Friday, April 28

Flamin' Groovies - Stuttgart 1987 + Paris 2015

Stuttgart, Germany
Oct. 12, 1987

audience recording (sound quality VG to VG+; there's some occasional vocal distortion & early sound adjustment issues)

01 Teenage Head
Flamin' Groovies rock the house today & yesterday (below)
02 Call Me Lightning (The Who)
03 Feel a Whole Lot Better
     (The Byrds) 
04 I Can't Hide
05 A Million Miles Away
     (The Plimsouls) 
06 Step Up
07 Can't Stay Away from You*
08 Shakin'
09 Milkcow Blues
     (John Estes via The Kinks)
10 Shake Some Action (fades out)
11 Slow Death — In the U.S.A.
12 Baby Please Don’t Go (Them)
13 Jumpin’ In the Night
14 Slow Down
15 Almost Grown
16 Bittersweet (Hoodoo Gurus)

*trk 7 — brief tape glitch at 0:20

The Flamin’ Groovies (1987 lineup):
Cyril Jordan - guitars, vocals
George Alexander - bass
Jack Johnson - guitar, vocals
Paul Zahl - drums

Le Trabendo
Paris, France
June 18, 2015

audience recording (quality VG to VG+; there’s a slight metallic after-taste here, but overall a very good capture)

00 intro, stage entrance tuning
01 Feel a Whole Lot Better (The Byrds)
02 You Tore Me Down
03 I Can't Hide
04 I Want You Bad (NRBQ)
05 Yes I Am 
06 Tallahassee Lassie (Freddy Cannon) 
07 St. Louis Blues (W. C. Handy)
08 Don't You Lie to Me (Chuck Berry)
09 She Said Yeah (Larry Williams) 
10 Married Woman (Frankie Lee Simms)
11 Between the Lines
12 Slow Death
13 Shake Some Action
14 Teenage Head
15 Let Me Rock (new version, old tune) 
16 Jumpin' Jack Flash (Rolling Stones)

ROB SEZ: These live shows demonstrate what Groovies fans have known for a long time: the group started out as a cover band, and never stopped loving & covering classic rock & pop tunes. Along the way, they recorded some pretty good songs of their own. BIG THANKS to spurensicherung.blogspot for sharing the 1987 set and to Patrick for sharing the 2015 Paris show. This marks the end of the Flamin' Groovies mini series. ENJOY!

MP3@320 (1987 set = 256kbps)

Learn more about The Flamin' Groovies' music at Trouser Press and AllMusic

Tuesday, April 25

Flamin' Groovies - Live 1980 + 1981

The Old Waldorf
San Francisco, CA
Dec. 24, 1980

FM recording (sound quality VG to VG+) 

01 tuning up, intro
02 They Have Never Been In Love
03 Dizzy Miss Lizzy
04 Back In the U.S.S.R
05 Do I Love You?
06 River Deep, Mountain High
07 Let It Rock
08 A Hard Day's Night
09 Feel a Whole Lot Better
10 Baby, Please Don't Go
11 Fall On You
12 Shake Some Action
13 Ju Ju Man

'Under the Covers' liberated boot
Demos + Live in San Francisco 1980-1981

FM & soundboard recordings (sound quality VG)

ROB SEZ: More groovy Groovies boots, the first of which is courtesy of Don from the old ASH blog, and the second from some kind soul whose identity is lost to me. (If you're the one & stumble upon this post, thanks a bunch!) Look for at least 1 more post in this series soon.

ASH Tuesday post #63

Friday, April 21

Flamin' Groovies - Live 1978 + 1979

Justin Herman Plaza
San Francisco, CA 
Sept. 19, 1979
KSAN broadcast

FM recording (sound quality VG; multi-generation tape source)

Sire Records Press Party
Notre Dame Hall
London, UK
July 12, 1978 

audience recording (sound quality VG+; master tape source from Hans de Vente)

01 Feel a Whole Lot Better
02 I’ll Cry Instead
03 19th Nervous Breakdown
04 Paint It Black
05 Shake Some Action
06 Absolutely Sweet Marie
07 Let It Rock
08 Around and Around

ROB SEZ: This marks the start of a Flamin' Groovies mini series here at the Repercussion blog. If you're a regular reader and don't know the Groovies, this might be a good time to check them out. They're a great mix of rock, pop and garage that's hard to beat. Special thanks this time around to Angelo from Power Pop Criminals, my source for the 1979 set, and Hans de Vente, who a few years ago shared a digital transfer of his master recording of the 1978 set.

Learn more about The Flamin' Groovies' music at Trouser Press and AllMusic

Tuesday, April 18

Nick Lowe - Unplugged Storyteller boot

The Return of the Unplugged Storyteller
liberated boot
acoustic sessions 1971-1998
various venues, dates

FM & soundboard recordings (quality range VG to Ex-)

Extra thanks to Don from the old ASH blog for sharing. Enjoy!

ASH Tuesday post #62

Friday, April 14

Albion (Country) Band - 1972 + 1983

Albion Country Band
University College
London, UK
Oct. 25, 1972

audience recording (sound quality VG; transferred from a 2nd-generation source tape)

01 Nobody's Wedding
Richard & Linda Thompson were part of this Albion line-up
02 banter 1
03 Shady Lies
04 banter 2
05 Poor Ditching Boy  
06 Napoleon's Dream
07 He May Call You Up Tonight
08 banter 3
09 Winster Processional, etc.
     (Morris tunes medley)
10 banter 4 + Bonnie Green Garter
11 Has He Got a Friend for Me?
12 banter 5
13 New St. George
14 banter 6
15 Don't Make It 54
16 Break My Mind
17 tuning
18 Morris tune (brief, fades out)

The Albion Country Band:
Ashley Hutchings - bass, vocals
Richard Thompson - guitar, vocals 
Linda Peters (Thompson) - vocals
Simon Nicol - guitar, vocals
Sue Draheim - fiddle
Roger Swallow - drums 

ROB SEZ: Now for something completely different! I have a soft spot for British folk, especially the kind created by just about anyone from early Fairport Convention lineups. Fairport founder Ashley Hutchings was the main man for all the Albion configurations until 2011, when he passed the baton to his son. Richard & Linda Thompson briefly graced the early 1970s edition of the Albion Country Band (this recording features the band playing several selections composed by Richard). MEGA THANKS to UncleBoko for sharing both of these.

UncleBoko says: This is the first gig of this line up as Ashley mentions in the first banter, of what became known as the "caretaker Albion Country Band”.

The Albion Band
Roskilde Festival 
October 7, 1983

soundboard recording (quality VG++; transfer from 2nd gen. cassette)

01 The Albions Are In Town
     Again/ Simple Melody
02 Green Mist
03 five dance tunes, 
     five centuries 
04 Tomorrow and Tomorrow 
     and Tomorrow 
05 Pall Mall/ Kensington/ Doing
     the Aldwych   
06 Light Shining
07 Love Is Like a 
     Railway Station
08 three Dance tunes 
09 Time to Ring Some Changes
10 Beware of Blue - 
     Halek Brawl
11 Heart
12 more dance tunes, MC

The Albion Band:
Ashley Hutchings - bass, vocals
Dave Whetstone - squeezeboxes, guitar, vocals
Cathy le Surf - vocals
Jean-Pierre Rasle - bagpipes, etc.
Alan Prosser - guitar
Trevor Foster - drums

UncleBoko says: This gig was part of a tour of Sweden and Denmark undertaken during September and October 1983. Trevor Foster had ably replaced Dave Mattacks on drums, and Alan Prosser was standing in for possibly Doug Morter on guitar.

Learn more about the Albion Band 
at Wikipedia and AllMusic

Tuesday, April 11

David Mead - Atlanta, GA 2009 (sbd)

Eddie's Attic
Atlanta, GA
Feb. 4, 2009

soundboard recording (quality VG++) 

01 Beauty
02 Girl On the Roof
03 Rainy Weather Friend 
04 Indiana
05 Blackberry Winters
06 Mojave Phone Booth
07 Bucket of Girls
08 From My Window Sill
09 Little Boats
10 Chatterbox
11 Only In the Movies
12 Sicily
13 Ordinary Life
14 Twenty Girls Ago
15 Last Train Home
16 Choosing Teams
17 World of a King

MEGA THANKS to Don for sharing. Read Mick's interview with David HERE.

ASH Tuesday post #61

Friday, April 7

Veronica Falls - Best Live Sessions 2010-2013

Amoeba Music
Hollywood, CA
Feb. 26, 2012
+ 2 other live sessions

web streams (sound quality VG+ to Ex-) 

01 Right Side of My Brain
02 Stephen
03 Beachy Head
Not all gloom & doom: Veronica Falls having a laugh
04 Bury Me Alive
05 Bad Feeling
06 Come On Over
07 Found Love In
     a Graveyard 
08 Wedding Day
09 Bad Feeling
10 If You Still Want Me
11 My Heart Beats
12 Broken Toy
13 Waiting for Something
     to Happen
14 Teenage

07-09 = KEXP-FM (Seattle, WA)
      live session Feb. 2012
10-14 = BreakThru Radio live session 
      April 2013

SAMPLE: "The Box" (live session 2011) 

So photogenic, I'm including a photo collection
Best of the Rest
Various Live Sessions

FM, soundboard, web streams
      (quality range VG to Ex-)
01 Found Love In a Graveyard 
02 The Box
03 Bury Me Alive
04 Beachy Head
05 The Fountain
06 Come On Over
07 Starry Eyes (acoustic)
08 Stephen (acoustic)
09 Broken Toy (acoustic)
10 Beachy Head (acoustic)
11 My Heart Beats
12 Found Love In a Graveyard
13 Wedding Day
14 Teenage
15 My Heart Beats
16 Come On Over

Track info:
01 = BreakThru Radio live session Fall 2011
02 = Amazing Sessions late 2011
03 = Insound live session 2011
04 = 100 Club live 2012
illustration by Mandy Newham-Cobb 
for Sessions from the Box
        (courtesy of Matt Houghton)
05 = Amazing Sessions 2012
06 = WBEZ-FM, Chicago, IL live set 2012
07-08 = FD acoustic session 2010
09 = HeartstringsTV 2013
10 = Bandstand Busking 2011
11 = KEXP-FM (Seattle, WA) live session Feb. 2012
12-14 = Sessions from the Box, 
             Portland, OR 2012-05-21
15 = Madrid, Spain 2013 (courtesy of numerocero)
16 = South Street Seaport, NYC 2013
        (partial audience rec.)

ROB SEZ: So damn talented, catchy & cute, Veronica Falls had a LOT going for it during its 5-year lifespan. Starting out in Glasgow bands like Sexy KidsRoxanne Clifford (vocals, guitar) and drummer-vocalist Patrick Doyle teamed with guitarist James Hoare and friend Marion Herbain (bass) to form Veronica Falls in 2009. They relocated to London and found success in the indie pop world, releasing many praiseworthy singles and two albums. Musically, think 1960s-era harmony vocals accompanied by strummy, Velvet Undeground style guitar and drums, and you're getting pretty close. With a penchant for morbid themes mixed with sunny chords (typical song title: "Found Love in a Graveyard"), reviewers and musos like me resorted to phrases like surf rock/pop/goth/punk to help folks get a feel for this utterly charming band. For me, the group was at its best playing live, although I also dig the studio recordings. Alas, Veronica Falls splintered in 2014, apparently due to a combination of divergent musical interests and fatigue. Sadly, 2018 brought news of the death of drummer Patrick Doyle at age 32, presumably dashing my hopes for a reunion for good.
Learn more about Veronica Falls' music at PitchforkWikipedia & AllMusic