EXPERIENCE ROCK HISTORY!
1960′s and 1970′s Album Track Gems
IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY & CURVED AIR
Progressive Rock; combining, Art Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Classical Rock, Baroque Rock, Space Rock, Experimental Rock, and Jazz Rock, emerged in the mid-to-late ’60s. The term brought about visions of early Genesis, King Crimson, Yes, ELP, and Pink Floyd, with the bounty of this genre all coming from Europe and England. However, it could be convincingly argued that Frank Zappa was probably one of the very first “progressive” Rock artists with the industry’s first “concept” double album in 1966, the Quasi-Rock, “Freak Out!”.
In 1969, the electric violin of David LaFlamme and Sexy Rock vocals of Pattie Santos of the Seattle, Washington-based It’s A beautiful Day gave Laid-Back Hard Rock a Progressive feel.
Most other Rock bands with violins were Country Folk Rock Fiddlers, but IABD were able to hit upon the unique West Coast Sound and became part of the San Francisco scene.
With their debut self-titled album and “White Bird” a hit among the Counter Culture, their album became
ubiquitous in the way that Dave Mason’s Alone Together album would be the following year – both set Rock History Landmarks of a specific sunny summertime and all of the glory that surrounded it.
Along with their iconic Top Rated Album Cover, their track “Bombay Calling” was the inspiration/basis for Deep Purple’s “Child In Time”.
IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY
It’s A Beautiful Day – 1969
Several years later in 1970 over in Britain, the electric violin of Darryl Way and the Sexy Rock vocals of Sonja Kristina led another unique progressive violin-featured band, Curved Air.
Their debut album Air Conditioning made their progressive mark with a very unique decidedly dramatic and Psychedelic Hard Rock Classical flair.
The Air Conditioning vinyl record was one of the first Rock “picture discs”; duplicating the circular mandala image on their album cover.
Air Conditioning – November 1970
00individual had acquired the picture disc import pressing in clear vinyl sleeve, but like many times over the decades albums were traded – in good times for new albums and in bad times for cash. Back then, vinyl albums had a perceived and actual aesthetic and monetary value. At one point 00individual had over 3,500 select albums in his “bank”.
Enjoy these other trippy ’60’s and ’70’s
ALBUM TRACK GEMS
and just for fun:
1968 Album Track Gem Madness;
LOTHAR and the HAND PEOPLE
“SEX AND VIOLENCE”
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