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Sunday, September 03, 2006

A very 70's post

Avery seventies post......

Montrose - Live At Record Plant Studios 1973

Ronnie Montrose, (born November 29, 1947 in Denver, Colorado) is an American guitarist. Montrose has worked with a variety of musicians over the years, including Herbie Hancock, Van Morrison, The Beau Brummels, Boz Scaggs, Beaver & Krause, Gary Wright, Tony Williams, The Neville Brothers and Dan Hartman. He was in the Edgar Winter Group before forming his own band, Montrose in 1973, featuring Sammy Hagar on vocals. That incarnation of the band put out two albums on Warner Brothers Records, Montrose and Paper Money, before Hagar left to pursue a solo career. Although the liner notes for the CD edition of "Paper Money" said that Ronnie was offered to play lead guitar for Mott The Hoople when he left the Edgar Winter Group, Ronnie says that it never happened and was just a rumor. The guitar virtuoso continued to put out albums as "Montrose" (Warner Bros. Presents Montrose and Jump on It) or "Ronnie Montrose" (Open Fire) until he formed Gamma in 1979, initially putting out three albums using that moniker with Davey Pattison singing. He continued to record through the 1980s and 1990s, and Gamma put out a fourth album in 2000. A fan favorite from Ronnie's solo back Catalogue is his 1988 all instrumental album The Speed of Sound. Ronnie Montrose appeared on Sammy Hagar's Marching To Mars along with original Montrose members Denny Carmassi and Bill Church on the song "Leaving The Warmth Of The Womb."

Montrose - Live At Record Plant Studios 1973

Roy Buchanan - Live San Francisco 8-1-78

Roy Buchanan's musical career began in Pixley, California. His father was in the main a sharecropper (not a Pentecostal preacher as Buchanan himself had claimed). Buchanan told how his first musical memories were of racially-mixed revival meetings his family would attend. "Gospel," he recalled, "that's how I first got into black music". He in fact drew upon many disparate influences while learning to play his instrument (although he later claimed his aptitude was derived from being "half-wolf"). He initially showed talent on the steel guitar before switching to the standard instrument in the early 50's. In 1957, Buchanan made his recording debut, playing the solo on Dale Hawkins' "My Babe" for Chicago's Chess Records. Three years later, Buchanan headed north to Canada, where he took charge of the guitar role in Ronnie Hawkins' band (a group later to gain fame as The Band). The group's bass player, Robbie Robertson, studied guitar under Buchanan, and took over the lead guitar spot when Buchanan left the group. The early 60's found Buchanan performing numerous gigs as a sideman with multiple rock bands, and cutting a number of sessions as guitarist with musicians such as Freddy Cannon and Merle Kilgore.

Roy Buchanan - Live San Francisco 8-1-78

Utopia - London Concert 1975

Utopia was a progressive rock band led by Todd Rundgren that was together roughly from 1973 to 1987. After two recorded live albums in 1974 and 1975, Utopia became a four-man-band that, like The Beatles, had members who all rotated lead vocals and writing credits, though Rundgren was the undisputed leader. Aware of their many parallels to the Beatles, Utopia's 1980 album Deface the Music was a series of half-serious style parodies, not unlike the songs "Weird Al" Yankovic occasionally makes when aping a popular band's style but not a specific song.
One distinctive feature of Utopia was its range--from psychedelic 70s rock to soul to blues to arena rock to heavy metal. Another was the band's unabashed optimism, as evidenced in its very name. Though the band had satirical political songs, showcased on 1982's Swing to the Right and plenty of bitter heartbreak songs, it was best known for its hopeful, uplifting spirit, which is why its live shows often ended with the hit 'Love Is the Answer' from the 1977 album, Oops! Wrong Planet. This theme resonated with its utopian fan-base--a mix of older Rundgren fans and Utopia's own starry-eyed followers, who tried to carry hippie idealism on through the barren early-1980s. Although they had only one song hit the Top 40 in 1980 with Set Me Free, they achieved cult status throughout the 1980's with their albums,concert performances and videos that where shown on MTV early years.

Utopia - London Concert 1975

Setlist:Utopia Theme, Sunset Blvd./Le Feel Internacionale, Last Ride, Seven Rays, The Wheel, Real Man, Born To Synthesize, Death of Rock and Roll, Eastern Intrigue, Initiation, Fair Warning, A Dream Goes On Forever, Hello It's Me, I Saw the Light, Freedom Fighters, Mr. Triscuits, Something's Coming, Heavy Metal Kids, Open My Eyes, Sons of 1984, Do Ya, Couldn't I Just Tell You, Just One Victory....

Note:t his is the setlist played on that night... this file is just an extract from this concert. BBC rebroadcast

Paul McCartney - Live At Leed's University '73

Paul McCartney's first post-Beatles album McCartney was a solo effort and the second Ram was by "Paul and Linda McCartney."
Then late in 1971, drummer Denny Seiwell, and ex-Moody Blues guitarist and singer Denny Laine, joined McCartney and wife Linda McCartney to record Paul's third post-Beatles project. The result was Wild Life, the first project to credit Wings. The band name is said to have come to McCartney as he was praying in the hospital while Linda was giving birth to their second child together, Stella McCartney. Paul McCartney recalled in the film Wingspan that the birth of Stella was "a bit of a drama"; there were complications at the birth and that both Linda and the baby almost died. He was praying fervently and the image of wings came to his mind. He decided to name his new band "Wings".
In 1972, McCartney returned to touring, mounting an impromptu tour of UK universities and later a tour of small European venues (with the group driving around in a van), playing no Beatles numbers. He scored hits with the relatively light singles "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" (banned by the BBC for its political stance, and only mentioned in chart rundowns on Radio 1 as 'a record by Wings'), "Mary Had A Little Lamb", and "Hi Hi Hi" (again, banned by the BBC for alleged drug and sexual references).
In early 1973, McCartney repeated this pattern, adding ex-Spooky Tooth guitarist Henry McCullough, and re-christening the band Paul McCartney and Wings for the album Red Rose Speedway which yielded the first big Wings hit, the romantic ballad "My Love". That same year, McCartney filmed his first American TV special James Paul McCartney, which was savagely criticised by noted rock journalist Lillian Roxon. Wings also recorded the hit theme song to the James Bond film Live and Let Die, which reunited McCartney with producer George Martin. Over the years, this has remained one of the most memorable of all Bond songs and is always an exciting part of McCartney's concert performances (often played to fireworks).
Following the release of Speedway, Denny Seiwell and Henry McCullough left the band, leaving the McCartneys and Denny Laine to cut their next album at EMI's recording studio in Lagos, Nigeria, recording what turned out to be their breakthrough album, Band on the Run.
The album went to #1 and spawned a half-dozen hit singles including the rockers "Jet" and "Helen Wheels", the acoustic ballad "Bluebird", and the dynamic title track—a suite of movements recalling side 2 of Abbey Road. Moreover Band on the Run enjoyed very positive critical reception, and did much to restore McCartney's somewhat damaged post-Beatles image. It also included the heavy "Let Me Roll It", which was seen as an affectionate impersonation of John Lennon's solo style.
After this, Jimmy McCulloch and Geoff Britton, lead guitar and drums respectively, joined the band, now rechristened Wings again. The first recording session with the new members was held in Nashville and produced the rocky non-album single "Junior's Farm". The new lineup then moved to New Orleans to create the album Venus and Mars (1975), followed by a return to Nashville for Wings at the Speed of Sound (1976); both albums took top chart positions. During this time, Joe English replaced Britton on drums. Speed of Sound represented a substantial departure from the Wings template in that each member of the band sang at least one song, including Linda ("Cook of the House").
Also during this period, Wings embarked on the very successful and theatrical Wings Over the World Tour, documented in the triple-live LP set Wings over America, which included a late 1975 tour of Australia, McCartney's first visit there since the Beatles' epoch-making Antipodean tour in June 1964. McCartney still mostly shied away from the Beatles catalogue; only five such numbers were typically included in the American shows. Laine sang lead vocal for several songs and McCulloch for one, to emphasize that Wings was more than just a backing band for McCartney. One of the Seattle concerts from the American leg of the 1975–76 world tour was filmed and later released as the concert feature Rockshow (1980). Further hits followed with the singles "Silly Love Songs" and "Let 'Em In".
Also in 1976, McCartney inaugurated Buddy Holly Week in London, founded on what would have been Holly's 40th birthday and marked with an annual celebrity party; his lifelong passion for the music of this rock'n'roll pioneer was also reflected in his acquisition of Holly's publishing catalogue. Ever the astute businessman, McCartney also cannily bought the rights to an off-Broadway musical he had seen in America, and this investment reaped huge returns when the musical was adapted into the smash-hit feature film Grease.
After the world tour, McCartney took a break, but this period produced both the most obscure and the most successful records he has made. During 1977 he released the peculiar, unpromoted and little-known album Thrillington, an orchestral re-make of the earlier Ram album, issued under the pseudonym Percy "Thrills" Thrillington, followed by single version of a live recording of "Maybe I'm Amazed". Later in the year, the band recorded their next album in the Virgin Islands.
At the end of 1977, McCartney released the ballad "Mull of Kintyre", an ode to the Scottish Mull of Kintyre coastal region he had made his home in the early 1970s. Its broad appeal was maximised by a pre-Christmas release, and it became a massive international hit, dominating the charts in Britain, Australia and many other countries over the Christmas/New Year period and becoming one of the biggest selling UK singles of all time.
McCartney released the album London Town in 1978. During the recording of the album in May, 1977, both Joe English and Jimmy McCulloch parted ways with Wings (McCulloch died of a heroin overdose in 1979). Though still released as a Wings album, the band was again reduced to Paul, Linda and Laine – and a host of studio players. The album was a major commercial success, reaching #2 on the charts, but featured a markedly softer-rock, synth-based sound and yielded only minor UK hits in "With a Little Luck" and "Girlfriend" (the former was a big hit in the US).
In 1979, Wings released the singles "Goodnight Tonight", "Getting Closer", and "Wonderful Christmastime" and the album Back to the Egg, a critical and commercial failure and the last McCartney project released under the Wings moniker, with McCartney returning to solo billing on future recordings.
In November and December of 1979, Wings performed their final tour of the UK, climaxing with a massive rockestra all-star collection of musicians in London in aid of UNICEF and Kampuchean refugees. This final version of the band included guitarist Laurence Juber and drummer Steve Holly, who had joined the group in 1978. During this tour the live version of "Coming Up" was recorded, this being their final US #1 hit the following year.
Wings continued to demo some more tunes during 1980–1981, but following a disastrous aborted Japanese tour, they fell apart.

Paul McCartney - Live At Leed's University '73

1. Intro 2. Soily 3. Big Barn Bed4. When The Night5. Wild Life6. Seaside Woman7. Little Woman Love / C Moon8. Live And Let die9. The Mess10. Hi, Hi, Hi11. Long Tall SallyEncore:12. Long Tall Sally

Note: File probably from this CD rip: CD 2002 UNICORN UC-120

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am speechless. I haven't heard Utopia's live concert "London Ever" since the late 70's when I let the bootleg LP I had bought of this show from the back of Rolling Stones magazine in a box I sold to a back in the day LP store. It was a blue religious church label leftover drop in a plain white jacket. Thank you so much for the post.

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