June 15, 2013 – 4:58 am

The dream baby from the baby boomer years.

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Mill Valley 1990 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Sweetwater, Mill Valley, California, USA, November 1, 1990. Ex SBD stereo.

You won’t easily come by a live John Stewart performance as good as this. It’s the early and late show on two CDs and is better than the official 1991 live album, Neon Beach. Stewart covers his solo years and includes the popular Daydream Believer, made a hit by The Monkees, and his own Top 5 hit, Gold. A brief medley of 500 Miles and Where Have All The Flowers Gone covers his period with The Kingston Trio.

His voice is still in good shape. Listen to California Bloodlines. In his later years, it was not as pristine. The description singer-songwriter describes Stewart best. Although not a hitmaker, Stewart was prolific, pushing out over 50 albums in his lifetime, some through his own record label. Stewart died in 2008. He wrote socially-relevant songs, love songs, topical songs and personal songs. Dreamers On The Rise and Cody, both sung with his wife Buffy Ford, was from his self-released 1985 album The Last Campaign, an album that covers the presidential campaign of Robert Kennedy. Stewart and his wife, Buffy Ford, were part of that campaign, following Kennedy everywhere and performing on stages at the rallies.

The theme of dreams pervades his entire repertoire. Nanci Griffith covered his Sweet Dreams Will Come. Daydream Believer is sung here as non-pop as possible. The lyrics (”Our good times starts and end/without dollar one to spend/but how much do we really need”) lend themselves very well to Stewart’s heartfelt style. It’s probable Stewart never imagined Daydream Believer as a pop song but one about hope. Stewart was one of those positive individuals who never surrendered. He toured regularly, was prolific and had a passion for painting and writing. Even the in-between song dialogue is interesting. Listen to Stewart talk about how he wrote Runaway Fool Of Love for Elvis. It was ignored by Elvis, who Stewart has said he met twice.

This comes from the master cassette of a soundboard recording. It was first released this year on the Dime site by grner1 who has shared many rarities for the first time. Our thanks is not enough.
- The Little Chicken

house stereo soundboard mix > unknown recording deck > Maxell MX-S 90’s cassette master (no Dolby).

Picture by Bob Elliot, posted at the John Stewart fan site, - Thanks!

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Disc 1 (first set - 43:34)
Track 101. The Lady Came From Baltimore (4.4MB)
Track 102. talk (bass player intro) (564k)
Track 103. Angels With Guns (10.0MB)
Track 104. talk (2.0MB)
Track 105. Looking For Jack (5.6MB)
Track 106. talk (1.8MB)
Track 107. Strange Alliance (7.9MB)
Track 108. Shake Rattle and Roll (2.4MB)
Track 109. talk (1.3MB)
Track 110. Irresistible Targets (8.9MB)
Track 111. Runaway Train (6.1MB)
Track 112. 500 Miles (9.4MB)
Track 113. talk (1.1MB)
Track 114. July You’re A Woman (8.2MB)
Track 115. California Bloodlines (6.6MB)
Track 116. thanks and applause at end of first set (480k)

Disc 2 (second set - 65:16)
Track 201. tune ups and talk (Buffy Ford Stewart intro) (3.4MB)
Track 202. Dreamers On The Rise (with Buffy Ford Stewart) (5.4MB)
Track 203. Cody (with Buffy Ford Stewart) (5.4MB)
Track 204. talk (6.1MB)
Track 205. Runaway Fool Of Love (6.9MB)
Track 206. Seven Angels (5.3MB)
Track 207. A Grace Of Rain (7.1MB)
Track 208. talk (3.6MB)
Track 209. Bad Rats (4.2MB)
Track 210. Night Of A Distance Star (10.4MB)
Track 211. Spinning Of The World (3.8MB)
Track 212. Hunters Of The Sun (7.9MB)
Track 213. Jane Jane (2.9MB)
Track 214. talk and intros (2.3MB)
Track 215. Gold (4.6MB)
Track 216. Boy In The Bubble (8.9MB)
Track 217. thanks and applause before encores (2.1MB)
Track 218. Daydream Believer (3.9MB)
Track 219. Chilly Winds (4.7MB)
Track 220. The Last Hurrah (3.5MB)
Track 221. You Can’t Go Back To Kansas (6.8MB)
Track 222. final thanks and applause (788k)

with Dave Batti Batty - bass

American Journey is a 1996 release of three albums on three CDs. “The Last Campaign is Stewart’s 1985 theme album on the America of Robert Kennedy, a lovely, reflective set that echoes Kennedy more in spirit than in narrative. The Trio Years presents Stewart’s re-recordings of songs he wrote for the Kingston Trio between 1959 and 1966, on which he is joined by surviving Trio member Nick Reynolds. (The credits may leave the impression that these are the original recordings; don’t be fooled.) An American Folk Song Anthology contains performances of 12 mostly traditional folk.” Buy it here.

After the 1990 tour, Stewart released a live album, Neon Beach. Dave Batty is also present on that recording. It differs from the Sweetwater gig, as that album featured a full band. They share some of the same songs. Buy the 1991 album here.

For his most commercially successful album, it has to be the Lindsay Buckingham produced 1979 album Bombs Away Dream Babies. It contained the song Heart Of The Dream. Buy it here.

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  2. Thank you so much! Wonderful.
    I had only the “bombs away” and “neon” albums, “Gold” never out of my head. Didn´t know about his songwriting history, shame, will try to find more.
    Is this L. Buckingham´s white Les Paul on the ” bombs” cover? He had a wonderful tone with it.
    Looking for Buckingham/Nicks, too.
    Thank´s again, and bst wishes.

    By Kint on Jun 15, 2013

  3. Thanks, looking forward to hearing this one.

    By Barrie on Jun 15, 2013

  4. Does anyone else think Tom Russell’s trying too hard to sound like John Stewart, or is it just me?

    By Timmy on Jun 15, 2013

  5. I have seen tom russell three times and have most of his works..I don`t even hear it[the comparison] , in fact I think tom russell is the better of the two certainly a better songwriter story teller , guitar player and singer..not to mention painter and author, think that about sums it up. His concept cd Hotwalker was one of the most brilliant releases in the last 20 years.A true renaissance man and damn near genius .

    By sluggo on Jun 16, 2013

  6. I know Tom Russell is a fan of John’s. I don’t think Tom ‘tries’ to sound like John at all. Tom is a seasoned veteran and artist. I agree with Sluggo about Tom’s diverse brilliance in storytelling and art. I don’t agree that he is ‘better’ than John. There’s no need to make such a comparison. This is not sports or politics. I do see that John wrote from a more abstract place while Tom’s stories tend to be linear. I love them both. But, John was an early innovator in developing Americana.

    By Terry on Jun 19, 2013

  7. THE AMAZING JOHNNY STEW — as Lindsey Buckingham called him. Thank you!

    It’s Dave Batti — not Dave Batty — by the way.

    By Michael Simmons on Jun 20, 2013

  8. Hello Michael

    Thanks for the feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Jun 20, 2013

  9. Thanks so much for this. Just for the sake of accuracy track 210 is “Night of A Distant Star”. Thanks again for the site.

    By Michal Kinser on Jun 30, 2013

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