Saturday, November 22, 2008

Forty years ago

On this date in 1968, the Beatles' self-titled (or "white") album was released. It was a double decker mishmash of songs, an electic effort from a band continuing to experiment, but also clearly nearing the end of their time together.

There were quite a few good songs on this collection, including Helter Skelter and Back in the U.S.S.R. There were some fairly stupid tracks, too, and it has less to do with the experimental/odd nature of the record and more to do with the Beatles writing a lot of dumb songs.

George Harrison wrote four tunes on the record, including:

1968 was a good year for rock music in general. Deep Purple released its first two albums, Simon & Garfunkel issued "Bookends," The Jimi Hendrix Experience finished their double LP "Electric Ladyland," and The Velvet Underground dropped "White Light/White Heat." We also got Pink Floyd, The Doors, and the debut of Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Then there is my favorite album from 1968, Cream's "Wheels of Fire," yet another double LP featuring ten studio tracks and four live, rambling recordings from San Francisco.

It had one of the weirdest songs in rock history as well.

More on Cream in a few of days.


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ChrisV82 said...

It's good stuff, as long as people don't try to make it out to be perfect.