- CHARLIE HADEN: LIBERATION MUSIC ORCHESTRA: 1969: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The first album in the long career of jazz double bass player and composer Charlie Haden. He was inspired to make this album after hearing songs from the Spanish -American War. Three of the songs are old Spanish folk songs. File under Avant garde jazz.
- GEORGE JONES: I’LL SHARE MY WORLD WITH YOU: 1969: 2 1/5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: 24 minutes is the length of this album.George and his new wife at the time Tammy Wynette are on the cover. There would be George and Tammy albums but she’s not on this one other than singing back up. There were three big country hits on here- Milwaukee, Here I Come #12, When The Grass Grows Over Me #2 and I”ll Share My World WIth You #2- kept out of the #1 slot by Tammy’s mammoth hit “Stand By Your Man.”
- WILLIE NELSON: MY OWN PECULIAR WAY: 1969: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Pre- Outlaw Willie- his 9th album and last of the 60’s-Willie was still playing the Nashville game- heck just look at the album cover- but as far as chart success he wasn’t getting very far. This album peaked at #29 on the country chart. Still it can’t be bad with Willie singing. This album would be important to Nelson’s career-at this time he discovered the Martin N-20 classical guitar which he would nickname “Trigger” which would eventually change his sound and career.
- GEORGE HARRISON: ELECTRONIC SOUND: 1969: 2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Notable as a pioneering work- Harrison would be one of the first rock musicians to release an electronic record. There are two ‘songs’ on this- with George on a Moog 3 series synthesizer. I don’t see Electronic Sound cracking my Top albums of 1969 list at years end or ever falling into heavy rotation on my listening list. It is better than the John and Yoko albums of the period.
- JOE TEX: HAPPY SOUL: 1969: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Joe Tex was a successful Southern soul singer in the 1960’s and 70’s-who had an interesting chart history on the Pop chart- he had 4 big hits in his career- but most of his singles either hovered outside of the Top 40 or just skimmed the bottom reaches of the Top 40. He recorded two albums in 1969 and both are solid. No Billboard Top 40 hits on these and the albums weren’t successful commercially-but well worth a listen. Interesting artist who had a feud with James Brown in the 1960’s- Tex going so far as having it painted “The New Soul Brother #1″ on his touring bus- he had it removed after people heckled him over it. He also challenged JB to see who was the ‘read soul brother ” Brown refused saying “I will not fight a black man. You need too much help.’ Tex died at the age of 49 in 1982.
- JOE TEX: BUYING A BOOK: 1969: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- THE BEATLES: THE BEATLES: 1968: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A Beatles blitz to finish up my Beatles listening for the month of April.
- THE BEATLES: YELLOW SUBMARINE: 1969: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- THE BEATLES : ABBEY ROAD: 1969: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- THE BEATLES: LET IT BE: 1970: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
- THE BEATLES: PAST MASTERS II: 1988: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: