Can-Con 45 Of The Day - June 2

Can-Con 45 Of The Day - June 2

Postby radiofan » Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:25 pm

Today's Can-Con 45 is from 1971 ... From Vancouver, Rocket Norton and The Seeds Of Time and "Cryin' The Blues" ... (complete with a CKVN jingle)

Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who couldn't hear the music.
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Re: Can-Con 45 Of The Day - June 2

Postby Richard Skelly » Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:11 am

Some stuff below on the Seeds Of Time. But since June 1 was proclaimed CFUN Day in Vancouver by His Worship Gregor Robertson, it’s only right that local radioheads take a moment this weekend to remember its 1970-1973 successor CKVN. The station’s jingle segues into the SOT single.

After ditching Top 50 pop-rock at CFUN, new owners switched call letters and tried news-talk for a spell. Then Terry David Mulligan was tasked with creating an edgier much more eclectic format than Top 30 powerhouse CKLG. A few weeks ago, RadioWest ran CKVN’s very first 1970 chart. Terry was on the front of that survey. One by one, other VN vinyl spinners had their turn. To name a few: Fred Latremouille (RIP), Hal Weaver (RIP), JB Shayne, John Tanner and Timothy (now Pamela) M. Burge.

Mulligan and Co. generously gave airtime to Cryin’ The Blues. Generous, because in playing a Coast Records single, the station was indirectly helping a competitor. CKLG Boss Jock Steve ‘Wonder’ Grossman co-owned Coast. He and partners carved out audio-recording space in the sprawling Panorama Studios soundstage for tv shows and films in West Vancouver. Called PBS-Coast it reportedly housed the first eight track console in Canada—an Ampex MM1000 model.

What’s always intrigued me is the rhythm-guitar chordal hook midway through the song. Very reminiscent of Keith Richards similar chord tunings on Exile On Main Street. But that milestone Rolling Stones album was still being recorded in a dank and humid French villa when Cryin’ The Blues hit big in Vancouver and some other Western Canadian markets in 1971. So it begs the questions: Did someone happen to travel across the Atlantic with a copy of Cryin’ The Blues that Keith chanced to hear? Did it get some English Channel pirate radio airplay within earshot of Richards? Or going all X-Files, was it some “nexus mind-meld” between Seeds Of Time guitarists Al Harlow (a Stones aficionado), Lindsay Mitchell and good ol Keef at some astral intersection?

Great song from a band whose core membership gradually joined up with Prism. RIP Seeds Of Time bassist Steve Walley.
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