Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Tuesday, August 12, 2008 - Eli Polonsky

Impromptu machinery set:
01: Soft Machine - Why Are We Sleeping?
02: Lothar & The Hand People - Machines
03: Spirit - Mechanical World
04: Jimi Hendrix's Band Of Gypsys - Machine Gun

Mini-tribute to soul, R&B, funk legend Isaac Hayes -
b.8/20/42 - d.8/10/08
05: Buddy Miles Express - Wrap It Up
06: Isaac Hayes - By The Time I Get To Phoenix
07: Lydia Pense & Cold Blood - You Got Me Hummin'
08: Isaac Hayes - Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic

Next, in tribute to my friend Chris "The Electrician" Bruce, who recently passed away. Chris was well known in the psychedelic, progressive, and "Deadhead" music communities in this area. Local radio listeners in the late '80s and '90s may remember him frequently filling in on "Psychedelic Regressions" and "No Commercial Potential" on WZBC, and occasionally on "Lost & Found" here on WMBR.

He was also the major music consultant and one of the hosts for the infamous five-day WHRB "Grateful Dead Orgy" of 1992, and he was an accomplished sound and recording engineer, whose album credits include the band Zero featuring Steve Kimock and the late John Cipollina. He also worked on tours with British progressive band Hawkwind among many others, and helped put together benefit concerts and events locally for Grateful Dead family sponsored charities such as SEVA and the Rex Foundation.

Despite his powerful demons, and that he could never seem to find just what he was searching for in life, I remember Chris as an extremely brilliant, intelligent, creative, caring guy. I hope he's finally relieved of all of the burden and chronic pain that he had been suffering from for many years.

09: Grateful Dead - Cryptical Envelopment (4/26/72 Germany -
from "Hundred Year Hall", one of Chris' favorite Dead albums)
10: Zero w/John Cipollina - Gregg's Eggs (Live 1987 Cambridge, MA)
(Engineered by Chris "The Electrician" Bruce and Jamie Cohen - one of the last recordings of guitar legend John Cipollina. I erroneously announced this as 1989, which was when the album was released after Cipollina's passing).
11: Zero (w/o Cipollina) - Many Rivers To Cross (1989)
R.I.P. - Chris "The Electrician" Bruce

Thanks again for listening, Larry Miller is up next Tuesday, I'll be back in two weeks on the 26th.
Eli Polonsky


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