Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen Download
Nov 23, 1973Academy of Music (New York, NY)
Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen Download
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Total Length:
22:26
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen Download

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What Makes Our Downloads Great

Our downloads are all from master recordings owned by Wolfgang's Vault, an archive built from more than a dozen historic collections spanning a wide spectrum of musical genres and legendary performers.

We have painstakingly restored every tape using the highest quality analog-to-digital converters available and the light engineering touch we’ve come to be known for that makes you feel like you were at the show.

All song files are high-quality 320k mp3s, delivered to you in a single zip file. If you haven't used a zip file before, it’s quite simple. On most computers you can just double-click on the zip file to extract it to a folder containing the mp3 song files, which you can then drag into iTunes or whatever library you use.

Sample this concert
  1. 1Armadillo Stomp02:14
  2. 2Rock That Boogie02:52
  3. 3Down And Out03:18
  4. 4Oh Mama, Mama04:32
  5. 5Diggy Liggy Lo02:42
  6. 6Jailhouse Rock04:16
  7. 7Lost In The Ozone02:32
Item Number:
  • 20052673-1385-AD
Date:
  • Nov 23, 1973
Venue:
Sample this concert
  1. 1Armadillo Stomp02:14
  2. 2Rock That Boogie02:52
  3. 3Down And Out03:18
  4. 4Oh Mama, Mama04:32
  5. 5Diggy Liggy Lo02:42
  6. 6Jailhouse Rock04:16
  7. 7Lost In The Ozone02:32
Total Length:
22:26
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Liner Notes

Bruce Barlow - bass, vocals; Bobby Black - steel guitar, vocals; Lance Dickerson - drums, vocals; Billy C. Farlow - harmonica, vocals; George Frayne - keyboards, vocals; Bill Kirchen - guitar, vocals; Andy Stein - violin, saxophone; John Tichy - guitar

Even though only five songs are included in this partial set from Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, it is a good cross section of the music they so effectively made between 1970 and 1975. Recorded for an early installment of the King Biscuit Flower Hour, this performance was captured at the Academy of Music in New York City, where the band had built a solid base of fans. The band was peaking both creatively and commercially, with a Top 40 hit on the charts, a remake of the 1958 rockabilly classic, "Hot Rod Lincoln." And to boot, they had become press darlings with their sassy blend of rockabilly, bluegrass swing, and jump blues.

Spearheaded by keyboardist George Frayne (AKA Commander Cody), the group had used humor and continual references to the joys of pot smoking as part of its live show. Eventually, it became the core of the band's marketing hook. After an instrumental fiddle tune, the band launches into a rousing take of "Rock That Boogie." They follow it with "Down and Out," "Too Much Fun," and finally, "In the Ozone," a testament to the benefits of drinking.

The group eventually fell on hard times after switching to a major label, Warner Brothers Records, in 1975. Warner Bros. had no idea how to market the pro-hippie, pot enthusiasts who played a sassy blend of country-swing, old time rock 'n' roll, and classic rockabilly material. The band splintered in 1976, after recording We've Got a Live One Here during their European tour that year.

When he returned to the road, the Commander enlisted a new group to replace the Lost Planet Airmen. Now dubbed the Commander Cody Band, the new lineup featured two key members from the Lost Planet Airmen, bassist Bruce Barlow and pedal steel guitarist Bobby Black. After recording a few albums on Arista, Frayne returned to the Lost Planet Airmen as a name for his back-up band, and released a series of albums on a number of independent labels. He continues to tour and record, but his latest offerings have been mostly live albums, on which he can still easily combine his musical ability and a ferocious sense of humor.

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