April 11, 2009

(MFQ - Hollywood Bowl - September 23, 1964)

A change of pace this week. One of the influential West Coast bands of the folk/post-folk/folk-rock genre in the early-mid 1960's, MFQ crafted a hybrid of different musical styles right at a time when music in general was taking different directions. The result was adventuresome and you can hear their influence in a lot of West Coast music of the period (early Grass Roots, early Association, the U.S. Kaleidoscope, Deep Six - the list goes on).

When this concert was recorded (September 23, 1964 at a Political rally) they were still entrenched in folk by playing standards of the time like "Draft Dodger" and the Phil Ochs arrangement of "Bells", with Banjo figuring prominently in their lineup. But by the end of their set, when they switch to electric guitars, you can tell bigger things were on the horizon.

A fine band whose first incarnation broke up around 1966, their lineup in this concert was Cyrus Faryar, Jerry Yester, Chip Douglas and Henry Diltz.

Good stuff and a nice slice of history. And that's sort of what we do here.

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