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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Oct 7, 2021 8:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: APRIL 69 3/5 Elvis, J. Winter,Youngbloods, Zappa

APRIL 1969
3/5

ELVI PRESLEY - IN THE GHETTO - April - 14
The first release from his sessions in Memphis , at American Sound , and produced by Chips Moman . Written by Mac Davis, this fits in with the new socially conscious country songs, like “The Games People Play” etc., For Elvis this was a move at legitimacy, where his public image had degenerated almost to a joke . Maybe a little sedimental, but this compassionate song about the cycle of poverty and crime , could use an airing today .The flip side was a cover of “Any Day Now”, best know by the R&B version by Chuck Jackson in 1962 .

JOHNNY WINTER - album - April 15
Jonny Winter’s first album… kind of .He did record a albumin a small Austin label Sonobeat in 68, but thisColumbia album might as well be his first . It is the one that launched his career .Jamming with Mike Bloomfield, and Al Kooper, caught the attention of a Columbia guy, and he was promptly singed . The albino blues player from Texas gives a mostly slight ahead blues record here . Some feel is it is best .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3FnLwQjRQ0&list=OLAK5uy_kAKml8BX6FtfrCHfD_-laCYGM2m1IqfcU&index=1
From a few months later
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6iL2nitlm8&list=OLAK5uy_kGq-q4Kh6OWBas86tsIQPpsyb-hMPjGcQ&index=2

THE YOUNGBLOODS - album -ELEPHANT MOUNTAIN - April
Usually considered there best album, It is certainly an enjoyable one .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORSD_u2upP4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcIfz_8WPwY

MOTHERS OF INVENTION - album - UNCLE MEAT - April 21
Originally conceived a s a film, Uncle Meat was part of his “ No Commercial Potential, a project which which included “We're Only in It for the Money”, “Lumpy Gravy” and” Cruising with Ruben & the Jets.” . This one feature more of small group instrumental music, mostly influenced by classical (Stravinsky), and jazz (Eric Dolphy) . In this mix there are spoken bits, live tracks, and the actual “songs” were mostly pachuco, doo wop influenced . The sounds are manipulated, and recorded in some rather innovative ways . The last side of the two LP set , was taken up by what really is a jazz rock fusion work, :King Kong” . As Zappa’s musical ambition grew, he kept adding more accomplished musicals, while keeping the original band . It was now up to 10 players . This couldn’t last . This led to a bitter break up by the end of the year . The quality of playing, and the discipline of Zappa’s future band were more “pro”, but he never has a group with as much personality, and warmth .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkk6zTscrKA
More weird Doo Wop
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj9nm9_SOvM
Live
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooReaD1jI1w