Friday, July 24, 2020

McQ's Best Of 1969 Vol 10 - Poptimists & Operatics

To be blunt, after a five year stretch that saw the pop/rock world producing an enormous number of it's most timeless and definitive singles, pop music took a big step backwards in 1969.

Not that the year didn't generate some fantastic pop music, it did, but compared to the years just past, harmonic, tight, concise pop just wasn't where most ambitious musical heads were at in 1969.

But in the wake of Sgt. Pepper's conceptualism, a new idea did emerged, the rock-opera.

And in 1969, two already prominent acts, The Who and The Kinks, took declarative first stabs at the form, with Tommy, and the originally intended for television Arthur (or the Decline of the British Empire).

So for this mix, we focus heavily on those two groundbreaking narrative efforts, as well as some of 1969's other most memorable pop from the likes of The Beatles, The Velvet Underground (who had suddenly decided to get real gentle), and several of the year's best singles acts, ending it all, in the only way a mix dedicated to 1969 should, with the Beatles "Sun King" medley.

Set 1 (Arthur In Decline)

1. Victoria - The Kinks (3:40)
2. Candy Says - The Velvet Underground (4:04)
3. Marrakesh Express - Crosby, Stills & Nash (2:37)
4. Don't Let Me Down - The Beatles (3:36)
5. Something In The Air - Thunderclap Newman (3:54)
6. Christmas - The Who (4:35)
7. Come and Get It - Badfinger (2:23)
8. Venus - Shocking Blue (3:08)
9. Brainwashed - The Kinks (2:35)
10. What Goes On - The Velvet Underground (4:54)
11. Octopus's Garden - The Beatles (2:51)
12. Crystal Blue Persuasion - Tommy James & The Shondells (4:02)
13. Soul Deep - The Box Tops (2:28)
14. Daydream - Wallace Collection (4:59)

Set 2 (Tommy In Ascension)

15. I'm Free - The Who (2:39)
16. Marley Purt Drive - The Bee Gees (4:27)
17. The Reason - Thunderclap Newman (4:06)
18. Shangri-La - The Kinks (5:21)
19. Some Kinda Love - The Velvet Underground (4:03)
20. The Ballad Of John And Yoko - The Beatles (2:59)
21. Hitchin' A Ride - Vanity Fare (2:53)
22. Sally Simpson - The Who (4:10)
23. Reflections Of My Life - Marmalade (4:11)
24. Do It Again - The Beach Boys (2:26)
25. I'm Set Free - The Velvet Underground (4:04)
26. Arthur - The Kinks (5:26)
27. We're Not Gonna Take It - The Who (7:06)


28. He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother - The Hollies (4:18)
29. You Never Give Me Your Money - The Beatles (4:03)
30. Sun King - The Beatles (2:26)
31. Mean Mr. Mustard - The Beatles (1:07)
32. Polythene Pam - The Beatles (1:13)
33. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window - The Beatles (1:59)
34. Golden Slumbers - The Beatles (1:32)
35. Carry The Weight - The Beatles (2:22)
36. After Hours - The Velvet Underground (2:07)

Meet The Poptimist and Operatics Singers:

The Kinks: More coming soon!

The Velvet Underground: More coming soon!

Crosby, Stills & Nash: More coming soon!

The Beatles: More coming soon!


Thunderclap Newman: More coming soon!

The Who: More coming soon!

Badfinger: More coming soon!

Shocking Blue: More coming soon!

Tommy James & The Shondells: More coming soon!

The Box Tops: More coming soon!

Wallace Collection: More coming soon!

The Bee Gees: More coming soon!

Vanity Fare: More coming soon!

Marmalade: More coming soon!

The Beach Boys: More coming soon!

The Hollies: Kicking off our encore is the Hollies 1969 rendition of Bobby Scott and Bob Russell's oft covered He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother, which would become a top 10 hit for the band both stateside and overseas, and along with The Air That I Breathe, the definitive ballad of the act's career. It is also a very important song for me personally, as well as several of my best friends, but to say more on that would be in violation of some sacred bonds:-)

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