Traffic – somehow apropos for the evening at hand.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Traffic – Glad_Freedom Rider – 1970
I was trying to find something tonight that fit with the spirit of the evening. Rather than go after one of the dozen or so tunes I’ve been hearing over and over at rallies during this election, I landed on the legendary Traffic and Glad from their landmark 1970 album John Barleycorn Must Die.
Seems to be a perfect fit. No?
As a bonus, and since the two tracks overlap on the album anyway, I included Freedom Rider.
We can all breathe now.
Jethro Tull in 1969 – Progressive, Folk-Rock, Folk, Art-Rock – it all sort of stuck.
Click on the link for Audio player: Jethro Tull – BBC Session – June 22, 1969
One of the early legends of the Progressive Rock movement. Jethro Tull initially got lumped into a mish-mash of genres. Labeled Folk-Rock, Art-Rock and Jazz-Rock, they were in fact a hybrid of everything, but above all – they were different. There was nobody quite like them on the horizon in 1968. Because of that, they quickly found an audience in the fledgling FM Underground format sweeping over the U.S. at the time and they were one of the first bands to achieve superstar status without actually having any top-40 hit records to their credit.
Tonight it’s one of the early sessions Jethro Tull recorded for the BBC, from June 22, 1969.
Here’s what they play:
Jethro Tull BBC Session – June 22, 1969
1. Living In The Past
2. A New Day Yesterday
3. Fat Man
5. Nothing Is Easy
A few years later they would release the milestone Aqualung, but in 1969 they were just getting rolling.