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December 6: The Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet was released in 1968


December 6: The Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet was released in 1968

Beggars Banquet is the seventh British and ninth American studio album The Rolling Stones. It was released 6th December 1968 by Decca Records in the United Kingdom and London Records in the United States. The album was a return to a more rootsy rock for the band after the psychedelic “experiment”, Their Satanic Majesties Request.

The Rolling Stones – No Expectations (live Hyde Park, 1969):

In 2003, the album was ranked number 57 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In the same year the TV network VH1 named Beggars Banquet the 67th greatest album of all time.

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December 4: The Beatles released Beatles For Sale 1964

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Beatles for Sale is the fourth studio album by the Beatles, it was released on 4 December 1964 and produced by George Martin. The album marked a minor turning point in the evolution of the Lennon–McCartney partnership, John Lennon particularly now showing interest in composing songs of a more autobiographical nature. I’m a Loser shows Lennon for the first time coming under the influence of Bob Dylan, whom he met in New York while on tour, on 28 August 1964.

John, when you were in New York, what did you like best about it?

 I just like cities, you see, and preferably big ones. That’s why I liked it. And we met some good people like Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, you know, and I enjoy meeting people I admire.

(Sept 13, 1964 via In The Life Of…The Beatles)

Beatles for Sale didn’t  produce a single for the UK – the non-album tracks I Feel Fine and She’s a Woman performed that role. Nevertheless, that coupling was followed up in the United States by Eight Days a Week, which became their seventh number one.

The Beatles – I’m a loser (live Paris, 1965):

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Today: R.E.M. released Reckoning in 1984 30 years ago


Reckoning is the second album by the American alternative rock band R.E.M., released April 9 in 1984 by I.R.S. Records.

It was produced by Mitch Easter and Don Dixon and was recorded at Reflection Sound Studio in Charlotte, North Carolina over 16 days in December 1983 and January 1984. Dixon and Easter intended to capture the sound of R.E.M.’s live performances, and used binaural recording on several tracks. Singer Michael Stipe dealt with darker subject matter in his lyrics, and water imagery is a recurring theme on the record. Released to critical acclaim, Reckoning reached number 27 in the United States—where it was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1991—and peaked at number 91 in the United Kingdom.

R.E.M. – So.Central.Rain:

I had bought Murmur and loved it, but it was this album that really sealed my love for R.E.M. , and you could (most of the time) hear what Michael Stipe was singing! Reckoning builds on the energy of Murmur, but they sound more mature. They had been touring and recording and sound so much more sure of where they want to go,  this album is the culmination of energy, experience and a clear view of what R.E.M. should be about. It is a classic album!
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Today: The Bootleg Series Vol 6 Live 1964 Concert at Philharmonic Hall was released in 2004

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The Bootleg Series Vol. 6: Bob Dylan Live 1964, Concert at Philharmonic Hall is a complete recording of Bob Dylan’s October 31, 1964 “Halloween” show at New York’s Philharmonic Hall. It was released 30 March in 2004.

Although some collectors of  Dylan bootlegs was aware of this material for years, this cleaned-up authorized version is a superb technical feat from Columbia. Its focus is on the 23-year-old Bob Dylan both as a folksinger in the making and the mind-expanding artist later exploring new horizons offered by acid, free verse and electricity.

The set list was dominated by Dylan’s protest songs, including “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall,” and “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll”. Joan Baez, a major supporter of Dylan’s in his early career, duets with Dylan on three songs, as well as singing another alone (“Silver Dagger”). However, Dylan performed these songs along early versions of three songs from the soon-to-be-recorded Bringing It All Back Home. New compositions like “It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)” and “Mr. Tambourine Man” showed Dylan moving in a new direction, becoming more immersed in evocative, stream-of-consciousness lyrics and moving away from social, topical songwriting. Even as he was moving in this new direction, Dylan was still portrayed as a symbol of the civil rights and anti-war movements, and the Halloween concert of 1964 caught Dylan in transition.

The album debuted on the Billboard 200 album chart on April 17, 2004 at number 28. It spent 4 weeks on the chart. It also reached number 33 in the U.K.

The Bootleg Series Vol. 6: Bob Dylan Live 1964, Concert at Philharmonic Hall on Spotify:

Thom Jurek (Allmusic):
“…the sound is spectacular, wonderfully warm and immediate, and the transfer is extremely clean with wonderful dynamics. Secondly, the package is deluxe. In addition to a fine essay by Princeton historian and author Sean Wilentz (he made the gig when he was 13), there are a truckload of killer photos from the show and the period, along with complete discographical information that puts the bootleg packages to shame. For those interested in the acoustic Bob Dylan, this concert is like the grail; his voice is in impeccable shape, and his delivery is revelatory. For those interested in the transition from acoustic to electric, this show is the seam, and for those who are die-hard fans, this is another welcome item in the official catalog.”

A must have for all Dylan fans!

– Hallgeir

Today: Bob Dylan released “John Wesley Harding” in 1967, 46 years ago


 I heard the sound that Gordon Lightfoot was getting, with Charlie McCoy and Kenny Buttrey. I’d used Charlie and Kenny both before, and I figured if he could get that sound, I could…. but we couldn’t get it. (Laughs) It was an attempt to get it, but it didn’t come off. We got a different sound… I don’t know what you’d call that… It’s a muffled sound.
~Bob Dylan (to Jann Wenner November 29, 1969)

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