The Millenium: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 19, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD

586) The Millennium — “It Won’t Always Be the Same”

Sunshine pop went supernova with the Millennium (see #397, 506), a 60’s sunshine supergroup that created Begin, the greatest sunshine pop album ever recorded. As to the sublime “It Won’t Always Be the Same”, Jittery White Guy — point of clarification, NOT ME! — says:

There are plenty of disarmingly sweet pop tunes with ringing guitars and sweeping harmonies [on Begin], most notably “It Won’t Always Be The Same” . . . . Given [Curt] Boettcher’s studio chops, it’s no surprise that the album sounds absolutely wonderful . . . .

https://www.jitterywhiteguymusic.com/2019/07/the-millennium-begin-1968.html?m=1

Begin cost more to make than any other album from ’68 other than The Beatles (the White Album)— and no one buys it (at least until era of CD reissues). As Richie Unterberger writes, it was “at once too unabashedly commercial for underground FM radio and too weird for the AM dial.” (https://www.allmusic.com/artist/the-millennium-mn0000814312) For more on the Millennium and Curt Boettcher, see #396.

Like many songs in the “sunshine” genre, the lyrics are much darker than the music. Is “The Same” a civil rights song or a “she done me wrong” song? “Blowing in the Wind” or “Idiot Wind”? What do you think?

“I know where the next rain’s gonna fall. I know where the next sun’s gonna shine. And it’s all clear to me. I can tell from what I see. And I know that it won’t always be the same. You know every step you walk away. You think all your world will never end. But you’re hardly ever right when you’re standing in the light. And again you find you can’t recite your name. There’s a change coming soon, can you see it? There’s a change coming soon, can you see it? I can hear the sounds of coming winds. You can only hear your anger sound. But the louder voices rise, only covers up your eyes. And you’re trapped inside the lies that are your game. There’s a change coming soon, can you see it? There’s a change coming soon, can you see it? There’s a change coming soon, can you see it?”

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Here is a demo. John Pruett says that “[t]racks like . . . ‘It Won’t Always Be the Same’ may lose their colorful, produced luster [in their demos], but it’s also apparent how strong the tracks are at the core. (https://www.allmusic.com/album/the-second-millennium-mw0000544012):

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