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I normally wait a day before putting up the next chapter, but it is now officially the 4th Of July so I thought I'd hurry this one out.
Here's another moment of insight into this Rockollections thing- I had a working idea of how I was going to handle this second half of the show, starting with Schooner Fare and their song, We The People...those being the opening words of the U.S. Constitution.
They mention the Declaration Of Independence in there, and as I am listening to Schooner Fare I get this vague memory of the Fifth Dimension singing the Declaration Of Independence on one of their old albums.
So now I have this overwhelming desire to find it somehow- I haven't thought of it or heard it in years- and I have to play it for you, if only because you probably have never heard it.
I can be one obsessive guy, lol!
To my surprise, I found the old vinyl album very easily, but that working idea I came in with went right out the window.
Thankfully I found a groove and got back on track with some songs about Living In America.
And after that, an ending to this show that I hope you find funny and entertaining.
I myself thought it was kind of clever...but then of course I would, wouldn't I, lol?
Happy 4th Of July everyone!
And Happy Birthday America!
Here's the link to the Finale, proudly Independent and made in America, at WLSO.FM:

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Comment by Mike Pell on July 8, 2012 at 7:58am
Ok, if I get the opportunity on TCM or someplace I'll watch it.
Funny, now that I think of it, that was the first time I had ever seen people naked on a stage, lol!
And I can't for the life of me remember HOW it ends- it wasn't much of a story as I recall.
Maybe I was too young.
Checking out the bit players in there does sound like fun though.
Comment by Mike Pell on July 8, 2012 at 7:48am
Had to stop and think- first two by Schooner Fare and Fifth Dimension.
Well, I knew them and thought of them, my only defense, lol!
Aztec Two-Step is right, and who is more instantly recognizable than Chuck Berry?
That's the first time you've heard that one by Chuck?
How about Linda Ronstadt's version- hers was a bigger hit than poor Chuck's?
All in all, a great pick for the Golden Pell!
But I was thinking you would go with Living In The U.S.A. by the Steve Miller Band.
I don't know why, just had a feeling that might be more up your alley.
But that's what makes this fun...I can never be sure.
Although he never identified his ethnicity, Archie Bunker as played by Carroll O'Connor sounded like every relative of mine on the Irish side.
In fact every older Irish guy I knew...O'Connor had that accent down pat...or Pat, lol!
It's the way New York cops, firemen and priests used to sound, and you can still find them.
A groundbreaking show, and sadly the last one I remember the WHOLE family watching together!
Thanks for playing a doubleheader of me, and living to write about it, lol,
Comment by Jon on July 7, 2012 at 8:29am

Actually, watch the movie, it is really good. The ending always gets to me. Plus, you get to see Beverly D'Angelo nekkid. It's also interesting to spot some of the bit players in there, some of them went on to kind of succesful careers.

Comment by Mike Pell on July 7, 2012 at 2:07am
Don't worry buddy, I defended you, lol!
For my feelings about sounding like the cowardly lion, read what I wrote Scott.
I can understand you thinking of the Fifth Dimension and Hair- they had the hit with Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In.
I saw the play, not the movie- the play was enough, lol!
Mighty fine indeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed!
Hey, don't hurt yourself!
Nothing wrong with that first song, and nothing like the cowardly lion to MY good ears, lol!
Thanks for the usual, and your almost total approval,
Comment by Mike Pell on July 7, 2012 at 1:53am
Two in a row makes you an Iron Man, lol!
But you should never read emails while listening to the show.
I need your full attention, as that can only detract from these carefully crafted productions that will live for posterity, lol!
I don't get it...the Lion from the Wizard of Oz?
But confession time- I have only sat still and seen the Wizard of Oz all the way through once in my life, and that was with a girl...don't know why, but I wander off!
I just went back and listened, and it sounds like it should, Schooner Fare!
I have a song by Schooner Fare that I gotta play someday that will blow yours and Jon's minds!
I've played it a couple of times before on the show, but's it is so amazing it's due and worth hearing again.
No mistaking the Cowardly Lion in that one!
Jon never actually said which song had Hell in it, so he's off the hook.
I told him- it was in the LAST song of the 1st half, and the FIRST song of the 2nd half.
Oh man, it is so true, the "pops" in the vinyl are a delight after so many years of sterile digital music.
But I have to admit, doing a show it is much easier using CD's!
That flat sound your good ears sensitively picked up may have been because I played it in mono- I chose that mode because it cut down on the old trick I learned years ago.
Oh you and that Neil Young distorted geetar...gimme a break, lol!
Glad you dug All in the Family clip coupled with the Ray Charles closing.
I was hoping with that!
And Ray Charles anytime, but especially with that song, is a deserved Golden Pell.
I'll wear it around my neck next year, lol!
Thanks for doing double duty with your marathon listening, and writing your well thought out approval,
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on July 6, 2012 at 11:00am

Those first two songs are really "out there".  Not bad, just kinda wacky to me.


But how 'bout that Chuck Berry?  That dude can do more with the exact same guitar solo on every single song than many guys can do with totally different solos.  This is where my Golden Pell goes.  I can't give it to Ray Charles for the closer 'cause I've heard that song before, and the GP's only go to songs that are new to me.  It almost went to Living In America by  Aztec Twostep or something like that.  It was a tough decision.


And the great Archie Bunker.  How in the world did that show make it on network TV back then?  I'm really glad it did, 'cause he is one of the great all-time American characters (I'll throw Andy Taylor and Barney Fife right in there with him).  How could the folks filming this not just die laughing?  His interaction with Rob Reiner is so incredible.  And he should get a nod himself, 'cause he plays his character better than anyone else could as well.  I loved that show.  Again, this actually would have gotten my GP if I had never seen or heard it, but I have.

Comment by Jon on July 5, 2012 at 4:49pm

No, Jon did not post wrong. HA!

And that first song...I couldn't figure out WHAT was going on with his voice, but Scott hit it on the head. It's the cowardly lion!!!

And everytime I hear The Fifth Dimension, I always think of Hair. Probbaly my favorite musical of all time (the movie, never saw the play).

Except for that first song, this was fine. Mighty fine indeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed!

Comment by Scott on July 5, 2012 at 8:06am

Two in a row?  Must be a record for me!  Its a slow week at work with a lot of people out so I get to listen to music and your shows while I catch up on email from being on vacation!  Its a rough life but someones gotta do it!

Whoa!  Is that the Lion from the Wizard of Oz singing?

Did Jon comment on the wrong show?  Because I clearly heard the reference to Hell in the first song of this show and not the first one in the series.  Just curious, because if he did, we can use it against him for at least 2-3 months.

Gotta say I love the little "pops" in the vinyl that I hear!  Such great memories!  But this tune sounds a little flat, sort of monotone in its vocals.  Cool that they sing the Document though they could've used the Neil Young distorted geetar touch!  hahahaha.  (I kid)

That All in the Family clip is priceless!!

Nice touch with Ray Charles closing!  And that's the Golden Pell!


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