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donderdag 15 augustus 2019

Crosby,Stills,Nash & Young - Almost Cut My Hair

                                         Rehearse for ...

                 Almost Cut My Hair
 Great performance at The Mariner Arena in Baltimore on 2 April 2002

                Track 3 from "Deja Vu"

"Almost Cut My Hair" is a song by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, originally released on the band's 1970 album Déjà Vu.[1] It was recorded at Wally Heider Studios on January 9, 1970.[2]
The song describes a real-life dilemma faced by many hippies: whether to cut one's hair to a more practical length, or leave it long as a symbol of rebellion.[3] It was written by David Crosby, and features solo vocals by Crosby, with the rest of the band joining in on instruments rather than on vocal harmony, as in many of their other songs. Unlike most of the tracks on Déja Vu, the quartet and their studio musicians, Dallas Taylor (drums) and Greg Reeves (bass), all recorded it at the same place and time.[1] It was one of only two songs from the album that Neil Young joined in on, despite not writing.

Although the notion of long hair as a "freak flag" appeared earlier, notably in a 1967 Jimi Hendrix song "If 6 Was 9", Crosby's song has been credited with popularizing the idea of long hair as a deliberate and visible symbol of the wearer's affiliation with the counterculture, and opposition to establishment values. The song also writes about the singer's "paranoia" at seeing the police; James Perone writes that, "more than any other song of the entire era", it "captures the extent to which the divisiveness in American society ... had boiled over into violence and terror".[1]
It became one of Crosby's signature songs,[5] and "probably his most important political song".[6] Crosby himself stated "It was the most juvenile set of lyrics I've ever written ... but it has a certain emotional impact, there's no question about that."[5


maandag 12 augustus 2019

Janis Joplin - Cheap Thrills (1968)

Mooie beelden van Janis Joplin tijdens de opnames van Cheap Thrills.
Het was het tweede album van Big Brother & the Holding Compagnie en tevens de laatse met Janis als zangeres.
De originele titel van het album was Sex, Dope and Cheap Thrills,maar daar ging Columbia Records niet mee akoord.

Het album bevat drie cover songs ("Summertime," "Piece of My Heart," "Ball and Chain").Met name de single "Piece of My Heart," werd een grote hit en aan het eind van 1968 waren er van het album al bijna een miljoen exemplaren verkocht.Echter ,kort daarna besloot Janis om een solocarierre te beginnen


De cover is getekend door underground cartoonist Robert Crumb nadat het originele coveridee van de band (met z,n allen naakt in bed)was afgekeurd door de platenbazen .