The Epic 2017 Project #127: 170507
Jefferson Airplane – Flightlog (1977)
light Log (1966–1976), released in January 1977 as a double-LP. It’s essentially a compilation of Jefferson Airplane and Airplane-related tracks, including stuff by Jefferson Starship and Hot Tuna, as well as solo tracks by Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, and Jorma Kaukonen. Although primarily a compilation album, the album includes one previously unreleased song, “Please Come Back” written by Ron Nagle and performed by Jefferson Starship. “Please Come Back” is not available on any other release.
Among the session musicians featured on the album are two members of the Grateful Dead and one member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. David Crosby appears on one track, and Jerry Garcia plays on three tracks, two of which also feature Mickey Hart.
The album included a lavish 12-page full-color, full-size (12 sq.in.) booklet, containing photographs of the band throughout the period covered by the compilation. It also contained a detailed history of the band, written by Patrick Snyder of Rolling Stone magazine.
‘Hesitation Blues’ from Hot Tuna remains one of my all-time favourite tracks and never shifts from my top ten.
The Epic 2017 Project #113: 170423
Steve Hillage – L (1976)
L was Steve Hillage’s second studio album, released in June 1976.
It was recorded primarily in New York, at the Secret Sound, Woodstock, N.Y., and was produced and engineered by Todd Rundgren, using musicians from Todd Rundgren’s band Utopia and others.
According to liner notes supplied with the US pressing, Rundgren had only just become aware of Hillage, and following a letter from Hillage to Rundgren, and a reply from Rundgren, Hillage travelled to New York to meet, and the agreement to work together flowed from that.
Unusually for Hillage, half the songs on this album are covers. “Hurdy Gurdy Man” was written by Donovan, “Om Nama Shivaya” is based on a traditional Hindu mantra, and “It’s All Too Much” was written by George Harrison, and originally appeared on the 1969 Beatles album, Yellow Submarine
The Epic 2017 Project #099: 170409
Gong – Floating Anarchy (1977)
Back to my hippy days with this one.
Live Floating Anarchy 1977 came from Planet Gong. Essentially the late Daevid Allen and Gilli Smyth accompanied by the band Here & Now. It was recorded in Toulouse on 6 November 1977, apart from the track “Opium for the People” which was a studio recording.
Floating Anarchy – a snub to the Sex Pistols debut single – was originally released on the French LTM record label, run by Jean Karakos, who had previously run Tapioca and BYG
The Epic 2017 Project #067: 170308
Endless Boogie – Focus Level (2008)
Endless Boogie was formed in 1997 by Matador Records employees and a professional record collector for jamming.Initially having no plans to record or to tour, the band played their first live show in 2001 as an opening act for Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus. After releasing a pair of rare vinyl LPs from 2005, they went on to release their debut – Focus Level in 2008.
The band’s style has been labeled as hard rock, psychedelic rock, stoner rock and blues rock. But Endless Boogie describe themselves as “Kraut Southern rock”. Make up your own mind with ‘Smokin’ figs in the yard’ from the 2008 debut.
The Epic 2017 project #041: 170210
Cream – Disraeli Gears (1967)
This was Cream’s second studio album, released in November 1967 and subsequently reaching No. 5 on the UK Albums Chart. It was also the group’s American breakthrough, becoming a massive seller in 1968, and reaching No. 4 on the American charts. It features the two singles “Strange Brew” and “Sunshine of Your Love”
Drummer Ginger Baker recalled how the album’s title was based on a malapropism which alluded to 19th-century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli:
You know how the title came about – Disraeli Gears – yeah? We had this Austin Westminster, and Mick Turner was one of the roadies who’d been with me a long time, and he was driving along and Eric (Clapton) was talking about getting a racing bicycle. Mick, driving, went ‘Oh yeah – Disraeli gears!’ meaning derailleur gears…We all just fell over…We said that’s got to be the album title.
Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #153 (160601)
[A song with colour (6)]
Procol Harum’s debut single released in May 1967.
Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #128: 160507
[Song from 1967]
Composed by guitarist Dave Mason and released in August 1967, ‘Hole in my shoe’ was disliked by the other three members of the group who felt that it did not represent the band’s musical or lyrical style. The brief monologue, over the mellotron passage, is spoken by Francine Heimann, the stepdaughter of Island Records’ owner Chris Blackwell.