Sunday, March 15, 2020

Pat Metheny Group - 1987-08-14 - Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY

August 14, 1987
Radio City Music Hall, New York City, NY, USA

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

Here's more from The Pat Metheny Group, featuring keyboard virtuoso, composer, and arranger Lyle Mays. Picking up where we left of with the 1981 tour, their next album, Offramp (1982) featured the addition of Brazilian percussionist Nana Vasconselos adding 'wordless vocals' and a distinctive South American style to the band that would be a major musical theme of the band throughout the '80's. Offramp earned the band their first Grammy for Best Jazz Performance (the 1st of many). They released a Live double album, Travels, in 1983, followed by First Circle in 1984, which added more South American influences with the addition of Argentinian multi-instrumentalist Pedro Aznar to the band. First Circle brought the band to new heights of acclaim and popularity. The next project for the band was a soundtrack album for the film The Falcon and The Snowman (1985), which featured extensive use of original Pat Metheny Group music throughout, and even a hit single on the rock charts, 'This is Not America' featuring David Bowie on vocals. Their next album, Still Life (Talking) (1987), with addition of Brazilian percussionist Armando Marcal, is one of their most popular albums and acclaimed, featuring many songs that have become standards for the group. The show featured here is from their 1987 tour, a very good recording, but one where the audience cannot really be heard at all, and thus the only criticism I would have (other than starting the show with a recording of the dissonant and difficult to listen to 'Forward March') is that the band is just too perfect, it sounds just like a studio release. They are just amazing. The show features several songs from the new Still Life (Talking) album, a few songs from the recent Falcon and The Snowman and First Circle albums, as well as some older gems. As usual for them, they also include a preview of a song from their next album, the title track for Letter From Home (1989). Once again, a great show featuring all their many different styles. 

1. Forward March (Pat Metheny)
2. Phase Dance (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
3. Travels (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
4. Tell It All (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
5. Daulton Lee (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
6. Last Train Home (Pat Metheny)
7. First Circle (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
8. Introductions
9. Scrap Metal (Pat Metheny)
10. If I Could (Pat Metheny)
11. So May It Secretly Begin (Pat Metheny)
12. Straight On Red (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
13. Are You Going With Me ? (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
14. The Fields, The Sky (Pat Metheny)
15. (It's Just) Talk (Pat Metheny)
16. Letter From Home (fades in) (Pat Metheny)
17. Untitled
18. Chris (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
19. Pat Speaks
20. Minuano (Six-Eight) (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
21. Third Wind (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)

Pat Metheny - guitars, guitar synthesizer, electric sitar
Lyle Mays - piano, synthesizers, autoharp, trumpet, percussion
Steve Rodby - acoustic bass, electric bass
Paul Wertico - drums, percussion
Armando Marçal - percussion, berimbau
Mark Ledford - vocals, guitars, percussion, trumpet, marimba
David Blamires - vocals, guitars, percussion, vibraphone, marimba

FLAC - PMG_1987-08-14_RCMH_NY_FLAC.rar

mp3 - PMG_1987-08-14_RCMH_NY_mp3.rar

Pat Metheny Group 1987 - R.I.P. Lyle Mays (1953-2020)

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Pat Metheny Group - 1981-03-27 - University of Houston, Houston, TX (R.I.P.:Lyle Mays)

Pat Metheny Group
University Of Houston, Cullen Auditorium, Houston, Texas

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

I have to pay tribute to another fantastic musician that has recently passed on. Jazz keyboardist, composer, and arranger Lyle Mays, best known for his long-time partnership and association with Pat Metheny and The Pat Metheny Group, died on Feb. 11, 2020, after a long battle with a recurring illness. he was 66. Mays was born and grew up in Wausaukee, WI in a musical family (father-guitarist, mother-pianist), listening to classical music and starting to play the piano at age 9. By age 14, he discovered Jazz, which changed his life. After a couple years at UW-Eau Claire, he transferred to the College of Music at the University of North Texas and became part of the award-winning One O'Clock Lab Band while attending there, becoming the primary composer and arranger for the group by the time he graduated in 1975 (and received his first Gammy nomination for the band's recording that year). After graduation, he toured with Woody Herman's Big Band, and in 1976 he started working with guitarist Pat Metheny on Metheny's second album, Watercolors (1977). Later in 1977, Mays and Metheny co-founded The Pat Metheny Group, which became a collaboration that lasted for more than 30 years. The Pat Metheny Group became a breakout success with their second album, American Garage (1979), with their melodic, improvisational jazz fusion sound and style crossing barriers into pop and rock categories, and bringing a flowing accessible jazz sound to new audiences, which revolutionized the way Jazz was perceived by many and opened the doors for new and exciting musical experiences. Their success continued through the eighties and nineties, bringing in additional influences and styles. I first became aware of The Pat Metheny Group at their start, and was immediately drawn into them, and it was an exciting new kind of music for me. And although the band bore Metheny's name, Lyle Mays was a crucial part of the band and their success. Much more than just the keyboard player, Mays co-wrote nearly all the music with Metheny and was the primary arranger for band. For me personally, Mays was the primary attraction of the band, and after following Metheny's many recordings (other collaborations separate from The Pat Metheny Group), I soon came to realize that if Mays was not a part of the band or recording, I was just not interested in Metheny's other musical adventures, as they just did not have the same magic as the Mays collaborations. Mays also had other collaborations outside The Pat Metheny Group, including the Metheny/Mays duo album, As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls (1981), as well as releasing five solo albums, which also were highly regarded. He received 11 Grammys for his work with Metheny (and four additional nominations for his solo albums) over the years.  But Mays walked away from The Pat Metheny Group in 2010, as well as pretty much all of music. He ventured into other interests, including computers, software programming, and architecture. In an interview in 2016, he summed up his change in direction with “It’s not that I have a real desire to leave the music industry—I kind of feel like the music industry has left me. Or left all of us. People don’t want to pay for music anymore.” Lyle Mays was a sensational musician who will be missed. Here is a great show and great recording from the Pat Metheny Group in 1981, that features that great dynamic between Mays and Metheny, and includes a substantial portion from their duo album out at that time As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls, as well as previews of the Group's next album Offramp (1982). I saw the band in concert around 1984, and it still remains one of the best concerts I have ever been to.
Track List:
01 Phase Dance (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
02 Better Days Ahead (Pat Metheny)
03 The Windup (Keith Jarrett)
04 James (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
05 Offramp (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
06 'It's For You' (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
07 The Bat Part II (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
08 Ozark (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
09 Turnaround (Ornette Coleman)
10 Goin' Ahead (Pat Metheny)/As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
11 Jaco (Pat Metheny)
12 Untitled / Au Lait (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
13 San Lorenzo (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
14 (Cross The) Heartland (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
15 American Garage (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)

Pat Metheny, guitars, guitar synthesizer
Lyle Mays, piano, synthesizers, organ, autoharp
Steve Rodby, acoustic bass, electric bass
Dan Gottlieb, drums, autoharp
Naná Vasconcelos, vocals, percussion, berimbau

FLAC - Pat Metheny Group_1981-03-27_Houston_FLAC.rar

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

10cc - 1980-04-30 - Rheingoldhalle, Mainz, Germany

Rheingoldhalle, Mainz, Germany
FM Broadcast Recording, Very Good Quality
("William Tell" Edition Recording)
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

OK, here's one more 10cc show. After the successful 1977 Deceptive Bends tour and release of the live album Live and Let Live, the group returned to the studio with the same band musicians as the tour, except that keyboardist Duncan MacKay replaced Tony O'Malley. The result was Bloody Tourists (1978), which produced another hit in the reggae-styled "Dreadlock Holiday" and also did well on the charts. But that success was short-lived, as in January 1979, the band suffered a major setback, in that Eric Stewart wear was involved in a serious car accident, damaging his ear and head, rendering him unable to go anywhere near music for more than 6 months. By the time the band was able to get back to working on their next album, their musical momentum had stalled, changes in the music business and musical tastes (punk and new wave had taken over rock) had reduced their popularity, and they would never again the level of their previous successes. The album, Look Hear? (1980), failed to produce any hits and stalled on the charts, and although solid, was the beginning of the end for the band. Stewart and Gouldman jettisoned the rest of the band (using session musicians) for the next album, Ten Out of Ten (1981), and also tried adding songs from guest Andrew Gold for the US version of the album, but it failed to attract much attention. Their next album, Window in the Jungle (1983), also was not successful, and the 1983 tour was the last from the band before going dormant and pursuing solo projects for the next several years. As mentioned in an earlier post, 10cc did get back together in 1991 for a new album (with limited involvement from Godley and Creme) and continuation through 1995, as well as subsequent touring bands fronted by Gouldman also billed as 10cc. Anyway, this 1980 tour was the last while the band was still flying relatively high. This is a very good recording from an FM broadcast. Although the setlist does feature many (6) lesser-known songs from the current Look Hear? album, it also features a nice selection of hits from previous albums as well, and it is a very fun show.   

01. L.A.Inflatable
02. Wall Street Shuffle
03. One Two Five
04. I'm Mandy Fly Me
05. Lovers Anonymous
06. How'm I Ever Gonna Say Goodbye
07. Good Morning Judge
08. From Rochdale To Ocho Rios
09. Art For Art'S Sake
10. It Doesn'T Matter At All
11. The Things We Do For Love
12. Don't Send Me Back
13. Deadlock Holiday
14. Feel The Benefit (Pt.1-3)
15. I'm Not In Love
16. Rubber Bullets/Life Is A Minestrone
17. Roll Over Beethoven

ERIC STEWART – Guitar/Keyboards/Vocals
RICK FENN – Guitar/Vocals
DUNCAN MACKAY – Keyboards/Vocals
STUART TOSH – Drums/Vocals

FLAC - 10cc_1980-04-30_Mainz,Germany_FLAC.rar

mp3 - 10cc_1980-04-30_Mainz,Germany_mp3.rar

Sunday, February 23, 2020

10cc - 1977-10-04 - Koseinenken Hall, Tokyo, Japan

Koseinenkin Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Audience recording, good quality

Mp3@320 kbps

Here's more 10cc. As mentioned in the last post, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme left the band shortly after recording the album How Dare You? (1976), which is considered by many as their best album. But the growing distance between the two sets of songwriters (Stewart and Gouldman vs. Godley and Creme) regarding the music and vision for the band had become too much. Godley and Creme, always on the more experimental and avant-garde side, left to work on their own project, which became the  3-album concept opus Consequences (1977). Stewart and Gouldman, with the more pop song sensibilities, continued on as 10cc. But now without Godley and Creme, they were determined to show the world that the band could continue just as strong as previously (some critics had already dubbed the new version of the band 5cc). So, Stewart and Gouldman put everything they had into their next album, even playing all the instruments (except for Paul Burgess on drums). The new album, Deceptive Bends (1977) would be their most successful yet, with the hits "The Things We Do Love" "Good Morning Judge", and "People in Love", and much critical acclaim. Personally, this is my favorite 10cc album. But although they could record the album as a trio, additional musicians were needed to perform the songs live. So, for their Deceptive Bends tour, a "touring band" adding Rick Fenn, Tony O'Malley, and Stuart Tosh was established to cover all the parts and fill out the sound. The tour was a major success and resulted in the release of the first live album Live and Let Live (1977) which was recorded on this tour. The setlist focuses strongly on the new album, including 8 of the 9 songs from Deceptive Bends, along with favorites from the earlier albums. The concert posted here today is from later in the tour, from Japan. It is an audience recording, but overall has quite good sound, and again, there just are not very many unofficial live shows from 10cc available, so this is a nice treat. 

1 The Second Sitting For The Last Supper
2 You've Got a Cold
3 Honeymoon With B Troop
4 Wall Street Shuffle
5 People In Love
6 Band intro
7 Art For Art's Sake
8 Ships Don't Disappear In The Night (Do They?)
9 I'm Mandy Fly Me
10 Marriage Bureau Rendezvous
11 Good Morning Judge
12 Feel The Benefit
13 Waterfall
14 The Things We Do For Love
15 I'm Not In Love
16 Modern Man Blues

Eric Stewart - Vocals, Guitar, Grand Piano & Keyboard
Graham Gouldman - Vocals, Guitar & Bass Guitar
Rick Fenn - Backing Vocals, Guitar & Bass Guitar
Tony O'Malley - Backing Vocals (lead on AFAS), Piano & Keyboard
Stuart Tosh - Backing vocals, Drums & Percussion
Paul Burgess - Drums & Percussion


Saturday, February 15, 2020

10cc - 1975-11-26 - Santa Monica Civic Center, Santa Monica, CA

Santa Monica Civic Center, Santa Monica, CA

Pre-FM Soundboard recording, excellent quality
Available in both lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Listening to the Graham Gouldman acoustic show naturally made me want to hear some 10cc, and their original, unique, sometimes bizarre and sometimes zany take on '70's pop music . There's not many high quality unofficial live recordings from the earlier days of the band, but this is probably the best around. It is a full-length show from their 1975 American Tour, in support of their breakthrough album, The Original Soundtrack (1975), their third official LP. Although the band achieved earlier success in the UK with their first two albums, 10cc (1973) and Sheet Music (1974), it wasn't until Original Soundtrack and their hit, 'I'm Not in Love' that they scored on the US charts. Thus, the 1975 tour was their first tour as headlining act in the US. The set featured songs from their two most recent albums, as well as a preview of a song ('Art For Art's Sake') from their next album, How Dare You (1976), which would be the last album that included original members Godley and Creme. Enjoy this 1975 look at 10cc.

Note: This show has been widely distributed with the date as November 11, 1975, but this is not correct. Verification by tour schedules and various 10cc fan sites shows that the correct date is November 26. (The band started their West Coast shows on 11/13 in Vancouver, and over the next 2 weeks made their way down the coast, through Washington, Oregon, and Northern CA, before their Southern CA date in Santa Monica on the 26th). See pic of backstage pass at bottom of post for date verification.  

01. Introduction (1:31)
02. Silly Love (4:34)
03. Flying Junk (3:54)
04. Interlude (1:39)
05. Baron Samedi (8:56)
06. Old Wild Men (5:11)
07. Interlude – 1 (2:21)
08. The Sacro-Iliac (2:45)
09. Interlude – 2 (0:49)
10. Somewhere In Hollywood (7:08)
11. Interlude – 3 (1:02)
12. Donna (3:37)
13. Interlude – 4 (0:56)
14. Ships Don’t Disappear in the Night (Do They) (5:18)
15. I’m Not In Love (6:34)
16. Interlude – 5 (1:31)
17. The Film of My Love (6:01)
18. Interlude – 6 (1:52)
19. Art For Art’s Sake (6:39)
20. Interlude – 7 (1:01)
21. The Worst Band In the World (3:34)
22. Neanderthal Man (1:27)
23. The Wall Street Shuffle (5:20)
24. Rubber Bullets (12:11)
25. Une Nuit a Paris, Pt- 1 One Night in Paris Pt- 2 The Same Night in Paris (10:33)

Eric Stewart - vocals, guitars, keyboards;
Graham Gouldman - vocals, bass, guitars;
Lol Crème - vocals, guitars, pinao, gizmo;
Kevin Godley - vocals, drums, percussion;
Paul Burgess - drums, percussion

FLAC - 10cc_1975-11-26_Santa MonicaCA_FLAC.rar

Mp3 - 10cc_1975-11-26_Santa MonicaCA_mp3.rar

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Graham Gouldman - Heart Full of Songs Live! - 2013

Graham Gouldman & Friends
Heart Full of Songs Live!
Unknown dates and venues, 2013

Acoustic performance
Soundboard recording, excellent quality (promotional release)
Mp3 @320 kbps

Graham Gouldman, best-known as a member of the wonderful band 10cc, established himself as a successful songwriter long before his involvement with 10cc. Although his own early bands did not gain much success (The Mockingbirds, The Mindbenders), in the mid-sixties he wrote a string of hit songs for other bands, including The Yardbirds ('For Your Love', 'Heart Full of Soul', 'Evil Hearted You'), The Hollies ('Look Through Any Window', 'Bus Stop'), Herman's Hermits ('Listen People', 'No Milk Today'), and Wayne Fontana ('Pamela, Pamela'). In 1969, Gouldman entered into an agreement to write bubblegum pop songs for Super K productions, which was a 'creative lowpoint' for him, but he eventually convinced the producers that him and his musician friends could play and record all their songs for much cheaper than bringing in outside musicians, and so they did. This brought together Gouldman with Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley, and Lol Creme (whom he had worked with previously in various bands) to crank out a large number of pop songs in a short period of time, under many different band names, at Strawberry Studios, and eventually lead to them becoming 10cc, in 1972, with a record deal of their own. And, of course, 10cc went on to much success, with both hit records and critical acclaim over the next several years. But by 1976, Godley and Creme left the group, with Gouldman and Stewart carrying on as 10cc until 1983. Gouldman then teamed with Andrew Gold to form Wax in 1984 and released three albums over the next few years. Then in 1991, the original lineup of 10cc briefly got back together in a semi-reunion (Godley and Creme were basically guesting on a Gouldman-Stewart album) with additional guest artists (such as Jeff Porcaro and David Paich of Toto, Dr. John, and Andrew Gold) for the 10cc 'comeback' album ...Meanwhile (1992). Although Godley and Creme were only involved for a short time, Gouldman and Stewart kept 10cc going for a subsequent tour and another new album in 1995, which was the final album credited to 10cc. After that, Gouldman split with Stewart, but continued to tour sporadically with a 'touring' version of 10cc on and off over the ensuing years. Gouldman released solo albums in 2000 (And Another Thing) and 2012 (Love and Work). The concept for the 'Heart Full of Songs' acoustic shows grew out of the strong audience response from an acoustic section in the middle of the 10cc shows. So, in 2013, Gouldman, along with current 10cc bandmates Rick Fenn, Mick Wilson, and Mike Stevens, played a series of acoustic shows featuring songs from throughout all stages of Gouldman's career, from his earliest songwriting days through the 10cc years, to his more more recent solo work. The recording featured here was professionally recorded by Gouldman and his crew, but was never released commercially. It was sold for a short time at HFOS shows in 2014, but has not been available in any form for several years. I got this from the now-defunct Willard's Wormholes site, and the only reason I have not posted it previously is that I was not sure if it could be considered an official release or not. However, the fact that it is not available through any commercial outlets or listed anywhere as an official release, including Gouldman's own website, I presume that this is OK to share. If not, I'm sure I will find out very quickly. The show itself is a delightful event, Gouldman's voice is still strong and clear, and the acoustic arrangements bring a light and refreshing sound to these many fine and familiar songs, and serves as a wonderful celebration and look back at Gouldman's career. Highly Recommended. Gouldman was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2014, and this serves as a fine resume for his songwriting credentials. Gouldman has recently announced a new Heart Full of Songs tour in the UK this year (starting March 2020), as well as a new solo album, Modesty Forbids, to be released at the same time.    

01. Pamela, Pamela
02. Heart Full of Soul
03. Good Morning Judge
04. No Milk Today
05. Sunburn
06. Love's Not for Me (Rene's Song)
07. The Halls of Rock'n Roll
08. Look Through Any Window
09. Daylight
10. Bus Stop
11. Dancing Days
12. Building A Bridge To Your Heart
13. I'm Not in Love
14. Ariella
15. Ready To Go Home
16. The Things We Do for Love
17. Memory Lane
18. For Your Love
19. Donna
20. Dreadlock Holiday

Graham Gouldman - vocals, guitar, bass
Rick Fenn - vocals, guitar
Mick Wilson - vocals, gutitar, percussion, ukelele
Mike Stevens - keyboards, accordian, sax, penny whistle

Graham Gouldman_Heart Full of Songs Live!_2013.rar

Saturday, January 18, 2020

David + David - 1986-12-17 - The Roxy, Hollywood, CA

David + David

The Roxy, Hollywood, CA
Pre-FM Recording, Excellent quality
Mp3 @ 320 kbps

Remember David + David, that dynamite rock duo (consisting of David Baerwald and David Ricketts) that burst on the music scene in 1986 with their powerful, dark, and dynamic debut single 'Welcome to the Boomtown'?  Well I certainly do, but was only just reminded of them when as I was transferring some old music files to a new hard drive and I came across this excellent show and recording from David + David in the midst of their debut tour. Of course, if you don't remember them it is probably because they came and went pretty quickly, as after their tour in support of their only album, Boomtown (1986), they quickly broke up and went their separate ways. They only had that one 'hit' single, which only just broke the top 40 on the charts. But as it is with most so-called 'One-Hit Wonders', there is alot more to their story than that one hit single. Although receiving considerable air-play on FM radio, their potential follow-up singles, 'Swallowed by the Cracks' and 'Ain't it Easy', which also were fine songs, never broke through onto the charts, and that was it for the 'band'. Talented multi-instrumentalists and songwriters, David and David had played all the instruments on their album, but never followed with another album. They played as session musicians, and David Baerwald ventured into a solo career, with a couple fine solo albums in the subsequent years,  Bedtime Stories (1990) and Triage (1992), which were critically-acclaimed, but sales-challenged. David Ricketts worked on albums with Toni Childs and Robbie Robertson in the late '80's to early '90's. Later in 1992, David Baerwald, with his producer friend Bill Bottrell founded the 'Tuesday Music Club' which was a loose assemblage of musicians and songwriters that would get together and play (and also sometimes included David Ricketts). Out of that group, and working with an aspiring young female singer-songwriter, developed into Sheryl Crow's debut album, Tuesday Night Music Club, with Baerwald and others from that assemblage sharing songwriting credits on most of the songs. However, with the sensational success of Crow and that album, disputes and disagreements within the group (regarding songwriting and who deserved credit for the sound and style of the album) lead to that association falling apart as well (although Sheryl continued to blossom). Baerwald continued on more as a songwriter than performer, with his songs being recorded and performed by a wide variety of artists, ranging from Waylon Jennings, Fishbone, Susanna Hoffs, Leann Rimes, Holly Cole to Nicole Kidman and Luciano Pavarotti. Baerwald has also worked extensively as a songwriter and score composer for various film and television projects.
But this fine show takes us back to their glory days as David+David, which was a great '80's band, if only for a short time.

01. A Rock For The Forgotten 04:56
02. Good Times 04:05
03. Band Chatter 00:27
04. Swimming In The Ocean 04:04
05. Being Alone Together 06:52
06. Swallowed By the Cracks 04:59
07. Heroes 03:14
08. All Alone In the Big City 04:55
09. My Eyes Are Open 03:39
10. Welcome To The Boomtown 05:47
11. Ain't So Easy 04:51
12. River's Gonna Rise 05:32
13. Crowd / Band Chatter 00:28
14. Ah, Baby 03:35
15. The Pusher 05:31

David Ricketts - keyboards, guitar, vocals;
David Baerwald - guitar, vocals;
Paulinho Da Costa - percussion;
Rick Stekol - guitar;
Jeff Martin - keyboards;
Greg Ellis - drums;
Stu Hamm - bass;
Toni Childs - backing vocals;
Amy Knowell - backing vocals