April 6, 2010 by torqdog
Many that visit this Blog and occasionally post as well are fans of Joe Bonamassa. In fact, Bill, Stu and myself all became aquainted with each other on the old Bonamassa forum back in 2002 or 2003. Many threads were talking then about the unbridled energy and spontaneity Joe brought to the scene with his raw, improvisational guitar work. Some even mentioned and compared that energy to Frank Marino.
The other night while perousing the web, I found these two gems from 1979. I pretty much have seen Frank perform everytime he has come around starting back in 1975. One thing that sets Frank apart from the other heavyweights in the guitarslinger world is that Frank always plays for three or more hours and it’s mostly this high intensity psychadelia Blues stuff. Some of his jams will go on for close to a half hour. Frank ALWAYS guarantees a good show. I’ve witnessed him get three oncores with the third one unscheduled and you always leave his show wanting more. At the California Jam concert back in 1978, he was scheduled to play before headliner Aerosmith but Aerosmith refused to go on after Frank due to Frank’s ability to “wipe out” a crowd. His guitar playing is beyond words. In fact, why don’t I just shut up and let you see for yourselves. You may need to turn it up as the volume on these two recordings is rather low. Keep in mind that at this point, Frank is 24 and had only been playing for eight or nine years depending on which magazine you source.
The line-up for this show was Frank Marino; Gibson SG, Jim Ayoub; Drums, Paul Harwood; Bass and Vince Marino (Frank’s brother); Guitar
This first cut is a monster version of King Bee.
This second cut is a jam sort of centered on the old Quicksilver Messenger Service tune (or at least they made it famous), Who Do You Love. It really shows his explosive jamming abilities.