“California Jam” concerts in the 70s

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Cal Jam II:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Qc43BH3_mQ

calstars, Saturday, 1 May 2021 21:20 (one week ago) link

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calstars, Saturday, 1 May 2021 21:20 (one week ago) link

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calstars, Saturday, 1 May 2021 21:23 (one week ago) link

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calstars, Saturday, 1 May 2021 21:24 (one week ago) link

Black Sabbath's and Deep Purple's sets from Cal Jam I are on youtube as well (I haven't looked for the other acts)

Josefa, Saturday, 1 May 2021 23:18 (one week ago) link

Rubicon are really high up on that bill for a band I've literally never heard of until seeing that photo...

but also fuck you (unperson), Saturday, 1 May 2021 23:23 (one week ago) link

XP There were some clips from the Eagles' set as well, not sure if they're still up.

IIRC, that Deep Purple set was the live debut of the Coverdale/Hughes lineup.

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 1 May 2021 23:24 (one week ago) link

Somebody just uploaded a similar special dedicated Cali Jam I:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qznd2kZhhE

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/e7/83/16/e783166a9117d80a107be47bfb139fea.jpg

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 1 May 2021 23:38 (one week ago) link

Yeah, the Rubicon album is on Spotify. They...kinda suck.

but also fuck you (unperson), Saturday, 1 May 2021 23:44 (one week ago) link

I remember watching that first Cal Jam on TV. There was a lot of hype about Black Sabbath refusing to go onstage until it was dark out.

henry s, Sunday, 2 May 2021 00:02 (one week ago) link

Yeah, the Rubicon album is on Spotify. They...kinda suck.

tbf, they did contribute 3 members to Night Ranger.

bulb after bulb, Sunday, 2 May 2021 00:03 (one week ago) link

XP But they didn't? All the clips I've seen from their set were daytime. Further breaking the mystique, Iommi is even wearing an open Hawaiian-style shirt and is clean-shaven.

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 2 May 2021 00:07 (one week ago) link

Watching the '74 special.

Man, ELP were really weird.

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 2 May 2021 01:00 (one week ago) link

That YouTube of the '74 fest is pieced together from numerous sources, possibly including a "Keith Emerson Shreds" vid.

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 2 May 2021 01:18 (one week ago) link

Supposedly Deep Purple was pissed that ELP was closing the show instead of them, so Ritchie Blackmore smashed one of the TV cameras with his guitar, ostensibly so that ELP’s performance wouldn’t look as good on TV. The replacement cost of the camera came out of, and may have been slightly more than, Deep Purple’s performance fee.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 2 May 2021 01:42 (one week ago) link

The Black Oak Arkansas clip is an amazing archival clip of it's time. They literally call in an airstrike on the fans as there is a helicopter buzzing the stadium throwing visors out the side in a strafing maneuver.

I love the segments that show the crowd, there is some amazing people in the audience.

Richie Blackmore let off a bomb.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAUJoZvj0qE

earlnash, Sunday, 2 May 2021 01:45 (one week ago) link

Carl Palmer’s drums were 1/2” thick stainless steel shells. It took two people to lift his bass drum. There’s apparently an electronic component to his kit, but I’d have to watch the full ELP set to verify, and that will definitely not happen.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 2 May 2021 01:54 (one week ago) link

XP Somebody should show that to Greta Van Fleet: "This is how you showboat: play with your feet, blow shit up, have the bass player run for their life..."

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 2 May 2021 02:03 (one week ago) link

Wiki on Deep Purple's performance:

Deep Purple's performance was one of the first with their third line-up, which included vocalist David Coverdale and vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes. Deep Purple was given the choice of when to go on stage, and chose sunset, thus pushing Emerson, Lake & Palmer to the last performance. Having assumed that, as with all festivals, the show would run late, they nonetheless delayed their appearance even when the festival ran ahead of schedule. Angry organizers tried to force Purple onstage, and threatened to cancel their performance. A quick thinking announcer told the crowds that Deep Purple would be on "soon". The band made concertgoers wait nearly an hour until near dusk. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore said the agreement was always for Purple to go on stage at dusk, and that the promoters were violating that signed agreement. In spite of this delay, the show did not end up running late. At the end of Purple's set, Blackmore threw a guitar and a small speaker monitor into the audience, and suddenly attacked one of the network's video cameras (the camera had been getting between the guitarist and the audience) with a guitar. Later on, a mishap with a pyrotechnic effect caused one of Blackmore's amplifiers to explode, which briefly set the stage on fire. Purple left the concert area by helicopter to avoid a possible confrontation with Ontario fire marshals and ABC-TV executives. The damage to the ABC video camera, estimated to be $10,000, was settled by the band's managers.

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 2 May 2021 03:25 (one week ago) link

Apparently ELP didn't get onstage until after 1:00 AM.

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 2 May 2021 03:27 (one week ago) link

Ah, it was the Purple who wouldn't go on until after dark! My faulty memory banks had Sabbath making that move. Blackmore/Black Sabbath, easy mixup.

henry s, Sunday, 2 May 2021 13:34 (one week ago) link

Rubicon are really high up on that bill for a band I've literally never heard of until seeing that photo...

Indeed. Formed by Jerry Martini from Sly & the Family Stone! They had one 'chart' single, so anything from #1 to #200.

Authoritarian Steaks (Tom D.), Sunday, 2 May 2021 13:39 (one week ago) link

Was the rainbow one of Deep Purple's stage props? Blackmore had his own band Rainbow off and running the year after this, and used a similar backdrop.

henry s, Sunday, 2 May 2021 13:48 (one week ago) link

Mahogany Rush, like Rubicon, were another of those bands who always seemed to be on major festival bills but had zero in the way of radio airplay. There was an undoubtedly self-perpetuated myth at the time that Frank Marino was literally possessed by the spirit of Jimi Hendrix, who channeled his guitar-playing skills to him.

henry s, Sunday, 2 May 2021 14:05 (one week ago) link

Wikipedia says that Cal Jam II also had a performance by... Jean-Michel Jarre?

As a devoted FM listener as a kid from the early 80s, I knew a couple of Mahogany Rush tunes from the radio. Their stuff like lots of bands got squeezed as classic rock playlists shrunk up, but I knew their live cover of "Johnny B Goode" and "Dragonfly" as a kid. Q95 in Indy played a lot more hard rock at night back in those days. Frank Marino did not have that one tune like say Head East, Donnie Iris or Ram Jam that caught on and stayed in the play list as 1 hit wonder kinda bands.

earlnash, Sunday, 2 May 2021 22:33 (one week ago) link

is he like a poor man's Robin Trower?

Spacey guitar sound yes, but he is a bit more hard rock and Marino was an early play as fast as you f'n can type guitarist. Trower's style might have led the Vaughn brothers to fist fight, but he's got quite a bit more taste and restraint than Frank Marino. I think Trower's music is actually fairly R&B, but the guitar effects bring out the psychedelia. It's really similar to the type of blues that Floyd/Gilmour do and kinda became that Euro/Blues sound of which we kinda had a thread about a few months ago.

Eagles and Earth Wind & Fire in the under card on Cal Jam I, that's pretty wild. I knew an old rocker as a teenager who talked about seeing The Eagles open for Yes in West Lafayette @ Purdue's campus. Same dude said also saw the infamous Hendrix open for the Monkees at the Muncie Fairgrounds show. Dude made me a cassette dub of Captain Beyond and Nektar, I always took his boasts as possibly legit.

earlnash, Sunday, 2 May 2021 22:42 (one week ago) link

As earlnash said, Marino was more of a post-Hendrix pre-EVH shredder. I used to own several of his albums (they were being sold as 2-for-1 CDs a while back and I grabbed them on eBay) but they were almost entirely unmemorable. Trower does a mellow psychedelic blues thing with a little R&B thrown in, and I love his stuff. His 21st century albums are as good as his 70s material, btw. Aging suits his voice and his style.

but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 2 May 2021 22:55 (one week ago) link

Marino & Mahogany Rush had their own Dodge Omni Pro Stock dragster

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7914/40075877363_3cd0c205e0.jpg

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 2 May 2021 22:57 (one week ago) link

I've been on a deep dive into 70s hard rock for like 15 years, I'd say both Black Oak Arkansas and Mahogany Rush are two of the stranger outfits. "World Anthem" is a pretty weird tune. Marino was a teenager on the first records, he was like 17 when they cut the first album. Black Oak Arkansas has all sorts of weird and slightly odd things in their tunes, starting from the fact on some tunes the dude sounds so much like a bullfrog it is enjoyable just in a WTF is that kind of sound.

earlnash, Sunday, 2 May 2021 23:10 (one week ago) link

I like Black Oak Arkansas a lot; Mangrum is a whole lot closer to Captain Beefheart, vocally, than I would ever have guessed from photos alone. And yeah, they had some pretty great songs.

but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 2 May 2021 23:46 (one week ago) link

The Mahogany Rush discussion is interesting. I remember being a kid and seeing t-shirts, posters, etc. featuring their logo in ads in old rock music magazines but was always kind of mystified as to who they were or what their deal was -- as mentioned above they never seemed to get airplay on the classic rock stations, and didn't have any "hits"... my only other reference for them was seeing a couple of their cassettes at the home of a guy who had grown up in Chile. I wonder if they were a relatively big deal in parts of s. america.

Same goes for Uriah Heep and Black Oak Arkansas!

dell (del), Monday, 3 May 2021 01:38 (one week ago) link

So awkward when Stevie nicks comes out to support bob welch’s set in II

calstars, Monday, 3 May 2021 01:45 (one week ago) link

Uriah Heep are another band whose 21st century output is astonishingly good (assuming you're into mainstream-ish hard rock). IMO their current work is comparable, but superior, to Deep Purple's.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 3 May 2021 02:07 (one week ago) link

XP Got a lol out of his guitarist sheepishly ceding his mic to her.

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 3 May 2021 02:09 (one week ago) link

Heart's performance in Cal Jam II is fire. Fun to watch Roger Fisher with his guitar-shredding and whammy bar action.

Josefa, Sunday, 9 May 2021 16:35 (two days ago) link


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