Sunday, July 28, 2019

Fastball - 2009-05-09 - City Winery, New York, NY

City Winery,
New York, NY, USA

Audience recording, good-very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Here's more from Fastball, a great Austin band that just kept on rockin' long after their brief brush with fame in the '90's. Here is the band in an extended show (2 sets) in 2009, more than a decade and multiple albums after their radio heyday, still going strong. This show was featuring their current album at the time, Little White Lies (2009), but the show covers songs from throughout their career, including all of the 'hits' and near-misses along the way, as well as some choice covers. A very good audience recording from the City Winery. So, check out Fastball, a bit later in their career, but still having fun in this energetic show.

Set 1
01. All I Was Looking For Was You
02. Little White Lies
03. Fire Escape
04. The Malcontent (The Modern World)
05. You're An Ocean
06. Vampires
07. Soul Radio
08. Angelie
09. She's Got The Rain
10. Sunny Afternoon
11. Mono To Stereo
12. 'Til I Get It Right
Set 2
13. The Way
14. Falling Upstairs
15. Whatever Gets You On
16. White Noise
17. Slow Drag
18. We'll Always Have Paris
19. Sweetwater, Texas > Tracks Of MY Tears
20. Are You Ready For The Fallout?
21. Out Of My Head
22. Seattle
23. Always Never
24. Encore Break
25. Sooner Or Later
26. Alright
27. Encore Break
28. All I Have To Do Is Dream

Miles Zuniga - Vocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Tony Scalzo - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards
Cory Glaser - Bass, Vocals
Joey Shuffield - Drums

FLAC - Fastball_2009-05-09_New York_FLAC.rar

Mp3 - Fastball_2009-05-09_New York_mp3.rar

Note: For any fans interested in more music from Fastball, Dozens of additional shows (audience recordings) are available (in both FLAC and mp3) at The Live Music Archive (That's where both of the shows I featured came from).

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Fastball - 1998-08-21 - House of Blues, New Orleans, LA

August 21, 1998
The House Of Blues,
New Orleans, LA

Webcast recording, very good quality
Available in both lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (@320 kbps) versions

While we are covering under-rated/under-appreciated bands of the '90', coming at you now is Fastball, a great and versatile guitar-rock band from Austin, TX that plays a variety of rock styles, from high-energy, hard-driving rock 'n roll to power pop and quirky, catchy pop songs. Formed by Tony Scalzo (vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, songwriting), Miles Zuniga (vocals, guitar, songwriting), and Joey Shuffield (drums) in 1995, the band quickly built a strong following in and around the Austin area, and soon signed a record deal with Hollywood records. However, their first album, Make Your Mama Proud (1996) quickly died without much notice, putting the future of the band in doubt. But their second album, All the Pain Money Can Buy (1998) hit the big time, with their lead single 'The Way' becoming a major hit, and follow-up singles 'Fire Escape' and 'Out of My Head' also generating substantial buzz and radioplay, propelling the album to platinum status. Alas, their subsequent album The Harsh Light of Day (2000), despite being a very solid follow-up, failed to generate much enthusiasm (or hits), leaving the band without a record label. Part of the problem seemed to be that the music the band plays is hard to classify, as it doesn't fit into any one category, and those looking for something similar to the 'The Way' (which was a sort of mix of Tex-Mex meets Hotel California strangeness) might have been disappointed that nothing else they did sounded quite like that. But the band persevered, and continued to do their own diverse kinds and styles of music. Although sometimes branded as a 'one-hit wonder', Fastball has continued to make high-quality albums and music through the years, and are still together making music today. Their subsequent albums include Keep Your Wig On (2004), Little White Lies (2009), and Step Into Light (2017). The band is reportedly working on a new album that may be released later in 2019. But here they are back in 1998, enjoying the success of their breakout single and album. This is a very good webcast recording of the band at The House of Blues in New Orleans performing songs from their first 2 albums (as well as a few covers). Check 'em out.

01 Sweetwater,Texas
02 She Comes 'Round
03 Warm Fuzzy Feeling
04 Damaged Goods
05 Nowhere Road
06 Out of my head
07 The Way
08 Like Wow-Wipeout (Hoodoo Gurus cover)
09 Emily
10 Fire Escape
11 Human Torch
12 Which Way to the Top
13 Thunderbird (ZZ Top)
14 Are You Ready for the Fallout
15 G.O.D. (Good Old Days)
16 Sooner or Later
17 Slow Drag
18 Connection (Rolling Stones)

Tony Scalzo - Vocals, bass
Miles Zuniga - Vocals, guitar
Joey Shuffield - Drums
Andy Blunda - Keyboards, vocals

FLAC - Fastball_1998-08-21_New Orleans_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Fastball_1998-08-21_New Orleans_mp3.rar

Friday, July 5, 2019

The Connells - 1995-03-20 - Alabamahalle, Munich, Germany

The Connells
Alabamahalle, Munich, Germany

FM Broadcast recording (WDR), excellent quality
MP3 @ 320 kbps

Following up on the previous The Connells post, here is a show from 1995, after the release and European success of Ring and their breakout hit there, '74-75', as they toured through Europe. This is a short but very sweet broadcast radio show (from Germany's WDR) in excellent quality. Although short (43 min), it contains several additional songs from Ring ('Running Mary',  'Disappointed', 'Burden', 'New Boy', and '74-75') that were not in the previously featured show, as well as a full performance of 'Choose A Side' (in the previous show song was cut due to tape flip). So, great stuff here, and the boys were enjoying their newfound (but unfortunately short-lived) rock star success in Europe. Alas, they never found the same level of success in the U.S. Very underrated band.

01 Try
02 Running Mary
03 Doin' You
04 Disappointed
05 Burden
06 New Boy
07 Choose A Side
08 74-75
09 Something to Say
10 Motel

Mike Connell - guitar, vocals
David Connell - bass
Doug MacMillan - vocals, tambourine
George Huntley - guitar, vocals
Peele Wimberley - drums
Steve Potak - keyboards


Monday, July 1, 2019

The Connells - 1992-05-08 - Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA

The Connells
Washington & Lee University,
Lexington, VA 

Soundboard recording, very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

While we're talking about great underrated 80's-90's bands, here's The Connells. From Raleigh, North Carolina, originally formed by brothers Mike and David Connell (guitar and bass, respectively) and Doug MacMillan (vocals) in 1984, and a little later joined by George Huntley (guitar, keyboards) and Peele Wimberley (drums). Their first album, Darker Days (1985) was produced by fellow North Carolinian, the legendary Don Dixon (R.E.M., The Smithereens, Chris Stamey, Marti Jones, Marshall Crenshaw). But the band really came together on their 2nd album, Boylan Heights (1987), which was produced by Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Game Theory, Let's Active, Loud Family), and established the reputation of the band in the 'jangle pop' style of those two notable producers, but also kept them in the shadow of and fighting comparisons with the better-known bands R.E.M. and Let's Active. But the band scored on college campuses and college radio, with multiple tracks gaining momentum and airplay.  The band continued to grow beyond their jangle pop label with more expansive styles (alt-rock, power pop) over their next couple albums, Fun & Games (1989) and One Simple Word (1990), and although they continued to have success on college campuses, they couldn't quite break through to more commercial success. But then in 1993, they released Ring, their most accomplished and appealing album, which seemed destined to bring greater success and acclaim for the band. I happened to be living in Raleigh NC for a couple years in the mid-90's, and I was there at that time, and The Connells were huge there, and Ring was just what they needed to become big everywhere else. But although the first single from the album, 'Slackjawed' was again a hit on college radio, album sales were flat, much to the disappointment of the band. But then, the follow-up single, '74-75', started to take off in europe, where it became a huge hit, reaching #1 in Norway and Sweden, and the top ten in several other countries (including U.K. and Germany), but surprisingly, went nowhere in the U.S., where the album barely cracked the charts (at #199).  But this started major touring throughout Europe, where they were received as stars. Their next album, Weird Food and Devastation (1996) featured a starker and heavier production than the more melodic Ring, and failed to build on its momentum. Two more albums, Still Life (1998) and Old School Dropouts (2001) were released in subsequent years, still strong, but never garnered much attention. After that, some members left (Huntley, Wimberley), but the band never really broke up. They continued to get together to perform occasional concerts or brief tours, just more sporadically, and are still performing today. This show comes from the period just before they recorded Ring, in mid-1992, thus primarily featuring songs from their first 4 albums, plus a preview of a few new songs that would be on Ring ('Slackjawed', 'Hey You', 'Doin' You' and an early version of 'Carry My Picture' with quite different lyrics from the final version). There is a notable cut (tape flip) that eviscerates one song ('Choose a Side', but overall, this serves as a good introduction to the band.    

01 Stone Cold Yesterday
02 Sal
03 Slackjawed
04 Upside Down
05 Speak to Me
06 Set the Stage
07 Doin' You
08 banter
09 Get a Gun
10 Carry My Picture (early version)
11 Over There
12 1934
13 Eyes On the Ground
14 Choose a Side (cut-partial)
15 Hey Wow
16 Take a Bow
17 Inside My Head
18 Motel
19 Fun & Games
20 Something to Say
21 (encore break)
22 Hey You
23 Photograph (Ringo Starr cover)
24 Try

TT: 80:13 mins.

The Connells:
Mike Connell - guitar, vocals
David Connell - bass
Doug MacMillan - vocals, tambourine
George Huntley - guitar, vocals
Peele Wimberley - drums
Steve Potak - keyboards

FLAC - The Connells_1992-05-08_LexingtonVA_FLAC.rar

mp3 - The Connells_1992-05-08_LexingtonVA_mp3.rar

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Mutton Birds - 1997-04-25, Preston & 1998-04-17, Birmingham, UK

The Mutton Birds
25th April 1997, Guild Hall, Preston, UK,
17th April 1998, Flapper & Firkin, Birmingham, UK

Audience recordings, good to very good quality
Mp3 @ 128-320 kbps

Here's a great '90's band from New Zealand, who was a big success in their native New Zealand, a moderate success in the U.K., but virtually unknown just about everywhere else. Lead by Don McGlashan (primary songwriter, guitar, euphonium, vocals), and with David Long (guitar) and Ross Burge (Drums), the band was formed in 1991. With Alan Gregg (bass, vocals) added in 1992, they recorded their first album, The Mutton Birds (1992), which garnered multiple hit singles and much acclaim within New Zealand, and remained on the charts there for over a year. Their 2nd album, Salty (1994), again received much success and acclaim around New Zealand and Australia, but little attention elsewhere. In 1995 they moved their base of operation to the UK, got a record deal with Virgin Atlantic, recorded their third album, Envy of Angels (1996) (with, for the first time, a worldwide release), and began performing extensively in the UK throughout 1997 and 1998. However, although the album again received raves, breakthrough success was still just out of reach, and they were dropped by Virgin. Guitarist David Long left in 1997, replaced by Chris Sheehan, as the band pursued another record deal, with 2 self-released albums (live and rarities) being sold at shows. Later, in 1999, Alan Gregg also left, replaced by Tony Fisher, and the band regrouped to record and release their fourth (and last) official studio album, Rain, Steam, and Speed (1999). An independently released Live album followed in 2000 amid continued touring, but that was about it for the band, with only a greatest hits collection coming out in 2002 to mark the end. Although they never quite made it outside of New Zealand, it is a curiosity as to why, because the music is very accomplished and appealing. McGlashan's poetic lyrics and poignant vocals (with a voice very reminiscent of Michael Stipe) of his achingly melodic story-songs are at the heart of the band, but the music drives the sound, ranging from jangly guitar-pop to moody alt-rock (and with the sometime addition of euphonium). They have been described as something along the lines of R.E.M. meets Crowded House, with stylistic influences from The Byrds and The Beatles mixed in, but still with a quite unique sound and style of their own. After The Mutton Birds, Don McGlashan went on to release multiple solo albums (primarily in New Zealand). In 2012, The Mutton Birds (original lineup) reunited for a series of shows around New Zealand. So, here's another quality band that deserved to be heard and appreciated by a much wider audience than they got. Check em out. Most of the available unofficial recordings are audience recordings of varying quality. What I have offered here is a couple of the better audience recordings. The Preston Guild Hall show (1997) is a nice audience recording, but is short and unfortunately only available in low fidelity (low bit rate mp3). So, I have paired this with additional songs from another show (Birmingham, 1998) to round out the set, and lastly included just a couple more songs from a 1996 show that was not a great recording (lots of audience noise), but was available at higher fidelity. Not the best quality, but more than adequate to evaluate (and appreciate) the band and their music. (For the record, I had never heard of this band either, until about a month ago, and thanks to Rob-in Brevard for posting some shows by them. But now I am a fan and will seek out more of their music.    

01 Envy Of Angels
02 Straight To Your Head
03 April
04 She's Been Talking
05 A Thing Well Made
06 Trouble With You
07 Come Around
08 Anchor Me
09 The Heater
10 Dominion Road
11 Like This Train
12 Esther
13 Along The Boundary
14 Small Mercies
15 Nature
16 Wellington
17 While You Sleep
Bonus Tracks:
1996-07-12, Mean Fiddler, London (Audience)
18 Ten Feet Tall
19 In My Room

Tracks 1-9, 1997-04-25, Guild Hall, Preston, UK
Tracks 10-17, 1998-04-17, Flapper & Firkin, Birmingham, UK
Tracks 18-19, 1996-07-12, Mean Fiddler, London

The Mutton Birds_1997-1998_UK.rar

If you like these, you can find more live Mutton Birds shows and info at dbs-repercussion blog and a religion of a kind fan website

Monday, June 17, 2019

Timbuk3 - 1990-02-27 - Le Caméléon, Villeurbenne, France

Le Caméléon,
Villeurbenne, France

Soundboard recording, excellent quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Here's more from Timbuk3! This time, from 1990, and featuring songs from their third album, Edge of Allegiance (1989). This is another excellent-sounding soundboard recording and a show that covers songs from the full prime period for the band (first three albums). This is another fine show that came courtesy of Rob-in-Brevard (Thanks Rob) to add to the high-quality available shows from this under-rated group.

01. B-Side of Life
02. National Holiday
03. Waves of Grain
04. Rev. Jack and His Roamin' Cadillac Church
05. Count to Ten
06. Facts About Cats
07. Dance Fever
08. Standard White Jesus
09. Lookin' for Work
10. Dirty Dirty Rice
11. 3rd Rail
12. You Are My Government
13. Easy
14. Life is Hard
15. The Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades
16. Grand Old Party
17. Eden Alley
18. Dis***land (Was Made for You and Me)
19. WWIII Blues
20. Not Fade Away > Eden Alley//   [cut]

The band:
Pat MacDonald (acoustic, electric, bass and MIDI guitars, harmonica, vocals)
Barbara K. MacDonald (electric guitar, mandolin, violin, rhythm programming, vocals)
Wally Ingram  (percussion)

FLAC - Timbuk3_1990-02-27_Villeurbenne,France(sbd)_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Timbuk3_1990-02-27_Villeurbenne,France(sbd)_mp3.rar

Friday, June 7, 2019

Timbuk3 - 1987-04-24 - Cabaret Metro, Chicago, IL

Cabaret Metro,
Chicago, IL

FM Broadcast recording, excellent quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (32 kbps) versions

After I posted that very fine 1988 Timbuk3 show a couple weeks ago and lamented that there were so few good recordings of them available, fellow music blogger Rob-in-Brevard (who runs the excellent dbs-repercussion blog, your stop for all things dB's and related music) let me know that he had some additional high-quality shows from Timbuk3 that I had not heard, which he graciously sent over to me. And they did not disappoint. Here is one of those, from 1987, on tour to support their first album, Greetings From Timbuk3 (1986). This is an excellent FM Broadcast recording of Pat and Barbara, still in the early days of Timbuk3, where they basically play the whole first album plus a few extras. I've added a couple of additional songs (only songs different) from another similar show from around that same time. 

01. - intro
02. I Just Want To Make Love To You
03. Don't Stop Now
04. Just Another Movie
05. Cheap Black And White
06. Friction
07. Facts About Cats
08. Dancer Fever
09. - intro 2
10. Reverend Jack & His Roamin' Cadillac Church
11. Life Is Hard
12. Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades
13. - band intro
14. I Need You
15. - crowd
16. Hairstyles And Attitudes
17. In My Jam Box
18. Why Don't We Try To Get Along
Bonus Tracks (1987-04-20 - Toronto, FM Broadcast):
19. Assholes on Parade
20. I Love You in the Strangest Ways

FLAC - Timbuk3_1987-04-24_Chicago(FM)_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Timbuk3_1987-04-24_Chicago(FM)_mp3.rar

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Badfinger - 1974-03-04 - Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH

Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH

Soundboard Recording, Good Quality
Mp3 @ 320 Kbps

Back to Badfinger once again! During their 1974 US Tour (which was their last with Pete Ham), the band decided to take advantage of the 16-track recording system at The Agora Ballroom in Cleveland and record their 2 shows there for possible release as a Live album. Unfortunately, the resulting recordings did not turn out very good, with poor sound quality and an erratic performance by the band. The tapes were considered unsalvageable and shelved. However, when Joey Molland left the band later that year, he apparently took the tapes with him. The recordings made their way around the bootleg and collector's circles for some time, and eventually, much later, Joey re-worked the tapes himself, overdubbing and re-recording most of his own guitar work and vocals, as well as inexplicably dubbing in some sampled drum tracks (at excessive volume). Joey also re-arranged the tracks, putting all his own vocal tracks at the beginning, and pushing Pete's songs to the end. Joey convinced Rykodisc to release his handiwork in 1990 as a Badfinger album, Day After Day: Live, which was much maligned as a "live" album that did not represent Badfinger live at all. In addition, Joey did not get permission from the other band members (or families) for releasing this (or plan to share in any profits), and numerous lawsuits ensued challenging the ownership of the tapes and potential royalties, etc. The release has been mercilessly criticized by fans and critics. But the original recordings (untampered with) do provide a much more relevant look at Badfinger as a live band in 1974. Although not a great quality recording, it is a soundboard and still remains as one of the best  live recordings of the band that is available (which is sad but true). It shows the band rocking out in fine form. Although the vocals are somewhat weak and low in the mix, it still is a fine performance from the band, and one of the few recordings to feature some of the later songs from Ass and Badfinger albums. After hearing these recordings, it is not surprising that Joey wanted to re-do his vocals, as his singing is particularly weak (and off-key) in many places (but that does not excuse the mess he made of the re-dubbed album). I'm particularly glad to have 'Sometimes' represented here (which they didn't play live very often), as I think it is one of the great rockers of all time (and Joey's best song, too bad his vocals are off in this version). So, here we have the raw soundboard recordings from the March 4 concert (in correct song order) and you can hear for yourselves that even though only a so-so recording, the band shines, especially in the guitar work throughout. Unfortunately, the encores were not present on these tapes, so I have added a few additional songs from another Ohio show, from Akron in 1972, an audience recording, but not bad compared to other available shows. So, here's more live Badfinger, and as they actually were, not the unauthorized re-worked, re-dubbed, and re-recorded versions that were notoriously released as a live Badfinger album (and this recording also features more songs than were on that ill-fated album). Enjoy.

01. Day After Day
02. Constitution
03. Baby Blue
04. I Don't Mind
05. Intro to Blind Owl
06. Blind Owl
07. Intro to Name of the Game
08. Name of the Game
09. Sometimes
10. Perfection >
11. Timeless
12. Give It Up
13. Suitcase
14. Suitcase Jam
Bonus Tracks:
(1972-07-03 - Akron OH - Audience recording)
15. Better Days
16. No Matter What
17. I Can't Take It
18. We're For the Dark (1972-07-01-Boston)


Saturday, May 11, 2019

Timbuk3 - 1988-08-16 - The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA

August 16, 1988
The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA

Audience Recording, very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Here is a wonderful rare find. A high-quality live recording of a full-length show from the great underappreciated alt-rock band Timbuk3. Timbuk3, of course, were the duo of Pat and Barbara K MacDonald (initially backed by recorded bass/drum tracks on a boombox, later as a 4-piece band), and as I have previously said about them "Timbuk3's music featured a dark, cynical outlook combined with clever, biting wit and humor set to strong melodic tunes and quirky harmony vocals" (see previous posts), and they were together from around 1985-1995. This recording is particularly special because there are very few available live recordings of Timbuk3 (especially complete full-length shows). This show also comes from a great period for the band, following their 2nd album, Eden Alley (1988). Thus, this show features many songs from that 2nd album (in addition to their 1st) that were not played at the previous show I posted (from 1989 following their 3rd album, Edge of Allegiance, and the only other full-length live recording I know of), as well as a few additional unique songs, such as their own special version of 'I Just Want to Make Love with You' and 'I Love You'. All in all, a wonderful show, and a rare gem to add to the known recordings of Timbuk3, a sadly underappreciated band. 

01. Intro - Eden Alley
02. Cheap Black and White
03. Reverend Jack & His Roamin' Cadillac Church
04. Friction
05. Sample The Dog
06. Facts About Cats
07. Dance Fever
08. Life Is Hard
09. The Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades
10. Easy
11. Reckless Driver
12. Assholes on Parade
13. Welcome to the Human Race
14. Too Much Sex (not enough affection)
15. Little People Make Big Mistakes
16. I Love You
17. Just Another Movie
18. World War III Blues (Why Don't We Try and Get Along)
19. Not Fade Away
20. I Just Want to Make Love With You
21. Sinful Life

FLAC - Timbuk3_1988-08-16_Santa Cruz,CA_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Timbuk3_1988-08-16_Santa Cruz,CA_mp3.rar

P.S. For those interested in Timbuk3 and what pat mAcdonald (that's how he spells his name now) has been doing since that time, be sure to check out the website for Pat's latest band, Purgatory Hill ( It contains much info, lyrics, and music from all stages of pAt's career, including free streams and downloads of most of his recorded music as well as misc. demos, outtakes, etc. (located on his hidden listening room page here). It really is a treasure trove of his music.


Sunday, May 5, 2019

Steve Goodman - 1979-04-26 - My Father's Place, Roslyn, NY

Steve Goodman
My Father's Place,
Old Roslyn, NY

Pre-FM Soundboard recording, excellent quality
Available in both lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Here's another Steve Goodman show, from his 1979 High and Outside Tour. This tour was unique in that it was his only tour with a full band (instead of just Steve with his guitar, or accompanied by a single back-up musician on guitar or mandolin). Personally, I prefer Steve all alone, where you get the full dose of his charm and musicianship, but hearing Steve with a band brings a different dimension to alot of his songs, and is certainly worth experiencing. Although the setlist here is essentially the same as the Cincinnatti concert from this same tour previously featured here, what is great about this show is that the recording is a pristine Pre-FM Soundboard, with excellent sound throughout, and that makes this just a bit more special. Enjoy anothet great show from the incomparable Steve Goodman.
1. Larry Kleinman intro > Just Lucky I Guess
2. Banana Republic >
3. Luxury's Lap
4. Would You Like To Learn To Dance?
5. The One that Got Away
6. What Have You Done For Me Lately?
7. You're the Girl I Love
8. It's A Sin To Tell A Lie
9. Chicken Cordon Bleus
10. This Hotel Room
11. My Old Man
12. The Dutchman
13. City of New Orleans (band intros)
14. Men Who Love Women Who Love Men
15. I've Got To Hand It To You
(missing?  Encore:  The 20th Century Is Almost Over)

Steve Goodman   Guitar, vocals
Jimmy Enger    Piano
Amy Madigan    Keyboard, Percussion, Vocals
Jim Rothermel    Reeds
Peter Bunetta     Drums
Rick Chudacoff    Bass
Arno Lucas    Percussion, vocals

FLAC - Steve Goodman_1979-04-26_RoslynNY_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Steve Goodman_1979-04-26_RoslynNY_mp3.rar

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Steve Goodman - 1977-01-15 - University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (FM)

Steve Goodman
January 15, 1977
Mandel Hall, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

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

I've acquired a couple more Steve Goodman shows over the last several months. In keeping with my quest to spread the word and get more recognition for this wonderful singer-songwriter-performer (see previous posts) and in serving as an unofficial repository for all known live Goodman shows and recordings, I present another radio broadcast show from 1977, this one from the University of Chicago. As always, this show contains many wonderful moments from Steve. Although most of the songs played have been featured here in other recordings from this era, there are some new additions: For example, Steve's medley of motown-R&B songs that he does in his own way, and The Roving Cowboy song. It's another fine recording of a wonderful hour-long glimpse into the artistry of Steve Goodman.
01. Radio Intro
02. It's a Sin to Tell a Lie (Billy Mayhew)
03. Chicken Cordon Bleus
04. Paul Powell
05. Banana Republics (S. Goodman / Steve Burgh / Jim Rothermel)
06. Rhythm & Blues Medley:
    La La La I Love You (W. Hart / T. Bell)
    Get Ready (Smokey Robinson)
    My Girl (Smokey Robinson)
    Can’t Go Back
07. Yellow Coat
08. You Never Even Call Me By My Name (S. Goodman-John Prine)
09. This Hotel Room
10. The Dutchman (Michael Smith)
11. The Ballad of Penny Evans
12. Roving Cowboy (Ballad of Dan Moody) * (Michael Smith)
13. Radio Outro

All songs by Steve Goodman unless otherwise credited.
* Harmony Vocal: Jim Post

FLAC - Steve Goodman_1977-01-15_Chicago_FLAC.rar

Mp3 - Steve Goodman_1977-01-15_Chicago_mp3.rar

Sunday, April 21, 2019

The Fabulous Poodles - 1979-02-14 - The Bottom Line, New York, NY

The Fabulous Poodles
The Bottom Line, New York, NY

FM Broadcast Recording, very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and MP3 (320 kbps) versions

OK, here's a show that I had been searching for for a very long time (since before I started this blog), one of the very few known Fabulous Poodles live show recordings. I have been fortunate enough to have and post other available FabPoo recordings, but had been unable to track down this one down, until a reader of the blog came forward to provide it to me (Much thanks, Stuart!). If you aren't familiar with The Fabulous Poodles, they were a great, but short-lived new wave/old school 70's UK band with a great style that combined an early 60's Who and Kinks sound with 50's kitsch and 70's new wave, and outrageously witty lyrics (See previous posts). I loved their unique sound and style, but they only made 3 albums before disbanding in 1980 (only 2 released in the U.S.). Their only U.S. Tour (in 1979) was marred by having all their instruments and equipment stolen within the first few days, and having to scrounge up borrowed and make-shift equipment the rest of the tour. But they carried on nonetheless. This show comes from a radio broadcast of their NY Bottom Line Show, shortly after their equipment issues, and, unfortunately, it does affect the show, as for the first few songs the amp for the violin (a very important component of their sound) is not working at all. They eventually are able to come up with an alternative fix for the rest of the show, but the early songs are without Bobby's trademark violin. So, again, this is one of the few full show recordings of The Poos, and despite the equipment issues, there are some great moments. BTW, The complete studio recordings of The Fabulous Poodles were recently reissued (2018) in a CD Box Set (Cherry Red Records, UK) that includes all the songs from their three albums as well as many other singles, unreleased tracks and demos, as Mirror Stars: The Complete Pye Recordings 1976-1980, and contains everything they ever recorded. It is a goldmine for Fabulous Poodles fans, and its modern day release shows that I certainly am not the only one who remembers and cherishes the music these guys created. Check 'em Out.

1. Intro
2. Suicide Bridge
3. Cherchez le Femme
4. Chicago Box Car
5. B Movies
6. Rum Baba Boogie
7. Oh Cheryl
8. Work Shy
9. Tit Photographer's Blues
10. Mirror Star
11. Roll Your Own
12. Twist and Shout
13. You Really Got Me
14. Mr. Mike
15. Bike Blood
16. DJ Talk
17. We'll Meet Again
18. DJ outro
Bonus Track:
19. Bionic Man/(From The Robert Klein show)

Tony de Meur – Lead Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica
Richie Robertson – Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Bobby Valentino – Violin, Mandolin, Guitar, Backing Vocals
Bryn Burrows – Drum, Percussion

FLAC - Fabulous Poodles_1979-02-14_BottomLine,NY_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Fabulous Poodles_1979-02-14_BottomLine,NY_mp3.rar

Monday, April 15, 2019

Right Here for Eleven Years

One One and Still Not Done

It's time once again to recognize that another year has past and BB Chronicles is still steadfastly moving forward, perhaps at a snail's pace, but still going nonetheless. That's right, we have miraculously reached the 11th Anniversary of this little bloggy endeavor, and have survived long after many other of these types of things have come and gone. And I believe we've covered a whole lot in those 11 years. A whole lot of great music has been talked about and presented here over the years, of many different styles, all from artists that I personally enjoy very much, and hope that others will also enjoy. I try to present a variety of music that may be hard to find or not readily available elsewhere. I also try to provide some background and context to the music and artists, as well as my own commentary, rather than just unadorned music files, to give those new to these artists some perspective and history, to explore the music further. And I also have tried to keep these posts available as much as possible over time, thus pretty much everything that has been posted previously should still be available (with the exception of things that ran into copyright issues). I hope that what I have provided here has been useful and worthwhile, as well as musically satisfying, and I hope it has been something that you come back to often and have been introduced to some new music here that you really enjoy, to expand your musical horizons and enjoyment, and be a positive addition to your musical experience as well as your music collection.

And once again, as I have each year at this time, I also want to take this time to thank and celebrate all the others out there who have made so much of this great music, which is not available for purchase anywhere, freely available to all who wish to download and enjoy it. I am only able to offer these downloads because others before me have made them available. So, to all the other bloggers, tapers, forum posters, and music fans that have collected these recordings and made them available over the internet, and most importantly, to all the great artists and musicians out there that have created and performed this wonderful music and allow these recordings to be freely exchanged, I offer a huge and heartfelt Thank You. And again, I implore everyone to purchase all the official releases of your favorite artists, as well as, wherever possible, go see them live in concert. The music here serves to supplement, not replace, all of their officially released music. They are supported by fans like us. 

So, having just finished what ended up being a yearlong featured look at Progressive Rock, I will now move on to various other things. First up will be some of the various items of interest I picked up over the past year but haven't had a chance to post yet (because didn't fit into the progressive rock theme), which includes some new finds from some old friends. But I will continue to feature many artists that may not have been immensely popular, but are fine musicians that deserve to be heard by a wider audience, or at least give some more people an opportunity to check them out. So, I will continue on with this endeavor, albeit at the relatively slow rate of 2-4 posts per month, and I hope that you will follow along and sample from it whenever you see something of interest. As always, I encourage feedback and discussion of anything mentioned or presented here. Let me know what you think of things and this wonderful music all around us. Thanks to all.


Saturday, April 13, 2019

Knifeworld - 2018-02-07 - Cruise to the Edge, Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas

February 7, 2018
Cruise To The Edge,
Colony Club, Royal Caribbean Brilliance Of The Seas

En Route from Costa Maya, Mexico to Tampa, FL
Audience Recording, very good quality (Lostbrook 2.0 Volume 240)

OK, to wrap up this extended look at Progressive Rock, we bring things right up to present day. In the 2000's and beyond, in addition to many of the old classic progressive rock bands continuing, re-forming, reuniting, or re-establishing themselves as live acts, several new bands continued to highlight and expand the traditions of progressive rock for new generations. New bands such as The Mars Volta, The Pineapple Thief, Gazpacho, and others, as well as bands featuring former musicians from other prog bands, such as Frost, Transatlantic, and Stick Men, continued taking progressive rock in new and different directions, while still featuring many of the familiar attributes associated with progressive rock. One of these newer bands, Knifeworld, made quite a splash at last year's Cruise to the Edge (which as I previously mentioned is a yearly Cruise event that features progressive rock acts, both old and new). Knifeworld was formed in 2009 by Multi-instrumentalist Kavus Torabi, a musician born in Iran, but raised in England. Torabi first envisioned Knifeworld as a solo project, with himself playing most of the instruments, but it developed into a full-fledged band, playing what has been called psychedelic, progressive, math rock (complex, atypical rythyms, melodies, etc.). They have released 3 albums and a few EPs, with their latest being Bottled Out of Eden (2016). Now, I have to admit that I had never heard of this band either, but thanks to the taper Lostbrook, who has been providing recordings from recent years of the Cruise to the Edge shows, we have this wonderful live recording from 2018. And even on a Cruise that year that featured great shows from prog veterans such as Yes, Steve Hackett, Carl Palmer, Marillion, Gong, and Focus, from what Lostbrook reported, Knifeworld was one of the most talked about and heralded bands that year.
01 I Can Teach You How To Lose A Fight (5:40)
02 I Am Lost (7:20)
03 Feel The Sorcery (3:57)
04 Send Him Seaworthy (6:22)
05 The Wretched Fathoms (3:25)
06 High/Aflame (7:27)
07 The Prime Of Our Decline (7:01)
08 Destroy The World We Love (7:20)
09 Me To The Future Of You (9:30)

Kavus Torabi - guitars, vocals
Emmet Elvin - keyboards
Melanie Woods - vocals, tambourine, glockenspiel
Ben Woollacott - drums, percussion
Chloe Herrington - bassoon, alto saxophone, vocals
Charlie Cawood - bass
Oliver Sellwood - baritone saxophone
Josh Perl - alto saxophone, acoustic guitar, backing vocals

FLAC - Knifeworld_2018-02-07_Cruise to the Edge_FLAC.rar

Mp3 - Knifeworld_2018-02-07_Cruise to the Edge_mp3.rar

So, this concludes this extended feature look at Progressive Rock. And although I posted only progressive rock-related shows for a full year on this blog, it seems I only scratched the surface of what progressive rock is all about. I didn't even get to dozens of bands I wanted to feature, including Van Der Graaf Generator, Eloy, Can, Triumvirat, Rare Bird, Happy The Man, etc., and I didn't get to the Jazz-influenced branch of Progressive rock (like Mahavishnu Orchestra, Brand X, Return to Forever, Traffic), or even the actual classsically-influenced bands (such as Renaissance, Gryphon), and many other aspects. But it is time to move on to other things. I know many that previously followed this blog were not thrilled with the recent emphasis on progressive rock, but hopefully, many of you learned some things and found some new music in here that you liked but had not known about before. For me, it was very worthwhile, and I actually learned quite a bit myself and found out about a bunch of bands I didn't know much about previously and found much new music to check out. So, I will move on to other things now, but will still occasionally feature progressive rock posts from time to time. So for fans, there is always more  coming, and for non-fans, I'll get back to posting a variety of other types of great music. Thanks.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Spock's Beard - 1999-05-18 - Rochester, NY

Spock's Beard
Penny Arcade, Rochester, NY

Soundboard recording, excellent quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Several new bands emerged in the 1990's that featured progressive rock aesthetics and approach, but also updated the classic sound in various ways for the nineties. These included bands such as Glass Hammer, The Flower Kings, Coheed and Cambria, Big Big Train, and Opeth. One of the best of these '90's versions of progressive rock was Spock's Beard. Formed in Los Angeles, CA in 1992 by brothers Neal (lead vocals, keyboards) and Alan (guitars) Morse, joined by Dave Meros (bass) and Nick D'Virgilio (drums), and a bit later by Ryo Okamato (keyboards). Spock's Beard are known for their intricate arrangements, multi-part vocal harmonies and use of counterpoint vocals, with notable influences from Genesis, Yes, and Gentle Giant. Their first album, The Light (1995) received rave reviews and immediate acclaim among progressive rock fans. Subsequent albums, Beware of Darkness (1996), Kindness of Strangers (1998), and Day For Night (1999) continued to build their reputation for being at the forefront of '90's progressive rock, culminating in V (2000), probably their most acclaimed album, followed by Snow (2002), their elaborate 2-disc concept album that was the Swan Song for founding member Neal Morse. With lead vocalist and principal songwriter Morse leaving shortly after the release of Snow, the band re-grouped with drummer Nick D'Virgilio taking over on lead vocals, and adopted a more collaborative approach to their songwriting. Although their next few albums were not as well-received as the Morse era albums, the band continued forward, with each subsequent album getting better, until they regained their stature among fans by their tenth album, X (2010), considered one of their best. Unfortunately, there were more personnel changes, with D'Virgilio leaving after X, and the band bringing in Ted Leonard on vocals and drummer Jimmy Keegan. The first new album with this lineup was Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep (2013), which received much acclaim among fans of the band. The band has continued on to the present releasing new albums in 2015 and 2018 (The Oblivion Particle and Noise Floor, respectively), as well as various compilations and live albums. 
Here is a great-sounding show from the Neal Morse era, 1999, on the Day For Night Tour. 

1. Intro
2. Day for Night
3. Mouth of Madness
4. Skin
5. Gibberish
6. Go the Way You Go
7. Distance to the Sun
8. Crack the Big Sky
9. Ryo Solo
1. The Doorway
2. Walking on the Wind
3. Jam
4. June
5. Waste Away
6. Fire

Neal Morse - Lead vocals, keybaords, Guitar, synths
Alan Morse - Guitar, backing vocals
Ryo Okamoto - keyboards, backing vocals
Dave Meros - bass, backing vocals
Nick D'Virgilio - drums, backing vocals

FLAC - Spock's Beard_1999-05-18_RochetsterNY_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Spock's Beard_1999-05-18_RochetsterNY_mp3.rar

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Marillion - 1986-01-08 - Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK

Hammersmith Odeon, London, England

Soundboard Recording, very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Moving on to some of the progressive bands that were not part of the original progressive era in the '70's but came later and kept the progressive flame burning through later years. In the 1980's, new bands such as Marillion, Saga, IQ, and Pendragon continued on in the progressive tradition, as several other bands, such as Dream Theater, Fates Warning, and Porcupine Tree, moved into a heavier, more progressive metal sound. Here is Marillion, a British band that became popular in the mid-Eighties, with obvious influences and inspiration from Genesis, but who forged their own way forward, delivering a 1980's version of classic progressive rock. Their commercial breakthrough came with their third album, Misplaced Childhood (1985), which went to #1 in the UK, with multiple hit singles. Now exposed to a much wider audience, their next album, Clutching at Straws (1987), was also a big hit, receiving popular and critical acclaim. However, an excessive touring schedule and constant pressure from the band's management led to the departure of their charismatic lead singer, frontman, and lyricist, Fish, in 1988. The band continued with the addition of Steve Hogarth, who had a very different style from Fish, and thus the style and sound of the band also changed (somewhat more pop-oriented) from that point on. Although their next couple albums struggled to regain their previous success, they bounced back with their seminal concept album, Brave (1994), and through the subsequent years, although not as commercially successful, they have maintained a strong fanbase that has kept them going strong, right up to the present. They have released 18 studio albums (most recent, F.E.A.R. - 2016) and countless live albums. Here is a great-sounding show from the old days with Fish, on their Misplaced Childhood tour in 1986.This recording did not include all songs played, however, (other songs played included the Intro piece 'The Thieving Magpie', 'Punch and Judy', and 'Market Square Hero' as a closer), so I have added 'Market Square Hero' from another show that year at the end to recreate the natural end of the show.

Track List:
01 - Emerald Lies (intro)         
02 - Script For A Jester's Tear          
03 - Incubus
04 - Jigsaw
05 - The Web         
Misplaced Childhood (Full album)
  06 - Pseudo Silk Kimono         
  07 - Kayleigh          
  08 - Lavender
  09 - Bitter Suite
  10 - Heart Of Lothian
  11 - Waterhole (Expresso Bongo)
  12 - Lords Of The Backstage
  13 - Blind Curve
  14 - Childhood's End
  15 - White Feather
16 - Fugazi
17 - Market Square Hero - medley (From 1986-06-21 - Mannheim, Germany, FM)

The Band:
Fish: Vocals
Steve Rothery: Guitars
Mark Kelly: Keyboards
Pete Trewavas: Bass
Ian Mosley: Drums

FLAC - Marillion_1986-01-01_Hammersmith Odeon-London-UK_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Marillion_1986-01-01_Hammersmith Odeon-London-UK_mp3.rar

Friday, March 15, 2019

Steve Hackett - 2018-12-09 - Acoustic Concert - Trading Boundaries, East Sussex, UK

Steve Hackett (and guests)
Acoustic Concert
Trading Boundaries, Sheffield Green, East Sussex, UK

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

OK, to finish up this look at the career of guitarist Steve Hackett, and to bring things right up to present day, here is a unique intimate  show from last December (2018), where Steve and basically a chamber ensemble of Rob Townsend, Roger King, and John Hackett play an entire acoustic show at Trading Boundaries, the UK venue that is a restaurant, antiques showroom, and has in recent years become a haven for intimate concerts of progressive music.  This was such an interesting and unique show that I just had to include it here. But first, to catch us up on Steve, He continued to tour through most of 2018, through the U.S., South America, and Europe, Then in October played a series of shows in the UK with full Orchestra backing, and ending with a couple acoustic shows at Trading Boundaries in December. Somehow amidst all that touring, he also managed to record a new album, At The Edge of Light, which was released in January 2019.  The rest of 2019 looks to be just as eventful as well, starting with a couple of Cruise shows (see below for more info) in February, and the beginning of his 2019 tour, which will feature playing the entire Selling England By The Pound  album and celebration of 40th Anniversary of Spectral Mornings, and span through Europe, Scandinavia, USA, Canada, and the UK throughout the year. But the show presented here is very unique, not only in the intimate, informal coffeehouse atmosphere, but also in the style and setlist of the songs played. A wonderful experience and great recording of this unique event.

1.  Event Intro
2.  Intro
3.  Unknown classical piece
4.  Intro
5.  ?->Tales Of the Riverbank
6.  Intro
7.  Skye Boat Song
8.  ?->Horizons
9.  Intro
10. Jacuzzi
11. Supper's Ready->After the Ordeal->Hairless Heart->Dm Inprov
12. Introduction of Nick Magnus
13. Hammer In the Sand
14. Intro
15. Jazz On A Summer's Night

1.  Intro
2.  House Of The Faun
3.  Intro
4.  Second Chance
5.  Rainbows
6.  Intro
7.  Poulanc->Whole Tone Improv->Red Flower->Priestess
8.  Introduction of Amanda Lehmann
9.  Memory Lane
10. Intro
11. Happy When It Rains
12. Intro
13. Ace Of Wands
14. Crowd
15. The Journey
16. Intro
17. Bacchus inc. Firth Of Fifth
18. Outro

Steve Hackett - Guitars, Harmonica, Vocals
Rob Townsend - Sax, woodwinds
Roger King - Keyboards
John Hackett - Flute
With Special Guests
Nick Magnus - keyboards
Amanda Lehmann - Guitar/vocals

FLAC - Steve Hackett_2018-12-09_Trading Boundaries(Acoustic)UK_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Steve Hackett_2018-12-09_Trading Boundaries(Acoustic)UK_mp3.rar

Cruise to the Edge: Another unique experience that Steve Hackett has participated in in recent years is the Cruise to the Edge, an actual voyage on a Cruse ship that features nearly round the clock live shows from a plethora of Progressive rock artists and acts, from classic bands such as Yes, Soft Machine, Brand X, PFM, and Steve Hackett, to newer and lesser-known bands carrying on the tradition of Progressive rock today. These Cruises have been conducted each year in February over the past several years, leaving from Tampa FL, traveling to Key West and Cozumel, and back, with a packed schedule of concerts every day. Billed as "The Greatest Prog Rock Vacation on Earth" (here is the Cruise Fortunately, for all of us intrigued by this but who can't actually go on these Cruises, many audience recordings shows from the most recent Cruises (including 2014, 2017, 2018, and just out, 2019, thanks primarily to Lostbrook 2.0!). I don't have time or space to post them here, but they are available to download at the G101 Lossless Forum (just search for Lostbrook or Cruise to the Edge). Once again this year, Steve was part of the show, along with many great old and new bands worth checking out. Just shows how Progressive music is staying alive and vital right through today. 

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Steve Hackett - 2015-09-15 - Cologne, Germany

Steve Hackett
E-Werk, Cologne, Germany
Acolyte To Wolflight With Genesis Revisited - The Total Experience Tour

Audience recording, very good quality
Available in both lossles (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

More Steve Hackett! Following the enormously successful Genesis Revisited extended tour (2013-2014) and the release of another acclaimed solo album (Wolflight, 2015), for his next tour Steve wanted to highlight the 40th Anniversary of his first solo album, Voyage of the Acolyte (1975) and feature his 40 years of albums up to his newest release, but he also wanted to continue the excitement that the Genesis Revisited shows captured (and by popular request and demand). So, Steve divided the shows into two  parts, the first featuring a retrospective of his solo career, with emphasis on his early albums (Voyage of the Acolyte and Spectral Mornings) and his latest album, Wolflight, and the second part was a continuation of the Genesis Revisited songs. But rather than play the same Genesis songs as in previous tours, he brought out a whole new assortment of classic Genesis, featuring several songs rarely ever heard live, including 2 great Foxtrot gems, 'Get 'em Out by Friday' and my personal favorite (and underrated masterpiece) 'Can-Utility and the Coastliners' and such tracks as 'The Hairless Heart' and the complete 'Cinema Show'. The only repeated songs from the previous tour was 'The Musical Box' and an encore of 'Firth of Fifth'. It made for a fantastic show. The tour title was a mouthful The "Acolyte to Wolflight with Genesis Revisited - The Total Experience Tour", but the show was even more packed, averaging nearly 3 hrs each night. And Steve did feature Acolyte, including 4 songs from that first album (as well as 3 from Spectral Mornings), but also highlighted his new album, with 5 songs from Wolflight for 2 sides to a magnificent show. The show featured here is from one of the very first dates of the tour and represented the best recording from the tour I could find. The tour went through the rest of 2015 and through most of 2016 as well. In 2017, Steve released his next solo album, The Night Siren. For the subsequent 2017 tour, Steve continued to do a mix of solo and Genesis songs, but now replacing the Wolflight tracks with the new Night Siren tracks, as well as once again adding some different Genesis tracks to the show. So, as packed as the 2015 show already is, I couldn't resist adding a couple bonus tracks from the 2017 tour, because he added a couple more Genesis rarely heard live tracks, 'One For the Vine' and the great 'Inside and Out', a Hackett composed song that was left off Wind and Wuthering and was relegated only to the EP Spot The Pigeon (1977). Hope you enjoy this wonderful show.
Part 1 - Acolyte to Wolflight (Hackett solo catalog)
01 Spectral Mornings
02 Out Of The Body
03 Wolflight
04 Every Day
05 Love Song To A Vampire
06 The Wheel's Turning
07 The Steppes
08 Loving Sea
09 Star Of Sirius
10 Ace Of Wands
11 A Tower Struck Down
12 Clocks - The Angel Of Mons
13 Shadow Of The Hierophant

Part 2 - Genesis Revisited
14 Get 'em Out By Friday
15 Can-Utility And The Coastliners
16 After The Ordeal
17 The Cinema Show
18 Aisle Of Plenty
19 Hairless Heart
20 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
21 The Musical Box incl. Band Introduction
22 Icarus Ascending
23 Firth Of Fifth
Bonus Tracks (2017-09-22 - Ridgefield, CT)
24. One For the Vine
25. Inside and Out

Steve Hackett - guitars/vocals
Roger King - keyboards
Gary O'Toole - drums, percussion and vocals
Rob Townsend - sax, flute and percussion
Roine Stolt - bass/12 string guitar
Nad Sylvan - vocals

FLAC - Steve Hackett_2015-09-15_Cologne,Germany_FLAC.part1.rar
             Steve Hackett_2015-09-15_Cologne,Germany_FLAC.part2.rar

mp3 - Steve Hackett_2015-09-15_Cologne,Germany_mp3.rar

Monday, February 18, 2019

Steve Hackett - 2013-10-11 - Keswick Theatre, Glenside, PA

Steve Hackett
Keswick Theatre, Glenside, PA
Audience Recording, Very Good Quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Following the Genesis Revisited album and Mini Japan tour, Steve went right back to work on more varied and diverse musical projects, producing in short order another classical guitar album, this time with Orchestral backing (A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1997), an acclaimed progressive album featuring dark but beautiful themes (Darktown, 1999), a collaboration with his brother John (flute) on a tribute album to classical composer Erik Satie (Sketches of Satie, 2000), and an album of songs originally composed in 1986, many intended for a second GTR album that never happened (Feedback 86, 2000). He continued his musical journeys with progressive, classical, rock, and classical albums (To Watch the Storms-2003, Metamorpheus-2005, Wild Orchids-2006, and Tribute-2008). Following some difficult times with messy divorces from both his wife and his business manager (including several lawsuits and the dissolution of his Camino Records), Steve continued his resurgent streak of acclaimed progressive rock albums with Out of the Tunnel's Mouth (2009) and Beyond the Shrouded Horizon (2011), followed by teaming up with Chris Squire (Yes) for a one album collaboration dubbed Squackett (A Life within A Day-2012). Next, Steve returned to reviving and re-creating more of his classic Genesis tracks in an even more extensive journey through the Genesis catalog for the double album Genesis Revisited II, in 2012, which was a big hit with progressive fans, resulting in his highest chart success since his early solo days. Once again, these were sensational new versions of Genesis classics, including the epic 'Supper's Ready' and great, but lesser-known songs such as 'Can-Utility and the Coastliners', 'The Chamber of 32 Doors', and 'Return of the Giant Hogweed'. For this collection, rather than offer distinctly different variations on the originals as he did in the First Genesis Revisited project, Steve chose to more closely re-create the original arrangements with some updates, and looking forward to live performances. Steve said his primary reason for re-doing more of these Genesis classics was because he really wanted to perform them live. So, starting in 2013, Steve began his extensive Genesis Revisited II World Tour, which continued all through 2014 as well, and was widely acclaimed, and resulted in the release of two different live albums and DVD concert collections (Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith, 2013, and Genesis Revisited: Live at Royal Albert Hall, 2014). presented here is a great show from the U.S. leg, midway through the tour. I have added a bonus track of 'The Chamber of 32 Doors', a great song that was played at several dates early in the tour, but later dropped from the setlist. Throughout, Steve's great new versions of these songs are more than just nostalgia, but sensational new additions to his Progressive output. 

01. Watcher Of The Skies
02. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight
03. Fly On A Windshield
04. Return of the Giant Hogweed
05. The Musical Box
06. Horizons
07. Blood On The Rooftops
08. Unquiet Slumbers For Sleepers ...
09. ... In That Quiet Earth
10. Afterglow
11. Band Introduction
12. Fountain of Salmacis
13. I Know What I Like
14. Dance On A Volcano
15. Supper's Ready
16. Firth Of Fifth
17. Myopia
18. Los Endos
Bonus track:
19. Chamber of 32 Doors (2013-05-11 - Cardiff)

Steve Hackett - Guitar(s)
Roger King - Keyboards
Lee Pomeroy - Bass
Gary O'Toole - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Rob Townsend - Sax, Flute, Woodwinds
Nad Sylvan - Vocals

FLAC - Steve Hackett_2013-10-11_Glenside,PA_FLAC.rar

mp3 -  Steve Hackett_2013-10-11_Glenside,PA_mp3.rar

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Steve Hackett & Friends - 1996-12-19 - Osaka, Japan - PRRP 0042A - A Friendly Fold

Steve Hackett & Friends
December 19, 1996
Osaka Kouseinenkin Hall, Osaka, Japan
(PRRP 0042A - A Friendly Fold)

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

Following his departure from GTR in late 1986, Steve Hackett went back to following his own musical directions (after GTR's brief brush with success and more mainstream rock). Steve's next album, Momentum (1988), was another full album of instrumental classical guitar pieces. Then Steve formed his own label, Camino Records, and released his first Live album, Time Lapse (1992). Next was Guitar Noir (1993), a mix of prog rock, classical, and atmospheric guitar with a darker tone. Next, Steve changed things up by releasing an entire album of Blues music, from traditional to his own brand of proggy-blues, Blues With A Feeling (1994). Then, for his next project, he went back to the music of Genesis, with a tribute to the music of his former band for Genesis Revisited (1996). The concept for this album came after talking with some fans, who assumed that he had turned his back on the music from his Genesis days (since he never played it in his concerts), and that he wanted nothing to do with it anymore. This bothered Steve, because he loved the music he had been a part of creating with Genesis in these days. So, he decided to do an album paying tribute to and inspired by some of the great old music from his Genesis days. He gathered other musicians with an affinity for such music, including former King Crimson, Yes, and Weather Report alums like John Wetton, Ian McDonald, Bill Bruford, and Chester Thompson to help out. The album consisted of several songs from his days in Genesis (from classics to more obscure gems), as well as some new ones inspired by that music, and one old previously unfinished song (by Peter Gabriel). The versions played on the album ranged from careful re-creations to new re-arrangements to fanciful re-imaginings, adding new chapters and variations to these classics. The album was very well-received by his fans. However, touring was another issue, as the schedules for most of his guest artists made it impossible for any extended tour. But, Steve was able to schedule 4 dates in Japan, with an all-star band of John Wetton, Ian McDonald, Julian Colbeck (Steve's current keyboard player, formerly with Zappa), and Chester Thompson. Those four shows were the only ones for that 1996 mini-tour, but what a show it was. The setlist mixed several of the Genesis Revisited tracks with various other of Steve's own songs, as well as some early King Crimson (For John and Ian) and even an Asia hit ('Heat of the Moment', but performed as an acoustic ballad). The First two nights (in Tokyo) were recorded and filmed, and were later released as both an album (The Tokyo Tapes, 1998) and a DVD. Certainly unique and memorable shows. The second two nights (in Osaka and Nagoya) became available as audience recordings. The PRRP (Progressive Rock Remasters Project) people remastered the available tapes and released them as PRRP 0042. I have included just the Osaka show here (because sound quality a bit better than Nagoya show, and the setlist was the same both nights), as it is representative. However, if there is interest in thwe Nagoya show (0042B), I can also post that.    

Disc 1:
01 Watcher Of The Skies  9:26
02 Depth Charge  4:48
03 Firth Of Fifth  10:10
04 Battle Lines  6:56
05 Camino Royale  9:11
06 In The Court Of The Crimson King  7:51
07 Horizons  2:13
08 Walking Away From Rainbows  3:35
Total Time 54:10

Disc 2:
01 Heat Of The Moment  4:46
02 In That Quiet Earth  4:37
03 A Vampire (With A Healthy Appetite)  7:44
04 I Talk To The Wind  5:44
05 Shadow Of The Hierophant  4:21
06 Drum Solo  4:54
07 Los Endos  8:24
08 Blood On The Rooftops - Black Light  2:11
09 The Steppes  7:21
10 I Know What I Like  8:33
Total Time 58:35

Steve Hackett - Guitars, harmonica, Lead & backing Vocals
John Wetton - Bass, Guitar, Lead & Backing Vocals
Ian McDonald - Keyboards, Flute, Saxophone, Lead & Backing Vocals
Julian Colbeck - Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Chester Thompson - Drums & Percussion

FLAC - Steve Hackett_1996-12-19_Osaka_PRRP0042A_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Steve Hackett_1996-12-19_Osaka_PRRP0042A_mp3.rar

Sunday, February 3, 2019

GTR (with Steve Hackett and Steve Howe opening acoustic sets) - 1986-07-21 - California Theatre, San Diego, CA

(With Steve Hackett and Steve Howe opening solo acoustic sets)
July 21, 1986 (1986-07-21)
California Theatre,
San Diego, California, USA

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

Back to my ongoing Progressive Rock feature, and continuing with the career of guitarist Steve Hackett. We last left Steve in the early 1980's. Following the Cured tour (1981), Steve went back to the studio to create Highly Strung (1983), which was his last album for Charisma (record label), was more "Prog" than the previous album, but still with a sort of prog-pop blend. Steve left Charisma do to his desire to do more varied and a wider range of styles (and less mainstream) of music. For his first album on his new label (Lamborghini Records), Steve released Bay of Kings (1983), which was a full album of acoustic instrumental classical guitar compositions, and the type of album Charisma refused to release. But Steve was back to rock (as well as Brazilian and world music influences) for his next album, Til We Have Faces (1984).
Then, in 1985, Steve teamed up with another renowned prog guitarist also named Steve, Steve Howe, formerly of Yes and Asia, to form the new Supergroup GTR. Hackett has said that the idea for the band came one day when the two Steve's had lunch and began lamenting the fact that the guitar had been largely replaced in eighties rock music by synthesizers, drum machines, and sequencers, and that they should work together try to bring the guitar back into the spotlight. The announcement of this coming together of these two legendary virtuoso guitarists to form a new band was greeted with much excitement and enthusiasm among progressive rock fans. In addition to Hackett and Howe the band consisted of Max Bacon on vocals, Phil Spalding on bass, and Jonathan Mover on drums. The album, GTR, was released in 1986, sold very well, going gold and producing a top 20 single, 'When The Heart Rules the Mind'. However, although it is a solid album and contains much guitar virtuosity, many fans (particularly progressive rock fans) were disappointed with the album, its slick, more mainstream rock production, and the feeling that the songs were just not up with the best by either of the two dynamic stars. They wanted and expected more from this collaboration. And yes, the style is certainly more in line with Asia and other '80's rock than the classic progressive rock of their earlier days. But the tour of the band featuring these superstars performing together was something else. Both Howe and Hackett were able to fulfill a long-held dream of theirs to open their show with an acoustic guitar set, which they did every night, Hackett, then Howe, and then a new acoustic duo with the two of them together, before each GTR show. The band setlist consisted of the entire GTR album with the addition of a couple Genesis/Hackett and Yes tracks to rile up the crowd. I saw them on their only tour in 1986, and it was a great show, but the highlight for me (and many others) was the opportunity to see each of them play their opening acoustic sets and their acoustic duo, just shear joy watching them play. However, by the end of the tour, Hackett was ready to move on to other things, and promptly quit the band. Howe began work on recording a second album without Hackett, but abandoned the project (and the band) after several tracks were finished, but never released (Tracks from the aborted second album, titled Nerotrend, is available as a bootleg). Thus, GTR was another one and done band. Once again, Hackett left in order to pursue more varied and less mainstream forms of music.  Here is a full (including opening sets) show from the U.S. leg of the GTR tour. It's not a great recording, but it is the best (unreleased) one that I have from this tour. In 2015, a deluxe edition of the GTR album was released that included a full live show (GTR songs only, not opening acoustic sets) as a second disc. They also released a live disc from their King Biscuit Flower Hour broadcast show. Those are probably the best quality live recordings available, but there are numerous audience recordings of several other shows available as bootlegs.

Steve Hackett solo acoustic set
01.[01:15] Steve Hackett Introduction
02.[04:24] Traditional Exercise/Blood on the Rooftops
03.[03:27] Calmaria
04.[04:14] Cuckoo Cocoon/Caval Canti
05.[02:50] Bouree/Horizons - Steve Howe Introduction
Steve Howe solo acoustic set
06.[03:09] Surface Tension
07.[03:16] Mood For a Day
08.[02:39] Ram
09.[02:56] Second Initial
10.[03:39] Georgia's Theme
11.[03:40] Clap
12.[00:43] Hackett Introduction
Hackett and Howe Duet
13.[03:55] From a Place Where Time Runs Slow
14.[06:07] Jekyll and Hyde
15.[05:48] Here I Wait
16.[05:26] Prizefighters
17.[07:16] Imagining
18.[02:30] Hackett To Bits
19.[10:09] Spectral Mornings/After The Ordeal/In That Quiet Earth/I Know What I Like
20.[04:52] Toe the Line
21.[02:57] Sketches in the Sun
22.[05:00] Pennants
23.[09:06] Roundabout
24.[07:00] The Hunter
25.[07:45] You Can Still Get Through
26.[06:15] Reach Out (Never Say No)
27.[06:46] When a Heart Rules the Mind
Total 2:07:04

Steve Hackett : Lead Guitars, Acoustic Guitar and Backing Vocals
Steve Howe : Lead Guitars, Steel Guitar, Acoustic Guitar and Backing Vocals
Max Bacon : Lead Vocals
Jonathan Mover : Drums & Percussion
Phil Spalding : Bass Guitar
Special Guest:
Matt Clifford : Keyboards

FLAC - GTR_1986-07-21_San Diego_FLAC.rar

Mp3 - GTR_1986-07-21_San Diego_mp3.rar

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Getting back to it

Ok, sorry to take so long to get back here. Didn't intend for my short 'Holiday Break' to last more than last 6 weeks, but several factors converged, ranging from family obligations, a lack of Internet access, extreme weather conditions, and even the extended U.S. Govt. shutdown, that made it very difficult to return or continue posting to the blog. But, I am back now, and ready to carry on. A new music post will follow very shortly. Welcome to 2019. Stay tuned.