My Generation and Blueside: Sun. 08 Nov.: The Critters, Paul Jones, John Sinclair, Lil’Ed (2015-44)

The Critters, Paul Jones, John Sinclair & Wayne Kramer, Lil’ Ed & Blues Imperials *

SHOWTIME on SUNDAYS
12:00 My Generation ** 14:00  Blueside ** 16:00 My Generation ** 18:00 Blueside ** 20:00 My Generation ** 22:00 Blueside **  24:00 End of Show

The Critters psych cd cover

MY GENERATON * THE PLAYLIST
New show:
THE OTHERS:  The  Tony Pike Studio Demos ** BILLIE DAVIS  ** SPECIAL: THE CRITTERS, feat. THE CRITTERS, JACKIE DE SHANNON, MATTHEW FISHER, THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL, MIKE PENDER’s  SEARCHERS ** THE RAY KING SOUL  BAND ** Voices: Jim Hightower + Country Joe McDonald: Agent Orange Song
Previous show:
ALVIN ROBINSON ** PAUL  JONES SPECIAL: POP ** STEPPENWOLF ** COUNT FIVE ** THE HERD ** PAUL  JONES SPECIAL: PROG ** Voices: Dan Kennedy 

BLUESIDE: THE PLAYLIST
1 New show:
SWEET BOURBON & BOURBONNETTES: LIVE AT TRIANON (thanks to Chris and the band: www.sweetbourbon.nl ** SPECIAL: JOHN SINCLAIR & the Blues Scholars, feat. WAYNE KRAMER: FULL CIRCLE, plus JOHN LEE HOOKER  ** THE YARDBIRDS ** RAY CHARLES ** PERCY MAYSFIELD ** AND ALSO: THE INCREDIBLE STRING BAND **
Previous show:
THE PRETTY THINGS ** CHRIS YOULDEN (ex-Savay Brown) ** SPECIAL: LIL’ ED  & the BLUES IMPERIALS: JUMP START  + Interview snippet, read the interview here  :  http://www.keysandchords.com/lil-ed-interview.html ** ** early HOLLIES ** NINE BELOW ZERO with ALAN GLEN ** SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON ** CHRIS FARLOWE **

MY GENERATION * New Format 

The Critters psych cd cover

Show * new format
Each week, Radio 68 brings you a new sixties show of one hour, including a special highlighting one artist, release, topic or trend. Followed by last week’s show, totalling 120 minutes of all the sounds and the voices that shaped the 60s.
More info here: https://www.radio68.be/shows

Show Time
First airing  Sundays at 12 noon * Repeated: Sundays at  16:00 hrs, 20:00 hrs and twelve midnight  +  Mondays 12  noon ** RADIO 68 TIME = Central European Time (CET), for example: 14:00 hrs CET = 1 p.m.

PART 1: NEW SHOW, special: THE CRITTERS

The Critters  didn’t change the course of pop music, but they released exemplary sunshine pop and surely deserve more attention. The Critters started as a school band called The Vibrations (1964), and were signed by Kapp / Kama Sutra after their first single went nowhere. Record companies always know better, so they forced the band to release “Younger Girl” –  written by John Sebastian of their label mates The Lovin’ Spoonful.  This minor hit was followed by the song they will always be remembered for: the  exquisite and well-deserved hit “Mr. Dyingly Sad”, a wonderful tune written by band member Don Ciccone, pointing out they had great talent in their own ranks. Jackie De Shannon recognized their talent and gave them “Children and Flowers” (a flop, however) and so did Jay Black, singer of Jay and The Techniques!
After more minor hits and drastic line-up changes (Ciccone was drafted!), the band left Kama Sutra and opted for Project 3 Records, an experimental label  in terms of sound technique – but not in terms of management and distribution: their Project 3 albums went nowhere at all. Yet, they contain a bunch of carefully crafted songs, many of which are pure examples of flower power pop and light folk psych, like Awake In a Dream or Margie Girl  – even if the band is from New Jersey and not California.
After the band broke up , singer and guitar player Jimmy Ryan (who was there from the start) embarked on a  versatile solo career , ranging from the cast of Hair to playing with the likes of Arthur Brown,  Matthew Fisher (Procul Harum), Dana Gillespie, Carly Simon, etc.
RADIO 68 PLAYS: The Critters: hits and psych pop * Jackie De Shannon who gave them “Children and Flowers” * Matthew Fisher feat. Critter Jimmy Ryan * Kama Sutra label mates The Lovin’ Spoonful *  Mike Pender’s Searchers (The Searchers also covered De Shannon’s songs).

PART 2: LAST WEEK’s SHOW, special: PAUL JONES went Prog

Paul Jones LP Musix Box

PAUL JONES
Pure and versatile artists like Cliff Bennett, Chris Farlowe or Paul Jones wrote  originally sang straight blues, soul or rock and roll (and pop when in need of a hit). At the end of the sixties, however, it became fashionable to take pop seriously and so everyone went Prog, wrote elaborated songs with difficult lyrics, and hired orchestras. So did the voice of Manfred Mann who had embarked on a solo career as a singer and actor: Paul Jones. Prog is all over his album “Come Into My Music Box”, but “Crucifix In a Horseshoe” stand out – it as also  released on the prestigious prog label Vertigo. Here is Paul Jones with some pop tunes and a large excerpt from “Crucifix” (check “Blueside” for more Paul Jones).

RADIO 68: HAPPY TO BE DIFFERENT

 

BLUESIDE * New Format

Show
A new 60 minute episode of My Generation Blueside followed by the previous show, totalling two hours of the blues that influenced and inspired the sounds of the sixties – from the originators till the present day. Each show includes a special highlighting one artist, release, topic or trend.

Show Time
First airing  Sundays at  14:00 hrs * Repeated: Sundays at  18:00 hrs, 22:00 hrs and 2 in the morning  + Mondays 14:00 hrs ** RADIO 68 TIME = Central European Time (CET), for example: 14:00 hrs CET = 1 p.m.

PART 1: NEW SHOW: JOHN SINCLAIR & WAYNE KRAMER: Full Circle

John Sinclair Wayne Kramer Full Circle

In 1966, White Panther and poet  John Sinclair met the MC5 and became friends with singer-guitarist Wayne Kramer. In 1996, the they meet again and eventually produce that long-awaited album. Sinclair and his Blues Scholars recite, sing, play, perform Sinclair’s lyrics, paying tribute to a host of jazz and blues icons.
“On Full Circlen John Sinclair,  the former White Panther leader, MC5 manager, and political prisoner, lets loose with help from Motor City and Crescent City associates. Providing musical muscle are special guests ex-MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer and trumpeter Charles Moore who performed with the jazz outfit Contemporary Jazz Quartet. Both played a major part in Sinclair’s s early jazz, poetry, and rock escapades (…) Several of the tracks are heartfelt tributes to musical and cultural heroes like  John Coltrane, Thelonous Monk, Allen Ginsburg, Roosevelt Sykes and Bukka White Full Circle continues the Sinclair /MC5 connection achieved back in the ’60s, mixing rock and jazz before it was called “fusion.” (Source: AllMusic Review by Al Campbell )
www.johnsinclair.us

RADIO 68 PLAYS: tracks from Full Circle: Doctor Blues, Cow, Double Dealing, The Screamers  * Percy Maysfield and Ray Charles: because Sinclair’s “Double Dealing” is composed with Maysfield in mind and set to Charles’ “Lonely Avenue”  John Lee Hooker, who wrote “Motor City Burning” and MC5 feat. Wayne Kramer, who covered it on their debut album * The Yardbirds with “Who Do You Love?”, since Sinclair’s The Screamers” is based on a Bo Diddley riff **

PART 2: PREVIOUS SHOW: LIL’ ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS: HEAD START

Read my interview with il’ Ed here:  http://www.keysandchords.com/lil-ed-interview.html

 

 

 

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