, I’m a Loser, Rock and Roll Music, I’ll Follow the Sun

LINEUP: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr. George Martin on piano (and producer).

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A year-end Beatles album has some outstanding tracks, but a couple of covers weigh it down.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The pressure on the Beatles in late 1964 was immense. Not only had they broken through the US in a huge way, but they need to make sure their UK and European fans were taken care of as well.

They needed another new album for the Christmas season, so the group trudged back into the studio with about a half of an album of new songs. Cobbling together covers from their stage show (for the most part), they completed an album.

Unlike their first two albums, the covers weren’t that strong. “Mr. Moonlight” is just bad, and there’s some interesting echo (too much) on “Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby”. There was some musical progress, though, and the originals here are pretty outstanding and complicated, like “Baby’s in Black” and “Eight Days a Week”.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: They recorded “Leave My Kitten Alone”, but chose “Mr. Moonlight” instead, because John loved that song.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: B:  A few mediocre covers weigh this down, but the originals should be sought out.

The Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night

ARTIST: The Beatles                                 HardDayUK

TITLE:  A Hard Day’s Night

YEAR RELEASED: 1964

CHART ACTION: #1 UK (A US version hit #1 as well, but it was chopped up to heck)

SINGLES: Can’t Buy Me Love (#1 US, #1 UK), A Hard Day’s Night (#1 US, #1 UK), I’ll Cry Instead (#25 US), And I Love Her (#12 US)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: If I Fell (#53 US as a B-side), Things We Said Today, I’ll Be Back, You Can’t Do That (#48 as a B-side), maybe all of it?

LINEUP: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The Beatles’ machine cranks out an album for their movie, and in doing so move forward in songwriting and instrumentation.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Beatlemania is going strong in the UK and had just started in the US when news came that they were going to star in their own movie. With the movie, of course, there had to be an album.

What the Beatles delivered were 13 tracks of stellar rock-and-roll, showing sophistication, an expanded musical palette, and starring George Harrison’s 12-string electric guitar. That last feature got all of the US musician’s head spinning with possibilities. It may be one of the most important musical instrument choices in rock history.

All thirteen songs could have been singles, hits, smashes, you name it. The first side of the UK release were the ones featured in the movie. The second side, though had outstanding cuts like “I’ll Cry Instead”, “You Can’t Do That”, “I’ll Be Back” and “Things We Said Today”. It’s hard to fathom an act with the depth of songs that those four were just ‘leftovers’ as it were, since they weren’t in the movie.

This is the first Beatles’ album without covers, and every song is a Lennon / McCartney song. It’s John’s album in reality. Nine of the thirteen cuts have him singing or co-singing lead, with Paul netting three and George one. Because of that, there wasn’t a lot of fluff, mostly rock-and-roll.us hard days night

NOTES & MINUTIAE: In the US, we got half of the album and the other tracks were filled up with the orchestral pieces conducted by George Martin. Kind of a rip-off, really. But the cover was neat.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: A: It’s a short album with no filler and fantastic rock songs.

Rolling Stones – 12 X 5

ARTIST: Rolling Stones                    220px-12x5(Rolling_Stones_Album)_coverart

TITLE:  12 X 5

YEAR RELEASED: 1964

CHART ACTION: #3

SINGLES: It’s All Over Now (#26 US, #1 UK), Time Is on My Side (#6 US)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: 2120 South Michigan Avenue and some covers of famous songs.

LINEUP: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Ian Stewart

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second US release takes a UK EP and expands it by adding singles and stealing cuts intended for the Stones’ second UK album. Because that’s what they did then.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Unlike the Beatles, the Stones weren’t born songwriters, and it took time for them to hone their craft. So into the studio they went and recorded a few covers to supplement their songwriting. Half of the album are covers, and they do show great taste.

They don’t quite steal “Around and Around” from Chuck Berry, but they come close. Their version of “It’s All Over Now” is what people know. However, a couple of the covers miss the mark, but they gave an effort at least.

The big noise on this album was “Time Is on My Side”, which was their first US Top 10 and the first Stones song to make a real dent on the US consciousness. With other cuts just being OK, it’s more for the devoted than the curious, but devotees of the early stones will love it. 220px-Five_by_five

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The version of “Time Is on My Side” on the album and the US single is different than what we all remember on compilations. They re-recorded it for their next UK album.

Also, the EP, Five by Five, was the #1 EP in the UK.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.

GRADE: B-: Some hot cuts, some cold cuts. They were learning the art of albums here.

Simon & Garfunkel – Wednesday Morning, 3AM

ARTIST: Simon & Garfunkel        Simon_&_Garfunkel,_Wednesday_Morning,_3_A.M._(1964)

TITLE:  Wednesday Morning, 3AM

YEAR RELEASED: 1964

CHART ACTION: #30 US, #24 UK

SINGLES: They didn’t release a single from this.

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: The Sound of Silence (acoustic version), some folk covers.

LINEUP: Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Folk album originally released to crickets except in the hard-core folkie community, and then hit big when the producer electrified one famous song.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Many of you know the story: “The Sound of Silence” was a pleasant acoustic number, and producer Tom Wilson added a band behind it without telling the band after they dispersed to parts hither and yon, and well, there’s your hit and career.

The original album that the song came from is a pleasant 60’s folk exercise. There’s nothing particularly special about it. Simon’s original songs are OK, but he’s definitely got some Dylan-aping going on. There’s a religious overtone in some of the songs (they cover “Go Tell it on the Mountain”).

I don’t think many listening in 1964 to this album would have predicted the magnitude of success this duo had, especially since Simon only wrote four of the 12 songs. They sing nicely together, though, and that was enough for Wilson to take a chance.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: When the duo started to hit, Garfunkel was back at Columbia and Simon was in London trodding the folk singer circuit threre.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: A demo and alternate takes.

GRADE: B-:  A nicely sung competent folkie album.

The Dave Clark Five – Glad All Over

ARTIST: The Dave Clark Five R-8142488-1455944773-2795.jpeg

TITLE:  Glad All Over

YEAR RELEASED: 1964

CHART ACTION: #3

SINGLES: Do You Love Me (#11 US, #30 UK), Glad All Over (#6 US, #1 UK), Bits and Pieces (#4 US, #2 UK)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW:  Noooooo

LINEUP: Dave Clark, Mike Smith, Lenny Davidson, Rick Huxley, Denis Payton

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Taking advantage of their UK hits, Epic in the US releases and album with the hits, stray tracks and a couple from their UK first album. R-8142379-1455941052-4507.jpeg

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: There’s some joy in Mudville – the Dave Clark Five has some albums streaming. Hooray!

What we have here is a typical 60’s UK / US smashup with some sub-par cuts, the singles which are gems, and a few decent album tracks. It’s a pick-and-choose kind of thing. The US record company waited to release their first UK album until after this one, which was pretty smart since this one got their momentum going in the US.

Their discography is kind of a mess since they didn’t release a lot of UK albums, but many UK singles. So reviewing the records will be interesting. However, unlike others in the 60’s I’ve heard a couple straight through so I know there’s at least two that are decent to keep as a whole.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: For years, Clark didn’t want his groups material released on CD and then not until this year digitally streaming. It’s not on Spotify, BTW. And yes, there are two covers, based on what pressing you bought.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: C:  There’s good, and there’s real bad here, but a few surprises that I like. Not saying their great, but I like ‘em at least.