Stan Getz & Joao Giliberto “Getz/Giliberto” (1964)

     After several days of emerging blockbusters from some of the most widely celebrated artists of the 20th century, we return to the late-night mellow vibe of evolving jazz.  Today’s album, “Getz/Gilberto”, performed by the combination of American saxophone player Stan Getz and Brazilian guitarist Joao Giliberto, with help from composer and pianist Antonio CarlosContinue reading “Stan Getz & Joao Giliberto “Getz/Giliberto” (1964)”

The Beatles “With the Beatles” (1964)

     Today delivers the second studio album by the “Fab Four”, “With The Beatles”.  A similar version was released in the United States, titled “Meet The Beatles”, and it is this very album I spent years and years of my early youth listening to and beginning my lifelong appreciation for the band.  My mom purchasedContinue reading “The Beatles “With the Beatles” (1964)”

Bob Dylan “The Times They Are A-Changin'” (1964)

     As we reach 1964, I have realized this exercise is as much a study in history and sociology as it is music.  America and the world entered 1964 under dark the shadows of civil rights unrest, a rapidly expanding war in Vietnam, and the jarring reality of a tragic day late in November inContinue reading “Bob Dylan “The Times They Are A-Changin’” (1964)”

The Beach Boys “Surfer Girl” (1963)

     In today’s release, we can hear the dramatic growth in roughly one year’s time as Brian Wilson full asserts himself as the leader and dominant creative force within the Beach Boys.  The album “Surfer Girl”, released in September of 1963, is the third studio album for the band, and the first completely produced byContinue reading “The Beach Boys “Surfer Girl” (1963)”

Odetta “Odetta Sings Folk Songs” (1963)

     Among the genres I included in my list was folk music, another musical form rooted deeply in America.  Today’s artist comes with historical significance as well as a great sound.  Odetta was a key musical figure in the civil rights movement, and her voice carried great weight during the difficult 1950s and 1960s.  Today’sContinue reading “Odetta “Odetta Sings Folk Songs” (1963)”

Charles Mingus “The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady” (1963)

     As I chose this list, I allotted ten slots for my son to select any albums he felt were somehow missing from the collection.  With a set of musical tastes different and diverse to mine, I believe he set out to challenge me and make sure I was listening to new sounds I hadContinue reading “Charles Mingus “The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady” (1963)”

James Brown “Live at the Apollo” (1963)

     Today we explore an intense and historically significant album, “Live at the Apollo” by James Brown, recorded one night in late 1962 at the epicenter of black music in America, the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York.  This album is the 65th rated album of all time by Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Greatest AlbumsContinue reading “James Brown “Live at the Apollo” (1963)”

The Beatles “Please Please Me” (1963)

     It took approximately 40 days to get here, but we have just reached the next major milestone.  John… Paul… George… and Ringo.  In early 1963, the Beatles released their debut album, “Please Please Me”, named following one of two lead singles on the album.  Building on many of the sounds we have enjoyed soContinue reading “The Beatles “Please Please Me” (1963)”

The Beach Boys “Surfin’ Safari” (1962)

     Another big step forward into the 1960s today with the debut album of the Beach Boys, another lifelong favorite of mine.  Truly a family affair, the Beach Boys featured brothers Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson, along with cousin Mike Love and friends Al Jardine and David Marks.  The band was even managed by MurrayContinue reading “The Beach Boys “Surfin’ Safari” (1962)”

Bob Dylan “Bob Dylan” (1962)

     For the first time today, I felt as we were truly beginning to open the door into the decade that became the 1960s.  Today’s album was the debut performance of folk-rock legend and songwriter Bob Dylan.  Although his fame and success ultimately were built upon the quality and quantity of original songs, this initialContinue reading “Bob Dylan “Bob Dylan” (1962)”