|Announcements (from Elvis Costello?)|
Please excuse this brief interruption of the music for a few announcements, some good, some bad.
DMCA takedown notification
First, for the bad news. This blog recently received its first DMCA takedown notification from Blogger. It concerned The Kinks rarities compilations that were posted last year (Rare Anthology Vols. 1 &2, and the Ultimate Compilation of the Great Lost Kinks Album Rarities) comprising an alleged copyright infringement. As far as I knew these collections contained only unreleased outtakes and rarities. Now, I don't know what part or parts of these collections are in violation of copyright, so I had to remove the entire posts and download links. So, sorry, but these have been removed and will not be re-posted. So, that's a bummer. I have not and will not knowingly post anything that is copyrighted, and I am sorry that (if?) these compilations contained some copyrighted recordings. Fortunately, this does not affect any of the live Kinks shows that I have posted, only the rarities collections. Anyway, this is not a big deal, and should not have negatively affect the future of the blog. However, it does raise a couple of concerns. First is that now that they know this blog is here and had one copyright complaint, we might be scrutinized more closely in the future. Second, and of greater concern, is that this blog now has one complaint against us, and could be shut down by blogger if repeated complaints are received.
On a more positive note, this blog recently surpassed 300,000 visits in a little over a year (since I started keeping track). Now, for some sites that isn't very much, but for this little outpost it seems quite substantial. More importantly, the numbers have been growing steadily. About a year ago, we were averaging about 500-600 visits a day, and now those numbers are well over 1200 a day, or more than double from a year ago. So, although I don't post a great volume of stuff here (average of only about 6 new posts a month), I think that what is posted is really great stuff, and at least we seem to be on the right track, that is, we do seem to have a core group of followers that regularly check back, and we are steadily adding new followers as well, so all that is good (although I wish I could get some more comments back from some of you folks. It's very hard to determine what people think of what is posted here when so few bother to comment). Now, this blog is strictly a personal (and enjoyable) thing for me. I have limited time to devote to this (and already spend far more time on this than I should), thus it will always be somewhat erratic and part-time endeavor (in other words, the current output rate is about all you can ever expect from this blog). But I will always try to provide interesting and quality stuff, that may be difficult to find through other outlets, and it will always be my own personal preference of great artists (ones that I really like). So, anyway, just wanted to give you that little progress report.
New rare, uncirculated recordings to be featured on BB Chronicles
Now here is some big, great, new, and exciting news! After posting the rare SHF Band show last month, I was contacted by a fan of the group who said he had recordings from a number of their 1974 shows, most of which he recorded himself. He sent a few of these to me, and there were some very good recordings and more extensive shows and setlists than anything I have previously seen for this great, neglected band. So, my new friend, David from Massachusetts said it would fine if I posted them here. When I asked him if he had more recordings like this of other bands, he said he had lots. David is a big Byrds and Byrds-related artist fan, so what he has is alot of shows of the Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, and various band incarnations of members, former members, and related artists (McGuinn, Hillman, Clarke, Parsons, Leadon, etc.), from throughout the 1970's and '80's. Periodically, over time, I will try to get some of these shows, too, and make them available through this blog. So, starting next week, I will feature a couple of full-length, previously uncirculated shows from the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band from David. After that, we'll see how it goes, but I expect that we should be regularly seeing more of these rare, uncirculated audience recordings from some of the best artists of the '70's and '80's. So, stay tuned.
Your friend (hopefully),