Sunday, March 4, 2018

1968 Revisited

Spirit's Spirit
We’re changing our editorial focus here at That Devil, moving away from current music news and reviews and into more of an archival direction. Readers can find out about the latest Grizzly Bear or Bon Iver album at any one of hundreds of music-oriented websites and blogs; we’re choosing to move forward into the past by looking back at great rock and blues albums that beg to be “rediscovered” in this hectic world of media streaming and downloads, too many new releases often accompanied by what famed rock critic Rick Johnson called “bloato hype.” 

From now through the end of 2018, the Reverend will be celebrating some of the incredible music released 50 years ago, during the year 1968, with historical album reviews posted under the tag “1968 Revisited.” The site will still feature sporadic posts about new projects that capture our fancy, and we’ll continue with our “Short Rounds” and “Bootleg Rodeo” review columns as well as our monthly “New Music Report.” We also have plans to resurrect our long-dormant “Lost & Found” feature spotlighting obscure artists and albums.

In a blogosphere overfilled with websites expounding on the trendiest new artists, many of whom are hot shit today and gone tomorrow, we’d rather spend our time revisiting and remembering those records that brought innovation and imagination to rock ‘n’ roll and brought the blues to wider audiences. After checking out the list of 1968 album releases below, we think that you’ll agree with our changes. If not, too bad…the Rev is an old fart and unrepentant ‘rockist’ sitting around with his Byrds and Buffalo Springfield records and doesn’t care a whit about your “EDM” or modern rock darlings. So join us in our crate-digging efforts to revisit the tunes of ‘68...       

Blue Cheer's Vincebus Eruptum

Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruptum
The Byrds – The Notorious Byrd Brothers
Canned Heat – Boogie with Canned Heat
Dr. John – Gris Gris
The Electric Prunes – Mass In F Minor
Aretha Franklin – Lady Soul
Richie Havens – Something Else Again
Iron Butterfly – Heavy
Kaleidoscope – A Beacon From Mars
Spirit – Spirit
Steppenwolf – Steppenwolf
Them – Now and Them
Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat

Blood, Sweat & Tears – Child Is Father To the Man
The Chocolate Watch Band – The Inner Mystique
Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac
The Rascals – Once Upon A Dream
Otis Redding – The Dock of the Bay
Vanilla Fudge – The Beat Goes On

The Chocolate Watch Band'sThe Inner Mystique

Electric Flag – A Long Time Comin’
The Incredible String Band – The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter
The International Submarine Band – Safe At Home
The Mothers of Invention – We’re Only In It For the Money
The Move – The Move
The United States of America – The United States of America

Amboy Jukes – Journey To the Center of the Mind
Booker T & the M.G.’s – Doin’ Our Thing
James Brown – I Got the Feelin’
Eric Burdon & the Animals – The Twain Shall Meet
Moby Grape – Wow/Grape Jam
The Monkees – The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees
Simon & Garfunkel – Bookends
Sly & the Family Stone – Dance To the Music
The Temptations – The Temptations Wish It Would Rain
The Zombies – Odessey & Oracle

The Zombies' Odessey & Oracle

Blues Magoos – Basic Blues Magoos
The Mamas & the Papas – The Papas & the Mamas
Elvis Presley – Speedway OST
Quicksilver Messenger Service – Quicksilver Messenger Service
Small Faces – Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake

Chicken Shack – 40 Blues Fingers, Freshly Packed and Ready To Serve
Fairport Convention – Fairport Convention
Aretha Franklin – Aretha Now
Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – Bare Wires
Steve Miller Band – Children of the Future
Pentangle – The Pentangle
Pink Floyd – A Saucerful of Secrets
Silver Apples – Silver Apples
Spooky Tooth – It’s All About
Vanilla Fudge – Renaissance

The Doors' Waiting For The Sun

Mike Bloomfield & Al Kooper – Super Session
The Band – Music From the Big Pink
Buffalo Springfield – Last Time Around
Cream – Wheels of Fire
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Deep Purple – Shades of Deep Purple
The Doors – Waiting For the Sun
Family – Music In A Doll’s House
Grateful Dead – Anthem of the Sun
The Millennium – Begin
The Moody Blues – In Search of the Lost Chord
Savoy Brown – Getting To the Point
Tyrannosaurus Rex – My People Were Fair and Had Sky In Their Hair

Jeff Beck Group – Truth
Big Brother & the Holding Company – Cheap Thrills
Blue Cheer – Outsideinside
James Brown – James Brown Plays Nothing But Soul
James Brown – Live at the Apollo, Volume II
Eric Burdon & the Animals – Every One of Us
The Byrds – Sweetheart of the Rodeo
Country Joe & the Fish – Together
Donovan – Donovan In Concert
Fleetwood Mac – Mr. Wonderful
Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through the Grapevine
Etta James – Tell Mama
Ten Years After – Undead

Big Brother & the Holding Company's Cheap Thrills

Jefferson Airplane – Crown of Creation
Procol Harum – Shine On Brightly
Sly & the Family Stone – Life
Status Quo – Picturesque Matchstickable Messages From the Status Quo

The Beau Brummels – Bradley’s Barn
Deep Purple – The Book of Taliesyn
Donovan – The Hurdy Gurdy Man
Aretha Franklin – Aretha Live
Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland
Jethro Tull – This Was
Magic Sam – Black Magic
Steve Miller Band – Sailor
Nazz – Nazz
Otis Redding – In Person At the Whiskey A Go Go
Steppenwolf – The Second
Three Dog Night – Three Dog Night
Traffic – Traffic
Tyrannosaurus Rex – Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels of the Ages
Muddy Waters – Electric Mud

The Kinks' The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society

The Beatles – The Beatles
Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band – The Doughnut In Granny’s Greenhouse
Canned Heat – Living the Blues
The Electric Prunes – Release of An Oath
George Harrison – Wonderwall Music
The Incredible String Band – Wee Tam and the Big Huge
The Kinks – The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society
John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins
John Mayall – Blues From Laurel Canyon
Van Morrison – Astral Weeks
The Nice – Ars Longa Vita Brevis
Nico – The Marble Index
Elvis Presley – Elvis
Them – Time Out! Time In For Them
The Turtles – The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands
Neil Young – Neil Young

Eric Burdon & the Animals – Live Is
Taj Mahal – The Natch’l Blues
The Monkees – Head
The Mothers of Invention – Cruisin’ with Ruben & the Jets
Pentangle – Sweet Child
The Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet
Tom Rush – The Circle Game
The Soft Machine – The Soft Machine
Spirit – The Family That Plays Together
James Taylor – James Taylor
The Temptations – Live At the Copa
Stevie Wonder – For Once In My Life

Frank Zappa's Cruising with Ruben & the Jets

Links in album titles are to the Reverend's reviews...

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