Friday, March 23, 2018

Spring Break?

How are you liking Spring so far?

Ok, so I guess I've been on kind of an unplanned, unintended Spring Break from the blog these past couple weeks. And at least where I live, it's been anything but Spring-like. But that's the Northeast for ya. Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I am still here, and I'll be getting back to posting stuff very soon, starting with a special feature on progressive rock.  So, stay tuned for that.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Steve Goodman - 1979-04-18 - Bogart's - Cincinnati, OH

Steve Goodman
April 18, 1979
Bogart's, Cincinnati, OH 

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

Here's more Steve Goodman, another fine FM Broadcast show, this one from 1979, and this time he is with a full band (piano, bass, drums, percussion, and even reeds - sax, clarinet, recorder, harmonica) backing up his guitar and voice for the full set. This is quite unusual for a Goodman shows, as he usually performed solo, or with a single backup player, such as Jethro Burns on mandolin, or another guitarist. So this is an additional treat to hear his songs live with full band, with some different arrangements for many of his songs than we usually hear, and sometimes closer to the album versions of the songs, sometimes different. At any rate, it's a slightly different side to his songs, but we still get the full Steve Goodman personality and charm and another rousing show of the incomparable Steve Goodman. Enjoy! 

01.  4:09 - Just Lucky I Guess
02.  3:38 - Banana Republics
03.  5:34 - Luxury's Lap
04.  5:38 - Would You Like To Learn To Dance
05.  4:18 - What Have You Done For Me Lately?
06.  4:43 - You're The Girl I Love
07.  3:38 - The One That Got Away
08.  3:43 - This Hotel Room
09.  2:26 - Chicken Cordon Bleus
10.  3:37 - The Auctioneer
11.  2:25 - It's A Sin To Tell A Lie
12.  3:13 - My Old Man
13.  4:47 - The Dutchman
14.  6:32 - (band introduction) City Of New Orleans
15.  4:04 - Men Who Love Women Who Love Men
16.  5:51 - I've Got To Hand It To You
Total time: 68:15

Jimmy Enger: Piano
Amy Madigan: vocals, percussion, keyboards
Peter Bunetta: drums
Arno Lucas: percussion, vocals
Rick Chudacoff: bass
Jim Rothermel: saxophone, harmonica, clarinet, recorder

FLAC - Steve Goodman_1979-04-18_CincinnatiOH_FM_FLAC.rar

Mp3 - Steve Goodman_1979-04-18_CincinnatiOH_FM_mp3.rar

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Steve Goodman - 1977-11-14 - Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA

Steve Goodman
November 14, 1977
Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA

FM Broadcast (KSAN-FM) recording, excellent quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Last year, I acquired a few more Steve Goodman shows in excellent quality, and I feel obligated to post all I can from this very special entertainer, but just haven't had the opportunity to post these until now. Steve Goodman was a sensational one-of-a-kind folk-rock singer-songwriter-storyteller-performer-guitarist from Chicago whose career was cut short by Leukemia. For more about Steve's talent and background, see some of my previous posts on him. For Steve's fans, here is another excellent FM radio broadcast show from 1977, with Steve solo for most of the show followed by several songs with mandolin player Jethro Burns, and this show also features several songs not previously heard in other postings. Overall a fine and welcome addition to the shows already available.

01. Just Lucky I Guess
02. Banana Republic
03. Turnpike Tom
04. Old Smoothies
05. Daley's Gone
06. I Don't Know Where I'm Going But I'm Going Nowhere in a Hurry Blues
07. Mind Your Business
08. Vegetable Song (Barnyard Dance)
09. Videotape
10. Two Lovers Intro
11. Two Lovers
12. Can't Go Back
13. One Bite of the Apple
14. Men Who Love Women Who Love Men
15. Little Mouse (guest vocalist Melvina Reynolds)
16. Is It True What They Say About Dixie?*
17. Spoon River*
18. Death of a Salesman*
19. Lincoln Park Pirates*
20. City Of New Orleans*

* with Jethro Burns - mandolin

FLAC - Steve Goodman_1977-11-14_-_San Francisco, CA_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Steve Goodman_1977-11-14_-_San Francisco, CA_mp3.rar

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - 2017-05-30 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
May 30, 2017
Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO

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

To wrap up this extended tribute to Tom Petty, we end right back where we started, on the 40th Anniversary Tour of 2017. But before we get there...Following the Hypnotic Eye tour in 2014, Petty reconvened with his old band Mudcrutch once again in 2015, to record their second album. And this time, although Petty wrote and sang lead on most of the songs, each member of the band wrote and sang lead on their own song. The album, Mudcrutch 2, was released in May 2016, and this time it was also supported by a full-scale U.S. tour, the first for Mudcrutch.  I previously posted a great show from this tour (2016-6-20 - San Francisco_available here). After this Mudcrutch Tour, Tom got back with the Heartbreakers and began preparing for their 40th Anniversary Tour in 2017, which was to be a big celebration tour of the history of the band, the culmination of their 40 years as a band. Of course, at the time no one knew that it would be Tom's last. It was a big tour, covering 53 dates (in 24 states, plus Canada and 1 show in London) over 6 months from April to August 2017. Although he never let on to fans, Tom was hurting the whole time, as early on in the tour Tom suffered a fractured hip. But not wanting to cancel the tour and disappoint fans, Tom soldiered on to complete the tour, which he did in dramatic fashion. However, in the meantime, the fractured hip got much worse, and apparently Tom was also suffering from some other problems as well, and subsequently died of cardiac arrest due to accidental overdose of pain medication, just one week after the end of the tour. We all felt the tragic loss of Tom's passing. Truely one of the all-time greats of rock n roll, and just an all-around great guy, who still had a lot more to offer. But he left behind a tremendous body of work and such unforgettable music. I've already posted one of the very last shows from this very last tour (2017-9-22 - Hollywood - here), but here is a show from earlier in the tour, at Red Rocks in Colorado. And it has some special features itself. Although the setlist was pretty much the same through the whole tour, this show had a couple of additional surprises. The show was interrupted by a rain delay (lightning threats caused the show to be stopped in the middle), but after resuming, Tom played a special added song, 'Swingin', from Echo, which had not been played at any show in many years. Later in the show, there was a technical problem with Tom's guitar, and the band played a Jam on 'Johnny B. Goode' while the issue was being dealt with, which then lead to a full-scale rendition of another Chuck Berry song, 'Carol'. For all these songs, this was the only show that they were played at, makng this night even more special than other dates on this sensational tour.  So, here is Tom and The Heartbreakers on their last tour together, on a special night at Red Rocks. In this tribute, I have presented a brief chronology of his extraordinary career through concert shows, a total of 17 shows from throughout all stages of his 40-plus year career. Thank you Tom, for all the great music you created and provided for all of us. We will continue to honor and cherish it, forever. You were a true original and there will never be another quite like you. For the rest of The Heartbreakers, here's hoping that you will still be able to continue on in some form, as one of the best bands around.

Set 1
1. Intro
2. Rockin Around With You
3. Mary Jane's Last Dance
4. You Don't Know How It Feels
5. Forgotten Man
6. You Got Lucky
7. I Won't Back Down
8. Free Fallin'
9. Walls
RAIN DELAY (about 30 min)
Set 2
10. Swingin' (Only performance this tour)
11. Don't Come Around Here No More
12. It's Good to Be King
13. Crawling Back to You
14. Wildflowers
15. Johnny B. Goode Jam(while they try and fix Tom's acoustic)->
16. Carol
17. Learning To Fly
18. Yer So Bad
19. I Should Have Known It
20. Refugee
21. Runnin Down a Dream
22. You Wreck Me
23. American Girl

FLAC - Tom Petty_2017-05-30_Morrison, CO_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Tom Petty_2017-05-30_Morrison, CO_mp3.part1.rar
          Tom Petty_2017-05-30_Morrison, CO_mp3.part2.rar

Friday, February 2, 2018

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - 2014-10-05 - SAP Center, San Jose, CA

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
October 05, 2014
SAP Center, San Jose, CA

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

Before and after a brief tour in the Spring of 2013 (which included week-long residencies in New York and L.A.), Tom and the band returned to the studio to work on their next album. For this album, after journeying into more bluesy and acoustic rock in recent years, they returned to straight-ahead Rock n' Roll, in what was a return to a style more like their first two albums than anything from more recent years. The result, which was Hypnotic Eye (2014), turned out to be the best album from the band in many years. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart, which was (quite surprisingly) the only Petty album to reach #1, showing they still had what it takes. Unfortunately, due to Tom's shocking death in 2017, this would turn out to be the last studio from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, their 13th (not counting Tom's 3 solo albums). Shortly after the release of the album, Tom and the band took to the road in the second half of 2014 for an extensive U.S. tour. This is a show from San Jose in October (and one of the best sounding audience recordings from these shows that I have found). It features 4 new songs from Hypnotic Eye, as well as a fine cross-section of hits and favorites from their catalog, and even a new cover of  'Steppin' Stone', as a tribute to 60's band Paul Revere and The Raiders (as Paul Revere had recently died). Once again, another great show from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.

01. Intro
02. So You Want to Be a Rock ’n Roll Star
03. Mary Jane’s Last Dance
04. American Dream Plan B
05. Into the Great Wide Open
06. Forgotten Man
07. I Won’t Back Down
08. Free Fallin’
09. (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone
10. -band intros-
11. A Woman in Love (It’s Not Me)
12. U Get Me High
13. Rebels
14. Yer So Bad
15. Learning to Fly
16. Shadow People
17. I Should Have Known It
18. Refugee
19. Runnin’ Down a Dream
20. You Wreck Me
21. American Girl
Total Time: 110:17

FLAC - Tom Petty_2014-10-05_SanJose,CA_FLAC.rar

Mp3 - Tom Petty_2014-10-05_SanJose,CA_Mp3.part1.rar
          Tom Petty_2014-10-05_SanJose,CA_Mp3.part2.rar

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - 2012-06-29 - Summer Festival, Lucca, Italy

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
June 29, 2012
Summer Festival Lucca
Piazza Napoleone, Lucca, Italy

Soundboard Recording, Excellent Quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

When we last left Tom, he was on a brief tour with his re-vamped old group Mudcrutch, following the release of their album, in 2008. Following that Spring mini-tour, Tom returned to The Heartbreakers for a more conventional tour with The Heartbreakers throughout thwe rest of 2008. In 2009, they head to the studio to record a new album, Tom's first with The Heartbreakers in nearly 8 years (Last DJ). But for this new album, Tom had a little different plan. This would be more of a bluesy, R&B-oriented record, with a looser structure, more jamming, and recorded as much as possible as Live in the studio (no layering, overdubs, etc.). The result was Mojo (2010). The response to the album depended on what style of Petty you preferred, those that like the bluesier style loved it, while those that like more catchy hooks, harmonies, and choruses, were less impressed. The band toured through the summer of 2010 in support of the album, and hen released a single-disc live album from the Mojo tour in 2011, Mojo Tour 2010, but otherwise, pretty much took 2011 off from recording and touring. They returned to the road in 2012, for both a US and European tour. Here is an excellent-sounding soundboard recording from a summer festival in Lucca, Italy. Overall, the setlist is fairly routine, but does include a few unique features, including 2 new songs from Mojo ('Good Enough' and 'I Should Have Known It'), bringing back a couple older songs that hadn't been played in awhile ('Here Comes My Girl' and 'Something Big', and one rare song, only played live, and only at a handful of shows, 'Two Men Talking', a rarity designed for jammin' and solos. Overall, another great show worth hearing.

 1. Listen to Her Heart
 2. You Wreck Me
 3. I Won't Back Down
 4. Here Comes My Girl
 5. Handle with Care
 6. Good Enough
 7. Oh Well
 8. Something Big
 9. Don't Come Around Here No More
 10. Band intro
 11. Free Fallin'
 12. It's Good to Be King
 13. Carol
 14. Learning to Fly
 15. Yer So Bad
 16. I Should Have Known It
 17. Refugee
 18. Runnin' Down a Dream
 19. Mary Jane's Last Dance
 20. Two Men Talking
 21. American Girl

 Tom Petty - vocals, guitar
 Mike Campbell - guitar, vocals
 Benmont Tench - keyboards
 Ron Blair - bass, vocals
 Scott Thurston - guitar, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
 Steve Ferrone - drums

FLAC - Tom Petty_2012-06-29_Lucca,IT_FLAC.part1.rar
             Tom Petty_2012-06-29_Lucca,IT_FLAC.part2.rar

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          Tom Petty_2012-06-29_Lucca,IT_MP3.part2.rar

Monday, January 15, 2018

Mudcrutch - 2008-04-14 - Santa Cruz, CA

April 14, 2008
Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz, CA

Audience recording, very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (256 kbps) versions

Continuing with Tom Petty's musical history and tour chronology: Inspired by all the old stories and memories stirred up during the making of the Petty Documentary film Runnin' Down a Dream (2007), Tom wanted to re-connect with his old bandmates from Mudcrutch, his earlier pre-Heartbreakers band in Gainesville, FL. But more than just re-connect and reminisce, Tom wanted to plat with them again, and decided to reunite the band and make new music together. So, Tom took the very unusual step of leaving his current, very successful band The Heartbreakers (at least temporarily), to re-form his earlier, unsuccessful band, Mudcrutch. Now, it helped that the core of Mudcrutch,Tom's 2 closest friends and bandmates for over 30 years, Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, were also the core of The Heartbreakers. The other components were Tom Leadon (brother of Ex-eagle Bernie Leadon), co-lead guitarist and vocalist, and Randall Marsh on drums. For Mudcrutch, Petty returned to his former role with the band, as bass player and vocalist (no guitar at all). Mudcrutch had more of a country-rock, folk-rock background, as well as traditional rock n roll, and that is what they went for. I've told the story of Mudcrutch before, so for more on the early days of the band, see here and here. Anyway, in 2007 they reconvened to work on a new album featuring a mix of old (traditional) and new songs. The result was the self-titled album, Mudcrutch, released in 2008. Although Petty wrote and sang lead on most of the songs, Tom Leadon and Benmont Tench each wrote and sang lead on at least one song. Although the album was more 'country' than anythng Petty had ever released, and contained multiple songs with a bluegrass feel, the album was a major success, and was bolstered by the single 'Scare Easy'. Petty with Mudcrutch only did a very limited tour (only covering several dates in in California) that year (2008). All Mudcrutch shows were at smaller venues, and only Mudcrutch songs were played (that is, none of Petty's more famous hits mixed in). Later that year, a Live EP, Extended Play Live! was released featuring a handful of songs from that tour. After that, Petty returned to his 'day job' working with the Heartbreakers, and that seemed to be the end of Mudcrutch again, a wonderful little musical diversion, than back to business. However, it worked so well that several years later, Tom went back to his old band once again, for another new album and another round of fun with Mudcrutch 2 (2016).
Anyway, here is one of those shows from the very short Mudcrutch CA tour in 2008. This is an audience recording, but a very good one at that, very nice sound. They play their entire album, as well as some other classic roots rock covers. Enjoy!    

1. Shady Grove
 - banter
2. Orphan of the Storm
3. Six Days on the Road
 - banter
4. I Don't Scare Easy
5. You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine
6. Good Street
7. Lover of the Bayou
8. Band Intros
9. Queen of the Go-Go Girls
10. Oh Maria
11. Topanga Cowgirl
12. The Wrong Thing to Do
13. Bootleg Flyer
14. June Apple - website Banter
15. House of Stone
16. Love Please Come Home
17. Crystal River
18. Rainy Day Women #12 & #35
19. Summertime Blues
20. High School Confidential

Mudcrutch is:
Tom Petty - Bass Guitar, Lead Vocal
Mike Campbell - Lead Guitar
Tom Leadon - Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Benmont Tench - Piano, Organ
Randall Marsh - Drums

FLAC - Mudcrutch_2008-04-14_Santa Cruz_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Mudcrutch_2008-04-14_Santa Cruz_mp3.rar