1968 * 50 Years On – Shindig! No. 75

Moving into 2018, I reflect upon the music released 50 years ago in 1968. This was the year I started collecting records and reading Rolling Stone in earnest. The cover story of Shindig! Magazine, Issue 75, January 2018 features a smartly designed psychedelic cover to commiserate the era.

Some of the more interesting albums released in January 1968 according to Wikipedia were, Vincebus Eruptum by Blue Cheer which gave us heavy metal.

Spirit’s début album.

The first album from Canadian rock group, Steppenwolf.

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Marbles – John McLaughlin, Buddy Miles and Carlos Santana

Yesterday I wrote about The Electric Church. I have been thinking more about Buddy Miles‘s discography and playing his recordings on Spotify. “Marbles” is an instrumental recording that Mr. Buddy Miles was involved with on two separate recordings.

I have a passion for the instrumental recording “Marbles” authored by John McLaughlin. Buddy Miles was the session drummer on the vinyl recording Devotion (Douglas Records, 9/70) which introduced “Marbles”. This instrumental is as psychedelic and trippy as the cover below.

Buddy Miles and Carlos Santana shared an affinity for John McLaughlin by performing “Marbles” together for their live concert album,  Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles! Live! ‎ (6/72).

 

 

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The Animated Picture Disc – Plastic Infinite by Sculpture

The next dimension of the picture disc has been achieved. Embrace and feel the sensory titillation of Plastic Infinite from the Opto-musical agglomerate known as Sculpture. It will envelop you in an audio/visual immersive experience. In the day we would say about an experience like this, “Let’s go trip out to the Plastic Infinite” 😉

The preferred listening+ method is to witness the engineered result of Plastic Infinite as follows.  You will have to play the 7″ EP on your turntable and view with either a strobe @25 flashes per second or a video camera @25fps, very high shutter speed, progressive.

I presently don’t have these options at my disposal but I believe my son can help me here so I will get with him when we have a copy of the second pressing as their first pressing of Plastic Infinite has sold out!

Thankfully Sculpture has made a music video of Plastic Infinite. I have watched it in jaw dropping wonder several times now. I love the Numark turntable it’s playing upon, I want that for my audio system. Hey Now!

Sculpture the Opto-musical agglomerate is Dan Hayhurst: (media devices, electronic instruments) and Reuben Sutherland: (video zoetrope turntable, animation, optix).

Their technique uses zoetrope.

A zoetrope is a drum shaped optical toy that makes a series of drawings appear to move. The drum sits on a stand upon which it can be spun. Its sides are pierced with a regular pattern of slits. The drawings, the number of which corresponds to the number of slits, are printed onto a strip of paper which is placed inside the drum. These drawings differ only slightly from one another and follow a logical sequence.

The drum is spun and the viewer watches the images through the slits where they appear to move. The zoetrope is an optical toy that can be enjoyed by several people at the same time.

It was invented by W. G. Horner in 1834, and later developed by Milton Bradley who patented it in the USA in 1867.

See more at: http://www.museumofchildhood.org.uk/collections/optical-toys/zoetrope/#sthash.yzsUDDXq.dpuf

So much attention is being focused on the Plastic Infinite recording which is Side A, we are overlooking Slot Hum on Side B. Give it an audio spin https://soundcloud.com/tapebox/slot-hum

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Sunshine Daydream, Veneta, Oregon – 8/27/1972

The August 2013 Grateful Dead Bulletin contained a wonderful surprise. A limited edition box set entitledSunshine Daydream DeluxeCD/Blu-ray (Exclusive)

On August 27, 1972, fresh off their now-legendary European tour, the Grateful Dead traveled to Veneta, OR and reunited with the Merry Pranksters for a common cause – to throw a benefit concert for the Kesey family’s Springfield Creamery. A stage was erected under the hot Oregon sun at the Olde Renaissance Fairgrounds, tickets were printed on the fronts of the Creamery’s yogurt labels, and the rest is history…

The Dead in collaboration with Rolling Stone Magazine are featuring a video clip  (click on image of Jerry Garcia below to view). from the Sunshine Daydream movie that was shown this past Wednesday August 1st at select movie theaters in celebration of Jerry Garcia’s 71st birthday. This was the 3rd annual Grateful Dead Meet Up at The Movies.

I have to tell you I watched this clip and I was immediately transported back in time to the early 70’s when I first experienced the Grateful Dead live in concert (November 7, 1970 The Capitol Theatre in Portchester, NY and July 31, 1971 at Yale Bowl in New Haven). The movie captures The Grateful Dead just as I recalled seeing them live.

I was hooked when I saw that RS/Dead “Jack Straw” clip I pre-ordered right then and there. It has everything I want, The Grateful Dead live outdoors, Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters (who filmed the movie) and Deadheads dancing and twirling in the hot sun.

The version of “Jack Straw” that they perform is beautifully done. I’ve never heard that song sound as sweet as this rendition.

The opening scene with the baby and the dog is cute and touching.

Grateful Dead Play ‘Jack Straw’ in Veneta, Oregon, in 1972

Special Collectors Edition, Rolling Stone – Grateful Dead, The Ultimate Guide

Rolling Stone Magazine, San Francisco and The Grateful Dead. A match made in heaven collaborated on earth.

There is nothing like a Grateful Dead show. The music, the feeling that you experience at their concerts is the most original cosmic force existent.

This magazine does an incredible job in 100 pages of capturing and documenting the 48 years of America’s greatest band. It’s a tremendous value at $11.99 to have a well curated, cross-functional collection of excerpted articles from the original pages of Rolling Stone Magazine.

I urge you to buy a copy of this special collectors edition for your very own. The photographs by Jay Blakesberg, Herb Greene, Baron Wolman, Jim Marshall and others beautifully articulate the halcyon era of Rock’s Longest Strangest Trip.

 

Jerry Garcia Website Launches! – An Initial Review

Jerry GarciaTake a journey over to the just launched Jerry Garcia Web site . You’ll find it more than a long strange trip its been 😉

The Jerry Garcia Web site accomplishes two main objectives on behalf of its visitors, 1) Rich content about Jerry Garcia’s life, friends and accomplishments,  2) A creative, engaging shopping experience.

The site is designed by Third Door, Inc. I am surprised to learn how many popular music artist sites have been designed by Third Door’s David Maier. David’s choice of tools as a graphics and Web designer map to the Web software I plan to become more skilled in using in 2013 and beyond. The site was constructed with WordPress for content management, Adobe PhotoShop for images and Adobe Dreamweaver for HTML/HTML5 coding.

The Web site has a product tie-in promotion with the first release from the newly launched Garcia Live series which features a recording from the historic Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey on March 1, 1980.

My first assessment of the jerrygarcia.com Web site is based upon the following viewpoint/criteria.

Fan Viewpoint

Shopping Experience – A+

The Jerry Garcia Store is a standout section. It is tightly coupled with the Garcia official merchandise offered through their exclusive arrangement with MusicToday for ordering/fulfillment. Products were easy to view with the Zoom feature available for closer articulation.

Fan level information – B+

The Timeline section has 97 posts but lacks an evolutionary dated timeline for context and correlation (suggestion…). The content offers in depth reading and visual images that drive the reading experience well.

My favorite image is the black and white photograph of Jerry Garcia playing the pedal steel guitar. The Bio is nicely summarized. I would have liked to have seen a Web link to Wikipedia or another more substantive biography about Jerry.

The News section is very initial with just 4 posts. But it is only Day 1 for the site ;).

Multimedia content – A+

The Music, Artwork and Video sections meld together in cohesive fashion. The Music section offers a cover art jump point to a second page with music vendors, song listings and just the right level of social network icons for now.

The Artwork area is a gem and it is a good first level representation of an evolving Gallery area. I suggest an Amazon link on this page to the coffee table book,  Jerry Garcia: The Collected Artwork for visitors (I just love leafing through that book!)

The Video section knocked me out. The highlight for me was Jerry Garcia’s 70th Birthday. I was unable to watch Move Me Brightly on TRIStudios this past August. I am pumped to see the 17:47 video highlight featured on the Video page.

Technology Viewpoint

Usability – A

The Web site fully leverages responsive design and WordPress content management effortlessly. The images are compelling and never oversized or stretched. Navigation is straight forward and relaxing. It represents a landscape book with a menu as table of contents off to the left side, unobtrusive but accessible.

Design- A+

The page design varies between various postings or single Photoshop images of Jerry that are warm testimonies of him.

Responsive design is available throughout the Web site, which makes this a technology appealing visual, audio, video experience.

I have anticipated the Jerry Garcia Web site for sometime now and I wasn’t disappointed one iota!

Great work team! I look forward to the content evolution from here on out.

People, Hell and Angels – A Jimi Hendrix Posthumous Studio Recording

Fortunately for us Jimi Hendrix spent a tremendous amount of time working in the recording studio. Thankfully with Eddie Kramer at the dials he has restored a stellar set of unreleased studio recordings by Jimi Hendrix from 1968 to 1969. Eddie Kramer is our connection to Jimi Hendrix as his original studio engineer from Are You Experienced to The Cry of Love and later recordings after that.

Eddie Kramer states, “In ’68 and ’69, Jimi was in the studio constantly,” recalls Kramer. “His whole life was in the studio.”

The latest undertaking from the Hendrix vault is People, Hell and AngelsThe legendary guitarist was considering these new sounds for First Rays of the New Rising Sun, the planned double-album follow-up to Electric Ladyland.The album is slated to be released on Tuesday March 5, 2013.

JIMI HENDRIX'S PEOPLE, HELL & ANGELS COMING MARCH 5, 2013!

Sly & the Family Stone – A Rhythm and Blues Act? You Betcha

I was recently asked, “What’s your favorite R&B act?” You might be surprised to learn that act is none other than Sly & the Family Stone. Why this act instead of the associated R&B artists you might be wondering? The answer to that question is that Sly & the Family Stone evolved from R&B, through funk to become the pioneers of “psychedelic soul“.

Sly & the Family Stone’s début album, A Whole New Thing deserves some listening attention.  A much overlooked  recording the record represents the Bay Area’s very first rhythm and blues group to go national. (Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/a-whole-new-thing-19671214#ixzz2BIlS007A).

A Whole New Thing (Sly and the Family Stone album)
A Whole New Thing (Sly and the Family Stone album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I learned from reading Rolling Stone Magazine my primary source of music journalism in the late 60’s, Sly Stone was at one time the San Francisco Bay Area’s top rated rhythm and blues disc jockey. In the late Sixties and early Seventies, Sly & the Family Stone fused R&B rhythms, radio-ready hooks and psychedelia to create a new pop/soul/rock hybrid.

File:Dance-to-the-music-sly-sing.jpgBeing an East Coast suburban I didn’t catch on to Sly & the Family Stone until their 1968 radio hit “Dance to the Music“.  They were a positive explosion for my consciousness. I just heard that song today and it still makes me move my feet 😉

My favorite member of Sly & the Family Stone was Larry Graham. Between that deep voice and his wild, funky bass I became more hooked than ever.

I think I will dig into some Sly & the Family Stone along with Larry Graham and Graham Central Station this evening and beyond 😉

November is 30 Days of Dead – Day 1

If you need a miracle every day then you should feel jazzed that the annual tradition for Dead fans is here again.

The tradition is called 30 Days of Dead . Dead.net will be giving away a high-quality 320Kbps MP3 download every day this month. That’s 30 days of unreleased Grateful Dead tracks from the vault, selected by Dead archivist and producer David Lemieux. There will also be a put your knowledge to the test contest where you will have the chance to win some sweet swag from the Dead.

Each day they will post a free download from one of the Dead’s coveted shows. Guess the venue and date correctly and you’ll be automatically entered to win the prize of the day. Each day a winner will be selected at random, so take your time and make your best guess! Answer correctly, and you will also be automatically entered in the Grand Prize – a copy of the SOLD OUT Spring 1990 box set.