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Friday Freak Flag Flying ~ “Today” ~ Jefferson Airplane.

God I still get chills hearing this fantastically beautiful song. Marty Balin’s vocals cut straight through your heart, the instrumentation almost haunting.

Frank Sinatra said he thought “Something” was the best love song ever written, truth be told if “Today” had gotten the airplay it deserved from its 67′ release I think the Marty Balin & Paul Kanter composition might have been reconsidered. To me it had more passion and the harmonies priceless.

This song along with Balin’s “Comin’ Back to Me” were Airplane’s most hidden gems and so over-shadowed by White Rabbit & Somebody To Love off the same album. They were so underplayed it was a crying shame.

Yes the more psychedelic acid rock ones struck their chords amidst the trips, but you can’t deny that these softer also psychedelic in nature speaking of love didn’t take their rightful place.

Marty sung it with such feeling and expression, how could it not.

“I’m so full of love I could burst apart and start to cry.”

1967 “Summer of Love”, you betcha.

 

Marty Balin

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The Passing Of A Butterfly… Lee Dorman

Lee Dorman

I could have posted their signature “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”, but I always loved this song that showed a different side of their talents.

Unfortunately with each passing day our youth that moves farther and farther away, we are reminded of how old our generation has gotten. Thus another musician has left us and now with bassist Lee Dorman’s passing at the age of 70 we’re a little more empty but grateful for the trip he gave us while he was here.

Something our Woodstock Nation will always treasure.

Iron Butterfly gave us so much more than “In The Garden Of Eden”.

We may have aged but the memories will never be left behind.

Thank You Lee and a Peaceful Journey.

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Friday Freak Flag Flying ~ “Dead Man” ~ Josefus

It’s too bad this band only produced three albums. Hookah was their own label and that was the problem. With anything no major label to market you, no money and then were left out cold. In reality they had poor management and it cost them a big career.

But cold was anything but this band was. This Texas-based underground band that had formed in the late 60s smoked. The blazed their way through the south and did make a big enough impression to be the opening acts to some very big names. Sadly they just wouldn’t become one of them. Not for lack of talent that’s for certain.

1969 “Get Off My Case”. “Dead Man” 70′ was their second and they would only produce one more their third, “Josefus” 70′ before disbanding for good.

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Friday Freak Flag Flying ~ “The Pusher” ~ Steppenwolf

Can still remember sitting in one of my friend’s room listening to this when the album came out, we had to listen to it low.

In 68′ we were 11-years old wishing we were older and out in San Fran Haight/Ashbury with the real hippies. We turned into the latter ones in 70/71′.

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Tuesday Time Machine ~ 1967 in Monterey ~ “Flute Thing” ~ Blues Project

This band formed in 1965 and broke apart in 67′.

Danny Kalb – guitar, vocals
Al Kooper – keyboards, vocals
Steve Katz – guitar, harmonica, vocals
Andy Kulberg – bass, flute
Roy Blumenfeld – drums
Tommy Flanders– vocals
John McDuffy – keyboards

Flanders left after the first album and Kooper would leave after their second 1966 album “Projections” that would feature “Two Trains Running” and a song Kooper wrote “Flute Thing”. With Katz and Kalb following them after this 67′ concert.

This live performance featured a well inspired Kulberg giving the audience a total and complete hallucinogenic trip with his flute ride. John McDuffy who had replaced Kooper did a fantastic job ripping the keyboards on this song.

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