the door to yesterday vol 4 no. 22. alan warner. 2020

 

the door to yesterday. tindelible memories of the folk rock era. byrds. bob dylan. alan warner. 2020

 Andrew Slater’s 2018 highly-recommended documentary

 “Echo In The Canyon” celebrates the revolutionary music created 

by songwriters and musicians in the Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles in the mid-1960’s. 


During its opening minutes, the film includes the following quote 

from the late singer/songwriter Warren Zevon: “If Roger McGuinn 

had just played the opening notes to the Byrds’ debut album and 

dropped dead, he would have still exercised the most pronounced

 influence over the folk rock movement in twenty-five years.”


Indeed, The Byrds played a major role in the emergence of Folk-Rock 

when folk music was fused with rock and they’re included in my random 

selection below of significant recordings from that period. 

 (YouTube audio links are included).


Bob Dylan had recorded his folk classic BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND 

in 1962 accompanied by his own acoustic guitar and harmonica but in 1965,

 he plugged in his electric Stratocaster at the Newport Folk Festival causing indignation from folk traditionalists in the audience.


Additional artists such as John Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas

 emerged from folk backgrounds.


Another singer making the transition was Barry McGuire 

who’d been a member of the New Christy Minstrels folk group

 until he left and recorded P.F. Sloan’s powerful protest anthem 

EVE OF DESTRUCTION.


 from mearlier works namely Welsh poem gs adapted from

 earlier works namely Welsh poem THE BELLS OF RHYMNEY 

to which Pete Seeger added the melody,THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN which was updated from a decades-old folk ballad and TURN! TURN! TURN! 

(To Everything There Is A Season), the words of which came from 

the Biblical Book Of Ecclesiastes.



Here are my choices:


THE BELLS OF RHYMNEY 

(Idris Davies/Pete Seeger)

by The Byrds

Pro: Terry Melcher 

(Columbia: 1965) 

https://youtu.be/u6JhTSzZXzg


CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ 

(John Phillips/Michelle Phillips)

by The Mamas & The Papas

Pro: Lou Adler 

(Dunhill: 1965)

https://youtu.be/HFOKgSORgZQ 

Superb vocal harmonies on this, the group’s debut hit 

which became a west coast anthem.   


DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC 

(John Sebastian)

by The Lovin’ Spoonful

Pro: Erik Jacobson

A Prod. of Koppelman/Rubin Assoc. 

(Kama Sutra: 1965) 

https://youtu.be/JnbfuAcCqpY 

Superb east coast folk rock. 


EVE OF DESTRUCTION 

(P.F. Sloan/Steve Barri)

by Barry McGuire

Pro: Lou Adler w/P.F. Sloan & Steve Barri 

(Dunhill: 1965) 

https://youtu.be/_38SWIIKITE


FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH (Stop, Hey What’s That Sound) 

(Stephen Stills)

by Buffalo Springfield

Pro: Charles Greene & Brian Stone 

(Atco: 1966)

https://youtu.be/1eD-8NTwP9I  

Members Stephen Stills and Richie Furay

 were previously with The Au Go Go Singers folk group.


HAPPY TOGETHER 

(Gary Bonner/Alan Gordon)

by The Turtles

Pro: Joe Wissert

A Prod. of Koppelman/Rubin Assoc. 

(White Whale: 1967)

https://youtu.be/BqZ6sRHpWIk  

Led by Howard Kaylan & Mark Volman,

 they’d earlier charted with Bob Dylan’s IT AIN’T ME BABE.


THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN 

(Trad. Arr: Alan Price)

by The Animals

A Mickie Most Prod. 

(MGM: 1964)

https://youtu.be/MJkr0DWbhTk


LAUGH, LAUGH 

(Ron Elliott)

by The Beau Brummels

A Cougar Production 

(Autumn: 1964)

https://youtu.be/OC8Nv6a8feE  

San Francisco group produced by Sly Stone 

and influenced by The Beatles.


LIKE A ROLLING STONE 

(Bob Dylan)

by Bob Dylan

Pro: Tom Wilson 

(Columbia: 1965) 

https://youtu.be/IwOfCgkyEj0  

Rated by Rolling Stone magazine as the Greatest Song Of All Time.


MARRAKESH EXPRESS 

(Graham Nash)

by Crosby, Stills & Nash

Pro: Stephen Stills, David Crosby & Graham Nash 

(Atlantic: 1969)

https://youtu.be/0TYq9RjdYYU


MONDAY, MONDAY 

(John Phillips)

by The Mamas & The Papas

Pro: Lou Adler 

(Dunhill: 1966) 

https://youtu.be/CKuMMXUROrE  

‘Ba-da, ba da da da’


MR. TAMBOURINE MAN 

(Bob Dylan)

by The Byrds

Pro: Terry Melcher 

(Columbia: 1965)

https://youtu.be/NyOzGPbn2tg 


THE SOUND OF SILENCE 

(Paul Simon)

by Simon & Garfunkel

Pro: Tom Wilson 

(Columbia: 1965)

https://youtu.be/6ukmjBSQY-c  

First released as an acoustic track but Tom Wilson 

successfully overdubbed electric guitars, bass and drums.


SUBTERRANEAN HOMESICK BLUES 

(Bob Dylan)

by Bob Dylan

Pro: Tom Wilson 

(Columbia: 1965)

https://youtu.be/MR-9K6pqcaE


SUITE: JUDY BLUE EYES 

(Stephen Stills)

by Crosby, Stills & Nash

Pro: Stephen Stills, David Crosby & Graham Nash 

(Atlantic: 1969)

https://youtu.be/rDEiLImUUM8  

The song’s inspiration was singer Judy Collins.


SUMMER IN THE CITY 

(John Sebastian/Mark Sebastian/Steve Boone)

by The Lovin’ Spoonful

Pro: Erik Jacobson

A Prod. of Koppelman/Rubin Assoc. 

(Kama Sutra: 1966)  

https://youtu.be/5YgevxRGXIU  


SUNSHINE SUPERMAN 

(Donovan Leitch)

by Donovan

Pro: Mickie Most 

(Epic: 1966) 

https://youtu.be/YsX2FhBf9nY  

Both Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones played on the track.


TURN! TURN! TURN! (To Everything There Is A Season) 

(Pete Seeger)

by The Byrds

Pro: Terry Melcher 

(Columbia: 1965) 

https://youtu.be/xVOJla2vYx8


WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM 

(Jackie DeShannon)

by Jackie DeShannon

Pro: Dick Glasser

Arr & Cond: Jack Nitzsche 

(Liberty: 1963) 

https://youtu.be/oX_w_1j6UzQ 

The Byrds were known to sing this song in concert back then 

and their debut 1965 album (pictured above) included their version 

of another Jackie composition DON’T DOUBT YOURSELF, BABE.


The documentary “Echo In The Canyon” is streaming on Netflix.


As in all my postings, the recordings listed and referenced above 

are personal selections and are in no way intended as definitive collections 

of the genre.


Please send any comments or suggestions to 

thedoortoyesterday@gmail.com


Rock on.


Alan Warner


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