Feeling a little revitalized, I’m happy to jump into Day 26, especially as I see some tracks I love. It’s this time period (the late-60s) that I’m really hearing a departure from the music of the 50s, moving progressively, and evolving into the sound of the 70s.
1. Oh Happy Day – The Edwin Hawkins Singers
A classic song in its own right. I think we all know that beautiful choral arrangement that echoes the lead vocals, like a delicious after-taste of a yummy treat. I might not be religious, but even I can appreciate the stunning vocal arrangements of this song, and I love the soulful feeling it has.
2. Israelites – Desmond Dekker and The Aces
What a fantastic track. I didn’t understand how the book could say people didn’t understand a lot of what Desmnd Dekker was singing about and/or that the accent was difficult to understand. What’s not to get? Plus, how can you misunderstand a man who can control his vocals as well as Dekker.
3. Wichita Lineman – Glen Campbell
Glen Campbell, the Rhinestone Cowboy, is someone I could listen to all day. I grew up with his music being played just as often as Julio Iglasias’s. “Wichita Lineman” has such a beautiful melody to it, and the instrumentation is perfection. It’s a perfect love song.
4. I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
The vocals on this track, the attitude, the personality, is unbelievable. This is the type of song you can’t help but adore. It is pure perfection.
5. America – Simon and Garfunkel
The thing I love most about this song? The humming harmonies. I also have to admit that it is just a beautiful track in general. It seems to document the happy beginning to the sad ending.
6. Ain’t Got No; I Got Life – Nina Simone
I don’t really know how to explain why I love this song, but I do. It’s so beautiful in how melancholy it appears and how optimistic it really is. Nina Simone’s vocals and piano playing are stunning and really round out the track, making it as memorable as it is.
7. Piece of My Heart – Big Brother & The Holding Company
“Oh, take another little piece of my heart now baby! Oh! Take another little piece of my heart!…You know you’ve got it, if it makes you feel good.” This track is one that a good amount of people have grown up singing along to, even as children. It’s catchy as hell, and it is a true classic and really solidified Janis Joplin as a great singer.
8. Say It Loud–I’m Black and I’m Proud – James Brown
So brilliant, especially when you consider the political infusion and meaning behind the lyrics. As said before, anything to do with James Brown seems to be magic.
9. Hard To Handle – Otis Redding
I love Otis Redding. He is brilliant. This song is no exception. Once again, artists approached topics we are so familiar with in media now, but they approached it with what I consider to be a bit more class. Granted, at the time, I’m sure people looked at them the same as we might look at modern artists, but this song is sexy without being explicit.
10. A minha menina – Os Mutantes
This is not a favorite of mine, but I love the instrumentals too much to even think about shutting it off; the hand-clapping, the vocal harmonies, and the beats are gorgeous. I just wish that the lead vocals sounded a bit stronger.
So that’s all for Day 26. Overall, I liked this group of songs…I may have even gone a bit mad on iTunes and bought a few of them.