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.



La Piazza Gancio said...

Brilliant share! Thank you!

As you say, they are one of the great unappreciated bands from the new wave-indie era.

Rob-in-Brevard said...

I have 3 full-length Timbuk3 recordings (sbd & FM) that you don't seem to have:

Timbuk3 - Cabaret Metro, Chicago, IL 1987-04-24 (FM - 18 tracks)

Timbuk3 - Grant Park, Chicago, IL 1988-07-04 (FM - 16 tracks)

Timbuk3 - Villeurbanne, FR 1990-02-27 (sbd - 20 tracks)

All are lossless and I'd be glad to share. If interested, get in touch here:

rdfield -AT- rocketmail -DOT- com

Golden Slot said...

Thanks for your sharing, it helps me a lot and I think I'll watch your post more.
golden slot