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If you grew up listening to
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discovering or re-discovering the golden age of rock for the first time,
we think you will be really happy that you have finally found your radio
We are returning to a better
time when radio played all the great music - GENRES BE DAMNED!
Thousands and thousands of the greatest album rock songs ever recorded.
This is not a classic rock station where they play the same 200 songs over
and over again. This is album rock WXYG.
You will be able to listen to
us over the air or you can tune in to our high quality internet stream.
Please feel free to suggest your favorite songs to us. We will do
our best to play them for you. We welcome your suggestions and
feedback. Please let us know how we're doing. The folks here
at album rock "The Goat" who by the way are local owners and operators, hope
that you love our new broadcast adventure as much as we love bringing it
to you. Now presenting a new age in broadcast radio - radio that
returns the power of great music TO THE PEOPLE.
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Gentlemen - ALBUM ROCK WXYG.
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a list of about 25 songs you might want to play. Send your letter and list
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Don't forget to listen Every Saturday Afternoon at Noon, or better yet,
come be the WXYG, The GOAT GUEST DJ.
This week's Goat Guest DJ was Mike Skinner, a native of the Twin Cities
who served in Vietnam from 1969 until 1971. In conjunction with the 100th
anniversary of Veterans Day Mike will be playing music that was heard by
he and his fellow troops in the jungle and on leave, as they prepared for
what was to come when they left home...and when they came back after the
Viet Nam experience.
This show certainly was one of the most profound Goat Guest listening
experiences so far.
If you missed Tuning in to Mike and his sidekick Al, on Saturday, November
16th from Noon until 2:00 PM, you’re were in luck, as the show with Mike
was repeated on Sunday from 9-11:00 PM after the Long Play.
We hope you tuned in. Mike was another in our long line of GGGDJs. (Great
GOAT Guest DJs)
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size, so please send a “size appropriate” envelope, because you wouldn’t
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SUNDAY'S LONG PLAY
”The Long Play with Al Neff" is a continuing Sunday evening Feature on The
GOAT. This year, Every Sunday Evening, Album Rock WXYG, The GOAT will
feature a full album at 8:00 PM from the halcyon musical days of 1969.
We hope you’ll tune in Next Sunday evening, November 24th, when The GOAT’S
“Long Play” will be Green River by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Green River is the third studio album by Creedence Clearwater Revival,
released in August 1969. It was the second of three albums they released
in that year, the first one being Bayou Country (their second release
overall) which was released in January.
In 2003, Green River was ranked number 95 on Rolling Stonemagazine's list
of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It features two of the band's
best-known songs, "Bad Moon Rising" and the title track. The album was
remastered and reissued on 180-gram vinyl by Analogue Productions in 2006.
In January 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival released their second studio
album Bayou Country and released their breakout single "Proud Mary" backed
with "Born on the Bayou", which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Producer and primary songwriter John Fogerty was the driving creative
force behind CCR, which would record three albums in 1969 alone. The
band's single-mindedness and work ethic drew the ire of some other San
Francisco-based bands, with drummer Doug Clifford recalling to Jeb Wright
of Goldmine in 2013, "We went to see the local bands and they were so
stoned they weren’t even in tune and they were really terrible...We made a
pact on the floor of the Fillmore, right then, where we would do no drugs
or alcohol. We decided to get high on the music, or get out of the
business." Going against the grain at the times, Creedence eschewed the
acid-inspired free-form jams favored by many rock bands for
tightly-structured roots music with an unmistakable rockabilly edge. "I
didn't like the idea of those acid-rock, 45-minute guitar solos," Fogerty
explained to Uncut's David Cavanagh in 2012. "I thought music should get
to the point a little more quickly than that." Their musical discipline,
coupled with Fogerty's prolific songwriting, would catapult the band to
CCR's third studio album includes two of their biggest hits, "Bad Moon
Rising" and "Green River", both of which peaked on the U.S. chart at #2,
as well as the highly regarded "Lodi" (#52) and "Commotion" (#30). "Bad
Moon Rising" is notable for its jaunty, happy music juxtaposed with its
dark, ominous lyrics. It was inspired by a scene in the 1941 film The
Devil and Daniel Webster involving a hurricane, with John Fogerty stating
that the words told of "the apocalypse that was going to be visited upon
us. It wasn't until the band was learning the song that I realized the
dichotomy. Here you got this song with all these hurricanes and blowing
and raging ruin and all that, but...It's a happy-sounding tune, right?
Regarding the title track, Fogerty recalled in 1993:
Green River is really about this place where I used to go as a kid on
Putah Creek, near Winters, California. I went there with my family every
year until I was ten. Lot of happy memories there. I learned how to swim
there. There was a rope hanging from the tree. Certainly dragonflies,
bullfrogs. There was a little cabin we would stay in owned by a descendant
of Buffalo Bill Cody. That's the reference in the song to Cody Jr. The
actual specific reference, "Green River," I got from a soda pop-syrup
label. You used to be able to go into a soda fountain, and they had these
bottles of flavored syrup. My flavor was called Green River. It was green,
lime flavored, and they would empty some out over some ice and pour some
of that soda water on it, and you had yourself a Green River.
In 2012, Fogerty stated: What really happened is that I used a setting
like New Orleans, but I would actually be talking about things from my own
life. Certainly a song like "Green River" – which you may think would fit
seamlessly into the Bayou vibe, but it's actually about the Green River,
as I named it – it was actually called Putah Creek by Winters, California.
It wasn't called Green River, but in my mind I always sort of called it
Green River. All those little anecdotes are part of my childhood, those
are things that happened to me actually, I just wrote about them and the
audience shifted at the time and place.
The somber "Lodi" did not make the Top 40 but went on to become a rock
radio staple and a fan favorite. It describes the plight of a down-and-out
musician whose career has landed him playing a gig in the town of Lodi
(pronounced "low-die"), a small agricultural city in California's Central
Valley about 70 miles from Fogerty's hometown of Berkeley. After playing
in local bars, the narrator finds himself stranded and unable to raise bus
or train fare to leave. Fogerty later said he had never actually visited
Lodi before writing the song, and simply picked it for the song because it
had "the coolest sounding name." However, the song unquestionably
references the town's reputation as an uninteresting farm settlement (the
song's chorus, "Oh Lord, stuck in Lodi again", has been the theme of
several city events in Lodi). "Commotion" has been cited as a metaphor for
the social and political unrest that America was experiencing at the time
Fogerty asserted in 2012 to Uncut, "I didn’t think 'Commotion' was social
commentary, ’cause all this stuff was just in the air. But I was writing
about what was in the air, and that was what came out of me. I was just
doing what came naturally."
Other significant tracks on the album include the lament "Wrote a Song for
Everyone", which, according to the VH1 Legends episode on the group, deals
with Fogerty's failing marriage, and the Ray Charlescover "The Night Time
Is the Right Time", continuing the Creedence tradition of including
classic R&B and early rock and roll songs on their studio albums, as they
had with Dale Hawkins' "Susie Q" (1968's Creedence Clearwater Revival) and
Little Richard's "Good Golly Miss Molly" (1969's Bayou Country). In 2012
Uncut called "Cross Tie Walker" "a quintessential Johnny Cash two-step
with a nifty bassline and a tale about a hobo hopping a train and starting
a new life." The phrase "cross tie walker" appears earlier in the album,
as part of the lyrics for "Green River". Although Fogerty was producing,
arranging and writing all the songs at this point, as well as handling
lead guitar and singing duties, bassist Stu Cook insisted to Bill Kopp of
musoscribe.com, "We didn't always play the parts we were given. John
showed us lots of stuff he wanted specifically in songs; songwriters often
do that. They come up with a song, they have an arrangement they want to
hear. Some things are important, and other things are less important. We
had a sufficient amount of latitude in writing and arranging our parts."
Although he has always maintained that the band's artistic vision was
solely his own, Fogerty himself conceded to Rolling Stone's Michael
Goldberg in 1993, "Probably ninety-nine percent of the tracks we did as a
quartet are played live with all four guys playing at the same room. I've
heard the rumor over the years that 'after they left the studio, John went
in and re-recorded all the parts.' No. I think the charm of what you hear
on those records is four guys really playing." However, Fogerty has always
maintained that the ideas for Creedence were his; in 1998 he asserted to
Harold Steinblatt of Guitar World, "Many times — in fact, most of the time
— they never heard the melodies until after the record came out...I showed
the band how each part went — I showed them the music that fit the song I
The recordings for Green River lasted until June. Prior to recording their
new album in March,Creedence conducted a test session at the recently
built Wally Heider Studios where they recorded three instrumental test
tracks (two of which, "Broken Spoke Shuffle" and "Glory Be", are included
in the 2008 remastered CD).
Rolling Stone called it "a great album" with the reviewer further stating
"they are now creating the most vivid American rock since Music from Big
Pink". AllMusic gave the album 5 stars (out of 5) with Stephen Thomas
Erlewine stating: "If anything, CCR's third album Green River represents
the full flower of their classic sound initially essayed on its
predecessor, Bayou Country. John Fogerty has stated many times that Green
River is his favorite Creedence album, telling Tom Pinnock of Uncut in
2013, "“Green River” was my favourite song from the Creedence era, because
it really had the whole Sun Records vibe to me – and the album, too."
The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on December 16, 1970; twenty
years later it was certified triple Platinum on December 13, 1990.
Tune In and Turn On, Next Sunday evening, November 24th, and every Sunday
evening at 8:00 PM for The GOAT'S "The Long Play with Al Neff".
Into the Music is a series of radio profiles which highlights the
artists, events, eras and evolution that shaped the sounds of popular
Into the Music provides listeners with a concise entry-point and guide to
rock, pop, blues & folk music.
Into the Music is created by Hwy. 61 Productions to provide an
informative, entertaining resource for each listener's own mission of
Our goal is to spread the sound and story of music through radio
syndication, to as many people as possible... and help get them more
deeply into the music.
Neff is a 30+-year radio veteran who has been refining the Into the Music
concept for the past decade. He has a Master's degree in Popular Culture
Studies and a black belt in Rock Trivia.
November 18 to November 23, 2019
November 18 - Bob Marley 1
November 19 - Bob Marley 2
November 20 - Lou Reed
November 21 - Steely Dan 1
November 22 - Steely Dan 2
November 23 - Peter Gabriel
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