Friday, April 11, 2008

The Kinks - Live at Fillmore West 1969

The Kinks
Live At the Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA - November 27-29, 1969

Soundboard Recording
192 kbps Mp3
Now available in Lossless and upgraded mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Cover art included

Note: This was the very post of this blog. Since the time of the original posting, the music files have been upgraded to higher quality, and have been re-posted (link below). But this original post has been kept for historical and nostalgic context.

This gem is one of the few available shows from this time period, probably the most productive of their career (coming on the heels of arguably their best albums, Village Green Preservation Society and Arthur, both of which were complete failures in the U.S.). This show was one of their first in the States after the ban barring them from appearing in the U.S. was lifted (after almost 4 years!). The exact reason for the ban by the American Federation of Musicians was never made quite clear (even to this day), but Ray and the boys did not perform in the U.S from 1966 through most of 1969. Anyway, here in their appearance at the the Fillmore West, the band was in fine form, and they delivered a very eclectic set that scattered some of their hits ('Tired of Waiting', 'You Really Got Me', 'Till the End of the Day', 'Well-Respected Man') with numerous relatively obscure album tracks ('Your Looking Fine', 'Big Sky', 'Mr. Churchill Says', 'Brainwashed', etc), that were virtually unknown in the U.S., and were not often performed in concert in subsequent years. So enjoy this unique taste of '60's-era Kinks.

01 - Till The End Of The Day
02 - Last Of The Steam Powered Trains
03 - You're Looking Fine
04 - Mr. Churchill Says
05 - Big Sky
06 - You Really Got Me
07 - Love Me Till The Sun Shines
08 - Brainwashed
09 - Medley(Milk Cow Blues - See My Friends - Tired Of Waiting For You - Brainwashed)
10 - Louie Louie
11 - Victoria
12 - Medley (Well Respected Man - Death Of A Clown - Dandy)

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larry liebler said...

this ,to me,is the holy grail of all Kinks shows!I remember my couisin Don telling me about the shows at the fillmore east around that same time,and i read a review of one ,but nothing could have prepared me for this tape!!it is simply awesome!even better than i had imagined!God bless whoever preseverved this show!!!!!!!!!!!

bostig said...

a large thankx

cgm said...

Thanks for this - just came across your great site and found this post. Hadn't realised that there were any good-quality live recordings around from this, the Kinks' period least appreciated at the time, and most lauded in retrospect. Wonderful!

Fran Coombs said...

A spectacular show. Dave Davies is on fire on lead guitar, and Ray sounds so young!!! They obviously were returning to America with a vengeance. Thanks for posting. This is a definite keeper.

Unknown said...

I was there! It was empty. I sat on the floor right in front of Dave Davies.