It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Time to go all Kermit on you and name our Top 10 Green Songs.
From their thirteenth US release, Goat’s Head Soup, the Rolling Stones scored their seventh #1 hit with “Angie.”
“I used to write all the words in that period,” said Mick Jagger is quoted as saying in Mick Jagger In His Own Words. “‘Angie’ is a kind of throwback to the ‘Back Street Girl’ and ‘Lady Jane’ ballads which we used to do.”
Adding the string arrangements of Nicky Harrison and the piano playing of Nicky Hopkins, “Angie” logged in at #75 for it’s first week on the pop chart in September ’73. It took just six weeks for the song to make it to the top, where it began a two week residency on October 20, 1973.
Inspired by the book The Hollow Earth by Raymond Bernard, Tadanori Yokoo created the rare Japanese cover of Miles Davis‘ 1975 set, Agharta.
“My work is a combination of collage, airbrushing and painting,” artist Tadanori Yokoo is quoted as saying in Storm Thorgerson’s book 100 Best Album Covers. “I like collecting postcards, and on this cover for Miles Davis I used some that I had brought back from New York and Tahiti.”
“At the time I was into meditation and yoga,” Yokoo continued. “I listened to Miles Davis’ tape and thought about…The Hollow Earth. It is a legend about a land called Agharta, which exists in a huge cavern in the center of the earth.”
“I am a very good friend of Carlos Santana (for who Yokoo designed two covers) but with Miles Davis I never met him. I named the picture Agharta and he accepted that as the title of the album.”
A mix of hip-hop, Motown and gospel, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was a massively popular Best Seller from the ’90?s.
The centerpiece of the record is “Doo Wop (That Thing),” a cut that exemplified the album’s genre-spanning mix of gospel-like choirs, rapped verses and classic R&B horn licks. It was the first single from the set and topped the charts in both the US and the UK.
Five Grammys went to Hill for this 16-song set, including two for the aforementioned “Doo Wop (That Thing)” plus nods for Album of the Year and Best R&B album.
Released in August 1988 by Ruffhouse, Miseducation has sold more than 8 million copies.
Legendary artist Rick Griffin not only came up with the design of the Grateful Dead‘s Aoxomoxoa, it was his fascination with palindromes that resulted in the album’s title.
“The Grateful Dead hired Rick based on his reputation for his concert posters (which he created for the Avalon Ballroom and the Fillmore West),” said his widow, Ida, in 100 Best Album Covers. “They told him he could design anything he visualized and was given total artistic freedom. The guys in the band would OK the final artwork, but basically they just loved his style.”
For Aoxomoxoa, Griffin shot for a design that was “tribal,” evoking a surfer’s paradise with the blue sky, circling a skull and crossbones with the sun and a garden, injecting his love of the water in the album’s fluid lettering.