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Meridian 1970: Compiled by Jon Savage

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Feb 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Heavenly
  • ASIN: B0005FB2I4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,848 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mouthful Of Grass - Free
2. Nobody - The Doobie Brothers
3. Industrial Military Complex Hex - Steve Miller Band
4. Hamburger Midnight - Little Feat
5. Catch The Man On The Rise - Sir Douglas Quintet
6. 3.10 Smokey Thursday - Danny O'Keefe
7. Message From The Country - The Move
8. Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave - Dave Mason
9. Three Hours - Nick Drake
10. One Night Wonder - Meic Stevens *
11. Man Of Constant Sorrow - Rod Stewart
12. Cripple Creek - Skip Spence
13. Tulsa County - The Byrds
14. Biloxi - Jesse Winchester
15. Song Of The Wandering Aengus - Donovan
16. Good Shepherd - Jefferson Airplane
17. Black Uncle Remus - Loudon Wainwright III
18. Hear The Wind Howl - Leo Kottke
19. The Moonstone - Tommy Flanders
20. Ashes The Rain And I - James Gang

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The idea was to celebrate a particularly misunderstood musical moment. Contrary to the received opinion, the cusp of the 60’s/70’s was not a musical wasteland: to be sure, there was a lot of filler and absolute pointlessness as, it seemed, every single member of every single big late 60’s band released a solo album. But, as ever with music – which is a great form of communication – there is always somebody saying something, always somebody making records that help you make sense of the world. Also, there was the law of averages: with so many releases at that point, there were many gems among the dross.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...Warm Embraces I Have Found..." 6 May 2010
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In an overcrowded and weary marketplace the VARIOUS ARTISTS CD compilation has slowly become something of an unloved and unwanted beast - and to look at "Meridian 1970" you really wouldn't think very much of it either - and therefore be tempted to just pass it by.

It doesn't have a great sleeve to start with - and the track list on the rear is full of names you barely even know - and what's this stuff in the subtitle about "Protest, Sorrow, Hobos, Folk And Blues"! Even the liner notes are made up entirely of crumpled pages from rock music insiders (Savage's friends) who put together a compilation of their favourite American and British tracks from their teenage years - and then described each in barely legible hand-written pages (complete with coffee stains). And who is this Jon Savage geyser anyway?

But then you play it - and man does it 'so' work. It's genius - it really is.

"Meridian 1970" was released in February 2005 in the UK on Forever Heavenly FHVN2LP CD (through EMI) and its 20 tracks run to 78:23 minutes.

So why does it 'work'? The song choices are brilliant and follow each other magnificently. There's also the journey into the off-the-beaten track - discoveries that are exactly that - discoveries. Opening with the wonderfully soulful instrumental "Mouthful Of Grass" (the original B-side to Free's "All Right Now" from May 1970 on Island), the emphasis is very much on 'good' songwriting and not just obscurities for the sake of it. And the mixture of American acts with British artists is sweet too - The Move perfectly follow Danny O'Keefe, while the funk of Little Feat and the jangling melody of The Byrds lift the pace when needed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I rate this album 22 Aug 2006
Format:Audio CD
Having read the mixed bag of reviews and in light of the fact that I have been replaying this CD in my car of late, I thought it a good opportunity to air my own personal take on this one.

I happen to think that this is an excellent release and whilst you would be unlikely to find any compilation connecting 100% this is, overall, a strong release.

Although this a mix up of UK and US releases the CD has a strong American flavour with a good mixture of rock, country rock and folk. I also have the Pink Island box set which I find has just too many Traffic and Fairport Convention wannabees on it. Jon Savage has excellent taste and I would strongly recommend this release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bloke, his mates, their glorious choices 12 Mar 2009
By Kev
Format:Audio CD
You need to read the liner notes to understand why this compilation came about, which was all to do with a bloke and his mates discussing that not all late 60's/early 70's rock music was (basically) pretty pretty poor. Which most of it undoubtedly was. Move on to a cdr burn this chap (Jon Savage) does for these aforesaid friends, how much they liked his revelatory choices, and in a collective mood of "Wow, this is good stuff!" it was decided to put out a collection of tracks that they felt would disprove this theory, once and for all. And did they come good, people, did they come good!
I was amazed to hear tracks by bands that I have no particular liking for (Free, The Move, and Sir Douglas Quintet) sounding so fresh after all these years, with an abundance of musical quality lacking in many of today's fresh faced urchins. Add to that a bit of magic from Little Feat, Jefferson Airplane, Steve Miller Band and The Doobie Brothers, stalwarts of this period, and we are but a third of the way through this great assortment that is sub-titled Protest, Sorrow, Hobos, Folk and Blues. Yep, you get it all, and it should get you.
The thing is, if you were around at the time and really 'into' your music, almost all of these artists, the albums, and therefore most of the tracks, would have been known to you. Here a track from Leo Kottke (Mudlark), there a track from Donovan from 'HMS Donovan', and then the ubiquitous Nick Drake from 'Five Leaves Left. Next along comes Jessie Winchester with 'Biloxi' (his voice, if it were a biscuit, it would have to be a half-coated dark chocolate digestive), and then the sublime choice of Danny O'Keefe's '3:10 Smokey Thursday' (as I write, my favourite track, but time will no doubt tell).
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