Thrill Further: Outtakes, demos and alternate versions of San Franciscan favourites

CAMILLA AISA’s playlist on the back of her Shindig! issue #86 BIG BROTHER & THE HOLDING COMPANY cover story

Big Brother & the Holding Company ‘How Many Times Blues Jam’

Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills album cover

We start off with, of course, our cover story champions. Four gentlemen and one great, great broad…Big Brother & The Holding Company! Their Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills was one of the most exciting reissues of the year, so here’s a thrilling studio jam to celebrate that and beloved classic Cheap Thrills’ 50th birthday.

The Great Society – ‘Free Advice (Alternate Version #1)’

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In our interview for the cover story, as we were talking about the early days of Big Brother, drummer Dave Getz recalled auditioning various singers, and deliberately looking for a woman. “That was the intention,” he said, ”inspired by other bands like the Great Society with Grace Slick. There were a few bands that had strong singers, but I think it was mainly the Jefferson Airplane that really set the template that we were looking at.” In this alternate version of a pre-Airplane gem, Grace explores Eastern influences and redefines the concept of backing vocals.

The Beau Brummels – ‘Magic Hollow (Demo Version)’

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Featured in Shindig!’s guide to “lost” San Franciscan keepers, The Beau Brummels’ Triangle (the band’s fourth studio album) shines particularly bright thanks to single ‘Magic Hollow’. In this demo recording, the song is stripped naked of its harpsichord magic – a nice way to retrace the ductile mid 60s permeability of folk and trippy rock.

Blackburn & Snow – ‘Post-War Baby (Alternate Version)’

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Speaking of folk getting edgier and hungrier… in the second half of the ’60s acoustic darlings Blackburn & Snow went electric for an album that would be released some 30 years after the duo’s breakup. 1967 single ‘Post-War Baby’ gets the deluxe treatment on the long-awaited compilation Something Good For Your Head: not only it proves that Sherry Snow and Jeff Blackburn were not your usual lifeless folk couple (hey, they could get groovy!), but they could also enclose a convincing West Coast jam in just one minute and forty-five seconds.

Mystery Trend – ‘Carrots on a String (Audition Version)’  Read more Thrill Further: Outtakes, demos and alternate versions of San Franciscan favourites


Shindig! Broadcast #58 – The Xmas Day Show

Jon, Paul and Thomas drink Port, squabble and play a selection of seasonal tunes


Xmas Message into Rotary Connection ‘Christmas Love’
Donnie Hathaway ‘This Christmas’
The Flirtations ‘Christmas Time Is Here Again’
Count Sidney & His Dukes ‘Soul Christmas’
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings ‘Funky Little Drummer Boy’
Jimmy Reed ‘Christmas Present Blues’
The Band ‘Christmas Must Be Tonight’
Big Star ‘Jesus Christ’
The Beach Boys ‘Morning Christmas’
Wild Billy Childish & The Musicians Of The British Empire ‘Ho Ho!’
Bob Seger & The Last Heard ‘Sock It To Me Santa’
The 3rd Power ‘Snow’
Homer & Jethro ‘Santa Claus, The Original Hippie’
The Annie Rocket Band ‘A Little Smile On Christmas Morning’
Green Seagull ‘First Snow Of Winter’
Saturday’s Children ‘Christmas Sounds’
The Asylum Choir ‘Icicle Star Tree’
The Free Design ‘Close Your Mouth It’s Christmas’
Saturday’s Children ‘Deck Five’
Francoise Hardy ‘Fleur de Lune’
The Sha La Das ‘Sha La Da La La (It’s Christmas time)’
Khruangbin ‘Christmas Time Is Here’
She & Him ‘The Coldest Night Of The Year’
Whyte Horses ‘Next Year Will Be Mine’
Jan & Lorraine ‘Snow Roses’
Mandy Morton ‘Ghost Of Christmas Past’
Lalo Schifrin ‘Joy To The World’
Rosko ‘Ou Est Pere Noel?’ 
Andy Pickett ‘Who Knows The Snow’
The Bangles ‘Hazy Shade Of Winter’
Fleet Foxes ‘White Winter Hymnal’
Horslips ‘Drive The Cold Winter Away’
Mike Oldfield ‘Dulce Jubilo’


Those Pretty Wrongs ‘A Day In The Park’

THOSE PRETTY WRONGS are Jody Stephens and Luther Russell, two old friends and veterans of the music scene in different ways. Jody was the drummer for the legendary band Big Star and now helps run equally legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis. Luther Russell was the leader of seminal roots-rock band The Freewheelers and is now an acclaimed solo artist and producer. As another exclusive Shindig! offers the first hear of the flip of their new single ‘A Time To Fly’ (Burger Records)

Jody and Luther began writing songs together in 2013 and performing them whenever possible, soon taking their name from the opening line of Shakespeare Sonnet 41. In 2015, underground SoCal sensation Burger Records released ‘Lucky Guy’ as a 7” single . There was an outpouring
of support for the new song, which gave Jody and Luther the confidence to move forward with a full-length LP.

Those Pretty Wrongs’ self-titled debut album was released on Ardent/Burger in 2016 to instant raves from critics and fans alike. Jody was way out in front on this release – really for the first time ever – taking all lead vocals and co-writing all of the songs with Luther. The duo toured the North America, UK, Australia and Europe and the reception around the world gave them the confidence to keep pushing with the project. Ultimately this goodwill led Jody and Luther to start recording a follow-up record – once again at Ardent, and once again to 2” tape using much of the original gear Big Star used on their classic records. Read more Those Pretty Wrongs ‘A Day In The Park’


The LOVE band featuring Johnny Echols Farewell UK Tour Summer 2019

The LOVE band featuring Johnny Echols sees Arthur Lee’s longest serving band return to the UK to perform classic songs from LOVE’s first three albums Love, De Capo and Forever Changes as well as some special deep cuts for the last time

From 1993 until Arthur’s death in 2006, the band Baby Lemonade performed with him, being an essential part of the renaissance of Love’s music. This iteration of Love saw many sold-out tours, as well as back to back Glastonbury performances and an appearance on Later With Jools Holland.

Joining Baby Lemonade is Love’s original lead guitarplayer and founding member Johnny Echols, who was part of the classic line-up that recorded the seminal Forever Changes.

Johnny Echols and Arthur Lee were childhood friends whose families both moved from Memphis to Los Angeles. Teenage Johnny & Arthur teamed up to form the groups Arthur Lee & The LAG’s and The American Four before they formed Love in 1965. The classic Love line-up featuring Johnny disbanded in ’68. Johnny reunited with Arthur Lee in 2005 to perform with Love once more.

Baby Lemonade formed in 1992 by Rusty Squeezebox, Mike Randle, David “Daddy-O” Green, later adding Dave Chapple to the mix. In ’93 the band landed the gig of a lifetime opening up for Love. That show was the last for that incarnation of Love as Arthur replaced them with the four Baby Lemonade members. Baby Lemonade released records on Sympathy For The Record Industry, Munster and Big Deal between ’93 and 2001.  Read more The LOVE band featuring Johnny Echols Farewell UK Tour Summer 2019