THE KINKS - US FESTIVAL, DEVORE 1982

December 21, 2014 – 5:16 am

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THE KINKS
Devore, CA 1982 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the US Festival, Glen Helen Regional Park, Devore, CA; September 4, 1982. Fairly to very good audience recording.

According to Americana: The Kinks, The Road And The Perfect Riff, by Ray Davies:

The apogee of the Kinks’ resurgence was at the US Festival in San Bernardino in 1982. Davies was between albums and was uninterested in performing at the gig. He and Bill Graham settled the matter with a verbal promise that the band would go on at dusk and be the first band of the day to use lights. When Graham tried to shift their start time earlier, Davies clung to the promise. The consequent delay whipped the crowd into a frenzy, and the band performed with aplomb. Graham was fuming, but later offered to promote the band any time they came back to the west coast.

Thanks to flashback17 for sharing the show at Dime.

flashback17 noted:

This show is a must have! The energy is off the scales!

Davies: “I’m on a low budget. What did you say?” (He points the microphone at the crowd.)
Crowd: “LOW BUDGET !!”
Davies: (visibly impressed if not a little frightened) “You don’t have to shout.”

I was lucky to have worked two weeks at the 1st US Festival in 1982, although I wasn’t backstage at the time The Kinks were going on, the story was… Ray Davies was with Chrissie Hynde in his dressing room trailer and would not come out or talk to the stage director, until just before they went on, about 25 minutes late. Bill Graham went through the roof and was threatening to drop them from the lineup (obviously BS). They did go on, but Bill Graham tried to throw them off stage when their assigned time was used up. You can hear that didn’t go very well, they stopped the song, and then spent the rest of the set taunting Bill Graham… Bill Graham comes out to call for an encore, his voice rough from yelling backstage.

FYI:
Chrissie and Ray’s daughter, Natalie Ray Hynde, was born four months later, January 1983.
The Pretenders played the 1983 US Festival on May 30, 1983.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Intro 2:18 (3.9MB)
Track 102. Around the Dial 5:05 (8.5MB)
Track 103. The Hard Way 2:28 (4.1MB)
Track 104. Where Have All the Good Times Gone 2:34 (4.3MB)
Track 105. Catch Me Now I’m Falling 3:23 (7.6MB)
Track 106. The Destroyer 4:32 (7.6MB)
Track 107. Yo-Yo 6:35 (11.1MB)
Track 108. Lola 8:00 (13.4MB)
Track 109. Entertainment 4:34 (7.7MB)
Track 110. Low Budget 5:05 (8.6MB)
Track 111. Back to Front 4:53 (8.2MB)
50 mins

Disc 2:
Track 201. Art Lover 4:53 (8.2MB)
Track 202. Celluloid Heroes 6:08 (10.3MB)
Track 203. Come On Now 2:45 (4.6MB)
Track 204. A Gallon of Gas 4:34 (7.7MB)
Track 205. Till the End of the Day 2:35 (4.3MB)
Track 206. Bernadette 2:14 (3.7MB)
Track 207. All Day and All of the Night 6:10 (10.4MB)
Track 208. Pressure 2:44 (4.6MB)
Track 209. You Really Got Me 3:32 (5.9MB)
36 mins

Lineup:
Ray Davies - guitar, keyboards, vocals
Dave Davies - guitar, backing vocals
Ian Gibbons - keyboards, backing vocals
Jim Rodford - bass, backing vocals
Mick Avory - drums

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WARREN ZEVON - PHILLY 1988

December 20, 2014 – 2:51 pm

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WARREN ZEVON
Philadelphia 1988 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Chestnut Cabaret, Philadelphia; although shared as Spring 1988, there is a good likelihood that it was on December 3,1988. Fairly to very good soundboard.

[Warren Zevon] just emerging from the erratic but well-received Sentimental Hygiene LP, has tried something different on this tour, which he’s calling the “Sic ‘Em Dogs on Me Tour.” It’s a sampler set, surveying Sentimental Hygiene, some early works, previews of the forthcoming LP Transverse City and arrangements of blues and country standards by Robert Johnson and Johnny Cash, among others. Zevon will play guitar, piano and harmonica; he’ll be supported by lap-steel player Dan Dugmore (who also plays pedal steel, banjo and dobro) and bassist Timothy B Schmidt. - philly.com (December 2, 1988)

Warren Zevon died of cancer in 2003.

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Track 01. Gambling Man 4:37 (7.8MB)
Track 02. Roland 8:46 (14.7MB)
Track 03. Networking 4:17 (7.2MB)
Track 04. I Can’t Tell You Why 3:55 (6.6MB)
Track 05. Junko Partner 3:33 (6.0MB)
Track 06. Hasten Down The Wind 6:34 (11.0MB)
Track 07. Traveling Riverside Blues 4:33 (7.7MB)
Track 08. Poor Poor Pitiful Me 5:42 (9.6MB)
Track 09. What’s New Pussycat 2:52 (4.8MB)
Track 10. Lawyers Guns and Money 7:03 (11.9MB)
Track 11. Werewolves 6:11 (10.4MB)
Track 12. Trouble 3:20 (5.6MB)
62 mins

Lineup:
Warren Zevon - guitar, vocals
Timothy B Schmidt - bass, vocals
Dan Dugmore - lap steel guitar

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VARIOUS - LA BAMBA’S CHRISTMAS SHOW 1984 (with Steven Van Zandt, Brian Setzer)

December 20, 2014 – 5:18 am

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VARIOUS
La Bamba’s Christmas Show 1984
with Steven Van Zandt, Brian Setzer [The Ken G Collection, 3CD]

Live at the Count Basie Theater, Red Banks, NJ; December 23, 1984. Very good FM broadcast.

Thanks to kingrue (George) for sharing the show at The Traders’ Den.

kingrue noted: “These tapes are 30 years old and held up really well during playback. La Bamba’s Second Annual Christmas Show featured Steven Van Zandt, Gary US Bonds, Brian Setzer, Darlene Love, Kevin Kavanaugh, Paul Schaeffer, Steve Jordan, Gary Tallent, Southside Johnny and Anthony Anthony.”

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Source: WNEW North American Simulcast > Maxell XL-II Master Tapes
Transfer:
Maxell > Sony Deck TC-WE 475 > JVC XL-R2010 CD-RW [standalone] > Soundforge 9.0 > Wav >TLH [sector boundary aligned] Flac Level 8

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Disc 1
Track 101. Concert Introduction 3:39 (6.1MB)
Darlene Love

Track 102. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) 3:26 (5.8MB)
Track 103. Do Run Run 2:28 (4.2MB)
Track 104. He’s A Rebel 2:51 (4.8MB)
Track 105. River Deep Mountain High 6:18 (10.6MB)

La Bamba and The Hub Caps
Track 106. Move On Up 3:55 (6.6MB)
Track 107. Here Comes Sally 3:21 (5.6MB)
Track 108. Just Around The Corner 3:59 (6.7MB)
Track 109. Talk About My Baby 4:01 (6.8MB)
Track 110. Since You’ve Been Gone 9:26 (15.8MB)

Gary US Bonds
Track 111. Jole Blon 3:59 (6.7MB)
Track 112. This Little Girl 5:01 (8.4MB)
Track 113. Daddy’s Come Home 7:00 (11.8MB)
Track 114. Quarter To Three 5:28 (9.2MB)
65 mins

Disc 2
Brian Setzer
Track 201. Barbwire Fence 4:42 (7.9MB)
Track 202. Ready Teddy/Rip It Up 5:17 (8.9MB)
Track 203. Bobby’s Back 4:26 (7.5MB)
Track 204. Rock This Town 4:25 (7.4MB)

Anthony Anthony
Track 205. untitled 5:36 (9.4MB)
Track 206. untitled 3:22 (5.7MB)

Southside Johnny
Track 207. Let The Good Times Roll 6:20 (10.7MB)
Track 208. New Romeo 3:43 (6.2MB)
Track 209. God Bless The Child 5:21 (9.0MB)
Track 210. I Don’t Want To Go Home 3:32 (5.9MB)
47 mins

Disc 3
Steven Van Zandt
Track 301. Voice Of America 4:49 (8.1MB)
Track 302. Justice 4:57 (8.3MB)
Track 303. Until the Good Is Gone 7:40 (12.9MB)
Track 304. Forever 4:43 (7.9MB)
Track 305. Los Desaparecidos [tape flip at 3:34] 8:13 (13.8MB)
Track 306. Out Of The Darkness 5:07 (8.6MB)

La Bamba and Orchestra, with entire cast
Track 307. White Christmas 4:24 (7.4MB)
Track 308. What Christmas Means To Me My Love 5:05 (8.5MB)
Track 309. It’s Christmas Time Pretty Baby 7:30 (12.6MB)
Track 310. Jingle Bells 2:50 (4.8MB)
Track 311. Silent Night 4:26 (7.4MB)
Track 312. Run Run Rudolph 6:34 (11.0MB)
Track 313. Happy Christmas (War is Over) 6:25 (10.8MB)
73 mins

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BOBBY VEE - SIOUX FALLS, CHRISTMAS 2008

December 19, 2014 – 7:05 pm

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BOBBY VEE AND THE VEES
Sioux Falls 2008 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Washington Pavillion, Sioux Falls, SD; December 18, 2008. Fairly good audience recording. Sounded a bit distant with slight echo.

This one’s for fans of the former teen idol. In 2012, Bobby, who is now 71, announced on his website that he was diagnosed a year before as in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

Thanks to 9thbeastie for sharing the show at Dime.

Picture posted at speakerpedia.com.

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Track 01. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) 2:27 (4.1MB)
Track 02. Jingle Bell Rock 2:23 (4.0MB)
Track 03. Between Song Banter One 4:18 (7.2MB)
Track 04. Home for Holidays 4:17 (7.2MB)
Track 05. Come Back When You Grow Up 2:26 (4.1MB)
Track 06. Run to Him 2:07 (3.6MB)
Track 07. Up North December 3:59 (6.7MB)
Track 08. Electric Trains and You 3:52 (6.5MB)
Track 09. Wonderful World (Don’t Know Much) 1:05 (1.8MB)
Track 10. Last Kiss 1:28 (2.5MB)
Track 11. One Last Kiss 5:02 (8.4MB)
Track 12. Take Good Care of My Baby 2:47 (4.7MB)
Track 13. Between Song Banter Two 6:48 (11.4MB)
Track 14. Wipeout (Cardboard Box Drum Solo) 2:08 (3.6MB)
Track 15. Party Doll 2:24 (4.0MB)
Track 16. Between Song Banter Three 1:59 (3.3MB)
Track 17. No Expectations 4:03 (6.8MB)
54 mins

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BUDDY HOLLY - FAMOUS APARTMENT TAPES

December 19, 2014 – 5:12 am

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BUDDY HOLLY
The Famous Apartment Tapes & Rarities 1958-1959 [Nor VA Jak NVJ 822, 1CD]

Sessions and demos; very good audio.

Buddy’s final recordings taken from a session at his apartment in Greenwich, The Breevoort, 8th Street, New York. Recorded on an Ampex reel-to-reel deck December 1958 to January 1959. Buddy died two weeks after the recordings.

Thanks to Syd for sharing the tracks at The Traders’ Den.

Syd noted:

I have had a couple of copies of this bootleg. This is the cleanest one by far. No clicks and/or pops on any of the tracks. This is just an AMAZING sound for the time period. The Apartment Recordings feel like you are sitting with Buddy himself playing his guitar - it sounds that good. This is where Rock & Roll began. No wonder why the Beatles and Stones listened to this music. It is where it all began. A MUST HAVE!

Posted at edsel.myrmid.com:

In December 1958, Buddy Holly bought an Ampex tape recorder from Norman Petty [when he split from them. The same recorder that Buddy recorded “That’ll Be The Day” at that studio]. Buddy Holly used this tape recorder in his New York City apartment to record rough takes of new songs that he was writing. In February 1959, Buddy Holly died in a plane crash along with Ritchie Valens and JP “Big Bopper” Richardson. Many people believe that “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” and “True Love Ways” were Buddy Holly’s last songs.

After his death, Buddy Holly’s tape recorder was located in his apartment building. On this tape, there were 14 full songs that Buddy Holly recorded. The songs were, in general, very clear and very personal. Most were just Buddy Holly and his acoustic guitar. These songs were truly Buddy Holly’s last songs.

The original tapes were given to two producers, Jack Hansen and Norman Petty. Both producers used the recordings and overdubbed them with a full band so the songs would be more radio-friendly. These versions of the songs were released to the public, and some of the songs even became hits. But the original raw recordings Buddy Holly made in his apartment never saw an official release.

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Apartment Recordings
01. Buddy’s Guitar 1:23 - Omitted
Track 02. Wait Till The Sun Shines Nelly 1:16 (2.1MB)
03. Learning The Game 1:38 - Omitted
04. Crying Waiting Hoping 1:55 - Omitted
05. Love Is Strange 1:51 - Omitted
06. Dearest (Take 1) 1:56 - Omitted
Track 07. That’s What They Say 1:18 (2.2MB)
Track 08. What To Do 2:01 (3.4MB)
Track 09. That Makes It Tough 2:24 (4.0MB)
Track 10. Slippin’ and Slidin’ (Take 1) 1:32 (2.6MB)
Track 11. Smokey Joe’s Cafe 2:19 (3.9MB)
Track 12. Slippin’ and Sliddin’ (Take 2) 3:38 (6.1MB)
Track 13. Slippin’ and Sliding’ (Take 3) 3:13 (5.4MB)
Track 14. Peggy Sue Got Married 1:58 (3.3MB)
Track 15. Marie Elena 4:05 (6.9MB)
Track 16. Dearest (Take 2) 1:15 (2.1MB)

Rarities
Track 17. I’m Gonna Love You Too 2:36 (4.4MB)
Track 18. Listen To Me 2:35 (4.4MB)
Track 19. Go Boy Go 2:39 (4.5MB)
Track 20. The Golden Rocket 2:24 (4.0MB)
Track 21. Gone 2:17 (3.8MB)
Track 22. I Overlooked An Orchid 2:49 (4.7MB)
Track 23. Sugartime 2:26 (4.1MB)
Track 24. Oh You Beautiful Doll 1:24 (2.3MB)
Track 25. Real Wild Child 2:28 (4.1MB)
Track 26. Don’t Treat Me This Way 2:33 (4.3MB)
Track 27. Don’t Cha Know 2:15 (3.8MB)
Track 28. Stay Close To Me 1:58 (3.3MB)
62 mins

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BOB MARLEY - SANTA CRUZ 1979

December 18, 2014 – 5:11 am

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BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
Santa Cruz 1979 [no label, 4CD]

Live at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz, CA; December 2, 1979. Very good to excellent soundboard.

Thanks to grner1 for sharing the tracks at Dime.

grner1 noted:

These shows were recorded and at least one show was broadcast live by KUSP-FM, who still own the master reels but are not giving them out. These are copies made in 1980 from those masters for one of the sound crew who mixed the show. They loaned him the reels and a Revox A77 so more than one copy was made at the time and these transfers are the best sounding of them.

I guess this wasn’t the only live broadcast from their tour, but I remember that KUSP said that they convinced Bob Marley to let these shows be broadcast by telling Bob that KUSP was within range of Soledad Prison and that the prisoners would be allowed to listen to them, so he agreed.

These recordings have circulated widely, but usually as just one show and either from the FM broadcast or from multi-generation copies of these tapes.

Thanks also to amdig1 for the artwork.

Lineage:
Excellent sound quality pre-broadcast soundboard recordings from possibly the best circulating copies.
Early show: 7.5 ips 1/2 track reel master > Dolby B cassette recorded on Sony TCD5 transferred with Nakamichi Dragon > Macintosh with DigiDesign AudioMedia III card > Pro Tools > AIFF > Toast Titanium > CD.
Late show: 7.5 ips 1/2 track reel master > 3.75 ips 1/4 track Dolby B reel recorded & transferred with Tandberg 9241XD > Macintosh with DigiDesign AudioMedia III card > Pro Tools > AIFF > Toast Titanium > CD. This late show reel had a few dropouts, but they are barely noticeable and probably only when listening with headphones.
CD extraction with Toast Titanium > xACT (Flac files created with sector boundaries verified).

The encores from both shows can be burned onto one disk if you prefer to do it that way to save a disc.

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Disc 1 (Early show, main set)
Track 101. crowd noise and Bob’s talk 0:29 (819k)
Track 102. Rastaman Vibration 5:15 (8.8MB)
Track 103. Wake Up And Live 5:20 (9.0MB)
Track 104. Them Belly Full 3:26 (5.8MB)
Track 105. Concrete Jungle 5:10 (8.7MB)
Track 106. I Shot The Sheriff 4:28 (7.5MB)
Track 107. Running Away 3:25 (5.8MB)
Track 108. Crazy Baldhead 4:20 (7.3MB)
Track 109. Ambush In The Night 3:58 (6.7MB)
Track 110. The Heathen 5:07 (8.6MB)
Track 111. War 4:51 (8.1MB)
Track 112. No More Trouble 1:58 (3.3MB)
Track 113. Ride Natty Ride 4:25 (7.4MB)
Track 114. Africa Unite 4:25 (7.4MB)
Track 115. One Drop 4:11 (7.0MB)
Track 116. Jammin’ 6:33 (9.7MB)
Track 117. thank yous and crowd noise 0:09 (246k)
68 mins

Disc 2 (Early show, encores)
Track 201. Is This Love 3:29 (5.9MB)
Track 202. Natty Dread 3:44 (6.3MB)
Track 203. Exodus 4:27 (7.5MB)
Track 204. Get Up Stand Up 5:41 (9.5MB)
18 mins

Disc 3 (Late show, main set)
Track 301. crowd noise and intro 0:24 (670k)
Track 302. Rastaman Vibration 5:17 (8.9MB)
Track 303. Wake Up And Live 5:06 (8.6MB)
Track 304. I Shot The Sheriff 4:37 (7.8MB)
Track 305. Them Belly Full 3:36 (6.0MB)
Track 306. Concrete Jungle 5:43 (9.6MB)
Track 307. Ambush In The Night 3:52 (6.5MB)
Track 308. Running Away 3:13 (5.4MB)
Track 309. Crazy Baldheads 4:05 (6.9MB)
Track 310. The Heathen 4:28 (7.5MB)
Track 311. Ride Natty Ride 4:17 (7.2MB)
Track 312. War 4:16 (7.2MB)
Track 313. No More Trouble 1:47 (2.0MB)
Track 314. Africa Unite 4:18 (7.2MB)
Track 315. One Drop 4:00 (6.7MB)
Track 316. Jammin’ 6:24 (10.8MB)
66 mins

Disc 4 (Late show, encores)
Track 401. talk/intro 0:45 (1.3MB)
Track 402. No Woman No Cry 5:36 (9.4MB)
Track 403. Natty Dread 3:55 (6.6MB)
Track 404. Is This Love 3:06 (5.2MB)
Track 405. Exodus 5:46 (9.7MB)
Track 406. Get Up Stand Up (cut) 6:49 (11.4MB)
26 mins

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YUSUF ISLAM (CAT STEVENS) - UPPER DARBY, PA 2014

December 17, 2014 – 12:51 pm

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YUSUF ISLAM (CAT STEVENS)
Upper Darby, PA 2014 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA; December 4, 2014. Fairly to very good audience recording.

Yusuf (Cat Stevens) Islam first tour in the US in 35 years!

Posted at rocknycliveandrecorded.com:

Yusuf Islam FKA Cat Stevens [66] learns from his mistakes. At the London Apollo a month ago at the start of the “Peace Train… Late Again” tour, Cat (which is what I’ll call him for this review) played a first set of hits, a second set of his new album, the blues-based Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, and a handful of oldies to take us home. By the time the Peace Train arrived at Philadelphia’s Tower Theatre, Cat had cut five songs off the new one and reworked the entire set into a career spanning testament not to faith (his wife got more shout outs than Allah) but to melody. This is what Cat does, he finds out…

So here we are in Philly because he couldn’t find a New York theatre willing to adhere to his no tickets policy… With a full band behind him, Cat commanded the stage with an off handed self-confidence which had the audience jumping up and down like izitsos and a seriously great set list, the show highlighted everything we loved and a couple of things we don’t love about him. It was the picture of soft rock, it lacked the rigorous rhythmic discipline of rock or the blues…

Cat can’t do anger, he can’t do sex (the girl is always sleeping beside him), he can’t rock, coming out of the same scene that brought us Graham Gouldman, he is great at pop rock and folk, piano ballads, a sort of spiritual yearning. It stops Cat from being one of the true greats, he has his limits. But within those limits he is a uniquely gifted songwriter with a voice so sweet it seems to always have a certain sadness on it and a master tune guy.

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Thanks to keystoner, who recorded the show; and to edtyre for sharing it at Dime.

Thanks also to ethiessen1 for the artwork.

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adobe audition > ozone 5 > sample manager > xACT > flac

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Disc 1 (Set 1)
Track 101. Intro 1:15 (2.1MB)
Track 102. The Wind 1:46 (3.0MB)
Track 103. Here Comes My Baby 3:45 (6.3MB)
Track 104. The First Cut Is the Deepest 3:56 (6.6MB)
Track 105. Thinking ‘Bout You 3:10 (5.3MB)
Track 106. Sitting 3:49 (6.4MB)
Track 107. Last Love Song 4:18 (7.2MB)
Track 108. Katmandu 3:18 (5.5MB)
Track 109. Where Do the Children Play? 4:16 (7.2MB)
Track 110. Roadsinger 4:51 (8.2MB)
Track 111. Dying to Live 3:48 (6.4MB)
Track 112. Don’t Be Shy 3:16 (5.5MB)
Track 113. People Get Ready 3:14 (5.4MB)
Track 114. If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out 3:25 (5.7MB)
48 mins

Disc 2 (Set 2)
Track 201. Big Boss Man 3:07 (5.2MB)
Track 202. Trouble 3:07 (5.2MB)
Track 203. Oh Very Young 3:09 (5.3MB)
Track 204. I Was Raised in Babylon 3:24 (5.7MB)
Track 205. Moonshadow 3:53 (6.5MB)
Track 206. You Are My Sunshine 3:51 (6.5MB)
Track 207. Foreigner Suite/Heaven/Where True Love Goes 6:41 (11.2MB)
Track 208. Wild World 5:15 (8.8MB)
Track 209. Editing Floor Blues 3:59 (6.7MB)
Track 210. Another Saturday Night 3:04 (5.1MB)
Track 211. Morning Has Broken 3:42 (6.2MB)
Track 212. Peace Train 4:15 (7.1MB)
Track 213. Father and Son 5:55 (10.0MB)
Track 214. Sad Lisa 3:55 (6.6MB)
Track 215. Miles from Nowhere 4:00 (6.7MB)
62 mins

Lineup:
Cat Stevens (Yusuf) - guitars, keys, vox
Alun Davies - acoustic guitar
Pete Adams - piano, keys, MD
Stefan Fuhr - bass guitar
Kwame Yeboah - drums, keys, guitar
Matt Sweeney - guitars
Eric Appopoulay - guitars

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MIKE OLDFIELD - HANNOVER 1981

December 16, 2014 – 5:17 am

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MIKE OLDFIELD
Hannover 1981 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Eilenriedhalle, Hannover, Germany; April 2, 1981. Very good to excellent soundboard.

Dave Thompson wrote:

Not to be confused, or compared, with any of Mike Oldfield’s official live releases, this two-CD package is the sound of the Oldfield band at its very peak, slimmed down to the bare essentials, but stripped, too, of all the pomp and flab that had hitherto marred his stage presentations. Certainly the band on display comprises the best musicians Oldfield ever worked with, with vocalist Maggie Riley and keyboard player Tim Cross so indispensable that one could reasonably argue that nothing Oldfield’s done since they departed even begins to capture the brilliance that’s on display here.

Recorded at the final show on the band’s 1981 German tour, their strengths are especially notable on the shorter pieces taken from the Platinum and QE2 albums - “Punkadiddle” truly lives up to its title with a vengeance. But even the lengthier suites composed with larger ensembles (or, at least, oodles of overdubs) in mind benefit from the concise punch of the six piece band, with the excerpt from “Ommadawn,” the guitar-soaked sequence that closes side one of the original vinyl, almost over-powering in its intensity. Excerpts from “Incantations” and “Tubular Bells,” too, are seen in a wholly new light here, while “Platinum” itself is positively electrifying, even if everything does seem to go out of tune just a couple of minutes in!

Oldfield would retain the spirit of this band for a couple of years, and tours, to come, but by 1983 or so, it began slowly to unravel, as he prepared the next phase of his career. Soon, nights like this were little more than memories, but these discs bring them crashing back in all their glory.

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Uploader’s notes:

During this third tour [Mike Oldfield] was still having his hot-cold relationship with live performances, in April telling Melody Maker he “always felt guilty because I wouldn’t tour. I wouldn’t do all the things you’re supposed to do. For me it’s got to have some point, some purpose. Why else go through the mindlessness of being on the road day after day? I want people to go home after seeing my concerts thinking, yeah, I’ll be a better person for that.”

Mike agreed he could not communicate specific things live, “but the general concept, yeah. And you can see it from the stage. I can look at the faces of the people in the audience and see whether it’s getting through. They have these glazed expressions on their faces and you know they’ve understood. It means an awful lot to them.”

Mike played Hanover twice in 10 days: the second date was added to close the 25-date German leg of his tour that confirmed him as one of the biggest rock acts in the country. He continued his evolution as a man-manager by assigning a percentage of tour profits to each member.. He was helped by manager Ossie Hoppe (ex manager of Whitesnake) and the tour was merchandised by Jeremy Parker who joined Mike in Finland. It started a long association.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Intro 0:41 (1.2MB)
Track 102. Taurus 1 11:13 (18.9MB)
Track 103. Sheba 3:37 (6.1MB)
Track 104. Mirage 5:12 (8.7MB)
Track 105. Band Intro 1:18 (2.2MB)
Track 106. Platinum 15:21 (25.8MB)
Track 107. Tubular Bells Part 2 6:56 (11.6MB)
Track 108. Conflict 2:43 (4.6MB)
Track 109. Ommadawn 20:53 (35.1MB)
68 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Tubular Bells Part 1 18:41 (22.2MB)
Track 202. Intro 6:53 (11.6MB)
Track 203. QE2 6:57 (11.7MB)
Track 204. Portsmouth 3:06 (5.2MB)
Track 205. Punkadiddle 5:30 (9.2MB)
42 mins

Lineup:
Mike Oldfield - guitar, bass
Mike Frye - drums, percussion
Morris Pert - drums, percussion
Tim Cross - keyboards
Maggie Reilly - vocals
Rick Fenn - guitar, bass

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THE ROLLING STONES - COLOGNE 1970

December 15, 2014 – 5:20 am

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THE ROLLING STONES
Cologne 1970 [VGP-049, 1CD]

Live at the Sporthalle, Cologne, West Germany; September 18, 1970. Fairly to very good audience recording.

gsparaco of collectorsmusicreviews.com:

The tape [for the Cologne show] first appeared on the two LP vinyl release Cologne 1970 (OBR 305 022). It is incomplete with “Let It Rock” missing… The earliest compact disc edition was Eau De Cologne (Sounds Shelter SS-101). This too is incomplete with “Let It Rock” missing and they used a poor copy of the tape with extensive speed warble and drop outs. Finally, Vinyl Gang issued this tape on Cologne 1970 (Vinyl Gang VGP 049) with improved sound and three bonus tracks from April 26, 1964 NME Poll Winners concert at Wembley from a very good radio broadcast.

However, fans of this show might want to track down Dog N Cat’s version - Germany 1970 (Dog N Cat DAC-070). gsparaco noted that “Dog N Cat… offers slightly improved sound quality with improved gain on the high and low ends, and it might be one generation better than the older titles. DAC is also longer than the older release since “Let It Rock” is included for the first time. It is obvious why the older titles left it off since only a 10-second fragment from the middle of the song exists on the tape. Other than the “Let It Rock” issue the show is otherwise complete. The sound quality is a good and clear mono recording.”

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Track 01. Jumpin’ Jack Flash 3:12 (5.4MB)
Track 02. Roll Over Beethoven 2:38 (4.4MB)
Track 03. Sympathy For The Devil 6:54 (11.6MB)
Track 04. Stray Cat Blues 4:28 (7.5MB)
Track 05. Love In Vain 5:50 (9.8MB)
Track 06. Dead Flowers 4:14 (7.1MB)
Track 07. Midnight Rambler 10:23 (17.4MB)
Track 08. Live With Me 3:32 (5.9MB)
Track 09. Little Queenie 4:47 (8.0MB)
Track 10. Brown Sugar 4:13 (7.1MB)
Track 11. Honky Tonk Women 3:27 (5.8MB)
Track 12. Street Fighting Man 4:08 (6.9MB)

NME Poll Winners Concert - Wembley, April 26, 1964
Track 13. Jimmy Savile Introduction 1:20 (2.2MB)
Track 14. Not Fade Away 2:08 (3.6MB)
Track 15. I Just Wanna Make Love To You 2:55 (4.9MB)
Track 16. I’m Alright 2:14 (3.8MB)
67 mins

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JOHNNY MATHIS - CHICAGO [CHRISTMAS] 2014

December 14, 2014 – 6:35 pm

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JOHNNY MATHIS
Chicago 2014 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Rosemont Theater, Chicago, IL; December 6, 2014. Very good audience recording.

AEJBBKA posted on the net: “Having attended 19 of his concerts, this was his best ever! He did two complete sets and had a good comedian in between also. For the very first time in memory, he had an encore of three songs… This was a major treat! At 79, his voice is amazing and better than it was in 1962!”

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Disc 1 (Set 1)
Track 101. Intro 6:24 (10.8MB)
Track 102. Winter Wonderland 4:32 (7.6MB)
Track 103. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas 2:20 (3.9MB)
Track 104. It’s Not For Me To Say 2:16 (3.8MB)
Track 105. Chances Are 1:40 (2.8MB)
Track 106. Gina 1:48 (3.0MB)
Track 107. Christmas Bells Are Ringing 1:58 (3.3MB)
Track 108. Caroling, Caroling/Happy Holidays 2:13 (3.7MB)
Track 109. Christmas Waltz/The Christmas Song 3:40 (6.2MB)
Track 110. My Foolish Heart 3:48 (6.4MB)
Track 111. Toyland 3:34 (6.0MB)
Track 112. Need A Little Christmas 2:14 (3.7MB)
37 mins

Disc 2 (Set 2)
Track 201. Pure Imagination 1:27 (2.4MB)
Track 202. It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year 2:31 (4.2MB)
Track 203. Misty 3:30 (5.9MB)
Track 204. Sleigh Ride 3:23 (5.7MB)
Track 205. Charlie Brown Theme/Christmas Time Is Here 2:51 (4.8MB)
Track 206. When A Child Is Born 4:01 (6.7MB)
Track 207. It’s Christmas Time Again 4:22 (7.3MB)
Track 208. Sending You A Little Christmas 3:56 (6.6MB)
Track 209. 99 Miles From LA 4:23 (7.4MB)
Track 210. The Twelfth Of Never 4:57 (8.3MB)
Track 211. Brazil Medley 9:49 (16.5MB)
Track 212. You’ll Never Know 2:09 (3.6MB)
Track 213. Merry Christmas/Outro 4:37 (7.8MB)
52 mins

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