Jimi Hendrix – The Day I Was There

As a veteran of over 415 concerts in 49 years, one of my regrets is that I never saw Jimi Hendrix live in concert. Alas, that was not meant to happen.

I will soon have an opportunity to read about the personal memories of 400 eyewitness accounts of seeing Jimi live. Richard M. Houghton has a new book coming out on the 48th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s death, September 18, 2018, Jimi Hendrix, The Day I Was There.

I love the use of color that illustrates the book cover.

Richard M. Houghton is a music journalist/archivist. He has forged an interesting niche by writing a series of books from a rock music fan’s point of view. His, I Was There theme is a smart and welcome idea. The Jimi Hendrix book is the fifth I Was There title in the series.

He has written I Was There books about The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Pink Floyd.

He is working on several more I  Was There books for 2019 and beyond. Upcoming projects are fan memories of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath (2019), the Faces, Cream and Neil Young.  I have some memories to share with Richard for those titles.

If there’s anyone else you’re passionate reading about, he’ d love to hear from you. Drop him a line at iwasatthatgig@gmail.com

I will be corresponding with Richard very soon 🙂

Roger Daltrey – As Long As I Have You

Roger Daltrey commands a unique presence as a rock vocalist. His vocal range is striking and dynamic. Of all the rock and roll lead vocalists I have seen perform live and I’ve seen my fair share, he created the strongest stage impact I’ve ever witnessed. He’s the real deal and his voice reaches deep inside of my soul.

My son and I saw The Who eight row center at The Webster Arena in Bridgeport, CT on November 28, 2006. It was an electrifying evening for both of us. I was blown away by Roger’s singing that night. As he sang The Who classics my respect for who he is, increased dramatically.

My favorite moment was during the second encore when Roger came back out with a cup of tea and joined Pete Townshend to do, “Tea & Theatre” from  Endless Wire. It was a touching, intimate segment that is etched upon the music of our heart these past 12 years.

Here is a video from their 2006 tour filmed a few nights before at The Borgata in Atlantic City, NJ.

I was encouraged to see that Roger Daltrey has recorded a new solo studio album, As Long As I  Have You.  I think this offers a point of continuity from “Tea & Theatre”, as the album features Pete Townshend’s inimitable guitar on seven tracks.

As Long As I Have You will be available in a number of formats including CD, 180g Black Vinyl, Limited 180g Red Vinyl housed in Polydor Disco Bag (available exclusively via thewho.com) and Digital.

His album is available for pre-order and will drop on June 1, 2018. I’m eager to own the red vinyl edition 😉

“This is a return to the very beginning, to the time before Pete started writing our songs, to a time when we were a teenage band playing soul music to small crowds in church halls”Roger Daltrey 2018

“It shows Roger at the height of his powers as a vocalist” ~ Pete Townshend, 2018

The Who Live at the Fillmore East 1968

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April 20th Universal Music drops a 3-LP / 2-CD set of The Who’s stunning 1968 live performance at Bill Graham’s Fillmore East theatre in New York.

The Who were in New York and near the end of a grueling tour on April 4, 1968, the day that Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. America was already a country divided; Anti-Vietnam demonstrations, civil rights disturbances and militant student activism. With this turmoil as a backdrop on Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, 1968 The Who performed two incendiary live sets at Bill Graham’s legendary Fillmore East on the lower East Side of Manhattan.

The venue had only just re-opened in March by Graham from its previous incarnation as the Village Theatre where the band had played on a couple of occasions the year before. The Who was the first British rock act to headline the Fillmore East and were booked to play four shows over the two nights. However, because of feared social unrest in the wake of Dr. King’s assassination, it was decided to compact the shows into one per night.

The Who’s time in New York City in 1968 can best be described as ‘lively’. Keith Moon’s antics with cherry bomb explosives had meant that the band had to move hotels. When installed in the plush Waldorf Astoria he then somehow managed to a blow a door off its hinges and, they had to move once more.

On the morning of the Fillmore rehearsal, the band was photographed for Life magazine by Art Kane and legend has it that they were so tired from Moon’s antics that they nodded off under the large Union Jack draped over them at the base of the Carl Schurz Monument in Morningside Park. This iconic image was later used as the album cover and poster for The Who’s classic film The Kids Are Alright.

Both nights were recorded by Who manager Kit Lambert with the intention of releasing the results as The Who’s fourth album after The Who Sell Out and before Tommy. Disaster struck when it was discovered that due to faulty equipment or human error only part of the first night was captured. Thankfully the second night was recorded and has now been fully restored and mixed by longtime Who sound engineer Bob Pridden (who was the band’s roadie on those nights in 1968) from the original four-track tapes. For the 50th anniversary of these legendary shows, the unreleased recordings are to be issued on triple vinyl LP and double CD.

Due to an acetate reaching the bootleg market in the early ‘70s, The Who’s reputation as rock’s most dynamic live act quickly grew. The show is regarded by fans as something of the ‘holy grail’ of Who live shows equalling the legendary Live At Leeds album. The tapes have been meticulously remastered for optimum sound quality and will only serve to enhance The Who’s reputation as the best live act of the time.

The 3LP set includes three Eddie Cochran numbers; ‘My Way’, ‘Summertime Blues’ and the never before released Who version of ‘C’mon Everybody’.

Also featured is a rare cover version of ‘Fortune Teller’ written by Allen Toussaint, originally recorded by Benny Spellman but made famous by The Merseybeats, the Rolling Stones, and several English beat groups. These shows also showcased ‘Tattoo’ and ‘Relax’ from The Who Sell Out as well as stunning extended versions of ‘A Quick One (While He’s Away)’ and ‘My Generation’ which becomes a 30-minute-plus jam with the climax of guitar-smashing and drum demolition!

TRACKLIST

Disc One / Side 1

  1. Summertime Blues
  2. Fortune Teller
  3. Tattoo
  4. Little Billy

Disc One / Side 2

  1. I Can’t Explain
  2. Happy Jack
  3. Relax

Disc Two / Side 3

  1. I’m A Boy
  2. A Quick One (While He’s Away)

Disc Two / Side 4

  1. My Way
  2. C’mon Everybody
  3. Shakin’ All Over
  4. Boris The Spider

Disc Three / Side 5

  1. My Generation (Part One)

Disc Three / Side 5

  1. My Generation (Part Two)

PRE-ORDER

To pre-order the 3-LP click here

To pre-order the 2-CD click here

The Who: 50 Years: The Official History With Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey

I just added a new music book to my library, The Who: 50 Years: The Official History by Ben Marshall, With Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey.

It is a delightful look at The Who, each member is uniquely featured plus there are sections dedicated to the unique music periods of The Who.

The only official history of The Who, created with the full cooperation of Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, and spectacularly illustrated with rare photographs and memorabilia. I was delighted to see the early pictures of Pete, Roger, John and Keith.

It is published in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the release of the band’s first album, My Generation, and their celebratory world tour.

Sound Man by Glyn Johns

I have many music books and never enough time to read them all. I am thankful for my extensive music library.

I have been reading and reflecting on the best music books of 2014. One book title that really stands out is Sound Man by Glyn Johns.

Glyn Johns has been behind the soundboard recording dozens of monumental recordings in the annals of rock music.  His work evidences the midas touch of Sir George Martin, Eddie Kramer, Rick Rubin and T-Bone Burnett.

If I had to name my favorite Glyn John’s recording it would be Who’s Next. Every time I hear the songs from this album I understand unequivocally why rock and roll resonates in my soul.

“Sound Man opens with a declaration: A record producer has to have an opinion and the ego to express it more convincingly than anyone else. So Glyn Johns has stood his ground with a few big headed rock stars? I must be the exception. I’ve only had transcendental moments in the studio with Glyn. Returning to the control room after a studio take I often felt like running: the joy of hearing what Glyn had created out of the glue-and-string that was The Who was like a drug. He is an artist himself of supreme talent and experience.” —Pete Townshend

The Who Quadrophenia, Live In London – My Next Blu-Ray DVD!

The Who, Quadrophenia, Live In London 

This is without question the next live music concert for my collection. It will play brilliantly on the Sony Hi-Def TV and through the Sony Blu-Ray Home Theatre.

I was unable to catch The Who Quadrophenia Live concert tour in 2012 so let Love Reign O’er Me this way 😉

 

Going Mobile – The Who

This song by The Who from Who’s Next underscores my renewed energies for education, technology and life. Now all we need is that camper and the open road 😉

I don’t care about pollution
I’m an air-conditioned gypsy
That’s my solution
Watch the police and the taxman miss me!
I’m mobile!
Songwriter – Pete Townshend 1971

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I Can’t Explain

Pete Townshend Autographed book Who I Am The Who

I am thoroughly enjoying the audio CD edition of Pete Townshend‘s biography, Who I Am, A Memoir. Narrated by Pete himself, it places you front and center with The Who through Pete’s reflective candor. The book is re-surging my interest in The Who. I am at the halfway point of the 15 CD audio book (19 hours). I plan to write a review of Who I Am, A Memoir after I digest all Pete has to share.

I have played The Who first live recording, The Who Live At Leeds at high volume this week 😉

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Happy 70th Birthday, Jimi Hendrix

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience performs for Dutch television show Fenklup in 1967 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today is Jimi Hendrix’s 70th Birthday. I was listening to the audio book written and narrated by Peter Townshend, Who I Am earlier today. I was very taken with how Peter Townshend  reflected upon his personal memories of Jimi Hendrix as many of us are doing today.

Jimi Hendrix cradles his Rickenbacker on a first meeting with The Who in 1967.

Jimi Hendrix surrounded by band members of The Who; Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, Jimi Hendrix, John Entwistle and Keith Moon - Pete Townsend Retrospective

“He was a mesmerizing performer,” writes Townshend. “He was a shaman, and it looked as if glittering colored light emanated from the ends of his long, elegant fingers as he played.”

But his “artistic genius lay in how he created a sound all his own: Psychedelic Soul, or what I’ll call ‘Blues Impressionism.’ ”

“Who I Am: A Memoir”, By Peter Townshend, Copyright 2012, HarperCollins, New York, N.Y.

The Monterey Pop Festival 1967

Monterey International Pop Festival PosterIf time travel was an option, I would love to be transported back in time to The Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. When I look back on what Monterey Pop accomplished, the rich set of artists that performed, there was a magic that weekend that formed peace, love and the power of music for generations to come. It’s the music festival I would most want to attend and experience.

I would love to attend that festival at the age I was in 1967, close to 16. I would also like to experience the event fully with no understanding of the events as I know them now. What I mean is that I would love to witness each act unfold, be surprised by The Who and Jimi Hendrix, boogaloo to Otis Redding. I would just love to have been there from beginning to end.

Imagine meeting his Majesty Prince Jones as he walked amongst the crowd. Monterey Pop celebrated its 45th anniversary this past June.

Five years ago I wrote a blog post about the 40th anniversary of Monterey Pop It serves as a fitting testament to the event.

There are so many rock stars that are no longer with us who performed at Monterey Pop. For that reason alone revisiting the Monterey Pop Festival would be worth it.

Imagine seeing The Who go insane smashing their instruments amidst the smoke bombs and fireworks Keith Moon planted under his drum set. Or witnessing Jimi Hendrix set his guitar on fire. Hendrix was in top form that night as he one upped Peter Townshend of The Who.

There is a fantastic official Monterey Pop International Festival Web Site. I visit it often. I urge you to go hear Eric Burdon sing Monterey and watch the images, view the vast information available. Then go rent or own the rock documentary, Monterey Pop, directed by D. A. Pennebaker. That’s what I plan to watch later today. I own the deluxe video set (no surprise there folks…).

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If that’s not enough content for you, I wanted to point out that there is a new book available about Monterey Pop. Maybe Santa Claus will be good to me and put this under my Christmas tree, hint, hint 😉

A Perfect Haze, The Illustrated History of the Monterey International Pop Festival by Harvey Kubernik and Kenneth Kubernik ,Foreword by Lou Adler, Afterword by Michelle Phillips

I found this painting on the InterWeb by Grace Slick who appeared with Jefferson Airplane that weekend. She named it Monterey.

Monterey, a painting by Artist Grace Slick

1. Unknown (Drug Dealer)
2. Marty Balin (*JA singer)
3. Jorma Kaukonen
4. Janis Joplin
5. Ghandi
6. Jack Casady (*JA Bass)
7. Otis Redding
8. (Mama) Cass Elliot
q9. Pete Townshend
10. Groupie chick
11. Grace Slick
12. Roger Daltrey
*Jeffferson Airplane
13. Jerry Garcia
14. Alice and White Rabbit
15. David Crosby
16. Keith Moon
17. Neil Young
18. John Philips
19. Jimi Hendrix
20. Ravi Shankar
21. Wavy Gravy
22. Ben Fong Torres
23. Brian Jones
24. Spencer Dryden (*JA drums)

I leave you with this video clip of Janis Joplin with Big Brother & The Holding Company. This was THE  breakout moment for Janis and her band. Of all the performances that happened that weekend, this one is truly special. Enjoy.