Friday, August 23, 2019 22:03

When music was REAL …

– Wiccapundit

I have fond memories of watching ABC’s In Concert on Friday Nights back in the ’70s.  There were always great bands, and the performances were not overproduced like most of the dreck that passes for music today.   Yeah, I’m an old guy.   So what.

Here is a classic from 1974: Deep Purple’s legendary performance at California Jam, performing “Burn.”  And does it ever!  Listen to bassist Glenn Hughes’s vocal screaming at 2:20; it absolutely peels the paint off the wall.  This was five guys at the top of their game (including a very young David Coverdale on lead vocals) playing with analog instruments; no ProTools, no overdubs, no pitch correction software, just rocking 400,000 fans at the Ontario Motor Speedway, Old School-style.  It holds the record for the largest sound system ever assembled for an outdoor concert.

Oh, and who else was on the bill at that concert?  In order: Rare Earth; Earth, Wind & Fire; Eagles; Seals & Crofts; Black Oak Arkansas; Black Sabbath; Deep Purple; and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.  In one concert, for one admission price.  Back in the Jurassic Period of Rock, when it was all about the music.  Enjoy.

Deep Purple’s entire performance from this concert is available on DVD: Live in California 74.  You will buy it.  I said so.


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2 Responses to “When music was REAL …”

  1. Curtal Friar says:

    I guess I’m getting old. For the most part, I quit listening to new music back around 1985. And I can only maybe name ten songs that came out in the nineties.

    Give me rock and roll from the seventies and early eighties any day. Grand Funk, CCR, BTO, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, Jethro Tull, Deep Purple, The Guess Who, and many many others.

    Real rock’n’roll died sometime around 1979.

    • Wiccapundit says:

      So true. Play Grand Funk’s Red Album, or Edgar Winter & the White Trash’s “Roadwork”, or Trapeze’s “You Are The Music, We’re Just The Band” to kids these days and one of two things will happen: (1) they’ll look at you like you have two heads; or (2) their eyes widen and they’ll say “what the hell is that and where did you get it?”

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