Saturday, May 25, 2019

Badfinger - 1974-03-04 - Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH

Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH

Soundboard Recording, Good Quality
Mp3 @ 320 Kbps

Back to Badfinger once again! During their 1974 US Tour (which was their last with Pete Ham), the band decided to take advantage of the 16-track recording system at The Agora Ballroom in Cleveland and record their 2 shows there for possible release as a Live album. Unfortunately, the resulting recordings did not turn out very good, with poor sound quality and an erratic performance by the band. The tapes were considered unsalvageable and shelved. However, when Joey Molland left the band later that year, he apparently took the tapes with him. The recordings made their way around the bootleg and collector's circles for some time, and eventually, much later, Joey re-worked the tapes himself, overdubbing and re-recording most of his own guitar work and vocals, as well as inexplicably dubbing in some sampled drum tracks (at excessive volume). Joey also re-arranged the tracks, putting all his own vocal tracks at the beginning, and pushing Pete's songs to the end. Joey convinced Rykodisc to release his handiwork in 1990 as a Badfinger album, Day After Day: Live, which was much maligned as a "live" album that did not represent Badfinger live at all. In addition, Joey did not get permission from the other band members (or families) for releasing this (or plan to share in any profits), and numerous lawsuits ensued challenging the ownership of the tapes and potential royalties, etc. The release has been mercilessly criticized by fans and critics. But the original recordings (untampered with) do provide a much more relevant look at Badfinger as a live band in 1974. Although not a great quality recording, it is a soundboard and still remains as one of the best  live recordings of the band that is available (which is sad but true). It shows the band rocking out in fine form. Although the vocals are somewhat weak and low in the mix, it still is a fine performance from the band, and one of the few recordings to feature some of the later songs from Ass and Badfinger albums. After hearing these recordings, it is not surprising that Joey wanted to re-do his vocals, as his singing is particularly weak (and off-key) in many places (but that does not excuse the mess he made of the re-dubbed album). I'm particularly glad to have 'Sometimes' represented here (which they didn't play live very often), as I think it is one of the great rockers of all time (and Joey's best song, too bad his vocals are off in this version). So, here we have the raw soundboard recordings from the March 4 concert (in correct song order) and you can hear for yourselves that even though only a so-so recording, the band shines, especially in the guitar work throughout. Unfortunately, the encores were not present on these tapes, so I have added a few additional songs from another Ohio show, from Akron in 1972, an audience recording, but not bad compared to other available shows. So, here's more live Badfinger, and as they actually were, not the unauthorized re-worked, re-dubbed, and re-recorded versions that were notoriously released as a live Badfinger album (and this recording also features more songs than were on that ill-fated album). Enjoy.

01. Day After Day
02. Constitution
03. Baby Blue
04. I Don't Mind
05. Intro to Blind Owl
06. Blind Owl
07. Intro to Name of the Game
08. Name of the Game
09. Sometimes
10. Perfection >
11. Timeless
12. Give It Up
13. Suitcase
14. Suitcase Jam
Bonus Tracks:
(1972-07-03 - Akron OH - Audience recording)
15. Better Days
16. No Matter What
17. I Can't Take It
18. We're For the Dark (1972-07-01-Boston)


Saturday, May 11, 2019

Timbuk3 - 1988-08-16 - The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA

August 16, 1988
The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA

Audience Recording, very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Here is a wonderful rare find. A high-quality live recording of a full-length show from the great underappreciated alt-rock band Timbuk3. Timbuk3, of course, were the duo of Pat and Barbara K MacDonald (initially backed by recorded bass/drum tracks on a boombox, later as a 4-piece band), and as I have previously said about them "Timbuk3's music featured a dark, cynical outlook combined with clever, biting wit and humor set to strong melodic tunes and quirky harmony vocals" (see previous posts), and they were together from around 1985-1995. This recording is particularly special because there are very few available live recordings of Timbuk3 (especially complete full-length shows). This show also comes from a great period for the band, following their 2nd album, Eden Alley (1988). Thus, this show features many songs from that 2nd album (in addition to their 1st) that were not played at the previous show I posted (from 1989 following their 3rd album, Edge of Allegiance, and the only other full-length live recording I know of), as well as a few additional unique songs, such as their own special version of 'I Just Want to Make Love with You' and 'I Love You'. All in all, a wonderful show, and a rare gem to add to the known recordings of Timbuk3, a sadly underappreciated band. 

01. Intro - Eden Alley
02. Cheap Black and White
03. Reverend Jack & His Roamin' Cadillac Church
04. Friction
05. Sample The Dog
06. Facts About Cats
07. Dance Fever
08. Life Is Hard
09. The Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades
10. Easy
11. Reckless Driver
12. Assholes on Parade
13. Welcome to the Human Race
14. Too Much Sex (not enough affection)
15. Little People Make Big Mistakes
16. I Love You
17. Just Another Movie
18. World War III Blues (Why Don't We Try and Get Along)
19. Not Fade Away
20. I Just Want to Make Love With You
21. Sinful Life

FLAC - Timbuk3_1988-08-16_Santa Cruz,CA_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Timbuk3_1988-08-16_Santa Cruz,CA_mp3.rar

P.S. For those interested in Timbuk3 and what pat mAcdonald (that's how he spells his name now) has been doing since that time, be sure to check out the website for Pat's latest band, Purgatory Hill ( It contains much info, lyrics, and music from all stages of pAt's career, including free streams and downloads of most of his recorded music as well as misc. demos, outtakes, etc. (located on his hidden listening room page here). It really is a treasure trove of his music.


Sunday, May 5, 2019

Steve Goodman - 1979-04-26 - My Father's Place, Roslyn, NY

Steve Goodman
My Father's Place,
Old Roslyn, NY

Pre-FM Soundboard recording, excellent quality
Available in both lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Here's another Steve Goodman show, from his 1979 High and Outside Tour. This tour was unique in that it was his only tour with a full band (instead of just Steve with his guitar, or accompanied by a single back-up musician on guitar or mandolin). Personally, I prefer Steve all alone, where you get the full dose of his charm and musicianship, but hearing Steve with a band brings a different dimension to alot of his songs, and is certainly worth experiencing. Although the setlist here is essentially the same as the Cincinnatti concert from this same tour previously featured here, what is great about this show is that the recording is a pristine Pre-FM Soundboard, with excellent sound throughout, and that makes this just a bit more special. Enjoy anothet great show from the incomparable Steve Goodman.
1. Larry Kleinman intro > Just Lucky I Guess
2. Banana Republic >
3. Luxury's Lap
4. Would You Like To Learn To Dance?
5. The One that Got Away
6. What Have You Done For Me Lately?
7. You're the Girl I Love
8. It's A Sin To Tell A Lie
9. Chicken Cordon Bleus
10. This Hotel Room
11. My Old Man
12. The Dutchman
13. City of New Orleans (band intros)
14. Men Who Love Women Who Love Men
15. I've Got To Hand It To You
(missing?  Encore:  The 20th Century Is Almost Over)

Steve Goodman   Guitar, vocals
Jimmy Enger    Piano
Amy Madigan    Keyboard, Percussion, Vocals
Jim Rothermel    Reeds
Peter Bunetta     Drums
Rick Chudacoff    Bass
Arno Lucas    Percussion, vocals

FLAC - Steve Goodman_1979-04-26_RoslynNY_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Steve Goodman_1979-04-26_RoslynNY_mp3.rar