Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen - 1973-08-28 - Rotterdam, Netherlands

Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen
August 28, 1973
Rotterdam, The Netherlands 

FM Broadcast recording, good quality
mp3 @ 320 kbps

Another artist I saw this summer was legendary guitarist Bill Kirchen. If you're not familiar with Bill Kirchen, and have any interest at all in country-rock, swing, rockabilly, and just good ol' honky-tonk rock, I strongly suggest you check him out, he is just wonderful. Bill got his start as the original guitarist for Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen in the late sixties. CC-LPA was a wild, eclectic band that featured a unique mix of country, rock, Western swing, rockabilly, and barroom blues, as well as a dose of hippy drug culture weirdness. With the exception of one breakthrough hit single (Hot Rod Lincoln, 1971), the band had an exclusively cult following, as they were not generally accepted by either the rock or country mainstream at the time. Always known as a great live band, their reputation and popularity actually soared only after they split-up in the mid-seventies, as more people became exposed to and began to accept and enjoy their style and sound. This resulted in numerous releases of live recordings from their classic period (1969-1975) over the ensuing years (At least 10 live albums released!). The Commander (real name George Frayne) tried to re-capture the spirit with a new incarnation, known just as The Commander Cody Band in the late seventies to early eighties, but it was never quite the same. After Cody, Bill Kirchen went on to various other bands, projects, and solo recordings (as well as several different short-lived Commander Cody reunions), and I'll talk more about Bill's subsequent career in a later post. Today I'm focusing on those early days with Commander Cody. Although it is hard to find many high quality unofficial recordings of the original band (almost everything decent has been released in some form or another), here is an incomplete show from the Netherlands in 1973, a very good quality radio broadcast recording. From this you can get a good idea about what they were all about, but this only scratches the surface of their wild, vast repertoire, and many of their best songs didn't make it on this recording (remember, this is not a complete show). But please, check out Commander Cody, Bill Kirchen, and the rest of the Airmen in this spirited show recording from 1973. 

Tracklist:
01. Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)
02. (instrumental)
03. Boppin' The Blues
04. Everybody's Doing It
05. Wine Do Yer Stuff
06. Honeysuckle Honey
07. Mama Tried
08. Mama Hated Diesels
09. Shall We Meet (Beyond The River)
10. Kentucky Hills Of Tennessee
11. What's The Matter Now?
12. My Semi Truck Won't Start
13. Milk Cow Blues
14. Looking At The World Through A Windshield
15. Down To Seeds & Stems Again Blues
16. Beat Me Daddy, Eight To The Bar (excerpt, fade in and fade out)    
    
Bruce Barlow: Bass, Vocals
Bobby Black: Pedal Steel Guitar, Vocals
Commander Cody: Piano, Vocals
Lance Dickerson:  Drums, Vocals
Billy C Farlow: Harmonica, Vocals 
Bill Kirchen: Guitar, Vocals 
Andy Stein: Violin, Saxophone
John Tichy: Guitar

Commander Cody_1973-08-28_Rotterdam.rar

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Steely Dan - 2014-08-19 - Appleton, WI

Steely Dan
2014-08-19
Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Appleton, WI 

Audience recording, very good quality
Mp3 @ 320 kbps

Another excellent show I saw this summer was Steely Dan, on their 2014 Jamalot Ever After Tour. They sounded great, with a fantastic backing band and singers (stand-outs were drummer Keith Carlock and guitarist Jon Herington). They did a nice selection of songs from throughout their career, some with updated arrangements. They've been doing this sort of 'Big Band' version of their songs for quite awhile now, but they have really manged to perfect it now and still keep things fresh and exciting. So, in honor of that show (which I don't have a recording of), here is a good quality recording from another show on the same tour from a couple weeks earlier, with a very similar setlist (only songs different were that the show I saw included 'Rikki Don't Lose That Number' and 'Godwhacker' instead of 'Two Against Nature' and 'Green Earrings'). A fine show, and one that enables me to update the Steely Dan included here to the current year and tour.

Pictures included are not from the posted Appleton show, but are my own pics from the show I saw (2014-08-29 - Bangor, ME).

Tracklist:
1. Cubano Chant (Ray Bryant cover [Instr.] - Band only)
2. Black Cow
3. Aja
4. Hey Nineteen
5. Black Friday
6. Show Biz Kids
7. Two Against Nature
8. Time Out of Mind
9. Green Earrings
10. Razor Boy (Female vocals)
11. Bodhisattva
12. Everyone's Gone to the Movies
13. Daddy Don't Live in That New York City No More (Becker vocals)
14. I Want To (Do Everything for You) (Joe Tex cover) (Female vocals - w/Band Introductions)
15. Josie
16. Peg
17. My Old School
18. Reelin' in the Years
19. Kid Charlemagne
20. The Untouchables (Nelson Riddle cover [Instr.] - Band only)


The Band:
Donald Fagen: Keyboards, Vocals
Walter Becker: Electric guitar, talk

Carolyn Leonhart-Escoffery: Vocals
Cindy Mizelle: Vocals
La Tanya Hall: Vocals
Freddie Washington: Electric bass (finger)
Jim Beard: Keyboards
Jim Pugh: Trombone
Jon Herington: Electric guitar
Keith Carlock: Drums
Michael Leonhart: Trumpet
Roger Rosenberg: Baritone saxophone
Walt Weiskopf: Saxophone

Steely Dan_2014-08-19_Appleton.part1.rar
Steely Dan_2014-08-19_Appleton.part2.rar



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Creedence Clearwater Revival - 1971-07-04 - Fillmore West, San Frncisco, CA

Creedence Clearwater Revival
July 04, 1971
Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA

'Closing Night of the The Fillmore West'
Pre-FM soundboard recording, excellent quality
Available in both lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320kbps) versions

To wrap up this look at John Fogerty, here's another classic CCR show, featuring their timeless songs, a great performance, and very good sound quality. This show is already widely available and well-circulated, but I just had to include it here, as there are so few high quality CCR shows that are available, and this is one of the best. Enjoy!
 
1. Stage - Tuning 
2. Born on the Bayou 
3. Green River
4. It Came Out of the Sky 
5. Don't Look Now - Door to Door 
6. Travelin' Band 
7. Fortunate Son - Commotion 
8. Lodi
9. Bad Moon Rising 
10. KSAN-FM Aircheck 
11. Proud Mary 
12. Up Around the Bend 
13. Hey Tonight 
14. Sweet Hitchiker 
15. "CCR 3-YR Anniversary Show @ The Fillmore" 
16. Keep On Chooglin'   
17. Bill Graham Outro 

mp3: CCR_1971-07-04_Fillmore_mp3.rar

FLAC: CCR_1971-07-04_Fillmore_FLAC.rar

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Creedence Clearwater Revival - 1970-01-31 - Oakland, CA

Creedence Clearwater Revival
January 31, 1970
Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA, US

'Midnight On The Bay' (Great Dane CD 9403)
Stereo soundbord recording, excellent quality
Available in both lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions


OK, so here we are with John Fogerty, all the way back to the original CCR days. Just had to include some shows of the original band and a young John Fogerty. This show from 1970, probably the very best quality CCR bootleg show available, features CCR in their full glory.  Just a great, classic show, including many of their all-time classic songs.
 
Tracklist:
01. Born On The Bayou
02. Green River
03. Tombstone Shadow
04. It Came Out Of The Sky
05. Travelin' Band
06. Who'll Stop The Rain
07. Bad Moon Rising
08. Proud Mary
09. Fortunate Son
10. Commotion
11. Midnight Special
12. The Night Time Is The Right Time
13. Up Around The Bend
14. Keep On Chooglin

Band Lineup:
John Fogerty: Guitar, Vocals
Tom Fogerty: Guitar
Doug Clifford: Drums
Stu Cook: Bass


mp3: CCR_1970-01-31_Oakland_mp3.rar

FLAC: CCR_1970-01-31_Oakland_FLAC.rar

Thursday, August 28, 2014

John Fogerty - 1987-07-04 - Landover, MD

John Fogerty
July 4, 1987
Capitol Centre, Landover, MD
Vietnam Veterans Benefit Concert

Soundboard recording (from cassette master), excellent quality
Avaialble in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (@320 kbps) versions

Going back down through the years with John Fogerty, here is a great sounding show from 1987, and one that  is especially significant (and historic), because this was the first show where John played Creedence songs since he left Creedence Clearwater revival 15 years earlier. As you probably know, John had major disputes with his label, Fantasy Records, and Saul Zaentz, the head of Fantasy. Like many artists back in the 60's, eager to sign with a record company, CCR got a bad deal from Fantasy, giving Fantasy all the distribution and publishing rights to their songs (all of which were written by Fogerty). Even worse, what money CCR did get from Fantasy was 'reinvested' by Fantasy in various shady tax shelters and schemes, which ultimately lost many millions of dollars. When Fogerty split from CCR to get away from Zaentz and Fantasy, he was frustrated to find that Fantasy still retained control over his solo career, too. So, John signed away even more of his CCR royalties in order to get out from under the Fantasy contract. Thus, he refused to play any of the Creedence songs anymore, because he could not stnd to see Zaentz profit further from his performances. For several years, Fogerty didn't play at all. But in 1985, John released his breakthrough solo album, Centerfield. But, the dusputes with Zaentz still did not end. Zaentz sued Fogerty claiming that one of the songs on the new album, the hit single 'Old Man Down the Road' (which Zaentz did not own), plagarized John's own Creedence song 'Run Through the Jungle' (which Zaentz owned the rights to), thus denying him millions in revenue (he sued for $140 million!). Thus, Fogerty was essentially sued for plagarizing himself. Fogerty won that case, including getting attorney's fees from Zaentz. But that was not the end of it. John also had a couple of songs on the album that were thinly veiled attacks on Zaentz ('Mr. Greed' and 'Zanz Can't Danz'), so Zaentz sued him for defamation, too (Fogerty changed the title to 'Vanz Can't Danz' as a result. Anyway, all this was still going on in 1987 when John was asked to play the closing set at the Vietnam Veterens Benefit (also featured that night were Stevie Wonder, CSN, Linda Ronstadt, Kris Kristofferson and Neil Diamond all playing just a song or two, and then John closing with a full set). In rehearsals, John played only solo album material, no CCR songs, but then at the show, as his set opened with the intro to 'Old Man Down the Road', and then it happened, one of those magical moments that occur just once in a musical lifetime. Fogerty stopped, huddled up with his band mates, and then launched into 'Born on The Bayou'! The rest of the set was all Creedence classics. From that show forward, CCR material would again grace every Fogerty concert! Now, to be completely accurate, it was not the first time that Fogerty played any CCR song live, because earlier that year (1987-02-19), at an impromptu show in Hollywood with Bob Dylan and George Harrison, Bob Dylan urged him to start playing 'Proud Mary' again ('so people wouldn't think it was a Tina Turner song'!), and Fogerty did play 'Proud Mary' (but only that one CCR song that night), but perhaps that show got him thinking about playing all his old songs again. So, this was the first time he played multiple (and even a full set) of CCR songs since 1972. During the show (track 5), John talks to the audience (the vets) about facing past pains, letting go of all the injustices done to you, and moving on with your life, and perhaps that was what he decided to do regarding his own music. This show is widely available, but it is a great recording, and certainly a historic night, and John, of course, is wonderful.

Tracklist:
01. Announcer
02. The Old Man Down The Road (musical intro)
03. Born On The Bayou
04. Down On The Corner
05. John addresses the audience
06. Who'll Stop The Rain
07. Up Around The Bend
08. The Midnight Special
09. Bad Moon Rising
10. Audience applause
11. Fortunate Son
12. Vietnam tribute segment (incomplete; no Fogerty)
13. Proud Mary

This recording from "The RS Archives" (a Mexminute/TheCommish production)

mp3: John Fogerty_1987-07-04_Landover_mp3.rar

FLAC: John Fogerty_1987-07-04_Landover_FLAC.rar

Thursday, August 21, 2014

John Fogerty - 2004-11-21 - Chicago, IL

John Fogerty
2004-11-21
Live at The Chicago Theater, Chicago, IL 

Excellent Audience recording (Crystal Cat Records: CC 745-46)
Mp3 @ 320 kbps

Here's some more from the great John Fogerty, this one from about 10 years ago, following the release of his Deju Vu (All Over Again) Album in 2004. So, this show highlights his usual great performance, this time consisting of several songs from that then-new album in addition to all the old Creedence favorites, all in very fine sound quality on this Crystal Cat recording. Again, shows how he has really lost nothing from the old days to now, and actually is probably enjoying performing much more now than he did in those old days. Just great stuff. This recording also contains several bonus tracks from another date on the same tour which adds some additional songs not played at the Chicago show.    

Disc 1
01. Intro Presentation By Bobby Skafish
02. Taped Intro Instr. Green River
03. Traveling Band
04. Green River
05. Blue Boy
06. Who'll Stop The Rain
07. She's Got Baggage
08. Lodi
09. Sweet Hitch-Hiker
10. Sugar-Sugar (In My Life)
11. Rambunctious Boy
12. Blue Moon Nights
13. I Will Walk With You
14. Born On The Bayou
15. Radar
16. Run Though The Jungle
17. Hot Rod Heart
18. Bootleg
19. Down On The Corner
20. Wrote A Song For Everyone

Disc 2
01. Deja Vu (All Over Again)
02. I Heard It Though The Gravevine
03. The Night Time Is The Right Time
04. Have You Ever Seen The Rain?
05. Tombstone Shadow
06. Centerfield
07. Up Around The Bend
08. Keep On Chooglin'
09. The Old Man Down The Road
10. Fortunate Son
11. Bad Moon Rising
12. Proud Mary

Bonus Tracks (From 2004-11-13 - Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA)
13. Susie Q
14. It Came Out Of The Sky
15. Nobody's Here Anymore
16. Honey Do
17. Joy Of My Life
18. Almost Saturday Night

John Fogerty_2004-11-21_Chicago.part1.rar
John Fogerty_2004-11-21_Chicago.part2.rar

Thursday, August 7, 2014

John Fogerty - 2013-10-12 - Berkeley, CA

John Fogerty
October 12, 2013
Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA

Soundboard recording, very good quality
mp3 @ 320 kbps

I saw John Fogerty in concert last week, and what a great show it was. He is just amazing, such a great talent and rock icon. He still goes all-out full throttle, putting everything into all his classic songs every night. He's pushing pushing 70 now, but you'd never know it, because he sings and plays with all the energy and enthusiasm of a young man. Unlike some others, who just go through the motions to play their old songs for fans, he genuinely enjoys every minute of it, and it shows. He just loves to play his guitar and belt out those songs. And he has lost virtually nothing over all these years, as he still sings and plays as great as ever, and his back-up band now (particularly Kenny Aranoff on drums) is arguably better than CCR ever was, and the songs just sound better than ever. What a great, fun show he puts on, focusing squarely on all the classic Creedence songs, but also sprinkling in various songs from his solo catalog, which fit right in and are classics themselves. These are timeless songs, just great classic rock 'n roll, and nobody does it better than John Fogerty, even at his advanced age. Although there are a few shows that have become available from his current 2014 tour, the sound quality from those are not nearly as good as this show from 2013, which sounds great, so I am presenting that one here. This show also boasts a fuller setlist than most, including the entire Cosmo's Factory album (undoubtedly CCR's best overall) and more than a dozen other CCR greats, as well as several other of John's own, and some covers, too. A great show from John Fogerty, one of the all-time great rockers, and still in his prime and going strong.  

Tracklist
1. Intro
2. Travelin’ Band
3. Lookin’ Out My Backdoor
4. Ooby Dooby
5. Ramble Tamble
6. Run Through The Jungle
7. Up Around The Bend
8. Before You Accuse Me
9. Who’ll Stop The Rain?
10. I Heard It Through The Grapevine
11. Long As I Can See The Light
12. Centerfield
13. Green River
14. Pottersville
15. Lodi
16. Mystic Highway
17. Train of Fools
18. Midnight Special
19. Hot Rod Heart
20. Born On The Bayou
21. Almost Saturday Night
22. Keep On Chooglin’
23. Have You Ever Seen The Rain?
24. Pretty Woman
25. Down On The Corner
26. Old Man Down The Road
27. Fortunate Son
ENCORE
28. Hey Tonight
29. Bad Moon Rising
30. Proud Mary
 
part 1: John Fogerty_2013-10-12_Berkeley_part1.rar
part 2: John Fogerty_2013-10-12_Berkeley_part2.rar