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

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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!

(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!



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


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

  • Interpret: John Hartford

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

  • Format CD
  • Genre Country

  • Number of discs 2
  • Title Life, Love & Music - 5 Essential Albums 1966-69
  • Release date 2014
  • Label RAVEN

  • SubGenre Country - Alt-Country

  • EAN: 9398800037724

  • weight in Kg 0.120

Artist description "Hartford, John"

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


Hartford, John
geb.30. 12. 1937 in New York
Record Labels: RCA, Warner Brothers, Flying Fish, Sonet, Metronome, Nature
Erster Hit: Gentle On My Mind (1967)
John Hartford, ein eigenwilliger Individualist, wurde zunächst und vor allem als Komponist des Welthits ,Gentle On My Mind“ bekannt, wenngleich seine eigene Version dieses Songs nur eine mittelmäßige Position in den Hitparade einnahm. Doch Sänger wie Glen Campbell und George Hamilton IV sorgten mit ihren Versionen für die Popularität. John Hartford selbst ist ein ausdrucksstarker Sänger. Er spielt Gitarre, Banjo und Fiddle, laboriert immer wieder mit einer Musik, die irgendwo zwischen Country, Folk und Rock angesiedelt ist und last not least: er ist in Nashville immer wieder ein gesuchter und gerne gesehener Session Musiker.

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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