Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mucchio Classic Rock #15 USA Harmony Pop 1965-1970 (Top 20 Albums)

God only knows what they're feeding the animals with... 

Fifteenth music history lesson, courtesy of italian magazine Il Mucchio and its old Classic Rock special features (published in Italy in the 1990s/2000s). After Punk, New Wave, Dark/Gothic, Hard Rock, Psychedelia, Power Pop, Canterbury, Reggae, Krautrock, White Man's Blues, Hardcore-Punk, Old Skool Hip-Hop, Soul and Italian Cantautori, it's time to take a californian sunshower in the Sixties. In this playlist you'll find the brightest american music of that era, "a sea of sugar, colours and very good vibrations", as Carlo Bordone wrote in the original piece. A collection of quite famous tunes (God Only Knows, California Dreamin', Happy Together...) along with less famous but not less joyful songs. "Harmony Pop"? I think that label was invented by Bordone (one of the best italian music writers). Probably in the anglosaxon world it's called "Sunshine Pop", or something similar. Anyway, a really good mixtape to accelerate the return of spring.
Enjoy! :o)

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USA Harmony Pop 1965-1970
Source: Il Mucchio
Albums on Spotify: 14 out of 20 (70%)

10 Pivotal Albums
Beau Brummels - Introducing the Beau Brummels (Autumn, 1965)
Lovin' Spoonful - Do You Believe In Magic? (Kama Sutra, 1965)
Beach Boys - Pet Sounds (Capitol, 1966)
Mamas and Papas - If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears (MCA, 1966)
Left Banke - There's Gonna Be A Storm. The Complete Recordings 1966-69 (Mercury, 1992)
Turtles - Happy Together (White Whale, 1967)
Monkees - Headquarters (RCA, 1967)
Association - Greatest Hits (Warner Bros, 1968)
Millennium - Begin (Columbia, 1968)
Smoke - The Smoke (Tower, 1968)

10 Albums More
Harpers Bizarre - Feelin' Groovy (Warner Bros, 1967)
Merry-Go-Round - The Merry-Go-Round (A&M, 1967)
Choir - Choir Practice (Sundazed, 1994)
Jan & Dean - Save For a Rainy Day (Sundazed, 1996)
Yellow Balloon - The Yellow Balloon (Canterbury, 1967)
Free Design - Kites Are Fun. The Best of Free Design (Varese Vintage, 1998)

Sagittarius - Present Tense (Columbia, 1968)
Margo Guryan - Take a Picture (Bell, 1968)
Spanky & Our Gang - Like To Get To Know You (Mercury, 1968)
John Phillips - The Wolfking of L.A. (Stateside, 1970)

Listen to it on Spotify:
Mammoth (full albums): HTTP, URI. (SR0587)
Lite (3 songs each "pivotal" album, 2 songs each "more" album): HTTP Link, URI. (SR0588)

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