Thursday, November 14, 2013

The REAL 500 Best Albums Of All Time - Part 13 of 100 (Folk Music Gone Mad)

 It was 1969 in basic training at Fort Ord, California that late one night I tuned my little transistor radio into some radio station in Berkeley, California. The signal was poor and full of static but what I remember hearing was Dave Van Ronk and the Hudson Duster's "Romping Through The Swamp!" My life has never been the same! And if that ain't enough, they also do an amazing version of "Swingin' On A Star!"

 After Dylan went electric, it blew the whole scene wide open! David Blue was one of the weirder purveyors of this new art form! Starting off with "The Gasman Won't Buy Your Love," it just keeps getting better and better!

 I bought this Incredible String Band album in 1968! I had no idea what I was getting myself into, I just knew it had the craziest cover I had ever seen! I still own it!

 Phil Ochs is such a tragic story! He was pretty much gone by this point! One of the most talented protest song folk singers of the time, Phil decided to make an electric album with a cover that was a satirical send up of The King. Even the back said 5000 Phil Ochs fans can't be wrong! What's the joke? Phil never had any hits! I love this album!
Now there's no way this record should have ever been left off of Rolling Stones top 500 albums list! It's Shel Silverstein, and every song is a jewel! I'll just leave you with just a taste of Shel's genius, "After you been eating steak for a long time, beans, beans taste fine!" This is one of THE best records ever made!


  1. I know I left a comment here before! Don't remember what it was, but Dave Ronk looks right in my style. I probably said something about crazy Shel.

    1. I know one of your comments got lost, but it wasn't the one for this post! Right now your comments are pretty much keeping this alive!

    2. Now this is extremely weird! I just published your second comment and it DID disappear! I copied it from the email I got and will post it for you! Weirdsville!

  2. Keep it going! I'm loving it! I'll post it on my Facebook for my two friends who care about good music. I can post it on my blog, but I don't seem to get much action there anymore.