June 5, 2008

Feeling a little nostalgic

As usual, things come in bunches. Today it's nostalgia.

Yesterday, my wife had my son download some cuts from the band Yes from iTunes. "Roundabout," "Long Distance Runaround," etc, songs I hadn't listened to since about 1983. OK, fine. They had their place in our stoned-teen existence, and it
actually was pretty cool to hear them again from an adult perspective. Their musicianship was top-notch; the playing bordered on bombastic; and the song lyrics were, well, "art-rock."

Second came the news that Wolfgang's Vault, a website devoted to classic-rock concerts, was beginning to allow download purchase of their content. If you've never seen the site, you should check it out. It's amazing how many shows they have. Personally, I don't know how many live Allman Brothers, Thin Lizzy, and Jefferson Airplane shows you need or want to listen to, but they are there for the listening. To the site's credit they also have Springsteen, the Chili Peppers and a host of trippy posters and stuff, so it's definitely worth checking out.
Thirdly, comes this YouTube video that was posted on the Aquarium Drunkard blog site. It's from a 1969 show at the Playboy Mansion, a show called "Playboy After Dark" that used to highlight bands and other groovy people who would stop by Hugh Hefner's place. The video is such a great piece of slice of life, it's just hard to ignore. Enjoy!

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