and now for the songs — August 22, 2021

61) Roberta Flack, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”

No, you have not heard this! Three years before her ‘72 mega-hit, she recorded this lovely version in ‘69. The song was actually written in ‘57 by radical Scottish folk singer Ewan MacColl for Peggy Seeger, with whom he was having an affair.

62) The Aquarian Age, “10,000 Words in a Cardboard Box”

This magnificent one-off psych single in ‘68 was apparently meant to trash Keith West for leaving Tomorrow (and now Aquarian members Twink and John Wood) for a solo career.

“How do you do, it’s so nice to see you, nice to have seen you forget it. Ah, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye. There he goes, on another voyage of his own delusion, never knowing where the next paths will take him. How do you do, oh it’s not nice to see you.”

63) The Golden Earrings, “Baby Don’t Make Me Nervous”

Before “Radar Love,” the Dutch band often sounded more like the Beatles than the Beatles, as it did on this track from their second album in ‘67.

“You’ve got me doing and saying wrong. You say that my nose is too long.” Man, they’re vicious in the Netherlands!

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