June 1970 Odds ‘n Ends

I hope everyone is faring at least tolerably during these strange times. Let’s wrap up June of 1970 with a few notable releases…

6/3/70: Stevie Wonder – Single: Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours

This was the first single Wonder produced on his own, and it spent six weeks atop the charts. His early career stuff is great, but it’s when he traded the suits for batik gear that his music gets really interesting in my book.

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6/3/70: On this day, Ray Davies made a round-trip from New York to London and back in the middle of a Kinks U.S. tour in order to re-record one word on their latest single, Lola. In order to receive airplay in the U.K. he had to change “Coca-Cola” to “cherry cola.”

Lola (song) - Wikipedia

6/5/70: Deep Purple – Deep Purple in Rock

This was the first album by Deep Purple’s “Mock II” lineup, and it put them over the top in Europe. It remained on the charts for over a year.

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6/8/70: Bob Dylan – Self Portrait

This album was a major disappointment to fans and critics alike, both for its songs and production. Author, critic, and Dylan fanatic Greil Marcus put it rather succinctly in his review in Rolling Stone: “What is this shit?” Yet when these sessions were revisited on 2013’s Bootleg Series Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait, it was a completely different story. A revelation, one might say. It was to me, anyway.

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6/15/70: Grand Funk Railroad – Closer to Home

Grand Funk Railroad’s third album, relatively well received, is best known for the radio staple I’m Your Captain (Closer to Home).

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June 1970: Tangerine Dream – Electronic Meditation

This is Tangerine Dream’s debut album. They went on to release eleventy zillion more in the 50 years that followed. That I know of, I’m only familiar with Zeit (1972), Phaedra (1974), and the soundtrack to Risky Business (1984). This music has its time and place for me.

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June 1970: Elvis – On Stage

The tracks on this highly rated live album were mostly taken from Vegas shows in February 1970. I just can’t get into Elvis’s music from that point in his career though.

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June 1970: Ides of March – Vehicle

The debut from the Ides of March was released 50 years ago this month. I’m including it because I missed the anniversary in March of the title track single, Vehicle. I’ve never owned or heard the entire album, and I’ve rarely heard the title track on the radio, yet I’ve heard it numerous times overall as its promo film was regularly shown on VH1’s My Generation hosted by Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits back in the late 1980’s. That seems really random to me now. It’s a pretty tight track, but I get all the brass-heavy 60’s/70’s rock I need from Chicago, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and The Electric Flag.

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See ya in July.

-Stephen

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Signed,_Sealed,_Delivered_I%27m_Yours

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_Purple_in_Rock

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self_Portrait_(Bob_Dylan_album)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Closer_to_Home

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_Meditation

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_Stage_(Elvis_Presley_album)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_(The_Ides_of_March_album)

6 thoughts on “June 1970 Odds ‘n Ends”

  1. I love me some Chicago and Canada’s BST but “Vehicle” is such a balls-out track. And where it may win out over those other two bands is the vocal on that song; stellar! I really ache for you, though, brother, when it comes to King. It’s all subjective and blah, blah, sure, but Presley’s voice NEVER sounded better than it did ’69-’72 and the songs he was singing were spectacularly unique for the time. Not only is it my favourite but I’d argue that “That’s the Way It Is” is his finest album. Songs like “Stranger in the Crowd” and his stunning version of “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” prove that – once again, 15 years later – he was making music like nobody else was at the time. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Thanks for the comments! I agree on that “Vehicle” vocal – very good track. I know I’m probably missing out on some strong Elvis stuff from the “Comeback Special” up to the point before he lost control of his demons, whenever that was. It’s just hard to shake that image I have in my mind of bloated Vegas Elvis near the end, which is ironic now that so many rock acts do residencies there. The good news is I’m still evolving in my interests, so I’m open.

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      1. “Before Anyone Did Anything, Elvis Did Everything”. Bono always says you cannot have the full Elvis story without “the fall”. Bloated Last Days Elvis is certainly sad but Early Days Vegas he never looked better. Carry on evolving, my man!

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  2. I bought Self Portrait at a yard sale for 10 cents in the 90s. I’ve come to appreciate it more in time. The Boxer in particular took some time for me to get used to.

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