by Robert Wilkinson
Today we celebrate the birthdays of three amazing talents who have made some of the greatest music of the 20th century! Tonight we rock the house!!
Because of the New Moon, Venus direct, and Mercury retrograde articles, I’ll make this year’s celebration relatively short and to the point. To that end, today we have the best links to the most fantastic videos of our birthday talents!
Steve Marriott (30 January 1947 – 20 April 1991) was the guitarist and front man for the Small Faces, one of England’s most rocking mod groups of the 60s. Known mainly in the US for the song “Itchycoo Park,” the Small Faces actually rocked a lot harder than many knew at the time. And after he split the Faces, he went on to rock even harder with Humble Pie.
From 1966, a great clip of the Small Faces performing live on the German tv show Beat Beat Beat. Here they perform their first big hit, also made big by Manfred Mann! Cranking it up, here's Steve and the Faces belting out "Sha La La La Lee" (The sound is better on this clip than the next one.)
Here's For your enjoyment, the entire show! "Hey Girl," "All or Nothing," "Watcha Gonna Do 'Bout It,"and "Shalalalalee"
From 1967, again at the Beat Club, here are the very MOD Small Faces doing the psychedelic rocker "Green Circles. (The camera work is as psychedelic as the song!)
From 1967, the Small Faces live lip-synching “Itchycoo Park”
Again at the Beat Club, "I Can't Make It"
From Germany and the Beat Club in 1967, a live performance by my personal favorite by the Small Faces, “Tin Soldier”
Also from 1967, a live performance by the Small Faces of one of their early hits, “Lazy Sunday”
From 1968 on the "Color Me Pop" BBC television series, here the Small Faces rock hard performing "Song of A Baker."
We'll close his Small Faces section with two great rockers on Swedish television! First, another amazing performance of my favorite Small Faces song, "Tin Soldier," followed by Steve taking Jimi's "Foxey Lady" riff and turning it into something else entirely! "Rollin' Over"
From August 1969 in Belgium, an early live performance by Steve and Humble Pie doing “I Walk on Gilded Splinters”
From 1971, an incredible live performance by Steve Marriott and Humble Pie doing the awesome rocker “I Don’t Need No Doctor”
Last year I found a 1974 very electric live performance by Steve and Humble Pie doing “Thirty Days in the Hole,” but it’s nowhere to be found this year. Instead, I found a 1973 live audio-only performance at Winterland of “Thirty Days in the Hole”
We’ll close this birthday tribute to one of the prototypical punk rockers with a great hour long documentary! For your enjoyment, The Life and Times of Steve Marriott
We now turn to the awesome Phil Collins! It is almost impossible to list everything this multitalented performer has done in the world of entertainment! Phil Collins (30 January 1951) is a multi-instrumentalist, writer, actor, and all around brilliant performer. Whether with Genesis or a solo act, this guy has done some of the best work in recent history! For your enjoyment, Mister Phil Collins!
From 1973, here’s a solid hour of Genesis live! “Genesis Live in Concert - 1973”
From 1974, a solid 72 minutes of Genesis live in Montreal
From Live Aid in 1985, here’s Phil live doing “Against All Odds”
From 1987, the official music video for the very hypnotic “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight”
From 1986, the music video for "In Too Deep"
The official music video for "I Don't Care Anymore"
From 1987, a two hour live concert by Genesis! “Genesis Live At Wembley Stadium”
Here’s Genesis live doing a song that’s my personal favorite, and a strong political statement! “Land of Confusion”
And for a very surrealistic version of the song, here’s the official 1986 music video that managed to make every fan of Ronald Reagan very mad! It’s a remarkable creative work in itself, given the work of the Spitting Image puppet masters. This song is one of the more powerful indictments of the neocons (and Thatcher) ever done! For 5 minutes of amazing imagery, here’s “Land of Confusion”
Now for the tribute to the brilliant Marty Balin! Marty Balin (born Martyn Jerel Buchwald; January 30, 1942) first broke into the folk scene in the Bay Area, where he eventually teamed up with Paul Kantner and formed one of the most electrifying and psychedelic bands ever to play a note, the Jefferson Airplane, later becoming Jefferson Starship. A major songwriter and singer, his distinctive voice interacted with Grace Slick’s to create an amazing and distinctive vocal experience.
For your enjoyment, Marty Balin!
A great early live audio-only performance by Marty on vocals of “It’s No Secret”
From a previously unreleased 1967 live show, here’s an audio-only version of the very beautiful “Comin’ Back To Me”
Here’s the original studio version of “Comin’ Back To Me”
Here are a few, some of which Marty wrote, performed as only the Jefferson Airplane could!
We close this Monterrey Pop set with an audio-only track of the Grace Slick bolero based in the immortal Lewis Carroll character, “White Rabbit”
From October 1967, an audio-only 70 minutes of The Jefferson Airplane Live
From 1968 on the Perry Como show, the Airplane live performing "Watch Her Ride"
From Woodstock, live in 1969, the Jefferson Airplane doing two of Grace Slick’s dynamic tunes!
From the same legendary gig, the equally legendary song calling for revolution! “Volunteers”
We’ll finish their Woodstock set with a live performance of “Uncle Sam Blues”
From the disastrous 1969 Altamont gig, here’s the Airplane doing “The Other Side of this Life”
From 1970, Live at the Family Dog, the Jefferson Airplane doing one of my favorites! “The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil”
From 1975, the original studio version of Marty’s “Miracles”
We’ll close this birthday tribute with a performance from a more recent era. Here’s Marty live in 2005 with Paul Kantner and Jack Cassady doing his JA tune from the “Surrealistic Pillow” album, “Plastic Fantastic Lover.”
For an encore, here’s a great look at San Francisco in the 1960s via a full 80 minute documentary about the Jefferson Airplane called “Fly With the Jefferson Airplane”
So it’s a big Happy to two English rockers and an American psychedelic folkie. While Steve checked out way too young, we still have Phil and Marty rocking the house! May you both live many more years and do many more great gigs!
© Copyright 2014 Robert Wilkinson