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  posted on 1/23/2009 at 03:40 PM
Anyone ever hear of this guy ? An older guy at work (saw the Stones in 65 ) just lent me a compilation. Pretty rockin Hammond B-3 Instrumentals. I never heard of him. Was he well known in the U.S. back in the 60's and 70's ?

Anyone see him live ?

 
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  posted on 1/23/2009 at 03:44 PM
Never saw him live, but he did the definitive version of Donovan's "Season of the Witch" way back around '68. The band was The Brian Auger Express, with Julie Driscol, aka Jools.

The kind of music you heard Allison Steele play on WNEW FM, at midnight.

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  posted on 1/23/2009 at 03:48 PM
He played last week at the NAMM show. A buddy said it was his favorite musical act there.

 

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  posted on 1/23/2009 at 03:54 PM
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Never saw him live, but he did the definitive version of Donovan's "Season of the Witch" way back around '68. The band was The Brian Auger Express, with Julie Driscol, aka Jools.

The kind of music you heard Allison Steele play on WNEW FM, at midnight.

Mitch

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I have that album (somewhere).

 

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  posted on 1/23/2009 at 03:55 PM
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Never saw him live, but he did the definitive version of Donovan's "Season of the Witch" way back around '68. The band was The Brian Auger Express, with Julie Driscol, aka Jools.

The kind of music you heard Allison Steele play on WNEW FM, at midnight.

Mitch

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I have that album (somewhere).


Me, too - vinyl from the old days. Wow - I should play that some time.

 

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  posted on 1/23/2009 at 04:02 PM
'Second Wind' and 'Closer to it' are 2 good Oblivion Express albums to get to

 

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  posted on 1/23/2009 at 04:40 PM
One of my favorite albums by him was "Straight Ahead", which includes Wes Montgomery's "Bumpin' on Sunset". Also some nice and nimble electric piano on a song called "Back at the Beginning". Got a chance to see him in a small club in Campbell, Ca. around '75 or so. Excellent performance.

 

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  posted on 1/23/2009 at 04:45 PM
Loved the Oblivion Express back in the in day....was a huge fan of his singer Julie Driscoll...had several LP's....agreed that they did the best version of "Season of The Witch"...

 

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  posted on 1/23/2009 at 05:00 PM
l've seen him twice in the past few years. His daughter was on vocals & son was the drummer. l was able to tape both shows. PM me if you want to do a B&P for a copy.
 

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  posted on 1/23/2009 at 05:04 PM
Season Of The Witch


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpizS9h-1Xk

 

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  posted on 1/23/2009 at 05:07 PM
Yeah, great player. He comes from a modern jazz background. Formed the Brian Auger Trinity in mid 60's then went on to add Julie Driscoll, Long John Baldry and a certain Rod Stewart as Steam Packet. Saw them in this guise down at the original Marquee Club in London. Great swinging R&B.
 

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  posted on 1/23/2009 at 05:46 PM
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'Second Wind' and 'Closer to it' are 2 good Oblivion Express albums to get to


Absolutely love Closer To It....¨Compared to What¨ and ¨Happiness is Just Around the Bend" are still fresh every time they spin. I may have worn out the grooves in this one

 

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  posted on 1/23/2009 at 05:47 PM
Love the show of his I found on Wolfgangs Vault

 

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  posted on 1/23/2009 at 05:49 PM
I have two or three Oblivion Express LPs. Two of 'em are live. Really good stuff, but I haven't had access to my LPs for about 5 years (they've been in storage)
 
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  posted on 1/23/2009 at 06:16 PM
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Anyone ever hear of this guy ? An older guy at work (saw the Stones in 65 ) just lent me a compilation. Pretty rockin Hammond B-3 Instrumentals. I never heard of him. Was he well known in the U.S. back in the 60's and 70's ?

Anyone see him live ?


My very first concert. Brian Auger & the Oblivion Express with Montrose as the opening act. Winterland, S.F. maybe late 1972 - early '73. All I really remember from my seat in the back was Sammy Hagar. I recall thinking.."This guy can really scream"...

 

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  posted on 1/23/2009 at 08:29 PM
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Loved the Oblivion Express back in the in day....was a huge fan of his singer Julie Driscoll...had several LP's....agreed that they did the best version of "Season of The Witch"...


Ditto!! I saw 'em back in the 70's. He's very talented!!

 

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  posted on 1/24/2009 at 12:01 PM
auger is the man! 40+ years on and he can still bring it. in the mid to late 60's he had the band brian auger and the trinity with one of the great overlooked singers julie driscoll. check out the album "streetnoise".
in the 70's he moved in an even jazzier direction and formed the oblivion express. those mid 70's express albums are all great. "straight ahead", "closer to it", "live oblivion" and on and on..... one of my favorite artists.

 

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  posted on 1/24/2009 at 12:33 PM
Thanks for all the info. I consider myself somewhat savy with jazz and blues and I never heard of Brian Auger until yesterday. I'm really liking his music. Season of the Witch and Bumpin on Sunset are great. It's good to see a real music thread on here instead of bickering about things beyond the fans control.

Auger at the Beacon ?

 

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  posted on 1/24/2009 at 02:16 PM
i am not that familure with brian auger but i have heard him on satelitte/sirius-xm radio's deep tracks. yes i do like the things i have heard. i really shouldidg in there anddiscover more about him.

"real compared to what" .....i believe is one tune i heard that was vey very good.

 

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  posted on 1/24/2009 at 02:52 PM
Remember well.

 

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  posted on 1/24/2009 at 07:23 PM
Saw the OE January08, in a little tiny club in Sactown. Great show.

He has tour dates listed and a west coast tour starting in April.




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  posted on 1/25/2009 at 02:20 AM
Used to listen to Brian Auger quite a bit, back in the 70's. Now there is a band with Brian's son, along with Larry Coryell & Joe Sample's sons. Check it out:

http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/news.php?id=27783

 

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  posted on 1/25/2009 at 10:58 AM
Brian is my favourite keyboard player and is
incapable, IMO, of playing anything tasteless.
I highly recommend the 2007 release, `LOOKING
IN THE EYE OF THE WORLD' as a great starting
point with versions of `Trouble Man', `Light My
Fire' and `Season Of The Witch'.




























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