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HENRY KAISER, MICHAEL MANRING & THE MERMEN Live At Don Quixote's International Music Hall, November 8, 2014 - Unreleased

Excellent unreleased live performance by Henry Kaiser, Michael Manring and members of The Mermen, guitarist Jim Thomas and drummer Martyn Jones. This 2 hour, 45 minute performance is routinely billed as The Mermen with HK & MM, but in reality - despite their illustrious surf/psychedelic roots - Kaiser is the ringleader here. The Mermen have rarely, if ever, trafficked in the music of the Grateful Dead (there's a lot of Dead material here) and the song selection is a virtual recap of Kaiser's live performance career, including his well-known affinity for improvisational vehicles like "Dark Star," "Cortez The Killer," "Ode To Billie Joe," The Fishin' Hole" and "Interstellar Overdrive," as well as the music of Hendrix, Richard Thompson and Pink Floyd. So it's only fitting that we've decided to bestow top billing on HK, though the guitar duties are righteously shared with Merman Jim Thomas, whose patented psych/surf edge rings loud and clear, especially during the night's most obvious multi-level tribute, Hendrix's "1983... (A Merman I Should Turn To Be)." All instrumental, all covers and, reportedly, performed with no rehearsals, Live At Don Quixote's International Music Hall - November 8, 2014 is a psych/improv delight. Great sound throughout, though the quiet, 20-minute intro is a tad audience noisy (be patient). This show was heroically (and painstakingly) compiled by -M- using multiple sources, including his own, which he posted at The Internet Archive, for which we are indebted. The 2 sets are divided into 3 discs @320.

Intro Jam > (20:50)
Dark Star > (15:55)
Night Comes In > (6:05)
Cortez The Killer > (8:12)
Spanish Jam > (3:52)
Bass Solo > (6:25)
St. Stephen > (3:28)
Dark Star > (5:59)
The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) > (2:33)
Dark Star > (6:23)
I'm So Glad (6:34)

Intro Jam > (9:16)
Cobra > (8:12)
Albatross > (4:55)
Ode To Billie Joe (15:05)
Morning Dew (6:53)
1983... (A Merman I Should Turn To Be) > (12:04)
The Fishin' Hole (7:48)
Third Stone From The Sun > (9:55)
Interstellar Overdrive (7:35)

Henry Kaiser (guitar)
Jim Thomas (guitar)
Michael Manring (bass)
Martyn Jones (drums)


1 comment:

Grum said...

Hi Willard, thanks for this, and the rest of the HK stuff. It's all I can find via Google now, as the main site seems to be unreachable. Problems?