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The Saloon Years


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The Saloon Years

The Saloon Years
The band
The band
The band

1.I Can't Dance(Melton)4-29-89BM JC PA SD4:43
2.Mojo Navigator(Denson, Melton, McDonald)7-27-91BM BF PA SD6:32
3.Colorado Town(McDonald & Melton)7-27-91BM BF PA SD5:36
4.3rd Degree(Boyd)2-25-89BM JC BF PA SD8:37
5.Love(Armstrong, Barthol, Cohen, Gunning, Melton)6-25-94BM BF PW PA DG5:25
6.Hold On To The Good Times(Melton)2-25-89BM JC BF PA SD4:53
7.Just A Little Bit(Thornton, Bass, Washington, Brown)6-25-94BM BF PW PA DG6:35
8.Harlem Nocturne(Hagen)5-17-91BM BF PA SD5:10
9.Mona(McDaniel)4-7-89BM JC PA SD19:00
10.SOS(Melton)5-17-91BM BF PA SD7:07
Total Time73:38

Barry Meltonguitar, vocals
John Cipollinaguitar, vocals
Peter Albinbass, vocals
Spencer Drydendrums
Bob Flurieguitar, vocals
Peter Walshguitar, vocals
David Getzguest drummer

Since the 50's the North Beach section of San Francisco has been home to those who have sought a Bohemian lifestyle; its great restaurants, bookstores, cafes, and strip joints are known worldwide. And in its heart on Grant Avenue, up from Columbus Avenue, stands The Saloon; it is the oldest remaining saloon in the city, having survived the earthquake of '06. In 1996, The Jack Daniel Distillery recognised The Saloon as one of the best bars in the United States in their Gentleman Jack Classic Bar and Bartender Guide.

A small, funky bar, The Saloon is a place where people come to dance, drink, party, sweat, and listen to loud blues and rock. It was here twice a month from 1982 to 1994 that The Barry "The Fish" Melton Band played (Barry estimates almost 300 gigs!). This CD is a tribute to that era and includes some of the band's finest moments.

The boys in the band include:

Barry Melton was the lead guitar player with Country Joe & The Fish. He recorded six solo albums, and has performed with such greats as Otis Spann, Donny Hathaway, Phil Upchurch, and Dinosaurs. An accomplished attorney and candidate for a San Francisco judgeship, these days Barry is serving as a Public Defender in Mendocino County.

John Cipollina is best remembered for his guitar work with Quicksilver Messenger Service. Among the dozens of bands he performed with are Copperhead, Terry & The Pirates, Thunder & Lightning, Dinosaurs and Zero. Barry and John were referred to as "Fish & Chip". The concept of "The Saloon Recordings" was inspired by efforts to record John's last performance at The Saloon. He passed away too early in 1989.

Peter Albin was a founding member of Big Brother & The Holding Company, and has played bass with Pigpen, David Nelson, Dinosaurs, and Country Joe & The Fish.

Spencer Dryden rose to prominence with Jefferson Airplane in the Sixties and also drummed with New Riders of the Purple Sage, and Dinosaurs.

Bob Flurie played guitar with Roy Buchanan and The Chambers Brothers, as well as stints with Quicksilver Messenger Service, Country Joe & The Fish, The Pointer Sisters, and The Hoo Doo Rhythm Devils.

Peter Walsh, who appeared in The Dick Clark Show in 1960, has played guitar on stage and record with Seatrain, Lou Reed, The Rowan Brothers, and Commander Cody.

- Mike "Fan Man" Sommavilla

Recorded live at The Saloon, North Beach, San Francisco

Produced by Myron Mu • Cover Art: Mike Dolgushkin/Hot Tomato Studios
Photograph: Steve Keyser/Jim Filippi • Recording & Mix: Myron Mu
Special thanks to Huck, Greg, the bartenders & cocktail waitresses, doormen, roadies and especially everyone who came to dance
(P) 1989, 1991, 1994 © The Saloon Recordings, 1232 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133

Release History
LabelCat NoCountryFormatDate
The Saloon RecordingsSR1994CDUSCD1997

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