It’s time once again to delve deep into some of the classic albums of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s and find those superb “deep tracks” that the radio stations never play. So many of the albums that topped the charts back then have three, maybe four songs that get all the airplay even though there are some jewels just sitting there, waiting to be rediscovered and savored.
This blog is dedicated to shining a bright light on a number of neglected tracks from famous albums. Later, I promise to draw attention to great songs from albums that were NOT major-selling albums. But for now, bear with me as we expose the wonderful “diamonds in the rough” among the top-selling albums of the glorious decades of 30, 40, 50 years ago.
“I’ve lost a lot of friends on this highway, so long, everyone, I watched them all sail into the distance, like a setting sun, they’d only just begun, and we just lost another one…” Graham Nash, 2002
It’s a sad truth that the creative arts fields — music, film, literature — have had more than their fair share of gifted artists who have died prematurely. In popular music in particular, a disturbing number of promising, successful talents have left us at a young age. Considering that the average age of death in the US these days is nearly 79, anyone dying in their 40s or 50s has died young. Those passing away in the 20s or 30s have died WAY too young.
In rock ‘n roll’s first couple of decades, it seemed to be an almost monthly occurrence that we’d lose a major player to drugs, or suicide, or a plane crash, or a bullet, or a terminal illness. I don’t know about you, but for a while there, I got really tired of grieving for yet another musical hero who bit the dust for whatever reason.