My Generation of Sunday 14 & Tuesday 16 October: British Invasion All Stars, Chicago Blues Legends Today [Ed’s Show, 2018-41]

NEW SHOWBritish Invasion All Stars, Chicago Blues Legends Today *** Repeated: Oh! Calcutta, Michael Messer’s Mitra, R.I.P. Jefferson Airplane’s Marty Balin*** [Ed’s Show, 2018-41, Sunday 14 Oct., 12 noon till 12 midnight, repeated Tuesday 16 Oct., 12 noon till 20:00 hrs *** Time Zone: CET Brussels  *** RADIO 68: all the sounds and all the voices that shaped the sixties ***


BRITISH INVASION ALL-STARS featEddie Phillips of The Creation, Ray Phillips of The Nashville Teens, Matthew Fisher of Procol Harum, Keith Grant and Don Craine of The Downliners Sect, Phil May and Dick Taylor of The Pretty Things, Jim McCarty of The Yardbirds 
FORGOTTEN & OVERLOOKED: GANDALF: Golden Earring  (single, US, 1069) + THE GOLDEN EARRINGS: Please GO (no. 20, Holland, 1965) + JACQUELINE TAIEB: 7h du matin (1967) ***
LONGPLAYTIME: WAYNE FONTANA: Internal Circle (< Wayne One, 1966) + PEARLS BEFORE SWINE feat. Tom Rapp:  Drop Out (< One Nation Underground, 1967) + THE BLUES MAGOOS: I’ll Go Crazy (< Psychedelic Lollipop)
WORD : THE MURDER OF MARTIN LUTHER KING:  SCAFFOLD: 10:15 Thursday Morning + CHAMPION JACK DUPREE: Death of Martin Luther King (1968) + MARTIN LUTHER KING: Excerpt of ‘Mountain Top Speech’, last speech given 03 April 1968 at the eve of his assassination

LOVE, PEACE & UNDERSTANDING  Allen Toussaint: Optimism Blues.
SPECIAL  CHICAGO: THE BLUES LEGENDS TODAY. Radio 68 plays nine tracks based on the Mike Mettalia mixes of the Chicago Legends Today album conceived by Mike Mettallia and Rockin’ Johnny Burgin. Out on Westone Records, 2018.
THANKS TO Mike Mettalia for the  album (the Mike Mettalia mixes) and Pete ‘Blewzzman’ Lauro for drawing my attention to this wonderful release.

3 MY GENERATION (repeated)

LOVE, PEACE & UNDERSTANDING:  The Rolling Stones: I’m Free.
The Music Explosion: Little Bit O’ Soul +  Freedom: Fly, 1969 + The Peanut Butter Conspiracy: It’s A Happening Thing, 1967.
OH! CALCUTTA by Brave New World + title song from OST.
LONGPLAYTIME  R.I.P. Marty Balin, guitarist, singer, composer > Jefferson Airplane: Surrealistic Pillow:  Comin’ Back To MeMy Best Friend (Marty Balin), Plastic Fantastic Lover (Marty Balin), 3/5 Of A Mile in 10 Seconds (Marty Balin).
WORD :  Dolle Mina, Waarom is de baas, eigenlijk?


LOVE, PEACE & UNDERSTANDING Dr. John: The Patriotic Flag Waver.
THE ORIGINATORS & INSPIRATORS The Coasters (Little Egypt) + Albert King (Cold Feet) + Rufus Thomas (The Memphis Train).
SPECIAL  MICHAEL MESSER’s MITRA: Bhupali Blues, Rollin’ & Tumblin’, Blue Letters   (cd ‘Call Of The Blues, Knife Edge Records, KER CD001, 2017).
KEEPERS OF THE BLUES FLAME GEOFF EVERETT: Much Worse Than I Thought,  Stiched-Up Again, The Writing On The Wall  (new cd ‘Night Patrol) + POPA CHUBBY: Go Fuck Yourself (< cd Prime Cuts, 2018).
WORD :  Lauren Hoffman: Shadows of the Moon + Popa Chubby: Go Fuck Yourself.
AND ALSO: Iron Butterfly.
THANKS TO Geoff Everett for ‘Midnight Patrol’ + Michael Messer for ‘Call Of The Blues’ by Michael Messer’s Mitra + Lauren Hoffman for Shadows of the Moon + V2 Records Belgium for Popa Chubby.

 SCHEDULE ** ROOSTER  ** CET Brussels Sun. 1200 > 2400      Wed. 1200 > 2000 
My Generation new show: British All Stars 12:00 * 16:00 * 20:00 12:00 * 16:00 * 20:00
Blueside new show: Chicago Legends Today 13:00  * 17:00  * 21:00 13:00  * 17:00  * 21:00
My Generation repeated:  Oh Calcutta 14:00 * 18:00  * 22:00 14:00 * 18:00  * 22:00
Blueside repeated: Michael Messer 15:00 * 19:00 * 23:00
Ends 24:00 hrs Ends 20:00 hrs


“The British Invasion All-Stars are a 21st century band with a ’60s sound, which isn’t surprising because all of its members are veteran rockers who belonged to various ’60s bands (some more prominent than others). (…) Formed in 2001, the British Invasion All-Stars boasts former Yardbird Jim McCarty on drums and lead vocals, ex-Procol Harum member Matthew Fisher on electric Hammond organ, and Eddie Phillips (formerly of the Creation) on lead guitar. The three other members are Ray Phillips, of The Nashville Teens fame, on lead vocals, and two ex-members of the Downliners Sect: rhythm guitarist Don Craine and bassist Keith Grand (who contributes background vocals and shares the lead vocals with Phillips and McCarty). The British Invasion All-Stars’ self-titled debut album, which was released on the independent Mooreland Street label in 2002, shows no awareness of the alternative rock sounds of the early 2000s; the band is totally unaffected by any of the punk, new wave, post-punk, pop-metal, or alternative rock that came after the ’60s. From covers of well-known songs by The Yardbirds (“Shapes of Things”) and The Who (“Shakin’ All Over”), to new material, everything on the British Invasion All-Stars’ first album is unapologetically ’60s-minded. The CD boasts several guest musicians who have strong ’60s credentials, including bassist Noel Redding (who was one-third of the Jimi Hendrix Experience) and two ex-members of the Pretty Things: Dick Taylor and Phil May”.
Quoted from / all Rights Reserved: Alex Henderson on


(…) “The recordings were done under the dual leadership of Mike Mettalia, a harmonica player who leads the Midnight Shift band, and Rockin’ Johnny Burgin, a guitarist who spent more than twenty-five years in Chicago before relocating to the West coast. They are supported by a number of notable backing musicians including Illinois Slim on lead & rhythm guitar, John Sefner on bass, and Steve Dougherty on drums.

Six tracks feature Mary Lane on lead vocal, accompanied by her husband, Jeffrey LaBron on bass, showcasing a voice honed by decades of scuffling through the network of small, little-known Chicago blues clubs.
Little Jerry Jones takes the lead on three tracks, starting with his original, a slow elegy entitled “Let’s Make Love Tonight”. He takes his time as a vocalist while his lead guitar playing consists of fluid, single note runs. On “Smokestack Lightnin’,” Jones adopts a gritty approach that contrasts well with Mettalia’s full-bodied harp tone.
Milwaukee Slim (Silas McClatcher) His deep, powerful tones provide a spark on a spirited cover of the Jimmy Roger’s standard, “Sloppy Drunk,” as Mettalia once again impresses, with Slim urging him on. Even better is the rousing run-through of “Unemployment Risin’,” a Mettalia-penned tune that has another healthy dose of Burgin’s tighty drawn slide licks.
Mike  Mettalia gets his moment in the spotlight on another original, “Midnight Call”. Illinois Slim demonstrates his guitar dexterity behind the singer’s even keeled singing. Burgin does a fine job of channeling Magic Sam on “Things Gonna Work Out Fine,” before delivering a tough vocal on Howlin’ Wolf’s “I’m Leaving You”. On Junior Walker’s “Hotcha,” the leaders dial back the energy for a soothing instrumental interlude”. (as reviewed by Peter ‘Blewzzman’ Lauro)

RADIO 68 plays nine tracks in all: two feat. Little Jerry Jones on vocals (Let’s Make Love Tonight, Smokestack Lightnin’), another two by Milwaukee Slim on vocals ( Sloppy Drunk, Unemployment Risin’) and three sung by Mary Lane (Papa Treetop, You Hurt My Feelings, I Always Want You Near), plus ‘Midnight Call’ feat. Mike Mettalia in hnca and vocs and ‘I’m Leaving You’ sung by Rockin’ Johnny Burgin. RAIO 68 plays the Mike Mettalia mixes as provided by Mike himself.


“I’ve found it impossible to locate the Original Soundtrack to ‘Oh! Calcutta’, a show/musical that  focused on the nudity of ‘Hair’ and blew it up a hundred times. In fact, all the actors on stage were naked. This may have been new in the world of pop and entertainment, but nudity wasn’t exactly new to the world of theatre. In fact, the troupe called The Living Theatre did exactly that: show nudity on stage. The difference? Well, ‘Oh! Calcutta’ was just about nudity, The Living Theatre was about dumping taboos and presenting an alternative to the puritan Western world. The nude black women in ‘Oh! Calcutta’ did shock the most, which tells us more about the many morons in America than black nudity. I did locate a sort of soundtrack, recorded by a German group called Brave New World – and some bits and pieces I cannot possibly put into context.
Anyway, ‘Oh! Calcutta’ is part of the ‘tear down any wall’ paradigm of the sixties and deserves to be broadcast, especially since both the show and the music are all but forgotten”.  ©  Eddy Bonte


“In 2013 I travelled to Mumbai to perform at a festival. Just before I went I was put in touch with one of the new rising stars and masters of Indian slide guitar, Manish Pingle (pronounced ‘Pinglay’). A few days after the festival, Manish invited me to his home. This was too good an opportunity to miss. I didn’t take a guitar with me, but after only a few minutes we were jamming together on two Mohan veenas (Indian slide guitars) and we almost forgot to eat! I had no idea that we would be able to play together, but for many years, in fact ever since I first heard the incredible playing of Indian slide guitar master, Pandit Brij Bhushan Kabra, on the albums ‘Call Of The Valley’ and ‘Lure Of The Desert’, I had wanted to play Mississippi and Chicago blues with a Hindustani classical slide player. It just took me thirty five years to meet the right person to do it with!

Manish had heard some blues, but not the style of rural blues that I was playing that night on one of his Mohan veenas. We had an immediate natural understanding of each other’s playing and found that we were able to switch from blues to Hindustani music without really    noticing where the joins were. It was natural and easy for us to play together, as if we had known each other’s music for years. I left Manish’s home that night and promised myself that someday we would play together again. To cut a long story short, Manish Pingle arrived in the UK in September 2013 to do a concert with me at the Troubadour Club in London. (…)
Fast forward to April 2015 and a few days after a fantastic UK tour together, we were at Leif Storm Studio recording this album. It took us three days to record the ten tracks and except for a double-tracked vocal on one song, all the material was recorded completely live with no overdubs.
‘Mitra’ is friends, the Hindu god of friendship and alliance ….Mitra will keep us together”.
Taken from the sleeve notes by Michael Messer, All Rights Reserved.



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