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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Aug 6, 2021 4:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: MARCH 69 3/5 Rascals, Steppenwolf, Simon & G., PP&M

March 1969

3/5

THE RASCALS - album - FREEDOM SUITE - March 17
This double album feature on disc of typical soul-rock Rascals songs, including two singles from last year “People Gotta Be Free”, and “A Ray of Hope”, and “Heaven” from this year . The second disc is all instrumental . “Adrian’s Birthday” is a sort of Ramsey Lewis style thing, good . “Boom” is a 14 minute drum solo .No no NO . Just not that interesting, and I’m not totally anti drum solos, just not long onesthe take up most of the side of an album .The last side is taken up by “Cute” , and soul-jazz jam song, actually not bad at all .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TlujNADT4s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH-L1zwe9Fs&list=PLI5NFomdVbM9sAjmGwdxi1Ue8_hAotHL5&index=12

STEPPENWOLF - album - AT YOUR BIRTHDAY PARTY - March
This their third album, moving , like a lot of groups, at the time , to a more hard rock approach . This album is a bit of a sept down from their first two, it had their last top ten single “Rock Me” that has more going one lyraicly than you might think . Other highlight are the heavy “Jupiter’s Child”, and one of their vey best songs , It’s Never Too Late” . There is some weaker material filling out her record . In 68-69 they had four albums, theyn might have been better to do three . This was the last album with he original guitar player , Michel Monarch .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzPJ26RHiNQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlS4pJTLysE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LA1eI1GGpE

SIMON & GARFUNKEL - THE BOXER - March 21
Sort of Paul Simon’s “Day In The Life” . The lyrics are obstensively about a boxer . But it is moving in a way that touches sorting that can’t quite be expressed, something that poetry , and music can do .
This was a hugely time consuming effort to record (100 hours) . It was designed to be an epic record and it succeeded . I throw some rocks, and poke fun at Mr. Simon sometimes , but not here .
It ended up on the “Bridge Over Troubled Water” album nine months later .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1VUWDcp5Sg

PETER, PAUUL, 7 MARY - DAY IS DONE - March 24
This was the last single recorded by our intrepid folk trio / An anti-war song,written by Peter Yarrow, it is nice, but does have that ernest campfire “Kum Ba Yah” feeling .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Z2imE-8mk

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Aug 6, 2021 6:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: MARCH 69 3/5 Rascals, Steppenwolf, Simon & G., PP&M

What are the rocks and fun poking? I owe him a lot for Graceland and Rhythm of the Saints that's for sure.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Aug 6, 2021 7:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: MARCH 69 3/5 Rascals, Steppenwolf, Simon & G., PP&M

Simon's music is something I should like more than I do, but don't . Sometimes he kind of annoys me . But that isa taste thing . With this song I can only salut him . A truely great record .

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Aug 6, 2021 7:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: MARCH 69 3/5 Rascals, Steppenwolf, Simon & G., PP&M

I fully understand that. I got artists that I respect like crazy but don't love.

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Poster: c-freedom Date: Aug 6, 2021 6:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: MARCH 69 3/5 Rascals, Steppenwolf, Simon & G., PP&M

"these are days of miracle and wonder"