Monday, June 29, 2020

Dave Mason & Friends - 1979-06-02 - Greek Theater, Berkeley, CA

Dave Mason and Friends
Greek Theater, Berkeley, CA

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

Moving on with Post-Traffic artists, here is Dave Mason. Although Dave Mason was a founding member of Traffic, and contributed on and off to the band through 1970, he never quite fully fit in with the group, not collaborating much, generally just showing up with his songs already formed and the band expected to play them as he wanted. So, although he contributed some great songs, he never seemed fully invested into Traffic, and kept quite busy outside the band even during the times he was ostensibly a part of it. During those years Dave Mason hung out and played with some really big names, including Jimi Hendrix (introduced Jimi to and played on 'All Along the Watchtower'), the Rolling Stones (Beggar's Banquet), and Eric Clapton with Delaney and Bonnie. And Dave was always more in the singer-songwriter vein, with less of the jazz influences as the other Traffic members. After leaving Traffic, he released his first solo album, Alone Together, in 1970, which yielded the hit single 'Only You Know and I Know'. He also released a duo album with Cass Elliot, Dave Mason & Cass Elliot, around that time.  After a dispute with his record company over his next album, Mason left, and the album Headkeeper (1972) was released despite Mason's protests. Mason moved to Columbia Records and released a string of increasingly successful albums, It's Like You Never Left (1973), Dave Mason (1974), Split Coconut (1975), culminating in Let it Flow (1977), which featured his biggest solo hit, 'We Just Disagree', as well other songs that received radio airplay, and reached Platinum sales status. Subsequent albums, Mariposo de Ora (1978) and Old Crest on a New Wave (1980) were less successful and marked the last of his Columbia albums and the slow decline of his solo career. Here today we have a show from Dave in the late '70's, still riding a wave of popularity, and joined by his regular band featuring ace guitarist Jim Krueger, as well as some of his rock star friends, with Stephen Stills sitting in, and Joe Cocker dropping by for a couple songs. A fine show from an FM broadcast, with Dave showcasing his solo songs along with a couple from his Traffic days and some classic rock covers.    

1. Share Your Love
2. Only You Know and I Know
3. Pearly Queen
4. You Are Every Woman
5. Take It To the Limit
6. Look At You, Look At Me
7. I Fell In Love
8. Watching the River Flow*
9. We Just Disagree
10. Bring Your Love In
11. Let It Flow
12. All Along the Watchtower
13. band intros, encore break
14. Stand By Me
15. second encore break
16. Feelin' Alright*

Dave Mason Band:
Dave Mason - vocals, guitar
Jim Krueger - vocals, guitar
Mike Finnigan - vocals, keyboards
Jimmy Haslip - bass
Rick Jaeger - drums
with special guests
Stephen Stills - guitar
Mark Stein - keyboards
Lisa Robbins - vocals
and * featuring Joe Cocker - vocals

FLAC - Dave Mason_1979-06-02_Berkeley_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Dave Mason_1979-06-02_Berkeley_mp3.rar

Monday, June 22, 2020

Steve Winwood - 1978-08-19 - Rough Hill Festival, Gloucestershire, U.K.

Steve Winwood
Rough Hill Festival, Gloucestershire, U.K.

Soundboard recording (reportedly, but may be high quality audience), very good quality
Available in Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

OK, I was going to end the Traffic posts with the last one, but then decided to go ahead and follow up with subsequent music from Traffic members. After the sudden dissolution of Traffic in 1974, Steve Winwood retreated into Session work for awhile. In 1976, he joined  Japanese composer Stomu Yamashta and an all-star cast for his Jazz-rock concept album Go (1976) and subsequent tour. In 1977, Winwood released his first solo album, Steve Winwood, followed by his first tour as a solo artist in 1978.  The album was initially met with disappointment among Traffic fans, but it actually is a solid album. Winwood, however, would find commercial success in his next solo album, Arc of a Diver (1980), an entirely home studio-recorded album where Winwood played all the parts and instruments. The album was a big hit, receiving much radio airplay, and featuring his first top ten single, "When You See A Chance". The show featured today, however, is from his earlier 1978 tour, and is considered one of his first performances as a solo act. The setlist features most of the songs from his first album, as well as a few from his Spencer Davis and Traffic days, as well as a couple of old rock standards. The show is significant for featuring some of the only live performances for the songs from his first album, as they were quickly dropped from future setlists after his later albums came out. 

1. I'm a Man (Winwood-Miller) 5:10
2. Midland Maniac (Winwood) 8:34
3. Hold On (Winwood-Capaldi) 5:12
4. The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys (Winwood-Capaldi) 12:42
5. Walking in the Wind (Winwood-Capaldi) 7:19
6. Let Me Make Something in Your Life (Winwood-Capaldi) 5:11
7. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out (Cox) 4:01
8. And Then He Kissed Me (Spector-Greenwich-Barry) 2:24
9. Two Way Stretch (Winwood) 5:47
10. Vacant Chair (Winwood-Stanshall) 7:37
11. Time is Running Out (Winwood-Capaldi) 8:44
12. Gimme Some Lovin’ (Winwood-Winwood-Davis) 10:33
13. Hound Dog (Leiber-Stoller) 5:07
Total time: 88:25

Steve Winwood: organ, synthesizer, vocals
John Porter: guitar
Terry Stannard: drums
Demelza: percussion
Nicole Tacot (Nicole Winwood): vocals

FLAC - Steve Winwood_1978-08-19_RoughHill_FLAC.rar

MP3 -Steve Winwood_1978-08-19_RoughHill_mp3.rar

Friday, June 5, 2020

Traffic - 1972-02-21 - Santa Monica Civic Center, Santa Monica, CA

February 21, 1972
Santa Monica Civic Center, Santa Monica, CA
Soundboard recording, excellent quality
Plus Bonus tracks from 1973-04-12 - Rainbow Theatre, London
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Here's more from Traffic. Following Dave Mason's third and last departure from the band in 1970, Traffic, with their expanded lineup (trio of Winwood, Capaldi, and Wood supplemented with Ric Grech on bass, Jim Gordon on drums, and percussionist Rebop Kwaku Baah) started work on and released what would become their most successful album, The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys (1971), which contained probably their best blend of jazz, rock, folk, and blues in a landmark album. However, personnel issues persisted, with Grech and Gordon leaving shortly after the album was released. They were replaced by David Hood (bass) and Roger Hawkins (drums) for the subsequent tour, which was a big success. This lineup continued on with the next album, Shootout at the Fantasy Factory (1973), but although the album had some great moments, the slow, sprawling, improvisational style often seemed somewhat lackluster relative to the previous albums. A big world tour followed, which was a major success, and resulted in the double live album On The Road (1973). Unfortunately, more trouble followed, with Hood, Hawkins, and Kwaku Baah all leaving at the end of the tour, Winwood was plagued by recurrent peritonitis issues, and Wood's drug use was becoming worse. Another new album was released in 1974, When The Eagle Flies, but was not up to previous standards, and the band essentially ended when Winwood walked off the stage and left the band in the middle of a show in Chicago in 1974. Both Capaldi and Winwood went on to successful solo careers. Chris Wood died in 1983. The remaining members reunited in 1994 for a one-off tour with the Grateful Dead, but then Winwood and Capaldi continued to work together, releasing a new Traffic album, Far From Home (1994), followed by a tour, which eventually resulted in another live album, The Last Great Traffic Jam (2005). The band and its 4 original members were inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
Here I have a great show from the 1972 Low Spark Tour, a great soundboard recording from the Santa Monica show, which was filmed and recorded (complete show is available to watch on Youtube. I have supplemented the Santa Monica show with some additional songs from a 1973 London show, which features tracks from the subsequent Shootout at the Fantasy Factory album. So, here is Traffic, once again, and probably at their peak here, but unfortunately they would not last much longer.    

01. Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys
02. Light Up Or Leave Me Alone
03. John Barleycorn
04. Rainmaker
05. Percussion Solo
06. Glad
07. Freedom Rider
08. Forty Thousand Headmen
09. Dear Mr Fantasy
Bonus Tracks (1973-04-12-Rainbow Theatre, London)
10. Shootout at the Fantasy Factory
11. Rock n' Roll Stew
12. Evening Blue
13. Tragic Magic
14. Sometimes I Feel So Uninspired

band members:
Steve Winwood – vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass
Jim Capaldi – drums, percussion, vocals
Chris Wood – flute, saxophone, keyboards
Rebop Kwaku Baah – percussion
Roger Hawkins – drums
David Hood – bass

FLAC - Traffic_1972-02-21_Santa Monica_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Traffic_1972-02-21_Santa Monica_mp3.rar

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Traffic - 1970-11-18 - Fillmore East, New York, NY

November 18, 1970
Fillmore East, New York, NY
Soundboard recording, excellent quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Here's more from Traffic. As mentioned in the last post, Traffic briefly disbanded in early 1969 when Steve Winwood abruptly left the band to join Eric Clapton in his new supergroup Blind Faith. But because Blind Faith turned out being so short-lived, Winwood was back recording with Chris Wood and Jim Capaldi before the end of the year. Those sessions, which were at first intended to be Winwood's first solo album ended up being turned into the next full-fledged Traffic album, and one of their best, John Barleycorn Must Die (1970). Although the album was made with just the core trio, for the subsequent 1970 tour Blind Faith bandmate Ric Grech joined the band on bass, and then stayed on. Following that tour the band expanded further, adding drummer Jim Gordon and percussionist Rebop Kwaku Baah, as well as the final brief return of Dave Mason for one more Live album, Welcome to the Canteen (1971). The larger band (minus Mason) would stay on for their next album foray, Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys (1971). Presented here is an excellent show and recording from the latter part of the 1970 tour. Some of the earlier shows included some different songs, so I've added some additional songs from an audience recording of a July Fillmore West show (as bonus tracks) that includes a rare Traffic performance of Blind Faith's 'Can't Find My Way Back Home'. All around excellent show and performance giving a great demonstration of the artistry of Traffic at this time.

01. Introduction by Bill Graham
02. Medicated Goo
03. Pearly Queen
04. Empty Pages
05. Heaven Is In Your Mind
06. Forty Thousand Headmen
07. John Barleycorn Must Die
08. Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring
09. Every Mother's Son
10. Glad/>Freedom Rider*
11. Means To The End
12. Dear Mr. Fantasy
* - some minor glitches from master reel

Bonus tracks (1970-07-02 - Fillmore West, San Francisco)
13. Stranger to Himself
14. Can't Find My Way back Home
15. No Time to Live
16. Feelin' Good

Steve Winwood (guitar, organ, vocals)
Jim Capaldi (drums)
Chris Wood (piano, sax, flute)
Ric Grech (bass)

FLAC - Traffic_1970-11-18_Fillmore East_NYC_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Traffic_1970-11-18_Fillmore East_NYC_mp3.rar

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Traffic - 1967-1968 Live Compilation - Paper Rain

1967-1968 live compilation
"Paper Rain"
1967-09-12, Stockholm Sweden performance plus other recordings from 1967-1968

Liberated Colosseum bootleg remastered by Pink Robert
Soundboard recording, very good quality (at least for this period)
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Here's a classic band that I have been meaning to feature at some point, but just haven't gotten around to it. Traffic, a unique band that started as a somewhat psychedelic rock group that kept experimenting into various forms of blues, folk, and jazz improvisation, becoming a force in the progressive rock movement. Formed in Birmingham, UK, 1967, shortly after keyboardist-guitarist-vocalist Steve Winwood left the Spencer Davis Group, Winwood was joined by guitarist Dave Mason, drummer Jim Capaldi, and woodwinds player Chris Wood. Their first album, Mr. Fantasy (1967), did well in the UK, but was largely ignored elsewhere. Although Mason left the band shortly after the first album, he would return in 1968 for long enough to contribute on half the songs on their 2nd album, Traffic (1968), and then returned briefly again in 1971. In 1968, with the loss of Mason, Traffic toured as a trio, and were moving toward a more folk/blues groove, followed by the release of Last Exit (1969), a part live, part studio album. But then the band was dissolved in early 1969 when Winwood abruptly left to form supergroup Blind Faith with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, and Ric Grech, which famously didn't last long, and Winwood was back recording with Capaldi and Wood before the end of the year. Originally intended to be a Winwood solo album, the resulting sessions became Traffic's fourth album, and most successful to date, John Barleycorn Must Die (1970). The group expanded in 1970-71, bringing in Blind Faith bandmate Grech, drummer Jim Gordon, and the last brief return of Dave Mason, resulting in the freewheeling live album, Welcome to the Canteen (1971). Presented here are some early live recordings by the band. The Stockholm show was one of their earliest, after only releasing a couple singles, even before their first album. The 1968 shows were without Mason.
1. Giving To You
2. Smiling Phases
3. Coloured Rain
4. Hole In My Shoe
5. Feelin' Good
6. Paper Sun
7. Dear Mr. Fantasy
8. Coloured Rain
9. Feelin' Alright
10. You Can All Join In
11. Dear Mr. Fantasy
12. No Face, No Name, No Number
13. Hope They Never Find Me Here
14. Just For You
15. Little Woman

Tracks 1-7: Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden, September 12, 1967
Tracks 8 & 12: Fillmore West, San Francisco, March 14, 1968
Tracks 9-11: Grona Lund, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 5, 1968
Track 13: Basing Street Studios, 1967
Tracks 14-15: Dave Mason solo single, 1968

Steve Winwood - organ, guitar, vocals
Dave Mason - guitar, vocals
Jim Capaldi - drums, vocals
Chris Wood - sax, flute

FLAC - Traffic_1967-68_Paper Rain_FLAC.rar

Mp3 - Traffic_1967-68_Paper Rain_mp3.rar

Saturday, May 9, 2020

John Prine - 2018-06-05 - Austin City Limits - Moody Theater, Austin, TX

2018-06-05, Moody Theater, Austin, TX
Austin City Limits

HDTV Broadcast recording, Very good quality
Mp3 @ 224 kbps

OK, just one more from John Prine, and this being from among his most recent shows. Here is John's final return to Austin City Limits some 40 years after first appearing on the show back in 1978. Here he is showcasing songs from his dynamite 2018 album, Tree of Forgiveness, his first album of original songs in 13 years (since 2005's Fair and Square). And here he shows that despite the hard years he's had, he's lost none of his wit, wisdom, insight, and inspiration. The set features 7 songs from the new album, as well as several old favorites. This is one of the few live recordings that feature these most recent 2018 songs, and they are wonderful, from the whimsy of 'Crazy Bones' and 'Lonesome Friends of Science' to the poignancy of 'Summer's End' to the commentary of 'Caravan of Fools' and all the way to his jovial plans for the afterlife of 'When I Get to Heaven'. So, check out these live renditions of John's last songs on this wonderful show. BTW, the full video of this ACL episode is available for viewing at the PBS website ( Here's to John, and hoping that he is indeed up there in heaven enjoying that vodka and ginger ale cocktail, finally kissing that pretty girl on the tilt-a-whirl, and rockin' on with his angelic rock 'n roll band.

01. Intro/Knockin’ on Your Screen Door 4:49
02. Egg & Daughter Nite, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1967 (Crazy Bone) 3:53
03. Summer’s End 4:06
04. Caravan of Fools 4:06
05. Lonesome Friends of Science 4:51
06. Boundless Love 3:51
07. Illegal Smile 4:19
08. Please Don’t Bury Me (with Tyler Childers) 4:00
09. Lady May (Tyler Childers on vocals & guitar) 3:07
10. Lake Marie 7:27
11. When I Get to Heaven 4:02
12. Paradise (with Tyler Childers) 5:36
55 mins

John Prine - lead vocals, guitar
Jason Wilber - lead guitar, vocals
David Jacques - acoustic & electric bass, vocals
Kenneth Blevins - drums
Fats Kaplin - fiddle, pedal steel, mandolin, electric guitar, vocals
with special guest:
Tyler Childers - vocals, acoustic guitar

John Prine_2018-06-05_Austin City Limits.rar

Friday, May 1, 2020

John Prine - 2014-10-03 - Hardly Stricty Bluegrass Festival, San Francisco, CA

John Prine
October 3,2014
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival,
San Francisco, CA

(Plus Bonus Tracks)
Audience Recording, Very Good Quality
Available in both Lossles (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Here's more from the late, great John Prine. This one from his later years, after two separate bouts with cancer, and his lower, rougher voice, but still full of life and spirit. This is from The 2014 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, which he would again return to in 2017. And although it is an outdoor, audience recording, it is one of the better recordings available from this time period, which is why I chose to post this one over some of the other available recordings. However, being a festival show, it is shorter than most of his sets, so I have added some bonus tracks from another longer show (but of lesser audio quality) at The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, October 2013. By this time, Prine was finally starting to accumulate all the success and accolades that had been very slow in building for most of his career. A fine show.
1. Intro
2. Spanish Pipedream
3. Picture Show
4. Six O'Clock News
5. Souvenirs
6. Grandpa Was A Carpenter
7. Hello In There
8. Iron Ore Betty
9. Christmas In Prison
10.Glory Of True Love
11.Angel From Montgomery
12.Fish And Whistle
13.Lake Marie
Bonus Tracks (2013-10-26 - Ryman Auditorium, Nashville Aud-Good)
15. Speed of the Sound of Loneliness
16. Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore
17. Far From Me
18. Sins of Memphisto
19. You Got Gold
20. Please Don't Bury Me

FLAC - John Prine_2014-10-03_San Francisco_FLAC.rar

mp3 - John Prine_2014-10-03_San Francisco_mp3.rar

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

John Prine - 1995-09-30 - Majestic Theatre, Dallas, TX

John Prine
Majestic Theatre, Dallas Texas

Soundboard recording, great quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

As promised, here's more John Prine! And this one is a full feature-length show (over 2 hours) from his 1995 tour, with full back-up band. This one is a great showcase for his 1990's songs featuring plenty of songs from both his 1991 Grammy-winning album (Best Contemporary Folk Album, his first grammy win after multiple nominations), The Missing Years, and his 1995 (grammy-nominated but non-winning) album, Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings. These two albums were both produced by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers' bassist Howie Epstein (and the rest of the band also contributed on some songs). In addition this show still features all the older classics and favorites, and done with full band back-up, making this a wonderful and different concert from most of his others, and a great recording to boot. So, this one should definitely be added to the collection, even if you already have several Prine shows. A true original and master singer-songwriter, gone too soon, but who left behind a treasure trove of great music and unforgettable memories.

Disc 1:
01. Spanish Pipedream
02. Six O'clock News
03. Fish And Whistle
04. Picture Show
05. You Got Gold
06. All The Best
07. New Train
08. Ain't Hurtin' Nobody
09. This Love is Real
10. Angel From Montgomery
11. Donald And Lydia
12. Souvenirs
13. That's The Way That The World Goes 'Round
14. Speed of the Sound of Loneliness
15. Space Monkey
16. Sam Stone

Disc 2:
01. Everything Is Cool
02. Leave the Lights On
03. Quit Hollerin' At Me
04. band intro
05. The Sins of Memphisto
06. Humidity Built the Snowman
07. Lake Marie
08. Hello In There
19. Sabu Visits the Twin Cities Alone
10. Please Don't Bury Me
11. Illegal Smile
12. Daddy's Little Pumpkin
13. We Are the Lonely
14. Storm Windows
15. Paradise (with The Subdudes) 

Band (Lost Dogs/Subdudes):
Larry Crane - guitar, vocals
Phil Parlapiano - keyboards, accordion, vocals
David Steele - guitars, mandolin, vocals
David Jacques - bass
Ed Gass - drums, percussion

FLAC - John Prine_1995-09-30_Dallas_FLAC.part1.rar
           - John Prine_1995-09-30_Dallas_FLAC.part2.rar

Mp3 - John Prine_1995-09-30_Dallas_Mp3.rar

Sunday, April 19, 2020

A Blogger's Dozen - 12 Years of BB Chronicles

12 Year Pin

Hey now, what do ya know? It's been 12 years, and I forgot all about my own anniversary! It just did not register with me that it was April already. So apparently it is also true that time flies even when you're having no fun at all. Sure, there is alot going on. Yes, it's been trying times for all these days, locked in under a global pandemic. But this anniversary date had completely slipped my mind until I visited another blog that was acknowledging their own Anniversary (Congrats pj at Albums I Wish Existed), and then remembered - Hey I've got an Anniversary too, and it was last week!.

So, anyway, Yes, this little outpost of a music blog has now been going for 12 full years (that's comparable to around 70 in blog-years). How about that!  And although it certainly is not the most prolific blog (averaging around 3 posts per month for the past 4 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 (as soon concerts are allowed again). The music here serves to supplement, not replace, all of their officially released music. They are supported by fans like us. 

Moving Forward, I expect things to continue much as they have, I'll try to semi-regularly present music and artists I think are worth hearing, with occasional tributes to recently fallen musical heroes. I have some more from the great John Prine to present over the next couple weeks, and then will move on to other great stuff I hope will interest you. As always, I encourage feedback and discussion of anything mentioned or presented here. There have been alot of issues with zippyshare in recent months (unavailable in many countries, and obnoxious, aggressive pop-ups throughout), so I am starting to transition away from them and will be trying some new file-share sites, but they all seem to have issues of their own, so we'll see how that goes. Anyway, Thanks to all, and let's stay safe and secure out there, and no matter what, enjoy your music, it can help you through whatever difficulties you are experiencing.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

John Prine - 1990-05-04 - Jazz and Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA

John Prine
May 4, 1990
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA
Soundboard recording, excellent quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Here's more from legendary folk singer-songwriter and National Treasure John Prine, who recently passed away due to complications from COVID-19. This is a great, fun show with John performing solo at the Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans in 1990. It's also a a very nice recording (especially for an outdoor show), and a great setlist that serves as a sort of compact greatest hits set (for that time). This was the year prior John's album The Missing Years (1991), but he does preview one new song from that album, his divorce anthem 'All The Best'. John is in fine voice this day (although he doesn't pause to tell stories for this shortened festival set), and although he had been performing for 20 years at this point, he still had his higher 'young man's voice' here, as this was before his bout with neck cancer deepened and roughened his voice in his later years. A great show featuring many of John's most popular songs.

01. Spanish Pipedream
02. Donald and Lydia
03. Blue Umbrella
04. Angel From Montgomery
05. Bottomless Lake
06. All the Best
07. Grandpa Was a Carpenter
08. Illegal Smile
09. Dear Abby
10. Souvenirs
11. Sam Stone
12. That's The Way The World Goes 'Round
13. Please Don't Bury Me
14. Paradise
15. Hello in There

FLAC - John Prine_1990-05-04_New Orleans_FLAC.rar

Mp3 - John Prine_1990-05-04_New Orleans_Mp3.rar

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Monday, April 13, 2020

Loss of another music legend: R.I.P. John Prine (1946-2020)

Singer-Songwriter John Prine - 1946-2020

The world lost a unique unique talent last week with the death of singer-songwriter extraordnaiare John Prine due to complications with COVID-19 at the age of 73. John had survived two separate battles with cancer and was still performing and playing, but this latest health assault from the coronavirus was just too much for his battered body to withstand.

Prine was one of the greatest songwriters of all time, a masterful lyricist with unique insight and empathy into the travails and foibles of the human condition. Infusing his songs with an endearing wry humor, he was unparalleled as a homespun storyteller that could get right to the heart of unspoken feelings with just a few simple lines. Musically, his songs remained pretty basic, rarely straying much beyond his favorite chords and progressions, yet he always seemed to find just the right melody and fit for every song. And as a singer, his unusual voice and quirky expression also provided just the right mood for each song. Although his own records garnered only modest sales for most of his career, his songs were hailed as masterpieces and adored by musicians and followers of all genres and ages. It has only been in more recent years that he has been getting the full recognition, accolades, and success that he deserved.

Since word of his recent hospitalization, and subsequent death, I have been immersing myself in his music, and marveling all over again at the simple, understated brilliance of his songs and style, as well as the humbleness and great character of the man himself. I have to admit, we have lost alot of great musicians over the last several years, but this one has hit me especially hard. Although many will say that he lived a full rich life to even make it to 73 given his previous health issues, but I know that he still had more to give, and he was taken from us to soon. He was still active and performing (he had a tour scheduled for this summer), and given the excellence of his most recent album (The Tree of Forgiveness, 2018), he was still writing and performing great new songs.

I knew that I needed to respond to his death and post something to the blog acknowledging the life and work of this great man, but I just could not bring myself to do it right away. What could I say to sum up what he gave the world with his music and his personality? I still don't know how to express that. I'm at a loss for words. I've presented many aspects of his performances and career in previous posts and can't really add much to that. I thought about listing some of his best songs (or at least my favorites) and highlight some lesser known gems, but as I went through them it became clear that, my word, they are all great, I can't really list selected ones without leaving out so many other great ones. So, please, just listen to as many as you can and enjoy them all. In my very first Prine post, I tried to describe what made his music and personality special, so maybe just go read that again, as inadequate as that is as well.

John actually wrote many songs that dealt with death (even his own), often as purely humorous and whimsical adventures, (such as 'Please Don't Bury Me', 'Bottomless Lake', and 'When I Get to Heaven' among others), but many others with more serious and heartfelt emotion and depth ('Sam Stone', 'Mexican Home', 'Lake Marie', among others). His songs capture so many emotions, from outright joy to the deepest depths of the human soul. He can make you laugh, make you think, and break your heart (sometimes all at once), and come back again and again to hear it all over again and again. Thank you John for providing such a rich tapestry of human emotions, bringing smiles to our faces, and shining a light on the turmoil and depth of human experience. Heartfelt Condolences to John's family, relatives, and legions of fans.

I have updated all of the previous posts of John's music and performances here. Be sure to check out all you can. I will also post (over the next several days - not quite ready yet) some additional shows and performances from John highlighting his sensational talent, songs, and career. John lives on in his songs and performances, and will never be forgotten. Once again,To a legendary singer, songwriter, and great human being, John Prine.


Sunday, March 15, 2020

Pat Metheny Group - 1987-08-14 - Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY

August 14, 1987
Radio City Music Hall, New York City, NY, USA

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

Here's more from The Pat Metheny Group, featuring keyboard virtuoso, composer, and arranger Lyle Mays. Picking up where we left of with the 1981 tour, their next album, Offramp (1982) featured the addition of Brazilian percussionist Nana Vasconselos adding 'wordless vocals' and a distinctive South American style to the band that would be a major musical theme of the band throughout the '80's. Offramp earned the band their first Grammy for Best Jazz Performance (the 1st of many). They released a Live double album, Travels, in 1983, followed by First Circle in 1984, which added more South American influences with the addition of Argentinian multi-instrumentalist Pedro Aznar to the band. First Circle brought the band to new heights of acclaim and popularity. The next project for the band was a soundtrack album for the film The Falcon and The Snowman (1985), which featured extensive use of original Pat Metheny Group music throughout, and even a hit single on the rock charts, 'This is Not America' featuring David Bowie on vocals. Their next album, Still Life (Talking) (1987), with addition of Brazilian percussionist Armando Marcal, is one of their most popular albums and acclaimed, featuring many songs that have become standards for the group. The show featured here is from their 1987 tour, a very good recording, but one where the audience cannot really be heard at all, and thus the only criticism I would have (other than starting the show with a recording of the dissonant and difficult to listen to 'Forward March') is that the band is just too perfect, it sounds just like a studio release. They are just amazing. The show features several songs from the new Still Life (Talking) album, a few songs from the recent Falcon and The Snowman and First Circle albums, as well as some older gems. As usual for them, they also include a preview of a song from their next album, the title track for Letter From Home (1989). Once again, a great show featuring all their many different styles. 

1. Forward March (Pat Metheny)
2. Phase Dance (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
3. Travels (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
4. Tell It All (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
5. Daulton Lee (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
6. Last Train Home (Pat Metheny)
7. First Circle (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
8. Introductions
9. Scrap Metal (Pat Metheny)
10. If I Could (Pat Metheny)
11. So May It Secretly Begin (Pat Metheny)
12. Straight On Red (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
13. Are You Going With Me ? (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
14. The Fields, The Sky (Pat Metheny)
15. (It's Just) Talk (Pat Metheny)
16. Letter From Home (fades in) (Pat Metheny)
17. Untitled
18. Chris (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
19. Pat Speaks
20. Minuano (Six-Eight) (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
21. Third Wind (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)

Pat Metheny - guitars, guitar synthesizer, electric sitar
Lyle Mays - piano, synthesizers, autoharp, trumpet, percussion
Steve Rodby - acoustic bass, electric bass
Paul Wertico - drums, percussion
Armando Marçal - percussion, berimbau
Mark Ledford - vocals, guitars, percussion, trumpet, marimba
David Blamires - vocals, guitars, percussion, vibraphone, marimba

FLAC - PMG_1987-08-14_RCMH_NY_FLAC.rar

mp3 - PMG_1987-08-14_RCMH_NY_mp3.rar

Pat Metheny Group 1987 - R.I.P. Lyle Mays (1953-2020)

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Pat Metheny Group - 1981-03-27 - University of Houston, Houston, TX (R.I.P.:Lyle Mays)

Pat Metheny Group
University Of Houston, Cullen Auditorium, Houston, Texas

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

I have to pay tribute to another fantastic musician that has recently passed on. Jazz keyboardist, composer, and arranger Lyle Mays, best known for his long-time partnership and association with Pat Metheny and The Pat Metheny Group, died on Feb. 11, 2020, after a long battle with a recurring illness. he was 66. Mays was born and grew up in Wausaukee, WI in a musical family (father-guitarist, mother-pianist), listening to classical music and starting to play the piano at age 9. By age 14, he discovered Jazz, which changed his life. After a couple years at UW-Eau Claire, he transferred to the College of Music at the University of North Texas and became part of the award-winning One O'Clock Lab Band while attending there, becoming the primary composer and arranger for the group by the time he graduated in 1975 (and received his first Gammy nomination for the band's recording that year). After graduation, he toured with Woody Herman's Big Band, and in 1976 he started working with guitarist Pat Metheny on Metheny's second album, Watercolors (1977). Later in 1977, Mays and Metheny co-founded The Pat Metheny Group, which became a collaboration that lasted for more than 30 years. The Pat Metheny Group became a breakout success with their second album, American Garage (1979), with their melodic, improvisational jazz fusion sound and style crossing barriers into pop and rock categories, and bringing a flowing accessible jazz sound to new audiences, which revolutionized the way Jazz was perceived by many and opened the doors for new and exciting musical experiences. Their success continued through the eighties and nineties, bringing in additional influences and styles. I first became aware of The Pat Metheny Group at their start, and was immediately drawn into them, and it was an exciting new kind of music for me. And although the band bore Metheny's name, Lyle Mays was a crucial part of the band and their success. Much more than just the keyboard player, Mays co-wrote nearly all the music with Metheny and was the primary arranger for band. For me personally, Mays was the primary attraction of the band, and after following Metheny's many recordings (other collaborations separate from The Pat Metheny Group), I soon came to realize that if Mays was not a part of the band or recording, I was just not interested in Metheny's other musical adventures, as they just did not have the same magic as the Mays collaborations. Mays also had other collaborations outside The Pat Metheny Group, including the Metheny/Mays duo album, As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls (1981), as well as releasing five solo albums, which also were highly regarded. He received 11 Grammys for his work with Metheny (and four additional nominations for his solo albums) over the years.  But Mays walked away from The Pat Metheny Group in 2010, as well as pretty much all of music. He ventured into other interests, including computers, software programming, and architecture. In an interview in 2016, he summed up his change in direction with “It’s not that I have a real desire to leave the music industry—I kind of feel like the music industry has left me. Or left all of us. People don’t want to pay for music anymore.” Lyle Mays was a sensational musician who will be missed. Here is a great show and great recording from the Pat Metheny Group in 1981, that features that great dynamic between Mays and Metheny, and includes a substantial portion from their duo album out at that time As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls, as well as previews of the Group's next album Offramp (1982). I saw the band in concert around 1984, and it still remains one of the best concerts I have ever been to.
Track List:
01 Phase Dance (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
02 Better Days Ahead (Pat Metheny)
03 The Windup (Keith Jarrett)
04 James (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
05 Offramp (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
06 'It's For You' (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
07 The Bat Part II (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
08 Ozark (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
09 Turnaround (Ornette Coleman)
10 Goin' Ahead (Pat Metheny)/As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
11 Jaco (Pat Metheny)
12 Untitled / Au Lait (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
13 San Lorenzo (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
14 (Cross The) Heartland (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)
15 American Garage (Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays)

Pat Metheny, guitars, guitar synthesizer
Lyle Mays, piano, synthesizers, organ, autoharp
Steve Rodby, acoustic bass, electric bass
Dan Gottlieb, drums, autoharp
Naná Vasconcelos, vocals, percussion, berimbau

FLAC - Pat Metheny Group_1981-03-27_Houston_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Pat Metheny Group_1981-03-27_Houston_mp3.rar

Saturday, February 29, 2020

10cc - 1980-04-30 - Rheingoldhalle, Mainz, Germany

Rheingoldhalle, Mainz, Germany
FM Broadcast Recording, Very Good Quality
("William Tell" Edition Recording)
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

OK, here's one more 10cc show. After the successful 1977 Deceptive Bends tour and release of the live album Live and Let Live, the group returned to the studio with the same band musicians as the tour, except that keyboardist Duncan MacKay replaced Tony O'Malley. The result was Bloody Tourists (1978), which produced another hit in the reggae-styled "Dreadlock Holiday" and also did well on the charts. But that success was short-lived, as in January 1979, the band suffered a major setback, in that Eric Stewart wear was involved in a serious car accident, damaging his ear and head, rendering him unable to go anywhere near music for more than 6 months. By the time the band was able to get back to working on their next album, their musical momentum had stalled, changes in the music business and musical tastes (punk and new wave had taken over rock) had reduced their popularity, and they would never again the level of their previous successes. The album, Look Hear? (1980), failed to produce any hits and stalled on the charts, and although solid, was the beginning of the end for the band. Stewart and Gouldman jettisoned the rest of the band (using session musicians) for the next album, Ten Out of Ten (1981), and also tried adding songs from guest Andrew Gold for the US version of the album, but it failed to attract much attention. Their next album, Window in the Jungle (1983), also was not successful, and the 1983 tour was the last from the band before going dormant and pursuing solo projects for the next several years. As mentioned in an earlier post, 10cc did get back together in 1991 for a new album (with limited involvement from Godley and Creme) and continuation through 1995, as well as subsequent touring bands fronted by Gouldman also billed as 10cc. Anyway, this 1980 tour was the last while the band was still flying relatively high. This is a very good recording from an FM broadcast. Although the setlist does feature many (6) lesser-known songs from the current Look Hear? album, it also features a nice selection of hits from previous albums as well, and it is a very fun show.   

01. L.A.Inflatable
02. Wall Street Shuffle
03. One Two Five
04. I'm Mandy Fly Me
05. Lovers Anonymous
06. How'm I Ever Gonna Say Goodbye
07. Good Morning Judge
08. From Rochdale To Ocho Rios
09. Art For Art'S Sake
10. It Doesn'T Matter At All
11. The Things We Do For Love
12. Don't Send Me Back
13. Deadlock Holiday
14. Feel The Benefit (Pt.1-3)
15. I'm Not In Love
16. Rubber Bullets/Life Is A Minestrone
17. Roll Over Beethoven

ERIC STEWART – Guitar/Keyboards/Vocals
RICK FENN – Guitar/Vocals
DUNCAN MACKAY – Keyboards/Vocals
STUART TOSH – Drums/Vocals

FLAC - 10cc_1980-04-30_Mainz,Germany_FLAC.rar

mp3 - 10cc_1980-04-30_Mainz,Germany_mp3.rar

Sunday, February 23, 2020

10cc - 1977-10-04 - Koseinenken Hall, Tokyo, Japan

Koseinenkin Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Audience recording, good quality

Mp3@320 kbps

Here's more 10cc. As mentioned in the last post, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme left the band shortly after recording the album How Dare You? (1976), which is considered by many as their best album. But the growing distance between the two sets of songwriters (Stewart and Gouldman vs. Godley and Creme) regarding the music and vision for the band had become too much. Godley and Creme, always on the more experimental and avant-garde side, left to work on their own project, which became the  3-album concept opus Consequences (1977). Stewart and Gouldman, with the more pop song sensibilities, continued on as 10cc. But now without Godley and Creme, they were determined to show the world that the band could continue just as strong as previously (some critics had already dubbed the new version of the band 5cc). So, Stewart and Gouldman put everything they had into their next album, even playing all the instruments (except for Paul Burgess on drums). The new album, Deceptive Bends (1977) would be their most successful yet, with the hits "The Things We Do Love" "Good Morning Judge", and "People in Love", and much critical acclaim. Personally, this is my favorite 10cc album. But although they could record the album as a trio, additional musicians were needed to perform the songs live. So, for their Deceptive Bends tour, a "touring band" adding Rick Fenn, Tony O'Malley, and Stuart Tosh was established to cover all the parts and fill out the sound. The tour was a major success and resulted in the release of the first live album Live and Let Live (1977) which was recorded on this tour. The setlist focuses strongly on the new album, including 8 of the 9 songs from Deceptive Bends, along with favorites from the earlier albums. The concert posted here today is from later in the tour, from Japan. It is an audience recording, but overall has quite good sound, and again, there just are not very many unofficial live shows from 10cc available, so this is a nice treat. 

1 The Second Sitting For The Last Supper
2 You've Got a Cold
3 Honeymoon With B Troop
4 Wall Street Shuffle
5 People In Love
6 Band intro
7 Art For Art's Sake
8 Ships Don't Disappear In The Night (Do They?)
9 I'm Mandy Fly Me
10 Marriage Bureau Rendezvous
11 Good Morning Judge
12 Feel The Benefit
13 Waterfall
14 The Things We Do For Love
15 I'm Not In Love
16 Modern Man Blues

Eric Stewart - Vocals, Guitar, Grand Piano & Keyboard
Graham Gouldman - Vocals, Guitar & Bass Guitar
Rick Fenn - Backing Vocals, Guitar & Bass Guitar
Tony O'Malley - Backing Vocals (lead on AFAS), Piano & Keyboard
Stuart Tosh - Backing vocals, Drums & Percussion
Paul Burgess - Drums & Percussion


Saturday, February 15, 2020

10cc - 1975-11-26 - Santa Monica Civic Center, Santa Monica, CA

Santa Monica Civic Center, Santa Monica, CA

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

Listening to the Graham Gouldman acoustic show naturally made me want to hear some 10cc, and their original, unique, sometimes bizarre and sometimes zany take on '70's pop music . There's not many high quality unofficial live recordings from the earlier days of the band, but this is probably the best around. It is a full-length show from their 1975 American Tour, in support of their breakthrough album, The Original Soundtrack (1975), their third official LP. Although the band achieved earlier success in the UK with their first two albums, 10cc (1973) and Sheet Music (1974), it wasn't until Original Soundtrack and their hit, 'I'm Not in Love' that they scored on the US charts. Thus, the 1975 tour was their first tour as headlining act in the US. The set featured songs from their two most recent albums, as well as a preview of a song ('Art For Art's Sake') from their next album, How Dare You (1976), which would be the last album that included original members Godley and Creme. Enjoy this 1975 look at 10cc.

Note: This show has been widely distributed with the date as November 11, 1975, but this is not correct. Verification by tour schedules and various 10cc fan sites shows that the correct date is November 26. (The band started their West Coast shows on 11/13 in Vancouver, and over the next 2 weeks made their way down the coast, through Washington, Oregon, and Northern CA, before their Southern CA date in Santa Monica on the 26th). See pic of backstage pass at bottom of post for date verification.  

01. Introduction (1:31)
02. Silly Love (4:34)
03. Flying Junk (3:54)
04. Interlude (1:39)
05. Baron Samedi (8:56)
06. Old Wild Men (5:11)
07. Interlude – 1 (2:21)
08. The Sacro-Iliac (2:45)
09. Interlude – 2 (0:49)
10. Somewhere In Hollywood (7:08)
11. Interlude – 3 (1:02)
12. Donna (3:37)
13. Interlude – 4 (0:56)
14. Ships Don’t Disappear in the Night (Do They) (5:18)
15. I’m Not In Love (6:34)
16. Interlude – 5 (1:31)
17. The Film of My Love (6:01)
18. Interlude – 6 (1:52)
19. Art For Art’s Sake (6:39)
20. Interlude – 7 (1:01)
21. The Worst Band In the World (3:34)
22. Neanderthal Man (1:27)
23. The Wall Street Shuffle (5:20)
24. Rubber Bullets (12:11)
25. Une Nuit a Paris, Pt- 1 One Night in Paris Pt- 2 The Same Night in Paris (10:33)

Eric Stewart - vocals, guitars, keyboards;
Graham Gouldman - vocals, bass, guitars;
Lol Crème - vocals, guitars, pinao, gizmo;
Kevin Godley - vocals, drums, percussion;
Paul Burgess - drums, percussion

FLAC - 10cc_1975-11-26_Santa MonicaCA_FLAC.rar

Mp3 - 10cc_1975-11-26_Santa MonicaCA_mp3.rar

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Graham Gouldman - Heart Full of Songs Live! - 2013

Graham Gouldman & Friends
Heart Full of Songs Live!
Unknown dates and venues, 2013

Acoustic performance
Soundboard recording, excellent quality (promotional release)
Mp3 @320 kbps

Graham Gouldman, best-known as a member of the wonderful band 10cc, established himself as a successful songwriter long before his involvement with 10cc. Although his own early bands did not gain much success (The Mockingbirds, The Mindbenders), in the mid-sixties he wrote a string of hit songs for other bands, including The Yardbirds ('For Your Love', 'Heart Full of Soul', 'Evil Hearted You'), The Hollies ('Look Through Any Window', 'Bus Stop'), Herman's Hermits ('Listen People', 'No Milk Today'), and Wayne Fontana ('Pamela, Pamela'). In 1969, Gouldman entered into an agreement to write bubblegum pop songs for Super K productions, which was a 'creative lowpoint' for him, but he eventually convinced the producers that him and his musician friends could play and record all their songs for much cheaper than bringing in outside musicians, and so they did. This brought together Gouldman with Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley, and Lol Creme (whom he had worked with previously in various bands) to crank out a large number of pop songs in a short period of time, under many different band names, at Strawberry Studios, and eventually lead to them becoming 10cc, in 1972, with a record deal of their own. And, of course, 10cc went on to much success, with both hit records and critical acclaim over the next several years. But by 1976, Godley and Creme left the group, with Gouldman and Stewart carrying on as 10cc until 1983. Gouldman then teamed with Andrew Gold to form Wax in 1984 and released three albums over the next few years. Then in 1991, the original lineup of 10cc briefly got back together in a semi-reunion (Godley and Creme were basically guesting on a Gouldman-Stewart album) with additional guest artists (such as Jeff Porcaro and David Paich of Toto, Dr. John, and Andrew Gold) for the 10cc 'comeback' album ...Meanwhile (1992). Although Godley and Creme were only involved for a short time, Gouldman and Stewart kept 10cc going for a subsequent tour and another new album in 1995, which was the final album credited to 10cc. After that, Gouldman split with Stewart, but continued to tour sporadically with a 'touring' version of 10cc on and off over the ensuing years. Gouldman released solo albums in 2000 (And Another Thing) and 2012 (Love and Work). The concept for the 'Heart Full of Songs' acoustic shows grew out of the strong audience response from an acoustic section in the middle of the 10cc shows. So, in 2013, Gouldman, along with current 10cc bandmates Rick Fenn, Mick Wilson, and Mike Stevens, played a series of acoustic shows featuring songs from throughout all stages of Gouldman's career, from his earliest songwriting days through the 10cc years, to his more more recent solo work. The recording featured here was professionally recorded by Gouldman and his crew, but was never released commercially. It was sold for a short time at HFOS shows in 2014, but has not been available in any form for several years. I got this from the now-defunct Willard's Wormholes site, and the only reason I have not posted it previously is that I was not sure if it could be considered an official release or not. However, the fact that it is not available through any commercial outlets or listed anywhere as an official release, including Gouldman's own website, I presume that this is OK to share. If not, I'm sure I will find out very quickly. The show itself is a delightful event, Gouldman's voice is still strong and clear, and the acoustic arrangements bring a light and refreshing sound to these many fine and familiar songs, and serves as a wonderful celebration and look back at Gouldman's career. Highly Recommended. Gouldman was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2014, and this serves as a fine resume for his songwriting credentials. Gouldman has recently announced a new Heart Full of Songs tour in the UK this year (starting March 2020), as well as a new solo album, Modesty Forbids, to be released at the same time.    

01. Pamela, Pamela
02. Heart Full of Soul
03. Good Morning Judge
04. No Milk Today
05. Sunburn
06. Love's Not for Me (Rene's Song)
07. The Halls of Rock'n Roll
08. Look Through Any Window
09. Daylight
10. Bus Stop
11. Dancing Days
12. Building A Bridge To Your Heart
13. I'm Not in Love
14. Ariella
15. Ready To Go Home
16. The Things We Do for Love
17. Memory Lane
18. For Your Love
19. Donna
20. Dreadlock Holiday

Graham Gouldman - vocals, guitar, bass
Rick Fenn - vocals, guitar
Mick Wilson - vocals, gutitar, percussion, ukelele
Mike Stevens - keyboards, accordian, sax, penny whistle

Graham Gouldman_Heart Full of Songs Live!_2013.rar

Saturday, January 18, 2020

David + David - 1986-12-17 - The Roxy, Hollywood, CA

David + David

The Roxy, Hollywood, CA
Pre-FM Recording, Excellent quality
Mp3 @ 320 kbps

Remember David + David, that dynamite rock duo (consisting of David Baerwald and David Ricketts) that burst on the music scene in 1986 with their powerful, dark, and dynamic debut single 'Welcome to the Boomtown'?  Well I certainly do, but was only just reminded of them when as I was transferring some old music files to a new hard drive and I came across this excellent show and recording from David + David in the midst of their debut tour. Of course, if you don't remember them it is probably because they came and went pretty quickly, as after their tour in support of their only album, Boomtown (1986), they quickly broke up and went their separate ways. They only had that one 'hit' single, which only just broke the top 40 on the charts. But as it is with most so-called 'One-Hit Wonders', there is alot more to their story than that one hit single. Although receiving considerable air-play on FM radio, their potential follow-up singles, 'Swallowed by the Cracks' and 'Ain't it Easy', which also were fine songs, never broke through onto the charts, and that was it for the 'band'. Talented multi-instrumentalists and songwriters, David and David had played all the instruments on their album, but never followed with another album. They played as session musicians, and David Baerwald ventured into a solo career, with a couple fine solo albums in the subsequent years,  Bedtime Stories (1990) and Triage (1992), which were critically-acclaimed, but sales-challenged. David Ricketts worked on albums with Toni Childs and Robbie Robertson in the late '80's to early '90's. Later in 1992, David Baerwald, with his producer friend Bill Bottrell founded the 'Tuesday Music Club' which was a loose assemblage of musicians and songwriters that would get together and play (and also sometimes included David Ricketts). Out of that group, and working with an aspiring young female singer-songwriter, developed into Sheryl Crow's debut album, Tuesday Night Music Club, with Baerwald and others from that assemblage sharing songwriting credits on most of the songs. However, with the sensational success of Crow and that album, disputes and disagreements within the group (regarding songwriting and who deserved credit for the sound and style of the album) lead to that association falling apart as well (although Sheryl continued to blossom). Baerwald continued on more as a songwriter than performer, with his songs being recorded and performed by a wide variety of artists, ranging from Waylon Jennings, Fishbone, Susanna Hoffs, Leann Rimes, Holly Cole to Nicole Kidman and Luciano Pavarotti. Baerwald has also worked extensively as a songwriter and score composer for various film and television projects.
But this fine show takes us back to their glory days as David+David, which was a great '80's band, if only for a short time.

01. A Rock For The Forgotten 04:56
02. Good Times 04:05
03. Band Chatter 00:27
04. Swimming In The Ocean 04:04
05. Being Alone Together 06:52
06. Swallowed By the Cracks 04:59
07. Heroes 03:14
08. All Alone In the Big City 04:55
09. My Eyes Are Open 03:39
10. Welcome To The Boomtown 05:47
11. Ain't So Easy 04:51
12. River's Gonna Rise 05:32
13. Crowd / Band Chatter 00:28
14. Ah, Baby 03:35
15. The Pusher 05:31

David Ricketts - keyboards, guitar, vocals;
David Baerwald - guitar, vocals;
Paulinho Da Costa - percussion;
Rick Stekol - guitar;
Jeff Martin - keyboards;
Greg Ellis - drums;
Stu Hamm - bass;
Toni Childs - backing vocals;
Amy Knowell - backing vocals


Sunday, January 12, 2020

Happy New Year?

Another year over and a new one just begun

So here we are at the start of another year, with the making of more new year's resolutions and heartfelt hopes and wishes that this year will be better than the last. But, of course, we all know that making things better does not result from turnig the calendar page over to the next year or by wishing it so. No, to make things better in our own lives and the world around us we each have to work to make that happen. And that can (and should) happen at any time of the year, it just takes an effort and wanting to improve. And still, there is so much that we wish were better that is completely beyond our own control. But we have to do what we can. So, there's nothing special about January that should take on all the burden of making things get better. But I do understand where this all comes from and I do feel it too. Although of no practical significance, the start of a new year does make a convenient indicator of the end of one thing and the beginning of another, and endings and new beginnings are always something of great emotional importance. And so it is only natural to hope for the best in those new beginnings even if nothing has really changed. There is that internal yearning for something better. It's like in Paul Simon's great and vastly underappreciated song 'Train in the Distance' in which the chorus goes 'Everybody loves the sound of a train in the distance, everybody thinks it's true' and the final verse sums things up 'So what is the point of this story, what information pertains? The thought that life could be better is woven indelibly into our hearts and our brains.' And so it goes out from me to you as well, hopes and wishes that this year will be a great one, and let's all do whatever we can to at least make it a bit better, ok? Happy New Year to all.

I'll keep providing some worthwhile tunes, if only somewhat sporadically, when I can, and I hope you'll keep on coming by to check things out, and hopefully there'll be something here to make your life just a little bit better, at least for awhile with some fine music. Thank you to all that make this blog possible and Happy New Year to all.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Neil Innes & Friends - 2004-04-21 - Chicago, IL

Neil Innes & Friends
Live at Martyr’s, Chicago, IL

Soundboard recording, very good quality
Mp3 @ 320 kbps
NEIL INNES R.I.P. (1944 - 2019)

English writer, comedian, and musician Neil Innes died of a heart attack last week (December 29, 2019). He was 75. Although Neil may not have been a big name in rock music, in the world of comedy music he was legendary. He was a founding member-performer (and chief songwriter) for the Bonzo Dog Doodah Band in the late 60's-early 70's, and went on to record multiple solo comedy music albums. He was a collaborator with the Monty Python troupe in the 70's, writing numerous songs for their shows and movies (For example, he wrote the songs and played multiple parts, such as Sir Robin's minstrel, for Monty Python & The Holy Grail). He then teamed with Pythoner Eric Idle for the sketch show Rutland Weekend Televsion (1975-76). A Beatles parody bit that started on that show (The Rutles) was expanded into an appearance on Saturday Night Live, and then a full-length Television special (All You Need is Cash, 1978) and album, and worldwide fame (?). Neil played and performed in The Rutles as Ron Nasty (the John Lennon-type Rutle), and wrote all of the parody songs. The Rutles lived on long after the initial show and album, however, being revived in 1996 with a new album (Archaeology, a play on the Beatles Anthology), tours, and more. I have previously posted various collections of Rutles bootlegs here. Today, I have a show of Neil performing both solo and with a full band from about 15 years ago, and which features songs from throughout his career, of which more than half of those played are Rutles songs. Overall, it serves as a fine tribute to Neil, his humor, and his music.

Neil Innes & Ken Thornton (tr. 11-14)
101. intro 1:04
102. How Sweet To Be An Idiot 3:13
103. I’m the Urban Spaceman 0:45
104. Comedy - Pathos - Short Blues 1:44
105. Love is Getting Deeper 4:00
106. intro 1:50
107. Evening Sun 4:01
108. Godfrey Daniel 3:02
109. Protest Song 4:01
110. Introducing Rutling Ken 1:18
111. Friends at the End 5:08
112. You’re Never Alone 5:05
113. intro 0:47
114. Ego Warriors 5:12

Neil Innes & Friends (full band set)
201. Introduction 0:56
202. One of Those People 4:27
203. Equestrian Statue 3:10
204. Randy Racquel 3:02
205. Eine Kleine Middle Klasse Musik 4:43
206. With a Girl Like You 2:03
207. Hey Mister 3:48
208. Doubleback Alley 2:59
209. Good Times Roll 2:04
210. Another Day 0:54
211. Cheese and Onions 2:25
212. Introduction 0:44
213. I Want to Be With You 2:22
214. Bruce’s Philosopher’s Song 1:44
215. Feel No Shame 6:11
216. Ballad of Sir Robin 1:15
217. Goose-Step Mama 2:35
218. I Must Be In Love 2:30
219. Introduction 1:03
220. Ouch! 2:09
221. Questionnaire 3:19
222. Piggy in the Middle 4:02
223. Joe Public 4:39
224. Get Up and Go 4:11
225. Introduction 0:52
226. I’m the Urban Spaceman 3:14

Neil Innes - electro-acoustic guitar, keyboard, vocals
Ken Thornton - electric guitar, guitar-synth, backing vocals
Ken Simpson - acoustic guitar, backing vocals
“Pink Bob” Harper - keyboards, claves, ukelele, underwater trumpet
Clay Thompson - bass guitar, backing vocals
John Ganser - drums
Tom Sparrow - percussion

Neil Innes & Friends_2004-04-21_Chicago_mp3.rar