Sunday, November 17, 2019

Jack Johnson - 2008-08-30 - Cricket Wireless Pavilion, San Diego, CA

Jack Johnson
Cricket Wireless Pavilion   
San Diego, CA

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

How about some Jack Johnson? I was listening to him recently for the first time in quite awhile and realized how much I really like a lot of his music. It's just really ... nice. Clever, fun, enjoyable, satisfying, with his laidback style and breezy delivery making it seem so effortless, yet nonchalantly expressing some surprisingly meaningful lyrics and sophisticated songs. And since I have not featured him here before, figured it was about time. Jack Johnson, born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii, is the son of surfer Jeff Johnson, and was an award-winning professional surfer himself, as well as filmmaker (of surfing films), before turning to music full-time. His band in college at UCSB, Soil, opened for early gigs by bands such as Sublime and Dave Matthews Band. A demo of Johnson as a solo act caught the attention of Ben Harper's producer in 2000, which led to the recording of Johnson's first album, Brushfire Fairytales (2001), as well as an opening spot gig with Ben Harper on his Innocent Criminals Tour. By his second album, On and On (2003), Johnson was recording in his own home studio and had his own record label, Brushfire Records. An avid environmentalist and sustainability advocate, Johnson transformed his recording and business with solar power, recyclable packaging, and eco-friendly practices, and frequently donates the proceeds from his concerts to environmental charities and causes. His next album, In Between Dreams (2005) became his mainstream breakthrough, going multi-platinum, and with such as 'Good People', 'Sitting, Waiting, Wishing', and 'Breakdown'. Johnson followed that success with an album of songs (made with his various musician friends) for a children's animated film, Sing-A-Long Songs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George (2006), also to great success, and the hit single 'Upside Down'. Following his next album, Sleep Through the Static (2008), he embarked on his biggest and most ambitious world tour. Featured here is a show from that big World tour, a wonderful audience recording from his San Diego show. I specifically chose this tour to feature because it was the only tour that included the song 'Sleep through the Static', which is one of my favorites, an underrated classic, as well as so many other memorable songs in a great show.  FYI: Johnson is another artist who supports audience taping and sharing and whose shows are featured and collected in the Live Music Archive, where literally hundreds of his shows have been preserved (mainly audience recordings) and are available for listening, downloading.

01. Hope
02. Taylor
03. Flake
04. Symbol
05. Sitting, Waiting, Wishing > You're Just What I Needed > Sitting, Waiting, Wishing
06. Sleep Through the Static
07. Go On
08. Upside Down
09. Do You Remember
10. Bubble Toes
11. Wasting Time
12. Eyes *
13. Constellations
14. Breakdown
15. Girl I Want to Lay You Down
16. Banana Pancakes
17. Jack Talking
18. Same Girl
19. Country Road #
20. Give Voice #$
21. Staple it Together
22. If I Had Eyes > Time is on My Side
23. Good People
24. All At Once
25. A Pirate Looks at 40
26. Gone
27. Angel
28. Better Together

Jack Johnson - vocals and guitar
Zach Gill - keyboards and vocals
Merlo Podlewski - bass
Adam Topol - drums
* - with Zach Rogue from Rogue Wave
# - with Paula Fuga
$ - with Culver City Dub Collective

FLAC - Jack Johnson_2008-08-30_SanDiego_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Jack Johnson_2008-08-30_SanDiego_mp3.rar

Monday, November 11, 2019

Little Feat - 1990-08-28 - Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoa Springs, NY

Little Feat
Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC)
Saratoga Springs, NY

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

Ok, here's one more Little Feat show, featuring guitarist Paul Barrere. This one is from the 1990 tour, following the release of Representing the Mambo (1990), which was their second album after the reformation and rejuvenation of the band in 1987. It featured a bit more jazzy songs, in addition to the rockers, blues, and funk they are known for, and was another great album. This is a great full-length show featuring songs from throughout their history, and a great recording, showing off the band in all their glory, and further strengthens the obvious conclusion that they continued to be a great band long after Lowell George was no longer around. Sure, Lowell was missed, but the core of the band (Barrere, Payne, Gradney, Hayward, and Clayton) was just so strong and talented, and Craig Fuller was a wonderful addition on vocals. If you were someone who dismissed the re-formed band due to the loss (and absence) of George, you owe it to yourself (and the band) to check out some of these post-George shows, as they were still great for many years to come.
1. Hate To Lose Your Lovin'
2. That's Her She's Mine >
3. Fat Man In The Bathtub
4. Changin' Luck
5. Rocket In My Pocket
6. The Ingenue
7. Down On The Farm
8. A Apolitical Blues
9. Feelin's All Gone
10. All That You Dream
11. Forty-Four Blues >
12. Rock and Roll Doctor
13. Rad Gumbo
14. Oh Atlanta
15. Old Folks Boogie
16. Texas Twister
17. Let It Roll
18. Willin'
19. Dixie Chicken >
20. Tripe Face Boogie

Paul Barrere - Lead & Slide Guitars, vocals
Bill Payne - Keyboards
Kenny Gradney - Bass
Richie Hayward - Drums
Sam Clayton - Percussion
Fred Tackett - Guitar, Mandolin, Trumpet, vocals
Craig Fuller - Lead Vocals & Rhythm Guitar

FLAC - Little Feat_1990-08-28_Saratoga Springs_FLAC.part1.rar
           Little Feat_1990-08-28_Saratoga Springs_FLAC.part2.rar

mp3 - Little Feat_1990-08-28_Saratoga Springs_mp3.rar

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Little Feat - 1978-06-11 - Paramount Theatre, Portland, OR

Little Feat
June 11, 1978
Paramount Theatre,
Portland, Oregon, USA

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

Here's more Little Feat! Here is another show from that great 1978 tour, Lowell George's last tour with the band. This show is from earlier in the tour than the previous ones featured, and thus the setlist features some different songs, and it is of very fine quality, a full-length soundboard recording at the height of the band's classic period. So, here is another great Feat show, posted partly as a tribute to recently deceased guitarist Paul Barrere, as well the other departed members of the band, Lowell George and drummer Richie Hayward, and don't forget the still going strong Bill Payne, Kenny Gradney, and Sam Clayton, but mainly this was needed because this band was just so darn good and I just had to post more shows by them. Another classic from the Feat.

01 tuning / introduction >
02 Skin It Back >
03 Fat Man in the Bathtub
04 Walkin' All Night
05 Rock and Roll Doctor
06 Day or Night
07 Oh Atlanta
08 A Apolitical Blues
09 Day at the Dog Races
10 All That You Dream *
11 Old Folks Boogie.. ** [end cut at tape flip]
12 Dixie Chicken >
13 Tripe Face Boogie / encore call / tuning
-- Encore
14 Willin' / band introduction
15 Don't Bogart That Joint > Willin'
16 Feats Don't Fail Me Now / encore call / tuning
-- Encore 2
17 Rocket in My Pocket
* with John Hall (guitar, vocals)
** with John Hall (guitar, vocals) and Brian Cummings (saxophone)

Lowell George - vocals, guitar, percussion
Paul Barrére - guitar, vocals
Bill Payne - keyboards, vocals
Kenny Gradney - bass, vocals
Richie Hayward - drums, vocals
Sam Clayton - percussion, vocals

FLAC - Little Feat_1978-06-11_PortlandOR_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Little Feat_1978-06-11_PortlandOR_mp3.rar

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Little Feat - 1988-08-24 - The Center Stage, Atlanta, GA (R.I.P. Paul Barrere)

Paul Barrere - 1988
Little Feat
August 24, 1988
The Center Stage, Atlanta, GA

Soundboard Pre-FM recording, excellent quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

As I was preparing my next post, and I was actually thinking it was nice that at least there hadn't been another major rock death in the past couple weeks (after several in September-early October), and then I heard the news that Paul Barrere, lead guitarist for Little Feat had passed away. Barrere died on October 26, 2019 of complications from liver cancer. Until recently, Barrere was still playing with Little Feat, which has just finished up their 50th Anniversary Tour. Barrere had opted out of the most recent leg of the tour due to health issues, but was expected to recuperate, and he was looking forward to being able to re-join the band sometime next year, but, sadly, that was not to be, as his health declined suddenly. Barrere was 71. He joined Little Feat in 1972, and was part of every lineup version of the band since then. As readers of this blog know, I am a big fan of Little Feat and have the utmost respect for all the members of the band. Paul was a big part of their sound and style through the years. Originally formed in 1969 (with Lowell George, Bill Payne, and Richie Hayward), the band really took off with the addition of Barrere, Kenny Gradney-bass, and Sam Clayton-percussion in 1972, leading to their classic period from 1972-1978. However, George left in 1979 (and died shortly after) and the group disbanded. But in 1987, the full band, with the addition of Craig Fuller on vocals and Fred Tackett on guitar and miscellaneous strings got back together, released a new album and tour in 1988 (Let It Roll), and were off and running once again, and have been performing, recording, and touring in some form or another ever since. I have already said quite a bit about this band, and I think they were one of the greatest rock bands of all time, especially live, as they were all great musicians and would constantly change up their solos and performances. To honor Paul today, I have selected a great show from their comeback tour in 1988. Although there are many great shows from the earlier classic period with Lowell George, I think this later band featured Paul a bit more, as with George no longer there he was able to showcase his guitar-playing (and vocals) to a greater degree, and he just took off. Also, this new incarnation of the band was re-invigorated, with great new songs and a vibrant, dynamic energy that shines through their shows. Just a great period and success story for the band, coming back so strong after losing their most famous and heralded member in George. Paul, with the unparalleled talent and support of Payne, Gradney, and Hayward (and the new addition of Craig Fuller's dynamite vocals) took the band to new heights and guaranteed they would be successful for years to come. This is a great-sounding Pre-FM sounboard recording and a terrific show. So, here's to Paul Barrere and Little Feat. 

01. Fat Man In The Bathtub
02. Spanish Moon -> Skin It Back
03. All That You Dream
04. Oh Atlanta
05. On Your Way Down
06. Hate To Lose Your Lovin'
07. Cajun Girl
08. Down On The Farm
09. Time Loves A Hero
10. Rock N Roll Doctor
11. Let It Roll
12. Introductions
13. Old Folks Boogie
14. Dixie Chicken -> Tripe Face Boogie
15. Willin'
16. Feats Don't Fail Me Know

Paul Barrere - Lead & Slide Guitars, vocals
Bill Payne - Keyboards
Kenny Gradney - Bass
Richie Hayward - Drums
Sam Clayton - Percussion
Fred Tackett - Guitar, Mandolin, Trumpet, vocals
Craig Fuller - Lead Vocals & Rhythm Guitar

FLAC - Little Feat_1988-08-24_AtlantaGA_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Little Feat_1988-08-24_AtlantaGA_mp3.rar

Also, check out my other Little Feat posts here. I am in the process of upgrading them to better resolution, and will post a couple more Feat shows soon.

Paul Barrere - 2019

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Blind Faith - 1969-08-16 - Santa Barbara, CA (R.I.P Ginger Baker)

Blind Faith
August 16, 1969
Fairgrounds Arena,
Santa Barbara, CA

Audience Recording, Good Quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Drummer Ginger Baker died on October 6, 2019, at age 80, following prolonged illness due to ongoing heart problems. Ginger Baker was widely considered to be among the most influential and greatest rock drummers of all-time. But Baker, also one of the most cantankerous and volatile characters of rock music, vehemently rejected that title, not because he didn't think he was great (he considered himself THE greatest drummer), but because he never considered himself a 'rock' drummer, and preferred to be known just as a very versatile drummer. Raised and trained on jazz and blues, Baker joined Blues Incorporated in the early Sixties, where he first met bassist Jack Bruce (and formed a lasting but volatile love/hate bond). Baker and Bruce then went on to the Graham Bond Organization, a jazzy R&B band, but both found success and superstar status with Cream, joining with Eric Clapton in the premier hard rock band of the Sixties psychedelic period (1966-1968). Although Cream only lasted a couple years, the band achieved worldwide acclaim, and Baker's dynamic style of drumming, incorporating jazz, blues, African rhythms, and a wild hyperactive flamboyance, along with double bass drums, and perhaps the origination of the extended 'drum solo' in rock music, was highly influential on all rock drummers to follow. After Cream, he joined Clapton again (as well as Steve Winwood) in the brief occurrence of the rock supergroup Blind Faith (1969). After that, Baker formed his own band, Ginger Baker's Air Force (1970), which was a more jazz-oriented fusion group, and highlighted African percussion and rhythms in particular. But that band was short-lived as well, and Baker followed that with various excursions into jazz and African styles, including Ginger Baker's Drum Choir and Ginger Baker's African Force. He opened a recording studio in Lagos, Nigeria in 1973, which Paul McCartney used to record Band on the Run. In 1974, Baker formed another band, the Baker Gurvitz Army with brothers Paul and Adrian Gurvitz, which recorded three albums in the Seventies. In the early Eighties, Baker re-settled to an olive farm in Italy for a period, away from the music business, in order to deal with his recurring drug addictions. He also performed with Hawkwind and Public Image Limited at various times  during the 1980's. In the 90's, and beyond, Baker continued to play with various rock bands and the jazz group The Ginger Baker Trio, as well as short-lived reunions with Jack Bruce in The Jack Bruce Band and Cream (2005). He published an autobiography, Hellraiser, in 2009, toured with Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion (2012-2014), and released his last solo album, Why?, in 2014. In 2016, he announced an end to all touring and future gigs, and he underwent open heart surgery, and remained in poor health through his remaining years.
    Although best known for his time in Cream, I wanted to feature something other than Cream here, because numerous live Cream shows are already very widely and readily available elsewhere. I sought to feature something from one of his many other bands, but couldn't find anything really appropriate (his excursions into jazz, fusion, and African percussion weren't very suitable for this blog). So, I settled with featuring a Blind Faith show. Blind Faith, although very short-lived, was a great band, with potential to do so much more. Unfortunately, there are very few decent recordings (all audience recordings of varying quality) of their only tour in 1969. This is one of the better ones available, from Santa Barbara, CA. These shows prominently featured Baker's drumming, particularly in Baker's own free-form jazz composition, 'Do What You Like', in which Baker's drum solo encompasses the majority of the song's 21 min runtime. However, the encore of 'Sunshine of Your Love' is only a brief fragment here, and seems to include a guest appearance by Delaney and Bonnie on vocals (whom Clapton went to join on tour shortly after this). I have also included a bonus track of a cover of the Stones 'Under My Thumb', which was only performed at a few of the early European shows and dropped before the US leg of the tour. 

1. Well All Right
2. Can't Find My Way Home
3. Had To Cry Today
4. Sleeping In The Ground
5. Crossroads
6. Presence Of The Lord
7. Means To An End
8. Do What You Like
9. Sunshine Of Your Love(cut)
Bonus Track:
10. Under My Thumb (1969-06-18-Gothenburg, Sweden)

The Band:
Eric Clapton -  guitar, vocals
Steve Winwood -  keyboards, vocals
Ginger Baker -  drums
Rick Grech -  bass

mp3 - Blind Faith_1969-08-16_Santa BarbaraCA_mp3.rar

FLAC - Blind Faith_1969-08-16_Santa BarbaraCA_FLAC.rar

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Eddie Money - 1977-10-08 - Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA

Eddie Money
Old Waldorf
San Francisco, CA

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

Sadly, more notable Rock n' Roll artists have died in the past few weeks, including Eddie Money, Ric Ocasek, and most recently, Ginger Baker. Today I honor husky-throated rocker, Eddie Money.

Born into a large Irish Catholic family in Brooklyn, NY, Edward Joseph Mahoney set out to join much of the  rest of his family by becoming a NY City Policeman (his grandfather, father, and brother were all cops), but he was just not cut out for that, and left his family to move to California to become a rock star as Eddie Money. After quite a few lean years, he became a regular performer at the clubs around the San Francisco Bay Area, where he caught the attention of Bill Graham, and was eventually signed to Columbia Records. His self-titled debut album, in 1977, fueled by the breakout success of two hit singles, 'Baby Hold On' and 'Two Tickets to Paradise', went double platinum, and established Money as a major new Rock artist. His working-class rocker sound and style, and his catchy tunes, were a breath of fresh air at the time, and fit in well with both the top 40 crowd and the more serious rock aficionados. And his support band was top-notch, particularly the electrifying guitar licks of Jimmy Lyon that raised the songs to a higher notch. Subsequent albums Life For the Taking (1978), Playing For Keeps (1980), and No Control (1982) were also favorably received, with additional hit singles such as 'Maybe I'm a Fool' and 'I Think I'm in Love'. But in the Eighties, Eddie succumbed to worsening problems with alcohol and drugs, with both his album quality and popularity declining.  But Eddie came back in 1986 with his most successful single yet, the Grammy-nominated 'Take Me Home Tonight'. Eddie continued through the years with occasional hits and misses, and steady touring, and eventually got his addictions under control. But being a long-time smoker, earlier this year (2019), Eddie was diagnosed with stage 4 esophogeal cancer, and complications from the cancer caused his death on September 13, 2019, at the age of 70.
But here today, we return back to those early days, in 1977, right about the time his debut album was released, and this show from San Francisco. I certainly will always remember that first album and those days. It came out when I was in college and we played and enjoyed it alot back then. I also saw him a couple times in concert and it was always a good show. This show features many of the songs from Eddie's first album with very good sound, a great vocal performance, as well as the great guitar work of Jimmy Lyon. Also included here are a few additional tracks from another 1977 show to round out the set. So, here's to Eddie Money, who will always be remembered.

01. Wanna Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star
02. Baby Hold On
03. Jealousys
04. Call On Me
05. Don't Worry
06. Got To Get Another Girl
07. Two Tickets To Paradise
08. So Good To Be In Love Again
09. Gamblin' Man
10. Save A Little Room In Your Heart For Me
Bonus Tracks:
1977-12-31 - Cow Palace, Daly City, CA
11. You've Really Got a Hold On Me
12. Me and My Baby Brother
13. Two Tickets to Paradise
14. Going Back to New York

Eddie Money - vocals, keyboards, saxophone;
Jimmy Lyon - lead guitar;
Alan Pasqua - keyboards;
Gene Pardue - drums;
Bob Popwell - bass

FLAC - Eddie Money_1977-10-08_San Francisco_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Eddie Money_1977-10-08_San Francisco_mp3.rar

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Alan Parsons Live Project - 2019-02-14 (plus) - On the Blue Cruise, Royal Theater, Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas

Alan Parsons Live Project
February 14, 2019 (Plus bonus tracks)
On The Blue Cruise (Day 5), Royal Theater,
Royal Caribbean Mariner Of The Seas 

En Route from Labadee, Haiti to Miami, FL
Audience Recording (Lostbrook 2.0 Volume 299), very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions
Cover: ethiessen1

Listening to Jeff Lynne's recent ELO reincarnation made me think about another band from the '70's and '80's that also specialized in a sort of symphonic pop-rock, and that also has been undergoing a more recent revitalization through live shows, and that would be the Alan Parsons Project. Alan Parsons first made his name as an engineer and then producer of many classic albums, from the Beatles' Abbey Road to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and hit albums by The Hollies, Al Stewart, and Ambrosia. Being a musician and songwriter himself, in 1975 Parsons teamed up with songwriter-musician-vocalist Eric Woolfson to create The Alan Parsons Project, which was basically Parsons and Woolfson, who wrote, arranged, and produced all the songs for elaborate themed concept albums, brought to life with a team of session players and hired musicians to play on the albums. Their first album, Tales of Mystery and Imagination (1976) tackled the stories and themes of Edgar Allen Poe, and attracted a lot of attention from AOR radio. The next album, I Robot (1977) was a huge hit, followed by Pyramid (1978), Eve (1979), Turn of a Friendly Card (1980), and Eye in the Sky (1982) and the hit singles 'Wouldn't Want to Be Like You', 'Damned if I Do', 'Games People Play', and 'Eye in the Sky' among others. They continued on through the '80's, but by the end of the decade their popularity had waned and their last album, Freudiana (1990) led to a rift between Parsons and Woolfson and the end of the band. Parsons and Woolfson went their separate ways, Parsons pursuing solo projects and Wollfson turning to musical theater. Parsons toured some in the '90's with a band that played Alan Parsons Project songs, but was billed as just Alan Parsons. More recent incarnations of the band by Parsons, which have been active over the last few years, now go by the name The Alan Parsons Live Project. Eric Woolfson died in 2009, but Parsons and his Project continues, revitalizing the music of The Alan Parsons Project for fans old and new alike. Here is a show from earlier this year (2019), which occurred on a special music cruise that featured many classic'60's and '70's artists and bands, including Justin Hayward (of the Moody Blues), The Zombies, Procol Harum, Al Stewart, and Dave Mason, as well as Alan Parsons. In addition to the APP classics, this show also features some new songs ('One Note Symphony', 'As Lights Fall', and 'Miracle') from Alan Parsons new 2019 album release, The Secret. I have also added a number of bonus tracks from an earlier tour (2016), in which they performed several other classic tracks, including the the Turn of Friendly Card Suite, from the album of the same name, which was always one of my favorites by them. Note: There is also a guest appearance by Gary Brooker of Procol Harum singing lead on 'Limelight' (Unfortunately, he seems ill-prepared for the song in a notably weak performance in an otherwise, an excellent show).      

01 One Note Symphony (4:50)
02 Damned If I Do (4:51)
03 Don't Answer Me (4:30)
04 Time (5:52)
05 Breakdown (3:00) >
06 The Raven (2:48)
07 I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You (6:03)
08 Miracle (3:33)
09 Luciferama (7:28)
10 Limelight (with special guest Gary Brooker, lead vocals) (5:33)
11 As Lights Fall (3:57)
12 Can't Take It With You (5:00)
13 Prime Time > Band Intros (7:10)
14 Sirius (2:14) >
15 Eye In The Sky (6:19)
16 (The System Of) Dr. Tarr And Professor Fether (3:57)
17 Games People Play (5:35)
Bonus Tracks (2016-05-07 - Arcadia Theatre, St. Charles, IL)
18 Turn of a Friendly Card (Part 1)
19 Snake Eyes
20 The Ace of Swords
21 Nothing Left to Lose
22 Turn of a Friendly Card (Part 2)
23 Old & Wise
24 Psychobabble
25 Days are Numbered (The Traveller)
26 Don't Let It Show

Band (2019 show):
Alan Parsons - acoustic guitar, vocals, keyboards
P.J. Olsson - vocals
Danny Thompson - drums, percussion
Guy Erez - bass, vocals
Tom Brooks - keyboards, vocals
Todd Cooper - vocals, sax, percussion
Dan Tracey - guitar, vocals
Jeff Kollman - guitar, vocals

Differences in personnel for 2016 tracks;
Manny Forcazzo - keyboards (instead of Tom Brooks)
Alistair Green - lead guitar (instead of Jeff Kollman)

FLAC - Alan Parsons Live Project_2014-02-14+_On the Blue Cruise_Royal Caribbean_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Alan Parsons Live Project_2014-02-14+_On the Blue Cruise_Royal Caribbean_FLAC.rar