The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on December 7, 1968 · 49
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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · 49

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Saturday, December 7, 1968 Soundings Grcalful Dead concert captures 'participation' BY JIM KNIPPENBERG Hair and lights were all over the place last Friday and Saturday at the Hyde Park - Mt. Lookout Teen Center, as the Oreatful Dead oozed above ground to do their thing. The concert was one of those truly sensational things that hardly ever happens but when it does, it's an experience to be remembered. Having had time to think, I analysed what it takes to make such a concert what has to be there before the magic takes over. I FOUND there were many unique tilings going together to make the show a great one. first of all, there was the geography of the teen council building itself. It's small. So small in fact, that you can't even call it dinky you have to say it's Intimate. Intimate surroundings are very conducive to a good rock show. Of course there were no chairs. People just sat crass-legged on the floor like oriental meditators. THEN THERE'S the light slwnv. A color wheel cast its projections on the wall Bob has a lost iveekend or The interview that never was (Editor's Note: Last weekend Teen-Ager reporter Bob Buten was sent to the Hyde Park - Mt. Lookout Teen Center to hear and interview The Greatful Dead. Due to too many unusual circumst ances, the interview didn't come off. But Bob put in so many hours at the place just trying to meet them, he felt some sort of story teas in order. It follows.) BY BOB BUTEN Of Newport Catholic I left my house about 6:30 p. m. last Friday night to get to a concert at the Hyde Park-Mt. Lookout Teen Center which was to start at 8 p. m. You see, I live in Fort Thomas, Kentucky and knew I would be lost for the first hour, so I left early. I was surprised to find myself at the Center a half-hour early! I met Jim Knlp-penberg, the Teen-Ager music columnist, outside and we talked for awhile about how he was going to rip O. C. Smith up in his next column. As we stood in the cold I told Jim what a nice guy O. C. Smith really was, once you get to know him. I don't know why I said that because I dont really know who O. C. Smith Is. When the Center doors finally opened I got Inside, but I didn't stay there long. I was quickly booted out as a freeloader. After unsuccessfully trying to prove my idently as a Teen-Ager re behind the stage and shadows of light passed over the attentive group as pinpoints of color periodically burst above the crowd. As the group plays, the lights keep a strange sort of time with the music sometimes right in time, and sometimes so vastly dissonant that some sort of "theory of polarities" seems to be operating. OF COURSE there's the group itself. They come on all smiles, chattering with the audience, tuning their instruments and Just being ugly. Beautiful! Their sound is something else again too. The Greatful Dead Is a large group three guitars, two sets of drums, two keyboards and a horn. And their sound Is everywhere. It fills every corner of the hall, but isn't painfully deafening (as one might think in such cramped quarters); It vibrates every floorboard, but Is never oppressive. This is the kind of show the Dead like best. One where people don't just sit like statues and listen because they paid $3 for a ticket, but one where people sit on the floor, dance, porter to five or six unbelievers, I went back to my car and found It parked in by a bunch of other cars! Soon the Cincinnati Police came to my rescue and moved the cars so I could leave. Now Saturday I was supposed to actually interview the Greatful Dead, because the director of the Center heard how I was asked to leave Friday night. He had it all set up for 1:30 p. m. But guess what? The group didn't show up until 5 p. m.l During those long hours of waiting at the Center I did get to browse around and meet some of the members. The place is really great! I wish there was something Just like it in Fort Thomas! Since the interview didn't come off again I was given a ticket for the Saturday night concert. After another long drive I came back to Hyde Park and waited until 10 p. m. for the concert to start. The Great Enquirer Top 10 "For Once In Mv life" Stevie Wonder "Maaic Cerpet Ride" SteDpenwolf "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" Marvine Gave "Stormy" The Classics Stand Bv Yoiw Man" Tammy Wynette "Who's Making Love" Johnny Taylor "I Love How You Love Me" Bobby Vinton "Wichita Lineman" Glen Campbell "love Child" Dianna Ross & Supreme: "Abraham. Martin and John" .... Dion To form Enauirer Consensus No. 1 vote THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Jim Knlppenberg and in general "experience" the music. Because you can feel the vibration of every drumbeat, because your eardrum feels the reverberation of every guitar scream, because every progression on the keyboard rattles your brain, because every swirl of light covers yours and the performer's face and captures your eyes, because everyone is so close together and so near the stage, because everyone is lorded over by some huge communal over - soul, you don't watch a Grateful Dead concert, you participate. YES, IT'S ALL of these things which work together to achieve the final effect that Greatful Dear charisma. It is also these very same things which work together to make a great concert, and which also help to make rock music one of the most exciting, alive and ever-explosive fields on the horizon today. ful Dead came on around 11 p. m., and played three tremendous songs. While they played some guy with long hair tossed daisies into the crowd and got a lot of people excited. There was also a fabulous light show, when combined with the music, seemed to shake the building! After the concert was over the whole group went downstairs and ate fruit. It looked so good I had a few pieces myself. Would you believe I finally got to one of the Greatful Dead guys and I asked him what he was supposed to do while his buddies played their instruments. (You see, he just stood on the stage and jumped around with a mike that wasn't plugged in, so I was curious.) I didn't get much of an answer, but he seemed like a pretty cool guy. Soon they all disappeared, one by one, until there wasn't anyone left in the room. So I left, too. Some interview! Tunc Consensus ENQUIRER WSAI WUBE NATIONAL CONSENSUS 3 1 3 I 1 2 10 2 5 7 1 3 2 4 8 4 4 3 - 5 - 6 5 6 6 8 9 7 7 9 7 8 - 10 2 9 - - 4 10 counts 10 points, No. 2 counts 9, etc. New Records Elektra records is pushing a new record this week called "Diane." Curiously enough, it's by a girl named Diane of all things Hilde-brand. This is one of those unusual records which hangs somewhere between good and bad. Diane's voice isn't the most effective, but her lyrics often are. She writes her own songs and sometimes they're beautiful. As Is the case with all beginners, however, sometimes they're awful. Diane needs time and a little understandingwith that she might make it without it, she's already lost. A SECOND new record is the Epic release, "Bang, Bang: You're Terry Reid." For the past two months or so, Terry Reid is all that has been happening in London. His record is a good indication why. Boldly imaginative, daringly innovative at times Terry Reid is something new. His music is basic rock mixed with a little soul. It has enough soul to ring of real passion, and enough rock to smack with physical appeal. The electric qualities are numerous. Especially refreshing is his rendition of "Bang, Bang." For a change, someone is singing the song with some feeling. 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