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Broadside Ballads, Vol. 6: Broadside Reunion

“Released in 1972, after many of its artists had risen to international acclaim, Broadside Ballads, Vol. 6 contains previously unreleased songs that appeared in the folk publication Broadside Magazine, founded in 1962. With a lineup that includes Blind Boy Grunt … Continue reading

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#1 – 1967: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

1967: “… ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ is an R&B/soul song written by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson in 1966 for the Tamla label, a division of Motown. The composition was first successful as a 1967 hit single recorded by … Continue reading

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Radio Atlantic: How Has America Changed Since 1968?

“As 2018 begins, tensions and tumult in America are high. But before the end of 1968, Conor Friedersdorf reminded us in The Atlantic, ‘Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy would be assassinated; U.S. troops would suffer their deadliest … Continue reading

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Albert King – Born Under a Bad Sign (1967)

“Albert King recorded a lot in the early ’60s, including some classic sides, but they never quite hit the mark. They never gained a large audience, nor did they really capture the ferocity of his single-string leads. Then he signed … Continue reading

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Safe as Milk – Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band (1967)

“Safe as Milk is the debut album by Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, released in 1967. A heavily blues-influenced work, the album featured a 20-year-old Ry Cooder, who played guitar and wrote some of the arrangements. Today, Safe as … Continue reading

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Ramparts

“Ramparts was a glossy illustrated American political and literary magazine, published from 1962 to 1975 and closely associated with the New Left political movement. Unlike most of the radical magazines of the day, Ramparts was expensively produced and graphically sophisticated. … Continue reading

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Sam & Dave – Soothe Me (1967)

“… When Sam & Dave arrived at Stax, they worked with producer & engineer Jim Stewart and songwriters including the MGs’ guitarist Steve Cropper, who wrote or co-wrote four of their first eight recordings. The duo then moved to relative … Continue reading

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