June 4, 2015 – 4:56 am

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Eugene 1978 [EN Remaster, 2CD]

Live at The Place, Eugene, Oregon; May 9, 1978. Very good FM remaster.

Over the years, this show has been shared under different guises.

Here is a review of the vinyl bootleg - Let Them Eat Vinyl [LETV 088, LP] - from

“This is the first time a radio station has let us play live since we were banned from WNEW in 1976,” Patti Smith proudly announces, three songs into the no-holds-barred Easter Rising.

Thanks to such full-on, expletive-strewn shows, sanctioned live recordings from this enduring proto-punk icon’s early years remain thin on the ground. Yet her foul-mouthed reputation didn’t dissuade Eugene, Oregon’s KZEL from airing Patti Smith Group in their post-Easter prime, and we should be thankful: the volatile, hour-plus set they captured in slightly shaky, superior-tobootleg quality is never less than impassioned.

On ultra-feisty form, Smith kicks off with the graffiti-spray beat poetry of the spoken-word The Salvation Of Rock and repeatedly spars with an already rowdy crowd between numbers. Easter inevitably dominates a schizophrenic setlist that also welcomes Kimberly and the jagged skank of Redondo Beach from Horses, yet Radio Ethiopia is completely shunned in favour of puzzling covers including a down and dirty version of John Lennon’s It’s So Hard and a frankly appalling You Light Up My Life.

Outside of a transcendent Because The Night, the 1,000-only Easter Rising is too shambolic to home in on perfection, but it gets by on attitude alone. It’ll certainly placate the faithful until someone unearths a more exhilarating period piece.

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Thanks to sofff, EN and nobody for sharing this show at Dime.

original reseed notes:

This torrent is dedicated to the grace and generosity of sofff, who gave me this Holy Grail recording and allowed me to upload it for all the Patti Smith fans on Dime. All hail sofff for a selfless gift to the Patti faithful ! Thank you VERY MUCH!

EN remaster notes (May 9, 2015):

I adore this performance beyond words, and it’s only ever been issued as a 100 per cent illegal bootleg, so for its 37th birthday I set about trying to make it sound more dynamic and less flat. Using the Sound Forge Graphic Dynamics tool I figured out exactly what to do and (gasp!) even employed 5dB of noise reduction on the first (spoken word) track, which I felt really made a difference - it was an FM noise hissfest - without altering the ambiance they put on Patti’s voice.

I also fixed a couple of dropouts along the way, moved a couple of track markers to be more efficacious and tagged everything, with new fingerprints too. This is a balls-out, shamanic and thoroughly incendiary set - thank you KZEL in Eugene for airing it! - that absolutely no Patti Smith fan should dare be without, improved a bit for your auditory pleasure.

original lineage:
FM (KZEL broadcast) > sounds like a 1st gen cassette > CDR (georg) > CDR > Plextool DAE > WAV > & Wavelab (bad transitions & gaps fix) > WAV > FLAC Frontend > FLAC
reseed lineage:
FLACs from sofff > removal of KBFH flacs > creation of FFPs and updated info file (what you’re reading right now) > present torrent
remaster lineage:
reseeded FLACs > Sound Forge 9 > new MD5s in TLH > DIME

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Disc 1
Track 101. The Salvation of Rock 8:14 (13.8MB)
Track 102. Babelogue/Rock ‘n’ Roll Nigger 4:44 (8.0MB)
Track 103. Kimberly 6:02 (10.1MB)
Track 104. Till Victory 4:17 (7.2MB)
Track 105. Redondo Beach 4:40 (7.9MB)
Track 106. The Kids Are Alright 2:36 (4.4MB)
Track 107. Space Monkey 4:40 (7.9MB)
Track 108. 25th Floor 7:20 (12.3MB)
Track 109. It’s So Hard 3:12 (5.4MB)
46 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. We Three 5:34 (9.4MB)
Track 202. You Light Up My Life 2:47 (4.7MB)
Track 203. Be My Baby 3:15 (5.5MB)
Track 204. Because the Night 4:53 (8.2MB)
Track 205. Easter 5:37 (9.4MB)
Track 206. Radio Ethiopia 8:54 (15.0MB)
Track 207. Gloria 6:43 (11.3MB)
Track 208. My Generation 5:36 (9.4MB)
44 mins

Banga is the eleventh album from Patti Smith. It was released in 2012. Buy it here.

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  1. 31 Responses to “PATTI SMITH - EUGENE, OREGON 1978”

  2. I hope debbie boone hears You Light up my Life!
    BEAUTY !!!!

    By sluggo on Jun 4, 2015

  3. i remember back in the day people being surprised when patti smith genuinely complimented debbie boone by saying she did a great performance of “you light up my life”. I prefer debbies vocalizing but i dont really like the song.

    By barth on Jun 4, 2015

  4. I saw her around this time in Seattle and the YLML cover was a surprise but she turned it into a riveting torch song. Seeing it live was different from audio only. She took it seriously and not ha, ha look at me being ironic. I think the crowd thought she was mocking at first but in 2 1/2 minutes got their heads turned around. For reference find Etta James’ version of the Eagles Take It To The Limit. Any other covers that made you rethink a song?

    By Pierre on Jun 4, 2015

  5. heres a few pierre. the covers are completely different songs.

    elvis presley - blue moon of kentucky
    the who - young man blues
    sid vicious - my way
    flying lizards - money
    captain beefheart - click clack
    robbie fulks - billie jean
    mud boy and the neutrons - slummer d slum

    and a new favorite i discovered a few days ago…
    bill murray covers ‘brandy’ with special guest…. dirty harry his own bad self clint eastwood!

    By barth on Jun 4, 2015

  6. attended this life-changing show, it was indeed transcendent!

    By Don on Jun 4, 2015

  7. barth good ones [covers] love the bill murray!
    here`s a few that are almost classic covers.
    Johnny Cash /Hurt
    C,S,N &Y /Woodstock
    Matthew Southern comfort/Woodstock
    Jimi Hendrix/All Along the Watchtower
    Rolling Stones /Harlem Shuffle
    Blue Cheer/ Summertime Blues

    By sluggo on Jun 4, 2015

  8. Interesting show and playlist. Thanks!
    Re covers:
    Hederos & Hellberg - No Fun (The Stooges cover).
    Just piano, harp and voice. I’m a Stooges fan but this cover is incredible! (Check live version on YouTube.)

    By F maj7 on Jun 4, 2015

  9. sluggo- i usually dont buy those ‘tribute’ albums most of the covers are too close to the originals. blue cheer’s ’summertime blues’ might be the most insane cover ever!

    heres a few more-
    vanilla fudge - you keep me hangin’ on
    smith - baby its you
    devo - satisfaction

    bill murray’s great, youtube has a lot of his cover songs. i have two of the rhino records’ ‘golden throats’ albums but most of the stuff is good for laughs. i give him points for creativity but u have to wonder what william shatner was smoking when he recorded his albums!

    By barth on Jun 4, 2015

  10. barth here`s a cover of voodoo chile by Urban Truban that just blows me away.
    I had this on a tape from a trade years ago when i was collecting SRV shows , someone added this on for me, took me forever to track down the cd and buy it but there are some crazy assed covers on this disc..give it a listen its crazy fun and beautiful!

    By sluggo on Jun 4, 2015

  11. Los Lobos’ cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Bertha” is, IMO, vastly superior.

    By Bex on Jun 4, 2015

  12. Bex I can listen to Los Lobos play anything !

    By sluggo on Jun 4, 2015

  13. excellent song! if u like crazy fun & beautiful check out petra haden solo acapella with many overdubs covering the entire ‘the who sell out’ lp. it looks like the individual songs are on youtube but heres a live version of ‘i can see for miles’ with her ‘band’ the sellouts:

    By barth on Jun 4, 2015

  14. los lobos do some great covers at their shows. ive seen them do howlin’ wolf, cream, and even the first verse of black sabbaths ‘iron man’. ‘hello im iron man’ said david hildago as it faded out.

    By barth on Jun 4, 2015

  15. In addition to Patti’s Gloria, some of my favorite covers:
    Bold As Love/The Pretenders
    Up From The Skies/Rikki Lee Jones
    Johnny B. Goode/Peter Tosh
    Bill Frisell’s “All We Are Saying” album of John Lennon covers is great.

    By Bernestalker on Jun 5, 2015

  16. Wow, this is just amazing…thanks BIGO!

    By YogaforCynics on Jun 5, 2015

  17. Lots of good transformative covers. I left Seattle for the east coast and missed “grunge.” I was late to the Nirvana, Pearl Jam thing and dismissed it all. WXPN in Phila played a Tori Amos cover of Smells Like Teen Spirit that made realize there’s a real song in there.

    Some covers are doors into the coverer and the coveree. Good examp is Talking Heads - Take Me To The River which led lots of people back to Al Green AND into the TH’s.

    Speaking of… X’s version of The Doors Soul Kitchen.

    By Pierre on Jun 5, 2015

  18. lucy in the sky with diamonds / william shatinthe woods

    By no mo darth on Jun 6, 2015

  19. thanks barth just checked out robbie fulks - billie jean ordered a copy of the album happy has lots of great mj covers to every one some great covers keep it up

    By bronze medal on Jun 6, 2015

  20. yw bronze glad u like it. robbies one of my favorites a great songwriter but too old school country for country radio. very witty songs and always a fun live show. im still trying to catch up with everyone elses recommendations. bill frisell covering john lennon sounds very interesting.

    By barth on Jun 6, 2015

  21. iv had Georgia Hard since it came out not listened to much of his music since hes been called the elvis costallo of country music and i can see that but i just recived the happy album amazing all mj covers he paid for it himself thanks again barth ill have a listen to bill

    By bronze medal on Jun 7, 2015

  22. bronze- robbies first two on bloodshot- ‘country love songs’ and ’south mouth’ are my favorites. the others are a bit uneven, ‘13 hillbilly giants’ is all covers of older, obscure country songs. ‘couples in trouble’ is a more serious album, maybe that’s where the costello comparisons started. the reviews on are usually very good for most artists.

    By barth on Jun 7, 2015

  23. thanks barth i,ll check them out i am still checking out all yhe covers how about all those great beatles covers on Bill Frisell’s thanks,over the years the radio network in australia triple j have been releaseing for a few years a double cd of there program like a version there worth checking out . great talking music with you

    By bronze medal on Jun 8, 2015

  24. thx bronze same here. robbie’s back on bloodshot records, they have many bands & singers worth checking out. most have an old school country influence if youre into that, and theres some great rock too. im liking barrence whitfield & the savages, lydia loveless, scott h. biram, the yahoos, and cory branan. the bloodshot beer coozie comes in handy too. their web site must be under maintenance i cant give u a link.

    By barth on Jun 8, 2015

  25. the bloodshot beer coozie sound cool ,barrence whitfield and tom russell have made a couple of great albums full of great covers from vans cleaning windows to the bands Daniel and the Sacred Harp, Cowboy Mambo and Hillbilly Voodoo out on East Side Digital come out in the 90,s

    By bronze medal on Jun 8, 2015

  26. i have the ‘hillbilly voodoo’ album. barrence with the savages is rockin’ r&b great live shows!

    By barth on Jun 8, 2015

  27. hi barth, I present a radio show every week on our local community radio station and I played billie jean the version you recommend well my friend the switch board rang off the wall(no pun intended) talk about intrest so thanks again the robbie fulks album was not released in our neck of the woods but im sure hell be wondering why sales of happy have increased cheers

    By bronze medal on Jun 12, 2015

  28. There is a shop stocked bootleg CD of this in the UK.
    But it is edited , this is longer.

    By Daz on Jun 15, 2015

  29. There is a shop stocked bootleg CD of this in the UK.
    But it is edited , this is longer.
    Much better.

    By Daz on Jun 15, 2015

  30. Jesus H. Christ…..this was a happening! Thx for the introduction to Patty Smith. Knew of her, but this made me a staunch fan. 11/11/16

    By TONY IN SHERWOOD OREGON on Nov 12, 2016

  31. Tony in Sherwood Oregon- covers
    Fever Tree Day Tripper
    DC Talk Help
    U2 Helter Skelter (rumble and hum)
    Supremes How Do You Do It, House of the Rising Sun, You Cant Do That
    Eddie Cochran Blue Suede Shoes
    Sammy Davis Jr Hawaii Five O theme - with the lyrics!

    By ScarRad on Nov 12, 2016

  32. I was at this show and was blown away. So great to hear it again! I saw a lot of great shows at The Place, Muddy Waters, Albert King, Buddy Guy, Jr. Wells, James Cotton, Rockpile, Gene Clark and Roger McGuinn, Sea Level, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Pat Travers, Head East, John McLaughlin, and The One Truth Band, The Dixie Dregs, Moon Martin, Dwight Twilley, Tex Ritter… TEX RITTER?!…and then I woke up.

    By Hank Cooper on Mar 22, 2019

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