Friday, December 21, 2007
This one goes out to my peeps in Beantown; to the memory of Brad Delp, who died last winter; and to all my lovely readers...
...all 3.5 of you. Kidding!
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good 2008!
DOWNLOAD, Ye Merry Gentlemen and Women
Thursday, December 20, 2007
So for Greggy, Davey, Grant and every other Rowdy Motherfocker who was there, rawk this shit hawd.
Staples Center - Los Angeles, CA - December 14, 2007 (AUD)
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Monday, December 17, 2007
My first Doors post is one of their last shows, very close to The End for Jim and the boys (their final performance would be three months later, appropriately given in New Orleans). Surprisingly, this one's a powerhouse, taken from the near-disastrous 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, an event legendarily documented in Murray Lerner's jaw-dropping film Message to Love. There's only a brief clip of "When the Music's Over" in the doc, with no inkling of how tight and sharp a performance it really is. Fittingly, this version "The End" takes off in a few rather odd directions. Great stereo sound too.
Isle of Wight Festival - England - August 29, 1970 (SBD)
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Friday, December 14, 2007
Anyone remember the US Festivals? Me neither. The brainchildren of Apple's co-founder Steve Wozniak, there were only two, in the summers of 1982 and '83. This show is from the second year's so-called Heavy Metal Sunday. A typically drunk-n-sloppy (on Dave's part anyway; the first number isn't halfway over before he shrieks "I forgot the fuckin' words!") show that also happens to be probably the hugest gig they ever played, to this day.
US Festival, Glen Helen Regional Park - Devore, CA - May 29, 1983 (SBD)
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Wednesday, December 12, 2007
As for hearing, I present a solid audience recording, no match in production for The Song Remains the Same, but sounding quite like one was actually there, about halfway back and dead center, surrounded by reasonably respectful, non-obno concertgoers.
(Below are some fresh new links, again thanks to Nargo the Bort!)
02 Arena - London, England - December 10, 2007 (AUD)
Friday, December 7, 2007
Now this is a happy one. From the legendary musical meltdown of 1966-'67 to the unqualified triumph of 2004-'05, the saga of Brian Wilson and SMiLE needs no introduction, if plenty of explication. Feel free to read all about the album's tortured history (ending in failure, lunacy, Bedtime for Brian, The Abominable Dr. Landy, 20-plus years in the wilderness) and miraculous resurrection (starting with Van Dyke Parks and Darian Sahanaja, a Top 15 CD, sold-out tours, a deluxe DVD, a Grammy Award) while downloading these four very different bootleg takes on the original sessions. There a dozens of SMiLE variations floating around online -- and I got me a bushel of 'em, don't ya know -- but these are four of my faves.
One version, I won't say which, sticks to the now-official 2004 tracklist; several recreate what might have been the 1967 tracklist; another heads off the rez completely (and SMiLE is a big ol' rez, as any obsessive could tell you). How these mad, mysterious mixers have found places for the tasty bits that didn't make it in '04 -- namely "You’re Welcome," "Cool, Cool Water," "He Gives Speeches/She’s Goin’ Bald" and of course "George Fell Into His French Horn" -- is but one of the intense pleasures to be heard here...
Because SMiLE, despite its agonized 37-year creation, is about nothing if not pleasure. It's a work of pure beauty that waltzes right past its occasional silliness and weirdness to settle right in your soul; that's the reason God made Brian Wilson.
This photo of my man was taken last Sunday, at the 30th annual Kennedy Center Honors in my hometown of Washington, D.C., where he received the highest arts award in the land...
And if that smile isn't the genuine article, I don't know what is.
BRIAN WILSON and THE BEACH BOYS
SMiLE (1966-'67) (STU)
Anne Wallace mix
DJ Mic Luv mix
Fast Eddie mix
As usual, The Onion says it best...
"Local Radio Station Has Got Some Doobie Brothers Coming Up For You...
NORWALK, CT — According to sources, local radio station 95.9 The Fox has got some Doobie Brothers on the way for you in just a few minutes, along with some Stones, some Skynyrd, and they'll kick it all off with some Hendrix. Though they are just wrapping up another 50 minutes of nonstop rock—you heard from Marshall Tucker, Boston, a little Steve Miller "Rock 'N Me" mixed in there, and they closed it out with a Zeppelin twin-spin—you're going to want to stay tuned because they've got another nine in a row headed your way at the top of the hour, as well as a chance to win some great prizes, including two tickets to see the Eagles live at Mohegan Sun. But first, the station has announced plans to take you all the way back to 1972 with this classic tune."
Monday, December 3, 2007
Instead, on the day of this show I would have been at Washington, D.C.'s nearby Uptown Theater -- on the occasion of my buddy Robin Brunson's 8th birthday party -- seeing a little sci-fi movie called Star Wars for the very first time...as any true fanboy knows, Star Wars opened three days earlier. (As it turns out, Robin is now 50% of an acclaimed U.K. technoid music duo called Hexstatic.)
May 28th, 1977 was also the date of shows by the Grateful Dead in Hartford, CT and Elvis Presley in Philadelphia, PA...not a bad day to be an east coast rock-n-roller.
Word is that this soundboard recording, unoffically titled "The Powhatan Confederacy," was discovered only months ago. Sound quality is solid and the set list is impeccable; this is said to be among the best performances available from the 1977 tour, which would turn out to be Zep's last ever in the U.S.
Capital Centre - Largo, MD - May 28, 1977 (SBD)
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Friday, November 30, 2007
I hereby post a prime FM broadcast from Christmas Eve of the year 1975, post-A Night at the Opera when Queen truly exploded upon the world stage. Sound quality is exquisite, as befits a Westwood One "Superstar Concert Series" program. As they say, it's a blinder!
Long live Freddie, and hats off to Professor/Chancellor/All-Around Genius Brian May, CBE and Ph.D. QUEEN
Hammersmith Odeon - London - December 24, 1975 (FMB)
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Sound quality is perfect for a 30-some-odd-year-old demo tape.
NOTE: Below is a new link as of November 20, 2009; the files come in .m4a format but are easily converted in iTunes to 320 kbps mp3. (Just click the files to play and then, in iTunes, right-click on each one and select "Create MP3 Version.")
Believe me, it's worth it: the audio on this thing is absolute perfection!
"Zero": The Gene Simmons Demos (STU @320 kbps)
Monday, November 26, 2007
Apollo - Manchester, England - May 22, 1978 (SBD)
Victoria Hall - Hanley, England - May 23, 1978 (SBD)