Music Commentary

Dedicated exclusively to playing and discussing mono records from the 60s and early 70s, Back to Mono is the all vinyl radio show for fans of music’s greatest decade. Be sure to check out sister show ‘MIXOLOGY’, where I break down mono/stereo differences on complete albums from the 60s.

Episodes

Hello Friends! To thank everyone for all your support throughout this year, I decided to revamp my original Christmas special (for you long time listeners) for this rather unusual festive season. For 2020, the collection has expanded, the stakes are higher, but the festivities have only just begun! So stay home with these seasonal classic from Darlene Love, Andy Williams, Chuck Berry, The Beach Boys, The Crystals, Frank Sinatra, The Monkees, Gene Autry, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Bing Crosby, and Elvis. 

Happy Listening, 

Frederick 

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Hello Friends, and today on the show we're taking things easy, with some slow burning tunes from the likes of Elvis, Buddy Holly, Nilsson, The Bee Gees, The Beatles, The Seekers, Chris Montez, Dave Davies, Frank Snatra, and The Beach Boys, all in their classic mono mixes. We're also going to be taking a look at Aretha Franklin's 1967 Classic LP 'I Never Loved a Man The Way I Love You', with three choice cuts from the LP to give you a tantilising flavour of what to expect from it.

Happy Listening, 

Frederick 

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Hello Friends! Jumping right off of last week's look at British Beat from the 60s, this week we're taking a look at a little spread of pop straight out of the United States of America. From Wall-of-Sound Pop from The Ronettes and Sonny & Cher, Sunshine pop from The Turtles, Boyce & Hart, The Monkees, The Mamas & The Papas, The Beach Boys, and Margo Guryan, to downright rave-ups from Nancy Sinatra and Simon & Garfunkel, we've travelled right across the sonic palette of popular music in the middle of the greatest decade for it. We've also taken three further rave-ups from The Outsiders' 3rd LP, 'IN', released in January 1967 on Capitol - and unreleased outside of the USA!  You can't get more American than that! 

**Please be aware I incorrectly noted ‘Someone I Know’ as sampling Beethoven, when in fact Bach is the artist you’re looking for. Apologies.

Happy Listening, 

Frederick 

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Hello Friends, and once again it's back to that early 60s British Beat scene, because I can't keep myself away apparently! Thematically organised as such by complete accident, I've grouped artists together today by the labels they appeared on for a little twist to the usual formula. The icing on the cake today is a look at The Hollies' 2nd LP from 1964 'In The Hollies Style', one of the best LPs from the early Beat era that often gets overlooked. Along with that, we've got cuts from Cilla Black, The Searchers, The Shadows, Herman's Hermits, The Animals, Freddie & The Dreamers, The Kinks, Dusty Springfield, The Rolling Stones, and of course, The Beatles. So get that backbeat going, and those melodies soaring, and let's dig in!

Happy Listening, 

Frederick 

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Hello Friends, and welcome to the first official bonus episode for the Back to Mono podcast! I've jumped around my collection today to offer up a mix of Halloween themed tracks (some more direct than others) to both delight and terrify. There will be tracks you've heard on the show before, plenty that you haven't, and maybe a few sneaky surprises too, skirting the lines between the imagery, the wordplay, and the horror of the season. With a scattering of tracks from the likes of The Byrds, Bob Dylan, The Kinks, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Beach Boys, The Hollies etc, and of course, Bobby 'Boris' Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers, you're sure to get in the mood with this rather unusual (and often far-fetched) selection of tunes.

Happy Listening, 

Frederick 

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Hello Friends! After a trilogy of themed episodes, we've got a BTM classic episode today, with a broad selection of some of my favourite pickups from the last couple of months. With Genres ranging from Garage Rock, Beat, Country Rock, Rockabilly & straight up Pop, Hits from Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart, Herman's Hermits, The Box Tops, Elvis, The Supremes, Carole King & Dusty Springfield, and deeper cuts from The Outsiders, The Searchers, The First Edition, Nancy Sinatra & The Troggs, this episode is just non stop goodness from the first drop of the stylus. So join me on my record collecting adventure, and find out which record has been filling me with top tier levels of unbridled joy.

Happy Listening, 

Frederick 

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Hello Friends, and don't panic! This isn't the end of the Back to Mono era, but a look at some of those forgotten about mono mixes from 1970/71, issued on singles and radio promos, many of which have been lost to time! With a breeze through tracks from Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Hollies, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Cher, and Graham Nash, things are really starting to heat up musically at the turn of the decade, and nowhere is that more true than our album feature, a look at Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled water, thanks to the copious true mono mixes issued on 45s at the time!

Happy Listening, 

Frederick 

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Hello Friends, and welcome to the second of our two-part Monophonic Psychedelia special, this time taking a dive in to the world of Psych Rock, with rippers from Cream, The Beatles, The First Edition, The Rolling Stones, The Byrds, The Hollies, Jefferson Airplane, and even The Dave Clark Five! We'll also be taking a look at a vault mono mix from The Monkees, and the pantheon of Psych Rock - the LP Axis: Bold as Love from The Jimi Hendrix Experience, looking at it's three different approaches to the genre across three choice cuts. So give me all your Concentration, Baby, there Ain't No Telling the places we're going tonight...

Happy Listening, 

Frederick 

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Hello Friends, and welcome to the first part in a two-part monophonic look at Psychedelia in the 60s, starting this week on the more traditionally buoyant and bizarre side of the genre. There'll be bizarre flipsides from The Bee Gees and Boyce & Hart, Hits from The Kinks, The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel & The Hollies, and buried LP tracks from The Zombies & Small Faces, culminating in our LP pick of the week, 'Younger Than Yesterday' from The Byrds, with a look at the three songwriting forces that came together to make the classic LP we have today. We'll also be taking a jump on a rare vintage acetate mix from The Beach Boys' unfinished Smile album, finally placing a vintage mix within the context of it's own era. Just don't take a bad trip en route!

Happy Listening, 

Frederick 

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Hello Friends, and I hope you enjoyed the soft pop of last week's episode, because the pop isn't leaving this week- but we've added a little bit of occasional grit, courtesy of Paul Revere & The Raiders! Their classic 1966 LP "Midnight Ride" is our album choice, with three essential cuts from the album, surrounded by some more of my favourite pop tracks from the 60s, with classic beat sounds from The Beatles & The Searchers, Rock 'n' Roll from the king himself, sunshine pop from Dino, Desi & Billy and The Monkees, and softer sounds from The Lovin' Spoonful, Andy Williams, Nilsson, and The Seekers. After all that, you'll be ready for next weeks' psych lineup! Catch you on the flipside!

Happy Listening, 

Freddie

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