ALEX CHILTON - NEW ORLEANS 1994

October 26, 2012 – 4:37 am

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ALEX CHILTON
New Orleans 1994 [Archival Group, 2CD]

Live At The Howlin’ Wolf, New Orleans, LA; November 24 (?), 1994. FM broadcast (?) (with a slight hum).

At his haunted best, (Alex) Chilton sings like someone with a gun being held to his head; reluctance and release flow together in a prurient lifeforce sap being forced from the orchard’s sorriest tree. (At his worst, he sounds like someone’s holding a checkbook on him; few reputable performers can sound as distracted or uninterested in a studio performance.) Wisely, at least for Chilton, he got over the self-immolating allure of his endeavors early on, dropping out of the music grind for much of the ’80s - after barely contributing to it in the half of the ’70s left when Big Star collapsed…

Perhaps spurred on by Big Star’s intervening reunion, Chilton hit the mid-’90s in an unprecedented surge of recording (if not songwriting) productivity: two new studio album in as many years. The first, Cliches (1994), sails past his beloved Volare into a full-blown concept and contains nothing but pre-rock pop standards sung and played alone on acoustic guitar (plus, briefly, an unsettling background rumble that sounds suspiciously like bleed from a heavy time-keeping foot). - Ira Robbins, The Trouser Press Record Guide (Fifth Edition)

Dime reader 01001010 noted the following: “This is a pretty good-sounding set. Basically, a no-frills SBD broadcast over the air, but the band is pretty tight. And yes, there is a bit of a buzz through the whole thing, but for Alex Chilton, that almost seems right - a certain “Je ne sais quoi”, if you will. It sort of puts you right there in the club.”

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Disc 1
Track 101. Tee Na Nee Na Noo (6.4MB)
Track 102. B A B Y (5.3MB)
Track 103. My Baby Just Cares For Me (5.8MB)
Track 104. Volare (7.1MB)
Track 105. Sick & Tired (5.8MB)
Track 106. Thank You John (7.0MB)
Track 107. I Got A Thing For You (8.0MB)
Track 108. Devil Girl (6.5MB)
Track 109. Il’ Rebelle (4.0MB)
Track 110. My Bonnie (6.9MB)
Track 111. Turn Your Money Green (5.7MB)
Track 112. Money Talks (5.6MB)
Track 113. Money Talks (Continued) (3.6MB)
Track 114. I Do (6.8MB)
Track 115. Come Back Baby (7.3MB)
Track 116. What’s Your Sign Girl (8.5MB)
Track 117. Do The Hucklebuck (12.1MB)

Disc 2
Track 201
. Nobody’s Fool (7.2MB)
Track 202. Little GTO (4.9MB)
Track 203. Alligator Man (5.2MB)
Track 204. Tina The Go Go Queen (12.1MB)
Track 205. Goodnight My Love (5.0MB)
Track 206. Take It Off (2.1MB)
Track 207. Take It Off (Continued) (3.2MB)
Track 208. New Girl In School (12.6MB)
Track 209. Margie (4.4MB)
Track 210. I’m Ready (6.7MB)
Track 211. Little Latin Lupe Lu (5.0MB)
Track 212. Brazil (7.7MB)
Track 213. Dateless Night (5.5MB)
Track 214. Only The Lonely (5.0MB)

Lineup (thanks to 01001010 for the lineup):
Alex Chilton - vocals, guitar
Ron Easley - bass
Doug Garrison - drums

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  1. 10 Responses to “ALEX CHILTON - NEW ORLEANS 1994”

  2. I saw Alex and his trio open for Jon Spencer Blues Explosion after the Cliches album was released. A very disappointing evening, they sounded like a third rate casino lounge act, especially on “Gotta Lotta Livin’ To Do”. He just doesn’t have the voice for most of this type of material, and didn’t look very interested either. I left after Spencer’s first set.

    Fortunately, Alex came back a year or two later, did a great show, probably did a lot of the songs here, plus a Furry Lewis song I wish I remembered the name of. Some bozo down front kept requesting a song over and over, finally Alex said “You can ask for that all night long, and I’m still not gonna play it”. He did play an excellent version of “Pale Blue Eyes”, by request.

    Thanks bigO, I’m looking forward to this one.

    By Mark E on Oct 26, 2012

  3. sorry for putting this here but I`m curious if anyone is familiar with this book. It`s the sort of book i think I would enjoy to own but it does carry a very steep price tag.
    so..does anyone own this ?

    768 pages
    The Bootleg Guide: Classic Bootlegs of the 1960s and 1970s, an Annotated Discography (Hardback) By (author) Garry Freeman
    The Bootleg Guide is the ultimate in reference works for the 1960s and the 1970s bootleg recordings. Within these pages lies a history of rock at its best, as performed on stage or in the studio. Each entry is catalogued by title, date, featured tracks, and contains a quality rating and comments on the nature and origin of the recording. Cross-references are provided to other titles and extensive information is available on alternate titles of bootlegs. In many cases, quirky facts about a particular title are given-something that in itself may make a title a highly desirable and sought-after ‘rarity’ amongst collectors. Limited editions are listed to help the reader and collector develop a clearer picture of just how obtainable a bootleg may be. Bootlegs are unofficial ‘live’ and studio recordings of artists and bands that are released onto vinyl, tape or CD. By definition, most are so rare that they change hands only for vastly inflated sums or are traded by networks of dedicated collectors worldwide. Serious fans and collectors have been known to spend as much as $225 for an original, scratchy vinyl recording of bands like Deep Purple and the Grateful Dead dating back to the early seventies. The rarest of all are akin to valuable paintings as far as collectors and traders are concerned.

    By sluggo on Oct 26, 2012

  4. I`m curious to hear this simply for the song “Money Talks “a sir mack rice tune that I first heard by Mudboy and the Neutrons , a band which featured none other than Jim Dickinson, father of cody and luther dickinson of the mississippi allstars. thanks big-o

    By sluggo on Oct 26, 2012

  5. “That’s Mr. Mud Boy to you” they used to say. A great band, one of my all time favorite albums is “They Walk Among Us”. I wish they had recorded more often. “Turn Your Money Green” is the Furry lewis song I remembered, thanks again bigO!

    By Mark E on Oct 26, 2012

  6. “I’m in love. What’s that sound? I’m in love, wiyh that sound. Children by the millions cheer for Alex Chilton as he walks by.” Thanks Paul. What a great world that would have been. Thanks to BigO and all involved for this terrific memory of his quirky musical life. Saw many of his NYC shows in the 80’s. Quality varied but not the fun. Remember he dedicated ‘September Gurls’ to “the grey haired guy by the bar who’s been smiling and grinning all night.” That was me!

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Oct 26, 2012

  7. Does anyone know the date of this for sure?

    Who would have broadcast this? WWOZ or WTUL or could there have been someone else?

    By nolajay on Oct 28, 2012

  8. nolajay - u can call the station(s) and ask them. it is 18 yrs ago but they may have records of the brdcst and be able to tell u. on the date.. i think 24th is accurate. but u can also ask about that. if the venue is still there u can check that with them. if the venue has a site it may be there as an archive of past performances. there may also be an alex fan site listing his past shows.

    By darth on Oct 29, 2012

  9. The date here is a day off. This was a WTUL- ‘TUL box, bdcst. on Wed. 11/23/94. This includes a six song post show encore with a pick up band consisting of “George” on bass, and King Louis Bankston on drums. There’s a wikipedia article about the drummer. “King Louie helped found the Royal Pendeltons in 1991 along with Michael Hurtt on guitar/vocals, J. Matthew Uhlman on guitar/vocals, and G. Thomas Oliver on organ. The Pendeltons put out their first 7″ out on Goner Records in 1995, and in 1998 put out a full-length LP out on Sympathy for the Record Industry with producer Alex Chilton entitled Oh, Yeah Baby.”GFS

    By LordGeorgeJerry on Nov 14, 2012

  10. I don’t know why Alex Chilton did any of the things that he did late in his life - much less why he would go from Big Star to the tripe that he trotted out as music later in his career. W/O Jodi Stephens, Alex Chilton lost his way, Lennon w/o McCartney. I did not come up w/ that but it’s nonetheless true. That he got sick and didn’t go to the doctor and he would have had the ACA {not OBAMACARE) is the main thing. I wish a lot of things…

    By Pat Shea on Mar 30, 2014

  11. Thanks so much for this splendid FM broadcast whit Alex Chilton its much appreciated.Im a huge Chilton fan so all Concerts and demos etc i can get hold of is totally avesome.

    By Dan on Oct 12, 2015

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