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3 Jul 2017

Free Creek "Music from Free Creek" 1973 US Prog 2 Lp`s












Free Creek  "Music from Free Creek" 1973 US Prog 2 Lp`s

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Recorded at The Record Plant, New York City June - August 1969. Double LP released in 1973 as "Music From Free Creek" by Charisma Records (U.K.) and Buddah Records (U.S.). Re-issued by Charisma in 1976 as "Summit Meeting". Released in 2002 and 2006 by Lake Erie Records on CD. Exact dates of release are unknown..............

Music from Free Creek is an album from a series of 1969 "super session" recordings by Free Creek, a group composed of a number of internationally renowned musical artists of the time, including Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Keith Emerson, Buzz Feiten, Mitch Mitchell and Linda Ronstadt. Joe Viglione from www.allmusic.com has stated that "Music from Free Creek is a super session album, where the musicians are playing for the fun of it, and that comes across. The material doesn't get bogged down in 'names'; it just flows.........

The first cut I heard from this recording was "Lay, Lady Lay" and I immediately thought of Chris Wood (Traffic) playing on it. Over the next few days WNEW-FM played more cuts such as "He dark the sun" & "Cissy Strut". Initially, the original vinyl version was released on Charisma records which was more noted here in the US for Monty Python and the early works of Genesis. I was glad to grab the last copy of this charming and slightly uneven song list but I do admire all the musicians who came by that recording studio to work off the contractual record clock. It should be noted the last liner note STILL makes note of the fact that several musicians cannot be identified due to possible legal retaliation. Half of these people have passed away and the others, well, they really have moved on in life. Still this is a true collectors find to any 70's FM fan. I love it....ByRobb.............

In the era of the super session, perhaps the greatest of the bunch for mere star power alone would be Music from Free Creek, and yet the album is pretty much forgotten. The double album set, sporting a gorgeous Hipgnosis designed cover reminiscent of their DAVE CLARKE Music from free creekwork for Led Zep’s Houses of the Holy, includes songs built around one major star backed by a bevy of other musical big shots.
The King Cool session: I suspect for contractual reasons Eric Clapton goes by the King Cool moniker and here, is backed by Dr. John, Delaney Bramlett and from Todd Rundgren’s band Mark “Moogy” Klingman, who also composed all three of the Clapton tracks. And here lies the problem, as all are pretty unmemorable, with vocal contributions from minor artists, Buzzy Linhart, Eric Mercury and the supremely annoying Earle Doude. Some nice guitar, though but you wouldn’t expect less.

The A.N. Other session: The disguised feature artist on this one is Jeff Beck, backed by another ace guitarist Todd Rundgren and the in-there-like-a-dirty-shirt Mark Klingman again. Wisely going the instrumental route (and ignoring another Klingman original, this one has two covers, the Meters’ Sissy Strut and (keeping up the New Orleans vibe) Lee Dorsey’s Working in a Coal Mine. The other track, Cherrypicker sounds like a live jam.

The Keith Emerson session: The Emerson, Lake and Palmer keyboardist backed by Buzzy Feiten (Paul Butterfield Blues Band), Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience) and Chuck Raney (session bassist extraordinaire) goes the cover route and ranges from jazz (Eddie Harris’ Freedom Jazz Dance and country (Floyd Cramer’s On the Rebound) to rock (The Beatles’ Mother Nature’s Son.

The Harvey Mandel session: Mandel, a marvelous, underrated guitarist is backed by Canned Heat, a band he played guitar with for three albums. He covers the Rolling Stones’ Sympathy for the Devil, and would go on to be a candidate to replace Mick Taylor, playing on their ‘guitarist try out album’ Black and Blue. He also does a nice bossa nova on Girl from Ipanema, as well as an original Earl’s Shuffle.

The Linda Ronstadt session: The country flavoured session, sees Linda backed by Bernie Leadon from the Flying Burrito Brothers, and later the Eagles, John Ware from Mike Nesmith’s National Band and Red Rhodes, session pedal steel player and National Band member. Ronstadt clocks in with two tracks, the bluegrass Living Like a Fool by

Jimmy Martin and, from her own album Silk Purse, He Darked the Sun written by Bernie Leadon and Gene Clark.

The Leftover sessions: The backing musicians take a turn on Hey Jude with Klingman, Feiten and Mitchell, Lay Lady Lay” (Klingman again with flutes by jazz great Joe Farrell and Traffic’s Chris Wood, and another Klingman original Kilpatrick’s Retreat.

Whether it was the delay in release, (recorded in 1969 it wasn’t released until 1973), the enforced anonymity of the two major players, or the fact that none of the sessions really caught fire, Music from Free Creek ended up an album of wasted potential......by.....Dave Clarke...........

"Music from Free Creek" is a very strange and bizarre album. Quite how or why it came about is something of a mystery. It was recorded in new York in the new Record Plant recording studios in 1969. About 50 musicians were involved in this "behind closed doors" affair, many of whom were either famous at the time, or have gone on to find fame. Reportedly, none have ever been paid for their contribution. Two performers, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, were not named on the original release for contractual reasons, but this still leaves the likes of Keith Emerson, Delaney Bramlett, Todd Rundgren, Chris Wood, and Linda Ronstadt.

The album is essentially a "Super session" primarily consisting of jams based on sometimes well known songs. About half a dozen different artists lead a session of three or four songs. These range from the jazz orientated Emerson session, to the country folk of Linda Ronstadt. Apart from the occasional overdub, the music is pretty much as it was recorded, warts and all. Songs such as "Hey Jude", "Lay lady lay", "Mother nature's son" etc., are all given airings. Some are reasonably faithful to the originals, "Hey Jude" being little more than an organ rendition with a big brass ending. "Mother nature's son" on the other hand becomes a delicate flute led piece. The Linda Ronstadt recordings, which involve little if any improvisation, sound rather out of place from the rest of the album, but despite this they are fine performances.

At times, the unstructured nature of the sessions becomes apparent, a young Moogy Klingman doing his best to keep in order the major artists he had been thrown in a the deep end with. Elsewhere though, a burst of thrilling lead guitar by Jeff Beck on "Big city woman" for example makes this simply indispensable, especially when Tommy Cosgrove adds a fine vocal to this wonderful piece of blues.

For presumably inextricably complex copyright reasons, the album is now very difficult to find. It was never officially released in the US despite being recorded there, rendering it a desirable import from the UK. Even in the UK, it took three years to sort out the legal situation to the extent that the album could be released, finally appearing in 1973. A CD version offered via Klingman's website is taken from a "pristine vinyl recording"!

Not an album I would recommend searching for as some sort of Holy grail, but should you come across it, it's certainly well worth a listen..... by Easy Livin ........

The 2003 re-release of Music from Free Creek: The Long Lost Super Session Album comes with a six-page booklet explaining who plays what on a simply amazing collection of marquee talent recorded at the Record Plant in June through August of 1969. This edition features a 2001 interview with Moogy Klingman conducted by I.C. Timerow for the fanzine Heavy Metal Mayhem, which goes into great detail on how this event came together. While record labels were looking for something of this enormity -- keep the alleged "jam" between Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan that never happened in mind -- and a prank of an album called The Masked Marauders slipped into record stores, the public had little clue that something on that scale actually did exist. Linda Ronstadt, backed up by musicians from the Eagles and Three Dog Night, might not have shaken the Earth, as Ronstadt and Three Dog Night only had one hit each at the time, but in retrospect they add diversity to an album featuring Dr. John, Chris Wood, Delaney Bramlett, Todd Rundgren, Mitch Mitchell, and so many others. It also has Buzzy Linhart and Buzzy Feiten, the two "Buzzys" who get confused with each other in musical discussions of the day. Broken up into six divisions -- the Eric Clapton session, the Jeff Beck session, the Keith Emerson session, the Harvey Mandel session, Moogy Klingman's odds & sods, and the Linda Ronstadt session, Music from Free Creek is easy to digest. Mitchell jamming on an instrumental "Hey Jude" with Feiten, Elliott Randall, and 19-year-old Moogy Klingman is a delight. Material by Mike Gayle of the Glitterhouse, Bernie Leadon of the Eagles, Aaron Neville, Allen Toussaint, Dylan, co-producer Earl Dowd, Harvey Mandel, and others helps the effort live up to its billing. Music from Free Creek is a super session album where the musicians are playing for the fun of it, and that comes across. The material doesn't get bogged down in "names"; it just flows...........by Joe Viglione...............

Track List:
01. Cissy Strut - with Jeff Beck, Todd Rundgren
02. Freedom Jazz Dance - with Keith Emerson
03. Sympathy For The Devil - with Harvey Mandel
04. Mother Nature's Son - with Keith Emerson
05. Road Song - with Eric Clapton, Dr. John, Delaney Bramlett
06. Lay Lady Lay
07. Hey Jude - with Mitch Mitchell
08. He Darked The Sun - with Linda Ronstadt
09. Earl's Shuffle - with Harvey Mandel
10. Getting Back To Molly - with Eric Clapton, Dr. John
11. Cherry Picker - with Jeff Beck
12. Kilpatrick's Disaster
13. Girl From Ipanema
14. No One Knows - with Eric Clapton, Dr. John
15. Living Like A Fool - with Linda Ronstadt
16. Working In A Coalmine - with Jeff Beck
17. Big City Woman - with Jeff Beck
18. On The Rebound - with Keith Emerson

Line-up / Musicians
The Eric Clapton Session
No One Knows
Lead Guitar - Eric Clapton
Lead Vocal - Eric Mercury
Organ - Dr. John
Piano - Moogy Klingman
Bass - Stu Woods
Drums - Richard Crooks
The Free Creek Horns & the Free Creek singers

Road Song
Lead Guitar - Eric Clapton
Piano - Dr. John
Lead Vocals - Tommy Cosgrove & Buzzy Linhart
Organ - Moogy Klingman
Rhythm Guitar - Delaney Bramlett
Bass - Stu Woods
Drums - Richard Crooks

Getting Back To Molly (written by Moogy Klingman) hear sample
Lead Guitars - Eric Clapton (1st solo), Dr. John (2nd solo)
Lead Vocal - Earl Dowd
Harmonica - Moogy Klingman
Free Creeks Singers

The Jeff Beck Session
Cissy Strut
Lead Guitars - Jeff Beck (1st solo), Todd Rundgren (2nd solo)
Organ - Moogy Klingman
Bass - Stu Woods
Drums - Roy Markowitz
The Free Creek Horns*

Big City Woman
Lead Guitar - Jeff Beck
Piano - Moogy Klingman
Bass - Stu Woods
Drums - Roy Markowitz
Lead Vocal - Tommy Cosgrove

Cherrypicker
Lead Guitar - Jeff Beck
Organ - Moogy Klingman
Bass - Stu Woods
Drums - Roy Markowitz

Working In a Coalmine
Lead Guitar - Jeff Beck
Organ - Moogy Klingman
Bass - Stu Woods
Drums - Roy Markowitz

The Keith Emerson Session
Freedom Jazz Dance
Organ - Keith Emerson
Lead Guitar - Buzzy Feiton
Drums - Mitch Mitchell
Piano - Moogy Klingman
Bass - Chuck Rainy

On the Rebound
Piano - Keith Emerson
Lead Guitar - Buzzy Feiton
Bass - Chuck Rainy
Drums - Mitch Mitchell
Occasional Voice - Geri Miller

Mother Nature's Son
Piano - Keith Emerson
Acoustic Guitar - Carol Hunter
String Bass - Richard Davis

The Harvey Mandel Session
Sympathy for the devil
Lead Guitar - Harvey Mandel
Rhythm Guitar - Jack Wilkens
Organ - Moogy Klingman
Piano - Jimmy Greenspoon
Bass - Larry Taylor
Violin - Larry Packer
Drums - Fito de la Parra
Congas - Billy Chesboro
Bongos - Didymus

Earl's Shuffle
Lead Guitar - Harvey Mandel
Pedal Steel Guitar - Red Rhodes
Organ - Jimmy Greenspoon
Bass - Larry Taylor
Drums Gito de la Parra

The Moogy Klingman (odds and sods) session
Hey Jude
Lead Guitar - Buzzy Feiton
Organ - Moogy Klingman
Drums - Mitch Mitchell
Bass - Richard Davis
Rhythm Guitar - Elliot Randall
The Free Creek Horns*

Lay Lady Lay
Flutes - Joe Farrell(solo), Chris Wood
Piano - Moogy Klingman
Lead Guitar - Doug Rodriquez
Bass - Stu Woods
Drums - Roy Markowitz

Kilpatrick's Defeat
Lead Vocal - Timmy Harrison
Guitars - Carol Hunter & Buzzy Feiton
Bass - Stu Woods

The Linda Ronstadt Session
Living Like a Fool
Lead Vocal - Linda Ronstadt
Guitar - Bernie Leadon
Pedal Steel Guitar - Red Rhodes
Piano - Jimmy Greenspoon
Bass - John London
Drums - John Ware

He Darked the Sun
Lead Vocal - Linda Ronstadt
Guitar - Bernie Leadon
Pedal Steel Guitar - Red Rhodes
Piano - Jimmy Greenspoon
Bass - John London
Drums - John Ware
Violin - Chris Darrow

The Free Creek Horns are: Lou Delgatto, Bobby Keller, Meco Monardo, & Tom Malone - Trombones, Lou Soloff, Alan Rubin & Bill Chase - Trumpets
The Free Creek Singers are: Valerie Simpson, Maretha Stewart & Hida Harris

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