CSNY’s Deja Vu turns 50 ~ Released on March 11, 1970.
It’s #148 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It’s sold well over 8M copies worldwide. It is … a masterpiece.
The album is stupid successful, topping the charts in the UK and US. Critics don’t handle it well. John Mendelsohn wrote in his Rolling Stone review: “He’s seemingly lost sight of what once made his music uniquely compelling and evocative and become just another pretty-singing solo superstar.” In 2003, smarter heads prevail and the magazine puts Harvest at #78 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Critics be damned … it’s a classic.
But maybe Mendelsohn was on to something. In 1977, Shakey included this in the liner notes to his Decade compilation album:
Heart Of Gold’ put me in the middle of the road. Traveling there soon became a bore, so I headed for the ditch. A rougher ride, but I saw more interesting people there.Shakey
Simon and Garfunkel’s final album together turns 50 today ~ released January 26, 1970.
Both the single and the album shoot to #1 in America, with the album spending 10 weeks at the top spot and the single staying for six. They sweep the Grammy Awards, winning for Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. It’s #51 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The album sells over 25 million copies — many of the songs deal with the duo’s long friendship and the fracture of their musical relationship: “The Only Living Boy In New York” was written by Simon to express his loneliness after Garfunkel spent months away making a movie.
Spirit releases their debut album on January 22, 1968. The album was a mainstay of progressive rock radio in the late-60’s/early 70’s. And, the track “Taurus” has been one of major controversy over the years. The guitar part of is said to have influenced Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page in writing “Stairway to Heaven.
Listen and decide for yourself.
He slingshoots his random rivets at you and you can catch as many as you want or let ’em all clatter right off the wall which maybe’s where they belong anyway. Bruce Springsteen is a bold new talent with more than a mouthful to say, and one look at the pic on the back will tell you he’s got the glam to go places in this Gollywoodlawn world to boot.Lester Bangs, Rolling Stone , July 5, 1973
January 5, 1973 ~ With a boulder on his shoulder, feelin’ kinda older, 23-year-old Bruce Springsteen releases his first album, Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.
Kick your shoes off, do not fearBob Dylan,
Bring that bottle over here
I’ll be your baby, tonight
Orpheus releases his eighth album on December 27, 1967. This one’s #301 on Rolling Stone’s Greatest Albums of All Time.