Tuesday, December 10, 2019

VA - Fender, The Golden Age 1950-1970 [2012]


VA - Fender, The Golden Age 1950-1970 [2012]

“Leo Fender’s contribution to the sound of modern music is immeasurable. The pop music explosion of the 1950s and 60s would not have happened without the electric guitar and, perhaps more importantly, the electric bass.” The CD companion to the glorious book of the same name that Octopus Publishing printed in 2010. It is the first time Ace has devoted a compilation to a musical instrument or a manufacturer of such and we feel we could not begin on a better note than with the story of Fender guitars. (Amazon)

In the first 20 years or so that Fender electric guitars were available, they helped revolutionize the sound of popular music. This unusual, imaginative compilation illustrates just how it did so through a couple of dozen or so well-chosen examples of how Fenders made their imprint on rock, blues, country, and soul music. The Fender's identification with certain guitarists made it predictable that there would be selections by, for example, surf legend Dick Dale ("Miserlou") and Eric Clapton (heard here on the Yardbirds' "I Ain't Got You"). But the remarkably eclectic song selection also features classics by Johnny Cash ("Folsom Prison Blues"), Dale Hawkins ("Susie-Q"), Booker T. & the MG's ("Green Onions"), the Ventures ("Walk, Don't Run") the Beach Boys ("Fun, Fun, Fun"), and all the way into the late '60s with the Velvet Underground's "Beginning to See the Light" and Donovan's "Barabajagal (Love Is Hot") -- two artists of the kind not usually featured on Ace anthologies. There are also songs that aren't such big hits but are worth hearing, like Otis Rush's "All Your Love (I Miss Loving)," the Shadows' "Wonderful Land" (a number one U.K. hit in 1962 unknown in the U.S.), and Jack Nitzsche's "The Lonely Surfer." The sound of the Fender bass isn't neglected either, with Jet Harris' "Besame Mucho" acting as a showcase for the instrument, although the onetime Shadow's 1962 version won't be familiar to many Americans. Amply illustrated liner notes fill in the background on how Leo Fender developed his guitars and how they were used. There are even a few brief Fender radio ads by country stars Hank Snow, Faron Young, Barbara Mandrell, and Jan Howard. But whether or not you're a guitar player or Fender follower, it's a good compilation of guitar-grounded music by any standard, though one obvious guitar hero (Jimi Hendrix) is not represented due to licensing hurdles. (AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger)

BONUS Audio Book - The Birth of Loud (Leo Fender,  Les Paul. and the Guitar Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock n Roll.) (64kbps)

The Birth of. Loud by by Ian S. Port is described as “A hot-rod joy ride through mid-20th-century American history” (The New York Times Book Review), this one-of-a-kind narrative masterfully recreates the rivalry between the two men who innovated the electric guitar’s amplified sound—Leo Fender and Les Paul—and their intense competition to convince rock stars like the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton to play the instruments they built.

The Birth of Loud is an incredible read! I'm no guitar head but this book was a true page turner: Port uses the battle to electrify rock and pop as a way to explore weird old California, the psychology of innovation, and how just a few seemingly small inventions--the solid-body guitar, the electric bass, the pickup and amp--in many ways allowed icons like Clapton, Jimi, and others to express their true selves and potential, which in turn, of course, allowed the 60s to become its true rollicking, counter-culture self. And Port manages to do all this in writing that's engaging on every page--the chapters zip by! (Amazon)


VA - Fender, The Golden Age 1950-1970 [2012]

Audio Book  - The Birth of Loud by Ian S. Port (Read By Pete Simonelli)


Track list

01. Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys – Boot Heel Drag (02:42)
02. Tennessee Ernie Ford & Cliffie Stone's Band – Catfish Boogie (02:16)
03. Ike Turner – Feelin' Good / Please Love Me (From All The Blus, All The Time Medley) (02:27)
04. Johnny Cash – Folsom Prison Blues (02:47)
05. Faron Young – Fender Radio Ad (00:58)
06. Crickets – I'm Looking For Someone To Love (01:55)
07. Dale Hawkins – Susie-Q (02:16)
08. Otis Rush – All Your Love (I Miss Loving) (02:35)
09. Ventures – Walk - Don't Run (02:02)
10. Shadows – Wonderful Land (02:07)
11. Jet Harris – Besame Mucho (02:16)
12. Hank Snow – Fender Radio Ad (00:57)
13. Booker T & The MG's – Green Onions (02:51)
14. Dick Dale & The Del-Tones – Miserlou (02:12)
15. Jack Nitzsche – The Lonely Surfer (02:32)
16. Kingsmen – Louie Louie (02:42)
17. Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks – Who Do You Love? (02:39)
18. Beach Boys – Fun, Fun, Fun (02:17)
19. Bobby Fuller Four – I Fought The Law (02:17)
20. Yardbirds – I Ain't Got You (01:58)
21. Otis Redding – Rock Me Baby (03:35)
22. Barbara Mandrell – Fender Radio Ad (00:53)
23. Buck Owens And His Buckaroos – Buckaroo (01:58)
24. King Curtis & The Kingpins – Memphis Soul Stew (02:57)
25. Willie Mitchell – Soul Serenade (02:17)
26. Velvet Underground – Beginning To See The Light (04:36)
27. Donovan – Barabajagal (Love Is Hot) (03:18)
28. Jan Howard – Fender Radio Ad (00:56)