August 8, 2011 – 4:36 am

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Living Action [Kiss No. 22, 1CD]

Live at the Fox Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA; April 7, 1992. Excellent FM broadcast?

For those Nick Lowe fans who enjoyed Rockpile, here’s Nick Lowe with Ry Cooder, John Hiatt and Jim Keltner - a supergroup collectively known as Little Village.

One of the musical highlights of the ’80s was John Hiatt’s Bring The Family, the 1987 album which, sort of, reintroduced the veteran singer-songwriter to a new generation of fans. It was also an exciting album because of its lineup. For the hit song, Thing Called Love, Hiatt said: “I had everything when we went to record it, but Nick Lowe came up with that riff - ba dir di dir dit - which is the icing on the cake. As soon as he started playing that on the bass, Ry started playing it on the guitar, and he was laughing, ‘Oh, that’s great.’ And that was pretty much the arrangement.”

The easy way the individual members clicked was what led to Little Village in 1992 but the group’s one and only album did not take off though the classic guitar rock sound certainly hasn’t dated. [One can also guess that the “supergroup” format meant that the focus and the pressure wasn’t directed solely at any one person, certainly each member very much a star in his own right.]

With all the reunions these days, one wonders if Little Village would ever consider going on the road again.

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

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Track 01. Solar Sex Panel 7:48 (13.1MB)
Track 02. The Action 4:04 (6.8MB)
Track 03. Fool Who Knows 3:57 (6.3MB)
Track 04. Do You Want My Job 6:08 (10.3MB)
Track 05. She Runs Hot 4:56 (7.9MB)
Track 06. Don’t Think About Her When You’re Trying To Drive 5:14 (8.3MB)
Track 07. Memphis In The Meantime 5:54 (9.9MB)
Track 08. Crying In My Sleep 5:00 (8.0MB)
Track 09. Big Love 8:52 (14.9MB)
Track 10. Little Sister 3:38 (5.8MB)
Track 11. Half A Boy And Half A Man 3:45 (6.0MB)
Track 12. Thing Called Love 5:41 (9.1MB)
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Track 13. Lipstick Sunset 5:48 (9.7MB)

Ry Cooder - guitar, vocals
John Hiatt - guitar, vocals
Jim Keltner - drums
Nick Lowe - bass, vocals

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  1. 16 Responses to “LITTLE VILLAGE - SAN FRANCISCO 1992”

  2. thanks a lot!

    By shadreck on Aug 8, 2011

  3. Awesome show. John Hiatt is great live, as is Nick Lowe, so this one is like a double surprise. I don’t think there will be a reunion, as Hiatt and Lowe had a falling out.

    By batfan on Aug 8, 2011

  4. one of the best one-off cds ever..thanks for this..

    By sluggo on Aug 8, 2011

  5. Thank you so much. You must have read my mind AND acted quickly.

    You are the best BigO.

    I got my dose of Ry.

    By Sking on Aug 8, 2011

  6. Thanks! saw these guys when they played the Pantages right after this! One of the best shows I’ve seen. Sure would be great if they’d do a new tour!

    By Mark on Aug 8, 2011

  7. I always loved this band of talented musicians. I have the Bring The Family and Little Village albums, but never got to see or hear them live before. Thanks very much, BigO. Ry Cooder has a new album out soon, called Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down, that includes the modern-day Depression tune No Banker Left Behind.

    By aking on Aug 8, 2011

  8. You can find the Boston show from the same tour here:

    By Bootleg - Steve Yeaton on Aug 9, 2011

  9. @Bootleg Steve, your link leads to ‘text’ files, I couldn’t locate the actual ‘audio files’, any ideas?


    By Lwood on Aug 10, 2011

  10. Lwood, Try this one for Boston then look in the comments for a link to a Chicago show called Stage Job. They both worked for me.

    By Sking on Aug 11, 2011

  11. Much Thanks for this, few Little Village shows available and I haven’t heard this show before. Great to hear because Little Village was much better as a live band than was evident on their one studio album. Nice to get this recording, but it is a truncated, probably for radio broadcast. Fortunately, a high quality recording of a full-length Little Village show (Boston-1992-04-26) is also available, containing nearly twice as many songs as this SF show. The link is contained above in Sking’s previous post (and just happens to be from my blog). Check it out, too.

    By BBKron on Aug 11, 2011

  12. “Hiatt and Lowe had a falling out”

    I heard a radio interview with Ry Cooder several years ago, he refused to discuss Little Village. Maybe time wounds all heels…

    By Jerry Lee on Aug 13, 2011

  13. Jim Keltner played drums in The Traveling Wilburys. The DVD that comes with the Rhino set said they were working on one song (sorry I don’t remember which one) and they thought it was still missing something. Keltner opened the refridgerator and began playing percussion on the walls, shelves, door and contents giving the song just what was needed.

    By Sking on Aug 18, 2011

  14. Thank you for posting this fine show. Both this show and one in Chicago were broadcast on WXRT radio back in the day; but I didn’t have the foresight to record either show. It was a shame that this project only lasted for the one album and tour. It would be great to get a Little Village reunion, but it’s doubtful given that each of the principals is still able to tour/record at a comparable level to what the conglomeration would do in terms of sales and box office… Just have to enjoy the album(s) and whatever shows appear from that time period.

    By James on Aug 22, 2011

  15. What an EXCELLENT version of The Action!!!!!!!!!!

    By Mark on Mar 6, 2015

  16. Saw them in Seattle and the show featured a lot more Ry guitar……was really good.

    By russ on Mar 15, 2015

  17. My wife and I were at this show. Fan of all of the musicians. So happy to have found it all these years later. Could not get anything to download. Was able to stream a few of the songs. Any suggestions? I really, really would like to have this show. Thanks for any assistance.


    By Bill wood on Nov 6, 2015

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