Friday, June 21

Deacon Blue - Tokyo, Japan 1993 (sbd)

Club Quatro
Tokyo, Japan
April 30, 1993  
soundboard recording (quality: Ex-) 

SAMPLE: "Your Swaying Arms" (live in Tokyo 1993)

01 Your Town
02 Hang Your Head
03 Cut Lip
04 Your Swaying Arms
05 Real Gone Kid
06 Wages Day
07 The Day That Jackie
     Jumped the Jail
08 Cover from the Sky
09 Love and Regret
10 The Wildness 
     (with Angeliou) 
11 Born In a Storm
12 Ragman
13 Circus Lights
14 Only Tender Love
15 Fall So Freely Down
16 Raintown
17 Bethlehem's Gate
18 pre-encore break
19 Twist and Shout
20 All Over the World
21 Chocolate Girl (with My Girl)
22 Dignity
ROB SEZ: My hunch is Ricky Ross & Co. did some trawling through the archives a few years ago when they were putting together the deluxe reissues of their earlier albums, and found some gems. Here's one: a soundboard recording from the band's live tour after releasing Whatever You Say, Say Nothing — an under-appreciated album if I've ever heard one. By then, the band were being accused of artlessly apeing INXS & U2 — a shallow criticism that overlooked some fantastic songs & amazing live work. Enjoy.

(lossy source, so no FLAC this time)
Learn more about Deacon Blue's music at AllMusic 

Friday, June 14

Ricky Ross - Live in 2000 (sbd) + bonus

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
March 2, 2000
Shepherd's Bush Empire, London
March 3, 2000
soundboard recordings (quality: VG++)
SAMPLE: "London Comes Alive" (Live 2000)

01 Threatening Rain*
02 The Undeveloped Heart
03 Away*
04 Icarus
05 London Comes Alive
06 Blue Horse*
07 Rosie Gordon Lies So Still* 
08 When Sinners Fall*
09 The Further North You Go
10 Ash Wednesday
11 James Joyce Soles*
12 Bethlehem's Gate
13 Cold Easter + What You Are*
14 This Is the Life*
15 A Love Like Yours
16 Good Evening Philadelphia

     *London 2000-03-03, rest are Liverpool 2000-03-02

ROB SEZ: Yes — THAT Ricky Ross: frontman for Deacon Blue, the Scottish band many have loved to hate over the group's many years. But I have to hand it to Ross, who has an undeniable knack for crafting catchy, heart-felt songs that have something to say beyond the usual pop blather. His solo work is less well known, so here's a selection from two shows he performed with a backing band in 2000. The recordings come courtesy of Steve at the impressive Circus Lights fan site, dedicated to documenting all of Ross' musical endeavors. Check the usual place for this week's mystery bonus share.

Ross' latest solo album: Short Stories Vol. 1

Friday, June 7

R. E. M. + Let's Active - One Night in Charlotte 1982

Let's Active
Viceroy Park
Charlotte, N.C.
Jan. 23, 1982

audience recording (sound quality VG to VG+; from best available, first-generation tape source; club show with a typical amount of chatter near the taper)

MITCHELL BLAKE (right), John Michael, Michael Edward & Peter Lawrence in 1982 

01 Single File  
02 I'm Sorry  
03 Safety In Numbers  
04 Counting Down 
05 Out of Sight, Out of Mind
06 Prying Eyes  
07 Dirty Reasons  
08 We Do the What If  
09 title unknown 
10 Make Up With Me  
11 Law of Averages 

TT: 38:12 mins.

MANY, MANY THANKS to kneesfudd for the analogue-to-digital transfer & generous sharing. Thanks also to the original taper & trader. One of Let's Active's first public shows, and the earliest-known live recording. 

Let's Active:
Mitchell Blake Easter - guitars, vocals
Faye Elizabeth Hunter (RIP) - bass
Sara Teresa Romweber
 (RIP) - drums

R. E. M. 
Viceroy Park
Charlotte, N.C.
Jan. 23, 1982

audience recording (sound quality VG to VG+; sounds like same tape source as the Let’s Active set; see above comments)

01 Ages of You
02 Catapult
03 Shaking Through
04 Laughing
05 Romance
06 Sitting Still
07 Permanent Vacation
08 Pretty Persuasion
09 That Beat
10 Gardening at Night
11 9-9
12 1,000,000
13 Wolves, Lower
14 Radio Free Europe

15 White Tornado 
16 Stumble
17 Ghost Riders In the Sky

TT: 1:1:04

Repaired & remastered by kneesfudd. MUCHAS GRACIAS to him and the original taper & trader, tomcannon.

R. E. M.:
John Michael Stipe - lead vocals
Peter Lawrence Buck - electric guitar
Michael Edward Mills - electric bass, backing vocals
William Thomas Berry - drums, percussion, backing vocals

Friday, May 31

Mutton Birds - Auckland, NZ 2012 (webstream)

King's Arms Tavern 
Auckland, New Zealand
Feb. 2012
(exact date unknown)

webstream capture (sound quality: Ex-)

SAMPLE: "Dominion Road" (Auckland 2012)

01 Envy of Angels
Don & Co. played here in 2012, but the pub closed in 2018
02 Dominion Road
03 Ngaire
04 A Thing Well Made
05 Too Close to the Sun 
06 band intros
07 Queen's English
08 Nature (audience participation)
09 Anchor Me

ROB SEZ: There was ZERO response to the very cool Mutton Birds post I shared recently. What's a dedicated blogger to do? POST MORE of the same ... until there's a comment one way or the other, of course. Here’s a great hometown show from the band's very brief reunion tour in 2012. Radio New Zealand recorded and shared part of the show, for which I am grateful. I'm especially grateful RNZ did such a quality job with the recording & mixing. This sounds amazing for a webstream capture ... if I do say so myself. Please enjoy.

The Mutton Birds:
Don McGlashan – vocals, guitar, euphonium  
Alan Gregg – bass, vocals 
David Long - guitar
Ross Burge - drums 


Friday, May 17

LX Chilton - Chapel Hill, NC 1987 + bonus

Cat's Cradle
Chapel Hill, NC
Nov. 17, 1987
soundboard recording (quality Ex-; from first-generation tape)

OLYMPIC MEDALS to TG for recording and to dB’s Fan for sharing so generously.
To my knowledge, this blog is the only source for this recording.

01 Tee Ni Nee Ni Noo (cuts in)
02 In the Street
03 Rock Hard
04 B-A-B-Y
05 Thing for You
06 Make a Little Love
07 Volaré
08 Thank You, John
09 Disco Lady
10 Lost My Job
11 Bangkok
12 Goldfinger
13 September Gurls
14 Come By Here
15 Little G.T.O.
16 No Sex
17 Take It Off
18 LX reads Dalai Lama news item
19 Dalai Lama

Most of these are covers; you’ll find the names of song composers in the comment tag for each file

Mountain Stage Radio Show
Charleston, WV
Feb. 9, 1992 
FM capture (sound quality VG++; from 2nd-generation tape)

01 Tee Ni Nee Ni Noo
02 Single Again
03 I Will Turn Your Money Green

A NOTE: The song “Guantan Amerika” was played next-to-last, but saw official release on one of the Mountain Stage live compilation CDs, so is not included here.

ANOTHER NOTE:  If you omit the (admittedly pretty funny) track 18 of LX reading the news clipping about the Dalai Lama, all the rest of the tracks will fit onto 1 CD-R.

WAV lossless files


Alex  Chilton Trio:
Alex  Chilton – vocals, guitar
Doug Garrison – drums
Ron Easley – bass, vocals

From Memphis to New Orleans
Songs from Robin Hood Lane


There's plenty more where this came from. Just use the Artists/Groups navigation column on the right...

Friday, May 10

Mutton Birds - Manchester, UK 1999 (sbd)

Band On the Wall pub 
Manchester, UK
Feb. 14, 1999
soundboard recording (quality: Ex-; source: CD rip)
SAMPLE: "While You Sleep" (live 1999)


ROB SEZ: Here's an "authorized bootleg" that was available exclusively from the band for a few years. AllMusic says it's a 4-star album. It's very hard to come by these days, and I thought 20 years would be a long enough wait before sharing it. I had some minor flooding in my music storage area recently, and salvaged the CD from the mess, which explains the odd stainage visible on the rear of the cardboard sleeve. My ears thought Sam Gibson's original mix had Don McGlashan's voice too low, so I added compression (one pass) to raise the volume of the vocals. Devoted Mutton Birds fans probably have this one already, but here it is for everyone else. (There's also a mystery bonus share hiding in plain sight.) Cheers & enjoy.



Friday, May 3

Holsapple-Stamey - Maxwell's, Hoboken, N.J. 1991

Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey
Hoboken, N.J. 
1991 (perhaps Nov. 9)
audience recording (quality: VG; a solid recording without excessive crowd noise)

01 intro + Lord of the Manor
02 Geometry
03 Here Without You (Gene Clark cover)
04 Haven't Got the Right
05 Storm Warning (dB's song)
06 I Know You Will
07 Lovers Rock
08 She Was the One
09 The Company of Light (Chris Stamey song)
10 Taken
11 Part of Me
12 The Child In You
13 I Want to Break Your Heart
14 Angels
15 Do You Believe In Magic? 
       (Lovin' Spoonful cover)
16 Darby Hall (dB's song)
17 You Don't Miss Your Water 
       (Wm. Bell cover)
18 Today Could Be the Day (dB's song)
19 From a Window to a Screen 
       (dB's song)
20 Something Came Over Me 
       (Chris Stamey song)

ROB SEZ: A show that's new to the blog. I think we needed more of that Holsapple-Stamey vibe at the blog, so here 'tis. A show from Peter & Chris' duo tour following the release of Mavericks. This recording didn't get posted in the earlier years of the blog because I could never identify the exact date or who to thank. A VERY LARGE THANKS to the taper & sharer(s). Thanks also to Fantom, whose research suggests the show might have happened on Nov. 9, 1991. Please enjoy.

Chris Stamey - vocals & guitar
Peter Holsapple – vocals & guitar
Alan Bezozi – drums, percussion
Ilene Markell - bass
Dave Schramm - guitar

Friday, April 19

Cotton Mather - In the USSR + Back In the USA (Live 2017 + 2019)

St. Petersburg, Russia  
July 2, 2017
(opening for The Aquarium)

audience recording (sound quality VG; taper was near the stage and, judging by the results, must have used high-quality equipment)

SAMPLE: "Never Be It" (live in St. Petersburg 2017)

Cotton Mather opened for Russia's legendary Aquarium
01 Wheels
02 Robert speaks
03 High Society
04 It's Better Not to 
     Be the King
05 Life of a Liar
06 Never Be It
07 Spin My Wheels
08 My Before and After
09 The Cotton Mather Pledge
10 Fighting Through
11 Candy Lilac
12 Close to the Sun
13 Girl With a Blue Guitar
14 The Book of 
     Too Late Changes
15 Life of a Liar
        (live on Nevsky Ave. July 4th)
Cotton Mather, on the streets of St. Petersburg,
Russia, playing on borrowed equipment
Austin, TX
April 10, 2019
'Texas Radio Live' broadcast

preFM source (sound quality: VG++; this was a webstream capture, so the FLAC version offered below is a lossless recording of a lossy source)
01 High Society
02 Better Than a Hit
03 California
04 Mighty Girl
Gotta love Robert's willingness to attack his guitar
05 Girl with a Blue Guitar 
06 Homefront Cameo
07 Candy Lilac
08 Close to the Sun
09 band intros
10 It's Better Not to 
     Be the King
11 Never Be It
12 RH speaks, song intro
13 Vegetable Row
14 Sun Radio outro
15 Sun Radio interview

ROB SEZ: I'm taking a break from re-posts this week to bring you the ab fab Cotton Mather. In case you're not familiar, Robert Harrison's band plays his rock-pop confections, influenced by the artists & sounds we love: Beatles, Kinks, Who, Squeeze, Elvis Costello — but certainly not the "slavish imitation" variety no ones needs to hear. Harrison's songs are inventive, tuneful, lyrically thoughtful, and engagingly performed. Between these two performances, I prefer the first — even though the second has better sound quality. Must've been something about Cotton Mather opening for Russia's legendary The Aquarium in front of thousands that brought out an extra spark. The very recent hometown show in Austin inspired a solid, but at times workman-like performance. MEGA THANKS to Andre Minaev for the St. Petersburg recording and to Sun Radio for broadcasting the Austin show, which I streamed and recorded in real time. The blog will take an Easter break next Friday and be back the following. 
Happy Holidays / Happy Spring / happy vacation time to all
Young Life & Other Mysteries, Cotton Mather's latest collection, can only be had via the band's Patreon monthly subscription service. But it's well worth the modest amount of money to obtain exclusive songs, videos and posts by Robert Harrison (the above is an actual CD in a cardboard sleeve) There might also still be a few copies of the band's early, rare Crafty Flower Arranger mini album left, also available only through Patreon. 
FLAC (Austin show in lossless; St. Pete show = MP3@320)