Friday, November 29

CBGB dB's - Jan. 1982

The dB’s
New York, NY
Jan. 16, 1982

audience recording (sound quality range: VG to VG+; the usual crowd noise is evident since it’s a club show, but it’s more fun than distracting)

Pretty clever what the artwork creator did with the letters on the awning...

ROB SEZ: Two different recordings of this show have circulated in the past, but I am persuaded this is the superior-sounding version. I have re-tracked it and done some subtle eq work to bring out the best of this recording from a first-generation tape. Sincere thanks go to the original taper, dclubok for the original share, and edA for the re-up.

Early set:
artwork included in DL, of course
1.  Black and White
2.  Living a Lie
3.  Ups and Downs
4.  I Feel Good (Today)
5.  Amplifier
6.  Soul Kiss
7.  pH Factor
8.  Ask for Jill
9.  We Were Happy There
10. Bad Reputation
11. Happenstance
12. Neverland
13. banter / Black Sabbath tease
14. If and When
15. Tighten Up
16. Molly Says

TT: 50 mins. 46 secs. (Set 1)

Late set:
1.  (I Thought) You Wanted 
Although CBGB is no more, the famous awning
is now on display at the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame
      to Know
2.  The Fight
3.  Big Brown Eyes
4.  Purple Hose
5.  She Might Call
6.  Judy
7.  Storm Warning
8.  Hey Baby
       (Alex Chilton cover)*
9.  The Summer Sun
10. Living a Lie
11. In Spain
12. Excitement

13. Everlasting Love
14. Get Down Tonight (Will Rigby vocal)
15. Let’s Live for Today

*see explanatory note about this song at THIS blog post

TT: 54 mins. 21 secs. (Set 2)


The dB’s:
Chris Stamey – guitar & vocals
Peter Holsapple – guitar, organ & vocals
Gene Holder – bass
Will Rigby – drums


  1. This is one of my favorites, but jeez, I hated CBGBs...what a dump

    1. Glad you like it, lucky.

      I felt the same way about The Milestone Club in Charlotte -- but then they closed it, and the warm glow of nostalgia made me forget how butt-ugly it was...


  2. Ugly, smugly, it was the real deal....

    1. Not to get TOO philosophical about it, but perhaps "ugliness" is sometimes a sign of authenticity??

      Nah ... just enjoy the darn music!


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