Friday, July 5, 2019

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."Easy Rider Stk" (1969)

"Easy Rider" (1969)

I'm really glad I own this album, although I probably display it more than actually spin it.  As soundtracks go, the music is a perfect fit for the nomad counter-culture film.  Classic rockers like Steppenwolf and The Byrds and Jimi Hendrix Experience are on here.  I actually picked up this album for the Electric Prunes contribution..."Kyrie Eleison” ...which first appeared on their "Mass in F Minor" album. (My Electric Prunes Interview)  I love the biker/drug soundtracks that seemed to sprout wings during the late 60s.  And this is a fun one to own.

The “Easy Rider” movie, by the way, was recently shown at the Wichita Orpheum which is always a cool place to hang.  For the small few who aren't hip, the film included...Peter “I know what it's like to be dead” Fonda.  Jack “Here's Johnny” Nicholson.  And Dennis "Don't get caught watchin' the paint dry" Hopper...who also directed this film.  They play biker nomads who are searching for the meaning of freedom...smoking dope and stealing daughters.  The film has become a cult classic and is fun to revisit from time to time.
FWIW...The Band's song...“The Weight“ (which was in the film) could not be licensed for the soundtrack, so the song was included, but performed by the group, Smith. This band released two albums (1969-'70) with their best-known song being “Baby, It's You.”

"Easy Rider" (back)

Dunhill-ABC label

"Kyrie Eleison" - The Electric Prunes / "Easy Rider" clip (1969)

A1  Steppenwolf - "The Pusher" 5:48
A2  Steppenwolf - "Born to Be Wild" 3:29
A3  Smith - "The Weight" 4:29
A4  The Byrds - "Wasn't Born to Follow" 2:03
A5  The Holy Modal Rounders - "If You Want to Be a Bird" 2:35
B1  The Fraternity of Man - "Don't Bogart Me" 3:02
B2  Jimi Hendrix Experience - "If Six Was Nine" 5:32
B3  The Electric Prunes - "Kyrie Eleison" 4:02
B4  Roger McGuinn - "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" 3:03
B5  Roger McGuinn - "Ballad of Easy Rider" 2:13

The Byrds
The Holy Modal Rounders
Fraternity of Man
Jimi Hendrix Experience
The Electric Prunes
Roger McGuinn

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

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