John’s Children circa 1967 – blame it on the guy in the front row on the right.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: MarcBolan1967-1969EarlyBroadcasts 1
A band more people have probably heard about than actually heard, John’s Children were one of those fabled “you-had-to-be-there” bands that loomed high in the pantheon of Psychedelia, but in fact released only one (sort of) album and a string of singles and became largely known as the band that springboarded Marc Bolan‘s career.
Their singles were banned from The BBC almost at the get-go. So their appearances there were rare, to say the least.
Here is one, from The Saturday Club at The BBC, broadcast on June 6, 1967.
And here’s what’s on the player:
(John’s Children – Saturday Club June 6,1967):
1.Jagged Time Lapse
2.The Perfumed Garden
3.Daddy Rolling Stone
4.Hot Rod Mama
Bolan would leave the band soon after and launch the career that made him a household name. But in 1967, it was all still very experimental.
Technical note – this broadcast sounds amazing – except for Daddy Rolling Stone, which is from another source. But rather than leave it out, it’s included because of the sheer historic importance of this appearance.
Cannonball Adderley – spreading the message to the Hollywood crowd.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Cannonball Adderley – Hollywood Bowl – 1967
I ran this concert some time ago on my old website. But the player at the time was not that good and the sound wasn’t all that good either as the result. But things have changed and I’m slowly getting around to re-posting a lot of the older stuff in much improved sound simply because they are good concerts and deserve to be heard in the best possible light.
This Cannonball Adderley concert from August 8, 1967 is one of them. Featuring an all-star lineup that includes Joe Zawinul on Piano, Roy McCurdy on drums, Victor Gaskin on Bass and brother Nat Adderley on Cornet, it’s one of those concerts that hasn’t been issued in any form (unless somebody pulled it off the site when I first ran it) and it’s vintage Adderley.
And a nice way to kick off the new year with some solid sounds.
And now a word from John, Paul, George and Ringo.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Beatles – Christmas 1967
As long as we’re in a celebratory mood, you can’t have Christmas without this one – Christmas Time Is Here Again, from the Beatles Fanclub release of 1967.
A word from The Fab Four.
Dr. Martin Luther King – as relevant now as he was 45 years ago – maybe more so.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Martin Luther King – Xmas Sermon on peace – 1967
With so much madness sweeping over the world this week, perhaps the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King hold just as much, if not more, meaning and relevance than they did 45 years ago.
Here is his legendary Sermon On Peace, given as part of the Massey Lecture Series from CBC Radio in Canada from 1967. The lectures have been repeated over and over; their message is as powerful as when they were first spoken.
If you aren’t familiar with them, I urge you to sit down and have a listen to this one for starts.
Here is that complete lecture, given as a sermon.
The time is right. The message is clear.
Cyrus Vance – attempting to run flak between the Greeks and Turks over Cyprus.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: ABC News Around The World – Dec. 2, 1967
Busy week, this first one of December in 1967. B-52 raids over the demilitarized zone in Vietnam came in at around 150,000 pounds. Still the fighting went on. Secretary of State Dean Rusk was slated to meet with Secretary General U Thant during his trip to New York in the coming week. Topics to discuss were Vietnam and Cyprus.
And speaking of Cyprus, LBJ’s point person Cyrus Vance was engaged in some shuttle diplomacy, going back and forth between Athens and Ankara, in an attempt to settle the Cyprus dispute. We seemed to be adept at solving their problems – but we were lousy at solving our own.
Former Texas Governor John Connolly was adamant in his denial of rumors he was pegged to replace Robert MacNamara as Secretary of Defense in the coming year. A thankless job anyway.
Meanwhile, speculation was rife all over Capitol Hill over who would be running for President in the 1968 election. Odds were in favor of Nelson Rockefeller for the Republicans, while the Democrats were mulling over overtures from Senator Eugene McCarthy.
And December 2nd marked the 25th anniversary (in 1967) of the first self-sustaining chain reaction that ushered in the Atomic Age.
All that, and a lot more from ABC Radio‘s News Of The World for the week ending December 2, 1967.
The fantastic mayhem
Click on the link here for the Audio Player: The Rolling Stones In Concert – 1965-1967
Since we’re right in the midst of the Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary tour, I thought it might be fun to have a listen to some of the earlier stuff.
So . . I dug up two concerts, given in Paris at The Olympia Theater. The first is from April 18, 1965 and the second is from April 11, 1967.
You can get some idea is just how insane these early concerts were. As was so often mentioned in the past, sound systems at concerts were crude at best, there were no stage monitors and with a sold-out audience, screaming at the top of their lungs, impossible to hear yourself, let alone bandmates.
Given all that, these concerts (extended excerpts of what exists so far) sound remarkable. Thanks in no small part to the sound archivists, collectors and engineers who have labored for months over getting the best possible recordings and compiling them in a way that preserves the historic significance for people who weren’t around at the time.
So if you’ve been watching the YouTube clips from opening night concerts of this latest tour, you might want to give these a quick listen, just to know what all the insanity was about the first time around. And believe me, it was insane.
Enjoy and play loud.
The Artwoods (with Jon Lord, second from right) – A serious attack of talent.
Click on the link here for Audio Player:Artwoods-InTheDeepEnd – 1967
One of those bands in the 60’s that evolved into many different things while being highly respected. The Artwoods, with legendary keyboard player Jon Lord started life as The New Art Wood Combo in the early 60’s and then morphed into The Artwoods. Briefly morphing into The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and then becoming Santa Barbara Machine Head. Briefly morphing into The Flowerpot Men before Jon Lord left to form Deep Purple.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Tonight it’s one of the tracks from The Artwoods – a single cut for the Parlophone label in 1967. In The Deep End is that mixture of Psych/Blues and Pop. And while it didn’t score in the charts, was another one of those tracks that offered further evidence The Artwoods were a seriously talented band.
Jacqueline Taieb – Yè-Yè from Paris, via Tunis.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Jacqueline Taieb – 7 Heures du Matin – 1967
Another sampling of some classic French “Yè-Yè” of the 60’s. This time from one of the lesser luminaries, Jaqueline Taieb, a French singer born in Tunis who had a string of hit singles on the French charts, but didn’t make much dent outside of France.
Tonight it’s 7 Heures du Matin, a single she released in 1967, with the odd reference to The Who and Paul McCartney.
I don’t think anyone in the States, save for die-hard Yè-Yè fans of the period, probably heard this song.
And like I always say; If you’ve never heard it before, it’s new to you.
The 60’s continue.
The Mickey Finn – had it not been for the involvement of a very young Jimmy Page (Top right), they might have languished in obscurity for a long time.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: The mickey finn – garden of my mind
Had it not been for the inclusion of a very young Jimmy Page (who left, incidentally before tonight’s single came out), The Mickey Finn may have languished in obscurity for a very long time.
Not to be confused with Mickey Finn (of T. Rex fame), The Mickey Finn didn’t really achieve a lot of success during their tenure. Having released a string of singles to luke-warm reaction and virtually unknown outside of their native UK, The Mickey Finn were one of the staples of the Freakbeat Movement (as it was later to be known).
Tonight it’s a single released in 1967. Rumored to have Jimmy Page putting in a final appearance before exiting for The Yardbirds, Garden Of My Mind is pure Psychedelia, and it’s baffling why it wasn’t more popular at the time of its release.
But then, you could go crazy trying to figure out why some songs make it and some don’t.
So in case you missed them, or heard about them but never actually heard them – here’s a taste.
Procol Harum – Mixing Art with Psych and tossing in impossible lyrics.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Procol Harum – In Session 1967
More familiar territory tonight. Procol Harum is no stranger to these pages, but the session recordings haven’t gotten around much and they did several for the BBC between 1967 and 1970.
Tonight it’s from their first group of BBC sessions, cut between June and September 1967 and featuring live versions of two of their biggest selling singles. Whiter Shade Of Pale is in just about every 60’s compilation ever put together, and it probably constitutes as overkill as far as exposure is concerned. But the live version is different, it’s also the one with the Official Procol Harum group, as opposed to the augmented session musicians on the original recording.
So here’s what’s on the player tonight:
Procol Harum – in session at The BBC
1. A Whiter Shade Of Pale (5:14)
2. She Wandered Through The Garden Fence (3:09)
3. Homburg (4:50) – including a short interview with Gary Booker.
Track 1: June 14, 1967
Track 3: September 27, 1967
Track 4: Top Of The Pops 1967
Starting off the week in a hopefully sane manner.