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1967 Album: The Rock Machine turns you on...

GUEST,Tunesmith 21 Feb 10 - 06:32 AM
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Subject: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 06:32 AM

There has been a number of references to this 1967 UK album in other threads. The album was released in the UK on the CBS label ( the British title for Columbia Records). Now, it wasn't until years after the release of the album that I became aware of its true significance. By the mid-sixties Columbia Records had not - amazingly - got into the rock music market although a number of their artists had moved into rock after being signed as folk music artists ( Dylan for example). By 1967 the company was facing an uncertain future so executive Clive Davies was put in charge of - quickly - creating a rock music catalogue. The Rock Machine album was part of the big push to launch their newly acquired rock artists.


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: Nick
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 06:47 AM

There was a follow up album as well if I remember. I still have a copy of the first one. It was a time of good compilations if I remember - there was also an excellent one called 'This is Soul'.

I was at school at the time and we had a school record club and several full albums were purchased off the back of it (and the follow up) - Notorius Byrd Brothers, John Wesley Harding, Spirit (with track that Led Zep nicked for Stairway to Heaven), Roy Harper, Songs of Leonard Cohen, couple of Simon and Garfunkel albums, Super Session with Mike Bloomfield and Stephen Stills, Cheap Thrills.

Did it's job.


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: GUEST,mackem
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 06:51 AM

I still have both albums - the second one is Rock Machine I Love You (1968). It cost me all of 15 shillings.


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: Nick
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 06:51 AM

There was also the Blues Anytime albums round then as well. The combination of Blues and soul, West Coast US music, rock and singer/songwriters (+ classical, folk and jazz which came from elsewhere) have been my main areas of musical interest and influence since those days.


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: GUEST,woodsie
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 06:54 AM

Rock Machine Turns You On was released in the UK late 1968 and had a sticker plastered on the cover with the unusual 15/7d price. The track listing was:
Side 1
   1. "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" - Bob Dylan
   2. "Can't Be So Bad" - Moby Grape
   3. "Fresh Garbage" - Spirit - from the LP Spirit
   4. "I Won't Leave My Wooden Wife For You, Sugar" - The United States of America
   5. "Time of the Season" - The Zombies
   6. "Turn On A Friend" – The Peanut Butter Conspiracy
   7. "Sisters of Mercy" – Leonard Cohen
Side 2
   1. "My Days Are Numbered" – Blood, Sweat and Tears
   2. "Dolphins Smile" – The Byrds
   3. "Scarborough Fair / Canticle" – Simon and Garfunkel
   4. "Statesboro Blues" – Taj Mahal
   5. "Killing Floor" – The Electric Flag
   6. "Nobody's Got Any Money In The Summer" – Roy Harper
   7. "Come Away Melinda" – Tim Rose
   8. "Flames" – Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera

The second volume was "Rock Machine Loves You" a month or so later.

I personally preferred the Island Complilation at the same time called "You Can All Join In"


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: BobKnight
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 06:59 AM

There was another one called, "Suck It And See," if I remember correctly. I also seem to remember it was a double album, but it's a long time ago and my memory may be playing tricks.


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: Johnny J
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 07:08 AM

You're right.... but before that there was "Fill Your Head with Rock" which was the third one.

My favourite sampler of the time was "Select Elektra"


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: GUEST,woodsie
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 07:42 AM

Suck It And See was 1973 Track listing:

Side 1
1. Children Of The Grave - Black Sabbath
2. Get your Dog Off Me - Beggar's Opera
3. Boys In The Band - Gentle Giant
4. Living At The End Of Time - Atlantis

Side 2 (22:30)
5. Ruckzuck - Kraftwerk
6. Mwenga Sketch - Jade Warrior
7. The Four Horsemen - Aphrodite's Child

Side 3 (21:19)
8. Jungle Jenny - SAHB
9. Don't Waste My Time - Status Quo
10. Oobleedooblee Jubilee - John Dummer's Oobleedooblee Band
11. Roller Derby Queen - Jim Croce
12. It's all Over Now - Rod Stewart

Side 4 (20:16)
13. Catch You On The Rebop - Spencer Davis
14. Bump 'n' Grind - Jackson Heights
15. Devil In Disguise - Ian Matthews
16. Time For The Leaving - Magna Carta
17. Buddah - Manfred Mann


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 07:57 AM

Oddly I've had my "Fill your head with Rock" vinyl out this week and on the record deck. I still need to write some extra verses to "Dance in the smoke" for Knockholt. The estimable Leopards did some verses for me but they did not seem quite in the vein - the "Every branch we'll tie somebody's worries to it, we will build it and dance in the smoke" sort of feel.

My other fave on it is the excruciatingly well-spoken "Come to the Sabbat". Public school rock at its best!


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: GUEST,woodsie
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 08:26 AM

I saw Black Widow at The Roundhouse once in 1970. Didn't go specifically to see them. "Come To The sabbat" was a one off the rest of their stuff was mediocre prog/pseudo-Jazz but OKish stuff.


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 09:41 AM

My big sister had TRMTYO and played it to death; I still know most of those songs inside out and back to front. I thought "Nobody's got..." - and Harper's crazily affected delivery of it - was the funniest thing ever, even though I couldn't make out half the words (including the rather daring punchline -
"Except of course... ah-for scoring... on a sunny... day"
I heard it as "the forescoring" and thought it was some weird legal terminology.)

The other track that made a huge impression on me - a play-that-track-again impression (which took a bit more doing in those days) - was Fresh Garbage. For several years my ambition was to be a rock vibraphonist, so that I could play that solo. Then somebody told me it was electric piano, and for some reason that didn't inspire me in the same way.

Can't have been a very effective sampler, though - I haven't got a single thing by any of the artists on the LP apart from the Byrds and Bob (and I've only got one Byrds album).


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: GUEST,eric the viking
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 09:46 AM

It was one of my favorite albums for years. I kept all my transatlantic samplers from that era but gave rock machine away just a few years ago. I don't suppose it was ever put onto CD? I would have loved a copy.


Come away Melinda was quite popular in folk clubs in those days I seem to remember.


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 10:56 AM

I still do "Come Away Melinda" but my version owes rather more to Uriah Heep.


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: Edthefolkie
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 11:28 AM

There was another one, from Liberty, entitled "Gutbucket - an Underworld Eruption". John Peel claimed that this referred to the complexions of some of the artists featured...

Good line up though - Captain Beefheart, Hapshash And The Coloured Coat, Lightnin' Hopkins, Alexis Korner, the groundhogs, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Canned Heat, Ainsley Dunbar etc. And, beyond parody, the Bonzos with "Can Blue Men Sing The Whites".


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: GUEST,Lineker
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 12:30 PM

Ooh, I don't think Black Widow were at all 'public school', Richard, but lower-middle or working-class kids from Leicester.


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 01:58 PM

I am going only on their beautiful enunciation on "Come to the Sabbat"


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 01:58 PM

I think I've got "Gutbucket" somewhere, too.


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 04:03 PM

What was the name of the sampler with Arnold( then unknown) Schwarzenegger on the cover? I love the Island "All Join In" album with the massed stars photo on the cover. I was heavily in to Dave Mason back then.


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: michaelr
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 05:13 PM

I was a teenager in Germany when a CBS sampler came out there (can't remember the title). This was where I first heard Electric Flag's "Killing Floor", "Time has come today" (Chambers Brothers), something by Spirit, etc.

Several of the big record companies put out sampler LPs at the time - remember Warner/Reprise's "Loss Leader" series? And I seem to recall an Island Records sampler, as well - the first and only time I heard a band called If with their song "I'm reaching out on all sides".

And Richard, thanks for reminding me of "Come Away Melinda". One of the high points of my early teens was when Uriah Heep played in our high school auditorium...


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 05:17 PM

"Killing Floor"! Loved it, with the little clip of Richard Nixon at the start of the track.


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: michaelr
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 05:22 PM

"I speak tonight for the dignity of man..."

"HAHAHAHAHAHAHA"


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 06:37 PM

Ah, Killing Floor. A couple of years later, my Rock Machine-owning sister persuaded me to invest in a copy of Led Zeppelin 2, and we sat down together to listen to it. When the Lemon Song began I was surprised to find I recognised it, and made a comment about wondering where they got that title. A few minutes later, of course, I discovered where they got that title. Red faces all round.


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: GUEST,Chris B (Born Again Scouser)
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 04:34 AM

One of the best samplers I remember from those years was 'This Is Blues' on the Island label. I bought it for my brother in Woolworths for Christmas in 1970 - and kept it!

Island did a great 2-lp sampler called 'Bumpers' that year which had some great stuff by Fotheringay, Fairport, Nick Drake and a wonderful song by Dave Mason called 'Little Woman' which was later covered by Mr. Fox but otherwise seems to have disappeared altogether.

They both turn up on Ebay from time to time.


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: Johnny J
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 04:52 AM

"Killing Floor"! Loved it, with the little clip of Richard Nixon at the start of the track."

I'm afraid that was LBJ. Nixon hadn't been elected when the song song recorded.


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: GUEST,Tom
Date: 02 Mar 10 - 07:04 PM

I seem to remeber a third edition of the Rock Machine series titled It's Your Bag. Anyone else remeber it?


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: GUEST,woodsie
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 02:55 AM

michaelr the German CBS issued equivalent of Rock Machine that you refer to was called something like "Thats Underground" My mate Mick Jones' (yes he later of Clash) mum worked in Germay and brought back some of these albums - I remember a track called "Time" by the Chambers Bros.


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: Brian Peters
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 07:08 AM

I didn't have the first 'Rock Machine', but played 'Rock Machine I Love You' to death: S&G, The Byrds, Leonard Cohen, Blood Sweat & Tears, Laura Nyro, Taj Mahal - my first proper experience of American rock. And there was that weird 'My name is Jack and I live in the back of the Greta Garbo Home for wayward boys and girls....' Disturbing.

Island had a good early sampler called 'Nice Enough to Eat' which managed to range from Dr. Strangely Strange to '21st Century Schizoid Man'. Free and Spooky Tooth were on it, but so too were folkier things like Fairport and Nick Drake. Didn't care much for Quintessence, though.


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From: Phil Edwards
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 07:55 AM

Also 'Nice Enough'-related, a friend and I have a long-running disagreement about the merits of Dr Strangely Strange (i.e. he thinks they had some...)

I don't know of a 'Rock Machine is your bag'; that phrase is used on the sleeve-notes of '...turns you on', though.


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: GUEST,eric the viking
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 08:35 AM

Anyone got a spare cd copy of the rock machine turns you on?


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: theleveller
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 08:40 AM

I went to the CBS 'Sounds of the Seventies' concerts at the Albert Hall in April 1970 - two concerts on consecutive nights. I can't remember the full line-up but there was Taj Mahal, Johnny Winter, It's a Beautiful Day, Santana, Steamhammer (I think). Anyone else go and can anyone remember any more bands there?


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: RolyH
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 08:42 AM

I've still got a copy of the Harvest label sampler. 'Picnic - A Breath Of Fresh Air'. A snapshot of the music scene in the UK in 1970. Everything from Edgar Broughton and Deep Purple to Shirley and Dolly Collins.


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: Brian Peters
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 12:11 PM

... and, best of all, the Kevin Ayers classic, 'Eleanor's Cake Which Ate Her'.

'Old Gopher' was classic Broughton.


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: GUEST,woodsie
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 01:34 PM

Yeah Picnic was super. We went to the Harvest Concerts at The Roundhouse and Parliament Hill Fields around the same time!


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: stallion
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 02:54 PM

ok which album had "meet on the ledge", "I'm a mover" and I think something from Jethro Tull and I think something from Taj mahal with lyrics like "I'm gonna fight for you JB" it's so long ago and my memory is so fuzzy maybe i am remembering snippets from more than one album. certainly had TRMTYO at one time


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: Brakn
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 06:23 PM

I think it may well be "You Can All Join In" an Island sampler.

Fun picking out who is who on the cover.

"I'm gonna fight for you JB" wasn't that a John Mayall track?


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: stallion
Date: 04 Mar 10 - 04:47 AM

yea John mayall oh dear so long since I had a memory!


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: Ringer
Date: 04 Mar 10 - 07:41 AM

Wasn't there a track from Blood Sweat & Tears on each of RMTYO and FYHWR? On the strength of those 2 I went out & bought a BS&T album (can't remember which, now, but it had "Megan's Gypsy Eyes" on it); disappointed.


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: GUEST,Working Radish
Date: 04 Mar 10 - 08:18 AM

"My days are numbered" is on RMTYO. Great track.


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 25 Dec 16 - 11:12 AM

I revitalised this thread because I am really wanting a copy of " The rock machine turns you on". I believe most of itbis available on Youtube but a cd or mp3 of the complete album would be most agreeable if anyone can help? All reasonable costs can be paid via paypal. Thanks. Merry Christmas.


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: DaveRo
Date: 25 Dec 16 - 06:21 PM

I played this a lot back in the '60s. It has some scratches.
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/862480/temp/The%20rock%20machine%20turns%20you%20on.zip

I'll leave it up for a few days.

Happy Christmas.


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Subject: RE: The Rock Machine turns you on...
From: GUEST,Eric the viking
Date: 26 Dec 16 - 10:09 AM

Thankyou Dave.Beyond all my expectations. Will be played over n over in and amongst the music I listen to.

Happy Christmas, Happy New year !


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