Lydia E. Pinkham Superior Orchestra Download
Jul 2, 1967Ash Grove (Los Angeles, CA)
Lydia E. Pinkham Superior Orchestra Download
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Total Length:
20:44
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Lydia E. Pinkham Superior Orchestra Download

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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. 1Introduction00:29
  2. 2Big Daddy's Alabama Bound02:14
  3. 3Song Introduction01:00
  4. 4Grizzly Bear02:49
  5. 5Song Introduction01:43
  6. 6Sheik Of Araby03:08
  7. 7Song Introduction01:04
  8. 8Good Time Music02:39
  9. 9Song Introduction01:41
  10. 10Charlie Green, Play That Thing03:57
Item Number:
  • 20053656-3737548-AD
Date:
  • Jul 2, 1967
Venue:
Sample this concert
  1. 1Introduction00:29
  2. 2Big Daddy's Alabama Bound02:14
  3. 3Song Introduction01:00
  4. 4Grizzly Bear02:49
  5. 5Song Introduction01:43
  6. 6Sheik Of Araby03:08
  7. 7Song Introduction01:04
  8. 8Good Time Music02:39
  9. 9Song Introduction01:41
  10. 10Charlie Green, Play That Thing03:57
Total Length:
20:44
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Liner Notes

Megan Chacamaty (Burleson) - vocals, kazoo, slide whistle; Michael DeTemple - vocals, guitar, banjo; Denny Hall - guitar, washtub bass; Tom Martin - jug, washtub bass, washboard, clarinet; Bob Page - banjo, dobro; Joel Tepp - clarinet, harmonica

The Ash Grove will long be remembered as the West Coast epicenter of the traditional folk and blues revival of the late 1950s and early 1960s. As such, the Los Angeles venue was a critical component not only in the careers of many important folk and blues artists, but as an educational environment to many younger musicians and songwriters, providing them with firsthand exposure to the best of the best in an intimate setting. Also a focal point for progressive thought, the Ash Grove would have an equally strong impact on the cultural and political perspective of these young emerging artists, laying the groundwork for what would become the rock music revolution of the 1960s.

It was into this environment that the Lydia E. Pinkham Superior Orchestra brought their wild and wacky musical antics during the Summer of Love. Taped on July 2, 1967, this recording captures the group in fine form, full of youthful enthusiasm, delivering a wide range of material, despite their limited stage time. For the uninitiated, The Lydia E. Pinkham Superior Orchestra was actually a North Western jug band, their name embracing absurdity, like so many of the San Francisco bands at the time. According to the stage banter on this very recording, the real Lydia E. Pinkham was a woman from Massachusetts known for concocting alcohol-fueled elixirs in the 1870s.

In many ways, the Lydia E. Pinkham Superior Orchestra paralleled their counterparts in the North East, the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. Both groups mined similar material and contained talented musicians and singers who would gain greater recognition during the following decade. Both groups also contained young but devoted archivists of early 20th century music and both groups relayed a strong sense of humor. However, they also differed significantly. The Kweskin Band was several years older and a bit more reverent in their approach, staying relatively traditional to the end. The Lydia E. Pinkham Superior Orchestra were more youthful, incorporating modern songs as well as jazz standards into their wide-ranging repertoire. Unlike the Kweskin band, the Lydia E. Pinkham Superior Orchestra emphasized songs that were equally suitable for dancing as they were for listening. The California counterculture was fully blooming at this moment in time and that too is reflected in the group's performance.

This 1967 recording is a highly entertaining time capsule, capturing plenty of the group's comical stage banter as well as their skillful and often humorous song arrangements. The set kicks off in square dancing mode, with a highly energetic take on John D. Loudermilk's "Big Daddy Is Alabama Bound." Another up tempo dance number follows with a cover of Jerry Corbitt's infectious "Grizzly Bear." Here the group is covering a contemporary rock group, the Youngbloods, but adapting their arrangement to jug band instrumentation. As the recording reveals, it's a perfect fit. Next, the group slows things down and ventures back to 1921 for "Shiek Of Araby," a classic Tin Pan Alley hit composed in response to the Rudolph Valentino film The Shiek. Then it's back to more modern fare, with the group's take on the Lovin' Spoonful's "Good Time Music." Written by John Sebastian, a songwriter with plenty of jugband influences in his own music (Sebastian was a former member of New York City's Even Dozen Jug Band), this also adapts perfectly to the group's style. The set concludes with a classic Bessie Smith song, "Charlie Green, Play That Thing." Written in the 1930s for Smith's trombone player, Charlie Green, this is another thoroughly fun romp, filled with humorous double entendres and amusing instrumentation that display the group's signature wit and highly entertaining style.

Written by Alan Bershaw

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