September 15, 2013 – 5:29 am

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Trenton 1987 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the City Gardens, Trenton, New Jersey; May 9, 1987. Very good soundboard.

Their eccentricities notwithstanding, the Meat Puppets were perhaps the most major-label-ready act on the SST roster. Fueled by acid, endless roadwork and a mystical sense of music’s role in desert ecology, the Phoenix, Arizona trio of brothers Curt (guitar/vocals) and Cris (bass/vocals) Kirkwood and drummer Derrick Bostrom traveled from elementary punk thrash up to a cerebral and often dizzying high-wire stretched between desert country punk and old-school psychedelic improvisation, ignited by Curt’s stunning instrumental virtuosity. That the group occasionally chose to do the ZZ Top choogle or play jazz up there didn’t really change the course of their history. - The Trouser Press Guide To ’90s Rock

These tracks (MP3s) were originally shared at Meat Puppets drummer Derrick Bostrom’s website - thanks Derrick! A lossless version is shared at Dime but uploader notsaved has requested it not be shared lossy. Click here for the lossless flacs.

This is what Derrick Bostrom wrote:

This is a tape of a show from about midway through our first tour for the Mirage album.

We rehearsed constantly in preparation for this tour. We bought lots of new gear, followed a regimen of diet and exercise, and even took herbal “performance enhancers” like ma huong and ginseng before the shows. (These probably bolstered our confidence more than our stamina.)

We were determined to put on a “professional show.” You can hear it in the rather subdued, almost polite stage patter in between songs. You can tell we’re concentrating, trying hard to “recreate” the “Mirage” material. Even such elusive live rarities as “Beauty” “The Mighty Zero” and “A Hundred Miles” are still in the set list. They would be dropped by the end of the year.

As you can tell from the recording, we’re comporting ourselves reasonably well, valiantly attempting all the difficult parts and tricky time changes from both “Mirage” and “Out My Way.” Attention is paid to pacing, and though it never actually happens, an effort is made to offer up solid vocal performances. We’re still pretty sloppy, but consistently so. You can even hear us attempt three-part harmony on “Mirage,” The Wind And The Rain” and “I Am A Machine.” Yours Truly even has a solo lead vocal on “Bad Boy.”

It was also our first tour with Dave Claassen behind the sound desk. From this point on, we managed to record just about every show, either getting board tapes, air tapes or both. Unfortunately, on this tour, we had not yet seen the wisdom of procuring decent media, so the recordings are a little murky.

By the end of the tour, however, we pretty much decided that doing this sort of material night after night was a drag. We jettisoned the stuff we didn’t enjoy playing, and began woodshedding a set of comparative “barn burners,” which became the “Huevos” album. We focused on creating more energy on stage, got looser still, and started breaking our songs open into extended jams and medleys. The party was just beginning.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (200 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Not Swimming Ground (6.9MB)
Track 102. Lake Of Fire (3.4MB)
Track 103. Quit It (4.0MB)
Track 104. Leaves (4.4MB)
Track 105. Get On Down (4.1MB)
Track 106. Beauty (4.2MB)
Track 107. Mirage (5.1MB)
Track 108. Love Our Children (6.7MB)
Track 109. Out My Way (9.5MB)
Track 110. Plateau (3.5MB)
Track 111. Swimming Ground (4.9MB)
Track 112. A Hundred Miles (5.1MB)
Track 113. The MIghty Zero (4.9MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. The Wind And The Rain (4.2MB)
Track 202. I Am A Machine (6.2MB)
Track 203. She’s Hot (7.7MB)
Track 204. Liquified (5.3MB)
Track 205. Bad Boy (3.2MB)
Track 206. Lost/See See Rider (11.1MB)
Track 207. Burn The Honky Tonk Down (3.7MB)
Track 208. Baby What You Want (2.6MB)
Track 209. Up On The Sun (5.9MB)
Track 210. I’m Bad I’m Nationwide (6.1MB)
Track 211. White Lightning (6.9MB)
Track 212. Maidens Milk (7.6MB)

Curt Kirkwood - guitar, vocals
Cris Kirkwood - bass, vocals
Derrick Bostrom - drums

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  1. 3 Responses to “MEAT PUPPETS - TRENTON 1987”

  2. sweet! thanks big-O. i just realized that the last two posts kinda define my aural spectral boundaries. everything between sonny rollins and meat puppets inclusive, works just fine for me. the only remaining question is whether to finish this peyote…

    By Billy Jack on Sep 16, 2013

  3. dont bogart that joint, my friend, pass it over to me.

    By barth on Sep 16, 2013

  4. Thank you so very much for this show!
    I saw them on 9-11-87 in Wichita, KS at the old COYOTE CLUB. They did a SMOKING version of DEVO’s “Blockhead” for an encore…. what I would not give to hear that one more time!

    By THE Russian Assassin on Sep 18, 2013

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