Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sting & Peter Gabriel - 2016-06-26 - Camden, NJ

Sting & Peter Gabriel
BB&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ
June 26, 2016
Audience Recording, Good Quality


Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions
Recording location: Section 104, row M.
Recorded by: Tapehead2

Here's another current collaborative tour, featuring two solo rock icons playing some of their greatest hits together, Sting & Peter Gabriel. And what makes this collaborative show (tour) something more special than the usual double headliner show (each performer does their own set, then maybe perform together for a few songs at the end) is that this is a truly collaborative show throughout with both performers (and their bands) playing together on each others songs through the entire concert. Most of the time this means singing background or harmony vocals on each others songs, but also several songs featuring co-lead vocals, and even some where the other artist takes the lead instead the original vocalist, sometimes even completely re-arranging the song into their own style. For example, Gabriel does a decidedly different version of  Sting's 'If You Love Somebody Set Them Free', giving it a complete Gabriel-ized makeover, with very interesting results. Sting takes lead on Gabriel's Shock the Monkey and a snippet of Dancing with the Moonlight King, among others, and the two exchange vocals and harmonies on a number of songs. The two bands also merge and interact on several songs as well, resulting in some new twists on the old classics, and a very interesting show. I believe the tour is continuing for a couple more weeks, so if it comes your way, be sure to check it out. If it missed your area, at least you can check out a representative show here to hear this unique combination of talents and great songs.

Tracklist:
01 The Rhythm of the Heat
02 If I Ever Lose My Faith in You
03 No Self Control
04 Invisible Sun
05 Games Without Frontiers
06 Shock the Monkey
07 Secret World
08 Driven to Tears
09 Fragile
10 Red Rain
11 Dancing With the Moonlit Knight (excerpt)
12 Message in the Bottle
13 Darkness
14 Walking in Your Footsteps
15 Kiss that Frog
16 Don't Give Up
17 The Hounds of Winter
18 Big Time
19 Englishman in New York
20 Solsbury Hill
21 Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
22 If You Love Somebody Set Them Free
23 Roxanne/Ain't No Sunshine
24 Love Can Heal
25 Desert Rose
26 In Your Eyes
Encore:
27 Every Breath You Take
28 Sledgehammer

Length:  2:39:00

mp3 - Sting & Peter Gabriel_2016-06-26_CamdenNJ_mp3.part1.rar
Sting & Peter Gabriel_2016-06-26_CamdenNJ_mp3.part2.rar

FLAC - Sting & Peter Gabriel_2016-06-26_CamdenNJ_FLAC.part1.rar
 Sting & Peter Gabriel_2016-06-26_CamdenNJ_FLAC.part2.rar

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle - 2016-06-13 - Union Chapel, London

 Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle
 2016-06-13
Union Chapel, London, UK

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


Here's Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle in a recent show from their current joint 'Colvin & Earle' Tour, promoting their just-released new album together. Here are 2 renowned singer-songwriters, from seemingly very different styles and backgrounds joining forces to produce an album of new songs (some jointly written, some covers). The album has received a somewhat mixed reception so far, mainly by fans of each of these veteran songwriter-performers concerned that this combined effort does not sound like or is as good as their respective solo work. But that is missing the point of the collaboration completely, in that it isn't supposed to be a Shawn Colvin album or a Steve Earle album, this is Colvin & Earle, a whole different entity, and it is a delight to hear the two of them singing together on their new shared songs and the selected covers they do. And this show is a good intro to the album, as they perform all the songs from the album, some additional covers, but only a select few of their own solo songs they are most known for (So, those wanting a normal Colvin OR Earle show, may be disappointed). To me, what is great about this collaboration (and this show) is its very simplicity. The new songs are good basic 'Americana' songs. There are no fancy arrangements or intricate harmony workings here, just the song basics and the both of them singing together on all the songs. It has the feel of two old friends just getting together and playing some songs, joining in where they feel like it, and it all working out seamlessly. It's like you're witnessing these 2 old musical pros just casually playing and singing together in their living room, just for the fun of it. Certainly a very nice way to spend an evening. Check it out.   

Tracklist:
01 - Wake Up Little Susie
02 - Come What May
03 - You Were On My Mind
04 - Raise The Dead
05 - Ruby Tuesday
06 - Tobacco Road
07 - That Don't Worry Me Now
08 - Someday
09 - The Way That We Do
10 - You're Right (I'm Wrong)
11 - Burnin' It Down
12 - Sunny Came Home
13 - The Galway Girl
14 - Happy And Free
15 - Tell Moses
16 - You're Still Gone
Encores:
17 - Intro...
18 - Baby's In Black
19 - Diamond In The Rough
20 - Copperhead Road

mp3 - Shawn Colvin&Steve Earle_2016-06-13_London_mp3.part1.rar
Shawn Colvin&Steve Earle_2016-06-13_London_mp3.part2.rar


FLAC -Shawn Colvin&Steve Earle_2016-06-13_London_FLAC.rar

Friday, June 24, 2016

Steve Goodman - 1972-12-09 - University of Illinois, Champaign, IL

Friday, June 17, 2016

Steve Goodman - 1973-10-13 - University of Illinois, Champaign, IL

Steve Goodman
(solo acoustic)
1973-10-13
University of Illinois, Champaign, IL

FM Broadcast recording, very good quality
Previously uncirculated recording, transferred from old cassette
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions


Here's an exclusive, previously unicrculated performance/recording of the wonderful Steve Goodman. I was recently contacted (through the blog) by Martin, telling me he had a couple of Steve Goodman shows from radio broadcasts on old cassette tapes he had recorded in the early seventies, and wondered whether I would be interested in transferring them to digital. Of course, when I found out that they both were uncirculated shows I had not seen anywhere before, I said that I would be very interested in them, so he sent me the cassettes for the two shows (one from 1972 and one from 1973). This is the first of those shows (and the one in the best condition). Both are shows from the University of Illinois, and this 1973 show, although relatively short (45 min., 10 songs) is very good quality, suffering only from the limited fidelity quality of the old cassette tape used.  This was at a time in Steve's career where he was making the transition from a more traditional folk artist to more of a singer-songwriter-entertainer, as half of the songs are covers and half are his own. Interspersed with the songs are examples of his observational wit and storytelling. Particularly noteworthy here is his excellent guitar playing, which he features prominently throughout the set. Certainly a worthy addition to the legacy and recorded shows of Steve Goodman. If new to Steve's music, be sure to check out some of Steve's other great shows/recordings already posted here previously. 

Tracklist
1. Goody Goody (Mercer-Malneck)
2. Chicken Cordon Blues
3. Six Hours Ahead of the Sun
4. There Stands the Glass (Web Pierce)
5. Penut Butter Conspiracy (Jimmy Buffett)
6. Lincoln Park Pirates
7. The Dutchman (Michael Scott)
8. City of New Orleans
9. You Never Even Call Me By My Name
10. I'll Fly Away (Albert Brumley)

FLAC - Steve Goodman_1973-10-13_University of Illinois_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Steve Goodman_1973-10-13_University of Illinois_mp3.rar

Note: The show from the second tape will be coming soon, also from the University of Illinois (1972-12-09). It's a longer show, but has some audio and fidelity problems, with cuts and dropouts in several places, but still worth checking out, so stay tuned.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Keith Emerson (with Marc Bonilla, Glenn Hughes and Dragon Choir) - 1998-05-14 - Santa Cruz, CA

Keith Emerson (with Marc Bonilla, Glenn Hughes and Dragon Choir)
May 14, 1998
Palookaville, Santa Cruz, CA USA

Audience recording, good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

After the disintegration of the short-lived supergroup The Best, Emerson joined back up with Lake and Palmer for another try at ELP, but although the tours were successful, after 2 disappointing new albums (Black Moon-1992,  In the Hot Seat-1994), it was clear that ELP's time as rock superstars had passed. Following the 1993 tour, Emerson was forced to take a year off from playing due to severe nerve damage and related issues in his right hand, which required surgery. Following his recovery ELP continued to tour again in 1996, but broke-up again following that tour. In 1998, Emerson teamed with Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) and guitarist Marc Bonilla for a series of shows that were quite well-received. This is one of those shows in California in the Spring of 1998. In subsequent years, Bonilla stayed on as a member of various incarnations of the Keith Emerson Band for tours throughout the 2000's. Keith also participated in a reunion of The Nice in 2002, and toured again with Greg Lake in 2010. Most recently, Keith had recurrences of nerve damage and problems in his right hand, leading to depression that he would no longer be able to play effectively and would disappoint his fans. He eventually took his own life on March 11, 2016. He was a tremendous talent and his music will live on forever. Enjoy this unique show from the Emerson-Hughes-Bonilla version of his band in 1998.

Tracklist:
01. [04:33] Instrumental I
02. [03:10] Instrumental II
03. [04:48] Hoedown
04. [05:16] Dance of the Sugar Plum Faries > Nutrocker
05. [04:07] Close To Home
06. [06:03] Honky Tonk Train Blues
07. [04:30] Creole Dance
08. [05:38] Instrumental III > Glenn Hughes joins
09. [06:42] A Whiter Shade of Pale
10. [05:00] Cover Me
11. [06:55] Dreams
12. [18:19] Tarkus (Glenn Hughes - vocals)
13. [16:41] Fanfare for the Common Man > Rondo
Total time [1:31:42]

Line-up / Musicians
- Keith Emerson / keyboards
- Glenn Hughes / vocals
- Marc Bonilla / guitar

- Mike Wallace / guitar
- Bob Birch, Mick Manan / bass
- Ed Roth / keyboards
- Joe Travers / drums

mp3 - Emerson-Hughes-Bonilla_1998-05-14_Santa Criz_mp3.part1.rar
Emerson-Hughes-Bonilla_1998-05-14_Santa Criz_mp3.part2.rar

FLAC - Emerson-Hughes-Bonilla_1998-05-14_Santa Criz_FLAC.rar

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Best (w/Keith Emerson) - 1990-09-26 - Yokahama, Japan

The Best
(Keith Emerson, John Entwhistle, Joe Walsh, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, and Simon Phillips)
September 26, 1990
Yokohama Arena,
Yokohama, Japan
Soundboard (from TV broadcast), Very Good Quality
Now available in Lossless! (FLAC) version!

Continuing with the Keith Emerson, ELP saga: While ELP was still on tour in 1977, they released their follow-up to Works, Vol. 1, Works, Vol. 2, a single album this time, and made-up primarily of miscellaneous and leftover tracks from previous recording sessions, and all short songs. Because of this, the album was not nearly as popular as its predecessor, but nonetheless still contained some very impressive tracks. In particular, Emerson's piano work, from his version of Scott Joplin Rag-time to the wonderful Meade Lux Lewis's 'Honky-Tonk Train Whistle Blues', as well as Keith's self-penned version of a honky-tonk piano song. Anyway, the band continued on their epic Works tour, through much of 1978 as well, then back to the studio for what was their final album of their original tenure. Unfortunately, the magic was gone by this time, and Love Beach (1978) is generally considered the nadir of their career; with the album tanking and their popularity plummeting, they pulled the plug on the group, each going their own way. Keith did a couple solo albums and music for movies throughout the eighties. He re-grouped with Greg Lake in another power trio with drummer Cozy Powell, dubbed Emerson, Lake and Powell in 1986, for what was the most successful, albeit short-lived (1 album), of the ELP imitation groups. This was followed closely by 3 (Three) in 1988, which featured Emerson and Palmer with multi-instrumentalist Robert Berry, but their only album was not well-received. Then in 1990, Keith joined a new group with a supertstar lineup, for the short-lived supergoup, The Best. Featuring Joe Walsh, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, John Entwhistle, and Simon Phillips, along with Emerson, the band was avery eclectic mix of superstars from diverse bands. Although they only played a few shows in Japan before splitting up, this band was a really intriguing oddity, a strange mix of styles and talent that produced some very memorable versions of each of their respective hit songs. As far as I know, this was the only time Keith ever played in a band where his keyboards were not the primary and dominant component, and playing here with 2 great guitarists and songs that are not really 'keyboard' songs, the results are very interesting. Now, I have already posted and featured this show from a Japanese broadcast before, but now I have upgraded the show to lossless, for all those wishing to have it in better quality. For more on the show, see the previous post here , but let me summarize with this excerpt ..."Although on some songs, like 'Life in the Fast Lane' and 'My Wife', it is a bit disconcerting to hear Emerson's constantly moving keyboards in the background, some of his additions are positively breathtaking, such as his skillful piano licks in 'Bodhisattva' and 'Reeling in the Years', or putting everything from the 'Jaws Theme' to classical pieces like 'Night on Bald Mountain' into 'Boris the Spider'. And it is very interesting and exciting to hear Skunk and Walsh combine guitar forces (and different styles) on several songs, like 'My Wife', 'Life in the Fast Lane', 'Too Late the Hero', 'Reeling in the Years', and especially 'Bodhisattva'..." , as well as their guitar additions to the Emerson 'keyboard' songs. So, if you haven't checked this out previously, be sure to do so now, as it is one of Emerson's most interesting and unique contributions, and of course, the band itself is awesome, if just a bit odd in their mixing of musical styles.

Tracklist
01. Seven Bridges Road / Life In the Fast Lane
02. My Wife
03. Bodhisattva
04. Fanfare For the Common Man
05. Rikki Don't Lose My Number
06. Simon drum solo
07. Rocky Mountain Way
08. Too Late the Hero
09. America / Look At Us Now
10. Boris the Spider
11. Reelin' In the Years
12. Takin' It To the Streets

John Entwistle - bass
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter - guitar
Joe Walsh - guitar
Keith Emerson - keyboards
Simon Phillips - drums
with:
Rick Livingstone - vocals
Hamish Richardson - backing vocals
Angus Richardson - backing vocals
Fergus Richardson - backing vocals

FLAC: The Best_1990-09-26_Japan_FLAC.rar

For mp3 version, see previous post here see previous post here 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Emerson, Lake, and Palmer - 1977-07-08 - MSG, New York, NY

Emerson, Lake, & Palmer
(with Orchestra)
July 8, 1977
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

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

Continuing with ELP:  After their extensive 1973-1974 Brain Salad Surgery tour, the band took an extended break, lasting through all of 1975 and into 1976. The band re-grouped in 1976 to record Works Vol.1, another epic scale production, a double album, with one full side for each artist to feature 'solo' works, and the 4th side featuring full group compositions. Emerson's side consists of his 3 movement Piano Concerto performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The group piece 'Pirates' also featured an orchestra prominently. Because of this, Keith had the idea of touring with a full 65-piece orchestra for the forthcoming Works Live tour. It was a massive undertaking, and plagued with problems associated with the orchestra (union rules, requirements, travel restrictions, and of course, immense cost) from the start. The tour started in May 1977 in the US. After just 3 weeks and 13 concert dates into the tour (and mounting debts), the Orchestra had to be dropped from the shows, and the band re-grouped and continued the tour as a trio only, although they did again play with the Orchestra for a 3-night run at Madison Square Garden in NY in July, and later at a show in Montreal in August that was recorded and released as a Live album, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer In Concert. Overall, the band lost millions on the Orchestra tour venture, but it was a grand experiment and produced some stunning shows. Here is a recording from one of the MSG shows (second night), a very good audience recording that features the full Orchestral show.  The show features an assortment of songs throughout the ELP catalog, and alternates between songs with and without Orchestra involvement. Overall a very impressive show, and a must for ELP fans.

Tracklist:
Disc 1
1. Abbadon's Bolero
2. Hoedown
3. Karn Evil 9 1st Impression Pt.2
4. The Enemy God
5. Tarkus-Eruption/Stones Of Years/Iconoclast/Mass/Aquatarkus
6. Still...You Turn Me On
7. Lucky Man
8. Pictures At An Exhibition
9. Piano concerto No.1-movements 1 & 3

Disc 2
1. Closer To Believing
2. C'est La Vie
3. Knife Edge
4. Tank (Carl solo)
5. Nutrocker
6. Pirates
7. Fanfare For The Common Man
8. Rhondo/Fanfare (reprise)

FLAC: ELP_1977-07-08_NY_FLAC.part1.rar
           ELP_1977-07-08_NY_FLAC.part2.rar
 
Mp3: ELP_1977-07-08_NY_mp3.part1.rar
         ELP_1977-07-08_NY_mp3.part2.rar