"WE ALL SHINE ON"
A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO THE YEAR 1970, TO BE RELEASED ON SPYDERPOP RECORDS
1970 was truly a special year in music. The Beatles released their final album, broke up, and saw each of their members find solo success. Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath stoked the early fires of both heavy metal and AOR. Artists such as James Taylor and Cat Stevens brought singer/songwriter vibes to the charts. The Stooges and Velvet Underground shone as early precursors of punk rock, in music and attitude. Glorious one-shots by the likes of Edison Lighthouse and Tee-Set littered the top 40. There was most assuredly plenty of memorable music released throughout the year.
To celebrate those halcyon musical days of 50 (!) years ago, SpyderPop Records is releasing "We All Shine On", a various artists compilation featuring some of the finest current indie pop/rock acts offering their renditions of the sounds of 1970. From Neil Diamond to Sly Stone and from Bobby Sherman to the Move, there will be a little bit of everything present and accounted for on "We All Shine On." Artists currently scheduled to participate include Bill Lloyd, Mitch Easter, Bobby Sutliff, the Brothers Steve, the Legal Matters, and many more. The album is scheduled for release during the first quarter of 2021 (not in 2020, because COVID) and is being produced by music journalist/drummer John M. Borack.
To coincide with the announcement of "We All Shine On", SpyderPop is partnering with Big Stir Records to release a special sneak preview of the album, in the form of a Big Stir digital single (to be released on November 6, 2020). The single will include covers of two top 10 singles from 1970 as performed by Popdudes, a fun-loving cover band from Southern California that includes Borack and multi-instrumentalist (and Big Stir recording artist) Michael Simmons. The single, “O-o-h Child” b/w “Share the Land,” showcases tunes originally performed by the Five Stairsteps and the Guess Who, respectively, and is priced at just $3.00. All proceeds from the sale of the digital single will go directly to help feed the homeless and hungry in Southern California. (Note: ”Share the Land” will be an exclusive to this digital single and will not be included on "We All Shine On".)
“I thought it would be cool to announce "We All Shine On" by having the digital single include two songs that sort of speak to what’s going on in our world right now,” says Borack. “Although the Five Stairsteps and the Guess Who released these songs a half century ago, lyrics such as, ‘Someday/We'll walk in the rays of a beautiful sun/Someday/ When the world is much brighter’ and ‘You got brothers and sisters who care/About what's gonna happen to you in a year from now’ could easily be seen as referencing the current climate. Plus, both songs are optimistic, and I think we could all use a little optimism right now.”