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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:17 pm    Post subject: David Axelrod RIP Reply with quote

Just found out(or did Colin mention this, months ago?), legendary producer, David Axelrod, passed, back in February! Surprised

His biography, is very interesting. He grew up in a part of Los Angeles, that was rough. And, being the "cream centre, of the Oreo cookie", he had to be extra tough, too. But, this lead him, to becoming a major factor, in black musicians, artists, etc. getting to succeed with major labels, particularly Capitol, within Los Angeles. Before that, only Sam Cooke(RIP), was able to really offer a bigger slice of the pie, which didn't last, once he passed.

Further, Axelrods' music, is some of the most creative, and has inspired throngs of artists, across many genres. Hip-Hop, being the one genre, that has dipped into his well, the most. Thus, I can't help but wonder, what impact, he had, on Jamaican music?

RIP.

http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/david-axelrod-dies-musician-hip-hop/2017/02/06/id/772240/
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Axelrod left us?

Holy Thursday! (after all, that's what day it is today)

Excellent and creative musician - RIP.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Talking of HOLY THURSDAY (well I was anyway!), here's the tune...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j8pSu3U7WM

One of my favourites of the very little DA I know.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zapatoo_the_Tiger wrote:
Talking of HOLY THURSDAY (well I was anyway!), here's the tune...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j8pSu3U7WM

One of my favourites of the very little DA I know.
Off my favourite LP, by the man. Killer from start, to finish. It definitely shows us, why the 1960's, were swinging, and AFAIC, everything else, that has followed, has mimicked(sometimes, sub-consciously) that decade, but always has, come up short, in the long run.

Here's one, off my other favourite LP, but the legend:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nurl0YewBA

FWIW, Joe, everything he did at Capitol, is his best, IMO. However, there are several LP's he cut, after Capitol, that are high quality, too. And, DO NOT forget, David McCallum's essential LP's, he was a part of.....My God, what sounds! Cool
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I need to "look into" his music Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zapatoo_the_Tiger wrote:
I need to "look into" his music Wink
Yes. He's influenced so many genres, you're into. You'll probably recognise, a few melodies, here, and there. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zapatoo_the_Tiger wrote:
I need to "look into" his music Wink

Same here.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dr. Sploom wrote:
Zapatoo_the_Tiger wrote:
Talking of HOLY THURSDAY (well I was anyway!), here's the tune...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j8pSu3U7WM

One of my favourites of the very little DA I know.
Off my favourite LP, by the man. Killer from start, to finish. It definitely shows us, why the 1960's, were swinging, and AFAIC, everything else, that has followed, has mimicked(sometimes, sub-consciously) that decade, but always has, come up short, in the long run.

Here's one, off my other favourite LP, but the legend:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nurl0YewBA

FWIW, Joe, everything he did at Capitol, is his best, IMO. However, there are several LP's he cut, after Capitol, that are high quality, too. And, DO NOT forget, David McCallum's essential LP's, he was a part of.....My God, what sounds! Cool

Nice one Seth, what a incredible piece of music.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would consider this tune, which David Axelrod co-wrote [with Illya Kuryakin Smile] and produced as one of his finest.

R.I.P. David Axelrod

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9jHiifI74Q

IMO, the best sample of the same tune.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZXc39hT8t4
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice "pieces" - I know them both, but hadn't made the connection.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DOWNTOWN wrote:
I would consider this tune, which David Axelrod co-wrote [with Illya Kuryakin Smile] and produced as one of his finest.

R.I.P. David Axelrod

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9jHiifI74Q

IMO, the best sample of the same tune.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZXc39hT8t4


My second favourite, Axelrod ever had a hand in. Everything about this melody, reeks, absolutely reeks, of life in Los Angeles, at that time. The City of Angels, was probably the greatest city, in the States, at that time. Everything was on the up, and up. Angelinos, had been ridiculed, as having half-baked ideas, due to their heads being sun-baked. Or summat, along those lines.

Thus, Angelinos, and the transplants, who flocked to the tiny city, pulled together, to become the best, at everything. I'd wager they'd succeeded, by the 1950's. With, the 1960's, being the high point. Everything after that, is the downward spiral. Too many people, on the wagon, not enough to pull it. Success, has its price. Smile

Here's my absolute favourite, again, another collaboration, with David McCallum:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZLo1O1rGhM
David McCallum/David Axelrod

Capitol Records, is located in the heart of Hollywood. Even now, you can stand outside, and run into someone famous. I can only imagine, how much fun, it had to have been, in Hollywood, 50 years ago, when Los Angeles, was more united, and definitely swinging. Axelrod, was basically given carte blanche, to do his thing. And, he passed this ethos, on to his collaborators. Still, he wasn't one to mess about, with. But, if you were loyal to his visions, he'd stick his neck out for you, and then some. Or so I was told, by folks familiar with Los Angeles, at that time.

Plus, it helped, that Los Angeles, had more homogeneous/artsy population, before the throngs of people, flocked there, for a better standard of living. Only, to become, weights, that have brought the city, down. And, the prices, up. Rolling Eyes

Flat out, Axelrod is the sound of swinging Los Angeles, just like Loog Oldham, is the sound of swinging London. At least, to me. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The more I hear, the more I need a 4- or 5-CD compilation of his work...
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zapatoo_the_Tiger wrote:
The more I hear, the more I need a 4- or 5-CD compilation of his work...
I will give you, the 3 LP's, you need, to get the gist of what Axelrod was all about. Once you listen to them, you will be able to see, how his visions, rubbed off, on several well known, and not so well known, artists.

Here they are:

https://www.discogs.com/David-Axelrod-Song-Of-Innocence/master/67456

https://www.discogs.com/David-Axelrod-Songs-Of-Experience/master/67461

https://www.discogs.com/David-Axelrod-Earth-Rot/master/67464

Here are the best single CD set's, out there. Giving a quick glimpse, of several of his best works, spread out, over several LP's. Most of which, I listed above:

https://www.discogs.com/David-Axelrod-1968-To-1970-An-Anthology/master/67471

https://www.discogs.com/David-Axelrod-The-Edge-David-Axelrod-At-Capitol-Records-1966-1970/master/67466

The latter, is the better of the two, IMO. The cover itself, speaks volumes, about what you are about to embark on. The photo is of Capitol Records, from a building adjacent, to the west, on Hollywood Blvd. In the rear-view mirror, you get a glimpse, of what the Hollywood Hills looked like, prior to the "stars" of Hollywood, and the music industry, moving to.

Hollywood in the 1960's, was Carnaby Street, on steroids. The same vibe. The same types of people. Just. BIGGER. Yet, it still remained homogeneous, and pure, for about a decade longer. I can envision Axelrod, wanting to ski, Alpine style, up at Big Bear, at 0900, to woo a prospective client. Then, head to the beach, to surf, in hopes of coming to terms, with a higher up, of the firm. All of this, is within 90 minutes, of Los Angeles. A shame, it's become such a hell-hole. Rolling Eyes

That said, on all of these LP's, and 2 CD's, you get a glimpse, of what Los Angeles, set out to be, and what the Hip-Hop revolution, from the West/Left Coast, was/is, still a major purveyor of. Though, the rampant, immigration(illegal & legal), from south of the border, is quickly wiping this memory, away.

So, for me, it's great, documents, like this, have been recorded! Wink

The greatest collaboration, David Axelrod, ever was a part of, was when he, and David McCallum, got together, to create something new. Or re-invent something hot, at the time. McCallum, brought that wonderful British persona with him*, to Los Angeles, to get together, with a man, who understood, what it meant, to be hep.

https://www.discogs.com/David-McCallum-Music-A-Part-Of-Me/master/288436

https://www.discogs.com/David-McCallum-Music-Its-Happening-Now/master/171867

https://www.discogs.com/David-McCallum-Music-A-Bit-More-Of-Me/master/171868

*By great British persona, I am talking about, how the UK, fought for a global empire, and then lost it. During which, it's people, gained a knowledge, most folks in this era, haven't any idea about. Despite, the flaws, of the British Empire, I think, in the long run, it has lead, and will continue to lead, in a way, WE ALL, can benefit from. McCallum was already a star, in the UK, when he'd made the journey to the US, to record, with Axelrod. However, the British way of doing things, hadn't really taken a hold in the US, outside of Los Angeles. Where, the British Invasion, of the 1960's, completely changed things. True, there are smaller enclaves, throughout the US, that got with the British way of doing things. But, Los Angeles, made it, part of Americana.

Listen to an Andrew Loog Oldham LP, from the same era, then rinse an LP, of what Axelrod, was doing, around the same time. You will see, how both, are similar. It was the sound of now. Just as Reggae was, for JA, at the time. Which is why, the 1960's excitement, and creativity, will never be duplicated. Only imitated, and admired, even if it's grudgingly, at times. Wink

I'll cut it short, but that's the gist of it. Save y'all, a more induced headache. Or groaning session. Very Happy Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent stuff, Seth - thanks very much for the info, advice and help Cool

I probably won't be doing this straightaway (for one reason or another), and/or I might stick a couple on my Christmas wants list.

The beauty is that, I can find your post very easily in the RIP section or if I'm feeling especially lazy (and in spite of the search facility in this forum being fairly crappy) a search for "Axelrod" isn't going to return too many results Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zapatoo_the_Tiger wrote:
Excellent stuff, Seth - thanks very much for the info, advice and help Cool

I probably won't be doing this straightaway (for one reason or another), and/or I might stick a couple on my Christmas wants list.

The beauty is that, I can find your post very easily in the RIP section or if I'm feeling especially lazy (and in spite of the search facility in this forum being fairly crappy) a search for "Axelrod" isn't going to return too many results Wink
No problem. I tried to keep it, short, and sweet. I have the tendency to get drawn out, at times. But, I'd hoped I'd given enough information, for folks to come up, with an idea, of what I was on about, without sounding, redundant. Wink
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