Saturday, September 27, 2008

Babe Ruth, Colosseum & Blodwyn Pig

Tonight I bring you three bands from deep in my archives.
All three were launched into relative obscurity in the late 60’s and early 70’s.
I must admit that obscurity is the underlying theme of my record collection. When a band made the pop chart I would move on to someone new. There are some exceptions, but you won’t find any Boston, Poison, or other glamor bands, but you will find Joe Byrd and the Field Hippies.

Here then are three British bands that rocked my pad back then. (Some of the Colosseum material is from more recent reunions.)

First at bat tonight is Babe Ruth, followed by Colosseum with Blodwyn Pig third.
There’s sure to be some hits tonight!

[click to view playlist]


Saturday, September 20, 2008

Isle of Wight Music Festival 1970
Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Doors

Time to fire up the Time Machine for a nostalgic trip to the isle.
Tonight’s show begins with the entire performance of Jimi Hendrix at the 1970 Isle of Wight Music Festival, followed by parts of the Who’s performance with The Doors wrapping up the encore. In future shows I will be featuring other artists who performed here.

Isle of Wight 1970 - Wiki

Jimi Hendrix Website




The Who Website



The Doors Website

Bio – at above link – flash page – unable to direct link.


Direct links to the individual videos:



Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Part 9

Part 10

Part 11


Heaven and Hell


Magic Bus

Young Man Blues

Summertime Blues => My Generation

Naked Eye

I’m Free


Break on Through

When the Music’s Over

The End

Monday, September 15, 2008

In Memoriam - Richard Wright 1943-2008

This morning I received the news that Keyboardist Richard Wright, a founding member of Pink Floyd has lost his battle with cancer.

Tonight in this special edition of Saturday Night Music Videos I offer a collection of musical pieces composed either by Richard alone or in collaboration with other members of Pink Floyd. First up is a collection of his solo works including several performances with fellow Pink Floyd member David Gilmour. These are followed by some early Pink Floyd numbers he composed or collaborated on. This early Floyd period seems to be Richard's most prolific with the band.

Wrapping it up are several more recent tunes he collaborated on, finishing with perhaps my favorite Pink Floyd tune "Echoes". (Check here to find out why)

Richard Wright Biography

Direct links to the individual videos:

Against the Odds



Hidden Fear

Night of a Thousand Furry Toys

Breakthrough – with David Gilmour

Wearing the Inside Out – with David Gilmour

Comfortably Numb – with David Gilmour

Mediterranean C

Summer Elegy

Cat Cruise

Funky Deux

Pink’s Song

Main Theme – Pink Floyd

Mud Men – Pink Floyd

Love Scene – Pink Floyd

More Blues – Pink Floyd

Party sequence – Pink Floyd

Paintbox – Pink Floyd

Remember a Day – Pink Floyd

See-Saw – Pink Floyd

Stay – Pink Floyd

Summer ’68 – Pink Floyd

Any Color You Like – Pink Floyd

Burning Bridges – Pink Floyd

Time – Pink Floyd

Shine On You Crazy Diamond – Pink Floyd

Poles Apart – Pink Floyd

Cluster One – Pink Floyd

Keep Talking – Pink Floyd

Echoes – Pink Floyd

Saturday, September 13, 2008

There's Horsflies in the Honkytonk
up on Nickel Creek

Tonight I’m pleased to bring you a 3’fer of great “Bluegrass Fusion” bands.
None of them had an abundance of videos, so here is a little of each.

First up is The Horseflies. Whether it is the driving rhythm of “Human Fly” or the haunting vocals of “Drunkard’s Lone Child", these folks are fantastic! If I were fortunate enough to be in a band this is the music I would be playing. For more Horseflies, go to the radio player in my sidebar for a full concert. I promise they won’t bite.

Following the flies is Honkytonk Homeslice, including relics of the band “String Cheese”, masters of tongue-in-cheek lyrics and a fixture on the music festival tour circuit. These folks put a light hearted spin on the genre.

Finally I offer up Nickel Creek with an introductory documentary on the band including clips of their childhood performances. They claim they are not a bluegrass band, rather they use bluegrass in their own style of music. Currently they have temporarily disbanded to pursue other outlets.

The closing song of the series, House Carpenter, is one of the songs in my repertoire in case someday I am in a band.

I found both The Horseflies and Honkytonk Homeslice at Live Music Archives where they have a number of concerts that you can download free and legal. See the links below the video to access them.

All three of these bands are packed into my mp3 player for enjoyment on my nightly bicycle rides.







At Live Music Archives






At Live Music Archives






Direct links to the individual videos:


Human Fly

Drunkard's Lone Child


You’re Not a Genius

Drunkard's Lone Child


I Fell in Love at the HonkytonkBluegrass Journey

Black Clouds

Good Times ‘Round the Bend

En Fuego – with New Monsoon

Stagger Lee – with New Monsoon


Smoothie Song



Jealous of the Moon

The Lighthouse's Tale


Ode To A Butterfly

This Side

When In Rome

House Carpenter

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Michael Hedges

A founding member of Windham Hill Records, Michael Hedges played music which ran the gamut from Ambient to New age and Rock to Classic without ever using a standard tuning on his instruments.

An incredible player he was a master of the six and twelve string guitars as well as the Harp Guitar. He was renowned for his style of picking with both hands, intertwining melodies and rhythms in an outstanding performance.

Tragically Michael was killed in an automobile accident around December first 1997 at the age of 43. His car was found at the bottom of a ravine in Mendocino County by a highway crew on Dec. 2nd.

Here is a selection of his wonderful music followed by a ten minute interview featuring some of his performances.

Unofficial Website

Fan Site @ Myspace


Michael Hedges at Bluebear’s Pandora Radio*

*To listen to Pandora Radio go to and join. It's free and you create your own radio stations.
Once you get started, clicking on the above link will add the show to your list.
(Sorry, I had hoped it would be available to anyone, but it has been reported to not be so.)

Direct links to the individual videos:

Because It's There

Aerial Boundaries

All Along the Watchtower

Cello Suite #1 in G Major (Bach)


Hawkcircle – Guest appearance with fellow Windham Hill artist Will Ackerman

Gimme Shelter

Come Together

Silent Anticipations

Rickover's Dream

Woman Of The World

Ritual Dance

I Carry Your Heart

The Naked Stalk=>Jealous Tunnel=>About Face



The Happy Couple

Hot Type

Buffalo Stance

Theme to "Doodles" – With Leo Kottke

Eight Miles High– With Leo Kottke

The First Cutting

Eminence Front

Follow Through

The Funky Avocado

Promised Land

Comfortably Numb

I Don't Live Today

Death to Distraction

The Rootwitch

Eleven Small Roaches

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Michael Hedges Interview