October 6, 2013 – 5:14 am

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New York 1988 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Lone Star Cafe, New York, NY; September 16, 1988. Good to very good soundboard.

Here’s some rockabilly to brighten up your weekend; and alkin of licorice-pizza.blogspot has a nice way of describing Robert Gordon-Chris Spedding partnership: “He looked like the Stray Cats, but before the Stray Cats. Gordon’s voice sounded like the old Elvis records my dad listened to, but he had found a plugged-in Scotty Moore in the form of Chris Spedding.”

Thanks to davmar77 for sharing the tracks at Dime.

Dave wrote:

I thought it was time for some new Robert Gordon and Chris Spedding so I dug this out. Here’s a SB master of mine that’s never circulated. As it happens, today is the 25th anniversary of this show. There was a time that Gordon and Spedding had one of the best bands around the New York area. This took place at the old Lone Star Cafe. I can’t count the amount of amazing shows i had the pleasure of attending there. What we have here is the complete early and late shows from my SB cassette masters. I know we have some Robert fans here and I know we also have Spedding fans. Spedding is one of those overlooked greats. He’s never had a high profile but he’s highly regarded by fans and fellow musicians alike. Anyway, these are some fine shows and the quality is great.

Apparently the following year in 1989, Gordon recorded another set at the Lone Star Cafe, this time with Anton Fig on drums, and released the show as Live At Lone Star. Bruce Eder, of, wrote: “He covers most of the songs for which he was best known in the late 1970s and early ’80s, with few surprises, and the sound quality is decent and consistent. There are better live documents of Gordon’s work, but this certainly won’t offend longtime fans or neophyte listeners, even if it also provides relatively few insights into the on-stage excitement that he could generate.”

SB Cassette Master > Edirol USB UA-1EX Audio Interface > Cool Edit > CD Wave Editor > Traders Little Helper > Flac

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1 (Early Show)
Track 101. Rockabilly Boogie (8.1MB)
Track 102. This Little Thing Called Love (8.3MB)
Track 103. I Forgot To Remember To Forget (4.6MB)
Track 104. Breaking Out Tonight (9.9MB)
Track 105. In The Middle Of The Night (5.8MB)
Track 106. Lonesome Train (6.3MB)
Track 107. Treat A Dog (9.6MB)
Track 108. There You Go (4.6MB)
Track 109. Mystery Train (7.0MB)
Track 110. You’re Undecided (5.0MB)
Track 111. Fire (6.0MB)
Track 112. Black Slacks (6.0MB)
Track 113. Red Hot (4.8MB)

Disc 2 (Late Show)
Track 201. Tuning (3.4MB)
Track 202. The Way I Walk (6.8MB)
Track 203. Lonesome Train (6.8MB)
Track 204. Don’t Act Like You’re In Love (5.0MB)
Track 205. Summertime Blues (7.2MB)
Track 206. It’s Only Make Believe (4.3MB)
Track 207. Rockabilly Boogie (6.2MB)
Track 208. I Forgot To Remember To Forget (5.5MB)
Track 209. Breaking Out Tonight (10.3MB)
Track 210. Walk On By (7.0MB)
Track 211. In The Middle Of The Night (5.0MB)
Track 212. Fire (6.6MB)
Track 213. This Little Thing Called Love (8.9MB)

Robert Gordon - vocals
Chris Spedding - guitar, vocals
Tony Garnier - bass
Bobby Chouinard - drums

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  2. Thanks for this set by RG. Long time since I gave him a listen.

    By shadreck on Oct 6, 2013

  3. FANTASTIC SHOWS!! Thanks for sharing them. This guy should have been a huge star.

    By Ernie Clark on Oct 6, 2013

  4. thanks for this post and very, VERY cool of you to find and quote my old blog post about Robert Gordon

    By Eric on Oct 7, 2013

  5. Thanks for this BigO. What a great band!

    By JB on Oct 7, 2013

  6. Thank You for this show I saw Robert and this band and later with Rob Stoner on bass many times they always put on a great show. One memorable night at the Lone Star Link Wray showed up and jammed.

    By Charlie on Oct 7, 2013

  7. Saw these guys many times around NYC area, including Robert’s shows at the Lone Star, my old home away from home. Thanks to all involved for this memory flashback. They got together a few years ago for some shows at BB King’s NYC club with Glen Matlock on bass. A complete blast!

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Oct 8, 2013

  8. really impressed by Chris ` playing here, have to admit after all these years of owning the “humbler” [robert gordon and danny gatton together live] I never thought anyone else could do the work behind gordon …Spedding plays wonderfully and adds a different flavour to the rock-a-billy sound.
    good work, thanks big o.

    By sluggo on Oct 9, 2013

  9. Thank you!
    Spedding, what a fine guitarist.
    Motorbikin´… ;-)
    Would also love to hear R Gordon & Link Wray again. Long time ago i found an bought an LP (live?) and melt it in the summer heat behind the car window. Fool that i am.

    By Kint on Oct 9, 2013

  10. R Gordon & Link Wray

    By Kint on Oct 9, 2013

  11. sluggo…don’t forget the great Link Wray too.

    By JB on Oct 14, 2013

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