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'Forgotten' songs from the 60's (i.e. 1964 to 1974ish)


There is no shortage of underappreciated tracks from this era. Some seem to have been totally forgotten. (Sure, not 'totally', but I think you know what I mean).

What track would you include in a list of forgotten cuts?

Let me start with Spirit's Nature's Way from their Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus

Oh yes, there are more . . . but for anyone who might want to add, please no more than one or two tracks per post.
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Perhaps "Caroline No" from the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album.
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There is no shortage of underappreciated tracks from this era. Some seem to have been totally forgotten. (Sure, not 'totally', but I think you know what I mean).

What track would you include in a list of forgotten cuts?

Let me start with Spirit's Nature's Way from their Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus

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I loved that whole album. Still a favorite.

My personal choice for this thread with little to no thought: Red Rubber Ball by the Cyrkle.
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I loved that whole album. Still a favorite.

My personal choice for this thread with little to no thought: Red Rubber Ball by the Cyrkle.
What a great one. (You know who gave them their name, eh?)

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Jesse Colin Young's (formerly of the Youngbloods) Song for Juli (1973) comes immediately to mind:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=...&v=csdMA8M2bLU
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How about "Sweet City Woman" by the Stampeders? Pretty much qualifies as a one hit wonder too, I guess.

"A Summer Song" by Chad and Jeremy is one of my favorite forgotten tunes.
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"A Summer Song" by Chad and Jeremy is one of my favorite forgotten tunes.
Oh, outstanding! Bet you also like Didn't Want to Have Do It by the Lovin Spoonful. John Sebastian was a genius.
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Nick Drake's Pink Moon album:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_Moon

Bill Fay's self titled album: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Fay_(album)
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I loved that whole album. Still a favorite.

My personal choice for this thread with little to no thought: Red Rubber Ball by the Cyrkle.
I don't know if that one is that forgotten. I definitely still hear it from time to time, and my exposure to it was in the late 80s/early 90s (I was born in '75). So it survived well enough that I'm more-than-familiar with it, and know it's often mistaken for a Simon & Garfunkel tune (and with good reason, as it was written by Paul Simon. ETA: And Bruce Woodley, I guess, after looking it up.)

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Nick Drake's Pink Moon album:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_Moon
Pink Moon is an interesting one. Perhaps not anywhere near as well-known as it should be, but a VW ad renewed interest in his work around 2000. Still, he deserves much more exposure.
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From 1973 -- Michael Stanley Rosewood Bitters

IIRC that is fellow Clevelander Joe Walsh on the slide guitar.
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One that I encountered watching Netflix originals that I didn't remember at all was "Anyone (who knows what love is) by Irma Thomas. I thought I knew my sixties music like the back of my hand, but somehow I missed this one.
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Well, it's time to once more drag out my favorite song nobody knows, the Everly Brother's I'm On My Way Home Again. A 1968 single that totally tanked, but a beautiful piece of classic country rock, accompanied by mates Clarence White and Gene Parsons. Formidable.
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Carole King's So Far Away, from her epic album Tapestry.
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Well, it's time to once more drag out my favorite song nobody knows, the Everly Brother's I'm On My Way Home Again. A 1968 single that totally tanked, but a beautiful piece of classic country rock, accompanied by mates Clarence White and Gene Parsons. Formidable.
Here's another beautiful 'country' song that's also forgotten, regrettably. Hoyt Axton's mournful 'Billie's Theme' (1974)

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The Chad and Jeremy reference brought to mind Peter and Gordon: The song is "I go to pieces".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBeKPJ4rpSo
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I agree on Spirit; 12 Dreams is filled with great underappreciated songs.

I'll go with Emitt Rhodes, whose self-titled album is just perfect pop. Only the incompetence of his record company kept him from being a hit. You can pick several songs from that album, but I'll go with "With My Face on the Floor."
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I agree on Spirit; 12 Dreams is filled with great underappreciated songs.

I'll go with Emitt Rhodes, whose self-titled album is just perfect pop. Only the incompetence of his record company kept him from being a hit. You can pick several songs from that album, but I'll go with "With My Face on the Floor."
A fate he shared with the similarly great pop masters Big Star. Here's their Ballad Of El Goodo, a song that's not played very often.
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One you never hear on oldies stations is Fire, by Arthur Brown (1968). I liked the whole album.
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But it got rediscovered .... Shake it
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A great country song: "Ode To A Half A Pound Of Ground Round" by Tom T. Hall. A brilliant lyricist and a delightful story.
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John Mayall's Room to Move. It probably wasn't going to be a hit, being from someone known for the blues, but damn it's good. The groove on the album in our radio station turned white from overuse.

Also, a very early example of what is now called beatboxing (he called it "mouth percussion"). Mayall probably wasn't the first, but this really got attention.

BTW, there are no drums on the album.
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Book of Job by Seatrain. Their eponymous album was the first produced by George Martin after his work with The Beatles.

Games People Play by Joe South.
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Wait. "Son of a Preacher Man" is a "forgotten" song? No way.
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Here's another beautiful 'country' song that's also forgotten, regrettably. Hoyt Axton's mournful 'Billie's Theme' (1974)
I saw the movie this song is from, "Buster and Billie" on a double bill with another movie that featured Carroll O'Connor and Ernest Borgnine. "Buster and Billie" haunted me for years, while the other movie, even though that was the movie I had gone to see, I can't even remember what its name was. And I'm good at movie names.
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I was a big fan of the group Kak. They actually got good promotion from their record company, but their cover design was a mistake, since the font wasn't easy to read. They don't even have a Wikipedia entry, but the music was excellent.

Here's Electric Sailor.
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In the U.S. I'd say the entire output of Fairport Convention.

Dolly Parton's Love is Like a Butterfly
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I'll also mention Renaissance. Not the group you might know, but a precursor and the other band that was formed by members of the Yardbirds when the broke up. But instead of doing blues rock, they did a melding of baroque classical and rock.

Here's Kings and Queens.

The group went through all sorts of changes and by the third album, they were the version that hit it big -- which had none of the original members.
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Oliver, "Good Morning, Starshine":

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

Donovan, "Jennifer Juniper":

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Bob Lind, "Elusive Butterfly":

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Jonathan King, "Everyone's Gone to the Moon":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73ks2TPPyho

Peter and Gordon, Chad and Jeremy, so many others I don't consider "lost" or "forgotten." I listen to them all the time on YouTube. I don't even bother with commercial radio these days.
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A couple from The Marshall Tucker Band:

Can't You See
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Gerry and the Pacemakers, "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying":

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Jonathan King, "Everyone's Gone to the Moon":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73ks2TPPyho

Bob Lind, "Elusive Butterfly":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_L4rkIibtE
These are amazingly right.

ETA: As is this:

Gerry and the Pacemakers, "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKta_gRc2gA

And this: BJ Thomas - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

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Ooooohhh, I've got another one: Green-Eyed Lady, by Sugarloaf.

Or another favorite much-underappreciated: I Still Love You Anyway, by Buddy Miles.

That whole damn Changes album, really.
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I saw the movie this song is from, "Buster and Billie" on a double bill with another movie that featured Carroll O'Connor and Ernest Borgnine. "Buster and Billie" haunted me for years, while the other movie, even though that was the movie I had gone to see, I can't even remember what its name was. And I'm good at movie names.
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Question Mark and the Mysterians - "96 Tears"

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The Count Five - "Psychotic Reaction"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBTT...&index=84&t=0s



David Bowie - "Unwashed and Slightly Dazed"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOpO7SGLdtM



And of course the obvious one:

Cream - "Pressed Rat and Warthog"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fHO5cCfI04
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I can't resist naming these:

Isaac Hayes, "Theme from Shaft":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q429AOpL_ds

The Trammps, "Disco Inferno":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_sY2rjxq6M

They just don't make 'em like this today. Burn, baby, burn!
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Can't You See
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I've probably heard "Can't You See" a couple jillion times on our local classic rock station in the last five years.
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I've probably heard "Can't You See" a couple jillion times on our local classic rock station in the last five years.
Same here. One of the classics. D-C-G all the way. I probably know some other songs by them, but that's the only one I could think of off the top of my head.

I wonder how many of these depend on your local playlists (though, by now, everything has gotten so homogenized.) Most of these suggestions I'm not that familiar with, but some I'm just really surprised by, as they got played to here and back on the local stations that feature that era of music.

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Oh, yeah, yeah, just keep my mind wandering through all those concerts I went to in my distant youth...

Rare Earth, I Know I'm Losing You. When's the last time you heard that one?
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And now for something completely different....

Dana, "All Kinds of Everything":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka5OfjwB3nM

The Three Degrees, "When Will I See You Again?"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51N4F6FyI40
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"Law and Disorder"
Yeah, that's it. That movie blew chunks.
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Love Unlimited Orchestra, "Love's Theme":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOon93WcFi0

With seldom heard lyrics.

The Hues Corporation, "Rock the Boat":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2r59-Xmge4

One more from '74,

Carl Douglas, "Kung Fu Fighting":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g75QS0nNldA

Love this one!
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A preachment dear friends you are about to receive on John Barleycorn, nicotine and the temptations of Eve. Pbblth.

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This one was practically an anthem in its day: Lay Down (Candles in the Rain), by Melanie.

What a different time it was.
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"White Bird" by It's a Beautiful Day
"Wildflower" by Skylark
"Brandy" by Mirror Image
"Snowblind Friend" by Steppenwolf
"Kentucky Woman" by Deep Purple
"Ball of Confusion" by the Temptations
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