Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Eric Clapton - 2011-12-31 - Woking Leisure Center, Woking, Surrey, UK

Eric Clapton

Woking Leisure Centre, Woking, Surrey, UK
'Half Measures' (MVR 701/702)
Audience Recording (Mid Valley Records), Good sound quality
Available in Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Happy New Year (and hope for a better one) for All! For this year's New Year's Eve show, we go back to Eric Clapton's string of 'Sober Dance Party' NYE shows in Woking UK. The New Year's Eve Sober Dance was an alcohol-free party and was hosted by Eric Clapton and Friends almost every year from 1992 to 2012. It was a private event and tickets were not put on sale to the general public. Each year, the band billed themselves under an unusual name. This year I am presenting the penultimate show, from 2011, where the band was billed as 'Half Measures' and consisted of Eric's usual band at that time, plus the addition of Gary Brooker (Procol Harum), who frequently joined in for Eric's regular NYE shows. The show features an emphasis on the blues and early RnR and is a wonderful presentation of Eric's band at this time. The 2012 NYE was the last of these events, however, but I have not been able to find any recording of that show, so here is the penultimate sober NYE show from Eric in 2011. 

Disc 1 (MVR 701) Half Measures
02-Knock On Wood
03-Reconsider Baby
04-Unchain My Heart
05-Hey Bo Diddley
06-Travelin' Light
07-Route 66 (False start)
08-Route 66
09-Cryin' Time Again
10-Rock me Baby
11-Willie And The Hand Jive
12-Shake Rattle And Roll

Disc 2 (MVR 702) Half Measures
01-New Year Countdown
02-In The Midnight Hour
03-Hoochie Coochie man
04-Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
05-Blueberry Hill
06-Lay My Burden Down
07-Gin House
08-Five Long Years
09-Whiter Shade Of Pale
11-Old Black Joe

Eric Clapton - Guitar And Vocals
Chris Stainton - Keyboards
Dave Bronze - Bass
Andy Fairweather Low - Guitar And Vocals
Gary Brooker - Keyboard And Vocals
Henry Spinetti - Drums
Judy Blair - Vocals

mp3 - Eric Clapton_2011-12-31_NYE_WokingUK_mp3.rar

FLAC - Eric Clapton_2011-12-31_NYE_WokingUK_FLAC.rar

Sunday, December 20, 2020

The Aimee Mann & Ted Leo Christmas Show - 2019-12-09 - Largo at the Coronet, Los Angeles, CA

The Aimee Mann & Ted Leo Christmas Show

2019-12-09 (Early Show)
Live at Largo at the Coronet, Los Angeles, CA
Audience recording, good quality
Mp3 @ 320 kbps

While the Christmas spirit is still with us, here's another Christmas-themed show. A recent entry in the series of Aimee Mann Christmas shows. This one is from last Christmas (2019), when live shows and Christmas events like these were still possible. Aimee Mann and Ted Leo got together several years ago to from the rock duo The Both, and although the collaboration produced only one studio album (The Both-2014, which was very good), Mann and Leo have been performing together on and off since then, such as in her 2014 and 2015 Christmas shows, and again last year for her 2019 shows. As usual, this is a musical-variety show that mixes music (holiday and otherwise) with some banter, skits, and comedy bits, and feature several other guest artists in addition to Aimee and Ted. Guest artists at this year's show included Lisa Loeb, Paul Tompkins, and Josh Ritter, as well as some other surprises. Enjoy the Holidays with Aimee and Ted. Merry Christmas One and All.

Track 101. Christmas in Killarney 2:23
Track 102. Fairytale of New York 4:09
Track 103. introduction of Paul F Tompkins 2:11
Track 104. Christmas Eve Can Kill You 3:30
Track 105. banter 1:52
Track 106. Teddy Knows, Teddy Knows, Teddy Knows 2:08
Track 107. introduction of Lisa Loeb 4:35
Track 108. Skeleton 3:29
Track 109. I’ll Be Home for Christmas 3:41
Track 110. The Ballad of the Christmas Donkey 3:53
Track 111. Santa’s Letters 16:13
Track 112. Ten Things 2:49
Track 113. Nothing Left to Do (Let’s Make This Christmas Blue) 5:16
57 mins
Track 201. Mulan 9:06
Track 202. Oh Lord (Part 3) 4:20
Track 203. The Curse 6:18
Track 204. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve 3:35
Track 205. Light 4:50
Track 206. Stay (I Missed You) 3:54
Track 207. The Holly Bears a Berry (Sans Day Carol) 3:27
Track 208. Lesser Known Hanukkah Traditions 7:06
Track 209. banter 1:54
Track 210. You’re a Mean One Mr Grinch 3:44
Track 211. banter 3:38
Track 212. Know It All 2:58
Track 213. Christmas Time Is Here 3:16
58 mins

Note: “Teddy Knows! Teddy Knows! Teddy Knows!” and “Know It All” are parodies of “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” and Lizzo’s “Good as Hell,” respectively. The tracks named “Santa’s Letters,” “Mulan,” and “Lesser Known Hanukkah Traditions” are comedy segments and do not contain any music.

Aimee Mann - vocals, guitar
Ted Leo - vocals, guitar
Paul Bryan - bass
Jamie Edwards - keyboards, guitar on “The Holly Bears a Berry”
Matt Mayhall - drums, percussion, bells on “The Holly Bears a Berry”

with announced guests:
Paul F Tompkins - vocals
Lisa Loeb - vocals, guitar
Josh Ritter - vocals, guitar
and surprise guests:
Julia Sweeney
The Sklar Brothers (Randy and Jason)

Aimee Mann&Ted Leo Christmas Show_2019-12-01_L.A.rar

Saturday, December 12, 2020

BB Chronicles 2020 Christmas Collection - A Coping with Covid Christmas

BB Chronicles 2020 Christmas Collection - 
A Coping with Covid Christmas
A Christmas Sampler Collection
Various Artists

Mp3 @ (mostly) 320 kbps (but some 192kbps)

Well here are we are, at the end of another year, and what a (terrible) year it has been. But at Christmastime, we can try to put all that behind us and try to enjoy the Holidays as best we can, although under the present circumstances, it may be a very different holiday season than usual, or that we would want. Due to the raging global pandemic and social distancing requirements, most of us are having to scale our holiday festivities way back, with little socializing or spending time with family and friends. But we sttill have the music of the season, and once again, as is my every other year tradition, I have put together a Christmas holiday collection of seasonal music. Although I did not expect to be able to do it this year, I hunkered down and explored my treasure chest of holiday gems and came up with a another wonderfully delightful assemblage (if I do say so myself) of rather fine contemporary Christmas-related music from an assortment of great and little-known artists. Due to the current situation and atmosphere, this year's collection features numerous songs that capture the distance, isolation, or stay-at-homeness of this season, but also features numerous bright and cheery songs to lift the spirits. Once again, my collections tend to feature newer, more original songs, with just a few old standards thrown in. This year also marks 10 years since my first of these collections and my 6th overall compilation (because only done in even years). So, to honor that first 'Echlechtic Chollection', there are a couple of throwbacks to that set, including the studio version of Dave Edmunds' 'Run Rudolph Run' (the first collection used a live recording), and the wonderful 'Christmas Face' by Fisher, which not only is a perfect song for this particular collection in mood and spirit, but also is just a truly beautiful song that deserves more exposure and notoriety (I have never heard another artist cover this song, but it should have become a Christmas standard by now). Also, once again, I have liberally lifted some tracks from other recent Christmas compilations (such as White Christmas-2019 from Power Pop Criminals blog as well as some samplers from Noisetrade, etc.). Also featured are a couple more tracks from The Grip Weeds excellent Christmas album (Under the Influence of Christmas-2011), and other power pop gems, several indie artists you've surely never heard of (but are quite wonderful), as well as some familiar old pros with a mix of old and new classics. Closing out the collection is a beautiful, insprational 'Christmas is Here' from JJ Heller. Hope you enjoy this year's collection. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All.

Tracklist: Song Title - Artist (Year - Album)
01. For The Holidays - The Grip Weeds (2011 - Under The Influence of Christmas)
02. Talkin' Christmas - The Blind Boys of Alabama (2014 - Talkin' Christmas)
03. Have a Very Merry Christmas - The Sun Kings (2015 - Jingle Jangle Pop)
04. Holly Herald - Jethro Tull (2003 - Christmas Album)
05. Underneath the Christmas Tree - The New Favorites (2017 - Happy Holidays)
06. Christmas is All Around - Sleeping At Last (2014 - Christmas Collection)
07. It's Christmas - Ben Woodward (2014 - HGTV+Noisetrade Ultimate Holiday Soundtrack)
08. Christmas Face - Fisher (2012 - December)
09. Christmas Time is Here - Jerry Douglas (2009 - Jerry Christmas)
10. Happy Xmas - Alanis Morissette (2020 - Single)
11. Christmas in the Room - Sufjan Stevens (2012 - Silver and Gold)
12. Last-Minute Christmas Song - Sun Machines (2018 - Single)
13. Holiday at Home - Abigail York (2014 - HGTV+Noisetrade Ultimate Holiday Soundtrack)
14. Winter Eclipse - Beta Radio (2014 - HGTV+Noisetrade Ultimate Holiday Soundtrack)
15. All I Want for Christmas is You - The 88 (2010 - Single)
16. Blue Christmas - Chris Isaak (2004 - Christmas)
17. Christmas Time - Christopher Holland (2019 - Golden Hour)
18. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Kenny Rankin (1999 - A Christmas Album)
19. Run Rudolph Run - Dave Edmunds (1982 - Party Party)
20. Winter Wonderland - David Grisman - (1983 - David Grisman's Acoustic Christmas)
21. Christmas Night - Dwight Twilley (2005 - Have a Twilley Christmas)
22. Welcome Christmas - The Grip Weeds (2011 - Under The Influence of Christmas)
23. Carol of the Bells - The Last Bison (2013 - Sleigh Ride)
24. Christmas is Here - JJ Heller (2016 - Unto Us)

BB Chronicles 2020 Christmas Collection

Friday, December 11, 2020

Christmas Season is Here Once Again - Past Christmas Posts


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All!

Christmas Season is upon us once again. I will have a new Christmas Collection for 2020 uploaded shortly to brighten up the holidays during these trying and difficult times. And also be sure to check out all of my previous Christmas-related collections and posts! There are plenty of Christmas, Winter, Holiday-related posts and downloads available here. So, if you haven't previously checked out my delightful and eclectic Christmas collections, I invite you to do so now (links to those pages below). In addition, there are several other Christmas-related shows and compilations that have been posted previously and I have re-uploaded all of them to be available again for this year. To see all the Christmas-related posts check here. As I've said before, personally, I love Christmas music of all types, classical, rock, pop, jazz, etc., from the traditional to the outrageous, the serious to the silly, the classics to the newest ditties, and these compilations contain some of my favorites. Enjoy the season while it lasts. 

BB Chronicles 2020 Christmas Collection

BB's Christmas Collection 2018 - New, Old, and Revived

BB's Chronicles Christmas Collections 2016 (featuring 2 full collections - Bright and Blue)

BB's Christmas Chronicle 2014 - Tiny Tree Christmas

BB Chronicles Holiday Sampler 2012 - No Rest for Ye Merry Gentlemen

BB Chronicles Echlectic Christmas Chollection 2010

Other Christmas posts:

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo Christmas Shows: 2014 - Boston ; 2015 - Boston

A Celtic Christmas Sojourn - 2015-12-20 - Boston, MA

Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue (featuring Los Straitjackets - 2015-12-10 - Los Angeles, CA

Bruce Springsteen Live Christmas compilations

Chicago - 1998 Christmas show

Bill Kirchen's Honky Tonk Holiday Party - 2010 - Northampton, MA 

All links recently updated! Enjoy!.