1001 Albums Book: 1961 & 1962

Right, I’ve not listened to any albums from this book, this month at all. So before it’s all over here’s the very beginning of the sixties, unbelievable only one album is filed under 1961 and the following year 1962 has only four albums in the book so it’s going to be a small post for Wednesday. I was trying not to made huge long posts anymore for some reason I forget. A quick one today for me, you and everyone else then.

Sunday At The Village Vanguard by Bill Evans Trio: Jazz pianist who I’ve never heard before but I’m told he played with Miles Davies but leaving him 1959 and this his one and only album in this book. I’m not big jazz fan but It’s very cool listening at 7AM this morning and makes it’s into my recommend list too, check it out!

Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music by Ray Charles: He’s one of those big huge names but every time I listen to his stuff I’m always a little disappointed. I don’t know if he’s dated badly or maybe it’s just I can’t get into him? I guess, everyone should listen to him off course and this is his second album in the book but first I’ve come across, so far. I’ll see if I like the older one better but this one does sound like he’s making a very mainstream popular album with over the top strings and production which I sometimes don’t like very much, sorry Ray!

Green Onions by Booker T. & The MGs: That’s more like it, this is the shit I dig! I love the genre of R&B and soul around this time, it’s totally wicked listening. These guys were some what just the house band of Stax Records playing behind some of the greatest singers but this album is a totally instrumental album. It’s wicked cool and is my second and final reco today now. Who did notices the title track popping up in this year return of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks TV Show too?

Jazz Samba by Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd: Brazilian Bossa Nova type album which was huge popular at this time, the early sixties. Do I have to say anymore?

Night Life by Ray Price: Fun fact I leaned was the young Willie Nelson wrote the title track Ray intros as something we don’t normally play on this record anyway Nelson was in Price’s band before he apparently shot one of Ray’s rooters and was kicked out of his band. I just had to LOL at that, I’m going to say that’s the best song on the record because I got totally sick and tired of his kind-of C&W music not long after that. Sorry to fans of his music but he’s really not thing, again. But I did look up to see if Willie did his own version of that song and off course he did, here it is.

A just had to look and Google for a Willie Nelson song called something like say “Shooting Ray Price’s Rooter” but do come up totally blank 😦 but it does sounds like it could be a bloody great track to me!

Green Onions just got to be my fave album from these two years for this book!

That’s it for the start of decade who’s is credited as the most important to music but not right at the very beginning years according to the book. I’ve got to ask where in hell is My Favorite Things by John Coltrane which is fucking epic record? So god knows why that’s not worth listening too? If I was editing this book I think I would included Judy at Carnegie Hall by Judy Garland because that’s just pure genius singing, just got to be one of the greatest live album ever recorded maybe it’s like no one else before or maybe even since. So 1962 would just have to be Sentimentally Yours by Patsy Cline for me, who I always liked better as almost all C&W singers of that time. This was important record just for the fact it’s her last album before the plane crash she died in. So out of these three artists I just named only Coltrane and his A Love Supreme album are in that book so most likely they’re very uncool artists or something but who cares? Now I think would write CA posts on them but I think I’m now giving that set of posts a big very long break and do something else, OK? Something different for today I might as well just included my own little picks for those years and albums here too!

NOT in that/this book 1001 albums you must hear before you die but reco by me here and right now on this blog just for you are!

My Favorite Things by John Coltrane: His seventh album which has only four tracks on it. With his classic version of the title track but three other killers, I’ve said before I’m not much of a Jazz fan but I dare you to listen to this album and not fall in love with it. Patti Smith once called it the greatest album ever!

Judy At Carnegie Hall by Judy Garland: She could sing like a motherfucker but dismissed as some movie star has-been or something? On this album she lets rips like never before and it’s unbelievable raw live album. A few years back now Rufus Wainwright did re-do the whole album himself for reason but he can’t sing as great as Garland, most singers couldn’t!

Sentimentally Yours by Patsy Cline: Could be my fave C&W singer of all-time and like I’ve already say above her last album release before her untimely death. Some of her greatest tracks are here on this album plus I’ve just got to say and add it’s one of the sadness album ever recorded too, try not to cry while listening!

Maybe not so quick then, sorry. Anyway what about you? Dear readers do you a fave record or records from 61 and 62?



    1. Well, I really dug Bill’s album so I’m listening to it again right now for the second time! But I didn’t dig the two Rays or Stan & Charlie albums at all, maybe you might like them more? BTW You do know I’m adding Willie, John, Judy and Patsy songs/albums myself and are NOT in the book? It’s just me wishing they where there!
      Do you have a fave album/s of those years yourself?
      Cheers again Stephen 🙂


    2. Sorry I totally mis-read your comment yesterday, my eyes looking at the screen tooooooooooooooooo long and or my dyslexia, I don’t know? But yeah Green Onions is pretty great, well I dug it alot! I hope you enjoy as much as me when you do listen 🙂

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