Friday, February 22

Rain Parade - Torino, Italy 1985 (sbd)

Big Club
Torino, Italy 
Nov. 13, 1985 

soundboard recording (sound quality: Ex-; transfer from master tape — other than a few tape dropouts and a relative lack of crowd noise, this is a totally enjoyable listening experience)

01 intro - No Easy Way Down
02 It Can't Be Today
03 Ain't That Nothing
04 Invisible People
05 Don't Feel Bad
06 You Are My Friend 
07 Broken Horse
08 Mystic Green
09 Depending On You
10 My Secret Country
11 Blue
12 Night Shade
13 Both Eyes Closed
14 Cheap Wine
15 band intro
16 Only Business
17 One and a Half Hours Ago
TT: 62:54 mins.

ROB SEZ: By request, here's my all-time favorite boot by the mighty Rain Parade. UPDATE: Colin has upgraded and remastered this for his Dream Remaster blog. Surf over there and check it out... Want more Rain Parade? Look for some older posts here and also at Big Plans for Everybody blog, where Rushbo has posted many great recordings.
artwork by Bigozine, included here

Taper Maurizio (‘Ratpie’) comments:

A picture disc was bootlegged from this very recording (actually a copy of my tape), but the mastering work was awful and the sound quality is a lot worse than the original - also, it has 11 tracks; here we have 17. This is the whole thing, from the venue manager's introduction straight to the encores. Hope you enjoy. All the best from Italy.

LINEAGE: mixing desk > reel recorder > K7 > CD > FLAC

Rob-in-Brevard “tweak” in Audacity: it was a coupla years ago, so I cannot recall exactly what I did, but I’m guessing I applied some modest hiss reduction and a slight bit of compression



Friday, February 15

Simon & Garfunkle - Manchester, UK 1967 (sbd)

Granada TV Studios 
Manchester, England 
March 17, 1967
(broadcast May 2, 1967)
soundboard recording (audio rip from DVD)
sound quality: VG++ (outstanding quality for a 1967 recording)

01 intro
02 He Was My Brother
03 Leaves That Are Green
04 A Most Peculiar Man
05 Homeward Bound
06 For Emily, Whenever 
     I May Find Her 
07 The Dangling Conversation
08 song intro by Paul
09 The 59th Street 
     Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)
10 Richard Cory
11 7 O’Clock News / 
     Silent Night
12 A Hazy Shade of Winter
13 At the Zoo
14 Cloudy
15 Benedictus
16 Blessed
17 A Poem On the 
     Underground Wall 
18 I Am a Rock
19 Anji
20 The Sound of Silence
TT: 56:30 mins.
ROB SEZ: Finds like this one remind me how great it is to be a music fan living in the Internet era. I have a ton of S & G boots, but this DVD just turned up online. Although some tracks from this show have circulated for many years, the fidelity was very poor. Stunned by the high quality of this new, full-length recording, I created a lossless audio rip for my own enjoyment. It turned out so well that I decided to share it here. (Yes, I do know how to spell the last name of Simon's musical partner, but I'm trying to keep the Internet cops at bay — even though this has never been officially released.) Please enjoy.

video lineage: PAL dvdr > Mpeg VW > DVDLab Pro 2.5 > DVD

audio lineage: AC3 48000Hz 224 kb/s (from DVD) > VLC (lossless audio capture) > Audacity (tracking, tagging & light hiss removal)

DVD provided by Red Dog
authored by BONG
shared by hothcanada
audio ripped & tracked by Rob-in-Brevard



Friday, February 8

The dB's - Maxwell's, Hoboken, N.J. Nov. 1984

Hoboken, N.J.
Nov. 8, 1984

audience recording (master tape source)

sound quality: VG (the taper was close to the front, which means we benefit from a nice ‘live’ sound from the stage; but there are some recurring volume fluctuations — presumably due to mic movement)

01 Neverland
A motley, but very worthy crew: The dB's in 1984
02 Love Is for Lovers
03 She Got Soul
04 Lonely Is (As Lonely Does)
05 Bad Reputation
06 Amplifier
07 Not Cool
08 Lawyers, Guns & Money (Warren Zevon cover) 
09 Spitting In the Wind
10 Suspicious Minds (Mark James/Elvis cover)
11 A Spy In the House of Love
12 New Gun In Town
13 Black and White
14 She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain (brief)
15 See No Evil (Television cover)
16 Heart of Gold (Neil Young cover)
17 Sex Drive (The Embarrassment cover)
18 I Love You Suzanne (Lou Reed cover)

ROB SEZ: This one turned up recently, so of course I'm sharing it here. A ragged, raw & fun show, with some rare covers like Lou Reed's "I Love You, Suzanne" and Will trading verses with Peter on "Lawyers, Guns & Money." Enjoy — and Peter Holsapple fans should poke around to find mystery bonus material.



The dB’s:
Peter Holsapple – guitar & vocals
Gene Holder – lead guitar
Will Rigby – drums & vocals
Rick Wagner - bass

Friday, February 1

Long Ryders - Leuven, Belgium 1985 (sbd)

't Stuc
Leuven, Belgium
Nov. 5, 1985

soundboard recording (quality Ex-; a really fine recording, with typically iffy sound on the first track until the levels get properly adjusted)

SOURCE: transfer from silver boot (factory-pressed CD) on the Japanese "Octopus" label
The Long Ryders: back when the world seemed a bit more conquerable...

01 Tell It to the Judge On Sunday (fades in)
02 Lights of Downtown
03 Run Dusty Run
04 Wreck of the 809
05 Time Keeps Traveling
06 You Just Can't Ride the Boxcars Anymore
07 Two Kinds of Love
08 Ivory Tower
09 Capturing the Flag
10 I Had a Dream
11 Final Wild Son
12 Sweet Mental Revenge
13 State of My Union
14 Still Get By (fades out)
15 Looking for Lewis & Clark (fades in)
16 Silver Wings
17 10-5-60
18 Southside of the Story
19 Baby, We All Gotta Go Down*
20 (Sid reads album reviews, with accompaniment)*
21 10-5-60*

*last 3 tracks from different show, London, UK Dec. 1, 1985

TT: 74 mins., 36 secs.


The Long Ryders:
Sid Griffin - guitar, vocals, harmonica
Stephen McCarthy - guitar, banjo, & vocals
Greg Sowders - drums, percussion
Tom Stevens - bass, vocals

The first album of newly-recorded material in 30+ years.
DUE FEB. 15.  PRE-ORDER from Omnivore or Cherry Red
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Learn more about The Long Ryders’ music at 
AllMusic and/or Sid Griffin’s site