The Sunday Six

Celebrating music with six random songs at a time

Here we are on another Sunday to explore the diversity of music six tunes at a time. Today marks the official start of summer and, boy, it’s certainly hot in my neck of the woods! But I take sun and heat over a dark and cold winter day any day. Regardless of the weather in your area and how you may feel about it, I hope you find something you enjoy among my picks for this new installment of The Sunday Six.

Jesse Colin Young/Song for Juli

Starting us off this time is a beautiful, largely instrumental track by Jesse Colin Young, co-founder and lead vocalist of The Youngbloods. When I stumbled across Song for Juli the other day, I immediately felt it would make for a nice Sunday Six opener. If you’ve read some of the weekly feature’s previous installments, you may have noticed my preference to start these posts on a softer note. After the dissolution of The Youngbloods in 1972, Jesse Colin Young (born Perry Miller) resumed his solo career he had first started in the early ’60s. That pre-Youngbloods phase had yielded two solo albums: The Soul of a City Boy (April 1964) and Young Blood (March 1965). Song for Juli is the title track of Young’s fourth solo album, a folk rock-oriented record that appeared in October 1973. The tune about his first child Juli was co-written by Young and the child’s mother Suzie Young, Young’s first wife. Young who last November turned 79 remains active and has released 13 additional albums to date. His most recent one is titled Dreamers and came out in February 2019.

The Turtles/Wanderin’ Kind

Every time I hear a song by The Turtles, I’m amazed by their great harmony singing. That being said, their biggest hit Happy Together, which I featured in a previous Sunday Six installment, is the only tune I’ve known by name, though I’ve heard some of their other songs. Well, now I can add Wanderin’ Kind, the opener of The Turtles’ debut album It Ain’t Me Babe from October 1965. The tune is one of the record’s four original tracks that were all written or co-written by the band’s lead vocalist and keyboarder Howard Kaylan. Fun fact from Wikipedia: Since at the time The Turtles recorded their first album their members were still underage, they required written permission from their parents to pursue the project. During their original five-year run from 1965 to 1970, The Turtles released six studio albums. In 1983, Kaylan and Turtles co-founder and guitarist Mark Vollman revived the band and have since toured as The Turtles…Featuring Flo and Eddie. They remain active and are planning to go on the road in the U.S. later this summer as part of the Happy Together Tour 2021.

Toto/Pamela

The other day, fellow blogger Music Enthusiast included Toto in an ’80s post, reminding me of a band I’ve listened to on and off since 1982 when they released their hugely successful fourth studio album Toto IV. Pamela is the opener of The Seventh One, which is, well, Toto’s seventh studio album that came out in March 1988. The tune was co-written by keyboarder David Paich and lead vocalist Joseph Williams. Among the features I’ve always dug about Pamela are Jeff Porcaro’s drumming and the cool breaks. Sadly, it turned out to be Porcaro’s final regular studio album with Toto. He died on August 5, 1992 at the age of 38 from a heart attack caused by coronary artery disease resulting from cocaine use. Following Toto’s second hiatus that started in October 2019 after the end of their last 40 Trips Around The Sun tour, they are back in business as of October 2020. A live album titled With a Little Help From My Friends, which captures a special lockdown performance from November 2020, is set to appear on June 25. Toto have also announced their next tour, The Dogz of Oz World Tour. Currently confirmed dates are for Europe starting in Bonn, Germany in July 2022. Paich and Williams are still part of the band’s current line-up, as is guitarist Steve Lukather, Toto’s only founding member who has continuously played in all of their incarnations.

Lord Huron/Mine Forever

Kudos to fellow blogger Angie from The Diversity of Classic Rock, who recently did a great feature on new music that includes Lord Huron, one of her picks that got my immediate attention. The indie folk rock band was initially founded in Los Angeles in 2010 as a solo project of guitarist and vocalist Ben Schneider. After recording and releasing a few EPs all by himself, Schneider started adding members for support during live shows and Lord Huron’s first full-length album Lonesome Dreams from October 2012. Apart from Schneider, the band’s current line-up features Tom Renaud (guitar), Miguel Briseño (bass, keyboards) and Mark Barry (drums, percussion). Mine Forever, written by Schneider, is a track from their new album Long Lost released on May 21. The tune perfectly illustrates what attracted me to Lord Huron, which is their amazing moody sound of layered voices, jangly guitars and expanded reverb. It has a cinematic feel to it. Check it out!

Bob Marley and the Wailers/Is This Love

The first time I heard of Bob Marley must have been on the radio during my teenage years back in Germany. I assume it was Could You Be Loved, his hit single from 1980, which got lots of play on the airways. What I remember much better is how I further got into his music. It was the excellent live album Babylon by Bus, which my best friend had gotten around the same time. Released in November 1978, the double LP captured performances by Bob Marley and the Wailers, mostly from three concerts in Paris in late June 1978. One of my favorite tracks from that album has always been Is This Love. Written by Marley, the tune first appeared on Kaya, the tenth studio album by Marley and his band, which came out in March 1978. There’s just something infectious about reggae. That groove automatically makes me move. Unfortunately, Bob Marley passed away from cancer on May 11, 1981 at the age of 36.

U2/Vertigo

The time has come again to wrap up another Sunday Six. As has kind of become tradition, I’d like to do so with a rocker: Vertigo by U2. I first got into the Irish rock band in the mid-’80s with their fourth studio album The Unforgettable Fire. From there, if I recall it correctly, I went to the live album Under a Bloody Red Sky, which in turn led me to U2’s earlier records. My favorite The Joshua Tree from March 1987 was still nearly three years away. After the follow-on Rattle and Hum, released in October 1988, I became more of a casual U2 listener. I think they have had decent songs throughout their career. Vertigo, the lead single from the band’s 11th studio album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb from November 2004, was an acquired taste. The Edge’s more straight hard rock playing was quite a departure from what I consider his signature sound on The Unforgettable Fire and The Joshua Tree album. At the same time, I respect that U2 don’t want to do the same music over and over again. While Vertigo hasn’t become my favorite U2 tune, I’ve come around and think it’s a pretty good song.

Sources: Wikipedia; The Turtles website; YouTube

29 thoughts on “The Sunday Six”

  1. The only U2 album I have big problems with is- Pop- one of the worst albums ever by a major band- just my opinion I know people who love that album but I have always hated it. I tried to like it.

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      1. sometimes new can be good- obviously The Beatles were in constant change- but Pop was a dud…and I think U2 realized it. I doubt we see a 30th anniversary Pop Tour- where they play the album.

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  2. I started to listen to Lord Huron not long ago because of Jeff’s site…I love what I’ve heard.

    The Turtles…I was just talking about them last night with someone. Fun band to listen to and they have been largely ignored except Happy Together.

    U2…love the song Vertigo.

    Great collection Christian!

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    1. Thanks, Max. I think Lord Huron have a really cool sound. The Turtles are feel-good music. I really need to further check them out. As noted, I didn’t love “Vertigo” from the get-go but now feel it’s a pretty good tune. I saw U2 in New Jersey in July 2017 during their Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour. Really enjoyed that show!

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      1. I saw U2 in 93 I believe…somewhere in there and they were great. Rattle and Hum is the album for me from them.

        The Turtles had some good tracks

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      2. I like “Rattle and Hum” as well and also went to see the movie at the time with my longtime German music buddy. Some critics felt they were self-aggrandizing, but I guess U2 have always drawn mixed reactions.

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      3. Many people put the album down…I think it’s the most American album they did… because they were traveling here when they made it…plus the Edge moved away a little from that delay.

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      4. I just pulled it up in Wikipedia to look at the track list again. It’s got some real great stuff.

        “Desire”, “Van Diemen’s Land”, “Angel of Harlem” and “When Love Comes to Town” (with BB King) are all solid studio tracks.

        I also dig the live songs. Their cover of “Helter Skelter” is pretty cool. Obviously, “Pride” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” are classics.

        Dang it, I think I have to listen to the album now! 🙂

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      5. Their cover of Helter Skelter is about the only cover of it I like.
        Yes it’s a great album. It has a little of Americana in it. The under looked song is Love Rescue Me

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      6. Definitely not a bad intro to U2, given the mix of old and new material.

        If I recall it correctly, in my case they entered my radar with “Pride.” While it may have been overexposed, I still love that tune. The Edge’s guitar and Bono’s singing are just great. Then I listened to the album “The Unforgettable Fire”, and the rest is history! 🙂

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  3. Jesse Colin Young came up on my blog a few weeks ago – he was the hard-to-recognise figure in a 1979 No Nukes photo.

    I used to have a Toto compilation with Pamela on it. Unfortunately, it also had four new songs with short-lived lead singer Jean-Michel Byron who sounded like a bad Michael Jackson impersonator.

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    1. Byron doesn’t ring a bell. I’m only familiar with Toto’s original lead vocalist Bobby Kimball and Joseph Williams.

      But I also haven’t followed Toto very closely. I mostly know the “Hydra”, “Toto IV” and “The Seventh One” albums and a bunch of additional songs before and thereafter.

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  4. Another good line-up. Favorites: the last 3. First time hearing Lord Huron but I’m liking what I’m hearing, reminds me of Ryan Adams and The Cardinals. Bob Marley is always good, as is U2. I’m leaning with Hans on Pop. I can’t say that I either like or dislike it as it has gotten little to no play from me, which leans towards apathy/dislike.

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  5. Die frühen Platten von Jesse Colin Young haben alle einen ganz eigentümlichen Reiz. Sie sind etwas ungehobelt, vorallem was die Technik angeht, aber trotzdem ziemlich feinfühlig, sehr delikat, ohne dick aufzutragen. Wohnzimmer-Musik im besten Sinne des Wortes.

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