Well, it does exactly what it says on the box. The 57 tracks on this 'Magic Bus' compilation run from the late 1960s to the early 1970s, but, with remarkable perspicacity, the compiler has mixed them up very cleverly.
The CDs are called 'Turn On', 'Tune In' and 'Drop Out' and the songs on each one reflect, more or less, their monikers. Thus, on CD1 Scott McKenzie rubs shoulders with Barry McGuire, CD2 is full of singer-songwriters; Dylan, Cat Stevens and the like; whilst CD3 rocks it up with STEPPENWOLF and Cream.
What this collection is selling is nostalgia and it does it very, very well. Anyone who grew up through the years in question will remember every one of these songs and probably sing along with them too. It has to be said that there are two major omissions though, there is nothing by either The Beatles or The Rolling Stones. Down to licensing presumably. That said, this is an absolutely classic collection that has been selected with extreme care and, dare it be said, love.
See whose nominated for this years Folk Awards.
Folk lovers everywhere get ready for an exciting new release ahead of the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards as a new two-disc compilation CD featuring some of the nominees will hit shelves later this month - and we're betting it will be one of the best yet.
The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015 compilation is out soon
Stand out appearances on the album include Folk Singer of the Year nominee Jez Lowe with his song 'The Pitmen Poets' (also up for Best Original Song), Nancy Kerr whose latest release 'Sweet Visitor' has been nominated for 'Best Album' and Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker who are up for both Best Duo and Best Album. Keeping things old school are Best Group nominees The Furrow Collective with their Best Traditional Track offering 'Handsome Molly' and Horizon Award favourites Stick In the Wheel with 'Bedlam'.
With the upcoming release of his new album, 'Tell 'Em I'm Gone', Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens) tells us what inspired and went into the creation of the album. The album is due to be released in October, 2014.
The British singer rescheduled his NY show to Philadelphia in protest at laws that allow ticket touts to buy and resell tickets for higher prices.
Just one week after announcing his first tour of America since the 1970's, Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, has chosen to cancel his New York concert in December over growing concerns of tickets being resold.
The British singer cancelled his NY show in protest to laws allowing tickets to be resold
The British singer, who is promoting his new album 'Tell 'Em I'm Gone,' scrapped the show in protest at laws that allow ticket touts to buy and resell tickets on other websites for significantly higher prices.
The British singer will be stopping by Toronto, Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles this coming winter.
Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, has announced that this coming winter he will be hitting the road in North America for the first time in 35 years, playing in six cities while also promoting his first new album in five years.
Stevens will be playing in six cities across North America this winter
The British singer, who converted to Islam in 1977 before taking a twenty-five year musical hiatus, will start his tour on December 1st in Toronto and then hit Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
It's nearly time to usher in a new generation of rock legends.
Today's the day! A new year's worth of rock royalty will tonight be ushered into the coveted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt, Hall And Oates, the E Street Band, Andrew Loog Oldham and Brian Epstein are hours away from becoming the newest members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Former Nirvana Rockers Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic Will Be Performing At Tonight's Ceremony.
Stevens, now called Yusuf Islam, is going to perform alongside the E Street Band, who are being inducted b Bruce Springsteen, as well as Gabriel. Emmylou Harris, Carrie Underwood, Stevie Nicks and Bonnie Raitt will reportedly be singing a tribute to Ronstadt. SPIN is reporting that Joan Jett will sing the Nirvana tunes, which has ignited rock fan's imagination more than any other rumour.
Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt will also be honoured, with the E Street Band, Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham will receive special awards
The inductees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2014 have been chosen, with Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall And Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt all being honoured in the latest induction. As well as these, the E Street Band will be presented with the Award for Musical Excellence at the ceremony, with Beatles manager Brian Epstein and original Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham also being honoured as non-performers.
Nirvana have been honoured at the first time of asking
For Nirvana, their induction comes at the first time of asking, with the band only becoming eligible for induction this year. According to the rules of the Hall of Fame, an artist only becomes eligible for recognition 25 years after the release of their first album or single. For Nirvana, their first single came in 1988 with the release of 'Love Buzz,' with their induction coming as "no surprise" to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President and CEO Joel Peresman or many other people for that matter.
Other close favourites include Hall & Oates, Peter Gabriel and YES
The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame will induct it's class of 2014 in April next year and earlier this week the nominees for the coveted place among rock's elite was announced to the public. For only the second time, the ballot for the inductees will be made available for public voting, and already there are some stand out favourites that look as though they have a good chance of being among the next hall of famers.
Nirvana are already the early favourites to be inducted
The early favourites, according to the public voting poll, are currently Nirvana, Kiss, Deep Purple and Yes, all of whom have over 10% of the current votes. Nirvana, who make their debut on the nominees list, currently stand as the out right favourites for induction, with the R&RHoF policy only permitting artist who have existed for a quarter of a century or longer as eligible for nomination. Their cover of Shocking Blue's 'Love Buzz' was released as their first single in 1988, which means they are finally able to be taken into consideration.
The grunge band make 2014's 16-act shortlist.
90s rock band Nirvana are one of 16 acts nominated for entry into the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Owing to the rule that only acts who released their debut album of single 25 years ago are eligible for the honour, this will be the first time that Nirvana have been considered.
Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic May Soon Be Honoured With A Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Entry.
More than 600 industry personnel will vote to select next year's inductees, who will be announced in December. Also nominated are prog rockers Yes, disco pop band Chic, glam rock band Kiss, classic rockers Deep Purple, rap artists N.W.A and LL Cool J, and folk legend Cat Stevens, AKA Yusuf Islam.
Continue reading: Nirvana Finally Eligible For Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Honour
Carly Simon revealed the identity of the mystery man in 'You're So Vain' to Taylor Swift. Simon performed on stage in Massachusetts with Swift and praised her performance.
Carly Simon's famous 'You're So Vain' continues to raise questions 41 years after its release. Taylor Swift has revealed Simon confided the identity of the song's subject. Swift, unfortunately, is sworn to secrecy.
Taylor Swift at the 2013 Capital FM Summertime Ball, London.
There are a variety of theories regarding who the mystery man could be. Simon had a number of relationships with high profile men such as Mick Jagger, Warren Beatty, Kris Kristofferson, Cat Stevens and Simon's former husband James Taylor. None of the aforementioned was particularly renowned for their modesty.
Continue reading: Carly Simon Confides 'You're So Vain' Secret In Taylor Swift
Yusuf Islam, Cat Stevens and Dorchester Hotel - Yusuf Islam formally aka Cat Stevens and Fauzia Islam London, England - The 3rd Fortune Forum Summit at the Dorchester Hotel - Arrivals Tuesday 3rd March 2009
Date of birth
21st July, 1948