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Gomper

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  1. Gomper

    8/31/71 Orlando

    To clarify your point, Stairway to Heaven is complete, but the soundboard source only has about 6 songs on it. Still a must have though for the quality of the performances.
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    pink floyd

    That's a quote that holds true in my experience, as mentioned before. Their music is great and the visuals captivating and imaginative, but the band members don't have stage presence. And that's ok. But it's true, they just play their music, which was great. I've gone to plenty of concerts where the musicians were so absorbed in their music and had NO light show/effects and those concerts were great too, for the music. And that's the bottom line for me. Other effects are just superfluous and not necessary to "support" the music.
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    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    In the spirit of BigStickBonzo's "caaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrr bombs away" drink, Since green is the color of the day, and inebriation is the condition sought, I have an offering "Let's Roll !!!"
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    Pet Peeves

    I don't wear green on St. Patrick's Day because I like to get pinched. It happened several times today. Of course I only let the pretty ones near me.
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    What Are You Listening To At This Moment?

    Hooverphonic - A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular No, they aren't playing vacuum cleaners.
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    pink floyd

    That's absolutely right. Their music was good in concert and their props, lights and effects but the band themselves were stoic and weren't much for watching. I don't think they had the props to hide that, but they had the props expressedly FOR the visual entertainment. They realized people wanted the psychedelic trippy effects as they stood there and played their instruments. And yes, I did see Pink Floyd so I'm talking from that experience.
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    Theatre

    I loved it when Dan Aykroyd hosted Bad Theater on Saturday Night Live back in the 70's. That was my favorite theater. And when that atrocious violin player would come up to a couple at those fancy restaurants and play horribly for them. And now for your musical entertainment pleasure. NOT !
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    Celebration Day live

    To me, the very best version of Stairway as well on that Toronto '71 soundboard.
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    Surf Music appreciation

    Among the first riff's I ever learned on guitar was the Endless Summer theme. Mellow and beautiful, not raucous like alot of the surfrockus.
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    Unsung heroes of Rock and Roll

    I saw this cd a couple of weeks ago and didn't buy it, now I will. Unsung to say the least. This Band Was Punk Before Punk Was Punk Death in its prime: from left, the Hackney brothers, David, Bobby and Dannis. The band’s 1974 demo tape was released last month as “... For the Whole World to See.” By: MIKE RUBIN Published: March 12, 2009 Winooski, Vt. ON an evening in late February at a club here called the Monkey House, there was a family reunion of sorts. As the band Rough Francis roared through a set of anthemic punk rock, Bobby Hackney leaned against the bar and beamed. Three of his sons — Bobby Jr., Julian and Urian — are in Rough Francis, but his smile wasn’t just about parental pride. It was about authorship too. Most of the songs Rough Francis played were written by Bobby Sr. and his brothers David and Dannis during their days in the mid-1970s as a Detroit power trio called Death. The group’s music has been almost completely unheard since the band stopped performing more than three decades ago. But after all the years of silence, Death’s moment has finally arrived. It comes, however, nearly a decade too late for its founder and leader, David Hackney, who died of lung cancer in 2000. “David was convinced more than any of us that we were doing something totally revolutionary,” said Bobby Sr., 52. Forgotten except by the most fervent punk rock record collectors — the band’s self-released 1976 single recently traded hands for the equivalent of $800 — Death would likely have remained lost in obscurity if not for the discovery last year of a 1974 demo tape in Bobby Sr.’s attic. Released last month by Drag City Records as “... For the Whole World to See,” Death’s newly unearthed recordings reveal a remarkable missing link between the high-energy hard rock of Detroit bands like the Stooges and MC5 from the late 1960s and early ’70s and the high-velocity assault of punk from its breakthrough years of 1976 and ’77. Death’s songs “Politicians in My Eyes,” “Keep On Knocking” and “Freakin Out” are scorching blasts of feral ur-punk, making the brothers unwitting artistic kin to their punk-pioneer contemporaries the Ramones, in New York; Rocket From the Tombs, in Cleveland; and the Saints, in Brisbane, Australia. They also preceded Bad Brains, the most celebrated African-American punk band, by almost five years. Jack White of the White Stripes, who was raised in Detroit, said in an e-mail message: “The first time the stereo played ‘Politicians in My Eyes,’ I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. When I was told the history of the band and what year they recorded this music, it just didn’t make sense. Ahead of punk, and ahead of their time.” The teenage Hackney brothers started playing R&B in their parents’ garage in the early ’70s but switched to hard rock in 1973, after seeing an Alice Cooper show. Dannis played drums, Bobby played bass and sang, and David wrote the songs and contributed propulsive guitar work, derived from studying Pete Townshend’s power-chord wrist technique. Their musicianship tightened when their mother allowed them to replace their bedroom furniture with mikes and amps as long as they practiced for three hours every afternoon. “From 3 to 6,” said Dannis, 54, “we just blew up the neighborhood.” Death began playing at cabarets and garage parties on Detroit’s predominantly African-American east side, but were met with reactions ranging from confusion to derision. “We were ridiculed because at the time everybody in our community was listening to the Philadelphia sound, Earth, Wind & Fire, the Isley Brothers,” Bobby said. “People thought we were doing some weird stuff. We were pretty aggressive about playing rock ’n’ roll because there were so many voices around us trying to get us to abandon it.” When the band was ready to record, David chose a studio by pinning the Yellow Pages listings to the wall and throwing a dart; it landed on Groovesville Productions, a company owned by Don Davis, a successful producer for Stax Records. Groovesville signed the band, and in 1974 it began work at United Sound Recording Studios in Detroit, where it shared space with Funkadelic, the Dramatics and Gladys Knight. At the time David was 21, Dannis was 19 and Bobby, still a student at Southeastern High School, was 17. “They were just so impressive, and the sound was just so big for three guys,” said Brian Spears, who was director of publishing at Groovesville and oversaw their sessions. “I knew those kids were great, but trying to break a black group into rock ’n’ roll was just tough during that time.” The apparent nihilism of the name Death was also out of step with the times. “Nobody could get past the name,” Mr. Spears said. “It seemed to be a real detriment. When you said the name of the group to anybody, it was like, ‘Man, why you calling the group Death?’ ” The Hackneys said Mr. Davis brought a tape of Death to a meeting in New York with the record executive Clive Davis. Afterward Don Davis told the brothers that Clive Davis had liked the recordings but not the band’s name; there could be no deal unless they changed it. “That’s when my brother David got a little angry,” Dannis said. “He told Don Davis to tell Clive Davis, ‘Hell no!’ ” Part of the reason David refused was because he was writing a rock opera about death that portrayed it in a positive light, Bobby Sr. said. “He strongly believed that we could get a contract with another record label,” he added. “We were young and cocky, but David was the cockiest of us all.” more, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/15/arts/mus...mp;pagewanted=2 and, http://www.black-sabbath.com/vb/showthread.php?t=30268
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    Surf Music appreciation

    A band that's probably not regarded as Surf Music but I think they are in a way. The B52's. Their first and second album when guitarist Ricky Wilson was still alive especially. Rock Lobster, Planet Claire, Lava, Party out of Bounds, 53 miles west of Venus. All great surfy type songs. Ricky had the guitar chinky surf rock sound.
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    What Are You Listening To At This Moment?

    Hotel Yorba - The White Stripes From some live show about 5 years ago.
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    Best hippy song

    ?
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    paul mccartney...

    I agree. That whole album is very good. Monkberry Moon Delight, Admiral Halsey and Smile Away are my favorites. I also like his first solo album simply named "McCartney", "Band on the Run" and the live Wings album from the mid 1970's. And this one is one of his better ones too. He does a combination of solo and Beatle songs on it.
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    Best hippy song

    You're right, NOT remotely hippie, HAIR Hair 40th Anniv. Original Cast The Rain, The Park and other Things Flower girl (stretching it) The Cowsills on the Joan Rivers show (around 1990). They remotely look like hippies, at least John does. Jackson Pollock paintings, Not remotely similar to Sutcliff either, he uses mainly stringy abstraction, occasional blocktype, Not Remotely though, no comparison, not even in the ballpark. Then I might get an incidental apology. The post she made about hippie mispelling quoted me, so could've been seen as referring to my spelling. But if you look, I spelled it correctly. And if no apology, that's OK because I among others, can see it. Art is subjective and Aquamarine's apology of "not remotely" is in her beheld eye. I tend to think Stu Sutcliffe had his eye on abstraction in the vein of Pollock. And The Cowsills have a remote allusion to hippies too. Maybe she could let others decide before proclaiming things like they're fact.
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