September 16, 2009 – 4:09 am

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Rock & Roll Revue - Los Angeles 1990 [no label, 2CD]
Featuring Kim Wilson, Graham Parker and Dion.

Live at the Univesal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA, April 6, 1990. Very good soundboard.

Those who downloaded Brian Setzer’s set at Nashville (click here) might like to take another trip down memory lane. From the pop of I Hear You Knocking to the British New Wave to Rockpile, Dave Edmunds is probably now nicely situated in ’50s style rock ‘n’ roll. Achored by Steve (Stax) Cropper and his band, the lineup might at first raise some eyebrows - Edmunds, Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds), Graham Parker and Dion.

But instead of clashing egos (everyone promptly left theirs at the door) or worse, a clashing sound, the result is the opposite - it is a smooth flow of Edmunds’ rockabilly to Wilson’s slightly bluesy rock to Parker’s guitar pop to Dion’s vocal florish and back to Edmunds again for a jitterbuggin’ finale. It is Dion who surprises with his energetic take of Steely Dan’s Ruby Baby in a set that features stirring guitar work and snazzy saxophone. (Many listeners tend to associate the song with Steely Dan though Dion did have a hit with the Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller track.)

Solid, vibrant performances and a very good sound make this show a nice pick-me-up for those who long for something old and something new.

As Jim Washburn wrote in The LA Times, “Dave Edmunds’ Rock & Roll Revue was certainly smoking at the Universal Amphitheatre… the singers worked at their peaks. Wilson sank his powerful, emotive voice deep into the soul ballad Wasted Tears. Parker and Dion each worked the far ends of their catalogues… Dion teamed with Parker and Edmunds for a disarmingly moving reinterpretation of Abraham, Martin And John. Edmunds more than made up for his moribund shows of recent years with his charged vocals and snarling guitar work on the hook-crammed King Of Love and Paralyzed.”

Thanks To Lincoln Park Mark for sharing the tracks.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Last Night (Steve Cropper) (3.1MB)
Dave Edmunds
Track 102. Falling Through A Hole (4.1MB)
Track 103. Felt So Right (5.0MB)
Track 104. Closer To The Flames (3.2MB)
Track 105. Never Take The Place (4.6MB)
Track 106. I Knew The Bride (5.5MB)
Kim Wilson
Track 107. Wrap It Up (4.4MB)
Track 108. Can’t Quit It (4.5MB)
Track 109. Wasted Tears (7.0MB)
Track 110. Love With You (5.4MB)
Track 111. On Your Mind (7.2MB)
Track 112. Tough Enough (2.4MB)
Track 113. Tough Enough (cont’d) (3.4MB)
Track 114. Nervous Fellow (slight skip around 0:54) (7.3MB)
Track 115. Band intros (1.3MB)
Graham Parker
Track 116. Get Started, Start a Fire (6.7MB)
Track 117. Under the Mask of Happiness (5.3MB)
Track 118. Local Girls (5.1MB)
Track 119. Slash And Burn (5.2MB)
Track 120. Lady Doctor (5.3MB)
Track 121. My Love’s Strong (6.2MB)

Disc 2
Graham Parker (cont’d)
Track 201. Soultime (8.9MB)
Track 202. Heat Treatment (5.0MB)
Track 203. King Of The New York Streets (8.4MB)
Track 204. Night Stood Still (6.6MB)
Track 205. Ruby Baby (6.2MB)
Track 206. Written on the Subway Wall (7.4MB)
Track 207. Runaround Sue (6.2MB)
Track 208. The Wanderer (4.9MB)
Track 209. Abraham Martin And John (6.4MB)
Dave Edmunds
Track 210. Small Things (4.9MB)
Track 211. I Hear You Knocking (3.9MB)
Track 212. Ju Ju Man (4.4MB)
Track 213. King Of Love (slight skip around 2:30) (5.9MB)

Track 214. Crawling from the Wreckage (4.5MB)
Track 215. Paralyzed (5.2MB)
Track 216. Dock Of The Bay (7.2MB)
Track 217. Ready Willin’ Able (4.4MB)
Track 218. Keep A ‘Knockin’ (6.7MB)


Click on the respective links to order albums by Dave Edmunds, Kim Wilson, Graham Parker and Dion.

  1. 17 Responses to “DAVE EDMUNDS’ ROCK & ROLL REVUE - LOS ANGELES 1990”

  2. Thanks. Much appreciated.

    By shadreck on Sep 17, 2009

  3. If you’re hesitating on downloading this, don’t. This is an incendiary recording. Unbelievable music for 2 hours. And, indeed, while everyone is hot, hot, hot, Dion is simply stunning. Great show.

    By jfreed on Sep 17, 2009

  4. I’ve only listened to Disc One so far–3 times. Kim Wilson’s set is superb, even if “Nervous Fellow” skips. Sometimes I find Graham Parker a bit of a buzzkill, but his short set rocks hard with excellent results. Sound quality is excellent and the house band with Edmonds is primo. Looking forward to eventually spinning D2. Thanks for the post!

    By Dave C. on Sep 18, 2009

  5. Hello Dave
    Thanks for your comments. The skip is in the source file. There was also a brief gap. However, removing the gap could not smoothen out the track.

    By bigozine2 on Sep 19, 2009

  6. There is another show from this tour making the rounds at Wolfgangs Vault. I saw this tour in San Diego and it was fantastic. Dion has such a voice! The show starts off strong and just gets hotter and hotter. Thanks Big O and Lincoln Park Mark for sharing this!

    By ReV RuSSeLL on Sep 19, 2009

  7. Major kudos yet again.

    By datdemdarguy on Sep 19, 2009

  8. “Nervous Fellow” skips? What, is this ripped from vinyl?

    By O.B. Dan on Oct 1, 2009

  9. Hello Dan
    Thanks for your comments. Well… put it this way - trying to join two sides of a cassette sometimes isn’t the easiest thing. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Oct 2, 2009

  10. Just a few (hopefully helpful) adjustments to some song titles. There may be others, the only ones I really know well enough to be sure are GP and Dion. Thanks for the great post.

    Track 116 actual title: Get Started, Start a Fire
    Track 117 full title: Under the Mask of Happiness
    Track 118 actual title: Local Girls [plural]

    Track 201 actual title: Soultime
    Track 206 full title: Written on the Subway Wall
    Track 207 actual title: Runaround Sue [runaround is one word]

    Track 214 actual title: Crawling from the Wreckage

    By Jeff on Oct 7, 2009

  11. Hello Jeff
    Thanks very much for your feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Oct 7, 2009

  12. Great Post, Much appreciated! Blog is looking so good!

    By Edith on Oct 19, 2009

  13. Hey, what a cool find! I’m really only mostly interested in the Edmunds and Dion sets (well, certainly Steve Cropper too), but I’ll give it all a shot.

    I remember when this tour happened. I didn’t go, but I should’ve. Edmunds had an fine, underrated album out called Closer to the Flame. It went nowhere in the States, but I played it a lot at the music store I worked at at the time (while in college). The album’s long out of print, but I can enjoy some of this music again thanks to Big O! Greatly appreciated.

    By Shaun on Dec 20, 2009

  14. Always liked Dave and the Stray Cats.Did Dave have something to do with the Cruel to Be Kind song with Nick Lowe. I thought so but could be wrong.

    By Lee harth on Sep 26, 2010

  15. Thanks for reminding me of this. Good show. Fits in with Brian Setzer Trio well.

    By 2yrsnojob on Sep 26, 2010

  16. Oh yeah — this is a blistering show. I’m not a huge fan of horns and such, but it fits PERFECTLY into this set. Great fucking download, sound is pristine, and it ROCKS!

    By Henry on Sep 7, 2013

  17. Thanks BigO. It is great to hear Dave Edmunds, and what a great lineup with him! I wish that Dave would get more active.

    By JB on Dec 29, 2013

  18. This looks great. Can’t wait to give it a listen. Unfortunately I was unable to d/l track 216. I get an error of Failed - Forbidden. Any ideas why?

    By Wild Bill on Sep 3, 2015

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