READER REPORT:

I'm I couldn't live without: Drifting off to simpler times

EWEN SPARK
Last updated 05:00 02/11/2012
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TIMELESS: The soundtrack to Easy Rider is "is a perfectly organised summary of life growing up in the 60s and 70s".

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This album is a perfectly organised summary of life growing up in the 60s and 70s.

I saw the movie but it meant little to me as I was probably too young to appreciate it at the time.

The music, however, has never lost its enduring effect on my soul. Some of the artists I'd never heard of, and didn't care who they were. The simple flow from track to track seemed like a constant replay of the background music of my childhood experiences.

The never-dying sound of the motorcycle revving at the beginning of Steppenwolf's Born To Be Wild is just as startling today as it was then.

You sit to attention and absorb the sound of this timeless masterpiece every time - as you did the first time you heard it. Then when it finishes, you start to let the dopamine take over as you absorb the rest of the album.

If you are in a pub full of baby boomers and the soundtrack happens to be on the juke box, go and select Fraternity of Man's Don't Bogart Me and look around the room as it winds out of the speakers. Faces light up as if somebody was singing from heaven. It represents the experience of the entire album in one single track.

If you can, pour yourself a drink, sit back and listen to this album from beginning to end and, if you're a child of the 60s, you'll include it in your current playlists for the times you want to drift off and remember simpler times.


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