Posted: Sep 4, 2007 2:00 am
Except for Creedence Clearwater Revival, Palao includes key pieces by every major San Francisco band of the era - Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Santana, Steve Miller Band, Quicksilver Messenger Service, etc. - alongside many baffling minor figures.
"If I put out a box set of San Francisco clique Top 10 bands, it wouldn't be much fun to listen to," he says.
Palao certainly develops his own orthodoxy about the scene, elevating some acts seen as minor at the time - such as the little-known Frumious Bandersnatch - or expanding the perimeters of the scene to include an entire disc called "Suburbia" that features bands from outlying regions such as San Jose (Count Five) and Cupertino (Chocolate Watchband) that had little to do with the Fillmore-Avalon scene.
" 'Psychotic Reaction' by Count Five may have been a little blip," he says, "but that little blip was as exciting as anything on the first album by the Airplane or the Dead."
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