April 21, 2008

Over the past few weeks I’ve been tweaking my “Flower Power” collection big time, to the point where I have it EXACTLY the way I want. So, for posterity’s sake (and for all you audiophiles out there) here is my original 6-disc set with the subsequent changes made – and believe me, there isn’t a slouch cut in this set. I challenge anyone to find any weaknesses in it!

(Ed. note: Aside to “Tightwad” – you’ll have a chance to experience and judge these discs personally as a result of my upcoming visit in a few weeks!)

Original Disc 1:

The Mamas & The Papas – California Dreamin’
The Turtles – Happy Together
? and The Mysterians – 96 Tears
The Beatles – Day Tripper
The Beatles – We Can Work It Out
Barry McGuire – Eve of Destruction
The Rolling Stones – Out Of Time
Paul Revere & The Raiders – Kicks
Strawberry Alarm Clock – Incense And Peppermints
Nancy Sinatra – These Boots Were Made For Walkin’
The Byrds – Mr. Tambourine Man
The Beatles – Nowhere Man
The Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn!
The Beatles – Mark I (early version of “Tomorrow Never Knows”)
The Beatles – Love You To
Bob Dylan – Like A Rolling Stone
The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Born On The Bayou
The Rolling Stones – Paint It Black
Canned Heat – Goin’ Up The Country
Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth
Creedence Clearwater Revival – I Put A Spell On You
Manfred Mann – Quinn The Eskimo
The Turtles – Buzzsaw

Final changes:
– remove “Day Tripper” and “We Can Work It Out” (these were, after all, 1965 cuts)
– add Sonny & Cher, “The Beat Goes On” (much more hip!)

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Original Disc 2:

Scott MacKenzie – San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)
Jefferson Airplane – Somebody To Love
The Doors – Break On Through (To The Other Side)
The Beatles – Strawberry Fields Forever
The Beatles – Penny Lane
The Doors – Light My Fire (long version)
Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit
Procol Harum – A Whiter Shade Of Pale
The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles – With A Little Help From My Friends
The Beatles – Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds
The Monkees – Pleasant Valley Sunday
The Turtles – Elenore
Eric Burdon & The Animals – Sky Pilot (long version)
The Troggs – Love Is All Around
The Beatles – All You Need Is Love
The Turtles – You Showed Me
Tommy James & The Shondells – Crimson And Clover (long version)
The Beatles – Blue Jay Way
Thunderclap Newman – Something In The Air
The Doors – End Of The Night

Final changes:

– remove “Strawberry Fields Forever”, “Penny Lane” and all “Sgt. Pepper” cuts (you’re better off just playing “Sgt. Pepper” and “Magical Mystery Tour” in their entirety!)
– add The Young Rascals, “A Beautiful Morning”
– add The Rolling Stones, “Ruby Tuesday”
– add Diana Ross & The Supremes, “Reflections”
– add The Monkees, “Words” (moved from Vol. 3)
– add Eric Burdon & The Animals, “San Franciscan Nights” (moved from Vol. 3)

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Original Disc 3:

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Commotion
Canned Heat – On The Road Again
Deep Purple – Hush
The Doors – The End
Vanilla Fudge – You Keep Me Hangin’ On
The Chambers Brothers – Time Has Come Today (long version)
Donovan – Atlantis
The Beatles – It’s All Too Much
Lemon Pipers – Green Tambourine
The Rolling Stones – She’s A Rainbow
Janis Ian – Society’s Child
Status Quo – Pictures Of Matchstick Men
The Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil
Eric Burdon & The Animals – San Franciscan Nights
The Bee Gees – Words
The Monkees – Words
The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter

Final changes:

– remove The Monkees, “Words” (moved to Vol. 2)
– remove “San Franciscan Nights” (moved to Vol. 2)
– remove “Gimme Shelter” (moved to Vol. 4)
– remove The Bee Gees, “Words” (great cut, but my goal was to create a truly great psychedelic disc)
– add The Human Beinz, “Nobody But Me” (an all-time favorite cut!)
– add Steppenwolf, “Magic Carpet Ride”
– add The Rolling Stones, “Street Fighting Man”

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Original Disc 4:

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Down On The Corner
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate Son
The Rolling Stones – Honky Tonk Women
Three Dog Night – Easy To Be Hard
The Monkees – Circle Sky
The Box Tops – Soul Deep
The Rolling Stones – Street Fighting Man
The Monkees – Porpoise Song
The Monkees – As We Go Along
Plastic Ono Band – Give Peace A Chance
The Monkees – Listen To The Band (long version)
Bob Dylan – Lay, Lady, Lay
Tammy Wynette – Stand By Your Man
Tommy James & The Shondells – Crystal Blue Persuasion
Sir Douglas Quintet – Mendocino
The Yongbloods – Get Together
The 5th Dimension – Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In
The Beatles – Come Together
The Beatles – Something
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Up Around The Bend
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Who’ll Stop The Rain

Final changes:

– remove “Street Fighting Man” (moved to Vol. 3)
– remove “Stand By Your Man” (I’ll find a spot for that in another collection)
– remove “Something” (great cut, but having “Come Together” was sufficient)
– add The Rolling Stones, “Gimme Shelter” (moved from Vol. 3)
– add Three Dog Night, “One”
– add Crosby, Stills, & Nash, “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”

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Original Disc 5:

1. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Ramble Tamble
2. Diana Ross and The Supremes – Someday We’ll Be Together
3. Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
4. The Beatles – Let it Be (album version)
5. Crosby Stills, Nash, & Young – Woodstock
6. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Lookin’ Out My Back Door
7. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Run Through The Jungle
8. Three Dog Night – Out In The Country
9. Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young – Ohio
10. The Doors – Peace Frog / Blue Sunday
11. Creedence Clearwater Revival – I Heard It Through The Grapevine (long version)
12. Melanie – Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)
13. The Doors – Roadhouse Blues
14. The Beach Boys – Student Demonstration Time
15. Sugarloaf – Green-Eyed Lady
16. Grand Funk Railroad – I’m Your Captain/Closer To Home (long version)

Final changes:

– remove “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (great cut, but it just didn’t fit)
– remove “Student Demonstration Time” (moved to Vol. 6)
– add Norman Greenbaum, “Spirit In The Sky” (a truly great cut from 1970)
– add Bread, “Make It With You” (moved from Vol. 6)
– add Vanity Faire, “Hitchin’ A Ride” (moved from Vol. 6)

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Original Disc 6:

1. Canned Heat – Let’s Work Together
2. The Doors – Ship Of Fools
3. The Doors – Land Ho!
4. Blues Image – Ride, Captain, Ride
5. The Moody Blues – Question
6. The Monkees – The Girl I Knew Somewhere
7. Janis Joplin – Me and Bobby McGee
8. The Doors – L.A. Woman
9. Vanity Faire – Hitchin’ A Ride
10. Bread – Make It With You
11. The Doors – Hyacinth House
12. Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar
13. Alive And Kickin’ – Tighter, Tighter
14. The Doors – Riders On The Storm
15. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Have You Ever Seen The Rain?
16. Michael Nesmith – Joanne
17. Bee Gees – How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?
18. Rolling Stones – Wild Horses
19. B.J. Thomas – Rock And Roll Lullaby

Final changes:

– remove “The Girl I Knew Somewhere” (a good cut, but little too light for this collection)
– remove “Me And Bobby McGee” (a good enough cut but I never liked the song)
– remove “Hitchin’ A Ride” (moved to Vol. 5)
– remove “Make It With You” (moved to Vol. 5)
– add Santana, “Black Magic Woman” (a great cut I had forgotten about)
– add Faces, “Stay With Me” (a “seven wonder” to be posted on soon)
– add The Beach Boys, “Student Demonstration Time” (moved from Vol. 5)

Filed in: Uncategorized by The Great White Shank at 01:09 | Comments (5)
5 Comments »
  1. Hey there GWS….

    Can’t wait!!!! Some really great cuts here.
    I can’t help wonder why the following didn’t make the compilation:

    (1) “In A Gadda Da Vida” by Iron Butterfly
    (2) “Lucky Man” by ELP
    (3) “Reach Out of the Darkness” by Friend and Lover
    (4) “Stoned Soul Picnic” by The 5th Dimension
    (5) “Mellow Yellow” by Donovan
    (6) “Time has Come Today” by The Chambers Bros.
    (7) “Good Morning Starshine” by Oliver
    (8) “Marrakesh Express” by CSN

    Later…

    Comment by Tightwad — April 30, 2008 @ 7:48 pm


  2. Actually, Tightwad, “Time has Come Today” is on the set, in all its psychedelic glory on Vol. 3. As for the others, well, it’s simple – I hate those songs! Well, hate may be too strong a word… 🙂

    But I’m kicking myself for not finding room somewhere for The Byrds’ “Eight Miles High”. I might need to bump something…

    Comment by The Great White Shank — April 30, 2008 @ 9:42 pm


  3. Yeah, I saw the Chambers Bros on Vol 3 after that fact – Now for “hate”…
    well let’s say they just didn’t make the list (double :-)!)

    Here’s ‘another’ for ya…”!aaaH-aH ,yawA eM ekaT oT gnimoC er’yehT”
    by Napoleon XIV.

    ATB

    Comment by Tightwad — May 1, 2008 @ 8:42 pm


  4. Yeah, I saw the Chambers Bros on Vol 3 after that fact – Now for “hate”…
    well let’s say they just didn’t make the list (double :-)!)

    Here’s ‘another’ for ya…”!aaaH-aH ,yawA eM ekaT oT gnimoC er’yehT”
    by Napoleon XIV.

    ATB

    Comment by Tightwad — May 1, 2008 @ 8:42 pm


  5. Talk about your “one hit wonders! Thanks Tightwad, talk to you soon!

    Comment by The Great White Shank — May 2, 2008 @ 10:07 pm


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