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What was new in February 1969

45th anniversary album releases

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In February 1969 the "space race" between the U.S. and the Soviet Union was in high gear, and the music world was just months away fro being rocked (literally and figuratively) by Woodstock. February 45 years ago also brought us Jefferson Airplane's first live album, the debut studio album from The Flying Burrito Brothers, and the beginnings of more than one success story.

Ten Years After - 'Stonedhenge'

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Hip-O/Fontana

1969 was a turning point for Ten Years After. They released their second studio album, Stonedhenge in February, followed that summer by performances at the Newport Jazz Festival and Seattle Pop Festival. Then in August, they got to Woodstock. TYA's breakthrough came when their version of "I'm Going Home" was featured in the Woodstock film and soundtrack.

Watch TYA's performance of "I'm Going Home" at Woodstock 

Original LP Track List

Side 1
1. "Going to Try"
2. "I Can't Live Without Lydia"
3. "Woman Trouble"
4. "Skoobly-Oobly-Doobob"
5. "Hear Me Calling"

Side 2
1. "A Sad Song"
2. "Three Blind Mice"
3. "No Title"
4. "Faro"
5. "Speed Kills"

Iron Butterfly - 'Ball'

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Rhino/Atlantic

When Iron Butterfly's third studio release, Ball was released in February 1969, they were hoping to achieve something close to the success they had with In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, which had been released the previous year. Ball quickly reached #3 on the Billboard album chart.

Watch the Iron Butterfly "Filled With Fear" music video

Original LP Track List

Side 1
1. "In the Time of Our Lives"
2. "Soul Experience"
3. "Lonely Boy"
4. "Real Fright"
5. "In the Crowds"

Side 2
1. "It Must Be Love"
2. "Her Favorite Style"
3. "Filled With Fear"
4. "Belda-Beast"

Jefferson Airplane - 'Bless its Pointed Little Head' (live)

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RCA

Bless Its Pointed Little Head was Jefferson Airplane's first live album. Of the ten tracks on the LP, five were songs that had not been released on previous studio albums. All of the performances were recorded during appearances at Fillmore East in New York City and Fillmore West in San Francisco in late 1968.

Listen to "It's No Secret" from Jefferson Airplane's performance at Fillmore West in October 1968

Original LP Track List

Side 1
1. "Clergy"
2. "3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds"
3. "Somebody to Love"
4. "Fat Angel"
5. "Rock Me Baby"

Side 2
1. "The Other Side of This Life"
2. "It's No Secret"
3. "Plastic Fantastic Lover"
4. "Turn Out the Lights"
5. "Bear Melt"

Vanilla Fudge - 'Near the Beginning'

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Sundazed Music

Vanilla Fudge gained fame with their psychedelic treatments of pop songs. Their fourth studio album, Near the Beginning, released in February 1969, included covers of "Shotgun" (Jr. Walker and the All Stars) and "Some Velvet Morning" (Lee Hazelwood).

Watch Vanilla Fudge in promo video version of "Shotgun"

Original LP Track List

Side 1     
1. Shotgun    
2. Some Velvet Morning
3. Where Is Happiness

Side 2    
1. Break Song

 

Flying Burrito Brothers - 'The Gilded Palace of Sin'

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Edsel Records UK

The Gilded Palace of Sin was the debut album from The Flying Burrito Brothers, a group that included two former members of The Byrds, Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons. Parsons and Hillman wrote most of the songs on the album. Although it was not a commercial success, it has been cited as a significant influence by Eagles, and in more recent years, Son Volt and Wilco.

Watch Flying Burrito Brothers' music video version of "Christine's Song"

Original LP Track List

Side 1
1. "Christine's Tune"
2. "Sin City" 
3. "Do Right Woman" 
4. "Dark End of the Street"
5. "My Uncle"

Side 2
1. "Wheels" 
2. "Juanita"
3. "Hot Burrito #1"
4. "Hot Burrito #2" 
5. "Do You Know How It Feels"
6. "Hippie Boy"

Beach Boys - '20/20'

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Capitol Records

By February 1969 The Beach Boys had abandoned the surf rock sub-genre that they practically owned in the early '60s. On 20/20 they revisited it with "Do It Again" which had great success, especially in the U.K. and Australia, as a single. Other tracks ranged stylistically from hard rock to psychedelic to country.

Watch Beach Boys in a TV performance of "Never Learn Not To Love"

Original LP Track List

Side 1
1. "Do It Again"  
2. "I Can Hear Music"
3. "Bluebirds Over the Mountain"  
4. "Be with Me" 
5. "All I Want to Do" 
6. "The Nearest Faraway Place"  

Side 2    
1. "Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song)"  
2. "I Went to Sleep"
3. "Time to Get Alone"
4. "Never Learn Not to Love" 
5. "Our Prayer" 
6. "Cabinessence"  

 

 

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