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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.
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.
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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Mics: Sennheiser 2002 Binaural headset
Deck: Sony TCD5M Pro Cassette
Source: 1st Gen Cassette
Transfer: PB Pioneer CT-F1000 > ASUS Xonar DG Sound Card > Audacity 2.0 @96k/24bit > Export to 44.1k/16bit Flac8 > TLH SBEs Fixed
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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)
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)
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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