A homage to LA mix

About this mix:

I wanted to put together a mix based around the early 1970s music scene of Los Angeles and the West Coast.  Seemed so glamorous to someone growing up in England but this mix reflects more the dark nature of those times.  So this is my musical essay on West Coast/LA music of the early 70s – to be played as one long track (band and song are highlighted below):

It starts with the sound of surf before morphing into the Beach Boys California Girls which then gets flanged and distorted like they did in the 70s.  Surf then takes us to that arch party animal Don Henley and the Boys of Summer, his hymn to those times.

Quick break for an LA staion ident from 1970 and then the blast of the Rockford Files (this was LA to us in England!), but then we hear the police radio before Bob Seger and Hollywood Nights.  And why go to Hollywood?  As the  Byrds say on the next track So You Wanna Be a Rock’n’Roll Star.

Supertramp seem so 70s LA to me (even though they’re British) so after the Byrds we have Dreamer.  There’s then a snippet of Stevie Nicks talking about her time with Don Henley, before his band The Eagles Take It Easy.  At the end I’ve put in a few loops of it before Don Henley talks about Hotel California.  And who could follow him but those other icons of the 70s, Fleetwood Mac with Don’t Stop which merges into Peter Frampton and Show me the Way.

Going back to gentler times there follows an excerpt from a 1930s movie travelogues on LA underneath of which are the gentle sounds of Steve Reich. Going back to the 70s next is Joe Walsh with Life’s Been Good before the Beack Boys sign off the mix with the elegiac Sail on Sailor

Hope you enjoy – I had real fun

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~ by rgboulter on July 17, 2010.

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