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Friday, March 2, 2012

50% Off Velvet Underground Poster, New Lou Reed, Download: Iggy Pop, Mountain, Rockpile, UFO

Featured on March 2, 2012
44 Years Ago: Cream in San Francisco 44 Years Ago: Cream in San Francisco
44 years ago this week, only six months after their first-ever headlining show (at the Fillmore) and eight months from their impending break-up, Cream returned to the Bay Area. The band was at their peak, so artist Lee Conklin showed their stature by drawing the band members at the top of the mountain. To commemorate these shows, we're offering 20% off the complete set of original tickets through the weekend with promo code CREAM. And while you're at it, check out all we have to offer from these memorable shows.
New Release: Lou Reed and the Moogy Klingman Band New Release: Lou Reed and the Moogy Klingman Band
After firing The Tots, Lou Reed hired keyboardist Moogy Klingman (future member of Todd Rundgren's Utopia) to quickly assemble a new backing band for the remainder of his Transformer tour. With a tight rhythm section and swirling layers of keyboards, this group put a unique stamp on Velvet Underground and solo Reed classics, and catapulted Reed toward his huge Rock N' Roll Animal sound in the process. Download a rare, complete set by Lou Reed and the Moogy Klingman Band and revel in Reed's glorious evolution.
Download Deals: Hard Rocking Shows Download Deals: Hard Rocking Shows
Keep your collection growing by downloading these concerts for half price through the weekend. Former Stooges frontman and punk legend Iggy Pop brought irrepressible energy to a 1986 show, Leslie West and Mountain provided sizzling hard rock for the Fillmore East's final night festivities, Lou Reed tore down the house with his massive arena rock sound in September of 1973, Rockpile married retro-rock riffing with punk energy at the 1980 Heatwave Festival, and UFO presaged the 1980s heavy metal scene in a 1975 Record Plant recording. Treat yourself to the rawk!

Deal Of The Week: Velvet Underground

After The Velvet Underground parted ways with manager Andy Warhol (and Nico) in 1967, they recorded White Light/White Heat and toured frequently during 1968. They stopped in San Francisco and played for the Family Dog at the Avalon Ballroom a number of times, including this 3-night run in October of that year. Don't forget that our Deal of the Week poster is 50% off retail through the weekend, so don't wait any longer!

New Release: Willie Dixon & the Chicago Blues All-Stars New Release: Willie Dixon & the Chicago Blues All-Stars
Willie Dixon, bassist-composer and Chess Records A&R man, had a profound impact on the development of electric blues and rock & roll, though usually from behind the scenes. For this 1973 concert at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall, Dixon stepped into the spotlight, leading a stellar cast of musicians through blues standards that included Dixon originals like "Rock Me Baby," "Wang Dang Doodle" and "Back Door Man." Get things started by downloading the First Set, and be sure to come back for the Second Set.
Playlist: Jazz Guitar Greats Playlist: Jazz Guitar Greats
From straight-ahead jazz to bop to fusion, the six-string wizards on this mix will wow you with their technical virtuosity and fluid improvisations. Listen to George Benson, Gabor Szabo, John McLaughlin, Buzz Feiten, Charlie Hunter, Bucky Pizzarelli and more on this Jazz Guitar Greats playlist. As an added bonus, Tom Bradshaw, former owner of the Great American Music Hall, has created a Joe Pass Blues Guitar Seminar playlist, presenting some humorous memories of Pass' master guitar classes at the club along with a few of his favorite performances.
Featured Video: Dictators, "Weekend," Winterland, July 30, 1977 Featured Video: Dictators, "Weekend," Winterland, July 30, 1977
Just in time to finish of your work week, Handsome Dick Manitoba and the Dictators are here to bring on the good times with a one-two combination of sleazy glam attitude and power pop catchiness. Get with it!

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