The Ksan Collection- San Francisco 1966- 68 ( 6 CD BOX SET)
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This remarkable 6 CD collection captures many of San Francisco s best psychedelic bands at the peak of their powers, between 1966 and 1968. Featuring live performances from legendary venues, the set encompasses major stars like the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and the Doors, cult heroes like Captain Beefheart and Moby Grape, and ultra obscurities like the Final Solution and the Initial Shock. Recorded at legendary venues; The Fillmore, Avalon Ballroom, Carousel Ballroom & The Matrix and originally broadcast on the underground station KSAN-FM, they provide a wondrous snapshot of a place and a time.DISC ONE The Grateful Dead Fillmore, 1966: 1. Bill Graham Introduction 2. Cold Rain & Snow 3. Hi Heeled Sneakers 4. Pain In My Heart 5. Beat It On Down The Line 6. Cream Puff War 7. The Same Thing 8. He Was A Friend Of Mine 9. Dancin In The Street 10. Smokestack Lightnin 11. King Bee 12. In The Midnight Hour DISC TWO Jefferson Airplane Fillmore, 1966-67: 1. 3/5 Of A Mile In 10 Seconds 2. Runnin Round 3. Somebody To Love 4. Today 5. Get Together 6. Other Side Of This Life 7. Fat Angel 8. Grace Talks 9. Go To Her 10. She Has Funny Cars Quicksilver Messenger Service Avalon, 1966: 11. Dino s Song 12. Gold & Silver 13. Smokestack Lightnin Country Joe & The Fish Avalon, 1967: 14. Flying High 15. Thought Dream 16. H-Bomb Song DISC THREE Bo Diddley Avalon, 1966: 1. Gunslinger 2. Eastern Thang 3. Grand Grand Daddy 4. Hey Bo Diddley 5. Everybody Needs Somebody The Byrds Avalon, 1968: 6. So You Want To Be A Rock n Roll Star? 7. Goin Back 8. This Wheel s On Fire Moby Grape Avalon, 1967: 9. It Depends On You 10. Changes 11. Leavin 12. Grape Jam With Big Brother DISC FOUR Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Avalon, 1966: 1. Tupelo 2. Old Folks Boogie 3. Evil 4. Instrumental Big Brother & The Holding Company Avalon / Fillmore, 1967-68: 5. Bye Bye Baby 6. Women Is Losers 7. Call On Me 8. Ball & Chain Initial Shock Avalon, 1968: 9. Big Boy 10. Let Me Be Your Man 11. Goin Down Louisiana 12. If You Gotta Go, Go Now / Jam DISC FIVE Creedence Clearwater Revival Fillmore, 1968: 1. Susie Q Santana Carousel, 1968: 2. Treat / Drums 3. Jingo Steve Miller Band Avalon, 1967-68: 4. Steppin High 5. Can You Feel Your Daddy s Heartbeat? 6. Blues With A Feeling 7. Living In The USA 8. Steppin Stone The Sparrow Avalon, 1967: 9. Corrina, Corrina 10. Baby Please Don t Go 11. Searchin 12. Things Won t Be The Same / Jam The Doors Avalon, 1967: 13. Who Do You Love? DISC SIX The Final Solution Matrix, 1966: 1. Announcements / Intro 2. Tell Me Again 3. Bleeding Roses 4. If You Want 5. You Say You Love Me / Got My Mojo Workin 6. Time Is Here And Now 7. Bo Diddley Meets Sandy Nelson 8. Truck Drivin Son Of A Gun 9. Just Like Gold 10. Misty Mind 11. So Long Goodbye 12. America The Beautiful
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Package Dimensions : 5.55 x 4.97 x 0.54 inches; 2.83 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Rox Vox
- Date First Available : July 29, 2016
- Label : Rox Vox
- ASIN : B01HFN90ZA
- Number of discs : 6
- Best Sellers Rank: #96,560 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Yes, the sound quality varies--from okay to decent to pretty good. Everyone hears sound differently but overall (unless you're an audiophile) the sound (from FM broadcast tapes) is acceptable if not sometimes better. The 16 page booklet has a short synopsis on each band along with a b&w photo of each band. Each disc slips into a cardboard jacket with a list of tracks on the back and a generic graphic on the front that looks as if it was taken from postcard stock--scenes of S.F. and the Golden Gate Bridge--not appropriate to the music but to the area--but a minor quibble. Everything fits inside a glossy, thick cardboard clam shell box with a pretty cool graphic on the cover and a list of bands/tracks on the back. All in all nice packaging.
Disc 1 is the Dead at the Fillmore in '66 in fairly decent/okay sound. This set is available under other names so be careful you don't already own this. I do, but having all this music in one nice, neat box with a decent booklet is nice to have.
Disc 2 is the Airplane from the Fillmore in '66-'67 playing tunes from that period of the band. Quicksilver is here from the Avalon in '66 with three tunes, and Country Joe & The Fish from the Avalon in '67 have three tunes also familiar to fans of the band's first couple of albums. The Airplane stuff has pretty good sound, as does Quicksilver, with the The Fish in lesser but still fairly okay sound. But when I describe sound quality all this music has just a bit of flatness with some loss of dynamics.
Disc 3 is full of good music--Bo Diddley at the Avalon in '66 with an electric violin/fiddle/viola (take your pick) that updates his sound nicely. The Byrds (with Clarence White) at the Avalon in '68 have three nice performances, Moby Grape from the Avalon in '67 have a smokin' four song set that's a real high point for Grape fans. All of this music too is fairly decent/pretty good as far as sound quality.
Disc 4 is Captain Beefheart/Magic Band from the Avalon in '66 around the time they released some good single tracks on A&M. Big Brother with Joplin from the Avalon/Fillmore in '67-'68 with some visceral performances of songs associated with them. A band little known--Initial Shock--from the Avalon in '68 with some typically energetic S.F. music. To my ears the last tracks on this disc aren't as good sound wise as others, but still okay because of there rarity.
Disc 5 has one track from Creedence from the Fillmore in '68 which is a good example of their sound. Santana from the Carousel in '68 is in good form with three tunes from that band's exciting first era. Steve Miller Band from the Avalon in '67-'68 does a fine set of tunes that shows the band's bluesy side. The Sparrow, at the Avalon in '67, has some stoned sounding music that reeks of it's time. The Doors from the Avalon in '67 doing a Bo Diddley song finish things off . This disc too has pretty decent to fairly good sound except for The Sparrow's music which is a bit lesser in quality.
Disc 6 is taken up with another band little known outside that region--The Final Solution, from the Matrix in '66. Their music isn't typically jam based but more of a droning style that nonetheless has that sound and feel of the period. This set has pretty good sound, and is a most welcome addition of music from a band that's been forgotten.
Hopefully someone will come across this review who likes music from the S.F. area and this era, and take a chance on it. I purchased my set on Amazon UK because I could have it delivered faster than if I ordered it from the U.S. I also purchased the three volume (9 CDs), "Curiosities of the San Fransisco Underground 1965-1971", which duplicates some of the music in the KSAN box but has other delights that make it a worthwhile purchase--also from Amazon UK--and very cheap.
So, the bottom line--if you're a deep fan of S.F. bands from the late '60s--you owe it to yourself to check this out. Even with less than perfect sound the feel of that era is very tangible all through this music. This is a good example of what we were listening to back then. I'm probably a bit biased but there is too much good music here to pass up.
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The discs do, of course, feature predominantly the “big names” of the San Francisco scene. A great set from the Grateful Dead at the Fillmore in 1966 on Disc 1. I am sure I have this on a bootleg somewhere but I can't find it! Disc 2 includes ten excellent Airplane tracks from the Fillmore in 1966 and 1967. The three tracks from Quicksilver and three from Country Joe are fine. The sound quality of the Country Joe tracks is far and away better that the 1968 Carousel Ballroom set released on Keyhole.
Some excellent material also from Captain Beefheart, Big Brother, Bo Didley, The Byrds, Steve Miller and Moby Grape. Santana are represented by two superb tracks from the Carousel in 1968. The Doors and Creedence Clearwater by one track each.
So for anyone with the remotest interest in the San Francisco scene this is a great set to have. For an ageing hippie like me it is an essential purchase. Many hours of listening pleasure, nicely presented and well worth the bargain price. I say buy it without hesitation while you can.
The variety of groups across six CDs inevitably leads to variable performances - unknown groups The Final Solution at the Matrix (where they were a last minute replacement band) and Initial Shock at the Avalon demonstrate why they never progressed much further; The Sparrow (later to morph into Steppenwolf); Country Joe & Fish and the Byrds sets are largely of historic interest (Country Joe's vocals in particular being very suspect at the outset); and groups with single tracks (CCR and Doors) are okay but given early career recordings are not outstanding.
Which probably leaves about four CDs worth of respectable or interesting music in understanding what the West Coast scene was like live back then as it became more popular and global. A full CD from 1966 of the Grateful Dead shows them still learning their craft with a mixed set till they hit their stride halfway in on "Dancin' in the street" and suddenly you see why they became firm local favourites plus went on to eventually outlast most of their contemporaries. Other local favourites Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother and the Holding, Moby Grape, Santana and Steve Miller Band all turn in respectable and listenable sets (the Miler Band cuts in particular being very welcome after the absolutely dire recent Carousel double live CD set, released on the Keyhole label).
The two remaining sets of Bo Diddley and Captain Beefheart are fascinating time warps - Diddley doing a Dead style jam ("Eastern Thang") in addition to his hits before a 1996 Avalon audience and Beefheart doing Delta Blues before his "Troutmask Replica" period reveal the diversity of music being played.
Ultimately this box set while not always high quality audio or performances (I would honestly give this release 3 1/2 stars) shows the West Coast bands importance in opening up the music scene from its prior hit parade limited mindset. It remains to be seen whether there are more worthwhile releases in the KSAN vaults and if so, one hopes they will be firmer in removing the superfluous.
You start You journey with the most famous San Francisco psychedelic bands like Grateful Dead , Jefferson Airplane, Quicksliver Messenger Service captured just before they recorded their famous albums. Later on You hear to the excerpt from the famous Avalon performance by The Doors just before time when they were very famous. Other classic atrists You may find during their long experimental psychedelic trip ( check Bo Diddley "Eastern Thang") or rolling they own way ( sets of Cleearwater CR , The Byrds, Steve Miller Band, Santana or Moby Grape). But everywhere You go the music has nothing to do with commercial pro-smash-hits production. The real music art only. And dont forget listen to some bands that weren't so famous as their fellows mantion above. The Initial Shock can be a shock for You and The Final Solution will show You how underground psychedelic music was sounding like in those days. Please, buy nad enjoy this one just like me now and teach Your children how good music is sounding like.
Sound is acceptable and mainly good as for those archives from Avalon nad Fillmore ballrooms. The box has nice note lines about every atrists with pictures and art of this one is very nice. Enjoy !
Despite the age of the recordings I find the sound reproduction extremely good. It is particularly interesting to hear Capt. Beefhart's
blues music - I didn't listen to him much before and found it surprising and very good. Most of the other bands I know and have
seen live - and it is a real delight to hear them playing together so well. KSAN was my favorite radio station - along with KMPX -
but at one point KSAN gained the edge. I spent many happy hours day and night listening to the station as a teenager in very exciting