Sunday, August 26, 2012


Nothing new this week, the usual goings on at work and home.  We brought our daughter to a college north of Denver, hauling up all her stuff, arranging the dorm room, buying a few supplies and then saying goodbye, all of us beginning a new journey of independence in life.  Their was sadness when it came time to leave, hugs and statements of love.  I'm sure that will all be forgotten once she settles in and becomes comfortable with her new situation.

Back to the music when the weekend arrives. Siouxsie and the Banshees, a very good audience recording, live at Teatro Nuovo, Turin, Italy on June 26, 1981.

The main act tonight was The Doors, an album entitled Soul In The Mirror, a collection of high quality recordings of their songs, a couple from 1968 with the remainder from 1970.  A great collection of some of their best tunes.

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Saturday night stared off with the Overcasters who performed live in Denver the night before, a show I just could not find the opportunity to see for a variety of reasons.  Instead I pulled out my recording of their show from Hi-Dive in Denver on August 27, 2011.  I thoroughly enjoyed it a second time. 

Find it here:

Its a dead Megaupload link.  Write a comment if you would like me to reupload it.  It's a time thing.

Nirvana performed a live show on the cranked up truck stereo this night, the bootleg entitled Where Were You in '89, a show at the Dutchess of York Public House in Leeds, UK on October 25, 1989.

It is written about this recording:

"Where Were You In '89?" contains a superb audience recording that is very clear and consistent (occasional talk). This is an excellent disc for people who love the early Bleach shows. The set list is almost identical to the 10-29-89 show that can be found on "Wired." Wired is a better sounding recording, but most early show collectors will be happy with either. The Paradiso tracks (13-18) are good filler.

The artwork is very plain. The date of this disc (it's one of the older recordings available on a commercial bootleg) and consistent recording earn its "A" rating. People who want a high quality "Roma sounding" soundboard recording should steer clear of this one. It's believed that this disc first surfaced in 1992.

Download it here: - Where Were You In _89_ Duchess of York Public House_ Leeds_ UK - 160 kbps _MP3_.rar

Sunday, August 19, 2012


Another painting hanging near the foot of my bed by New Mexico artist James Jimenez.

Gosh another week gone by.  It started off with a sunrise that left me with this feeling of dread.  A beautiful red ball hanging in smoke haze sky.  Like an evil eye offering a warning.  I would have preferred pulling the car over and enjoy such a rare spectacle, but work was calling.  Jack Jensen saw the same thing while walking his dog that same morning, being filled with a similar feeling of dread.

My wife had a scare when she began experiencing chest pains at work, leading to a trip to the hospital emergency room where her condition improved.  The doctors could find nothing of concern and we were sent home late in the afternoon.  Not so lucky for the guy next door to us:

Stares as he's wheeled by
Doctors jump to beeping sounds
Chaplain at his side

I made the mistake of watching another "911 Truth" video on the public television station.  It's depressing to know how easily we are fooled and manipulated.

Boredom sanding/polyurathaning the bookcase and then building the shelving.  It feels like it goes on forever.

Is this what it feels like when one is depressed?

The weekend started with an excellent audience recording of Van Halen's show at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA on March 5, 2012.  An excellent show for the two hours I stood outside with the truck stereo blasting.

It is written:

The band wasted very little time showcasing their new material from the month-old ‘A Different Kind of Truth.’ ‘She’s the Woman’ (an old club song dating back to the 70’s) and the album’s first single ‘Tattoo’ blended well next to concert favorites ‘Everybody Wants Some,’ ‘Somebody Get Me a Doctor,’ and ‘The Full Bug’ from 1982’s Diver Down, a rarity that until recently hadn’t seen the light of day since 1983’s US Festival.

Back where he properly belongs for his second consecutive tour is David Lee Roth, whose demeanor has gone from “Squirt me one more time and I'll F$%K your girlfriend” to more of a circus ringmaster. Maintaining an ear to ear grin for most of the hour and fifty minute set, the upbeat Roth threw in some slightly comedic tempo changes (a la James Brown, which the band jumped right on) as well as some candy to the audience during ‘Hot For Teacher.’ Roth even showed a video of his sheepdogs while playing the acoustic intro to ‘Ice Cream Man’ (That is Roth playing on the original recording by the way).

Despite abandoning the Garth Brooks-like head set that was used earlier in the tour, there were times when Roth appeared to be trying too hard vocally (mainly on ‘Dance the Night Away’) as he sang (as well as talked) his way through the set. Despite the occasional vocal shortcomings however, Roth held his own on new track ‘The Trouble With Never,’ ‘Beautiful Girls,’ ‘Panama,’ ‘Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love,’ and set closer ‘Jump.’

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Saturday night started off with a relatively short set by Amy Winehouse at the Canal Plus, French TV, on November 2, 2007, a soundboard quality recording.  It set up the mood for what followed.

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Back to London with Echo and the Bunnymen, their December 9, 2010 show at the O2 in Brixton.  See the events of that experience here:

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Sunday, August 12, 2012


Part of this past week was spent on the western slope of Colorado for business reasons.  A bonus prize was getting close to Air Force One, the President of the United States visiting Grand Junction the day we were there.  Peach season is at its peak, the truck being loaded up with orders, a box of 40 ripe peaches going for $10.  What a steal!

First up was The English Beat, September 3, 1982, a live performance at the US Festival. This appears to have come from their recent release of their "Live at the US Festival 82 and 83, a CD/DVD combo which covers the band’s performances at the 1982 and 1983 US Festivals. An excellent recording. 

Dave starts the show with "Bit cold here, so to warm up you're going to have to dance, right?"

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Friday night's show came to a close with the Sex Pistols, performing live at Selina's Nitespot in Sydney, Australia on October 12, 1996. The Filthy Lucre Tour was the 1996 reunion tour of the pioneering British Punk rock band Sex Pistols. The 78-date world tour lasted for almost six months.
A very good audience recording.

John tells the crowd, "Word of advice.  Keep your fucking show to yourself.  Because the silly bastard who threw this is going home without it!"

Download it here: Nitespot_ Sydney_ Australia_ 12.10.96.rar

Saturday night opened up with The Doors, a live show at Marty Balin’s club, The Matrix, on March 7, 1967. This was about 5-6 months before “Light My Fire” gave The Doors worldwide fame and notoriety.

It was written:

Only a handful of people showed up, so Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, and Ray Manzarek played for each other, exploring song arrangements and jamming on a few blues favourites. Ironically, only a few weeks after the Matrix shows, the band's second single, "Light My Fire," would make them famous, selling a million copies on its way to topping the chart during The Summer of Love.

"It was early 1967 and The Doors were about to enter the consciousness of the nation. And this is the way it sounded," Manzarek writes in the album's liner notes.

In spite of the empty room, the band is fully engaged, using the time to give "The End" and "Back Door Man" extra lyrics and extended sections. "This is probably the closest we've come to a true document of The Doors without constraints," says Bruce Botnick, the album's producer and the band's long-time co-producer and engineer.

The band performs much of its self-titled debut on the first disc, including "Soul Kitchen," "Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)," and the first single, "Break On Through (To The Other Side)."
Along with those early originals, the band indulges its love of the blues with Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love," Muddy Waters' "I'm A King Bee," and Allen Toussaint's "Get Out Of My Life, Woman," which has never appeared on any previous Doors albums.

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One of the holy grails for Doors collectors the The Matrix Tapes are also one of the most controversial. Originally recorded by the Matrix Clubs co owner Peter Abrams, a review cassette copy of the master reel to reel tapes of the complete 3 set shows from March 7 and 10 were allegedly sent to, then Elektra founder, Jac Holzman in the late 60′s early 70′s in hopes enticing him to purchase them to use for a possible live album. It is reported that Abrams intentionally made the cassette dubs “lo fi” so Elektra couldn’t release them commercially without purchasing his high quality masters. It has been claimed that Holzman didn’t want a live album so early in the Doors career and relegated the cassettes to the vaults where they were forgotten for nearly 40 years.

The resultant recording is very clear almost early soundboard quality with the vocals very dominant in the mix. The rest of the instruments are well back in the mix and have a very slight dullness and hollowness to them that you can get with an audience recording, which is an interesting contrast to the crystal clear vocals. The tape is a little light in the bass frequencies and the high frequencies are muted very slightly but there is a mid range warmth to the recording which makes it a very enjoyable listen. There is also a slight background hiss which is only evident during the between song quiet passages.

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Saturday closed with the February 6th, 2002 show by Echo and the Bunnymen in Glasgow, Scotland.  A very good audience recording that sounds very similar to the shows that have been performed the following decade with the exception of the set list that includes a number of songs that are no longer played.  Thoroughly enjoyable.

Download it here: Garage_ Glasgow_ Scotland February 6_ 2002.rar