Devil's Kitchen Download
Mar 22, 1970Family Dog at the Great Highway (San Francisco, CA)
Devil's Kitchen Download
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Total Length:
1:30:11
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Devil's Kitchen Download

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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. 1Feel So Alone03:57
  2. 2Mellow Pot Blues05:52
  3. 3All In A Day's Existence07:03
  4. 4Bullfrog07:17
  5. 5Chlorine03:58
  6. 6Muddy River Flatboat03:37
  7. 7Green, Green, Red and Gold02:19
  8. 8Farm Bust Blues11:19
  9. 9El Hasho28:46
  10. 10Muddy River Flatboat04:01
  11. 11Keep Yourself Around Me, Woman03:11
  12. 12Chlorine04:12
  13. 13Things On My Mind04:39
Artist:
Item Number:
  • 26383-1800-AD
Date:
  • Mar 22, 1970
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Sample this concert
  1. 1Feel So Alone03:57
  2. 2Mellow Pot Blues05:52
  3. 3All In A Day's Existence07:03
  4. 4Bullfrog07:17
  5. 5Chlorine03:58
  6. 6Muddy River Flatboat03:37
  7. 7Green, Green, Red and Gold02:19
  8. 8Farm Bust Blues11:19
  9. 9El Hasho28:46
  10. 10Muddy River Flatboat04:01
  11. 11Keep Yourself Around Me, Woman03:11
  12. 12Chlorine04:12
  13. 13Things On My Mind04:39
Total Length:
1:30:11
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Liner Notes

Robbie Stokes - vocals, lead guitar; Brett Champlin - vocals, guitar; Bob Laughton - vocals, bass, slide guitar; Steve Sweigart - drums

Very little is known about this band that moved from Carbondale, Illinois to the San Francisco area during the summer of love. A pioneer in the jam band style of music, this group fit comfortably on West Coast stages with the likes of the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service and New Riders Of The Purple Sage.

Upon arriving in San Francisco, they played at every opportunity that came up, and before long, they won the support of Bill Graham, who put them on as an opening act at a number of San Francisco venues, including the Family Dog at the Great Highway, and, of course, the Fillmore West.

Musically, the band was closest to the Grateful Dead, who befriended them and let them open for them a number of times. This show, which is likely the only professional live recording ever made of the band, features a myriad of musical styles including rock, blues, and country. Devil's Kitchen was even offered a recording contract with Mercury Records but turned it down when they would not be guaranteed full artistic control of the music by the label heads. They never were offered another deal, and the band broke up in late 1970 over the normal issues that cause sleepless nights for most unsigned bands trying to make a name for themselves in a large, metropolitan market.

Lead vocalist and guitarist Robbie Stokes remained in the Bay area for 12 years, working with Dead members Micky Hart and Robert Hunter on their solo albums, and as a bassist for Quicksilver Messenger Service. He returned to Illinois and formed a new band with a female vocalist entitled Coal Kitchen, which had considerable success and was signed to Epic Records in the late 1970s.

Among the highlights of this show are the Dead-like track, "Dream Red, Green and Gold" and a lengthy blues song called "Farm Bust Blues," which will remind you of Janis Joplin's "Ball & Chain." But the true centerpiece of the performance is the massive "Ridden a Many Mile" and the improvisational jam that arises from it. Even though this stretches out for nearly half an hour, it is compelling for its adventurousness and beauty.

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