Monday, January 15, 2018

Mudcrutch - 2008-04-14 - Santa Cruz, CA

April 14, 2008
Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz, CA

Audience recording, very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (256 kbps) versions

Continuing with Tom Petty's musical history and tour chronology: Inspired by all the old stories and memories stirred up during the making of the Petty Documentary film Runnin' Down a Dream (2007), Tom wanted to re-connect with his old bandmates from Mudcrutch, his earlier pre-Heartbreakers band in Gainesville, FL. But more than just re-connect and reminisce, Tom wanted to plat with them again, and decided to reunite the band and make new music together. So, Tom took the very unusual step of leaving his current, very successful band The Heartbreakers (at least temporarily), to re-form his earlier, unsuccessful band, Mudcrutch. Now, it helped that the core of Mudcrutch,Tom's 2 closest friends and bandmates for over 30 years, Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, were also the core of The Heartbreakers. The other components were Tom Leadon (brother of Ex-eagle Bernie Leadon), co-lead guitarist and vocalist, and Randall Marsh on drums. For Mudcrutch, Petty returned to his former role with the band, as bass player and vocalist (no guitar at all). Mudcrutch had more of a country-rock, folk-rock background, as well as traditional rock n roll, and that is what they went for. I've told the story of Mudcrutch before, so for more on the early days of the band, see here and here. Anyway, in 2007 they reconvened to work on a new album featuring a mix of old (traditional) and new songs. The result was the self-titled album, Mudcrutch, released in 2008. Although Petty wrote and sang lead on most of the songs, Tom Leadon and Benmont Tench each wrote and sang lead on at least one song. Although the album was more 'country' than anythng Petty had ever released, and contained multiple songs with a bluegrass feel, the album was a major success, and was bolstered by the single 'Scare Easy'. Petty with Mudcrutch only did a very limited tour (only covering several dates in in California) that year (2008). All Mudcrutch shows were at smaller venues, and only Mudcrutch songs were played (that is, none of Petty's more famous hits mixed in). Later that year, a Live EP, Extended Play Live! was released featuring a handful of songs from that tour. After that, Petty returned to his 'day job' working with the Heartbreakers, and that seemed to be the end of Mudcrutch again, a wonderful little musical diversion, than back to business. However, it worked so well that several years later, Tom went back to his old band once again, for another new album and another round of fun with Mudcrutch 2 (2016).
Anyway, here is one of those shows from the very short Mudcrutch CA tour in 2008. This is an audience recording, but a very good one at that, very nice sound. They play their entire album, as well as some other classic roots rock covers. Enjoy!    

1. Shady Grove
 - banter
2. Orphan of the Storm
3. Six Days on the Road
 - banter
4. I Don't Scare Easy
5. You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine
6. Good Street
7. Lover of the Bayou
8. Band Intros
9. Queen of the Go-Go Girls
10. Oh Maria
11. Topanga Cowgirl
12. The Wrong Thing to Do
13. Bootleg Flyer
14. June Apple - website Banter
15. House of Stone
16. Love Please Come Home
17. Crystal River
18. Rainy Day Women #12 & #35
19. Summertime Blues
20. High School Confidential

Mudcrutch is:
Tom Petty - Bass Guitar, Lead Vocal
Mike Campbell - Lead Guitar
Tom Leadon - Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Benmont Tench - Piano, Organ
Randall Marsh - Drums

FLAC - Mudcrutch_2008-04-14_Santa Cruz_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Mudcrutch_2008-04-14_Santa Cruz_mp3.rar

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - 2006-09-21 - 30th Anniversary Concert, Gainesville, FL (Update)

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
(with Special Guest Stevie Nicks)
30th Anniversary Concert,
O'Connell Center, University of Florida,
Gainesville, FL

FM Broadcast Recording, very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions
(Update of previous post to now provide this show in lossless as well as mp3)

Continuing with our Tom Petty retrospective: After The Last DJ album and tour (2002-2003), Petty's next album project was another solo album, his third, and for this one he went back to his Traveling Wilburys co-hort, friend, and producer Jeff Lynne, who he had not worked with as a producer since Into The Great Wide Open (1991). And for this album, instead of using the Heartbreakers and other guest musicians, Petty, guitarist Mike Campbell, and Lynne actually played all the instruments on all the tracks. The result was Highway Companion (2006), another quality album, although perhaps not quite up to the heights of Full Moon Fever and Wildflowers, but a very good album nonetheless. Also during this time, Petty and the band were working with Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich on a retrospective documentary chronicling the history of Petty and The Heartbreakers, to mark the 30th Anniversary of the band. The film culminated in what was designated as the 30th Anniversary Concert, held in Petty's hometown, Gainesville, FL, and which also featured Stevie Nicks as a special guest. This concert, which was broadcast live on the radio, and also filmed, was later included in some deluxe versions of the film on DVD box sets. The film was eventually released in 2007, titled Runnin' Down a Dream, premiered at the New York Film Festival, and had a running time of nearly 4 hrs. It is a great document of the band, contains many interviews and great concert footage, and actually needed the 4 hr runtime to do justice with the band and its history. Note: it was in making the documentary, and reliving all the old stories of the band, that rekindled Petty's interest in his original band Mudcrutch, and lead to him reviving Mudcrutch as his next musical project. So, anyway, here is the Gainesville 30th Anniversary concert (which I have posted previously, but now also available in a FLAC version). More info on the concert is available in the original post here. Notably, Petty only included one song, 'Saving Grace', from the newly released solo album (Highway Companion) at this or any of the other shows around this time, as he apparently wanted to highlight his history with the band, and other than Mike, the Heartbreakers were not included on the new album sessions. However, he did include several songs from his other solo albums, as well as other songs with Stevie. Overall, a fine show, and a very enthusiastic hometown crowd.

01 Intro
02 Listen To Her Heart
03 Mary Jane's Last Dance
04 I Won't Back Down
05 Free Fallin'
06 Saving Grace
07 I'm A Man
08 Oh Well
09 Handle With Care
10 Band Intros
11 Stevie Nicks Intro
12 Stop Draggin' My Heart Around (with Stevie Nicks)
13 I Need To Know (with Stevie Nicks)
14 It's Good To Be King
15 Songs About The South
16 Down South
17 Southern Accents
18 Insider (with Stevie Nicks)
19 Learning To Fly (Acoustic - with Stevie Nicks)
20 Don't Come Around Here No More (with Stevie Nicks)
21 Runnin' Down A Dream
22 You Wreck Me
23 Mystic Eyes
24 American Girl (with Stevie Nicks)

Tom Petty - Rhythm Guitar/Vocals
Mike Campbell - Lead Guitar
Benmont Tench - Keyboards
Steve Ferrone - Drums
Ron Blair - Bass
Scott Thurston - Various

Guest: Stevie Nicks - lead and background vocals

FLAC - Tom Petty_2006-09-21_Gainesville_FM_FLAC.rar

mp3 - currently unavailable (will repost soon)

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - 1978-12-31 - New Year's Eve Show, Santa Monica, CA

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
1978-12-31 (New Year's Eve)
Santa Monica, CA

Soundboard recording, excellent quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320kbps) versions

What a year it has been. A year with much upheaval, and, once again, the loss of so many iconic rockers. Just since October and the incomprehensibly tragic and unexpected death of Tom Petty, when I started this tribute to him and his fantastic contribution to rock music, there have been several more deaths of outstanding rock musicians. From Fats Domino, to more recently and unexpectedly, power pop sensation Tommy Keene, and Smithereens singer-songwriter and frontman, Pat DiNizio, all major losses to the music world. But, as always, their music will be remembered and live on, and for the rest of us, time keeps moving, and we must keep moving on too, to the new year.

Continuing the tradition of featuring classic New Year's Eve shows for New Year's Eve, and this year also continuing with our Tom Petty tribute, here is the only Petty NYE show recording I know of, and it is a great one. This one goes back to 1978, and, in addition to it being a NYE show, it has some unique features that make it extra special. Remember, this came at a time when Petty was still working on the album that would be his real breakthrough, Damn the Torpedoes, but also would be much delayed in its release due to Petty's issues and legal problems with his record company (resulting in lawsuits, Petty's bankruptcy, and refusal to back down - see previous story related to this time). This show features previews of 2 new songs that would be on the new album (which would not be released until late 1979), 'Casa Dega' and 'Refugee', and of special note is that this is one of the only times 'Casa Dega' was ever played live at a Petty show (it was not included in the setlists of any shows post-album release). Another rarely played song featured at this show was 'Mystery Man' from their first album. So, here is a great NYE show featuring some rarely played gems in addition to the usual high-quality Petty songs and jams from this time. Since this show was relatively short (about an hour), I've added a couple more songs from the 1977-11-11 Capitol Studios show (in superb quality - 4 songs from this show were previously featured with the 1977 Record Plant post).
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year, and a hope that 2018 is better than 2017.

1. Intro
2. I Need to Know
3. Surrender
4. Fooled Again (I Don't Like It)
5. Casa Dega
6. Refugee
7. You're Gonna Get It
8. Mystery Man
9. American Girl
10. Breakdown
11. Too Much Ain't Enough
12. New Year's Announcement
13. Shout (The Isley Brothers cover)
Bonus tracks (1977-11-11 Capitol Studios, Hollywood)
14. Listen to Her Heart
15. Strangered in the Night

FLAC - Tom Petty_1978-12-31_Santa Monica CA_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Tom Petty_1978-12-31_Santa Monica CA_FLAC.rar

Friday, December 22, 2017

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - 2002-07-05 - Saratoga Springs, NY

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
July 5, 2002
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

Audience master recording, excellent quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Continuing with Tom Petty's Musical History. By 2001, Tom had recovered from his heroin addiction and had just married Dana York, whose relationship had re-charged his life. And by the end of 2001, The band learned they would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But the latter months of 2001 also were filled with tragedy, from the 9/11 terror attack to the death of Tom's friend, George Harrison. And although Petty was now clean and drug-free, bassist Howie Epstein was mired ever more deeply in drug addiction and was no longer able to function in the band. Petty and the rest of the band tried everything they could to get help for Epstein and get him through this, but Howie just kept going back to drugs. Finally, the band had to just move on without him. On their next album, Petty and Mike Campbell played bass on most of the songs, and then they brought back original bassist Ron Blair to play on a couple tracks, and then to join them on their 2002 tour, and eventually, full-time back as a Heartbreaker. Tragically, Howie Epstein would later die of a heroin overdose in 2003. For that next album, which became The Last DJ (2002), Tom still had some things gnawing at him that he wanted to get off his chest, and several songs on The Last DJ were sharp attacks on the Music Industry, their greed and unfair practices. Because of this, the album was unsurprisingly not well-received by the industry, and it became one of the band's least heard and poorest-selling albums. But, also not surprisingly and as usual, the album actually contains many very good songs. Here is a show from their 2002 tour, an audience recording, but with excellent sound quality. This show was actually from earlier in the year, before The Last DJ was released, so there were only 3 songs from the new album featured ('Have Love Will Travel', 'Lost Children', and 'Can't Stop the Sun'). Later in the tour, around the time of the album release, many more songs from the album were played, so I have included 4 additional songs from The Last DJ that were played at the November Las Vegas show. Check out another great show as well as the new Last DJ songs (Note: There actually was one more Last DJ song played at the Vegas show, 'Good Kid Gone Bad' -for a total of 8 new songs from the album in that show!, but the recording for that one was messed up, so I did not include it here.

1. Intro
2. Runnin' Down a Dream
3. I Won't Back Down
4. I Need to Know
5. Mary Jane's Last Dance
6. Have Love Will Travel
7. Here Comes My Girl
8. Even the Losers
9. You Don't Know How it Feels
10. It's Good to Be King
11. Lost Children
12. Rebels (acoustic)
13. Learning to Fly (acoustic)
14. Yer So Bad (acoustic)
15. Can't Stop the Sun
16. Refugee
17. Too Much Ain't Enough
18. You Wreck Me
19. Free Fallin'
20. Gloria
21. American Girl
Bonus Tracks (2002-11-01 - Las Vegas, NV))
22. The Last DJ
23. Dreamville
24. Joe
25. Like a Diamond

FLAC - Tom Petty_2002-07-05_SaratogaSpringsNY_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Tom Petty_2002-07-05_SaratogaSpringsNY_mp3.part1.rar
          Tom Petty_2002-07-05_SaratogaSpringsNY_mp3.part2.rar

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Merry Christmas 2017

Refresher of Christmas-related posts

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! Although no new Christmas collection this year (I usually do one every other year, and last year I did two!), there are plenty of Christmas-related posts and downloads available here. So, if you haven't previously checked out my delightful and eclectic Christmas collections, I invite you to do so now (links to those pages below). In addition, there are several other Christmas-related shows and compilations that have been posted previously. To see all the Christmas-related posts check here. As I've said before, personally, I love Christmas music of all types, classical, rock, pop, jazz, etc., from the traditional to the outrageous, the serious to the silly, the classics to the newest ditties, and these compilations contain some of my favorites. Enjoy the season while it lasts. 

BB's Chronicles Christmas Collections 2016 (featuring 2 full collections - Bright and Blue)

BB's Christmas Chronicle 2014 - Tiny Tree Christmas

BB Chronicles Holiday Sampler 2012 - No Rest for Ye Merry Gentlemen

BB Chronicles Echlectic Christmas Chollection 2010

Other Christmas posts:

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo Christmas Shows: 2014 - Boston ; 2015 - Boston

Bruce Springsteen Live Christmas compilations

Chicago - 1998 Christmas show

Bill Kirchen's Honky Tonk Holiday Party - 2010 - Northampton, MA 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - 1999-04-23 - The Docks, Hamburg, Germany

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Rockpalast, The Docks, Hamburg, Germany 

Soundboard recording, excellent quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Continuing with the musical history of Tom Petty: Following the 1995 tour, Petty's next album (which was with The Heartbreakers) was Songs and Music from the Motion Picture "She's Te One" (1996). But this was more than just a 'soundtrack' album, as it was a full album of new music from Tom & The Boys, much of which was featured in the Edwards Burns film, She's The One. The album consisted of a mix of new songs and some that were holdovers from the Wildflowers sessions, as well as a couple intriguing covers, and was consistent with the styles explored in Wildflowers. The album's best-known songs was 'Walls'. There was no tour in support of the album and it did not have the same degree of success as most previous albums (only reaching Gold status, instead of Platinum or beyond).  Petty's next album was Echo in 1999, and is probably his most underrated album. Even Petty himself has indicated he was not happy with this album. However, his feelings about the album are probably more closely related to what he was going through at the time, rather than the musical content of the album, which is excellent. These years (mid-late '90's) were a dark period for Petty, as he was going through rough times, with the pressures and self-examination of a failing marriage, then difficult divorce, and the unsettled aftermath. After his divorce, he lived alone and somewhat isolated from others. In addition, as we have only recently learned (through the Petty biography by Warren Zanes - 2015), during this period he was also struggling with heroin addiction. The songs on Echo are some of his darkest, but also very personal and revealing, and overall a musically excellent album. However, once the album was behind him, he didn't want to look back on it at all, it was too painful to relive. He never listened to it, and after the 1999 tour never played songs from it on subsequent tours (although interestingly, he did include 'Swingin' on some dates on his final tour (2017)). Fortunately, Petty eventually recovered from his funk, and kicked his drug habit, as greatly helped (and probably made possible) by his developing relationship with Dana York, who nursed him through the drug recovery period. It was also Dana (who he married in 2001) who, many years later, urged him to re-listen to and re-discover Echo, and he found that, yes, it really was a good album after all. Here is a great recording of a great show from the 1999 tour (This show was broadcast on European TV - Rockpalast, from Germany, and full video from the show is available). These 1999 shows are really the only place to hear live versions of the songs from this period. This show features 2 songs from She's the One, 'Walls' and 'Angel Dream', and 4 from Echo, 'Swingin', 'Room at the Top', 'Free Girl Now', and 'I Don't Wanna Fight', which is one of the only songs Mike Campbell ever sang lead on. This show also features numerous covers, ranging from old-school Rock and Blues ('Round & Round', 'Lucille', 'Call Me The Breeze', 'Guitar Boogie Shuffle') to bluegrass ('Little Maggie') to 60's rock classics ('Pipeline', 'Green Onions', 'Gloria', 'For What It's Worth'), and Petty also features each member of the band to a greater degree than usual (even Scott Thurston gets his own song to sing). A great show, you would never know that Petty was having any problems based on these performances. Also, if you are a Petty fan, but haven't checked out Echo previously (for whatever reason), by all means do so, it is definitely worth it, and an important part of the Petty legacy. 

1) Round & Round
2) Jammin' Me
3) Runnin' Down A Dream
4) Breakdown
5) Call Me The Breeze
6) Swingin'
7) Don't Do Me Like That
8) Pipeline
9) Mary Jane's Last Dance
10) I Won't Back Down
11) Listen To Her Heart
12) Green Onions
13) It's Good To Be King
14) Lucille
15) Little Maggie (Scott Thurston lead)
16) Lay Down That Old Guitar
17) Walls
18) Angel Dream
19) For What It's Worth
20) Room At The Top
21) Guitar Boogie Shuffle
22) American Girl
23) Honey Bee
24) I Don't Wanna Fight (Mike Campbell lead)
25) You Wreck Me
26) Free Girl Now
27) Free Fallin'
28) Gloria
29) Learning To Fly

FLAC - Tom Petty_1999-04-23_Hamburg_FLAC.rar

Mp3 - Tom Petty_1999-04-23_Hamburg_mp3.part1.rar
           Tom Petty_1999-04-23_Hamburg_mp3.part2.rar

Friday, December 8, 2017

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - 1993-11-04 - University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (Update-Upgrade)

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
Stephen C. O'Connell Center, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

FM Broadcast recording, excellent quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

As promised, here is the Updated-Upgraded version of this show. I previously posted this show several years back (in 2012). It was the complete show, but it was only available as Mp3 and at 256 kbps. So, as part of this look back at Tom Petty's magnificent career, here is a new version of this show, now available in both Lossless (FLAC) and improved Mp3 (at 320 kbps). This is an excellent quality FM broadcast recording of the full concert (many of the available recordings are only partial, as it was usually broadcast that way (such as Westwood One shows), especially in subsequent broadcasts), however, it is not from the same source recording as the previously posted version (as I could not find that exact recording available in Lossless), so I am keeping that other version available for those interested in that recording (both are excellent). This one did have a couple issues that I had to sort out before posting, as detailed below. But overall, great show, great recording, and now available in FLAC as well as Mp3. Enjoy!
Note: This may be one of the last shows where Stan Lynch played drums for the band, as he left around this time. Also, this was when multi-instrumentalist Scott Thurston first started joining The Heartbreakers on tour to fill out their live sound: not yet officially a Heartbreaker, but would become a consistent presence on stage and eventually in the studio with the band. 
01. Love Is A Long Road
02. Into The Great Wide Open
03. Listen To Her Heart
04. I Won't Back Down
05. Free Fallin'
06. Psychotic Reaction
07. Ben's Boogie
08. Don't Come Around Here No More
09. Something in the Air
10. Mary Jane's Last Dance
11. King's Highway
12. A Face In The Crowd
13. Ballad Of Easy Rider
14. Take Out Some Insurance
15. Thirteen Days
16. Southern Accents
17. Yer So Bad
18. Driving Down To Georgia
19. Lost Without You  (mp3 only)
20. Refugee
21. Running Down A Dream
22. Learning To Fly
23. Rainy Day Women
24. American Girl
25. Alright For Now

Band Members:
Tom Petty – rhythm guitar, lead vocals
Mike Campbell – lead guitar, mandolin
Benmont Tench – piano, organ, backing vocals
Howie Epstein – bass guitar, backing vocals
Stan Lynch – drums, backing vocals
Scott Thurston – rhythm guitar, harmonica, synthesizer, backing vocals

FLAC - Tom Petty_1993-11-04_Gainesville FL_Full_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Tom Petty_1993-11-04_Gainesville FL_Full_mp3.part1.rar
          Tom Petty_1993-11-04_Gainesville FL_Full_mp3.part2.rar

Notes on recording issues: First, it had a tape-flip gap of about 21 seconds in 'Free Fallin', that I could not let stand. So, I spliced in the missing section from the readily available Pre-FM Westwood One recording (see if you can hear it). Also, this version of the show left out 2 songs, 'Something in The Air' and 'Lost Without You' because versions of them had been released in other live recordings. I have restored 'Something In The Air', again from the Westwood One recording, but didn't have a FLAC version of 'Lost Without You', so that is only available as mp3 (from the previous recorded version).