This Saturday morning we will feature mini-sets from the artists who had a profound effect on the music of the 60s. We'll start with a perfect foursome from Neil Young. These are live performances he did in 1971 at Toronto's Massey Hall. Just Neil and his guitar, much like his Thursday night performance at Mondavi Center this Thursday. This is new material, and the audience really got it's first listen to songs that would appear later with CSNY. Cream will always rise to the top and it does when we delve into the Disreali Gears album, the finest fusion of blues and psychedelic music ever to waft over the scene. The Grateful Dead's American Beauty recordwas such a breakthrough for what is now called Americana music. This is organic stuff and it moves me like no other Dead Album before or since. Some Early Beatles of course, they only changed the way a whole generation of youth would think, dance, sing and dress. The Stones Sticky Fingers album sizzels from front to back and it was a showcase of the kinds of killer hooks that Keith would become famous for. The first band to break out of San Francisco in a big way was the house band at the Fillmore.Their 1967 Album Surrealistic Pillowwas on every record player in every house I was in that year. It was on the radio, it was in our heads. Feed Your Head!..Another Bay Area Institution was CCR, they brought more Americana to our ears and made it cool to wear flannel again. Led Zeppelin and Elton John. Two very different English and music sensibilities, both important to the evolution of the revolution. It's the big ones this weekend brothers and sisters. Bring your good vibes and clean up after yourselves.
The Jefferson Airplane "Today" from Surrealistic Pillow. Live at the Fillmore.