Monterey Pop: California Dreamin’

Ah the sounds of Summer! And with it comes the now ubiquitous Summer Festival. Think I’m kidding? In April Rolling Stone.com published a piece on summer concerts, “Summer 2015’s 50 Must-See Music Festivals.” No matter your musical tastes there’s a Festival that caters to it.

But  once upon a time in the West, when there hadn’t even been one rock festival, suddenly, in a two week period there were two. Naturally they took place in California, in 1967, the epicenter of Youth Culture.

This upcoming week marks the 48th anniversary of The Monterey International Pop Festival (June 16-18, 1967).

Last week marked the 48th anniversary of The KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival (June 10-11, 1967) which is considered to have been America’s – if not the world’s – first rock festival.

The Magic Mountain Music Festival was primarily a regional music affair because the majority of the artists who performed

were groups that played the Fillmore and Avalon ballrooms and were part of the psychedelic rock scene at the time,

A  list of regional acts included The Sparrow, Every Mother’s Son, Kaleidoscope, The Mojo Men, Sons of Champlin, The Loading Zone and The Mystery Trend.

Performers with, a bit, more name recognition (at the time) included Dionne Warwick, Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds with Hugh Masekela, The Seeds, The Grass Roots and The 5th Dimension.

Interestingly The Magic Mountain Music Festival was The Doors first large show and just happened to coincide with the rise of group’s first major hit, “Light My Fire” to the top of the charts.

 Monterey, on the other hand,

was … the first high-profile event to mix acts from major regional music centers in the U.S.A. — San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Memphis and New York City

and

boasted a lineup that put established stars like The Mamas and the Papas, Simon & Garfunkel and The Byrds alongside groundbreaking new acts from the UK and the USA.

At Monterey was American audiences first introduction to The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who and Ravi Shankar, while also introducing Otis Redding “to a large, predominantly white audience.”

Playing Monterey helped to launch the careers of Janis Joplin (Big Brother and the Holding Company), Canned Heat, Laura Nyro and Steve Miller.

In 2015 we remember Monterey, rather than Magic Mountain simply

 because Monterey was widely promoted and heavily attended, featured historic performances, and was the subject of a popular theatrical documentary film…

Monterey served as both inspiration and template for future music festivals, including the Woodstock Festival two years later.

Combined both festivals were spark that helped to jumpstart 1967’s “Summer of Love.”

If you were a teenager or young adult in 1967 the “Summer of Love” were heady times, but at the time, who could have ever imagined that 1968, would be so dark.

Enjoy the music, remain in the light.

 

 

 

Monterey International Pop Festival – Disc 1

Playing time: 74:14

 

1. John Phillips – Festival Introduction (0:51)
2. The Association – Along Comes Mary (2:46)
3. The Association – Windy (3:00)
4. Lou Rawls – Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing (3:28)
5. Lou Rawls – Dead End Street (4:27)
6. Lou Rawls – Tobacco Road (6:19)
7. Eric Burdon & The Animals – San Franciscan Nights (4:17)
8. Eric Burdon & The Animals – Hey Gyp (7:10)
9. Canned Heat – Rollin’ And Tumblin’ (4:18)
10. Canned Heat – Dust My Broom (5:02)
11. Canned Heat – Bullfrog Blues (3:01)
12. Country Joe & The Fish – Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine (5:37)
13. Big Brother & The Holding Company – Down On Me (3:26)
14. Big Brother & The Holding Company – Combination Of The Two (5:22)
15. Big Brother & The Holding Company – Harry (0:37)
16. Big Brother & The Holding Company – Road Block (6:18)
17. Big Brother & The Holding Company – Ball And Chain (8:15)

 

Monterey International Pop Festival – Disc 2

Playing time: 73:46

 

1. The Butterfield Blues Band – Look Over Yonders Wall (2:51)
2. The Butterfield Blues Band – Mystery Train (4:11)
3. The Butterfield Blues Band – Born in Chicago (3:58)
4. The Butterfield Blues Band – Double Trouble (4:56)
5. The Butterfield Blues Band – Mary Ann (3:09)
6. The Steve Miller Band – Mercury Blues (4:27)
7. The Electric Flag – Groovin’ is Easy (3:43)
8. The Electric Flag – Wine (3:02)
9. Hugh Masakela – Bajabula Bonke (Healing Song) (3:43)
10. The Byrds – Renaissance Fair (2:16)
11. The Byrds – Have You Seen Her Face (3:19)
12. The Byrds – Hey Joe (2:43)
13. The Byrds – He Was A Friend Of Mine (3:23)
14. The Byrds – Lady Friend (2:46)
15. The Byrds – Chimes of Freedom (4:03)
16. The Byrds – So You Want Top Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star (3:23)
17. Ravi Shankar – Dhun: Fast Teental (excerpt) (6:05)
18. The Blues Project – Wake Me, Shake Me (11:48)

 

Monterey International Pop Festival – Disc 3 

Playing time: 73:54

 

1. Jefferson Airplane – Somebody To Love (3:18)
2. Jefferson Airplane – The Other Side Of This Life (6:47)
3. Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit (2:28)
4. Jefferson Airplane – High Flyin’ Bird (4:07)
5. Jefferson Airplane – She Has Funny Cars (3:24)
6. Booker T. & The MG’s – Booker-Loo (2:59)
7. Booker T. & The MG’s – Hip Hug-Her (2:36)
8. Booker T. & The MG’s With The Mar-Keys – Philly Dog (3:22)
9. Otis Redding – Shake (3:17)
10. Otis Redding – Respect (2:39)
11. Otis Redding – I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) (4:08)
12. Otis Redding – Satisfaction (3:46)
13. Otis Redding – Try A Little Tenderness (5:04)
14. The Who – Substitute (4:03)
15. The Who – Summertime Blues (3:42)
16. The Who – Pictures Of Lily (2:53)
17. The Who – A Quick One While He’s Away (8:24)
18. The Who – Happy Jack (2:25)
19. The Who – My Generation (4:32)

 

Monterey International Pop Festival – Disc 4

Playing time: 74:37

 

1. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Killing Floor (3:23)
2. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Foxey Lady (3:45)
3. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Like A Rolling Stone (6:52)
4. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Rock Me Baby (3:38)
5. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Hey Joe (5:13)
6. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Can You See Me (2:43)
7. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – The Wind Cries Mary (3:47)
8. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Purple Haze (5:38)
9. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Wild Thing (8:12)
10. The Mamas & The Papas – Straight Shooter (4:04)
11. The Mamas & The Papas – Got A Feelin’ (4:10)
12. The Mamas & The Papas – California Dreamin’ (4:06)
13. The Mamas & The Papas – I Call Your Name (6:16)
14. The Mamas & The Papas – Monday, Monday (4:19)
15. Scott McKenzie – San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) (3:35)
16. The Mamas & The Papas (Festival Finale) – Dancing In The Street (4:56)

 

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Out of the House, Out on Their Own

For a variety of reason bands fall apart and people move on and get on with their lives. Stuart Moxham and Mark Burgess were both leaders of bands that for one reason, or another, fell apart, but they took two different paths to becoming solo artists.

As the Young Marble Giants, Welsh guitarist, singer and keyboardist Stuart Moxham along with his brother Philip and singer Alison Statton

first foisted their doomy beatnik jazz-pop on an unsuspecting post-punk audience at the dawn of the ’80s.

Following the group’s premature split Stuart Moxham would go onto form Gist, a slightly less pastoral combo then the Young Marble Giants, but one with an equally brief existence, releasing one album, 1983’s Embrace the Herd.

Pursing a career as an animator it would be a decade before Stuart Moxham returned to making music. Unlike his previous work Signal Path is firmly in the middle of the road. Both "Her Shoes (Are Right)" and "Over the Sea"

have a mellow lilt redolent of mid-’60s adult pop, complete with brushed drums and sunny harmonica

The exquisite "Knives (Always Fall)," a duet with Alison Statton more then compensates for less then stellar attempts at the blues on "No One Road" and reggae, "Yeah X 3."

Mark Burgess was the front man for Manchester, England’s atmospheric pop band The Chameleons. Moderately popular in the UK, but ignored in the US, it was a combination of label problems and the sudden death of manager Tony Fletcher which caused the band to dissolve amidst much acrimony.

From the ashes of The Chameleons arose two bands. Burgess and ex-Chameleons drummer John Lever, along with guitarist Andy Clegg and second guitarist Andy Whitaker formed the Sun & the Moon. They released a self titled album in 1988, but following the release of 1989’s Alive; Not Dead EP broke up.

Ex-Chameleons guitarists Dave Fielding and Reg Smithies along with Gary Lavery and a drum machine formed the Reegs. They released an EP in 1989 and two full length albums, 1991’s Return of the Sea Monkeys and 1993s Rock the Magic Rock.

Burgess returned to recording in 1993 with the first of three solo albums recorded with the Sons of God. Initially just a bunch of friends the group gradually included Neil Thin, Yves Altana, Karen Leatham and ex-Chameleon John Lever.

Zima Junction, the title taken from a poem by Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, consists

of demos "for an album that was never to be."

Minus the guitar power of the Chameleons backing him Zima Junction is a series of mostly acoustic-performed, folk-tinged songs. Most of the album can be attributed solely to Burgess, except on "Beat the Boat" where his then collaborator, British singer/songwriter, Brian Glancy takes the lead, and on "When Harmony Comes" where they duet.

Only the song

"Happy New Life," … has the sweep and passion of prime Chameleons

The album closes with two covers, a version of Philip Glass’ "Facades," and a version of the Nancy Sinatra’ sung theme for the James Bond film You Only Live Twice.


DISCOGRAPHY

Stuart Moxham & The Original Artists

Signal Path (CD, Digital) (Feel Good All Over) 1992  
Random Rules (CD, Digital) (Peak Records) 1993  
Fine Tuning (CD) (Feel Good All Over) 1996

Appears On:

"Against Creating War" Our Floating Images Of Youth (2xCD) (Vinyl Japan) 1999  


Stuart Moxham & the Original Artists – Signal Path (1992)

Playing Time: 40:44

1. Over the Sea 3:23
2. Between Edits 0:38
3. Her Shoes (Are Right) 3:01
4. Knives (Always Fall) 3:45
5. Broken Heart Blues 3:30
6. It Says Here 3:41
7. No One Road 2:25
8. That’s My Love 1:44
9. I Wonder Why 1:27
10. Remember 3:44
11. It Took You 4:23
12. Mutual Gaze 3:19
13. Yeah x 3 2:19
14. Unit of Desire 3:25


DISCOGRAPHY

Mark Burgess & The Sons Of God

Zima Junction (CD, Digital) (Fuego) 1993 
Zima Junction (CD, LP) (Imaginary Records) 1993   
Zima Junction (CD) (Pivot) 1994   
Spring Blooms Tra-la (CD+CD Single) (Strange Ways Records, Indigo) 1994   
Spring Blooms Tra-la (CD) (Strange Ways Records) 1994   
Manchester 1993 (CD) (Pivot) 1994 

Appears On:

"Happy New Life" Bouquet Of Dreams Volume 2 (CD) (Dark Star) 1994  
"World On Fire", "Refugees" Magic Boomerang (CD) (Phantasmagoria) 2004 

 

Mark Burgess & The Sons Of God – Zima Junction (1994)

Playing Time: 52:28

1. World On Fire 4:41
2. Waiting For A Friend 3:15
3. Refugees 5:01
4. The Great Adventure 4:54
5. Beat The Boat 4:59
6. When Harmony Comes 4:06
7. Our Soul, Lost Soul, Brother And Fool 2:44
8. Happy New Life 5:04
9. Up On The Hill 4:55
10. Facades By Glass In E’minor 8:00
11. You Only Live Twice 4:49

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OKra Records – Various Artists

Founded by Dan Dow in the late 1980’s, Columbus, Ohio’s OKra Records was home to alternative country/roots rock artists like The Schramms, Hank McCoy & the Dead Ringers, Fellow Travellers, and the Hoot Owls. Several years after it’s founding, like many other small indie labels, it declared bankruptcy and closed up shop.

1991’s Sample Some OKra is a good representative sample of Okra’s roster of artists; although nineteen years after it’s release, perhaps only The Schramms and The Ass Ponys have achieved some measure of name recognition.

 

DISCOGRAPHY

The Schramms

Releases:

 Rock, Paper, Scissors, Dynamite (CD, LP) (OKra Records, Normal) 1992
 
Walk To Delphi (Cass, LP, CD) (Okra Records) 1992
 
Little Apocalypse (CD) (OKra Records) 1994
 
Heart Not Within (7") (Matador) 1994
 
Dizzy Spell (CD) (Blue Rose Records) 1996
 
100 Questions (CD) (Blue Rose Records) 2000
2000 Weiss Beers From Home (Blue Rose Records) 2003

Tracks Appear On:

"Walk To Delphi" It’s So Hard To Be Cool In An Uncool World (LP) (I Wanna Records) 1988
"Out of the Earth","Pet Sounds (Live)" Sample Some OKra (CD) (OKra Records) 1991
"Let Them Lie Down" 10 Jahre Normal (2xCD) (Normal) 1992
"Let Them Lie Down" 10 Jahre Normal (CD) (Normal) 1992
"Where You Were" Radio 4U Replugged (CD) (Line) 1993
"In The Mirror" Neurotically Yours – A Tribute To The Saints (CD) (Smiling Weasel)1993 
"Despite" Absolutely Live 1995 (CD) (Almaviva AR) 1995
"A Woman’s Name" Tanz & Folkfest Rudolstadt ’95 (CD) (Heideck) 1996
"Despite"  East Side Story Vol. 1 (CD) (East Side Digital) 1996
"Tell Me Again And Again" New Voices Vol. 8 (CD) ( Rolling Stone (Germany) 1996
"Can You Please Crawl Your Window?" Fireworks, Volume 2 (CD) (Sound Asleep)1998

"Torn In Two"  New Voices Vol. 34 (CD) (Rolling Stone (Germany) 2000
“Deny You”, “Fade, Fade” Blue Rose Collection Vol. 7 (CD) (Blue Rose) 2001
"Torn In Two" HO*T-FM Blue Rose Broadcasts Vol.2 (2xCD) (Blue Rose) 2001 
"Torn In Two" Blue Rose Nuggets Vol. 2 (CD) (Blue Rose Records) 2003
"Wild Innocence" Blue Rose Nuggets Vol. 34 (CD) (Blue Rose Records) 2008
"Seven Horses", "Sorrow On Sorrow" Blue Rose Collection Vol. 3 (CD) (Blue Rose Records)  

Related Recordings:

Hello CD of the Month (CD) 1995
The OKra All-Stars (CD, MP3) (OKra/Normal) 1994

Dave Schramm Solo Albums: 

Folk und die Folgen (CD) (Return to Sender, Normal) 1994
Hammer and Nails (CD) (Blue Rose) 1999

The Fellow Travelers 

Releases:

No Easy Way (CD, LP)   OKra Records 1990
Just A Visitor (CD) (OKra Records, Rough Trade Germany) 1992
 
Just A Visitor (LP) (OKra Records, Normal) 1992
Love Shines Brighter (CD) (Return To Sender) 1993
Things And Time (CD, LP) (OKra Records) 1993
A Few Good Dubs (CD) (OKra Records) 1994

Tracks Appear On:

"Promise Of A Kiss" Rough Trade US Sampler 1990 (2xCass) (Rough Trade US) 1990
"Dark Hollow"
Howl 11 (7") (Howl) 1991
"GTO", "As The Rain"
Sample Some OKra (CD) (OKra Records) 1991
"It’s Over"
A Tribute To Daniel Johnston Vol. 2 (7") (Little Teddy Recordings) 1993
"Salt Of A Fallen Tear"
Return To Sender (CD) (Normal) 1996
"Poor & Clean" Rare Trax Vol. 40 – Americana Vol. 2 – The Later Years 1980-2005 (CD) (Rolling Stone Germany) 2005

The Ass Ponys

Releases:  

 Mr. Superlove (CD, LP) (OKra Records, Normal)1990
 
Grim (CD) (Safe House) 1993
 
Mr. Superlove / You My Flower (7") ( Mono Cat 7 Records) 1993
 
Earth To Grandma (CD) (A&M Records) 1994
Electric Rock Music (
Cass, CD) (A&M Records) 1994
Electric Rock Music (CD) (A&M Records, BMG Direct Marketing) 1994
Pop Culture Press #33 (7" Flexi) (Pop Culture Press, Eva-Tone Soundsheets) 1995
 
The Known Universe (Cass, CD) (A&M Records) 1996
 
Some Stupid With A Flare Gun (CD) (Checkered Past Records) 2000
Lohio (
CD, MP3) (Checkered Past Records) 2001
The OKra Years (CD) (Shake It Records) 2005

Appears On:

"Mr. Superlove" Debonair (CD EP) (Elektra) 1993 
"Mr. Superlove"
What Jail Is Like (CD EP) (Elektra) 1994
"Mr. Superlove" What Jail Is Like (CD  Maxi) (Elektra) 1994

Tracks Appear On:

"Live ‘Til I Die Out" Of Their Mouths And Into Your Head (4×7") (Atavistic) 1991
"Laughing At The Ghost", "Peanut" Sample Some OKra (CD) (OKra Records) 1991
"Earth To Grandma" (Out Of)
Cowtown Vol. 3 (7") (Anyway Records) 1993
"It’s Summer Here" Aint This Bliss, With You & This (2×7") (Spin The Bottle) 1994
"Little Bastard"
CMJ New Music December – Volume 16 (CD) (College Music Journal) 1994
"Little Bastard" The Interrupting Cow (CD) (A&M Records) 1994
"Earth To Grandma"
Wanna Buy A Monkey? (CD) (A&M Records) 1995
"And She Drowned" Look What The Cat Dragged In (CD) (A&M Records) 1996
"Little Bastard" All I Want For Christmas. (CD) (Hits Post Modern Syndrome)
"Little Bastard"
Turn It Up & Pass It On, Vol. I (CD)

The Wolverton Brothers

Releases:

Sucking Hind Tit (Cass, CD, LP) (Okra Records) 1992 
Liar Man (CD) (Atavistic Records) 1992
Glad (
CD-EP, MP3) (Atavistic Records) 1995
The Wolverton Brothers (CD) (Deary Me Records) 1999
A Better Place (
CD, MP3) Hospital Records) 2004
Old Ugly and Loud (
CD, MP3) (Ionik) 2008

Tracks Appear On:

"Our Town"  Out Of Their Mouths And Into Your Head (4×7") (Atavistic) 1991
"Posse Comitatus", "Vampyre"  Sample Some OKra (CD) (OKra Records) 1991
"Hay Days" New Music Sampler Volume 35 (CD)  Magnet Magazine
Twisted Roots: Live From the Comet (CD) (B-side Records)

Cordelia’s Dad

Releases:

 Cordelia’s Dad (LP) (OKra Records) 1990 
Cordelia’s Dad (
CD, MP3) (Omnium) 1990
4 Songs (7") (OKra Records) 1992
How Can I Sleep? (
CD, MP3) (Omnium, OKra Records) 1992 
 Joy Fun Garden (CD, Digital) (Return To Sender) 1993
Joy Fun Garden (Cass) (Steeple) 1994
Three Snake Leaves (7")  (Scenescof Records) 1995 
 
Comet [Live] (CD) (Omnium) 1995
Road Kill [Live] (
CD, MP3) (Scenescof Records) 1996
Spine (
CD, MP3) (Appleseed Recordings) 1998 
What It Is (
CD, MP3) (Kimchee Records) 2002

Appears On:

"Her Bright Smile" ,"San Francisco" Sample Some OKra (CD) (OKra Records) 1991
"George Collins" fRoots 5 (CD) (fRoots Magazine) 1995
"Rambling Beauty"
Return To Sender (CD) (Normal) 1996
"Brother Judson" Pipeline! Live Boston Rock on WMBR (
2xCD, MP3) 1996  

“How Can I Keep From Singing " Where Have All The Flowers Gone – The Songs Of Pete Seeger(2xCD, MP3) (Appleseed Recordings) 1998

 

Sample Some OKra (1991)

Playing Time: 54 Minutes 5 Seconds

 

1. The Schramms – Out Of The Earth (3:11)
2. The Schramms – Pet Sounds (2:59) 
3. The Fellow Travellers – GTO (4:50)
4. The Fellow Travellers – As The Rain (5:11) 
5. Hank McCoy & The Dead Ringers – Jealousy (2:20)
6. Hank McCoy & The Dead Ringers – Lately My Luck (3:27) 
7. The Ass Ponys – Laughing At The Ghost (5:37) 
8. The Ass Ponys – Peanut (4:24)
9. The Hootowls – Who Throw Dat Rock (2:49)
10. The Hootowls – I Take A Chance (2:31)
11. The Wolverton Brothers – Posse Comitatus (4:51)
12. The Wolverton Brothers – Vampyre (3:51)
13. Cordelia’s Dad – Her Bright Smile (3:09)
14. Cordelia’s Dad – San Francisco (4:55)

 

 

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