November 18, 2009 – 4:48 am

The folk movement’s passion turned to mush. Soft rock was born.

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The Boarding House 1976 [no label, 2CD]

Live in San Francisco, July 7, 1976. An excellent KSAN FM stereo broadcast. From Jerry Moore’s reel.

Let me count the number of LPs I own of JD Souther’s. The first self-titled album from 1972, then Black Rose (1976) and what I consider his best, You’re Only Lonely (1979). After that I picked up a couple of Souther, Hillman, Furay Band albums till they disbanded. Lately, I was surprised by his 2008 release, If The World Was You. So I’m a fan.

This concert takes place after the demise of the Souther Hillman Furay Band in 1975 with the excellent (at least to me) and final Trouble In Paradise. So the songs all predate You’re Only Lonely, his biggest hit. What’s on offer are songs he wrote but made popular by others. Don’t Cry Now, Faithless Love, Silver Blue, Simple Man Simple Dream were all on Linda Ronstadt albums and Jesus In 3/4 Time was an album track for Jackson Browne.

While Souther did not write any songs for the the Eagles’ first album, that is generally the band associated with the origins of the SoCal sound. [Instead he wrote for the Eagles Doolin’ Dalton,  Best Of My Love, Heartache Tonight and New Kid In Town among others. - Tip of the hat to Nils] The South California sound which would eventually become “soft rock”, a kind of gentle version of rock where the rhythm is still there but all the wildness is gone. Also the first single off that album bore the title “Take It Easy”, which surely would be seen as an anti-teenage message.

Ronstadt, at the time, was Souther’s soul mate. In fact, in the early days, The Eagles were her backing band, or at least parts of the band. Together they forged an easy alliance that gave birth to soft rock and GPS-ed the location in southern California.

Back to The Boarding House and 1976, when that soft sound has permeated all over radio. Together with pomp rock, soft rock created a huge negative reaction that led to punk music in the UK and the new wave of New York city.

Hard to believe, listening to this casual concert that beneath the surface, there really was trouble in paradise. This show is both solo and with band. Great sound. This is taken from Jerry Moore’s reel and was transferred and seeded by Rob Berger. This was also shared by jpciii on DIME. The chickens are grateful.
- The Little Chicken

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1 (77:44m)
Track 101. Kite Woman (5.9MB)
Track 102. Don’t Cry Now (4.8MB)
Track 103. Faithless Love (5.0MB)
Track 104. Run Like A Thief (7.2MB)
Track 105. Mexico (7.8MB)
Track 106. Silver Blue (4.9MB)
Track 107. Jesus In 3/4 Time (8.9MB)
Track 108. Simple Man Simple Dream (2.9MB)
Track 109. Your Turn Now (8.1MB)
Track 110. Fast One (7.2MB)
Track 111. White Wing (8.7MB)
Track 112. The Midnight Prowl (8.6MB)
Track 113. Black Rose (8.5MB)
Track 114. Banging My Head Against The Moon (9.7MB)
Track 115. Trouble In Paradise (7.9MB)

Disc 2 (12:33m)
Track 201. interview (from earlier that day?) (17.6MB - visit the html page to download the track)

If you’ve never heard of Souther, the best place to look is Border Town: The Very Best Of J.D. Souther released in late 2008. Buy it here.

  1. 6 Responses to “WRONG TURN: ROCK LEFT FOR DEAD”

  2. Just fantastic!
    The golden age of the westcoast dream,i cannot forget
    the happines all these musicians have brought
    to us…Long live JD Souther

    By greenland on Nov 18, 2009

  3. Great to have this.
    Thanks for this though J D Souther is a great artist.

    By Jon K on Nov 19, 2009

  4. Absolutely fantastic !!!
    Been a great fan for years.
    Got all his music; Longbranch Pennywhistle,Souther -72, Black Rose, …Only Loneley,Home By Dawn,S.H.F. Band, var.Soundtracks etc. and of course his latest album and live EP.
    Anyways, thanks a million - this one was great.
    (Anything more in the vault ?)
    PS. Don’t ever forget he wrote Eagles’ best tunes.

    By nils on Nov 19, 2009

  5. Ooops. Sorry - I believe Souther didn’t co-write anything on Eagles first album. (Take It Easy was first of all a J.Browne tune. Frey wrote 1 sentence).
    On Eagles’ 2nd album though- Desperado, Souther co-wrote one song. And several songs on albums like: On The Border, Hotel California, The Long Run, Eagles Live and Long Road Out of Eden. Not to mention Henley solo albums.

    By nils on Nov 19, 2009

  6. Great, thank you @BigO!

    104 and 112 do load for me, but for the artwork I also got a 404 when trying to d’load.

    Cheers, Tom

    By Tom on Nov 19, 2009

  7. Two of my best friends live here in L.A. and recently went to see a rare live J.D. performance. They are the biggest Eagles/Ronstadt/Souther fans imaginable, and they are in need of cheering up right now…so this should surely hit the spot.

    Happy holidays and thank you, thank you, thank you.


    By heli0tr0pe on Nov 21, 2009

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