Friday, January 29

Ocean Blue - Ventura, CA 1993 (pre-FM) + bonus

Ventura Theatre
Ventura, CA
Nov. 3, 1993

Pre-FM (sound quality Ex-; bonus tracks’ sound quality = VG to Ex-)

ROB SEZ: I didn't become a fan of the Ocean Blue until recently. But the great thing about being a music fan in the Internet age is, it's really never too late. Since Ocean Blue have re-formed and recorded new music, the season for my fandom may have arrived. Is the re-formed band actually stronger now than before its initial split in the mid-1990s? Discuss. If you want to hear a recent live set with the band playing the debut & Cerulean albums in their entirety, please leave a comment.

01 Don't Believe Everything You Hear
02 Sublime
03 Bliss Is Unaware
04 Between Something & Nothing
05 Marigold
06 Drifting, Falling
07 Ballerina Out of Control
08 Cerulean
09 There Is a Light That 
     Never Goes Out (The Smiths) 

10 Between Something & Nothing
11 Sublime
Some will remember the "Sublime" video
12 Don't Believe Everything 
     You Hear
13 Cerulean
14 There Is a Light That 
     Never Goes Out 
15 Sublime

1-9 = Ventura, CA 1993-11-03 (pre-FM)
10 & 11 = Live 1994
12 = BBC 1996 live recording
13 = TV performance, Studio 59, circa 1991
14 = Live at the Bayou 1994
15 = Conan O'Brien Show, 1993

MEGA THANKS to muchmusic for the Ventura set with additional thanks to wave1one, cerulean123, Peru TOB, Robaire M and Oed Ronne

The most recent studio album
buy it from the band

FLAC (first 9 tracks only - for Nick)

The Ocean Blue:
Peter Anderson - drums, vocals
Bobby Mittan - bass
Oed Ronne - guitar, keyboard, vocals  
David Schelzel - vocals, guitar

Learn more about the music of the Ocean Blue at the band's web site, FB page, Wikipedia & Trouser Press  


Saturday, January 2

Continental Drifters - Two N.J. Soundboards 1999 + 2001

*featuring Peter Holsapple, of course*

Hoboken, N.J.
Dec. 6, 1999

soundboard recording (sound quality: Ex-) ACOUSTIC SHOW

01 house music
02 A Song for You (Gram Parsons)

cover art included in the download (date is in error)

03 Christopher Columbus 
     Transcontinental Highway
04 You're Gonna Need Somebody
05 Wipeout
06 Snow
07 Na Na
08 Meet Me In the Middle
09 Some of Shelly's Blues (Nesmith)
10 To Sir, with Love 
     (Don Black, Mark London)
11 Never Ending Song of Love 
     (Delaney Bramlett)
12 Anything
13 Matty Groves (trad.)
14 I'm a Dreamer (Sandy Denny)
15 Bang Bang (My Baby Shot 
     Me Down) (Sonny Bono)
16 Mixed Messages
17 Falling' Apart at the Dreams
18 'composite sketch'
19 Bus Stop (G. Gouldman)
20 Wichita Lineman (Jimmy Webb)
21 Darlin Darlin
22 Meet On the Ledge
     (Richard Thompson)
23 'Kate worship'
24 Honeybees 
(Kate Jacobs, Charlie 
     Shaw, James MacMillan)
Peter devoted many years of his life to the Drifters
25 Shallow
26 You're from Indiana
27 Don't Do What I Did 
28 Heart, Home
29 Farmer’s Daughter (M. Love, 
     B. Wilson)
30 Umppah!
31 Watermark
32 Tell Me When Its Over (S. Wynn)
33 Tuesday (S. Wynn)
34 Now I Ride Alone (S. Wynn)
35 Carolyn (S. Wynn)
36 Kerosene Man (S. Wynn)
37 I Want to Learn to Waltz with You
38 'tolerate the diva'
39 Way of the World
40 Drifters
41 Tighter, Tighter (Alive 'n' Kickin')

ROB SEZ: Oh, man! It was early Christmas for me when these two shows appeared in mid-December. And they're studies in musical contrasts: the '99 acoustic show at Maxwell's is a sprawling, no-holds-barred, guest-packed, glorious juggernaut; while the '01 electric show is tight & focused. Both of them are marvels of sound quality, from master soundboard tapes. HUGE THANKS to the Anonymous taper, to Ted M. for supplying the tapes, to Joe N. for digitizing & editing, and to photoleon for sharing. Please post a comment to thank the band and the ROIO heroes who brought these recordings to you. Read this great interview with Peter and other Drifters reminiscing about the band.

Where it went down in New Brunswick, N.J.

The Court Tavern, 
New Brunswick, N.J.
July 8, 2001
soundboard recording (sound quality: Ex-)

01 stage greeting, tuning
02 Someday
03 Christopher Columbus 
     Transcontinental Highway
04 Live on Love
05 Christopher Columbus 
     Transcontinental Highway (reprise) 
06 Snow
07 Mixed Messages
08 Don't Do What I Did
09 Cousin
10 Meet Me In the Middle
11 'contact high'
12 Long Journey Home
13 Tomorrow's Gonna Be
14 Watermark
15 I Want to See the Bright Lights
     Tonight (R. & L. Thompson)
16 Too Little, Too Late
17 Peaceful Waking
18 Na Na
19 Way of the World
20 Who We Are, Where We Live 
21 encore break
22 Dedicated to the One I Love
     (Lowman Pauling, Ralph Bass)

Continental Drifters:
Peter Holsapple; guitar, accordion, vocals
Vicki Peterson; guitars, vocals
Robert Maché; guitars, mandolin, vocals
Russ Broussard; drums
Mark Walton; bass, acoustic guitar, vocals 
Susan Cowsill; guitars, vocals
Dan McGough; organ, piano