Thursday, December 31, 2009

Elvis Costello - 1981-12-31 - New York

Elvis Costello & The Attractions
1981-12-31 New Year's Eve Show
The Palladium
New York City, NY
Soundboard, Good Quality Recording
mp3 @ 192
Artwork Included

Happy New Year, everyone! New's Year's Eve has always been a big night for rock concerts. I guess it's just very appealing to ring in the new year watching, listening, and singing along with your favorite music artists. There have been many legendary New Year's Eve shows and bootleg recordings available over the years, most notably featuring artists like Springsteen and The Grateful Dead, but also acts such as the Allman Brothers, Santana, U2, Stevie Ray Vaughn, etc. I have previously featured 2 great NYE shows on this blog (The Kinks-1980 and The Band-1971). In looking back through my collection of NYE shows, for this NYE post I decided to go with a show that was a little different and not as readily available, and that also features another of my favorite artists that I have not yet posted anything by. So, here is a unique NYE show from Elvis Costello, from 1981, the time between his Almost Blue all-covers 'Country' album and his pop masterpiece Imperial Bedroom. This show features an extensive and eclectic setlist, including most of the songs (seldom-performed) from the underrated Almost Blue album, and several 'previews' of new songs ('Pidgin English', 'Kid About It', 'Shabby Doll', 'Human Hands', 'The Long Honeymoon', 'Beyond Belief') from the yet-to-be-released Imperial Bedroom, as well as the usual faves from that period. The set even includes Steve Nieve's intermission solo performance (which includes Auld Lang Syne). The set also includes old friend John McFee (from Clover and Elvis's first album) sitting in on pedal steel guitar for a few songs. A very unique and wonderful show. Sound quality is good, but not great (a bit tinny sounding, with not much low end), but the show is well worth the listen. In fact, this show, which is from the Palladium in NY, follows exactly one year later (at the same concert hall) as the Kinks 1980 NYE Palladium show, already posted here. How's that for continuity?

Disc 1
01. Lipstick Vogue
02. Watching The Detectives
03. Accidents Will Happen
04. Secondary Modern
05. Oliver's Army
06. Green Shirt
07. Radio, Radio
08. Sittin' And Thinkin'
09. Success
10. Good Year For The Roses
11. Psycho
12. Brown To Blue
13. How Much I Lied
14. Sweet Dreams
15. Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down
16. I'm Your Toy
17. Why Don't You Love Me (Like You Used To Do)?
18. Honey Hush
19. instrumental - Steve Nieve solo
20. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding?
21. Strict Time

Disc 2
22. Pidgin English
23. Watch Your Step
24. The Beat
25. Kid About It
26. New Lace Sleeves
27. Big Tears
28. Human Hands
29. Hand In Hand
30. Shabby Doll
31. Almost Blue
32. High Fidelity
33. The Long Honeymoon
34. Temptation
35. Clowntime Is Over
36. Beyond Belief
37. Clubland
38. I've Been Born Again/King Horse
39. Big Sister's Clothes
40. I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down
41. From A Whisper To A Scream
42. Mystery Dance
43. (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
44. Alison (Performed but not on disc)

New Links! (Updated 01/13/14)

Friday, December 18, 2009

Bruce Springsteen - Live Christmas Compilations

Bruce Springsteen
Santa Boss is Coming to Town
Live Christmas Compilation (various dates and venues)
The SPL Collection Vol. 6. Santa Boss Is Coming To Town
Very good recording, mostly soundboard
mp3 @ 192

I usually don't post Springsteen shows, not because I have anything against the Boss (actually I am a big Fan), but because there are so many other places and sites devoted to Springsteen (and that do a much better job than I could), there just isn't any reason. However, for these Christmas collections, which I haven't seen posted at very many other sites, it just seemed to be the right thing to do. I really wanted to post something Christmas related, and these are just seemed the most appropriate Holiday themed boots around. So, here are a couple of 1-disc Christmas compilations that are just the thing for the holiday season. As most everyone knows, over the years, Springsteen has been known to put on some big Holiday Extravaganza shows (mostly from his hometown of Asbury Park), complete with guest stars and special holiday songs. These are two different collections of some of the highlights from these shows. Although they both contain many of the same Christmas songs, they are all from different shows, thus every song is at least somewhat different from every other. The first collection (Santa Boss) compiles all of the different Christmas-themed songs from over the years, while the second (Merry Christmas from Asbury Park) tries to capture the feel of the Holiday shows, just in a much-shortened format, thus including Springsteen classics along with the Holiday fare. Both are very good. Hope you enjoy them and have a very Merry Christmas and Holiday Season.

01. Jingle Bells (0:51) Christmas Holiday Night Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ 18/12/00
02. Blue Christmas (5:01) Christmas Holiday Night Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ 18/12/00
03. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (8:11) Winterland Night Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA 15/12/78
04. Merry Christmas Baby (4:45) Nassau Night Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY 31/12/80
05. The Wish (7:26) Freehold Night St. Rose of Lima School, Freehold, NJ 08/11/96
06. Pilgrim In The Temple Of Love (6:26) Sydney Night Capitol Theatre, Sydney, Australia 12/02/97
07. Run Run Rudolph (4:05) Christmas Holiday Night Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ 18/12/00
08. Deck The Halls (0:35) Jingle Bell Night Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ 07/12/01
09. Jingle Bell Rock (3:38) Jingle Bell Night Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ 07/12/01
10. Christmas Baby Please Come Home (3:34) Jingle Bell Night Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ 07/12/01
11. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (7:00) Christmas Holiday Night Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ 18/12/00

Bruce Springsteen
Merry Christmas From Asbury Park
Live Christmas Compilation (various dates and venues)
Very good recording, mostly soundboard.
mp3 @ 192

Compiler's notes: “My goal was to create a one-disc sampler of the best tracks from the Asbury Park Convention Hall holiday shows - structured loosely along the lines of a typical show. I tried to include a good mix of Christmas favorites and essential Springsteen tracks.”

I picked this up from BigO Worldwide, so thanks to everyone wjho made these available.

Track 01. Deck The Halls (12/08/01) (894k)
Track 02. Incident On 57th Street (12/08/01) (12.6MB)
Track 03. Blue Christmas (12/17/00) (5.9MB)
Track 04. Christmas Day (12/06/01) (9.0MB)
Track 05. Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) (12-08-03) (6.1MB)
Track 06. Shine Silently (12/17/00) (8.9MB)
Track 07. The Wish (12-08-03) (7.7MB)
Track 08. Kitty’s Back (12/17/00) (14.3MB)
Track 09. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) (12/06/01) (4.6MB)
Track 10. My City Of Ruins (12/17/00) (8.7MB)
Track 11. I Don’t Want To Go Home (12/17/00) (5.4MB)
Track 12. Rosalita (12/17/00) (10.3MB) (10.3MB)
Track 13. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (12/17/00) (7.9MB)
Track 14. WMMR Christmas Message (831k)

New Links! (Updated 12/11/13)

Wishing everyone the Happiest of Holiday Seasons, Merry Christmas to All.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Blitzen Trapper - 2009-10-16 - Urbana, IL

Blitzen Trapper
Canopy Club, Urbana, IL
Soundboard/Audience Matrix,
very good sound quality
mp3 @ 256 kbps (vbr 224-320)
New Links! Now also available in FLAC

Now this is an example of how great it is to have the availability of the internet and all these great music blogs. I never would have heard about or been interested in a band like Blitzen Trapper if it weren't for the music blogs (particularly those that have song samples. I think I heard these guys first through Aquarium Drunkard). I have long ago stopped trying to keep up with the hippest 'indie' or 'experimental' bands. It's just not worth it for me (probably because most are worthless). But every now and then you come across a really special and exciting 'new' group that blows you away. These guys have been called 'indie' and 'experimental', but really they are good old-fashioned 'edgy folk-rock', and have a retro sound that is really satisfying. They fit right in with other 'roots rock' type groups, but are a rarity and a revelation among most 'modern' indie bands. Check 'em out.

Disc 01:
01. Intro
02. Sleepytime In The Western World
03. God & Suicide
04. Stolen Shoes & A Rifle
05. Wild Mountain Nation
06. Canyon's Edge
07. Gold For Bread
08. Jericho
09. Love U
10. Echo11. Silver Moon
12. Furr
13. Country Rain
14. The Man Who Would Speak True

Disc 02:
01. Not Your Lover
02. Black River Killer
03. Lady On The Water
04. Going Down
05. Fire & Fast Bullets
06. Big Black Bird
07. Devil's A-Go-Go
08. Booksmart Baby
09. Saturday Night
10. Harvest [Neil Young]
11. Country Caravan
12. Miss Spiritual Tramp

Links updated (and FLAC version added) 08/18/2018
FLAC - Blitzen Trapper_2009-10-16_Urbana,IL_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Blitzen Trapper_2009-10-16_Urbana,IL_mp3.rar

Friday, December 4, 2009

BoDeans - 1988-04-20 - Boston

The Metro, Boston, MA
WBCN FM Radio Broadcast
Sound quality A-
mp3 @ 320

Here's another great Midwestern 'Roots Rock' band that never quite got the recognition and appreciation they deserved. Lead by Sam lllanas and Kurt Neumann, The BoDeans have endured through thick and thin as a hard-working rock band, and they are still performing today. Unfortunately, for a band that has toured extensively over the years, there are very few shows available. This is the best one I've come across, a high quality radio broadcast from 1988 that highlights songs from their first two albums. However, this comes a full year before what I consider by far their best album and touring period (Home, 1989, tours 1989-1993), thus, as good as this is, it doesn't include any of my most favorite BoDeans songs. If anyone has or knows of the existence of good quality shows from the 1989 or 1991 tours, I would love to get them. But, for now, this serves as a fine introduction to the BoDeans.

disc 1 [64:24]
01. intro / 69 Blues (You Ain't Around)
02. Only Love
03. Still the Night
04. Angels
05. The Strangest Kind
06. Fadeaway
07. Don't Be Lonely
08. Forever Young (The Wild Ones)
09. What It Feels Like
10. Dreams
11. That's All
12. Stella
13. Say You Will
14. Misery
15. She's a Runaway

disc 2 [38:00]
01. Say about Love
02. Good Work / band intro
03. The Ballad of Jennie Rae
04. Sylvia
05. Lookin' for me Somewhere
06. Can't Hardly Wait [Replacements]
07. I Wanna be Sedated [Ramones]
08. Land Of 1,000 Dances [Cannibal & The Headhunters]
09. I'm in Trouble Again / outro

Sam Llanas -- vocals & guitar
Kurt Neumann -- vocals & guitar
Bob Griffin -- bass
Susan Julian -- piano
??? -- drums

Tape flips between 11 and 12, and between 205 and 206.
Tracks 2-02 and 2-05 include 60 secs of announcer gab during encore breaks

New Links! (Updated 09/23/18)
disc 1: BoDeans-1988-04-20-Boston_D1.rar

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Counting Crows - 1991 - Flying Demos

Counting Crows
1991 - Flying Demos
(Original early Demo recordings)
Soundboard recording, excellent quality

Now Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and upgraded mp3 (320 kbps) versions! New upgraded links below.
(Previously available only as 192 kbps mp3 files)

Before signing to Geffen records, the band recorded demo versions of a number of songs, which became known as the 'Flying Demos'. This is the band's original demo tape that was sold at early shows, and later re-surfaced among the Counting Crows fanbase. These are excellent recordings, actually sounding much better than most 'demo' tapes. Some songs from the tape later resurfaced (in reworked versions) on the band's debut album August and Everything After. However, many songs remained unreleased (although different versions of some have subsequently appeared as bonus tracks, etc. on future releases). Included here are some standout songs that surprisingly did not become a part of their recorded output. A must for any fan of the band. Four bonus live tracks from 1994-08-19 (Montreal) have been added to the original 13 song tape in this version that has circulated among fans.

01. Rain King
02. Omaha
03. Anna Begins
04. Einstein on the Beach
05. Shallow Days
06. Love and Addiction
07. Mr. Jones
08. Round Here
09. 40 Years
10. Margery
11. Bulldog
12. Lightning
13. We're Only Love
14. Wiseblood (bonus)
15. Perfect Blue Buildings (bonus)
16. Open All Night (bonus)
17. Caravan (bonus)

tracks 1-13 - original demo tracks (1991)
tracks 14-17 - live bonus tracks - 1994-08-19 - Montreal

New links to upgraded quality files! (Updated 4/22/15)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Counting Crows - 2004-03-10 - Rotterdam (in FLAC)

Counting Crows

March 10, 2004
The Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Wednesday in Rotterdam 2-CD
excellent quality FM broadcast
Lossless (Flac)
Artwork included

Here is an excellent show from the 2004 Hard Candy Tour with an awesome setlist featuring a great mix of songs from all their albums, including the world premiere of a brand new song ('A Tuesday in Amsterdam Long Ago') that would not appear on album for another 4 years. Great sound quality from an FM broadcast makes this one especially notable.

Disc 1:
01. Rain King
02. Mrs. Potter's Lullaby
03. New Frontier
04. Good Time
05. St. Robinson
06. Hard Candy
07. Mr. Jones
08. Round Here
09. Daylight Fading

Disc 2:
10. Omaha
11. Speedway
12. A Murder Of One
13. A Tuesday in Amsterdam Long Ago
14. A Long December
15. Hanginaround
16. Holiday In Spain

New Links! (Updated 10/16/12)
disc 1:
disc 2:

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Counting Crows - 2000-03-26 - Zurich, Switzerland FM

Counting Crows
March 26, 2000
Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland
FM Broadcast, very good sound quality
mp3 @ 256 kbps

Here is a very good show from Counting Crows on the This Desert Life Tour, featuring most of the songs from that album. Although many people believe the 'Crows' first album is still their best, I would have to say that 'Life' is my favorite. It showed their  growth and development into a great band; it was more diverse, uptempo, upbeat, lighter in tone than previous ones, and contained some of their best songs (including their very best song, 'Mrs. Potter's Lullaby'), yet still retained that distinctive Crows style. And the 'Crows' have always been much better live than as captured on records, which is evident in this show, a good quality radio broadcast.

01. I Wish I Was A Girl
02. Mr. Jones
03. All My Friends
04. Highlife
05. Omaha
06. Four Days
07. Speech
08. Mrs. Potter's Lullaby
09. Amy Hit The Atmosphere
10. A Murder Of One
11. St. Robinson In His Cadillac Dream
12. Rain King
13. Hanginaround
14. A Long December
15. Walkaways

New Link! (Updated 01/13/14)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Repost Break - Fixing Dead Links

While you all are still enjoying my exclusive Lifehouse compilation by the Who, I will be taking the next few days to update, repost, and fix some of the dead and broken links from previous posts. So, enjoy what is already here, and if you run across any dead links, they should be fixed shortly. I have already reposted the 1982 Genesis Reunion concert (in FLAC) for anyone that missed that. here are the new links (also updated in the original post):

Genesis 1982-10-02 Milton Keynes TM Productions remaster One-time reunion show with Peter Gabriel (see original post for more details)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Who - This Old Lifehouse - The Bootleg Reconstruction Project (Compilation)

------------- a BB Chronicles Exclusive Custom Compilation--------------

The Who
This Old Lifehouse
The Bootleg Reconstruction Project
Various sources, mainly soundboard, quality good to excellent
available in Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (@ 320 kbps) versions
Custom Artwork and liner notes included

OK, here it is, at along last, my Lifehouse compilation. This compilation gathers together unofficial recordings (live concerts, studio outtakes, and unreleased demos) of songs performed by The Who that were originally written for, intended for, or otherwise associated with Pete Townshend and The Who’s aborted 1971 project, Lifehouse. All tracks have been previously available from various bootleg sources. This compilation represents, as far as I know, the first comprehensive collection of the Who's Lifehouse songs. I put this together because, in the 38 years since the initial demise of Lifehouse and the release of Who’s Next in it’s wake, there has not been any attempt to collect all of the remarkable music written for that project as performed by the Who in a single collection. So, here it is, my version of Lifehouse, which I have dubbed ‘This Old Lifehouse – The Bootleg Reconstruction Project’. I believe Lifehouse, and this assemblage of songs represents the greatest rock album never released. I have spent well over a year tracking down, listening, compiling, and sorting through countless available bootleg recordings to find the best assemblage of tracks for this compilation. I also wanted to try, as much as possible, to use recordings from the original group (Townshend, Entwhistle, Daltrey, and Moon) near the time of Lifehouse itself, so an emphasis is on recordings from 1970-1976. Originally, I wanted to include as much as possible from the original 1971 Lifehouse shows, unfortunately, most of the available recordings from these shows are not very good, and in most cases I had to use other better recordings. Most of the tracks used come from soundboard recordings, thus the overall sound quality is very good. The one glaring exception to this is the recording of ‘Time is Passing’ which comes from a relatively (compared to the rest of the tracks) poor audience recording. However, this is probably the only live recording of this track (other than the officially released Young Vic show from 4/26/71) in existence, as this song was dropped from the setlist after only a few performances. Thus, it is included here, but is not up to the quality of the rest of the collection. This set is as complete as I could make it, but unfortunately, there are still a few tracks for which I could not find any unofficial recordings (‘Teenage Wasteland’ was apparently never recorded by The Who, and ‘Going Mobile’ and ‘Put The Money Down’, have apparently, and quite surprisingly, never been played live, and thus no unofficial recordings exist). Full details, compilation notes, and individual track notes are included. For further descriptions and the listing of the officially released versions of the Lifehouse songs, see my previous post on 'This Old Lifehouse - The D.I.Y. Compilation'.
I give a big Thank You to all those that have made these recordings available. I have prepared two versions of this collection, a lossless version (in FLAC), and an mp3 version (@320 kbps). The tracks contained in each version are identical, with the exception that the FLAC set does not include ‘Mary', as I could not find a lossless source for that track. The compilation consists of songs compiled from 15 different live concerts and 4 studio sessions ranging from 1970 to 2006. 17 of the 27 tracks come from the core group years (1970-1976) and 22 of the 27 from the 1970’s. I hope you like it. --BBKron

Track List:
Disc 1:
Teenage Wasteland (No unofficial recordings – Never played live)
01. Love Ain’t For Keeping (Alternate Version/Mix – Record Plant Sessions 03/71 NY)
02. Time Is Passing (1971-05-14 - Liverpool)
Going Mobile (No Unofficial recordings – Never played Live)
03. Greyhound Girl (2006-7-14 – Locarno)
04. Mary (Townshend)(2000-3-23 – London) Note: FLAC version does not contain this one track, as no lossless source was found
05. Keep Me Turning (Townshend)(Alternate Version/Mix - Rough Mix Sessions – 1977)
06. I Don’t Even Know Myself (1970-07-07 – Tanglewood)
07. Bargain (1971-12-07 – Phoenix)
08. Too Much of Anything (Alternate Version/Mix – Record Plant Sessions 03/71 NY)
09. Music Must Change (1979-12-08 – Chicago)
10. Baba O’Riley (1975-11-20 – Houston)
11. Behind Blue Eyes (1975-11-20 – Houston)
12. Sister Disco (Alternate Version/Mix - Shepperton Studio Sessions 1979)
Put The Money Down (No Unofficial Recordings – Never Played Live)
13. Baby Don’t Do It (1971-12-13 – San Francisco)
14. Pure and Easy (Alternate Version/Mix – Record Plant Sessions 03/71 NY)

Disc 2:
15. Getting In Tune (Alternate Version/Mix – Record Plant Sessions 03/71 NY)
16. Let’s See Action (2000-09-30 – Cleveland)
17. Slip Kid (1976-03-11 – New York)
18. Relay (2000-09-30 – Cleveland)
19. Who Are You Intro Jam (1st Time played – 1976-10-21 – Toronto)
20. Who Are You (1979-05-17 – Paris)
21. Join Together Intro Jam (1975-11-20 – Houston)
22. Join Together (1989-06-27 – New York)
23. Long Live Rock (1979-12-08 – Chicago)
24. Water (1970-07-07 – Tanglewood)
25. Naked Eye (1974-05-18 – Charlton)
26. Won’t Get Fooled Again (1973-12-04 – Philadelphia)
27. Song Is Over (Alternate Version/Mix – Olympic Studio Sessions – 4-5/71 London)

Compiled by BBKron exclusively for The BB Chronicles (
This compilation gathers together unofficial recordings of songs originally intended for the Who’s abandoned Lifehouse project. All tracks have been previously available from various bootleg sources. To be freely shared with others, but please always include all related files and give credit to this source.

Updated and expanded Version 2.0 now available, see new post and links here:

The Who - Lifehouse Compilations - This Old Lifehouse

The Who
This Old Lifehouse
The ‘Official’ D.I.Y. Compilation

Since I first became aware of it in the 1970's, I have been fascinated with the music of Lifehouse, Pete Townshend and the Who's abandoned 1971 musical project. Although most of the songs have been released sporadically in various bits and pieces over the years, I have been waiting ever since that time for a comprehensive collection of The Who's Lifehouse songs to finally be released. Except for Townshend's Lifehouse Demos (which are simply fantastic, but still demos, and not the Who's versions of the songs) which was released in 2000 as part of the Townshend's 6-CD Lifehouse Chronicles, I am still waiting. A few years ago, when I discovered the vast warehouse of unreleased and bootleg material available, I immediately searched for anything related to Lifehouse, but was again disappointed to find that no one had actually attempted to reconstruct a Lifehouse bootleg. So, it came down to me doing it myself.
        As anyone knowledgeable of Rock ‘n Roll history knows, in 1970, as a follow-up to their enormously successful rock opera Tommy, Pete Townshend proposed an even more ambitious project, Lifehouse, a multimedia event that would encompass live concerts, a motion picture, and a double album. The concept combined teachings from Townshend’s spiritual mentor, Meher Baba, with a science fiction-based storyline. Lifehouse was meant to explore the idea that music is the fundamental basis of all life - that every human being on Earth has a unique musical melody that "describes" them, and only them, perfectly. When the unique songs of enough people are played in unison, the result would be a single harmonic note - the One Note. As a very brief synopsis, the story was to take place in 21st century Britain, in an age where pollution has become such a drastic problem that people spend most of their lives in impervious "experience suits" which are connected to a universal grid and supplied with entertainment and artificial life experiences by the government. Along comes Bobby, an electronics wizard who rediscovers 20th Century rock and roll music, takes over a disused rock theater, renames it “The Lifehouse”, and breaks into the computer network controlling the suits to invite people to leave their suits and come together for a concert. Despite the best efforts of the government, thousands of people gather at the Lifehouse, as the musicians (The Who) and audience perform classic rock n roll, as well as experimental songs interacting with the audience designed to eventually achieve the ‘One Note’. However, the details of the story are immaterial at this point, what matters most is the great music that Townshend had written and planned for the project. Townshend wrote close to 30 songs either specifically for or to be used in some way (such as for the rock concert portions) in the project. This was undeniably Townshend’s most productive period, and much of the best music he ever wrote went into Lifehouse. Lifehouse is probably the greatest rock album never released, and could have been The Who's best album. But, as problems in the development of Lifehouse mounted, and the grand scale of the project was falling apart, it was decided to abandon the concept and just put out a single album containing some the best stuff, and to make it just a solid hard-rock album. The resulting ‘compromise’ album, of course, was Who’s Next, generally considered the Who’s Greatest album, and one of the greatest rock albums of all time. But it still is not what it could have been, with dozens of great songs left behind.
Because so many of the songs intended for Lifehouse have been officially released in some form or another, as I began looking into making this compilation, it became clear that there should be 2 distinct collections: one that compiled all the officially released studio versions of the Lifehouse material, and one that contained unofficial recordings, mainly live versions, of the Lifehouse songs, that could be shared, distributed, and downloaded among fans. The ‘official’ collection, is presented only as a tracklist and information on where to find (what official albums contain) the appropriate tracks. I have put both collections under the umbrella title of ‘This Old Lifehouse’, with the ‘official’ collection dubbed ‘The D.I.Y. Compilation’ (Do-It-Yourself), as it requires Who fans to compile the collection themselves using their own purchased album collections. The other set, designated ‘The Bootleg Reconstruction Project’ is the compilation of various unofficial live recordings, studio sessions, and demos, that have not been officially released, and that will be dealt with in a subsequent post. Here is the information for putting together the D.I.Y. compilation.

The Who
This Old Lifehouse
The 'Official' D.I.Y. Compilation
Track List:
Disc 1:
01. Teenage Wasteland (Lifehouse Demos from Lifehouse Chronicles or Sadler’s Wells 2000-2-25)
02. Time Is Passing (Odds & Sods – Remastered Edition)
03. Love Ain’t For Keeping (Who’s Next)
04. Going Mobile (Who’s Next)
05. Greyhound Girl (Pete Townshend – Lifehouse Demos)
06. Mary (Pete Townshend – Lifehouse Demos)
07. Keep Me Turning (Pete Townshend – Rough Mix)
08. I Don’t Even Know Myself (Who’s Next – Remastered Edition)
09. Bargain (Who’s Next)
10. Too Much of Anything (Odds & Sods – Remasterd Edition)
11. Music Must Change (Who Are You)
12. Baba O’Riley (Who’s Next)
13. Behind Blue Eyes (Who’s Next)
14. Sister Disco (Who Are You)
15. Put The Money Down (Odds & Sods)
16. Baby Don’t Do It (Who’s Next – Remastered Edition)

Disc 2:
17. Pure and Easy (Odds & Sods or Alt. version on Who’s Next – Deluxe Edition)
18. Getting In Tune (Who’s Next)
19. Let’s See Action (Ultimate Collection or 30 Years of Maximum R ‘n B)
20. Slip Kid (Who By Numbers)
21. Relay (30 Years)
22. Who Are You (Who Are You)
23. Join Together (Ultimate Collection or 30 Years)
24. Long Live Rock (Odds & Sods)
25. Water (Odds & Sods – Remastered)
26. Naked Eye (Odds & Sods)
27. Won’t Get Fooled Again (Who’s Next)
28. Song Is Over (Who’s Next)

The ‘Official’ D.I.Y. Compilation provides track information regarding where to find the officially released tracks (on what albums they are located), so that one can use this information to compile their own ‘Lifehouse’ collection from their existing Who music collection (thus D.I.Y. – Do It Yourself).
Note: Track order was arrived at by combining information from existing available sources (such as Townshend’s Lifehouse Demos, Lifehouse Chronicles, the 2000 Sadler’s Wells Lifehouse Concerts, and other live shows) and arranged into a reasonably accurate and aesthetically pleasing sequence.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Little Feat - 1988-08-15 - Houston, TX

Little Feat
8/15/1988 (Late Show)
Rockefellers - Houston, Texas

Soundboard, very good quality
mp3 @ 192

Ok, here's one more Little Feat show before we move on, this one from the post-George reunited band in 1988 (just to show that they were still great in the post-George era). Craig Fuller (formerly of Pure Prairie League) had opened (as the Kaz/Fuller Band) for and played with the Feat on their last tour (1978), so the band was already comfortable with him when they asked him to join the band, primarily for lead vocals. Multi-instrumentalist Fred Tackett (who also had previously played with the band on most of their studio albums) was also officially added for additional guitar and miscellaneous instrument work. The rest of the band was the same core as when George was there (Payne, Barrere, Gradney, Hayward, and Clayton), which is more than enough to make a great rockin' band. The re-formed and re-energized band came out smokin' with one of the group's all-time best albums, Let It Roll, in 1988, and their subsequent tour was as great as ever (As great as George was, Payne's keyboard work has always been my favorite part of the band). The new songs blended in great with the old classics, and the band has been rockin' on ever since. Fuller only stayed until 1993, however, and after that female vocalist Shaun Murphy was added to the group, which resulted in a somewhat different vocal sound for some of the classics, but it still worked well, and the Feat continue to put on a great concert show to this day. As mentioned previously hundreds of Little Feat shows (from all eras) are available through the Live Music Archives ( However, this excellent 1988 soundboard show is not available there, but you can get it right here.

01 Fat Man In The Bathtub
02 Spanish Moon
03 Skin It Back
04 All That You Dream
05 Oh Atlanta
06 On Your Way Down
07 Hate To Lose Your Lovin'
08 Cajun Girl
09 Down On The Farm
10 Time Loves A Hero
11 Rock n' Roll Doctor
12 Let It Roll
13 Band Introductions
14 Old Folks Boogie
15 Dixie Chicken
16 Tripe Face Boogie
17 Willin'
18 Feats Don't Fail Me Now
19 Apolitical Blues
20 Teenage Nervous Breakdown

New Link! (Updated 05/27/2018)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Little Feat - 2 College Shows from Fall 1978 Tour

Little Feat
2 college shows from Fall 1978
Last tour with Lowell George
NEW! Upgraded Qualty. Now available in Lossless (FLAC).

Here are a couple more Little Feat shows, these from near the end of Lowell George's tenure with the band. I wanted to feature a concert from this period, as they include several newer songs ('Time Loves A Hero', 'Day or Night', 'All That You Dream', etc.) from the mid-70's albums not yet available in the earlier 1974 shows already posted. The UNH show has better sound quality, but is drastically shortened (cut to 55 minutes for radio broadcast), and the William & Mary show, while it has some sound problems and a noticeable cut in 'Dixie Chicken' (but still pretty good sound overall), it has the full show (and a similar setlist as the UNH show), so the songs missing from the UNH show can be heard here. Thus, I decided to post them both.

Little Feat has always been one of those bands that you have to hear live to really appreciate. Their studio records have never adequately captured their great sound as well as their live performances. Which is probably why their one official live album from this period (Waiting For Columbus- WFC) was their most popular album. And incidently, WFC, recorded in in 1977, has been widely acclaimed as one of the greatest live albums of all time (check it out). Anyway, these represent some of the last group of shows with Lowell George. After the 1978 tour wrapped up, early in 1979 and the making of their next album (Down on the Farm), Lowell announced he was leaving the group and would start a tour in support of his new solo album (Thanks, I'll Eat it Here). The rest of the group finished the album and released it in June 1979, but also announced that the group was disbanding. Two weeks later, George tragically died of a heart attack while on his solo tour. That was seemingly the end of the band. However, 9 years later (1988), all the surviving members reunited with Craig Fuller (from Pure Prairie League) added on vocals and Fred Tackett on miscellaneous guitars and strings, released a new album and went on a triumphant tour. Driven by Bill Payne, Paul Barrere, and Richie Hayward, and featuring an even more diverse sound, the reformed band was still great (even without Lowell, although he certainly was missed). And the new incarnations of Little Feat have been performing steadily ever since (although some additional lineup changes have occurred, the core of Payne, Barrere, Hayward, Clayton, and Tackett has remained), and they still put on great live shows. So, if you get thet chance they are still well worth seeing (They are currently on their 40th Anniversary Tour, as the band was first started in 1969). Unfortunately, in August 2009 it was announced that drummer Richie Hayward was leaving the group due to health problems (later determined to be liver cancer), and Hayward subsequently died in 2010. [Update: guitarist Paul Barrere died on October 26, 2019, also illness due to liver cancer.] As a loving remembrance to those  who have passed on, but also those still rockin', here are these classic shows from 1978.

UNH Fieldhouse, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
FM broadcast (Little Feat Radio Hour), very good quality quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) [New Upgrades]

01 introduction - Teenage Nervous Breakdown
02 Rock and Roll Doctor
03 Time Loves a Hero
04 Day or Night
05 Texas Rose Cafe
06 Keepin' Up with the Joneses
07 All That You Dream
08 Fat Man in the Bathtub
09 Dixie Chicken
10 song introduction by Lowell George
11 Apolitical Blues

missing tracks (played but not included in radio broadcast):
Gringo Jam>Day at the Dog Races
Spanish Moon
Oh Atlanta
Old Folks Boogie
Encore: Willin>Don't Bogar That Joint, Feats Don't Fail

FLAC - Little Feat_1978-10-03_DurhamNH_FLAC.rar
 New Link - Upgrade (10/30/2019)

mp3 - Little Feat_1978-10-03_DurhamNH_mp3.rar.html

Little Feat
College Of William And Mary, Williamsburg, VA
Soundboard, good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) [New Upgraded quality]

1 Introduction 0:09
2 Time Loves a Hero > 4:26
3 Day or Night 6:37
4 Texas Rose Cafe 4:14
5 Skin It Back > 5:33
6 Fat Man in the Bathtub 5:22
7 Spanish Moon 5:18 [brief drop out @ 3:38, ~0.1s missing]
8 Gringo Jam > 2:27
9 Day at the Dog Races 11:17 [// nc, tape flip, cut @ 11:02, ~3s missing]
10 Keepin' Up With the Joneses 4:18
11 Old Folks Boogie 4:24
12 Dixie Chicken* 7:41
13 Willin > 3:44
14 Bogart > 1:07
15 Willin' (reprise) 0:29
16 Feats Don't Fail Me Now* 8:12
17 Oh! Atlanta 4:21
* with John Call (of opening act, Kaz-Fuller Band)

FLAC - Little Feat_1978-09-19_WilliamsburgVA_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Little Feat_1978-09-19_WilliamsburgVA_mp3.rar
  New Links - Upgraded quality (10/30/2019)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Little Feat - 1974-9-19 (+1973-4-10) - Ultrasonic Studios NY

------------- a BB Chronicles Custom Concert Compilation--------------

Little Feat
September 19, 1974 complete (plus tracks from 1973-04-10)
Ultrasonic Studios [WLIR], Hempstead, NY
'Ultrasonic Ultra'

Enhanced and expanded version of original bootleg known as 'Electrif Lycanthrope'.
Pre-FM Master and FM broadcast recordings, Excellent Quality
in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 @ 320 kbps
Custom Artwork Included

Here are a couple classic performances by the legendary Little Feat, one of the greatest (and perhaps most underappreciated) Rock n' Roll Bands of all time.Their unique blend of driving Rock 'n Roll with Folk, Blues, New Orleans Funk, and Jazz-Rock Fusion elements, with Lowell George's inimitable songs, vocals, and slide guitar work, Bill Payne's driving keyboard funk, Paul Barrere's guitar, and one of the best rhythm sections ever (Kenny Gradney-bass, Richie Hayward-drums, and Sam Clayton-percussion), remains unsurpassed. This is my own compilation of the Ultrasonic Radio Sessions. These are tracks from two separate performances at the Ultrasonic (WLIR) Studios in Hempstead, NY combined into one full CD-length show. I have taken the superb Pre-FM Master recordings from The 1974-09-19 Session, added the additional 3 songs from the FM rebroadcast that were played that day but not included on the original radio broadcast, and then added just the tracks from the 1973-04-10 Ultrasonic show that were different from those played at the 1974 show (taken from an FM broadcast). Thus, this compilation includes (for the first time) the best available version of all of the songs played over the course of the two sessions, arranged into a seamless concert program. Although I have not edited the original Pre-FM recordings (because they are nearly perfect), I have edited out some of the between song talk and intros from the 1973 tracks, so that the whole show will fit on one CD (FLAC version only), and this one is definitely worth burning onto CD. There are few high quality recordings from these early days and prime period of this great band (and these are probably the best). So, enjoy this great compilation of these amazing Feats, which I have dubbed 'Ultrasonic Ultra'.
BTW, there are numerous (over 200, including many SBD and FM) Little Feat shows available in both lossless and mp3 at the Internet Archives - Live Music archives (, which is where I got these shows. Check 'em out.

01. Rock n' Roll Doctor
02. Two Trains
03. The Fan
04. On Your Way Down
05. Spanish Moon >
06. Skin It Back >
07. Fat Man In The Bath Tub
08. Oh Atlanta
09. Willin'
10. A Apolitical Blues
11. Got No Shadow
12. Walkin' All Night
13. Sailin' Shoes
14. Cold Cold Cold >
15. Dixie Chicken >
16. Tripe Face Boogie
17. Teenage Nervous Breakdown

Tracks 1-9 Source: 1974-9-19 PRE-FM (Master 1/2 Track Broadcast RR)
Tracks 10-13, and 17: from 1973-4-10 WLIR-FM Broadcast
Tracks 14-16: from FM rebroadcast on WLIR (tracks from 1974-9-19 not included in original broadcast).

New Links! (Updated 10/22/14)
FLAC pt1: Little_Feat_1974-9-19_-Ultrasonic_Ultra_FLAC_1.rar
FLAC pt2: Little_Feat_1974-9-19_-Ultrasonic_Ultra_FLAC_2.rar

mp3 @ 320 version: Little_Feat_1974-9-19_-Ultrasonic_Ultra_320.rar

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Procol Harum - 1969-03-15 - NY - 'Easter Island'

Procol Harum
1969-03-15 (and 4/69)
Fillmore East (and The Troubadour),
New York, NY
'Easter Island'
SBD, Good Quality
mp3 @ 320 kbps

Here's some more vintage Procol Harum, this one a live recording from the original Procol Harum lineup, in 1969 (and probably the best sounding live Procol boot available from this era). This boot contains 2 New York shows, but is known as 'Easter Island' (I have no idea why). Procol Harum was one of the great pioneers of progressive rock, and their odd combination of classical themes and styles (provided by Brooker's melancholy vocals and Fisher's church-like organ) with the searing R&B-style guitar jams of Robin Trower remains unique. So, check out this unique piece of rock history.
As a side note, Procol Harum was actually the very first rock concert I ever went to as a young teenager, at a place called 'The Kinetic Playground' (a cramped, dumpy, converted warehouse) in Chicago, IL, back in the early '70's (Gentle Giant was the opening act). Brings back long distant memories.

Tracks 1 to 9: Live at the Fillmore East, March 15, 1969
Tracks 10 to 14:Live at The Troubadour, April 1969
01. Conquistador
02. Stoke Poges( Chelsea Tunes )
03. Kaleidoscope
04. Homburg
05. Repent Walpurgis
06. Shine On Brighty
07. Going Down Slow
08. Juicy John Pink
09. (Outside the Gates of ) Cerdes
10. Skip Softly
11. Crucifixion Lane
12.Wishing Well
13. Rambling On
14. A Whiter Shade of Pale
Gary Brooker: vocals, piano
Matthew Fisher: organ
Robin Trower: guitar
David Knights: bass
B.J. Wilson: drums

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Procol Harum - Ultra Rare Tracks 1963-1971

Good sound Quality
Mp3 @ 160 kbps
Here's another real oldie for fans of the British 60's groups. This is a collection of mainly early Procol Harum tracks and various radio sessions (BBC, Top Gear, Top of the Pops, etc.) containing previously unreleased tracks.

1: Poison Ivy (as THE PARAMOUNTS)
2: Farther On Up The Road (as THE PARAMOUNTS)
3: Morning Dew
4: A Whiter Shade Of Pale
5: A Whiter Shade Of Pale
6: Mabel
7: She Wandered Through The Garden Fence
8: Homburg
9: Seem To Have The Blues Most Of The Time
10: Monsieur Armand
11: Kaleidoscope
12: Wish Me Well.
1: Quite Rightly So
2: Shine On Brightly
3: Skip Softly (My Moonbeams)
4: Skip Softly (My Moonbeams)
5: Rambling On
6: Long Gone Geek
7: Juicy John Pink
8: A Salty Dog
9: Whisky Train
10: Whisky Train
11: Nothing That I Didn't Know
12: Your Own Choice
13: Simple Sister.

1-2: The Paramounts 1963, dubbed from acetates and recorded before their 1st single.
3 - 12: June 14, 1967 to August 19, 1968. Top Of The Pops, Top Gear & BBC sessions.
1 - 6: Top Of The Pops & BBC sessions, 1968/69.
7: 1969, no other detail available
8: Isle Of Wight Festival 1970.
9/10: "Home" recording sessions, alternate takes
11: BBC session, 1970
12: Probably same as "Whisky Train", no details available
13: 1971, BBC session.

New Links! (Updated 01/14/14)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Kinks - 1970-11-13 - San Francisco

The Kinks
November 13, 1970
Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA
'Top of the Rocks'
Audience recording, Good Quality
mp3 @ 320 kbps

Here's one more early '70's Kinks show, as the Kinks return to the Fillmore West just about a year after their highly successful stint there in 1969 (great concert boot from that show posted previously). This one is a bit of an oddity, however. Ray and the band are very loose and deliver a rambling eclectic set that seems more like a rehearsal session than an actual performance. It does have it's moments, though, such as a 10-1/2 minute extended jam version of 'Last of the Steam-Powered Trains' and a rockin 'Brainwashed'. Overall, not really one of their best shows, but, as always, still interesting and great to hear them at this stage in their career. I picked this up from 'Viva Les Bootlegs' awhile back, so thanks to them.

1. Opening (Mr. Wonderful)
2. Till The End Of The Day
3. Last of the Steam-Powered Trains
4. Big Sky
5. Brainwashed
6. Strangers
7. A Long Way From Home
8. Harry Rag
9. Act Nice and Gentle
10. Sunny Afternoon
11. Waterloo Sunset
12. Lola
13. Top of the Pops (cut)

New Link! (Updated 06/23/19)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Kinks - 1973-04-01 - Boston, MA

The Kinks
April 1, 1973
Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA
Audience recording, good quality

New upgraded files!
Now available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Here's another fine Kinks show from the early 70's, following the 'Everybody's in Showbiz' album. This one features the expanded 8-piece band configuration (they added keyboards, trumpet, trombone, and sax/clarinet from about 1972-1976) , and it is interesting to hear the added horns and arrangements on some of the earlier songs. The recording quality is not great, but still very listenable, and better than many from this period.

2. Acute Schizophernia Paranoid Blues
3. Till The End Of The Day
4-7. Medley (The Last Time I Saw You/Little Queenie/Shakin All Over/Whole Lotta Shakin Going On, Etc)
8. Maybe Because I'm A Londoner
9. Lola
10. Dedicated Follower Of Fashion
11. Celluloid Heroes
12. Here Comes Yet Another Day
13. Picture Book
14. People Take Pictures Of Each Other
15. improvised vocals
16. Alcohol
17. Skin and Bones/Dry Bones
18. Good Golly Miss Molly
19. You Really Got Me
20. All Day And All Of The Night

FLAC - The Kinks_1973-04-01_Boston_FLAC.rar

New Link! (Updated 06/23/19) 
mp3 - The Kinks_1973-04-01_Boston_mp3-320.rar

Friday, September 18, 2009

The Kinks - 1971-03-27 - Queens College, Flushing, NY

The Kinks
Colden Center Auditorium
Queens College of City University of New York, Flushing, NY
Audience recording, Good Quality
mp3 @ 192 kbps

Hey, it's been well over a year since I posted any Kinks shows, so it's high time for some Kinks! I've got a few more vintage shows from the early '70's that don't seem to be as widely circulated as some others. Here is a very good audience recording from a show from Queen's College in 1971, capturing The Kinks in their hey-day, and Ray Davies in a particularly playful mood throughout. This show is also notable because a student, Ben Rosenblatt, who introduced himself to Ray before the show, was invited to accompany the band on piano on two tracks - Mister Pleasant and Autumn Almanac - both rarely performed live. This was previously posted on Wolfsbane's music site 'Nathan's Rock Moat', but the links there have expired, so here it is at 'The Chronicles'.

1. Introduction (Lighting Problem)
2. Give My Love To Rose
3. Till The End Of The Day
4. Brainwashed
5. Apeman
6. Get Back In Line
7. Mr. Pleasant
8. Autumn Almanac
9. Dedicated Follower Of Fashion
10. Mr. Big Sky
11. Sunny Afternoon
12. Lola
13. Medley: Milk Cow Blues - Powerman - You Are My Sunshine
14. You Really Got Me
15. All Day And All Of The Night
16. Waterloo Sunset
17. Victoria

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Barenaked Ladies - 1993-04-03 - Toronto, ON

Barenaked Ladies
Massey Hall, Toronto, ON Canada
FM Broadcast, good quality
mp3 @ 192 kbps
No Artwork

Here's another radio show from fairly early in BNL's career, this one as they return home after the widespread success of their first album (at least in Canada, it would be a couple more years before they attained success in the U.S.). Here they perform almost the entire first album, as well as several new songs that would later appear on their second and third albums. Already by this time, the band had a much more professional approach than the earlier wilder shows (pre-first album). They are still having fun, but now put more emphasis on the music than the craziness. An excellent show. Enjoy.

Disc 1
01. Allan Cross Intro
02. Enid
03. New Kid On The Block
04. Hello City
05. Welcome Banter
06. Right Now
07. Banter
08. Crazy
09. Boxed Set
10. Great Provider
11. Station Id And Banter
12. Be My Yoko Ono
13. I Love You
14. More Banter
15. Wrap Your Arms Around Me
Disc 2
01. Lovers In A Dangerous Time
02. Station Promo And Banter
03. Break Your Heart
04. Blame It On Me
05. Banter Again
06. Fight The Power
07. Station Id And Banter
08. What A Good Boy
09. This Is Me In Grade Nine
10. Banter Lame Joke
11. Lame Joke Rap
12. If I Had A Million Dollars
13. Station Id And More Banter
14. I Will Always Love You...Please Don't Go Medley
15. Stomach Vs Heart
16. Brian Wilson

New Link! (Updated 07/05/20)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Barenaked Ladies - 1991-06-15 - Toronto, ON

Barenaked Ladies
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
FM Broadcast, very good quality
mp3 @ 320 kbps
No Artwork

Sorry about the long time since the last post, but I've been on extended travel and vacation, and did not have access to the internet for most of that time. Anyway, after posting such fun groups as the Fab Poodles and Deaf School, I thought I would continue with who I think is the most fun rock band of all time, the Barenaked Ladies. Their music is fun, clever, and witty, their shows are fun, and they always seem to be having great fun performing their music. However, these guys are not only about fun, they are also great musicians, with great songs that are highly diverse and reflect many different styles and influences. They have grown and developed (and possibly matured?) as musicians, songwriters, and performers over the years, and have put out surprisingly strong, articulate, and nuanced performances and songs on their later releases (Such as the Are Me and Are Men albums). Thus, they have become another one of my favorite bands. In their early days, they were known as sarcastic, irreverent, smart-alecks, and were all about just having fun. Here is a concert from those wilder early days of the group, from May 1991, several months before their first major album, Gordon was released in 1992 (They had only a couple of self-produced indie tapes at this point). It is a wild, raucous, talkative, and almost out-of-control show (as they can barely contain themselves), with the 'ladies' featuring a number of tongue-in-cheek covers (everything from Prince and Madonna to rap and NWA), several other early original but never-released songs, as well as numerous songs that would appear on their first album. This well-recorded radio broadcast gives a good glimpse of the somewhat chaotic early shows by the band. I believe I originally got this from Nathan's Rock Moat, so thanks Wolfsbane.

01-Hello City
02-Blame It On Me
03-Crazy - Fox On The Run
04-When Doves Cry
05-Fight The Power
06-Wrap Your Arms Around Me
07-Be My Yoko Ono
08-Brian Wilson
11-I Love It Loud
12-I Couldn't Care Care Less
13-Still Ill
14-New Kid (On The Block)
15-Joseph Brown
16-I Still Miss Someone (Blue Eyes)
17-Trouble With Tracy
18-If I Had $1,000,000
19-Material Girl
20-The King of Bedside Manor
21-Make My Heart Fly

New Link! (Updated 07/05/20)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Deaf School - 1976 Radio One Broadcast

Deaf School
1976 Radio One 'In Concert' Broadcast
FM Broadcast, Very Good Quality
mp3 @ 192

While I'm covering great, quirky, unique, but sadly short-lived '70's bands (such as the Fabulous Poodles), Here is an early radio show from Deaf School, a band that was great fun while they lasted. Started from a group of art-theater students in Liverpool, Deaf School combined a dizzying array of eclectic influences, from 1930's melodrama, musical theater, 50's schmaltz, 60's pop and jazz, and 70's rock, to create a truly unique style and sound. Their first album, Second Honeymoon, is just delightful, and works both as a great pop album, and as sonic theater. This show was recorded some time in early 1976, prior to the release of their first album (apparently was recorded while they were in the process of recording the album, probably around April-May, 1976). Although a short set for the radio show, it nonetheless showcases several of the songs that would be on their upcoming album. Also included is a bonus track of a demo of an unreleased song featuring an even earlier incarnation of the band. I got this from the website of Ian Ritchie, who was the Sax player for the band. I hope more people can find out about and enjoy the music of this excellent, but unsuccessful band. Of note is that apparently, the band is much more popular now than they ever were. In recent years they reformed (with almost all of the original members), and have had several successful tours and reunion shows.

01. Intro - Instrumental
02. Princess Princess
03. What A Way To End It All
04. Hi Jo Hi
05. Band Introductions
06. Room Service
07. Hot Jazz Razzmatazz
08. A Bigger Splash
Bonus Track
09. Ding Dong (1974 Demo)

The Band:
Paul Tilnick, Guitar
Clive 'Cliff' Langer, Guitar
Ian Ritchie, Sax
Rev. Max Ripple, Piano
Steve 'Mr. Average' Lindsay, Bass
Tim Whittaker, Drums
Eric Shark, Lead vocals
Enrico Cadillac Jr, Lead Vocals
Chelsea Bright, vocals
Betty Bright, vocals

New Link! (Updated 11/02/18)

Monday, August 3, 2009

Fabulous Poodles - 1979-05-26 - London BBC

Fabulous Poodles
1979-05-26, Paris Theatre, London
BBC Radio In Concert Broadcast
MP3 @ 320 Kbps
Good Sound Quality

Here's an all-too short, but very sweet BBC radio show from the Fabulous Poodles, a great, but very short-lived late '70's band. These guys had a great sound that was a combination of early Kinks and The Who, mixed with 50's kitsch and 70's new wave, and clever, witty lyrics. That's right, not only did they sound great, but they were funny, too. Just a great, original, and overlooked band. This way-too-short show highlights some of their best songs, but leaves out so many more. Still, great to have any live recordings of the band (still looking to find their other, longer radio broadcasted shows from 1979). So, check out the poodles, you'll be glad you did.

1.Suicide Bridge.
2.Chicago Boxcar (Boston Back).
5.Pinball Pinup.
6.Mirror Star.
8.Bike Blood.

Total Playing Time 30:11
File Size 69.4 MB

New Link! (Updated 02/13/19)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Neil Young - Piano Songs 1970-1992 - Live Compilation

Neil Young
Piano Songs 1970-1992 (Live Compilation)
Misc. Audience Recordings
Variable sound quality, generally good to very good
mp3 @ 192 kbps
Artwork Included

For my last entry in this mini-tribute to under-appreciated piano-based rock, I give you... Neil Young? Ok, So, Neil is not exactly known as a piano guy, and is much more known for his searing guitar leads than his keyboard work. But, Neil has been known to do some very interesting piano interpretations of his songs from time to time. Anyway, this is a fan compilation that has been around for quite awhile (covering from 1970-1992) and I thought this would be a good opportunity to post it. I have posted several other Neil compilations and this fits right in (Followers of this blog probably figured that I would find a way to bring this back around to Neil sooner or later, right?). So, this is a very good compilation with some unusual arrangements of some familiar songs as well as some obscure songs. So, Remember this was compiled a while ago from older tapes, so the sound quality varies, and also, because of its age, unfortunately does not include some later very good piano renditions (most notably from the 1999 solo acoustic tour). I got this from BigO Worldwide awhile back, but was originally compiled by long-time rusty, Shawn McCorkle, so thanks to them for making this available.

Disc 1
Track 101. Flying On The Ground Is Wrong [Dec 5, 1970 NYC] (6.9MB)
Track 102. There’s A World [Jan 21, 1971 Boston] (3.5MB)
Track 103. The Bridge [Feb 27, 1971 London] (5.2MB)
Track 104. Borrowed Tune [Jan 14, 1973 Buffalo] (5.7MB)
Track 105 .Soldier [Jan 21, 1973 NYC] (4.1MB)
Track 106. A Man Needs A Maid > Heart Of Gold [both Jan 22, 1971 Stratford] (8.4MB)
Track 107. Journey Thru The Past (3.9MB)
Track 108. Love In Mind [both Feb 23, 1971 London, BBC] (3.7MB)
Track 109. Sweet Joni [March 11, 1973 Bakersfield] (4.8MB)
Track 110. No One Seems To Know [March 5, 1976 Osaka, Japan] (3.8MB)
Track 111. Birds (3.3MB)
Track 112. Out Of My Mind [both May 26, 1978 early show San Francisco] (3.2MB)
Track 113. I Believe In You [March 28, 1970 Santa Monica] (4.4MB)
Track 114. Tonight’s The Night [Nov 17, 1992 Chicago] (6.9MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Coastline [Jan 5, 1983 Santa Cruz] (5.1MB)
Track 202. Don’t Take Your Love Away From Me [March 22, 1985 Sydney] (5.4MB)
Track 203. Winterlong (5.6MB)
Track 204. Someday [both Dec 13, 1989 Rotterdam] (7.8MB)
Track 205. Helpless [April 28, 1989 Tokyo] (7.5MB)
Track 206. Campaigner [Feb 18, 1992 NYC] (6.0MB)
Track 207. Love Is A Rose (3.5MB)
Track 208. Are You Ready For The Country [both May 18, 1992 Cleveland] (3.4MB)
Track 209. Such A Woman [Sept 21, 1992 Los Angeles] (5.8MB)
Track 210. Speakin’ Out [Sept 22, 1992 Los Angeles] (4.6MB)
Track 211. Love Art Blues (4.3MB)
Track 212. Homefires [both Nov 22, 1992 Minneapolis] (3.8MB)
Track 213. After The Goldrush [Sept 5, 1989 NYC] (6.2MB)

Link Updated (03/06/19)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Joe Jackson - 1986-10-21 - Tokyo, Japan

Joe Jackson
Nakano Sun Plaza
Tokyo, Japan
Soundboard, Ex. Quality
mp3 @ 320 kbps
Artwork Included

While we're still highlighting piano-based rock, I wanted to post another Joe Jackson show, this one from the Big World Tour, which was a great album and tour. Jackson has made several great albums, but I consider Big World to be his real masterpiece, his most ambitious and accomplished album, and a rewarding listening experience. Just a great (and great sounding) album from start to finish. Unfortunately, it has not gotten the attention it deserves. I consider Big World to be one of the very best albums of the '80's. This quality recording from Tokyo captures the spirit and excellence of the show quite well, and is highly recommended, particularly for those that may not be as familiar with the Big World songs as with Joe's other 'hits'. This is the complete show. 

01 One More Time
02 Wild West
03 Right And Wrong
04 You Can't Get What You Want
05 (It's A) Big World
06 Home Town
07 On Your Radio
08 Shanghai Sky
09 Fifty Dollar Love Affair
10 Cancer - Be My Number Two - Breaking Us In Two
11 Steppin' Out
12 Survival
13 Soul Kiss
14 It's Different For Girls
15 The Jet Set
16 Sunday Papers (Monday Papers)
17 Tonight And Forever
18 Jumpin Jive Medley: Jack You're Dead - What's The Use Of Getting Sober - Jumpin Jive
19 I'm The Man
20 Man In The Street

Joe Jackson: Vocals, Keyboards
Tom Teeley: Guitar, Vocals
Rick Ford: Bass, Vocals
Gary Burke: Drums

New link! (Updated 01/05/14)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Supertramp - 1975 BBC Radio - London (Lossless)

1975-03-09? (date uncertain)
Wembley (or Hammersmith Odeon?), London
'Crime and Crisis at the BBC'
Ex. SBD A/A+ BBC Radio Broadcast
SHN (Lossless) Files
Artwork Included

As promised, here's another great Supertramp show from their prime, in 1975 just as 'Crisis? What Crisis?' was coming out. Great assortment of songs from 'Crime' and 'Crisis'. As with the 1977 radio show, this show has been passed around in many forms, titles, and versions, along with much misinformation over the years, so the exact date and recording information is not certain. However, this show seems to be the basis of almost all Supertramp boots from this period (1975-76). I have several different versions, claiming to be from Wembley, Hammersmith Odeon, and even a compilation of the 1976 US Tour, but they are all this same radio show, more or less. Seemingly, the most reliable information indicates that it was recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon, 1975-03-09, but I'm not sure. This is the by far the best recorded version I have found, as it is 'Complete and Remastered' according to the notes (Although these notes also claim that it is from Wembley). Great show and great sound. With This show and the previously posted 1977 show, it makes a great 2-CD Live compilation that covers the best of from this period.

1. School
2. Bloody Well Right
3. Intro by John Helliwell
4. Hide in Your Shell
5. Asylum
6. Intro by Dougie Thompson
7. Sister Moonshine
8. Ain't Nobody but Me
9. A Soapbox Opera
10. From Now On
11. Just a Normal Day
12. Dreamer
13. Rudy
14. If Everyone Was Listening
15. Intro by John Helliwell
16. Crime of the Century

New Link! (Updated 05/02/12)
SHN (lossless) audio files

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Supertramp - 1977-11-10 - London, UK

Queen Mary College
London, England UK
Pre-FM Soundboard recording
mp3 @ 320 kbps

Continuing with great piano-based rock, Here is Supertramp, another one of my favorites, from their peak period (1974-1977). Because of their subsequent pop success (from Breakfast in America -1978 on) and coinciding musical irrelevancy, it's easy to forget that Supertramp was one of the great progressive bands of the '70's. Their 3 albums from these peak years (Crime of the Century-1975, Crisis? What Crisis?-1976, and Fool's Overture-1977) are just great, and among the very best from any artist. Although the Supertramp sound is most closely associated with vocalist Roger Hodgson, I have always preferred his counterpart, Rick Davies, in all aspects, the songwriting, vocals, and his distinctive piano (keyboard) playing. Davies songs and style, and the wonderful Sax (and clarinet) additions of John Anthony Helliwell, are what made these really special to me. So, here is a Great BBC Radio broadcast from Supertramp in 1977. There seem to be many bootleg versions of this show floating around, all apparently having slightly different songs included, and most having only a part of the complete show. This version combines all known BBC recordings (pre-FM), thus being the most complete version available (However, some other boots also mixed in songs from other dates). Although this is a great show, it does not have nearly enough songs from 'Crime' and 'Crisis', so I'll have some more Supertramp coming soon to better cover that period.

101 - Give A Little Bit
102 - Bloody Well Right
103 - Lady
104 - From Now On
105 - Babaji
106 - Poor Boy
107 - Dreamer
108 - Another Man's Woman
109 - Hide in Your Shell
110 - Fool's Overture

New Link! (Updated 01/14/14)
For those who prefer lossless, this show is also available from both the 'Quality bootz' and 'Lossless Bootlegs' sites

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Randy Newman - 1983-04-17 - Berkeley, CA

Randy Newman - "Berkeley"
Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, CA
Very Good Audience Recording
mp3 @ 192 kbps
Artwork Included

OK, So Randy is not exactly a 'rocker', but he certainly is a quality piano guy, and one of the great American singer-songwriters and composers of our time. So, here's a well-recorded, great full-length show from 1983 of just Randy, his piano, his wit, and his songs. Here we get his full mordant, sardonic, sarcastic, or however you want to describe his controversial lyrics and style, and the set includes virtually all of his classics, as well as many lesser-known (but excellent, like one of my faves, 'Baltimore') songs in this show, which was shortly before he began devoting most of his time to film scores and theatrical productions. So, here's to another underappreciated piano-based songsmith, Randy Newman. (Also, it's coincidental and interesting that this show is practically from the very same day in 1983 that the Joe Jackson show posted earlier was from. Different parts of the world, but both rockin' in their own unique way).

01. It's Money That I Love [02:31]
02. Yellow Man [02:19]
03. Marie [03:02]
04. Kingfish [02:27]
05. Burn On [02:26]
06. Real Emotional Girl [02:51]
07. Christmas In Capetown [04:35]
08. Sigmund Freuds Impersonation Of Albert Einstein In America [02:24]
09. Short People [02:17]
10. In Germany Before The War [03:39]
11. Birmingham [02:17]
12. I Love La [02:58]
13. Linda [02:17]
14. Louisiana 1927 [02:59]
15. God's Song [03:12]
16. Political Science [02:52]

01. They Just Got Married [02:10]
02. Love Story [02:56]
03. You Can Leave Your Hat On [02:34]
04. Same Girl [02:44]
05. Simon Smith & His Amazing Dancing Bear [01:53]
06. The Girls In My Life (Part 1) [02:15]
07. Rednecks [03:03]
08. Sail Away [02:46]
09. A Wedding In Cherokee County [03:20]
10. Baltimore [03:25]
11. My Life Is Good [03:42]
12. Rider In The Rain [03:14]
13. Jolly Coppers On Parade [02:56]
14. Song For The Dead [03:29]
15. Lonely At The Top [02:16]
16. Guilty [02:45]
17. Davy The Fat Boy [03:15]
18. I Think Its Going To Rain Today [03:29]
19. Blue Monday [01:34]
98:52 min
136.2 MB

New Link! (Updated 01/06/14)

Friday, July 3, 2009

Bruce Hornsby - Summer Tour 2007 Highlights - Unreleased Live Album

Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers
Summer Tour 2007 Highlights - "Happy Holidays - 2007"
Venues, locations, and dates unknown
Excellent Soundboard Recording
mp3 @ 256 kbps

Next up in this mini-tribute to underappreciated piano rockers is another consummate musician and master craftsmen of the piano and keyboards, who can seemingly master all styles (pop, rock, country, bluegrass, jazz, classical,etc.), and that is Mr. Bruce Hornsby. Whether he's jamming with The Grateful Dead, Don Henley, or The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, or leading his own band and performing his own deep song catalogue, he maintains a commanding presence at the keyboards, yet has a very low-key and humble attitude. Achieved tremendous initial success with his first song and album 'The Way It Is' in 1986, but in the subsequent years as he explored more varied and diversified music (and a lot of jazz-influenced records) his widespread popularity has steadily decreased. However, he has continued to make great, strong, albums and world-class music straight through, and is always a joy to listen to.
Here we have a real treat, an excellent unreleased live album from Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers from 2007. This was professionally recorded and produced (recorded, mixed, and mastered by Bruce's sound engineer - Wayne Pooley - using a soundboard matrix enhanced by select multi-tracks), and was offered for free download at Bruce's web site as a Holiday gift to fans around Christmas 2007. This recording was only offered as a free download, and has never been available for purchase through Bruce's livemusic web site, or any other commercial outlet. Thus, this album was never officially released or commercially available. Although no longer available through the website, I was one of those fortunate enough to be able to download it in 2007, so here it is for all to enjoy. Thanks Bruce!
'Happy Holidays 2007 - from Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers'
Disk 1
1. Country Doctor
2. Resting Place
3. Walk in the Sun
4. Talk of the Town
5. Jacob's Ladder / Cartoons and Candy
6. Gonna Be Some Changes Made

Disk 2
1. End of the Innocence
2. Fortunate Son / Comfortably Numb
3. Circus on the Moon
4. Sunflower Cat
5. The Way It Is
6. Rainbows Cadillac
7. Big Rumble
8. Standing on the Moon / Halcyon Days

New Links! (Updated 01/31/21)
disc 1: Bruce_Hornsby_-_Summer_Tour_2007_Highlights_Disc_1.rar

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Joe Jackson - 1983-04-16 - Rockpalast

Joe Jackson
Grugahalle, Essen, Germany
SBD - Radio Broadcast, Very Good Quality
mp3 @ 192 kbps
Artwork Included

First up on our under-appreciated piano-rock hit parade is Joe Jackson, a consummate musician who has dabbled in various different musical periods and styles (pop, rock, new wave, jazz, swing, classical, etc), and has always produced quality stuff. He first came on the scene in 1979, and made a big splash with his post-punk new-wave style debut album Look Sharp!, when he was grouped with the likes of Elvis Costello and Graham Parker as the voices of change. His best period was undoubtedly the 1980’s, when he released one great album after another (including Jumpin’ Jive, Night and Day, Body and Soul, Big World, Live, and Blaze of Glory (Big World was my pick for top album of 1986 and high on the album of the decade list). Although his popularity has steadily waned since the early ‘80’s as he has ventured into more eclectic musical styles, he has remained a force to be reckoned with, and one of my favorite artists. Here is a fine show with very good sound quality from the Night and Day Tour in 1983, probably his most successful album and tour, from a German radio broadcast.

1. On Your Radio
2. Another World
3. Sunday Papers
4. Look Sharp!
5. Breaking Us In Two
6. Is She Really Going Out With Him? (a cappella version)
7. Target - T.V. Age
8. Tuxedo Junction
9. Steppin' Out
10. Beat Crazy
11. One More Time
12. A Slow Song
13. Band Intros
14. Motown Medley:
(a) Uptight (Everything's Alright)
(b) Tears Of A Clown
(c) I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
(d) How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
(e) Heat Wave
(f) Uptight (Everything's Alright) (reprise)
15. I'm The Man

The Band:
Joe Jackson - voc/sax/vibraphone/piano
Graham Maby - bass/voc
Larry Tolfree - drums
Joy Askew - keyb/voc
Sue Hadjopoulos - perc
Ed Rynesdal - keyb/violin/voc

New Link! (Updated 01/05/14)

More Piano Rock!

Judging by the distinct lack of response I got to my Ben Folds shows and posts, it seems that I was right on target in thinking that Folds is still largely unknown and vastly underappreciated by the masses. A shame, for that is some great music there, and I hope that more people will give it a listen. Nonetheless, moving on here at the Chronicles, and being inspired by Folds’ piano-based pop-rock, over the next couple weeks we will be featuring other largely underappreciated artists that deal primarily with, yes, piano-based rock music. I have always loved good piano and keyboard work, and some of my favorite bands feature keyboards prominently. Now, of course, when piano and pop-rock music are mentioned together, the big names that come to mind are Elton John and Billy Joel. Well, we won’t feature them here, there are plenty of their shows available elsewhere, and they are hardly underappreciated. No, we will be featuring some of my favorites that SHOULD be or have been as big as John and Joel, but, alas, were or are not. So, stay tuned for more piano-based rock!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Ben Folds Five - 1997-11-11 - Carrboro, NC

Ben Folds Five
Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC
Good Audience Recording
mp3 @ 320 kbps
No artwork

For our final featured show in this Ben Folds tribute, Here's a good (but not great) audience recording of a rockin' complete show from Ben Folds Five in 1997, close to home in Carrboro, NC, featuring songs from their first two albums.

01 – Theme From Dr. Pyser
02 – Battle of Who Could Care Less
03 – Philosophy
04 – Missing The War
05 – Selfless, Cold, and Composed
06 – The Last Polka
07 – Steven's last Night in Town
08 – Fair
09 – Brick
10 – Kate
11 – Jackson Cannery
12 – One Angry Dwarf And 200 Solemn Faces
13 – Uncle Walter
14 – Smoke
15 – Julianne
16 – (segue)
17 – Underground
18 – She Don't Use Jelly
19 – Song For The Dumped

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Ben Folds Five - 1999-11-18 - Stockholm

Ben Folds Five
Stockholm, Sweden
Soundboard - Excellent Quality
mp3 @ 160 kbps

To wrap up my Featured Artist Tribute to Ben Folds, here are a couple of shows from his original Band, the Ben Folds Five, which was together from around 1995-2000. Now, many of his fans still think that he made his best music as part of this group, and they are superb, but you can be the judge. First up, is an excellent soundboard recording from 1999, although a somewhat short set (undoubtedly a partial show) from Stockholm, Sweden. Features a nice, but all too short, mix of songs from all three of their albums.

01 – Army
02 – Don't Change Your Plans
03 – Your Redneck Past
04 – Mess
05 – Brick
06 – Philosophy
07 – Fair
08 – One Angry Dwarf And 200 Solemn Faces
09 – Sledge on Power Animals and Oranges
10 – Underground
11 – Song For The Dumped

BF5 Reunion concert Video:
As fans of BF5 know, The group did recently (9-18-2008) get together for a much-anticipated one-time reunion concert in Chapel Hill, NC, which was webcast Live on My Space. Streaming video of the concert event, where they played their entire final album (The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner) from start to finish, is still available for viewing (free) at My Space here: . A very Cool event for all Ben Folds fans. Check it Out.