1964 in Music

Music reviews for music that was released in 1964.

1. John Coltrane: A Love Supreme (10/10)

2. The Beatles: A Hard Day’s Night (10/10)

3. Another Side of Bob Dylan (10/10)

4. The Great Concert of Charles Mingus (10/10)

5. Bob Dylan: The Times They Are a Changin’ (10/10)

6. The Who: My Generation (10/10)

7. Beatles For Sale (10/10)

8. Herbie Hancock: Empyrean Isles (9/10)

9. Bernard Herrmann: Marnie Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (7/10)

Marnie is considerably more traditional than Herrmann’s most famous works from the ’60s, but that doesn’t make it bad. The score is highly memorable (i.e. catchy) and features not just a compelling main theme but some other pieces that really get in your head.

There’s nothing innovative here. It’s just a pretty good score by one of the great American film score composers. Worth checking out if you’re into Herrmann, or Hitchcock, but certainly not among his very best.

10. Maurice Durufle: M├ęditation (7/10)

Another brief piece, one which we can assume was not intended for publication, since it was published after Durufle’s death. This is one of those brief musical paintings meant to conjure something. I’m not sure what, but it’s nice enough to listen to. I wouldn’t meditate to it, but I’m not sure that’s the idea.

11. John Coltrane: Coltrane’s Sound (7/10)

By the time this was released, Coltrane had already completely moved on from this music. If you are not evaluating it in 1960 terms, it would look pretty weak.

Singles

James Brown: “Out of Sight” (??/10)

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