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IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY
Fillmore West 1968 [no label, 3CD]
Live at Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, May 23-25, 1968. Very good soundboard.
David LaFlamme’s violin might give It’s A Beautiful Day a rustic or folk feel but wife Linda’s keyboards (Hammond organ?) situate the band within rock’s spectrum. Given that the band grew out of the Summer of Love, somehow the eclectic mix of folk, jazz, rock and classical not only seem inevitable but appropriate.
Think Summer of Love and the Grateful Dead, Hendrix, Janis Joplin easily come to mind, with probably The Mamas And The Papas quickly falling into place. Hardly anyone thinks of It’s A Beautiful Day though tracks such as White Bird and Western Union Blues were hits that never quite made it and the intro to Bombay Calling was slowed down by Deep Purple and became the intro to Child In Time (on the In Rock album).
When the band played the Fillmore in 1968, they were previewing songs that would be found on their self-titled debut album, which would be released the following year. Opening their May 23 and 24 sets with flowing instrumental jams, the band not only helped to create a relaxed atmosphere (for the audience, probably augmented by untold amounts of so-called abusive substances) but a mood that was conducive to their variety of ballads, psychedelia and rock.
This is what a fan wrote about the group’s debut album: “It certainly is a beautiful day and a pretty unique album at that. There have really been few attempts at merging the classic psychedelic sounds of mid-Sixties San Francisco bands with the pretentious art rock experiments of their British colleagues, and even fewer ones that really worked - this excellent debut, which It’s A Beautiful Day were never really able to top, is one of the exceptions. Yes, David LaFlamme and his cronies do have a style of their own, but it’s nigh near impossible to define in a few words.”
It’s A Beautiful Day disbanded in 1974 but reformed in 1997 under the name David LaFlamme Band and continue till today.
It’s not common to find vintage It’s A Beautiful Day shows being shared on the net, and probably rarer still to find them in such fine audio quality. Thanks then to tonerman69 for sharing these tracks on the Dime site and to mjcrossuk for the artwork. We hope older readers will enjoy this stroll down memory lane and newer readers a chance to discover a “new” band. Being from these parts of the woods, we also look forward to readers’ reminisce about the band.
Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.
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Disc 1 - 5/23/68
Track 101. Intro > Jam 10:32
Track 102. Wasted Union Blues 12:19
Track 103. White Bird 6:48
Track 104. Hot Summer Day 11:02
Track 105. Countryside 5:19
Disc 2 - 5/24/68
Track 201. Jam > Bombay Calling 10:08
Track 202. Wasted Union Blues 11:43
Track 203. White Bird 6:41
Track 204. Hot Summer Day 9:36
Track 205. Countryside 5:20
Disc 3 - 5/25/68
Track 301. Band intro 0:14
Track 302. Wasted Union Blues 11:32
Track 303. White Bird 6:39
Track 304. Hot Summer Day 11:48
Track 305. Love For You 2:28
Track 306. Bulgaria 5:53
Track 307. Love For You 1:52
Track 308. Heavy Changes 9:48
Track 309. Time Is 5:33
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