Friday, September 30, 2011

The Kinks - 1978-10-30 - Paris, France

The Kinks
October 30, 1978
Theatre Mogador, Paris, France
Audience recording, very good quality (remastered by PinkRobert)
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (@320 kbps) versions

More Kinks! Here is yet another seldom-heard Kinks show, this one from 1978, after their triumphant return to Rock 'n Roll (following their side excursion into Music Hall and full-length theatrical productions in the mid-70's) with the Sleepwalker (1977) and Misfits (1978) albums, yet still before they would re-acquire mass popularity and huge stadium shows following Low Budget (1979) and their subsequent 80's resurgence. This is a very good, nearly excellent quality audience recording of a great show, featuring an excellent setlist. However, the performance is hampered somewhat by Ray's notably distressed and erratic vocals (perhaps the strain of touring was showing), which is made more prominent by the fact that the vocals were too high in the mix (vocals dominate the sound, with the band more in the background). Nonetheless, it is still a wonderful show, showing the band at yet another stage in their remarkable career.

1. Audience
2. You Really Got Me (Introduction)
3. Sleepwalker
4. Life on the Road
5. Lola
6. Misfits
7. A Well Respected Man
8. Death of a Clown
9. Sunny Afternoon
10. Dedicated Follower of Fashion
11. Hay Fever
12. Celluloid Heroes
13. Trust Your Heart
14. You Really Got Me
15. Slum Kids
16. Alcohol
17. A Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy
18. All Day and All of the Night
19. Audience (Encore Break)
20. Live Life
21. Little Queenie
22. Band Introduction
23. Twist and Shout
24. Audience cheers

Ray Davies: vocals, rhythm guitar
Dave Davies: lead guitar, vocals
Gordon Edwards: keyboards
Jim Rodford: bass
Mick Avory: drums

mp3 version - Kinks_1978-10-30_Paris_mp3.rar
New Link! (Updated 06/23/19)

FLAC version - Kinks_1978-10-30_Paris_FLAC

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Kinks - 1972-03-11 - Case-Western University, Cleveland, OH

The Kinks
March 11, 1972
Emerson Gymnasium
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Audience Recording, Very Good Quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Here's another fine Kinks show, this one from a couple years later than the last, and thus adding selections from their 1970 (Lola vs Powerman and the Money-go-round) and 1971 (Muswell Hillbillies) albums to their concert repertoire. This was still before the band added horns and went into full Music Hall-theatrical mode a bit later in the '70's, so they still rocked here. And this is a very good sounding audience recording and full-length show from a stage in their career where there aren't many good quality recordings available. So sit back and enjoy some more great stuff from Kinks.
BTW, this show has been passed around with the date listed as 3/12/72. But some quick checking indicates that this show at Case-Western was on the 11th, they played a show in Chicago on the 12th, so I have corrected the date to the 11th.

1. Top of the Pops
2. Brainwashed
3. 20th Century Man (Beginning tease)
4. Get Back In The Line
5. Waterloo Sunset
6. Apeman
7. Sunny Afternoon
8. Band Intros
9. Muswell Hillbillies
10. Acute Schizophrenia Blues
11. You're Lookin' Fine
12. Alcohol
13. Skin & Bones
14. Lola
15. You Really Got Me
16. All Day And All Of The Night
17. Applause (Encore Break)
18. Til The End Of The Day
19. Victoria

mp3 version - Kinks_1972-03-11_Cleveland_mp3.rar
New Link! (Updated 06/23/19)
FLAC version - Kinks_1972-03-11_Cleveland_FLAC

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Kinks - 1969-11-27 - San Francisco, Fillmore West (Upgrade)

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

Soundboard recording, very good quality
Available in Lossless (FLAC) or mp3 (320 kbps) versions

As it has been over a year since I last featured any Kinks, it is certainly about time for more Kinks. And this show is a great one, probably the best available concert recording from this prime period of The Kinks career. This is one that I have posted before, however, and was actually the very first post of this blog, about 3 1/2 years ago. It has been one of the most downloaded shows here. At the time it was posted, and up until very recently, I only had this in mp3@192 kbps version. But now I have tracked down this show in Lossless quality, so here now is a very worthwhile upgrade, to have this show in much better quality (for those that prefer mp3, I have also included an upgraded 320 kbps mp3 version). And in fact, there's even an additional song (Mindless Child of Motherhood) on this version that was not included in the previous version. So, if you've enjoyed this show as much as I have over the last few years, this is a welcome upgrade indeed. As I stated in the previous post for this show "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 was one of their first shows in the states after the ban barring them from appearing in the U.S. was lifted (after almost 4 years!). 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." Great set, great show, and now much improved sound quality. So, if you are at all a fan of the Kinks, you need to get this show, even if you already have the lower quality version previously available here. 

1. Till The End of the Day
2. Mindless Child of Motherhood
3. Last of the Steam Powered Trains
4. Your Looking Fine
5. Mr. Churchill Says
6. Big Sky
7. You Really Got Me
8. Love Me Till The Sun Shines
9. Brainwashed
10. Milk Cow Blues / See My Friends / Tired of Waiting For You /  Brainwashed
11. Louie Louie
12. Victoria
13. A Well Respected Man / Death of A Clown / Dandy

mp3 version - Kinks_1969-11-27_Fillmore_West_mp3.rar

New Link! (Updated 12/18/13)

FLAC version - Kinks_1969-11-27_Fillmore_West_flac.rar

Monday, September 12, 2011

Fabulous Poodles - 1979-02-13 - My Father's Place, Hempstead, NY

Fabulous Poodles
My Father's Place, Roslyn, NY

FM Broadcast, good sound quality
mp3 @ 320 kbps
Custom artwork included

Here's a real treat (at least for me!). I have been looking for this show (or any other FabPoos show) since before I started this blog. As I have said previously here (when I posted another, much shorter radio show of theirs here), "The Fabulous Poodles were 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". Driven by Tony DeMuer's wit, antics, and energy, and Bobby Valentino's ferocious violin, these guys were sensational, especially live. But there are just so few live recordings of them. This is one of the few longer-length sets available (but not very available, as it took me many years to finally get hold of it), so this is a joy to hear. They only made three albums (only 2 in the US!) between 1977 and 1979. By 1980, they were gone, and in an ugly split with their manager, they were forbidden from ever performing as the Fabulous Poodles, or even using their Poodles stage names again. Tony DeMeur changed his name to Ronnie Golden and became a comedian with some success in British TV. Bobby Valentino became a respected session musician, lending his distinctive violin to countless recordings, including contributing the signature fiddle part to The Bluebell's UK Hit, 'Young At Heart', a few years later. Bobby remains active in music, and has a website detailing his various projects. I give my thanks and am forever indebted to blog reader David B. for sending this show to me. If you are not familiar with these guys, you really should check them out (if you are already familiar with them, no doubt you have already started downloading this, and don't need me to tell you). Enjoy!

01. Suicide Bridge 3:56
02. Cherchez La Femme 4:29
03. Chicago Boxcar 3:42
04. B Movies 3:49
05. Rum Baba Boogie 5:16
06. Oh Cheryl 3:43
07. Work Shy 4:33
08. Tit Photographer Blues 4:03
09. Pinball Pinup 6:54
10. Mirror Star 4:04
11. Roll Your Own 4:46
12. Louie Louie 2:21
13. Puppy Love 1:37
14. Mr. Mike 3:38
15. Bike Blood 4:03
16. Don't Lie To Me 5:20
Total Time: 66:20

New link! (updated 02/13/19)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Rutles - Bootleg Compilations (live, outtakes, rehearsals, etc.)

The Rutles - A Selection of Bootleg Compilations

And now for something completely - well, at least a little bit - different. Here now, the Pre-fab Four, The Rutles! Yes, here they are, the legendary foursome, Ron Nasty, Dirk McQuickly, Stig O'Hara, and Barry Wom, who created a musical legacy that would last a lunchtime! Those 4 moptops, their music, and their trousers. If you only have the 'official releases' from The Rutles (The Rutles and Archaeology), then you have only just scratched the surface of the festering boil that is The Rutles music. As with their slightly more famous real-life counterparts, the Rutles official releases are far outnumbered by the various bootlegs, outtakes, and rarities compilations. Here we present some of the various bootleg collections that have made the rounds.

Just like the 'other group's' bootlegs, these are a mishmash of various tracks (rehearsals, live, outtakes, demos, etc.) thrown together. There's a lot of duplication, particularly from the 1978 rehearsal sessions, and the quality varies greatly, but they all contain some different tracks as well as some annoyingly enticing but worthless rubbish (such as 'the Missing Rutles song', etc.). but as Rutles fans, we MUST have everything we can get, right? So, for you completists, here is a selection of available Rutlegs.

Yesterday's Leftovers (live, outtakes, rarities)
mp3@320 (with album artwork - Butcher cover)
Tracklist (see notes)


Sweet Rutle Tracks
Rehearsal sessions (1978) mp3@192
01. Intro & We’ve Arrived
02. Now She’s Left You
03. Number One
04. Love Life
05. Radio Spot & Interview
06. Goose Step Mama
07. It’s Looking Good
08. I Must Be In Love
09. Baby Let Me Be
10. Radio Spot
11. Good Times Roll
12. Let’s Be Natural
13. Get Up And Go
14. Old Blues Man Interview
15. Blue Suede Schubert
16. Between Us
17. Piggy In The Middle
18. Living In Hope


Savage Young Rutles
Rehearsals? mp3 @ 320k
01. Baby Let Me Be
02. Blue Suede Schubert
03. Between Us
04. It’s Looking Good
05. Goose Step Mama
06. I Must Be In Love
07. We’ve Arrived
08. Now She’s Left You
09. Number One
10. Love Life
11. Good Times Roll
12. Doubleback Alley
13. Piggy In The Middle
14. Let’s Be Natural
15. Get Up And Go
16. Living In Hope
17. Plenty Of Time


The Last Tea Party Tapes
(live, outtakes, rarities) mp3@128k
01. I Must Be In Love (Live)
02. With A Girl Like You (Live)
03. Ouch!
04. Another Day (Live)
05. Hold My Hand (Live)
06. Now She’s Left You (Rat Keller 1962)
07. Blue Suede Schubert (Rat Keller)
08. I Must Be In Love (rehearsal)
09. It’s Looking Good (rehearsal)
10. Piggy In The Middle (Take 5)
11. Let’s Be Natural (rehearsal)
12. Good Times Roll (Edit piece 3)
13. Baby S'il Vous Plait (French version)
14. The Short Blues (Ron & Barry)
15. Bonsoir A Revoir (Ron & Barry)
16. The Missing Rutles Song (Let It Rot sessions)
17. Lullaby (Let It Rot sessions)
18. Fallen Arch Angel (Let It Rot sessions)
19. Questionnaire (early demo)
20. Get Up and Go (Take 16)


Sgt. Rutter's Only Darts Club Band
mp3 @ 128k
From the Archives
01. Goose Step Mama
02. Between Us
03. With A Girl Like You
04. Hold My Hand
05. I Must Be In Love
06. Ouch!
07. It’s Looking Good
08. Love Life
09. Piggy In The Middle
10. Cheese and Onions
11. Get Up And Go
12. Doubleback Alley
Ron & Barry - The Backyard tapes
13. Act Naturally
14. Between Us
15. We’ve Arrived
16. Hello Goodbye
17. The Short Blues
18. Cheese and Onions
Rutles on TV
19. Cheese and Onions
Live Rutles
20. Another Day
21. With A Girl Like You
22. Ouch!
23. Hold My Hand
Rare Acetates
24. I Must Be In Love
25. Good Times Roll
26. Ging Gang Goolie (Dirk & Stig - 1978 single)
27. Mr Sheene (Dirk & Stig - 1978 single)

New Links! (Updated12/18/13)

The Rutles are, of course, a delightful Beatles parody created by ex-Monty Pythoner Eric Idle and his songwriting partner, Neil Innes. It originally started with a brief skit (one song) for their mid-70's TV show, Rutland Weekend Televsion in 1976. The idea grew from there, and after an appearance on Saturday Night Live, Idle and Innes were encouraged to develop The Rutles into a full-length TV film (and 20 Rutles songs), entitled 'All You Need Is Cash'. An album culled from the film followed, and was later revisited over the years with a follow-up album in 1996, as well as various appearances and live performances.  The Rutles live on as probably the best Beatles parody ever, certainly the most fun, with it's wickedly clever, dead-on, silly, and loving tribute to the Beatles story. And the songs are actually pretty good, too.