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Monks – Higgle Dy Piggle Dy

Rowdy Garage/Rock/Punk/Country/Whatever from the Tonsured GI’s incredible 1966 album ‘Black Monk Time’.


Ennio Morricone – Ecstasy of Gold

When Morricone created what is arguably the greatest set of soundtracks cinema has seen (the “Dollars” trilogy), he also created a new style of music. Operatic elements rubbed up against flamenco in an avant/contemporary classical miasma. Each of the films had their own motifs, and each one felt connected to the last. Ecstasy of Gold is a real standout amongst a bunch of standouts (yes, it really is that good), evoking feelings one may not quite understand. But hey, it’s fine, there’s no reason to feel any shame at these feelings, just go with them; especially the one’s that kick in around the 1:48 mark. This is, of course, from the final part of the trilogy, 1966’s incredible ‘The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly’.

Monks – I Can’t Get Over You

This track from Monks can be found as an extra on the CD release of their seminal 1966 album ‘Black Monk Time’. It’s has a slightly different feel to the majority of tracks on said album, with a far more comedic tone. This was The Mothers of Invention before The Mothers of Invention; or something. Funny.

Monks – There She Walks

One of the tracks that never made it onto the band’s only official release, 1966’s ‘Black Monk Time’, and what a cracker it is. Like listening to Capital Gold on speed.

Soft Machine – Memories

Bittersweet melancholia from an early piece from the Canterbury band*. This was back when Daevid Allen was still in the band; before he flew off in his flying teapot.

*This track was covered by Material (which featured a young Whitney Houston on vocals)

Count Five – Psychotic Reaction

Garage Rock that was bluesy yet, at that time, ultra-modern; and a track the Californian band saw go to number 5 in the Billboard chart, 1966. Also, for those interested, this track was covered/parodied by The Residents on their 1976 album ‘Third Reich ‘n Roll’.

The Music Machine – Talk Talk

The Music Machine performing their garage punk anthem ‘Talk Talk’ on Where The Action Is. Some of you on here may recognise this from the version The Residents did on their classic covers album ‘Third Reich ‘n’ Roll’. 1966.

The Mothers Of Invention – The Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet

What can be said about the ending track from The Mothers debut album ‘Freak Out’ (1966)?* It’s a beast of breakbeats, wailing, and tape cut up’s that predicted Krautrock, among many other avant-rock “styles”, ahead of time. It can be easy to forget how important Frank Zappa was after all of those years of guitar solo albums and Rock n Roll cynicism, and now and again we need a reminder of his importance.

*Which, incidentally, was the very first ‘Rock’ double album

Donovan – Season Of the Witch

Country-Rock, UK style, from 1966.

The Hollies – Bus Stop

British Pop tune from the bands fourth album, also called ‘Bus Stop’, that was released in 1966. Those of you who know the Beatles will hear the similarity between this track and the Fab Four’s ‘Things We Said Today’ (1964).

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