Release Info: Pacific Gas & Electric 1970 Live 'n' Kicking At Lexington
The seeds of Pacific Gas & Electric were sown in Los Angeles back in 1966 when self-taught guitarist Tom Marshall formed Bluesberry Jam, whose ranks included drummer Charlie Allen. Allen turned out to be such a fine vocalist that he ended up becoming the frontman; his drum chair was filled by Adolfo de la Parra in 1968. Later that year, de La Parra left to join Canned Heat, replacing Frank Cook who then joined Bluesberry Jam. After adding guitarist Glenn Schwartz and bassist Brent Block later in 1968, the group changed their name to Pacific Gas & Electric.
Their first album, Get It On, was released by Kent in 1968, but failed to make much of an impact. However, following their appearance at the Miami Pop Festival in late 1968, Pacific Gas & Electric signed with Columbia, who released Pacific Gas & Electric in 1969. Their next album, Are You Ready, supplied their first hit, the title track, which made it into the Top 20 in the summer of 1970.
August 8th and 9th of 1970, PG&E did 2 shows at the federal drug rehab center in Lexington, KY. The filmmaker Lawrence Schiller was there to make a documentary of the band, the facility and it's inmates. Columbia (now owned by Sony) was also there, recording the shows for a planned live album. When Schillers film didn't go into national release (it was only shown twice in California before being shelved by a judge) Columbia chose to stop work on the record.
Recent research has uncovered that Sony still has the tapes... about 9 unmixed multi-tracks and 4 stereo masters. These stereo masters are now available on CD thanks to Wounded Bird. This is a once in a lifetime chance to hear the band in their natural element, on stage. No other full live album has ever been released by PG&E.