Listen to “Good Vibrations podcast, Vol. 126: Charlie Freak – 150 Classic Albums, Round 2” on Spreaker.
Canadian-born, Mexico-based researcher and serious music fan, Charlie Freek, returns to the series for a second instalment based around his gargantuan writing project titled Lightning in a Bottle.
This is a series of 150 e-books, each analysing what Charlie considers to be an outstanding compendium of music that has stood the test of time, and whose messages remain as relevant today as they did on day one. Such landmarks are largely the product of the 1960s and ‘70s, he observes, since beyond those times, the music corporations put a systematic stranglehold on the creativity and innovation of their artists, instead introducing bland and lifeless templates, as reflected in the distinct lack of ANY truly meaningful message music in the mainstream today.
We get down to discussing six more albums in detail – titles by Bruce Springsteen, George Harrison, Earth Wind & Fire, Tears For Fears, Joni Mitchell and David Bowie.
Many message music songs of the kind discussed in this chat are available in the ongoing Sound of Freedom podcast, which can be streamed and downloaded from here: