Friday, April 22, 2011

Steve Goodman & John Prine - 1980-09-25 - Minneapolis, MN

Steve Goodman and John Prine
September 25, 1980
Minneapolis, MN (venue unknown)

Audience recording, Excellent sound quality
mp3 @ 320 kbps
Artwork Included

Previously, as part of my Chicago series, I featured several shows from each of these wonderful singer-songwriters, and noted that they were the best of friends and often played together on the same bill. However, I did not have any shows to share (nor had I actually heard any) where they actually performed together. Well, now I have one, and here it is. This is a show from Minneapolis in 1980. Steve opens the show with a great 15-song solo set, followed by Prine's masterful solo set, and then Steve joins John for the final 8 songs (all Prine songs). And it's a great show, and an excellent-sounding recording. However, I have to admit that I was more than a bit dissappointed with the combined performance of these two legendary musicians and friends. I was expecting more exchange and interplay between them, with duets, trading lead lines back and forth, and between song banter. But, alas, the combined set is very much just a continuation of Prine's set, with Steve providing background & harmony vocals only, and an occasional  guitar lead, but no lead vocals or duets on any songs, or stories, verbal exchanges between them. Oh well, perhaps I had built up this potential collaboration too much in my mind. It is still a great show, and I finally do get to hear them perform together. Enjoy. If you haven't already, be sure to check out the previous posts of fine shows from both of these great musicians.
Disc One
101. Bobby Don't Stop
102. Danger
103. Talk Backwards
104. Elvis Imitators
105. City Of New Orleans
106. Chicken Cordon Blues
107. This Hotel Room
108. The Dutchman
109. It's A Sin To Tell A Lie
110. Turnpike Tom
111. I'm My Own Grandpa
112. The Auctioneer
113. You Never Even Called Me By My Name
114. Where Did The 20th Century Go?
115. My Old Man

116. Spanish Pipedream
117. Christmas In Prison
118. Fish And Whistle
119. Living In The Future
120. Angel From Montgomery

Disc Two
201. Iron Ore Betty
202. Bottomless Lake
203. Illegal Smile
204. Donald And Lydia
205. Sam Stone
206. That's The Way That The World Goes Round
207. There She Goes
208. I Had A Dream Last Night
209. Sabu Visit's The Twin Cities Alone
210. Bruised Orange (Chain Of Sorrow) (With Steve Goodman)
211. Souvenirs (With Steve Goodman)
212. Ballad of A Teenage Queen (With Steve Goodman)
213. Paradise (With Steve Goodman)
214. Hello In There (With Steve Goodman)
215. Please Don't Bury Me (With Steve Goodman)
216. Dear Abby (With Steve Goodman)
217. Everybody (With Steve Goodman)

New Links! Updated 12/12/13
disc 1: Steve_Goodman-John_Prine_-_1980_MN_disc1.rar
disc 2: Steve_GoodmanJohn_Prine_-_1980_MN_disc2.rar


furnguy said...


tonyg said...

Thanks for posting the Prine and Goodman stuff. Growing up in Chicago, I was lucky to see them many times together early in their careers when half the time was taken up with telling stories. By the time of this concert, I had moved to Minneapolis and was happy to see that they had a large fan base up here. Unfortunately, by the mid-70s the story telling part of their sets had fallen along the wayside. God bless Steve Goodman.

iggy said...

Thanks so much BB. Two of my favorites. Sorry I never got to see Steve. All the best,


dwight schrutte said...

I love this show
Ive had it for a long time - I have to admit - that its been a long time since I listened - what a classic show -
I saw them both several times but never together

Let's Find H-Man A Wife said...

You have such good tunes on this site; thanks

Mark said...

Thank you so much for posting this show. My gal had just broke up with me so I gave her ticket to a friend, and we had a great time. This was an absolute gem of a show, not a whole lot of banter as you say between Prine and Goodman,but that's generally the way they did their shows. Steve first, and then John's set with Steve's accompaniment. You could see they were best of friends. The show was at the old Guthrie theater where every seat was damn near on top of the stage it seemed. Excellent acoustics there as well.

Thanks again, my friend will surely get a copy of this. Peace...

Jamoof said...

I was at this concert in Minneapolis in 1980, sitting fairly near the front. After Prine had started his set, I got up, walked to the right side of the stage in the old theater, and slipped through the curtain and up the stairs. There was no one on that side of the stage; I could see stagehands across on the other side. I noticed Steve just to my left near the front of the stage, watching John play, but I was stopped in my tracks by the expression on his face- a deep sadness, a totally lost expression. As quickly and unobtrusively as possible, I approached him, shook his hand and handed him a cassette tape with a single song on it that I had written. I told him, "After I wrote this song, I thought of you, so here you go," and turned and left. 30 seconds, max. Years later, when we all were made aware of his leukemia, which had plagued him since the late 60's, I figured out that look on his face. He died about four years later in September, 1984, at age 36. Thanks for posting this concert; perhaps it will sound a little more poignant now to those of you who have taken the time to read my long comment.