Friday, April 17, 2015

Upgrade April

New uploads and upgraded (more Lossless and high grade [320 kbps] mp3) files and posts

I will update here with links to the updated pages as I upload new updates and upgrades for previously available files and posts. In many cases, this will mean more Lossless files and upgrades to 320 kbps from the older 192 kbps files posted previously (as available of course). So check back to see what additional updates and upgrades have been made.

Early America (1972) Shows Upgraded!
New upgraded quality. Lossless files now available, cut in recording fixed

New improved recording quality (alternate source), Lossless and 320 kbps mp3 files now available
America_1972 Radio Sets_LA&Netherlands_upgraded

Counting Crows - 1991 - Flying Demos
Now available as Lossless (FLAC) and upgraded (320 kbps) mp3 files
Counting Crows_1991_Flying Demos upgraded files

The Band - The Complete Last Waltz Bootleg (1976)
Now available in Lossless (FLAC) and upgraded (320 kbps) mp3 versions
The Band - 1976-11-25 - The Complete Last Waltz Bootleg upgraded files

More coming soon.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

 The Seven-Year Stitch

Well, here we are, at, quite unbelievably, the 7th anniversary of this blog. That's right, it's been a full 7 years since I started this little endeavor, and although it has never quite become what I had hoped it would (just haven't had the time to put into it), it has kept chugging along as what it is, averaging about a post a week throughout that 7 year's time. So, it hasn't been the most consistently updated of these types of things, but even at that rate of posting, it has amounted to nearly 400 music shows, bootlegs, and rarities files available for downloading. So many other music blogs have come and gone in that time (some much better than this one), but I have kept on plugging along through thick and thin. And what I have put out here is some really quality stuff, some obscure, much well-known, but all music and artists that I personally enjoy very much, available in as fine of sound quality as possible, and many of these shows are (or at least were) not generally available anywhere else. I try to provide some background and context to the music and artists, as well as my own commentary, rather than just unadorned music files, to give those new to these artists some perspective and history, to explore the music further. And in that sense I hope that what I have provided here has been useful and worthwhile, as well as musically satisfying. And so, I am somewhat proud of what I have assembled here over the last 7 years, and I hope it has been something that you come back to often and have been introduced to some new music here that you really enjoy, as well as the artists that you already knew and liked, to expand your musical horizons and enjoyment in addition to your music collection. I also take pride that most of the music that has ever been posted here, is still available for download, even multiple years after first posting. I try to keep the links up to date as much as possible, so that the music will continue to be available for all to sample. I have been pleasantly surprised that most files have received fairly regular downloads (to keep them active), even for the older posts going back several years. Sure, some of the more-obscure stuff needs to be refreshed every now and then, but overall, shows are still being downloaded pretty regularly, which pleases me to see. I guess it indicates that new people are finding the blog and going back through the older posts. So, that's all good. We seem to be pretty steady regarding visits and pageviews, not increasing, but not declining either.

And once again, as I have each year at this time, I also want to take this time to thank and celebrate all the others out there who have made so much of this great music, which is not available for purchase anywhere, freely available to all who wish to download and enjoy it. I am only able to offer these downloads because others before me have made them available. So, to all the other bloggers, tapers, forum posters, and music fans that have collected these recordings and made them available over the internet, as well as to all the great artists and musicians out there that allow these recordings to be freely exchanged, I offer a huge and heartfelt Thank You. And again, I implore everyone to purchase all the official releases of your favorite artists. The music here serves to supplement, not replace, all of their officially released music. They are supported by fans like us.

As for the future of the blog, well, who knows? I certainly wouldn't say there will be 7 more years ahead, but you never know. I have contemplated shutting it down several times over the past few years (following various shutdowns, closures, and loss of files), but it continues. At least for the time being,  it will continue pretty much as it has been, that is, on the same limited basis (one or two posts a week, tops). I very much enjoy doing it, but just have a very limited time I can devote to it. So, please be patient, as it may take me some time to get around to posting things, etc. But I will always strive to provide new and interesting content that is generally not available from the other usual music blogs.  As I've said previously, I do wish I could get more comments, feedback, and discussion from you, the readers of this blog. Please, let me know what you think of what is here, provide your own insight and perspective, and some real discussion of some of this great music. I would love to hear and see more from you, if possible.

For the immediate future, I have collected upgraded versions (FLAC or 320 kbps vs. 192k files) for many of the older posts, but just haven't gotten the chance to get the posts updated and improved. so, for the rest of April, rather than posting much new stuff, I'm going to take this chance to get things on the blog updated and upgraded. So, stay tuned for news of these and other changes that will be part of Upgrade April. Hope you like and can use some of these upgraded versions and improvements to the site.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon - 2002-11-15 - St.Louis, MO

Leo Kottke & Mike Gordon
Mississippi Nights, St. Louis, MO

Soundboard recording, excellent quality
mp3 @ 320kbps

More Leo Kottke, and this show brings us up to more contemporary times (and finishes this brief retrospective of his career). In 2002, Leo released a duet collaboration album with Mike Gordon (bassist for the band Phish) titled Clone. Although this may seem an odd pairing, Gordon (as well as fellow bandmate Trey Anastasio) had been of fan of Leo's ever since he played at the University of Vermont (where Gordon and Anastasio were students) back in the '80's, and had communicated with Kottke and they wanted to collaborate for years. They finally got their chance during a Phish hiatus in 2001, and they got together and recorded Clone, featuring new songs written by both artists. The album was critically acclaimed and featured intricate interplays of Mike's bass and Leo's guitar, as well as vocal collaborations and harmonies as well. The collaboration was so succesful that the duo recorded another album together in 2005, Sixty Six Steps, as well as another tour together. However, although Kottke continues to perform and tour regularly (he is currently on tour in 2015), Sixty Six Steps remains his last studio album released to date. The show featured here is from the tour in support of the 2002 album, and in addition to songs from that duets album, features re-workings of songs from both the artists past catalog. Here is an excellent soundboard recording from their St. Louis show.

1. Disco
2. Living in the Country 
3. I'm Going Back to the Old Home 
4. The Collins Missile 
5. William Powell 
6. Stage Banter
7. Rings 
8. Stage Banter
9. From Pizza Towers to Defeat 
10. I Can't Hang 
11. Standing in My Shoes 
12. Last Steam Engine Train 
13. Crowd-Banter
14. Te Veo 
15. Crowd-Tuning
16. Cripple Creek 
17. Banter
18. Clone
19. Middle of the Road
20. Corinna  Corinna
21. Car Carrier Blues 
22. Ya Mar 
23. Deep River Blues 
24. Eight Miles High 

Leo Kottke & Mike Gordon_2002-11-15_St.Louis.part1.rar
Leo Kottke & Mike Gordon_2002-11-15_St.Louis.part2.rar

Friday, March 27, 2015

Leo Kottke - 1993-04-02 - Bottom Line - New York, NY

Leo Kottke
The Bottom Line, New York, NY

Digital Soundboard recording (Jerry Moore's dat clone), excellent quality
Available in both lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (@320 kbps) versions

More Leo! A bit later. This was several years after his return following his near career-ending bout with tendonitis and nerve damage in his hand. As part of his therapy and adjustment for the tendonitis, he changed his picking style to a more classical, less aggressive approach, and changed his hand positioning to reduce stress on his tendons. He also began to delve more into jazz and classical style compositions and playing styles. Thus, beginning with his return to recording in 1986 (A Shout Toward Noon), he moved to the new age-oriented label Private Music, and his albums showed a kinder, gentler, more jazzy styling, but still just as impressive, and probably even more beautiful sounding. Subsequent releases included Regards From Chuck Pink (1988), My Father's Place (1989), That's What (1990), and Great Big Boy (1991). At the time of this show in 1993, he was preparing songs for his next album, which would be Peculiaroso (1994).  So, here is Leo in those middle years, with a sweeter sound, but still showing some of the finest acoustic picking and slide work you will ever hear, as well as a plethora of great songs and his quirky personality and stories. Plus, a stellar digital soundboard recording and bonus tracks from the 2nd (late) set to boot. 

Tracklist (early show):
01 - William Powell
02 - Porky And Pale
03 - Rings
04 - Oddball
05 - Airproofing - Conductor story - Griddle Slide
06 - Everybody Lies
07 - Living In The Country
08 - Jesus Maria
09 - The Driver
10 - Twilight Time
11 - Peg Leg ('Filbert') - Heimlich Story
12 - Louise
13 - Medley - Available Space/June Bug/Train and The Gate/Vaseline Machine Gun/Jack Fig
14 - Lying in the Arms of Mary

Bonus tracks (from late show)
15 - Eggtooth
16 - (Unidentified Instrumental)
17 -  Eight Miles High
18 - Last Steam Engine Train
19 - (Unidentified Instrumental)
20 - Little Martha
21 - Room At The Top Of The Stairs - Minnesota Story
22 - Griddle Slide
23 - Jack Gets Up - History Book Story
24 - Closing Instrumental

Note: Several late show songs that were repeated from the early show were excluded here.

Mp3 - Leo Kottke_1993-04-02_Bottomline_mp3.part1.rar
Leo Kottke_1993-04-02_Bottomline_mp3.part2.rar

FLAC - Leo Kottke_1993-04-02_Bottomline_FLAC.part1.rar
Leo Kottke_1993-04-02_Bottomline_FLAC.part2.rar

Friday, March 20, 2015

Leo Kottke - 1978-09-29 - Washington DC

Leo Kottke
Washington, D.C

Soundboard recording, very good quality
mp3 @ 256

Here's more from virtuoso guitarist Leo Kottke, a few years after the previously posted show. By this time, Kottke had released 2 albums for his new label Chrysalis, Leo Kottke (1976) and Burnt Lips (1978), and this show features several selections from those newer albums, in addition some of his older material, both with and without vocals, but far more guitar-playing than singing, which is as it should be. Kottke would record 3 more albums for Chrysalis (Balance-1978, Guitar Music-1981, and Time Step-1983). However, by this time (early eighties), his unusual, hard-driving finger-picking style of playing was taking its toll on his body, as he developed severe tendinitis and nerve damage in his hand, which almost ended his career. He took 3 years off from recording and performing, in which time he changed the way he played to reduce stress on his hand, and basically re-learned how to play the guitar in a way that would work with his affliction. So, in 1986, he came back, with a new album on the Private Music label, which featured more slow, somber, jazzy, and beautiful songs over the more high-speed workouts of earlier years. His guitar-playing was still sensational, despite the difficulties, but more about that later. For now, enjoy Leo during these last years of his pre-injury playing featuring his unique style and songs.

01. June Bug
02. Vaseline Machine Gun
03. Pamela Brown
04. Julie's House
05. Grim to the Brim
06. Last Steam Engine Train - Stealing
07. Range
08. Medley
09. Can't Quite Put it Into Words
10. Endless Sleep
11. Orange Room
12. The Fisherman
13. Bean Time
14. Airproofing
15. The Quiet Man
16. Louise
17. Don't Know Why
18. Driving of the Year Nail
19. I Called Back
20. Up Tempo
21. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
22. Standing in My Shoes - Busted Bicycle

Leo Kottke_1978-09-29_WashDC.rar

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Leo Kottke - 1975-10-31 - Champaign IL

Leo Kottke
Champaign, IL

FM broadcast recording, very good quality
mp3 @ 256 kbps

Here's more from the amazing Leo Kottke. This show, a fine FM broadcast from 1975, a couple years after the previously posted show. Thus, in addition to his earlier songs, this show features several songs from his subsequent Capitol albums, Ice Water (1974), Dreams and All That Stuff (1974), and Chewing Pine (1975) for a rousing and wonderful show from the gifted guitarist. This actually was around the time I first saw him live at a small college in Illinois, and as great as he is to hear on a recording, it was really awesome to see him play in person. Just a totally unique talent, and a really interesting personality. More Leo Kottke, from the old days.
01. "Hello Ladies and Germs" / Mona Ray
02. Morning is the Long Way Home
03. Ojo
04. Eight Miles High
05. Eggtooth
06. Power Failure
07. Sailors Grave on the Prairie
08. Pamela Brown
09. "Self Defense"
10. Can't Quite Put it Into Words
11. Tiny Island
12. Bean Time
13. Monkey Money
14. The Scarlatti Rip-Off
15. June Bug
16. San Antonio Rose / America the Beautiful
17. Shadowland
18. Grim to the Brim
19. Louise
20. Tennessee Toad
21. Hear the Wind Howl
22. Busted Bicycle
23. Crow River Waltz
24. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
25. Jack Fig

Leo Kottke_1975-10-31_Champaign.rar

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Leo Kottke - 1973-05-09 - Clark University, Worcester, MA

Leo Kottke
Clark University, Worcester, MA

Soundboard recording, very good quality
Mp3 @ 256 kbps

Listening to Ry Cooder's acoustic slide work on the 1979 Cambridge Folk Festival recordings reminded me of another great American acoustic slide guitarist from the '70's that I love but hadn't listened to in a long time, and who also could be placed in this elusively diverse category labelled 'Americana' or 'Roots' music. Leo Kottke, one of the all-time great acoustic guitar players, and certainly the most unique, plays in a blistering fast, aggressive, syncopated, polyphonic, unconventional picking style that is all his own, and is totally amazing to hear. He began playing in and around coffeehouses in the late 'sixties and recorded his first album live at a coffeehouse in Minnesota (12-String Blues) in 1969, and then recorded an all-instrumental album for John Fahey's Tacoma Records (6- and 12-String Guitar), which established his reputation as a dynamic and powerhouse guitarist. His popularity increased with a series of albums for Capitol in the 1970's, which featured his unconventional singing voice, in addition to his virtuoso guitar playing. Here is a show from 1973, from around the time of his 3rd Capitol album, My feet Are Smiling, which was a live album, and followed Mudlark-1971 and Greenhouse-1972. Although his vocals (a resonant, but sometimes shaky baritone) are something of an acquired taste (I happen to like it), his guitar-playing (and guitar compositions) are spectular, and no one else played like him. Check out the sick picking and slide work on songs such as 'June Bug', 'The Spanish Entomologist', 'Vaseline Machine Gun', and 'Busted Bicycle', to name just a few. Just unbelievable. He also is a great story-teller with an offbeat sense of humor, and his between song commentary is always entertaining. 

01 - Cradle to the Grave (2:43)
02 - Chuck Pink (5:43)
03 - Louise (4:20)
04 - Living in the Country (1:38)
05 - Last Steam Engine Train (2:39)
06 - Fisherman (3:21)
07 - Eight Miles High (3:58)
08 - Ojo (3:31)
09 - June Bug (2:56)
10 - Spanish Entomologist (4:16)
11 - Bean Time (2:51)
12 - Tiny Island (3:25)
13 - Stealing (3:55)
14 - Sailor's Grave on the Prarie (3:55)
15 - Vaseline Machine Gun (3:41)
16 - Busted Bicycle (2:18)
17 - Standing in My Shoes (3:29)
18 - Crow River Waltz (3:10)
19 - Jesu, Joy of man's Desiring (1:59)
20 - Jack Fig (2:04)

Leo Kottke_1973-05-09_WorcesterMA.rar