There was a year in which talent, creativity, and avant-garde converged in space-time and marked the history of music forever. We are talking about 1969.
We look back at the 5 Debut Singles From The Best New Rockers Of 1969:
Good Times Bad Times – Led Zeppelin
In the exceptional ‘Good Times Bad Times,’ we have the brilliant opening with some magical bass lines and some guitar chords, together with Plant’s dragging way of singing, which makes us think that a new generation had emerged at the time.
Suite Judy Blue Eyes – Crosby, Stills & Nash
‘Judy Blue Eyes Suite’, whose name comes from the singer Judy Collins, who was the partner of Stills. The magnificent sets of voices accompanied by sober but perfect instrumentation were the hallmark of the quality of this group of great musicians.
Jingo – Santana
The ceremonial centerpiece Jingo is an adaptation of the theme Jin-Go-Lo-Ba recorded ten years earlier by the legendary Nigerian percussionist Babatunde Olatunji, where over the primitive percussions Carlos’s guitar seems to want to evoke the spirits of the deepest Africa having the spectacular drum solo with which Michael Shrieve used to shine in live performances of the song– represents the peak moment of the work with those hypnotic percussions that induce you to fall into a deep trance at the same time. The acid picks drawn by the guitar take you straight to total ecstasy.
21st Century Schizoid Man – King Crimson
That first breath of life in the group’s debut album is called 21st Century Schizoid Man, which behind those strange sounds, sends out a grotesque and vigorous symphony conducted by the distorted voice of Greg Lake, which with its rhythmic psychophony leads us to push us through sonic extravagances of changing structures and dizzying rhythms, like a decadent orchestra that plunges into the abyss of its madness, playing desperately but not without precision and taking us to various states, as if they were the same in its consciousness until we were plunged into the most absolute and strident anarchy ever known music of our world.
Questions 67 and 68 – Chicago
“Questions 67 and 68”, epic in the wind arrangement for a great song by Robert Lamm inspired by the many questions about their relationship asked by his (then) girlfriend. Probably the best record of Chicago’s career is the first, “Chicago Transit Authority” (1969), a double LP with jazz-rock and soft rock sounds produced by James William Guercio and dominated in composition by singer and keyboardist Robert Lamm.