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