Monday, June 12, 2017
FM Rock: November 1967
One of the hallmarks of early underground radio is song length - and this month's mix features several very long tracks. The Chambers Brothers LP version of "Time Has Come Today" was still a classic rock radio favorite well into the 1980's (although it seems to have fallen off modern day classic rock playlists and if they do play it, you'll usually hear the edited single version). "Wind" by Circus Maximus is another great one although it really only got regional airplay, heavily in the Boston market but also a fair number of spins in the New York City market. The grandaddy of long album tracks though was a major underground hit this month in '67... Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" clocking in at over 18 minutes and it is still a Thanksgiving day tradition currently on many radio stations across America to play it in its entirety. The album, despite having no singles released to consumers (a promotional single for "The Motorcycle Song" was, however, serviced to radio stations), was a smash success, peaking in the top 20 and staying in the charts for an extended period of time, almost completely due to the popularity of the track included in this mix. The track even spawned a 1969 movie based on the song's story. In the 70's, Arlo had a top 40 hit with "The City Of New Orleans" and sometimes get classified as a one-hit wonder because of that, but "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" was just as much of a hit... it just wasn't on a 45.