Sunday, August 13, 2017

Tommy Keene - 2017-04-21 - Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA

Tommy Keene
(Acoustic Solo Tour)
2017-04-21
Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA

Audience recording, very good quality
Mp3 @ 320 kbps

Here's one more show from Tommy Keene, this one taking us right up to the present, 2017. And this one also offers quite a different perspective, in that this is a solo acoustic show, and since Tommy is primarily known for his driving electric guitar style, his songs here have a whole different sound and feel, and it all works quite well. Here again, we get many different songs from the previous shows, but also several of his standards, but this time in solo acoustic versions. An excellent show.  

Tracklist:
1. Going Out Again
2. You Can't Wait for Time
3. Go Back Home
4. Back to Zero Now
5. Nighttime
6. Back Again (Try)
7. Astronomy
8. Laugh in the Dark
9. Nothing Can Change You
10. Raymond Chandler Evening
11. Highwire Days
12. Black and White in New York
13. Deep Six Saturday
14. Long Time Missing
15. Compromise
16. Nowhere Drag
17. Places That Are Gone
18. Mother's Little Helper  (Rolling Stones cover) (with Ivan Julian)

Tommy Keene (Acoustic)_2017-04-21_Philadelphia.rar

Friday, August 4, 2017

Tommy Keene - 2010-09-05 - Rock Shop, Brooklyn, NY

Tommy Keene
2010-09-05
The Rock Shop, Brooklyn, NY
Soundboard/audience matrix recording, very good quality
Mp3 @ 320 Kbps

Here's some more from Tommy Keene, in a dynamite show from about 14 years later than the last one posted, so it features mostly different songs from that last one (except for those classic Keene tunes that persisted over the years). But Tommy is still rockin' away. Check him out in these later years.

Tracklist:
01. Late Bright
02. A Secret Life of Stories
03. Places That Are Gone
04. In Our Lives
05. Listen To Me
06. Paper Words and Lies
07. Gold Town
08. Kill Your Sons
09. Call On Me
10. As Life Goes By
11. [band introductions]
12. My Mother Looked Like Marilyn Monroe
13. Underworld
14. Astronomy
15. The Story Ends
16. Black & White New York
17. Turning On Blue
18. Long Time Missing
19. [encore break]
20. Back To Zero Now
21. Love is a Dangerous Thing

Tommy Keene_2010-09-05_Brooklyn.rar

Friday, July 28, 2017

Tommy Keene - 1996-04-11 - Trinity University, Hartford, CT

Tommy Keene
1996-04-11
"Notes from the Underground"
Trinity University, Hartford, CT
FM Broadcast recording, excellent quality
Mp3 @ 320 kbps

OK, so I took a bit of a break from the blog since the last post, but hey, it's summer, lots of other things going on. Anyway, I'm back now, and here today is another installment in the too-large group of sadly underappreciated, critically-acclaimed but sales-challenged artists, who shoulda been big but never quite made it. Today we feature veteran American power pop rocker Tommy Keene, known for his driving guitar-driven power pop with a keen rock edge. Keene hails from Bethesda, MD and attended the University of Maryland. Tommy first gained major attention in the mid-eighties, when his first major label release (Songs From the Film-1986, Geffen) garnered acclaim and managed to crack the Billboard Top 200. His subsequent album in 1989, Based on Happy Times, floundered, and he was dropped by his label. After playing in a couple other bands in the early nineties, he found his stride again with a couple new LPs (Driving Into The Sun-1994, Ten Years After-1996), and has been continuing undaunted ever since, right up to the present, as he is currently touring, opening for Matthew Sweet. He has survived on an avid cult following that has enabled him to ascend to legendary status among Power Pop aficionados, despite virtually no radio airplay and never again cracking the charts. Here is an excellent recording from his 1996 tour, featuring a fine selection of his songs from that time. So, check out Tommy Keene, from 20 years ago, then we'll feature some Tommy from more recent years. Good Stuff.

Tracklist:
01 Call On Me
02 Going Out Again
03 Turning On Blue
04 Alive
05 Your Heart Beats Alone
06 On The Runway
07 Nothing Can Change You
08 Silent Town
09 Good Thing Going
10 Back To Zero
11 Compromise
12 Love Is A Dangerous Thing
13 Places That Are Gone


Tommy Keene_1996-04-11_Hartford.rar

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Big Star's Third Live - Various Artists - 2012-05-28 - London, UK

Big Star Third Live
Various Artists
May 28, 2012
Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre
London, UK

Audience recording, very good quality (Pike1957 recording)
Mp3 @ 320 kbps

Wrapping up this celebration of Big Star and their music, as mentioned in the previous post, despite the death of Alex Chilton in 2010, and the earlier deaths of original members Chris Bell and Andy Hummel, Big Star has lived on in various forms, with surviving member drummer Jody Stephens, and through all the friends and supporters gathered over the years. Starting with the Alex Chilton Tribute shows in 2010, and then with the creation of various all-star assemblages of Big Star's Third Live shows, Big Star's music is still being heard live, still vibrantly vital, and more popular than ever. Organized and coordinated primarily by Chris Stamey (The dB's), who worked and played with Chilton for a number of years, Big Star's Third Live came together as a series of shows featuring the full horn, wind, and string arrangements of the original Third album sessions, and performed by many friends and colleagues of Chilton and Big Star. At that time, these full arrangements  had never been performed live before (as Third was an entirely studio creation, never performed live). So, Stamey and friends, featuring a core ensemble of musicians such as Stephens, Mitch Easter (Let's Active), Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star), and a host of revolving special guests and friends, put on these shows featuring the music of Big Star (many other Big Star songs in addition to Third). Several of these shows were performed in 2012, 2014, and 2016. And just recently, a deluxe 2CD/1DVD album, Thank You Friends: Big Star's Third Live...and More, from one of the most recent shows (2016-04-27, Glendale, CA) has been released (and is excellent, highly recommended), featuring Stamey et al, as well as Jeff Tweedy and Pat Sansone (from Wilco) and a host of other guests on a great recording of a great show. Here, however, I have a show from 2012, in London, which features Stamey, Stephens, Easter, Auer, and Stringfellow and gang (with full orchestra), plus guest stars such as Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), John Bramwell (I Am Kloot), Sharon Van Etten, Skylar Gudasz, Brett Harris, Django Haskins (the Old Ceremony), Robyn Hitchcock, Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo), Sondre Lerche, Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), as well as a special appearance by Ray Davies (The Kinks). It is a special show, a fine tribute to the band, and a fitting finish to this Big Star featurette in The Chronicles. Once again, thanks to dbs-repercussion blog for making this (and many other Big Star-related shows) available.

Tracklist: (lead vocalists for each song noted in parentheses):
Part I
01 - [intro]
02 - Nature Boy (John Bramwell)
03 - [announcement]
04 - Kizza Me (Mitch Easter)
05 - O Dana (Ira Kaplan)
06 - For You (Jody Stephens)
07 - Nightime (Alexis Taylor)
08 - Jesus Christ (Mike Mills)
09 - Big Black Car (Jon Auer)
10 - Take Care (Ira Kaplan)
11 - Stroke It Noel (Norman Blake)
12 - Femme Fatale (Sondre Lerche)
13 - Downs (Robyn Hitchcock) [Mike Mills bouncing a basketball as percussion!]
14 - Dream Lover (Sharon Van Etten)
15 - [announcement]
16 - Blue Moon (Jody Stephens)
17 - Holocaust (Django Haskins)
18 - You Can't Have Me (Sharon Van Etten)
19 - Kanga Roo (Brett Harris)
21 - Thank You Friends

Part II
22 - [intro]
23 - I'm In Love With A Girl (Sondre Lerche)
24 - Thirteen (Skylar Gudasz, Brett Harris & more)
25 - Give Me Another Chance (Norman Blake)
26 - I Am The Cosmos [Chris Bell cover] (Jon Auer)
27 - There Was A Light (Ken Stringfellow)
28 - You And Your Sister (Brett Harris)
29 - Daisy Glaze (Ken Stringfellow)
30 - The EMI Song (Smile With Me) (Ira Kaplan)
31 - The Ballad Of El Goodo (Sondre Lerche)
32 - September Gurls (Mike Mills)
33 - [Ray Davies intro]
34 - Til The End Of The Day [Kinks cover] (Ray Davies)
35 - [Ray Davies chat]
36 - The Letter (Ray Davies)
37 - [audience]
Encore:
38 - Back Of A Car (Jon Auer)

Big Star's Third Live_2012-05-28_London.part1.rar
Big Star's Third Live_2012-05-28_London.part2.rar


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Big Star - 2008-08-28 - Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, UK

Big  Star
August 28, 2008
Shepherd’s Bush Empire,
London, England

Audience recording, very good quality (Pike 1957 recording)
Mp3 @ 320 kbps

When Big Star re-formed in 1993 (18 years after breaking up previously) for a series of shows, few thought the reunion would last, but here they were, 15 years later, with the same group still performing as Big Star, although somewhat as a part-time activity (Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow continued to record and tour with The Posies, and Alex Chilton continued various solo and other projects). They even recorded an album of all new songs in 2005, In Space (the only new Big Star songs since Third/Sister Lovers. So, here is a Big Star show from 2008, which, although consisting mostly of the same songs as earlier shows, this one also features some of the new songs from In Space, as well as a couple different covers. Unfortunately, Chilton's Big Star days were coming to an end, as Alex died of a heart attack in 2010, just on the verge of a major Big Star show at the SXSW festival. But not even Alex's death could end Big Star, as the SXSW show was staged as a tribute to Alex and the band, featuring his closest musician friends and colleagues, and many other tributes have continued in the days since, with the formation of Big Star's Third Live, a continuing tribute show featuring rotating all-star casts performing the full Third album with orchestral accompaniment (featuring original arrangements and charts), as well as numerous other Big Star songs, but more on that next time. For now, enjoy Alex Chilton and Big Star, continuing on in the 2000's. Once again, thanks to dbs-repercussion blog for making this available.

Tracklist:
01 - intro
02 - In the Street
03 - Don't Lie To Me
04 - When My Baby's Beside Me
05 - I Am the Cosmos
06 - Ballad of El Goodo
07 - Back of a Car
08 - Way Out West
09 - Till the End of the Day (Kinks cover)
10 - Pomp & Circumstance #4 (from Elgar's 'Enigma Variations')
11 - Daisy Glaze
12 - Thirteen
13 - Baby Strange
14 - For You
15 - Feel
16 - September Girls
17 - Thank You Friends
18 - Slut (Todd Rundgren cover)
19 - Hung Up With Summer*
20 - February's Quiet*
21 - Lady Sweet*
22 - Patti Girl
23 - band intros
24 - Mine Exclusively*
25 - Wouldn't It Be Nice (Beach Boys cover)

* From Big Star's 2005 album, In Space

Big  Star:
Jody Stephens – drums, vocals
LX Chilton – vocals, rhythm guitar
Jon Auer – lead guitar, vocals
Ken Stringfellow – bass, vocals

Big Star_2008-08-28_London.part1.rar
Big Star_2008-08-28_London.part2.rar



Sunday, June 11, 2017

Big Star - 1995-11-08 - Tramp's, New York, NY

Big  Star
1995-11-08
Tramp’s, New York, NY

Audience recording, good quality (transfer from master tape)
Mp3 @ 320 kbps

Continuing with the legendary, but originally unsuccessful,  power pop band Big Star (I've been on kind of a Big Star kick lately), as mentioned previously, there are few live recordings of the original incarnation of the band in the early '70's. But long after their early lack of success and demise, and following reissues of their previous albums, and a new live collection, renewed interest and popularity for the band lead Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens, along with new members recruited from The Posies, John Auer and Ken Stringfellow (original bassist Andy Hummel was apparently not interested), to accept a reunion gig at The University of Missouri in 1993 (which was subsequently released as a live album). Following that success, this version of Big Star continued to tour and play together on and off for the next several years. This show is from that period, from 1995, and Big Star's first show in New York since 1973, at Tramp's. They give an impressive, spirited performance, with Big Star classics peppered with several unique covers. The recording itself is pretty good, but not great, and gives a good representation of the band at that time. Thanks to Rob of the dbs-repercussion blog for making this available, and Rob has lots of other Big Star and Alex Chilton shows available here for those wanting to pursue Big Star further So, enjoy this reincarnation of Big Star in the '90s.

Tracklist:
01 In the Street
02 Patti Girl*
03 Don't Lie to Me
04 When My Baby's Beside Me
05 Way Out West
06 Till the End of the Day (Kinks cover)
07 banter
08 The Ballad of El Goodo
09 Back of a Car
10 Big Black Car (cuts in)
11 My Baby Just Cares For Me**
12 Feel
13 September Gurls
14 Daisy Glaze
15 For You
16 Baby Strange
17 Thank You Friends
18 band intros, more banter
19 Slut (Todd Rundgren cover)
20 encore applause, tuning
21 Kansas City (Lieber and Stoller)
22 Pennsylvania 6-5000 (Glenn Miller cover)

*Dick Campbell tune; Gary & The Hornets cover (Alex Chilton and Teenage Fanclub released a studio recording of this song on a 45-inch single in 1995)
**Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn tune

Alex Chilton – lead vocals, guitar
Jody Stephens – drums, vocals
Ken Stringfellow – bass, vocals
Jon Auer - guitar, vocals

Big Star_1995-11-08_Tramps_NYC_mp3.rar



Sunday, May 28, 2017

Willard's Wormholes 2007-2017 R.I.P.

A Few Words About Willard and his Wonderful Wormholes


As many (probably most) who regularly read this blog know by now, the great music-oriented blog Willard's Wormholes is no more. And for those wondering just what may have happened to it, let me reassure you that it was not closed or shut down by any outside forces. No, 'Willard' just decided on his own that 10 years was long enough, and that he wanted to move on. And not wanting to attract undue attention or hoopla to the closure, he just quickly and quietly closed down the site. So, it is gone now, and as far as anyone knows, not coming back anytime soon. So, let me join the chorus of voices in saying a hearty "Thank you Willard", for all you did through your Willard's Wormholes blog, and its predecessor, Never Get Out of The Boat, and best of luck to you in whatever endeavors you go into next. You've earned a big break.
I was one of those that followed his blog from its very beginning, and it had a big influence on me starting this little endeavor here a short while later. As all who frequented the site know, Willard's Wormholes was most certainly one of the very best ever, if not THE best ever music blog of its type. Not only did it provide downloads of a wide variety of music types, popular and obscure, from classic blues and jazz to mainstream pop and rock to eclectic under-appreciated artists to obscure soundtracks, demos, and experimental sounds and sessions, but Willard always provided insightful commentary, information, and opinions on the music and artists. In addition, the musical community that developed around the Wormholes was the best on the internet, providing useful, helpful, and worthwhile comments and background, and the thorough and abundant reader links that developed provided an additional treasure trove of musical goodies for all to enjoy. And even that was not all, as it also featured weekly streaming movies of classic (and not-so-classic) sci-fi/horror films, special music archives, and the ubiquitous 'wormholes' with special features not to be missed. I downloaded much from the site, and learned even more, expanding the depth and breadth of the artists I listened to (most of the Miles Davis and John Coltrane and other jazz artists I have came from Willard, and I first learned about artists like Big Star, Jellyfish, The Grays, and Golden Smog, who are now among my very favorites, from Willard's blog). So, yes, I owe Willard's blog and the resulting community quite a lot, as does countless other music fans. Willard's Wormholes is gone, but certainly not forgotten, and it will stand as a model for how truly great a music blog and its community can be. It will surely be missed and likely never replaced, but those of us involved in finding, enjoying, sharing, and spreading music to all interested parties, will continue to do what we can ensure that the music lives on. Here's to you, Willard, Thank You!

For those that want to add their own comments regarding Willard's Wormholes, a couple of blogs of close friends of Willards have established something of tribute pages that you can read and add your comments to, such as Jakartass' Music here and  PowerPop blog here

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Big Star - 1974-03-31 - Performance Center, Cambridge, MA (early show)

Big Star
March 31, 1974
Performance Center, Cambridge, MA

Early show (opening for Badfinger)
Audience recording (mono), good quality
recorded and transferred by Steve Hopkins

OK, here's a show from probably the most legendary obscure band of all-time, Big Star.  Little-known in their day, and quite short-lived in their original incarnation, they have nonetheless risen in stature to be recognized as one of the greatest of all power pop bands and influenced countless other alternative rock and pop bands that followed. Formed in Memphis, TN in 1971 by Alex Chilton & Chris Bell (guitars & vocals), Andy Hummel (bass), and Jody Stephens (drums), and starting when Chilton, hot off his vocalist success with The Box Tops, joined up with Bell and his previous band, Icewater, to form Big Star. Although their first album, #1 Record (1972), received rave reviews (and is now considered one of the great rock records), poor promotion and distribution, and other record company issues (released on Ardent Studios own label, Ardent Records, in conjunction with Stax Records, which was undergoing serious issues at the time), resulted in dismal sales and popularity. Featuring a mix of musical styles, from folksy acoustic numbers to driving rockers, a sharp-edged guitar sound and wonderful melodies, harmonies, and arrangements, they had a unique sound and style. However, failure of that first album lead to group infighting during attempts at a second album, and Bell quit by the end of 1972.  The rest of the band continued as a trio work on the 2nd album, which became Radio City, released in early 1974. But Hummel also quit the band before the album was even released. Radio City also received excellent reviews, and was expected to catapult the band to fame, but suffered the same poor marketing and distribution issues of its predecessor and promptly sank. Even those that wanted and searched for the album found it unattainable. The band toured briefly in 1974 (with John Lightman replacing Hummel), most notably opening for Badfinger in a series of US shows (which is represented in the opening set presented here). Then they started work on a third album near the end of 1974, with Chilton bringing in an assortment of other musicians to help out, and having a much different sound and style, and finishing in early 1975. However, they could not find a record label interested in the album, as it was not considered commercial enough, so the album was indefinitely shelved, and that was essentially the end of the original Big Star. However, in 1978, the first 2 Big Star albums were released together as a double album in the UK, receiving enthusiastic reviews and interest from fans. With this new support, the lost third album, ultimately titled Third/Sister Lovers, was finally released, both in the US and UK. However, by this time, Chilton had moved on to other things, various solo albums, punk bands, etc., and had virtually renounced his Big Star days. Also, around this time, original member Chris Bell tragically died in a car accident. But the Big Star legend was just beginning to grow, and several 80's and 90's bands emerged citing the excellence and influence of Big Star on their music, including REM, The Replacements, The dB's, The Posies, Counting Crows, Gin Blossoms, and countless others. In 1992, Rykodisc reissued their previous albums as well as a new live set from 1974. With the revived interest, Chilton and Stephens decided to re-form the band in 1993, adding Posies members Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow, to do a series of live shows as Big Star. They continued on and off as Big Star over the next several years, even releasing an album of new material (In Space-2005).  Various other live shows, compilations of demos and studio sessions, box sets, and virtually anything the original band ever recorded have been subsequently released over the years, and new generations of Big Star fans continue to find and enjoy the band. Chilton, however, died of a heart attack in 2010. But the band has still lived on in various tributes, all-star assemblages (sometimes billed as Big Star's Third shows), and cover versions.
As stated, this show is their opening set for Badfinger in Cambridge, MA in 1974. It is a good mono audience recording (not great, but overall pretty good) - There are very few decent live Big Star recordings in general, and particularly ones that have not already been commercially released. And this one also illustrates the hard times this band endured in those days. Not only were their records not selling, but as the MC points out at the beginning of the show, Big Star had all their equipment (and their van) stolen shortly before this show, and had to scrounge together some instruments to play for the gig. It's also interesting that Badfinger and Big Star are together on the same bill here. Two of the greatest all-time power pop bands, but also two of the most tragic and hard-luck stories in all of rock and roll (see previous posts for Badfinger's story). But they both made great music. (BTW, I also have posted the full set - for both early and late shows - from Badfinger for this date, available here). So, it's great to now have the full show from both these great bands. Check it out.     

Tracklist:
01. In The Street
02. Baby Strange
03. Mod Lang
04. Candy Says (Velvet Underground cover)
05. ‘Til the End of the Day (Kinks cover)
06. O My Soul
07. Motel Blues
08. Thirteen
09. Way Out West
10. September Gurls
11. Come On Now (Kinks cover)

Alex Chilton - guitar & vocals
John Lightman - bass & vocals
Jody Stephens - drums & vocals

Big Star - 1974-03-31 - Cambrdge,MA(early).rar

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Lossless (FLAC) upgrades for Guess Who shows


More Guess Who-related news. For those that prefer their music files to be Lossless, I've recently upgraded a couple of previously available Guess Who shows with Lossless (FLAC ) versions to provide enhanced sound quality. The previously available mp3 (320 kbps) versions will also continue to be available. Here are the shows that have recently added Lossless files:

guess-who-1974-05-06-st-louis-mo-fm.html

guess-who-1970-10-10-kansas-state.html 

So, although you should already have these shows (if you don't, get them right away), here they are in full Lossless glory, for those that demand such things.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Burton Cummings & Randy Bachman - 1978 (unknown date) - PBS Soundstage TV Show, Chicago, IL

Burton Cummings & Randy Bachman
1978 - (Unknown Date)
Soundstage (PBS TV Show), WTTW Studios, Chicago, IL, USA

FM Broadcast Recording (WXRT-93 FM Simulcast), very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Following on the heels of the recent Guess Who post, here's a broadcast recording from the legendary PBS Soundstage concert TV show from 1978 featuring Burton Cummings & Randy Bachman, together again for the first time since they both left The Guess Who. Of course, Randy infamously left The Guess Who in 1970, shortly after the band scored their biggest success with 'American Woman', whereas Burton stayed to guide the band into the rollicking hitmakers and great Rock 'n Roll Band they were throughout the early '70's. By 1975, after several personnel changes and declining record sales, Burton left and folded up the band, to start a solo career. And Burton's solo career was also very successful (and as with the band itself, especially in Canada), releasing the platinum-selling albums, Burton Cummings (1976), My Own Way to Rock (1977), and Dream of a Child (1978) in rapid succession, as well as hit singles such as, 'Stand Tall', 'I'm Scared', and 'Break it to Them Gently'. This show followed the release of Dream of a Child, which became his biggest-selling album. Thus, at this show, he is at the height of his solo career, and it is clear that he is looking forward and not back to his Guess Who days. In fact, the only Guess Who songs included here are shoehorned into an extended medley of early hits combined with interview segments about the early days of the band. So, it's a very interesting show, especially if you are not that familiar with Burton's solo work. As for Randy, after leaving The Guess Who, he formed Brave Belt, which evolved into Bachman-Turner Overdrive, and a slew of hits of his own through the mid-'70'. But Randy left BTO in 1977, thus at this time, both Burton and Randy were solo, and got together for this combined show (at a time when the other remnants of The Guess Who were also re-forming, but without Cummings and Bachman, who were not interested at the time). But this did not lead directly to further reunion shows, as each went back to their solo careers, but several years later they did get back together for brief Guess Who reunions (most notably, 1983, 1999-2003), as well as further teamings together as The Bachman-Cummings Band and/or Bachman & Cummings (2006-2009). Beyond these get-togethers, Burton has also continued to perform as a solo act, and Bachman has been involved in various BTO reunions. But here check out the combined talents of Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman, still in their prime, in the late '70's.

Tracklist:
01. Your Back Yard
02. Never Had A Lady Before
03. Guess Who medley (Laughing - These Eyes - Undun - American Woman - No Time)
04. Bachman medley (Let It Ride - Lookin' Out For #1 - Hey You)
05. You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
06. dialogue
07. My Own Way To Rock
08. Framed
09. Stand Tall
10. Charlemagne
11. Takin' Care Of Business

mp3 - Burton Cummings & Randy Bachman_1978_PBS Soundstage_Chicago_mp3.rar

FLAC - Burton Cummings & Randy Bachman_1978_PBS Soundstage_Chicago_mp3.rar

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Guess Who - 1973-11-10 - Ontario Motor Speedway, Ontario, CA

The Guess Who
1973-11-10
Ontario Motor Speedway, Ontario, CA

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

Here's another great old Guess Who show that I've only recently acquired in good quality. This was from still in their prime, 1973, while guitarists Kurt Winter and Donnie MacDougall were still with the band, on the tour supporting their 1973 albums (Artificial Paradise and #10), but also featuring a couple new songs that would appear on their subsequent (Road Food-1974) album. By this time, the band was no longer churning out hit singles, but still had solid albums, and their live shows were consistently great, with songs from throughout their career, and featuring the greatest rock vocalist of all time, Burton Cummings, in all his glory.
As I've said before, any decent quality recording of this great band (and there aren't very many) is worth having, sharing, and celebrating, and this one includes a couple songs not heard in many other shows.  Although certainly not a great recording, it's actually pretty good for an audience recording of that time, and certainly very listenable, and the band's performance is a joy. 

Tracklist:
01 - Just Let Me Sing
02 - Bus Rider
03 - Albert Flasher
04 - Undun
05 - Bye Bye Babe
06 - Glamour Boy
07 - Straighten Out
08 - Orly
09 - These Eyes
10 - Star Baby
11 - American Woman
12 - Truckin' Off Across The Sky I
13 - No Sugar Tonight
14 - Truckin' Off Across The Sky II

Burton Cummings - vocals, piano
Kurt Winter - lead guitar
Bill Wallace - bass guitar, vocals
Garry Peterson - drums
Donnie McDougall - guitar, vocals

FLAC - The Guess Who_1973-11-10_Ontario CA_FLAC.rar

mp3 - The Guess Who_1973-11-10_Ontario CA_mp3.rar

Friday, April 14, 2017

Nine Years? Really?



Number 9, Number 9, Number 9....

Well well well, here we are, all the way to year number 9. That's right, it's the 9th anniversary of this little old blog. Another year has come around and its a blog birthday of 9 years now (and counting) for the BB Chronicles. It may not be much, but it is something, and it is mine, and it has survived long after many others have come and gone. OK, so yes, I have slacked off lately and don't post as much or as often as in previous years, but hey, I'm still going, and it's all (most of it anyway) still here available to all. So, after 9 years, several hundred music posts, hundreds of thousands of downloads, and several million pageviews, I'm still here. And what I have put out here is some really quality stuff, all music and artists that I personally enjoy very much, and many of these shows are (or at least were) not readily available elsewhere. I try to provide some background and context to the music and artists, as well as my own commentary, rather than just unadorned music files, to give those new to these artists some perspective and history, to explore the music further. And in that sense I hope that what I have provided here has been useful and worthwhile, as well as musically satisfying. And so, I am somewhat proud of what I have assembled here over these past 9 years, and I hope it has been something that you come back to often and have been introduced to some new music here that you really enjoy, to expand your musical horizons and enjoyment in addition to your music collection.

And once again, as I have each year at this time, I also want to take this time to thank and celebrate all the others out there who have made so much of this great music, which is not available for purchase anywhere, freely available to all who wish to download and enjoy it. I am only able to offer these downloads because others before me have made them available. So, to all the other bloggers, tapers, forum posters, and music fans that have collected these recordings and made them available over the internet, as well as to all the great artists and musicians out there that allow these recordings to be freely exchanged, I offer a huge and heartfelt Thank You. And again, I implore everyone to purchase all the official releases of your favorite artists. The music here serves to supplement, not replace, all of their officially released music. They are supported by fans like us.

I hope to be able to continue this endeavor, albeit primarily in the same sporadic way it has been up to now, for some time to come, but you never know what the future brings. I've made it through some rough patches and am still going, so, should be able to continue a while longer. I very much enjoy doing it, but just have a very limited time I can devote to it. But I will always strive to provide new and interesting content that is generally not readily available from most of the the other music blogs. I do have some pretty interesting stuff planned for the upcoming weeks (new old stuff from fresh artists and blog favorites, and more upgrades of previously posted stuff), so if you've liked some of what I've posted so far, stick around for some more great stuff. As I've said previously, I do wish I could get more comments, feedback, and discussion from you, the readers of this blog. Please, let me know what you think of what is here, provide your own insight and perspective, and some real discussion of some of this great music. I would love to hear and see more from you, if possible. So, for know, I'll just keep things going as they are, and I hope you will stop by occasionally, check it out, and and join me on this journey. Thanks to all.





Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Last Waltz 40 Tour - Warren Haynes, Michael McDonald, Don Was, and Friends - 2017-01-24 - Atlanta, GA

The Last Waltz 40 Tour
(Warren Haynes, Michael McDonald, Don Was, and Friends)
January 24, 2017

Symphony Hall at Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA

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

Here's something I've been meaning to post for awhile now, just haven't gotten to it (sorry for the lack of posts recent weeks). It's Warren Haynes and Friends tribute to the Last Waltz, and their Last Waltz 40 Tour. This began as a one-time tribute show last year, and was so successful they announced a tour scheduled for select cities in January and February, 2017. Well those were also a success, so more recently they announced a second leg of the tour, which is currently playing now in selected US cities throughout April and May. And as part of this current leg of the the tour, original Band member Garth Hudson will be joining in for some of the shows. But this is from the first leg, in January (if any shows from the current leg with Garth become available, I'll try to post that as well). Of course, I've previously presented much from the Band (including the full Last Waltz show here), and another 40-year tribute show from last year (Midnight Ramble Band available here), so here now is Warren's assemblage of friends and musicians honoring the legacy of the Band and that iconic show from 1976 with a whole new interpretation with current talented musicians, but still featuring the classic style and sound of the original Band. Check it out, and if the tour stops near where you live, may be worth checking out live.

Set I
01 Up On Cripple Creek
02 Shape I’m In
03 Stage Fright
04 Georgia On My Mind
05 Life Is A Carnival
06 It Makes No Difference
07 South In New Orleans
08 Wheels On Fire
09 Who Do You Love*
10 King Harvest
11 The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

Set II
01 Chest Fever
02 Ophelia >
03 Caravan
04 Helpless
05 Mystery Train
06 Rag Mama Rag*
07 Mannish Boy
08 Caledonia Mission**
09 Forever Young**
10 The Weight
11 I Shall Be Released
-encore-
12 Such A Night
13 Don’t Do It

Warren Haynes - guitar, vocals
Michael McDonald - keys, vocals
Jamey Johnson - guitar, vocals
John Medeski - organ, keys
Don Was - bass
Terrence Higgins - drums
Mark Mullins and The Levee Horns
with
Dave Malone - guitar, vocals * (s1t08-09, s2t06)
Bob Margolin - guitar, vocals ** (s2t08-09)

FLAC - Last Waltz 40 Tour_2017-01-24_Atlanta_FLAC.part1.rar
            Last Waltz 40 Tour_2017-01-24_Atlanta_FLAC.part2.rar

mp3 - Last Waltz 40 Tour_2017-01-24_Atlanta_mp3.part1.rar
          Last Waltz 40 Tour_2017-01-24_Atlanta_mp3.part2.rar


Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Head and The Heart - 2014-08-10 - Hollywood Bowl, Los Anfeles, CA

The Head and The Heart
August 10, 2014
Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA

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

Here's more from The Head and The Heart. This one from a couple years later, and after release of their 2nd album, Let's Be Still (2013). So, this features some of the new songs from that album, in addition to those from their first. Great folk-rock sound from the band and a very nice show. Also included are a couple bonus tracks from their acoustic set at the Mountain Stage Festival in Charleston, WV earlier that same year. Enjoy.

Tracklist:
01 Intro
02 Coeur D’Alene
03 Homecoming Heroes
04 Ghosts
05 Another Story
06 Honey Come Home
07 Let’s Be Still
08 Winter Song
09 Lost In My Mind
10 Shake
11 10,000 Weight In Gold
12 Sounds Like Hallelujah
13 Down in the Valley
14 Rivers and Roads
Bonus tracks:
2014-06-01 - Mountain Stage, Charleston, WV (acoustic set). FM broadcast recording
B01. No One to Let You Down
B02. Fire/Fear


FLAC - Head and The Heart_2014-08-10_HollywoodBowl_FLAC.rar
 
mp3 - Head and The Heart_2014-08-10_HollywoodBowl_mp3.rar


Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Head and The Heart - 2012-08-03 - Lollapalooza Festival, Grant Park, Chicago, IL

The Head and the Heart
August 03, 2012
Lollapalooza Festival, Grant Park, Chicago, IL

Soundboard recording, very good quality
Mp3 @ 256 kbps

Just saw The Head and The Heart live in concert last week, with my daughter (currently her favorite band). Great show. So thought I'd post some shows from them. Unfortunately, I don't have any shows from their current Signs of Light Tour, but here is a great sounding recording from earlier in their career, touring following their first album (self-titled). The Head and The Heart are an Indie Folk/Rock band from Seattle, WA, formed in 2009 and signed to Sub Pop Records in 2010. Their following and popularity has steadily grown with each of their 3 released albums, culminating with their most recent (Signs of Light - 2016). Check out this concert from their earlier days, gaining popularity with this appearance at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago.

Tracklist:
01. Cats & Dogs
02. Coeur d'Alene
03. Ghosts
04. Honey Come Home
05. Gone
06. Heaven Go easy On Me
07. Lost In My Mind
08. Winter Song
09. When I Fall Asleep
10. Sounds Like Hallelujah
11. Down in the Valley
12. Rivers & Roads

Josiah Johnson (vocals, guitar, percussion)
Jonathan Russell (vocals, guitar, percussion)
Charity Rose Thielen (violin, vocals)
Chris Zasche (bass)
Kenny Hensley (piano)
Tyler Williams (drums)

The Head and The Heart_2012-08-03_Lollapalooza-Chicago.rar

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Gin Blossoms - 2003-01-24 - Canyon Club, Agoura Hills, CA

Gin Blossoms
2003-01-24
Canyon Club, Agoura Hills, CA

Soundboard Recording, Excellent quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Continuing with the Gin Blossoms: Despite a very successful 2nd album (Congratulations I'm Sorry-1996) and subsequent tour, the band broke up in 1997 to go their separate ways. However, after a few one-off reunion appearances in 2001, the band decided to get back together for good in 2002, and started touring again. And basically, the band has been together ever since, including releasing new albums in 2005 (Major Lodge Victory) and 2010 (No Chocolate Cake), and a live album in 2009. And other than a somewhat frequent turnover of drummers (Spinal Tap Curse?), the core of the band (Robin Wilson, Scotty Johnson, Jesse Valenzuela, Bill Leen) has stayed the same since 1992. Here's a great-sounding show from their 2003 reunion tour.

Tracklist:
01)  Follow You Down 4:59
02)  Mrs. Rita  4:17
03)  Hands Are Tied  3:20
04)  Competition Smile  4:45
05)  Seeing Stars  3:44
06)  Cajun Song  5:22
07)  Idiot Summer  4:58
08)  Day Job  4:34
09)  As Long As It Matters  5:19
10)  Just South of Nowhere 3:50
11)  Lost Horizons  3:58
12)  Pieces of the Night 5:14
13)  Found Out About You  4:04
14)  Hold Me Down   5:30
15)  Until I Fall Away  4:42
16)  Til I Hear It From You  4:25
17)  Allison Road  3:49
18)  Hey Jealousy  7:00
19)  Rocket Man  5:21
Bonus tracks (2002-06-13 - Ribfest, Cincinnati, OH
20) Keli Richards
21) Dinosaur
22) I Need to Know (Petty)
23. Mid-Western Folk Song

Lineup:
Scott Johnson - Guitars
Scott Kusmirek - Drums
Bill Leen - Bass
Jesse Valenzuela - Guitars/Vocals
Robin Wilson - Vocals

 mp3 - Gin Blossoms_2003-01-24_AgouraHillsCA_mp3.part1.rar
Gin Blossoms_2003-01-24_AgouraHillsCA_mp3.part2.rar

FLAC - Gin Blossoms_2003-01-24_AgouraHillsCA_FLAC.rar
 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Gin Blossoms - 1996-03-18 - Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

Gin Blossoms
March 18th, 1996.
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

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


Continuing with the Gin Blossoms, they followed up their multi-platinum debut album (New Miserable Experience-1992) with a non-album single ('Til I Hear It From You'), from the Empire Records film soundtrack in 1995, and their 2nd major album, Congratulations... I'm Sorry in 1996, as well as a major tour in 1996. The title of the album made reference to how they were often greeted in the aftermath of their breakthrough album (Congratulations - for their recent success, I'm Sorry-for the loss of their friend and former guitarist-songwriter, Doug Hopkins, who tragically killed himself near the end of 1994). Their subsequent songs proved, however, that Hopkins wasn't the only talented songwriter in the group, and Congratulations continued in a similar style as their first album, spawned additional hits (notably 'Found Out About You'), and was also a major success (Platinum status). This show comes from their extensive 1996 tour supporting the album, which puts the new album front and center, featuring virtually all of their new songs (entire Congratulations album and 'Til I Hear It From You'), half a dozen older songs, and a cover or two (such as Tom Petty's 'I Need to Know'). As this is a Pre-FM recording for radio broadcast it features excellent sound quality. A few tracks from an acoustic session in New York are thrown in as bonus tracks to round out the set. A great show from Gin Blossoms. 

Tracklist:
Disc One: (45:50)
01. Highwire 2:39
02. Day Job 4:03
03. Til I Hear It From You 4:15
04. My Car 4:25
05. Virginia 4:00
06. Whitewash 3:51
07. Not Only Numb 3:02
08. Found Out About You 4:05
09. I Can't Figure You Out 3:06
10. Memphis Time 3:25
11. Perfectly Still 4:13
12. Hold Me Down 4:46

Disc Two: (38:59)
01. Mrs. Rita 4:21
02. As Long As It Matters 4:32
03. Hands Are Tied 3:04
04. Hey Jealousy 4:01
05. Follow You Down 4:27
06. Flaming Moe's (from The Simpsons) 0:47
07. Competition Smile 3:38
08. I Need to Know (Tom Petty cover) 2:43
09. Allison Road 3:21
Bonus tracks: From 1996-02-09, New York City, Acoustic Session
10. Til I Hear It From You 3:50
11. As Long As It Matters 4:18
12. Competition Smile 3:28

FLAC - Gin Blossoms_1996-03-18_DuquesneU_Pittsburgh_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Gin Blossoms_1996-03-18_DuquesneU_Pittsburgh_mp3.rar

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Gin Blossoms - 1993-04-22 - The Metro - Chicago, IL (FM)

Gin Blossoms
1993-04-02
The Metro, Chicago, IL

FM Broadcsast (WXRT) recording, very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Here's the Gin Blossoms with some classic 90's power pop/rock. Hard to believe I haven't posted any 'Blossoms before this, as they are pivotal  to and fit right in with much of the other power pop type bands I listen to and have posted previously. They have a great unique sound and style that takes you back to those days in the early nineties. So here is the start of multiple Gin Blossoms posts. Gin Blossoms formed in Tempe, AZ in the late '80's, played locally around AZ for a few years, gaining popularity, until they attracted the attention of a major label, and signed with A&M in 1990. After some initial difficulty in recording their first major label album, resulting in release of an EP instead (Up and Crumbling-1991), they finally released their now classic first album New Miserable Experience in 1992, but not without additional problems. Lead guitarist and principal songwriter Doug Hopkins' struggles with alcoholism and self-destructive behavior was increasingly out of control, and the band was forced to fire him shortly after the album was finished. Now the band fully recognized that the strength of Doug's songs (He wrote 'Hey Jealousy' and 'Found Out About You', the bands first and biggest hits) is what got them their contract, but they couldn't continue with him, so he was out (unable to manage his drinking and depression, Hopkins killed himself in December 1993). Although not a hit right away, the album slowly gained momentum (on the strength of 'Hey Jealousy', follow-up singles, and successful touring) until it eventually became a huge hit by 1994, selling over 4 million albums. This show comes from early in their 1993 tour (actually before 'Hey Jealousy' was even released as a single), and shows their energetic style, sound, and performance abilities well. This comes from a WXRT FM broadcast, so boasts excellent sound quality. I've included a bonus track ('Idiot Summer') from a different date. Although this song was played at the Chicago show, it was not included in the radio broadcast (it also later was featured in the film Wayne's World 2), but here it is anyway. A condensed version of this show is featured on a widely distributed bootleg entitled In Bloom (containing part of this show with part of the Solano Beach CA show), but here is the complete radio broadcast of the Chicago show. 

Tracklist:
01. Hold Me Down 4:06>
02. What 4:23
03. Hands are Tied 3:15
04. Cajun Song 3:01
05. 29 3:54
06. Until I Fall Away 3:20
07. Everywhere 4:09
08. Just South of Nowhere 3:20
09. Soul Deep 3:06
10. Cheatin' 3:52
11. Mrs. Rita 4:20
12. Allison Road 3:31
13. Hey Jealousy 4:12
14. My Biggest Date 3:18
15. Weeds 5:57
Bonus track:
16. Idiot Summer (1993, Solano Beach, CA) (mp3 only)

FLAC - Gin Blossoms_1993-04-22_Chicago_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Gin Blossoms_1993-04-22_Chicago_mp3.rar