Friday, February 12, 2016

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks - 1971-05 - The Boarding House, San Francisco, CA

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks
May  1971
The Boarding House, San Francisco, CA

FM Broadcast Recording (KMPX), very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Another week into 2016, and, unfortunately, the death of another memorable musician from the 60's and 70's. Dan Hicks grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, started out as a drummer in school bands, and eventually joined up with the psychedelic jam band, The Charlatans, in 1965, part of the burgeoning 60's Bay area music scene. He also had picked up the guitar and songwriting along the way, and started an acoustic band, singing, playing guitar, and writing most of the music, for what he dubbed, Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks,in 1967, which mainly served as an opening act for the Charlatans. Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks played a unique blend of folk, country, jazz, humor, and swing, and pretty soon, as they became more popular (and interesting) than his regular band, they became his primary endeavor; And securing a record deal and critically acclaimed album (Original Recordings) in 1969, they were on their way. But the original band fell apart by 1971, so Dan formed a new version of The Hot Licks, which is now considered the 'classic lineup', releasing multiple albums from 1971 to 1973, and slowly building up some success and acclaim, highlighted by Last Train to Hicksville in 1973. However, just as the band was becoming recognized and successful, Dan pulled the plug and stepped back from the music industry for the next several years. Then, in the late '80's, Dan put together another unique band, known as Dan Hicks and The Acoustic Warriors, with a similar style as the Hot Licks, but with more of a jazz background, for what he referred to as Folk Jazz Swing. The Acoustic Warriors continued through the Nineties, but then came back again with a successful revival of The Hot Licks (both in name and style) starting around 2000, which lead to a revitalization of Dan and his remarkable music. The songs and style of Dan Hicks and his various band incarnations are unique and timeless, and are just a joy behold. We will miss Dan and his unique sound and style, but there are plenty of delightful recordings to keep his memory alive. Surprisingly, though, considering how he was known for his live shows, there are very few Dan Hicks shows available around the internet. Here is a fine one, from early in the career of the Hot Licks, around the time of the release of their 2nd album (Where's the Money?-1971), and the first group of shows with the new, revived lineup. Sit back and enjoy.

Tracklist:
First set:
01. Introduction
02. Evening Breeze
03. How Can I Miss You (When You Won't Go Away)?
04. Caught In The Rain
05. By Hook Or By Crook
06. Presently In The Past
07. I Feel Like Singing
08. Station promo (KMPX-FM)
09. The Rounder
10. Shorty Falls In Love/Fujiyama
11. Reelin' Down
12. Where's The Money?
13. The Buzzard Was Their Friend (patch for the applause)
--station ID segment moved to the end--
second set:
14. Peach Pickin' Time
15. He Don't Care (Stoned)
16. Woe The Luck
17. The Rounder
18. Shorty Falls In Love/Fujiyami
19. How Can I Miss You (When You Won't Go Away)?
20. KSAN station promo's from Dan Hicks

Dan Hicks - guitar, vocals
"Symphony" Sid Page - violin
John Girton - guitar
Jaime Leopold - bass
Naomi Ruth Eisenberg - vocals
Maryann Price - vocals

FLAC - Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks_1971-05_BoardingHouseSF_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks_1971-05_BoardingHouseSF_mp3.rar

3 comments:

Unknown said...

thanks!

Narrow Dog said...

So sad. Rest well old man.

jim said...

Thanks, for this. Used to play How can I miss you, to my ex. She finally did go away. Saw him way back, in the 70's. Timeless!!