Saturday, June 24, 2017

Number 2 Encore Post:Roy Cropper discusses hard rock bands of the 60s

While I'm away, allow me to subject treat you to the second most viewed post on Blanche's Polish Hip from November 2013.

I had no idea that Roy was such a fan of bands like Deep Purple! I wonder what he would think of other notable rock bands from the 60s? Hmm, I think it might go something like this..

"The Concerto for Group and Orchestra was a landmark musical event (although mother termed it ‘cacophonous gibberish for the slack-jawed set’) performed by Deep Purple and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. I find the pleasing dissonance between the two opposing musical genres at once dramatic and complementary. (I highly recommend it to listeners of avant garde music or those trying to escape the dysfunctional domestic arguments of one’s parents).

By contrast, I could never quite embrace the blues-oriented musical heritage of Led Zeppelin, despite the obvious melodic appeal of ‘Stairway to Heaven’. Although I was attracted by the juxtaposition of a heavy metallic substance with teutonic hot air ballooning, the band’s name was more of a typographical anomaly than indicative of musical innovation!
Iron Butterfly? Hardly. Sadly, this American conglomeration never developed a substantive musical stature beyond ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’, (which mother referred to as “It's Goddawful Indeeda’).

Cream, on the other hand, offered a unique musical canon including ‘I Feel Free’ (often referred to as ‘I Feel Sick’ by mother). I give unreserved kudos to Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton for forging a sound based on blues, rock and psychedelic sensibilities. Now, if you'll excuse me, I would like to prepare a vortex egg."

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