Not that it wanted to. Kraftwerk operated from within a bubble of equipment and ideas which owed more to science and philosophy than mere entertainment. Still, this paean to the beauty of mechanised movement and European civilisation was a moving and exquisite album in itself.
And, through a sample on Afrika Bambaataa's seminal 'Planet Rock', the German eggheads joined the dots with black American electro, giving rise to entire new genres. The list is endless. Part aural reportage sirens, gunshots, police radio , part thuggish swagger, Compton laid the blueprint for the most successful musical genre of the last 20 years, gangsta rap.
It gave the world a new production mogul in Dr Dre, and gave voice to the frustrations that flared up into the LA riots in Described by Eric Clapton as 'the most important blues singer that ever lived', Johnson was an intensely private man, whose short life and mysterious death created an enduring mythology.
He was said to have sold his soul to the devil at a crossroads in Mississippi in exchange for his finger-picking prowess. Johnson recorded a mere 29 songs, chief among them 'Hellhound on My Trail', but when it was finally issued, King of the Delta Blues Singers became one of the touchstones of the British blues scene.
Gaye's career as tuxedo-clad heart-throb gave no hint he would cut a concept album dealing with civil rights, the Vietnam war and ghetto life. Equally startling was the music, softening and double-tracking Gaye's falsetto against a wash of bubbling percussion, swaying strings and chattering guitars. Motown boss Berry Gordy hated it but its disillusioned nobility caught the public mood.
Led by the oft-covered 'Inner City Blues', it ushered in an era of socially aware soul. Who would have thought punk rock was, in part, kickstarted by a girl? Poet, misfit and New York ligger, Patti channelled the spirits of Keith Richards, Bob Dylan and Rimbaud into female form, and onto an album whose febrile energy and Dionysian spirit helped light the touchpaper for New York punk.
The Robert Mapplethorpe-shot cover, in which a hungry, mannish Patti stares down the viewer, defiantly broke with the music industry's treatment of women artists sexy or girl-next-door and still startles today. And no powerful female pop icons like Madonna. The first folk-rock album? Certainly the first augury of what was to come with the momentous 'Like a Rolling Stone'. Released in one of pop's pivotal years, Bringing it All Back Home fused hallucinatory lyricism and, on half of its tracks, a raw, ragged rock'n'roll thrust.
On the opening song, 'Subterranean Homesick Blues', Dylan manages to pay homage to the Beats and Chuck Berry, while anticipating the surreal wordplay of rap. The King's first album was also the first example of how to cash in on a teenage craze. With Presleymania at full tilt, RCA simultaneously released a single, a four-track EP and an album, all with the same cover of Elvis in full, demented cry.
Composed by the increasingly reclusive Brian Wilson while the rest of the group were touring, it might well have been a solo album. The beauty resides not just in its compositional genius and instrumental invention, but in the elaborate vocal harmonies that imbue these sad songs with an almost heartbreaking grandeur. I mean, Jesus, he's got to will that to the Smithsonian. Bowie's revolutionary mix of hard rock and glam pop was given an otherwordly look and feel by his coquettish alter ego Ziggy.
It's not so much that every act that followed dyed their hair orange in homage to the spidery spaceman; more that they learned the value of creating a 'bubble' of image and presentation that fans could fall in love with. I could go on. A rare example of revolutionary music that almost everyone liked from the moment they heard it. Its cool, spacey, open-textured approach marked a complete break with the prevalent 'hard bop' style.
The effect, based on simple scales, called modes, was fresh, delicate, approachable but surprisingly expressive. Others picked up on it and 'modal jazz' has been part of the language ever since. The album also became the media's favourite source of mood music. The previous year Sinatra had cut In the Wee Small Hours, a brooding cycle of torch songs that was arguably pop's first concept album.
Once again working with arranger Nelson Riddle, he presented its complement; a set of upbeat paeans to romance. Exhilarating performances of standards like 'I've Got You Under My Skin' defined Sinatra's urbane, finger-snapping persona for the rest of his career and pushed the record to number one in the first ever British album chart.
Though Carole King's Tapestry was the biggest-selling album of the era, it is Joni Mitchell's Blue that remains the most influential of all the early Seventies outings by confessional singer-songwriters. Joni laid bare her heart in a series of intimate songs about love, betrayal and emotional insecurity. It could have been hell think James Taylor but for the penetrating brilliance of the songwriting.
Raw, spare and sophisticated, it remains the template for a certain kind of baroque female angst. Huissen, meanwhile, boxed up his bootlegs. In fact, Tom approached me a few years ago to see if I was interested in buying them. But more recently, I checked it out again and got in touch with Tom.
So we did a nice deal. He played here in my hometown, and I went to see him with all the tapes. The deal only took five seconds. He wanted the tapes, and I very much wanted the tapes to be officially part of his legacy. There are no other live recordings with John Mayallf eaturing PeterGreen. And the music and playing is just so great. With five shows to choose from, it chiefly fell to Mayall to cherry-pick material for two tracklistings a second live album will be available later this year.
He was so mesmerised by the performances. But I bonded with the songs, too, so we had a lot of back-and-forth. If you really make a strong case about why you feel something is in the best interests of the project, he will definitely listen.
Some things we were able to repair, but some were not reparable. Corne gives a grim smile. What I got from Tom was a transfer that he did in Germany. I mean, the engineer in me would love to have had the multi-tracks, so I could have done some mixing. I took the five different shows and tried my best to make them consistent.
You can just kinda coax that with EQ and compression. The biggest goal for me was just to bring clarity to a very murky recording.
So I got rid of as much of the boominess and tinniness as possible, without pulling the performances back too much. And then just cleaned up as much of the noise and hiss as possible. And I think this album is very vibey to listen to, actually. And it does capture those old days. Its right part is similar to Windows Explorer as well, but on the left we see four categories.
The second category, "Autorun", is recommended for experienced users and can be used to create autorun splash screens shown when you insert the CD. We don't need this for our task, so just skip it. The last "Burn disk" category is used in the final step of preparing the CD to record. Four easy steps, two of them we just skip. Firstly, let's find the files we want to record to a CD in the upper "Explorer" area. Simply navigate as you would do in Windows Explorer.
Select your files:. Now we see all of the files in the list ready to be recorded. You can search for more files to burn in the upper area and drop them to the lower one. After adding all files click the " Burn disk " category. This is the final step before recording the CD. Here you can select the CD drive to use, adjust such options as the number of copies, writing speed and some additional parameters.
If you use a rewritable CD-RW disc and it is not empty, you can erase it with a click on the corresponding button. Finally, simply click "Burn" to record the CD. Let me emphasize that last point: there was no relief on that photo.
As the video above shows, it was printed on paper. The image was completely flat, absolutely bi-dimensional. It had none of the three-dimensional valleys and mountains that make the sound in an album. But Fester is an expert on resuscitating records from photographs. He scanned that image at a very high resolution.
Then, using image processing software, he enhanced the resulting image. After obtaining the sound profile hidden in the shadows of the print, he used software to recreate the actual sound.Newly re-mastered, this anthology features all of Spirit’s recordings for the Ode and Epic labels between 19and notably includes the entire mono mix of the band’s self-titled debut album (appearing on CD for the first time), the complete soundtrack to the film The Model Shop, along with original stereo mix of The Family.