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In November 1968.

In November 1968, “Warner Bros” label released “Astral Weeks”, the second Van Morrison studio album.It was recorded September – October at “Century Sound Studios” in New York City, and was produced by Lewis Merenstein. In 1995 “Mojo” magazine ranked “Astral Weeks” at number two on its list of the greatest albums of all time; in 1998 it was voted the 9th greatest album of all time in a “Music of the Millennium” poll conducted by “HMV”, “Channel 4” and “The Guardian”; in 2000, “Q” magazine ranked it at number 6 on its list of the “100 Greatest British Albums Ever”; in 2003, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked it at number 19 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”, and in 2006, “Time” magazine included “Astral Weeks” in its list of the “All-TIME 100 Albums”.

Personnel:

  • Van Morrison— vocals, acoustic guitar
  • John Payne — flute; soprano saxophone
  • Jay Berliner— classical and steel-string acoustic guitars
  • Richard Davis— double bass
  • Warren Smith, Jr.— percussion, vibraphone
  • Connie Kay— drums
  • Larry Fallon— string arrangements, conductor; harpsichord
  • Barry Kornfeld — acoustic guitar
  • Brooks Arthur — engineer
  • Ed Thrasher— art director
  • Joel Brodsky— photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Van Morrison.

Part One: In The Beginning

  1. Astral Weeks
  2. Beside You
  3. Sweet Thing
  4. Cyprus Avenue

Part Two: Afterwards

  1. The Way Young Lovers Do
  2. Madame George
  3. Ballerina
  4. Slim Slow Slider
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On March 25, 1970.

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On March 25, 1970, “Columbia” label released “Vintage Violence”, the debut John Cale solo studio album. It was produced by John Cale and Lewis Merenstein.

Personnel:

  • John Cale – vocals, bass guitar, guitar, keyboards,production
  • Harvey Brooks– bass guitar
  • Sanford Konikoff – drums
  • Ernire Coralla – guitar
  • Garland Jeffreys– guitar, backing vocals
  • Stan Szelest – piano
  • John McClure – executive production

Track listing:

All tracks by John Cale, except where noted.

  1. Hello, There
  2. Gideon’s Bible
  3. Adelaide
  4. Big White Cloud
  5. Cleo
  6. Please
  7. Charlemagne
  8. Bring it on Up
  9. Amsterdam
  10. Ghost Story
  11. Fairweather Friend – Garland Jeffreys

On January 24, 1972.

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On January 24, 1972, “RCA” released the self titled, fourth Cass Elliot studio album. It was recorded in 1971 at “RCA’s Music Center of the World” in Hollywood, and was produced by Lewis Merenstein and Benny Golson. The album cover photography was by George Hurrell.

Personnel:

  • Cass Elliot – vocals
  • William Cat Anderson – trumpet
  • Gino Bozzacco – trumpet
  • Dennis Budimir – guitar
  • Clark Burroughs – vocals
  • Larry Carlton– guitar
  • Ed Carter – guitar
  • Al Casey– guitar
  • Benny Colson – vocals
  • Reggie Colson – percussion
  • Venetta Fields– vocals, background Vocals
  • Carl Fortina – keyboards, musette
  • Jan Gassman – vocals, background Vocals
  • Benny Golson– arranger, conductor, background vocals, string section
  • Jules “Stix” Greenberg – background Vocals
  • Ed Greene– drums
  • John Guerin– drums
  • Bruce Johnston– keyboards, vocals, background vocals, Fender rhodes
  • Carol Kaye– bass
  • Clydie King– vocals, background vocals
  • Eddie Kusby – trombone
  • Michael Lang – piano
  • Sherlie Matthews– vocals, background vocals
  • Maurice – trombone
  • Marilyn Messina – vocals, background vocals
  • Grover Mitchell – trombone
  • Jack Nimitz – baritone saxophone
  • Joe Osborn– bass
  • Don Randi– piano
  • Jerome Richardson – tenor saxophone
  • Moacir Santos – tenor saxophone
  • Louie Shelton– guitar
  • Maurice Spears – bass trombone
  • Carl Wilson– vocals
  • Gary Burden– art direction, design

Track listing:

  1. I’ll Be Home – Randy Newman
  2. Baby I’m Yours – Van McCoy
  3. Jesus Was a Cross Maker – Judee Sill
  4. That Song – Bill Dean
  5.  When It Doesn’t Work Out – Leah Kunkel
  6. I’ll Be There – Bobby Darin
  7. Disney Girls – Bruce Johnston
  8. I Think It’s Going to Rain Today – Randy Newman
  9. Cherries Jubilee – Marilyn Messina
  10. All in the Game – Carl Sigman, Charles Dawes