Sunday, April 28, 2019

Steve Goodman - 1977-01-15 - University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (FM)

Steve Goodman
January 15, 1977
Mandel Hall, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

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

I've acquired a couple more Steve Goodman shows over the last several months. In keeping with my quest to spread the word and get more recognition for this wonderful singer-songwriter-performer (see previous posts) and in serving as an unofficial repository for all known live Goodman shows and recordings, I present another radio broadcast show from 1977, this one from the University of Chicago. As always, this show contains many wonderful moments from Steve. Although most of the songs played have been featured here in other recordings from this era, there are some new additions: For example, Steve's medley of motown-R&B songs that he does in his own way, and The Roving Cowboy song. It's another fine recording of a wonderful hour-long glimpse into the artistry of Steve Goodman.
01. Radio Intro
02. It's a Sin to Tell a Lie (Billy Mayhew)
03. Chicken Cordon Bleus
04. Paul Powell
05. Banana Republics (S. Goodman / Steve Burgh / Jim Rothermel)
06. Rhythm & Blues Medley:
    La La La I Love You (W. Hart / T. Bell)
    Get Ready (Smokey Robinson)
    My Girl (Smokey Robinson)
    Can’t Go Back
07. Yellow Coat
08. You Never Even Call Me By My Name (S. Goodman-John Prine)
09. This Hotel Room
10. The Dutchman (Michael Smith)
11. The Ballad of Penny Evans
12. Roving Cowboy (Ballad of Dan Moody) * (Michael Smith)
13. Radio Outro

All songs by Steve Goodman unless otherwise credited.
* Harmony Vocal: Jim Post

FLAC - Steve Goodman_1977-01-15_Chicago_FLAC.rar

Mp3 - Steve Goodman_1977-01-15_Chicago_mp3.rar

Sunday, April 21, 2019

The Fabulous Poodles - 1979-02-14 - The Bottom Line, New York, NY

The Fabulous Poodles
The Bottom Line, New York, NY

FM Broadcast Recording, very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and MP3 (320 kbps) versions

OK, here's a show that I had been searching for for a very long time (since before I started this blog), one of the very few known Fabulous Poodles live show recordings. I have been fortunate enough to have and post other available FabPoo recordings, but had been unable to track down this one down, until a reader of the blog came forward to provide it to me (Much thanks, Stuart!). If you aren't familiar with The Fabulous Poodles, they were a great, but short-lived new wave/old school 70's UK band with a great style that combined an early 60's Who and Kinks sound with 50's kitsch and 70's new wave, and outrageously witty lyrics (See previous posts). I loved their unique sound and style, but they only made 3 albums before disbanding in 1980 (only 2 released in the U.S.). Their only U.S. Tour (in 1979) was marred by having all their instruments and equipment stolen within the first few days, and having to scrounge up borrowed and make-shift equipment the rest of the tour. But they carried on nonetheless. This show comes from a radio broadcast of their NY Bottom Line Show, shortly after their equipment issues, and, unfortunately, it does affect the show, as for the first few songs the amp for the violin (a very important component of their sound) is not working at all. They eventually are able to come up with an alternative fix for the rest of the show, but the early songs are without Bobby's trademark violin. So, again, this is one of the few full show recordings of The Poos, and despite the equipment issues, there are some great moments. BTW, The complete studio recordings of The Fabulous Poodles were recently reissued (2018) in a CD Box Set (Cherry Red Records, UK) that includes all the songs from their three albums as well as many other singles, unreleased tracks and demos, as Mirror Stars: The Complete Pye Recordings 1976-1980, and contains everything they ever recorded. It is a goldmine for Fabulous Poodles fans, and its modern day release shows that I certainly am not the only one who remembers and cherishes the music these guys created. Check 'em Out.

1. Intro
2. Suicide Bridge
3. Cherchez le Femme
4. Chicago Box Car
5. B Movies
6. Rum Baba Boogie
7. Oh Cheryl
8. Work Shy
9. Tit Photographer's Blues
10. Mirror Star
11. Roll Your Own
12. Twist and Shout
13. You Really Got Me
14. Mr. Mike
15. Bike Blood
16. DJ Talk
17. We'll Meet Again
18. DJ outro
Bonus Track:
19. Bionic Man/(From The Robert Klein show)

Tony de Meur – Lead Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica
Richie Robertson – Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Bobby Valentino – Violin, Mandolin, Guitar, Backing Vocals
Bryn Burrows – Drum, Percussion

FLAC - Fabulous Poodles_1979-02-14_BottomLine,NY_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Fabulous Poodles_1979-02-14_BottomLine,NY_mp3.rar

Monday, April 15, 2019

Right Here for Eleven Years

One One and Still Not Done

It's time once again to recognize that another year has past and BB Chronicles is still steadfastly moving forward, perhaps at a snail's pace, but still going nonetheless. That's right, we have miraculously reached the 11th Anniversary of this little bloggy endeavor, and have survived long after many other of these types of things have come and gone. And I believe we've covered a whole lot in those 11 years. A whole lot of great music has been talked about and presented here over the years, of many different styles, all from artists that I personally enjoy very much, and hope that others will also enjoy. I try to present a variety of music that may be hard to find or not readily available elsewhere. I also try to provide some background and context to the music and artists, as well as my own commentary, rather than just unadorned music files, to give those new to these artists some perspective and history, to explore the music further. And I also have tried to keep these posts available as much as possible over time, thus pretty much everything that has been posted previously should still be available (with the exception of things that ran into copyright issues). I hope that what I have provided here has been useful and worthwhile, as well as musically satisfying, and I hope it has been something that you come back to often and have been introduced to some new music here that you really enjoy, to expand your musical horizons and enjoyment, and be a positive addition to your musical experience as well as your music collection.

And once again, as I have each year at this time, I also want to take this time to thank and celebrate all the others out there who have made so much of this great music, which is not available for purchase anywhere, freely available to all who wish to download and enjoy it. I am only able to offer these downloads because others before me have made them available. So, to all the other bloggers, tapers, forum posters, and music fans that have collected these recordings and made them available over the internet, and most importantly, to all the great artists and musicians out there that have created and performed this wonderful music and allow these recordings to be freely exchanged, I offer a huge and heartfelt Thank You. And again, I implore everyone to purchase all the official releases of your favorite artists, as well as, wherever possible, go see them live in concert. The music here serves to supplement, not replace, all of their officially released music. They are supported by fans like us. 

So, having just finished what ended up being a yearlong featured look at Progressive Rock, I will now move on to various other things. First up will be some of the various items of interest I picked up over the past year but haven't had a chance to post yet (because didn't fit into the progressive rock theme), which includes some new finds from some old friends. But I will continue to feature many artists that may not have been immensely popular, but are fine musicians that deserve to be heard by a wider audience, or at least give some more people an opportunity to check them out. So, I will continue on with this endeavor, albeit at the relatively slow rate of 2-4 posts per month, and I hope that you will follow along and sample from it whenever you see something of interest. As always, I encourage feedback and discussion of anything mentioned or presented here. Let me know what you think of things and this wonderful music all around us. Thanks to all.


Saturday, April 13, 2019

Knifeworld - 2018-02-07 - Cruise to the Edge, Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas

February 7, 2018
Cruise To The Edge,
Colony Club, Royal Caribbean Brilliance Of The Seas

En Route from Costa Maya, Mexico to Tampa, FL
Audience Recording, very good quality (Lostbrook 2.0 Volume 240)

OK, to wrap up this extended look at Progressive Rock, we bring things right up to present day. In the 2000's and beyond, in addition to many of the old classic progressive rock bands continuing, re-forming, reuniting, or re-establishing themselves as live acts, several new bands continued to highlight and expand the traditions of progressive rock for new generations. New bands such as The Mars Volta, The Pineapple Thief, Gazpacho, and others, as well as bands featuring former musicians from other prog bands, such as Frost, Transatlantic, and Stick Men, continued taking progressive rock in new and different directions, while still featuring many of the familiar attributes associated with progressive rock. One of these newer bands, Knifeworld, made quite a splash at last year's Cruise to the Edge (which as I previously mentioned is a yearly Cruise event that features progressive rock acts, both old and new). Knifeworld was formed in 2009 by Multi-instrumentalist Kavus Torabi, a musician born in Iran, but raised in England. Torabi first envisioned Knifeworld as a solo project, with himself playing most of the instruments, but it developed into a full-fledged band, playing what has been called psychedelic, progressive, math rock (complex, atypical rythyms, melodies, etc.). They have released 3 albums and a few EPs, with their latest being Bottled Out of Eden (2016). Now, I have to admit that I had never heard of this band either, but thanks to the taper Lostbrook, who has been providing recordings from recent years of the Cruise to the Edge shows, we have this wonderful live recording from 2018. And even on a Cruise that year that featured great shows from prog veterans such as Yes, Steve Hackett, Carl Palmer, Marillion, Gong, and Focus, from what Lostbrook reported, Knifeworld was one of the most talked about and heralded bands that year.
01 I Can Teach You How To Lose A Fight (5:40)
02 I Am Lost (7:20)
03 Feel The Sorcery (3:57)
04 Send Him Seaworthy (6:22)
05 The Wretched Fathoms (3:25)
06 High/Aflame (7:27)
07 The Prime Of Our Decline (7:01)
08 Destroy The World We Love (7:20)
09 Me To The Future Of You (9:30)

Kavus Torabi - guitars, vocals
Emmet Elvin - keyboards
Melanie Woods - vocals, tambourine, glockenspiel
Ben Woollacott - drums, percussion
Chloe Herrington - bassoon, alto saxophone, vocals
Charlie Cawood - bass
Oliver Sellwood - baritone saxophone
Josh Perl - alto saxophone, acoustic guitar, backing vocals

FLAC - Knifeworld_2018-02-07_Cruise to the Edge_FLAC.rar

Mp3 - Knifeworld_2018-02-07_Cruise to the Edge_mp3.rar

So, this concludes this extended feature look at Progressive Rock. And although I posted only progressive rock-related shows for a full year on this blog, it seems I only scratched the surface of what progressive rock is all about. I didn't even get to dozens of bands I wanted to feature, including Van Der Graaf Generator, Eloy, Can, Triumvirat, Rare Bird, Happy The Man, etc., and I didn't get to the Jazz-influenced branch of Progressive rock (like Mahavishnu Orchestra, Brand X, Return to Forever, Traffic), or even the actual classsically-influenced bands (such as Renaissance, Gryphon), and many other aspects. But it is time to move on to other things. I know many that previously followed this blog were not thrilled with the recent emphasis on progressive rock, but hopefully, many of you learned some things and found some new music in here that you liked but had not known about before. For me, it was very worthwhile, and I actually learned quite a bit myself and found out about a bunch of bands I didn't know much about previously and found much new music to check out. So, I will move on to other things now, but will still occasionally feature progressive rock posts from time to time. So for fans, there is always more  coming, and for non-fans, I'll get back to posting a variety of other types of great music. Thanks.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Spock's Beard - 1999-05-18 - Rochester, NY

Spock's Beard
Penny Arcade, Rochester, NY

Soundboard recording, excellent quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Several new bands emerged in the 1990's that featured progressive rock aesthetics and approach, but also updated the classic sound in various ways for the nineties. These included bands such as Glass Hammer, The Flower Kings, Coheed and Cambria, Big Big Train, and Opeth. One of the best of these '90's versions of progressive rock was Spock's Beard. Formed in Los Angeles, CA in 1992 by brothers Neal (lead vocals, keyboards) and Alan (guitars) Morse, joined by Dave Meros (bass) and Nick D'Virgilio (drums), and a bit later by Ryo Okamato (keyboards). Spock's Beard are known for their intricate arrangements, multi-part vocal harmonies and use of counterpoint vocals, with notable influences from Genesis, Yes, and Gentle Giant. Their first album, The Light (1995) received rave reviews and immediate acclaim among progressive rock fans. Subsequent albums, Beware of Darkness (1996), Kindness of Strangers (1998), and Day For Night (1999) continued to build their reputation for being at the forefront of '90's progressive rock, culminating in V (2000), probably their most acclaimed album, followed by Snow (2002), their elaborate 2-disc concept album that was the Swan Song for founding member Neal Morse. With lead vocalist and principal songwriter Morse leaving shortly after the release of Snow, the band re-grouped with drummer Nick D'Virgilio taking over on lead vocals, and adopted a more collaborative approach to their songwriting. Although their next few albums were not as well-received as the Morse era albums, the band continued forward, with each subsequent album getting better, until they regained their stature among fans by their tenth album, X (2010), considered one of their best. Unfortunately, there were more personnel changes, with D'Virgilio leaving after X, and the band bringing in Ted Leonard on vocals and drummer Jimmy Keegan. The first new album with this lineup was Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep (2013), which received much acclaim among fans of the band. The band has continued on to the present releasing new albums in 2015 and 2018 (The Oblivion Particle and Noise Floor, respectively), as well as various compilations and live albums. 
Here is a great-sounding show from the Neal Morse era, 1999, on the Day For Night Tour. 

1. Intro
2. Day for Night
3. Mouth of Madness
4. Skin
5. Gibberish
6. Go the Way You Go
7. Distance to the Sun
8. Crack the Big Sky
9. Ryo Solo
1. The Doorway
2. Walking on the Wind
3. Jam
4. June
5. Waste Away
6. Fire

Neal Morse - Lead vocals, keybaords, Guitar, synths
Alan Morse - Guitar, backing vocals
Ryo Okamoto - keyboards, backing vocals
Dave Meros - bass, backing vocals
Nick D'Virgilio - drums, backing vocals

FLAC - Spock's Beard_1999-05-18_RochetsterNY_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Spock's Beard_1999-05-18_RochetsterNY_mp3.rar