TAKE A TRIP BACK IN TIME TO SAN FRANCISCO’S FAMILY DOG

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24 Jul 2007, 16:46

The Ultimate 1960s Venue, with Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead & Santana, Gets DVD Treatment Complete with Upgraded Sound On August 7 Eagle Release

New York, NY— (July 16, 2007) Put a flower in your hair, we’re all hippies again! The generation that changed the world will get to do it all over again on August 7 when Eagle Vision releases Ralph J. Gleason Presents A Night At The Family Dog on DVD. The concert, held on February 4, 1970, featured the brightest three lights of the Bay Area, Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead and Santana. These three bands would define a scene that had the whole world wondering what exactly was going on in the Haight-Ashbury section of San Francisco.

It was a time of wild experimentation. Poetry, music, film, journalism and political activism shared the spotlight as American Culture itself began to shapeshift into forms heretofore unknown. The internationally renowned Ralph J. Gleason—the world’s first syndicated jazz critic and one of the founding fathers of modern rock journalism—instinctively knew the new music would grow and become a world-changer. Besides co-founding Rolling Stone to seriously cover for the first time this new sound and lifestyle, he also produced several television specials to tell and show Middle America what the Bay Area youth were up to. Night At The Family Dog first aired on December 13, 1970 on The National Educational Television Network.

Carlos Santana and his band were riding high on the wave of their classic 1969 self-titled debut. Their second album had yet to be released. Grateful Dead was already four albums strong. Their fifth, Working Man’s Dead would be released in May. The band was at the height of its power, with keyboardist Ron “Pigpen” McKernan still alive. Jefferson Airplane was the headliner, at that time the biggest band in the land. Volunteers, their politically-charged sixth album, had yet to be released.

The 60-minute show (retail $14.98) features “Incident at Neshabur” and “Soul Sacrifice” by Santana, “Hard to Handle,” “China Cat Sunflower” and “I Know You Rider” by The Dead, “The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil” and “Eskimo Blue Day” by Jefferson Airplane before a psychedelic jam with all three bands plus members of Quicksilver Messenger Service and The Steve Miller Band! The event itself was a private party, not open to the public, and only because of Ralph J. Gleason’s sterling reputation was the event allowed to be videotaped for posterity. The original mono sound has been amply upgraded into Extrapolated 5.1 Surround-Sound.

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