December 1, 2012 – 5:00 am


Bernie Worrell, the keyboardist, songwriter and synthesizer pioneer who served as co-founder of Parliament-Funkadelic and a key Talking Heads collaborator, died on June 24, 2016 after a battle with cancer, according to his Facebook page. He was 72. Diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in January, Worrell was the guest of honor at a massive benefit concert last April, with the likes of George Clinton, Questlove, David Byrne and Meryl Streep performing and paying tribute. In mid-June, however, his wife Judie Worrell announced his health had taken a turn, writing, “Bernie is now heading ‘Home.’”

As a member of Parliament-Funkadelic, Worrell’s synth playing provided the funk innovators with some of their most distinctive and immediately recognizable elements, which subsequently became signature sounds of the more futuristic strains of R&B, and the bedrock of hip-hop’s West Coast “g-funk” wave, with Dr Dre in particular sampling Worrell’s music almost religiously.

Shortly after his departure from the P-Funk universe in 1981, Worrell was recruited by Jerry Harrison, guitarist for the art-rock/New Wave group Talking Heads, whom Worrell had never heard. Though he found their earlier music “stiff,” Worrell joined the group as a session musician, contributing synthesizers to 1983 album “Speaking in Tongues,” which would go on to become the Heads’ highest-charting release. He toured with the group for years, and his importance to their live sound is made abundantly clear in the Jonathan Demme-directed 1984 concert film, “Stop Making Sense.” During the ‘80s, Worrell also recorded with Keith Richards, Fela Kuti, and Jack Bruce, and after the breakup of Talking Heads, he released a spate of solo albums in the early-‘90s. (1991’s “Funk of Ages” is the clear standout.) - Variety

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Montreux 1986 [no label, 1CD]

Live in Montreux, Switzerland; July 19, 1986. Very good to excellent FM broadcast.

Here’s an indie supergroup - it even included Jack Bruce - that never quite made it, despite its changing super cast. And it’s Syd Straw kicking off the show with the Lowell George cover, I’ve Been The One, the opening track from their then brand new 1986 album, Blast Of Silence.

Thanks to the person who shared this show on the net in 2009.

Uploader’s notes:

This is a nice FM set and a good set… I don’t know if this is a complete set (probably not) but it is a complete broadcast, and kind of hard to put into a category. This group has gone through a lot of changes (every tour is an almost entirely different band and music style) earlier is almost avant garde, later is more subdued pop. This is some pop, some alternative/new wave. And a little Jacked.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. I’ve Been The One (6.0MB)
Track 02: Strong Simple Silences (not Brides of Jesus as originally indicated) (7.1MB)
Track 03: Last Man # (10.5MB)
Track 04: (Kind Of) True (7.7MB)
Track 05: Finest Work Song * (7.6MB)
Track 06: Clustering Train * (10.7MB)
Track 07: Boy (Go) * (9.8MB)
Track 08: Silver Bullet Buenos Aires (9.9MB)
Track 09: band introductions (1.3MB)
Track 10: Weird of Hermiston (**) (4.7MB)
Track 11: The Consul at Sunset (**) (9.6MB)

Peter Blegvad - guitar, vocals
Bernie Worrell - organ
Jody Harris - guitar
Lisa Herman - keyboards, vocals
Chris Stamey - bass, vocals
Syd Straw - vocals
Michael Stipe - vocals (*)
Jack Bruce - bass and vocals (**)
T-Bone Burnett - vocals (#)
Anton Fier - drums

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  1. 12 Responses to “THE GOLDEN PALOMINOS - MONTREUX 1986”

  2. Mike once you take a fair assessment of what you have you could check popsike,
    this is a site that keeps track of ebay record sales and you can see what your album has sold for [if it has been sold ] on Ebay .

    By sluggo on Dec 1, 2012

  3. sorry , I screwed up, the reply above should have been posted on the jimi hendrix maui thread.

    By sluggo on Dec 1, 2012

  4. Hey - an unexpected goodie from the past. Thank you! Cheers Tony

    By Tony Lauber on Dec 1, 2012

  5. Great concert - always liked the Palominos. I think you’ll find that track 8 is Silver Bullet and not Buenos Aries.

    By Patrick Bremble on Dec 1, 2012

  6. Thanks for the Palominos! I love this incarnation but always wondered if there were copies of their very first shows with Arto Lindsay, John Zorn and the rest of the downtown scene floating around anywhere out there.

    By Jerry Brennan on Dec 2, 2012

  7. hey jerry, you might enjoy this disc. mark e. miller sent me a copy three years ago. he plays on the first golden palominos album. i used to have it on tape.

    toy killers submitted a track to the call saad compilation album too. it’s a free download, if you’re interested. i will post the link.

    mark’s cool. we are friends on facebook, and just this week i got an ozzfest 2002 t-shirt in the mail from him.


    By Ed Saad on Dec 2, 2012

  8. here you go, jerry.

    By Ed Saad on Dec 2, 2012

  9. Hello Patrick

    Thanks for the feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Dec 2, 2012

  10. Thanks as always to BigO for this post of an overlooked gem of a band. Hey Jerry, I was lucky enough to see one of their early shows with John Zorn. Much edgier than this set list. An old friend of mine was involved in a video project with the band which got shelved before making it to MTV. I called him today, but he didn’t know of any early live tapes in circulation.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Dec 5, 2012

  11. Saw the GP’s in Boston around this time. Wicked good lunchtime show!

    By Mark Desmet on Dec 5, 2012

  12. I know this is really boring and you are skipping to the next comment, but I just wanted to throw you a big thanks – you cleared up some things for me!

    By Brian Manos on Apr 5, 2013

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