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Live at the Beachland Ballroom

by McKendree Spring

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2. Fire and Rain
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3. Take It From the Heart
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5. Give All You Got to Give
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6. Heart Like a Wheel
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7. Lani
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8. Oh, What a Feeling
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10. Meeting in Paris
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11. God Bless the Conspiracy
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12. Train to Dixie
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13. No Regrets
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14. Down By the River
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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In the McKendree Spring exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum in Cleveland, Ohio is an attribution that says: “Experimental and innovative, McKendree Spring mixed blues, folk and country with a progressive musical vision. Over the course of seven albums, they highlighted the songs of singer/guitarist Fran McKendree and offered up unique interpretations of songs by Bob Dylan, Neil Young and James Taylor. McKendree Spring built much of its reputation as a live act by featuring the virtuosity of guitarist Marty Slutsky and violinist Mike (Doc) Dreyfuss.” McKendree Spring formed in 1969 as a drumerless four-piece folk-rock ensemble that promoter/manager Bill Graham dubbed "one of the best unknown bands in the world." McKendree Spring toured with some of the most exciting artists of the 70's and shared the stage with performers such as the Everly Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention, Elton John, Ike & Tina Turner, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, the Byrds, Jethro Tull, and Van Morrison. McKendree Spring played various memorable venues as well including Carnegie Hall, the Fillmore East, Lincoln Center, and Kennedy Center. Not to mention venues that got them there - like My Father's Place on Long Island, the Agoras in Columbus and Cleveland, the College Coffee House Circuit, and Ohio University in Athens. On May 8th, 1972 McKendree Spring performed with Billy Preston in the first-ever rock concert at legendary New York Radio City Music Hall. The band played to a million plus people at the Washington Monument to protest war in Vietnam, and starred on the BBC TV’s “Old Grey Whistle Test” in London with Cleo Lane. McKendree Spring has a knack for covering songs that sounded as if they were written by them or for them. The group is noted for its live shows that brought the crowds - and there are crowds - to their feet. Recording its 30th reunion show May 28, 2006 in front of an amazing audience of fans, their kids, and new friends at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, McKendree Spring finally snared the energy and excitement of its legendary live shows. The result is one richly buoyant album called, “Live at the Beachland Ballroom.” It was a thrill to play. And it’s a thrill to share it with you.


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Richard E. Nossaman

God Bless the Conspiracy
One of the most innovative and refreshing uses of the electric violin, if not THE best.

David Eric

The Live Album
I first saw the Spring in 1972 at my high school in New Jersey. I had previously heard "I Should Have Known" on New York FM stations, and loved the inventive sound- no drums! A great melody with great counterpoint from the violin and guitarist. At the concert, Martin was joking with the crowd- it was a 9 PM concert, and many of the kids there didn't really know what the band was about. And of course, there was a wild psychedelic violin solo with lots of echo. It was an excellent concert. I continued being a fan, buying the albums as they were released, and even seeing a pre-MTV video from Tracks which aired on network television one weekend afternoon.
This group created great sensitive music on a consistent basis. And now we have the 30 year anniversary album, which I waited so long to hear. How lucky we still had the principal players around to play once again. Listen to this wonderfully created music and be glad in your soul.

Jack Swersie

Live at the Beachland Ballroom
"McKendree Spring" sounds as great in 2008 as it did in 1972 when I frequently listened to it in my dorm room at Michigan State University. Keep playing that terrific music!