Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Mason Proffit - Live 1971


Mason Proffit
Live 1971 (unknown date and location)
Audience recording, average quality
mp3 @ 320 kbps

Continuing with my series of great Chicago artists from the early 1970's, here is Mason Proffit. Formed by Terry Talbot with his brother John Michael Talbot as the core, Mason Proffit was a pioneering country-rock band that was known for their high energy live shows. They released their first album, Wanted, in 1969, which featured their best-known song, the iconic protest anthem, 'Two Hangmen'. They went on to release 4 more albums between 1970 and 1973, all of which were well-reviewed and highly regarded, but did not achieve commercial success. The band was considered very influential and one of the progenitors of country-rock as a viable music format. Many of the groups that followed cited Mason Proffit as an important influence, including The Eagles, who has readily acknowldged that their 'Hotel California' was modelled after Proffit's 'Two Hangmen'. Although now recognized as innovators of country-rock (along with The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Borothers), at the time Mason Proffit was known just a hard-working regional band (doing up to 300 shows a year) whose live shows featured a mix of folk, country, bluegrass, and hard-driving rock in a high energy and crowd-pleasing concoction. Another aspect of Mason Proffit was that they were not afraid to deal with controversial poltical and social issues in their music ('Two Hangmen', which deals with speaking out against injustice and tyranny in government, was banned from radio play by the FCC for being inflammatory). By 1973, the group disbanded, and Terry and John continued on as duo, The Talbot Brothers, featuring a more acoustic style and sound. Terry has remained active in music over the years, even today, releasing over 30 albums. Like many older bands that have found a new audience in today's music world, Terry Talbot and Mason Proffit have a band web site (masonproffit.com) containing info and albums available for download. The web site also features a free download of the original 'Two Hangmen', which I have also included here as a bonus track to the live show presented here. Unfortunately, I do not have any more information about this live show, which is a fine show from 1971 (although not that great a recording), but it is the only Mason Proffit show I have run across. This show is being presented, in part, to answer a request by tonyg, so I hope you enjoy the show, tony. And to everyone else, here is Mason Proffit.

tracklist
01 Old Joe Clark
02 Hard Luck Woman
03 Michael Dodge
04 Walk On Down The Road
05 Till the Sun's Gone
06 Buffalo
07 Sweet Lady Love
08 Don't Try to Make me Stay
09 Old Libby you're A Good Old Girl
10 Truck Driver
11 Everybody Was Wrong
12 Instrumental
13 Everybody Roll Around
14 Old Joe Clark (Instrumental)
15 Two Hangmen
16 Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream
Bonus track:
17 Two Hangmen (studio)

New Link! (updated 12/27/13)
Mason_Proffit_-_Live_1971.rar

Friday, October 22, 2010

Bill Quateman - Live 1972 - Made in Chicago TV Broadcast

-------------------------- a BB Chronicles Exclusive Recording--------------------------

Live 1972 (unknown date)
WTTW Studios, Chicago, IL
Made in Chicago TV Broadcast
FM simulcast recording from WBBM-FM broadcast (from low quality original cassette tape), fair quality
mp3 @ 256 kbps

Here is the second part of the same Made in Chicago show, featuring Bill Quateman. In 1972, Chicago singer-songwriter Bill Quateman appeared to be on the verge of becoming a major star. He was signed to Columbia Records and given special treatment by one of the most powerful men in music, Clive Davis (the man who signed Janis Joplin, Santana, Chicago, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, and many others), given a crack production team, backing musicians (Elton John's sidemen - Davey Johnstone, Caleb Quaye, and Ray Cooper) and finances, and given full artistic freedom to make the album he wanted to make. The result, Quateman's debut album (1972), was nothing short of brilliant. An emotionally rich and powerful set of masterful songs ranging from energetic acoustic rock to soul-searching ballads delivered in a way that just seemed to personally connecting with people. The album received rave reviews and was considered one of the very best albums of the year. In Chicago, several songs from the album received radio play, with 'Only Love' and 'My Music' becoming local hits. Based on the positive reviews and strong word-of-mouth, the album sold over 100,000 units (not bad for a debut album from an unknown), but the single 'Only Love' stalled at around #78 on the national charts, and the album did not cause quite the sensation around the rest of the country that it did in Chicago. Personally, this is one of my favorite albums of all time, and was certainly one of my favorites all throughout the '70's. Quateman has a unique voice and vocal style, and writes and plays songs equally well on and for guitar and piano. But the real greatness is in the songs themselves, musically rivch and satisfying, but that also lyrically and emotionally tap into people's feelings with such poignancy, honesty, and sincerity. The songs became very personal to people that heard the album in ways that rarely happens. From the energetic drive and spirit of 'Get It Right On Out Here' and 'Only Love' to the beautiful introspection and personal depth of 'Circles', 'My Music, 'What Are You Looking For?, 'Keep Dreaming' and 'Only The Bears Are The Same', they are songs that just really seem to mean something to so many of those that heard them.

So, then what happened? How come I never heard of him you might be asking? Well, as Bill was in the process of making his follow-up album, Clive Davis was forced out of Columbia (in some misappropriation of funds scandal), and the new regime saw things quite differently. Gone was Bill's artistic freedom, and the new producer assigned to him wanted to change his sound and style to make him into the next Tony Orlando. Well, Bill refused. He wanted to release his second album the way he made it and intended. Columbia refused to release the album (but kept it) and dropped Bill from the label. Bill continued to play clubs in and around Chicago, but it was several years before another label would sign him. He did go on to make 3 solid, generally well-reviewed, but light-selling albums for RCA in the late '70's, but with more of a pop sound than his first album. After that, however, Bill decided to retire from the music business and devote himself full-time to raising his children. And he was quite satisfied with that decision and his life for the next several years. By the late '90's, as the internet took hold, people kept contacting him, asking about his music and where they could get his albums, was he still performing?, etc., and telling him how much his music had meant to them. So, Bill and his brother got together and set up a web site (billquateman.com), and they began selling Bill's albums on CD (the albums had been out of print for many years, and had never been available on CD before). He was even able to get back the rights to sell his never released 2nd album, making it available for the very first time (in 2000). Eventually he also began performing again, and released a new live album, Many Lives (2004), containing reworked versions of many of his classic songs, as well as some new ones, too. They were successful enough that another music distributor (IAM) eventually began distributing the albums to other music outlets, so now his albums (and digital downloads) are also available at Amazon, Itunes, itsaboutmusic.com, and other outlets (check out the comments on Amazon to see just how much people love that 1st album). So, that's the story.

Now, about this Made in Chicago show. As with AHJ, Bill plays quite a unique show, with multiple songs that are not available anywhere else. Bill plays the first segment (3 songs) all on guitar, featuring songs from his album, opening with the single 'Only Love', then the beautifully moving and heartfelt 'Circles', and finishing with the rousing acoustic rocker 'Get It Right On Out There'. For his second 3-song segment, Bill moves to the piano and plays 3 totally unknown songs, not available on any recordings at that time. The first is the emotional 'Rivers Go Rolling Home' which we now know was included on his 2nd album (but which wasn't released until 25 years later), then a wonderful song that is an ode to his Grandfather, which has never appeared anywhere else but on this show. For anyone that has enjoyed Quateman's music, this show is worth getting just for this song alone. Then Bill finishes up with the Gospel-tinged anthem 'God Bless Everybody', also not released or available on any other recording. As with the AHJ show, I have added a sample of a studio track at the end to give listeners a better idea of what a good quality recording of Quateman sounds like, and to feature one of the other standout tracks from the first album, a somewhat personal anthem of mine, 'My Music', with the refrain 'But it don't matter to me, because you see, I've got my music'. So, please, check it out and enjoy the one and only Bill Quateman, back in the days when he was young, fresh, and creating wonderful music.

Tracklist
01 BQ Intro (Tony Phillips, WBBM-FM)
02 Only Love
03 Circles
04 Get It Right On Out There
05 Rivers Go Rolling Home (song from shelved 2nd album)
06 Just Like My Grandfather (unreleased song)
07 God Bless Everybody (unreleased song)
08 My Music (studio)

New Link! (Updated 12/27/13)
Bill_Quateman_1972_-_Made_in_Chicago.rar

Important Note: Alternate source (from TV videotape, with better audio quality) of this show now also available here, as well as the actual video footage:
http://bbchron.blogspot.com/2012/04/aliotta-haynes-jeremiah-bill-quatemen.html 


By all means, check out billquateman.com, listen to music samples, and if you like what you hear, buy his music.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah - Live 1972 - Made in Chicago TV Broadcast

-------------------------- a BB Chronicles Exclusive Recording--------------------------


Aliotta Haynes & Jeremiah
Live 1972 (unknown date)
WTTW Studios, Chicago, IL
Made in Chicago TV Broadcast
FM simulcast recording from WBBM-FM broadcast (from low quality original cassette tape), fair quality
mp3 @ 256 kbps

Here is a special treat for anyone that followed the Chicago music scene back in the 1970's (and is worth checking out even if you know nothing about that). So, here it is, the first part of the 1972 Made in Chicago show that featured Chicago legends Aliotta Haynes & Jeremiah (AHJ) and Bill Quateman. Both of these acts were unique and original, and epitomize the vibrant local music scene at that time. Unfortunately, neither act achieved much fame beyond the Chicago area, and live recordings of them from this time are virtually nonexistent. Thus, this is a truly rare recording, and something that you won't find on any other blog, or anywhere else on the internet for that matter. This is my own recording, made from the original 1972 FM simulcast of the 'Made in Chicago' broadcast. Now, the quality is not that great, and that is only because, at the time (I was only fifteen and relatively new to the concept of stereo cassette taping) I was using lousy Memorex tapes (what did I know, they advertised on TV, and I had not yet learned that Maxell was the only worthy cassette tape out there), and the quality deterioration is notable. But, the tape with all its flaws has survived these nearly 40 years, so I was able to make a digital transfer of this unique concert event. The format of the 60 min show gave approx. 30 min to each act. Although the show was on public television, the FM simulcast was on a commercial radio station, so the show was divided into four roughly 12-14 min segments, with a commercial beak after each segment. And for this show, they split the acts over the segments. Aliotta, Haynes, & Jeremiah opened the show with the first segment, then they went to Bill Quateman for the next 2 segments, and closed the show with AHJ in the last segment. I have combined the segments from each artist for better flow. First up is AHJ.

Although not originally from Chicago, AHJ (Mitch Aliotta, Skip Haynes & John Jeremiah were a folk-rock trio that had played in and around the Chicago area for a couple years when they released Lake Shore Drive (on Bigfoot Records) in 1971. The single 'Lake Shore Drive', as well as the album, was an immediate success in Chicago, and the breezy style and spirit and honkytonk piano sound of this catchy road tune (an ode to Chicago's famous lakeside highway, with possible references to LSD, the drug) made it an instant Chicago classic. Sure, AHJ took some heat for the not too subtle drug references (intent consistently denied by the group, but bolstered by numerous other drug references on the album), but for most, that also was part of its appeal. Several other songs from the album also were quite notable and received substantial radio airplay, including 'Snow Queen' and 'For Eddie', further establishing AHJ as Chicago favorites at the time. Thus, when they made their appearance on Made in Chicago in the summer of 1972, they were at the height of their popularity. Apparently confident of their stature, they quite surprisingly chose to not even play their most famous song that night, instead going for a quite bold move of playing mostly unknown or previously unreleased songs. Only 2 of their 6 songs were from the LSD album, the other 4 being rarities that were not recorded for any album, including a cover of the Youngbloods 'Get Together' put in an extended medley with 'Some Old Engine' in AHJ's unique style, and 'Brooklyn Love Song', a comic theater piece (midwesterners making fun of New Yorkers) employing their penchant for 'cheap theatrics'. Thus, again, this was a unique show containg AHJ songs that cannot be found anywhere else. Because this was such a short set, and lacked the requisite Lake Shore Drive, I have added a sample of the studio LSD track at the end, just because it should be here, and so that those that are not familar with AHJ can hear their most famous song and how they are supposed to sound (in a better quality recording). So, without further ado, here they are, Aliotta Haynes & Jeremiah.

tracklist
01 AHJ Intro (Gerry G. Bishop, WBBM-FM)
02 Snow Queen
03 Get Together/Some Old Engine (unreleased)
04 Brooklyn Love Song (unreleased)
05 For Eddie
06 Corinna (ending cut) (unreleased)
07 Lake Shore Drive (studio)

New Link! (Updated 12/27/13)
Aliotta_Haynes_Jeremiah_1972_-_Made_in_Chicago.rar
 
Important Note: Alternate source (from TV videotape, with better audio quality) of this show now also available here, as well as the actual video footage:
http://bbchron.blogspot.com/2012/04/aliotta-haynes-jeremiah-bill-quatemen.html 

AHJ continued for several years after this, but never achieved comparable success as with LSD. But there has always remained interest in the group and this album. It was released on CD in 1992, with a couple additional tracks, and then was re-released in a 2-CD, 33-track special edition reissue for the 25th Anniversary (1996), called Lake Shore Drive at 25, which contained numerous additional AHJ tracks from various phases of their career. This enhanced version of the album is still available at Amazon and other outlets (at a very reasonable price BTW). Skip Haynes, in particular has remained active over the years and has continued to support his and the band's music.

Up next, the second part to this show, a great and unique set by singer-songwriter Bill Quateman

Friday, October 15, 2010

'Made In Chicago' Music Show TV Broadcasts



In 1972, the local Chicago Public Broadcasting station, WTTW, began a pioneering live music show called 'Made in Chicago'. This was, as far as I know, the very first prime-time music show that was devoted to extended live in-concert performances on US television. It changed the way music was generally presented on TV, as it featured more in-depth, live performances of particular artists (as opposed to just 1 or 2 songs, often lip-synched, that was the norm on music and variety shows up to that time). This was before Austin City Limits, and also before ABC's 'In Concert'. Some of the shows were even simulcast in FM-stereo by a local rock station, WBBM-FM, for better sound quality. The show started out featuring successful local Chicago artists (mainly folk-rock), such as John Prine, Steve Goodman, Bonnie Koloc, Aliotta Haynes & Jeremiah, and Bill Quateman in the first season. In the second season (1973), in addition to other popular local rock acts (such as Styx and the Ides of March), they began featuring some more nationally-known acts, such as Jim Croce and Gordon Lightfoot. By the third season, in 1974, the name of the show was changed to 'Sound Stage', as it was expanded and distributed nationwide as a national PBS show. Sound Stage became the premium musical showcase on television and remained a staple of public television from 1974 to 1985, and then was reborn years later in a new series and form in 2003, and has continued right up through 2010. the show is still produced by WTTW, and most performances take place in WTTW's Chicago studios. But, back to the original Made in Chicago broadcasts, unfortunately, it does not appear that any of the original tapes (either audio or video) from the Made in Chicago broadcasts were kept, as they have not appeared anywhere. I remember that I taped several of them off the radio, including the Ides of March, Styx, Jim Croce, and AHJ-Quateman shows. Unfortunately, my recordings were made on poor quality cassette tapes, most of which did not survive the ensuing years. However, one that I still do have, and have listened to repeatedly over the years is the 1972 show that featured Aliotta Haynes & Jeremiah and Bill Quateman (each getting a 30 min segment). Although the tape is not of good quality, it is listenable, and contains rare live performances and songs by both of these great Chicago acts. I was hoping to have these shows posted and ready for download by now, but I don't have them quite ready yet. But soon I will be posting them, and it is a real gem of a find for any fan of that early '70's Chicago Music scene, 6 songs from each of these acts, including some rare previously unrecorded or released gems that cannot be found anywhere else in any form (unless someone else has a better copy of a tape from this performance). So, sorry for the delay in posting these, but stay tuned for two of Chicago's finest acts from this period, Aliotta Haynes & Jeremiah, and Bill Quateman.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Steve Goodman, Baseball, and the Chicago Cubs


Since we are now in the midst of the baseball postseason, I just wanted to add one more item about Steve Goodman. I had planned on including this with the previous post, but it was getteing too long as it was. Anyway, Steve was a big baseball fan, and more importantly, a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. Now, the Cubs have not won the World Series since 1908, and had never even made the postseason during Steve's lifetime. Steve put into his song 'A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request' some of the bitterness and frustration that goes along with being a Cubs fan. When that song started to get airplay in Chicago around 1983, the current general manager of the Chicago Cubs, Dallas Green, was asked to comment on what he thought of the song, to which he complained that it was just too damned depressing. When Steve heard about this, he decided to write an upbeat, postive song about the Cubs in response. So, Steve wrote and recorded Go Cubs Go, a cheery, catchy 'fight-song' style ditty. In 1984, when it looked like the Cubs might actually have a good team, they started playing the song on WGN game broadcasts and at the ballpark. The song caught on and became the rally song for the Cubs that season. As the season progressed, and it looked like the Cubs might actually win their division and make it to the postseason, or possibly even go th the World Series, Steve was asked to sing the National Anthem and throw out the first pitch at the Cubs opening playoff game. Unfortunately, Steve's health took a drastic turn for the worse before the end of the season, and Steve died four days before the Cubs clinched their division title and a spot in the playoffs. Steve's friend Jimmy Buffett filled in for Steve by singing the national anthem at the opening playoff game. Thus, Steve lived his entire life without seeing the Cubs even play in the postseason (Their previous postseason appearance was in 1945, 3 years before Steve was born). However, even if Steve would have lived to see the 1984 playoffs, it only would have lead to more frustration, anyway, because the Cubs blew a 2-0 series lead (in a best of 5 series) by dropping the final 3 games to miss out on the World Series yet again. Perhaps it's fitting (at least to the spirit of the 'Dying Cub Fan's' song), that the Cubs have since blown opening round postseason series in 1989, 1998, 2007, and 2008. The closest they came to the World Series was in 2003 when they were within 4 outs of winning the NL pennant and a trip to the World Series, when they fell apart in the 8th inning, lost a 3-0 lead, and ultimately the series (all through a bizarre series of events that included interference from a fan in the stands, multiple errors on the field, and the meltdown of the their best pitcher). Thus, even now, almost 30 years after Steve wrote 'A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request', everything in the song is just as true now as then, perhaps even more so with the passing years, as the Cubs have continued to be a source of bitterness and frustration for their tortured fans. Steve's song 'Go Cubs Go', however, received new life in 2007 & 2008, when it was taken up again by the Cubs as their victory song, and was played at the ballpark after every Cubs win. And although the team did win their division and make the postseason that year, they were quickly swept away from the playoffs with 3 straight losses. So, why am I bothering to post all this seemingly trivial information? Well, like Steve, I am a lifelong Cubs fan, too. Not that I want to be, mind you, but I don't have any choice, it is ingrained in me from childhood. No matter how fed up and disgusted we get, and say we don't care what happens, we can never completely turn our back on them. They will always be my team. And one day, ONE DAY, they will win it all, and all of us dying Cub fans can finally rest in peace. So, I understand competely why Steve was a Cubs fan, and all that goes with it, and why, after putting out all his frustrations in one song, he turned around and wrote a pep song glorifying for the team in another. So, as we face another baseball postseaon without the presence of the Cubs (they finished next to last in the league), here's a shout-out to all anguished Cubs fans out there, and another special tribute to Steve Goodman, musician-performer-singer-songwriter extraordnaire, but also a baseball fan, and Chicago Cubs fan.

You can hear 'A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request' in disc1 of the download of the 1982-3 shows below.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Steve Goodman - 1982-83 Live soundboard shows


Steve Goodman (solo & w/band)
1982-1983 Live soundboard compilation
1982-03-02 & 1983-06-09, Rockefeller's, Houston, TX
1982-02-02, The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA
SBD recordings, excellent quality
NEW UPGRADED QUALITY!
Now available in lossless (FLAC) and
mp3 @ 320 kbps


This final extended set in my mini-tribute to the late, great Steve Goodman features a combination of soundboard shows from his last couple of performing years, 1982-1983. And I think this is the very best of the bunch. Just great, classic stuff. It starts off with a superb-sounding recording (and great setlist) of a solo show at Rockefeller's in Houston (This may be the best-sounding boot of Steve I've heard). Unfortunately, the recording was not complete and had cuts in some songs. So, I've combined this with another later solo show (1983) from the same club that includes many different songs. Then for the second half (disc2), I combined these with a show from the Birchmere (1982) that featured a long set with friend and mandolin player Jethro Burns, and that also developed into some serious jamming with an impromptu full-size bluegrass band, courtesy of Steve's urging some of the many famed players that were hanging around (such as Doyle Lawson, John Duffy, and Mike Auldridge, among others) up onto the stage. Thus, the result is a monumental extended set featuring most of Steve's best songs from the later years, many of the classics from earlier years, and a rousing bluegrass jam at the end. Highlights are too numerous to count, but start with an opener of 'Somebody Else's Troubles', one of my favorites from his early years, and build from there. We get great renditions of classics like 'City of New Orleans' (solo version and bluegrass version), 'By My Name', '20th Century', and his bittersweet 'Dying Cub Fan's Last Request' (at the time he wrote this we didn't know that he was actually the 'dying cub fan'), as well as the later solo comic gems 'Talk Backwards', 'Watching Joey Glow', 'Vegematic', and 'How Much Tequila Did I Drink Last Night?'. Also included are one-of-a-kind Goodman events like 'What Were You Expecting, Rock and Roll?', in which we get Steve's spot-on impressions of 4 different new wave bands he recently heard; and Steve's incredible adlibbed 'string-breakin' song' improv as he continues to sing and provide rhyming commentary as he attempts to get a string changed on his guitar. And all this topped with great mandolin work from Jethro, and the full bluegrass jam with an all-star band, all being lead in Steve's incomparable way. Whether you are a fan of 'folk music' or 'singer-songwriters' or not, this is something that I think everyone will appreciate and enjoy, so I urge anyone who has ever read this blog to download this show and check it out (at the very least disc1, to get the best of Steve solo). Steve was just a remarkable talent and possibly the best ever at what he did.
Steve released 9 albums during his lifetime. Strangely, considering how great his live shows were, they didn't release a live album until 1983, as Steve was beginning to succumb to his cancer. Of course, in the years since Steve died they have released many additional albums, including multiple different live albums, previously unreleased material, multiple compilations (including the excellent 2 disc anthology - No Big Surprise) and tribute albums, and at least one live DVD). Steve also has received 2 grammy awards, unfortunately they were both received posthumously, one for songwriting, for 'City of New Orleans' (for Country Song of the Year - 'Willie Nelson version', 1985) and one for Best Folk album for Unfinished Business, his final album of previously unreleased songs, 1988.

I have tried in these 3 'extended sets' that I have posted to provide an overall picture of the best live shows of Steve Goodman through the various years of his career. I realize that the purists might not like that I have cut and spliced different shows together rather then just posting complete individual shows. Well, first of all, most of the available recordings were not complete. But what I wanted to do was provide a more complete picture of the variety and versatility of Steve's songs and performances (by featuring more different songs and removing several repeated songs) in just a few downloads, while still preserving the single show style and flow. In addition, even for veteran fans, it is much nicer to listen to a few of these 'enhanced' shows than having to go through 6 to 8 full-length shows in order to hear all the songs you want to hear. I hope I have succeeded at this. For those that want to get all the available Goodman shows, and those that prefer to get everything in lossless quality, I have good news. All of these shows, as well as several more, including many John Prine shows, are available for download from a wonderful personal ROIO website that features many great folk, rock, and 'roots' artists, available in both mp3 and FLAC formats, everything from Jackson Browne to Wilco, at John's ousterhout.net. If you go there and dowload stuff of interest, be sure to leave John an email message of thanks, and mention that you found his site through the BB Chronicles.

Also, hopefully, through these posts, I have made more people aware of Steve and his talent, and resulted in a few more Steve Goodman fans. If so, there are several other websites devoted to preserving the memory of Steve Goodman you should check out. Most importantly, is Steve's official web site: http://www.stevegoodman.net/, where they have most of Steve's catalog of albums available for purchase at very reasonable prices. Also worthwhile is The Steve Goodman Scrapbook: http://www.cobo.org/goodman/good.html and the Steve Goodman Preservation Society: http://www.folkblues.com/goodman/ . In addition, there are several videos of Steve performing posted on Youtube, and if you have never seen Steve in action, you should definitely check those out, too.

I hadn't originally intended to devote this much time and posts to John and Steve (I just knew I wanted to include them in my 'Chicago' series), but I am very glad I did. In preparing these posts, I listened to all these shows numerous times and it was just such a joy to immerse myself in this music, some of which I hadn't heard in years. It made me realize all over again just how great this music is and how special and unique these guys are. I hope some of you have enjoyed these posts as much as I have.

Disc 1: Steve - solo (Houston,TX)
01 Somebody Else's Troubles
02 Banana Republics
03 Dying Cub Fan's Last Request
04 I Just Keep Falling In Love
05 What Were You Expecting, Rock and Roll?
06 City Of New Orleans
07 Chicken Cordon Blues
08 Old Fashioned Kind
09 Elvis Imitators
10 Talk Backwards
11 20th Century Is Almost Over (ending spliced)
12 How Much Tequila Did I Drink Last Night?
13 Watchin' Joey Glow
14 Vegematic (Asleep With the TV On)
15 If She Were You
16 Don't Go Gettin' No Sand In It
17 California Promises
18 God Bless Our Mobile Home

Disc 2: Steve w/ Jethro Burns (and Bluegrass Jam Band)
19 It's Midnight And I'm Not Famous Yet
20 Black Coal Tatoo
21 I'm My Own Grandpa
22 Is It True What They Say About Dixie?
23 Jessie's Jig
24 Don't Let The Stars get In Your Eyeball Sockets
25 Tico Tico
26 City Of New Orleans
27 Lovin' Of The Game
28 You Never Even Call Me By My Name
29 The Dutchman
30 Truck Driving Man
31 Love Please Come Home
32 The String-Breakin' Song Improv
33 Mule Skinner Blues +
34 Mama Don't Allow +
35 Rocky Top + *

+ Steve and Jethro Joined by full Bluegrass band of Birchmere all-stars (coaxed onstage by Steve), including (among others not named):
Doyle Lawson - mandolin
John Duffy - mandolin
Mike Auldrdge - guitar
Tom Gray? - bass

*Errors on master tape

tracks 1-11, 1982-03-02, Rockefeller's, Houston, TX, SBD
tracks 12-18, 1983-06-09, Rockefeller's, Houston, TX SBD
tracks 19-35, 1982-02-02, The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA, SBD

New Links - Upgraded quality! (Updated 12/09/13)
mp3 sbd compilation: Steve Goodman_1982-83 SBD comp_mp3.rar

New!
Complete shows - full lossless versions
FLAC: Steve Goodman_1982-03-02_ Rockefeller's_Houston TX_FLAC
FLAC: Steve Goodman_1983-06-09_Rockefeller's_Houston TX_FLAC
FLAC: Steve Goodman_1982-02-02, The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA_FLAC
Lossless versions are the complete, unedited shows for each date (contain additional songs not included on edited mp3 compilation version)