Thursday, December 19, 2013

Elvis Costello (solo) - 2013-11-27 - Morristown, NJ

Elvis Costello (solo)
November 27, 2013
Mayo Performing Arts Center
Morristown, NJ
Final night of 2013 Solo Tour

Master audience recording (larryrulz), very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Elvis Costello's recently completed 2013 Solo Tour was a spectacular event for all those fortunate enough to experience it. This limited run series of solo shows consisted of only 19 shows up and down the East Coast of the US during the month of November, but each and every show was totally unique and amazing, as Elvis thrilled all his true fans with the musical depth and breadth of his repertoire that he managed to cover during these shows. This was no 'greatest hits' exercise, as Elvis outdid himself with the range of music and songs he played (and played so very well) night after night. Each show had an almost totally different setlist from any other, with Elvis only repeating from show to show about a half dozen of the 28-30 songs played per night ('Alison', 'Tripwire', 'Peace Love and Understanding', 'Walkin' My Baby Back Home', 'A Slow Drag With Josephine', and 'Jimmie Standing in the Rain' were the only songs played at nearly all the shows). Instead, each show contained a heady assortment of songs selected from all throughout his career, from his earliest days before being discovered to his latest compositions, including many obscure or otherwise not well-known songs, but all that have some importance or meaning to him (as he often explained during the show).  Each show seemed to contain several songs that were not played at any other show of the tour, as well as many that were only played at a few other shows, giving fans a chance to experience songs that they never thought they would see Elvis perform live. Over the course of these 19 solo shows, Elvis performed an astonishing total of nearly 200 different songs (and that doesn't even count the many little snippets of other songs he often incudes within songs). How can he keep them all straight (and all those lyrics) in his head? Listed below is a link to the Elvis Wiki site that includes the complete show by show setlist and song matrix of the tour to check out this amazing tour. 

As mentioned previously, I was able to attend one of the shows (11/19, Orono, ME), at the University of Maine Campus, and what a treat it was. Although I have seen Elvis multiple times before, this was the first solo show I saw, and getting the chance to see him play up close and personally, in a smaller venue like this, with this diverse, eclectic setlist, not to mention him playing here so close to my home, was just a sensational, precious, priceless experience. And at the show I saw, he did play some of the songs that I most wanted to hear him do (such as 'Poison Moon', 'Beyond Belief', and 'Man Out of Time'), and many other favorites (multiple songs from My Aim is True and Imperial Bedroom among others), as well as several songs of his I had never heard before. As another fan described the tour, "spectacular, full of seemingly once-in-a-lifetime things every single evening".  Audience recordings for some (but not very many) of the shows have begun to emerge. Here, I have a very good recording (from larryrulz), available from the Elvis Wiki site, for the very last show of the tour, and Elvis pulls out all the stops here, doing an even longer set than any other show (even he did not want the tour to end), for a sensational closing show. Here it is. 

Setlist:
01 This Year's Girl
02 Cinco Minutos Con Vos
03 High Fidelity
04 The Judgement
05 Harry Worth
06 Sugar Won't Work
07 Imagination (Is A Powerful Deceiver)
08 Come The Meantimes
09 Worthless Thing
10 King Of Confidence
11 Poor Napoleon
12 Indoor Fireworks
13 Veronica
14 Walkin' My Baby Back Home
15 Ascension Day
16 Wave A White Flag
17 White Knuckles
18 Watching The Detectives
19 My New Haunt
20 applause
Encore
21 If I Could Believe
22 Oliver's Army
23 Alison
24 It Tears Me Up
25 A Slow Drag With Josephine
26 Harpies Bizarre
27 Radio Soul
28 The Name Of This Thing Is Not Love
29 Riot Act
30 (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding?
31 Tripwire / (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding?
32 The Puppet Has Cut His Strings
33 Almost Blue
34 Couldn't Call It Unexpected No. 4
35 Man Out Of Time
36 All These Strangers

 
mp3 - Elvis Costello_2013-11-27_Morristown_mp3


FLAC - Elvis Costello_2013-11-27_Morristown_FLAC.part1
           Elvis Costello_2013-11-27_Morristown_FLAC.part2

The entire show was also captured on video and can be watched on YouTube here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOWI0-NcpDw&list=PLx7OzIA-nsBtsEnRLNix7hyEk1SR3mmpg

The Elvis Costello Wiki site has a great song/show matrix with all the details regarding the 2013 Solo Tour:
http://www.elviscostello.info/wiki/index.php/2013_US_Solo_Tour

Friday, December 13, 2013

Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach - 1998-10-29 - London

Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach
1998-10-29
Royal Festival Hall, London, UK

FM Broadcast recording, very good quality
mp3 @ 320 kbps

After the 1996 tour, and the break-up with The Attractions, in early 1997 Elvis worked with songwriting legend Burt Bacharach on a song for a film soundtrack ('God Give Me Strength' for the Film Grace of My Heart). The collaboration was so enjoyable and successful that they agreed to continue working together to produce an entire album of music, which became Painted By Memory, released in 1998. (Elvis's only album release in 1997 was a greatest hits package,  Extreme Honey, which completed his record deal with Warner Brothers). In early 1998, Elvis played several dates with Steve Nieve again, and then did many TV and radio promotional appearances with Bacharach, as well as a limited number of concert shows throughout the year, with Bacharch, Nieve, and in many cases a full orchestra accompaniment. The album received much critical acclaim, features Elvis in full crooner mode, and fits in well with both Bacharach's and Costello's body of work. Here is a sampling from the live shows, this taken from a full-length concert at Royal Festival Hall in London, portions of which (12 songs) were broadcast by the BBC. This version alson contains a few additional songs that were included in the German (WDR) broadcast of the show. So, here you get an expanded edition (although still short of the full concert, which included about 26 songs). But check out Elvis here crooning his Bacharach collaborations with Nieve and full Orchestra.
Elvis closed out the millennium primarily by continuing his duo tours with Steve Nieve (Elvis and Steve alone) throughout 1999, with an extensive world tour.

Tracklist:
From BBC Broadcast
01. Toledo
02. Tears At The Birthday Party
03. Make It Easy On Yourself
04. Painted From Memory
05. What's Her Name Today?
06. Accidents Will Happen / Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa
07. Just A Memory
08. Alison
09. In The Darkest Place
10. The Sweetest Punch
11. My Little Red Book
12. Anyone Who Had A Heart
Additional tracks from WDR (German) Broadcast
13. Such Unlikely Covers
14. I Still Have the Other Girl
15. God Give Me Strength

Elvis & Burt_1998-10-29_London.rar

This wraps up my brief look at 'Elvis in the Nineties', but next I will jump forward to feature an Elvis show from his utterly fantastic and just-completed 2013 East Coast Solo Tour, which I had the great fortune to be able to attend.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Elvis Costello & The Attractions - 1996-09-12/13 - Tokyo

Elvis Costello & The Attractions
1996-09-12
Kosei Nenkin Hall, Tokyo, Japan

Audience recording, good quality
Download NOT AVAILABLE
(Sorry)
Post retained for informational purposes only

Continuing with Elvis in 1996, as indicated previously, after Elvis did several dates backed only by Steve Nieve in the Spring, he was joined by the Full Attractions for a major tour (in support of All This Useless Beauty) of europe and the US, and then ending in Japan, which was the last time Elvis would play with the Attractions ever again. Of course, Elvis did continue to work with SOME of the Attractions again, as he continued solo dates and tours with Steve Nieve through 1998 and 1999, and eventually Nieve and drummer Pete Thomas were joined by new bassist Davey Faragher to form Elvis's new backing band for 2001 and beyond, now dubbed The Imposters. But this was the end of any interaction with The Attractions as a band, and bassist Bruce Thomas, in particular. So, presented here are a couple of the last shows ever with the attractions. I have here the full show from 9/12 and (unfortunately) just a part of the show from 9/13 (mainly the songs that were different from the 9/12 show, sorry, but I don't have the full show). There was only one more show after this (9/15/96), but I do not have that show (although there apparently is an audience recording around somewhere). Anyway, this is an audience recording, with pretty good, but not great sound. As you can see, most of the setlist was different between the 2 dates, as was typical for Elvis and his shows, resulting in about 45 different songs for the 2 shows. So, here was nearly the last of The Attractions time with Elvis. 

Tracklist:
01. Man Out Of Time
02. Shabby Doll
03. Get Yourself Another Fool / Why Can't A Man Stand Alone?
04. Mystery Dance
05. Alison - (including Living A Little, Laughing A Little, No More Tearstained Make-Up and Clowntime Is Over)
06. Deep Dark Truthful Mirror
07. I'll Wear It Proudly - Costello & Nieve
08. The Long Honeymoon - Costello & Nieve
09. Veronica - Costello & Nieve
10. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself - Costello & Nieve
11. The Other End Of The Telescope
12. 13 Steps Lead Down
13. Watching The Detectives
14. I'm Not Angry
15. Pump It Up - (including Leave My Kitten Alone and 96 Tears)
16. Beyond Belief
17. You Belong To Me
18. Lipstick Vogue
19. Less Than Zero
20. Oliver's Army
21. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding?
Encore 1
22. All This Useless Beauty
23. Little Atoms
Encore 2
24. Distorted Angel
25. (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea
26. Accidents Will Happen
Encore 3
27. I Want To Vanish - Costello & Nieve

Download no longer available (copyright infringement claim made)

Elvis Costello and The Attractions
1996-09-13
Kosei Nenkin Hall, Tokyo, Japan

 (Partial show only)

Setlist:
01. Temptation - Elvis & Steve
02. Opportunity
03. Possession
04. Clown Strike
05. All These Things
06. Why Can't A Man Stand Alone?
07. You Bowed Down
08. (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
09. Hand In Hand
10. Kid About It - Elvis & Steve
11. Passionate Fight - Elvis & Steve
12. Almost Blue - Elvis & Steve
13. God Give Me Strength - Elvis & Steve
14. Veronica - Elvis & Steve
15. Distorted Angel
16. (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea/Backstabbers
17. 13 Steps Lead Down
18. Green Shirt
19. Watching The Detectives
20. I'm Not Angry
21. Pump It Up 
22. Just About Glad
23. Riot Act
Encore 1
24. Alison
25. Rocking Horse Road
26. Little Atoms
27. All This Useless Beauty
28. Daddy Can I Turn This?

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Elvis Costello and Steve Nieve - 1996-05-22 - New York, NY

Elvis Costello and Steve Nieve
1996-05-22 early show
Supper Club, New York NY
'Between Wisdom And Murder'

FM Broadcast recording (WNEW-FM), very good quaity
Available in both lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Continuing with Elvis in the nineties: After the triumphant Brutal Youth Tour (1994), 1995 was a relatively quiet year. Elvis did some shows with the Brodsky Quartet early in the year, as well as opening (solo) sets for Bob Dylan at some UK dates. And then with no new album to release, Elvis decided to finally release his covers collection, Kojak Variety (which was recorded in 1991) in May 1995. Elvis did some limited promotional TV, radio, and concert
appearances throughout the year with the Attractions, but released with minimal promotion (as well as that it was all covers, no original songs), the album sold poorly. By late 1995, Elvis had begun incorporating more new songs into the sets, and was ready to go back to the recording studio. The next album
was originally envisioned to feature songs that Elvis had written for other artists to record (or collaborate with), would feature various lineups of musicians, was to be called A Case for Song, and would possibly even be a double album, as Elvis had around 40 songs he was considering for inclusion. However, as the
sessions developed, it was decided to cut it down to a single album, and do most of the songs with the Attractions. Eventually, the released album was called All This Useless Beauty, released in May 1996, and turned out to include primarily ballads and slow songs. At this time Elvis began doing a series of shows only backed by Attractions keyboard wizard Steve Nieve. These shows had the feel of Elvis's more personal solo shows, but with the added depth of the accompanying keyboards from virtuoso Nieve. Later in the year, the full Attractions band would play with Elvis for tours through Europe, the US, and several dates in Japan, for what would be the last time ever. And even at the full Attractions shows, there were many songs that were done with just Elvis and Steve. The primary conflicts were between Elvis and bassist Bruce Thomas, which seemed to escalate through the tour, and ended in Japan (last show, 9-15-96) with Elvis announcing the dissolution of the group (I will try to post one of these last shows w/ the Attractions, if I can find my files of them). But right now, here is one of the duo shows with Elvis and Steve Nieve, a very good FM recording from one of the New York shows in May 1996. 
 
Tracklist:
Disc 1 [63:05]
01. Just About Glad (3:22) - EC solo
02. Starting To Come To Me (3:56) - EC solo
03. (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes (2:42) - EC solo
04. Little Atoms (5:43) - EC solo
05. Temptation (new arr.) (4:42)
06. You Bowed Down (5:59)
07. Why Can't A Man Stand Alone? (3:55)
08. The Long Honeymoon (4:28)
09. Poor Fractured Atlas (5:07)
10. Just A Memory (4:18)
11. God Give Me Strength (5:32)
12. God's Comic (11:09)
13. Complicated Shadows (3:11)

Disc 2 [55:40]
14. The Other End (Of The Telescope) (5:18)
15. Oliver's Army / Kid / Unchained Melody / If You Could Read My Mind (4:16)
16. Black Sails In The Sunset (3:07)
17. All This Useless Beauty (4:50)
18. It's Time (5:19)
19. Passionate Fight (5:30)
20. My Funny Valentine (2:38)
21. Distorted Angel (5:54)
22. You'll Never Be A Man (3:17)
23. Alison / Living A Little, Laughing A Little / Tracks Of My Tears / Tears Of A Clown / No More Tearstained Make-Up / Clowntime Is Over (6:22)
24. Shallow Grave (2:02)
25. Watching The Detectives (5:35)
26. I Want To Vanish (3:41)

mp3 - Elvis & Steve_1996-05-22_NY_BWAM_mp3.rar

FLAC - Elvis & Steve_1996-05-22_NY_BWAM_FLAC.part1.rar
    Elvis & Steve_1996-05-22_NY_BWAM_FLAC.part2.rar

Hotfile.com filesharing site shut down

All Hotfile download links are gone

Well, it was only a matter of time, I guess, but now Hotfile.com has been completely shutdown for 'violation of copyright laws', and thus all the files stored there went with it. Actually, I've been somewhat expecting this for awhile, it is surprising that it has lasted this long, but I had kept my files there just because I did not have a good alternative. What this means for the blog is that, for the most part, all the mp3 file download links are dead and gone (around 300 or so files). So, for the third time in the blog's history (first-megaupload, second-mediafire, now-hotfile), most of the file links have gone dead again. And probably not surprisingly, it seemed to happen (once again) after I had finally fully restored all the links from previous shutdowns. However, this time, it is not ALL of the links, as virtually all of the FLAC links (which are mostly on Mega and some on Depositfiles) are still active and working, as well as some mp3 files that are on Depositfiles. So, fortunately, it is not everything that is gone. Now, however, comes the burdensome task of re-uploading, or deciding what will or won't be re-upped to a new filesharing site. Compounding this is the problem that there are no really desirable (or stable) alternatives for filesharing any more. But, I do plan on continuing the blog, adding new posts, and probably restoring as much as possible of the old links, if possible, but it will be a slow process, a little at a time. As I said, I'm actually surprised things have lasted this long. It has been almost 2 years since the first big megaupload shutdown, and about a year and half since the mediafire suspension. So, actually, we've had a pretty good run since then with no real problems. So, I will carry on as best I can from here. I will try to get some of the most recent posts back up very soon (probably on depositfiles or mega), and then will slowly update older posts as I can.

Biggest problem now is that I am not happy with any of the (free) hosting services. Mega has worked fine so far, but I cannot get any data regarding # of downloads, which I need to see just what is being downloaded or not (a measure of whether people are getting anything out of this blog). Depositfiles is a bit slow and has waiting periods between downloads. I have been impressed so far with zippyshare from other sites that use it, but it has a 200 MB size limit (and I would need to divide-up most of my already prepared rar files). But I will probably start using zippyshare for smaller shows and files. I refuse to even consider rapidshare or filefactory, as they have been notoriously awful to their users. Most of the others I have experienced (rapidgator, turbobit, uploaded, etc.) all have some serious problems, ranging from outrageous ad gauntlets, download limits, or speed or connection problems. So, any suggestions for or good experiences with filesharing services would be appreciated as I move forward.

UPDATED UPDATE (12/10/2013): I have now just about completed fixing the hotfile links for all of the 2013 posts (updated/replaced with new working links using Depositfiles and Zippyshare), as well as the Christmas-related posts, and some of the most popular posts from earlier. I will continue to update others as I have time. Thanks for your patience, consideration, and continued support of the blog.

UPDATING THE UPDATED UPDATE (12/24/2013): Have now gotten virtually all of the 2013, 2012, and 2011 posts updated and resurrected. From here on, I'll probably get to them them more on a band by band basis, rather than chronoliogiaclly, but we'll see how it goes. Overall, it has been much easier this time, because I now have all (well most) of the rar files prepared and ready to go on an archived external hard. So, the re-upping has gone much smoother so far (still a pain to go through this all over again, though). So, have patience and I just might get through this by 2014. Thanks.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Elvis Costello & The Attractions
1994-06-19
Chastain Park, Atlanta, GA

Audience recording, very good quality
Available in both lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

After the Mighty Like a Rose Tour, in late 1991, Elvis acted upon his increasing interest in classical music, meeting with one of his favorite classical groups, The Brodsky Quartet. Upon learming that they were also fans of his, they began plans to collaborate on a new musical project, which became The Juliet Letters, a song cycle about love, life, death, and correspondance, featuring vocals by Elvis accompanied by The Brodsky Quartet, and the songs and music written by Elvis and various collaborations with the 'The Brodskies', which was released in early 1993. Although the album was critically-acclaimed and well-received by the record-buying public, in general Elvis's more rock-oriented fans had little interest or use for this musical diversion. In 1993, Elvis toured exclusively with the Brodsky Quartet, but there are very few recordings available from these shows (as there seemed to be little interest from tapers as well). However, Elvis returned to rock, and even reunited with The Attractions (for the first time in 7 years), for his next album, which marked the triumphant return of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, and featured their best album in quite some time, with Brutal Youth (1994). The strong new album and subsequent tour seemed to be a re-birth for Elvis and the band, but underneath the surface there were still the same hostilities and discontent among the band, so the successful reunion was destined to be short-lived. The Brutal Youth tour, however, was a great one, and to the audiences there were no indications of problems, just great shows and music. There are many excellent recordings available from this tour, including several soundboards, but I am posting here a great lesser-known show, from Atlanta, primarily because it was the day after the show I was at (don't have a recording from my show, and this one has very good sound and a similar setlist). So, here, enjoy Elvis, back with the Attractions in 1994 for a great, but limited run.

Tracklist
01. No Action
02. The Beat
03. Waiting For The End Of The World
04. Beyond Belief
05. Sulky Girl
06. London's Brilliant Parade
07. Deep Dark Truthful Mirror
08. Pony St.
09. Less Than Zero
10. Clown Strike
11. Kinder Murder
12. Clubland
13. Rocking Horse Road
14. Man Out Of Time
15. Watching The Detectives
16. You Belong To Me
17. 13 Steps Lead Down
18. Radio, Radio
Encore 1
19. Lipstick Vogue / (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea
20. Party Girl
Encore 2
21. Favourite Hour
22. My Science Fiction Twin
23. Alison (including Tracks Of My Tears, Tears Of A Clown, No More Tearstained Make-Up and Clowntime Is Over)
24. Accidents Will Happen
Encore 3
25. All The Rage
26. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding?
27. Pump It Up

mp3 - Elvis_Costello_1994-06-19_Atlanta_mp3.rar

FLAC - Elvis_Costello_1994-06-19_Atlanta_FLAC.rar


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Elvis Costello & The Rude 5 - 1991-05-29 - Los Angeles, CA

Elvis Costello & The Rude 5
1991-05-29
Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

Audience recording, good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

In honor of his current Northeast US Solo Tour (which I have the great fortune to attend this week), I will be featuring Elvis Costello for the rest of this month and next. But we'll start back with where I left off last time (after featuring his '80's tours), and feature some of his '90's tours. First up, the Mighty Like A Rose tour, 1991. After extensive touring in 1989, both solo and with the Rude 5, Elvis took most of 1990 off, but returned in late 1990 to record Mighty Like A Rose with varying assemblages of musicians and producers from song to song, as well as another whole album of cover tunes (Kojak Variety), which would not be released until 1995. After release of Mighty Like a Rose in May 1991, Elvis began a major world tour with 'The Rude 5' hitting the US, Europe, Japan, and Australia throughout most of the rest of the year. Although this was not one of my favorite Elvis albums or periods, like all of his tours, it featured some very interesting and unique versions of some of his songs, and is worth checking out. This show is from very early in the tour (4th show), which began in California, and although this recording is not all that great, it is not bad for an audience recording.

Tracklist
01. How To Be Dumb
02. You Bowed Down
03. Hidden Shame
04. Home Is Anywhere You Hang Your Head
05. Deep Dark Truthful Mirror
06. Georgie And Her Rival
07. Suit Of Lights
08. Must You Throw Dirt In My Face
09. The Other Side Of Summer
10. So Like Candy
11. Veronica
12. All Grown Up
13. Strange
14. Couldn't Call It Unexpected No. 4
15. Hidden Charms
16. Everybody's Crying Mercy
17. Hurry Down Doomsday (The Bugs Are Taking Over)
Encore 1
18. Sweet Pear
19. Bama Lama Bama Loo
20. Playboy To A Man
Encore 2
21. Alison
22. Pump It Up

The Rude 5 (although only 4 on this tour):
Marc Ribot - lead guitar
Jerry Scheff - bass
Larry Knechtel - keyboards
Pete Thomas - drums

mp3 - Elvis_Costello_1991-05-29_-_LA_mp3.rar

FLAC -  Elvis_Costello_1991-05-29_-_LA_FLAC.rar

Sunday, November 10, 2013

John Hiatt - 1987-09-18 - The Warfield, San Francisco, CA

John Hiatt
& The Goners
September 18, 1987
The Warfield, San Francisco,  CA

FM Broadcast (KFOG-FM) recording, excellent quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions



Here's some more from the great John Hiatt, this one a short but wonderful opening set from 1987 (he opened for the Robert Cray Band), and this excellent-sounding FM broadcast recording comes courtesy of one of our blog readers (draftervoi, who specializes in FM broadcast recordings), so much thanks to him for making this available. This show comes shortly after the release of Bring the Family, which became his 'breakthrough' album, after years of struggling to find an audience. Thus this set features several songs from that wonderful album, as well as featuring John with one of his best back-up bands, The Goners. This set also features a rare early song that John never had recorded ('A Crazy Girl is Hard to Find') and a preview of a song from his next album ('Tennessee Plates'). Overall, a great opening set (although too short!). 

Tracklist
01.  Intro
02.  Memphis In The Meantime
03.  Alone In The Dark
04.  Thank You Girl
05.  Learning How To Love You
06.  A Crazy Girl Is Hard To Find
07.  Tennessee Plates
08.  Your Dad Did
09.  Thing Called Love

mp3: John_Hiatt_1987-09-18_SF_mp3.rar

flac - John_Hiatt_1987-09-18_SF_flac.rar

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Barenaked Ladies - Outtakes & Bonus Tracks (1996-2013) (Updated)

Barenaked Ladies
Outtakes & bonus tracks (1996-2013)

Studio outtakes & bonus tracks, excellent quality
mp3 @ 320k
Re-up of previously available compilation, plus now upgraded to include 3 bonus tracks from Grinning Streak (2013).

Recently I was reminded by a reader that my 2010 post containing these outtakes from the Barenaked Ladies had never been re-upped after the 'great megaupload fiasco of 2012' (at least that what I'm calling it). And I was surprised to find that he was quite right: the old useless megaupload link was still there on my web blog page. Although I had thought I had fixed all of those long ago and updated with new links, here was one I had missed after all this time. As I looked into it some more, I then realized that initially when I was re-uploading and updating all these links, I had misplaced these particular files, they were not backed-up to where they were supposed to be in my mess of a 'system' of music file organization. So, at the time I skipped over them, until I kcould find them again. Well then, of course, after awhile I forgot all about them and just never got tracked them down and got this updated. So now, spurred back into action, I located the missing files (oh yeah, so That's where they were!), and decided that now, since BNL have recently put out a new album, and there were also additional bonus tracks associated with that one, that I certainly should add in the new tracks as well. So, here you have it, the original outtake collection, with the addition of the new bonus tracks from Grinning Streak also included. So, if you hadn't downloaded this previously, now there is even more reason to do it now, and if you had been waiting for me to finally get this back up, sorry, but now the wait is over. Enjoy!  I do believe this was the last of the old dead links still hanging around, but if you happen to find any others, let me know.

Original post here, with additional info on the tracks included

Tracklist
01 Trust Me (Born On A Pirate Ship Outtake)
02 Back (Born On A Pirate Ship Outtake)
03 She's On Time (Stunt Outtake)
04 Long Way Back Home (Stunt Outtake)
05 Hidden Sun (Maroon Hidden Track)
06 Born Human (Maroon Outtake)
07 Inline Bowline (Maroon Outtake)
08 Powder Blue (Maroon Outtake)
09 Yes! Yes!! Yes!!! (Everything To Everyone Outtake)
10 Another Postcard (Acoustic)
11 Maybe Katie (Acoustic)
12 Second Best (Acoustic)
13 Next Time (Acoustic)
14 Testing 1,2,3 (Acoustic)
15 Aluminum (Acoustic)
16 Easy (Acoustic)
17 She Turned Away (All In Good Time Outtake)
18 Let There Be Light (All In Good Time Outtake)
19 Moonstone (All In Good Time Outtake)
20 All In Good Time (All In Good Time Outtake)
21 Another Heartbreak (Acoustic)
22 Four Seconds (Acoustic)
New! added tracks
23 Blacking Out (Grinning Streak bonus track)
24 Fog of Writing (Grinning Streak bonus track)
25 Who Knew (Grinning Streak bonus track)


Now upgraded: with 3 bonus tracks from 2013 Grinning Streak sessions

Barenaked_Ladies_-_Outtakes.rar

Friday, November 1, 2013

John Hiatt - 1993-10-30 - London (Pre-FM)

John Hiatt
(& The Guilty Dogs)
1993-10-30
The Forum, London, UK

Pre-FM Broadcast recording, excellent quality
mp3 @ 320 kbps
Artwork Included

How about some John Hiatt? Here is a great-sounding full-length concert radio broadcast from early in John's tour for his 1993 album, Perfectly Good Guitar. This is a tour that I haven't featured anything from previously, so this is a great addition to the shows already presented. In 1993, following John's less than successful stint with the intriguing star-filled but commercially failed venture known as Little Village, and inspired by the some of the young alternative bands his son was listening to at the time, John decided to move forward in a more hard-edged straight-on rock approach for his next album. So, John got with producer Matt Wallace (Faith No More, The Replacements) and assembled a band of young alt-rockers, including members of School of Fish and Wire Train, and in two weeks put together an album of decidedly harder-edged rock songs than any of his previous albums. For some (those with a bent towards harder rock), this was a welcome relief and praised this as some of his best work, while those that preferred his more folksy-countryish rock style were less impressed. For me, it was a mixed effort, as there are some very good songs here, but overall, I much preferred his previous albums and the more folksy style, and thought that the harder rock style did not mesh very well with his songs and songwriting style. True to the album and his mind-set at the time, the live shows for this tour featured a young, lean, muscular band that offered more rocking and aggressive versions of all of John's songs. So, if you prefer harder driving live shows, this is the John Hiatt tour for you. For me, Slow Turning was his very best album, and his tours with The Goners as back-up the best band and arrangements, but many others prefer these rockier versions and The Guilty Dogs. So check out John and his band for this harder-edged sound and style, and this excellent recording, and decide for yourself which songs and style you prefer. But it's all good with John Hiatt, anytime, all the time, right?

Tracklist:   
01. Through Your  Hands
02. Drive South
03. Cross My Fingers
04. Permanent Hurt
05. Child Of The Wild Blue Yonder
06. Loving A Hurricane
07. When You Hold Me Tight
08. Paper Thin
09. Straight Out Of Time
10. Your Dad Did
11. Something Wild
12. Have a Little Faith In Me
13. Buffalo River Home
14. Angel
15. Thing Called Love
16. I Don’t Even Try
17. Perfectly Good Guitar
18. Thank You Girl
19. Slow Turning
20. Georgia Rae
21. Tennessee Plates
22. Lipstick Sunset
23. Real Fine Love
24. Feels Like Rain

John Hiatt: guitar, vocals
& The Guilty Dogs:
Michael Ward: gutar, vocals
Corky James: guitar, vocals
Davey Faragher: bass, vocals
Michael Urbano: drums

New Link (Updated 05/03/2014)
John_Hiatt_1993-10-30_London.rar


Thursday, October 24, 2013

BoDeans - 1992-02-17 - Atlanta, GA (WestWood 1 radio show)

BoDeans
1992-02-17 (Broadcast date, recording date unknown)
Center Stage, Atlanta, GA

Pre-FM Broadcast recording (Westwood One In Concert 92-08), excellent quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions


Here's a short but very sweet radio show from the American Midwest 'roots-rockin' BoDeans, from 1992, which just may be around the period when they were at their very best, and certainly in their prime. This show came on the heels of 2 of their best albums (Home, 1989 and Black & White, 1991) and features primarily songs from those albums, including the seldom heard 'Brand New' from Home (one of my all-time favorites by them). And although they developed a seemingly 'more commercial' pop-rock sound on Black & White, exemplified in 'Paradise' and 'Good Things', mainstream success still eluded them. However, they finally did score a 'hit' after the song 'Closer to Free' from their next album, Go Slow Down (1993), was featured on the TV show Party of Five and became popular. Although the band has many songs that shoulda/coulda been 'hits', this was the only one to gain mainstream success. But the BoDeans have been chugging along as a great American Roots-Rock band for thirty years now, putting out many fine albums and great live shows. Certainly another in a long line of great, but largely unheralded rock bands. Although still around today, unfortunately Sam Llanas, co-founder and half of the driving spirit of the band (along with Kurt Neumann), abruptly quit the group in 2011 to go solo. But Kurt has added a couple new members and is continuing the fine tradition of the BoDeans, having released a new album, American Made, in 2012.  

Tracklist:
01.  Broadcast Intro
02.  Paradise
03.  Brand New
04.  Fadeaway
05. DJ Interjection
06.  Good Things
07.  Long Hard Day
08.  Still The Night - My Girl Lollipop
09.  Good Work
10.  Black, White and Blood Red

mp3: BoDeans_1992_WW1_Atlanta_mp3.rar

FLAC: BoDeans_1992_WW1_Atlanta_FLAC.rar

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Kinks - 1977-12-24 -Rainbow Theatre - London (full show)

The Kinks
1977-12-24
Rainbow Theatre, London, UK

FM Broadcast recording, very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Here's another great 1977 Kinks show that has also been previously featured here (another of the very first posts made on this blog @192 kbps). Now, once again, here is an updated, upgraded, and expanded version of this show. The recording previously presented was cut to fit a single CD. Here now is the full show, with additional songs 'Well Respected Man', 'Death of a Clown', 'Sunny Afternoon', and the outrageous 'Father Christmas', in very good quality. In addition, this show also features another great song from Sleepwalker that was not played at the previous two 1977 shows featured here, 'Jukebox Music', as well as a few other different songs from previous '77 shows, so there is plenty here to make this worth hearing and downloading. Enjoy this enhanced version of the show.

Tracks:
01. Broadcast introductions
02. Jukebox Music
03. Stage introductions
04. Sleepwalker
05. Life On The Road
06. Dialogue
07. Well Respected Man
08. Death Of A Clown
09. Sunny Afternoon
10. Waterloo Sunset
11. All Day And All Of The Night
12. Dialogue
13. Slum Kids
14. Celluloid Heroes
15. Get Back In Line
16. Dialogue
17. The Hard Way
18. Lola
19. Alcohol
20. Skin And Bone
21. Father Christmas
22. You Really Got Me

mp3: Kinks_1977-12-24_Rainbow-complete_mp3.rar

FLAC: Kinks_1977-12-24_Rainbow complete_FLAC

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Kinks - 1977-02-19 - Winterland - San Francisco

The Kinks
February 19th, 1977
Winterland, San Francisco, CA

PRE-FM Recording (KSAN Master Reel, except 3 tracks from FM broadcast), very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions
UPGRADE from previously offered version

Now that we're back to The Kinks in 1977, this is a good time to upgrade a couple of old posts from this period. Here is the 1977 Winterland show, which was the very next day after the Santa Monica show just featured. This show was actually one of the very first posts made on this blog 5 1/2 years ago. However, at that time I only had a lower quality version (192 kbps). Now, it is high time to upgrade this great show, so here is the full show in great quality (Pre-FM master recording), and now available in lossless and 320k mp3. The setlist is almost identical to the previous night's show, but still contains some interesting differences and new additions, as they added 'Victoria' as a 2nd encore, and also included 'The Hard Way' in the 'Schoolboys' section. In addition, Ray's voice stays strong through the whole show (his voice started giving out towards end of previous night's show) resulting in some stronger vocal performances on some of the later songs. Overall, just a great show, performance, and recording. So, if you only had the previous version, you will want this one, and if you didn't have it before, you definitely need it now.

Tracklist:
01. You Really Got Me (intro.) *
02. One Of the Survivors
03. Sleepwalker
04. Rush Hour Blues
05. You Make It All Worthwhile/Ordinary People/Everybody's A Star (Starmaker)
06. Lola (singalong)/Banana Boat Song
07. A Well Respected Man
08. Sunny Afternoon
09. Waterloo Sunset
10. Celluloid Heroes
11. Schooldays
12. Schooldays (reprise, instr.) The Hard Way
13. Education
14. Brother
15. Stormy Sky
16. Life Goes On
17. Full Moon
18. Lola
19. Alcohol
20. You Really Got Me/ All Day and All Of the Night
21. Life on the Road *
22. Victoria *

* = taken from FM broadcast

mp3: Kinks_1977-02-19_Winterland_mp3.rar

FLAC:Kinks_1977-02-19_Winterland_FLAC.part1.rar
           Kinks_1977-02-19_Winterland_FLAC.part2.rar

Friday, October 4, 2013

The Kinks - 1977-02-18 - Santa Monica, CA

The Kinks
1977-02-18 (late show)
Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA

Broadcast recording, very good quality
mp3 @ 320 kbps

As noted previously, after leaving RCA records, and what was to be the last of their Musical Theater-type productions with Schoolboys in Disgrace, The Kinks signed with Arista Records, and were urged to go back to a stripped-down band and more of a straight-forward rock and pop sound. Whether it had anything to do with their record company, or it was just the direction Ray and the Band were moving anyway, is not clear, but from that point on the band dropped the horns and the elaborate concept musicals and went back to being a 5-piece rock band. And their next album, Sleepwalker (1977) was not only their best album in years, but I think, one of their very best albums ever. The songs were quirky and fun, and had a more direct rock and pop-rock feel, with great hooks and melodies (and at least 4 all-time 'classic' Kinks tracks, 'Jukebox Music', 'Life Goes On', 'Life on the Road', and 'Sleepwalker'). This was followed by another breakthrough album, Misfits (1978), featuring 'Misfits', 'A Rock and Roll Fantasy', and 'Live Life' among others. However, it still took awhile before the mainstream pop-rock audience would bring them back to real commercial success, as it wasn't until their next album, Low Budget (1979), with the hit single 'Superman', and much radio airplay for songs like 'Catch Me Now I'm Falling', 'Gallon of Gas', and 'Low Budget', that they once again became a superstar rock act again. This is an excellent show from the Sleepwalker tour, in very good quality. The show opens with selections from their previous 'musical theater' albums, Preservation, Soap Opera, and Schoolboys, as well as other earlier classics, and then gets into more of the songs from Sleepwalker. Thus, in addition to a wide variety of songs from throughout their career, this show features 6 songs from Sleepwalker (although the excellent 'Jukebox Music' was not played here). Anyway, hope you enjoy this show, as the rejuvenated Kinks show that they still were one of the best rock bands ever, in this beginning of their rock 'n roll comeback period.
 
Tracklist:
1. Show opening
2. One Of the Survivors
3. Sleepwalker
4. Rush Hour Blues
5. You Make It All Worthwhile
6. Ordinary People
7. Everybody's A Star(Starmaker)
8. Waterloo Sunset
9. A Well Respected Man
10. Sunny Afternoon
11. Celluloid Heroes
12. Schooldays
13. Education
14. Brother
15. Stormy Sky
16. Life Goes On
17. Full Moon
18. Lola
19. Alcohol
20. You Really Got Me/ All Day and All Of the Night
21. Life on the Road

Kinks_1977-02-18_Santa_Monica_(late)_mp3.rar

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Kinks - 1975-06-14 - London - A Soap Opera-Live

The Kinks
1975-06-14
New Victoria Theatre, London, UK

FM Broadcast recording, very good quality
mp3 @ 320 kbps

While we're covering The Kinks Musical Theater days, here is their other theatrical stage show from that Mid-70's period, A Soap Opera. However, unlike most of their other concept musicals, which told their story exclusively through the music, as a sort-of rock opera, this show is more of a direct Musical Theater Stage show, in that in addition to the songs there is also quite a bit of story and dialogue, like an actual musical play. Not surprisingly, this was not received well by The Kinks more rock-oriented fans. However, as musicals go, this was actually quite a good story that worked very well. And musically, although not as rockin' as most would like to see, it still had some excellent songs, including the Bonafide Kinks classics 'Everybody's A Star', 'Face in the Crowd', and 'You Can't Stop The Music. And again, few recordings are available from this period, and many of the available recordings of shows from this tour only include the songs and eliminate much of the between song story and dialogue. I have tried to get the most complete version of the show I could find, to get the full experience, and this one is nearly complete as far as I can tell (it may be missing one more dialogue section between 'You Make It All Worthwhile' and 'Ducks on the Wall'), and chronicles the whole show (Note: Apparently 'Holiday Romance', which was included on the studio album, was not included in the live production, as it didn't really fit in with the story). By the way, video footage of the whole show, from a Granada TV special they recorded around this time, is available and can be seen on youtube, or downloaded from some video sites, in case you want to 'see' the show (and Ray's acting job), too. But anyway, here is the last piece of the The Kinks days as Music Hall performers in the Mid-70's, before they went fully back to rock mode in 1977 and beyond. Worth checking out. 

Tracklist
1. Everybody's A Star (Starmaker)
2. Everybody's A Star (Suite)
3. Dialogue
4. Ordinary People
5. Rush Hour Blues
6. Nine To Five
7. When Work Is Over
8. Have Another Drink
9. Underneath The Neon Sign
10. You Make It All Worthwhile
11. Ducks On the Wall
12. (A)Face In The Crowd
13. You Can't Stop The Music

Kinks_1976-06-14_London_A_Soap_Opera-Live.rar


Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Kinks - 1976-02-20 - Tulane U., New Orleans, LA

The Kinks
1976-02-20
Mc Allister Auditorium, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Audience recording, pretty good quality
mp3 @ 320 kbps


Here's some more Kinks, and, once again, I feature a tour or period that I haven't covered yet. This is from 1976, the Schoolboys in Disgrace tour, from which there are very few available recordings. As fans know, the mid-70's were what has become known as the musical theater years for the Kinks, as they expanded the band by adding horns and whatnot, and put all their efforts into elaborate concept theater pieces or 'rock operas'. These included Preservation (Acts 1&2, 1973-74), A Soap Opera (1975), and their final theater production, Schoolboys in Disgrace (1976). Interestingly, Schoolboys was actually a sort of prequel to the preservation story, as it followed the early days of the villain from Preservation, Mr Flash, and how his Schooldays experiences shaped him into the villain he became. Not surprisingly, though, this was the Kinks least popular period with fans, as the theatrical styles, stories, and production, left most of their 'rock' fans just shaking their heads in dismay. And although the albums did not do well during this period, their live shows were always great and something to see. In retrospect, however, all these shows and musical productions show immense creativity, imagination, and musical diversity, and really are impressive achievements that have begun to be better appreciated in more recent years. And Schoolboys, in particular, has remained a favorite of many from this period, as it was something of a transition from the Music Hall productions back to their rock roots. Schoolboys contained a number of quality rockers that seemed to signal their return to a more straight-forward rock style, most notably, 'The Hard Way', and one of my all-time favorite Kinks songs, the vastly under-appreciated classic 'No More Looking Back'. Plus, since Schoolboys was only a single album (as opposed to the epic Preservation, which was 3 discs in length), they could do the entire Schoolboys show, plus leave plenty of time to cover many of their classic songs in concert. So, the Schoolboys tour was in many ways a return to form for them. However, as most know, The Kinks were dropped by their label, RCA, after Schoolboys, and were signed by Arista Records, who strongly encouraged the group to go back to a more stripped-down band and stronger rock sound, which they did, and lead to a rejuvenation of the group and a return to prominence and commercial success, as well as a string of great albums, lead by Sleepwalker (1977), one of their very best. This show, from Tulane University in New Orleans, starts off with a rousing selection of previous hits before they get into the Schoolboys saga, which they play in its entirety. The recording, unfortunately, is not that great, but it is the best I have heard from this tour. So, here, once again, is the Kinks, with their production of Schoolboys in Disgrace.
   
Tracklist
1. Everybody's A Star (Starmaker)
2. Rush Hour Blues
3. Lola
4. Waterloo Sunset
5. You Really Got Me
6. All Day and All of the Night
7. Alcohol
8. Celluloid Heroes
9. Schooldays
10. Schooldays Overture
11. Announcement-Narration
12. Jack The Idiot Dunce
13. Education
14. The First Time We Fall In Love
15. I'm In Disgrace
16. Headmaster
17. The First Time We Fall In Love (Reprise)
18. The Hard Way
19. The Last Assembly
20. No More Looking Back
21. Introductions-Finale
22. Money Talks

Kinks_1976-02-20_Tulane_NewOrleans.rar


Back Again

Ok, so I guess I took a decidedly unplanned break from the blog for the past few weeks. I just got really bogged down with other things (work, family, etc.) and just didn't have time to get the blog for quite awhile there. But I'm back now, and will try to get back to more regular posting. Well, this was an especially busy and hectic summer. I did have several projects or special things planned for the blog, but I just never quite got to them. I may still try to post them in the future, but now the timing is off, as they were more of summer kind of things. Oh well, I will carry on, as time permits. Saw several interesting shows over the summer and may provide some items and commentary on them in the near future. But for now, I will return to presenting some classic live shows for all to enjoy. It was great to see how many enjoyed the Jackson Browne shows I posted  last month. Not surprisingly, I have some more great shows from those classic 1970's concerts, from some other favoratie artists coming up, so stay tuned.     

Monday, September 2, 2013

Jackson Browne (and full band) - 1978 - BBC In Concert - London

Jackson Browne (and Full Band)
1978 (unknown date)
BBC In Concert
Shepherd's Bush Theatre, London, UK
FM Broadcast recording, very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Here's one more Jackson Browne show from the '70's to wrap up the summer and the holiday weekend, this one from Jackson's Running On Empty Tour in 1978. For his 5th album, Jackson planned to do a live album, but a live album that was different from any other. Rather than just release live concert versions of his hits, Jackson wanted to do all new material, and what's more, he envisioned not just a live album, but a concept album specifically about Life on the Road for a touring rock band, recorded completely on the road. And that's what he did. Running On Empty consisted of all previously unreleased songs (some original, some covers) that all dealt with some aspect of being on the road, recorded on stage at shows, backstage, in hotel rooms, and even on the tour bus while driving from Maine to New Jersey. It was a brilliant concept, excellently executed, and once again, with great songwriting. At the time it was released in late 1977, (and perhaps because of the inclusion of some cover songs) some didn't quite get it and dismissed it as Jackson's least ambitious album, or Jackson-lite, but it went on to become the biggest album of Jackson's career, and lead by such iconic songs as 'Running On Empty', 'Love Needs a Heart', 'You Love the Thunder', and 'The Load Out'. The song 'Running On Empty', in particular, really hit a nerve and captured a feeling in people, becoming an anthem of our troubled times. In this fine-sounding BBC radio show from the subsequent 1978 tour, the core songs from Running On Empty (7 songs played) provide the bulk of the show, including the album and show finale of 'The Load Out-Stay', with just a few of his earlier classic songs included. So, as the summer winds down, hit the road with Jackson and Running On Empty.

tracklist
01: The Fuse
02: Here Come Those Tears Again
03: Rock Me On The Water
04: Cocaine
05: Rosie
06: Doctor My Eyes
07: These Days
08: Running On Empty
09: Love Needs A Heart
10: Nothing But Time
11: The Load Out
12: Stay

Band Lineup:
Jackson Browne: Guitar, Piano, Vocals
David Lindley: Guitar, Piddle, Vocals
Craig Doerge: Keyboards
Bob Glaub: Bass
Jim Gordon: Drums     
Rosemary Butler: Vocals
Doug Haywood: Vocals   

mp3 - Jackson_Browne_-_BBC_In_Concert_1978_mp3.rar

FLAC - Jackson_Browne_-_BBC_In_Concert_1978.rar    

Friday, August 30, 2013

Jackson Browne - 1976-11-06 - 'Soundstage' TV show, Chicago, IL

Jackson Browne (w/ David Lindley and full band)
1976-11-06
PBS Soundstage TV show, Live at WTTW Studios, Chicago, Illinois,
'Chicago Soundstage 1976'

Stereo FM broadcast (simulcast) recording, good quality
mp3 @ 224 kbps

Moving forward with more Jackson Browne, in late 1976 Jackson released his 4th album, The Pretender, and this TV show (PBS' Soundstage) performance was staged shortly after it's release. And although the album was a success, this was a very difficult period for Jackson and his family, because just months earlier, in March 1976,  Jackson suffered the crushing loss of his wife, Phylis Major, who took her own life with an overdose of sleeping pills. Despite being devastated by this loss, Jackson eventually worked to finish the album by fall, adding a couple of songs that dealt with the tragedy ('Sleep's Dark and Silent Gate' and 'Here Comes Those Tears Again'). He began performing and touring again in late 1976 to support the album, which went on to become his biggest success up to that time. For this Soundstage televised concert show, Jackson sticks with songs from Late For the Sky for the bulk of the show (6 songs, including 'Farther On', which was not included in the previous 'Late' show I offered), introducing only 2 songs from the new album (the opening 'The Fuse', and the closer 'The Pretender'). And once again, Jackson puts on a great show, if not a bit somber, with heartfelt renditions of these classic songs. The recording is from a very good FM broadcast, but like many older cassette recordings, shows some telltale artifacts of limited frequency range, tape wobble, and some hiss issues. But still, overall, is quite good and the show is certainly of merit and well-worth repeated listens.   

tracklist
01. Intro / The Fuse
02. Rock Me On The Water
03. Late For The Sky
04. The Road And The Sky
05. Farther On
06. Fountain Of Sorrow (drop/glitch around 2:58)
07. Before The Deluge
08. Walking Slow
09. I Thought I Was A Child
10. The Pretender

The lineup:
Jackson Browne - vocals, keyboard, guitars
David Lindley - guitars, violin
John Mauceri - drums
Bryan Garofolo - bass
Mark Jordan - piano, guitar
David Mason - organ
David Landau - guitars

Jackson_Browne_1976-11-06_Chicago.rar

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Jackson Browne (w/ David Lindley and band) - 1974-10-11 - Passaic, NJ

Jackson Browne (w/ David Lindley and band)
also w/ special guests Freebo & Bonnie Raitt
October 11, 1974
Capitol Theater, Passaic, NJ

Soundboard or FM recording (unknown origin), good quality
mp3 @ 192 kbps


Here's some more vintage live Jackson Browne, from his 1974 Tour, with David Lindley and a full band this time. Apparently, there are not many available recordings from this tour, so this is great to have. This was my absolute favorite time period for Jackson, and although I adore several of Jackson's albums, I think his 1974 album, Late For The Sky, was his definitive masterpiece, and one of my favorite albums of all-time. These may not be his most famous, popular, or 'commercial' songs, but they are among his very best, and collectively, attain a level of heartfelt personal and emotional songwriting that has rarely been achieved.  It retains a very special place in my heart, and was very meaningful to me and my development. The depth of feeling and emotions contained not only in the lyrics, but the music as well, that Jackson was able to capture and convey in this album was extraordinary. The songs are so personal, yet express such universal feelings and expressions of hope, longing, frustration, and desperation. Personally, this album got me through some very difficult times making the transition from high school to college to adult, and it still is very powerful every time I listen to it. And this tour, not surpisingly, contained more songs from Late For the Sky, than any other, so it is also a personal favorite of mine. This show features 6 tracks from Late For the Sky (although it is lacking 'Farther On' and 'The Late Show', 2 other stand-out tracks that would have been great to have here), as well as some favorites from his first 2 albums. Bonnie Raitt and her band also played on the same bill, so this show also features some guests, bass-guitar-tuba player Freebo (from Bonnie's band) on some songs, and Bonnie Raitt herself joins Jackson for the encore, a rarely heard duet version of 'Cowboy Boots'. I don't know the origin of this show, but it seems to be a soundboard recording (or FM broadcast), so the sound is pretty good; however, it is also obvious that it comes from an old cassette recording, with some of the inherent sound limitations that came with most cassette recordings from the 1970's. But overall, it is wonderful to get to hear this show from this period in Jackson's history. Great stuff. 

tracklist
01 Redneck Friend
02 Ready Or Not
03 Late For The Sky
04 Fountain Of Sorrow
05 For Everyman
06 For A Dancer
07 Rock Me On The Water
08 Walking Slow *
09 The Road & The Sky *
10 Before The Deluge *
11 Doctor My Eyes *
-- Encores
12 Take It Easy - Higher and Higher
13 Cowboy Boots **

* with Freebo (from Bonnie Raitt's band - bass, guitar,vocal)
** with Bonnie Raitt

Jackson Browne (vocals, guitars); David Lindley (guitars, violin); Larry Zack (drums); Doug Haywood (bass); Jai Winding (keyboards)

Jackson_Browne_1974-10-11_Passaic_NJ.rar


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Jackson Browne (w/ David Lindley) - 1973-8-15 - Bryn Mawr, PA

Jackson Browne (with David Lindley)
August 15, 1973
The Main Point, Bryn Mawr, PA

Pre-FM soundboard recording, excellent quality
mp3 @ 192 kbps

Here's some more Jackson Browne from around the same period, also an excellent sounding recording, but this one has a few different songs (including an impromptu fiddle reel from Lindley while Jackson had some technical difficulties). Another great performance all around. Although this has a listed date as 8/15, that is actually not likely, as Jackson was opening for America all through August, and those dates did not include Lindley. Instead, this is most likely from some time in September, the exact date is not clear (not that it really matters), but it is another classic show from this period.

Tracklist
1. Take It Easy
2. Jesus in 3/4 Time
3. Jamaica Say You Will
4. Rock Me On The Water
5. Song For Adam
6. These Days
7. Colors of the Sun (aborted start)
8. Reel of the Hanged Man
9. Colors of the Sun (complete)
10. Redneck Friend
11. Sweet Little Sixteen
12. Runaway
13. My Opening Farewell

Jackson Browne - vocals and guitar
David Lindley - vocals, guitar, fiddle, mandolin and steel guitar

Jackson_Browne_1973-08-15_Bryn_Mawr.rar


Friday, August 16, 2013

Jackson Browne (w/ David Lindley) - 1973-09-27 - New York

Jackson Browne (with David Lindley)
September 27, 1973
RCA Studios, New York, NY

Pre-FM soundboard recording, excellent quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Sorry for the long gap between posts, but I have just been very busy the past month, and have been away much of that time, without access to my music files. But now, I will continue with a few more Jackson Browne shows, from early in his career. This is an excellent quality recording, from around the time of the release of his 2nd album, For Everyman, in fall 1973 (although some sources for this show claim it is from 1972, instead, but based on the setlist - including several For Everyman songs that he was not playing in '72 - I'd stick with 1973). Here we have a nice mix of songs from the first 2 albums, as well as a few that are not on any album, and with the wonderful David Lindley accompanying Jackson (for the first of many times over the years) on fiddle, guitar, and mandolin. Just a wonderful show from these early years.

Tracklist
1.  Come All Ye Fair & Tender Ladies
2.  Take It Easy
3.  Jesus in 3/4 Time
4.  dialogue
5.  Our Lady of the Well
6.  dialogue
7.  Jamaica Say You Will
8.  Rock Me On The Water
9.  Out To Sea
10.  Looking Into You
11.  dialogue
12.  Song For Adam
13.  dialogue
14.  My Opening Farewell
15.  The Times You've Come
16.  For Everyman
17.  dialogue
18.  Redneck Friend

mp3 - Jackson_Browne_1973-9-27_NY_mp3.rar

FLAC - Jackson_Browne_1973-9-27_NY_FLAC.rar




Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Jackson Browne - 2004-03-16 - New York - RnR HOF Celebration Concert

Jackson Browne (& Friends)
2004-3-16
Beacon Theatre, NYC, NY

RnR HOF Celebration Concert (Night after Jackson's HOF Induction)
Audience recording, good quality
mp3 (VBR 160-320 kbps) files


More Jackson Browne, from quite a bit later in his career. On March 15, 2004, Jackson Browne was inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall Fame, with his induction speech and comments made by Bruce Springsteen. On the following night, March 16, Jackson staged a celebration concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York with guest appearances from some of his friends and music colleagues, and here it is for you. This fun and energetic show features songs from all throughout his illustrious career, from the early songs of 'Doctor My Eyes', 'These Days', and 'Take It Easy', up through several songs from his most recent album (at that time), The Naked Ride Home, this is a very entertaining show, and the inclusion of the guests just add to the enjoyment. It's not a great (audience) recording, but it is pretty good quality overall. For some perspective and historical interest, I've also included some bonus audio tracks from the actual HOF ceremony the night before, including Bruce's induction speech, Jackson's acceptance speech, and Jackson's HOF performance of Runnin' On Empty (these audio tracks were extracted from the youtube videos, so are of lesser quality, but since they are primarily spoken words, they are just fine). So, enjoy Jackson & friends celebrating his well-deserved induction into the HOF.   

Tracklist
1.The Night Inside Me
2.Fountain of Sorrow
3.The Barricades of Heaven
4.Casino Nation
5.Everywhere I Go
(with Vonda Shepherd)
6.For Taking the Trouble
7. Cuban Intro/Dedication
8.Lives in the Balance
9.These Days
10.The Naked Ride Home
11.My Stunning Mystery Companion
12.Farther On
13. Talk-Thank yous
14.Late for the Sky
15. Marc Cohn-Song Intro
16.Don't You Want to Be There
(with Marc Cohn)
17.In the Shape of a Heart
18.Your Bright Baby Blues
19.Doctor My Eyes
20. false start
21. Somebody's Baby
22.The Pretender
23.Running on Empty
(21-23 with Scott Thurston and Danny Kortchmar)
Encore:
24.Culver Moon
25.Take It Easy
(with Bruce Springsteen)

Kevin McCormick (bass) - Jeff Young (keyboards, background vocals)
Mauricio "Fritz" Lewak (drums and percussion) - Val McCallum (guitars)
Katherine Russell (background vocals) - Mark Goldenberg (guitars)

Notes: This recording was compiled from two different sources to ensure the best possible sound.

Bonus audio tracks (128 kbps):
x1. Bruce Springsteen - Jackson Browne Induction Speech (RnR HOF)
x2. Jackson Browne - RnR HOF Acceptance Speech
x3. Jackson Browne - RnR HOF Performance - Runnin' On Empty

Jackson_Browne_2004-03-16_NY_HOFConcert.rar

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Jackson Browne - Criterion Demos (1970) - upgraded sound

Jackson Browne - Criterion Demos (1970)

As part of my continuing efforts to upgrade the sound quality of previously available posts, I have now pit in fresh links for Jackson's 1970 Criterion Demos on the original post page. So, if you haven't gotten that yet, by all means do so now, and if you already have it, it may be worth it to you to get the new upgraded quality files. Either way, enjoy.. Information regarding the collection is included on the original post page, which is located here:

jackson-browne-1970-criterion-demos.html


Sunday, July 7, 2013

John Prine - BBC shows (1971 and 1973)

John Prine
BBC shows (1971 and 1973)

TV and FM Broadcast recordings, very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Ok, just one more dose of John Prine, this one combining a couple of short BBC performances in the early 1970's (1971 and 1973). So, here we have John in his younger days and more exuberant voice once again. Although there are 4 classic songs that are repeated in the 2 short sets, these performances nonetheless also provide a few songs from this period (Pretty Good, Rocky Mtn, and Everybody Needs Somebody) that have not been featured in any of the shows previously posted. So, here is a few more from the Great John Prine. It's also interesting to note that throughout the 40-plus years John has been performing, he has kept Spanish Pipedream as his opening song (or if not opening, then as closing song) throughout most of his concert performances throughout his career (Quite unusual to open with the same song year after year).

1971 - BBC2 In Concert TV Broadcast
01 Spanish Pipedream
02 Donald and Lydia
03 Sam Stone
04 Paradise
05 The Great Compromise
06 Everybody Needs Somebody

1973 - BBC studios, London (FM)
01 Spanish Pipedream
02 Illegal Smile
03 Donald and Lydia
04 Sam Stone
05 Pretty Good
06 Rocky Mountain
07 Hello In There
08 Everybody Needs Somebody

mp3 - JP_earlyBBC.rar

FLAC - JP_earlyBBCshows_FLAC.rar

Friday, July 5, 2013

John Prine (with Iris DeMent) - 2000-03-03 - Charlotte NC

John Prine
(and featuring Iris DeMent)
March 3, 2000
Oven's Auditorium, Charlotte, NC

Audience recording, good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

More from John Prine, again featuring a particular period that hasn't been represented here yet. This show comes from 2000, not long after John's return from cancer surgery and treatment. This show features several songs from John's 1999 album, In Spite of Ourselves, which consisted of duets (mostly covers) with various female vocalists, and so this show also includes performances from his favorite of these female vocalists, Iris DeMent, on many songs, which makes this show unique from most others. It also includes exemplary backup work and vocals from David Jacques and Jason Wilbur, on bass and guitar-mandolin. A very nice show from this later period.

Tracklist
01 Spanish Pipedream
02 Six O'Clock News
03 Souvenirs
04 Fish And Whistle
05 Grandpa Was A Carpenter
06 Far From Me
07 All The Best
08 Angel From Montgomery
09 My Old Man
10 Dear Abby
11 Donald And Lydia
12 That's The Way The World Goes 'Round
13 Christmas In Prison
14 Bruised Orange
15 Illegal Smile
16 Sam Stone
17 Milwaukee Here I Come *
18 (We're Not) The Jet Set *
19 Let's Invite Them Over *
20 We Could *
21 In Spite of Ourselves *
22 Bear Creek Blues
23 Ain't Hurtin' Nobody
24 [intro]
25 The Sins Of Memphisto
26 Hello In There
27 Lake Marie
- encore:
28 Unwed Fathers *
29 Sabu Visits The Twin Cities Alone *
30 Paradise *

Note: w/ David Jacques on upright bass and harmony vocals & Jason Wilber on slide guitar, mandolin, and harmony vocals.
* with Iris DeMent.

mp3 - JP_2000-03-03_Charlotte_NC_mp3.rar

FLAC - JP_2000-03-03_Charlotte_NC_FLAC.rar


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

John Prine - 1996-05-13 - Frutigen, Switzerland

John Prine (with Band)
1996-05-13
Singer Songwriter Festival, Frutigen, Switzerland

FM Broadcast recording, very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Previously available John Prine shows have now been upgraded to Lossless and and 320 kbps bitrate mp3's where available. And here's another Prine show for you all. This one is from 1996, with full band, in a performance at the Singer-Songwriter Festival in Frutigen Switxerland, featuring a fine, compact setlist, and very good sound quality. This show provides a glimpse of Prine during a period not previously featured in other posts here. And this 1996 tour represented his last before being diagmosed with neck cancer, and following extensive surgery and radiation treatments, being out of music for a couple years. Thus, this also represents the last shows that featured his 'younger man's voice', because after his recovery from cancer, his voice was noticably deeper and rougher (and he had to relearn all his songs in lower keys). So, here's more from the incomparable John Prine.

Tracklist
01 Spanish Pipe Dream
02 Six O'Clock News
03 Fish and Whistle
04 Picture in a Picture Show
05 You Got Gold
06 All The Best
07 Ain't Hurtin' Nobody
08 Angel From Montgomery
09 Donald and Lydia
10 Dear Abby
11 Unwed Fathers (w/ Iris Dement)
12 That's the Way That the World Goes 'Round
13 Sam Stone
14 Please Don't Bury Me
15 Speed of the Sound of Loneliness
16 Paradise
17 Souvenirs


mp3 - JP_1996-05-13_Frutigen_Switzerland_mp3.rar

FLAC - JP_1996-05-13_Frutigen_Switzerland_FLAC.rar


Friday, June 28, 2013

Steve Goodman - Misc. performances, WXRT Tribute show

Steve Goodman
Miscellaneous performances (1974-1979)
(with Interview segments from John Prine)
WXRT-FM Steve Goodman Tribute show, 2010-07-21, Chicago, IL

FM Broadcast recording, very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

OK, here's one last Steve Goodman post before I move on to other things. This was a radio tribute show to Steve Goodman broadcast on WXRT in 2010, consisting of various unreleased live recordings of Steve in the 1970's, with interspersed more recent interview excerpts from John Prine, talking about Steve and his music, all in very good quality sound recordings. Even contains a few songs that have not been heard in any of my previous posts. Although by no means comprehensive, nor even a collection of 'best of' works, it is a nice little compilation to honor the great Steve Goodman.
   
Tracklist
-- Unknown date
01 I Hope You're Satisfied
02 Election Year Rag
03 John Prine Interview
04 Somebody Else's Troubles
05 City of New Orleans
06 Announcer
-- 1975 - Amazing Grace, Evanston, IL
07 This Hotel Room
08 You Didn't Even Call Me By My Name-John Prine Interview-Last Verse
09 Chicken Cordon Blues
10 634-5789
11 Words We Can Dance To
12 Lincoln Park Pirates
13 John Prine Interview
-- 1978 - Amazing Grace Farewell Concert
14 The Auctioneer (w/Corky Siegal)
-- 1979 - Unconcert w/Full Band
15 Men Who Love Women Who Love Men
16 The Dutchman
17 John Prine Interview
18 I'll Fly Away

mp3 - SG_2010-07-21_WXRT_Tribute_mp3.rar

FLAC - SG_2010-07-21_WXRT_Tribute_FLAC.rar



Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Steve Goodman - 1978-03-03 - East Lansing, MI

Steve Goodman
(with Jethro Burns, mandolin)
1978-03-03
Mariah Coffee House, East Lansing, MI

Both sets, early and late shows
Soundboard recording, very good quality
Available in both lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Yes! Even more from the wonderful singer-songwriter-storyteller Steve Goodman. And this time, it is a full evening of entertainment from Steve (and backed up by the great Mandolin player Jethro Burns), with both complete sets (early and late shows, each 80 min) in very good sound quality from this Spring 1978 night at Mariah Coffee House in East Lansing MI. That's a whopping 2hr.40 minutes, 44-plus songs from Steve, and in the 2nd set he only repeats 4 songs from the earlier set (all of which are with Jethro), so the second set is mostly completely different from the first, for a grand night of fun from Steve. OK, it might be a bit too much for non-fans (try the previous compilations for a good intro to Steve's wit, style, and songs), but for real fans, this is a rare treat to get such a long, full show in it's entirety. Enjoy. 

Early Show
01 Paradise for Two
02 Chicken Cordon Blues
03 Shake Rattle and Roll
04 Life Could Be A Dream
05 Banana Republics
06 42nd Street
07 Old Smoothies
08 Lincoln Park Pirates
09 Penny Evans
10 Three Legged Man
11 Is It True What The Say About Dixie (joined by Jethro Burns)
12 Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyeball Sockets
13 Jessie's Jig
14 The Dutchman
15 Hillbilly Auctioneer
16 Spoon River
17 City Of New Orleans
18 Stayin' Alive
19 Would You Like To Learn To Dance
20 From A Jack To A King

mp3 - SG_1978-03-03_early_East_Lansing_MI_mp3.rar
FLAC - SG_1978-03-03_early_East_Lansing_MI

Late Show
01 It's a Sin to Tell a Lie
02 Video Tape
03 The 20th Century is Almost Over
04 Turnpike Tom
05 talk
06 Unemployed
07 This Hotel Room
08 Somebody Else's Chickens
09 talk
10 Barnyard Dance
11 That Old Gang of Mine
12 Blue Suede Shoes
13 I Think We're Alone Now
14 You Can't Go Back
15 Introduce Jethro
16 Instrumental (joined by Jethro Burns)
17 Just Lucky I Guess
18 Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes
19 A Fool Such as I
20 Chicken Cordon Bleus
21 You Never Even Call Me by My Name
22 talk
23 The Dutchman
24 City of New Orleans
25 My Old Man
26 Is it True What They Say about Dixie
27 Hobo's Lullaby
28 Paradise

mp3 - SG_1978-03-03_late_East_Lansing_MI_mp3.rar
FLAC - SG_1978-03-03_late_East_Lansing_MI

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Steve Goodman - 1976 - European radio shows

Steve Goodman
1976 - European Radio shows
(London, England and Bremen, Germany shows)

FM Broadcast recordings, very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

More from Steve Goodman! This time it is in two relatively short (but sweet, and with fine sound) radio show sets from Steve on a European tour in 1976. Just more of Steve's wit, wisdom, charm, and excellent songs, singing, guitar-playing, and storytelling, as only Steve could do it.

1976 BBC broadcast, London, England
01 I Hope You're Satisfied
02 City Of New Orleans
03 Good, Good Woman
04 Traveling Salesman Joke
05 Old Fashioned Country Western
06 You Never Even Call Me By My Name

1976-08-03 - Post-Aula, Bremen, Germany
01 It's A Sin to Tell A Lie
02 Can't Go Back
03 Banana Republics
04 The City of New Orleans
05 Sixteen Tons
06 Unemployed
07 The I Don't Know Where I'm Going But I'm Goin' Nowhere In A Hurry Blues
08 Old Fashioned
09 I'll Fly Away

mp3 - Steve Goodman_1976_-_European_radio_shows.rar

FLAC - SG_1976 - BBC London
FLAC - SG_1976-08-03_Bremen

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Steve Goodman (with John Prine) - 1973-04-07 - Bryn Mawr, PA

Steve Goodman (with John Prine)
1973-04-07 & 08
Main Point, Bryn Mawr, PA
and Philadelphia, PA 

FM Broadcast recordings (radio station masters), very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Here's more early Steve Goodman, with some excellent-sounding, but unfortunately incomplete radio show performances from 1973. And as a special bonus here, the Bryn Mawr set includes Steve performing with his good friend John Prine. They sing a couple of classic Prine songs together (Dear Abby. Paradise), and then go into an extended medley of Hank Williams songs, with each taking turns singing lead. It's wonderful to hear the two of them performing together, and obviously enjoying themselves as they do. So, more great stuff here.


01 City of New Orleans (incomplete, only last verse)
02 Talk about Georgie Woods
03 Lincoln Park Pirates
04 Introduction of John Prine
05 Dear Abby (with John Prine)
06 Paradise (with John Prine)
07 Hank Williams medley (with John Prine)
    Hey Good Lookin'
    Jambalaya
    Your Cheatin' Heart
    I Can't Help It If I'm Still In Love With You
    Lost Highway
    Cold, Cold Heart
    Mind Your Own Business
    Setting The Woods on Fire

08 Larimer Street (1973-04-08, WXPN, Philadelphia, PA)
09 Sticks and Stones (1973-04-08, WXPN, Philadelphia, PA)
10 Lady Be Good (Gene Shay Radio Show, Philadelphia, PA)
11 Introduction of Paul Powell (incomplete) (Gene Shay Radio Show, Philadelphia, PA)



mp3 - SG_1973-04-07_Bryn_Mawr_PA.rar

FLAC - SG_1973-04-07_Bryn Mawr PA_FLAC

Friday, June 21, 2013

Steve Goodman - 1969-1971 - Early Live Recordings

Steve Goodman
1969-1971 early live recordings

Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions


Here is some more from the irrepressible Steve Goodman. These represent some of the earliest known live recordings from Steve. Here is Steve back when he was just starting out, and was more of a traditional folk artist, primarily performing old standard folk songs in a traditional style, before he became known for his own songwriting and performing style (for more info on Steve and his music, see previous Steve Goodman posts here). I would not recommend these shows as an introduction to Steve, as they do not give an accurate depiction of what he became known for, his own inimitable songs and style. However, for fans of Steve, these are interesting to hear to see where he started from, and how his style changed. It is also interesting to hear Steve perform The Beatles 'Eleanor Rigby' and Jefferson Airplane's 'Somebody To Love' (in his extended medley) done in the style of traditional folk songs here.

Steve Goodman (with Bob Hoban)
November 10, 1969
University of Illinois Auditorium, Urbana IL
FM Broadcast recording, very good quality
01 Radio Intro
02 You Can't Tell a Book By The Cover
03 Fast Freight
04 Byker Hill
05 John Barleycorn
06 Country Pie
07 Mama Tried
08 Truck Drivin' Man
09 The Wonderful World of Sex
10 Medley:
    Where Are You Going Mister
    Eleanor Rigby
    Drifter
    Somebody To Love
11 The Auctioneer
12 Radio Announcer
13 Lincoln Park Pirates (June 19, 1977 - Somebody Else's Troubles, Chicago IL - Come For To Sing benefit).
14 Radio Outro

Steve Goodman w/ David Bromberg & Steven Berg
August 28, 1971
Philadelphia Folk Fest, Schwenksville, PA
Soundboard recording, very good quality
01 intro
02 City Of New Orleans
03 Christian Soldier
04 Donald and Lydia
05 Mind Your Own Business

mp3 - Steve Goodman_early_recordings.rar

FLAC - Steve Goodman - 1969-11-10 - Urbana IL
FLAC - Steve Goodman - 1971-08-28 - Schwenksville PA


Friday, June 14, 2013

Upgraded Goodman...and More





As promised, I have started upgrading some of the older files from 192 to 320 kbps mp3's, and also adding lossless (FLAC) versions (where I have them), starting with the incomparable Steve Goodman. So far I have completed the upgrades for the first few shows (1974-1977), available here, and will finish up the rest of Steve's upgrades in the next few days. It's been a few years since I first posted these, so if you are somewhat new to the blog, you definitely should go back and check these out. Steve Goodman was a wonderful man and great talent (For info, read through the posts, then download).

Those familiar with the posts may remember that for these shows I edited together multiple shows to create extended sets from various points in his career in a way to highlight his versatility, style, songwriting and performing, while also removing the duplicate songs between sets that would be present, so people could experience the most from this extraordinary entertainer in just a few extended sets. So, those edited extended sets are still present in the mp3 (320 kbps) versions of the shows. However, for the quality connoisseurs and purists out there, the new lossless (FLAC) versions I am now posting contain the full recorded versions of each show. Thus, the lossless versions contain additional songs not included in the mp3 versions (mainly duplicate songs from the other shows), and are unedited, the full versions exactly as I received them.

But wait, there's more!

I also have recently received several additional Steve Goodman shows (much thanks to John Osterhout for making these available!), and will be posting some of them soon (as soon as I get a chance to hear them and see which are most suitable for posting). So, in addition to these upgrades, there will be more Steve Goodman shows to download very soon.

Also stay tuned for more upgrades (John Prine next) and new features.
 

Friday, June 7, 2013

FLAC is Back

Return of missing FLAC posts...and more

Since the filesharing site problems have seemed to settle down a bit (I haven't had any of my posts, downloads, or files shutdown or deleted in almost a year!), I am now finally getting around to restoring all of the previously posted lossless file downloads that have been missing from the posts. So far, I've restored all of The Kinks and Neil Young posts with their respective lossless versions (where available), as well as Chris Hillman, JD Souther - SHF, and Firefall, and am working on restoring the rest of the David M posts, and any others where the Flac files have been missing.

But, I'm not stopping there. In the earlier days of this blog, many of the posts were made with mp3's at bit rates of 192 instead of the higher quality 320 kbps (because that is just what I had then). So, in addition, I will start upgrading these earlier posts with higher quality versions (320 kbps, and where available Lossless (FLAC) versions), as well as add or restore links that were previously made to other blogs (for downloads), but that are no longer functional. In particular, I will be upgrading the Steve Goodman and John Prine posts to provide lossless and upgraded recordings wherever possible. The goal is to get  everything already here fully working again, and at the best available quality. So, I can at least have this set of shows fully available once again. So, if you prefer lossless, and have been disappointed that many posts have not been available. Here's your chance to upgrade. And even if you prefer mp3s, be sure to come back and check for upgrades and new links for those, too.  This also may give many a chance to go back through some of the great older posted stuff that you may have previously overlooked. So, there may not be as many new posts over the next few weeks as I work to get these upgrades taken care of, but I think it is well worth it to improve the overall quality of what is already here. Thanks. (BTW, if you see any places where it says a link is 'not currently available', let me know, so I can get it fixed - I may have missed it).