in 1984 cyril jordan (guitar/vocals) and george alexander (bass/vocals) were the surviving remains of the classic line-up(s) of the flamin groovies. the same year jack johnson (guitar/vocals) and paul zahl (drums) both left the yanks to join their heroes in what was to become one of the best, dense, intense and dynamic versions of the groovies ever. they recorded two albums for the australian label AIM ("one night stand" and "step up"), the third "live at the festival of the sun", recorded in barcelona on the 4th of october 1987, was released posthumous in 1994. in the autumn of 1987 they toured all over europe and visited stuttgart on the 12th of october for a memorable concert. you are about to witness a documentation of this event in glorious threedimensional mono: testify and shake!!
part 1: teenage head / call me lightning (who) / feel a whole lot better (byrds) / i can't hide / a million miles away (plimsouls) / step up (krrcqzz) / can't stay away from you / shakin' / intermezzo / milkcow blues (john estes rearranged by the kinks) / shake some action (faded out at the end of side one of a c-90 tape...)
part 2: slow death / in the usa / baby please don't go (big joe williams misunderstood by them) / jumpin' in the night / slow down / almost grown (chuck berry; only rarely played and almost unavailable) / bittersweet (hoodoo gurus)
for reason unknown information on the groovies is rather far-scattered on the web and one of the most comprehensive sources seems to have vanished into the nirvanas of the internet archive, though even the ruins are completely overwhelming. unfortunately i could not find any pictures of this line-up; maybe you can?