Friday, February 26, 2016

Captain Beyond - The Completer - Live Bootleg Anthology (1971-1977)

Captain Beyond
The Completer - Bootleg Anthology (1971-1977) 

Soundboard and audience recordings, good to very good quality
mp3 @ 192 kbps

Here's something a bit different for this blog, a collection of live recordings from Captain Beyond, a renowned, short-lived, and underappreciated '70's progressive/heavy rock band. I dug this out from old files for a request from another forum, and figured I should post it here as well, for anyone interested. Captain Beyond was formed in 1971 from the remains of other notable heavy rock bands of the time, with Rod Evans (from Deep Purple) on vocals, Larry "Rhino" Rheinhart and Lee Dornan (from Iron Butterfly) on guitar and bass, and Bobby Caldwell (from Johnny Winters) on Drums. They played a unique blend of progressive-psychedelic-heavy metal-space-rock, as featured on their first album (Captain Beyond-1972). Although now considered a classic, poor promotion (from southern-rock oriented Capricorn records) resulted in dismal sales and little recognition. Drummer Bobby Caldwell had already left before their second album, the slightly more commercial, yet still wonderful, Sufficiently Breathless-1973). However, vocalist Rod Evans left shortly after, essentially ending the band. But they re-formed in 1976 (without Evans, but with Caldwell back, for one more album in 1977). Here is a 'bootleg anthology' consisting of multiple dates from 1971 (their debut concert at Montreaux) to the reformed band in 1977. Since there are few surviving live recordings of this band, this is a rare treat from a unique time in progressive rock.

Tracklist :
Disc I
1971-09-18 - Montreaux (debut concert)
01 I Can't Feel Nothin' (Part 1)
02 As The Moon Speaks (To The Waves Of The Sea)
03 Astral Lady
04 As The Moon Speaks (Return)
05 I Can't Feel Nothin' (Part 2)
06 Dancing Madly Backwards (On A Sea Of Air)
07 Armworth
08 Myopic Void
1972-08-19 - Miami, FL
09 I Can't Feel Nothin' (Part 1)
10 As The Moon Speaks (To The Waves Of The Sea)
11 Astral Lady
12 As The Moon Speaks (Return)
13 I Can't Feel Nothin' (Part 2)
14 Dancing Madly Backwards (On A Sea Of Air)
15 Armworth
16 Myopic Void
17 Thousand Days Of Yesteryear (Intro)
18 Frozen Over

Disc II
1972-07-17 - New York, NY
01 Dancing Madly Backwards (On A Sea Of Air)
02 Armworth
03 Myopic Void
04 Thousand Days Of Yesteredays (Intro)
05 Frozen Over
06 Unknown Song
07 Mesmerization Eclipse (Including Drum Solo)
08 Distant Sun
1977-05-26 - Los Angeles, CA
09 Dancing Madly Backwards (On A Sea Of Air)
10 Armworth
11 Myopic Void
12 Breath Of Fire (Part 1)
13 Breath Of Fire (Part 2)

Line up :
Rod Evans : Vocals
Lee Dorman : Bass
Rhino Reinhardt : Guitar
Bobby Caldwell : Drums

Rhino Reinhardt : Guitar
Bobby Caldwell : Drums
Lee Dorman : Bass
Willy Daffern : Vocals

New Updated link! (06/16/2017)
Captain Beyond_Completer Anthology(1971-1977).rar

Friday, February 19, 2016

Dan Hicks & The Acoustic Warriors - 1988-05-28 - San Francisco, CA

Dan Hicks & the Acoustic Warriors
Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA

Soundboard recording, excellent quality
Mp3 @ 320 kbps

Here's some more from Dan Hicks, this time many years after his Hot Licks hey-day, when he re-emerged on the music scene with his new band, the Acoustic Warriors. Dan played and recorded (live album, Shootin' Straight - 1994) with this band for several years (although the back-up players changed periodically). However, by 2000 he went back to using the Hot Licks moniker for his band, and released a new studio album (Beatin' the Heat) complete with guest stars (and Dan Hicks fans) such as Brian Setzer, Elvis Costello, and Tom Waits, which served to revitalize his career, leading to several more albums over the next several years, culminating with the 2010 release Crazy for Christmas.   But here, you can catch Dan with his '80's band incarnation the acoustic warriors and Dan's unique version of Folk Jazz Swing. 

1. Swing 42
2. Canned Music
3. I Got Mine
4. Interlude
5. Up! Up! Up!
6. The Buzzard Was Their Friend
7. I Scare Myself
8. Hell I'd Go
9. Doin' It
10. Milk Shakin' Mama
11. Band Introduction
12. Waitin'
13. How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away?

Dan Hicks - lead vocals, guitar;
Paul Mehling - guitar;
Alex Baum - bass fiddle;
Fingers Shoop - mandolin, fiddle

Dan Hicks & the Acoustic Warriors_1988-05-28_San Francisco.rar

Friday, February 12, 2016

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks - 1971-05 - The Boarding House, San Francisco, CA

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks
May  1971
The Boarding House, San Francisco, CA

FM Broadcast Recording (KMPX), very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Another week into 2016, and, unfortunately, the death of another memorable musician from the 60's and 70's. Dan Hicks grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, started out as a drummer in school bands, and eventually joined up with the psychedelic jam band, The Charlatans, in 1965, part of the burgeoning 60's Bay area music scene. He also had picked up the guitar and songwriting along the way, and started an acoustic band, singing, playing guitar, and writing most of the music, for what he dubbed, Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks,in 1967, which mainly served as an opening act for the Charlatans. Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks played a unique blend of folk, country, jazz, humor, and swing, and pretty soon, as they became more popular (and interesting) than his regular band, they became his primary endeavor; And securing a record deal and critically acclaimed album (Original Recordings) in 1969, they were on their way. But the original band fell apart by 1971, so Dan formed a new version of The Hot Licks, which is now considered the 'classic lineup', releasing multiple albums from 1971 to 1973, and slowly building up some success and acclaim, highlighted by Last Train to Hicksville in 1973. However, just as the band was becoming recognized and successful, Dan pulled the plug and stepped back from the music industry for the next several years. Then, in the late '80's, Dan put together another unique band, known as Dan Hicks and The Acoustic Warriors, with a similar style as the Hot Licks, but with more of a jazz background, for what he referred to as Folk Jazz Swing. The Acoustic Warriors continued through the Nineties, but then came back again with a successful revival of The Hot Licks (both in name and style) starting around 2000, which lead to a revitalization of Dan and his remarkable music. The songs and style of Dan Hicks and his various band incarnations are unique and timeless, and are just a joy behold. We will miss Dan and his unique sound and style, but there are plenty of delightful recordings to keep his memory alive. Surprisingly, though, considering how he was known for his live shows, there are very few Dan Hicks shows available around the internet. Here is a fine one, from early in the career of the Hot Licks, around the time of the release of their 2nd album (Where's the Money?-1971), and the first group of shows with the new, revived lineup. Sit back and enjoy.

First set:
01. Introduction
02. Evening Breeze
03. How Can I Miss You (When You Won't Go Away)?
04. Caught In The Rain
05. By Hook Or By Crook
06. Presently In The Past
07. I Feel Like Singing
08. Station promo (KMPX-FM)
09. The Rounder
10. Shorty Falls In Love/Fujiyama
11. Reelin' Down
12. Where's The Money?
13. The Buzzard Was Their Friend (patch for the applause)
--station ID segment moved to the end--
second set:
14. Peach Pickin' Time
15. He Don't Care (Stoned)
16. Woe The Luck
17. The Rounder
18. Shorty Falls In Love/Fujiyami
19. How Can I Miss You (When You Won't Go Away)?
20. KSAN station promo's from Dan Hicks

Dan Hicks - guitar, vocals
"Symphony" Sid Page - violin
John Girton - guitar
Jaime Leopold - bass
Naomi Ruth Eisenberg - vocals
Maryann Price - vocals

FLAC - Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks_1971-05_BoardingHouseSF_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks_1971-05_BoardingHouseSF_mp3.rar

Friday, February 5, 2016

Ry Cooder and David Lindley - 1995-07-06 - Vienna, Austria

Ry Cooder and David Lindley
with Joachim Cooder and Roseanne Lindley
The Family Tour

State Opera House, Vienna Austria
Soundboard recording, excellent quality (remastered by Bruno)
Mp3 @ 224 kbps

By request, here's one I pulled from my archives and didn't really quite know what I had. But after pulling this out, I found it to be a gem of a show. Here's Cooder and Lindley (and a couple of their kids, too, which is why it was called The Family Tour) doing what they do best in a great show and an excellent, clear recording (Unfortunately, I only have this in a lower bitrate mp3), that sounds wonderful. So, thanks to Ryan for getting me to dig this one out and listen to it, and so here it is for all to enjoy. Cooder and Lindley shine and play in ways (virtuosity, interesting and unique styles and arrangements) quite unlike anyone else.  
Disc One (69:25)
 1. Intro
 2. The Promised Land
 3. Jesus On The Mainline
 4. Mercury Blues
 5. Afanderfendrou (Madagascar trad.)
 6. Shebegsshemor
 7. Paris Texas >
 8. Vigilante Man
 9. All Shook Up
10. The Girls From Texas
11. How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live
12. Leave Home

Disc Two (69:57)
 1. The Highway Is My Home
 2. Chauffeur Blues
 3. Ain't No Way, Baby
 4. Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home
 5. Little Sister
 6. Play It All Night Long
 7. If Walls Could Talk
 8. Hold That Snake Till I Make It
 9. Talk To The Lawyer
10. Good Night Irene
11. The Very Things That Make You Rich (Makes Me Poor)
12. Do You Want My Job?

Disc1: Ry Cooder-David Lindley_1995-07-06_Vienna.disc1.rar

Disc 2: Ry Cooder-David Lindley_1995-07-06_Vienna.disc2.rar