Wednesday, 7 March 2007

Forever Changing The Golden Age Of Elektra Records - 1963 to 1973

After browsing YouTube last night I decided to have a look for some more 60's folk artists and came across this review of a box set of CD's from Elektra at FemaleFirst so if you want to read the full review - click the logo above and there you can also listen to 5 tracks from the collection. Not just 30sec clips - the full songs (well worth listening to - especially Tim Buckley)

Forever Changing: The Golden Age Of Elektra Records - 1963 to 1973 has been in preparation for over six months and focuses on the heyday of the Elektra label as it made a transition from folk music to folk rock before fully embracing electric rock.

Forever Changing opens with pivotal early folk artists Judy Collins, Fred Neil and Phil Ochs and sees the gradual impact of electric music with, first, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and then key signings to the label in Love, The Doors and the extraordinary, unique Tim Buckley.

Elektra Records never lost its folk roots and, as the sixties progressed, the label embraced the singer/songwriter era by signing Carly Simon, Harry Chapin and the hugely successful Bread.

Yet in 1969, Elektra went on to release the debut albums by The Stooges and the MC5, groups which still make a fierce impact on young musicians to this day; a far cry from the pristine folk of Judy Collins.
Elektra Records was the brainchild of Jac Holzman and it is his vision which drove the label through 'til 1973 when he handed over the reins.