Just before I slipped off into gloomy introspective angst ridden How-Not-To-Attract-Girls-music, Good Fortune and Happenstance sent some of the following my and they have stayed forever.
The Electric Flag
Killing Floor was a Howlin’ Wolf gritty blues song and many were the 1960s bands who could trace their inspiration back to old blues songs. The Electric Flag should have been somewhat immense considering the talent brought together, but the sad old story of egos and substances took them down before their time. This is them at their best (the opening lines are taken from a speech by ‘LBJ’ at the time of the Vietnam war- never figured out why)
The Chambers Brothers
The Time Has Come Today: OK, like there is, man truly no other so powerful rockin’ sockin’ shakin’ commentary song, like ever man! That tick-tock drumming, singing guitar; the amazing poetry of the lyrics, shouting out of ‘Time!’ and that final ‘Yyyeah!! C’mon be fair; one listen and I’m 17 again (it was recorded in late 1966, but so what!)
The Good Rats
The Hobo- One of the little known bands which are still out there and blasting . This came out in 1969 and is all about freewheelin’ and runnin’. Listen to this with earphones at full blast, or in your car; like it has to be the best driving song ever!
Ramblin’ Rose- Now there are many fine live albums; but there has never been a finer opening wild track on any one them Well the MC5 are fairly well known so you don’t need me to waffle on…..so….brothers and sisters (uncles & aunts too)…..testify!!
The Velvet Underground
White Light/White Heat- Now it was a truth that VU could also rock and roll and get the feet tapping (as well as hand clapping). The title track off of their second album (no Nico or Andy Warhol by the way) (and let’s just talk music and leave out druggy references)