August 19, 2011 – 4:47 am

Power pop when it wasn’t fashionable.

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Marshall Crenshaw/Field Day Live! [no label, 1CD]

Live mix of first two albums 1982-1985. Very good to excellent- FM stereo. Three of the tracks are alternate studio takes.

Did you know that the artist who has covered the most Marshall Crenshaw songs is Ronnie Spector? She, of the Ronettes fame, has sung five of his tunes over the years. That’s solid endorsement that Crenshaw writes authentic power pop.

This fan-made collection of live tunes imitating the tracks of the first two albums was assembled from shows that accompanied their release, the self-titled debut and Field Day.

What’s unfathomable is why Crenshaw never rose higher in the public’s esteem? Here’s your chance to take a look back. Big thanks to top fan “als” for the passion. Lossless version is available at Traders’ Den.

- The Little Chicken

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

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[1-12 featured on self-titled debut]
Track 01. There She Goes Again (a) (4.4MB)
Track 02. Someday, Someway (a) (4.5MB)
Track 03. Girls… (b) (4.8MB)
Track 04. I’ll Do Anything (c) (4.9MB)
Track 05. Rockin’ Around In N.Y.C. (c) (5.7MB)
Track 06. The Usual Thing (d) (4.8MB)
Track 07. She Can’t Dance (a) (5.0MB)
Track 08. Cynical Girl (c) (4.1MB)
Track 09. Mary Anne (c) (4.8MB)
Track 10. Soldier Of Love (b) (3.9MB)
Track 11. Not For Me (c) (4.4MB)
Track 12. Brand New Lover (a) (4.5MB)

Field Day [second album, three tracks from this album were not found as live recordings]
Track 13. Whenever You’re On My Mind (e) (5.3MB)
Track 14. Our Town (f) (6.6MB)
Track 15. One More Reason (f) (5.2MB)
Track 16. Try (d) (4.8MB)
Track 17. One Day With You (d) (7.5MB)
Track 18. For Her Love (f) (4.2MB)
Track 19. Monday Morning Rock (d) (5.5MB)

Alternate Versions
Track 20. Our Town (g) (6.1MB)
Track 21. For Her Love (g) (5.3MB)
Track 22. Monday Morning Rock (g) (4.8MB)

Source: (a)-(g) > EAC > Sound Forge 8.0 (normalized, mixed) > CDWave > 1flac/1cdr
ALS, August 2011. Shared at Traders Den by als.

(a) 15-May-82 Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ / FM Recording
(b) 08-Aug-82 Euphoria Tavern, Portland, OR / FM Recording
(c) 29-Jun-82 My Father’s Place, Roslyn, NY / FM Recording
(d) 18-Jul-83 The Agora, Hartford, CT / FM Recording
(e) 02-Feb-83 Ripley Music Hall, Philadelphia, PA / FM Recording
(f) 02-Mar-85 Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica, NY / SBD
(g) unknown studio source


When Marshall Crenshaw (the album) burst onto the scene in 1982, it ran against the music of the day, new wave like Depeche Mode, Spandau Ballet, etc. Field Day, his follow-up, added some muscle but was still hook-laden as if that was a bad thing. Buy them here.


  2. Thanks. This is an unexpected delight. I and an ex-girlfriend truly loved Marshall back in the early and mid-’80s. We were fortunate to see him live a couple times in Washington, D.C. How he didn’t become better known is a mystery. But then…there’s Big Star, the Replacements, Badfinger, and a number of others who were also supremely talented but never got the acclaim they deserved.

    By Jim Shelley on Aug 19, 2011

  3. Marshall Crenshaw is one of the most overlooked singer/songwriters in America and plays great guitar. The early stuff is good, but check out “Miracle of Science”, it’s great!

    By Just Bill on Aug 20, 2011

  4. Wow, another gem from Big O! Crenshaw was just born at the wrong time.

    By Ken on Aug 21, 2011

  5. Thanks for the share. Someday,Someway maybe I’ll understand you.

    By JALtheImpaler on Aug 21, 2011

  6. Saw Marshall this Spring in Phoenix at the Rhythm Room. Did an amazing solo performance and then duets with Jesse Valenzuela (Gin Blossoms) who opened the show. Kudos to Just Bill as “Miracle of Science” is a great record. Don”t just listen to the past, fellow music lovers, go out and see Marshall now! You won’t regret it.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Aug 21, 2011

  7. That first album was incredibly fresh at the time. It exploded on the radio. Saw him twice, once in DC and once in Chicago. Thank you.

    By hfs radio fan on Aug 22, 2011

  8. Loved that second album when it came out - thanks!

    By Maine Character on Aug 22, 2011

  9. Thanks for the posting. Tracks 20-22 are from the UK “Our Town” - U.S. Remix EP. It also included and extended mix of “For Her love” and a live version of “Little Sister.”

    By 321 on Aug 22, 2011

  10. Hey HFS Radio Fan, I use to have a copy of Little Feat from the Warner Theater circa 76, any chance you have that laying around? I was at the show but a bud recorded it as HFS was Broadcasting that night.

    Thanks, Lwood

    By Lwood on Aug 27, 2011

  11. Loved those first two LPs. Marshall Crenshaw should of been huge.Never got to see him play live although he has done gigs in the UK. I now primarily live in Uganda, so how about it Marshall an East African Tour!!

    By Dave Sheekey on Apr 18, 2013

  12. Thanks. so much.

    By jeff on Aug 6, 2013

  13. Many thanks for posting these fantastic, hard-to-find tracks!

    By pemory on Jan 15, 2015

  14. Wonderful!! Thanks, BigO

    By DanC on Apr 2, 2015

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