Friday, June 15

Peter Blegvad (& friends) - Brooklyn Heights, NY 1992 (FM)

 Here's a gem of a concert by a friend of Chris, Peter and Syd Straw. 
If you've never heard of Peter Blegvad, you're in for a New Music Find treat. 
To my ears, he's something like an American version of Robyn Hitchcock crossed with 
a more melodically-minded Bob Dylan. 
I think this is one of the coolest shows I've shared here so far. 
Leave a comment to let me know what you think of it...
with Peter Holsapple & Syd Straw
St. Ann’s Church
Brooklyn Heights, NY
March 14, 1992
FM broadcast (sound quality Ex-; off-air recording, 1st generation tape)
St. Ann's, Brooklyn Heights: Church? Concert hall? Both! 
photo by shehasnostrings via Flickr
BIG HEAPIN' THANKS to the taper who kindly shared his master cassette with me. Embarrassed to say I've lost your name after a trashed email cache, but you know who you are...

01 Powers In the Air
02 The Incinerator (aka "Perfect Strangers")
03 Animated Doll
04 How Beautiful You Are
05 Real Slap In the Face
06 Meteor
07 Chicken
08 Driver's Seat
09 Meet the Rain*
10 Last Man*
11 Meantime
12 Swim
13 (thank-you's, etc.)
14 Stranger to Myself
15 Karen*
16 Shirt and Comb (at end of song, had to do fade out & fade in b/c of abrupt cut)
17 Northern Lights*
18 King Strut
19 On Obsession (duet with PH)
20 Gold
21 (Something Else Is) Working Harder


Alt. Link (Disc 1)
Alt. Link (Disc 2)

Peter Blegvad is a musician, illustrator & cartoonist  
photo by blacque_jacques via Flickr

Peter Blegvad - vocals, guitar
Dave Hofstra - bass
Dave Schramm - guitar
Peter Holsapple – guitar, squeezebox, mandolin (?), keyboard, vocals
*Syd Straw - vocals


More info about Peter Blegvad's music can be found at AllMusic and John Relph's beautifully-detailed discography. I heard about him because of the Chris & Peter connection, and I've since bought several of his excellent albums, such as:
Chris Stamey produced this one & Peter H plays on many tracks
I get the feeling Peter Blegvad has been friends with Chris and Peter H for some time, but I don't know how they met, etc. Chris produced Peter B's wonderful King Strut & Other Stories album (mentioned in the above concert since many of the songs come from this album). Peter H did his multi-instrumentalist thing on several of its tracks. Sadly, King Strut is now difficult to find at a reasonable price in any format. Some benevolent music label honcho: please get this one back in print for the discerning music lovers of the world!



  1. A wonderful thing of great beauty and worth ..thanks

  2. Thanks for posting this. Choices Under Pressure is another Peter Blegvad must. It has some of the material from King Strut & Other Stories, but in different versions.

    1. You're most welcome.

      Yes, I second your vote for Choices; perhaps my 2nd favorite after King Strut. Just Woke Up is up there, too...


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