2.Rockpalast Rocknight 4.-5. March 1978
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WDR Text 1978: Michael Chapman is one of the best guitarists that England has brought forth in recent years. He's an excellent technician not only with acoustic, but also with the electric guitar. His voice is unmistakably raw and wilful and has a mind of ist own. In his melancholic songs, he describes his observations of life in the country, in the big city, etc. (Official Text)
Michael Chapman was born in Leeds on January 24th, 1941, and studied art and photography. His trademarks are his experimental style of playing, his melancholic ballads that are gladly done in minor chords and his biting, sarcastic lyrics. At the taping of 'Fully Qualified Survivor', he brought a band into the studio and thereby discovered the guitarist Mick Ronson (see Hunter-Ronson 6.Rocknight). His first US tour in 1972 was only fair since Americans
didn't know how to
01 Scholarly Man 02 Fallin' Apart 03 Northern Lights 04 I'm Sober Now 05 Sea Of Wine, 06 Ballad In Plain D
Rainmaker (1969) Harvest SHVL 755 (CD 1997 4679-WY) Window (1970) Harvest SHVL 786 Fully Qualified Survivor (1970) Harvest SHVL 764 (CD 1997 4687-WY) Wrecked Again (1971) Harvest SHVL 798 Millstone Grit (1973) Deram SML11-5 Deal Gone Down (1974) Deram SML 1114 Pleasures Of The Street (1975) Nova 622321 Savage Amusement (1976) Deram Man Who Hated Mornings (1978) Decca SKL-R 5290 Playing Guitar the easy way (1978) Criminal Records Steal Life On The Ceiling (1979) EDSEL ED495 Looking For Eleven (1980) Criminal Records Almost Alone (1981) Black Crow Records Michael Chapman Lived Here From 1968-72 (1982) Cube GNAT 1 Original Owners (1984) Konexion Heartbeat (1987) Coda The Best Of Michael Chapman 1969-1971 (1988) See For Miles SEE CD 230 Still Making Rain (1993) Making Waves SPINCD143 Navigation (1995) Planet Records PLAN CD007 Dreaming Out Loud (1997) Demon 2773 796 2 BBC Sessions 1969-75 (1999) Strange Fruit Records Growing Pains (2000) Mooncrest/Zomba 37380462 Growing Pains 2 (2001) Zomba 37380642 Americana (2001) Blueprint Live And Unhinged (2001) Rural Retreat Records Kule 2 B Blue with Alamo Leal (2001) Rural Retreat Records Dogs Got More Sense (2004) Secret Records Journeyman Live DVD (2004) Secret Records 27 06 05 Live In Brighton (2005) Rural Retreat Records Plaindealer (2005) Rural Retreat Records Lost (2005) Rural Retreat Records Words Fail Me (2007) Vanity and Pride (2008) self release - limited edition - and Ursa Sweet Powder (2008) Rural Retreat Records Time Past & Time Passing (2008) Electric Ragtime And Then There Were Three Live (2010) Market Square Records Wrytree Drift (2010) Rural Retreat Records Pachyderm (2012) Blastfirst Petite The Polar Bear (2014) Blastfirst Petite Fish (2015) Tompkins Square Records Live At Rockpalast (2015) Repertoire 50 (2016) Cargo True North (2019) Paradise of Bachelors
Live At Rockpalast (2015) Repertoire
MICHAEL CHAPMAN - Rockpalast WDR Studio-L Köln 01.04.1975
Michael Chapman - Live At Rockpalast
WDR Text 1978: This group comes from the USA; to be more exact, Atlanta, Georgia. They especially well represent what outstanding qualities black music in the USA can have. Black rhythm and blues, which the musicians in big cities like Chicago or Detroit played as their own expressed style, nevertheless made possible the first white rock'n' roll. Until today, the original music of African-Americans is not represented enough. Mothers Finest is the group that plays the best synthesis of black funk and white rock'n'roll. The group has two mixtures: The first, black and white musicians play together; the second, the lead singers are a man and a woman. This way, Mothers Finest can dish out the whole spectrum of good rock music and does that generously. The group was formed about three years ago, and when performing, offers not only straight, unadorned music, but also lots for the eyes to feast on. The common arrangement is best described in a headline by Mothers Finest: I don't know why I've been told niggers can't sing rock'n'roll. They can, and how! (Official Text).
Mothers Finest opened the live broadcast of the 2nd Rocknacht with an absolutel Power concert. It was a pulsating mixture of (hard) rock, funk and soul. The center of attention was singer Joyce Kennedy. One of the high points was Wizzard's bass solo. After the Rockpalast concert, Mothers Finest was well-known throughout all of
Barry B.B.Bordan - dr/perc
01 Dis Go Dis Way, Dis Go Dat Way (4'34'') 02 Fly With Me / Rain (4'20'') 03 Truth'll Set You Free (4'12'') 04 I'm Gonna Give You All The Love (12'42'') 05 Mickey's Monkey (6'34'') 06 Baby Love (7'56'') 07 Bass Solo (3'25'') 08 Fire (3'44'') 09 Give It Up (8'47'')
Mothers Finest (1976) Epic 81595 Another Mother Further (1978) Epic 82037 Mother Factor (1978) Epic 83011 Live (1979) Epic 83693 Iron Age (1981) Epic 25363 One Mother To Another (1983) Epic 25363 Looks Could Kill (1989) Subluxation (1990) RCA Black radio wont play this record (1992) Scotti Definitive Collection (1997) 2 CDs Not your Mother's Funk 76-79 (1997) Razor The Very Best of MF 76-86 (1997) CBS Not A Bootleg (1998) Umeuswe (2000) Meta-Funk'n-Physical (2003) CNR Records/Edel Live at Villa Berg (2006) MTM/SPV 2CDs Mothers Finest live at Rockpalast (2012) MIG Music DoCD Goody 2 Shoes & The Filthy Beast (2015) SPV/Steamhammer Love Changes - The Anthology 72-83 (2017) H'Art
Mothers Finest live at Rockpalast (2012) MIG Music DVD
Mother's Finest Rockpalast - Kantine Köln 04.09.2016
MOTHERS FINEST - Neu aufgelegt von M.I.G. April 2012!
WDR Text 1978: Dickey Betts and Great Southern are the third attraction at the Rockpalast Festival on March 4th and 5th. On those evenings, they were to be the second American band debuting in Europe before an audience of millions in the Gruga-Halle, along with Mother's Finest. Dickey Betts is not an unknown to those who know about American rock music; he was one of the original members of the 'Allman Brothers Band'. Critics found the name 'Southern Rock' because of the way he, as second solo guitarist, harmonizes with the melodious and rounded solos and improvisations that mark the music style of this group. What's meant by this is the music made by white rock musicians which came out of the southern states of the USA and also has found many friends in Europe.
After the early death of his guitarist brother Duane Allman, Dickey became the soloist and singer until the group 'Allmann Brothers Band' dissolved. His 'Ramblin' Man', which he then also sang, was the only Nr. 1 song of the group in the USA ; it is surely still in the ears of many here. In 1976, Dickey Betts formed his own group, Great Southern, with whom he continued leading and developing his own music style, as the name already implies, and accomplished it in a positive way. Nowadays, Dickey Betts and Great Southern are one of the most important, and the first representative, of rock from the southern states. (Official Text)
The finest in southern rock and blues, the old Allman Brother hits are played with much pleasure.
The name Richard 'Dickey' Betts is inseparable from the Allman Brothers Band, grounded in 1969. He used the hard slide guitar riffs from Duane Allman and developed their own sound, just like the two drummers. In their line of business (blues-country-southern), the Allmans were the most successful band in the USA and many of their records went platinum. In spite of the accidental deaths of Duane Allman, in 1971, and of Berry Oakley, in 1972, the Allmans continued. The more country oriented single cut, 'Ramblin' Man', from the LP, 'Brothers and Sisters', was a giant hit. In 1976, the band fell apart and Dickey Betts formed 'Great Southern'. He made a pair of successful tours and two albums. In 1978, the Allmans re-formed themselves with musicians from Great Southern. Musically, they were still brilliant, but they were no longer as successful.
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01 Run Gypsy Run (5'09'') 02 You Can Have Her (5'44'') 03 Leavin' Me Again (5'05'') 04 Back On The Road, (5'12'') 05 In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (11'26'') 06 Good Time Feelin' (6'49'') 07 Dealin' With The Devil (3'47'') 08 Jessica (11'20'') 09 High Falls (incl. Drum Solo) (29'03'') 10 Ramblin' Man (5'53'')
Dickey Betts (and with Great Southern): Highway Call (1974) Capricorn 2429 117 Dickey Betts and Great Southern (1977) Arista 801320 Atlanta's Burning Down (1978) Arista 201194 Pattern Disruptive (1988) CBS Let's Get Together (2001) Navarre Arista Recordings (2005) Soulfood Back Where It All Begins (2005) Eagle DoCD Bougaivillea's Call - Very Best of 1973 - 1988 (2007) Raven Let's Get Together/Collectors#1 (2007) Soulfood The Official Bootleg (2007) Evangeline/Soulfood Live at Rockpalast (2019) 3CD/2DVD Box MIG/Indigo
Dickey Betts & Great Southern (2005) Eagle Rock DVD 30 Years Of Southern Rock (1978-2008) (2009) 2 Rockpalast Konzerte Live at Rockpalast (2019) 3CD/2DVD Box MIG/Indigo
Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers) Internet:
Dickey Betts official
Live at Rockpalast 1978 and 2008 Box-Set 3 CD + 2 DVD Box 02/2019
WDR Text 1978: The appearance of the legendary rock group, Spirit, with guitarist Randy California and drummer Ed Cassidy at the Rockpalast-Festival on March 4th and 5th will be a notable event: is it the group's first concert in Europe after several years. For over ten years, the American group Spirit has been commonly recognized, on the whole, as one of the most influential and important rock groups. Their album 'Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus' is a rock classic. Formed in 1967, Spirit today represents the development of the music of the American west coast in all it's aspects. (Official Text)
Spirit. They made a name for themselves on this "Magic Night". Ed Cassidy's intro on his drums. Rockpalast jam.... electro jam....Randy California, with the sound of his magic guitar (supposedly bought at a department store for $50) , attracted everyone into his path. A high point was the drum solo - Ed drummed with his hands. Production leader Willi Lang couldn't take it anymore with 'Hey Joe' and danced with Randy in front of the camera. The ending was a session with Dickey Betts. A jewel in the Rockpalast history.
Spirit was formed by Randy California in L.A. in 1967. Randy had a group called 'Red Roosters' before, in which his bald-headed step-father, jazz drummer Ed Cassidy, already belonged to. In New York, they played for a short time with 'Jimi James and the Blue Flames'.The man behind this band was no other than Jimi Hendrix. The big Jimi Hendrix influence can always be seen in Randy's guitar playing. Jay Ferguson and Jon Locke played with Spirit for a few years. The fact that their albums never were commercial successes lay presumably on the stylistic jumps and strange fusions. The first LP was inspired more by jazz. The LP 'The family that plays together' offered more compact songs, of which the single 'I got a line on you' managed to land in the Charts and even made it to Nr. 25. Because of it's 'political' content, their song '1984', named after George Orwell, was boycotted by the radio stations in the USA. In 1971, there was a line-up change, and, the end of Spirit seemed to have arrived when Randy California left the band. He devoted himself to his solo project 'Kaptain Kopter and his Fabulous Twirly Birds'.
In 1976, Spirit heralded itself again with the ablum 'Spirit of 76', a somewhat controversial sounc collage. Since 1978, Spirit has appeared mostly as a trio, just as at the Rockpalast concert. Randy California produced some solo records. Spirit regularly made records and went on tours to go along with most of them. In 1984, with the original band members,
the LP 'The
Thirteenth Dream'. In 1989, Randy California toured with the 'Night of Guitars'.
Randy California - g/voc/Moog Taurus
01 Rockpalast Jam (6'25'') 02 Mr. Skin (3'25'') 03 Nature's Way (3'13'') 04 Like A Rolling Stone (7'11'') 05 Hollywood Dream (4'39'') 06 1984 (3'25'') 07 Looking Down From A Mountain (4'54'') 08 Hey Joe (5'17'') 09 Animal Zoo (4'38'') 10 Love Charged (4'22'') 11 It's All The Same (incl. Drum Solo) (16'15'') 12 I Got A Line On You (2'42'') 13 All Along The Watchtower (5'02'') 14 Wild Thing (3'18'') 15 Downer (3'44'') 16 If I Miss This Train/Rockpalast Jam (*) (4'52'') (* Jam Session mit Dickey Betts)
Spirit (1968) CBS 63278 The Family That Plays Together (1969) CBS 63523 Clear (1969) CBS 63729 Twelve Dreams Of Dr.Sardonicus (1970) Epic 26281 Feedback (1972) Epic 64507 Spirit 0f 76 (1975) Mercury 6641 323 Son Of Spirit (1976) Mercury 9100 019 Farther Along (1977) Mercury SRM-1-1094 Future Games (1978) Mercury 9100 036 Live (1978) Illegal ILP 001 Made In Germany (1979) Roof Records 172200 (Rockpalast) The Adventures Of Kaptain Kopter and Commander Cassidy In Potatoland (1981) Line 4.00092 The Thirteenth Dream (1984) Mercury 818 514-1 ("Spirit of 84" US) Rapture in the Chambers (1989) IRS Records Tent of Miracles (1990) Line Chronicles (1991) Crew Live at La Paloma (1995) Werc 1040MK-1 California Blues (1996) WERC 2204 Live At The Rainbow (1999) (same as Spirit Live/Live Spirit/Made In Germany) Cosmic Smile (2000) Sea Dream (2002) Evangeline 2CDs Blues From The Soul (2003) Evangeline 2CDs Live From The Coast (2004) Future Games/Spirit Of 84 (2005) Charly/Soulfood Son Of America (2005) Blue Rose/Soulfood The Euro-American Years (2007) 4 CD Set Salvation...The Spirit Of '74 (2007) Acadia/Soulfood 3 CD The Archive...An Introduction (2008) Acadia/Soulfood At Ebbets Field 1974 (2016) in-akustik The Complete Potatoland (2019) Esoteric 4CDs Two Sides Of A Rainbow (2019) Esoteric 2CDs Live At The Rainbow Son Of America (2021) Esoteric 3CDs
The Video History Vol. 1 (1992) The Video History Vol. 2 (1996) The Ed Cassidy Story (1993)