December 5, 2013 – 1:15 pm

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New York 1975 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Stony Brook University Gym, New York; March 9, 1975. Very good to excellent WQIV FM broadcast.

Artist, musician and pioneering band leader Commander Cody helped invent a whole new style of music during the early ’70s, a period regarded as the height of rock innovation. Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen were one of the original groups to fuse divergent strains of American roots music - stripped-down basic rock and roll, rhythm and blues, jazz, bop, country, western swing, and rockabilly…

As the original uploader said: “Break out the beer bottles!”

Thanks to the person who shared this on the net in 2005; and to hindcol who is keeping the show alive at Dime.

FM > MR reel to reel 7.5ips > Teac 3340 reel > SoundForge > cdr > shn

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Track 01. Intro/Good Rockin’ Tonight 3:46 (6.3MB)
Track 02. Four or Five Times 3:08 (5.3MB)
Track 03. That’s What I Like About the South 3:25 (5.7MB)
Track 04. Homesick California Okie 3:16 (5.5MB)
Track 05. Rolling Down South Tonight 2:37 (4.4MB)
Track 06. Oh, Mama Mama 4:32 (7.6MB)
Track 07. Truck Drivin’ Man 3:17 (5.5MB)
Track 08. Say Adios When the Sun Sets on the Sage 4:00 (6.7MB)
Track 09. Violin Solo 3:44 (6.3MB)
Track 10. Mama Tried 2:13 (3.7MB)
Track 11. Diggy Liggy Lo 2:51 (4.8MB)
Track 12. Boogie Man Boogie 4:33 (7.6MB)
Track 13. High on a Hilltop 3:10 (5.3MB)
Track 14. Hot Rod Lincoln 3:48 (6.4MB)
Track 15. Riot in Cell Block #9 3:02 (5.1MB)
Track 16. Too Much Fun 3:49 (6.4MB)
Track 17. Don’t Let Go/Outro 2:29 (4.2MB)
58 mins

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  1. 17 Responses to “COMMANDER CODY - NEW YORK 1975”

  2. Spent countless hours seeing the Commander in various bars. Thank you.

    By Chhin Ho on Dec 5, 2013

  3. BTW, “Violin Solo” is called Gypsy Fiddle.

    By Chhin Ho on Dec 5, 2013

  4. Great show, great band. Thanks Big O!

    By Ernie Clark on Dec 5, 2013

  5. this is a great show. I’ve had it for decades from friends who attended college in Long Island. It was also aired on WLIR-FM and the correct date may be 3/9/74.

    By rich on Dec 6, 2013

  6. Like lots of people, I knew “Hot Rod Lincoln” and not much else. But then I listened to the rest of Lost in the Ozone, and Tales From the Ozone, and Live in Texas (great record!) and was hooked. This is a show from the same era, and it’s got the same energy that never quite revealed itself in their studio recordings.


    PS for some reason, this show got me thinking about NRBQ, another band that was great live. I’s love to hear a show from those guys.

    By Eric on Dec 6, 2013

  7. Eric, go to sugarmegs [if you haven`t already done so] there is a lot of great NRBQ there, plus look for the Steve ferguson shows as well.
    Don`t forget ,searching sugarmegs you look for the first name alphabetically, steve fergusons shows are under “S” .
    the q was a great band and I wish their first album self titled , would be released on cd as for some reason it never has, at least not here.
    Probably my alltime fave record by the boys too.
    First time I heard of Sun Ra was because of that disc as they covered Rocket Number Nine . Bought two copies of that lp because I knew i would play the shit out of it, and I still have both of them.

    By sluggo on Dec 6, 2013

  8. the absolute definite date on this is 3-9-75. he did 3-10 and 3-11-75 at the bottom line. i went to one of those. probably the first one. this show here isnt listed in the database of his concerts oddly enough but it wouldnt jive with the schedule as well in 74 as it does in 75. there were several other brdcsts in 75 as well.

    By darth on Dec 6, 2013

  9. Shut the fuck up, darth.

    By Innocent Bystander on Dec 6, 2013

  10. Saw David Bromberg with Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen in Central Park, NYC in 1978 on a hot August day. Great show in the best city in the world. Good times.

    By tunafan on Dec 6, 2013

  11. tuna.. that was a killer show by both bands. i still have the button that wplj gave out for that event. i saved as many of those buttons as i could. late 70s thru early 80s those concerts were amazing. and so cheap too. i dont recall them ever being over $4.50

    By darth on Dec 7, 2013

  12. Cody in 1978 at Central Park ! Was Danny Gatton was in the band then during his pre-Redneck Jazz period? Danny is on one Cody lp right around this time. Yo Bystander - you crack me up.

    By rich on Dec 7, 2013

  13. Danny is on one Cody lp right around this time.

    after reading this I highly doubt he appeared as a band member anywhere with cody.

    New Commander Cody Band /Flying Dreams Arista lp 4183 1978
    quoted from Unfinished Business/The Life and Times of Danny Gatton by Ralph Heibutzki…
    ” Danny did sessions for Commander Cody and Al Mckay,who`d sought him for an album he was producing for Earth ,Wind and Fire`s Arc Label. Danny found the Cody experience to be a big letdown with his guitar relegated to the background while the hottest parts went to other players. He played on two tracks (”He`s in love he`s in trouble” and ,Vampira”)but the results aren`t revelatory. You can`t really tell that it`s Danny, Smoot says.”..

    imagine bumping Danny Gatton into the

    By sluggo on Dec 7, 2013

  14. Yo Bystander - you crack me up

    I love how he doesn`t beat around the bush.

    By sluggo on Dec 7, 2013

  15. Thank you! One of those legendary bands that I’ve somehow never heard before. Glad to get a chance now.

    By Paul on Dec 7, 2013

  16. You can find on line a couple of the Commander Cody Shows at the Bottom Line in New York from Aug 15, 1977, both the early and the late show.

    By OtisApplepie on Dec 7, 2013

  17. Saw that same ‘78 Bromberg/Cody tour at their Washington DC stop. It was a great night, but Cody had split with the Airmen the year before and those shows were some of his first with his new band.

    By drkrick on Dec 10, 2013

  18. cc: thanks, big o!


    By I-) on Dec 15, 2013

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