Sunday, November 5, 2017

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - 1989-09-13 - UNC, Chapel Hill, NC

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
September 13, 1989
Dean's Dome, University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill, NC

Plus bonus tracks from: August 20, 1989,
Garden State Arts Center,  Holmdel, NJ 

FM Broadcast Recording, excellent quality
(Bonus tracks from Audience recording, very good quality)
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

After the success of their Southern Accents tour (1985), Bob Dylan asked Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers if they would join him on his next tour, which would feature Petty and the band playing their own songs, as well as serving as Bob's back-up band on the Dylan songs. Well, how could they say no to that? So, in 1986 they toured all over with Dylan, performing as both headliners and back-up band to the legend (I've previously posted one of those shows here, and there are many shows from this tour available). Then in 1987, they released the next TP & The Heartbreakers album, Let Me Up (I've Had Enough) featuring the single 'Jammin' Me', and a subsequent tour of their own. After this, Tom took a bit of a break from the Heartbreakers and worked on other projects, including the Traveling Wilburys in 1988 and his first solo album, Full Moon Fever (1989). The story of the Wilbury's has been often told, but basically came about by accident, as when George Harrison was preparing to record a B-side for a european single, Jeff Lynne (who had produced George's most recent album, Cloud Nine) dropped by with Roy Orbison for Lunch, so George asked them if they would like to help out with the recording of a half-finished song for this B-side track. Since George hadn't previously booked any studio time, they headed over to  Bob Dylan's garage studio to do the recording. But then George remembered he had left the guitar he wanted to use over at Petty's, so swung by there to get it, and returned with not just the guitar, but Petty in tow as well. And since Bob was there at the studio, they asked him to join in too. So, that was how these 5 legendary figures all got together for an impromptu session. When the recording was finished, and the little ditty called 'Handle with Care' was played for George's record company, they said, Hold On, this is way too good to be used as an obscure B-side, this is a hit single! Can you make more of these? When George asked the group if they wanted to do more recording together, maybe make an album, everyone was in, and The Traveling Wilburys were born, and the album (Vol. 1, 1988) )was a major success. Petty then continued to work with Jeff Lynne as producer (and co-writer and performer) for his solo album, which although was not a Heartbreakers album, did have Mike Campbell also playing on all the tracks, as well as the rest of the the Heartbreakers (except drummer Stan Lynch) contribute parts to various songs, as well as other musicians, including Harrison and Orbison. Petty took this opportunity to explore more of his musical roots and styles, as well as some more gentle and introspective songs, deviating somewhat from the Heartbreakers Rock sound, and Lynne's production also gave it more of a glossier pop sound. The album, Full Moon Fever, was a huge success, one of the greatest of Petty's career, and produced such Petty classics as 'I Won't Back Down', 'Free Fallin', and 'Runnin' Down a Dream'. However, some of the Heartbreakers (especially Stan Lynch) were not too happy to be playing these solo Petty tracks at Heartbreakers shows, as they were not "their" songs and it made them feel a bit like a cover band. But the subsequent tour was another major success, and the 'solo' songs soon became a fixture of all subsequent Heartbreakers shows.  Here we have a combination of a couple great shows from the Full Moon Fever tour. The first, a great FM recording from North Carolina features some of the new songs from both Let Me Up and Full Moon Fever, and of special note is the middle section with new acoustic renditions of 'Even the Losers', 'Listen to Her Heart', and the rarely subsequently played 'Face in the Crowd' (in an absolutely beautiful version). Other highlights are the rarely performed 'Something Big' from Hard Promises and a new, more rockin' arrangement of 'Don't Come Around Here No More' (perhaps how The Heartbreakers would have recorded it without Dave Stewart producing?). The added tracks from the Holmdel, NJ show features covers of The Byrds and The Clash, as well as an acoustic 'Yer So Bad' and a rockin' 'Jammin' Me' closer.  Great sets. Enjoy

Track List:
 1. Bye Bye Johnny (C. Berry)
 2. The Damage You've Done
 3. Breakdown
 4. Free Fallin'
 5. The Waiting
 6. Benmont's Boogie
 7. Don't Come Around Here No More
 8. Southern Accents
 9. Even the Losers (Acoustic)
10. Listen to the Heart (Acoustic)
11. A Face in the Crowd (Acoustic)
12. Something Big
13. I Won't Back Down
14. I Need to Know
15. Refugee
16. Running Down a Dream
Bonus Tracks (1989-08-20 - Holmdel)
17.  I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better (Byrds)
18.  How Many More Days
19. Yer So Bad (Acoustic)
20. You Got Lucky
21. Rebels
22. Should I Stay Or Should I Go? (The Clash)
23. Jammin' Me

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Note: This show (1989-09-13) has also been widely distributed in various bootlegs as being from 1990-05-18 - Wilmington, NC (with titles such as Southern Choice, etc.). However, all recordings I've heard attributed to this date have been this same recording as 1989-09-13. Although I do not know for sure the actual correct date, the information I have indicates that 1989-09-13 Chapel Hill is the correct date for this show. Actually, the recording version I used for this comes from the Southern Choice (Italian) boot, as that version has a clearer brighter sound (probably earlier generation recording) than some other boots ('Lost in North Carolina', 'Free Fallin') identified as 1989-09-13.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - 1985-08-06 - Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles, CA

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
August 6, 1985
Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles, CA 

FM Broadcast recording, very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

After the breakthrough success of Damn the Torpedoes (1979), there was much anticipation for what Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers would do next, with fans eagerly awaiting their next album. And this inadvertently lead to another battle between Petty and his record label, as MCA planned to invoke what they referred to as "Superstar pricing", meaning they were going to charge a dollar more for Petty's next album than all other albums ($9.98 vs. $8.98), a practice which they had just implemented, with Steely Dan's Gaucho being the 1st to carry the increased price. Well, of course, Petty would not stand for this, which he considered gouging the public with his own album because MCA knew it would be popular. So, when the record company would not honor his request to stop this, he went to the press and public, raising the issue and asking for their voices and support in opposing this before agreeing to release the album. Once again, MCA backed down and released the album at regular price, another victory for Petty on behalf of his fans (Petty has also fought to keep ticket prices down for his shows, amid other stands). That album, Hard Promises (1981), went platinum and peaked at #5 on the Billboard charts, with the biggest hit from it being 'The Waiting'. The album also featured Tom's first collaboration with Stevie Nicks, who contributed harmony vocals on 'Insider'.
In 1982, bassist Ron Blair quit the group, and he was replaced by Howie Epstein. Howie's distinctive harmony vocals would become an integral part of The Heartbreakers sound and were quite evident on their next album, Long After Dark (1982), another success, which featured the hits 'You Got Lucky' and 'Change of Heart'. But tensions flaired within the band in preparing their next album, which initially was planned to be a concept album exploring living and growing up in the South. But, partway through the making of the album, Tom started collaborating and hanging out with Dave Stewart (of the Eurythmics), writing and producing some new songs, with a very different sound and feel. The rest of the band was somewhat resentful of this, as they were left out of the creative process for these new tracks and didn't like the more studio-oriented effects direction it was going. It was also during the making of this album that Petty, after a frustrating mixing session, punched the wall, severely breaking his left hand, and sidelining him for months. In the end, the album that was released, Southern Accents (1985) contained 3 songs from the Petty-Stewart sessions, and only some of the 'South'-themed tracks originally intended for the album (Several discarded tracks, including 'Trailer', 'Big Boss Man', 'Cracking Up', 'Image of Me', and 'Apartment Song', were eventually released in the box set retrospective collection Playback in 1995). But the album, although a bit disjointed with the different styles and themed tracks, was again a major success, with 'Rebels' and the Petty-Stewart track 'Don't Come Around Here No More' becoming major hits. Also, this was at the time when MTV was at its peak and videos were not only important marketing tools but also artistic creations, and the innovative and creative video for 'Don't Come Around Here No More' which featured Petty as a MadHatter-type character calmly tormenting 'Alice' in a Wonderland setting, became one of the more memorable MTV videos of all time. So, by the time of the 1985 Southern Accents Tour the band was at an all-time high in popularity, and the tour was quite memorable, and would result in the band's first live album, Pack Up the Plantation: Live! (1986), originally released as a double LP album, but later condensed (with the removal of 2 songs) to a single CD. The bulk of the songs featured on that live album were recorded at the Wiltern Theater in L.A. on 8/7/85 (although only a part of the show was included). That summer the band also performed at Live Aid, the huge all-day international benefit concert for famine relief that was brodcast in its entirety on MTV (picture above is from Live Aid). But, here today, we have the full show from the first night of the Wiltern theater dates (8/6/17), which was broadcast live on the radio. The setlist features several new songs from Southern Accents, some from each of Hard Promises and Long After Dark, as well as some older gems. I have also added (as bonus tracks) some songs from an excellent recording of an earlier show (1982-12-04 - Utrecht) to feature a few more songs specifically from Hard Promises and Long After Dark to catch us up on those. 

Tracklist:
01 American Girl                                       
02 You Got Lucky                                     
03 It Ain't Nothin' To Me                              
04 Don't Do Me Like That                               
05 The Waiting                             
06 I Need To Know                                      
07 Don't Come Around Here No More                      
08 Spike                                              
09 Southern Accents                                  
10 Rebels                                              
11 Breakdown                                           
12 Refugee                                             
13 A Little Bit O' Soul                                
14 So You Want To Be A Rock & Roll Star                
15 Make It Better (Forget About Me)                    
16 Route 66
Bonus Tracks (1982-12-04 - Utrecht, Netherlands SBD)
17 A Thing About You
18 Straight Into Darkness
19 A Woman in Love
20 Kings Road
21 Change of Heart

Tom Petty - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica
Mike Campbell  - lead guitar
Benmont Tench - keyboards, backing vocals
Howie Epstein - bass,  backing vocals
Stan Lynch - drums, backing vocals
      with
Soul Lips Horns:

Jimmy Zavala - saxes, harmonica
Lee Thornburg - trumpets, flugelhorn
Nick Lane - trombones, euphonium
       and
The Rebelettes:

Pat Peterson - backing vocals, percussion
Caroll Sue Hill - backing vocals, percussion

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - 1979-11-19 - Orpheum Theater, Boston, MA

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
November 19, 1979
Orpheum Theater, Boston, MA

Audience recording, very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Continuing with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers story: After their first album was finally getting some attention in the US, their 2nd album (You're Gonna Get It - 1978) sailed up the album charts, peaking at #23 (on the strength of 2 successful singles, 'I Need to Know' and 'Listen to Her Heart' and strong AOR radio play), and the band looked to be well on their way. Yet, despite a string of hits, they were still struggling. Like many bands starting out and eager for a record deal, Petty had signed a contract that paid them very poorly, and even worse, he had signed away all of his songwriting and publishing rights (He has said that at the time, he thought 'publishing' only referred to sheet music sales). So, the band was dismayed to find that despite their hit records, they were still in debt to the record company, and would be in debt for some time. So, in 1978, when their label Shelter announced that it had been sold (along with their contract) from ABC records to MCA, Petty was outraged to be sold "like we were groceries, or frozen pork", but thought he may have a way out of the contract. Because he was not consulted prior to the sale, Petty claimed they violated his contract, and therefore the contract was void, and he was free to pursue other deals. The band was working on their 3rd album at the time (which Petty was now financing himself) and he refused to turn any of the recordings over to MCA. Of course, MCA said "No Way", and in early 1979 sued Petty for breach of contract, and prevented him from negotiating with other labels, releasing any music, or even performing live. Petty responded by declaring bankruptcy, hoping to void his contract. MCA fought back hard, as they didn't want this to set a precedent, leading to other artists declaring bankruptcy to get out of their contract. They told him he could not fight them legally, saying he had to accept their deal and "Just shut up and play your music". But Petty stood firm, he knew his latest album was the best music he had ever made, he just didn't know if it ever would be released. He told them "I'll sell peanuts before I give in to you", and "You can't make the music yourself". Petty appealed to a judge to allow him to perform to pay his legal bills, and the band embarked on a short, hastily-arranged "Lawsuit Tour".  Eventually, MCA backed down, and agreed to set-up a new subsidiary label for Petty, Backstreet Records (with a much better royalty deal, as well as return of Petty's publishing rights). Thus, Petty's third album was finally released in October, 1979, and titled Damn the Torpedoes, in reference to the struggles. And it was an instant success, catapulting the band from cult band to Major Star status. Four singles became instant classics ('Refugee', 'Don't Do Me Like That', 'Even the Losers', and 'Here Comes My Girl'), and the album reached #2 (only held back from #1 by Pink Floyd's The Wall) and went triple Platinum.
Here is a show from early on in the Damn the Torpedoes Tour, in Boston. The tour kicked off with an appearance on Saturday Night Live, then some New York dates, then on to this show in Boston. No more supporting act spots, they were in-demand headliners now, putting on great full-length concert shows. This was the start of Petty and the Band becoming Superstars. The setlist featured 5-6 new songs from 'Torpedoes' (varied by date) added to their already strong set of original rockers and covers. Added on to this show is a few additional songs from radio broadcasts of their London shows in early 1980 as bonus tracks.    

Tracklist:
01. Shadow Of A Doubt
02. Anything That's Rock 'N' Roll
03. Fooled Again
04. Here Comes My Girl
05. Even The Losers
06. Wild One Forever
07. I Need To Know
08. Don't Do Me Like That
09. Cry To Me
10. Luna
11. Refugee
12. Listen To Her Heart
13. American Girl
14. Breakdown
15. Too Much Ain't Enough
16. Shout
17. Don't Bring Me Down
18. Any Way You Want It
19. Strangered In The Night
20. I Fought The Law
Bonus Tracks (1980-03-07 - London):
21. Century City (Mp3-only)
22. When the Time Comes (Mp3-only)
23. Somethin' Else (KBFH)

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - 1977-04-23 - The Record Plant, Sausalito, CA (plus bonus tracks)

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
April 23rd, 1977
The Record Plant, Sausalito, CA

FM Broadcast recording (1986 WXRT re-broadcast), excellent quality
Plus bonus tracks from:
Nov. 11, 1977
Capitol Records studio A, Hollywood, CA

FM Broadcast recording (KWST L.A.), excellent quality (From JEMS archives)

Although I've previously featured various Tom Petty shows from throughout his career (primarily from either his very early days or more recent shows), I have not featured his full career in chronological live shows as I have for several other featured artists. So, given his recent passing (R.I.P. Tom), it seems long past time to feature more from his concert career.
I have already chronicled his early days in Gainesville, FL with Mudcrutch, and how The Heartbreakers first came about, as well as how they were not successful right away. The first Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers album was released in November 1976, with 'Breakdown' released as a single in January 1977 (which suffered a quick death). 'American Girl' was subsequently issued as a single in February 1977, as the band was preparing to go out on their first major tour (as a support act). Unfortunately, 'American Girl' also failed to chart in the US, but they were getting some attention in the UK, and released 'Anything That's Rock & Roll' there in April where it scored the band's first top 40 UK hit, and 'American Girl' also later cracked the top 40 in the UK. Although the band was not getting much airplay in the US, they were starting to garner attention from their live shows, which included a couple early radio broadcasts, and appearances at Pinkpop and Rockpalast in Europe. Slowly, after their success in the UK and europe, they started getting some respect in the US as well, and when 'Breakdown' was rereleased in the US in early 1978, it finally did just crack the charts (Interestingly, however, 'American Girl' was never a hit in the US), and the album did eventually go gold. Here is a great radio broadcast show from those early days of the Heartbreakers, recorded at The Record Plant studios in Sausalito CA with a small audience in April 1977, near the beginning of their 1977 tour. It's a great-sounding recording, featuring, in addition to several songs from their first album, some nice covers, and a couple brand new songs, including future hits 'I Need to Know' and 'Listen to Her Heart', which would be on their 2nd album (You're Gonna Get It), and which would not be released until 1978. This set also includes the live-only rocker 'Dog on the Run', which was never recorded or released on any album (not to be confused with 'Dogs on the Run' from Southern Accents, which is a totally different song). It is played as an extended jam here, was played often in these early days, but never again after that, so that is an additional treat for those that have never heard it. Also, it's interesting that 'Breakdown' was not included in this performance (or at least not the broadcast tracks). Perhaps it was briefly dropped after it's failure as a single, as at the time 'American Girl' was being promoted as 'the single' (just interesting because it became such a standard for the band - can you even find any other shows that did not include it?). Also, since this a rather short radio show I have added a few tracks from another excellent radio broadcast from later in 1977, their show from Capitol Records studios, Hollywood, on November 11, 1977 (and which did include 'Breakdown' and UK hit 'Anything That's Rock & Roll', as well as a couple more nice covers. Great stuff from the early days of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.
 
Tracklist:
01 - Surrender
02 - Jaguar & Thunderbird (Chuck Berry cover)
03 - Band intros >
04 - American Girl
05 - Al Kooper intro >
06 - Fooled Again (I Don't Like It)
07 - Luna
08 - Listen To Her Heart
09 - I Need To Know
10 - Strangered In The Night
11 - Dog On The Run (Can't Get Close to You)
12 - Route 66 (Nat King Cole cover)
Bonus tracks (11-11-77 - Hollywood):
13 - Breakdown
14 - Don't Bring Me Down (Animals cover)
15 - Anything That's Rock & Roll
16 - Shout (Isley Bros. cover)

THE BAND
Tom Petty - lead vocals, guitar, harmonica
Mike Campbell - lead guitar
Benmont Tench - keyboards, backing vocals
Ron Blair - bass, backing vocals
Stan Lynch - drums, backing vocals

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers - 2017-09-22 - Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
2017-09-22
Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA

Tom's Penultimate Performance (Next to last show ever by Tom Petty - R.I.P., 10/2/17)
Audience recording, very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

I've just been devastated by the shocking news of Tom Petty's death this week. And coming in the wake of so much tragedy and devastation over the past couple months, with earthquakes, hurricanes, terrorists, Trump, and the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas, as well as last month's death of Walter Becker, this was just too much to take. And although we certainly have to come to grips with the inevitable deaths of aging rock stars (and there have been many in the last couple years), for me at least, this one hurts more than any of the others. First, it was just so shocking, in that, of all the aging rockers out there, Tom Petty was about the last one I would have thought might die. He was such a fighter, and survivor, and was just coming off a very successful and impressive tour. Second, we need Tom Petty; his music, his songwriting, his style, his voice, his personality, his attitude, his being. Him and his music was still so relevant and vital. He wasn't just a 'greatest hits' act, he was still making, creating great new music. His last album with the Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye (2014), was their best in many years, and his recent work with Mudcrutch (2008, 2016) was also great, broke new ground and presented a different side to his music. In other words, he was still at his peak. He was just as good, if not better, now as he was back in his early days, and The Heartbreakers were better than ever - just check them out on this last tour - amazing rock band. But probably more than anything else, this loss of Tom Petty seems to mean so much more because of just who Tom Petty was. Sure, he was a great rocker, great songwriter, musician, etc., but his death seems more personal, because you never think about Tom as a star, a legend, an icon (though he was all of those), because he just seemed like such a regular guy, someone that could be a close friend, a buddy. No ego, pretension or self-rightousness, didn't think much of celebrity or fame, he was just a guy playing his music, and he hoped you would like it too. And his songs were very personal, with strong emotions. He wrote songs of defiance. And as Bill Flanagan said the other day on CBS Sunday Morning "Tom Petty wrote songs for anyone who felt lonely or misunderstood. His message was simple and profound: 'You are not alone.'" Alot has already been said about Tom, and alot more will be said, and I have no eloquent words or thoughts to add. The emotions are just too raw to put into words right now. I've listened to alot of Tom's music this week, but none without getting choked up and teary. Thank You and God Bless You, Tom. We'll miss you.

Earlier this year, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers set out on an ambitious 40th Anniversary Tour. Tom had already decided that this would probably be their last big tour, but would still do smaller tours and performance dates. The final show was set for the Hollywood Bowl on September 21. Tickets sold-out so quickly that an additional show was added for Friday, Sept. 22. When that also sold-out in minutes, they agreed to add one more show on Monday, Sept. 25th. That show would be the last performance ever for Tom Petty, as he died of cardiac arrest one week later, on Monday, October 2nd. The show presented here is from 9/22/17, the next to last show ever performed by Tom Petty. So, check this out, as well as other Tom Petty shows (and there fortunately are many great Tom Petty shows available), as Tom Petty is one of those artists that was at his best in live shows. It's nice that they started these shows with the very first song from their first album, the wonderful, but nearly forgotten gem 'Rockin' Around With You'. It's also interesting that for this 40th Anniversary Tour setlist (and all the dates had virtually the same setlist with only minor variations), fully half of the songs Tom chose to play came from his solo albums (which actually also included back-up from all of the Heartbreakers), 5 from Wildflowers (1994), and 4 from Full Moon Fever (1989). Although both his solo albums and Heartbreakers albums are great and contain great songs, I always felt the few solo albums he did contained his most personal songs, less straight-forward Rock n Roll, but more gentle and more heart. So, it's interesting to see this final tour contain so many of these solo songs among the Heartbreakers hits.     

Tracklist:
01. Intro
02. Rockin' Around (With You)
03. Mary Jane's Last Dance
04. You Don't Know How It Feels
05. Forgotten Man
06. I Won't Back Down
07. Freefallin'
08. Into The Great Wide Open
09. Don't Come Around Here No More
10. -band introduction-
11. It's Good To Be King
12. Crawling Back To You
13. Wildflowers
14. Learning To Fly
15. Yer So Bad
16. I Should Have Known It
17. Refugee
18. Runnin' Down A Dream
19. You Wreck Me
20. American Girl

Band:
Tom Petty - Lead vocals, guitars
Mike Campbell - Lead Guitar
Benmont Tench - Keyboard, vocals
Ron Blair - Bass Guitar, backing vocals
Scott Thurston - rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
Steve Ferrone - Drums, percussion
Patti Webb - background singers
Charlie Webb - background singers

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Steely Dan - 1974-03-20 - Record Plant, L.A., CA - TooleMan Remaster-35th Anniversary Edition

Steely Dan
1974-03-20
The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA

Pre-FM (KMET-Live) master recording (as remastered by Tooleman-35th Anniversary Edition - 2009), excellent quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Ok, I'll wrap up this mini-tribute to Steely Dan with another classic show from that great 1974 tour while still a rock band (last before going all studio thereafter, that is, until the reunion and 'Big Band Dan' tours starting in 1993). So, here is a very well-known show, and one that I have previously featured before, as it is a great Pre-FM recording of a radio show (KMET-Live), with great sound. But here, this time, is a newer, remastered version of that classic show, by The TooleMan, for a 35th Anniversary Edition (made in 2009) of the show. Although the original recording was already very good, TooleMan has tweaked it here and there to improve the sound a bit more. The only drawback to this show, however, is that because it was made for a radio show (and to fit a one hour timeslot), it is a shortened version of their show (This show is missing 'My Old School', 'Dirty Work', and 'Show Biz Kids' from their regular setlist for this tour, which is alot to miss). But aside from that, this is a great show, with great sound, and definitely - a classic.  BTW, for those that prefer the unaltered (Pre-FM recording, not remastered), it is still available on the previous post (here), and I have added the FLAC version of that show, too).


Tracklist:
01 - Stalling for time - Intro
02 - Bodhisattva
03 - The Boston Rag
04 - Do It Again
05 - Any Major Dude
06 - King Of The World
07 - Rikki Don't Lose That Number
08 - tuning
09 - Pretzel Logic
10 - Your Gold Teeth II (Jam)
11 - Reelin' In The Years
12 - This All Too Mobile Home
13 - Announcer outro

Lineup:
Donald Fagen – piano, vocals
Walter Becker – bass
Jeff Baxter – guitar
Denny Dias – guitar
Jim Hodder – drums
Jeff Porcaro – drums
Royce Jones – percussion, backing vocals
Michael McDonald – electric piano, backing vocals

Remaster notes - As with many tapes of this vintage, I thought a little more bass was needed. While I was at it, I ironed out a couple of tape wrinkles, too. Also, tiny amount of pitch correction, re-tracking, etc. - TheTooleMan, March, 2009

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FLAC - Steely Dan_1974-03-20_RecordPlant_TooleManRem35_FLAC.rar


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Steely Dan - 1974-04-30 - Memphis, TN - "Memphis Blues Again" (Tooleman Remaster)

Steely Dan
April 30th, 1974
Ellis Auditorium, Memphis, TN
"Memphis Blues Again", Tooleman Version (2008)
Soundboard recording (Remastered by Tooleman), Excellent Quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) vesrions

More Steely Dan! After featuring some of the later shows, time to go back once again to the original rock band version of the group in the early '70's, and their great 1974 tour. Here is another one of the classic soundboard recordings from that tour (I've previously featured the Rainbow Theater (5-20-74) and Record Plant (3-24-74) shows with excellent sound). This tour comes right on the heels of recording their 3rd album, Pretzel Logic (one of my favorites), and thus features some 'new' songs from that album, as well as several from my personal favorite, their previous, Countdown to Ecstasy. This was their last tour as a working rock band, before Becker & Fagen stopped touring, dissolved the rest of the band, and retreated to the studio to produce flawless jazz-rock records using various guests and session musicians. But here for the 1974 tour they had a killer lineup, with ace dual guitarists Denny Dias and Jeff Baxter, dual drummers (Jeff Porcaro and Jim Hodder, and even dual keyboard/vocalists (Fagen and Michael McDonald). The energy and performances at these shows are just fantastic. Each of these shows are great (and fortunately a number of hi-quality recordings from this tour are available), showing a much harder rockin' Dan than any of the post-reunion ensembles, with great guitar, keyboard, and drumming work throughout - vocals/harmonies are also quite strong as well, with the backing vocals of velvet-throated McDonald and percussionist Royce Jones. The only drawback is the setlist for all these shows was virtually the same (shuffling 'Any Major Dude' with 'Brooklyn' for some shows seems to be the only variant), so it is the same show each time, but even still, hearing multiple performances of this classic tour is a must. Although the sound from the original recording of this show was already very good, I am featuring here the Tooleman Remastered version of the show, as it does noticeably improve the overall sound quality and gives some extra punch to bass, drums, and vocals.So, if you don't have this already, check out some more classic Steely Dan.

Tracklist:
01  Bodhisattva
02  The Boston Rag
03  Do It Again
04  Brooklyn
05  King of the World
06  Blues in C
07  Rikki Don't Lose That Number
08  Pretzel Logic
09  My Old School
10  Dirty Work
11  Your Gold Teeth II
12  Reelin' in the Years
13  Show Biz Kids
14  All Too Mobile Home

Musicians:
Donald Fagen - keyboards/vocals
Denny Dias - 'bebop' guitar
Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter - 'skunk' guitar/vocals
Walter Becker - bass
Jeff Porcaro - drums
Jim Hodder - drums
Michael McDonald - electric piano/vocals
Royce Jones - percussion/vocals

Remaster notes - The recording has been equalized to make the bass much louder. Treble frequencies have been reduced to help balance the overall sound and make hiss less apparent. Light dynamic compression was used to improve the mix of vocals with instruments. The original recording runs fast and the pitch of the music is a bit sharp, so pitch was altered by -25 cents in the remaster to bring it to proper pitch. Track boundaries were adjusted from the original CD so that the music starts much closer to the beginning of each track. Several seconds of loud hum was reduced in track 14. The separate track for band introductions was merged with the preceding track (track 8, "Pretzel Logic"), while the excerpt of "Your Gold Teeth" was broken out as a separate track. - Tooleman, 2008

FLAC - Steely Dan_1974-04-30_Memphis-Tooleman rem_FLAC.rar

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Steely Dan - 1993-08-13 - Auburn Hills, MI - "Kickoff Night"

Steely Dan
August 13, 1993
"Kickoff Night"
Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI

Audience recording, Good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

More Steely Dan! Here is a unique show from their 'comeback' or 'reunion' tour of 1993. In fact, this was the very first show of the tour, so this was the first glimpse audiences got of this new version of Steely Dan, what I refer to as Big Band Dan. Thus, this was the first actual Steely Dan live concert in almost 20 years, and 13 years since Fagen & Backer broke up and went their separate ways. So, this was a historic night. But, in addition to that, this show contained several unique songs that were not continued in most subsequent shows (some never played again anywhere), so this is an especially unique show. First, a little background here. Now, this was at a time when they were both more focused on their solo albums (Steely Dan wouldn't record a 'new' album for another 7 years). Don had recently released Kamakiriad (1993, and produced by Becker), and Becker was getting to release his first solo album (11 Tracks of Whack, 1994, and produced by Fagen). So, it is not surprising that the boys wanted to feature a good chunk of their solo tracks. But at this 'Kickoff' show, they played a whopping total of 12 songs that were 'solo' tracks (7 of Fagen's, 5 of Becker's), which was actually more than the number of Steely Dan songs featured (10, not counting the orchestral instrumental tracks). And I'm sure they rather quickly (within the first few shows) realized that the fans were there to hear Steely Dan songs and not so much their relatively unknown solo tracks, so the setlist was adjusted to drop some of the 'solo tracks' and put back in some popular 'Dan' tracks, which they did for the remainder of the tour (and all subsequent tours). But it does mean that this show featured songs not played at any (or at least only a few) other shows ever again. Becker's 'Cringemaker', 'Our Lawn', and 'Girlfriend' were dropped never to reappear ('Book of Liars' and 'Fall of '92' were kept throughout the tour), and 'Our  Lawn' and 'Fall of '92' were never released on any albums, so are true rarities. Thus, this show also featured more Walter Becker songs than any other Steely Dan show ever, so it also is an appropriate show as a tribute and memorial to Walter. Fagen dropped 'True Companion' (obscure track from the film Heavy Metal) and 'Trans Island Skyway' and 'Countermoon' (from Kamakiriad), but keeping 'IGY' & 'Green Flower St' (from Nightfly), and 'Teahouse on the Tracks' (from Kamakiriad) for the remainder of the tour. So, many rarely played tracks and oddities here to enjoy. The audience recording is good (but not great) quality, not up to the SBD standards of other available shows, but still good and very enjoyable. BTW, the 'Dan' songs they added in subsequent shows after dropping the 'solo' tracks were 'Home at Last', 'Babylon Sisters', 'Reelin' in the Years', and 'Peg'. For an example of the later shows on this tour, check out the St. Louis show, previously posted here.Enjoy!

Tracklist:
Disc 1:
01 Instrumental Overture (Peg->Aja) (First and only time this unusual instrumental was played. By the next show, Peg was taken out of this and played on its own)
02 Green Earrings
03 Bodhisattva
04 I.G.Y. (Fagen solo track)
05 Josie
06 Hey Nineteen
07 Book of Liars (Becker)
08 Cringemaker (rare Walter Becker solo track dropped after only a few performances)
09 Chain Lightning
10 Band Introductions
11 Our Lawn  (rare Walter Becker solo track dropped after a few performances)
12 Green Flower Street (Fagen solo track)
13 True Companion (rare Donald Fagen solo tune; only time played on the 1993 tour)
14 Black Friday

Disc 2:
01 Tuzz's Shadow (Instrumental written by Steely Dan pianist at the time, Warren Bernhardt)
02 Deacon Blues >
03 Tomorrow's Girls (Fagen)
04 Fall of '92 (Becker)
05 Girlfriend (Walter Becker solo track dropped after 2 performances)
06 Third World Man
07 Trans Island Skyway (Donald Fagen tune solo track dropped after only a few performances)
08 Countermoon > (Fagen)
09 Teahouse on the Tracks (Fagen)
10 My Old School
11 FM

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THE BAND:

Donald Fagen: Vocals, Fender Rhodes, Lync Keytar
Walter Becker: Guitar, Vocals

Along with The Citizen Steely Dan Orchestra 1993:
Peter Erskine: Drums
Bill Ware III: Vibes, Congas, Percussion
Tom Barney: 5-string Bass
Drew Zingg: Guitars
Warren Bernhardt: Acoustic Piano, Fender Rhodes
Diane Garisto: Vocals
Brenda White-King: Vocals
Catherine Russell: Vocals
Chris Potter: Tenor Sax
Cornelius Bumpus: Tenor Sax
Bob Shepard: Tenor and Soprano Sax
Roger Nichols: Monitor Mix

FLAC - Steely Dan_1993-08-13_Auburn HillsMI_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Steely Dan_1993-08-13_Auburn HillsMI_mp3.part1.rar
          Steely Dan_1993-08-13_Auburn HillsMI_mp3.part1.rar

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Steely Dan - 2009-07-22 - Wang Theater, Boston, MA - Aja and Royal Scam Night

Steely Dan
July 22, 2009
AJA and ROYAL SCAM Night
Wang Theater, Boston, MA

Stereo Soundboard recording, Excellent quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps versions)


Been listening to Steely Dan all week, since news of Walter Becker's passing, especially my two favorite albums of theirs, Countdown to Ecstasy and Pretzel Logic, just superb, and their entire catalog is exceptional. What a tremendous loss. And although I think many falsely assume that because Donald Fagen is the de facto front man and more outspoken member, that Becker played a lesser role in the groups music and sound, but that is not at all true. Becker was an integral part of everything about the band, from the songwriting (music and lyrics) to the musical sound, style, arrangements, and production. Anyway, in looking back on what Steely Dan shows I have already posted on the blog, it was clear that there are many more that could be included to give a more thorough depiction of the band and their various tours (in addition, will update those that don't include lossless versions). So, first up here, is a great show and excellent recording from the Dan's 2009 Rent Party '09 Tour. This tour was notable for featuring shows on multiple consecutive days in major cities, where they would feature a different full album each night. The albums featured included Aja, The Royal Scam, and Gaucho (unfortunately, no dates included Countdown to Ecstasy or Pretzel Logic, or even Katy Lied). In cities where they played 3 or 4 nights, they also included an "Internet Request Night" where the band would play songs requested by ticket-holding concertgoers through a special log-in internet vote for that show (although this request night seemed especially intriguing, as it turned out, and probably not surprisingly, the songs most requested by the audience were mostly the same popular songs they already were playing most nights anyway, but still resulted in several songs that had not been played live in many years, greats like 'Any Major Dude' and 'parker's Band, etc., and overall, between the request night and the full album shows, this tour resulted in the greatest variety of songs being played than on any other Steely Dan tour). Anyway, this Boston show was quite special itself, for several reasons. In Boston, they were scheduled for 3 nights, with the plan being an Aja night, a Gaucho night, and an internet request night. But on this first night of the Boston shows, the band treated the audience to a combined Aja and Royal Scam Night, doing both full albums (in addition to several other songs). This was the only night of the tour where they did two complete albums. In addition, there were a couple of  other Boston-only surprises, in that they also performed a couple of songs with special meaning for the Boston audience, their own 'The Boston Rag' (which hadn't been featured in any live shows in decades), and The Standells 'Dirty Water', a local Boston standard. Again, this was the only show where these additional songs were performed, just for Boston (and only time ever for 'Dirty Water'). So, this was a special night, and this great recording captures it all. The recording I had of this also included a bonus track of  'Pretzel Logic' with guest Steve Winwood from a 2011 date, so that is included as well. Enjoy! 

Tracklist:
01 Teenie Blues
.....................AJA
02 Black Cow
03 Aja
04 Deacon Blues
05 Peg
06 Home at Last
07 I Got the News
08 Josie
09 Donald's Remarks
......................THE ROYAL SCAM
10 Kid Charlemagne   
11 The Caves Of Altamira  
12 Don't Take Me Alive  
13 Sign In Stranger   
14 The Fez  
15 Green Earrings   
16 Haitian Divorce   
17 Everything You Did
18 The Royal Scam
......................
19 Hey Nineteen
20 Love is Like an Itchin in My Heart - Band Introductions
21 Black Friday
22 The Boston Rag
23 Dirty Water
24 My Old School
25 Last Tango In Paris (exit music)

26 BONUS TRACK - Pretzel Logic (with Steve Winwood) - 2011-10-xx Australia (SBD)

THE BAND:
Donald Fagen: Vocals, Fender Rhodes, Melodica
Walter Becker: Guitars, Vocals
along with,
The "Rent Party '09" Touring Band:
Tawatha Agee, Catherine Russell, Carolyn Leonhart: Backing Vocals
Jim Beard: Acoustic Piano, Nord Electro, Hammond
Marvin Stamm: Trumpet
Jim Pugh: Tenor Trombone
Roger Rosenberg: Baritone Saxophone
Walt Weiskof: Tenor and Alto Saxophone
Keith Carlock: Drums
“Ready” Freddie Washington: Fender P-Bass
Jon Herrington: Guitars

FLAC - Steely Dan_2009-07-22_Boston_FLAC.rar


mp3 - Steely Dan_2009-07-22_Boston_mp3.part1.rar
          Steely Dan_2009-07-22_Boston_mp3.part2.rar

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Walter Becker (R.I.P.) - Tracks of Whack Demos and Outtakes - 1994

Walter Becker
Tracks of Whack Demos and Outtakes (1994)

Soundboard recordings, very good quality
Available in Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Just heard the shocking and sad news that Walter Becker, of Steely Dan fame, has died today, at 67. No details yet on cause of death. He previously missed the recent Steely Dan appearances at the Classic East and West shows, where music partner Donald Fagen just reported that he was 'recovering from a procedure' without giving any further details. But no one knew or thought that his illness was life threatening. Becker, of course, was one half of the duo at the creative center of Steely Dan for all these years, playing guitar and bass, and the songwriting partner with Donald Fagen (all Steely Dan songs are co-written by Becker and Fagen together, perhaps the greatest songwriting duo since Lennon-McCartney). Steely Dan was one of the greatest rock bands of all time (if you could even call them 'rock', or a 'band' even, as Becker and Fagen were the only constant elements that defined the group, with the rest of the musicians a constantly changing mix of professionals and session musicians). They were unlike any other group, before or since, with totally unique songs, sound, style, and outlook, with their musical sophistication, rhythms, and perfect arrangements and instrumentation, and their savagely biting wit, cynicism, inscrutably hip, oddball lyrics. They certainly are one of my favorite groups, and have been an important influence in my life. 
       Becker first met Donald Fagen while both were students at Bard College in Annandale-on Hudson, New York, in 1967, and the two found they had many common interests, musical and otherwise, and began a collaborating as a songwriting duo. In 1971, they moved to California and together started the band Steely Dan, with Don on keyboards and vocals, Walter on bass, and guitarists Jeff "Skunk" Baxter and Denny Dias, and drummer Jim Hodder. They soon attracted interest from record companies, with their unique sound and style, but initially were not comfortable with Donald's eccentric vocals (not commercial they said) and wanted to try other singers (hence addition of David Palmer on first album). After an unsuccessful single release ('Dallas'-1972), their first album, Can't Buy a Thrill, was released in 1972, and resulted in multiple breakthrough hits ('Do It Again', 'Reelin' in the Years', 'Dirty Work'), firmly establishing the band. By their second album, Countdown to Ecstasy (1973), which I would maintain was their crowning masterpiece, they grew even more creative, even though it's more quirky excellence was not as radio (hit) friendly. Following Pretzel Logic (1974), Steely Dan went on their only full tour as a headlining rock band (previous touring in '72 and '73 were mainly as opening or supporting act), and produced the terrific 1974 shows. However, after this, Becker and Fagen decided to stop touring and concentrate on studio albums (as Fagen did not like touring and performing live anyway, and they both thought it negatively affected their ability to make great albums). At this point, they began bringing in more guest artists and session musicians, and increasingly incorporating a more jazz-influenced sound, and essentially dissolving the 'band', leaving just Becker and Fagen with numerous and various session musicians for the recording sessions, and no subsequent touring. Fagen and Becker were also notorious perfectionists in the studio, demanding take after take of their musicians, until the sound was perfect. This lead to a trio of successful albums from 1975 to 1978, Katy Lied, The Royal Scam, and Aja. But during the recording of their next album, Gaucho (1980), numerous problems, stresses, and difficulties (including Becker being badly injured getting hit by a Taxicab, in addition to a growing drug addiction), leading to the eventual dissolution of the group in 1981.  During this break-up, Becker moved to Hawaii (to deal with his addiction) and eventually began producing other's albums (including Michael Franks, Rickie Lee Jones, and China Crisis). He also eventually got back with Fagen for his Rock and Soul Revue Show in 1991, which then lead to the full-fledged Steely Dan Reunion and tour in 1993. They have basically been touring ever since, and released new albums in 2000 and 2003 (Two Against Nature, Everything Must Go). I have previously featured several Steely Dan shows from throughout their history, but I have many more, and will probably feature a few more in the next few weeks. But today, in honor and tribute to Walter Becker, here are some demos and outtakes from the recording sessions for Walter's first solo album, 11 Tracks of Whack, from 1994 (which was co-produced by Fagen and Becker, and featured Fagen on keyboards on some tracks). Here are several demos of songs that are on the albujm, as well as some outtakes of tracks that did not make the album, and were never released. Although not quite up to Steely Dan standards (mainly due to Walter's limited vocals), there are several gems here, and this collection nonetheless displays Walter on his own, doing his own music. Certainly much in the same style as Steely Dan, but also some notable differences, and well worth checking out Walter as separate from Steely Dan. So, here's to Walter Becker, a giant in the music industry, who will be greatly missed, but not forgotten, as his music will stand forever.

Tracklist:
 1 Junkie Girl (demo)
 2 Girlfriend (demo)
 3 Cringemaker (demo)
 4 Medical Science (demo)
 5 Sanpaiku
 6 Ghost of Hipness Past aka The Ghost Of Hypnos Past
 7 Lies I Can Believe
 8 Three Sisters Shakin'
 9 Book of Liars (demo)
 10 Hat Too Flat (demo)

All tracks composed by Walter Becker except “Cringemaker by Walter Becker & Dean Parks, and “Three Sisters Shakin'” composed by Walter Becker & Donald Fagen

Musicians
 Walter Becker - Bass, Solo Guitars, Ukulele, Vocals
 Dean Parks - Electric & Acoustic Guitar
 Adam Rogers - Electric Guitar on Hat Too Flat
 Fima Ephron - Bass on Hat Too Flat
 Donald Fagen, John Beasley - Keyboards
 Ben Perowsky - Drums on Hat Too Flat
 Paulinho Da Costa - Percussion
 Backing Vocals - Katherine Russell, Brenda White-King
 Bob Sheppard - Saxophone, Woodwind Solos
 Bruce Paulson - Trombone
 Jon Papenbrook - Trumpet

FLAC: Walter Becker_Tracks of Whack Demos-Outtakes_FLAC.rar


mp3: Walter Becker_Tracks of Whack Demos-Outtakes_mp3.rar

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Tommy Keene - 2017-04-21 - Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA

Tommy Keene
(Acoustic Solo Tour)
2017-04-21
Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA

Audience recording, very good quality
Mp3 @ 320 kbps

Here's one more show from Tommy Keene, this one taking us right up to the present, 2017. And this one also offers quite a different perspective, in that this is a solo acoustic show, and since Tommy is primarily known for his driving electric guitar style, his songs here have a whole different sound and feel, and it all works quite well. Here again, we get many different songs from the previous shows, but also several of his standards, but this time in solo acoustic versions. An excellent show.  

Tracklist:
1. Going Out Again
2. You Can't Wait for Time
3. Go Back Home
4. Back to Zero Now
5. Nighttime
6. Back Again (Try)
7. Astronomy
8. Laugh in the Dark
9. Nothing Can Change You
10. Raymond Chandler Evening
11. Highwire Days
12. Black and White in New York
13. Deep Six Saturday
14. Long Time Missing
15. Compromise
16. Nowhere Drag
17. Places That Are Gone
18. Mother's Little Helper  (Rolling Stones cover) (with Ivan Julian)

Tommy Keene (Acoustic)_2017-04-21_Philadelphia.rar

Friday, August 4, 2017

Tommy Keene - 2010-09-05 - Rock Shop, Brooklyn, NY

Tommy Keene
2010-09-05
The Rock Shop, Brooklyn, NY
Soundboard/audience matrix recording, very good quality
Mp3 @ 320 Kbps

Here's some more from Tommy Keene, in a dynamite show from about 14 years later than the last one posted, so it features mostly different songs from that last one (except for those classic Keene tunes that persisted over the years). But Tommy is still rockin' away. Check him out in these later years.

Tracklist:
01. Late Bright
02. A Secret Life of Stories
03. Places That Are Gone
04. In Our Lives
05. Listen To Me
06. Paper Words and Lies
07. Gold Town
08. Kill Your Sons
09. Call On Me
10. As Life Goes By
11. [band introductions]
12. My Mother Looked Like Marilyn Monroe
13. Underworld
14. Astronomy
15. The Story Ends
16. Black & White New York
17. Turning On Blue
18. Long Time Missing
19. [encore break]
20. Back To Zero Now
21. Love is a Dangerous Thing

Tommy Keene_2010-09-05_Brooklyn.rar

Friday, July 28, 2017

Tommy Keene - 1996-04-11 - Trinity University, Hartford, CT

Tommy Keene
1996-04-11
"Notes from the Underground"
Trinity University, Hartford, CT
FM Broadcast recording, excellent quality
Mp3 @ 320 kbps

OK, so I took a bit of a break from the blog since the last post, but hey, it's summer, lots of other things going on. Anyway, I'm back now, and here today is another installment in the too-large group of sadly underappreciated, critically-acclaimed but sales-challenged artists, who shoulda been big but never quite made it. Today we feature veteran American power pop rocker Tommy Keene, known for his driving guitar-driven power pop with a keen rock edge. Keene hails from Bethesda, MD and attended the University of Maryland. Tommy first gained major attention in the mid-eighties, when his first major label release (Songs From the Film-1986, Geffen) garnered acclaim and managed to crack the Billboard Top 200. His subsequent album in 1989, Based on Happy Times, floundered, and he was dropped by his label. After playing in a couple other bands in the early nineties, he found his stride again with a couple new LPs (Driving Into The Sun-1994, Ten Years After-1996), and has been continuing undaunted ever since, right up to the present, as he is currently touring, opening for Matthew Sweet. He has survived on an avid cult following that has enabled him to ascend to legendary status among Power Pop aficionados, despite virtually no radio airplay and never again cracking the charts. Here is an excellent recording from his 1996 tour, featuring a fine selection of his songs from that time. So, check out Tommy Keene, from 20 years ago, then we'll feature some Tommy from more recent years. Good Stuff.

Tracklist:
01 Call On Me
02 Going Out Again
03 Turning On Blue
04 Alive
05 Your Heart Beats Alone
06 On The Runway
07 Nothing Can Change You
08 Silent Town
09 Good Thing Going
10 Back To Zero
11 Compromise
12 Love Is A Dangerous Thing
13 Places That Are Gone


Tommy Keene_1996-04-11_Hartford.rar

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Big Star's Third Live - Various Artists - 2012-05-28 - London, UK

Big Star Third Live
Various Artists
May 28, 2012
Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre
London, UK

Audience recording, very good quality (Pike1957 recording)
Mp3 @ 320 kbps

Wrapping up this celebration of Big Star and their music, as mentioned in the previous post, despite the death of Alex Chilton in 2010, and the earlier deaths of original members Chris Bell and Andy Hummel, Big Star has lived on in various forms, with surviving member drummer Jody Stephens, and through all the friends and supporters gathered over the years. Starting with the Alex Chilton Tribute shows in 2010, and then with the creation of various all-star assemblages of Big Star's Third Live shows, Big Star's music is still being heard live, still vibrantly vital, and more popular than ever. Organized and coordinated primarily by Chris Stamey (The dB's), who worked and played with Chilton for a number of years, Big Star's Third Live came together as a series of shows featuring the full horn, wind, and string arrangements of the original Third album sessions, and performed by many friends and colleagues of Chilton and Big Star. At that time, these full arrangements  had never been performed live before (as Third was an entirely studio creation, never performed live). So, Stamey and friends, featuring a core ensemble of musicians such as Stephens, Mitch Easter (Let's Active), Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star), and a host of revolving special guests and friends, put on these shows featuring the music of Big Star (many other Big Star songs in addition to Third). Several of these shows were performed in 2012, 2014, and 2016. And just recently, a deluxe 2CD/1DVD album, Thank You Friends: Big Star's Third Live...and More, from one of the most recent shows (2016-04-27, Glendale, CA) has been released (and is excellent, highly recommended), featuring Stamey et al, as well as Jeff Tweedy and Pat Sansone (from Wilco) and a host of other guests on a great recording of a great show. Here, however, I have a show from 2012, in London, which features Stamey, Stephens, Easter, Auer, and Stringfellow and gang (with full orchestra), plus guest stars such as Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), John Bramwell (I Am Kloot), Sharon Van Etten, Skylar Gudasz, Brett Harris, Django Haskins (the Old Ceremony), Robyn Hitchcock, Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo), Sondre Lerche, Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), as well as a special appearance by Ray Davies (The Kinks). It is a special show, a fine tribute to the band, and a fitting finish to this Big Star featurette in The Chronicles. Once again, thanks to dbs-repercussion blog for making this (and many other Big Star-related shows) available.

Tracklist: (lead vocalists for each song noted in parentheses):
Part I
01 - [intro]
02 - Nature Boy (John Bramwell)
03 - [announcement]
04 - Kizza Me (Mitch Easter)
05 - O Dana (Ira Kaplan)
06 - For You (Jody Stephens)
07 - Nightime (Alexis Taylor)
08 - Jesus Christ (Mike Mills)
09 - Big Black Car (Jon Auer)
10 - Take Care (Ira Kaplan)
11 - Stroke It Noel (Norman Blake)
12 - Femme Fatale (Sondre Lerche)
13 - Downs (Robyn Hitchcock) [Mike Mills bouncing a basketball as percussion!]
14 - Dream Lover (Sharon Van Etten)
15 - [announcement]
16 - Blue Moon (Jody Stephens)
17 - Holocaust (Django Haskins)
18 - You Can't Have Me (Sharon Van Etten)
19 - Kanga Roo (Brett Harris)
21 - Thank You Friends

Part II
22 - [intro]
23 - I'm In Love With A Girl (Sondre Lerche)
24 - Thirteen (Skylar Gudasz, Brett Harris & more)
25 - Give Me Another Chance (Norman Blake)
26 - I Am The Cosmos [Chris Bell cover] (Jon Auer)
27 - There Was A Light (Ken Stringfellow)
28 - You And Your Sister (Brett Harris)
29 - Daisy Glaze (Ken Stringfellow)
30 - The EMI Song (Smile With Me) (Ira Kaplan)
31 - The Ballad Of El Goodo (Sondre Lerche)
32 - September Gurls (Mike Mills)
33 - [Ray Davies intro]
34 - Til The End Of The Day [Kinks cover] (Ray Davies)
35 - [Ray Davies chat]
36 - The Letter (Ray Davies)
37 - [audience]
Encore:
38 - Back Of A Car (Jon Auer)

Big Star's Third Live_2012-05-28_London.part1.rar
Big Star's Third Live_2012-05-28_London.part2.rar


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Big Star - 2008-08-28 - Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, UK

Big  Star
August 28, 2008
Shepherd’s Bush Empire,
London, England

Audience recording, very good quality (Pike 1957 recording)
Mp3 @ 320 kbps

When Big Star re-formed in 1993 (18 years after breaking up previously) for a series of shows, few thought the reunion would last, but here they were, 15 years later, with the same group still performing as Big Star, although somewhat as a part-time activity (Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow continued to record and tour with The Posies, and Alex Chilton continued various solo and other projects). They even recorded an album of all new songs in 2005, In Space (the only new Big Star songs since Third/Sister Lovers. So, here is a Big Star show from 2008, which, although consisting mostly of the same songs as earlier shows, this one also features some of the new songs from In Space, as well as a couple different covers. Unfortunately, Chilton's Big Star days were coming to an end, as Alex died of a heart attack in 2010, just on the verge of a major Big Star show at the SXSW festival. But not even Alex's death could end Big Star, as the SXSW show was staged as a tribute to Alex and the band, featuring his closest musician friends and colleagues, and many other tributes have continued in the days since, with the formation of Big Star's Third Live, a continuing tribute show featuring rotating all-star casts performing the full Third album with orchestral accompaniment (featuring original arrangements and charts), as well as numerous other Big Star songs, but more on that next time. For now, enjoy Alex Chilton and Big Star, continuing on in the 2000's. Once again, thanks to dbs-repercussion blog for making this available.

Tracklist:
01 - intro
02 - In the Street
03 - Don't Lie To Me
04 - When My Baby's Beside Me
05 - I Am the Cosmos
06 - Ballad of El Goodo
07 - Back of a Car
08 - Way Out West
09 - Till the End of the Day (Kinks cover)
10 - Pomp & Circumstance #4 (from Elgar's 'Enigma Variations')
11 - Daisy Glaze
12 - Thirteen
13 - Baby Strange
14 - For You
15 - Feel
16 - September Girls
17 - Thank You Friends
18 - Slut (Todd Rundgren cover)
19 - Hung Up With Summer*
20 - February's Quiet*
21 - Lady Sweet*
22 - Patti Girl
23 - band intros
24 - Mine Exclusively*
25 - Wouldn't It Be Nice (Beach Boys cover)

* From Big Star's 2005 album, In Space

Big  Star:
Jody Stephens – drums, vocals
LX Chilton – vocals, rhythm guitar
Jon Auer – lead guitar, vocals
Ken Stringfellow – bass, vocals

Big Star_2008-08-28_London.part1.rar
Big Star_2008-08-28_London.part2.rar



Sunday, June 11, 2017

Big Star - 1995-11-08 - Tramp's, New York, NY

Big  Star
1995-11-08
Tramp’s, New York, NY

Audience recording, good quality (transfer from master tape)
Mp3 @ 320 kbps

Continuing with the legendary, but originally unsuccessful,  power pop band Big Star (I've been on kind of a Big Star kick lately), as mentioned previously, there are few live recordings of the original incarnation of the band in the early '70's. But long after their early lack of success and demise, and following reissues of their previous albums, and a new live collection, renewed interest and popularity for the band lead Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens, along with new members recruited from The Posies, John Auer and Ken Stringfellow (original bassist Andy Hummel was apparently not interested), to accept a reunion gig at The University of Missouri in 1993 (which was subsequently released as a live album). Following that success, this version of Big Star continued to tour and play together on and off for the next several years. This show is from that period, from 1995, and Big Star's first show in New York since 1973, at Tramp's. They give an impressive, spirited performance, with Big Star classics peppered with several unique covers. The recording itself is pretty good, but not great, and gives a good representation of the band at that time. Thanks to Rob of the dbs-repercussion blog for making this available, and Rob has lots of other Big Star and Alex Chilton shows available here for those wanting to pursue Big Star further So, enjoy this reincarnation of Big Star in the '90s.

Tracklist:
01 In the Street
02 Patti Girl*
03 Don't Lie to Me
04 When My Baby's Beside Me
05 Way Out West
06 Till the End of the Day (Kinks cover)
07 banter
08 The Ballad of El Goodo
09 Back of a Car
10 Big Black Car (cuts in)
11 My Baby Just Cares For Me**
12 Feel
13 September Gurls
14 Daisy Glaze
15 For You
16 Baby Strange
17 Thank You Friends
18 band intros, more banter
19 Slut (Todd Rundgren cover)
20 encore applause, tuning
21 Kansas City (Lieber and Stoller)
22 Pennsylvania 6-5000 (Glenn Miller cover)

*Dick Campbell tune; Gary & The Hornets cover (Alex Chilton and Teenage Fanclub released a studio recording of this song on a 45-inch single in 1995)
**Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn tune

Alex Chilton – lead vocals, guitar
Jody Stephens – drums, vocals
Ken Stringfellow – bass, vocals
Jon Auer - guitar, vocals

Big Star_1995-11-08_Tramps_NYC_mp3.rar



Sunday, May 28, 2017

Willard's Wormholes 2007-2017 R.I.P.

A Few Words About Willard and his Wonderful Wormholes


As many (probably most) who regularly read this blog know by now, the great music-oriented blog Willard's Wormholes is no more. And for those wondering just what may have happened to it, let me reassure you that it was not closed or shut down by any outside forces. No, 'Willard' just decided on his own that 10 years was long enough, and that he wanted to move on. And not wanting to attract undue attention or hoopla to the closure, he just quickly and quietly closed down the site. So, it is gone now, and as far as anyone knows, not coming back anytime soon. So, let me join the chorus of voices in saying a hearty "Thank you Willard", for all you did through your Willard's Wormholes blog, and its predecessor, Never Get Out of The Boat, and best of luck to you in whatever endeavors you go into next. You've earned a big break.
I was one of those that followed his blog from its very beginning, and it had a big influence on me starting this little endeavor here a short while later. As all who frequented the site know, Willard's Wormholes was most certainly one of the very best ever, if not THE best ever music blog of its type. Not only did it provide downloads of a wide variety of music types, popular and obscure, from classic blues and jazz to mainstream pop and rock to eclectic under-appreciated artists to obscure soundtracks, demos, and experimental sounds and sessions, but Willard always provided insightful commentary, information, and opinions on the music and artists. In addition, the musical community that developed around the Wormholes was the best on the internet, providing useful, helpful, and worthwhile comments and background, and the thorough and abundant reader links that developed provided an additional treasure trove of musical goodies for all to enjoy. And even that was not all, as it also featured weekly streaming movies of classic (and not-so-classic) sci-fi/horror films, special music archives, and the ubiquitous 'wormholes' with special features not to be missed. I downloaded much from the site, and learned even more, expanding the depth and breadth of the artists I listened to (most of the Miles Davis and John Coltrane and other jazz artists I have came from Willard, and I first learned about artists like Big Star, Jellyfish, The Grays, and Golden Smog, who are now among my very favorites, from Willard's blog). So, yes, I owe Willard's blog and the resulting community quite a lot, as does countless other music fans. Willard's Wormholes is gone, but certainly not forgotten, and it will stand as a model for how truly great a music blog and its community can be. It will surely be missed and likely never replaced, but those of us involved in finding, enjoying, sharing, and spreading music to all interested parties, will continue to do what we can ensure that the music lives on. Here's to you, Willard, Thank You!

For those that want to add their own comments regarding Willard's Wormholes, a couple of blogs of close friends of Willards have established something of tribute pages that you can read and add your comments to, such as Jakartass' Music here and  PowerPop blog here

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Big Star - 1974-03-31 - Performance Center, Cambridge, MA (early show)

Big Star
March 31, 1974
Performance Center, Cambridge, MA

Early show (opening for Badfinger)
Audience recording (mono), good quality
recorded and transferred by Steve Hopkins

OK, here's a show from probably the most legendary obscure band of all-time, Big Star.  Little-known in their day, and quite short-lived in their original incarnation, they have nonetheless risen in stature to be recognized as one of the greatest of all power pop bands and influenced countless other alternative rock and pop bands that followed. Formed in Memphis, TN in 1971 by Alex Chilton & Chris Bell (guitars & vocals), Andy Hummel (bass), and Jody Stephens (drums), and starting when Chilton, hot off his vocalist success with The Box Tops, joined up with Bell and his previous band, Icewater, to form Big Star. Although their first album, #1 Record (1972), received rave reviews (and is now considered one of the great rock records), poor promotion and distribution, and other record company issues (released on Ardent Studios own label, Ardent Records, in conjunction with Stax Records, which was undergoing serious issues at the time), resulted in dismal sales and popularity. Featuring a mix of musical styles, from folksy acoustic numbers to driving rockers, a sharp-edged guitar sound and wonderful melodies, harmonies, and arrangements, they had a unique sound and style. However, failure of that first album lead to group infighting during attempts at a second album, and Bell quit by the end of 1972.  The rest of the band continued as a trio work on the 2nd album, which became Radio City, released in early 1974. But Hummel also quit the band before the album was even released. Radio City also received excellent reviews, and was expected to catapult the band to fame, but suffered the same poor marketing and distribution issues of its predecessor and promptly sank. Even those that wanted and searched for the album found it unattainable. The band toured briefly in 1974 (with John Lightman replacing Hummel), most notably opening for Badfinger in a series of US shows (which is represented in the opening set presented here). Then they started work on a third album near the end of 1974, with Chilton bringing in an assortment of other musicians to help out, and having a much different sound and style, and finishing in early 1975. However, they could not find a record label interested in the album, as it was not considered commercial enough, so the album was indefinitely shelved, and that was essentially the end of the original Big Star. However, in 1978, the first 2 Big Star albums were released together as a double album in the UK, receiving enthusiastic reviews and interest from fans. With this new support, the lost third album, ultimately titled Third/Sister Lovers, was finally released, both in the US and UK. However, by this time, Chilton had moved on to other things, various solo albums, punk bands, etc., and had virtually renounced his Big Star days. Also, around this time, original member Chris Bell tragically died in a car accident. But the Big Star legend was just beginning to grow, and several 80's and 90's bands emerged citing the excellence and influence of Big Star on their music, including REM, The Replacements, The dB's, The Posies, Counting Crows, Gin Blossoms, and countless others. In 1992, Rykodisc reissued their previous albums as well as a new live set from 1974. With the revived interest, Chilton and Stephens decided to re-form the band in 1993, adding Posies members Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow, to do a series of live shows as Big Star. They continued on and off as Big Star over the next several years, even releasing an album of new material (In Space-2005).  Various other live shows, compilations of demos and studio sessions, box sets, and virtually anything the original band ever recorded have been subsequently released over the years, and new generations of Big Star fans continue to find and enjoy the band. Chilton, however, died of a heart attack in 2010. But the band has still lived on in various tributes, all-star assemblages (sometimes billed as Big Star's Third shows), and cover versions.
As stated, this show is their opening set for Badfinger in Cambridge, MA in 1974. It is a good mono audience recording (not great, but overall pretty good) - There are very few decent live Big Star recordings in general, and particularly ones that have not already been commercially released. And this one also illustrates the hard times this band endured in those days. Not only were their records not selling, but as the MC points out at the beginning of the show, Big Star had all their equipment (and their van) stolen shortly before this show, and had to scrounge together some instruments to play for the gig. It's also interesting that Badfinger and Big Star are together on the same bill here. Two of the greatest all-time power pop bands, but also two of the most tragic and hard-luck stories in all of rock and roll (see previous posts for Badfinger's story). But they both made great music. (BTW, I also have posted the full set - for both early and late shows - from Badfinger for this date, available here). So, it's great to now have the full show from both these great bands. Check it out.     

Tracklist:
01. In The Street
02. Baby Strange
03. Mod Lang
04. Candy Says (Velvet Underground cover)
05. ‘Til the End of the Day (Kinks cover)
06. O My Soul
07. Motel Blues
08. Thirteen
09. Way Out West
10. September Gurls
11. Come On Now (Kinks cover)

Alex Chilton - guitar & vocals
John Lightman - bass & vocals
Jody Stephens - drums & vocals

Big Star - 1974-03-31 - Cambrdge,MA(early).rar

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Lossless (FLAC) upgrades for Guess Who shows


More Guess Who-related news. For those that prefer their music files to be Lossless, I've recently upgraded a couple of previously available Guess Who shows with Lossless (FLAC ) versions to provide enhanced sound quality. The previously available mp3 (320 kbps) versions will also continue to be available. Here are the shows that have recently added Lossless files:

guess-who-1974-05-06-st-louis-mo-fm.html

guess-who-1970-10-10-kansas-state.html 

So, although you should already have these shows (if you don't, get them right away), here they are in full Lossless glory, for those that demand such things.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Burton Cummings & Randy Bachman - 1978 (unknown date) - PBS Soundstage TV Show, Chicago, IL

Burton Cummings & Randy Bachman
1978 - (Unknown Date)
Soundstage (PBS TV Show), WTTW Studios, Chicago, IL, USA

FM Broadcast Recording (WXRT-93 FM Simulcast), very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Following on the heels of the recent Guess Who post, here's a broadcast recording from the legendary PBS Soundstage concert TV show from 1978 featuring Burton Cummings & Randy Bachman, together again for the first time since they both left The Guess Who. Of course, Randy infamously left The Guess Who in 1970, shortly after the band scored their biggest success with 'American Woman', whereas Burton stayed to guide the band into the rollicking hitmakers and great Rock 'n Roll Band they were throughout the early '70's. By 1975, after several personnel changes and declining record sales, Burton left and folded up the band, to start a solo career. And Burton's solo career was also very successful (and as with the band itself, especially in Canada), releasing the platinum-selling albums, Burton Cummings (1976), My Own Way to Rock (1977), and Dream of a Child (1978) in rapid succession, as well as hit singles such as, 'Stand Tall', 'I'm Scared', and 'Break it to Them Gently'. This show followed the release of Dream of a Child, which became his biggest-selling album. Thus, at this show, he is at the height of his solo career, and it is clear that he is looking forward and not back to his Guess Who days. In fact, the only Guess Who songs included here are shoehorned into an extended medley of early hits combined with interview segments about the early days of the band. So, it's a very interesting show, especially if you are not that familiar with Burton's solo work. As for Randy, after leaving The Guess Who, he formed Brave Belt, which evolved into Bachman-Turner Overdrive, and a slew of hits of his own through the mid-'70'. But Randy left BTO in 1977, thus at this time, both Burton and Randy were solo, and got together for this combined show (at a time when the other remnants of The Guess Who were also re-forming, but without Cummings and Bachman, who were not interested at the time). But this did not lead directly to further reunion shows, as each went back to their solo careers, but several years later they did get back together for brief Guess Who reunions (most notably, 1983, 1999-2003), as well as further teamings together as The Bachman-Cummings Band and/or Bachman & Cummings (2006-2009). Beyond these get-togethers, Burton has also continued to perform as a solo act, and Bachman has been involved in various BTO reunions. But here check out the combined talents of Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman, still in their prime, in the late '70's.

Tracklist:
01. Your Back Yard
02. Never Had A Lady Before
03. Guess Who medley (Laughing - These Eyes - Undun - American Woman - No Time)
04. Bachman medley (Let It Ride - Lookin' Out For #1 - Hey You)
05. You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
06. dialogue
07. My Own Way To Rock
08. Framed
09. Stand Tall
10. Charlemagne
11. Takin' Care Of Business

mp3 - Burton Cummings & Randy Bachman_1978_PBS Soundstage_Chicago_mp3.rar

FLAC - Burton Cummings & Randy Bachman_1978_PBS Soundstage_Chicago_mp3.rar