Friday, May 12

Lyres - Live 1985 (soundboards)

LYRES: proving their heavy mettle + live 2011 (below)
Rusty Nail
Sunderland, MA (USA)
March 29, 1985

soundboard recording (quality Ex-) 

01 Stacy
02 High Heel Sneakers
03 Diddy Wah Diddy
04 Someone Who'll Treat 
     You Right Now
05 Stop and Take a Look at Me
06 Help You Ann
07 Soapy
08 I'm Telling You Girl
09 Busy Body
10 Love Me ’til the Sun Shines
11 How Do You Know
12 I Really Want You Right Now 
13 Swing Shift
14 Don't Give It Up Now
15 Medley: I Want Your Lovin' Give It All
     to Me … (ends with) Nobody But Me
16 Skinny Minnie
17 My Baby Don't Love Me No More
18 What a Girl Can't Do

unknown venue, unknown locale
some time in 1985
“Live" vinyl LP boot rip (orange cover)

soundboard recording (quality VG++; a pristine needle-drop vinyl transfer)

01 Stacy
02 Stop and Take a Look at Me 
03 Help You Ann
04 Soapy
05 Nobody But Me
06 Cinderella
07 Swing Shift
08 What a Girl Can't Do

ROB SEZ: Boston-based Lyres have been dubbed the kings of garage rock by more than one knowledgeable music critic. If you dig the sound of the Seeds, the Sonics, ? and the Mysterians, etc., then Lyres are for you. These two shares feature excellent sound. The original stereo version of the Sunderland show had a very strict separation of vocals (left) and instruments (right) between channels. This was pretty hard for my brain & ears to handle, so I mixed the two tracks into glorious mono. I think it’s an improvement. It’s one of those slightly odd soundboard recordings in which you can barely hear the audience. The second share is a short set because the band was one of many playing that evening. Thanks to lucky for supplying the name of the venue for the first show.

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  1. Both of these are definitely The Lyres in their prime. I was fortunate enough to see them many times during the 80s. Thank you for these.

  2. Bonus share? But of course…

    Boston, MA
    January 1979 (2nd-ever performance; perhaps New Year’s Eve)

    soundboard recording (sound quality VG++)

    01 Just Let Go
    02 Send Her My Love
    *Little Sally Tease
    *Let's Talk About Girls
    *100 cc’s
    06 It's Alright
    07 How Do You Know?
    08 In Motion
    09 Cinderella
    10 Love Man

    *tracks 3-5 were officially released on the Lyres’ Early Years comp, and are thus omitted here.

    Cantone’s was an Italian restaurant and nightclub in Boston. It became one of the city's major showplaces for local and touring punk bands in the 1970s and early '80s. The family sold the venue in 1983.

    MEGA THANKS to Punk Rock Palace for transferring and remastering.


  3. The Sunderland venue is certainly The Rusty Nail, a legendary club just north of Amherst and Northampton, in the middle of nowhere.

    Fun Fact: it burned to the ground about 3 months after this was recorded

  4. Love your blog, and these recordings will come in handy for a best of the Lyres boots I'm compiling! You rock! - Stinky

    1. Aw, shucks... Thanks for the comment, Stinky!


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