Saturday, January 9, 2021
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #765
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JEFFREY MORGAN'S MEDIA BLACKOUT #765.504.132!
OF THE WEEK: David Bowie - Blackstar (ISO) :: You'd think that suffering a heart attack after recording
the less than holy holy Heathen would've warned him to resist the dark side, but nooooooooooooo.
Various Artists - Moogfest 2006 Live (MVD Visual DVD) :: When it comes to aural affection,
Moog synthesizer adherents are the most avid. Jan Hammer hurts 'em with a solid set that spans his solo career, from his work
with Steve Kindler and Jeff Beck to his Miami Vice days. Meanwhile, an unrecognizable Keith Emerson knifes away through a
marathon performance of "Tarkus" using his trademark 15-foot-high patch board. Both lads still have their speed
freak chops intact; close your eyes and you'll swear it was 1973. If you still delight in the classic Moog "bee-yow"
synth sound, then this DVD's for you.
Rick Wakeman - Amazing Grace (MVD Visual
DVD) :: Wherein the world's greatest rock 'n' roll keyboardist sits down at the grand piano for an acoustic interpretation
of the world's greatest rock of ages hymns. This one features live and studio performances along with-don't laugh-some truly
evocative scenes of nature. Rick also personally introduces each hymn with an educational historical overview. And since his
speed freak chops are still just as fast as Emerson's, it's interesting to compare Rick's reverent rendition of "Jerusalem"
with Keith's electronic one on Brain Salad Surgery.
- San Francisco Rock: A Night At The Family Dog (Eagle Vision DVD) :: Ralph "Jazzbo" Gleason presented
this February 1970 show, featuring "Che" Santana and the Grateful Airplane. Che's set features a sweat-soaked "Soul
Sacrifice" which demolishes the Woodstock version, while the Airplane do strident takes of "The Ballad Of You And
Me And Pooneil" and "Eskimo Blue Day." Major points deducted for Jorma's swastika pendant-kids, huh?-but even
so, these bands never looked as good as they do here. Except for Grace "Does Anyone Have A Safety Pin?" Slick, who
couldn't keep her dress on when I saw her front row center a month later at O'Keefe Center on the Volunteers tour.
Back then it wasn't a "wardrobe malfunction"-it was called getting your six bucks' worth. Drool drool.