The post also reminded me of that fond time when people tried
to make that one "record" that would "hit." Some say the single
(downloads, etc.) is coming back, but our tastes are so compartmentalized, that,like I think Lester Bangs said:
"we'll never agree on anything
again like we did on Elvis."
LTB, I actually was referring to some of the last few songs he did by
them such as "Three Corn Patches." Having heard a decent
a decent version by T-Bone Walker in '75 (and I think they
were involved with the production), I wonder if the song could
have been salvaged if they produced him.
I know, I know: impossible.
But I've always
liked the basic Chicago blues structure of the song, if not the lyrics
and the back-up singers.
I like the early '60s stuff, by and large. But for years,
I also found the post ELVIS IS BACK studio stuff too muted for my
tastes, which were effected by the rock
school of thought.
As for the music you discuss, I always found that in spite
of things like ROLLING STONE, oldies stations like New York's
WCBS-FM (Rest in Peace) definitely paid homage to this era of
rock -almost to a fault. In some ways, the early '60s really
was a coming alive time for people - all sans Beatles. At least
it was not a "dead zone" for music as sometimes painted.