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Rock Pillar of Woodstock Joe Cocker dies.

Joe Cocker Career Montage

 

Another sad day when such an iconic artist that showcased the most historical concert of all time dies. Yes all of us are getting older but it still stings and stuns us when one from our own tribe, the boomer generation leaves us.

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Sunday Sleep In ~ “Sleepy Time Time” ~ Cream.

Jack Bruce

 

In memory to this prolific singer, bass player, song writer/composer and figure that came out of the 1960s psychedelic scene. Jack Bruce.

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Friday Freak Flag Flying ~ “Breach Of Lease” ~ Bloodrock

Bloodrock

 

This Fort Worth, Texas band absolutely rocked as big as any other band that came out of the early 70s and lead singer Jim Rutledge had an awesome set of pipes.

DOA got them the most notoriety but this one was still always one of my favorites. They toured and opened for many more well known groups of that era.

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Saturday Psychedelics ~ “San Francisco Girls (Return of the Native)” ~ Fever Tree

Fever Tree 1968

 

Sadly unforgotten band and song.

This may have only been their biggest hit out of the four albums produced from 68′-70′ but this native Texas group in my opinion had some nice sounds with other songs. I loved Dennis Keller’s set of pipes. What they lacked was more innovating writing.

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Saturday Psychedelics ~ “Wind & Rain” ~ Warren S. Richardson Jr.

Warren S. Richardson Jr.

If there is any singer who reminds me a bit of Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad it is this artist.

Richardson also has a vibrato ridden set of pipes, the music Blues Rock with the other tracks on the album fused with psychedelic, jazz & funk.

He went on to start the band The Tubes in 75′. I definitely like the 69′ vibe a lot better from this Arizona band.

 

Warren S. Richardson Jr. band 1969

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Motown Monday ~ This is Detroit! – Til It Shines..

Watch this in Full Screen and get some Kleenex!

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Friday At The Fillmore ~ “Dream Sequence” ~ Mountain

Mountain’s third album from 1971 “Flowers of Evil” first side was studio with the second Live.

Wouldn’t have meant a thing, first, fifth, last. Leslie West from the start could blow the roof of any venue.

It still astonishes me that Mountain never ended up on film at Woodstock nor the album. Their performance on Dec. 31, 1970 was also a memorable performance at the Fillmore East.

I had to laugh when I read the wiki page on this album and it stated “First” live outing. Are you kidding me?

Woodstock 69′ 500,000. I’d say they had been in-front of an audience way before this performance. A gigantic one.

 

Mountain- Leslie West and Felix Pappalardi April 1970  sheet 647 frame 3

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Friday Freak Flag Flying ~ ” Long Time Gone” ~ CSNY & Tom Jones

CSNY & Tom Jones

Damn… Tom Jones not only does justice among our 1969 Hippie Elite’s music here, he sings the living shit out of Long Time Gone.

David Crosby actually looks on with amazement here while watching Tom wail but really don’t know why, Jones himself was on fire during this period. In fact all looked a little surprised as if they really hadn’t expected the performance Jones gave.

Have to admit when Janis appeared on his show and remember him doing a song with her and the band, it just didn’t seem to fit. But with CSN&Y on the contrary he just became a part of the group very comfortably.

The cream of the crop of all music here.

 

Tom Jones & CSNY 1969

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Friday Find ~ “Timeless” ~ Badfinger

Badfinger

 

This gem to me was one of Pete Ham’s and this bands best pieces lyrically and guitar. Fans with good reason seem to only remember Badfinger for their hits “Come and Get It”, “No Matter What” & “Day After Day” in essence because this song was off the 4th and final album for Apple Records.

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Motown Monday ~ “Mean Mistreater” ~ Grand Funk Railroad

LIVE 1970

A taste of Mark Farner’s excellent vibrato.

 

Mark Farner

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Saturday Psychedelics ~ “Where Is My Answer” ~ Tear Gas

Tear Gas

This was the second album from this Glasgow group formerly known as Mustard (with a few different members). Never knew with their sound why they never took off until Alex Harvey came aboard after its release. Sounded damn good to me.

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Friday At The Fillmore ~ Santana ~ April 3, 1971

Santana 1971

 

This should give you an acid flashback even if you never did it back then. I know, I’m having one.Damn

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Motown Monday ~ “Live” Full House” ~ The J. Geils Band

The J. Geils Band

The Motor City & this Boston band just seemed to adopt each other, they thought we were home and we thought they were ours.

Their first live album recorded at The Cinderella Ballroom in 72′, The J. Geils Band officially became a Detroit Band, period!

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Friday Freak Flag Flying ~ ”My Child, He Walks Alone” ~ The Corporation

The Corporation 1970

A Milwaukee garage band that Capital thought enough of to sign them unfortunately it didn’t last. Seems their first album sold well but the band never saw much money. So they left and returned home to record the next two on a small label from their neck of the woods, The Age of Aquarius. Short time later they broke up.

In 2008 a CD of the latter two was released.

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Ray Manzarek Breaks On Through To The Other Side.

Ray Manzarek

Another continuing sad loss for our Woodstock Generation with the passing of Ray Manzarek. It seems like only yesterday that The Doors journey started but what a mark that was left by this legendary band.

It was fate that both him and Jim Morrison again would meet up at Ventura beach and I guess for the crazy changing wondrous times it would be that same fate along with Robby Krieger and John Densmore that this band’s sound would explode.

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Tuesday “Traffic” ~ Rock and Roll Stew

Every song has a memory attached to it and this one is no different. Just another moment from the past so powerful it seems like now.

Bad times, Good times depending of where you were at. After all isn’t that what stew is, a mixed bag of sorts.

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Saturday Psychedelics ~ “Look At Yourself” ~ Uriah Heep

Uriah Heep_Look At Yourself 1971

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Saturday Psychedelics ~ “Chasing Shadows” ~ Deep Purple

A masterpiece that should have been longer like an hour.

In my opinion one of Ian Paice’s finest works on drums. The song written by him and Jon Lord would set the standard in what direction the band would take from this point on. This was DP third album that simply reflected their name, it would also be the last album that Nick Simper and lead singer Rod Evans would be on. But make no mistake the talents of both contributed much to the earlier introduction of this band.

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Good Friday ~ “Jesus Is Alright With Me” ~ Doobie Brothers

The Doobie Brothers 72'

Favorite Doobie Brothers song. God infused with one of the best blues guitar riff.

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Alvin Lee of Ten Years After Goes Home To Heaven.

Alvin Lee_Ten Years After_Woodstock

What has come across the news wire within the last hours has more than saddened me. The death of 68-year-old guitarist Alvin Lee.

I may be going on 56 but in my mind I’m still that Woodstock Generation teenager. And the performance that this man gave at that concert of all concerts will forever be etched in my mind.

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Monday “Montrose” ~ Make It Last

Montrose

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Motown Monday ~ “Black Juju” ~ Alice Cooper

This was Classic early Coop.

Off the third album “Love It To Death” released in 71′ me and my friends wore it out. I’m Eighteen became our anthem, we all seemed to live the Ballad of Dwight Fry, but this song struck an odd chord with me and became my favorite head phone trip.

I had the 8 track in early 72′ and went to sleep listening to it. It was my winter weird oasis number. I loved it.

It fit into everything that band defined. Rock and the unusual.

To me the originally line up 1968-74 will always be the Alice Cooper Band.

 

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Woodstock 43rd Anniversary ~ Day 4

Sha Na Na

1. Na Na Theme
2. Jakety Jak
3. Teen Angel
4. Jailhouse Rock
5. Wipe Out
6. Who Wrote The Book Of Love
7. Duke Of Earl
8. At The Hop
9. Na Na Theme

 

Jimi Hendrix

Star Bangled Banner/Purple Haze

 

Woodstock Improvisation

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Woodstock 43rd Anniversary ~ Day Three

Day Three: Sunday, August 17 1969

Jefferson Airplane

 

1. The Other Side Of This Life
2. Plastic Fantastic Lover
3. Volunteers
4. Saturday Afternoon / Won’t You Try
5. Eskimo Blue Day
6. Uncle Sam’s Blues
7. Somebody To Love
8. White Rabbit

 

Sadly any video footage of Max Yasgur’s speech to the crowd at Woodstock is no longer anywhere to be found on the internet. But his words were the focal point of this entire concert and happening.

” I’m a farmer, I don’t know how to speak to twenty people at one time, let alone a crowd like this. But I think you people have proven something to the world — not only to the Town of Bethel, or Sullivan County, or New York State; you’ve proven something to the world. This is the largest group of people ever assembled in one place. We have had no idea that there would be this size group, and because of that you’ve had quite a few inconveniences as far as water, food, and so forth. Your producers have done a mammoth job to see that you’re taken care of… they’d enjoy a vote of thanks. But above that, the important thing that you’ve proven to the world is that a half a million kids — and I call you kids because I have children that are older than you are — a half million young people can get together and have three days of fun and music and have nothing but fun and music, and I God Bless You for it! “

Thank You Mr. Yasgur

 

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Woodstock 43rd Anniversary ~ Day Two

Now what song do you feature in auto-play from this list? LOL
Impossible

Day Two: Saturday, August 16 1969

Quill

1. Waitin’ For You

 

Country Joe McDonald and The Fish

 

1. I Find Myself Missing You
2. Rockin’ All Around The World
3. Flyin’ High All Over The World
4. Seen A Rocket
5. Fish Cheer / I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixing-To-Die-Rag

John B. Sebastian

 

1. How Have You Been
2. Rainbows All Over Your Blues
3. I Had A Dream
4. Darlin’ Be Home Soon
5. Younger Generation

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Wednesday Woodstock 43rd Anniversary ~ Day One

Three (actually 4) Days of Peace & Music.

For the next four days I will feature some of the Artists and the Bands that played starting with Aug. 15th then 16th, 17th & 18th 1969.

My Original Woodstock 40th anniversary post is here with more in-depth pictures and video’s ( although some missing via YT).

8th song (auto-play) of a very long set for Richie Havens who they kept telling to stay on stage because Sweetwater hadn’t arrived yet. Motherless Child/Freedom became infamous at Woodstock for his energized powerful drenched in sweat ending.

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Saturday ~ “Summer in the City” ~ The Lovin’ Spoonful

The power is still out at my house from Wednesday’s wee hours of the morning typhoon storm. Many Miserable people right now and blogging from elsewhere at moment. And OH how the lyrics of this song is so more than true.

“All around, people looking half dead
Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head”.

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Sunday Stretch Out ~ “Thick As A Brick” ~ Jethro Tull

Music Composed & Lyrics Written by Ian Anderson
Released March 10, 1972

The very first concert I ever attended was the tour of this album.

Nov. 8, 1972 Cobo Arena – Detroit, Mi.

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Friday At The Fillmore ~ “Stone Cold Fever” ~ Humble Pie

To this day I still believe that “Performance Rockin’ the Fillmore” and The Allman Brothers Band “At Fillmore East” are the two best live albums that were ever produced.

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Tuesday Time Machine 1965 ~ “Ferry Cross the Mersey” ~ Gerry and the Pacemakers

Written by Gerry Marsden
Recorded May 27, 1964, Abbey Road, London
Released Dec. 1964 UK, May 1965 US

UK Singles Chart #8
US Billboard Hot 100 #6

Just one out of numerous bands from the British Invasion era of the 1960s and in fine fashion. Another Liverpool Great.

This was also the soundtrack title for the film of the same name.

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