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The Essential Series - 2018 Golden Oldies (Volume 1), by Gdazegod

ARTICLE: The Essential Series - Golden Oldies (Vol 1), by Gdazegod
YEAR: 2018


Well, this is a little bit different. I was inspired to create this category based on a whole bunch of videos I had been watching on YouTube. Some of them go way back into time, and I do recall when I was younger listening to many of these tracks, in effect it created the soundtrack of my life. For the most part, the selections listed below are drenched in melody so I guess that was an early calling card for me as a fan of music; that melody be apparent through just about all of the music that I listened to. And it started here. So, let's take a look at some of these, it might just shake a few memory cells in your head as well, especially for those who are around the same age group as myself. I certainly had fun putting these together, and who knows there maybe another batch of 10 which we can add to a second volume further down the track.

The Songs
Fifth Dimension - 1969 Age Of Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In
This was a Los Angeles based quartet featuring the husband and wife team of Billy Davis Jnr and Marilyn McCoo (host of the Solid Gold TV show during the 80's). This song came from the musical 'Hair', and was all over radio when I was a youngster. I was into fantasy and sci-fi way back then (but probably didn't know it), and songs with this message appealed to me greatly.


The New Faces - 1967 Lace Covered Window
We used to have a Nostalgia Radio Station back in New Zealand, which used to air on Sunday nights from 7pm till midnight. So many fantastic songs would be heard. This is one that was a popular request. The New Faces were a Scottish trio (Charles McKay, Barry Greenway and Marie Gordon-Price), who were formed in Glasgow in 1961 by McKay. As a trio, they released a bunch of singles for Pye Records during the 60's, and were frequently on British TV. This was there most successful. I can imagine this being played on the record player at many an Old Folks residential home.


Shocking Blue - 1970 Venus
A great Dutch band who were popular and well known to a global audience over four decades ago. Lead singer Mariska Veres was the star of the show. A bit of a hottie back then.


Edison Lighthouse - 1970 Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)
Another song as catchy as a cold, which was played rather extensively in our household. I do remember, we had loads of 45's in the collection, and this was one of them. As per my mantra, melodic as hell.


Ruby and the Romantics - 1964 Our Day Will Come
This is definitely the oldest of my selections, but the song did catch my ear in later years. As it did the late Amy Winehouse, who covered this song in the 90's. She had good taste.


Zagar and Evans - 1969 In The Year 2525
Maybe it was the numbers, or was it the lyrics? Just about sci-fi, more like H.G Wells and a time-machine zooming ahead into the future. As Z&E sang about back in the middle of the hippie era, the outlook for Planet Earth four decades on still looks rather ominous and bleak. Maybe they knew something? Or maybe they were visited by beings from the future who turned up unannounced at the recording studio? However, they did change the years in the lyrics when they got to 7510, rather than 7575.


Stevie Wonder - You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
I never bought any of his albums, and still have none in my collection. My brother did though, but I'm unsure if we ever had 1972's 'Talking Book' in our collection back during our youth. I liked one or two songs, including this one with its swirly keyboards (rhodes I think), and like Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder was all over radio back in the day. Respect to this guy.


Jim Croce - 1973 Time In A Bottle
Simply, an exquisite acoustic ballad from the late folk/balladeer Jim Croce. The lyrics are thought-provoking now as they were then. If I heard this on radio, I would always stop what I was doing, and give this song due attention. The acoustic picking is sublime. The song was originally released on his 1972 debut album for ABC Records, but was posthumously released as a single after Jim was killed in a plane crash over Louisiana in late 1973. The song eventually became a no#1 hit in his memory. A gifted performer who left us far too soon.


Bread - 1970 Make It With You
This volume wouldn't be complete without including these guys. Really, I could've selected from at least half a dozen songs, but I went with this one. Very easy on the ear, and from a time when life was simpler. I miss those days.


Marvin, Welch And Farrar - 1971 Lady Of The Morning
Very talented trio, including Hank Marvin (from The Shadows), Bruce Welch and John Farrar. The vocal harmonies are awesome and Marvin is a fairly decent lead singer too. I have their 1971 album 'Second Opinion' from which this song is sourced, so that might end up getting an article written at some point.

In Summary
There is enough to venture into a second volume, artists like Love Affair (Rainbow Valley), The Cowsills, Tony Christie, Looking Glass and so much more that begs their moment in the spotlight.

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#1 | gdazegod on February 01 2018 21:47:38
Waiting for the barrage .. LOL stress
#2 | Explorer on February 01 2018 22:42:02
No barrage from me, some fine tunes there. Nothing from The Seekers though..shame on you!music
#3 | gdazegod on February 01 2018 22:42:52
Yeah, none from Roger Whittaker either. Loved some of his stuff.
#4 | dtabachn on February 01 2018 22:43:21
This is funny Grin. Yesterday I was listening to The Marbles 'Only One Woman', and my Stevie Wonder song would be 'Isn't She Lovely'. There's so many oldies to revisit. Great selection!
#5 | Explorer on February 01 2018 22:50:49
When I was probably around 7/8 years old I remember I loved all those Seekers hits, and I believe Judith Durham is still singing.
#6 | gdazegod on February 01 2018 22:53:30
There will definitely be a Volume 2 coming up very shortly. Thankfully these song volumes are easier to construct as articles as there is no cover-art to add, nor links to existing GDM reviews. A great time-saver at my end.. Yay.
#7 | jefflynnefan on February 02 2018 03:55:15
This was great, George! Heck, I like watching old clips just for the old guitars and other old instruments. My parents had all the Fifth Dimension and Tommy James albums. So I know them quite well. This John Farrar went on to write all of Olivia Newton-John songs?
#8 | gdazegod on February 02 2018 04:22:10
Yes, the very man.
#9 | Explorer on February 02 2018 06:47:01
You've inspired me George, I must do one of these. So many songs that were around when I was growing up in the early 60's that are still favourites even today.
#10 | englandashes on February 02 2018 23:37:28
Agree with Zager and Evans, although it was the Visage version I first heard and the excellent Jim Croce, my real first influence was the two film soundtracks from That Be The Day and Stardust, great selection of songs.....especially Jimi Hendrix, All Along The Watchtower.....Great idea George.....
#11 | Nick C on February 03 2018 09:57:52
The Edison Lighthouse song was a big fave of mine when I was little, as was the Zager and Evans...I liked it's SciFi leanings. I also bought the Bread box set a few months back as a guilty pleasure.
#12 | george_the_jack on February 03 2018 10:52:15
In the year 2525.. Have always loved that song Smile
#13 | Explorer on February 03 2018 12:00:02
I`ve had that Bread box set for a few years myself...nothing to feel guilty about Nick!
#14 | Eric on February 04 2018 14:12:48
Shocking Blue were fantastic.
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