VAN MORRISON - DAYS LIKE THIS LIVE!

September 1, 2021 – 6:05 am

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VAN MORRISON
Days Like This Live! [no label, 1CD]

Fan compilation. Various dates and venues. Very good audio - mix of radio broadcasts and audience recordings?

At the time of its release in 1995, Van Morrison’s 23rd studio album, Days Like This, was the singer-songwriter’s best selling non-compilation album and was nominated for the Mercury Music Award.

Tom Moon, rollingstone.com:

Just past the halfway point of [this] album as a solo artist, Van Morrison offers a Vegas-like soft shoe called “Songwriter.” It’s his statement of purpose, codified in cringe-ola couplets: “I’m a songwriter, I can put it in words/I’m a songwriter, and it’s not for the birds.” If you’ve been moved by anything Morrison has done in the last 10 years, it’s hard not to be discouraged: Why would Morrison, king of curmudgeonly cranks, feel compelled to add an extra helping of sanctimony to “I Write the Songs”?

Immediately following “Songwriter” comes a stunningly simple piece of introspection called “Days Like This” - classic Van Morrison, as though he knew he would need to atone pretty quickly. With its steady, churchgoing easiness, “Days Like This” is everything “Songwriter” is not: a gentle, understated gospel prayer invested with lyrical poise and old-soul insight. Here is the man who is concerned with soul healing and salvation, his every pronouncement buttressed by terse horns and firm piano triads. Here is the worshipful Irish aspirant to the soul throne.

One campy indulgence, one masterpiece: That’s the general pattern on the bumpy Days Like This. There are moments of genius followed by lavish displays of questionable taste, sometimes within the same song… Throughout, there’s the sense that Morrison is trying to get back to that light, freewheeling sound of decades gone by - the Van Morrison of “Wild Night” and “Moondance,” which seemed closer at hand on 1993’s masterful Too Long in Exile.

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robbiem noted:

A few of these songs were played quite sparingly and generally only for a short period directly after the album was released in June, 1995. Consequently, some tracks are of less than stellar quality and, for those, it was because the selection was extremely limited.

Many thanks and much appreciation for all the tapers, masterers and seeders for making this sort of thing possible. Special thanks to prb for being a font of knowledge and clarity.

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Track 01. Perfect Fit 3:37
September 16, 1995; Windsor Hall, Bournemouth,
UK
Track 02. Russian Roulette 4:00
January 20, 1998; WaMu Theatre at Madison Square Garden, New York
Track 03. Raincheck 5:15
June 17, 1996; Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
Track 04. You Don’t Know Me - with Shana Morrison 4:00
September 29, 1994; Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Track 05. No Religion 4:41
December 17, 1995; Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
Track 06. Underlying Depression 4:34
July 14, 1995; Long Marston Airfield, Stratford-upon-Avon,
UK
Track 07. Songwriter 2:35
July 1, 1995; Jones Beach Amphitheatre, Wantagh, New York
Track 08. Days Like This 2:42
August 6, 2017; Park Den Brandt, Antwerp, Belgium
Track 09. I’ll Never Be Free - with James Hunter 3:27
March 10, 2004; Barbican Centre, York,
UK
Track 10. Melancholia 4:51
June 24, 1998; NEC Arena, Birmingham, UK
Track 11. In The Afternoon/Ancient Highway/Get On Up 8:14
May 23, 2003; Gerrard AOL Marquee, Hay-on-Wye, UK

48 mins

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JONI MITCHELL - ITALY 1988

August 31, 2021 – 6:35 am

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JONI MITCHELL
Italy 1988 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Teatro Ariston Tenco, San Remo, Italy; October 22, 1988. Very good audience recording.

Thanks to mauro r and to hanwaker for sharing the show at Dime.

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The Club Tenco presented Joni with the ‘Tenco Songwriter Award’ a recognition of the career of artists who have made significant contributions to the world of song. Rai 1 TV San Remo, Italy very likely broadcast the event… but no trace of a video. This here is an audience capture.

Joni is accompanied by her then husband Larry Klein on bass.

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Jim Leahy, jonimitchell.com:

“Jony Mitchell: L’impegno, l’amore” is the title of the Italian TV broadcast of Joni’s mini-concert at 1988’s San Remo Song Fest where she received a songwriting award. This five-song set is a surprisingly taut little gig featuring some of Joni’s best singing ever. Maybe it was that California flu bug she picked up before she arrived that made her voice so pungent and vulnerable; maybe it was the strangeness of the setting and the built-in audience approval that gave her such a relaxed focus.

After a straightforward version of her then-new song “Night Ride Home,” Joni moves into a new minor 7th tuning for a guitar version of “Lakota” from the recently released Chalkmark in a Rainstorm. Gorgeous, passionate phrasing; dramatic and soulful singing; deliberate but mesmerizing momentum; percussive guitar licks punctuated by aggressive attacks of harmonics - I never realized the song could be so moving.

Joni then sings Hejira and Number One, followed by the presentation of the award and a bouquet of flowers from Antonio Silvia and Bruno Valenciano. But the real treat, the one that ends the show, is a “work in progress” - a song that would eventually become one of her most elliptical and enigmatic song-poems: Passion Play. Just guitar chords and Italian-sounding syllables: “bom de dom dom day… bella dom dom day” with a few words: “It’ll take time, but time brings changes.” Peaceful, almost meditative - this kind of committed singing you can’t fake.

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Track 01. Lakota 7:45
Track 02. Joni talks 1:28
Track 03. Hejira 6:57
Track 04. Joni talks 0:37
Track 05. Number One 4:15
Track 06. Joni talks 0:19
Track 07. 4th of July/A Night Ride Home 3:19
Track 08. Premio Tenco - Award Presentation 1:45
Track 09. Joni talks 0:19
Track 10. Speechless (cuts near end) * 4:01
31 mins

* A wordless version of the song that became “Passion Play” (When All The Slaves Are Free)

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GRAHAM PARKER - SANTA MONICA 1989

August 30, 2021 – 5:21 am

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GRAHAM PARKER
Santa Monica 1989 [no label, 1CD]

“SNAP!” with Deirdre O’Donoghue. KCRW, Santa Monica, CA; November 29, 1989. Very good Pre-FM.

Thanks to starsonesp for sharing the tracks at Dime.

starsonesp noted:

Deirdre’s original cassette and reel collection has been located and remastering is in process. Anything you think/thought exists, does. This is a sample of that work.

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Deirdre O’Donoghue (July 1, 1948 - January 21, 2001) rose to acclaim as the host of S*N*A*P, an eclectic radio show on Los Angeles public radio station KCRW during the ’80s and early-’90s, and was also noted for her Sunday-morning “Breakfast With The Beatles” show on KMET (and later, KLSX-FM) until her untimely passing. S*N*A*P (originally an acronym for Saturday Night Avant Pop), eventually aired three nights a week and essentially established the indie-cred of KCRW. The show’s claim-to-fame, for many people, consisted of live performances from a variety of acts such as Concrete Blonde, Graham Parker, Neil & Tim Finn and The dB’s. The true beauty of S*N*A*P, however, rested in Deirdre’s ability to play new releases seamlessly alongside old favorites, spinning a tune from The Everly Brothers followed by The Replacements or X. She moved effortlessly from Django Reinhardt to Henry Rollins.

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To some, singer-songwriter Graham Parker might be an acquired taste and, for some others, he’s considered under-appreciated and even one of “rock’s best kept secrets”. And anyone who can line up Discovering Japan, Local Girls, Nobody Hurts You and You Can’t Be Too Strong (the first four tracks of Side One of the Squeezing Out Sparks (1979) album) certainly deserves listeners’ attention.

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Track 01. Introduction with Deirdre O’Donoghue 1:27
Track 02. Green Monkeys 2:56
Track 03. Interview with Deirdre O’Donoghue 4:09
Track 04. Big Man on Paper 3:50
Track 05. Interview with Deirdre O’Donoghue 6:51
Track 06. Discovering Japan 2:52
Track 07. Interview with Deirdre O’Donoghue 6:38
Track 08. Slash and Burn 2:41
Track 09. Outro with Deirdre O’Donoghue 2:27
34 mins

Graham Parker - guitar, vocals

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JAZZ ON SUNDAY: FRANK LOWE QUARTET - FRANCE 1978

August 29, 2021 – 6:14 am

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FRANK LOWE QUARTET
France 1978 [no label, 2CD]

CD1 live in Angouleme, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France; May 6, 1978. CD2 live in Paris, France; May 9, 1978.

American avant-garde jazz saxophonist and composer Frank Lowe began recording with his own group in 1973, with his album Black Beings, on ESP-Disk. Lowe was a tenor saxophonist who was extremely influenced by the first and second waves of free jazz throughout the 1960s. His composition “Spirits in the Field” was performed on Arthur Blythe’s 1977 album, The Grip. On September 19, 2003, he died of lung cancer. His legacy was a varied body of recordings and memorable performances.- wikipedia

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Comments on the May 6 set posted at ubu-space.blogspot.com:

this long set catches late tenor firebrand frank lowe spewing his inimitable mix of staccato phrasing, hoarse vocalizations, slaptonguing and, of course, molten skronk (much more restrained than, say, ‘black beings’ or the duo with rashied ali on survival), all focused through the horn as a palpable stream of beautifully scratchy and brawny old school tone…

in terms of chronology, this quartet falls halfway between sessions by the perhaps more focused quintet lineups in ‘the flam,’ and later, in ‘exotic heartbreak.’ here, the musicians play a medley of originals (please help identify) from their book, and, at the same time, stretch out as only possible in a concert setting (including shouted vocals and exchanges that sound strangely like someone - phillip wilson? - ’singing’ “shut the **** up!”). not sure what the second track is (an encore? sounds like a different, better source), but regardless, it BURNS! the recording includes some audience ambience (someone apparently takes a snapshot at some point & murmurs)…

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Disc 1
Angouleme, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France; May 6, 1978
Track 101. Untitled 1 - Part A 8:50
Track 102. Untitled 1 - Part B 6:23
Track 103. Untitled 1 - Part C 5:12
Track 104. Untitled 1 - Part D 6:38
Track 105. Untitled 1 - Part E 5:42
Track 106. Untitled 1 - Part F 9:03
Track 107. Untitled 2 5:35
48 mins

Disc 2
Paris, France; May 9, 1978
Track 201. Untitled 1 - Part A 11:31
Track 202. Untitled 1 - Part B 7:29
Track 203. Untitled 1 - Part C 10:01
Track 204. Untitled 1 - Part D 12:45
Track 205. Untitled 1 - Part E 3:01
Track 206. Untitled 2 - Part A 12:19
Track 207. Untitled 2 - Part B 10:01
68 mins

Lineup:
Frank Lowe - tenor sax
Olu Dara - cornet
Fred Williams - bass
Phillip Wilson - drums

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U2 - SAN DIEGO 1992 [MILLARD TAPE]

August 28, 2021 – 6:14 am

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U2
San Diego 1992 [Mike Millard Master Tapes via JEMS, 2CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 92. Live at the Sports Arena, San Diego, CA; April 15, 1992. Very good audience recording.

Thanks to Mike Millard; Rob, Jim R; Barry G; JEMS; BK; Goody; and mjk5510 for sharing the show at Dime.

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U2 did not perform the normal four-song, ZooTV tour encore in San Diego, so the show does not feature “Desire” or “Ultra Violet (Light My Way).”

* Their two-song encore of “With Or Without You” and “Love Is Blindness” was not recorded by Mike Millard for unknown reasons. We have patched those two songs in from KeithM’s master recording.

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Welcome to JEMS’ Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone series presenting recordings made by legendary taper Mike Millard, AKA Mike the MICrophone, best known for his masters of Led Zeppelin done in and around Los Angeles circa 1975-77.

Until 2020, the Lost and Found series presented fresh transfers of previously unavailable first-generation copies made by Mike himself for friends like Stan Gutoski of JEMS, Jim R, Bill C. and Barry G. These sources were upgrades to circulating copies and in most instances marked the only time verified first generation Millard sources had been directly digitized in the torrent era.

That all changed with the discovery of many of Mike Millard’s original master tapes.

Yes, you read that correctly, Mike Millard’s master cassettes, long rumored to be destroyed or lost, have been found. Not all of them but many, and with them a much more complete picture has emerged of what Millard recorded between his first show in late 1973 and his last in early 1992.

The reason the rediscovery of his master tapes is such a revelation is that we’ve been told for decades they were gone. Internet myths suggest Millard destroyed his master tapes before taking his own life, an imprudent detail likely concocted based on the assumption that because his master tapes never surfaced and Mike’s mental state was troubled he would do something rash WITH HIS LIFE’S WORK. There’s also a version of the story where Mike’s family dumps the tapes after he dies. Why would they do that?

The truth is Mike’s masters remained in his bedroom for many years after his death in 1994. We know at least a few of Millard’s friends and acquaintances contacted his mother Lia inquiring about the tapes at the time to no avail. But in the early 2000s, longtime Millard friend Rob S was the one she knew and trusted enough to preserve Mike’s work.

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U2 - Sports Arena, San Diego, CA; April 15, 1992

Volume 92 of the Lost and Found series takes us to 1992 and Mike Millard’s recording of U2 at the Sports Arena in San Diego on the indoor Zoo TV tour.

Mike recorded U2 three days earlier at the Sports Arena in LA, and along with two Dire Straits shows in February, the four dates constitute the only confirmed shows we know he recorded that year. There is evidence to suggest Mike may have recorded Neil Young at the Greek in September and U2 again at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego in November, but we haven’t been able to fully confirm either date, at least so far.

That Mike would record fewer concerts in the last years of his life is not entirely surprising, given that we know his mental health issues increased over the course of the next 31 months. In fact, until recently, we believed this to be Mike’s last known and therefore potentially final recording, but we now know did taped at least one show in 1993, which we will release next week.

This concert is significant to me as it is the last of five gigs where, unbeknownst to me at the time, Mike and I both attended and recorded the same show. Our longtime ally Exit Club used my other ticket that night and helped me take in the gear. I’m happy to report he is still a huge fan and collector to this day and part of the extended JEMS family. Our tape of the San Diego show has circulated for many years, but I don’t think Mike’s has.

U2’s San Diego set is unusual for two reasons, one good, one bad. The good is that the show featured the rarely played “Van Dieman’s Land,” performed only six times on the tour. The bad is that the band’s normal four-song encore was cut short by two songs, for reasons unknown. Even though the show was shorter than usual, Mike did not record the encore, which we have confirmed from two different copies of his recording, one transferred to DAT by Rob S, and a first-gen, Millard-made copy given to Ed F.

We have patched the missing encore with our pal KeithM’s master recording. KeithM himself is a SoCal taping legend, having recorded hundreds of shows staring in the early ’80s, notably some of the most important U2 shows that took place in the area. We thank him for his fine work which completes the San Diego show.

First-leg Zoo TV shows are some of the best U2 performances I ever witnessed and San Diego is no exception. Imagine how confident you have to be to start your show with eight songs from your new album and having the audience fully embrace it.

As Millard master recordings go, this one is a bit on the distant side, not in the sweet spot (indoor Zoo TV shows in SoCal were an EXTREMELY tough ticket), but still sounding punchy and clear. KeithM’s master more than holds its own for the last two tracks.

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JEMS is proud to partner with Rob, Jim R, Ed F, Barry G and many others to release Millard’s historic recordings and to help set the record straight about the man himself.

We can’t thank Rob enough for reconnecting with Jim and putting his trust in our Millard reissue campaign. He kept Mike’s precious tapes under wraps for two decades, but once Rob learned of our methods and stewardship, he agreed to contribute the Millard DATs and cassettes to the program. Our releases would not be nearly as compelling without Jim’s memories, photos and other background contributions. As many of you have noted, the stories offer an entertaining complement to Mike’s incredible audio documents.

A few extra folks to thank this week: Exit Club for your continued friendship and support. KeithM for collaborating with JEMS on your outstanding U2 recordings. Professor Goody for pitch-tuning and MVP mjk5510 for post production and artwork.

Finally, cheers to the late, great Mike the MICrophone. His work never ceases to impress. May he rest in peace.

BK for JEMS

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Lineage:
AKG 451E Microphones (CK-1 cardioid capsules) > Nakamichi 550 Cassette Recorder
Transfer: Mike Millard Master Cassettes > Yamaha KX-W592 Cassette Deck > Sony R-500 DAT > Analog Master DAT Clone > Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 > Sound Forge Audio Studio 13.0 capture > Adobe Audition > iZotope RX8 > iZotope Ozone 8 > Audacity > TLH > FLAC

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Disc 1
Track 101. Zoo Station 4:38
Track 102. The Fly 5:40
Track 103. Even Better Than The Real Thing 4:59
Track 104. Mysterious Ways 6:54
Track 105. One 5:07
Track 106. Until The End Of The World 4:56
Track 107. Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses 6:39
Track 108. Tryin’ To Throw Your Arms Around The World 6:13
Track 109. Angel Of Harlem 4:49
Track 110. Satellite Of Love 2:08
52 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Van Diemen’s Land 2:51
Track 202. Bad 7:03
Track 203. Bullet The Blue Sky 4:55
Track 204. Running To Stand Still 4:55
Track 205. Where The Street Have No Name 6:06
Track 206. Pride (In The Name Of Love) 5:46
Track 207. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For 5:44
Track 208. With Or Without You (Alternate Source) 6:40
Track 209. Love Is Blindness (Alternate Source) 5:57
50 mins

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RAY CHARLES - POLAND 1984

August 27, 2021 – 5:20 am

Fifty years ago today, Beatle George told us that All Things Must Pass. Then he told us about Living in the Material World. For 36 years, BigO has been trying to keep the spirit and history of the music alive. Before all things pass, we still need your help to live in this material world. You can help us to do this with a kind donation. Please give what you are happy to give…

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RAY CHARLES
Poland 1984 [no label, 1CD]

The Jazz Jamboree. Live at the Congress Hall, Warsaw, Poland; October 27, 1984. Very good soundboard.

Thanks to crazedracer for sharing the show at Dime.

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Musicologist Henry Pleasants:

Sinatra, and Bing Crosby before him, had been masters of words. Ray Charles is a master of sounds. His records disclose an extraordinary assortment of slurs, glides, turns, shrieks, wails, breaks, shouts, screams and hollers, all wonderfully controlled, disciplined by inspired musicianship, and harnessed to ingenious subtleties of harmony, dynamics and rhythm… It is either the singing of a man whose vocabulary is inadequate to express what is in his heart and mind or of one whose feelings are too intense for satisfactory verbal or conventionally melodic articulation. He can’t tell it to you. He can’t even sing it to you. He has to cry out to you, or shout to you, in tones eloquent of despair - or exaltation. The voice alone, with little assistance from the text or the notated music, conveys the message.

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Lineage:
Soundboard > unknown lineage > trade > CD > EAC Secure Modus > Flac Frontend Level 6 > Flac

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Track 01. Band Jam #1 3:16
Track 02. Band Jam #2 5:14
Track 03. Band Jam #3 5:31
Track 04. Intro for Ray Charles 1:03
Track 05. Let The Good Times Roll 2:42
Track 06. Georgia On My Mind 5:21
Track 07. A Million Dollars an Hour 3:32
Track 08. Some Enchanted Evening 6:26
Track 09. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind 6:00
Track 10. Introducing The Raylettes/We’re Gonna Make It [The Raylettes] 3:57
Track 11. It’s A Shame [The Raylettes] 5:36
Track 12. Eleanor Rigby 3:12
Track 13. I Can’t Stop Loving You 4:49
Track 14. Knock On Wood 4:10
Track 15. Three Quarter Time 5:30
Track 16. Hallelujah I Love Her So/What’d I Say 8:32
75 mins

Lineup:
Robbie Kwock, Mark Curry, Jim Seely, Jeff Kaye tp
John Boice, Dan Marcus, Dan Weinstein, Dana Hughes tb
Brian Mitchell, Clifford Solomon (band leader), Ricky Woodard, Rudy Johnson, Louis Van Taylor saxes
Bobby Floyd organ
Dennis Nelson g
Roger Hines b
Ricky Kirkland d

The Raelettes:
Trudy Cohran
Anne Johnson
Janice Mitchell
Elaine Woodard
Estella Yarbrough

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ELVIS PRESLEY - 827 THOMAS STREET [CD1/2 of 5]

August 26, 2021 – 6:56 am

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ELVIS PRESLEY
827 Thomas Street [Not On Label, CD1/2 of 5]

Outtakes and session tracks. Very good soundboard.

“827 Thomas Street” is a very limited boxset full of rare and hard to find takes, mixes and live versions. The perfect set to accompany your FTD ‘69 releases! As a bonus there is a newly remastered version of ‘THE MEMPHIS RECORD’, this great album contained alternate mixes and some of the best versions ever heard. Get it while you can and get back to 1969 Alternate takes, mixes and live versions from the 1969 American Sound Studio recordings. Also released on blue marble & red marble LPs.

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Disc 1
Track 101. After Loving You [unedited master take 4] 3:14
Track 102. In The Ghetto [take 5, 6, 7] 2:50
Track 103. If I’m A Fool (For Loving You) [take 4, 5] 1:45
Track 104. If I’m A Fool (For Loving You) [unedited undubbed master take 9] 3:35
Track 105. Hey Jude [take 6 + Undubbed master take 7] 5:05
Track 106. Long Black Limousine [take 1, 2] 3:33
Track 107. I’m Movin’ On [fully overdubbed take 2] 3:01
Track 108. Inherit The Wind [fully overdubbed vocal overdub take 2] 3:30
Track 109. From A Jack To A King [take 4 with fs] 2:17
Track 110. Long Black Limousine [take 3, 4, 5] 2:17
Track 111. Long Black Limousine [vocal repair master take 9] 4:22
Track 112. The Strong Survive [rehearsal, take 2, 3] 5:28
Track 113. Rubberneckin’ [partially Overdubbed take 2] 2:17
Track 114. In The Ghetto [take 8, 9, 10] 2:51
Track 115. In The Ghetto [partially overdubbed master take 22] 2:56
Track 116. From A Jack To A King [undubbed unrepaired master take 5] 2:32
Track 117. Only The Strong Survive [take 4 with fs] 2:45
Track 118. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road [take 8, 9] 3:27
Track 119. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road [take 3] 2:56
61 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. And The Grass Won’t Pay No Mind [take 4] 1:42
Track 202. And The Grass Won’t Pay No Mind [unrepaired undubbed master take 6] 3:48
Track 203. Kentucky Rain [take 4, 9 with fs] 4:19
Track 204. Do You Know Who I Am [take 2 with fs] 5:23
Track 205. Any Day Now [take 3 with fs] 3:14
Track 206. Gentle On My Mind [vocal overdubbed master take 3] 3:30
Track 207. Any Day Now [unrepaired undubbed master take 6] 3:14
Track 208. Only The Strong Survive [take 7, 8 with fs] 2:04
Track 209. Only The Strong Survive [take 11] 2:11
Track 210. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road [take 5] 2:49
Track 211. Wearin’ That Loved On Look [take 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9] 3:43
Track 212. Wearin’ That Loved On Look [take 11] 1:42
Track 213. Wearin’ That Loved On Look [draft tape mix] 2:47
Track 214. A Little Bit Of Green [unedited unrepaired master take 3] 3:58
Track 215. This Is The Story [take 1, Partially Overdubbed Master Take 2] 2:57
Track 216. Don’t Cry Daddy [acetate version] 2:52
Track 217. Inherit The Wind [partially overdubbed draft tape composite] 2:59
Track 218. Suspicious Minds [partially overdubbed master take 8] 3:23
Track 219. It’s My Way, This Time, I Can’t Stop Loving You [jam] 3:52
61 mins

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VAN MORRISON - HYMNS TO THE SILENCE LIVE!

August 25, 2021 – 5:49 am

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VAN MORRISON
Hymns To The Silence Live! [no label, 2CD]

Fan compilation. Various dates and venues. Very good audio - mix of radio broadcasts and audience recordings?

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Morrison is too demanding - an eccentric performer who is likely to sing his best songs with his back turned. Too personal. Too unpredictable. Not quite presentable. And way too spiritual.

But Morrison does not make easy music, and he deserves more than easy answers. Especially now, when he has just released a new album, a 21-song, two-CD, 96-min. masterpiece, Hymns to the Silence (Polydor, 1991), that has actually crept onto the Billboard charts. It’s no threat to Guns N’ Roses, mind you, but at least it has made a showing. There’s even a rumor that it’s getting played on the radio.

For anyone interested in getting serious about Morrison (no casual listeners need apply), his new set can be heartily recommended as a good way to start an obsession. Hymns focuses and redefines Morrison’s themes over his long career, rather like a museum retrospective already in progress. It dips deep into autobiography, spiritual speculation and blues mythology for its themes.

There are moments when Morrison can inflect a lyric like Mose Allison, other times when he can spin out a blues line like John Lee Hooker. It’s a daft and reckless mix, but Morrison makes it work through sheer force of spirit, what he once called, in a memorable song, the “inarticulate speech of the heart.” His rhythms are irresistible, his lyrics like an amalgam of Yeats, Kerouac and Chuck Berry…

You can hear Morrison courting this muse in the Pentecostal growls and incantations of Listen to the Lion on his 1972 album Saint Dominic’s Preview, or personifying it on his new album in Village Idiot, whose protagonist “wears his overcoat in the summer/ And short sleeves in the winter time” but who is nourished by some secret spiritual serenity: “Don’t you know he’s onto something… Sometimes he looks so happy/ As he goes strolling by.”

Like this sainted idiot, Morrison seems to be sustained by some spiritual essence. He also shares with the idiot a contempt for catering to anyone, a disdain for superficial cool… That connection is all that’s important, and once achieved and maintained, it needs no gift wrapping. No major show-biz showmanship. No kissing up to MTV, no interviews in the press…

Some listeners might be tempted to say this Belfast cowboy - as the Band’s Robbie Robertson once called him in a song - is, in fact, a little mad. But if so, his is a fine madness. Morrison asks his own questions (”Can you feel the silence?”) and provides his own answers (”((We)) carried on dreaming in God”). Those very dreams are the songs he shares. His music is a perpetual state of grace.

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MISSING
Be Thou My Vision, Pagan Streams, Quality Street and I Need Your Kind of Loving.

In their place, I chose to add some tracks from Veedon Fleece, not because of any stylistic synergy but because of mathematics. Many of the VF songs were either very lightly played, not played at all or included only as brief portions of workshops. There were four that were played with any regularity. It also turned out that Streets of Arklow and You Don’t Pull No Punches, et al, were joined for a period of time so that chose itself.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Professional Jealousy
September 15, 1991; Penyrheol Theatre, Gorseinon, Wales
Track 102. I’m Not Feeling It Anymore
June 17, 1996; Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
Track 103. Ordinary Life
September 11, 1992; Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Track 104. Some Peace Of Mind
October 6, 1991; Kings Hotel, Newport, Wales
Track 105. So Complicated
May 2, 2012; Milennium Forum, Derry, Northern Ireland
Track 106. I Can’t Stop Loving You
February 26, 2000; York Barbican, York, UK
Track 107. Why Must I Always Explain?
May 23, 2003; Gerrard AOL Marquee, Hay-on-Wye, UK
Track 108. Village Idiot
September 13, 1991; Kings Hotel, Newport, Wales
Track 109. See Me Through, Part II (Just A Closer Walk With Thee)
December 3, 1997; St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Wales
Track 110. Haunts of Ancient Peace/Take Me Back/Hymns To The Silence
April 18, 1992; Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, CA
48 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. By His Grace
January 18, 2016; Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA
Track 202. All Saints Day
August 14, 1999; Riddarholmsscenen, Stockholm, Sweden
Track 203. On Hyndford Street
August 8, 2009; Circus Maximus Theatre at Caesar’s Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Track 204. Streets of Arklow/You Don’t Pull No Punches, but You Don’t Push the River
April 24, 2006; WaMu Theatre at Madison Square Garden, New York
Track 205. Carrying A Torch-with Clare Teal
March 25, 2015; Benefit for Teenage Cancer Trust, Royal Albert Hall, London, UK
Track 206. Green Mansions
April 27, 1992; Paramount Theatre, New York
Track 207. Bulbs
September 13, 1974; Minneapolis Auditorium, Minneapolis
Track 208. It Must Be You
June 20, 1992; Oasis Leisure Centre, Swindon, UK
Track 209. Fair Play
July 18, 2010; Blues Peer, Festivalterreinen, Peer, Belgium

41 mins

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ROGER MILLER - ALEXANDRIA 1991

August 24, 2021 – 5:30 am

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ROGER MILLER
Alexandria 1991 [no label, 1CD]

Live at The Birchmere, Alexandria, Virginia; February 16, 1991. Very good soundboard.

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Roger Dean Miller Sr (January 2, 1936 – October 25, 1992) was an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor, widely known for his honky-tonk-influenced novelty songs and his chart-topping country and pop hits “King of the Road”, “Dang Me”, and “England Swings”, all from the mid-1960s Nashville sound era.

After growing up in Oklahoma and serving in the United States Army, Miller began his musical career as a songwriter in the late 1950s, writing such hits as “Billy Bayou” and “Home” for Jim Reeves and “Invitation to the Blues” for Ray Price. He later began a recording career and reached the peak of his fame in the mid-1960s, continuing to record and tour into the 1990s, charting his final top 20 country hit “Old Friends” with Price and Willie Nelson in 1982. He also wrote and performed several of the songs for the 1973 Disney animated film Robin Hood. Later in his life, he wrote the music and lyrics for the 1985 Tony Award−winning Broadway musical Big River, in which he acted. Miller died from lung cancer in 1992 and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame three years later. - wikipedia

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Track 01. You Don’t Want My Love 2:32
Track 02. England Swings 2:57
Track 03. Tall, Tall Trees 1:30
Track 04. Billy Bayou 3:39
Track 05. Dang Me 2:34
Track 06. You Can’t Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd 2:34
Track 07. Husbands And Wives 2:37
Track 08. Don’t We All Have The Right 1:53
Track 09. Chug-A-Lug 6:28
Track 10. King of the Road 2:29
Track 11. Walkin’, Talkin’, Cryin’, Barely Beatin’, Broken Heart 3:07
Track 12. Oo-De-Lally/Whistle-Stop 4:27
Track 13. Muddy River 2:01
Track 14. River In The Rain 2:58
Track 15. Leavin’s Not The Only Way To Go 2:47
Track 16. Hand For The Hog 1:27
Track 17. Worlds Apart 0:38
Track 18. I’ve Been A Long Time Leavin’ (But I’ll Be A Long Time Long) 2:19
Track 19. Kansas City Star 1:36
Track 20. The Last Word In Lonesome Is Me 2:02
Track 21. If You Won’t Be My Number One 6:29
Track 22. Old Friends 1:36
Track 23. Little Green Apples 1:42
Track 24. Walkin’ In The Sunshine 1:52
65 mins

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COUNTRY JOE & THE FISH - PENNSYLVANIA 1970

August 23, 2021 – 5:53 am

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COUNTRY JOE & THE FISH
Pennsylvania 1970 [no label, 1CD]

The Show. WITF-TV (PBS) Studios. Hershey, Derry Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; June 7, 1970. Fairly good audio (ripped from TV broadcast). Tape originally came labeled Chicago 7 TV Special.

From the collection of KNEES.

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Thanks to the original taper & traders! My copy came from The Man In The Palace - he whose halls are lined with magnetic recording tape. Sincere thanks to whomever uploads this for me. Corrections welcome. Felt like I worked on this 12-minute tape for days - and it was extreme - the audio needed a lot of experimentation to get it right, then more than a dozen emails went out to try to track down more informaiton on the program…

But signing off on this one today, finally. An extremely(!) fine version of “The Love Machine”. Barry plays some incredible & heavy guitar. With a different organ sound, parts of “The Love Machine” would sound a lot like The Byrds jamming on “8 Miles High”. I realised the reason this had never spent much time in my ears was that it was majorly off-speed (as are many of the circulating Country Joe & The Fish live tapes) - once corrected it sounded cool & the EQ/NR Mk2 version is EXCELLENT. Listen, enjoy, show appreciation, share, give, spread peace. Yrs truly, Knees

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Unrelated FishFactoid #1: In 1970 “Rolling Stone” interviewed Ed Denson (Fish manager) who said they, “plan to record an album of Songs of Man&Faith from a Unitarian songbook. ‘I don’t know if you could say it’s because of the more current events we’re doing that,’ Denson stated. ‘It’s partly because performing as a rock band is getting less and less pleasant, and part of a longer, continuing commitment. And it is difficult to keep a rock band organized when the country is going to chaos.’” Guess that was supposed to be the album after “CJ Fish”!

Unrelated FishFactoid #2: Country Joe&The Fish “The David Frost Show”TV Dec.’69 (NOT this recording!). ChickenOnAUnicycle & Joe’s timeline pages date it Dec04 which must be date of recording (the band played The Troubadour Dec02-04, so was in LA). IMBD listings have Joe Cocker&Henry Mancini as guests Dec04. Dec10 show is missing guest info. Chicken site says CJ&F show re-aired Dec12 which makes more sense with the initial air date of Dec10 (Episode #2.73).

I suspect some of Joe’s letters dated Dec04+05 actually refer to Cocker’s appearance, then the “bearded slob”&”hairy unwashed creature” comments fit (even Joe notes they were essentially clean shaven then - tho’ he did have a moustache). This assumes the letter dated Dec06 was misread. Then all other dates&comments fit the idea that correct CJ&F broadcast date was Dec10 (and possibly the show was taped earlier in the day). Does anyone know if CJ&F played anothersong on the “David Frost” Show besides “Fixin’-To-Die Rag”? The letters are wonderful if you haven’t read them, even if talking about BOTH shows & some may be seen at countryjoe.com/frost.htm

Unrelated FishFactoid #3: “Acid Commercial”2CD bootleg traded by collectors as SF Fillmore 1967-04-16 (Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine/I Like Marijuana) is just an off-speed DUPE of commercially released Nov.’68 Fillmore East “The Life&Time Of Country Joe&The Fish From Haight-Ashbury To Woodstock”album trax that nurtured many of us as children.

Unrelated FishFactoid #4: Did you know your Country Joe & The Fish collection isn’t complete until you have the 1968 John Cage & Country Joe & The Fish 10″ vinyl LP? News to me, but I don’t have $600-800 to fork out for it! Odd the Fish trax are from two different LPs. I’m assuming they the regular album versions but couldn’t even find a write-up on it. Titled “Sounds” on”Communicating The Gospel Today”label: A) John Cage&David Tudor – Variations IV  B) Country Joe & The Fish – Section 43/Who Am I/Magoo. Can someone offer more info?

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Track 01. The ‘Fish’ Cheer 0:15
Track 02. I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag 2:34
Track 03. Talk 0:23
Track 04. The Love Machine 8:47
12 mins

Lineup:
Country Joe McDonald - electric guitar (#04?) kazoo (#02), vocals
Barry “The Fish” Melton - electric guitar, vocals
Mark Kapner - keyboards
Doug Metzner - electric bass
Greg “Duke” Dewey - drums, percussion

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JAZZ ON SUNDAY: YOUN SUN NAH - MARCIAC 2021

August 22, 2021 – 10:44 am

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YOUN SUN NAH & ULF WAKENIUS
Marciac 2021 [no label, 1CD]

Marciac jazz Festival, France; July 27, 2021. Very good FM broadcast.

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With her universal yet individual style Youn Sun Nah gives traditional vocal jazz a new flavour, while unconventionally and effortlessly exploring new exciting spaces. It is the precision of her intonation and phrasing, great timing and crystal voice that enable her to turn minimalistic forms into powerful emotions, pure elegance and magic. “A miracle“, “enchanting”, “a world-class singer” - just some of the overwhelmingly positive responses from the international press about the Korean singer who is one of the most outstanding representatives of vocal jazz today.

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Broadcast live by France Musique.

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Track 01. intro 0:49
Track 02. Traveller (Youn Sun Nah, Sterling Fox, Sangmi Kim) 3:35
Track 03. Calypso Blues (Nat King Cole, Don George) 3:53
Track 04. Asturias (Isaac Albeniz, arr Youn Sun Nah) 6:32
Track 05. In My Heart (Youn Sun Nah, Rumi) 4:10
Track 06. Sans toi (Michel Legrand, Agnès Varda) 4:28
Track 07. God’s Gonna Cut You Down (Trad, arr Johnny Cash) 5:28
Track 08. Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) 6:53
Track 09. Hallelujah reprise (Leonard Cohen) 3:44
Track 10. Enter Sandman (Metallica) 5:00
Track 11. Invincible (Youn Sun Nah, Birdpaula) 5:36
Track 12. Momento Magico (Ulf Wakenius) 9:34
Track 13. Jockey Full of Bourbon (Tom Waits) 8:11
Track 14. Isn’t a Pity (George Harrison) 4:44
Track 15. Kangwondo Arirang (Trad. Corea) 5:03
Track 16. outro 1:15
79 mins

Youn Sun Nah - vocals
Ulf Wakenius - guitar

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VAN MORRISON - ENLIGHTENMENT LIVE!

August 22, 2021 – 10:44 am

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VAN MORRISON
Enlightenment Live! [no label, 1CD]

Fan compilation. Various dates and venues. Very good audio - mix of radio broadcasts and audience recordings?

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MISSING
Memories never performed live

Enlightenment is the 20th studio album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. It was released in 1990 and reached No. 5 in the UK charts and Real Real Gone charted at No. 18 in Mainstream Rock Tracks. Another standout track is Start All Over Again.

John Swenson, rollingstone.com:

Enlightenment is a sequel to Morrison’s last album, Avalon Sunset. Both are steeped in Christian and nature imagery, with Christ appearing on the mountainside in “Contacting My Angel,” on Avalon Sunset, and as the “Youth of 1,000 Summers,” on Enlightenment. Avalon Sunset‘s “When Will I Ever Learn to Live in God” pictures Morrison watching the sun set over Avalon, the mythic island where King Arthur was taken to heal his wounds after his final battle. Sunset, autumn and death are the recurrent themes of that album, but Morrison vows to “tear down the old, bring in the new.” That’s exactly what he does on Enlightenment.

This album is Morrison’s spiritual resurrection, and he comes out stomping with “Real Real Gone,” his most engaging R&B raveup since the days of “Domino.” The theme of rebirth recurs throughout the record. Morrison and his lover are “gonna make a brand new start” in “Avalon of the Heart,” and Van hits his most optimistic mood in “Start All Over Again.” The mixture of spiritual and erotic love infuses Morrison’s writing in “See Me Through,” “She’s a Baby” and especially “So Quiet in Here,” in which the singer finds heaven in a contemplative moment by the sea.

Morrison is so pleased with his new start that he can even poke fun at his quest on the title track. “I’m in the here and now and I’m meditating/And still I’m suffering but that’s my problem,” he sings. “Enlightenment, don’t know what it is” - and he doesn’t sound disturbed at all.

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Track 01. Real Real Gone 5:01
March 10, 2016; Falkonersalen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Track 02. Enlightenment 3:18
March 7, 1992; Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, UK
Track 03. So Quiet In Here 4:24
July 15, 2014; Auditorium Stravinski, Montreux, Switzerland
Track 04. Avalon of the Heart 3:16
November 25, 1990; Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland
Track 05. See Me Through workshop 9:10
November 20, 1993; Bockenheimer Depot, Frankfurt, Germany
Track 06. Youth of 1,000 Summers 3:12
February 29, 1996; Sala La Riviera, Madrid, Spain
Track 07. In The Days Before Rock and Roll 6:21
November 13, 1990; Wembley Arena, London, UK
Track 08. Start All Over Again 3:39
August 31, 2018; Wrest Park, Silsoe, UK
Track 09. She’s My Baby 4:45
December 21, 1990; Point Depot, Dublin
44 mins

Memories never performed live

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LYNYRD SKYNYRD - TRANSMISSION IMPOSSIBLE

August 17, 2021 – 6:48 am

Fifty years ago today, Beatle George told us that All Things Must Pass. Then he told us about Living in the Material World. For 36 years, BigO has been trying to keep the spirit and history of the music alive. Before all things pass, we still need your help to live in this material world. You can help us to do this with a kind donation. Please give what you are happy to give…

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LYNYRD SKYNYRD
Transmission Impossible [Eat To The Beat, 3CD]

CD1 live at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium, Chattanooga, Tennessee; March 19, 1975. CD2 live at Cardiff Capitol Theatre, Cardiff, Wales; November 4, 1975 [has been officially released as an authorised bootleg on March 31, 2009 through Geffen Records]. CD3 Superstar Jam Radio Broadcast live August 30, 1978. Very good FM broadcasts.

Triple CD set featuring the finest broadcast recording available. Ronnie Van Zant, Bob Burns, and Gary Rossington had been playing together since 1964 under various names, but in 1970 they became Lynyrd Skynyrd, and so began one of the most dynamic albeit tragic music careers in the annals of rock music.

Crafting a distinctive southern sound through a creative blend of country, blues, and a British rock influence, the group became incredibly popular through the 1970s and it was only the tragic events of autumn 1977 - that do not need repeating here - which stopped their onward march through the music biz.

This 3CD Set celebrates the quite awesome music and performances that Lynyrd Skynyrd made and undertook during their time together, and features three superb radio broadcasts of live performances they played across the years.

Disc One includes a show Skynyrd gave in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in March 1975, while Disc Two contains a concert they performed later the same year in Cardiff, Wales, which was recorded for broadcast on the King Biscuit network. The set concludes on Disc Three with a post-air crash show - one of the first the remaining members performed - at what was named the Superstar Jam, a charity show arranged by Charlie Daniels, at which the group performed with a number of other friends and musicians, who together put on a very impressive and now somewhat legendary show. - sleeve notes

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Disc 1
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium, Chattanooga, Tennessee; March 19, 1975
Track 101. I Ain’t The One 3:30
Track 102. I’m A Country Boy 4:46
Track 103. The Needle And The Spoon 4:58
Track 104. Saturday Night Special 5:23
Track 105. Don’t Ask Me No Questions 4:08
Track 106. Am I Losin’ 5:28
Track 107. Made In The Shade 5:00
Track 108. Railroad Song 4:42
Track 109. Call Me The Breeze 5:59
Track 110. Sweet Home Alabama 2:32
Track 111. Sweet Home Alabama 4:58
Track 112. Cheatin’ Woman 6:23
Track 113. Working For The MCA 4:53
Track 114. Free Bird 12:20
75 mins

Disc 2 - Officially released
Cardiff Capitol Theatre, Cardiff, Wales; November 4, 1975
201. Double Trouble
202. I Ain’t The One
203. Needle And Spoon
204. Saturday Night Special
205. Gimme Three Steps
206. I Got The Same Old Blues
207. Simple Man
208. Whiskey Rock-A-Roller
209. Call Me The Breeze
210. T For Texas
211. Sweet Home Alabama
212. Free Bird

Disc 3
Superstar Jam Radio Broadcast; August 30, 1978
Track 301. Jitter Bug 3:52
Track 302. Cocaine 8:18
Track 303. Reflections 6:13
Track 304. Southbound 5:00
Track 305. I Don’t Want To Go Down There 3:46
Track 306. Anyway You Want It, That’s The Way I Want It To Be 6:01
Track 307. Another Pretty Country Song 5:54
Track 308. Ain’t That Loving You Baby 5:01
Track 309. Call Me The Breeze 7:55
Track 310. Call Me The Breeze 5:40
Track 311. Free Bird Instrumental 13:42
Track 312. Ronnie Van Zant Interview 1976 5:54
78 mins

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MERCURY REV - SEATTLE 2005

August 16, 2021 – 5:47 am

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MERCURY REV
Seattle 2005 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Showbox, Seattle, WA; May 3, 2005. Very good soundboard.

Thanks to robgronotte for sharing the show at Dime.

robgronotte noted:

This recording is not quite as long as their typical headlining sets of the time, and it seems to be missing the likely encores. This is just the length of what would have fit on a single CDR; maybe the rest of the recording will turn up at some point.

The setlist is very similar to the official live release “Beyond The Swirling Clouds” which was recorded just two months before this, but it honestly sounds better in my opinion, plus it has the incredible medley of Opus 40 and Gotta Serve Somebody which isn’t on the official release.

Compared with the recent Showbox soundboards I have worked on, the mix on this one is the best; just a bit of stereo in the mix to keep it sounding interesting on headphones. The performance is also amazing, and gives me a better view of the album they were promoting “The Secret Migration” which didn’t really impress me much when it was released.

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Track 01. intro 0:44
Track 02. Secret For A Song 4:51
Track 03. Black Forest (Lorelei) 4:59
Track 04. Tonite It Shows 4:08
Track 05. Tides Of The Moon 6:42
Track 06. My Love 4:25
Track 07. The Funny Bird 5:37
Track 08. Vermillion 4:17
Track 09. Opus 40 4:13
Track 10. Gotta Serve Somebody (Bob Dylan) 4:36
Track 11. There You Are (Jesus Song No.7) 3:36
Track 12. Holes 5:52
Track 13. In The Wilderness 5:53
Track 14. Spiders And Flies 5:14
Track 15. Diamonds 5:23
Track 16. encore call 3:15
74 mins

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JAZZ ON SUNDAY: BRAD MEHLDAU TRIO - FRANCE 2021

August 15, 2021 – 5:59 am

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BRAD MEHLDAU TRIO
France 2021 [no label, 1CD]

Live in Nice, France; July 15, 2021. Very good FM broadcast.

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Grammy Award winning jazz pianist Brad Mehldau has recorded and performed extensively since the early 1990s. Mehldau’s most consistent output over the years has taken place in the trio format. Mehldau’s musical personality forms a dichotomy. He is first and foremost an improviser, and greatly cherishes the surprise and wonder that can occur from a spontaneous musical idea that is expressed directly, in real time. But he also has a deep fascination for the formal architecture of music, and it informs everything he plays.

In his most inspired playing, the actual structure of his musical thought serves as an expressive device. As he plays, he listens to how ideas unwind, and the order in which they reveal themselves. Each tune has a strongly felt narrative arch, whether it expresses itself in a beginning, an end, or something left intentionally open-ended. The two sides of Mehldau’s personality - the improviser and the formalist - play off each other, and the effect is often something like controlled chaos.

Mehldau received a Grammy nomination at the end of 2016 for Best Improvised Jazz Solo on the track “I Concentrate on You”, from the Blues And Ballads album.

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Track 01. Mohawk 9:32
Track 02. Ode 10:37
Track 03. And I Love Her 9:59
Track 04. banter 1:29
Track 05. In The Still of The Night 11:26
Track 06. The Nearness of You 8:18
Track 07. banter 0:36
Track 08. Here’s That Rainy Day 6:06
58 mins

Lineup:
Brad Mehldau - piano
Larry Grenadier - bass
Jeff Ballard - drums

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