Friday, October 30, 2009

Little Feat - 1988-08-15 - Houston, TX


Little Feat
8/15/88 (Late Show)
Rockefellers - Houston, Texas
Soundboard, very good quality
mp3 @ 192


Ok, here's one more Little Feat show before we move on, this one from the post-George reunited band in 1988 (just to show that they were still great in the post-George era). Craig Fuller (formerly of Pure Prairie League) had opened (as the Kaz/Fuller Band) for and played with the Feat on their last tour (1978), so the band was already comfortable with him when they asked him to join the band, primarily for lead vocals. Multi-instrumentalist Fred Tackett (who also had previously played with the band on most of their studio albums) was also officially added for additional guitar and miscellaneous instrument work. The rest of the band was the same core as when George was there (Payne, Barrere, Gradney, Hayward, and Clayton), which is more than enough to make a great rockin' band. The re-formed and re-energized band came out smokin' with one of the group's all-time best albums, Let It Roll, in 1988, and their subsequent tour was as great as ever (As great as George was, Payne's keyboard work has always been my favorite part of the band). The new songs blended in great with the old classics, and the band has been rockin' on ever since. Fuller only stayed until 1993, however, and after that female vocalist Shaun Murphy was added to the group, which resulted in a somewhat different vocal sound for some of the classics, but it still worked well, and the Feat continue to put on a great concert show to this day. As mentioned previously hundreds of Little Feat shows (from all eras) are available through the Live Music Archives (www.archive.org/details/etree). However, this excellent 1988 soundboard show is not available there, but you can get it right here.

Tracklist:
01 Fat Man In The Bathtub
02 Spanish Moon
03 Skin It Back
04 All That You Dream
05 Oh Atlanta
06 On Your Way Down
07 Hate To Lose Your Lovin'
08 Cajun Girl
09 Down On The Farm
10 Time Loves A Hero
11 Rock n' Roll Doctor
12 Let It Roll
13 Band Introductions
14 Old Folks Boogie
15 Dixie Chicken
16 Tripe Face Boogie
17 Willin'
18 Feats Don't Fail Me Now
19 Apolitical Blues
20 Teenage Nervous Breakdown

New Link! (Updated 01/14/14)
Little_Feat_-_1988-08-15_-_Houston_TX.rar

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Little Feat - 2 College Shows from Fall 1978 Tour


Little Feat
2 college shows from Fall 1978
Last tour with Lowell George

Here are a couple more Little Feat shows, these from near the end of Lowell George's tenure with the band. I wanted to feature a concert from this period, as they include several newer songs (Time Loves A Hero, Day or Night, All That You Dream, etc.) from the mid-70's albums not yet available in the earlier 1974 shows already posted. The UNH show has better sound quality, but is drastically shortened (cut to 55 minutes for radio broadcast), and the William & Mary show, while it has some sound problems and a noticable cut in 'Dixie Chicken' (but still pretty good sound overall), has the full show (and a similar setlist as the UNH show), so the songs missing from the UNH show can be heard here. Thus, I decided to post them both. In addition, these shows are not available on the Internet Archives-Live Music Archives website, so they are less readily available.

Little Feat has always been one of those bands that you have to hear live to really appreciate. Their studio records have never adequately captured their great sound as well as their live performances. Which is probably why their one official live album from this period ('Waiting For Columbus"- WFC) was their most popular album. And incidently, WFC, recorded in in 1977, has been widely acclaimed as one of the greatest live albums of all time (check it out). Anyway, these represent some of the last group of shows with Lowell George. After the 1978 tour wrapped up, early in 1979 and the making of their next album ('Down on the Farm'), Lowell announced he was leaving the group and would start a tour in support of his new solo album ('Thanks, I'll Eat it Here'). The rest of the group finished the album and released it in June 1979, but also announced that the group was disbanding. Two weeks later, George tragically died of a heart attack while on his solo tour. That was seemingly the end of the band. However, 9 years later (1988), all the surviving members reunited with Craig Fuller (from Pure Prairie) added on vocals and Fred Tackett on miscellaneous guitars and strings, released a new album and went on a triumphant tour. Driven by Bill Payne, Paul Barrere, and Richie Hayward, and featuring an even more diverse sound, the reformed band was still great (even without Lowell, although he certainly was missed). And the new incarnations of Little Feat have been performing steadily ever since (although some additional lineup changes have occurred, the core of Payne, Barrere, Hayward, Clayton, and Tackett has remained), and they still put on great live shows. So, if you get thet chance they are still well worth seeing (They are currently on their 40th Anniversary Tour, as the band was first started in 1969). Unfortunately, recently (August 2009) it was announced that drummer Richie Hayward was leaving the group due to health problems (later determined to be liver cancer), so we wish him all the best with his treatments and recovery.
Anyway, here are the 1978 shows:

1978-10-03
UNH Fieldhouse, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
FM broadcast (Little Feat Radio Hour), very good quality quality
mp3 @ 192
Tracklist:
01 introduction - Teenage Nervous Breakdown
02 Rock and Roll Doctor
03 Time Loves a Hero
04 Day or Night
05 Texas Rose Cafe
06 Keepin' Up with the Joneses
07 All That You Dream
08 Fat Man in the Bathtub
09 Dixie Chicken
10 song introduction by Lowell George
11 Apolitical Blues

missing tracks (played but not included in radio broadcast):
Gringo Jam>Day at the Dog Races
Spanish Moon
Oh Atlanta
Old Folks Boogie
Encore: Willin>Don't Bogar That Joint, Feats Don't Fail

Little Feat
1978-09-19
College Of William And Mary, Williamsburg, VA
Soundboard, good quality
mp3 @ 192
Tracklist:
01 Time Loves A Hero >
02 Day Or Night
03 Texas Rose Cafe
04 Skin It Back >
05 Fat Man In The Bathtub
06 Spanish Moon
07 Gringo Jam > Day At The Dog Races
08 KeepIn' Up With The Jonses
09 Old Folks' Boogie
10 Dixie Chicken *
-- Encore
11 Willin' > Don't Bogart > Willin' > Feats Don't Fail Me Now
12 Oh Atlanta
Soundboard RecordingUnknown SBD Transfer to DAT
* splice from first chorus to final chorus and end jam)

Little_Feat_-_1978-09-19_-_Williamsburg_VA.rar
 New Links! Updated 01/14/14)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Little Feat - 1974-9-19 (+1973-4-10) - Ultrasonic Studios NY

------------- a BB Chronicles Custom Concert Compilation--------------

Little Feat
September 19, 1974 complete (plus tracks from 1973-04-10)
Ultrasonic Studios [WLIR], Hempstead, NY
'Ultrasonic Ultra'




Enhanced and expanded version of original bootleg known as 'Electrif Lycanthrope'.
Pre-FM Master and FM broadcast recordings, Excellent Quality
in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 @ 320 kbps
Custom Artwork Included

Here are a couple classic performances by the legendary Little Feat, one of the greatest (and perhaps most underappreciated) Rock n' Roll Bands of all time.Their unique blend of driving Rock 'n Roll with Folk, Blues, New Orleans Funk, and Jazz-Rock Fusion elements, with Lowell George's inimitable songs, vocals, and slide guitar work, Bill Payne's driving keyboard funk, Paul Barrere's guitar, and one of the best rhythm sections ever (Kenny Gradney-bass, Richie Hayward-drums, and Sam Clayton-percussion), remains unsurpassed. This is my own compilation of the Ultrasonic Radio Sessions. These are tracks from two separate performances at the Ultrasonic (WLIR) Studios in Hempstead, NY combined into one full CD-length show. I have taken the superb Pre-FM Master recordings from The 1974-09-19 Session, added the additional 3 songs from the FM rebroadcast that were played that day but not included on the original radio broadcast, and then added just the tracks from the 1973-04-10 Ultrasonic show that were different from those played at the 1974 show (taken from an FM broadcast). Thus, this compilation includes (for the first time) the best available version of all of the songs played over the course of the two sessions, arranged into a seamless concert program. Although I have not edited the original Pre-FM recordings (because they are nearly perfect), I have edited out some of the between song talk and intros from the 1973 tracks, so that the whole show will fit on one CD (FLAC version only), and this one is definitely worth burning onto CD. There are few high quality recordings from these early days and prime period of this great band (and these are probably the best). So, enjoy this great compilation of these amazing Feats, which I have dubbed 'Ultrasonic Ultra'.
BTW, there are numerous (over 200, including many SBD and FM) Little Feat shows available in both lossless and mp3 at the Internet Archives - Live Music archives (www.archive.org/details/etree), which is where I got these shows. Check 'em out.


Tracklist:
01. Rock n' Roll Doctor
02. Two Trains
03. The Fan
04. On Your Way Down
05. Spanish Moon >
06. Skin It Back >
07. Fat Man In The Bath Tub
08. Oh Atlanta
09. Willin'
10. A Apolitical Blues
11. Got No Shadow
12. Walkin' All Night
13. Sailin' Shoes
14. Cold Cold Cold >
15. Dixie Chicken >
16. Tripe Face Boogie
17. Teenage Nervous Breakdown

Tracks 1-9 Source: 1974-9-19 PRE-FM (Master 1/2 Track Broadcast RR)
Tracks 10-13, and 17: from 1973-4-10 WLIR-FM Broadcast
Tracks 14-16: from FM rebroadcast on WLIR (tracks from 1974-9-19 not included in original broadcast).

New Links! (Updated 10/22/14)
FLAC pt1: Little_Feat_1974-9-19_-Ultrasonic_Ultra_FLAC_1.rar
FLAC pt2: Little_Feat_1974-9-19_-Ultrasonic_Ultra_FLAC_2.rar

mp3 @ 320 version: Little_Feat_1974-9-19_-Ultrasonic_Ultra_320.rar

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Procol Harum - 1969-03-15 - NY - 'Easter Island'

Procol Harum
1969-03-15 (and 4/69)
Fillmore East (and The Troubadour),
New York, NY
'Easter Island'
SBD, Good Quality
mp3 @ 320 kbps

Here's some more vintage Procol Harum, this one a live recording from the original Procol Harum lineup, in 1969 (and probably the best sounding live Procol boot available from this era). This boot contains 2 New York shows, but is known as 'Easter Island' (I have no idea why). Procol Harum was one of the great pioneers of progressive rock, and their odd combination of classical themes and styles (provided by Brooker's melancholy vocals and Fisher's church-like organ) with the searing R&B-style guitar jams of Robin Trower remains unique. So, check out this unique piece of rock history.
As a side note, Procol Harum was actually the very first rock concert I ever went to as a young teenager, at a place called 'The Kinetic Playground' (a cramped, dumpy, converted warehouse) in Chicago, IL, back in the early '70's (Gentle Giant was the opening act). Brings back long distant memories.

Tracks 1 to 9: Live at the Fillmore East, March 15, 1969
Tracks 10 to 14:Live at The Troubadour, April 1969
Tracklist:
01. Conquistador
02. Stoke Poges( Chelsea Tunes )
03. Kaleidoscope
04. Homburg
05. Repent Walpurgis
06. Shine On Brighty
07. Going Down Slow
08. Juicy John Pink
09. (Outside the Gates of ) Cerdes
10. Skip Softly
11. Crucifixion Lane
12.Wishing Well
13. Rambling On
14. A Whiter Shade of Pale
Gary Brooker: vocals, piano
Matthew Fisher: organ
Robin Trower: guitar
David Knights: bass
B.J. Wilson: drums