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music friday: fillmore auditorium 10/6/67

Another look back at the Fillmore Auditorium, this time going back 56 years to October 6, 1967. The triple-bill was night two of a three-night stand.

Opening was Mad River, an Ohio band that moved to Berkeley in early 1967. They released an EP later that year, which I assume would have been part of their concert repertoire at the time of this show. The next year they signed with Capitol Records and released two albums, the first of which I owned ... it was psychedelia at its finest/worst. Here is a track from the EP, "A Gazelle", which they re-recorded for their Capitol debut (renamed "Amphetamine Gazelle"):

In 1977, we saw Lawrence Hammond and the Whiplash Band open at a Dan Hicks concert. Hammond was a key member of Mad River, and all I knew of him was that first album, so when he and his band unleashed a decent country-rock sound, I couldn't help myself and shouted out a request for "Amphetamine Gazelle". "Crawl back in your time capsule" was the immortal reply. Next up was The Grass Roots. I sometimes forget that The Grass Roots had a pre-fame period where they might play at The Fillmore. Earlier in 1967, they'd had their first top-ten hit, "Let's Live for Today", which would have made them the most famous artists on this bill. Among the group members at that time was Creed Bratton, who later played "Creed Bratton" on the U.S. version of The Office. Bratton is the first person you see on this video:

And here he is on The Office:

Headlining was Quicksilver Messenger Service, one of the key bands in the "San Francisco Sound". They hadn't released any albums at the time of this show ... they had one single that I think had been released. They played at Monterey Pop ... they pretty much played all the time. But they held out on a recording contract, finally connecting with Capitol Records in late 1967 (one of the last SF bands to sign).

In their early years, they were renowned for the intricate guitar play of John Cipollina and Gary Duncan. Cipollina in particular is remembered as one of the finest guitar players of his era. Here is "The Fool" from their first album, which I played over and over back in the day. I like what Richie Unterberg said on AllMusic: "The Fool' reflects some of the best and worst traits of the psychedelic era."


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