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Great Society "Free Advice" song

Postby zap on Mon Feb 27, 2006 7:08 pm

I have a record (yes, vinal) called Nuggets. It has a Great Society song "Free Advice" on it. It is short, about 2 minutes, a male is the lead vocal (probably Darby or David Slick) and Grace Slick is singing non-word back-up. It is a WONDERFUL song. Does anyone know where/when/why about this song?
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Postby ceangle13 on Mon Feb 27, 2006 7:17 pm

Free Advice is a Great Society song. If my memory serves me well, which means I'm wrong is I think Darby Slick or Jerry Slick sang on that track with Grace.
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Postby DonRico1967 on Mon Feb 27, 2006 8:21 pm

It is a Mamas & Papas song. Written by John Phillips.
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Postby Chasin'Destiny on Mon Feb 27, 2006 10:52 pm

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Postby FirstBassman on Tue Feb 28, 2006 10:51 am

It is a Mamas & Papas song. Written by John Phillips.


Sorry, Don, you must be thinking of another song.
Darby wrote "Free Advice."
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3 Slicks and a chick...

Postby jimmie ray on Tue Feb 28, 2006 1:03 pm

All these "Slicks" are making my head spin!
The Great Society was all brothers + Grace?
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Postby gTarFreak on Tue Feb 28, 2006 1:07 pm

Two brothers, Jerry and Darby, plus Grace (married to Jerry). The others weren't related.

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Postby FirstBassman on Tue Feb 28, 2006 4:45 pm


Other guy was David Minor, guitar.
(What a great name for a musician, D Minor, get it?)
Darby - guitar.
Jerry - drums.
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Postby Jon_G on Thu Mar 02, 2006 7:35 am

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Postby DonRico1967 on Fri Mar 03, 2006 12:24 am

FirstBassman wrote:
It is a Mamas & Papas song. Written by John Phillips.


Sorry, Don, you must be thinking of another song.
Darby wrote "Free Advice."


You right, Mr. Bassie. Them 2 different songs same name.

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Re: Great Society "Free Advice" song

Postby psychhead on Mon Mar 06, 2006 5:56 pm

:shock: What volume of Nuggets is that song on?! :D

zap wrote:I have a record (yes, vinal) called Nuggets. It has a Great Society song "Free Advice" on it. It is short, about 2 minutes, a male is the lead vocal (probably Darby or David Slick) and Grace Slick is singing non-word back-up. It is a WONDERFUL song. Does anyone know where/when/why about this song?
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Postby Tunacasady on Sat Mar 25, 2006 12:08 am

I got it on cd with the Jefferson Airplane box set, really cool song and Grace really brings it to life!!!!!!!
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Postby psychhead on Sat Mar 25, 2006 7:33 am

:D 8) That's cool...thanx.
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Postby tontonfranck on Mon Apr 03, 2006 8:38 am

I've got this strange mono song on the "Jefferson Airplane loves you" box

Did the Airplane ever covered it on stage or whatever?
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Postby RememberWhat theDarmaSays on Tue Apr 25, 2006 9:10 pm

At Sundazed.com, you can purchase a Great Society CD called Born To Be Burned. It is great! I highly recommend it. It has three versions of Free Advice.

As far as the questions that the original poster put up (Who, When, Why, How, etc.?), here is what the liner notes of the CD says:

Remaining true to their modal muse, the band returned to the studio in December (1965), this time under the eye of Autumn's house producer, Sly Stone, to cut Darby's two noisy masterworks as their debut single: "Someone to Love" and "Free Advice." Both sides, however, required multiple takes before they were captured. "We did one version (of "Free Advice") that was wonderful early on, and the engineer said, "Oh, I didn't get it. Can you do it again? An that's when we went into that hundred takes (actually 53) mode. It was such a letdown that we just lost it." Eventually surfacing on Autumn subsidiary Northbeach, the single did nothing nationally and was barely available even locally.


On the inside of the Jefferson Airplane Box Set Booklet it says this about Free Advice:

6. Free Advice
Artist: Great Society
Taken From: Morthbeach Single # 1001. Courtesy of Rhino Records, Inc.
Producer: Sylvester Stewart
Recording Date: December 1965 (Golden Gate Studios, San Francisco, CA)
Personnel: Grace Slick, Vocals; Darby Slick, Lead Guitar; David Minor, Vocals, Rhythm Guitar; Bard DuPont, Bass; Jerry Slick, Drums; Billy Preston, Drum Overdubs.


Wow, how awesome was it to have the great Billy Preston play on your first single! Lucky, I guess.
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