Monday, December 5, 2016


B. Mitchel Reed was born Burton Mitchel Goldberg in Brooklyn on June 10, 1926. After graduating from Boy's High School in 1944, he became a navigator on a B-17 in Europe during the last year of World War II. He entered radio following a decision at the University of Illinois to forgo a career teaching political-science "for the boogie and the glamour of broadcasting." In 1956, he landed the all-night "Birdland Jazz Show" at WOR New York. In 1957, Mitch moved his "Boy On A Couch" show to KFWB Los Angeles and there became one of the original "Seven Swingin' Gentlemen" at the launch of Top 40 "Color Radio" in 1958. "The fastest tongue in the West" hosted a #1 rated 6PM-9PM high energy show using horns, bells and buzzers until February 20, 1963 when he was wooed back to his hometown as one of "The Good Guys" at WMCA New York: "I'm not talking too fast, you're listening too slow." Again rated #1, "Your Leader" spent time in London developing contacts with Brian Epstein, Derek Taylor and The Beatles which led to exclusive interviews and advance record pressings that helped break The Beatles in New York. After his final WMCA show on March 25, 1965 he was cheered by thousands at the airport, a scene that was repeated when he landed in L.A. for his return to KFWB with "The Wide Wide Weird World of BMR" where he became a voice for the counterculture. He recognized a music explosion was beginning, and he turned the evening hours into album-oriented rock programming after he met with Tom Donahue at the June 1967 Monterey Pop Festival and discovered their common frustration with radio music restrictions. Donahue was PD of pioneer underground rocker KMPX-FM San Francisco and was looking for an L.A. outlet. He found KPPC-FM in the basement of the Pasadena Presbyterian Church. After the KMPX/KPPC Strike ended in June 1968, Reed and Donahue each supplied KMET-FM with four hours of taped album rock while BMR programmed the rest of KMET, one of the first 24 hour automated music stations. "The Beamer" gained validity for "Underground Radio" from the ad agencies with his afternoon drive show that finally went live in Summer 1969. He was responsible for introducing to the public many of the most influential rock musicians ever, including Joni Mitchell. He underwent successful coronary bypass surgery in 1978 and left KMET for KLOS-FM. B. Mitchel Reed "kept his mind open and his spirit free" until his death from a lingering heart condition at the age of 56 on March 16, 1983.


Tom "Big Daddy" Donahue (May 21, 1928 – April 28, 1975), was a pioneering rock and roll radio disc jockey.

Donahue's career started in 1949 on the east coast of the U.S. at WTIP in South Carolina and contined at WIBG in Philadelphia and WINX in Maryland. He moved to San Francisco in 1961 after the payola scandal involving Alan Freed and Dick Clark.
Donahue re-invented himself, first as a disc jockey at Top Forty station KYA (now KOIT) in San Francisco, and then to run a record label (he discovered, produced, recorded, and managed The Beau Brummels on his Autumn Records label, later selling the act to Warner Brothers). He also opened a psychedelic nightclub, and produced concerts at the Cow Palace and Candlestick Park with his partner, fellow KYA disc jockey Bobby Mitchell (also known as Bobby Tripp; real name Michael Guerra, d. 1968).
Donahue wrote a 1967 Rolling Stone article titled "AM Radio Is Dead and Its Rotting Corpse Is Stinking Up the Airwaves" which also lambasted the Top Forty format. He subsequently revamped the foreign-language station KMPX into what is considered to be America's first alternative "free-form" radio station on the largely ignored FM band, playing non-commercial music by album-oriented bands. In 1969 he managed Leigh Stephens, Micky Waller, and Pete Sears in the band Silver Metre, and Stoneground in 1970. In 1972 he moved to the role of general manager at KSAN, where he encouraged playlists of music from different eras and genres interspersed with political commentary.
A typical example of KSAN radio featuring Tom Donahue can be found on the album The Golden Age Of Underground Radio.
Donahue, and his DJ wife Raechel, formed further free-form radio stations KMET and KPPC-FM in Los Angeles.
He died from a heart attack in 1975. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 as a non-performer, one of only three disc jockeys to receive that honor

.Original Posting January 2010


Sunday, December 4, 2016


A various assortment of punk-garage from a lot of different artists. Some of these bands went on to become a little more refined while others vanished with only theses snarling musical memories.

Saturday, December 3, 2016


Unlock the Gates is the last album by the rock band Gypsy. Keyboardist James Walsh continued the band in various incarnations as The James Walsh Gypsy Band. The horn section is from the band Chicago. Overall this is not a bad  LP  I think in OMO  that the LP jacket is one of the worst covers ever made. I reworked the artwork , The original members would eventuality release two more
recordings a few years later

    * Enrico Rosenbaum - guitar, vocals
    * James Walsh - keyboards, vocals
    * James Johnson - guitar, vocals
    * Bill Lordan - drums
    * Randall Cates - bass, vocals
    * Walter Parazaider - saxophone
    * James Pankow - trombone
    * Lee Loughnane - trumpetenbaum except as noted.

   1. "Is That News?" (Rosenbaum, Johnson) – 3
   2. "Make Peace With Jesus" (Rosenbaum, Walsh) – 3:15
   3. "One Step Away" (Walsh) – 3:11
   4. "Bad Whore (The Machine)" – 2:48
   5. "Unlock the Gates" – 3:42
   6. "Toin It" – 2:46
   7. "Need You Baby" – 3:05
   8. "Smooth Operator" – 3:20
   9. "Don't Get Mad (Get Even)" – 3:14
  10. "Precious One" (Johnson) – 4:19

Monday, November 28, 2016


This was Gypsy's third album - their first on RCA Records - released in 1972. There were no lengthy songs on this album. However, "Day After Day", "Young Gypsy", "So Many Promises", and the title cut, "Antithesis (Keep Your Faith)", all received radio airplay. This was another good album by the group and all of the songs are easily recognizable as being by Gypsy.

Line-up / Musicians
- James Walsh / vocals, keyboards
- Enrico Rosenbaum / vocals, guitar
- James C. Johnson / vocals, lead guitar
- Randy Cates / vocals, bass
- Bill Lordan / drums 

Tracks Listing

1. Crusader (3:10) 
2. Day After Day (3:15) 
3. The Creeper (3:13) 
4. Facing Time (4:12) 
5. Lean On Me (3:13) 
6. Young Gypsy (3:06) 
7. Don't Bother Me  (3:13) 
8. Travelin' Minnesota Blues (2:32) 
9. So Many Promises (2:23) 
10. Antithesis (3:21) 
11. Edgar (Don't Hoover Over Me) (3:25) 
12. Money(4:51) 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

ARLO, ALICE,AUTUMN, AND A THANKSGIVING DINNER 1965, 20-year-old Arlo Guthrie was convicted of littering in the Berkshire 
   County town of Stockbridge, and the song "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" was born.
The son of legendary musician Woody Guthrie, Arlo and a friend were spending 
Thanksgiving with Alice and Ray Brock at the couple's home in a former church. 
Alice asked the boys to take a load of trash to the town dump. When they arrived, 
they found that the dump was closed, so they threw the trash down a nearby 
hillside. Guthrie turned the story of their subsequent arrest and court appearance 
into a best-selling record. Thirty years later, he returned to the Berkshires. He 
purchased the former church building and converted it into an interfaith spiritual 
and social service center.The story of "Alice's Restaurant" begins and ends at a church in Great BarringtonMassachusetts. By the 1960s, the small, pine Gothic Revival building had lost its 
congregation. The Episcopal diocese put the building up for sale, and in 1964, 
Alice and Ray Brock purchased it. After a formal de-consecration ceremony, the 
young couple moved in.e Brocks were a creative and charismatic pair who had been influenced by Jack Kerouac and other members of the Beat Generation. Ray was an architect and 
woodworker, Alice a painter and designer. Both worked at a private school in 
nearby Stockbridge. They transformed the former church into a quirky but welcoming 
place where their students and other young people could find refuge from 
"establishment pressures," especially the Vietnam War and the draft.
Ray and Alice served as surrogate parents for the young women and men who camped 
out, sometimes for weeks at a time, at the church. The neighbors were not happy 
about the arrangement. They viewed the Brocks and their guests as drug-using, 
long-haired hippies. Agitated residents honked their car horns and yelled as they
drove past; they wrote letters to the editor protesting the presence in their community of what they called a "beatnik commune."It was in this context that police officer Bill Obanhein reacted so strongly when the church group was implicated in the Thanksgiving trash dump. That evening, the 
Brocks received a call from Obanhein. He had spent "two very unpleasant hours
going through the debris until he found an envelope with the Brocks' name. Alice 
confirmed that Arlo and his friend were the culprits. Obanhein summoned the boys \
to the police station."Officer Obie" later admitted that he had no sympathy for longhaired,
nonconformist teenagers, although he conceded that they were basically "good 
kids." He decided to give them a scare and make an example of them so that the 
town would have no more trouble with hippies. He arrested the pair and put them in 
a jail cell until a furious Alice Brock bailed them out. Two days later, they
appeared before a blind judge and his Seeing Eye dog, who "viewed" Obanhein's 
photo evidence of the trash dumping and convicted the two young men of littering
He fined them $25 each and ordered them to clean up the trash.After paying the fine and completing the cleanup, Arlo Guthrie began coposingwhat would take up one entire side of his first album. Eventually 18 minutes long, "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" evolved slowly over the next two years. The firstverses written recounted the events of Thanksgiving 1965. Later Arlo added lyrics
critical of the Vietnam War. When Alice Brock opened a restaurant in Stockbridge
in early 1969, the song found its refrain, "You can get anything you want at 
Alice's Restaurant." Then, finally, there was the draft. Called before his New 
York City draft board for a hearing on his fitness for military service, Arlo
faced a final question: "Have you ever been arrested?" In the song, his conviction for
 littering saves Arlo Guthrie from the draft. In reality he was classified 1A, but his lottery number never came up.When director Arthur Penn made a movie based on the song in 1968, he filmed on
location at the former church; a number of the participants played themselves.
Opening in the summer of 1968, one week after Woodstock, it was hailed as "one of 
the best films about young people ever made." The locals were not happy to see 
their town portrayed as a hippie haven, but many of them did enjoy being in the
movie. Both Arlo and "Officer Obie" played themselvesOver the years, many people made pilgrimages to the building they called "Alice's church." In 1990 one of those pilgrims was Arlo Guthrie. To Guthrie, the communitythat had gathered there in the 1960s was not the failed utopia depicted in the movie but a place that nurtured enduring relationships. As he gazed through the 
windows into the empty building, he decided that there was still a spiritual 
presence there. As Alice Brock once said, "They had a ceremony to take God out of 
the church before we moved in, as though you can pick God up and place him here or 
there. I don't feel like the church was deconsecrated. It was always a holy place."
Over the next five years, Arlo Guthrie raised funds to purchase the building as a 
home for the Guthrie Center and Guthrie Foundation, a nonprofit interfaith 
organization, which brings together individuals for spiritual activities as well

01  turkey in the straw - ewan dobson
02 100'000 turkeys - chris t t
03 be thankful for what you got - arthur lee & love
04 the autumn stone - small faces
05 autumn afternoon - stone ponys
06 autumn too long - bob & kit
07 forever autumn - moody blues
08 late november - sandy denny
09 now be thankful - fairport convention
10 i thank you - sam & dave
11 november night - peter fonda
12 thankful - joe cocker
13 thank you  - sly & the family stone
14 thankful heart - petra
15 autumn almanac - kinks
16 autumn wind - delicate balance
17 thanksgiving day - ray davies
18 thanksgiving filler - drive- by truckers
19 thanks - james gang
20 the thanksgiving prayer - johnny cash
21 late november - pavlov's dog
22 thank you - led zeppelin
23 thankful - caveman
24 alice's restaurant massacre - arlo guthrie

Thursday, November 10, 2016


01 mourin' blues - nitty gritty dirt band
02 epitaph blues - medicine head
03 rocket car wash blues - rockets
04 broken hearted blues - t-rex
05 i got the blues - rolling stones
06 the daily blues - john kay & steppenwolf
07 56 blues - keith emerson trio
08 mother's blues - boomerang
09 cumberland blues - grateful dead
10 hesitation blues - nitty gritty dirt band
11 muleskinner blues - muleskiner
12 working man's blues - rockets
13 holdin' blues - uncle ben & the wild rice
14 nomad blues - nathan zark
15 burt's blues - gary duncan & quicksilver
16 v-8 ford blues - mt rushmore
17 jimmy olsen's blues - spin doctors
18 teenie's blues - keith emerson trio
19 lean woman's blues - t-rex
20 back door blues - ultimate spinach
21 ventilator blues - rolling stones
22 bus driver blues - blue water trio
23 haight ashbury blues - randy & the westwood paper
24 blues on the moon - linn county & friends

Saturday, November 5, 2016




Tuesday, November 1, 2016


Wednesday, October 26, 2016



Friday, October 14, 2016


It never hurts to go completely off track every so often. As I was skimming through some long untouched files I found some really bad music. These are a waste of studio time and are absolute proof that of some very very horrible music has been created and played.
 . Mostly tracks from the World's Worst music and some of my own dis-favorites.

01   fluffy - gloria balsam
02   march of the flower children - seeds
03   doctor octopus - fickle pickle
04   i like - heathen dan
05   kazooed on klassics - the temple city kazoo orchestra
06   potato chip = shadows of knight
07   paralyzed - the legendary stardust cowboy
08   i wanna be your dog - seven stooges
09   boogie woogie amputee = barnes and barnes
10   kinko the clown - ogden edsl
11   umbassa and the dragon - turtles
12   blue christmas - porky pig
13   surfin" tragety - breakers
14   young at heart - wild man fischer
15   king kong - jimmy castor bunch
16   godzilla - jimmy castor bunch
17   ohh licky licky wah - deviled hsm
18   dante's inferno - blues magoos
19   ugly - johnny meeskire
20   surfin' school - king uszniewicz & his uszniewicztones
* 21   tip toe through the tulips - tiny tim
22   downtown - mrs miller
23   disco duck -- rick dees
24   get jiggy with it - will smith   

* My choice for the worst song for all time