Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Magical Mystery Listening Tour #52

Getting into the heart of the "F's" and the beginning of a whole lot of Fillmore shows...

...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead - Festival Thyme
The Byrds - Fifth Dimension
Sugar - File Under: Easy Listening
The Allman Brothers Band - The Fillmore Concerts
Frank Zappa - Fillmore East, June 1971
Jimi Hendrix - Fillmore East, NYC 1/1/70 (early show)
Jimi Hendrix - Fillmore East, NYC 1/1/70 (late show)
The Who - Fillmore East, NYC 10/22/69

 Trail of Dead's Festival Thyme EP, which preceded their Century of Self album, is a mini-album in its own right and has alternate versions of some album tracks as well as a couple of EP-only tunes and is worth having for any fan of the band. The Byrd's third album is patchy and uneven since it was the first since principal songwriter Gene Clark had left the band, but it contains some bonafide classics like "Eight Miles High" and "Why?" The final album from Bob Mould's post-Husker Du band, Sugar, is a solid if unspectacular album that has a couple of real gems on it ("Gee Angel" and "Can't Help You Any More"). Starting in on a whole slew of shows at Fillmores East and West, an expanded and revised edition of the legendary At Fillmore East album from the ABB, The Fillmore Concerts, has a few different mixes and versions of songs and is as much of a joy to listen to as the original album. Zappa's '71 live album is the peak of his "Flo and Eddie" line-up and has the famous "Groupie Routine" in the middle, as well as the true-story of the "Mudshark Saga"...it was at this show that John and Yoko jammed onstage with the Mothers (released as the Live Jam half of their Sometime in NYC LP). The final two shows from Hendrix's New Years Eve 1969/70 Band of Gypsys concerts are next and are really great...even though this band of his only played these four concerts (and an aborted show a few weeks later), these are some of his finest moments onstage and show a more relaxed and confident band than even the night before. Finally, a storming Who concert from late 1969 has them ripping through their stage act, including Tommy in the middle of their set...you can feel the energy pouring out of the speakers anytime you listen to the Who ca. 1968-73 and this is no exception.

Be prepared because the next entry or two will contain almost exclusively more Fillmore shows from the best era of rock.

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