Motor-Cycle (album)

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Studio album by Lotti Golden
Released May, 1969
Recorded 1968, Atlantic Studios, New York City, New York, United States
Genre Rock
Language English
Label Atlantic
Producer Bob Crewe
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Motor-Cycle is the debut album by singer-songwriter Lotti Golden released on Atlantic Records in 1969.[1] The album is an autobiographical account of Golden's immersion in the life of New York's East Village,[2] written in music & lyrics because, according to Golden, "a book is too flat." [3] Motor-Cycle describes the underground world of the late 60's counterculture, "down to the last seconal capsule."[4]

Newsweek hailed Golden as a new breed of female troubadour—an artist who not only sings, but writes her own songs: "What is common to them -- to Joni Mitchell and Lotti Golden, to Laura Nyro, [and] Melanie... are the personalized songs they write, like voyages of self discovery…startling in the impact of their poetry."[2]

Listed among the most influential albums of the era in The New York Times, "The Best of Rock: A Personal Discography," by music critic Nat Hentoff,[5] Motor-Cycle is a synthesis of stream of consciousness confessional poetry, R&B infused vocals and a "sometimes satiric mélange of rock, jazz, blues and soul"[4] with lyrics that evoke "a Kerouac novel."[6]

Golden's coming of age saga is likely the first rock concept album by a female recording artist.[7] On an album of "restlessly epic roadhouse suites"[8] Golden uses the story-based format, featuring a cast of archetypal characters while playing the part of "emcee" of her own "aberrant cabaret."[8]

Music critic Path, of Tiny Mix Tapes, explains how Motor-Cycle plays like a musical, transporting the listener to the late 60's underground: "Golden gets help on Motor-Cycle from an impeccably arranged Atlantic Records session band… with a flawless, swinging rhythm team. Then, at key moments, the curtain goes up and they've got rows of saxes, trumpets, vibes…and you begin to realize that this is not the same song and dance… it's as if The Velvet Underground recorded for Motown."[8] Golden writes of a "season in hell "[2] she somehow manages to survive. "It's an extraordinary evocation of a life-style… and one girl's plunge into and out of it."[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Motor-cycle Michael"
  2. "Gonna Fay's"
  3. "A Lot Like Lucifer (Celia Said Long Time Loser)"
  4. "The Space Queens (Silky is Sad)"
  5. "Who Are Your Friends"
  6. "Get Together (With Yourself)"
  7. "You Can Find Him"


  1. ^ David Edwards, Patrice Eyries, and Mike Callahan. "Atlantic Album Discography, Part 5". 8000 Series (1968-1972) SD-8198 to SD- 8305
  2. ^ a b c Saal, Hubert (July 14, 1969). " The Girl's-Letting Go". Newsweek, pp. 68,71.
  3. ^ a b Hentoff, Nat (July, 1969) "Cosmo Listens to Records". Cosmopolitan, p.74.
  4. ^ a b Barry, Thomas (Sept 9, 1969). "The Salty Socking Soul of Lotti Golden". Look, pp. 76,76,78
  5. ^ Hentoff, Nat (March 8, 1970). "The Best of Rock: A Personal Discography". Sunday Section: Rock Recordings, The New York Times, p. M3.
  6. ^ Otto, Amanda (August 25, 2009). Needle Points, "Who The #@%! Is Lotti Golden", Gutter Magazine
  7. ^ Baker, Robb, (June 8, 1969). "The Sound" Chicago Tribune p.S2
  8. ^ a b c PATH ( May 29, 2008). 1969 "Lotti Golden- Motor-Cycle", Delorean, Tiny Mix Tapes