Friday, January 5, 2001

McQ's Best Of 1969 Vol 14 - Hindenburgs Rising!

Closing in now on the end of the our look back at the end of the 60s, and no music better signaled the end of the 60s than the emergent strands of in-your-face punk and metal that surfaced in 1969.

Obviously, Led Zeppelin, who hit with both their self-titled debut and the even more crowd-pleasing follow-up II, were the 800-pound Gorilla on the metal side of this equation, as were The Stooges and MC5 on the proto-punk side, but what's most interesting is how much those three acts were the outliers in their efforts to push music to previously unexplored extremes, with almost every other act here falling in line with the Deep Purple/Steppenwolf Hush/Born To Be Wild organ-heavy template established over the preceding two years.

I'm sure most of you with an interest in early metal are familiar with bulk of these tunes, but a couple of mostly forgotten standouts I have to mention before beginning.  Spooky Tooth's Evil Woman, found in our encore, may be the greatest over-the-top cheeseball heavy song I've ever heard. It's to die for in its own unique way, and essential listening.

The other act not sleep on here under any circumstances is Mott The Hoople.

They would go on to be more associated with glam in the years that followed, but their self-titled debut, a weird mix of Dylan and hard rock influences, gets my vote for the most underrated album of 1969.  It's aged remarkably well, and the three songs included here, their covers of Sonny Bono's Laugh At Me and The Kink's You Really Got Me, as well as original Rock 'n' Roll Queen, are not to be missed.

Now, with that straighten up, let's get rocking.  Here's the Spotify link.

Set 1 (Power-Chord Plunderers)

1. Rambin' Rose - MC5 (4:15)
2. Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin (2:28)
3. You Really Got Me - Mott The Hoople (2:54)
4. The Painter - Deep Purple (3:52)
5. No Fun - The Stooges (5:16)
6. Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman) - Led Zeppelin (2:40)
7. Walk In My Shadow - Free (3:30)
8. The Kettle - Colosseum (4:25)
9. In Need - Grand Funk Railroad (7:55)
10. Heartbreaker -  Led Zeppelin (4:14)
11. Don't Cry - Steppenwolf (3:07)
12. Futilist's Lament - High Tide (5:19)
13. Hello L.A., Bye-Bye Birmingham - Blue Cheer (3:27)
14. Waitin' For The Wind - Spooky Tooth (3:45)
15. Evil Woman Don't Play Your Games With Me - Crow (4:23)
16. Ramble On - Led Zeppelin (3:49)
17. Laugh At Me - Mott The Hoople (6:29)

Set 2 (Molten-Metal Marauders)

18. Plynth (Water Down The Drain) - Jeff Beck (3:07)
19. Good Times Bad Times - Led Zeppelin (2:46)
20. Rock Me - Steppenwolf (3:39)
21. Down Man - Brainbox (2:33)
22. Real Cool Time - The Stooges (2:32)
23. Why Didn't Rosemary? - Deep Purple (5:04)
24. What Is And What Should Never Be - Led Zeppelin (4:44)
25. The Hunter - Free (4:15)
26. Ain't That The Way (Love's Supposed To Be) - Blue Cheer (3:16)
27. Motor City Is Burning - MC5 (6:05)
28. What Would You Do (If I Did That To You) - Steppenwolf (3:23)
29. Heartbreaker - Grand Funk Railroad (6:35)


30. Your Time Is Gonna Come - Led Zeppelin (4:35)
31. I Wanna Be Your Dog - The Stooges (3:09)
32. Evil Woman - Spooky Tooth (9:09)
33. Rock And Roll Queen - Mott The Hoople (5:08)
34. Bring It On Home - Led Zeppelin (4:20)

About the Ascendent Axemen on this mix:

MC5: More to come!

Led Zeppelin: More to come!

Mott The Hoople: More to come!

Deep Purple: More to come!

The Stooges: More to come!

Free: More to come!

Colosseum: More to come!

Grand Funk Railroad: More to come!

Steppenwolf: More to come!

High Tide: More to come!

Blue Cheer: More to come!

Spooky Tooth: More to come!

Crow: More to come!

Jeff Beck: More to come!

Brainbox: More to come!

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