May 11, 2012 – 4:28 am


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Featuring Jerry Garcia, James Burton, Nick Lowe, Bob Weir and more
Mill Valley 1989 [no label, 3CD]

Live at The Sweetwater, Mill Valley, CA; April 24, 1989. Very good to excellent soundboard.

Thanks to grner1 for the great effort and for sharing these tracks on Dime.

This is what grner1 noted:

Village Music was a little record store in Mill Valley, California and its owner, John Goddard, threw a lot of great anniversary parties at the tiny nearby club, The Sweetwater. This show is full of cool one-of-a-kind performances. This is the soundboard audio from a very decent quality two-camera shoot. This is likely to be an upgrade over everything that has previously circulated from this show. The first half is sourced from the VHS Hi-Fi “dubbing master” audio and the second half is from a DAT master. The DAT tape of the first half of the show is missing but the audio quality is similar on the VHS Hi-Fi. I attempted to list the lineups for each song after watching the video closely but since there are so many changes there may be some minor errors.

This is longer (none of the other circulating versions contains the opening Nick Lowe solo set and the video is also missing a lot of Elvis Costello’s solo set). This audio is also at the correct pitch, while the previous one is more than a semitone too fast and much thinner-sounding.

Lineage: Two TDK HD-XPro T-120 VHS tapes. There are a few video breaks for approximately 20 seconds each which were replaced with color bars. The audio is seamless with the first half from the VHS Hi-Fi soundtrack and the rest from a DAT master. A few seconds have been spliced in from an alternate downloaded soundboard source. Since all the breaks start between songs, very little of the music is missing as the video masters change tapes.

Transfer: Sony WV-DR7 > Sony DVMC-DA2 Media Converter (DV Hardware Codec Converter) > Final Cut Pro > Pro Tools (minor “nip and tuck” edits and normalization. No noise reduction or equalization).

Audio versions of this show have also circulated as being from the 29th, but that is incorrect (there was a Grateful Dead show on the 29th).

Also, here’s an excerpt from an interview with Elvis Costello and Jerry Garcia about the Sweetwater show, taken from Musician magazine, March 1991, posted at gratefulbreed.blogspot.com:

Elvis Costello: Certainly a candidate for the world’s greatest record store is Village Music, in Mill Valley. Every year John Goddard has a party for his friends and customers, and he always has a really good bill of people. So on the twenty-first anniversary, I did a show with Nick Lowe, and he invited James Burton and Jerry Scheff, who’d played with me on the road. I did my little set, Nick did his set and then it was a free-for-all; Charles Brown did a piece, and people were getting summoned to the stage. I was standing in the corridor when I suddenly heard, “Jerry Garcia to the stage!” And, emboldened by several margaritas, I decided to join him.

Jerry Garcia: Not only that, but it was one of those situations where I had the choice of playing either Elvis’ guitar, which is low and it’s stiff, and the strings are quite wide as well, and all this confusing script, or of playing Burton’s guitar, which is strung with spider webs. I mean it’s the absolutely lightest you can string a guitar and still get a sound out of it. I’d take Burton’s and play a note on it and it goes “spack.” So I opted to play Elvis’ guitar as the lesser of two evils. [*laughter*] And I vowed I would never go to another one of those shows without my own.

Elvis: It was a whole Three Stooges routine - “Here, you take my guitar,” “No, I’ll take your guitar.” I think I had Burton’s old Telecaster for half a song, and James had my old Martin acoustic which wasn’t cranked up so he couldn’t solo - and Jerry’s struggling with my guitar. But once everybody got settled we managed to struggle through a couple of Hank Williams songs. Like any sort of jam thing it inevitably came to degenerate towards lots of blues. But we managed a few songs with changes.

Jerry: A pretty high level of jam-sessionry really, considering what it was. Really fun. And Elvis’ solo set was phenomenal, I thought. That’s one of those things that I can’t do at all, just playing the guitar and singing. You’re so solid with that, you don’t miss a band. I always feel like I’m missing a band.

Cover art from bbchron.blogspot.com - thanks!

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Disc 1 (Nick Lowe solo)
Track 101. intro [1] (1.3MB)
Track 102. Without Love [1] (3.8MB)
Track 103. talk [1] (1.7MB)
Track 104. Refrigerator White [1] (4.4MB)
Track 105. Geisha Girl [1] (4.4MB)
Track 106. Rocky Road [1] (7.5MB)
Track 107. (I Wanna Build A) Jumbo Ark [2] (6.2MB)
Track 108. Bo Bo Ska Diddle Daddle [1] (4.2MB)
Track 109. I Knew The Bride (When She Used To Rock and Roll) [1] (5.0MB)
Track 110. thanks and applause (660k)

Disc 2 (Elvis Costello and Friends” Part 1 of 2)
Elvis Costello solo:
Track 201. intro to set (660k)
Track 202. Accidents Will Happen [3] (4.3MB)
Track 203. Brilliant Mistake [3] (5.7MB)
Track 204. Deep Dark Truthful Mirror [3] (6.9MB)
Track 205. talk (2.2MB)
Track 206. Mystery Dance [3] (2.9MB)
Track 207. talk [Elvis introduces Jerry Scheff on bass and Austin deLone on keyboards] (1.7MB)
Track 208. Poisoned Rose [4] (8.0MB)
Track 209. God’s Comic [3] (16.7MB)
Track 210. (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes [3] (4.5MB)
Track 211. New Lace Sleeves [3] (5.7MB)
Track 212. Peds Paws And Claws [3] (4.8MB)
Track 213. Radio Sweetheart [3] (5.6MB)
Track 214. Jackie Wilson Said [3] (4.0MB)
Track 215. talk (660k)
Track 216. (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding [with Nick Lowe] [5] (5.6MB)
Track 217. talk [Elvis welcomes Jerry Scheff, Scott Mathews, Austin deLone and James Burton to the stage] (1.7MB)
Track 218. The Big Light [6] (5.5MB)
Track 219. Pouring Water On A Drowning Man [6] (8.2MB)
Track 220. Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line [6] (5.4MB)
Track 221. Leave My Kitten Alone [6] (5.1MB)
Track 222. talk [Elvis welcomes Kim Wilson and Charles Brown to the stage] (6.8MB)

Disc 3 (Elvis Costello and Friends” Part 2 of 2)
Track 301. I Stepped In Quicksand [7] (9.7MB)
Track 302. Driftin’ Blues [8] (9.0MB)
Track 303. Charles Brown talks (961k)
Track 304. I Wanna Be With You [9] (5.8MB)
Track 305. talk [Austin deLone thanks Charles Brown and welcomes Kim Wilson, Nick Lowe and James Burton back to the stage plus also Sean Hopper on keyboards] (2.9MB)
Track 306. One’s Too Many (And A Hundred Ain’t Enough) [10] (7.2MB)
Track 307. Real Gone Lover [11] (9.5MB)
Track 308. talk [Austin deLone thanks Kim Wilson and welcomes Jerry Garcia and Pete Sears to the stage] (6.0MB)
Track 309. You Win Again [12] (5.6MB)
Track 310. The Bottle Let Me Down [13] (4.5MB)
Track 311. Why Don’t You Love Me? [13] (3.3MB)
Track 312. talk [Sammy Hagar, Commander Cody, Mitch Woods and Annie Sampson are welcomed to the stage] (2.7MB)
Track 313. Riot In Cellblock #9 [14] (6.9MB)
Track 314. talk [Austin deLone introduces Sammy Hagar to sing the next song and Jeff Burton is welcomed to the stage] (797k)
Track 315. Going Down [15] (11.6MB)
Track 316. talk [Austin deLone thanks Sammy Hagar and welcomes Bob Weir to the stage] (2.6MB)
Track 317. C.C. Rider [16] (7.4MB)
Track 318. Turn On Your Lovelight [17] (11.9MB)
Track 319. talk [Austin deLone thanks Bob Weir, Jeff Burton and Pete Sears and welcomes James Burton, Jerry Scheff and Elvis Costello back to the stage and thanks John Goddard for throwing the party] (2.3MB)
Track 320. Let The Good Times Roll [18] (5.4MB)
Track 321. Loveable [19] (4.3MB)
Track 322. talk [final thanks and applause] (2.5MB)

[1] Nick Lowe solo (vocals, acoustic guitar).
[2] Nick Lowe solo (vocals, bass).
[3] Elvis Costello (vocals, acoustic guitar).
[4] Elvis Costello (vocals, acoustic guitar), Jerry Scheff (bass), Austin deLone (piano).
[5] Elvis Costello (vocals, acoustic guitar), Nick Lowe (vocals, acoustic guitar).
[6] Elvis Costello (vocals, acoustic guitar), James Burton (lead guitar), Jerry Scheff (bass), Austin deLone (piano), Scott Mathews (drums).
[7] Charles Brown (vocals and piano), Kim Wilson (harp), Danny Caron (guitar), Steven Strauss (bass), Scott Mathews (drums).
[8] Charles Brown (vocals and piano), Kim Wilson (harp), Danny Caron (guitar plus a bit of backing vocals), Steven Strauss (bass plus a bit of backing vocals), Scott Mathews (drums).
[9] Charles Brown solo (vocals, piano).
[10] Kim Wilson (vocals, harp), Nick Lowe (bass, backing vocals), James Burton (guitar), Sean Hopper (electric piano), Austin Delone (piano), Scott Mathews (drums).
[11] Kim Wilson (vocals, harp), James Burton (guitar), Nick Lowe (bass), Sean Hopper (electric piano), Austin Delone (piano), Scott Mathews (drums).
[12] Elvis Costello (vocals and electric guitar for first part of song and then acoustic guitar), Jerry Garcia (guitar), James Burton (starts on acoustic guitar after approx. 1 minute of song, then switches to electric guitar for 2nd half of song), Pete Sears (bass), Austin deLone (piano), Scott Mathews (drums).
[13] Elvis Costello (vocals and acoustic guitar), Jerry Garcia (guitar), James Burton (guitar), Pete Sears (bass), Austin deLone (electric piano), Sean Hopper (piano), Scott Mathews (drums).
[14] Commander Cody (lead vocals), Elvis Costello (acoustic guitar and backing vocals), Sammy Hagar (backing vocals), Annie Sampson (backing vocals), Jerry Garcia (guitar), James Burton (guitar), Pete Sears (bass), Mitch Woods (piano), Scott Mathews (drums).
[15] Sammy Hagar (vocals), Annie Sampson (vocals), Jerry Garcia (guitar), Jeff Burton (guitar), Pete Sears (bass), Mitch Woods (piano), Scott Mathews (drums).
[16] Bob Weir (vocals, guitar), Jeff Burton (guitar), Pete Sears (bass), Austin deLone (piano), Scott Mathews (drums).
[17] Bob Weir (vocals, guitar), Elvis Costello (acoustic guitar, backing vocals), Austin deLone (piano, backing vocals), Jeff Burton (guitar), Pete Sears (bass), Scott Mathews (drums).
[18] Elvis Costello (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Cait O’Riordan (backing vocals), James Burton (lead guitar), Jerry Scheff (bass), Austin deLone (piano), Scott Mathews (drums).
[19] Elvis Costello (vocals, acoustic guitar), Austin deLone (piano, backing vocals), James Burton (lead guitar), Jerry Scheff (bass), Scott Mathews (drums).

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  1. 16 Responses to “ELVIS COSTELLO AND FRIENDS - MILL VALLEY 1989”

  2. looks like big o strikes gold again. thanks in ADVANCE this time!

    By Billy Jack on May 11, 2012

  3. This is wild….I was just looking at this show on Dime earlier this morning.
    Good stuff!!!

    By DanC on May 11, 2012

  4. Don’t know how BigO gets this stuff but keep it coming!

    By TDC on May 12, 2012

  5. THANK YOU!!! I’ve wanted this show for, well, 23 years!

    If you could find some high quality Costello from around the same time with his full band (on the “Spike” tour) I’d be most grateful.

    By Shaun on May 12, 2012

  6. Oh, and more top-notch Grateful Dead is always welcome too!

    By Shaun on May 12, 2012

  7. Kool..I`ll take Kim Wilson in any form…
    never been a huge Elvis fan , [a little goes a long way with me] but I will acknowledge his talent and his genuine love of everything musical.I don`t know how many of you have ever seen his television show but I sure as shit wish it was on every week because there isn`t anything else like it.
    First of all, he is a musician so he asks the pertinent questions of his guest, not the , “what`s your favourite color shit” but the real nut meat.
    Anyhow, I love the fab t-birds and I include in my prayers nightly ..”Oh Lord please let the T-Birds reunite with Kim and Jimmie and Fran and whoever else can make it..
    uh..BIGO ??? any Tbirds shows lying around would be more than welcome..
    again muchas gracias and a helluva big thanks for all you do…
    love from canada..da slug.
    officer, have I been drinkin`?

    By sluggo on May 12, 2012

  8. for fans of nick lowe.. if u go to youtube and look for longer than 20 min items under his name u might find that things show up that u didnt expect. one particular item is there that was filmed at a show called the tiny desk concert. this is a national public radio series that when decent musicians are on it are very much worth collecting and paying attention to. fans of nick lowe’s should know about his appearance on this show.

    By darth on May 12, 2012

  9. the stage is set
    the big fight.
    Van Morrison versus Elvis C.
    the song,
    Jackie Wilson said[I`m in heaven when you smile”
    the verdict,
    no contest, Van absolutely breathes r and b fire into his , the one and only version. Elvis , if you still feel the need to attempt this song , do it in the shower.please. you ruined it.

    By dungusthepaparazzi guy on May 12, 2012

  10. THANK YOU! I’ve owned the “Sweetwater” CD for years, but this is the whole show, and the sound is better. It’s a fun, loose show, and I think “Jackie Wilson Said” is a tribute to Van (who has a house in Marin) not in competition. Lighten up, Dingus. (Oops, I fed a troll).

    By Eric F on May 14, 2012

  11. Lighten up, Dingus. (Oops, I fed a troll).

    it`s Dungus…burp!!!

    By dungusthepaparazzi guy on May 14, 2012

  12. No, it’s definitely “Dingus”.

    By Eric F on May 15, 2012

  13. No, it’s definitely “Dingus”.

    By Eric F .

    what`s the F. for eric, fool?

    By dungusthepaparazzi guy on May 15, 2012

  14. Thanks, BigO, for posting this show, especially since it adds the Nick Lowe set. Can’t get enough of “Refrigerator White”. PS: The “Tiny Desk” performance by the Basher was available as a podcast, which is how I heard it. May still be available through All Songs Considered or other PBS/PRI portals.
    Note to Dungus: Don’t ever listen to any of “Kojak Variety” as it may make you spontaneously combust!

    By Johnny Kinkdom on May 15, 2012

  15. Thanks for this fine show!

    By Rintesh Roy on Mar 18, 2014

  16. …I was at this show, and the Nick Lowe set was very cool…on my website there’s a picture of me with James Burton, and I’m holding a cloth Reunion Blues gig bag that I asked him to sign, which he did…
    …I went to quite a few of John Goddard’s and Jeanne Patterson’s (Jeanne owned the Sweetwater)co-hosted parties, and played in a few, most notably one where John hired “Louie Louie” composer, Richard Berry, to play his birthday party…
    …I was hired to play guitar by sax player Steve Douglas (of the Wrecking Crew), and guesting the first set was Ry Cooder…there IS film of this show, but I don’t know if it’s been posted anywhere on the net…
    …I still have the unique invitation cards that John would send out…
    …Village Music is missed, but John still has his storage space that he occasionally opens up, so he’s still in records…

    By Stevie Gurr on Feb 11, 2015

  17. …there’s also a clip with Ry, Steve,and bassist Tim Drummond, but that was another show…

    By Stevie Gurr on Feb 11, 2015

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