'John Barleycorn' Still Lives
In spite of my many collecting vices and obsessions, I have been resistant to vinyl. But there are always exceptions.
So I came away from an Oxfam shop yesterday with Traffic's 'John Barleycorn Must Die' - released an astonishing half-a-century ago in 1970. If you don't know the title track, here it is:
Of the six tracks on the album, four have become rock classics - not a bad hit rate!
And the freshness of much of the music of that era - it is more than just nostalgia! In 1970, did anyone listen to music from 1920? There is something exceptional about the music of the late 60s and early 70s, and it's more than simply the time that I first started buying albums.
By the way, in case you are wondering, I do still have a turntable - and I have give my new album a spin. Cool!
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