Merle Haggard: Branded Man

Merle Haggard: Branded Man

Album #35

Episode date - December 7, 2016

“Branded Man” is an album that sounds even better in retrospect because of its backstory, but none of us knew any of that when it was released in 1966.

Miles Davis - Miles Smiles

Miles Davis: Miles Smiles

Album # 32

Episode date - November 30, 2016

In 1967, each of the following three statements were true;

Take Me – Solomon Burke

From Memphis to Muscle Shoals: Catching Up with American, Fame and Hi

Channel 148-12

Episode date - December 2, 2016

Here we are, twelve shows in to our series dedicated to the ‘boutique’ studios of Memphis and Muscle Shoals, and it still feels like things are just starting to come together.


John Lee Hooker: Real Folk Blues

Album #27

Episode date - November 23, 2016

John Lee Hooker is the quintessential example of a blues musician who has no need whatsoever for formal structure.

Rick Hall and Clarence Carter

From Memphis to Muscle Shoals: More Obscurities from Fame, and then…Clarence Carter!

Channel 148-11

Episode date - November 25, 2016

Fame was a very bust place in 1967, and it didn’t need to worry about changing with the changing times, because the studio itself was setting trends.

Clarence Carter

From Memphis to Muscle Shoals: Few Deep Cuts, and Even More Hits

Channel 148-10

Episode date - November 18, 2016

Naturally, history always focuses on the bits that resulted in fame and glory, but a lot of blood, sweat and tears usually accompany success.

Wilson Pickett: The Exciting Wilson Pickett

Wilson Pickett: The Exciting Wilson Pickett

Album #32: August 1966

Episode date - November 16, 2016

While Otis Redding was redefining the face and sound of soul music at Stax Records, Atlantic got busy trying to put Wilson Pickett at the same level.

The Beatles: Revolver

The Beatles: Revolver

Album #31: August 1966

Episode date - July 13, 2016

In retrospect, it is nothing less than awesome to consider the changes that had occurred in popular music from the Beatles appearance on the American scene in 1964 until the summer of 1966, a scant

The Byrds Fifth Dimension

The Byrds: Fifth Dimension

Album #30: July 1966

Episode date - July 6, 2016

The first two Byrds albums bore a strong similarity to one another, but “Fifth Dimension” could have been an entirely different band.

Simon & Garfunkel: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme

Simon & Garfunkel: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme

Album #33: October 1966

Episode date - July 20, 2016

With their third album, Simon and Garfunkel came into their own, or perhaps it would be more accurate to state that they finally found a way to get comfortable within the expectations of the times.