Sad About the Times 2LP (Pink Glow Vinyl)

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Rare Early '70s Singer/Songwriter, Rock & Folk Gems!
Compiled by Mikey Young & Keith Abrahamsson!
Limited Edition of 1,000 Copies on Pink Glow Double LP!

You are alone in a hot tub on a warm summer night back in the '70s. Scarcely a week earlier she was right there with you, laughing, gazing at the stars, the FM radio playing the top pop hits as you frolicked in the gurgling water. Now, she's gone. Really gone.

Then a song you never heard before comes on the radio. You feel like it reaches into some place that has already been prepared in your mind. It is as if the song is reading you. The song really knows she's gone, and more. What a great hook, you think.

Then you never hear it again. You remember it really captured the way you felt, it sounded sad but somehow had a healing quality. Down but not out. It seemed familiar the first time you heard it, as if it had cut to the front of the line while the other meaningful songs in your life were taking years to get there. What was that song?

I have good news for you. It's on this album even if it's not on this album.

What we are talking about here is a time when there was only so much room at the top and limited alternatives to mainstream radio for a song to get heard. The guy in the hot tub is made up, but not the nature of the song. It doesn't matter exactly what the song is.

Every song on this album is that song. They all could have been hits. Each with a different flavor, all subtly conveying universal emotions that are hard to describe but easy to feel. Little room at the top back then (another reason to be sad about the times…), but we have plenty of room today.

These songs come in the wake of the psychedelic sixties after the high-flying idealism had run its course and singer-songwriters were ascendant. After the party, reality kicks in. You have to deal with yourself about how you deal with your friends and lovers.

You can't always work it out but you can sprinkle a little sugar on your sadness with songs like these to keep you company. You can hear echoes of folk rock, soft rock, even detect some psychedelic flashbacks but the atmosphere is dominated by that human being whose voice you are hearing. He's not up on stage; he's in your mirror.

Have you ever felt sad about the times you are living in? Anyone who hasn't seems to me at first lucky, but perhaps simultaneously cursed. This music reaches because it resonates with experiences in your own life that made you feel sad and alone. The artists here are dealing with difficult emotions.

There's a reason smiley faces don't have ears. Sadness can be life affirming; these songs can open that door. If they couldn't they wouldn't be so enjoyable. "Heaven is boring, hell is where the action is," someone said but if you mix the two together you might come up with some songs like these.

Compiled by Mikey Young (Total Control / Eddy Suppression Ring) and Keith Abrahamsson (Founder / Head of A&R at Anthology Recordings), Sad About the Times is a set of North American '70s jammers. With a hint of (at times) West Coast jangle, these tracks traverse the border between the power pop of the times and a late-night coke jam.

It's the kind of collection that is so packed with discoveries and great songs that it's hard to pin down but easy to enjoy.
-Tim Sendra,, 4/5 stars


  • Limited Edition - 1,000 Copies
  • Double LP
  • Pink Glow Vinyl
  • Compiled by Mikey Young & Keith Abrahamsson
  • Limited-Time Download Card


Side A:

  1. Sad About the Times - West
  2. Lonely City - Hollins Ferry
  3. N.Y. Survivor - Randy & the Goats
  4. Loaves & Fishes - Willow
  5. Deep Blue Sea - Art Lown
  6. Tomorrow Is Gone - Jode

Side B:

  1. Illusion - Norma Tanega
  2. If You Can Want - Perth County Conspiracy
  3. Hotel Room - David Chalmers
  4. Another Lonely Day - Jim Spencer
  5. Absolute Zero - Hoover

Side C:

  1. Holy River - Space Opera
  2. Am I Supposed to Let It by Again (Above the Cover) - Roger Rodier
  3. Paula's Song - Emmett Finley
  4. Sing for Me - Sky
  5. Running Water - Smubbs

Side D:

  1. Here Comes the Sun - Oliver Klaus
  2. Wolf - Antonia Lamb
  3. Lover Now Alone - Kevin Vicalvi
  4. Sails Across the Sea - Boz Metzdorf
  5. Maybe Someday/Maybe Never - Dennis Stoner

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