August 11, 1969

British Folk

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One of Donovan's most fully realized albums, it shifts between spacey folk and tough acid rock with backing on a few tracks by the Jeff Beck Band. Whatever the style, the singer is at the peak of his lyrical and vocal powers throughout.

- Tim Sendra

Herbie Mann

Memphis Underground


Crossover Jazz

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Herbie Mann's body of work has a reputation for being lightweight, and not without reason, but his 1969 set Memphis Underground is a notable exception. Recording with a studio band that mixed East Coast jazz musicians with Southern session players, Mann conjured something joyously funky on these sessions, especially on the title cut and covers of "New Orleans" and "Hold On, I'm Coming," the latter featuring a pleasurably chaotic guitar solo from Sonny Sharrock.

- Mark Deming