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MOTHER'S FINEST - Live At Rockpalast - 2 CD + DVD MadeInGermany








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Manufacturing year: 2017
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Release date: 29.09.2017
By the 1970s, taboos were beginning to fall from society, but many taboos were still firmly in place.

In 1977 Mother's Finest released their now much-sought after album 'Mother's Finest' that included the song 'Niggizz Can't Sing Rock And Roll'. This title shocked and scandalized the church community:

An influential and powerful preacher read the band the riot act and so they decided to remove the song from their live act.

The song, however, exactly expressed what the group felt: The band founders wanted to create a mixture of black funk and white rock ‘n' roll, so as to win over black and white audiences.

Sitting in Christian Wagner's car (Christian Wagner was Rockpalast's director from the very start) we heard their song 'Fire' (1976) on the radio for the first time and we decided that this band has to perform at Rockpalast.

In the night between 15 and 16 February 1978 we received the written okay in a discotheque in Atlanta, Georgia.

The boxing match of the previous evening also involved the hopes of blacks and whites: Muhammad Ali had lost his world champion title to Leon Spinks. The spirit of the times can be best described by my experience in a bar in Atlanta where I was watching the transmission: The white 'redneck audience' was glad that the loudmouthed boxer they still enjoyed calling by his slave name Cassius Clay, was beaten.

Not really the best conditions for the success of a band made up of black and white musicians.

When Mother's Finest opened the second Rockpalast Night on 4 March 1978 at the Grugahalle in Essen, they were completely unknown in Europe.

That evening, however, they achieved cult status - a status they have kept until today.

Mother's Finest overwhelmed the unsuspecting audience with songs typical for their style: 'Give You All The Love' (1977), 'Baby Love' (1977) and 'Mickey's Monkey' (1978), the last a cover of the Holland/Dozier/Holland song which Smokey Robinson & The Miracles made popular in 1969.

It is played at every concert of Mother's Finest and shows the band's deep roots in that kind of black music, which was mainly released by Tamala-Motown at that time.

Years full of changes followed. In 1984 the band split up.

Joyce Kennedy went on to a successful solo career. 25 years after their legendary conquest of Europe, Mother's Finest once again performed at Rockpalast - and almost with the same line up.

On 20th July 2003 they played a concert at Satzvey Castle which included classics as well as exiting new numbers.
Both of these concerts are presented here in full!



1977 gab es noch Tabus und so erregte „Niggizz Can't Sing Rock And Roll' von der LP 'Mother's Finest' (1977) - heute eine Sammler-Rarität - gleich Anstoß in der eigenen Kirchengemeinde: Ein einflussreicher Reverend las der Gruppe die Leviten und diese strich daraufhin den Titel aus ihrem Live-Repertoire. Doch der Song war Programm, denn was die Gründer - das Ehepaar Joyce „Baby Jean' Kennedy und Glen „Doc' Murdoch - 1974 wollten, war eine Mischung aus schwarzem Funk und weißem Rock ‘n‘ Roll. Mit dieser Mischung wollten sie zugleich das schwarze und das weiße Publikum erreichen.

Im Autoradio von Christian Wagner, Rockpalast-Regisseur der ersten Stunde, hörten wir zum aller ersten Mal ihren Titel „Fire' (1976) und wir beschlossen: Diese Gruppe muss in den Rockpalast! In der Nacht vom 15. auf den 16. Februar 1978 holten wir uns im Hinterzimmer einer Diskothek außerhalb von Atlanta, Georgia, das schriftliche Okay. Im Kampf der Nacht zuvor war es ebenfalls um schwarze und weiße Hoffnungen gegangen: Muhammad Ali hatte seinen Weltmeister-Titel an Leon Spinks verloren. Das „Redneck-Publikum' in der Kneipe in Atlanta, wo ich die Übertragung miterlebte, dass der „großmäulige' Boxer, den sie immer noch gern „Cassius Clay' nannten, mal einen „verpasst' bekam.

Als MOTHER'S FINEST am 4. März 1978 die 2. Rockpalast-Nacht in der Grugahalle Essen eröffneten, waren sie in Europa eine total unbekannte Größe. An diesem Tag erlangten sie jedoch Kultstatus - den sie bis heute halten. MOTHER'S FINEST überwältigten das nichtsahnende Publikum förmlich mit den für ihren Stil typischen Titeln „I'm Gonna Give You All The Love' (1977), „Baby Love' (1977) und „Mickey's Monkey' (1978), letzterer ein Cover des Dozier/Holland-Songs, den Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1969 bekannt machten. Er fehlt auf keinem MOTHER'S FINEST-Konzert und steht für ihre Verwurzelung in der schwarzen Musik, wie sie vor allem von Tamla-Motown veröffentlicht wurde.

Danach folgte eine wechselvolle Geschichte. 1984 trennte sich die Band. Vor allem Joyce Kennedy hatte einigen Erfolg als Solo-Künstlerin. 25 Jahre nach ihrer legendären „Eroberung Europas' waren MOTHER'S FINEST - nahezu in der Originalbesetzung - wieder Gast im Rockpalast. Auf Burg Satzvey spielten sie am 20. Juli 2003 neben ihren Klassikern auch starke neue Songs. Beide Konzerte - von 1978 und 2003 - sind auf dieser DVD in voller Länge zu sehen





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