RIP Ron Edgar

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The Music Machine, Ron Edgar 2nd from left

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The Millennium, Ron Edgar 2nd from right

 

Listen/Download – Music Machine – Talk Talk

Listen/Download – Music Machine – Masculine Intuition

Listen/Download – The Millennium – Prelude/To Claudia On Thursday

Listen/Download – The Millennium -I Just Want To Be Your Friend (45 edit)

Greetings all.

A little more than a week ago the sad news came down that Ron Edgar, drummer for both the Music Machine and the Millennium had passed away at the age of 68.

Edgar, who had gotten his start as a jazz drummer, had played with Curt Boettcher in one of the iterations of his early group the Goldebriars, before joining Sean Bonniwell’s group the Music Machine.

The Music Machine, known to most as a one-hit wonder (‘Talk Talk’ went Top 40 in the Fall of 1966), were actually one of the deeper bands of the garage era.

They combine complex music, and dark lyrics, all presented in a fuzzed-out, garage-on-the-way-to-psychedelic sound that gave their records a timeless feel that makes them as exciting today as they were almost 50 years ago.

Edgar’s complicated and hard-hitting drumming was an important part of the Music Machine sound, taking a co-lead role in ‘Talk Talk’ and providing layers of sophistication to songs like ‘Masculine Intuition’.

Following the break-up of the Music Machine (Mk1), Boettcher enlisted Edgar (and his Music Machine bandmates Doug Rhodes and Keith Olsen) to work in the studio on tracks for the Sagittarius project. They were soon joined by Lee Mallory, Sandy Salisbury, Michael Fennelly and Joey Stec and became the Millennium.

The Millennium were even more sophisticated than the Music Machine, taking cues from all corners of the pop/rock world, and having one of the heaviest songwriting pools around right there in the band.

I’ve written a lot about the Millennium here at Iron Leg, but I don’t think I’ve ever directly addressed the majesty of the opening tracks of their sole LP ‘Begin’*.

‘Prelude/To Claudia On Thursday’ form not only one of the most sublime and uplifting medleys in the history of 60s pop, but are also a great illustration of the percussive versatility of Ron Edgar.

‘Prelude’, which opens with harpsichord and congas (or tablas?), is soon blown wide open by Edgar’s drums, with an emphasis on a supremely heavy bass drum foot, expanded on with jazzy work on the snare and cymbals.

Segueing directly into ‘To Claudia On Thursday’, you get to hear Edgar lay down a Brazilian beat underneath the heavenly, Beatle-esque harmonies of the group. The way the voices come together in this song – trademark Boettcher – is practically unmatched. This is one of those records you have to really plug into with headphones, and let the voices wash over you.

Edgar’s subtle, jazz-inflected playing on ‘I Just Want To Be Your Friend’ (presented here in its 45 mix) is also excellent.

Edgar went on to play on a variety of Millennium-related solo projects, as well as appearing on Bread’s 1969 debut LP.

He was a great drummer and an important part of 60s pop history, and will be missed.

I hope you dig the sounds, and I’ll see you next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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*Though I have posted the Jimmie Haskell/Denny Doherty covers of these tunes
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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #36

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Playlist

Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield – Action Scene (KPM)
Sunshine Company – Love That’s Where It Is (Imperial)
Candymen – Ways (ABC)
Tommy Roe – Aggravation (ABC)
Tommy Roe – Leave Her (ABC)
Chain Reaction – You Should Have Been Here Yesterday (Verve)
The Poor – My Mind Goes High (York)
The Turtles – She’s My Girl (White Whale)
Emmit Rhodes- Really Wanted You (ABC)
Rick Nelson – Don’t Make Promises (Decca)

British Walkers – I Found You (Try)
Changing Tymes – Free Spirit (She Comes On) (Bell)
Brian Hyland – The Joker Went Wild (Philips)
The Collage – Rainy Blue Day (Smash)
The Collage – Would You Like To Go (Smash)
Fun and Games – Elephant Candy (White Whale)
Fun and Games – The Grooviest Girl In the World (White Whale)
Jimmie Haskell – Prelude (ABC)
Jimmie Haskell/Denny Doherty – To Claudia On Thursday (ABC)
The Love Generation – The Love In Me (Imperial)

The Montanas – That’s When Happiness Began (WB)
Hondells – Just One More Chance (Columbia)
Coopers – Didn’t I (White Whale)
Nino Tempo and April Stevens with the Guilloteens – I Love How You Love Me (Atco)
Del Shannon – She (Liberty)
Cowsills – River Blue (MGM)
Eternity’s Children – Mrs Bluebird (Tower)
Chris and Peter Allen – Just Friends (Mercury)
Free Design – Kites Are Fun (Project 3)
Joyride – Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine (World Pacific)
Van Dyke Parks – Come To the Sunshine (MGM)
Thom McCan Commercial

 

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 36 – 160MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to this month’s episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

This month I was in the mood for some hooks and jangle, so I dipped into the archives and pulled out a bunch of groovy stuff. You get a grip of Curt Boettcher-associated material (songs, productions, arrangements), some soft pop, sunshine, bubblegum and even a bit of freakbeat.

Wait for a sunny day and play this one while you fly a kite (cuz kites are fun!).

See you all next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #30

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Playlist

Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield – Action Scene (KPM)
Mindbenders – The Morning After (Fontana)
The Remains – Once Before (Epic)
The Remains – Diddy Wah Diddy (Epic)
Sir Raleigh and the Coupons – Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Another Day (Jerden)
Del Shannon – She (Liberty)
Carole King – Pleasant Valley Sunday (Demo)
Scotty McKay – All Around the World (Claridge)
Baker Knight and the Knightmares – Hallucinations (Reprise)
The Enemys – Mojo Woman (MGM)
Freddy Cannon – 20th Century Fox (WB)
Moody Blues – Fly Me High (London)
Moody Blues Concert Promo


Nilsson – The Path That Leads To Trouble (Tower)
Nilsson – Good Times (Tower)
Nilsson – So You Think You’ve Got Troubles (Tower)
Nilsson – Growin’ Up (Tower)
Nilsson – Signs (demo)
Nilsson – This Could Be The Night (demo)
Monkees – Daddy’s Song (Head OST)
Glen Campbell – Without Her (Capitol)
Bobby Vee – One (Liberty)
Ella Fitzgerald – Open Your Window (Reprise)
Nilsson – Ban Roll On Commercial

Paul Williams – Nilsson Sings Newman (A&M)*
Puppet – Best Friend (Date)
Nilsson – Everybody’s Talkin’ (Aerial Pandemonium Ballet Remix) (RCA)
Nilsson – Mr Richland’s Favorite Song (Aerial Pandemonium Ballet Remix) (RCA)
Nilsson – Mourning Glory Story (RCA)
Nilsson – Mother Nature’s Son (RCA)
Nilsson – Puppy Song (RCA)
George Tipton – Rainmaker (WB)
George Tipton – Maybe (WB)
Davy Jones – Are You Sleeping (The Point UK Cast OST – MCA)
Mickey Dolenz – He’s Leaving (The Point UK Cast OST – MCA)
Pat Williams – Don’t Leave Me (Verve)
Lena Horne – Think About Your Troubles (Buddah)
Harry Nilsson – Handgun Violence PSA

DMZ – Out of Our Tree (Sire)
Paul Raven – Soul Thing (MCA UK)
The Paupers – Numbers (Verve)
Mars Bonfire – Ride With Me (UNI)
Joe South – Hush (Capitol)
Lamp Of Childhood – Two O’Clock In the Morning (Dunhill)
Bodine – Disaster (MGM)
KHJ Tiny Tim Concert Promo

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 30 – 247MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to this month’s episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

I have a very special (very long) episode of the show for you this month.

Sandwiched between two sets of garage, freakbeat and psych you get a long tribute to all things Nilsson, featuring some rarities by the man himself, as well as a far reaching assortment of covers by everyone from Glen Campbell to Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne.

I think this is an especially cool one, so pull down the ones and zeros and dig it!

See you all next week with some more coolness.

Peace

Larry

*NOTE: After I recorded the show I found a piece by Paul Williams addressing his song ‘Nilsson Sings Newman’, and his relationship with Nilsson directly. It’s worth reading.

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #26

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Opener – Action Scene – Hawkshaw/Parker (KPM)
Nino Tempo and April Stevens with the Guilloteens – I Love How You Love Me (Atco)
Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart – Teardrop City (A&M)
Sir Douglas Quintet – She’s About a Mover (Tribe)
Peter Cook and Dudley Moore – The LS Bumblebee (Decca)
Giant Crab – ESP (UNI)
The Bit A Sweet – How Can I Make You See (ABC)
The Garden Club – Little Girl Lost and Found (A&M)
The Garden Club – I Must Love Her (A&M)
John Wonderling – Midway Down (WB)
The Turtles – Buzz Saw (White Whale)
ALSAC Teenagers March Concert Commercial

Buffalo Covers…
Staple Singers – For What It’s Worth (Epic) 1967

Mojo Men – Sit Down I Think I Love You (Reprise) 1966
Kenny Rankin – Four Days Gone (Mercury) 1970
Percy Sledge – Kind Woman (Atlantic) 1968
Poco – Go and Say Goodbye (Epic) 1972
Glenn Yarbrough – Everybody’s Wrong (RCA) 1967
Fanny – Special Care (Reprise) 1971
Fever Tree – Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing (UNI) 1968
Yes – Everydays (Atlantic) 1970
The Road – Mr Soul (Kama Sutra) 1970
Bonnie Raitt – Bluebird (WB) 1971
Chris Smither – I Am a Child (Poppy) 1970
Kate Rogers – Broken Arrow (Grand Central) 2005
The Grip Weeds – Down to the Wire (Buy or Die) 1998
King Curtis – For What It’s Worth (Atco) 1967

The Doors – Peace Frog/Blue Sunday (Elektra)
The Doors – Unknown Soldier (Elektra)
Rick Nelson – Don’t Make Promises (Decca)
Rick Nelson – Barefoot Boy (Decca)
Rick Nelson – Marshmallow Skies (Decca)
The Dillards – Lemon Chimes (Elektra)
The Dllards – Reason to Believe (Elektra)
The Collage – Rainy Blue Memory Day (Smash)
The Collage – My Mind’s At Ease (Smash)
The Collage – Would You Like To Go (Smash)
Van Dyke Parks – Come To the Sunshine (45) (MGM)
Van Dyke Parks – Datsun Commercial (WB)

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 26 – 233MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to this month’s episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

This is a very special edition of the ILRS, with lots of groovy new arrivals and an extra long set in middle of the show devoted to cover versions of Buffalo Springfield songs (thanks to Echoes In the Wind for the inspiration).

You get more than two hours of music this month, so strap on the headphones and dig (in).

See you next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #23

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Opener – Action Scene – Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield (KPM)
Bill Wendry and the Boss Tweeds – Trying to Get To You (Columbia)
Bill Wendry and the Boss Tweeds – When He’s Home (Columbia)
Baker Knight and the Knightmares – Hallucinations (Reprise)
Kidds – Straighten Up and Fly Right (Big Beat)
Motifs – If I Gave You Love (Selsom)
Kit and the Outlaws – Don’t Tread On Me (Black Knight)
Darelycks – Bad Trip (Fine)
Blue Things – Orange Rooftop of Your Mind (RCA)
Kingsmen – Little Sally Tease (Wand)
Rationals – Danby’s Mens Wear Commercial

Mindbenders – It’s Getting Harder All the Time (Fontana)
Mindbenders – Off and Running (Fontana)
Lesley Gore – Off and Running (Mercury)
Dave Berry – The Crying Game (London)
Brenda Lee – The Crying Game (Decca)
Ian and the Zodiacs – The Crying Game (Philips)
Ian and the Zodiacs – Na Na Na Na Na (Philips)
Ian and the Zodiacs – Why Can’t It Be Me (Philips)
The Cake – Baby That’s Me (Decca)
Dick Hyman – The Liquidators (Command)
Hondells – Just One More Chance (Columbia)
Hondells Honda Commercial

Rainy Day Friends – Not Like Before (World Pacific)
Group Therapy – Bad News (Canterbury)
Holy Mackerel – Wildflowers (Reprise)
Francoise Hardy – Ce Petit Couer (4 Corners)
3’s a Crowd – Bird Without Wings (Dunhill)
Free Design – Bubbles (Project 3)
Brady Bunch – I Just Want To Be Your Friend (Paramount)
Apple – Buffalo Billycan (Page One)
Cat Stevens – Baby Get Your Head Screwed On (Deram)
Dead Sea Fruit – Kensington High Street (Atco)
Equals – The Guy That Made Her a Star (RCA)
Donovan – Museum (Epic)
Donovan – Pied Piper Movie Spot

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 23 – 177MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to another episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

This month you get some groovy new arrivals, a set of garage fuzz, some interesting covers laid end-to-end and a nice long pop/freakbeat set.

As always, I hope you dig it, and I’ll see you all next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #21

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Show Opener – Action Scene – Mansfield/Hakwshaw (KPM)
The Spats – She Done Moved (ABC)
Sonny and Cher – It’s Gonna Rain (Atco)
WC Fields Memorial Electric String Band – Hippy Elevator Operator (HBR)
Buffalo Springfield – Mr Soul (45 Edit) (Atco)
Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart – Out and About (A&M)
Boyce & Hart Coke Commercial
The Changin’ Times- How Is the Air Up There (Philips)
Gene Clark and the Gosdin Brothers – So You Say You Lost Your Baby (Columbia)
The Kaleidoscope – Egyptian Gardens (Epic)
Lamp Of Childhood – You Can’t Blame Me (Dunhill)
Lyme and Cybelle – Follow Me (White Whale)
Monkees – Teardrop City (Colgems)
Bobby Fuller Four – KRLA King of the Wheels Commercial
The Poor – She’s Got the Time She’s Got the Changes (York)
The Poor – Feelin’ Down (Decca)
Love – The Red Telephone (Elektra)
Thorinshield – Wrong My Friend (Philips)
Sagittarius – My World Fell Down (Columbia)

Cheques – Testify (I Wanna) (HIP)
Chain Reaction – Ever Lovin’ Man (Verve)
Fun and Games – Something I Wrote (White Whale)
Los Gatos Negros – No Milk Today (Vergara)
Sound Foundation – Magic Carpet Ride (SmoBro)
Sound Foundation – Morning Dew (SmoBro)
Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick and Tich- Master Llewellyn (Fontana)
Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick and Tich – Coke Commercial

The Collection – Tomorrow Is a Window (Hot Biscuit)
Crib and Ben – Emily (Decca)
Peter Robbins – If I Knew Then What I Know Now (RCA)
Phaetons – Leave It To Me (WB)
Phaetons – You Better Come Home (WB)
Sonny Curtis – The Straight Life (Viva)
Fairport Convention – Tale In Hard Time (A&M)
Jerry Garcia – The Wheel (45 edit) (WB)
Grateful Dead concert commercial

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 21 – 186MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

I hope all is well in your part of the world.

It’s time once again for the Iron Leg Radio Show, episode 21!

When I dipped into the crates to put this one together, it kind of got away from me as I pulled out on groovy LA-related side after another, and the first set stretched out to 45 minutes!

I don’t think you’ll be complaining, since it’s packed with some of the best music of the 60s, with stops in garage punk, pop, folk rock and psychedelia.

After that, you get two shorter sets – one heavier, one lighter – that I think you’ll also dig.

I hope you like it all, and I’ll see you next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #19

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Intro/Action Scene – Hawkshaw/Mansfield (KPM)
Byrds – Bad Night at the Whiskey (Columbia)
Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll – Save Me (Polydor)
Captain Beefheart – Who Do You Think You’re Fooling (A&M)
Chris Farlowe – Out of Time (Immediate)
Chris Farlowe – Baby Make It Soon (Immediate)
The Coopers – Didn’t I (White Whale)
The Hassles – You Got Me Hummin’ (UA)
Standells – Why Did You Hurt Me (Tower)
The Yardbirds – No Excess Baggage (Epic)
Yardbirds – Great Shakes Commercial

Hardy Boys – Here Come the Hardys (RCA/Dunwich)
Tradewinds – Mind Excursion (Kama Sutra)
Small Circle of Friends – Kind of Wasted Without You (A&M)
Pleasure Faire – Morning Glory Days (UNI)
Puppet – Best Friend (Date)
James Griffin – Miracle Worker (Viva)
Fun and Games – Don’t Worry Baby (White Whale)
Free Design – Bubbles (Project 3)
Brian Hyland – The Joker Went Wild (Philips)
Grin – White Lies (Spindizzy)
Blades of Grass – I Love You Alice B Toklas (Jubilee)
I Love You Alice B Toklas Movie Promo

Beaver and Krause – People’s Park 45 (WB)
Ananda Shankar – Light My Fire (Reprise)
The Fire Escape – The Trip (GNP Crescendo)
Cher – Hey Joe (Imperial)
Holy Mackerel – Scorpio Red (Reprise)
Living Strings – San Francisco Nights (Camden)
Mickey Newbury – Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) (RCA)
Peggy Lipton – The Lady of the Lake (Ode)
Mars Bonfire – Lady Moonwalker (UNI)
Scott Walker – Mrs Murphy (Philips)
Terry Reid – Stay With Me (Epic)
Van Dyke Parks – Datsun Commercial

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 19 – 176MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

I hope all is well in your part of the world.

It’s time once again for the Iron Leg Radio Show, episode 19!

This time around we have a great one for you, with three long sets of very groovy music.

We get things started with a bunch of garage and other rock, roll on into a set of sunshine and lighter fare, and close things out with a long, trippy grouping of sounds.

As always, I hope you dig it, and I’ll be back next week with something cool.

Peace

Larry

 

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