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! 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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Hello Friends! Shockingly, we made it to Episode 40, and boy do we have some treats lined up for you today. Inspired by my album pick for this week, we venture into the softer side of the 60s, with classic hits and rare mono mixes from the likes of Chris Montez, The Rolling Stones, The Ronettes, The Kinks, The Sunrays, The Bee Gees, Glen Campbell, Nancy Sinatra, and of course our album artist of the week, Nilsson. We'll be taking 3 cuts from his Aerial Ballet album today, specifically from the glorious Sundazed cut of the mono mix, while also highlighting a delightful cut from the Analogue Productions master of The Beach Boys Today!, a phenomenal LP I recently acquired that completely blew my mind for sound quality. But that's enough with the chit chat, let's get down to business! 

 

Happy Listening, 

Freddie 

 

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Hello Friends! Another week, and another episode uploaded from Australia for y'all. In today's episode I've decided to revisit an old favourite theme of mine, looking at more classic (and many downright bizarre) 60s covers of 60s songs. So with The Hollies doing Simon & Garfunkel, Cher doing Tom Jones, Marianne Faithfull & The Mamas and Papas doing The Beatles, The Beatles doing The Shirelles, The Beach Boys doing The Crystals, Nancy Sinatra doing Chris Montez, The Searchers & Chris Farlowe doing The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin doing Sam Cooke, and Simon & Garfunkel, Davy Jones, The Byrds, and Peter Paul & Mary covering Bob Dylan, there's sure to be more than a couple of crazy spins on some familiar favourites here. 

Happy Listening, 

Freddie   

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Hello Friends! Today we're recording on the other side of the globe to take a run through some wonderful selections from the British Beat scene from '63 to '65. From uptempo groovers from the likes of The Beatles, Herman's Hermits, The Searchers, Unit Four plus Two & The Zombies, to smoother numbers from The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies, and Peter and Gordon. Tracks inbetween come courtesy of The Kinks and The Animals, and in this week's LP feature we're taking at look at the self titled debut LP from The Rolling Stones, including the first ever Jagger/Richard composition, a killer R'n'B rocker, and a group effort in collaboration with Phil Spector, Graham Nash, and Allan Clarke! Need I say more? 

Happy Listening, 

Freddie   

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Hello Friends! In this celebratory 37th episode of Back to Mono, we're taking a look at (arguably) The Beatles' best album, three great artists who celebrated their birthdays this week, and of course a smattering of hits, flipsides, and LP cuts from '63 thru '68. With tracks from The Byrds, The Easybeats, Bob Dylan, Boyce & Hart, Dave Clark Five and more, you'll be donning your Leopard-Skin Pill Box Hat and goin' out in the city before you know it! 

Happy Listening, 

Freddie   

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Hello Friends! I absolutely couldn't wait to share one of my biggest recent holy grail acquisitions with you all, and that is Simon and Garfunkel's Bookends LP in mono! So, with an album feature on this classic set of tracks, some highlights from recent and future episodes of Mixology, a couple of fan picks, and some classics from me too, there's plenty of top class material here for everyone to enjoy, somehow blending the lines between psych and folk in one episode! 

Happy Listening 

- Frederick 

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