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John Hartford Life, Love & Music - 5 Essential Albums 1966-69

Life, Love & Music - 5 Essential Albums 1966-69
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(2014/Raven) 63 tracks, incl. the RCA albums 'Look At Life', Earthwords & Music', 'The Love... more

John Hartford: Life, Love & Music - 5 Essential Albums 1966-69

(2014/Raven) 63 tracks, incl. the RCA albums 'Look At Life', Earthwords & Music', 'The Love Album', 'Housing Project' and 'John Hartford', color booklet with detailed notes!

Article properties: John Hartford: Life, Love & Music - 5 Essential Albums 1966-69

  • Interpret: John Hartford

  • Album titlle: Life, Love & Music - 5 Essential Albums 1966-69

  • Genre Country

  • Label RAVEN

  • Year of publication 2014
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 9398800037724

  • weight in Kg 0.12
Hartford, John - Life, Love & Music - 5 Essential Albums 1966-69 CD 1
01 I reckon John Hartford
02 Today John Hartford
03 A man smoking a cigar John Hartford
04 Untangle your mind John Hartford
05 Like unto a mockingbird John Hartford
06 I shoulda wore my birthday suit John Hartford
07 The tall tall grass John Hartford
08 Front porch John Hartford
09 Eve of my multiplication John Hartford
10 When the sky began to fall John Hartford
11 Corn cob blues John Hartford
12 Minus the woman John Hartford
13 Jack's in the sack John Hartford
14 (good old electric) washing machine (circa 1943) John Hartford
15 4 time Love song in 2
16 Daytime of life John Hartford
17 Whose that John Hartford
18 There are no fools in heaven (anyman's inferno) John Hartford
19 Earthwords John Hartford
20 Gentle on my mind John Hartford
21 Naked in spite of myself John Hartford
22 How come you're being so good to me John Hartford
23 No end of love John Hartford
24 Left handed woman John Hartford
25 Baking soda John Hartford
26 Why do you do me like you do? John Hartford
27 The six o'clock train and a girl with green eyes John Hartford
28 Springtime all over again John Hartford
29 Landscape grown cold John Hartford
30 The eve of parting John Hartford
31 I would not be here John Hartford
Hartford, John - Life, Love & Music - 5 Essential Albums 1966-69 CD 2
01 Natural to be gone John Hartford
02 Empty afternoon of summer longing John Hartford
03 A simple thing as love John Hartford
04 Windows John Hartford
05 Prayer John Hartford
06 Love is sweeter John Hartford
07 Housing project John Hartford
08 I'm still here John Hartford
09 Crystallia daydream John Hartford
10 The girl with the long brown hair John Hartford
11 I didn't know the world would last this long John Hartford
12 The sailboat song John Hartford
13 The category stomp John Hartford
14 Go fall asleep now John Hartford
15 My face John Hartford
16 Big blue balloon John Hartford
17 In like of John Hartford
18 Shiny rails of steel John Hartford
19 Dusty miller hornpipe and fugue in a major for strings, bras John Hartford
20 I've heard that tearstained monologue you do there by the do John Hartford
21 The collector John Hartford
22 A short sentimental interlude John Hartford
23 Mr jackson's got nothing to do John Hartford
24 Open road ode John Hartford
25 Little piece in d John Hartford
26 The poor old prurient interest blues John Hartford
27 The wart John Hartford
28 Railroad street John Hartford
29 Another short (but not so sentimental) interlude John Hartford
30 Orphan of world war two John Hartford
31 The little old lonesome little circle song John Hartford
32 I didn't know the world would last this long John Hartford
John Hartford Gentle On My Mind John Hartford Gentle On My Mind (John Hartford)... more
"John Hartford"

John Hartford

Gentle On My Mind

John Hartford

Gentle On My Mind

(John Hartford)

recorded February 3, 1967 (14:00-17:00) RCA Victor Studio, 806 17th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee; Producer: Felton Jarvis

with John Hartford: vocal/guitar; Norbert Putmam: bass/leader; Jerry K. Carrigan: drums

RCA 47-9175

master UWA4-2132

 

Sometimes a songwriter plugs into the zeitgeist of an era. John Hartford's original version of Gentle On My Mind was released in April 1967 just as thousands of college kids were flocking to San Francisco instead of more common Spring Break destinations. The Aquarian age had dawned, and needed songs to capture its quintessence. Gentle On My Mind reflected a generation back at itself, a generation trying to escape the nine-to-five grind and suburban mindset of its predecessors. John Hartford (born Harford in New York on December 30, 1937) grew up in affluent circumstances in St. Louis. After finishing university, he became a dee-jay and banjo player and began writing songs during an early morning radio shift. "When John came to me with the first tape of his songs, I couldn't believe what I was hearing," said Chuck Glaser, who signed Hartford to Glaser Brothers publishing. In 1964, Jimmy Payne (who recorded the original version of What Does It Take To Keep A Woman Like You Satisfied) was the first to record one of Hartford’s songs, and that was sufficient encouragement for Hartford to move to Nashville. Chet Atkins had let Roger Miller go, and saw Hartford as a replacement. It was Atkins who insisted that John Harford become Hartford. The first LP sank without a trace.

"John and I were living in a mobile home on Lebanon Pike in Nashville," said John's ex-wife, Betty. "My mother babysat our son, Jamie, one night so we could go see 'Dr. Zhivago.' When we came home, John said, 'I need to go write down a few things.' He was in the second bedroom about thirty minutes while I was putting Jamie to bed. He came out with his guitar, and said, 'Let me play you this.' I think it was the relationship between Dr. Zhivago and Julie Christie's character, Lara, that inspired him." John Hartford: "Everyone's made a whole lot out of me going to see 'Dr. Zhivago' the night I wrote it. I know it gave me a feeling that caused me to start writing, but as far as saying it came from that, I don't know. It just came from experience. While I was writing it, if I had any idea that was going to be a hit, it probably would have come out differently and it wouldn't have been a hit. It just came real fast, a blaze, a blur." Betty Harford: "There was that line about 'crying to your mother 'cause she turned you were gone.' I said, 'Is that me?' He said the right things, but we were divorced a few years later so I'm not sure. He said the song was a 'word movie.' No chorus. I worked for the Glaser Brothers' publishing company as an administrative assistant. John was a staff writer for the Glasers and he was a dee-jay on WSIX. He made a quick demo of 'Gentle On My Mind' right after he wrote it. He played it for Chuck Glaser and they did a little better demo and Chuck took it over to Chet Atkins."

The Glasers pitched Gentle On My Mind to Johnny Cash, who wasn't interested. A&R guys said that it was about shacking up, and they wouldn't touch it, and so Hartford recorded it himself. The limp backing couldn't undermine the song's blithe spirit. Most country songs could be memorized after a few spins; Gentle On My Mind could not. Only its essence stayed with you. Hartford's record stalled at #60 on the country charts, but out in Los Angeles it reached the ears of Glen Campbell. Some minor hits notwithstanding, few outside the Los Angeles studio scene knew of him.  "The song had such a freshness of spirit," he wrote later. "It was an essay on life as I viewed it then." Campbell's record reached #30 on the country charts and #62 on the pop charts, but sold far better than those lowly peaks suggest. Hartford's record won a Grammy for Best Folk Performance and Campbell's LP won for Album Of The Year. Hartford never scored another hit. He became a scholar of Mississippi River lore and a grand old man of the banjo, saying once, "A banjo will get you through times of no money, but money won't get you through times of no banjo."

 

- Colin Escott -

Various Country & Western Hit Parade 1967

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