Title - 'Live In San Francisco 1971'
Artist - Flamin' Groovies
For those not in the know, the Flamin' Groovies is an American rock music band whose peak was in the 1960s and 1970s. They began in San Francisco in 1965, founded by Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney and the group that have been called one of the forerunners of punk rock are back with a new album; well, kinda.
Having also had a major influence on the power pop genre, the Flamin' Groovies have been through band break ups and reunions aplenty, and sadly original keyboardist Mark Dunwoody died of a heart attack on June 12th, 2013, but now we get to hear them in their prime on this brand new and just released live album, Live In San Francisco 1973.
1. 'Bill Graham Introduction'
2. 'I Canít Explain'
3. 'Sweet Little Rock íNí Roller'
4. 'Have You Seen My Baby'
5. 'Road House'
6. 'Doctor Boogie'
7. 'Slow Death'
8. 'Shakin' All Over'
9. 'Teenage Head'
10. 'Louie Louie'
11. 'Walkin' The Dog'
In their day, and between 1969 and 1993, they released eight studio albums, eight live albums, six EPs, and 17 singles. Featuring Loney, Jordan, George Alexander, Danny Mihm and James Ferrell, after the 'Bill Graham Introduction' we roll straight into the frenetic cover of The Who's 'I Canít Explain', which is as great as the original even today. Chuck Berry's hit 'Sweet Little Rock íNí Roller' is up next and wow, yet another fine cover from this CA-born and bred band. With James Ferrell on guitar, it's one of the stand out tracks here live, in my personal opinion.
The rockin' Blues of 'Have You Seen My Baby' is up next and that's backed by both the insane back beat drumming of Mihm on 'Road House' and the slow poke, mowing of the lawn Louisiana pace of 'Doctor Boogie.' The proto-punk band - contemporaries of the Velvets, the MC5, the Stooges, and the Ramones - next serve up a song that sounds as much like an old school Stones song if ever I heard one, 'Slow Death.' The 1972 anti-drug song is yet another gem here and that's backed by a cover of Johnny Kidd & the Pirates' 'Shakin' All Over.'
More throbbin' guitar work from Jordan leads us into 'Teenage Head', which is followed by 'Louie Louie' by The Kingsmen. One of the best ever versions I've ever heard of this song, the live album is then brought to a close with a Rufus Thomas cover in 'Walkin' The Dog.' If you are not aware of this band I urge you to look up their ENTIRE collection and immerse yourself accordingly. It will not be a wasted journey, trust me.
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