MUAR 392 Lecture Notes May 14
Cream What is unique about the group
according to Gleason article?
One of, if not the first “super group”
“We still feel that our function is as a
band composed of musicians already dance band...we like to play for
famous from earlier groups, in this case: dancers”? Compare to Pink Floyd (See
Jack Bruce (bass), Ginger Rogers YouTube clip)
(drums) and Eric Clapton (guitar) Fairly unique in prioritizing live
Also, first “power trio”, use of large performance over recording – what
amplifiers, PA system, heavy drumming explains this aesthetic shift? Why would
and tube distortion to create enormous
improvisation come to be seen as an
sound important musical practice at this time?
Pioneered highly improvisationally- “Dark Star” (Live 1969) from Live Dead;
based mix of blues, jazz and rock & roll
highly improvised, original less than 3
Listen to “Crossroads” cover by min, long vs. This 23 min version.
“Crossroad Blues” By Robert Johnson Longest version over 40 min
Meaning of Origin of “Psychelic”
o How do the instruments relate?
One of the most important groups of late
Psychedelic: From Greek psyche = 1960s San Francisco and one of if not
soul/mind; delein = reveal/manifest
Coined by Humphrey Osmond in 1957 the first rock group to have 2 drummers
as alternative to “hallucinogen” – why?
Santana – Abraxas (1970) What is a Sequel?
Grateful Dead – Aoxomoxoa (1969)
When two songs are connected with
Pink Floyd – Saucerful of Secrets (1968) Example
Acid Rock Vs. Psychedelic Rock o Gratefulndead November 8 ,
1969; 2 set is approximately
120 minutes of continuous
Lysergsäurediethylamid in German
translates to lysergic acid diethylamide music
Hence sometimes acid rock instead of o Dark Star>The Other One>Dark
Star>Uncle John’s Band
psychedelic rock, but essentially Jame>Dark Star>St. Stephen>
The Eleven>Caution>The Main
The Doors Ten>Caution>Feedback>We
Bid You Goodnight
“Light My Fire” (1967) psychedelic rock Listen to Excerpt of “Feedback>We Bid
From Los Angeles, California You:
Seen by some as dark and mysterious o How to understand merging of
such extremely different musical
in comparison to supposedly “sunny”
optimism of San Fransico psychedelic genres? Why?
music primarily because of singer Jim
Chapter 44: Kozmic Blues of Janis Joplin
Morrison’s Lyrics and darker baritone
Relatively unique for not having bass How does Hentoff present Joplin?
Define her as a performer and
player; instead played by electric piano representative of the San Francisco
player with left hand scene?
Form? What’s the main musical
influence? “We look at our parents and ....” and
What is the function of New York City in