November 2, 2011 – 5:14 pm

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Bonnaroo 2006 [no label, 2CD]

Live on What Stage, Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN; June 16, 2006. Very good to excellent stereo soundboard?

There are some who feel that one of the memorable moments of Oysterhead’s 2006 Bonnaroo gig was, at the end of Pseudo Suicide, drummer Stuart Copeland exclaiming over what had been a very invigorating set: “Oh you people of Bonnaroo, you’re so beautiful… I want to take off my clothes… and come and dance among you!”

To call Oysterhead an alternative band doesn’t seem to quite hit it. It’s a supergroup all right, featuring bassist Les Claypool of Primus, guitarist Trey Anastasio of Phish and drummer Stuart Copeland of The Police. Experimental punk/funk metal perhaps?

Steve Bekkala, reviewing the group’s one and only album (so far), The Grand Pecking Order, for the All Music Guide, noted: “Copeland in particular appears newly rejuvenated, playing with an inspired abandon unheard from him in years; his energetic drumming practically leaps out of the speakers right from the beginning of the first track onward… With only two tracks exceeding five minutes in length, the group never loses sight of instilling concise, catchy hooks into their tunes, whether it’s the bouncy funk of Mr. Oysterhead, the circular melodies of Owner Of The World, or the whimsical Birthday Boys.

Oysterhead are nothing but spacey and heady.

According to the wikipedia, the group was originally intended for a singular live performance at New Orleans Saenger Theatre on May 4, 2000. In 2001, Oysterhead officially reformed to record and release an album entitled The Grand Pecking Order, which featured nine new tracks in addition to four songs originally debuted in New Orleans. The release of this album was supported by a brief tour of North America, after which the members went their separate ways.

Until the 2006 Bonnaroo Music Festival.

Justin Ward of noted: “It was on my radar as the ‘must-see’ set at Bonnaroo 2006 and you better believe that if I was there at the festival, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world… Oysterhead rocked the main stage on Friday afternoon and surprised everyone with how well they could actually sound by the end of the set. Musically, there are some real moments of joy in the set…”

Probably, producer and recording engineer Rich Blatt, who also posted pictures of the gig on his website, summed it up best: “The Oysterhead show was amazing. Truth is that I couldn’t hum a single melody of any of the songs they played, nor could I repeat any of the lyrics. But, in this case, it doesn’t matter at all…

“This show was a tour de force (gawd do I sound like an ’80s rock journalist or what…?) of raw jamming talent. The story is that Oysterhead had not played together since 2001. There were a few end-of-song trainwrecks that were nicely and musically covered up, but for the most part the smooth interplay of their musicianship was something remarkable to witness…

“But overall, weird sh*t and all, it was great fun to watch. Certainly part of that was the fact that these three world-class talents were themselves clearly having more fun than should be allowed in this life.”

And it certainly shows.

Thanks to Lincoln Park Mark for sharing the tracks.

Cover art pictures by Rich Blatt, posted on the net. Thanks!

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Disc 1
Track 101. Little Faces (cuts in) (6.0MB)
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Track 102. Oz is Ever Floating (9.7MB)
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Track 103. Mr. Oysterhead (15.4MB)
Track 104. Army’s On Ecstasy (16.5MB)
Track 105. Radon Balloon (25.5MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Jailhouse Rock (9.3MB)
Track 202. Shadow Of A Man (6.8MB)
Track 203. Birthday Boys (8.0MB)
Track 204. Polka Dot Rose (12.3MB)
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Track 205. Pseudo Suicide (17.3MB)
Track 206. Owner Of The World (7.6MB)

Trey Anastasio - guitar
Les Claypool - bass
Stuart Copeland - drums

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  2. hey bigo, this looks good. i’ll get it. thanks!


    By Ed Saad on Nov 2, 2011

  3. hey bigo, you may appreciate this. i was listening to bruce springsteen-kansas city, mo 6.16.78 you offered in june walking earlier. notice the date oysterhead? it’s the same as bruce just 28 years earlier. pretty cool.

    i’m not real familiar with oysterhead, but i have seen primus 3x. what i have heard of oysterhead sounded good on amazon, though. there’s one band les claypool is in that has buckethead on guitar. i saw primus at ozzfest 99 in atlanta, and buckethead was on guitar. i had never heard of him before, and then he was everywhere. i just saw buckethead here at workplay theatre 9.26.11. it was great. i have the show on a cd-r and a dvd of it.

    for the nit picky tag folks like myself it should be:

    bonnaroo music & arts festival 2006, great stage park, what stage, manchester, tn 6.16.06. it’s much longer, but it’s accurate, and that’s what i’m putting. i put all of it that way nobody will ask me questions later when i burn it for them and print them out the setlist. :)


    By Ed Saad on Nov 2, 2011

  4. @ED SAAD.
    The band you are thinking of with Les Claypool and Buckethead would be “Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains.” Also played at bonnaroo 2002..good shit.

    By Jackson on Nov 2, 2011

  5. right jackson. thanks.

    are you familiar with the old bay area thrash band blind illusion? if not, look for the sane asylum. i have it in my library. les claypool and larry lalonde both play on it. i used to have it on lp in high school. if you have any cool record stores that have bargain bins, you might can find the original disc for a couple dollars or even less. not many remember them. i know them cause i was and still am a huge fan of the genre. kirk hammett of metallica is somewhere in the video for john the fisherman too. i have never spotted him, though. i think, both went to the same high school.

    click this link below and see if a name looks familiar with you. i got two copies in the mail just now. other bigo readers may appreciate it. i don’t know if it’s your style of music, but you know i like it.


    By Ed Saad on Nov 3, 2011

  6. Thanks. I love Oysterhead!

    By Jonathan on Nov 3, 2011

  7. There are some songs which links do not work. This audio sounds better than any other source I have found. Is there anyway to retrieve these missing songs?

    By Come Back Carl on Aug 12, 2017

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