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.

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
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.  

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
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

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Paolo Nutini - 2014-06-27 - Glastonbury Festival

Paolo Nutini,
June 27, 2014
Glastonbury Festival 2014,
Worthy Farm, Pilton, UK

BBC Broadcast Recording, very good quality
Mp3 @ 320 kbps

OK, so here's some more from Paolo, this time from his recent performance at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival, featuring songs from his latest album, Caustic Love. For those interested, video of the show is also available through the BBC, and can be found elsewhere on the web

1. Let Me Down Easy
2. Coming Up Easy
3. Better Man
4. One Day
5. Cherry Blossom
6. Pencil Full of Lead
7. Iron Sky
8. Candy

Paolo Nutini_Glastonbury 2014.rar

Friday, July 25, 2014

Paolo Nutini - 2009-05-18 - Dunfermline, Scotland

Paolo Nutini
Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline, Scotland

Audience recording, good quality
mp3 @ vbr (221-245 kbps)

Here's another international star who is relatively unknown in the US, Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini. I first heard Paolo back around 2006, with the song 'New Shoes' on the radio and was immediately taken with it. It just had a great groove and feel, and I loved it the first time I heard it, but then it never really took off here, and faded (ironically, now, several years later, Pharrell Williams lifted that same great groove and feel, dumbed it down a bit, and rode it to the smash hit, oscar-nominated 'Happy'). I didn't think much more about 'New Shoes' or Paolo until a couple years later when I heard the song again, and remembered how much I liked it, and wondered more about who Paolo Nutini was. I figured he was probably just a struggling singer/songwriter and New Shoes was his only brush with fame. However, when I googled Paolo I was very surprised to find that he was a big star in the UK, with multiple hit records (and 'New Shoes' wasn't even one of them) as well as hit albums, and was also becoming a star in europe, yet was still virtually unknown in the US. Anyway, Paolo's first album, These Streets (2006) was a hit and established him as a rising star, then the follow-up, Sunny Side Up (2009) was an even biger hit, reaching Number 1 in the UK. Now, in 2014, he has released his third album, Caustic Love, which has already reached No. 1 in the UK and elsewhere, yet he has still not been able to crack the US audience, press, or radio. He seems to be making a major push for the US this year, though, with TV appearances and a major US tour this fall, so it may soon be that America finally 'discovers' and embraces him. His more recent songs have gone in a more soulful, R&B-oriented direction, rather than the breezy pop and folk-rock of his first album, but all his music certainly would seem to fit right in with the American pop-rock scene and be accepted by US audiences, so it is somewhat surprising that he has yet to find mainstream success here. Anyway, here is a show from 2009, in his homeland Scotland, featuring songs from his first 2 albums. It is a good quality audience recording (although band is a bit distant), occasionally marred somewhat by an overenthusiastic audience and fans singing along with all the hits, but it certainly does show how popular he is there and gives a good summary of his music at this point in his career.   

01. Forget It
02. High Hopes
03. Alloway Grove
04. Loving You
05. Mellow Down Easy
06. Pencil Full of Lead
07. Last Request
08. Simple Things
09. Growing Up Beside You
10. These Streets
11. Candy
12. Bear Necessities (impromptu excerpt)
13. Coming Up Easy
14. Down in Mexico (Coasters cover)
15. Funky Cigarette
16. Sleepwalking
17. No Other Way
18. New Shoes
19. Tricks of the Trade
20. Ritalin
21. 10/10
22. Jenny

Paolo Nutini_2009_Dunfermline.rar

Monday, June 30, 2014

Tim Christensen - Live Selections (Various Live performances, 2004-2012)

Tim Christensen
Live Selection Box (Various live performances, 2004-2012)

Soundboard, FM, or TV Broadcast recordings, very good quality
mp3 @ 320 kbps

Sorry about the lack of posts recently, but hey, it is summer, and I just have not had any time recently, and don't expect to be able to contribute anything much over the next month either, as I will be going away a lot this summer. Anyway, before I take off again, here is something from someone that is worth checking out but that most of you have probably never heard of (I had never heard of him until last year. This is Tim Christensen, the very talented Danish singer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist, formerly of the 90's Danish power rock band Dizzy Mizz Lizzy. After that band split, Tim went on his own with a series of solo albums (Secrets On Parade-2000, Honeyburst-2003, Superior-2008), live albums, and other projects (Tim Christensen and The Damn Crystals-2011), which showed much more diverse sides to his music, playing, and songwriting. Then, in June 2012, Christensen with a few friends, played a Paul McCartney tribute concert at Vega in Copenhagen, in celebration of McCartney's 70th birthday. The show included an amazing re-creation/re-imagining of  the entire Ram album (in sequence), as well as several other post-Beatles McCartney songs. The show was recorded and released in 2013 as Pure McCartney, and later that year I was introduced to the Pure McCartney album, and was amazed by it, leading to finding and enjoying more of Tim's music. He's a big star in Denmark, but little known elsewhere. This represents a selection of various live performances of Tim's (in high quality sound) over the last several years, to give you an idea of his music. Note: This collection was put together by Mick for the old ASH On The Beat Blog, so thanks to him for making this available and spreading the word about this amazing artist.

Rockpalast - 2009-03-25 (tracks 1-5)
01. Crossroads
02. Jump The Gun
03. Isolation Here I Come
04. Superior
05. Falling to Pieces
06. Hard to Make You Mine, Waterline (DR P3 Guild - 2009)
07. Wonder of Wonders (DR P3 Guild - 2009)
08. Don't Leave Me But Leave Me Alone (Abbey Road Studios - 2004)
09. Happy Ever After (giel3 FM)
10. 21st Century High (TV)
11. Tell Me What You Really want (TV)
12. Silverflame
13. Cinnamon Girl (w/Figurines)
14. Venus & Mars-Rockshow (w/Mike Viola & Tracy Bonham - 2012)
15. Wonder of Wonders (Mooi Weer De Leeuw - 2010-04-24)
16. Hard to Make You Mine (TV)

Tim Christensen - Live selection Box.rar

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Gene Clark - Gene Clark Box Set (Fan Compilation - 7 discs)

Gene Clark
Gene Clark Box Set (The Byrdwatchers Fan Club Collection) 7 discs

Compilation of Unreleased, rare, alternate takes, demos, and live recordings put together by Fans from the Byrdwatchers Fan Club, first made available in 2001.
Miscellaneous recordings of varying sound quality, but overall good to very good
Mp3 (VBR ~128-192kbps)
Artwork and notes included

Here is a hard-to-find gem, a fan compilation box set of the great songwriter and golden-voiced singer, Gene Clark. This is a whopping 7 disc collection consisting completely of unreleased material from throughout his post-Byrds (and Post-Dillard & Clark) career (covering 1971-1991). That is, this material was all unreleased at the time the compilation was put together, which was 2001, as since then official versions of some of these tracks have been subsequently released. The compilation is divided into the sections Unreleased Originals, Unreleased Covers, Rare releases and Alternate Takes, and The Live Performances, but within those sections there is no particular theme or order, as different time periods are mixed throughout. This version of the collection also includes some additional tracks (of unknown history and origin) that were obtained from the official Gene Clark web site several years ago (included in package I received). Thus, this contains loads of great stuff for dedicated fans, including much that you may not have heard before, by this great, underappreciated artist (However, due to the demo and unpolished nature of many of the tracks, probably not the best place to start for newcomers to Gene's music). Unfortunately, I only have this in this lower bitrate version, as I obtained this several years ago before trading at the higher bitrates became commonplace, and have been unable to find a higher quality version since, but being able to get this in any form is well worth it. Thanks to all those dedicated fans that were able to track down these recordings, make this compilation, and then make it available for others to enjoy.

Disc 1
01 - I Don't Want To See You Anymore
02 - Carry On
03 - Shades of Blues
04 - I Need to Fly
05 - Sleep Will Return
06 - After The Storm
07 - Look Who's Missing Who
08 - Somewhere After Midnight
09 - Life and Times
10 - Straight from the Heart
11 - Crazy Ladies
12 - Ladies' Turnaround
13 - My Marie
14 - I Am Without You
15 - On The Run
16 - The Old Mountain God
Disc 2
01 - Last of the Blue Diamond Miners
02 - Winning Hand (Dancin' on the Moon)
03 - (Living In) Hard Times
04 - You're Gonna Miss That Somebody
05 - Daylight Line
06 - Ship of the Lord
07 - Into the Night
08 - You and I
09 - I Had a Dream Come True
10 - What Is Meant Will Be
11 - We Came For Love (Mary Ann)
12 - Put Your Faith In Me
13 - Wheel of Time

Disc 3
01 - No Memories Hanging Around
02 - Kaw-Uga
03 - Long Black Veil
04 - Gates Of Eden
05 - Tell It Like It Is
06 - She Loves You
07 - I Shall Be Released
08 - Stand By Me
09 - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
10 - Kansas City
11 - Knockin' On Heaven's Door
12 - I'll Be Back
13 - You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
14 - Boll Weevill Song
Disc 4
01 - Baby Blue
02 - Love Is Gonna Come At Last
03 - My Back Pages
04 - One Hundred Years From Now
05 - You Really Got a Hold On Me
06 - Living Nextdoor To Alice
07 - It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
08 - The Closer You Get
09 - Still Feeling Blue
10 - Young Love (First Love)
11 - So You Wanna Be A Rock And Roll Star
12 - Needles and Pins
13 - Ain't Livin' Long Like This
14 - Why You Been Gone So Long


01 - Day For The Night
02 - Denver Or Whenever
03 - Lover's Turnaround
04 - Jokers Are Wild
05 - Release Me Girl
06 - Here Without You
07 - Hula Bula Man
08 - Changes
09 - Outlaw Song
10 - I Remember The Railroad
11 - Why Did You Leave Me Today
12 - Shooting Star
13 - Gypsy Rider
14 - Mary Sue
15 - In A Misty Morning
16 - All I Want
17 - Love Wins Again
18 - She Don't Care About Time
19 - The Virgin
20 - I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better
Additional tracks (From official web site) - no documentation:
21 - Ain't Livin' Long Like This
22 - I Really Don't Want to Know
23 - Love Deluxe       
24 - Roadmaster   
25 - Rough and Rocky
26 - Tried So Hard   
27 - Where Does Love Go
28 - Gypsy Rider

Disc 6
01 - Kansas City Southern
02 - If You Could Read My Mind
03 - Painted Fire
04 - Won't Let You Down
05 - Something About You Baby
06 - Train Leaves Here This Morning
07 - Hear The Wind
08 - Backstage Pass
09 - The World Turns All Around Her
10 - Release Me Girl
11 - Spanish Guitar
12 - Satisfied Mind
13 - Denver Or Whenever
14 - Eight Miles High
15 - Rodeo Rider
16 - Your Fire Burning
17 - She Don't Care About Time
18 - Past Addresses
19 - Little Mama
20 - Bells Of Rhymney
Disc 7
01 - You're Gonna Miss That Somebody
02 - Blue Raven
03 - Here Without You
04 - Feeling Higher
05 - Silver Raven
06 - Fair And Tender Ladies
07 - Gypsy Rider
08 - Life's Greatest Fool
09 - Rain Song
10 - American Dreamer
11 - Hot Burrito #1
12 - Stand By Me
13 - Set You Free This Time
14 - You Showed Me
15 - I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better
16 - Mr Tambourine Man

Discs 1&2: Gene Clark - Fan Club Box Set discs1&2.rar
Discs 3&4: Gene Clark - Fan Club Box Set discs3&4.rar
Disc 5: Gene Clark - Fan Club Box Set disc5.rar
Discs 6&7: Gene Clark - Fan Club Box Set discs6&7