Monday, October 11, 2010

...The More It Remains The Same

I used to have this on a cassette tape of the entire concert (broadcast live over WNEW-FM 102.7 in NYC), but the tape broke from so many playings. It's The Tom Robinson Band (TRB), live from the Bottom Line nightclub in June 1978, singing "Power in the Darkness."

And here is the one of the best versions of Dylan's "I Shall Be Released" from the same concert. I love it when Robinson says to the audience, "...so you ought to know it" as he introduces the song--and the audience proves it knows the song towards the end as it sings with Robinson.

Funny, I recall the TRB keyboardist being interviewed somewhere around the time of the concert, and he was asked to name one of his favorite bands. And he said, "National Health", which was not an answer the interviewer was expecting from a punkish-rock band member. I am very glad to see someone else had recorded this concert and that is now graces YouTube.

Meanwhile, as we wait for the probable (but still not likely?) ascension of the craziest Know-Nothing or Rhinoceros sorts of candidates the Republicans are fielding in various States, we can at least say that in California, things are looking up for Democratic Party standard bearers Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer. Our State remains...civilized.

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