Friday, August 23

The Plimsouls - Ventura, CA 1995 + Tour Rehearsals

Ventura Theatre
Ventura, CA
Aug. 31, 1995

audience recording (sound quality VG+; from taper’s DAT master, nice sound, which improves after first two songs; virtually no distracting crowd noise)

BIG CALIFORNIA THANKS to Zoobar and BoulderBurn for sharing so generously!

EVERYONE should know The Plimsouls and their awesome music.

SAMPLE: "Feeling Strange" (Ventura '95)

D1-01 Kool Trash
D1-02 How Long Will It Take?
D1-03 Makin' Time
D1-04 Oldest Story In the World
D1-05 Playing With Jack
D1-06 Great Big World
D1-07 Hush Hush
D1-08 Feeling Strange
D1-09 Down
D1-10 Nickels and Dimes
D1-11 Zero Hour
D1-12 Twelve O'Clock Midnight
D1-13 Lost
D1-14 Pile Up
D1-15 Hobo
D1-16 Glory
D1-17 I'll Get Lucky
D1-18 Without Love

D2-01 A Million Miles Away
D2-02 'Til the End of the Day
D2-03 Come On Now

‘Kool Trash’ Tour Rehearsals
Hollywood, CA
June 8, 1995

soundboard recording (sound quality Ex-)

D2-04 Pile Up
D2-05 Down
D2-06 Twelve O'Clock Midnight
D2-07 Feeling Strange
D2-08 Lost
D2-09 Kool Trash

TT (both discs): 1:50:36

The Plimsouls:
Peter Case – guitar, vocals
David Pahoa – bass, vocals
Eddie Munoz - guitar
Clem Burke – drums

 More Plimsouls can be found
at THIS earlier post

Friday, August 16

Sam Phillips - Los Angeles, CA 1991 + bonus 1989

Wiltern Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
June 4, 1991

audience recording (sound quality VG+; full, satisfying sound; little bit of crowd chatter here and there, but nothing too distracting; also a few very brief anomalies that sound like the taper adjusting the mics)
At the time of this show, Sam’s current album was Cruel Inventions.
Bill Rogers created this graphic based on the album’s cover image.
SAMPLE: "Cruel Inventions" (LA 1991) 
01 Go Down
02 Now I Can't Find the Door
03 Standing Still
04 Tripping Over Gravity
05 Cruel Inventions
06 Flame
07 Raised On Promises
08 Lying
09 Trying to Hold On to the Earth
10 These Boots Are Made for Walkin'
Musicians (educated guess re: who played what):
Sam Phillips - vocals, guitar 
Michael Blair - percussion 
Rick Boston - guitar 
T-Bone Burnett (aka "Ogden Nashville") - additional guitar 
Denny Fongheiser - drums Mark Hart - keyboard 
Eric Presley - bass  

Sam was opening for Elvis Costello, who had a 6-night run of shows in 1991, at the Wiltern in L.A. (May 28 & 29, June 3 & 4) and the Greek Theatre in Berkeley (May 31 and June 1). Being the final night of the series, you can hear Sam's confidence and the musical assuredness of the band. Listen to the gorgeous arrangements, some of which are creative variations on the album versions (not to mention the hilariously sardonic between-song commentary by Sam…).  
Sam Phillips
Boulder's Cover
Boulder, CO
April 1989 (exact date unknown)

FM recording (sound quality VG++; would have graded this Ex- but some recurrent vocal distortion earns it a lower rating [it doesn't ruin the listening experience by any means, but some of you will notice it]). I'm guessing this is a radio broadcast of a concert that featured more music, but perhaps this is all that was transmitted or taped…

Sam is so photogenic that Hollywood came calling, and cast her in one of the "Die Hard" movies back in the 1990s —   as a terrorist!  

01 I Don't Want to Fall In Love
02 The Turning
03 What You Don't Want to Hear
04 Libera Me
05 Carry You
06 Remorse
07 Raised on Promises
08 Flame
09 Trying to Hold On to the Earth
10 Down
11 No One But You
12 These Boots Are Made for Walkin'  

This show captures Sam Phillips during a career transition, featuring mostly songs from The Turning (her final "Christian" album under the name Leslie Phillips) and The Indescribable Wow (her first on a "secular" label as Sam Phillips). Both were produced by T-Bone Burnett, whom she married between the recording of the two albums. Apparently, Sam really digs that ol' Nancy Sinatra tune...

Sam Phillips - vocals (and guitar?)
Jeff Campbell - guitar
Michito Sanchez - percussion & drums
David Miner - bass "…and everything else"

Sam's latest fab album is
Push Any Button

Buy it in various formats directly from the artist.
Learn more about the music of Sam Phillips
at her web site &/or AllMusic  

Friday, August 2

Letch Actively - Winston-Salem 1985 (F.H. memorial)

Reynolds High School Auditorium
Winston-Salem, NC
Feb. 12, 1985
Faye Hunter memorial post

audience recording (sound quality VG; good-sounding show with virtually no distracting crowd noise; vocals sound a bit distant at times)

Highlight: it’s the ultimate hometown show & venue: Winston-Salem is where Mitch & Faye grew up and both are graduates of Reynolds High School.  

Feel the enthusiasm of the band and listen 
to the sound of the adoring crowd.

Mitch & Faye are in the middle — the two with “the hair”
Also pictured (L-R): Chris Stamey, Ted Lyons, Will Rigby, Peter Holsapple & Gene Holder 
SAMPLE: "Every Word Means No" (W-S 85)

Faye on bass, in the band's early days
photo by The News & Observer (Raleigh)
01 instrumental (possibly The Ventures)
02 Co-Star
03 Easy Does
04 Ring True
05 In Between
06 Edge of the World
07 Ornamental
08 Flags for Everything
09 Prey
10 Whispered News
11 Grey Scale
12 Room With a View
13 Every Word Means No
14 Waters Part
15 Blue Line (instrum.)
16 Shakin' Street (MC5 cover)
17 I Won't Let It 'Appen Agen (Slade cover)

TT: 59:31

Faye Hunter, R.I.P.
EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS to dB’s Fan, not only for sharing yet another great show, but also for appreciating the special qualities that Faye Hunter brought to Letch Actively. "It just wasn't the same after Faye left," he told me, echoing the sentiments of many fans.

Letch Actively:
Faye Hunter – bass, vocals
Mick Ersatz – guitars, vocals
Jay Peck – drums
Tim Lee – keyboards, guitar

BONUSPromo radio interview from 1983, featuring Mitch and Faye
An 8-part interview with the original L.A. lineup, after the release of the Afoot EP and before Cypress. (Mitch & Faye do most of the talking; about 19 mins.) Yet more thanks to dB's Fan for this one.

MP3@320  (bonus interview = 192 kbps)