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  posted on 9/23/2008 at 04:59 PM
Welcome to Planet Hophead Volume One: You Ain’t Heard Nothing Yet!

Logistics - this offer is currently open to the first 7 people that post below and please send me a PM. Please send 3 blank DVD-R discs and return postage. #7 close the door....

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Greeting brothers and sisters, and get ready for what is sure to be an extremely enjoyable and educational musical experience. Many of you are familiar with the legend of Colonel Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit, but some of you may not be, so some introductions are in order.

Bruce Hampton is one of the most important musical gurus alive today. He is a shaman, a parlor psychic, and much, much more. He may look like a rumpled old redneck with mustard stains on his shirt, but I assure you that is merely a clever disguise.

The jamband scene as we know it simply would not exist without the direct and indirect influence of Col. Bruce, and the DVD you are about to watch will give you a pretty good idea why. Before ARU and the HORDE tour, there was no “jam scene” -- there was just the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers, and without Bruce’s influence, the jam scene could have easily remained a series of Dead and Allmans cover bands. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but still ...

In some Eastern mystical traditions, there is a concept called “Baraka.” This is sometimes translated as “teaching,” but it has a more complex meaning. More specifically, it refers to the kind of knowledge that can’t be put into words, and can only be transmitted directly, from person to person, by demonstrating or showing, rather than telling. An online dictionary defines it as “a spiritual power believed to be possessed by certain persons, objects, tombs, etc.”

Colonel Bruce is one of those certain persons and just like many gurus, for years he has used a sort of apprentice system. Young musicians flock to play with Bruce because they know he has some kind of special magic that nobody else does, and the only way to get it is to play music with him and to ride around with him in a van.

Col. Bruce helped transmit the Baraka of blues greats, jazz greats, and avant-garde artists like Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, Sun Ra, Bukka White, and Cecil Taylor to a whole generation of musicians, including the members of Widespread Panic and Phish, two bands who would be totally different entities without the influence of the Colonel. Bruce was uniquely qualified to do this because, as with any true Baraka, he absorbed it firsthand. Bruce knew Zappa, appeared on the Lumpy Gravy album, hung out with Sun Ra, and absorbed the “spiritual power” associated with these people. Starting with the Hampton Grease Band in the '60s, he has been on the front lines of improvisational music for 40 years, and he has accumulated a lot of Baraka in that time.

By playing with the Colonel, absorbing his unique prankster wisdom, and witnessing the kind of awe-inspiring musical chaos you will see on this DVD, the HORDE bands learned something about music, art, and life that they never could have discovered by reading a book. His former ARU bandmates went on to great things, with Oteil Burbridge playing for the Allman Brothers, and Jimmy Herring becoming a superstar by playing with the Allmans, the Dead, and Widespread Panic. A young man named Derek Trucks was also profoundly changed by Bruce’s influence, and ended up becoming the greatest slide guitarist on Earth.

What is Bruce’s musical philosophy? It has something to do with freedom and creativity and accessing the right side of your brain and a lot of other things, but it’s hard to put into words. Put the DVD in, press play, and watch and learn.

Rob Johnson

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I can only echo what Rob has said about this show. I invited Rev. Mosier to stop by and watch a preliminary version in order to verify song titles and his reaction was priceless -- a moment I'll treasure forever.

Even better, Jeff came back a couple of days later and had the Colonel with him. Bruce, of course, in his role as guru, brought another set of young musicians to my house to see this DVD -- Duane Trucks, Nick Johnson, and Kevin Scott, members of the jazz trio Genetic Drift. Cameron Herring, Jimmy's daughter, was also there -- she was one and a half years old when this show was recorded.

Jeff is an old friend and a gentle soul, blessed with musical insanity. One of the Colonel's truest disciples, Zambi (the name Bruce uses for his own concept of Baraka) led Rev. Mosier to start a band and express his musical vision, as discovered under Bruce's tutelage. When he founded Blueground Undergrass, Jeff went back to THIS tape, over and over, to figure out what songs he'd written and how he'd played them.

Watching this DVD with Jeff was a very moving experience. He sat on my couch and called his friends to tell them about the show -- he'd hold the phone up to the speakers so they could hear it. Twice he had to take off his glasses and wipe his eyes with his sleeve.

Sharing Planet Hophead Volume One with a guy who was on the stage that night was intense and emotional. He'd give me sort of a play-by-play of how Bruce was directing the band and shaping the music. He provided insights into band dynamics and relationships, how they picked the songs they played, and how the Colonel influenced these brilliant young men.

I am truly blessed for this moment.

I want to make it perfectly clear that this show is a priceless historical document. The ARU is one of the most important bands of the 1990s. They are one of the few groups that have, rightly or wrongly, defined an entire genre, that of jambands. When watching the DVD tonight, I was struck again and again how important this music is and how fortunate we are to have a record of it.

In my opinion (and who else's matters, right?) this is one of the greatest bands that ever played. I also feel this is the finest lineup of the ARU, and it is truly unfortunate that no official recordings exist of the Rev. Mosier version of the Aquarium Rescue Unit (except for a single song on a rare reissue of Bruce's album Arkansas). The congruence of the banjo and the mandolin provided a deep and abiding tribute to the influence of bluegrass on this band's music. Just look at the setlist! One of every three songs are Jeff Mosier tunes that were never performed again after he left the band!

The Aquarium Rescue Unit was a natural progression from some of Bruce's earlier bands to one that is more readily accessible. The Hampton Grease Band's Music to Eat is legendarily the poorest selling music album in the history of Columbia Records and cost an executive his job. Then the Late Bronze Age was almost as much performance art as the HGB. When Bruce teamed with Tinsley Ellis in the Stained Souls, Bruce brought Tinsley OUT and Tinsley brought Bruce IN. It was the Stained Souls that made the ARU possible. Between the two are several performances by the Arkansas Tourists, the Arkansas Florists, et al.

A special note should be made of the guitar that Bruce uses for this show. It is a one-of-kind prototype created by John Loudermilk, Sr. for Gibson Guitars. It was never put into production and Bruce's is the only one that existed -- famously, the bridge is made from roofing nails. Bruce spied it for sale in the (now defunct) Atlanta Advertiser classifieds and immediately drove to North Georgia to buy it for $117.41 -- at the time he did not play guitar. Ultimately he became such a master of what he then called his Mandola, that no one could touch him -- in fact, no one else could even PLAY it!.

As a prototype, the Mandola was never meant to be played as hard as the Colonel did, night after night. Eventually, it broke into a thousand pieces and a luthier friend of Bruce's made a copy as best he could -- and that became the Chazoid. You can tell the difference by the color -- the Mandola was blood red and the Chazoid was white. This ARU show features the original Mandola, which I first saw Bruce play in the Stained Souls. On occasion, Bruce and Tinsley would trade instruments, and I would watch Tinsley struggle with an instrument no human being except Bruce Hampton was meant to play ...

Assigning song names to the DVD chapters proved problematic. The ARU did not often pause between their songs -- most sets were a continuous flow of music from one song to the next. With all those tunes segueing one into the other, it is difficult to figure out when one stops and another begins. This leads to errors of two types: 1) A long instrumental that is a named song segues into song with lyrics and instead of two chapters, it is treated as one chapter with a long introduction; also, 2) What was NOT a named song and actually WAS a long introductory jam is sometimes given a separate chapter.

The Aquarium Rescue Unit is:

Col. Bruce Hampton - Mandola and vocals
Rev. Jeff Mosier - Banjo and vocals
Jimmy Herring - Guitar
Jeff Sipe - Drums and percussion
Oteil Burbridge - Bass and vocals
Matt Mundy - Mandolin

Here is the setlist along with Hophead's notes in [brackets]. These notes include not only Hophead's recollections, but comments from Rev. Mosier and Col. Bruce, as well.

05/26/90
The Point, Atlanta, GA

DVD One

Intro
Donkey Kong Song
Be Proud of the Gray in Your Hair
[This is the correct name of the song, but at the time the ARU performed it, they didn't know this. They always called it "Throw Down Your Cane."]
Yield Not
[Bruce introduced this song in 1989 -- it was never performed by the Stained Souls, one of the primary predecessors of the ARU. It was written by Joe Scott and first performed by Bobby Blue Bland.]
Arkansas
Hoe-Hat
Basically Frightened
[Tinsley Ellis is co-writer of this song -- along with Ricky Keller -- and it appears first on Bruce's album, Arkansas. It is the quintessential Stained Souls song.]
Aberdeen
J. Thaddeus Toad
[Written by Jeff's brother, Johnny]
Sitting on Top of the World
Throndosull
Compared to What
[Written by Eugene McDaniels -- Bruce knew him when he lived in New Hampshire. The song was made famous, supposedly, by Les McCann.]
Ground Hog
Ain't Nothin' You Can Do
Blackbottom
[This is Mosier's favorite song and mine, too. I don't believe the Colonel ever did this song after the ARU, but I was at a Stained Souls show (on audio cassette, of course) where he played it the FIRST time ever. Bruce says it is not actually a song at all, but a field holler he learned from Bukka White.]
Fifteen Years
[At one point in this song, you can hear Bruce condemning the FCC, followed by a chorus of Morse Code. Legend has it that these dots and dashes assail a popular political figure of the time ... ]

DVD Two

Intro
Oteil Blues Jam
Time Is Free
[This is Mosier's favorite song and mine, too. Wait. I already said that … It was written by David Earle Johnson.]
Morgan
Fixin' to Die
[Although the writing credit on this tune goes to Bruce Hampton, he says it is an adaptation of another field holler he learned from Bukka White.]
The Shine
[Jeff wrote this song the day after he heard that Sunshine (an old Atlanta Hippy from the Strip) was killed in an auto accident.]
Davy Crockett
[The only song they performed that written by former guitarist Charlie Williams. Charlie is on some of the early ARU tapes.]
Roger Judy
Pig & a Pen
Elevator to the Moon
[The name Aquarium Rescue Unit comes from a lyric in this song, where the singer tells us one of his jobs was aquarium rescue ... ]
Jimmy's Fusion Jam
Poor Boy Jam >
Morning Raga
[This was originally recorded by Don Cherry, innovative African-American trumpet player who played with Ornette Coleman and Sun Ra, among others.]
Get Rid of Zambi

DVD Three

Intro
Mommy and Daddy
[This is my all-time favorite Jeff Mosier tune. The lyrics are deeply emotional to Jeff, dealing with a very troubled time in his relationship with his parents and he never performed it in his own band. This is, in fact, on this tape, one of the last performances EVER of this song.]
Cocoa Beach
[This is another strange Col. Bruce song, with lyrics such as " ... with my daughter / who is dead" and " ... my son / named Deuteronomy."]
Swing, Swing, Swing (instrumental).
[Bruce sang the lyrics while sitting on my couch watching the DVD!]
Chicago Jam
[This is one of those given a chapter when it is actually a long, unnamed instrumental intro to the next tune.]
Born in Chicago
[This song was written by Bruce's friend Nick Gravenites and supposedly describes his meeting with the Draft Board.]
Roving Gambler
Be Proud of the Gray in Your Hair (Reprise)
Too Many Guitars
[Another song written by Bruce's friend, jazz percussionist David Earle Johnson.]
Donkey Kong Song (Reprise)
Unnamed Instrumental Jam
[Jimmy and Matt call and response.]
Jack the Rabbit
[Bruce goes crazy on the Mandola and ends up on the floor!]
Hoe-Hat (Reprise)
On the Way to Nowhere Jam
Yield Not (Reprise)
Credits

Matt Mundy! Oteil Burbridge! Jeff Sipe! Jimmy Herring! Jeff Mosier! Bruce Hampton! Pardon me, I am getting chill bumps ...



[Edited on 9/23/2008 by merlin28]

 
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  posted on 9/23/2008 at 05:02 PM
Many many thanks to all the fine folks involved in this project ---- Ron (Hophead), Bob (bbart), Eddie (EddieP), Chuck (wharfrat), Phil (PhilBNY), Steve (zephyr) and Ed (DutchONeill) for helping out.

Much much much much much appreciated my friends

 

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  posted on 9/23/2008 at 05:05 PM
#1 pls & Thanks! Excited about this! pmotw
 

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  posted on 9/23/2008 at 06:02 PM
SWEET !!!!

#2 please..and many thanks. pmotw

 

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  posted on 9/23/2008 at 06:03 PM
Can't wait to see and hear this! Much appreciation to all those involved and for Hop to have the foresight to have recorded these masterpieces.

In at #3!

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  posted on 9/23/2008 at 08:15 PM
#4. I can make more available after I receive mine.

 

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  posted on 9/23/2008 at 11:54 PM
#5...thank you for all the hard work. Just read the whole story in AG section

 

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  posted on 9/24/2008 at 07:13 AM

Here's a copy of the setlist without comments, if anyone wants to include it with the DVDs.

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DVD One

Intro
Donkey Kong Song
Be Proud of the Gray in Your Hair
Yield Not
Arkansas
Hoe-Hat
Basically Frightened
Aberdeen
J. Thaddeus Toad
Sitting on Top of the World
Throndosull
Compared to What
Ground Hog
Ain't Nothin' You Can Do
Blackbottom
Fifteen Years

DVD Two

Intro
Oteil Blues Jam
Time Is Free
Morgan
Fixin' to Die
The Shine
Davy Crockett
Roger Judy
Pig in a Pen
Elevator to the Moon
Jimmy's Fusion Jam
Poor Boy Jam >
Morning Raga
Get Rid of Zambi

DVD Three

Intro
Mommy and Daddy
Cocoa Beach
Swing, Swing, Swing (instrumental).
Chicago Jam
Born in Chicago
Roving Gambler
Be Proud of the Gray in Your Hair (Reprise)
Too Many Guitars
Donkey Kong Song (Reprise)
Unnamed Instrumental Jam
Jack the Rabbit
Hoe-Hat (Reprise)
On the Way to Nowhere Jam
Yield Not (Reprise)
Credits

 

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  posted on 9/24/2008 at 08:55 AM
#6 please - Many thanks to all involved in this project!!
 

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  posted on 9/24/2008 at 10:16 AM
#7 and slammin the door!! Thanks!!!
 

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  posted on 9/26/2008 at 05:51 AM
Anyone who receives copies, please post your impressions.

This is the beginning of a long project, and we would definitely like feedback. Thanks.

 

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  posted on 9/29/2008 at 05:39 PM
Josh, Billy, Hank and Dave - your packages are done and in the mail Hope you enjoy the show
 

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  posted on 10/4/2008 at 11:03 AM
Just received yesterday and gonna give it a spin a little later.

THANK YOU!!!

offer coming.

 

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  posted on 10/4/2008 at 02:52 PM
Coot's package went out yesterday
 

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  posted on 10/5/2008 at 11:59 AM
Zambi - your show is done, and it will be headed back to ya on Monday. Keep an eye out
 

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  posted on 10/7/2008 at 05:36 AM
Charlie - your package will go out today.
 

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  posted on 10/7/2008 at 05:37 AM
I believe I have finished and mailed all tunes Enjoy
 
 


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