Friday, September 4, 2015

200 BEST ALBUMS. This update: #152. More albums featured next week.
THE CAFFE` LATTE`
200
MOST RECOMMENDED ALBUMS
Some are the best selling, while others may be obscure, but the albums listed here are all worthy of a listen. No compilation/ best of sets. Only exceptional live albums included.
#152
PERFORMS ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER:
MICHAEL CRAWFORD
Michael Crawford: Performs Andrew Lloyd Webber
 [2004] 
After reinventing himself in the role of The Phantom of the Opera, Michael Crawford released an album of classic songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber stage musicals. He wisely revisits the obligatory "Phantom" numbers and an assortment of songs that are suited to a male performer. His years of experience as a singer and actor add a dimension to the songs that often require the skill set a veteran such as Crawford obviously possesses in abundance. His rendition of "Gethsemane" is spine-tingling while he can be terrifying singing the title song from "Phantom of the Opera". Highlight tracks: Gethsemane; The Music of the Night & The Phantom of the Opera.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

CAFFE` LATTE` NEW WEEKDAY LINE-UP
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THE 200 MOST RECOMMENDED ALBUMS
THE 200 ESSENTIAL MOVIE SONGS
60 YEARS OF THE ROCK ERA: A new year is highlighted.
(This week: 1971)
THE 200 MOST RECOMMENDED ALBUMS
THE 200 MOST RECOMMENDED ALBUMS
TOP 2000 CHOICE TRACKS
60 YEARS OF THE ROCK ERA TIMELINE
60 YEARS OF THE ROCK ERA Nominations
60 YEARS OF THE ROCK ERA
WINNERS
60 YEARS OF THE ROCK ERA TIMELINE

60 YEARS OF THE ROCK ERA. This update: 1971 (Winners). This weekend-1972 & 1973.
60 YEARS OF
ROCK
BEST OF 1971
-WINNERS-
TOP VOCAL PERFORMANCE 1971
IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight & The Pips
ME AND BOBBY McGEE Janis Joplin
WHAT’S GOING ON Marvin Gaye
YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND James Taylor
PROUD MARY Ike & Tina Turner
JUST MY IMAGINATION (Running Away With Me) The Temptations
AIN’T NO SUNSHINE Bill Withers
SPANISH HARLEM Arertha Franklin
JEALOUS GUY John Lennon
NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE The Jackson 5

TOP MUSICAL PERFORMANCE 1971
TAPESTRY  [Album] Carole King
WON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN The Who
BROWN SUGAR Rolling Stones
IMAGINE John Lennon
WHAT’S GOING ON [Album] Marvin Gaye
WILD HORSES Rolling Stones
THEME FROM SHAFT Isaac Hayes
FAMILY AFFAIR Sly & The Family Stone
STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Led Zeppelin
MY SWEET LORD George Harrison

TOP SONG 1971
WHAT’S GOING ON Marvin Gaye
MAGGIE MAE Rod Stewart
THEME FROM SHAFT Isaac Hayes
IMAGINE John Lennon
YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND James Taylor
NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE The Jackson 5
WILD HORSES Rolling Stones
STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Led Zeppelin
WILD WORLD Cat Stevens
MY SWEET LORD George Harrison
FAMILY AFFAIR Sly & The Family Stone

TOP ALBUM 1971
STICKY FINGERS Rolling Stones
TAPESTRY Carole King
WHAT’S GOING ON Marvin Gaye
TEASER AND THE FIRECAT Cat Stevens
IV Led Zeppelin

TOP GROUP 1971
JACKSON 5
LED ZEPPELIN
THE ROLLING STONES
SLY & THE FAMILY STONE
T. REX

TOP MALE 1971
GEORGE HARRISON
MARVIN GAYE
JOHN LENNON
ELTON JOHN
CAT STEVENS

TOP FEMALE 1971
JANIS JOPLIN
ARETHA FRANKLIN
CAROLE KING
BARBRA STREISAND
DIANA ROSS

RECORDING OF THE YEAR 1971
MY SWEET LORD George Harrison
THEME FROM SHAFT Isaac Hayes
ME AND BOBBY McGEE Janis Joplin
YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND James Taylor
IMAGINE John Lennon
NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE The Jackson 5
THE CONCERT FOR BANGLA-DESH [Album] Various Artists
WHAT’S GOING ON Marvin Gaye
TAPESTRY  [Album] Carole King
STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Led Zeppelin

ACT OF THE YEAR 1971
JANIS JOPLIN
GEORGE HARRISON
MARVIN GAYE
THE ROLLING STONES
SLY & THE FAMILY STONE
THE JACKSON 5
JOHN LENNON
CAROLE KING
LED ZEPPELIN
PAUL McCARTNEY

BEST LYRICS OF THE YEAR 1971
IMAGINE- John Lennon
INNER CITY BLUES (MAKE ME WANNA HOLLER)
WHAT’S GOING ON
POWER TO THE PEOPLE
MERCY MERCY ME (THE ECOLOGY)

INDUSTRY FIGURE/s OF THE YEAR 1971
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER & TIM RICE
200 BEST ALBUMS. This update: #153. Another album featured tomorrow.
THE CAFFE` LATTE`
200
MOST RECOMMENDED ALBUMS
Some are the best selling, while others may be obscure, but the albums listed here are all worthy of a listen. No compilation/ best of sets. Only exceptional live albums included.
#153
NOW WE MAY BEGIN: RANDY CRAWFORD
 [1980] 
'Now We May Begin' saw Randy Crawford finally break through with this beautiful album. She had been a member of the Crusaders and her former band mates drew gorgeous vocals for the tracks contained within the album. Crawford's quivering and delicate delivery is irresistible throughout. She confidently masters jazz, pop and soul. Highlight tracks: One Day I'll Fly Away; Tender Falls the Rain & When Your Life Was Low.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

60 YEARS OF THE ROCK ERA This update: 1971.
60 YEARS OF
ROCK
(1955-2015)
1971
 King seated and holding a tapestry with a cat in front of her
A photo of Gaye looking away from the camera
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ImagineCover.jpg
-Janis Joplin scores a posthumous hit album in 'Pearl'.
-Barbra Streisand smokes a joint on stage. 
-Mick Jagges marries Bianca.
-Clyde McPhatter (ex-Drifters) dies.
-Jim Morrison dies of a heart attack in Paris.
-The Concerts For Bangla-Desh are held in New York.
-Paul McCartney forms Wings.
-The Bee Gees reach #1 in USA for the first time.
-Rod Stewart launches his solo career with #1 "Maggie Mae".
-Gene Vincent dies.

Stairwaytoheavenpromo.jpg
Mad Dogs and Englishmen (Joe Cocker album - cover art).jpgJanis Joplin-Pearl (album cover).jpg 
    
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Rock music managed to display its social conscience amongst the cheesy pop of The Osmonds, Tony Orlando and Dawn, Middle of the Road and The Mungo Jerry. 1971 saw the release of songs that dealt with the realities of life and serious social issues. Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Marvin Gaye and John Lennon led the charge with their music that year. Marc Bolan and T. Rex exposed a wider audience to glam and glitter rock.
Isaac Hayes released his Oscar -winning music for the film 'Shaft'. Just before the year ended, Don McLean unleashed the 'American Pie' album and Elton John issued 'Madman Across The Water'.
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 Don McLean - American Pie (album) Coverart.pngElton John - Madman Across the Water.jpg

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

60 YEARS OF THE ROCK ERA Awards catch-up. New category: honouring song lyrics. This update reviews the years 1955-1970.
60 YEARS OF
ROCK
BEST SONG LYRICS
-WINNERS-

BEST LYRICS OF THE YEAR 1960
CHAIN GANG 
Sam Cooke

BEST LYRICS OF THE YEAR 1961
RUNNING SCARED
Roy Orbison

BEST LYRICS OF THE YEAR 1962
UPTOWN 
Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil

BEST LYRICS OF THE YEAR 1963
BLOWIN' IN THE WIND
Bob Dylan

BEST LYRICS OF THE YEAR 1964
A CHANGE IS GONNA COME
Sam Cooke

BEST LYRICS OF THE YEAR 1965
I AM A ROCK
Paul Simon

BEST LYRICS OF THE YEAR 1966
ELEANOR RIGBY
Paul McCartney & John Lennon

BEST LYRICS OF THE YEAR 1967
SHILO
Neil Diamond

BEST LYRICS OF THE YEAR 1968
WORDS
Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb

BEST LYRICS OF THE YEAR 1969
SPACE ODDITY
David Bowie

BEST LYRICS OF THE YEAR 1970
FIRE AND RAIN 
James Taylor
60 YEARS OF THE ROCK ERA Timeline (so far). 1955-1970. Tomorrow: 1971.
60 YEARS OF
ROCK
(1955-2015)
-TIMELINE-
1955
“Rock Around The Clock” reaches #1
1956
ELVIS PRESLEY
1957
Skiffle music   Patsy Cline
Chuck Berry 1971.JPGCHUCK BERRY   Everly Brothers     
JERRY LEE LEWIS controversy
1958
Little Richard 1958.jpgLITTLE RICHARD gives up rock music “Shout”: Isley Brothers
1959
BUDDY HOLLY dies in a plane crashThe Buddy Holly Story Vol 1.jpg
Head and shoulders shot of Ray Charles next to a microphone, his sunglasses reflecting his hands on piano keys and the shadow of the microphone cast on his faceRAY CHARLES creates soul
    The Drifters                                                          Folk Rock
1960
“The Twist” 
 SAM COOKE: “Wonderful World”
        The Shadows: “Apache”                                                         Surf rock
1961
Motown
Girl groups
       Dance craze hits
1962
James Brown-Live at the Apollo (album cover).jpgJAMES BROWN   
Peter, Paul & Mary             Phil Spector              The 4 Seasons
1963
BOB DYLAN
     JOHNNY CASH              Dick Dale
1964
THE BEATLES 
BEATLEMANIA               The British Invasion
THE SUPREMES
1965
My-Generation--2.jpgTHE WHO
     THE ROLLING STONES  
The Seekers                                     SONNY & CHER-“I Got You Babe”
1966
THE BEACH BOYS
The Monkees                                     Holland-Dozier-Holland
     CREAM Cream Clapton Bruce Baker 1960s.jpg       
1967
A colour image of the Beatles, holding marching band instruments and wearing colourful uniforms, stand near a grave covered with flowers that spell "Beatles". Standing behind the band are several dozen famous people. 
   ARETHA FRANKLIN Aretha Franklin.png“Respect”    
  THE DOORS
 “Nights in White Satin”- The Moody Blues
JIMI HENDRIX 
Psychedelic Rock: Jefferson Airplane        Summer of Love       Traffic
1968
Hairposter.jpgHair 
   “Born to be Wild”- Steppenwolf                            Prog Rock: Yes
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell 
“I Heard It Through The Grapevine”
1969
Woodstock-ThreeDays.jpgWoodstock Festival
David Bowie-“Space Oddity”                                   The Who-'Tommy’   
 SLY & THE FAMILY STONE
Bitches brew.jpg  ‘Bitches Brew’
LED ZEPPELIN “Whole Lotta Love”  
1970
Heavy Metal    
Diana Ross solo
The Beatles split 
      SIMON & GARFUNKELBridge Over Troubled Water.jpg   
 The Carpenters                          Creedence Clearwater Revival
The Jackson 5