Saturday, 23 January 2016


As mentioned on my previous post 'Bootcuts' - the PDF document 'Best Bootlegs 2015' is now available.

From approximately 200 bootlegs downloaded and listened to throughout 2015, more than half were discarded. The remainder were considered worth keeping, either on a disc or the best on hard drives for safety and possible future uploads.
The titles covered in this booklet are in my opinion the 50 best of those available for download from the World Wide Web throughout 2015. Full details have been included for each bootleg, such as the venue and date of the performance, the type of recording - soundboard, FM, from the audience, etc. If available the taper’s name is given. Information on the lineage, running times, the date uploaded, website address and the name of the uploader follow. These details should enable you to quickly locate any particular title of interest.
I have not provided a sound quality rating as all are of sufficient high quality to rate around 5 out of 5, some are worthy of 5+ like the best official releases.
Complete track listings are included, along with track timings and informative comments about each bootleg. The index also includes a list including brief details of the best of the rest, a further 20 bootlegs that may be of interest.
The booklet comprises 32 pages A4, a word count of over 16,500 and 50 bootleg images. It is available as a PDF document and will be emailed direct to anyone who donates to the blog in 2016. Each donor can request a bootleg from it, that they would like to see appear on the blog. If their is sufficient interest - links for the most popular two or three will then be added for download.

Includes bootlegs by:


An example of the information provided is as follows. This is for a bootleg that never made the final cut and was excluded: 


Venue: Black Session (French radio show) France-inter, Studio 106, Maison de la Radio
Date: 26 October, 1993

Type: FM / Bootleg
Taper: n/a
Lineage: Sangatte cdr rip (bootleg)
Running Time: 72:08
Uploader: hermesacat
Date: 13 December 2014

01. Mary of Silence (8:45)  02. Ghost Highway (3:41)  03. She Hangs Brightly (6:44)  04. Bells Ring (5:22)  05. Halah (3:24)  06. Blue Light (4:56)  07. Ride It On (2:58)  08. Into Dust (5:15)  09. Give You My Lovin' (3:53)  10. Blue Flower (3:50)  11. So Tonight That I Might See (9:40)  12. Hair And Skin (4:07) 13. Rock Section (9:01)

Comments: The source used for the Sangatte bootleg or ‘promotional release’ as it has been loosely termed was lossy. The other most recent circulating source has six lossless tracks taken from a re-broadcast of the show, but they have been compiled together with an original FM broadcast that has inferior sound and is also in mpeg. Surprisingly this Sangatte CDr rip has better sound quality than the more recent compilation. You need the six lossless tracks plus this CDr rip to have the best sounding version of the show. Although a good editing job is still required to sort the numerous cuts that interrupt the flow of this performance. The set-list is split between the debut album 'She Hangs Brightly' (1990) and 'So Tonight That I Might See' (1993). The two remaining tracks are covers of Green On Red's Hair And Skin and Skin Patrol's Rock Section. It seems a great loss that this live session, one of Mazzy Starr’s finest has never been officially released.
If you use the site link noted above there are numerous Mazzy Star, Opal, Hope Sandoval, David Roback and Rain Parade bootlegs available for download.

Friday, 22 January 2016

BOB DYLAN - Expecting Rain N.E.T. Vol 1-3 (Flac)

In 2011, members of the Bob Dylan 'Expecting Rain' forum conducted a poll to decide on the best 100 live performances of Dylan’s career. The tracks included on these volumes have been selected from the Never Ending tour only, those that made the top 100 and also some of the best tracks from the forum's short list.

The earlier live recordings were excluded as many have been officially released and the early sixties to early eighties recordings are best heard in their entirety.

This is Volume 1 to 3 of a six disc set that will be made available in two parts, the first covering 1998 to 2000. The second part comprises Volume 4 to 6 and covers the year 2000 through to 2010 and will be posted later in the year.

As you can imagine this set required a great deal of work putting together not just in collecting and collating the actual tracks chosen in the 100 but also those that made the short lists. Source information where available has been included with the notes, as has the artwork which was created especially for those that like a tangible object in their hand, with info on what they are listening to. If this compilation inspires a further interest in the NET years and I hope it does, then I would advise getting hold of the following two books:

Mind Out Of Time (1986-1990 & beyond) by Paul Williams.
Superb writing and especially strong on the beginnings of the NET in 1988 through 1990

The Razor's Edge: Bob Dylan and the Neverending Tour by Andrew Muir
One More Night: Bob Dylan's Never Ending Tour (Second and updated edition of above)
Infectious and enthusiastic, Andrew's book more than any gets a grip on the mammoth task of understanding Dylan's live performance since 1988

One final point, if you are looking for further information about Bob Dylan, don't forget to check out 'Expecting Rain' the finest Dylan site on the web.

Compiled by thebasement67
for the 100 greatest bootlegs blog (February 2016)


Expecting Rain N.E.T. Vol. 1

01. Lakes Of Pontchartrain - Wantagh 30-Jun-88         
02. Hallelujah - Montreal 8-Jul-88            
03. Barbara Allen - New York City 19-Oct-88   
04. Disease Of Conceit - London 8-Feb-90       
05. That Lucky Old Sun - Madison 5-Nov-91   
06. Most Of The Time - San Jose 9-May-92           
07. Tight Connection To My Heart - NYC. 17-Nov-93    
08. Blood In My Eyes - New York City 17-Nov-93
09. Delia - New York City 17-Nov-93     LB-6207   
10. A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall - Nara 22-May-94       
11. Ring Them Bells - Nara 22-May-94       
12. Mama, You Been On My Mind - Warsaw 19-Jul-94        
13. Two Soldiers - Boston 9-Oct-94       
14. I Want You - Unplugged 17-Nov-94

 ER NET Vol 1

 Expecting Rain N.E.T. Vol. 2 

01. Desolation Row - Unplugged 18-Nov-94   
02. Dignity - Unplugged 18-Nov-94    
03. Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Unplugged 18-Nov-94    
04. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue - Prague 11-Mar-95
05. Shelter From The Storm - Prague 11-Mar-95
06. Mr. Tambourine Man - Prague 11-Mar-95
07. In The Long Black Coat - Prague 11-Mar-95
08. Born In Time - Berkeley 26-May-95   
09. Gates Of Eden - Berkeley 26-May-95    
10. Restless Farewell - Sinatra 80th 19-Nov-95   
11. Dark Eyes - Philadelphia 17-Dec-95    
(an alternate has also been provided of a superior recording from 15 Dec 1995)


 Expecting Rain N.E.T. Vol. 3

01. My Back Pages - Berlin 17-Jun-96
         02. Friend Of The Devil - Berlin 17-Jun-96
03. Lovesick - NYC 25-Feb-98
04. This Wheel’s On Fire - Stockholm 9-Jun-98
05. I And I - Dijon 1-Jul-98
06. The Times We’ve Known - New York City 1-Nov-98
07. Train Of Love - J. Cash Tribute 6-Apr-99
08. Tryin’ To Get To Heaven - Lisbon 7-Apr-99
09. Not Dark Yet - New York City 30 Jul-99
10. Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power)
11. Tomorrow Is A Long Time - Ithaca 15-Nov-99
12. Blowin’ In The Wind - Santa Cruz 16-Mar-00
13. Song To Woody - Santa Cruz 16-Mar-00


Monday, 4 January 2016

V/A - BOOTCUTS (2015)

Welcome to 2016 and a Happy New Year to all readers.

During work on compiling the pdf book 'Best Boots - 2015' (available soon), those bootlegs that were discarded had certain tracks worth keeping for future listening, the best of these I compiled onto a disc for personal use. After hearing the finished item I decided it would be ideal as the first blog post of 2016. It should give the listener an idea of the quality of the 50 bootlegs that were included in the forthcoming pdf document.

Various Artists - Bootcuts (2015)

The audience recording 5 A.M. is used here as the opening track, just as it was on David Gilmour's recent live tour and album 'Rattle The Locks'. Its pastoral feel gives a gentle introduction before the thundering drumbeats of Queens of the Stone Age changes the tempo. Quite a juxtaposition.
Following this, the pace slows for a blues track worthy of Peter Green and early Fleetwood Mac. It was recorded in 1972 by Jerry Garcia and friends at the KSAN studios and is sourced from the pre fm reels. Alabama Shakes returned to the KCRW studios in April to promote their new album 'Sound & Colour', 'Gemini' is a slow burn of a song and segues ideally with a live performance of 'These City Streets' a eulogy to London and the best track and longest on 'Saturns Pattern', Paul Weller's 12th solo studio album. The album was promoted with a live 'In Concert' on BBC Radio 2 FM, unusually for a BBC broadcast it seemed very compressed sounding, this track escaped the worst of the sound quality problems.
The Nirvana song 'Pennyroyal Tea' is next, covered by Hole on a silver disc bootleg. The tracks vary in quality and the best are certainly worth selection for a best of Hole bootleg.
High quality FM radio performances by Pixies and Gang of Four follow before we return to the blues and the blues master John Lee Hooker performing his legendary track 'Crawling Kingsnake' with Ry Cooder. The Alec Chilton produced Cramps demo 'Daddy Drives a UFO' is the first studio track to appear on the compilation. John Martyn's 'One World' gains resonance with every passing year. If you are lucky enough to be hearing it for the first time, be sure to check out the studio albums 'Solid Air' (1973) and 'One World' (1977). Next is an excerpt from an interview promo disc that Stevie Ray Vaughan recorded in 1989, he discusses his blues influences with short demonstrations on guitar before a brief solo performance of 'Ain't Gonna Give Up'. Bob Dylan's N.E.T continued as usual in 2015, his live shows included many of the tracks from his Sinatra tribute album 'Standing in The Shadows'. I've overlooked them and selected a classic Dylan original, a 'Celtic' sounding arrangement of 'Blowing In The Wind' recorded in Germany by audience member Tom Moore. Dan Auerbach's new project 'The Arcs' were invited for a studio session at KCRW and the results were spectacular, the inclusion of a few Black Keys numbers, would have upgraded the show to one of the years best.
We end with two demos recorded five years apart, the first is from the Doors recorded at World Pacific studios in 1965, before Robbie Krieger had joined the band. Finally George Harrison closes with a demo of a track that would appear on his best selling debut album 'All Things Must Pass'. The demo was included on a Beatles unreleased compilation of tracks, noted in the book 'The Unreleased Beatles: Music and Film. It can also be found on the five disc bootleg set 'The Art of Dying' in original split stereo.

01. David Gilmour - 5 A.M
02. Queens of the Stone Age - You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, but I Feel Like a Millionaire
03. Jerry Garcia & Friends - Lonely Avenue
04. Alabama Shakes - Gemini
05. Paul Weller - These City Streets
06. Hole - Pennyroyal Tea 
07. Pixies - Monkey's Gone to Heaven
08. Gang Of Four -  What We All Want
09. John Lee Hooker & Ry Cooder - Crawling Kingsnake
10. The Cramps - Daddy Drives A UFO take 2
11. John Martyn - One World
12. Stevie Ray Vaughan - Ain't Gonna Give Up
13. Bob Dylan - Blowing In The Wind 
14. The Arcs - Outta My Mind
15. The Doors - End Of The Night
16. George Harrison - Nowhere To Go

Source info:
01. andrea82 audience recording remaster - Ippodromo del Visarno Florence, Italy - 15 September 2015
02. BBC FM Radio broadcast - Rock City, Nottingham, England - 29 October 2002
03. KSAN Pre-FM, Pacific High Studio, San Francisco 1972-02-06
04. KCRW FM Radio session 20 April 2015, broadcast on 27 April, 2015
05. BBC Radio 2 FM broadcast, BBC Radio Theatre, London, England. 14 May, 2015
06. Rumours, Lies And Media Rape (Live & In-studio, 1993-1995) Hellenbach Records (HRCD 001)
07. BBC FM broadcast, Newcastle Poly, Newcastle, England. 27 April, 1989
08. WLIR-FM broadcast - Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY.  22 October, 1983 
09. WLUP-FM Radio broadcast - House Of Blues, Hollywood, CA. - 30 June, 1995
10. IRS Demos, producer Alex Chilton, Sun Studios, Memphis, TN.  June 1977 
11. FM Radio broadcast Ludwigshafen, Germany. 19 March, 1983
12. Rock Lives In Step with SRV Radio Interview Show 1996-08-26. Recorded and produced in 1989
13. Tom Moore audience recording - Tempodrom, Berlin.  14 October, 2015
14. KCRW Radio, The Village Studios, West LA, Ca. (possible date 10 August, 2015) Broadcast: 15 September, 2015
15. World Pacific Studios, Los Angeles, CA.  2 September, 1965
16. demo mix - recorded 1970 from unreleased compilation (see original on The Art Of Dying)

compiled by thebasement67
and uploaded to 100 greatest bootlegs blog - January 2016


Thursday, 29 October 2015

#1 BOB DYLAN - A Nightly Ritual (Live 1966)

Bob Dylan & the Hawks
A Nightly Ritual - Live 1966

Disc One - Odeon Theatre, Liverpool, England - 14 May 1966
01  Tell Me, Momma 4:07
02  I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) 5:11
03  Baby Let Me Follow You Down 3:38
04  Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues 5:34
05  Crowd 1:55
06  Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat 3:19
07  One Too Many Mornings 4:03
08  Ballad Of A Thin Man 7:00
09  Like A Rolling Stone 7:29
10  God Save the Queen 0:46

The Hotel Room recordings track 11-12 have been removed from this post as they will be released shortly on the Bootleg Series Vol. 12

Disc Two - Gaumont Theatre, Sheffield, England - 16 May 1966
01  She Belongs To Me  4:02
02  Fourth Time Around  4:42
03  Visions Of Johanna  8:27
04  It's All Over Now, Baby Blue 5:51
05  Desolation Row  11:25
06  Just Like A Woman  7:51
07  Mr. Tambourine Man 10:30
08  Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat  4:26
09  One Too Many Mornings  3:27

10  Ballad Of A Thin Man  7:14           
track 10 from Odeon Theatre, Birmingham, England - 12 May 1966


Lineage: Silvers > FLAC (ripped with XLD v20110611, using FLAC 1.2.1 - level 8)
from Bob Dylan  - Genuine Live 1966 (Scorpio CD Box Set GBS66-1/10)

The superb review below is from:

DEEP BENEATH THE WAVES vol 84 Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2000

 “Hats off to Messrs. Hudson, Jones, Manuel & Danko also. Individually stunning, collectively sublime”.

The '66 shows were frenetic, chaotic, rhythmic, melodic, sharp, cutting, primal rock and roll with heart, the likes of which had never been heard before. It was old and new and ahead of it's time, it was rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, soul, beat, garage, it was psychedelic before psychedelic even existed.
The '66 electric sets were all that this Liverpool has it all in spades. Previously uncirculating in its entirety prior to GL66, the first three cuts blow the roof off the place slightly harsh in sound yet still terrific, dominated by Dylan's bold vocals and the razor edge guitar fills of Robbie (check out the leads and fills on "I Don't Believe You" and "Follow You Down," for example), this is stunning stuff. Better than others?  Who cares, it's all subjective anyway, so just enjoy them all as singular performances.
A different source kicks in for the legendary "Tom Thumb Blues" and the sound is fleshed out with a bit more natural bottom a magnificent version - Bob & Robbie supposedly considered it the best also, as it became a b-side, eh! For the first time, we hear rumblings of dissatisfaction from the crowd, with folks yelling at the stage and Dylan taking a long break between "JLTTB" and a marvelous, rockabilly-like rave-up version of "Pillbox Hat" that finds Robbie at the top of his game and Richard's rollicking piano fills a treat to hear. Robbie lifts off again at 2:43 until the song closes half a minute later and into a "One Too Many Mornings" which further evidences how divinely the Hawks played for Dylan, whether loud and raucous or pulling back the reins a bit, as they do here once again, Robbie's guitar is front and center and he seems to step out and stretch it more on this show than on any others in my opinion, his greatest performance from beginning to end.

Similarly, when you focus in on, say, Garth or Danko or any of the Hawks individually, well, they all are over the top. A unique sound, for sure, and never duplicated since. Hats off to Messrs. Hudson, Jones, Manuel & Danko also. Individually stunning, collectively sublime.

More bliss ensues with the psych-freakout of "Thin Man," so full of tension and apparent doom thanks to the incredible dual sound of the organ and bass and Dylan's funhouse screaming vocals such a dark and forbidding sound and feel to the performance that it leaves you feeling spooked and thinking something terrible is about to happen.  It's like watching the classic 30's movie "Freaks," of which "Thin Man" could be the theme song. "Like A Rolling Stone" ends it all to thunderous, pulsating applause as Dylan thanks the crowd (not a boo or stray comment to be heard), then "God Save the Queen" closes the curtain on this most wondrous of shows.

“a brilliant performance in astounding sound quality”

The voice from on high. Absolutely gorgeous recording, so full and richly toned it will leave you stunned. Easily the smoothest, unflawed gem from a boxful of 'em. And, in a stroke of good fortune for us listeners, Dylan's performance goes from ridiculously phenomenal to sublime. Each and every tune holds you rapt as if a mystical figure is delivering the gospel through a shroud of fog but the sound is so clear when it hits you ethereal & mysterious describes it well, heavenly perhaps a little less so.

Dylan nails every tune and his harp playing is brilliant.  I can't help thinking that Dylan's wild, wooly and wonderful harp excursions are just as exciting as some of the improvisational gems of Miles and Coltrane. The most telling example is "Mr. Tambourine Man," a wonderfully rich version that ends with almost two minutes of Dylan playing himself into a harp maze from which there appears to be no escape you can hear him searching and ultimately extricating himself at 9:57 with one sustained note. Then, as if to say "hah, you thought I'd never get out of that, eh?"he wraps it all up less than 15 seconds later. The crowd sure appreciated it, judging by the applause and cheering.

To sum up, a brilliant performance in astounding sound quality. As if that was not enough, filling out the disk are improved versions of Sheffield electric "Pillbox Hat" and "One Too Many Mornings," and the Birmingham "Thin Man." A fantastic listen.

Disc One

Disc Two 

If the above review by "Deep Beneath The Waves" doesn't encourage you to download this one, then there is nothing I can say that would.

The official Bootleg Series Vol. 11 was originally planned to be the Blood On The Tracks sessions, hence their omission from this blog. The alternate Blood On The Tracks and it's companion would have made a worthy number one but it seemed pointless to put in all the work, only for it to be hit with a DMCA notice.

This live '66 set, especially the acoustic Sheffield performance is a superb audio document and together with the official Manchester release you have some of the greatest live recorded music ever put to tape. As for that official Bootleg series by Sony/Columbia, all 12 volumes are featured and reviewed in a 52 page booklet, given away with the new issue of the music magazine "Mojo"


After I have uploaded some of the missing links I had been intending to post a six-disc set covering the best of the Dylan Never Ending Tour.
It will be put on hold until next year, as the motherlode from '65/'66 is officially released on November 6 and should hold the attention of Dylan fans for some considerable time to come.

I am in the process of compiling a PDF booklet of the best bootlegs available for download in 2015. It includes a selection of new titles, some classics and the best of the reseeds. Most importantly it will tell you where to find them. It will be available in January and will be emailed to anyone that donates to the blog. (further details will follow)

The next post will be a compilation of tracks from the bootlegs that missed the PDF final cut, the title appropiately will be "Bootcuts" - look out for it at the beginning of January.

It has taken longer, much longer than I had expected to reach this point, mainly due to the unreliability of some cloud hosters, the Megaupload bust and extremely slow ISP speeds. I hope you the user have enjoyed the music and information made freely available here. I have endeavoured to bring you quality over quantity and thank all who took the time to email or left a comment under the individual posts.

The blog will continue in the New Year with #2 in a handful of *special posts* direct from the basement archives.

Friday, 23 October 2015

*Special Post* (Theme Time Radio Hour)

Theme Time Radio Hour with your host Bob Dylan
Series Three: Best of Vol. 1 & 2

Here for the first time is both best of volumes I compiled from series three of Theme Time Radio Hour. The final series of 25 episodes was significant in that the stream broadcast was of a much higher bit-rate quality, meaning improved sound quality. The complete programmes were originally posted on the Hunger City torrent site by uploader Charlespoet and this compilation has been sourced from his streaming captures of those original broadcasts.

The first volume is a re-up and the second makes its debut appearance.

No compilations were made from the second series as I had mislaid the original downloads. As for series one, the first volume continues to be popular some two years after first posting it.
There were actually twelve volumes and counting for series one. I had reached 'Texas' and there were still six programmes left to choose from, talk about getting carried away! I will return to it next year and produce a more concise four volume set.

One further point if you are listening to Vol 2 in company, watch out for the best swearing by an American singer that I've heard in sometime (see track 10)

As for the #1 post, work is continuing and all being well, it should appear at the end of this month.

Series 3: Best of Vol. 1

01. intro
02. JOHNNIE TAYLOR - Last Two Dollars
03. THE O’JAYS - For The Love Of Money
04. LATIN PLAYBOYS - Forever Nightshade Mary
05. RICHARD THOMPSON - The End Of The Rainbow
06. IKE TURNER - She Made My Blood Run Cold
07. HONEYBOY - Blood Stains On The Wall
08. LOS LOBOS – Peace
09. IAN DURY & THE BLOCKHEADS - Sweet Gene Vincent     
10. KING STITT - Lee Van Cleef
11. TOWNES VAN ZANDT – Nothing
12. JACK KITTEL – Pyscho
13. THE CRICKETS - I Fought The Law
14. THE EQUALS - Police On My Back
16. LAZY LESTER - Sugarcoated Love
17. ISLEY BROTHERS - Who’s That Lady?
18. outro

Series 3: Best of Vol. 2
01. intro
02. Henry Mancini - The Pink Panther Theme (background)
03. The Tokens - The Lion Sleeps Tonight 
04. Al Green - Love & Happiness 
05. Jenny Lewis With The Watson Twins - Happy
06. The Everly Brothers - When Will I Be Loved
07. Brinsley Schwarz - What's So Funny bout Peace, Love and Understanding
08. Aretha Franklin - Don't Play That Song 
09. Elvis Presley - Little Sister 
10. Rilo Kiley - A Better Son Daughter
11. Jimmy Cliff - King of Kings 
12. Dave Bartholomew - The Monkey Speaks His Mind 
13. Joe D. Johnson - Rattlesnake Daddy  
14. Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit
15. Nina Simone - Sea Lion Woman
16. Van Morrison & The Chieftains - Raglan Road  
17. O.V. Wright - A Nickel And A Nail  
18. Anita Harris - Somebody's In My Orchard 
19. Lee Dorsey - So Long
20. outro 

Original Lineage: Streaming version > Absolute Sound Recorder > Sound Forge 6.0 > FLAC Frontend

Compiled from the files on my hard drives and produced for the 100 Greatest Bootlegs blogspot by thebasement67 (May 2013)

Volume One

Volume Two

Friday, 9 October 2015

#2 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - Passaic Night (1978)

Capitol Theatre, 
Passaic, New Jersey
September 19, 1978

Passaic Night (Crystal Cat CC 476-78)
Lineage: Silver CDs -> EAC -> WAV -> FLAC -> YOU
Artwork included.


It’s highly likely that the ‘Live Bruce Springsteen Archive Series’ will release this. If I had any input to record company releases I would accord it the deluxe treatment, and include the discs inside a hardback book package telling the story of the Darkness On The Edge Of Town tour.

Any of the big five ’78 recordings (seven if you include the more recent Passaic JEMS releases) could have appeared here. Tracks from the Roxy appear on the official live ’75-’85 box set released in the eighties, so that one was ruled out. The Fox is a great show but doesn’t have the sufficient gravitas of the other ’78 recordings. The Agora has been released as part of the above-mentioned Live Bruce series, which leaves a straight shoot out between Winterland & Passaic. Years ago, before I had any interest or knowledge of bootlegs I remember reading Dave Marsh’s book Born To Run, His enthusiasm for live recordings and unreleased songs was infectious and a tape copy of Passaic became a prized possession. This just nudges ahead of Winterland as my favourite ’78 Darkness tour recording. An astute reader of the blog previously remarked how many legendary tours there were in the seventies, this is another example to add to your collection. Those coming to this recording from the official releases will note how prominent in the mix the guitars are.

I’ve included a near 4,300-word review of this bootleg release in the notes, see disc three of your download. It gives you a comprehensive history of this recording and it’s importance. Worth reading before you listen. I've used some edited comments for the tracklist. The more compact notes that accompany this Crystal Cat bootleg follow on from the tracklist notes:

The first of a three-night stand at the 3,200-seat Capitol Theatre, and one of five Darkness Tour concerts to be broadcast on FM radio

First Set:

1-02. Badlands (5:00)

 The show begins with an astonishingly furious rendition of the new album’s opener. 
1-03. Streets Of Fire (4:47)

 Slows the pace and is characterized by Springsteen’s impassioned vocal performance and what Guterman refers to as his “loud, nasty guitar.”  
1-04. Spirit In The Night (6:50)

 An exuberant performance follows with this track from Springsteen’s debut album. Danny Federici’s organ and Clarence Clemons saxophone create an atmosphere that is both frivolous and utterly sordid.  In keeping with the gritty tone established by the Darkness songs, it concerns drunken sex in the dirt rather than romance.  
1-05. Darkness On The Edge Of Town (4:14)

 Is a passionate performance that perfectly conveys, as Christopher Sandford puts it in Springsteen: Point Blank, “a raw, harrowing awareness that we can never escape our fate.” The Chicago Tribune reviewer called, “the music almost frighteningly brutal,” particularly “the sheer feral snarl of the vocals.”
1-06. Independence Day (5:29)
 A Darkness outtake that came close to making the album. Springsteen had narrowed the album down to thirteen songs. Independence Day, along with The Promise and Don’t Look Back, failed to make the cut. The version played here, is tremendously poignant and superior to the studio take on the follow up album ‘The River’  
1-07. The Promised Land (5:23)

 Follows with a vigorous rendition continuing the Darkness theme and regarded by Schumer, as a definitive live version.
1-08. Prove It All Night (9:30)

 Is played, as Guterman writes, in “an elongated [version]…which built from a soft piano intro through a screaming guitar solo into an unruly version of the song as it appeared on the album, followed by another wicked guitar solo.”  Roy Bittan, who regards the song as, “the most exciting song of the show,” is again impressive here, and this is a fine version.
1-09. Racing In The Street (8:09)
1-10. Thunder Road (5:28)

 Roy  Bittan is arguably the star of the rest of the first set.  He contributes some beautiful playing to this exquisite and moving song on which, Springsteen sings the defining lyrics of the whole album. Bittan also plays, as Guterman says, “a crowning coda,” which Springsteen overlaid with a spoken introduction to Thunder Road. Schumer calls these the finest live versions of both Racing In The Street and Thunder Road, and the piano coda and the spoken introduction contribute immeasurably to the brilliance of these performances.  Despite the optimistic ending, there is a streak of realism here which chimes with the Darkness songs. Springsteen and the band receive a tremendous and well-deserved ovation at the end of Thunder Road.
1-11. Meeting Across The River (3:17)

 Is a beautifully measured performance, which effectively conveys the song’s melancholy mood. 
1-12. Jungleland (9:39)

 An excellent version of this epic Born To Run track follows, featuring a powerful sax solo from Clarence Clemons and a fine guitar solo from Steve Van Zandt. Again, despite the overtly romantic qualities of the song, it ends in grubby street violence as the Magic Rat is gunned down.

Second Set:

2-01. Kitty’s Back (12:49)

 Opens the second set with, a superb, thirteen-minute version. The song comes across a a little harder-edged than earlier versions, in keeping with the heavier sound of the Darkness Tour, but Federici and Bittan keep the song swinging nicely and Clemons contributes effective rasping sax.
2-02. Fire (2:54)
 Is splendidly sultry
2-03. Candy’s Room (3:03)
 Follows performed at breakneck pace.
2-04. Because The Night (6:39)
 Like Prove It All Night, begins with a scintillating interplay between Bittan’s piano and Springsteen’s guitar, and features a searing solo from Springsteen later in the song.  Despite its qualities, the Winterland rendition is even more exciting.
2-05. Point Blank (6:36)
 Is another true highlight of this set, and it is an even more intense performance than the Winterland version.  The lyrics differed slightly at different concerts, and here, in keeping with Springsteen’s explanation before the song’s debut at the Roxy in July that (in part, at least) it concerned a couple he knew who had to work two jobs a day to avoid having their house repossessed, he sings the lines, “Day shift turns to night shift/And the night shift turns to day/ And all of your hopes and your promises/Somehow they just fade away.”
2-06. Not Fade Away (4:59)
2-07. She’s The One (6:32)
 Not Fade Away rather than Mona, serves as the introduction to She’s The One but we still get the rhythmic drumming and animal calls at the start.  It segues even more smoothly than Mona manages to do into She’s The One, which receives a hugely energetic performance.
2-08. Backstreets (11:32)
 Follows, complete with the spoken “Sad Eyes” interlude, which includes the reference to driving all night to buy shoes, which of course later grew into a whole new song.  Although this is a terrific performance of the song, the spoken interlude on the Winterland version is more structured and possessed of a more coherent narrative structure.
2-09. Rosalita (11:05)
 Concludes the second set with a barnstorming version, complete with band introductions.


2-10. 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) (6:44)

 Unfortunately, unlike Great Dane, Crystal Cat concludes the second disc with the first song of the encore, a warm, wistful rendition.  Presumably this was done to create as much room as possible for bonus tracks on the third CD, but it would have been preferable to have a more natural disc break.
3-01. Born To Run (4:29)
 After the gentle start to the encore, Springsteen and the band bring the house down with the uproarious mayhem of this thunderous version
3-02. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out (3:56)
 Follows with an effervescent performance
3-03. Devil With The Blue Dress Medley (7:22)
 Is a barnstorming medley
3-04. Raise Your Hand (4:25)
 A spirited version ends the concert with some spoken interaction between Springsteen and the audience.

The bonus tracks have been excluded because the Passaic tracks were upgraded and circulated by the JEMS team..

This release features what many consider a peak of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s incredible 1978 Darkness On The Edge Of Town tour; a three show stand in an intimate theatre on home ground in New Jersey.

The first stage of the tour was coming to a close in September 1978 (though Bruce and the band would regroup to play for another two months at the end of the year) and the popularity that Bruce now enjoyed, especially in the north eastern strongholds where his music had first been appreciated en masse meant he generally was playing huge sports arenas like Madison Square Gardens and the Philadelphia Spectrum, but the real climax of the summer tour was planned to take place in consumer friendly theatre venues in both New York and New Jersey (Though there were a few more make up shows, mainly in the south east, that followed at the end of the month).

Three nights at the Palladium in Manhattan saw some major changes in the set lists prior to the shows in August and September, so that when Bruce and the band hit the stage at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey on September 19, 1978, they were presenting not only the lucky people in the auditorium with a few surprises, but also a large amount of radio listeners, as the show was being broadcast live on the New York station WNEW, which is the excellent source recording for the main body of this release.

The performance throughout this show was exceptional, as Bruce and the E Street Band always managed to raise their game when it really mattered, and in addition to some powerful readings of most of the Darkness On The Edge Of Town material there were quite a few performances of note. Such as a full band arrangement of Independence Day (which had only reappeared in the set during the Palladium shows after it’s one solo performance at the Roxy in LA back in July; an atmospheric rendition of Meeting Across the River, making one of it’s very fleeting 1978 showings; Kitty’s Back opened the second set, another song that would make it’s only 1978 appearances at the Palladium/Capitol Theatre shows, while Point Blank was another then unreleased song reintroduced into the set list after it’s solitary airing earlier in the tour at the Roxy. The encores at these shows were also restructured from earlier in the summer; with Tenth Avenue Freeze Out and the ever-popular Devil With The Blue Dress medley both back in favour.

Reviewers comments:

“To this day I have yet to hear any Darkness performance that can hold a candle to this Capitol Theatre show, song for song, note for note.  It’s perfect.  It’s Bruce’s de facto live album. At least five songs stand out as definitive live versions, not only from the Darkness tour, but from Bruce’s career: ‘Promised Land,’ ‘Prove It All Night,’the extended ‘Backstreets’ with the ‘Sad Eyes’ interlude, ‘Because The Night,’ and ‘She’s The One’ with the ‘Not Fade away’ prelude.” 
Arlen Schumer (Art Director of the first Springsteen magazine, Thunder Road (1978-82))

“There is little chance the performance here will ever be topped,”
Lynn Elder (Author of the bootleg guide Bruce Springsteen: You Better Not Touch)

“This is one of the best shows Springsteen ever did in his life and stands as one of the monumental nights of his career.”  “Dynamic…a classic three-hour show,”
Clinton Heylin (author of Bootleg: The Secret History of the Other Recording Industry, 1996)

 “Probably one of the best all-time concert recordings. Great versions of ‘Because The Night’ and ‘Fire,’ and also includes what many consider to be the best examples of ‘Racing In The Street’ and ‘Thunder Road’ ever! – Essential.” Brucebase (website)

“In my opinion, this wonderful show contains the best live versions of Racing In The Street, Thunder Road and Point Blank, reason enough to own this set.” 
Dave Marsh (author of  Born To Run: The Bruce Springsteen Story, 1979)

Disc One

Disc Two

Disc Three - Encore

Monday, 28 September 2015

#3 MOGWAI - Opposition Commissions: BBC Sessions 1996-2003

“Bear in mind that if you’ve not heard or seen Mogwai before, some of their stuff is very quiet and then goes suddenly terrifically loud.”                                                             John Peel, February 1998

“This is a John Peel band, Mogwai.” 
          Steve Lamacq, March 1999

Earlier this year in June, Mogwai celebrated their 20th anniversary together as a band; they scheduled gigs in Glasgow and London to mark the important event. 
I made the long drive to Glasgow, to see the second show on Sunday night at the famous Barrowlands. I had always wanted to see Mogwai in front of their home crowd and this was an opportunity too good to miss. As well as dedicating this post to the memory of John Peel on whose show I first heard Mogwai back in 1996. I would also like to dedicate it to the young woman that was standing next to me with her boyfriend. She started dancing frantically while everyone else near the front stood stock-still. I’m not sure whether it was my look of disbelief or the fact that she banged into me at one point, that caused her to stop. I can’t say I ever thought I would see anyone dancing to Mogwai’s music live, so respect to her. As for the show; an epic two hour incredible performance that pummelled my eardrums into submission.

On August 27, 2007, ‘Einzack’ announced on the Mogwai discussion forum "ithica45.proboards" that he’d posted to the Dimeadozen tracker, a torrent entitled ‘Opposition Commissions’, collecting the Mogwai BBC sessions that were left off the official release CD: ‘Government Commissions.’ His compilation is comprised of tracks from nine different BBC sessions, recorded between 1996 and 2003. Five sessions were recorded for the John Peel show, the last two live from Maida Vale. The remainder were split between Mary Ann Hobbs ‘Breezeblock’ show and the ‘Evening Session’ hosted by Steve Lamacq. Excluding the ten tracks released on the official release and the Mary Ann Hobbs session track ‘R U Still In 2 It?’ that was released on the deluxe edition of the debut album, the remaining 28 session tracks broadcast between 1997 and 2003 are compiled here over three discs. The only minor downside is that this set could do with some editing and fades for a more professional finish.

Over the years, the BBC engineers and studio hands have recorded and produced many excellent sessions. This is a perfect example and amongst the absolute best. You won’t find a better Mogwai bootleg; it doesn’t get better than this. Fully deserving of an official release with the complete four-disc box set treatment. If you've never heard Mogwai, you can start here and then go see them live, an experience you will never forget. Trust me!

Disc One: 50:46 
Peel Session, The Hippodrome, Golders Green, London (broadcast 11 January 1997) Lineage: FM > DAT 
xx. Superheroes Of BMX (officially released on ‘Government Commissions’)
1-01. Summer (priority version) (4:10)
1-02. Waltz For Jo (2:54)
xx. R U Still In 2 It? (officially released on ‘Government Commissions’) recorded 22/12/96
listed as ‘Mogwai Salute The Brilliance of Steve Lamacq’ in the Peel Sessions book 

Mary-Anne Hobbs / Breezeblock Session, Maida Vale Studios, London (broadcast 28 October 1997) Lineage: FM > DAT
1-03. Like Herod (12:13)
xx. R U Still In 2 It? (officially released on 'Mogwai Young Team' deluxe edition, 2008)
1-04. Helicon 1 (8:33) 

Peel Session, Maida Vale Studios, London (broadcast 17 February 1998) Lineage: FM > DAT
1-05. Procedure Four (better known as Xmas Steps) (7:06)
1-06. Ex-Cowboy (10:03)
1-07. Don't Cry (Guns n' Roses cover) (5:43)
xx. Helicon 2 (officially released on ‘Government Commissions’) 

Disc Two: 71:38 
Mary-Anne Hobbs / Breezeblock Session, Maida Vale Studios, London (broadcast 18 June 1998) Lineage: FM > cassette
2-01. Xmas Steps (11:17)
2-02. Small Children In The Background (5:19)
2-03. Kappa (5:24) 

Peel Session, Maida Vale Studios, London (broadcast 1 September 1998) Lineage: FM > DAT
2-04. Rollerball (4:27)
xx. Kappa (officially released on ‘Government Commissions’)
2-05. Spoon Test (5:57)
04. Cody (officially released on ‘Government Commissions’)
listed as ‘Country’ in the Peel Sessions book 

Steve Lamacq / Evening Session, Maida Vale Studios, London (broadcast 29 March 1999) Lineage: FM > DAT
xx. Helicon 1 (officially released on ‘Government Commissions’) 
2-06. May Nothing But Happiness Come Through Your Door (8:55)
xx. Like Herod (officially released on ‘Government Commissions’)
2-07. Chocky (6:27) 

Steve Lamacq / Evening Session, Maida Vale Studios, London (broadcast 16 April 2001) Lineage: FM > MD
2-08. Stanley Kubrick (3:56)
2-09. 2 Rights Make 1 Wrong (6:58)
2-10. You Don't Know Jesus (12:55)
xx. Secret Pint (officially released on ‘Government Commissions’) 

Disc Three: 69:44 
Peel Session, Maida Vale Studio 3, London (broadcast live 17 October 2001) Lineage: FM > MD
3-01. John Peel Intro (0:12)
3-02. Yes! I Am A Long Way From Home > Nick Drake (7:29)
3-03. You Don't Know Jesus (6:36)
3-04. Radarmaker > My Father My King (21:18)
3-05. John Peel outro (0:33) 

Peel Session, Maida Vale Studio 4, London (broadcast live 21 May 2003) Lineage: FM > CD-r
xx. John Peel Intro (officially released on ‘Government Commissions’) 
xx. Hunted By A Freak (officially released on ‘Government Commissions’) 
3-06. Kids Will Be Skeletons (3:27)
3-07. Killing All The Flies (4:01)
xx. Stop Coming To My House (officially released on ‘Government Commissions’) 
3-08. Golden Porsche (2:54)
3-09. Ratts Of The Capital (8:07)
3-10. I Know You Are But What Am I? (4:29)
3-11. Helicon 1 > John Peel outro (10:33)

Session recording dates:
t1-01 & t1-02, recorded on 22 December 1996
t1-05, t1-06 & t1-07, recorded on 20 January 1998
t2-04 & t2-05, recorded on 23 August 1998
t2-08, t2-09 & t2-10,  recorded on 10 April 2001
t3-01 to t3-05, recorded on 17 October 2001
t3-06 to t3-11, recorded on 21 May 2003 
no information is available for the recording dates of the ‘Breezeblock’ sessions 

Original notes by einzack 
Note 1: This is a compilation of all the BBC session tracks not included on the official 'Government Commissions: BBC Sessions 1996-2003' cd. I have removed all of the tracks included on the official release. 
Note 2: All but one of the sessions is taken from seeds originally uploaded to dime and by rappard. I have audio cd copies of the same generation and lineage as martin but kept his flac filesets so we did not end up with duplicate filesets in circulation. The one show he did not have was 1998-06-18, so included is a rip from my cd's. 
Note 3: I have left all of the original seeds as originally uploaded, except with the official tracks removed and md5 files added to the two 2001 sessions as per dime regs. So therefore, the removed tracks are still included in the info and md5 files. 
Note 4: The lineages included in this info file are just short abbreviations, but complete lineages are included in the respective info files for each session

Disc 1 

Disc 2 

Disc 3 

Following my comments about this needing some editing, a blog reader, Peter contacted me with links for his edited version. He has produced a 320kbps mp3 version. The links are below:

mp3 edited version part one

mp3 edited version - part two

mp3 edited version – part three

Sunday, 13 September 2015

#4 THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE - Royal Albert Hall, London 1969

Jimi Hendrix - An Evening with the Jimi Hendrix Experience
Live at the Royal Albert Hall
24 February 1969

 This recording of the Jimi Hendrix Experience performing in London for the last time, at the Albert Hall on February 24, 1969 was the subject of a legal battle in 2006, lasting through to 2008, when it was finally resolved. The English newspaper ‘The Times’ issued part of the performance on a cover mounted CD with its paper on 10 September 2006. They claimed licensing rights and permission from Charly Records, who had previously issued the show (against claims by Experience Hendrix, disputing their right to do so). Experience Hendrix LLC, the Seattle based company which owns and administers the Jimi Hendrix legacy recordings, obtained summary judgement against the ‘Times’ newspaper

The Albert Hall concert was actually filmed and recorded on behalf of a joint venture between Jimi Hendrix, his manager Michael Jeffery, and filmmakers Steve Gold and Jerry Goldstein. Experience Hendrix is the successor to the Hendrix and Jeffery interests and The Last Experience Inc. is the successor to the Gold and Goldstein interests.

Bernard Solomon, who served as the accountant for Gold & Goldstein and their companies, obtained a copy of the Albert Hall audio recording in the 1970’s. He then began to license the audio material through various companies he owned or controlled, all without license or approval from Hendrix, Gold or Goldstein. These unauthorized Albert Hall concert releases have continued over the past decades, most recently through Charly Records and its licensees. The most prominent of these bootlegs during the past few years have been the “His Greatest Hits” (Volumes 1 and 2) CDs released on the Legacy International label. Experience Hendrix has caused many major record distributors to remove these recordings from their bins and websites, but these releases continue to reappear at various retail venues.

As a consequence of its cover mount release and the resulting lawsuit by Experience Hendrix, the London Times attempted to validate the Charly Records claim, but the UK court rejected it. In its judgment dated February 19, the London court granted summary judgment in favour of Experience Hendrix and The Last Experience Inc., and awarded Experience Hendrix recoupment of its legal costs while rejecting the legal arguments and related factual contentions advanced by the London Times.
Janie Hendrix, CEO of Experience Hendrix, commented on the verdict, “Our primary focus has long been to safeguard the legacy of Jimi Hendrix; this verdict validates our efforts and we shall continue our vigilance in challenging any and all bogus claims to his work.” Jerry Goldstein of The Last Experience noted, “We, too, are pleased with the court’s decision and looking forward to working with Experience Hendrix in offering the definitive presentation of this legendary performance in the future.”

So what of the recording, it’s the excellent, unofficial and now deleted version by Purple Haze Records "An Evening With The Jimi Hendrix Experience" that takes the #4 place in our countdown. The tone from Jimi’s guitar is superb as is the sound quality. The band were fragmenting and some have complained that it’s not a band performance but Hendrix with backing musicians.
No matter, it remains one of my favourite Hendrix performances. It also features three superb rehearsal outtakes, at the beginning of disc one. Followed by the complete live show by the Experience at the Royal Albert Hall. With never ending contractual disputes delaying its official release, it was reportedly due for release in 2008. Seven years later we still wait and wait. Download this and savour King Jimi live in London, the city where his career first took off in late 1966.



 Disc 1:
1. Hear My Train A Comin' (Afternoon Sound Check)
2. Room Full Of Mirrors (Afternoon Sound Check)
3. Bleeding Heart (Afternoon Sound Check)
4. Concert Intro
5. Lover Man
6. Stone Free
7. Hear My Train A Comin'
8. I Don't Live Today
9. Red House
10.Foxy Lady

Disc 2:
1. Sunshine Of Your Love
2. Bleeding Heart
3. Fire
4. Little Wing
5. Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)
6. Room Full of Mirrors
7. Purple Haze
8. Wild Thing
9. Star Spangled Banner

Purple Haze Records - HAZE007
Source: Silver Cds > EAC > FLAC > YOU
Uploaded to Traders Den on 1st July 2008

Original notes:
This set had been previously posted without two tracks from Disc 2: 4. Little Wing and 5. Voodoo Chile (Slight Return). Different mixes of these tracks were released on the Jimi Hendrix Experience Boxset. The first disc of this torrent, is exactly the same as the first torrent I uploaded (Brad Haupt)