Hello, today the 97th post of GoldyRhox, classic pop rock, in the darklight an American rock band formed in San Francisco in 1965. A pioneer of the psychedelic rock movement, they were the first band from the San Francisco scene to achieve mainstream commercial and critical success. The band performed at the three most famous American rock festivals of the 1960s—Monterey (1967), Woodstock (1969) and Altamont (1969)—as well as headlining the first Isle of Wight Festival. Their recordings were internationally successful, and they scored two US Top 10 hit singles and a string of Top 20 albums.
The group's founder was 23-year-old vocalist Marty Balin. With a group of investors, Balin purchased a former pizza parlor on Fillmore Street, which he transformed into a music club, The Matrix, and began searching for members for his group. Balin met folk musician Paul Kantner a native San Franciscan. The duo then set about recruiting other musicians to form the house band at the Matrix. After hearing female vocalist Signe Toly Anderson Balin invited her to be the group's co-lead singer. Anderson sang with the band for a year and performed on their first album, departing in October 1966 after the birth of her first child and being replaced with Grace Slick. Kantner next recruited an old friend, blues guitarist Jorma Kaukonen. Drummer Jerry Peloquin and acoustic bassist Bob Harvey completed the original lineup.
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Today's mystery album is the second album by the American psychedelic rock band, released in April 1967 in either mono or stereo. It is the first album by the band with vocalist Grace Slick and drummer Spencer Dryden. The album peaked at #3 on the Billboard album chart, and has been certified a gold album by the RIAA. Slick and Dryden in place on this album and its attendant singles completed the best-known line-up of the group, which would remain stable until Dryden's departure in early 1970. The fusion of folk rock and psychedelia was original at the time. Two singles released from the album later in the year, "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit," peaked respectively at #5 and #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Today's mystery was the first blockbuster psychedelic album by a band from San Francisco, announcing to the world the active bohemian scene that had developed there starting with The Beats during the 1950s, extending and changing through the 1960s into the Haight-Ashbury counterculture. Subsequent exposure generated by the band and others wrought great changes to that counterculture, and by 1968 the ensuing national media attention had precipitated a very different San Francisco scene than had existed in 1966. San Francisco photographer Herb Greene photographed the band for the album's cover art. It's considered to be one of the quintessential albums of the 1960s hippie movement, hence no surprise then the album was ranked number 146 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Now extended and in glorious 21st century digits.
Goldy Rhox 97 (flac 332mb)
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