Friday, November 13

Winter Hours - Soundcloud Rarities Collection

Soundcloud Rarities (live + studio recordings)

various venues, dates, sources
collected & shared by Michael Carlucci, R.I.P.

sound quality rage: VG to VG++ (soundboard, FM & audience recordings)
Michael Carlucci (R.I.P. — far right) was songwriter & guitarist for Winter Hours

ROB SEZ: Blog friends brought news that Winter Hours' songwriter and guitarist Michael Carlucci recently died unexpectedly from heart failure. (Winter Hours is yet another 1980s band that made quality guitar rock & pop that went largely unheard.) Before his death, Michael uploaded a nice set of rarities and live tracks to Soundcloud. To that collection I've added two tracks from what may have been one of Michael's last public performances, an acoustic show from March 2015 with other New Jersey indie music luminaries, including two members of The Feelies. 

Winter Hours: unfairly accused of being an R.E.M. clone
photo by Elliot Landy
01 Island of Jewels
       (live in studio)
02 Time of the Season
03 Faded Pictures (live)
04 Roll In the Ivey (live)
05 Jane September
06 Bus Stop
07 Churches (alt. version)
08 Up There Again (live)
09 One Small Achievement
10 Rise (live)
11 Island of Jewels (live)
12 Last Drop (instrum.)
13 Top of the Stairs
      (acoustic live 2015)* 
14 Hyacinth Girl
      (acoustic live 2015)

#13 & 14 = "Song Swap" rec. Rock n Joe, Millburn, NJ. 2015-03-07; acoustic show with Glenn Mercer, Dave Weckerman, Matthew Davis & Michael Carlucci (THANK YOU Joe Noel)

*Matthew Davis, additional vocals

Winter Hours:
Joseph Marques - vocals
Michael Carlucci - guitar
Bob Perry - guitar, vocals 
Bob Messing - bass
Stanley Demeski - drums

(other drummers for the band were John Albanese, 
Frank Fiannini & Dave Scheff)

Cruise over to Wilfully Obscure, where spavid has posted a great-sounding live set from Winter Hours for your enjoyment (avail. in lossless) 

Learn more about the music of Winter Hours at AllMusic and Three Dimes Down


  1. Thank you so much for this. Never saw them live, but "Hyacinth Girl" was the favorite song of my late wife and I during the time when it was THE summer song of Boston. That song is definitely in the Top 10 of most played in our household. Pleased and not surprised to see that what Michael uploaded includes two versions of "Island of Jewels." The studio version has one of my most favorite guitar solos. Thanks again.

    1. So glad you're enjoying these, Bruce. "Hyacinth Girl" is one for the ages...


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