Hot Tuna "Yellow Fever"

Hot Tuna "Yellow Fever"
This mid seventies release by Jefferson Airplane refugees Jorma and Jack along with Bob Steeler is an electric excursion into bluesrock. The album kicks ass.

The Rolling Stones "Their Satanic Majesties Request"

The Rolling Stones "Their Satanic Majesties Request"
To set the record straight, I want to say that this album has to be the most underrated album of all time. Ignorant reviewers and critics always give this album a bum rap. I can honestly say that this album, which is always compared to Sgt. Pepper's, is light years (no pun intended) ahead of that Beatles album. When I challenge someone who claims to know this album, they can't name more than two tracks from it. Brian Jones was a major force in The Rolling Stones, and he shines on this. Plus the songwriting is top notch. Very creative, colorful, ballsy....what more can I say......it is a masterpiece!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

HELLO MUSICNAUTS FROM OUTER SPACE ....DON"T BE AFRAID TO LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS HERE!

Hello out there in music land. Drumbo here. Let's get the word out that the music of the sixties and seventies was light years ahead of the new trash out there today! Whoever wants to add their comments here is more than welcome. We are all in this together. "LET THERE BE SONGS...TO FILL THE AIR" !!!!

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Drumbo, you da man. I love that stuff!

Bluebear2 said...

Ah yes - the old 8-track. I used to have a player that had colored light bars on the front that pulsed with the music. Way cool during altered states.

In '69 I took a trip with some friends from Stevens Point Wisconsin to LA, San Francisco and back.

Our trusty old 8 track car player blasting all the way. The only problem was we only had two 8 track tapes - both Credence Clearwater.

It was a number of years before I could listen to Credence again. LOL

Whoever legitimized rap as music ought to be summarily executed!

Big Dan said...

Drumbo, you're the "KING OF ROCK", and we all know it!

Big Dan said...

I want more of the "Whacky Packages"!

Tanootz said...

Yo Drumbo! please post more Wacky Packagers....My favorite was Grave Train Dog Food...do you have that one??

Little Sista 146 said...

I'm so excited to hear that you have such a rare find as a '78 HOT TUNA sweatshirt! Just imagine who would have worn it and if it could talk! Would you be willing to part with it and for how much?

Hondo said...

Yo Drumbo....It would be really cool if you could get a get a 60's - 70's memorabilia swap site going on your blog....There must be people willing to buy & sell these disapearing treasures!!
I want a copy of the Elton John version of Pin Ball Wizard....its totally better that the Who's....what's your opinion?

Southern Man said...

Hi Drumbo! word on the street is that you da man with a superior musical perspective and diserning ear...I have a question for you...in your opinion, who had the last word between Niel Young and Ronnie Van Sant....I'll take your response off the air.

Curious Boy George said...

Hey Drumbo, I have always been curious as to why Hot Tuna chose their name....I seem to remember in grade school that hot tuna was something pretty nasty...can you enlighten me?

Molly Hatchet said...

Drumbo....What's your opinion of southern rock from the 70's

tm said...

Here are the answers: Hot Tuna was originally to be called "Hot Shit" but the record company, RCA, wouldn't hear of it...so HOT TUNA it was.

My opinion of southern rock from the 70s is that some was masterful and some was boring...depends on your taste also!

I like the Elton John version of Pinball Wizard, but my vote goes to The Who's version....which they wrote.

I don't understand what you mean by "the last word" between Van Zandt and Young. I know that the lyric about a "Southern Man" in the Skynyrd hit helped reignite Young's career while also helping Skynyrd's by associating themselves with a legend.

I must be the only nut around that would wear a Hot Tuna hooded sweatshirt in these days of rap and pop trash music! But I love Hot Tuna so it is totally cool with me!

Naturally you are the same person with many different aliases, but I've enjoyed answering your questions and I welcome any more you may have. God bless you....whoever you are!!!!

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Bluebear2 said...

Gort! Klaatu barada nikto!

Hondo said...

Hey Drumbo:
I apreciate your response to the Pin ball Wiz question, and I know everybody is entitled to his or her opinion, BUT, I want to challenge you on this one...
If you queue up each version and listen to each one through...Eltons version blows the Who's away....his version has much better riffs, and of course his timing & vocals rule....I am confindebt that you will agree with me if you conduct this test and blast each version.

Southern man said...

Drumbo....while I agree with you that Skynyrd and Young BOTH got alot of milage out of Sweethome Alabama...I quess I'm saying that I believe Van Sant's lyric was much more sincere...and called out Niel's lyric in Southern Man for what it was... just a patonizing popular generalization. It was genuine Balls, and not for the sake of hitching a ride on Niel's star. Don't get me wrong Niel is no light weight, and I dig a lot of his stuff....but he is no more a legend than Skynyrd...What do you think?

Question #2: What are your top 3 Niel Young tracks?

Curious boy George said...

Hot Tuna = Hot Spunk

Molly Hatchet said...

Being a Yankee, I never came into contact with Southern Rock until I a spent a year in Virgina back in 1979-80....I was really suprized at this regional music...I had never heard a lot of these groups and their generally high octane groove. I'm also suprized that it hasn't (didn't catch on more).

Hondo said...

Drumbo:

Please list for me your top 5 all time greatest Drummers....and why.

tm said...

I agree with you that Neil Young and Lynyrd Skynyrd were both heavy weights....Neil Young had the Buffalo Sprinfield history behind him, while the Skynyrd band was produced by the legendary Al Kooper along with Ronnie Van Zandt's strict leadership...both were major forces in rock. I love them both equally! Oh...my top 3 Neil Young tracks are "Country Girl" from CSNY De Ja Vu, "Powderfinger", and "A Man Needs A Maid" (for sheer feeling). Now Skynyrd has many great tracks also, and the Street Survivors album is one of my favorites....they were really going somewhere before that fatal crash. A sad day in rock and roll history...I remember it happened right after I bought Street Survivors, in the Fall I believe.

Speaking of southern rock...how about Wet Willie, Little Feat, Marshall Tucker, Tucky Buzzard, Grinderswitch...there are so many great ones!!! Even Bloodrock was kinda southern!

I know what you mean about the Elton version of Pinball, Elton gives it his unique treatment and does it with much feeling for sure, but I am a drummer and I am crazy about the Entwistle/Moon rhythm section and how they work together on The Who's version....I still say The Who is my favorite!!!

My 5 favorite drummers are...Neil Smith (Alice Cooper Group) because of his light jazzy style in the context of the Cooper mayhem of their best period 69-74. Bill Bruford (YES) because he is the most inventive of rock drummers. Michael Giles(King Crimson's first album) he was way ahead of every drummer who was around in 1969 in the progressive rock genre. Charlie Watts because he is a no frills basic rock drummer without any cocky attitude. and last but not least...Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull) because I feel he is a solid drummer who is also more than capable of tastefulness and he plays on the great early Jethro albums that I've always loved.
I love your questions and enjoy your asking my opinions...you seem very knowlegable in the music which we all know was the greatest!!!! The music of the 70s!!!! Thanks and don't hesitate to post here..you are always welcome!!! sincerely Drumbo

Anonymous said...

Drumbo, I would appreciate any commentary you have on the masterworks of Roddenberry. I can tell you have a lot of knowledge of TV from the 70's.

tm said...

Gene Roddenberry, in my opinion, was way ahead of his time, as were Ray Bradbury, Alfred Hitchcock, Rod Serling etc. etc. Roddenberry had a futuristic mind which I feel reached far out into deep space and he came up with all of those wonderfully twisted Star Trek tales in the original series. The combination of actors along with Roddenberry's vision made for a terrific mind bending experience which has not been matched, nor will it ever be matched, in what the media today labels as entertainment. -drumbo-

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Anonymous said...

drumbo,
i'd appreciate your comments on chinese buffets. what do you think of them? any recommendations?

thanks,
dm

Anonymous said...

My opinion of Chinese buffets has been soured by many bad experiences here in NEPA. In two words...THEY SUCK! Back when sherlock, big dan and myself went to the very first buffets in the late 70s-early 80s they were fantastic...but they got so damn lazy in those places and started serving shit and treating people like shit which insures a rotten experience for all. So I think if you want chinese food you should stay away from the buffets and go to a take-out place where they make it hot and fresh...yeah they are all dirty, but I'd rather eat hot fresh dirt than cold stale dirt served with a shit attitude!!! DRUMBO

Bluebear2 said...

Chinese Buffet Incident

http://youtube.com/watch?v=LFjaaBLhtGc

tm said...

Thanks bluebear! I am posting that on the blog!!!

Drive-In-Freak said...

Love the old bootleg carts, and still have a few. I even put an 8-track deck in my car recently..a Sanyo with a fast forward button...hi tech!...lol.

The only problem with those old pirate tapes is you'd sometimes pick up one of those awful "sound alike" things. Yuck!

We just returned from NYC

We just returned from NYC
My wife and I, along with our two beautiful children, took a two day trip to New York City recently. Highlights included seeing the new re-working of GREASE....a huge Broadway smash. I can't put into words the greatness of the show. We also shopped until we literally dropped...all of our money that is! We ate some wonderful food, saw some amazing sights, and then we returned to our nest. The kids always love to go to NYC, and we visit there 3 to 4 times a year. GET OUT TO SEE GREASE! YOU WON'T REGRET IT !

HEY, CHECK OUT THE LINKS ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THIS PAGE

The links that are at the right hand side of the page should be of interest to anyone who has loved music over the past 40 years. Please check them out. You will find videos, record reviews, political wisdom and a host of other cool stuff. I am available for music discussion anytime through my email address which is amusto42@hotmail.com I also trade music with anyone who is interested. I just acquired a cool Hot Tuna 1978 hooded sweatshirt which should get a lot of heads turning since most of the bozos who listen to that rap garbage out there have never heard of Hot Tuna before. OK, carry on my musical brothers and sisters. "Let there be songs...to fill the air".

Blue Goose "Blue Goose" 1975 Anchor Records

Blue Goose "Blue Goose" 1975 Anchor Records
Back in the mid 70s my friends and myself would always go to the local record store and look for the new "promotional copies" of new releases. Sometimes we would come up with duds, but sometimes we would come up with gems such as this "Blue Goose" album which I have pictured here. This album turned out to be a funky, rockin' affair which I have loved for more than 32 years now. The band was unknown and they only released this one lp. The credits listed thanks to Joey Molland and Steve Marriott so we thought there might be something good there. And indeed there was. The band was short on polish, which was fine by me because I've always appreciated that real, garage band sound rather than an overproduced piece. These guys let it all hang out, and they even have a tender ballad on here. Well crafted and done with the best of intentions, the album bombed totally, landing in the closeout bins almost immediately upon release. That is really unfair because this band had talent to burn, energetic, ballsy, good time rock n roll. If you can find this it will be well worth your time. -drumbo-

Goat's Head Soup

Goat's Head Soup
This album, the follow-up to 1972's Exile On Main Street, is the winner in my favorite Rolling Stones album survey....my favorite anyway! I played this album to DEATH when I was younger, and I still listen to it. They still cared how they presented themselves back in 1973. After that it was a long, slow decline. Not in popularity, but in quality. I think they suck these days!

BEST OF CREAM

BEST OF CREAM
This old relic from the old days will stay with me forever. When I first heard it back in 1972 I was knocked dead by the unique voice of Jack Bruce. This is what you would call a perfect compilation. There is not a bad song on it. The great power trio known as Cream, which only lasted a few years, set the standard for earth shaking heavy metal blues done with class.

NEW YORK DOLLS

NEW YORK DOLLS
This is the first New York Dolls album. I bought this when it was released in 1973. Once again, this is another one of those great master works which has stayed with me for just about 35 years now. The album was groundbreaking, causing plenty of controversy with the band made up like cheap whores on the front cover. The music inside this treasure was packed with energy, tunefulness and balls. The band was not particularly well received and they struggled for notoriety. In my opinion they should have been much, much more popular than they were. Over the years several of these original members have died. Nothing compared to the brash attack The Dolls gave each of their creative compositions. If you haven't heard this you must do yourself a favor and get it. The era which it was released is long gone, but I feel that you must still make the effort to see what it is all about. These guys came from a different New York City than what we know today. New York was a much more dangerous place in the early 70s with crime there at an all time high. The New York Dolls were right in the midst of that wonderful/dangerous city, and the music on this album has the scars to prove it. -drumbo-

OH GREAT ALBUM ART...WE MISS YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!

I just wanted to comment on the loss of the great album cover. I can't stand the fact that we are forced to accept this tiny version of album art which comes with these cds today. I remember that I used to take albums with me to the bathroom. I would sit on the toilet and read them as you would a book. I would study the artwork, the information, the record label, the inner sleeve, any and all inserts and posters which may have been included. I don't care about the tiny booklets with these cds. The change really sucks.....where have those days of wonderful art and music gone? I'll never forget those days. And you will never see days like that again. The kids today truly don't know what they missed. Oh what a time it was.

A prime example of a "bootleg" 8-track tape from the golden age of rock.

A prime example of a "bootleg" 8-track tape from the golden age of rock.
These were available at small variety stores and shops back in the early 70s. They cost much less than legitimate tapes and there were some cool compilations which were not available in regular releases. This one is titled "An Hour With Alice Cooper". It had a nice selection of their early material. Great stuff. Better days my friend, better days indeed!!!

bootleg 8-track of The Rolling Stones "Goat's Head Soup"

bootleg 8-track of The Rolling Stones "Goat's Head Soup"
This is a nice example of how the artist customized the artwork to fit the title of the bootleg tape. Interesting!

HOW DO WE THANK THE INFAMOUS BOOTLEG 8-TRACK?

Remember those long lost days when you would pick up a new 8 track tape?.....many of them were "bootleg" or "pirate" tapes. They usually had a glossy label with some type of psychedelic art or some fancy lettering and bright colors. They sold for less than legitimate releases and we went crazy for them. Many days and nights were spent driving around with friends blasting Jethro Tull, Alice Cooper, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin...the list could go on forever. And boy did we smoke...cigarettes, pot....one guy I knew stoked up a whiffle bat...yes, that's right...a plastic whiffle ball bat....we were that fucked up! I remember taking a hit from that and almost choking to death on the burning, smoldering yellow plastic..but hey, we were crazy, it was the 70s, and we loved every fucking minute of it!!!!!

Pupsi Cola

Pupsi Cola
ahh, the beloved 70s again....you can't ignore that it was a great time!

Wacky Packages sticker from the early '70s

Wacky Packages sticker from the early '70s
"BAND-ACHE" great artwork

This famous Grateful Dead logo is known as "White Lightening Man"

This famous Grateful Dead logo is known as "White Lightening Man"
This logo goes back as far as the late 60s. It was originally designed with just the circle and lightening bolt, in red and blue, to stencil on the band's equipment so that their gear wouldn't get mixed up with other band's gear as they played many large festivals back in the late 60s and early 70s. It was turned into a skeleton in about 1970. It is still widely used today

PLASTERED PEANUTS

PLASTERED PEANUTS