Classic Rock

Re-Visiting Musical Roots! The Moody Blues

So the other night as I was driving home from work, I started thinking about albums that I listened to at the beginning of my life’s musical journey. One of the early albums that had an impact on my musical listening was The Moody Blues’ album Days of Future Past. I followed their career and have a few albums including In Search of the Lost Chord and Seventh Sojourn. I never bought any of their biggest albums. But after Seventh Sojourn I lost track of their career. Listening to WMGK  coming home the other night,  they were playing “I’m Just A Singer in a Rock and Roll Band” and alluded to the fact that there was a six to seven year hiatus between Seventh Sojourner and the next album Octave released in 1978. Guess that’s why I lost track of them. I know Nick has some of the later albums so I’ll have to question him about which one’s the best. But I did download their 1999 release Strange Times and have been listening to it. Additionally, I put the remastered version of Days of Future Past on the iPOD and listened to it as well!

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A Trip Back in Time – Hot Tuna and Ten Years After

So the other day I wrote that Jorma Kaukonen will be trying 70 next month, oh how time flies! So today courtesy of Wolfgang’s Vault I took a little trip back in time to October 2, 1973 and the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco and listened to an acoustic performance from Hot Tuna. The show was recorded a legal defense benefit for Hell’s Angels and was an unexpected acoustic performance featuring many acoustic songs from their recently released album Phosphorescent Rat and a few tracks from Jorma’s solo album Quah. You can read a more detailed account of the concert here. I always enjoy the covers of traditional songs like “Candyman” and “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Lit” and “99 Year Blues”. I also enjoyed the closing
track the 9 plus minute electric “Uncle Sam Blues” and of course the classic “Water Song”.

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Friday’s Forgotten Albums – Mike and Al – Poco and Pearls Before Swine

“One-two….Uh, listen here now,here’s what….tihs is  where it’s at, this is the thing of this gig and here’s…I’ll tell you ’bout it now. Uh, awhile ago my friend Alan Kooper called me on the phone and said, “Let’s make this gig, an LP in Los Angeles and we’ll sat will happen” So we went and I played, and I played for one day and I split and went back to San Francisco where I live and the other day Stephen Stills played….and they put out an album called “Super Sessions”…….

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Polydor Artists Circa 1971!

So last night when I was listening to Jake Holmes I pulled out the album sleeve and looked at the other artist on the Polydor Label at that time. Some of the names are only familiar and a couple I do have the albums. Area Code 615 and John Mayall’s Empty Rooms and a favorite Mayall’s The Turning Point. Here’s a quick Poll Which Artist’s album do you have? or have you heard of?

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Avalon Ballroom – 1967

According to my Avalon Ballroom 2010 calender, on this day in 1967 Quicksilver Messenger Service played the Avalon Ballroom and in 1968 Cream, Jeremy and the Satyrs and Blood Sweat and Tears played Winterland. Ok proof that I didn’t just start liking jam bands but liked jam bands before they were labeled jam bands. Quicksilver’s album Happy Trails and their cover of “Who Do You Love” are all time favorites and Cream’s fourteen minute drum solo “Toad” would make any of today’s jam bands proud!

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