Sunday, October 25, 2020

The Dixie Dregs - 1982-06-11 - Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA

The Dixie Dregs

Berklee Performance Center,
Boston, Mass. U.S.A.
Soundboard recording, excellent quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Here's more from jazzy progressive rockers The Dixie Dregs, from a few years later than the previous post (from 1979). In 1980, the band released their first album with Arista Records (and fifth overall), Dregs of the Earth. For their next album, Unsung Heroes (1981), Violinist extraordinaire Mark O'Connor joined the band (replacing Allen Sloan), and they shortened their name to just The Dregs, in an attempt to increase their national and commercial appeal (by removing the obvious Southern reference), but with little effect. Their next album, Industry Standard (1982) included vocals on some songs for the first time, featuring guest vocalists such as Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers) and Alex Ligertwood (Santana). Although their albums were critically acclaimed and much loved among fans, and they toured extensively in 1981 and 1982, efforts to increase their popularity were not successful, and frustrated by their lack of building a bigger fanbase, the band members went their separate ways following their 1982 tour. Reunions occurred in the late 80's and mid-90's, releasing a new album in 1994 (Full Circle). In subsequent, The Dregs have remained a loose assemblage of former members, occasionally reunited for specific events or short tours, right up to the present day. But here we have The Dregs in a great soundboard recording from their 1982 Tour, with a longer show featuring mostly new and different songs than in the previously posted show. Great stuff.    

1: assembly line > take it off the top  5:55
2: divided we stand  5:21
3: where's Dixie  4:33
4: chips ahoy  4:45
5: rock and roll park (O'Connor on guitar)  5:03
6: bloodsucking leeches (O'Connor on guitar)  4:17
7: limerock  2:25
8: odyssey  7:37
9: kat food  5:12
10: vitamin Q  6:16
11: the bash  8:28
12: cruise control  13:42
13: punk sandwich  3:43
14: Twiggs approved  4:46
runtime: 82:09

The Dregs
Steve Morse: guitar
Mark O'Connor: violin (guitar on tracks 5 and 6)
T. Lavitz: keyboards & sax
Andy West: bass
Rod Morgenstein: drums

mp3 - Dixie Dregs_1982-06-11_Boston_mp3.rar

FLAC - Dixie Dregs_1982-06-11_Boston_FLAC.rar

Note: Although the image shown indicates 6/2 as the date, the correct date is 6/11. Image is from an earlier version recording of this show which had the wrong concert date. 

Sunday, October 18, 2020

The Dixie Dregs - 1979-05-07 - Oakland Park Theatre, Oakland Park, FL

The Dixie Dregs

Oakland West Theater, Oakland Park, Florida, USA 
Soundboard recording, excellent quality
Mp3 @ 320 kbps

While I'm featuring jazz fusion-esque prog rockers from the 70's, I can't leave out The Dixie Dregs, and their exciting and unique blend of country, southern rock, classical, jazz, contemporary pop, and 'electronic nonsense' in a compelling and dizzying package. The basis of what came to be The Dixie Dregs were originally formed by guitarist Steve Morse and bassist Andy West back in 1970, and went through various names, forms, and lineups in their early days as Morse and West were music students at University of Miami. Their first recording (The Great Spectacular, 1975) was a limited independent LP release recorded at U of M. Their first major label release, Free Fall, came in 1977 after signing with Capricorn records (and a recommendation by Chuck Leavell of the Allman Brothers Band). The critical success of that album led to What If  (1978) and their first major tour, with a lineup of Morse, West, Allen Sloan (violin), Mark Parrish (keyboards), and Rod Morgenstein (drums). Their next album, Night of the Living Dregs (1979) earned them their first Grammy nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance and garnered them a much wider following. Keyboardist T Lavitz joined the band around this time, as Mark Parrish left. However, in late 1979, Capricorn Records folded, and the band signed with Arista for their next several albums. The show presented here is a fine soundboard recording from the Night of the Living Dregs tour in 1979 and features the band in prime form, shortly after T Lavitz joined the band.

01. Freefall
02. Gina Lola Breakdown
03. Punk Sandwich
04. Night Meets Light
05. Refried Funky Chicken
06. Patchwork
07. Night Of The Living Dregs
08. The Bash
09. Odyssey
10. Drum Solo / Cruise Control
11. Disco Dregs
12. Kathreen
13. Dixie

Steve Morse - guitar
Andy West - bass guitar
Allen Sloan - violin
Rod Morgenstein - drums
T Lavitz - keyboards

Dixie Dregs_1979-05-07_OaklandPkFL_mp3.rar

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Weather Report - 1977-11-30 - Majestic Theater, Grand Rapids, MI

Weather Report

Majestic Theater, Grand Rapids MI
Soundboard recording, very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

While I'm featuring jazz fusion-prog rock from the Seventies, we can't forget one of the pre-eminent jazz-rock bands of that time, Weather Report. Weather Report was formed in 1970 by jazz keyboardist Joe Zawinul, saxophonist Wayne Shorter, and Czech bassist Miroslav Vitous. Although the band had a revolving door of drummers and percussionists over the years (Most notably Alphonse Mouzon, Chester Thompson, Alex Acuna, Peter Erskine) and multiple bassists (Alphonso Johnson, Jaco Pastorius, Victor Bailey), Zawinul and Shorter were central to every Weather Report lineup.  Both Shorter and Zawinul had worked with Miles Davis (most prominently on In a Silent Way, 1969) prior to forming Weather Report, and the early sound of the band leaned more towards an avant-garde jazz style building on the what Davis was doing. By 1973, the band was moving more towards a jazz-funk groove-oriented style, and Zawinul was a pioneer in the use of synthesizers in jazz. With both Shorter and Zawinul being first-rate composers (along with the later addition of Jaco Pastorius), Weather Report featured more structured and melodic songs than most jazz-oriented bands. By 1976, Weather Report moved further toward a jazz-rock-oriented approach, Bassist Jaco Pastorius joined the band, and their albums Black Market (1976) and Heavy Weather (1977) were their most popular and successful yet, culminating in an actual 'hit' in 'Birdland'. Here is a show from Weather Report around that time, a very nice soundboard recording of a show from Grand Rapids, MI in 1977. Although the recording is a bit short (may have been edited down to under an hour for radio broadcast), it features several songs from both Heavy Weather and Black Market. And since this recording did not include their most popular song, 'Birdland', I have added a version from another show (1978 audience recording - Providence) to round out the set.

1.  Elegant People
2.  Scarlet Woman
3.  Teen Town
4.  A Remark You Made
5.  Interlude
6.  Black Market
7.  Its About That Time
8.  Night and Day 
Bonus Track: 
 (1978-11-12 - Providence, RI, Aud)
9. Birdland

Joe Zawinul - Keyboards
Wayne Shorter - Saxophones
Jaco Pastorius - Bass
Alex Acuna - Drums
Manolo Badrena - Percussion  
(Bonus track only, Peter Erskine - Drums)

FLAC - Weather Report_1977-11-30_Grand RapidsMI_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Weather Report_1977-11-30_Grand RapidsMI_mp3.rar

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Return To Forever - 1975-11-12 - Calderone Concert Hall, Hempstead, NY

eturn To Forever
Calderone Concert Hall, Hempstead, NY

FM Broadcast Recording, very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions
While we're visiting the neighborhood of the jazz fusion branch of the '70's Progressive Rock scene, how about some Return To Forever, jazz keyboardist Chick Corea's foray into the 70's fusion trend, with the best lineup featuring Stanley Clarke on bass, Al Di Meola on guitar, and Lenny White on drums. Their album veering the closest to a more rockin' style was Romantic Warrior in 1976, which was also their most popular and successful. Unfortunately, Al and Lenny left the band shortly after that album, and the band did not tour that year. Chick and Stanley reconfigured the band for the 1977 album Music Magic, taking the band in a slightly different direction and style, and never quite recaptured the feel or success of Romantic Warrior. Although there are no shows from 1976, here is a show from late 1975 that features an early version of the title track to their next album, Romantic Warrior, as well as virtuoso performances (with songs from previous albums and much improvisation). Check it out.

1. Intro
2. Vulcan Worlds
3. talk
4. Shadow of Lo
5. talk
6. Romantic Warrior
7. Chick's Solo - La Fiesta
8. Al's Solo piece
9. Stanley's Solo piece
10. Lenny's Solo piece
11. Outro

Chick Corea
Al Di Meola
Stanley Clarke  
Lenny White

FLAC - Return To Forever_1975-11-22_HempsteadNY_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Return To Forever_1975-11-22_HempsteadNY_mp3.rar

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Brand X - 2019-02-08 - Cruise to the Edge, Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas

Brand X

February 8, 2019
Cruise To The Edge (Day 5)
Colony Club, Royal Caribbean Brilliance Of The Seas
En Route from Cozumel, Mexico to Tampa, FL USA
Lostbrook 2.0 Volume 283
Audience recording, very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

40 years after first forming the band, the original founders guitarist John Goodsall and bassist Percy Jones re-formed their jazz fusion progressive rock band Brand X in 2016, first for a special reunion show, but then the band continued on for further touring in 2017 and beyond. . The new version of the band had Chris Clark on keyboards, Scott Weinberger on percussion, and brought back Kenwood Dennard on Drums. In 2017, Kenny Grohowski replaced Dennard on drums. Demonstrating that they still had what it takes, here is a show from 2019. Unfortunately, Goodsall was not available for this show, part of a progressive rock special cruise (the Cruise to the Edge series - also featured on the Cruise that year: Yes, Steve Hackett, PFM, Pendragon, Soft Machine, Riverside, Gazpacho, and the David Cross Band), but guitarist Alex Machacek capably fills in.Thanks to taper Lostbrook who was on the Cruise and captured many of the shows on tape and has made them available. Check out Brand X still sizzling in 2019.

01 Intro > Euthanasia Waltz (5:14)
02 Smacks Of Euphoric Hysteria (5:24)
03 Born Ugly (11:53)
04 Not Good Enough - See Me! > Band Intros (10:09)
05 Why Should I Lend You Mine (When You've Broken Yours Off Already) (10:46)
06 The Ghost Of Mayfield Lodge (10:58)
07 Nuclear Burn (10:11)
08 Disco Suicide (8:49)
09 Malaga Virgen (11:28)

Percy Jones - bass
Chris Clark - keyboards
Scott Weinberger - percussion
Kenny Grohowski - drums, percussion
Alex Machacek - guitar

FLAC - Brand X_2019-02-08_Cruise to the Edge_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Brand X_2019-02-08_Cruise to the Edge_mp3.rar

Friday, August 28, 2020

Brand X - 1977-09-28 - Glass Onion, Rochester, NY

Brand X

Glass Onion, Rochester, NY
FM Broadcast Recording, very good quality
Available in both lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Jazz fusion-progressive rock band Brand X picked up where the original Mahavishnu Orchestra left off and took the jazz-rock branch of the progressive rock movement to a whole new level. More jazz, more rock, and more progressiveness. Brand X was formed in 1975 by guitarist John Goodsall, bassist Percy Jones, and keyboardist Robin Lumley. Genesis drummer Phil Collins was invited to join in on some early band rehearsals, and this core group eventually recorded the first Brand X album, Unorthodox Behavior (1976). Collins played with the band whenever he was not busy with Genesis commitments. For their next album, Moroccan Roll (1977), percussionist Morris Pert was added to the lineup. But with Collins busy with his own Genesis tour, another drummer had to be recruited for the band's upcoming 1977 North American tour, and jazz drummer Kenwood Dennard was brought in (and a very capable replacement he was). A Live album from the 1977 tour was released, Livestock (1977). The band endured lineup changes for the next album, Masques (1978), with Collins unavailable, and Lumley and Pert leaving, but Collins returned for the next album, Product (1979). Two more albums were released in the subsequent years (which included Collins and Lumley on some tracks), Do They Hurt? (1980) and Is There Anything About? (1982), however, these consisted primarily of outtakes from the Product sessions, and the band had essentially disbanded in 1980 after their world tour. Goodsall and Jones later revived the band in 1992 (although Goodsall and Jones were the only members from previous incarnations) for a couple of new albums, but again disbanded by 1997. But following a 2016 reunion (including Goodsall, Jones, Lumley, and Dennard), the band was re-formed for additional touring and is still active. Here is a show (2 sets) from their heyday in 1977 (although does not include Collins, as he was touring with Genesis). Great 1970's jazz-rock fusion/progressive rock.

Disc 1: Early Show
1. Radio Intro/Disco Suicide
2. Why Should I Lend You Mine
3. Deadly Nightshade
4. Nightmare Patrol
5. Nuclear Burn
Disc 2: Late Show
1. Disco Suicide
2. Earth Dance
3. Malaga Virgen
4. Access To Data
5. Why Should I lend You Mine
6. Deadly Nightshade

John Goodsall - Guitar
Percy Jones - Bass
Robin Lumley - keyboards
Morris Pert - Percussion
Kenwood Dennard - Drums

FLAC - Brand X_1977-09-28_Rochester_FLAC.rar

Mp3 - Brand X_1977-09-28_Rochester_mp3.rar


Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Mahavishnu Orchestra - 1973-02-17 - Case Western University, Cleveland OH

Mahavishnu Orchestra
February 17, 1973
Adelbert Gymnasium,
Case Western University,
Cleveland, OH
Soundboard recording, excellent quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

British jazz guitarist John McLaughlin started out playing in several different UK bands and doing session work in the mid 1960's. In 1969, he moved from London to New York to get involved in the NY Jazz scene. And very active he was, playing with Tony Williams, Wayne Shorter, MiroslavVituos, Joe Farrel, and most notably, he played on numerous Miles Davis albums, including In a Silent Way, Bitches Brew, Live-Evil, On The Corner, Big Fun, and A Tribute to Jack Johnson.He also released a series of solo albums, including Extrapolation (1969), Devotion (1970), and My Goal's Beyond (1971) around this time. That last album was inspired by John's Indian spiritual leader Sri Chimnoy, and it was from inspiration that he took on the name 'Mahavishnu'. Following that album, McLaughlin recruited Panamanian drummer Billy Cobham and American violinist Jerry Goodman, who had worked with him on the album, to join him in his new jazz-rock fusion band, the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Also joining the bad was Irish bassist Rick Laird and Czechoslovakian keyboardist Jan Hammer. Their musical style blended many genres, combining jazz with high-volume electrified rock, complex rhythms and unusual time signatures, Indian and European classical music, and funk. Their first two albums, The Inner Mounting Flame (1971) and Birds of Fire (1973), both all instrumental, were released to rave reviews and enthusiastic responses. They were at the forefront of the jazz-fueled contingent of progressive rock music of the early 1970's. However, during sessions for their next album, tension, turmoil, and personal disagreements within the group erupted and the sessions were aborted, and the band split. A live album Between Nothingness and Eternity (1973) was released (which included songs from the aborted sessions), but those sessions were not released until nearly 40 years later (The Lost Trident Sessions - 2011). McLaughlin quickly re-formed the band with new players in 1974 (Jean-Luc Ponty-violin, Gayle Moran-keyboards, Ralph Armstrong-bass, Narada Michael Walden-drums), and another series of albums released (Apocalypse-1974, Visions of the Emerald Beyond-1975, and Inner Worlds-1976), although with some additional personnel changes with each album, before the band broke up again in 1976. McLaughlin went on to various other projects over the years, including Shakti, One Truth, and The Translators, before re-forming Mahavishnu again in 1984, with original drummer Billy Cobham, but by this time their music was very different from the original band. After this short-lived 3rd incarnation, McLaughlin went on to the John McLaughlin Guitar Trio and other projects. Billy Cobham had a successful solo career, as well as playing with many other bands. Jan Hammer and Jerry Goodman also had successful careers working with various musicians, as well as an acclaimed album together (Like Children-1974). But here we have a great show from the early heyday of the original band, after the release of Birds of Fire, but before the demise of the original lineup. Here is an impressive display of the innovative and influential style of the original Mahavishnu Orchestra.

1. Birds Of Fire >
2. Open Country Joy
3. Hope >
4. Awakening
5. Miles Beyond
6. One Word
7. Sanctuary >
8. The Dance Of Maya
9. Vital Transformation

John McLaughlin - Electric Doubleneck Guitar
Rick Laird - Electric Bass
Jerry Goodman - Electric Violin
Jan Hammer - Keyboards
Billy Cobham - Drums

FLAC - Mahavishnu Orchestra_1973-02-17_Cleveland_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Mahavishnu Orchestra_1973-02-17_Cleveland_mp3.rar

Intersting side note: Notice (from concert ad above) that Aerosmith was the opening act (pre-fame), which seems like a strange combo. Not sure most Mahavishnu fans would be into Aerosmith, or vice versa, but sometimes those strange matchups work out (Remember that famously, Jimi Hendrix once opened for The Monkees).