Summer of Love

A very cool three CD project about the San Francisco Summer of Love and all it begat caught my ear, courtesy of my friend Tom Ordon, with an interesting discourse about Bill Graham that followed.

Here's the package, according to Tom:

COOL 4 CD BOX SET...Coming in June of 2007 on Rhino Records


01 Dino Valenti – Let’s Get Together

02 Country Joe & The Fish – I Feel Like I’m Fixin To Die (EP version)

03 We Five – You Were On My Mind

04 Charlatans – Number One

05 Warlocks – Can’t Come Down

06 Beau Brummels – Don’t Talk To Strangers

07 Vejtables – Anything

08 Jefferson Airplane – It’s No Secret

09 Mystery Trend – Johnny Was A Good Boy

10 Great! Society – Free Advice

11 Grass Roots – Mr Jones

12 Blackburn & Snow – Stranger In A Strange Land

13 Quicksilver Messenger Service – Who Do You Love (demo)

14 Big Brother & The Holding Company – Light Is Faster Than Sound

15 Mojo Men – She’s My Baby

16 Wildflower – Coffee Cup

17 Family Tree – Live Your Own Life

18 Sons Of Champlin - Fat City

19 Frantics – Human Monkey

20 Tikis – Bye Bye Bye (WB 45 version)

21 Country Joe & The Fish – Section 43 (EP version)

22 Sopwith Camel – Hello Hello

01 Count Five – Psychotic Reaction

02 Front Line – Got Love

03 Mourning Reign – Satisfaction Guaranteed

04 Golliwogs – Walking On The Water

05 Oxford Circle – Foolish Woman

06 Stained Glass – My Buddy Sin

07 Otherside – Streetcar

08 Teddy His Patches – Suzy Creamcheese

09 Immediate Family – Rubiyat

10 Syndicate Of Sound – Rumors

11 Harbinger Complex – Sometimes I Wonder

12 New Breed – Want Ad Reader

13 Generation – I’m A Good Woman

14 Chocolate Watchband – No Way Out

15 Butch Engle & The Styx – Hey I’m Lost

16 People – I Love You

17 Public Nuisance – America

18 Country Weather – Fly To New York

19 Savage Resurrection – Thing In E

20 Frumious Bandersnatch – Hearts To Cry

01 Charlatans – Alabama Bound (Golden State Recorders version)

02 Mystery Trend – Carl Street

03 Great! Society– Somebody To Love (LP version)

04 Country Joe & The Fish – Super Bird

05 Beau Brummels – Two Days Til Tomorrow

06 Moby Grape – Omaha

07 Serpent Power – Up & Down

08 Grateful Dead – The Golden Road

09 Quicksilver Messenger Service – Codine

10 Electric Flag – Groovin’ Is Easy

11 Big Brother & The Holding Company – Down On Me (live)

12 Salvation – Think Twice (45 version)

13 Jefferson Airplane –White Rabbit

14 Steve Miller Band – Roll With It

15 Notes From The Underground – Why Did You Put Me On

16 Sly & The Family Stone – Underdog (45 version)

17 Blue Cheer – Summertime Blues

18 Creedence Clearwater Revival – Suzie Q (Part One)

10 Santana – Soul Sacrifice

20 Ace Of Cups - Glue

21 Loading Zone – The Bells

01 Big Brother & The Holding Company– Piece Of My Heart

02 Santana – Evil Ways

03 Fifty Foot Hose – Red The Sign Post

04 Kak – Lemonaide Kid

05 Sons Of Champlin – 1982-A

06 Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks – How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away

07 Mad River – Amphetamine Gazelle

08 Sly & The Family Stone – I Want To Take You Higher

09 Steve Miller Band – Quicksilver Girl

10 Mother Earth – Revolution

11 Moby Grape – Murder In My Heart For The Judge

12 Quicksilver Messenger Service – Light Your Windows

13 Flamin’ Groovies – I’m Drowning

14 Seatrain – Portrait Of the Artist As A Young Lady

15 It’s A Beautiful Day – White Bird

16 Creedence Clearwater Revival – Born On The Bayou

17 Grateful Dead – Dark Star (45 version)

18 Blue Cheer – Fool (45 version)

19 Jefferson Airplane – Mexico

20 Janis Joplin – Mercedes Benz

21 Youngbloods – Get Together I thought the selections were pretty spot on and sent this message back:
"I actually remember a lot of these and pleased to see Country Weather included, as they were on the bill with Joe Cocker and CJ and the Fish at the only show I ever saw at the Fillmore in 69 – being there was cool but I was surprised that Bill Graham was such an asshole on the stage. But I was kinda hoping Syndicate of Sound would be represented by “Hey Little Girl” because it was the goofiest. Other than that, I want it."

That prompted this response from Richard Ray Harris:
"Have to add that being around Graham every weekend, your perception was somewhat held in common with a few in the audience at times in the sixties..Folks who would gripe about paying $3.50 to see the Dead, Airplane, Hendrix, Doors et al. But the truth comes from many musicians who knew a rather modest and warm man who gave tremendous credit to the people around him, was a task maker, but never asked for thanks or to draw attention to himself for the innovations he made possible. Also, his foundation work was
honorable and he went out on a limb to break new acts such as my little group in 1966.
A case of the bad acid caused much niggling from some in the artistic community of the bay area chiefly because there was a mistaken belief floating around that those who are making a living are by their nature "ripping off" those who feel that art should be given away.
Good thing the digital age solved THAT problem so that now, no one steals music or expects artists not to get paid for...wait a second!!!!"

Richard Ray made an excellent point, but I couldn't quit there, so I replied to him
" I know the story behind the story and actually saw Graham at work when he was flown in to fix the debacle known as the Night of the Hurricane at the Houston Astrodome and I was a stringer for Rolling Stone. It's just that by the time I'd made it to SF, two or three years later, I already had been hyped to death and found the reality, well, a little too real.
Knowing what I know now, I realize why he was the way he was, and why things turned out like they did. It always took a risk-taker to move the ball forward and he was one of them. I think my perception was also formed by the rivalry he had initially with Chet Helms and the Family Dog. In the end, business skills trumped organic cosmic righteousness, whatever that meant (others would have called it hippie facism)."

Not that the dialog settled anything. Today I heard about Santana, Led Zepplin, and other bands suing the guy who owns the Graham archives. Who owns art? Them? Us?

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