With an homage to Reuben & The Jets tucked in there somewhere.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention – Live at Rockpile, Toronto – February 23, 1969
As long as we’re visiting the 60s this weekend (for entirely different reasons), I though I would dig into the vaults and drag this one out, since I have always been a fan of Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention ever since Freak Out. This one is a concert from Toronto and features a mix of material from both Cruising With Reuben & The Jets and Uncle Meat as well as some new things. This has always been one of my favorite periods of the band, maybe because I was a huge fan of Art Tripp and Ian Underwood, two figures who added an extra dimension to Frank’s music, and just before the Flo & Eddie period.
Everyone has a favorite period of Zappa. He was one of those musicians who constantly evolved, and that’s what made him consistently interesting, even if you weren’t completely thrilled with the ride you were handed. Frank was never dull.
So it’s a short trip back to 1969 tonight and a reminder of one of the most challenging and engaging figures in Contemporary music. Rock was a willing hostage.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: LittleFeat1973-03-20CivicAuditoriumSantaMonicaCA
Continuing our look at Iconic Americana, I ran across this concert by the legendary Little Feat, recorded by KMET-FM in Los Angeles on March 20, 1973.
Having been a fan of this group since their early days, I always enjoyed their live gigs equally as much as their studio recordings. Something about playing in front of an audience that loves what you’re doing gives it an extra boost, and this one of those times.
Getting started in the late 1960s and hitting their stride in the early 70s, Little Feat were the epitome (to me) of the straight-ahead, no frills, no pretense of what Rock n’ Roll was all about. Founded by Lowell George, and made up largely of ex-members of The Mothers Of Invention, Little Feat were a cut above a lot of bands at the time. They brought a high level of musical ability and virtuosity to a scene that was undergoing direction changes, and in doing so carved out a niche and created an enduring legacy as the result.
Still around, but with a lot of personnel changes (not to mention the passing of Lowell George years earlier), Little Feat are as much an institution now as they ever were. But it’s a kick to hear them in the early days when they were exploring new territory and we were going along for the ride.
Some things just don’t get old, and never will.