The Asafareans (Ancient Mystical order of the Revered Dinosaur – Lahontan Branch) are once again holding their Memorial Day fundraiser concert at the Fillmore. An over zealous member has booked 11 bands with only 10 spots available. Won’t you, our parishioners, would be parishioners or even barely interested pagans please help us by picking one band to headline & one to go on next years list of hopefuls. Be gentle they’re all great folks & just want to help others get their freak in order. Remember – Dinos are fond of a large aural space to frolic in so if you have speakers with a large set of woofers it’ll make them smile. Play thingy on this side to listen to in a blissfully unaware state or play thingy with playlist for those impatient for knowledge on the other side. Click gently so you don’t disturb the dinos.
Now you’ve gone and done it.
1. No One to Depend On – Santana
Classic opening for a concert at the Fillmore. Where else would you hold a Bay Area Benefit. All atmosphere & pulsating bass & cymbal till Michael Shrieve ( he could fill Kezar by hisself) calls the band to order with that great drum line to announce Carlos. Great vocal from one time Renoite Greg Rolie.
2. The Skunk, The Goose, And The Fly – Tower Of Power
From the appropriately named East Bay Grease album this one makes you feel like your dancing in the barbecue. Ribs anyone?
3. Fresh Air – Quicksilver Messenger Service
Takes a bit for the roadies to get the setup done but then Dino Valenti & John Cippolina just rip it up. From the Last Days Of The Fillmore collection, with an introduction by the most un-reverend Bill Graham, it’s a great example of QMS live.
4. Indifference – Moby Grape
Skip Spence was at various turns the original rhythm guitar player for Quicksilver & the original drummer for Jefferson Airplane before putting together Moby Grape. Wiki describes them as psychedelic-folk-country-jazz-blues & I’d say that touches on it. The travails of the 60s limited their output but I can attest they were amazing live.
5. Porpoise Mouth – Country Joe & The Fish
Joe’s psychedelic love waltz to Janis. Like much of the Fish’ output it’s over the top in ways no one else quite did. Just right by me. Well . Not quite enough Barry Melton maybe.
6. Easy Wind – The Grateful Dead
Much as I like the Dead there’s been a canyon sized hole, for now 40 years, left by Pigpen Mckernan’s passing. If I’m holding my dream benefit concert Pigpen’s gotta be there & this track off Workingman’s Dead is pure distilled essence.
7. Sing A Simple Song – Sly And The Family Stone
Back across the Oakland Bay Bridge for some classic funk. The song may be simple but the groove is huge.
8. Mary Ann – Al Cooper & Mike Bloomfield
Anyone who caught Mike Bloomfield on a good night was usually blown away. Performance anxiety ate into him way too often but he & Al are having a great time in the Fillmore with Ray Charles’ Mary Ann. That’s Skip Prokop & John Kahn on drums & bass. Nice rhythm section that.
9. The Last Wall Of The Castle – Jefferson Airplane
What can I say? This one is all about Jorma & Jack just sizzling.
10. Run Through The Jungle – Creedence Clearwater Revival
El Cerrito’s most famous residents managed to carve their own sound out of the Bay Area’s milieu. A drop of Hank Williams, a bit of Chuck Berry, some Dale Hawkins & a heavy dose of East Bay sludge cut with swamp water, all polished into prime little nuggets.
11. Laughing – David Crosby
What’s that you say? David is a southern Cal boy? Yes, but in ’70/71 he was hanging out in San Francisco where this was recorded ( along with the rest of his first solo album If I Could Only Remember My Name ) and the band is comprised of Jerry Garcia – pedal steel guitar, Phil Lesh – bass & Bill Kreutzmann – drums. The rest of the album is backed up by many of the musicians listed above. In 2010 the Vatican listed the album as #2 on it’s top ten pop albums of all time. Maybe they should play it for the Cardinals.