Colliding Vinyl Timepieces

UPDATE 2015:  for the last three years, I’ve been posting my Colliding Vinyl Clocks,  with collages of LPs and 45s, and sometimes added knows, tone arms, etc from record players.  For friends and family.

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As the 1960s came to a close, the recording studio had become a free-form playground for audio eclecticism for pop and rock as well as experimental music. Funk and Jazz and vocal music collided with the avant-garde, and with each other.

1966 and 1967 were the equivalent of evolution’s “Cambrian Explosion” in terms of recording and arranging techniques, and new music style “phyla.”  I decided to write, narrate and produce this audioblog, as a way music fans to hear what was going on in the studio, week by week, month by month, 45 years ago.

My anchor is the creative competition between Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys and John Lennon and Paul McCartney working with producer George Martin. But you’ll also be hearing tracks being developed by Zappa’s Mothers of Invention, the Byrds and many others. You’ll hear exactly what these pioneers were working on at the same time, with excerpts from preliminary sessions, early versions, instrument backing track sessions, studio conversation, etc.

There are many sources for the music and information.  A key one is Keith Badman’s “The Beach Boys: the Definitive Diary of America’s Greatest Band on Stage and in the Studio.” When you have info on every recording session in a band’s history, it makes this kind of a project possible.

Note: many of the Pet Sounds studio rehearsal recordings heard in this audioblog are available in the The Pet Sounds Sessions box set. The Beatles Anthology 2 (covering these mid-60s years, is also available.

In each post, just click on the “LISTEN” link to hear it.  Hope you enjoy it – and please contribute comments.

NOTE: This is a non-commercial blog/website.  No advertising, and I get no monetary compensation.  I include brief excerpts from copyrighted works under “fair use” as a music critic/historian.  There are no complete works (playable or downloadable files) on this blog site.  I am happy to indirectly promote the CDs and books related to these great artists, most of which are available for purchase elsewhere.

Other websites and podcasts you may enjoy:

Coverville – 3 times a week podcast focusing on cover versions – usually featured songs of a given artist

This Day in Rock


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