Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Brian Setzer - 1995-12-31 - Warfield Theater, San Francisco, CA

Brian Setzer
The Warfield Theater, San Francisco, CA 

FM Broadcast recording (KFOG-FM), very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Here's a fun New Year's Eve show from Brian Setzer and his big band/swing orchestra from 1995, featuring a variety of songs and styles (including a big band rendition of Zeppelin's Black Dog). It's a very good quality FM broadcast recording and just right for NYE. Hope you are all having a fine holiday season, and here's to a better, brighter year ahead.

Disc One:
1.  Introduction
2.  James Bond Theme
3.  Hoodoo Voodoo Doll
4.  Good Rockin' Daddy
5.  Your True Love
6.  Town Without Pity
7.  Brand New Cadillac
8.  Stray Cat Strut
9.  Sittin' On It All The Time
10.  Johnny Kool
11.  That Mellow Saxophone
12.  There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder
13.  Sleepwalk
14.  Straight Up
15.  New Year's Count Down
16.  Auld Lang Syne
17.  Black Dog

Disc Two:
18.  If The House Is A Rockin'
19.  Rumble In Brighton
20.  Rock This Town
21.  As Long As I'm Singing
22.  Tequila
23.  Raunchy
24.  Hoodoo Voodoo Doll #2
25.  KFOG- FM outro

mp3: Brian Setzer_1995-12-31_SF_mp3_pt1.rar
Brian Setzer_1995-12-31_SF_mp3_pt2.ar

FLAC: Brian Setzer_1995-12-31_SF_FLAC.rar

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

BB's Christmas Chronicle - 2014 (Christmas Music Sampler)

BB's Christmas Chronicle - 2014
A Christmas music sampler from BB Chronicles
Various Artists

mp3 @ 192-320 kbps

OK, here's this years Christmas sampler collection, containing various Christmas -themed songs, old and new, some I've been listening to for years, others I've only recently discovered. Once again, featuring a mix of original and traditional, serious and silly, but all very enjoyable, and not your usual assortment of artists and songs found on most of these types of collections. Hope you like it. Merry Christmas to all.

1. Tiny Tree Christmas - Guster/Ryan Miller (From Target's 'The Christmas Gig' - 2010)
2. Joy Boogie - Chuck Leavell (From 'What's in That Bag?' - 2001)
3. Please Come Home For Christmas - Chuck Leavell (Chuck Leavell (From 'What's in That Bag?' - 2001)
4. Swingle Jingle - Lionel Hampton (From 'Swing Into Christmas' - 2001)
5. I Told Santa Claus - Fats Domino (From 'Christmas Gumbo' - 1993)
6. Christmas Pics - Barenaked Ladies (From 'Barenaked for the Holidays' - 2004)
7. The Christmas Waltz - She & Him (From 'A Very She & Him Christmas' - 2011)
8. The Nutcracker Suite - Brian Setzer Orchestra (From 'Christmas Rocks! The Ultimate Christmas Collection' - 2008)
9. The 12 Days of Christmas (Live) - Straight No Chaser (From 'Holiday Spirits' - 2008)
10. Christmas Rule - Jorma Kaukonen (From 'Christmas' - 1996)
11. Good King Wenceslas - The Fab Four (From 'A Fab Four Christmas' - 2002)
12. Deck The Halls - The Roches (From 'We Three Kings' - 1990)
13. What Child is This - Jorma Kaukonen (From 'Christmas' - 1996)
14. Ring Those Christmas Bells - Peggy Lee (From 'Swing Into Christmas' - 2001)
15. Hark" The Herald Angels Sing - The Fab Four - (From 'A Fab Four Christmas' - 2002)
16. Run Run Rudolph (Live) - Bill Kirchen (From 2010-12-16 - Northampton, MA show)
17. Swingin' For Christmas - Gene Ammons (From 'Swing Into Christmas' - 2001)
18. White Christmas - Brian Setzer Orchestra (From 'Christmas Rocks! The Ultimate Christmas Collection' - 2008)
19. Sleigh Ride - The Roches - (From 'We Three Kings' - 1990)
20. Go Tell It On The Mountain - Simon & Garfunkel (From 'Wednesday Morning 3 A.M.' - 1964)
21. Christmas Must Be Tonight - The Band (From 'Islands' - 1977)
22. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/O Come All Ye Faithful - John Fahey (From 'The New Possibility: John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Album' - 1968)
23. Auld Lang Syne - David Grisman (From 'Acoustic Christmas' - 1983)

New Link! Updated 12/11/20
BB's Christmas Chronicle 2014.rar

Also, if you haven't already done so, don't forget to check out my other Christmas compilations and Christmas-themed music posts from previous years. All available here: 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun - 2010-12-16 - Northampton, MA

Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun
"Bill Kirchen's Honky Tonk Holiday Party"
Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA

Audience recording, very good quality
mp3 @ 192 kbps

Getting in the Holiday spirit now, here's the irrepressible Bill Kirchen once again, with his Too Much Fun Trio doing one of his "Honky Tonk Holiday Party" shows from a few years back. It of course features the fantastic guitar mastery of Kirchen in a fun mix of not-so-traditional holiday songs (such as 'Truckin' Trees for Christmas', 'Reindeer Boogie', 'Silent Surfin' Night', and 'Daddy's Drinkin' Up Our Christmas') and his own new and old classics (such as 'Rocks Into Sand', 'Too Much Fun', 'Semi-Truck', and 'Hot Rod Lincoln') done as only he can. A really fun holiday show featuring one of the greats.

01. Bump Wood
02. Rocks Into Sand
03. Truckin' Trees For Christmas
04. I'll Be Home For Christmas
05. Santa Looked Alot Like Daddy
06. talk/intro
07. Ain't Got Time For The Blues
08. Word To The Wise
09. Valley Of The Moon
10. Working On A Building *
11. Silent Surfin' Night
12. Reindeer Boogie
13. intro Betsy & Rose
14. Blue & Lonesome ^
15. Run Run Rudolph
16. talk/intro
17. Daddy's Drinking Up Our Christmas
18. Hot Rod Lincoln
19. talk/intro
20. Mele Kalikimaka *
21. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
22. Semi-Truck
23. I Couldn't Pass The Bar *
24. Man In The Bottom Of The Well
25. Sleepwalk
26. The Times They Are A-Changin'
27. encore call
28. E: Too Much Fun

Bill Kirchen - guitar, vocals
Maurice "Mac" Cridlin - bass, ukulele
Jack O'Dell - drums, ukulele, vocals *
^ w/ Betsy-Dawn Williams & Rose Sinclair (of Girl Howdy) - vocals

Note: Girl Howdy opened

Bill Kirchen_2010-12-16_NorthamptonMA_Holiday show.rar
Link updated 10/28/2018

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Counting Crows - 2014-11-23 - Alcatraz, Milano, Italy

Counting Crows
Alcatraz, Milano, Italy

Update: Download not available.
Go to counting crows official website.

Ok, sorry for the lack of posts for the past month, but I have just been really busy on a big project for work and have had absolutely no time for the blog lately. But, I will be finishing things up this week, and hopefully will have a couple of holiday-themed posts coming soon. In the meantime, here is a recent full-length Counting Crows show I just acquired. I haven't even gotten the chance to listen to the whole show yet, just heard enough to verify that it is an audience recording with what seems like very good sound quality. So, enjoy this. By the way, I have been really loving the new Counting Crows album, Somewhere Under Wonderland,  even more now than when I first mentioned it last month. It may be their best album ever (certainly one of their very best). It is definitely the best album of 2014, as far as I'm concerned. I just can't get enough of it. It is probably their most bouyantly rockin' album, with killer tracks like 'Dislocation', 'Elvis Went to Hollywood',and 'Earthquake Driver', yet also has a couple of their very best acoustic tracks, and Adam's most gut-wrenchingly, emotionally powerful heartbreaker of all with 'Possibility Days', a magnificent track, and that doesn't even mention the 8+ min mini-opus 'Palisades Park', which Adam has claimed is the best song he's ever written. I can't understand why there has not been more talk and buzz around this album as one of the year's very best, as it is great. But then, what do I know, I'm just a music fan. Anyway, check out this Crows show, and if you like it, then go buy their album, you won't regret it. An official soundboard recording of this and many other Counting Crows shows is available at www.livecountingcrows.com

01 intro
02 Round Here
03 Scarecrow
04 If I Could Give All My Love -or- Richard Manuel Is Dead
05 Cover Up the Sun
06 Mr. Jones
07 Colorblind
08 Mercy
09 Omaha
10 Possibility Days
11 1492
12 Miami
13 Like Teenage Gravity (Kasey Anderson cover)

01 God of Ocean Tides
02 Goodnight L.A.
03 Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell cover)
04 Blues Run the Game (Jackson C. Frank cover)
05 Earthquake Driver
06 A Long December
07 Hanginaround
08 intro Encores
09 Palisades Park
10 Rain King
11 Holiday In Spain
12 California Dreamin' (from speakers)

Unfortunately, Download is not available (Copyright infringement notification). Official Soundboard recordings for all recent Counting Crows shows are available through the band's live show website www.livecountingcrows.com

I was under the impression that Counting Crows had an open taping policy, and that sharing of audience recordings was allowed, but apparently that has changed. Perhaps since they now offer official recordings of their shows through their website, they do not allow any recordings of shows that they have available for sale. I'm not sure. I tried to make sure that this was an audience recording and not the 'official' recording before posting, but it doesn't seem to matter, as they apparently do not allow this recording to be shared, so it has been removed. I apologize for any inconvenience caused to the band or to the readers of this blog. I leave this post up for informational purposes. I fully support this excellent band and encourage you to buy their new album, Somewhere Under Wonderland, and any of their live recordings available for purchase.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Counting Crows - 2014-05-15 - NonCOMM vention, Philadelphia, PA

Counting Crows
May 15, 2014
14th Annual NonCOMM vention, World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA

Recorded from live webstream broadcast, very good quality
mp3 @ 128 kbps

OK, so now moving from bands and artists that I saw live last summer to the band I most WANTED to see live in 2014, but didn't get the chance - Counting Crows. This was a tour that I particularly wanted to see, as they were previewing new songs from their upcoming album, but it just didn't work out for me. When they came to the east coast, I was away on the west coast, and when they came to the west coast, I was back on the east coast. Oh well, but it would've been great to see them. But the big news for Counting Crows fans is, of course, that their new album, Somewhere Under Wonderland, which is their first new studio album of original music in over 6 years, was finally released in September 2014. It's not like they haven't been busy, with touring yearly, and releasing live albums in 2011 and 2013, and a unique covers album Underwater Sunshine (which is very good) in 2012, but it has been quite awhile since we heard any new original songs from the band (last original studio album was the good, but somewhat uneven concept album, Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings (2008). And the even better news is that the new album is absolutely excellent, certainly one of their best, and probably their best album since This Desert Life (1999), which is my personal favorite. It is just a great album, not a weak track on it. Overall, it's a diverse album, a great sound and feel, with several great rockers and pop gems, but also some more subdued, emotional, and reflective tracks, as well as a country-rock gem (that takes its cue from the country-rock focus of their last covers album). Some of Adam's best songwriting and vocals, and superb band playing and arrangements. The only complaint might be that it is a bit short, with only 9 songs and 41 min. long (whereas most Crows albums have 13-15 songs and are around an hour long), but that is minor considering that every song that is here is a gem (no filler or dull spots at all). I highly recommend the album. For me, certainly the best album of 2014 (although admittedly, I don't listen to a whole lot of new albums each year anymore), well worth checking out.  Anyway, so what I have here is a performance from early in the summer, at the NonComm vention, a yearly convention for non-commercial, alternative radio stations, which was particularly notable because it was here that they first debuted several of the new songs from the new album. It is a short set, but 5 of the 7 songs played were brand new songs never heard before, and thus is a good intro to hear some of the new songs before getting the album. And as good as these new songs are here (especially 'Elvis...', 'God of Ocean Tides', and the epic 'Palisades Park'), they did not even include 2 of my favorite songs from the album, 'Dislocation', a driving rocker with an irresistible hook, and 'Possibility Days', the evocative album closer. Although the mix of this recording is not great (vocals are way upfront and the band seems way in the background), and since it comes from streaming audio source has a low bitrate, it is still fine to hear and get the idea about the new songs. So, check out Counting Crows, and by all means, go out and buy their new album, Somewhere Under Wonderland.

01. Elvis went to Hollywood (new)
02. Scarecrow (new)
03. Omaha
04. God of Ocean Tides (new)
05. Earthquake Driver (new)
06. Long December
07. Palisades Park (new)

Counting Crows_ 2014-05-15_NonCOMMvention_PA.rar

For some more live Counting Crows from the 2014 tour, I have also included info and a link to get a free download of a live compilation (mp3, 256 kbps) that is being offered directly by the Counting Crows through their live show website, livecountingcrows.com. This has been available all summer, and is still available. It is a compilation of individual tracks from several different shows from early on in their 2014 tour, exclusively available through their website for free, and was billed as their 4th of July Spectacular. Of course, the site also contains numerous soundboard recordings of shows from this and previous Counting Crows tours, available for purchase (as mp3, FLAC, or CD).

Counting Crows
4th of July Spectacular - 2014

(Live compilation - available as free download from livecountingcrows.com official website)
Soundboard recording, excellent quality
mp3 @ 256 kbps

01. Omaha - 6/25/14 Raleigh, NC
02. Cover Up The Sun - 6/17/14 Nashville, TN
03. Miami - 6/20/14 Robinsonville, MS
04. Speedway - 6/25/14 Raleigh, NC
05. Good Time - 6/24/14 Charlotte, NC
06. Ballad Of El Goodo - 6/24/14 Charlotte, NC
07. Mr. Jones - 6/25/14 Raleigh, NC
08. Start Again - 6/17/14 Nashville, TN
09. Le Ballet D'or - 6/25/14 Raleigh, NC
10. Hard Candy - 6/14/14 St. Augustine, FL

Available as free download exclusively through the Counting Crows official live recording website:

Monday, October 27, 2014

Bill Kirchen - 2014-03-21 - Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA

Bill Kirchen - 2014-08-24 at American Folk Festival, Bangor, ME
Bill Kirchen
Freight & Salvage,  Berkeley, CA

Audience recording, good quality
mp3 @ 160 kbps

Here's more (two full sets!) from the legendary guitarist Bill Kirchen (Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, 'King of Dieselbilly', 'Titan of the Telecaster'), this one a recent show from earlier this year. And this show is special because it not only features Bill with a a full band (rather than the trio format he often tours with), which includes long-time collaborator (and former pub-rocker with Eggs Over Easy), keyboardist Austin de Lone, but also serves as a partial reunion with a couple of his old Lost Planet Airmen bandmates, bassist Buffalo Bruce Barlow, and pedal steel guitarist Bobby Black. In addition, long-time collaborator, singer-songwriter Kevin 'Blackie' Farrell (who wrote several of the old Commander Cody songs) also joins them on a hand-full of songs. Bill has certainly kept busy in recent years. His 2010 album, Word to the Wise, features duets with several of his friends and musicians he admires, including Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Dan Hicks, Maria Muldaur, and Commander Cody. His most recent album, Seeds and Stems (2013), is a live-in-the-studio recording featuring new versions of many of his favorite and most requested songs, sort of a best of - live, without the annoyances of a live concert recording, and both are excellent. Although well into his sixties now, Bill still tours regularly and does >200 shows a year, dazzling and delighting audiences with his unique style and performances. Bill's shows are just a joy to watch and listen to, as it is obvious that he genuinely just loves to perform, sing and play his guitar, and he is brilliant at it, and he has just as much or more fun than anyone there. Although he is not as well-known as he should be, he is definitely a national treasure. In this show, we get a fuller band sound, closer to the old Commander Cody days, with the added keyboards and pedal steel. The first set features more of the old CC songs, whereas the second set features more of his solo career songs, but both are wonderful. He also gives up the lead vocals to his bandmates for a few songs, letting Austin and Bruce sing some, as well as guest Blackie Farrell. Although this is an audience recording, and the only available version I could find is a low bitrate (from Sugarmegs), it is nonetheless a great show (good audience recording) and worth checking out. So, here's more from the great Bill Kirchen.

 Set 1
 01. Intro
 02. Looking at the World Through a Windshield
 03. Tell Me the Reason
 04. Rocks into Sand
 05. Heart of Gold
 06. Losing Hand (Austin de Lone vocal)
 07.  talk (old days - intro)
 08. Wine, Wine, Wine
 09. Down to Seeds and Stems Again Blues
 10. Semi-Truck
 11. Mama Hated Diesels*
 12. I'm Coming Home*
 13. Hot Rod Lincoln

 Set 2
 14. Intro
 15. Get a Little Goner
 16. Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods
 17. Time Will Tell the Story
 18. C'mon Everybody (Bruce Barlow vocal)
 19. Let's Rock (Austin de Lone vocal)
 20. All Tore Up
 21. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
 22. My Window Faces the South
 23. talk (Blackie Farrell)
 24. Rockabilly Funeral*
 25. talk - 'Chicken' Intro
 26. Talkin' About Chicken
 27. Band Intros
 28. The Times They Are A-Changin'
 29. Crowd noise - Encore Intro
 30. Truckstop at the End of the World*
 31. Riot in Cell Block #9*

 Bill Kirchen - guitar, vocals
 Austin de Lone - keyboards, vocals
 Buffalo Bruce Barlow - bass, vocals
 Paul Revelli - drums
 Bobby Black - Pedal Steel Guitar
 *Kevin 'Blackie' Farrell - guitar, vocals

Bill Kirchen_2014-03-21_Berkeley CA.rar
Link updated 10/28/18

Note: Picture included is not from the Berkeley show, but is a picture I took from his show at the American Folk Festival, Bangor, Maine, 8-24-14, which I attended. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bill Kirchen - 2008-08-29 - Rhythm & Roots Festival, Charlestown, RI

Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun
August 29, 2008
Rhythm & Roots Festival, Ninigret Park
Charlestown, R.I. 

In House-FM recording, very good quality
mp3 @ 192 kbps

When the original Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen broke up around 1976, ace guitarist Bill Kirchen already had another band going, called the Moonlighters, which started as a sort of 'swing orchestra', but over the next several years were stripped down to become more of a pub rock-new wave band (and also included former pub-rock pioneer, keyboardist Austin de Lone, from Eggs Over Easy). They released 2 albums and lasted through the early eighties. After which Bill moved to the Wash. D.C. area and formed his trio-based band, Too Much Fun (named after his classic CC-era song). In addition to Too Much Fun, through the eighties and nineties, Bill played, recorded, collaborated, and sometimes even toured with such artists as Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Gene Vincent, Link Wray, Doug Sahm, Emmylou Harris, and others, as well as occasional Commander Cody reunions and incarnations, establishing himself as a great guitarist, the originator of his classic style and sound, and all-around great guy. In 1994, Bill released his first solo album, Tombstone Every Mile, followed by Have Love, Will Travel (1996) and Raise a Ruckus (1999). He has continued playing and releasing both old and new new music through the years, with a total of 10 solo albums. His music has been called Roots, Americana, etc., it is a unique mix of rockabilly, country, blues, rock, swing, boogie-woogie, and truck driving songs, which he has dubbed 'Dieselbilly' (commemorated in his 2005 album, King of Dieselbilly). He is known for his mastery of his favorite instrument, the Fender Telecaster guitar (although he originally started out as a trombone player), and has been named the "Titan of the Telecaster" by Guitar Player Magazine for his unique contributions and abilities. Bill has even recorded a musical tribute to the Telecaster, the title cut of his 2006 album, Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods, in which he describes the axe as 'born at the junction of form and function, the hammer of the honky tonk gods'.  I first saw Bill live about a dozen years ago, with his Too Much Fun trio, and I was just blown away by him, his style, his performance, and his easy-going charm. I saw him again this summer, and was awestruck and delighted all over again. He continues to play a mix of the old Commander Cody songs and his own catalog of songs from his many albums, of which he has many that have also become classics. However, his signature song at his shows remains his epic live version of  'Hot Rod Lincoln', an extended gem that contains an encyclopedic rundown of classic and iconic guitar riffs from all the great country, blues, and rock artists, from Johnny Cash to BB King to The Beatles, Stones, Clapton, and Hendrix, to the Sex Pistols, in one non-stop torrent of great guitar-playing fun (check out his extended 'Hot Rod Lincon' on YouTube, cause you gotta SEE him playing it too). Just a joy to hear and see, and such a nice guy, too. So, here today, I have a show from his Too Much Fun trio configuration from several years back, a nice recording that features a good mix of his solo songs (such as 'Get a Little Goner', 'Rocks in the Sand', 'Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods', etc.), covers, and Commander Cody oldies, including his inimitable epic 'Hot Rod Lincoln'. So check it out. As Nick Lowe himself said about Bill Kirchen, "A devastating culmination of the elegant and the funky, a really sensational musician with enormous depth." 

1. Intro
2. Get a Little Goner
3. Rocks In The Sand
4. One More Day
5. There’s A Man At the Bottom Of The Well
6. talk (Newport Folk fest-guitar heroes)
7. Catch You On The Flip Flop
8. The Times They Are A Changin’
9. Band Intros
10. I Might Have Been a Lawyer (But I Couldn't Pass the Bar) - (Jack O'Dell vocal)
11. The Hammer Of The Honky Tonk Gods
12. Truck Stop at the End of the World
13. Seeds And Stems
14. Semi-Truck
15. Hot Rod Lincoln
Bonus Track
16. Encore - Too Much Fun (2010-12-16 - Northampton, MA) )

Bill Kirchen – Guitar, Vocals
Claude Arthur – Bass
Jack O’Dell – Drums

Bill Kirchen_2008-08-29_Charlestown RI.rar
New Link! Updated 10/28/2018

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen - 1975-02-18-Record Plant, Sausalito, CA

Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
Record Plant, Sausalito, California

FM Broadcast Recording (WLIR-FM), very good quality
Mp3 @ 224 kbps

Here's one more show from the original Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. This very good quality radio broadcast recording, from a couple years later, in 1975, once again features mostly different songs from the previously posted shows. This show features some of their newer (at that time) songs, and some of their very best, including 'Don't Let Go' and 'Too Much Fun', a couple of all-time classics. Although this was near the end of the original run of the band, they were a really sharp, polished, and ultra-hot band by this time, putting on some of their best performances. Commander Cody tried to continue and/or reassemble the band in various incarnations and multiple reunions over the years, with various degrees of success, but this would mark the final days of the original, true CC and HLPA. But then, guitarist Bill Kirchen would also go on to his own level of success and acclaim as the 'Titan of the Telecaster' in the coming years. More on Bill coming up. For now, enjoy this final gem from the incomparable Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. 
01. Lost in the Ozone Again
02. Don't Let Go
03. Give Tennessee Credit For Music
04. Willin'
05. Four or Five Times
06. Southbound
07. House Of Blue Lights
08. Kentucky Hills of Tennessee
09. Cajun Baby
10. Keep On Lovin' Her
11. Hawaii Blues
12. California Okie
13. That's What I Like About The South
14. Gypsy Fiddle
15. Big River
16. Too Much Fun
17. The Boogie Man Boogie

Commander Cody_1975-02-18_Sausalito.rar
New Link! Updated 10/28/2018

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen - 1973-08-11 - Denver, CO

Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
Ebbets Field, Denver, CO 

FM Broadcast recording, very good quality
mp3 @ 192 kbps

Here's more from the one and only Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, from around the same time period as the previous post (August 1973), but this show features a completely different setlist from the previous one (only 2 repeated songs), showing more of the unique honky tonk style of the band. And this is a very good quality FM recording. Unfortunately, I have only been able to find it in lower bitrate versions (got this from Sugarmegs), but it is a fine show that sounds very good, and adds many of their signature songs to those already featured, thus making an excellent companion set to the Rotterdam show. 

1. Instrumental Intro
2. Good Rockin' Tonight
3. What's the Matter Now?
4. Truck Driving Man
5. Four or Five Times
6. Down and Out
7. Mama Hated Diesels
8. Little Sally Walker
9. Ain't Nothin' Shakin'
10. Daddy's Drinkin' Up Our Christmas
11. Beat Me Daddy Eight to the Bar
12. Hot Rod Lincoln Intro>
13. Hot Rod Lincoln
14. Rave On
15. Rock That Boogie
16. Jailhouse Rock
17. Mean Woman Blues
18. Lost In the Ozone Again

Bruce Barlow - Bass, Vocals
Bobby Black - Pedal Steel Guitar, Vocals
Commander Cody - Piano, Vocals
Lance Dickerson - Drums, Vocals
Billy C Farlow - Harmonica, Vocals
Bill Kirchen - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Andy Stein - Violin, Saxophone
John Tichy - Guitar

Commander Cody_1973-08-11_Denver.rar

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen - 1971-06-07 - San Francisco, CA

Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen
San Francisco, CA

KSAN Pre-FM master recording, very good quality
Available in both lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Note: This post is a replacement for a previous Commander Cody post (1973-05-28 - Rotterdam) that was originally posted in October 2014, and was removed in April 2015 due to a DMCA copyright infringement claim. What follows is the original text of the post, which introduces Bill Kirchen and Commander Cody, followed by a description of the new replacement concert.

Update: Unfortunately, the download for this replacement CC show has also been deleted from the servers after less than a week, again due to some supposed copyright claim. Thus, it appears that virtually all the decent  quality Commander Cody shows are now being stopped from being shared. Thus, I will not try to replace the links, or try to post any more Commander Cody shows for download. Sorry. But I will leave this post up for informational purposes only.   

Another artist I saw this past summer was legendary guitarist Bill Kirchen. If you're not familiar with Bill Kirchen, and have any interest at all in country-rock, swing, rockabilly, and just good ol' honky-tonk rock, I strongly suggest you check him out, he is just wonderful. Bill got his start as the original guitarist for Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen in the late sixties. CC-LPA was a wild, eclectic band that featured a unique mix of country, rock, Western swing, rockabilly, and barroom blues, as well as a dose of hippy drug culture weirdness. With the exception of one breakthrough hit single (Hot Rod Lincoln, 1971), the band had an exclusively cult following, as they were not generally accepted by either the rock or country mainstream at the time. Always known as a great live band, their reputation and popularity actually soared only after they split-up in the mid-seventies, as more people became exposed to and began to accept and enjoy their style and sound. This resulted in numerous releases of live recordings from their classic period (1969-1975) over the ensuing years (At least 12 live albums released!). The Commander (real name George Frayne) tried to re-capture the spirit with a new incarnation, known just as The Commander Cody Band in the late seventies to early eighties, but it was never quite the same. After Cody, Bill Kirchen went on to various other bands, projects, and solo recordings (as well as several different short-lived Commander Cody reunions), and I'll talk more about Bill's subsequent career in a later post. Today I'm focusing on those early days with Commander Cody. Although it is hard to find many high quality unofficial recordings of the original band (almost everything decent has been released in some form or another) [Ed. note: this was made even more clear with the copyright claim and subsequent deletion of the show I had previously posted here - which was a show I did not know had been released in any form - hopefully this replacement show will survive], here is a complete show from a San Francisco radio broadcast in 1971, in very fine quality, and this gives a good idea of  what they were all about, and a selection of their wild, vast repertoire, at least from fairly early in their run. Many of their best songs were still yet to come. So please, check out Commander Cody, Bill Kirchen, and the rest of the Airmen in this spirited show recording from 1971. 

disc one: 70:31
01: Lost In The Ozone Again
02: Faded Love
03: Working Man Blues
04: Down To Seeds And Stems Again Blues
05: Smoke That Cigarette
06: Wine Do Your Stuff
07: Semi Truck
08: Ain't That A Pity
09: Workin' On The Midnight Shift
10: The Family Bible
11: Diggy Liggy Lo
12: What Made Milwaukee Famous
13: Lookin' At The World Through A Windshield
14: Chairman Creeper
15: Hot Rod Lincoln
16: Git It
17: Gone Gone Gone
18: I Ain't Got Nothin' But Time
19: Give Tennessee Credit
20: High On A Hilltop
21: Sea Cruise
22: Blues Stay Away From Me

disc two: 53:06
01: Home In My Hand
02: The Shadow Knows
03: Can't Help It If I'm Still In Love With You**
04: Accidentally**
05: Divorce Me COD
06: Jambalaya
07: Ain't Nothin' Shakin'
08: Goin' Back To Tennessee
09: Tutti Frutti
10: Honky Tonk Blues
11: Nadine
12: Crying Time
13: Crazy Arms
14: Rip It Up
15: Lost In The Ozone/ (Again)

notes: ** with Lynne Smith
Bruce Barlow: Bass, Vocals
Bobby Black: Pedal Steel Guitar, Vocals
Commander Cody: Piano, Vocals
Lance Dickerson:  Drums, Vocals
Billy C Farlow: Harmonica, Vocals 
Bill Kirchen: Guitar, Vocals 
Andy Stein: Violin, Saxophone
John Tichy: Guitar

Sorry. Download no longer available, due to deletion from server sites, apparently due to some copyright infringement claim. No replacement available. There was no intentional posting of copyrighted material, but it appears that many CC shows are copyrighted, even if a corresponding official release is not known to exist. For more classic Commander Cody, please buy their official releases


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Steely Dan - 2014-08-19 - Appleton, WI

Steely Dan
Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Appleton, WI 

Audience recording, very good quality
Mp3 @ 320 kbps

Another excellent show I saw this summer was Steely Dan, on their 2014 Jamalot Ever After Tour. They sounded great, with a fantastic backing band and singers (stand-outs were drummer Keith Carlock and guitarist Jon Herington). They did a nice selection of songs from throughout their career, some with updated arrangements. They've been doing this sort of 'Big Band' version of their songs for quite awhile now, but they have really manged to perfect it now and still keep things fresh and exciting. So, in honor of that show (which I don't have a recording of), here is a good quality recording from another show on the same tour from a couple weeks earlier, with a very similar setlist (only songs different were that the show I saw included 'Rikki Don't Lose That Number' and 'Godwhacker' instead of 'Two Against Nature' and 'Green Earrings'). A fine show, and one that enables me to update the Steely Dan included here to the current year and tour.

Pictures included are not from the posted Appleton show, but are my own pics from the show I saw (2014-08-29 - Bangor, ME).

1. Cubano Chant (Ray Bryant cover [Instr.] - Band only)
2. Black Cow
3. Aja
4. Hey Nineteen
5. Black Friday
6. Show Biz Kids
7. Two Against Nature
8. Time Out of Mind
9. Green Earrings
10. Razor Boy (Female vocals)
11. Bodhisattva
12. Everyone's Gone to the Movies
13. Daddy Don't Live in That New York City No More (Becker vocals)
14. I Want To (Do Everything for You) (Joe Tex cover) (Female vocals - w/Band Introductions)
15. Josie
16. Peg
17. My Old School
18. Reelin' in the Years
19. Kid Charlemagne
20. The Untouchables (Nelson Riddle cover [Instr.] - Band only)

The Band:
Donald Fagen: Keyboards, Vocals
Walter Becker: Electric guitar, talk

Carolyn Leonhart-Escoffery: Vocals
Cindy Mizelle: Vocals
La Tanya Hall: Vocals
Freddie Washington: Electric bass (finger)
Jim Beard: Keyboards
Jim Pugh: Trombone
Jon Herington: Electric guitar
Keith Carlock: Drums
Michael Leonhart: Trumpet
Roger Rosenberg: Baritone saxophone
Walt Weiskopf: Saxophone

Steely Dan_2014-08-19_Appleton.part1.rar
Steely Dan_2014-08-19_Appleton.part2.rar

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Creedence Clearwater Revival - 1971-07-04 - Fillmore West, San Frncisco, CA

Creedence Clearwater Revival
July 04, 1971
Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA

'Closing Night of the The Fillmore West'
Pre-FM soundboard recording, excellent quality
Available in both lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320kbps) versions

To wrap up this look at John Fogerty, here's another classic CCR show, featuring their timeless songs, a great performance, and very good sound quality. This show is already widely available and well-circulated, but I just had to include it here, as there are so few high quality CCR shows that are available, and this is one of the best. Enjoy!
1. Stage - Tuning 
2. Born on the Bayou 
3. Green River
4. It Came Out of the Sky 
5. Don't Look Now - Door to Door 
6. Travelin' Band 
7. Fortunate Son - Commotion 
8. Lodi
9. Bad Moon Rising 
10. KSAN-FM Aircheck 
11. Proud Mary 
12. Up Around the Bend 
13. Hey Tonight 
14. Sweet Hitchiker 
15. "CCR 3-YR Anniversary Show @ The Fillmore" 
16. Keep On Chooglin'   
17. Bill Graham Outro 

mp3: CCR_1971-07-04_Fillmore_mp3.rar

FLAC: CCR_1971-07-04_Fillmore_FLAC.rar

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Creedence Clearwater Revival - 1970-01-31 - Oakland, CA

Creedence Clearwater Revival
January 31, 1970
Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA, US

'Midnight On The Bay' (Great Dane CD 9403)
Stereo soundbord recording, excellent quality
Available in both lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

OK, so here we are with John Fogerty, all the way back to the original CCR days. Just had to include some shows of the original band and a young John Fogerty. This show from 1970, probably the very best quality CCR bootleg show available, features CCR in their full glory.  Just a great, classic show, including many of their all-time classic songs.
01. Born On The Bayou
02. Green River
03. Tombstone Shadow
04. It Came Out Of The Sky
05. Travelin' Band
06. Who'll Stop The Rain
07. Bad Moon Rising
08. Proud Mary
09. Fortunate Son
10. Commotion
11. Midnight Special
12. The Night Time Is The Right Time
13. Up Around The Bend
14. Keep On Chooglin

Band Lineup:
John Fogerty: Guitar, Vocals
Tom Fogerty: Guitar
Doug Clifford: Drums
Stu Cook: Bass

mp3: CCR_1970-01-31_Oakland_mp3.rar

FLAC: CCR_1970-01-31_Oakland_FLAC.rar

Thursday, August 28, 2014

John Fogerty - 1987-07-04 - Landover, MD

John Fogerty
July 4, 1987
Capitol Centre, Landover, MD
Vietnam Veterans Benefit Concert

Soundboard recording (from cassette master), excellent quality
Avaialble in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (@320 kbps) versions

Going back down through the years with John Fogerty, here is a great sounding show from 1987, and one that  is especially significant (and historic), because this was the first show where John played Creedence songs since he left Creedence Clearwater revival 15 years earlier. As you probably know, John had major disputes with his label, Fantasy Records, and Saul Zaentz, the head of Fantasy. Like many artists back in the 60's, eager to sign with a record company, CCR got a bad deal from Fantasy, giving Fantasy all the distribution and publishing rights to their songs (all of which were written by Fogerty). Even worse, what money CCR did get from Fantasy was 'reinvested' by Fantasy in various shady tax shelters and schemes, which ultimately lost many millions of dollars. When Fogerty split from CCR to get away from Zaentz and Fantasy, he was frustrated to find that Fantasy still retained control over his solo career, too. So, John signed away even more of his CCR royalties in order to get out from under the Fantasy contract. Thus, he refused to play any of the Creedence songs anymore, because he could not stnd to see Zaentz profit further from his performances. For several years, Fogerty didn't play at all. But in 1985, John released his breakthrough solo album, Centerfield. But, the dusputes with Zaentz still did not end. Zaentz sued Fogerty claiming that one of the songs on the new album, the hit single 'Old Man Down the Road' (which Zaentz did not own), plagarized John's own Creedence song 'Run Through the Jungle' (which Zaentz owned the rights to), thus denying him millions in revenue (he sued for $140 million!). Thus, Fogerty was essentially sued for plagarizing himself. Fogerty won that case, including getting attorney's fees from Zaentz. But that was not the end of it. John also had a couple of songs on the album that were thinly veiled attacks on Zaentz ('Mr. Greed' and 'Zanz Can't Danz'), so Zaentz sued him for defamation, too (Fogerty changed the title to 'Vanz Can't Danz' as a result. Anyway, all this was still going on in 1987 when John was asked to play the closing set at the Vietnam Veterens Benefit (also featured that night were Stevie Wonder, CSN, Linda Ronstadt, Kris Kristofferson and Neil Diamond all playing just a song or two, and then John closing with a full set). In rehearsals, John played only solo album material, no CCR songs, but then at the show, as his set opened with the intro to 'Old Man Down the Road', and then it happened, one of those magical moments that occur just once in a musical lifetime. Fogerty stopped, huddled up with his band mates, and then launched into 'Born on The Bayou'! The rest of the set was all Creedence classics. From that show forward, CCR material would again grace every Fogerty concert! Now, to be completely accurate, it was not the first time that Fogerty played any CCR song live, because earlier that year (1987-02-19), at an impromptu show in Hollywood with Bob Dylan and George Harrison, Bob Dylan urged him to start playing 'Proud Mary' again ('so people wouldn't think it was a Tina Turner song'!), and Fogerty did play 'Proud Mary' (but only that one CCR song that night), but perhaps that show got him thinking about playing all his old songs again. So, this was the first time he played multiple (and even a full set) of CCR songs since 1972. During the show (track 5), John talks to the audience (the vets) about facing past pains, letting go of all the injustices done to you, and moving on with your life, and perhaps that was what he decided to do regarding his own music. This show is widely available, but it is a great recording, and certainly a historic night, and John, of course, is wonderful.

01. Announcer
02. The Old Man Down The Road (musical intro)
03. Born On The Bayou
04. Down On The Corner
05. John addresses the audience
06. Who'll Stop The Rain
07. Up Around The Bend
08. The Midnight Special
09. Bad Moon Rising
10. Audience applause
11. Fortunate Son
12. Vietnam tribute segment (incomplete; no Fogerty)
13. Proud Mary

This recording from "The RS Archives" (a Mexminute/TheCommish production)

mp3: John Fogerty_1987-07-04_Landover_mp3.rar

FLAC: John Fogerty_1987-07-04_Landover_FLAC.rar

Thursday, August 21, 2014

John Fogerty - 2004-11-21 - Chicago, IL

John Fogerty
Live at The Chicago Theater, Chicago, IL 

Excellent Audience recording (Crystal Cat Records: CC 745-46)
Mp3 @ 320 kbps

Here's some more from the great John Fogerty, this one from about 10 years ago, following the release of his Deju Vu (All Over Again) Album in 2004. So, this show highlights his usual great performance, this time consisting of several songs from that then-new album in addition to all the old Creedence favorites, all in very fine sound quality on this Crystal Cat recording. Again, shows how he has really lost nothing from the old days to now, and actually is probably enjoying performing much more now than he did in those old days. Just great stuff. This recording also contains several bonus tracks from another date on the same tour which adds some additional songs not played at the Chicago show.    

Disc 1
01. Intro Presentation By Bobby Skafish
02. Taped Intro Instr. Green River
03. Traveling Band
04. Green River
05. Blue Boy
06. Who'll Stop The Rain
07. She's Got Baggage
08. Lodi
09. Sweet Hitch-Hiker
10. Sugar-Sugar (In My Life)
11. Rambunctious Boy
12. Blue Moon Nights
13. I Will Walk With You
14. Born On The Bayou
15. Radar
16. Run Though The Jungle
17. Hot Rod Heart
18. Bootleg
19. Down On The Corner
20. Wrote A Song For Everyone

Disc 2
01. Deja Vu (All Over Again)
02. I Heard It Though The Gravevine
03. The Night Time Is The Right Time
04. Have You Ever Seen The Rain?
05. Tombstone Shadow
06. Centerfield
07. Up Around The Bend
08. Keep On Chooglin'
09. The Old Man Down The Road
10. Fortunate Son
11. Bad Moon Rising
12. Proud Mary

Bonus Tracks (From 2004-11-13 - Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA)
13. Susie Q
14. It Came Out Of The Sky
15. Nobody's Here Anymore
16. Honey Do
17. Joy Of My Life
18. Almost Saturday Night

Links Updated 07/03/20
John Fogerty_2004-11-21_Chicago.part1.rar
John Fogerty_2004-11-21_Chicago.part2.rar

Thursday, August 7, 2014

John Fogerty - 2013-10-12 - Berkeley, CA

John Fogerty
October 12, 2013
Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA

Soundboard recording, very good quality
mp3 @ 320 kbps

I saw John Fogerty in concert last week, and what a great show it was. He is just amazing, such a great talent and rock icon. He still goes all-out full throttle, putting everything into all his classic songs every night. He's pushing 70 now, but you'd never know it, because he sings and plays with all the energy and enthusiasm of a young man. Unlike some others, who just go through the motions to play their old songs for fans, he genuinely enjoys every minute of it, and it shows. He just loves to play his guitar and belt out those songs. And he has lost virtually nothing over all these years, as he still sings and plays as great as ever, and his back-up band now (particularly Kenny Aranoff on drums) is arguably better than CCR ever was, and the songs just sound better than ever. What a great, fun show he puts on, focusing squarely on all the classic Creedence songs, but also sprinkling in various songs from his solo catalog, which fit right in and are classics themselves. These are timeless songs, just great classic rock 'n roll, and nobody does it better than John Fogerty, even at his advanced age. Although there are a few shows that have become available from his current 2014 tour, the sound quality from those are not nearly as good as this show from 2013, which sounds great, so I am presenting that one here. This show also boasts a fuller setlist than most, including the entire Cosmo's Factory album (undoubtedly CCR's best overall) and more than a dozen other CCR greats, as well as several other of John's own, and some covers, too. A great show from John Fogerty, one of the all-time great rockers, and still in his prime and going strong.  

1. Intro
2. Travelin’ Band
3. Lookin’ Out My Backdoor
4. Ooby Dooby
5. Ramble Tamble
6. Run Through The Jungle
7. Up Around The Bend
8. Before You Accuse Me
9. Who’ll Stop The Rain?
10. I Heard It Through The Grapevine
11. Long As I Can See The Light
12. Centerfield
13. Green River
14. Pottersville
15. Lodi
16. Mystic Highway
17. Train of Fools
18. Midnight Special
19. Hot Rod Heart
20. Born On The Bayou
21. Almost Saturday Night
22. Keep On Chooglin’
23. Have You Ever Seen The Rain?
24. Pretty Woman
25. Down On The Corner
26. Old Man Down The Road
27. Fortunate Son
28. Hey Tonight
29. Bad Moon Rising
30. Proud Mary

Links Updated 07/03/20
part 1: John Fogerty_2013-10-12_Berkeley_part1.rar
part 2: John Fogerty_2013-10-12_Berkeley_part2.rar

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Paolo Nutini - 2014-06-27 - Glastonbury Festival

Paolo Nutini,
June 27, 2014
Glastonbury Festival 2014,
Worthy Farm, Pilton, UK

BBC Broadcast Recording,

DOWNLOAD not available
(post retained for informational purposes only)

OK, so here's some more from Paolo, this time from his recent performance at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival, featuring songs from his latest album, Caustic Love. For those interested, video of the show is also available through the BBC, and can be found elsewhere on the web

1. Let Me Down Easy
2. Coming Up Easy
3. Better Man
4. One Day
5. Cherry Blossom
6. Pencil Full of Lead
7. Iron Sky
8. Candy

Download not available (copyright infringement claim made).
Please find this show through authorized commercial outlets

Friday, July 25, 2014

Paolo Nutini - 2009-05-18 - Dunfermline, Scotland

Paolo Nutini
Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline, Scotland

Audience recording, good quality
mp3 @ vbr (221-245 kbps)

Here's another international star who is relatively unknown in the US, Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini. I first heard Paolo back around 2006, with the song 'New Shoes' on the radio and was immediately taken with it. It just had a great groove and feel, and I loved it the first time I heard it, but then it never really took off here, and faded (ironically, now, several years later, Pharrell Williams lifted that same great groove and feel, dumbed it down a bit, and rode it to the smash hit, oscar-nominated 'Happy'). I didn't think much more about 'New Shoes' or Paolo until a couple years later when I heard the song again, and remembered how much I liked it, and wondered more about who Paolo Nutini was. I figured he was probably just a struggling singer/songwriter and New Shoes was his only brush with fame. However, when I googled Paolo I was very surprised to find that he was a big star in the UK, with multiple hit records (and 'New Shoes' wasn't even one of them) as well as hit albums, and was also becoming a star in europe, yet was still virtually unknown in the US. Anyway, Paolo's first album, These Streets (2006) was a hit and established him as a rising star, then the follow-up, Sunny Side Up (2009) was an even biger hit, reaching Number 1 in the UK. Now, in 2014, he has released his third album, Caustic Love, which has already reached No. 1 in the UK and elsewhere, yet he has still not been able to crack the US audience, press, or radio. He seems to be making a major push for the US this year, though, with TV appearances and a major US tour this fall, so it may soon be that America finally 'discovers' and embraces him. His more recent songs have gone in a more soulful, R&B-oriented direction, rather than the breezy pop and folk-rock of his first album, but all his music certainly would seem to fit right in with the American pop-rock scene and be accepted by US audiences, so it is somewhat surprising that he has yet to find mainstream success here. Anyway, here is a show from 2009, in his homeland Scotland, featuring songs from his first 2 albums. It is a good quality audience recording (although band is a bit distant), occasionally marred somewhat by an overenthusiastic audience and fans singing along with all the hits, but it certainly does show how popular he is there and gives a good summary of his music at this point in his career.   

01. Forget It
02. High Hopes
03. Alloway Grove
04. Loving You
05. Mellow Down Easy
06. Pencil Full of Lead
07. Last Request
08. Simple Things
09. Growing Up Beside You
10. These Streets
11. Candy
12. Bear Necessities (impromptu excerpt)
13. Coming Up Easy
14. Down in Mexico (Coasters cover)
15. Funky Cigarette
16. Sleepwalking
17. No Other Way
18. New Shoes
19. Tricks of the Trade
20. Ritalin
21. 10/10
22. Jenny

Paolo Nutini_2009_Dunfermline.rar

Monday, June 30, 2014

Tim Christensen - Live Selections (Various Live performances, 2004-2012)

Tim Christensen
Live Selection Box (Various live performances, 2004-2012)

Soundboard, FM, or TV Broadcast recordings, very good quality
mp3 @ 320 kbps

Sorry about the lack of posts recently, but hey, it is summer, and I just have not had any time recently, and don't expect to be able to contribute anything much over the next month either, as I will be going away a lot this summer. Anyway, before I take off again, here is something from someone that is worth checking out but that most of you have probably never heard of (I had never heard of him until last year. This is Tim Christensen, the very talented Danish singer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist, formerly of the 90's Danish power rock band Dizzy Mizz Lizzy. After that band split, Tim went on his own with a series of solo albums (Secrets On Parade-2000, Honeyburst-2003, Superior-2008), live albums, and other projects (Tim Christensen and The Damn Crystals-2011), which showed much more diverse sides to his music, playing, and songwriting. Then, in June 2012, Christensen with a few friends, played a Paul McCartney tribute concert at Vega in Copenhagen, in celebration of McCartney's 70th birthday. The show included an amazing re-creation/re-imagining of  the entire Ram album (in sequence), as well as several other post-Beatles McCartney songs. The show was recorded and released in 2013 as Pure McCartney, and later that year I was introduced to the Pure McCartney album, and was amazed by it, leading to finding and enjoying more of Tim's music. He's a big star in Denmark, but little known elsewhere. This represents a selection of various live performances of Tim's (in high quality sound) over the last several years, to give you an idea of his music. Note: This collection was put together by Mick for the old ASH On The Beat Blog, so thanks to him for making this available and spreading the word about this amazing artist.

Rockpalast - 2009-03-25 (tracks 1-5)
01. Crossroads
02. Jump The Gun
03. Isolation Here I Come
04. Superior
05. Falling to Pieces
06. Hard to Make You Mine, Waterline (DR P3 Guild - 2009)
07. Wonder of Wonders (DR P3 Guild - 2009)
08. Don't Leave Me But Leave Me Alone (Abbey Road Studios - 2004)
09. Happy Ever After (giel3 FM)
10. 21st Century High (TV)
11. Tell Me What You Really want (TV)
12. Silverflame
13. Cinnamon Girl (w/Figurines)
14. Venus & Mars-Rockshow (w/Mike Viola & Tracy Bonham - 2012)
15. Wonder of Wonders (Mooi Weer De Leeuw - 2010-04-24)
16. Hard to Make You Mine (TV)

Tim Christensen - Live selection Box.rar

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Gene Clark - Gene Clark Box Set (Fan Compilation - 7 discs)

Gene Clark
Gene Clark Box Set (The Byrdwatchers Fan Club Collection) 7 discs

Compilation of Unreleased, rare, alternate takes, demos, and live recordings put together by Fans from the Byrdwatchers Fan Club, first made available in 2001.
Miscellaneous recordings of varying sound quality, but overall good to very good
Mp3 (VBR ~128-192kbps)
Artwork and notes included

Here is a hard-to-find gem, a fan compilation box set of the great songwriter and golden-voiced singer, Gene Clark. This is a whopping 7 disc collection consisting completely of unreleased material from throughout his post-Byrds (and Post-Dillard & Clark) career (covering 1971-1991). That is, this material was all unreleased at the time the compilation was put together, which was 2001, as since then official versions of some of these tracks have been subsequently released. The compilation is divided into the sections Unreleased Originals, Unreleased Covers, Rare releases and Alternate Takes, and The Live Performances, but within those sections there is no particular theme or order, as different time periods are mixed throughout. This version of the collection also includes some additional tracks (of unknown history and origin) that were obtained from the official Gene Clark web site several years ago (included in package I received). Thus, this contains loads of great stuff for dedicated fans, including much that you may not have heard before, by this great, underappreciated artist (However, due to the demo and unpolished nature of many of the tracks, probably not the best place to start for newcomers to Gene's music). Unfortunately, I only have this in this lower bitrate version, as I obtained this several years ago before trading at the higher bitrates became commonplace, and have been unable to find a higher quality version since, but being able to get this in any form is well worth it. Thanks to all those dedicated fans that were able to track down these recordings, make this compilation, and then make it available for others to enjoy.

Disc 1
01 - I Don't Want To See You Anymore
02 - Carry On
03 - Shades of Blues
04 - I Need to Fly
05 - Sleep Will Return
06 - After The Storm
07 - Look Who's Missing Who
08 - Somewhere After Midnight
09 - Life and Times
10 - Straight from the Heart
11 - Crazy Ladies
12 - Ladies' Turnaround
13 - My Marie
14 - I Am Without You
15 - On The Run
16 - The Old Mountain God
Disc 2
01 - Last of the Blue Diamond Miners
02 - Winning Hand (Dancin' on the Moon)
03 - (Living In) Hard Times
04 - You're Gonna Miss That Somebody
05 - Daylight Line
06 - Ship of the Lord
07 - Into the Night
08 - You and I
09 - I Had a Dream Come True
10 - What Is Meant Will Be
11 - We Came For Love (Mary Ann)
12 - Put Your Faith In Me
13 - Wheel of Time

Disc 3
01 - No Memories Hanging Around
02 - Kaw-Uga
03 - Long Black Veil
04 - Gates Of Eden
05 - Tell It Like It Is
06 - She Loves You
07 - I Shall Be Released
08 - Stand By Me
09 - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
10 - Kansas City
11 - Knockin' On Heaven's Door
12 - I'll Be Back
13 - You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
14 - Boll Weevill Song
Disc 4
01 - Baby Blue
02 - Love Is Gonna Come At Last
03 - My Back Pages
04 - One Hundred Years From Now
05 - You Really Got a Hold On Me
06 - Living Nextdoor To Alice
07 - It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
08 - The Closer You Get
09 - Still Feeling Blue
10 - Young Love (First Love)
11 - So You Wanna Be A Rock And Roll Star
12 - Needles and Pins
13 - Ain't Livin' Long Like This
14 - Why You Been Gone So Long


01 - Day For The Night
02 - Denver Or Whenever
03 - Lover's Turnaround
04 - Jokers Are Wild
05 - Release Me Girl
06 - Here Without You
07 - Hula Bula Man
08 - Changes
09 - Outlaw Song
10 - I Remember The Railroad
11 - Why Did You Leave Me Today
12 - Shooting Star
13 - Gypsy Rider
14 - Mary Sue
15 - In A Misty Morning
16 - All I Want
17 - Love Wins Again
18 - She Don't Care About Time
19 - The Virgin
20 - I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better
Additional tracks (From official web site) - no documentation:
21 - Ain't Livin' Long Like This
22 - I Really Don't Want to Know
23 - Love Deluxe       
24 - Roadmaster   
25 - Rough and Rocky
26 - Tried So Hard   
27 - Where Does Love Go
28 - Gypsy Rider

Disc 6
01 - Kansas City Southern
02 - If You Could Read My Mind
03 - Painted Fire
04 - Won't Let You Down
05 - Something About You Baby
06 - Train Leaves Here This Morning
07 - Hear The Wind
08 - Backstage Pass
09 - The World Turns All Around Her
10 - Release Me Girl
11 - Spanish Guitar
12 - Satisfied Mind
13 - Denver Or Whenever
14 - Eight Miles High
15 - Rodeo Rider
16 - Your Fire Burning
17 - She Don't Care About Time
18 - Past Addresses
19 - Little Mama
20 - Bells Of Rhymney
Disc 7
01 - You're Gonna Miss That Somebody
02 - Blue Raven
03 - Here Without You
04 - Feeling Higher
05 - Silver Raven
06 - Fair And Tender Ladies
07 - Gypsy Rider
08 - Life's Greatest Fool
09 - Rain Song
10 - American Dreamer
11 - Hot Burrito #1
12 - Stand By Me
13 - Set You Free This Time
14 - You Showed Me
15 - I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better
16 - Mr Tambourine Man

Discs 1&2: Gene Clark - Fan Club Box Set discs1&2.rar
Discs 3&4: Gene Clark - Fan Club Box Set discs3&4.rar
Disc 5: Gene Clark - Fan Club Box Set disc5.rar
Discs 6&7: Gene Clark - Fan Club Box Set discs6&7

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Flip City (pre-Elvis Costello band) - Demos 1974-1975

Flip City
(Elvis Costello's early pre-fame band)
Demos & Unreleased Recordings 1974-1975

Studio soundboard recordings, very good quality
mp3 @ 192 kbps

OK, I had to include this one last Pub Rock entry, to follow-up on the Flip City post from last week. As already explained, Flip City was Elvis' early pre-Costello band that played on the pub rock circuit. Although they never had any records officially released, they did make it into a recording studio on three separate occasions, which are documented here. So, here we have their only recorded output, which includes several MacManus originals (both early versions of songs that would later be recorded by Elvis and songs that would never be released in any form) and fascinating covers (such as 'Knockin On Heaven's Door', 'Third Rate Romance', 'You Win Again'). Thus, this is a unique treasure trove for all Elvis fans, with a compelling look at his early works and songwriting, all in very good audio quality (unlike the previous live recording with only so-so audio quality). Incidentally, this recording of 'Third Rate Romance' was planned to be released as Flip City's first single, but unfortunately, it never happened, and by the end of 1975, Flip City called it quits. Of course, thankfully, that also allowed Declan to later be re-discovered and re-born as Elvis Costello. 

Tracklist: (All songs written by Declan P. MacManus, except where indicated)
BBC's Maida Vale Studios, 1974
1. Exile's Road
2. Baseball Heroes (later became, via about three re-writes, 'Miracle Man')
3. Radio Soul (later became 'Radio Radio')
Hope and Anchor Pub, Attic Studio, Islington, early 1975
4. Imagination (is a powerful deceiver) (early version of what would later become 'Alison')
5. Pay it Back
6. Radio Soul (version 2)
Hope and Anchor Pub, Attic Studio, Islington, 1975
7. Third Rate Romance (Russell Smith)
8. Knockin' on Heaven's' Door (Bob Dylan)
9. Packin' Up (Chris Kenner)
10. Please Mister, Don't Stop the Band
11. Exile's Road
12. Wreck on the Slide
13. On the Road (Steve Hazlehurst)
14. You Win Again (Hank Williams)
15. Sweet Revival

Flip City:
Declan P. MacManus - guitar, lead vocals
Mich Kent - bass, vocals
Steve Hazelhurst - guitar, vocals, keyboards, sax
Malcolm Dennis - drums (early session only)
Ian Powling - drums (last sessions)
Dickie Faulkner - percussion, vocals (last sessions)

Elvis Costello_Flip City demos 1974-75.rar

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Flip City - 1975-11-30 - The Red Cow, London, UK

Flip City
(Featuring Declan P. MacManus)
November 30, 1975
The Red Cow, London, UK
Audience recording, fair quality
mp3 @ 192 kbps

To wrap up this look at '70's Pub rock bands, here's a band that played the London pub-rock circuit around 1974-75, but was not very well-known even within that scene and never quite made it. Formed in 1974 by Mich Kent, Malcolm Dennis, and Declan MacManus after meeting at Brinsley Schwartz shows and discovering their mutual admiration for all things Brinsley, they formed their own band to play similar styled music, but only achieved modest success in obtaining pub circuit gigs, and very little success in making any money at it, and thus disbanded by the end of 1975. However, they featured a young singer/songwriter/guitarist, Declan MacManus, who would soon go solo, change his name, sign a record deal, and make quite a splash as an emerging 'new wave' artist, and then continue to grow, develop, and mature into one of the great icons of rock over the next 40 years. That, of course was none other than Elvis Costello. This early band gave Declan (aka Elvis) a chance to try out some of his own compositions amidst the more standard pub rock fare, as well as begin to develop his own distinctive style. But by the end of 1975, Declan had recently gotten married, and soon had both a wife and baby to take care of, and the band was just not cutting it, so Declan had to pull the plug and try something else. He continued to do occasional solo shows (sometimes under the name D.P. Costello), but had to take a 'regular' job as a computer operator to pay the bills while he shopped his demo tape around. Of course, eventually (by late 1976), his tape made it to Stiff records where it was heard by Nick Lowe (of Brinsley Schwartz fame, now a producer at Stiff), and the rest, as they say, is history, as Nick produced the first several of Elvis' albums, and Elvis became a legend (sort of, eventually). The show we have here is one of the very last performances by Flip City before they called it quits (by most accounts this was the next to last performance, with the last performance coming the following week at Ewell Tech supporting the Climax Blues Band). This was the last show of a series of gigs at The Red Cow. By this time, they had become pretty accomplished as a band, and play a very fine set here. Declan already had early versions of several songs that would go on to be very successful in his solo career ('Miracle Man', 'Pay It Back', 'Radio Soul'- which would become 'Radio Radio', 'Imagination', etc.). Interestingly, in his recent live shows (most notably his 2013 solo acoustic shows), Elvis has gone back to performing this original 'Radio Soul' version rather than the more familiar 'Radio Radio'. Although this audience recording is certainly not very high quality, it really is not that bad either, very listenable, and certainly worth hearing.

01. Don't Lie To Me
02. Sweet Revival
03. You Win Again
04. Before I Grow Too Old
05. Bring It On Home To Me
06. Another Saturday Night
07. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train To Cry
08. Radio Soul
09. I Love The Life I Live
10. Third Rate Romance
11. Gone Dead Train
12. Pay It Back
13. One More Heartache
14. Imagination is a Powerful Deceiver
15. On The Road
16. Flatfoot Hotel
17. Miracle Man

Flip City was:
Declan P. MacManus - guitar/vocals,
Mich Kent - bass
Ian Powling - drums
Steve Hazelhurst - guitar
Dickie Faulkner - percussion
Guest: Malcolm Dennis - drums on Gone Dead Train (was original drummer for group)

Flip City_1975-11-30_Red Cow.rar

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Eddie & The Hot Rods - 1977-01-14 - Paris

Eddie and The Hot Rods
January 14, 1977
Le Bataclans, Paris, France

Audience recording, good quality (From The Moose Track Collection)
Mp3 @ 224 kbps

Continuing with more Pub Rock , here's some more from Eddie & The Hot Rods, this one a full-length set from early in 1977, which was after their first album, but before their second album, and thus features more of their regular 'pub rock' material, including several rock classics of old ('96 Tears', 'Wooly Bully', 'Dizzy Miss Lizzy', 'Gloria') and relatively new (the Who's' Kids are Alright', Seger's 'Get Out of Denver', and CCR's 'It Came Out of the Sky'), as well as original songs from their first album.

1. Get Across To You
2. 96 Tears
3. Keep On Keeping on
4. All I Need Is Money
5. Show Me
6. Woolly Bully / Horseplay
7. Why Can't It Be
8. Teenage Depression
9  The Kids Are Alright
10. It's Been So Long
11. Hard Driving Man
12. Double Checking Woman
13. Dizzy Miss Lizzy
14. On The Run
15. audience
16. Get Out Of Denver
17. Gloria
18. It Came Out Of The Sky

Eddie & TheHotRods_1977-01-14_Paris.rar

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Eddie & the Hot Rods - 1977-11-19 - Passaic, NJ

Eddie and The Hot Rods
Capitol Theater, Passaic NJ

Audience recording, good quality
mp3 @ 192 kbps

Here's Eddie & the Hot Rods, one of the later, more aggressive, harder-edged Pub Rock bands, during their first US tour, in which they opened a show that was billed as "New Wave In New Jersey" that featured The Talking Heads and The Ramones. This was after they achieved some success with their 1977 single 'Do Anything You Want To Do' reaching the top ten in the UK, and was in support of their second album, Life on The Line. Here, you can hear the move toward a more punkish sound and style, yet their pub rock roots also remain prominent.  
The band started in 1975 (from Canvey Island, just like Dr. Feelgood), and worked their way up from the pubs to semi-stardom in 1977, but just never quite caught on in the US, and although they continued to try for several years after, this was as famous as they would get as they never again achieved the level of success they had here in 1977, but they could definitely rock it. So, by this time, Pub Rock was pretty much over as a musical scene and movement. But the music lives on.

01. Teenage Depression
02. The Kids Are Alright
03. Telephone Girl
04. Life On The Line
05. Quit This Town
06. I Might Be Lying
07. Why Can't It Be
08. Do Anything You Want To Do
09. Ignore Them
10. Beginning Of The End
11. Get Out Of Denver

Barrie Masters - Vocals
Graeme Douglas - Guitar, Backing Vocals
Dave Higgs - Guitar, backing vocals
Paul Gray - Bass, Backing Vocals
Steve Nicol - Drums, Backing Vocals

Eddie & The Hot Rods - 1977-11-19 - Passaic NJ

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Pub Rock - Explained

Pub Rock Primer

As we have been exploring aspects of the '70's music scene that was known as Pub Rock, it occurred to me that I never properly introduced just what the British Pub Rock movement was, and what it was all about. So, here is a brief introduction. But first, a bit of background. By the early Seventies, rock music and rock bands had pretty much been removed (priced themselves?) out of the pubs and clubs where they had had really gotten going in the sixties. Rock bands moved to bigger stages, bigger venues, and bigger spectacles. Complex progressive rock, glam rock, and heavy metal extravaganzas were the rage, as well as increasingly slick, sophisticated, and highly polished (overproduced?) recordings. Along with all that, rock music and musicians had begun to take themselves and their music quite seriously, very seriously, indeed. Pub Rock was a backlash against all of that, a return to the smaller, greasy bars and clubs, and a return to basic, good old rock 'n roll and R&B music, and perhaps just as importantly, having fun and a 'good time', both when playing and listening to the music. So, to me, that's what Pub Rock was all about. Basically, this 'movement' occurred from 1971-1976, and was restricted, for the most part, to the Greater London, and Essex area, although the impact resonated much further. In many ways then, this was a 'back to basics' movement, and a return to the good time energy and fun that had been missing in recent years. Pub rock is also considered to be the catalyst for, and lead directly into, the UK punk rock scene. Now, I am certainly no expert on Pub Rock, as I was in the US and missed out on the whole thing at the time, other than those that later went on to greatness beyond the pubs (Rockpile, GP & The Rumour, etc.), but I am a fan, and have been interested in the whole phenomena. Thus, this is my own interpretation of the Pub Rock scene, as best as I have been able to put together. So, although this was an entirely British scene, ironically, it was an American country-rock band, Eggs Over Easy, that is credited with getting the whole thing started.

As the story goes, Eggs Over Easy came to London to record an album (at Olympic Studios) in late 1970, but after they arrived and began their sessions, their financial backing for the album fell through, and so while they scrambled to get a new deal to finish their sessions, they were searching for regular gigs around London. The breakthrough came in May 1971 when they were able to convince the Tally Ho Pub in Kentish Town, North London, to break their 'Jazz Only' music policy and give them a shot at playing Monday nights (usually an off-night). They quickly gained a strong following, not only with music fans, but among other bands as well, featuring their signature  blend of laid-back country-rock and straight-ahead, driving rock & roll that became the the template for the entire movement. They were a big influence on many emerging London bands. Among their biggest fans were Nick Lowe and Brinsley Schwarz, who marveled at their repertoire of over a hundred songs, and incorporated aspects of their style into their own band, adding a more overtly country sound to their songs, and more old-time R'nR. Shortly thereafter, other area pubs (like The Cock, Hope and Anchor, The Red Lion, The Nashville, and many more) began booking local bands (such as Bees Make Honey, Max Merritt & the Meteors, and of course, Brinsley Schwarz) playing similar styled music, which eventually picked up the label 'Pub Rock'. Although the movement was gaining momentum and popularity, Eggs Over Easy's tenure on the scene was quite short. As their work permits were expiring, they played their last Tally Ho show in November, 1971, then head back to the US, still without a record deal (They did eventually sign with A&M, and released their only album, Good and Cheap, in 1972, before breaking up shortly after - although the album didn't sell at all at the time, it is now considered a classic among pub rock fans). But the Pub Rock movement itself continued to grow and gain momentum around London, with more venues, more bands, and more fans joining in, and as the trend grew bigger, the music itself began to broaden somewhat, with three main styles (or sub-genres) of rock being the most prominenet: In addition to the country-rock first established (and continued by bands such as Brinsley Schwarz, Kursaal Flyers, Byzantium, Chilli Willi & the Red Hot Peppers), there was the more hard-nosed R&B revivalism (bands such as Dr. Feelgood, Kilburn & The Highroads, Ace, Ducks Deluxe, The Winkies, Roogalator, Michigan Flyers), and a type of uptempo funk-rock and soul (Kokomo, Clancy, FBI, Moon, Cado Belle, G.T. Moore & His Reggae Guitars, Palm Beach Express).

At the very peak of popularity (1973-1975), it seemed nearly every large pub in London, was supplying live 'pub rock', and the straight-forward, unpretentious, good-time music and atmosphere was a welcome relief to a music scene that had begun to take itself far too seriously, and fans responded. Leading the movement by that time was the more raucous style and energy of Dr. Feelgood. As the movement progressed through 1975, and influenced by the style and attitiude of Dr. Feelgood, more of the bands took on a harder edge and more aggressive style, re-interpreting late fifties, early sixties rock classics (with bands such as Eddie & The Hot Rods, The 101ers, and The Count Bishops), and became more popular than ever. For the most part, pub rock bands disdained any form of flash or glitz, preferring a deliberately dirty and gritty look, and featuring straight-forward rock and R&B music. Unfortunately, the music people wanted to hear in the pubs was not necessarily the music they would buy at the music store, as few Pub Rock bands were able to make the transition from popular pub band to successful concert performers or recording artists, even though record companies at the time were eager to sign them. Out of all the pub rock bands playing at that time, only one big 'hit' single resulted, Ace's 'How Long', and that was the only thing they were ever known for. Of course, Dr. Feelgood, was also able to break through (at least in UK) with their live album, Stupidity, going to #1 in 1976. Thus, Pub Rock bands quickly came and went, forming and re-forming into new and different bands trying to make a go of it. Thus, few of the bands ever went very far, although many individuals within those bands would find success later in other bands. Of course we know about the boys from Brinsley Schwarz, Nick Lowe going to Rockpile and solo fame, Brinsley and Bob Andrews joining ex-Ducks Deluxe guitarist Martin Belmont and becoming The Rumour, and other Ex-Ducks moving to other bands (Tyla Gang, the Motors, etc). There was also Ian Dury finding success after leaving Kilburn & he Highroads, Graeme Douglas leaving Kursaal Flyers for the harder-edged Eddie & The Hot Rods and Will Birch (also Kursaal Flyers) later forming The Records, and Joe Strummer leaving his 101ers for The Clash. And then there was a band called Flip City, which was obscure even in Pub Rock circles, that featured a fellow who became known as Elvis Costello, and did pretty well for himself. As quickly as bands like the Brinsleys and Ducks DeLuxe folded, they were replaced by younger and more aggressive bands. By around 1976, an even more aggressive style of rock was emerging in the pubs, which became known as punk rock, lead by the Sex Pistols, and as punk became popular through 1976 and 1977, it completely overshadowed and overtook Pub Rock, as Pub Rock just seemed so tame in comparison to the full-on assault of punk. Thus, the punk explosion marked the end of the Pub Rock movement, and many of the pubs and clubs now featured punk music. As already noted, many pub rockers made the transition to punk or new wave to continue on, or move up into concert halls (like Rockpile, The Rumour), a few were able to continue on with what they were doing (like Dr. Feelgood), but most faded away, and Pub Rock as a movement was pretty much dead by 1977. And although punk rock evolved from pub rock to some degree, there were many notable differences (other than the shear intensity and decibel level). Whereas Pub Rock always respected and embraced the old style rock 'n Roll and R & B music (Chuck Berry, early Stones, etc), punk rock basically rejected everything that came before it, including Pub Rock. And one of the main points of pub rock was to not take itself too seriously, and to always have fun, whereas fun or 'good times' are not something you would associate with punk. Ironically, it was Stiff Records, which was formed from a £400 loan from Dr.Feelgood’s vocalist Lee Brilleaux, that went on to become prominent in the punk and new wave movements, releasing the first British punk single—The Damned’s "New Rose". Stiff Records' early clientele consisted of a mix of pub rockers and punk rock acts for which they became known.

(The previous text represents my own interpretation of Pub Rock based on the information I was able to cobble together from various other internet sources, such as Wikipedia, Punk77, All Music Guide, and individual artist and band websites) - BBKron
Here are a couple of good compilations of Pub Rock bands and music (although they are somewhat difficult to find these days). 
Naughty Rhythms: The Best of Pub Rock (1996 - EMI Premier) 2-CD - Good intro to Pub Rock, featuring several songs each from some of the most well-known and popular pub rock acts. 
Goodbye Nashville, Hello Camden Town: a Pub Rock Anthology (2007 - Castle Music) 2-CD - Delves a little deeper into pub rock music, featuring many more different artists, including many less well-known artists and songs.

Here are some of the individual albums released by some of the Pub Rock bands mentioned here (just those that have not already been featured in previous Pub Rock posts). Unfortunately, most of these are out of print, but some have been re-released on CD (and many can be found around the web if you look hard enough).

Eggs Over Easy - Good 'n Cheap (A&M), 1972

Bees Make Honey - Music Every Night (EMI), 1972

Chilli Willi & The Red Hot Peppers - Kings of the Robot Rhythm, 1972; Bongos Over Balham, 1974

Kursaal Flyers - Chocs Away (UK),  1975; The Great Artiste (UK), 1975; The Golden Mile (CBS), 1976; Five Live Kursaals, 1977.

Starry Eyed and Laughing - Starry Eyed and Laughing (CBS), 1974; Thought Talk (CBS), 1975.

Kokomo - Kokomo (Columbia), 1975; Rise and Shine (Columbia), 1976.

Clancy - Seriously Speaking (WB), 1975; Everyday (WB) - 1976

F.B.I. - F.B.I. (RCA), 1976

Cado Belle - Cado Belle (Anchor), 1976; The Cado Belle EP, 1977

Ace - Five-A-Side (Anchor), 1974; Time For Another (Anchor), 1975; No Strings, 1977.

Kilburn & the Highroads - Handsome (Pye), 1975

The Winkies - The Winkies (Chrysalis), 1975

Roogalator - Play It By Ear, 1977.

The Count Bishops - Speedball (EP) (Chiswick), 1975; The Count Bishops, 1977.

Eddie & The Hot Rods - Teenage Depression (Island), 1975; Life on the Line (Island), 1977.

The Pirates - Out of Their Skulls, 1977

Update: Some of these albums from classic Pub Rock bands can now be found (for a limited time) through Willard's Wormholes (see sidebar links). Go to the Reader's Links section and search for Pub Rock Pioneers. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The 101ers (featuring Joe Strummer) - 1975-12-12 - Derby, UK

The 101ers
(Featuring Joe Strummer)
Cleopatra's, Derby, UK

Audience recording, good quality
Mp3 @ 320 kbps

The 101ers were a short-lived pub rock band, known now primarily because it featured Joe Strummer as vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. Formed in London in May 1974, they played a mix of up-tempo rock classics, R & B, and some orginals, and were prominent briefly in the pub rock scene.
The group was named after the address where they lived together: 101 Walterton Road, Maida Vale. But then on April 3, 1976, the opening act for the 101ers at The Nashville Room, was a new band called The Sex Pistols, and when Strummer heard them he 'saw the light' and then knew he needed to be part of the developing punk scene. As he stated years later, "5 seconds into their (the Pistols') first song, I knew we were like yesterday's paper, we were over." Joe left the 101ers and joined a new punk band with Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, and Keith Levenes, which became known as The Clash. They played their first gig, as opening act for The Sex Pistols, on July 4, 1976, just a little over a month after first getting together. Thus, by the time the 'debut single'for the 101ers was released, the Joe Strummer-penned 'Keys To Your Heart', Strummer was already in The Clash and the band was no more. The 101ers' recorded output was initially limited to that one single. However, by 1981, interest in The Clash was at its height and a second single and a compilation album Elgin Avenue Breakdown was released. The Clash have played 'Keys to Your Heart' at some live shows. Joe Strummer on his former band - "I know the 101ers were good. In fact, as far as sound and excitement went we were much better than Eddie and the Hot Rods." 
Here we have a full-length show from the 101ers, from Cleopatra's, a nightclub in Derby, in December, 1975. Note that their set is full of old-time Rock 'n Roll standards & classics (Bonie Maronie, Heartbreak Hotel, Be Bop a Lula, Who Do Ya Love, Gloria, etc), including numerous Chuck Berry covers (Johnny Be Goode, Oh Carol, Monkey Business, Roll Over Beethoven), some Stones (Out of Time) and even two Beatles tracks (I'm Down, I Saw Her Standing There). There also are a handful of original Strummer-penned songs (indicated in tracklist). So, here's your chance to hear Joe Strummer doing straight-up Rock 'n Roll, before his punkish epiphany, in the 101ers.  

1. Bonie Moronie
2. Letsagetabitarockin (Strummer)
3. Shake Your Hips
4. Hoy Hoy
5. Heartbreak Hotel
6. Choo Choo Ch'Boogie
7. Smokey Joe's Cafe
8. Johnny Be Goode
9. Oh Carol
10. Out Of Time
11. I'm Down
12. Route 66
13. Who Do Ya Love
14. Silent Telephone (Strummer)
15. Monkey Businesss
16. Junco Partner
17. Be Bop A Lula
18. Steamgauge 99 (Strummer)
19. Hideaway (Strummer)
20. I Saw Her Standing There
21. Slippin and Slidin
22. Willie And The Hand Jive
23. Sweety of the St. Moritz (Strummer)
24. Motor Boys Motor (Strummer)
25. Roll Over Beethoven
26. Gloria (full length)

This is essentially Disc 2 from a bootleg known as 'Smokey Joe's Cafe' (Redline, Italy), containing this show from Cleopatra's (except that here I have replaced the edited version of Gloria originally included - for time constraints so show would fit on single CD - with the full length version). Disc 1 of this compilation consisted of various demos and outtakes.

John "Woody" Mellor aka Joe Strummer – Guitar, vocals
Clive Timperley – Guitar, vocals
Dan Kelleher – Bass, guitar, vocals
Richard Dudanski – Drums
Tymon Dogg – Fiddle, vocals

The 101ers_1975-12-12_Derby.rar