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before Yellow River……

Jeff and psychedelic friends. Use the chart below to identify!

Jeff and psychedelic friends. Use the chart below to identify!

Way back in’ 67, three years before CHRISTIE would hit the heights  with Yellow River around the world, there was, making its way around the U.K, the last of a Sixties phenomenon – The Package Tour.  Previous incarnations had thrown together such unlikely bedfellows as The Beatles, Freddie and the Dreamers and Helen Shapiro, but by the heady days of psychedelia, there was an altogether different musical board of fayre on offer around Britains venues. It would put a young Jeff Christie and his band “The Outer Limits” – signed to his Deram label by the Stones‘ Andrew Loog Oldham  – on the same stage as the fast-rising guitar hero Jimi Hendrix. Oh, and in case anyone was thinking of heading to the bar anytime during the evening, the show included Keith Emerson’sThe Nice” , “The Move” , “Amen Corner ” and “The Pink Floyd“.- a band on the verge of dropping the definitive article, not to mention Syd Barrett. Not a bad line-up for your money!

The Outer Limits, after two singles – the second one banned from the BBC for being called “The Great train Robbery ” (unbelievable but true!) – disintegrated along with the Sixties, but Jeff’s tenacity and songwriting skills won through, and by the summer of 1970, he was Number One.

The tour was the last of its kind for many a year. Though Dave Robinson, founder of Stiff records and the road manager in ’67 for another band on the bill “Eire Apparent“- revived the format to promote Stiff artists over a decade later.

If it seemed like a good idea at the time, it was. Nowadays, bands adopt a similar policy. Earlier this year you could see Whitesnake, Def Leppard and Thunder all under the same roof, on the same night. Similar ventures have been undertaken featuring the bill of Deep Purple, Styx and Thin Lizzy, albeit without the late lamented Lynott.

So if you attend one of these new breed of musical package tours, pay close attention to the new bands further down the bill – they might be tomorrow’s stars!

Naming names. The Nice were absent.

Naming names. The Nice were absent.

Kev Moore

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November 24, 2008 - Posted by | Music, Rock, Touring, Writing | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Great Post! And touching to see all these stars together!
    I have seen Pink Floyd live twice in my life, and I hope to see soon Jeff Christie life too! Perhaps in 2009 in one of these new gigs?

    Comment by Miki | November 24, 2008

  2. Did you know at the time that groups like Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix would become the legends they became? As a musician, did you have more insight into this than the rest of us?

    It always seems so hard to me to predict who will attain elite status in the arts – it’s the same with visual artists. There are so many up-and-coming painters and photographers, many with loads of talent, but only a tiny minority will “make it”. I guess it requires talent, luck, perseverance, chutzpah, etc. Hard to predict just based on their performance or their work.

    Comment by bobcornelis | November 25, 2008

  3. Perhaps, Miki – who knows? 😉 – as the new band publicity designer you might even get a backstage pass 🙂

    Bob: That’s the fascinating thinga about music. If you really knew who was going to make it, you’d be a billionaire. But I’ve met enough A & R ,men to know that they have about as much of a clue as the rest of us. Meteoric rises and equally vertiginous falls in status for these guys from ” artists and repertoire” are commonplace, and usually depend on whether they walked into the right pub or not. (I knew one guy who signed the singer Sade on just such an event) As a musician, I know plenty of bands who DESERVE massive status, but my tastes are pretty anti-commercial I would say. In my top ten bands/artists I would have Trapeze, XTC, Jellyfish, Mothers Finest, Kip Winger, Nik Kershaw, Dan Reed Network….need I go on? So what do I know? 🙂 Who could have predicted, back in the seventies, when I bought the brilliant Tres Hombres by ZZ Top, that they would go on to conquer the world? I loved them, and certainly I was blown away when Eliminator sold millions. Equally, who could have foreseen the once brilliant Aerosmith, eventually decimated by drugs, would rise again and surpass their former glories? uh-uh, didn’t see that one coming! I fear the MUSIC business has become the music BUSINESS. A world where a 5 piece irish boyband with no musical ability whatsover can break the Beatles record for the most amount of no. 1’s is a very scary, depressing world indeed.

    Comment by kevmoore | November 25, 2008


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