Why is The Swinging Blue Jeans’ The EMI Years: Best of the Swinging Blue Jeans on my best 1,000 albums ever list?
The grooviest, swinging, British Invasion-est music that most people these days have not (yet!) heard.
Some stats & info about The Swinging Blue Jeans – The EMI Years: Best of the Swinging Blue Jeans
- What kind of musical stylings does this album represent? Rock, Rock Music, British Bands, Pop, Pop Music
- Rolling Stone’s greatest 500 albums ranking – not ranked!
- All Music’s rating – not rated!
- When was The EMI Years: Best of the Swinging Blue Jeans released? 1992
- My ranking, the one you’re reading right now – #787 out of 1,000
The Swinging Blue Jeans’ The EMI Years: Best of the Swinging Blue Jeans on Spotify
What does the “best 1,000 albums ever” mean and why are you doing this?
Yeah, I know it’s audacious, a little crazy (okay, maybe a lot cray cray), bordering on criminal nerdery.
But here’s what it’s NOT: a definitive list of the Greatest Albums of All-Time. This is 100% my own personal super biased, incredibly subjective review of what my top 1,000 albums are, ranked in painstaking order over the course of doing research for nearly a year, Rob from High Fidelity style. Find out more about why I embarked on a best 1,000 albums ever project.
What does The Swinging Blue Jeans’ The EMI Years: Best of the Swinging Blue Jeans mean to me? What does it make me feel? Why is it exciting or compelling?
The Swinging Blue Jeans version of “You’re No Good” is one of the grooviest, British Invasion-est, Merseybeat-est, swinging songs I’ve ever heard. The guitar twang and vocal harmonies hit just right. What’s wild about it to me is that I would have assumed that it was recorded circa 1963 or 1964, but in fact it was produced by the band in 1974.
I dig the song so much that I was motivated to track down that the song was written by Clint Ballard, Jr. and first recorded by Dee Dee Warwick in 1963 (so kudos to me there, I suppose!). Here’s the Warwick version.
I far prefer this Betty Everett version, though.
Most people will likely recognize the Linda Ronstadt version which, like The Swinging Blue Jeans version, was also recoded in 1974. Also, spoiler alert: look out for Linda Ronstadt to pop up on the best 1,000 albums ever list coming up in the not too distant future.
“Now I Must Go” was recorded during the real British Invasion era, 1964 to be specific, and it has that perfect vibe of crooning vocals, vintage garage rock n’ roll, with that very particular British sound that just might remind you of another band from that time and place that quite a good beat as I recall.
“Ol’ Man Mose” has that swinging beat where you can imagine clean cut kids from the ‘60s who are just starting to let their hair grow out clapping along appreciably.
Pop culture stuff that has something to do with The EMI Years: Best of the Swinging Blue Jeans
If we’re talking swinging blue jeans, I’d be remiss to not point out… well, just watch this.
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