Songs from 1969

Top of the charts in the UK on this day was ‘Sugar Sugar’ by The Archies.

Not one of David’s favourites, this, but equally annoying and slightly less grammatically irritating than the US sing-along-a-No.1 of this day 40 years ago, ‘Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye’ (by Steam). Remember that one?

I can’t bring myself to say a bad word about the wonderful Roy Orbison, so I’ll just quietly point out that ‘Penny Arcade’ was No.1 in Australia at the time and leave it to you to decide whether or not that nicely rounds off a hat trick of truly terrible chart-topping songs which paint 1969 a hideous, nauseating shade of ‘Fun’.

There were some classic stand-out tunes, though: ‘Albatross’ by (Peter Green’s) Fleetwood Mac, which obviously is one of David’s favourites, and ‘Suite: Judy Blue Eyes’ by Crosby, Stills and Nash, to name just two of them.

As we’ve been talking about him this week, ‘Give Peace a Chance’ by (John Lennon’s) Plastic Ono Band is another.

Great albums, too. All the best acts did well, I thought, and their record covers were often equally impressive: The Beatles’ Abbey Road (and Yellow Submarine); Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Neil Young’s first album with Crazy Horse; Frank Zappa’s Hot Rats; Leonard Cohen’s Songs From a Room

Do note Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band’s Trout Mask Replica sleeve at this point, if you will. Words fail me each time I see it.

There were two records from Pink Floyd, of course: More and Ummagumma. I’d like to know which remain your favourite moments from those two, please.

So, your favourite songs from 1969. Hopefully this list of 100 will help start you off, and this just might jog a few memories.

Here are five of my favourite tracks:

– King Crimson, ‘21st Century Schizoid Man’
– Elvis Presley, ‘Suspicious Minds’
– Rolling Stones, ‘Gimme Shelter’
– Stevie Wonder, ‘For Once In My Life’
– Neil Young, ‘Down By the River’

A special mention for Tommy‘s ‘Underture’, which is one of my most favourite instrumentals, but we can talk about that and those another day.

Until then, have a good weekend, everyone.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

54 thoughts on “Songs from 1969”

  1. More is one of my favourite Floyd albums. It always gets played every hot summer day when I’m down in West Cornwall. When you get past Penzance the light is different, probably something to do with being at the end of a peninsula, the light bouncing off of the water that surrounds. (Summer and light just a memory from the darkness of December.)

    Anyway (daydream over)… back to 1969, the year that Withnail & I is set.

  2. 1969 was a great year for Rock music. I wasn’t at Woodstock but got to hear all about it. Here are ten of my favourites from 1969:

    Ummagumma – Pink Floyd
    Let it Bleed – The Rolling Stones
    Abbey Road – The Beatles
    Tommy – The Who
    Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere – Neil Young
    The Soft Parade – The Doors
    Nashville Skyline – Bob Dylan
    The Allman Brothers Band – The Allman Brothers Band
    Led Zeppelin II – Led Zeppelin
    Volunteers – Jefferson Airplane
    A Salty Dog – Procol Harem

    Ummagumma is an album we used to party with in college and I’m very fond of that album. It’s quintessential Pink Floyd and one of the best.

  3. I’m not a fan of the song ‘Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye’ but it has become a modified chant at some sporting events. Particularly when the home team is winning and there are just a few seconds left in the game the crowd sometimes erupts to chant this song, tantalizing the opposing team. By the way, during the chant the Kiss Him is omitted.

    It’s all in fun.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    1. Why is this song following me around?

      This weekend I attended a CD show and one of the vendors had a box of sheet music for sale. I was thumbing through the box and there it was, the original sheet music from 1969 of ‘Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.’

      I thought of purchasing it and sending to FEd as a Christmas gift.

      Thanks.

      Andrew

  4. I believe ’69 was the year of Woodstock. So I’ll go with Santana’s Soul Sacrifice as live music.

    One of my faves on More would be Cymbaline, keyboards not bad at all in that one.

    Ummagumma, sorry to say, is Careful With That Axe Eugene. The build-up on that is great. I remember scaring the bejeezus out of one character who would walk by our house at the same time every afternoon. I set up the speakers in the window and cranked it real high at the moment of the scream. I’m not a nasty person, but that one day I became a little mischievous. :v

    The Narrow Way is another fave, the ending is the best part for me.

  5. Here is my list of best of 1969. A few singles but mostly albums.

    The Band – The Brown Album
    The Beatles – “Get Back”
    The Beatles – “The Ballad of John and Yoko”
    The Beatles – Abbey Road
    Chicago – Chicago Transit Authority (one of the greatest debuts ever)
    Alice Cooper – Pretties For You
    The Doors – The Soft Parade
    Genesis – From Genesis to Revelation (their debut album)
    Grand Funk Railroad – On Time
    Grand Funk Railroad – The Red Album (Grand Funk)
    Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin I
    Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II
    Steve Miller Band – Brave New World
    Pink Floyd – Soundtrack From the Film “More”
    Pink Floyd – Ummagumma
    The Rolling Stones – “Honky Tonk Women”
    The Rolling Stones – Let it Bleed
    The Who – Tommy

  6. Greetings from the land of lake effect snow West Michigan. Due to bad weather finally have time to check the blog.

    Here are a few of my favorites from 1969:

    Touch Me – The Doors
    Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man – Bob Seger
    I heard It Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
    Come Together – The Beatles
    Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival
    Everyday People – Sly & The Family Stone

    Have a good weekend,

    Hoss

  7. I love “More” and “Ummagumma” both; wouldn’t want to be without either of them. Favorites include “The Narrow Way”; “Grantchester Meadows” is also lovely; but my favorite version is a live version I’ve heard in which David sings the chorus. I also love Embryo which I’ve read was recorded during the Ummagumma sessions, found on the WORKS compilation. Special mention must also go to Richard Wright’s composition, which reminds me of the music Brian Eno would later create.

    Certain songs on “More”… wow… “Cirrus Minor” is my all-time favorite pre-“Meddle” PF moment. I love “The Crying Song” and “Cymbaline” too, as well as “Quicksilver.” If I had a vote on which songs recorded live that I would most love to see the band release officially, it would be “Embryo” and “Cymbaline”. Both studio versions are masterpieces in themselves, but the live versions were so different and equally amazing.

    Both albums in my opinion are often underrated. Three years a go I was sitting in a cafe in France when they played the “More” album in its entirety. It’s one of those special moments I won’t soon forget.

    Other music from 1969 not mentioned yet:

    – Miles Davis’ “In a Silent Way”
    – Nick Drake’s “Five Leaves Left”
    – David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” (brilliant song)
    – Sly and the Family Stone’s “Stand!”
    – “The Velvet Underground” and Nico’s “The Marble Index”
    – “The Band”
    – First albums by Genesis and Can
    – Stevie Wonder’s “My Cherie Amour” (song)
    – Isley Brothers’ “It’s Your Thing” (song)

  8. Some of my absolutely favourite albums have been released in 1969.

    Tommy – The Who
    In the Court of the Crimson King – King Crimson
    Aoxomoxoa – Grateful Dead
    Abbey Road – The Beatles

    …and, of course, Pink Floyd’s “More”. I’ve always loved that album, especially “Cirrus Minor”, “Green is the Colour” and “Cymbaline”.

    I just think that soundtrack should have deserved a better movie. :))

    As for “Ummagumma”, “The Narrow Way” and “Grantchester Meadows” are both great tracks.

    Some more 1969 songs.

    Lay Lady Lay – Bob Dylan
    Down By The River – Neil Young
    Good Times, Bad Times – Led Zeppelin
    Let It Bleed – Rolling Stones
    Suite: Judy Blue Eyes – CS&N
    Octopus – Syd Barrett (as the single was released one year before “The Madcap Laughs”, if Wikipedia says the truth)

    Have a good weekend. 🙂

  9. I still really like ‘More’, a lovely album to play and relax to. Cymbaline is my favourite track but Green is the Colour, Cirrus Minor and The Nile Song are also very good plus David practising his Spanish at the end is rather amusing!

    …still one of my frequent played Floyd albums.

  10. There was a lot of great music from 1969, though I missed some of it until later. (The Moody Blues weren’t known to me until 1972, after the re-release of Nights in White Satin. I also wasn’t aware of Fairport Convention at the time. They gave us both Unhalfbricking and Liege and Lief that year. And, 🙁 , I hadn’t found Pink Floyd yet.)

    I am not an Archies fan, but I did love Steam’s Na Na Hey Hey. (Sometimes the music outweighs the lyric.) Anything by the Beatles was a shoo-in. I also loved Santana, Sly & the Family Stone (Everyday People was a favorite), CCR (Green River has always been one their best albums, imo), Elvis’s Suspicious Minds (I’m calling a cab, I can’t walk out 🙂 ), Three Dog Night’s Eli’s Coming , These Eyes by the Guess Who, Get Together by the Youngbloods, Dusty Springfield’s Son of a Preacher Man, and Steppenwolf’s Rock Me.

    And 1969 gave us one of Bob Dylan’s greatest tunes, Lay Lady Lay. (Wasn’t Watching the River Flow close on its heels? I’ll have to look it up.)

    I remember playing In the Court of the Crimson King a lot, Blind Faith, and Space Oddity.

    The one-hit wonder would have to be It’s A Beautiful Day; I loved White Bird.

    Have a nice weekend and hope for snow!

    Loretta

  11. Hi all,

    finally it’s winter in Bavaria. 😀

    Songs of ’69? Quite difficult to say, but FZ “Uncle Meat”, Jonny Winters “Jonny Winter” LP, Blind Faiths “Sea of Joy”, PF “Quicksiver” are surely on my list, among some of the others listed above.

    BTW: There was this idea about misheard lyrics the other day. Well, I attended a concert where my daughter played guitar and when 3 young girls sang “Hallelujah” by A. Burke, I heard “she broke your throat and cut your head” instead of “she broke your throne and cut your hair”. :))

    I had to google the lyrics, because the version I heard wasn’t x-mas-like at all. 😉

  12. Na Na Hey Hey should be regarded as specific to Chicago White Sox fans, who played in 1969 in Comiskey Park!

    Uncomfortable thought, rock tunage in 1969 was heard on AM radio only. FM radio at that time sounded EXACTLY like the lead-in to Wish You Were Here. Uh.

    1. Of course in 1969 it was the NY Mets that sang the song to the Baltimore Orioles.

      Trivial fact: Even though he was one of the all the best pitchers and had a phenomenal career, it was Nolan Ryan’s one and only World Series championship.

      Thanks.

      Andrew

  13. My faves from More are Cirrus Minor and Nile Song. Ummagumma offers lots of great moments including what I consider the best ever version of “Careful With That Axe, Eugene.”

    From King Crimson, in that wonderful album I think Moonchild is a standout. And from Crosby Stills Nash, I pick “Long Time Coming” as the standout. Beatles, I love 100% of Abbey Road, but as a teacher I have used “Octopus’ Garden” (written by Ringo!) as a fun sing-along. Led Zep “Your Time Is Gonna Come” is underrated. And from Yes, I have always loved Survival.

    This was a banner year for music. Let’s not forget Walter Carlos’ “Switched On Bach,” a classical music album that forever changed the face of popular music. Woodstock and all the great acts that played there. The innovation of the rock opera (The Who) and amazing guitar solos (from the likes of Derek and the Dominoes) broadened the boundaries of all musical forms. It was a great year in music.

  14. Great year, my year – 😀 – full of grand masterpieces:

    Pink Floyd – Grantchester Meadows
    Led Zeppelin – Dazed and Confused
    Jeff Beck Group – The Hangman’s Knee
    Jethro Tull – Look into the Sun

  15. Sorry FEd, I’m off topic.

    Did you hear about this?

    That’s what happens while the world leaders are discussing their, as always, completely insufficient measures to fight climate change and while some still doubt human impact is responsible of environmental destruction.

    First of all, this shame at least, could have been avoided. 😡

    1. The news of the poor whales definitely upsets me more. I expected the Copenhagen summit to be a circus of hypocrisy.

      “We haven’t got enough limos in the country to fulfil the demand,” she says. “We’re having to drive them in hundreds of miles from Germany and Sweden.”

      I don’t know why all those people even need to be there. It’s a feel-good free-load. When people need to be seen to be doing something, it really gets my goat, particularly when they’re not doing half as much as they could, and should, be doing.

      No disrespect intended to those who genuinely do care (i.e. the activists) and are doing much to change opinion, of course. It just saddens me that they need to stamp their carbon footprints so deeply into Copenhagen to feel, if not be, effective. In this day and age, you’d think they could do ‘Earth summit’ perfectly well without the incredible waste caused by private jets and limos, simply by relying on satellite link-ups, video conferencing, webchats, and such like.

      A good PowerPoint presentation says it all.

  16. There were two records from Pink Floyd, of course: More and Ummagumma. I’d like to know which remain your favourite moments from those two, please.

    My favourite version of ‘Careful With That Axe, Eugene’ comes from Ummagumma.

    As for the album More, it is in my top 5 Floyd album favourites. ‘Cirrus Minor’ conjures up magic visions whilst ‘Cymbaline’ is one of my all time favourite tracks. It kind of reminds me of The Beatles ‘And I Love Her’.

    Cymbeline was also known as Cunobelinus and he was an original Briton around Boudicas time. He was the king of Catuvellauni tribe which is was around the south-east of Britain.

    I love David’s honey-sweet vocals in ‘Green is the Colour’ and also in my opinion the song was inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘Cymbeline’ with the lyrics: ‘Heavy hung a canopy of blue, shade my eyes and I can see you…’ and can be compared with this passage when Iachimo enters Imogen’s bedchamber from the aforementioned Shakespearean play’… ‘the flame o’ the taper bows toward her, and would under-peep her lids, to see the enclosed lights, now canopied under these windows, white and azure laced with blue of heaven’s own tinct.’ Act 2 Scene 2 Cymbeline.

    Another interesting fact is that the lyric ‘green is the colour of her kind, quickness of the eye deceives the mind’. Well in magic you have the saying the “quickness of the hand deceives the eye”. With “deceiving the mind” must be referring to magic visions instead.

  17. Yikes! What a year! Where to start?

    Well, what about Nick Drake’s 1st “Five Leaves Left”? Wasn’t that ’69, though living in Canada by then I didn’t hear it till maybe ’72.

    Focus on “More”: a absolute stunner, recorded in less than a week so it seems. Mentioned by several posters already, but no-one thought to name “The Crying Song”, arguably the most underrated Waters composition. Achingly beautiful to this day. Can’t decide if I want others to cover it to honor it or am afraid they’ll ruin it.

    Set up “Cirrus Minor” and “Quicksilver” together to hear Richard in all his early glory.

    “The Nile Song” beats all other Floyd rockers hands down, most especially “Young Lust”. Grunge before Young had invented it, if you ask me.

    The Live Ummagumma: truly frightening at high volumes and absolutely the classic argument as to why Floyd were the greatest live band of their day, despite very impressive contributions from the ’69 Crimson, and the oft cited absence of Interstellar (taped but not included).

    Let’s not even start on outtakes not yet used. I say get Mr. Guthrie in a studio with all the tapes and let him at them without interference.

    The studio Ummagumma: a prog triumph for the most, with a slight disappointment in The Narrow Way, as Mr. Gilmour had not yet realized his compositional maturity. Mr. Wright and Mr. Waters contributions, however, are brilliantly executed and recorded.

    Cheers, gp

  18. Some of my favourite songs from 1969:

    – ‘Whole Lotta Love’, Led Zeppelin

    – ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’, Rolling Stones

    ‘Holly Holy’, Neil Diamond. Great song, it reminds me of ‘Jonathan Livingstone Seagul’. Loved the movie and the soundtrack , too (especially the song ‘Be’).

    – ‘Bird On A Wire’ and ‘The Partisan’, Leonard Cohen. These are the two only songs I know from the album ‘Songs from A Room’ that you mentioned, as they appear in the compilation ‘The Essential Leonard Cohen’ that I bought last year. I’ve read that ‘Songs From A Room’ is a very dark album. (?)

    – ’69, Année érotique’, S. Gainsbourg & J. Birkin. 😉

    – And a special mention to ‘Que Je T’Aime’ by our Johnny Hallyday who has been hospitalised in Los Angeles recently and is now in a medically induced coma. Hope he will recover soon. :!

    Michèle

    1. Thanks Michele, I didn’t know the news about Johnny Hallyday; hope he recovers soon. The albums he made in the past 10 years or so were excellent; his voice definitely got better with age.

      How could I forget the classic 1969 album “Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin” from my list?! A regrettable oversight.

      For the person who said “The Narrow Way” was a disappointment: What!?! I vigorously disagree. Parts 1 and 3 are particularly magical, and for me it’s the clear highlight of the album and vastly underrated.

  19. As a mere 14 year old my hormones were in over-drive, 1969 was a seminal year for me, it was the year I started courting my darling wife.

    There just seemed to be so much going on way back then, in the news, on TV (all THREE channels of it), at the movies and on the radio, but then I’m probably peering back through a rose-tinted looking glass.

    The Beatles last public performance (yes, that one on a rooftop), the maiden Boeing 747 jet flight, Concorde’s 1st test flight, Robin Knox-Johnston became the first person to sail around the world solo without stopping, Apollo 11 Moon landing, Monty Python’s Flying Circus 1st shown on the Beeb, Sesame Street premiered, Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) premiered, with Guy’s dad amongst the cast, I do believe, the 1st message was sent over the Internet (ARPANET as it was then known).

    Of course there was all sorts of other sh*t going too, what with Vietnam, Northern Ireland, Charles Manson, blah, blah, blah…

    There were some ‘classic’ films released in this year: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Midnight Cowboy, Easy Rider, Paint Your Wagon, True Grit, Battle Of Britain, The Italian Job and Where Eagles Dare.

    Musically, I wasn’t really yet into albums (I couldn’t afford them, in any case, so it would be another four years before I discovered David via Pink Floyd) as my listening habits were mostly governed by the radio and the twice weekly sojourn to youth club soirees.

    1. You mentioned the classic film Midnight Cowboy. An odd fact about that one.

      Elvis, who had wanted to do some serious acting, lusted after the role that wound up being played by Jon Voight in the final film. It takes a director with real vision to say “No” to Elvis, but I think director John Schlesinger made the right call here. If Elvis had been cast, this would be known today as an Elvis movie and a particularly strange one at that.

  20. For me, 1969 was a fundamental, transitional year, so I’ve limited my brief list to the following A to Z of song titles:

    Albatross – Fleetwood Mac
    Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In – The 5th Dimension
    Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival
    Badge – Cream
    Ballad of John and Yoko – The Beatles
    Behind a Painted Smile – The Isley Brothers
    Blackberry Way – The Move
    The Boxer – Simon & Garfunkel
    A Boy Named Sue – Johnny Cash
    Break Away – The Beach Boys
    Cloud Nine – The Temptations
    Cold Turkey – Plastic Ono Band
    Delta Lady – Joe Cocker
    Dizzy – Tommy Roe
    Early in the Morning – Vanity Fair
    For Once in My Life – Stevie Wonder
    Gentle on My Mind – Dean Martin
    Get Back – The Beatles
    Give Peace a Chance – Plastic Ono Band
    He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother – The Hollies
    Honky Tonk Women – Rolling Stones
    I Can Hear Music – The Beach Boys
    I Can’t Get Next to You – The Temptations
    I Don’t Know Why – Stevie Wonder
    (If Paradise Is) Half as Nice – Amen Corner
    I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
    I’ll Never Fall In Love Again – Bobbie Gentry
    I’m Gonna Make You Love Me – Diana Ross & the Supremes and The Temptations
    I’m Gonna Make You Mine – Lou Christie
    In the Ghetto – Elvis Presley
    In the Year 2525 – Zager and Evans
    Israelites – Desmond Dekker and the Aces
    It’s Getting Better – ‘Mama’ Cass Elliot

    J to Z to follow…

    1. ‘Blackberry Way’ by The Move… Hell of a song.

      Hell of a list, in fact. I’ll be la-la-la-ing along with Amen Corner all day now, which is never a bad thing, especially if it keeps away those black Zager and Evans-induced thoughts.

      Also, as you mention ‘For Once in My Life’, Simon & Garfunkel and, of course, the Beatles, that reminds me of Sinatra’s album of pop covers, My Way, released in 1969. (He also covered ‘Yesterday’ and ‘Mrs Robinson’.)

  21. Well, with the exception of K, Q, U, X & Z that is…

    Je T’Aime… Moi Non Plus – Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg
    Suite: Judy Blue Eyes – Crosby, Stills and Nash
    Lay Lady Lay – Bob Dylan
    The Liquidator – Harry J All Stars
    Living In The Past – Jethro Tull
    Love Child – Diana Ross & the Supremes
    Man of the World – Fleetwood Mac
    Melting Pot – Blue Mink
    My Cherie Amour – Stevie Wonder
    My Way – Frank Sinatra
    Natural Born Bugie – Humble Pie
    Oh Happy Day – Edwin Hawkins Singers
    Oh Well – Fleetwood Mac
    The Onion Song – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
    Pinball Wizard – The Who
    Proud Mary – Creedence Clearwater Revival
    Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head – B.J. Thomas
    Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town – Kenny Rogers and The First Edition
    Someday We’ll Be Together – Diana Ross & the Supremes
    Something/Come Together – The Beatles
    Something in the Air – Thunderclap Newman
    Something’s Happening – Herman’s Hermits
    Sorry Suzanne – The Hollies
    Space Oddity – David Bowie
    Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley
    Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
    That’s The Way God Planned It – Billy Preston
    Time Is Tight – Booker T. & the M.G.’s
    Too Busy Thinking About My Baby – Marvin Gaye
    Viva Bobby Joe – The Equals
    Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)? – Peter Sarstedt
    Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin
    Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday – Stevie Wonder
    You’ve Made Me So Very Happy – Blood, Sweat & Tears

    Sorry to bore the pants off everyone… I just had to get it out of my system.

    1. Ah, speaking of My Way

      For ‘Q’ and ‘U’, you could have a couple by Pink Floyd, of course: ‘Quicksilver’ and ‘Up the Khyber’.

      I love Humble Pie’s ‘Natural Born Bugie’. The B-side was good, too. Very Small Faces.

      Thanks for those, Ken.

  22. Hi FEd

    At only 10 years old I don’t remember a lot of the music of the day because we didn’t have the money to buy records etc.

    My strongest recollection was seeing Bert Weedon (Guitarist for those that haven’t heard of him!) playing at a local working men’s club. Seeing him prompted me to pick up a guitar and I haven’t put it down since!

    I do seem to recall lots of Beatlemania on the radio!

  23. I forgot to speak about ‘More’ and ‘Ummagumma’.

    ‘More’: Favourite is ‘Cymbaline’, but preferably the live versions (for example, when they performed at KQED studios in San Francisco in 1970). Faaaaaar better and much more enjoyable than the -blind- album version (IMHO).

    ‘Ummagumma’: ‘The Narrow Way’ (especially Part III). Beautiful music and great lyrics by David. It would have been perfect for his 2006 tour, I think.

    Off topic – 14 Décembre aujourd’hui – Tchin-Tchin, FEd! Hallucinant comme le temps passe vite, n’est-ce pas? Bravo et merci, vos bloggers ont beaucoup de chance. 🙂

    Michèle

  24. Off topic. I think Paul and David should get together and do something. Check out the last paragraph – here.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  25. Hey,

    Did you all know, that George Bush does a version of U2’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday”? Check it out – here. 🙂

  26. More and Ummagumma… 2 very fine PF moments.

    I have a “personal” PF CD for use only in Greece. Songs from More figure prominently at the start. The Crying song is reserved for gazing off the hotel balcony overlooking the sea on Naxos. The beautifully placid feel of the song mimics what I am seeing so very well.

    Cheers, Howard

  27. Crying Song general question…

    Is that a xylophone at the beginning of the song or keyboard?

    Cheers, Howard

  28. LMAO… now I have the song stuck in my head at work and my co-workers are not impressed with my singing abilities. 😀

    Cheers, Howard

  29. HI FEd,

    I liked Crystal Blue Persuasion.

    Question, what happened with “Caddyshack”? Can you ask David if the producer/director ever got ahold of the then Pink Floyd. The band was one of the first mentioned that they wanted to do a song for the movie soundtrack.

    (I was watching a documentary on the making of “Caddyshack” which made me curious).

    Happy Holidays gang!!! 8)

  30. Hi FEd,

    I saw that clip of Jan & Kjeld the other day on TV and my children and I had a lot of fun.

    It’s from 1959, so off-topic by 10 years, but I think it’s worth to see (and hear, of course).

    Best regards,
    Taki

    1. I’d never seen it before, Taki. I can imagine you and your children having a lot of fun with it. :))

      The boy on the left (Jan?) looks like he’s just seen a ghost. I’m relieved to see that he looks much happier in this clip.

      Now, where did I put my banjo?

  31. the year 1969 is very special for me, because it is the year of my birth.

    special too for david because a black strat is made in 1969.

    great year for rock with pink floyd: more and umagumma, i prefer umagumma more lyrics. with led zeppellin with whole lotta love, a very great song; fleetwood mac with a great guitarist, peter green; with a beatles: get back; the who: tommy; and i don’t want to forget a big, big show, woodstock with joan baez, jimi hendrix, joe cocker, crosby stills and nash, carlos santana, ten years after, and more.

    merry christmas my friends, merry christmas fed, merry christmas mr david gilmour – you are great!

  32. Ummagumma was released in the United Kingdom on 25 October 1969 and then in the U.S. on 10 November 1969.

    The album’s title supposedly comes from a Cambridge slang word for sex, commonly used by one of Pink Floyd’s friends and occasional roadie, Ian “Emo” Moore, who would say ‘I’m going back to the house for some Ummagumma’.

    The band had also recorded a live version of “Interstellar Overdrive” (from The Piper at the Gates of Dawn), intended for placement on side one of the live album. The track was dropped at the last minute.

    “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun” and “Grantchester Meadows” are wonderful tunes included on Ummagumma. 8)

    1. The songs titled “A Spanish Piece”, “Green Is the Colour”, “The Nile Song” and “Ibiza Bar” are my favorite tunes in the album soundtrack from the film ‘More’ produced by Pink Floyd.

  33. The summer of ’69…

    No, I didn’t get my first 6-string. But in that year I met some guys, forming a local cover-band in our hometown, and became their roadie… Today I’m the only one of this connection, who is still working in showbusiness…

    In that year, I heard PF music for the first time and it was from Ummagumma. Oh my god, what a cry on “Careful With That Axe, Eugene”. The other PF record was rather unknown to me.

    But indeed, 1969 was musically a very interesting year…

    Merry Christmas,
    Herbert

  34. I agree with your pick of songs for that year. And even though I was only 14 in ’69 that Archie stuff was awful beyond belief.

    Hopefully David has someone to relay the info in these blogs to him.

    More and Ummaguma? Tough choice. In the USA, Ummaguma was on the shelves but More, what the hell is that or I never heard of them. I had to order it special from a record shop that was into new music of the time. Same with “Piper at the Gates of Dawn”. A friend found “Saucerful of Secrets” at a store that sold musical instruments, mainly Organs. And at above normal prices (the records).

    Anyway, thank David for the great music and the wonderful effect it has had on my life. Saw Floyd 4 times and WOW! This is for him particularly, finally figured out the right way to play the beginning of “Bidding My Time”.

  35. My God, 1969 was a great year! Music, hemlines, music, hemlines, and all the rest. I was 14 and too young then to enjoy it all, so I did what I could, and got most of it in!

  36. Lots of fine albums mentioned. One of my favorites is the Kink’s Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire). A soundtrack to a television program that never was, it kicked off the second Kink’s trilogies of great records (first being Face to Face, Something Else and The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society) along with Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, part one, and Muswell Hillbillies. It has very thoughtful songs and a perfect type single song with Victoria and gut wrenchers like Shangrala, Some Mother’s Son, Nothing to Say, and Yes Sir, No Sir.

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