What i like mostly of the music of the end of 60 to all 70 was the constant merging...everybody was going for his way be folk, oriental, hard rock, space rock but still everybody was listening the others, sometimes even jamming with the others and at least in EU the audience was the same...somebody could like more heavy guitar riffs, other spacey synthesizers or Hammond organ, ...
But usually without excluding the others, ..one time was Hendrix to play, next the Jethro Tull, or the Hot Tuna, or country or irish folk...everybody with his preference but also with the will to taste everything.
And as the audience so the artist...the Credence Clearwater Revival were doing their Bayou Rock , but in many of their LP was a "experimental" spacey song (i.e "Rude Awaking ), hendrix was often jamming with flute, organ and keyboard,
heavy rockers as Led Zeppelin had always a slow song with space for acoustic instrument
Now everything is caged in its tag...and everything tend to become too obvious, no more surprises...Viking Rock, Metal Massacre,
Folk new age...all become less vital not because are no good musicians but because there is no more merging
So most of "new age" often become too mental, poor of energy,
And symmetrically every Dark (or Gothic , or Viking, Or Epic or..)Metal group will go on, putting more and more speed , thundering guitars , roaring voices screaming in rage.. usually with so absolute predictability to become for me almost soporific
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