Friday, 6 May 2016

(Flac) ARCTIC MONKEYS - Earls Court 2013

Arctic Monkeys
Earls Court,
London, England
October 26, 2013 

FLAC radio webcast

"Absolute Radio broadcast the first fourteen songs in the correct order and also track 17 and 18.  Advert breaks have been edited and minor fades inserted where necessary. The show is now in the correct set list sequence.  I have excluded as many of the Absolute Radio voiceovers as possible. Some remain as it would have meant making cuts to the music."

The above notes were written by the original upoader. There are still frequent interruptions after many of the early songs in the set announcing 'Absolute Radio'. There is no slack as the set has been tightly edited for broadcast. The only slight flaw is that further editing work on the announcements could have been done without missing any music for a smoother playback.

Earls Court will be familiar to older blog readers as the venue of the classic Led Zeppelin UK shows in 1975. Like the Hammersmith Palais it no longer exists, demolished along with many of London's iconic and historic live venues. See the review below by Andrew Trendell 

'No tricks - just pure hedonistic entertainment from rock's new royalty'

"Earl's Court is a bit of a sorry site. Built in 1937 and since playing host to the likes of Muse, David Bowie, Queen and even the Olympics, this once grand hall has fallen from an iconic palace of culture to a rackety and cavernous aircraft hanger of an enormodome - due to be demolished in the not too distant future. Which is why it seems fitting that Arctic Monkeys should be one of the final huge gigs here: From The Ritz To Rubble.

It would be criminal if Arctic Monkeys didn't smack a big wet kiss goodbye to the old girl and join the ranks of the many legends to tread the boards here before she's razed to the ground - because that's what they are now - and now they look the part too.

Many have slammed the current Elvis-like incarnation of Alex Turner and his slick and stylish bandmates - but what do you want from the biggest band in Britain? Now they've finally got the balls and the bravado to match the bombast and brilliance of their sound. From the spotty Yorkshire lad firing out spikey riffs from his Strat hung just below his neck, to the lizard-like suited and booted rake that snakes and snarls his way across the stage today, the evolution of Turner into a rock god is now complete.

The roar that greets the band for the rumbling intro of the brilliant opener 'Do I Wanna Know' is a true heroes' welcome, and kicks off a set with no troughs whatsoever - just a series of peaks, battling to remain at the forefront of your memory.

The relentless quickfire explosion of 'Brianstorm' sees the sea of wild fanatics burst into a mosh that lasts the evening. Everyone in every corner of this vast hall is up on their feet and out of their minds for 'Teddy Picker', and even the once maligned 'Crying Lightning' is received warmly in the context of the milestone of a band striving for greatness.

Former guitarist with The Coral Bill Ryder-Jones makes an appearance for the wonderful 'Fireside', but it's 'Why Do You Only Call Me You're High' that truly hails the universal adoration of the AM material. You might be shocked to hear that this week is the eighth anniversary of 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor' debuting at No.1, but that once instant burst of promise sounds ever bit the golden oldie tonight, and goes down with the inevitable insanity of nearly a decade of indie discos.

The immediate connection of 'No 1 Party Anthem' and 'Snap Out Of It' ram home the fact that AM is an album of potential singles, but without overcomplicating or diluting anything about that Monkeys' approach. The beauty of the Monkeys lies in their simplicity. Other than a shower of confetti from the crowd-swaying 'I Wanna Be Yours',  there are no grand rock cliches here - and no OTT stadium statements. There are no dubstep electro breakdowns, no dancing robots or daft lazer special effects. They just let the music do the talking without using props as a crutch. It's just pure rock n' roll entertainment, with no tricks.

Even after Earl's Court is long gone, people will still be talking about when Arctic Monkeys breathed the fire of life into her for one last time, showing a heartwarming inverse reflection of the venue: from rubble to rock royalty. No band has unifed a generation like this since Nirvana or Oasis - who's next to challenge them? Viva the Monkeys." (review by Andrew Trendell of Gigwise - October 2013)


01. Do I Wanna Know?
02. Brianstorm
03. Dancing Shoes
04. Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair
05. Teddy Picker
06. Crying Lightning
07. One for the Road
08. Fireside
09. Reckless Serenade
10. Old Yellow Bricks
11. Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?
12. Arabella [with War Pigs snippet]
13. Pretty Visitors
14. I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor
15. Cornerstone
16. No. 1 Party Anthem
17. Fluorescent Adolescent
18. I Wanna Be Yours
19. Snap Out of It
20. Mardy Bum [semi-acoustic]
21. R U Mine?

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

(Flac) ELBOW - St. Paul's Cathedral 2011

St. Paul's Cathedral Crypt
London, England
Thursday, 26 May 2011

I bought Elbow's debut CD not long after its release in 2001, inspired specifically by the track Scattered Black and Whites, which I had heard on a cover mounted magazine compilation. Since then over the last fifteen years they have written a catalogue of songs that have few rivals amongst their peers.

Certain live recordings just stand out, even after hearing only a few minutes, this one impressed me and five years on those initial thoughts that this was a special show that would be worth passing on down the years have been vindicated. I listened to this during last Christmas holiday period and marked it down for a blog post. It's a bootleg of sheer class with perfect sound quality, and a sublime performance in which you can hear and feel the ambience of such an unusual venue.

 Absolute Radio recorded and streamed Elbow in FLAC technology (Fully Lossless Audio Codec) for a superior audio experience for fans.
Lineage: Soundboard > PC > Magix Music Editor to track, name & burn to cdr > Accurate rip to Flac level 8. (from the first broadcast on Absolute Radio on 5 June, 2011 between 7 and 8pm)

"It was when Guy Garvey was forced to hush his girlfriend because her off-stage chatter was disturbing him during one of his songs that you truly realised this was no ordinary occasion. Elbow have always appeared the most intimate of bands. Recent success may have propelled them into the arenas but last night, amid the low, vaulted ceiling of the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral, the Bury band found a stage to deliver an intense and personal concert.

It was the first time a band had ever played here. With its historic tombs - Nelson, Wellington and Sir Christopher Wren are all buried here - the venue could have felt sepulchral, crowded with dead souls. Instead, buoyed by the warmth and goodwill that poured out from the 300-strong audience towards them, the five piece - a rag tag collection of old suits, paunches, beards and baldness - gave them an experience bordering on the religious. Careful not to overpower such a small space, the band took the opportunity to jettison some of their more rousing material and instead show off some of their subtler songs. The resulting 90 minutes were a triumph.

Opener Mirrorball set the scene, as gorgeous and thrilling as when first heard. Open Arms was transformed from a stadium sing-along anthem into a pared-back hymn to the healing power of friends and family. The finely tuned dynamics of the performance centred, as ever, on Garvey's extraordinary voice in all its careworn perfection. But the unplugged style also lent greater weight than normal to Mark Potter's finely picked acoustic guitar and his brother Craig's inventive, lilting interventions on the piano. Backed by strings and Richard Jupp's shuffling drums, the band mixed old favourites - Great Expectations, One Day Like This - with unexpected selections from their back catalogue, with the epic, swelling romance of Switching Off a particular stand-out. Songs from their latest album seemed written with this gig in mind. Highlights included a bass-heavy Jesus Is A Rochdale Girl, Lippy Kids, their paean to golden youth and an unexpected outing for Dear Friends, the soaring, dreamy coda to the record.

Garvey's Northern charm and self-deprecating humour - "I've got bluster enough for the sails of a clipper" - combined with the optimism and hope that suffuse his bittersweet lyrics, invited each member of the tiny audience to believe every song was being sung just for them. This was never truer than on the final number, the little-played Scattered Black and Whites from their 2001 album Asleep in the Back, a moving and beautiful recollection of early memories, soaring and tender in its loveliness. His rich voice bolstered by aloe vera juice, Garvey at times looked overcome by the intimacy of the occasion - organised by Absolute Radio for a special high definition broadcast - and appeared to wipe away tears from his eyes several times. Towards the close, Garvey glanced up at the ceiling towards the cathedral above and remarked that he and the band felt humbled. "And in our rightful place in the basement," he teased. Such modesty, after an evening like this, was hardly necessary."   Review by Matthew Bayley, 27 May 2011

01. Introduction & preamble
02. Mirrorball
03. Open Arms
04. The Night Will Always Win
05. Great Expectations
06. Jesus Is a Rochdale Girl
07. Grounds For Divorce
08. Switching Off
09. The River
10. One Day Like This
11. Lippy Kids
12. Dear Friends
13. Scattered Black & Whites


Monday, 11 April 2016


NETKUPS began just over four years ago and it was more useful than most sites in offering a choice of torrent or instant download. Unfortunately that now seems to be at an end, since last week the site has been replaced by an FBI anti piracy logo. This consequently affects the blog, after the demise of Rapidshare, Megaupload and Divshare, Netkups became my choice of cloud host until Mega was launched. It  means that over forty links are now affected and downloads are unavailable.

Most of the posts in 2012 still have a working link, these do not and are unavailable:
Radiohead - In Rainbows Live From the Basement 2008
Neil Young - Chrome Dreams (Rust edition)
The Fall - Sound City 1992-93
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot demos
White Stripes - Peel Session 2001 (to be officially released)
Bruce Springsteen - Max’s Kansas City 1973
Radiohead – Roseland Ballroom 2011

2013 – 2014
These posts have taken the biggest hit and the majority have been affected and are now unavailable, only four links are working and these are:
Elvis Costello & the Attractions – Zellerbach Auditorium, Berkeley, CA. 1978
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Kingston Dub
Patti Smith – Musikhalle, Hamburg 1996
Beatles – Get Back Acetate 1969

These have survived intact and are working

To repost over forty links would take up a not inconsiderable amount of my time and I have frequently done so in the past, especially after Divshare went down but this time enough is enough. I have no desire to keep on renewing disabled links. The blog will continue to the end of the year to enable the new posts that have already been scheduled and sorted for upload. A new edition of Best Boots (2016) will then be made available as a PDF document in December and will be the final post.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

(Flac) THE BEATLES - Unreleased


01. Love of the Loved - Decca Records audition January 1, 1962.
Unreleased Beatles song, Cilla Black used it for her debut single release in 1963  (Decca Audition)

02. I Saw Her Standing There - Private rehearsal,  Cavern Club, Liverpool, late 1962.
No harmonica on the final recorded version (For No One)

03. Bad to Me - Demo acetate, mid-1963.
Another unreleased Beatles song that was given away, this time to Billy J. Kramer. (For No One)

04. Roll Over Beethoven - BBC session, June 24, 1963.
A superior version than the one released on "Live at the BBC" with a longer guitar solo and better bass sound  (BBC-UB V3t53)

05. Sure to Fall (In Love With You) - BBC session, March 31, 1964.
Another superior take  to the one released. This Carl Perkins cover has a different bridge than the official selection from September 1963 (BBC-UB V8t48)

06. A Hard Day's Night - Take 4  April 16, 1964 EMI session
The reverbed guitar chord is attempted three times before a satisfactory beginning is taped. The track has some of the worst guitar playing recorded by George Harrison. (The Red Light’s On)

 07. I'm Happy Just to Dance with You - BBC session, July 17, 1964.
More mistakes by George Harrison, this time with the lyrics (BBC-UB V9t33)

08. What You're Doing - Take 11, September 30, 1964.
An alternate take that has noticeably more 12-string guitar (The Red Light’s On)

09. I'm a Loser - BBC session, May 26, 1965, Taken from the last session that the Beatles recorded for the BBC (BBC-UB V10t26)

10. That Means a Lot - Take 24 and "test" take, March 30, 1965.
Different than the Anthology take, a much faster arrangement that breaks down (The Red Light’s On)

11. Norwegian Wood - Take 2, October 21, 1965.
Again different than the Anthology 2 take; nearer the released version but the sitar is different and the track has a heavier beat (The Red Light’s On)

12. We Can Work It Out - Paul McCartney composing tape, autumn 1965
On this short extract Paul performs solo on vocal and acoustic guitar. (For No One)

13. She Said, She Said - John Lennon composing tape, early 1966
John performs solo on vocal and acoustic guitar. Early lyrics differ from the final version (For No One)

14. Strawberry Fields Forever - Home demo, Autumn 1966. John again performing solo accompanied by acoustic guitar. (The Red Light’s On)

15. Flying - September 8, 1967 - A Magical Mystery Tour instrumental, an alternate mix with a cabaret style ending (The Red Light’s On)

16. Back in the U.S.S.R. - George's house, late May 1968 from the Esher demos recorded shortly before The White Album sessions (White Album deluxe Purple Chick)

17. I'm Just a Child of Nature - George's house, late May 1968 from the Esher demos recorded shortly before The White Album sessions.  An unreleased Beatles song that John reworked as Jealous Guy for his 1971 Imagine album. (White Album deluxe Purple Chick)

18. Revolution - Late May 1968 at George's house, from the Esher demos recorded shortly before The White Album sessions.  (For No One)

19. I'm So Tired - January 3, 1969 from the Get Back/Let It Be sessions. Paul on lead vocals. 01/03/69 Disc 1: t39. 3.38 (2:32)  (A/B Sessions (Purple Chick)

20. Get Back - January 10, 1969 from the Get Back/Let It Be sessions. John on lead vocals. 01/10/69 (A/B Sessions (Purple Chick))

21. Besame Mucho - January 29, 1969 from the Get Back/Let It Be sessions. Fooling around on a song they used at auditions in 1962. 01/29/69 Disc 4: t03. 29.40 (2:27)  A/B Sessions (Purple Chick)

 22. Let It Be - January 26, 1969 from the Get Back/Let It Be sessions. This is an alternate version with Billy Preston's gospel sounding organ more prominent in the mix. It appeared on the first Get Back acetate which was the basis for one of the first and most popular Beatles bootlegs (Get Back ‘Elektra’ acetate)

 23. Something - Take 37, July 11, 1969. The violins are absent from this and it has a long instrumental coda cut from the final arrangement on Abbey Road. (Abbey Road deluxe v2 sessions (Purple Chick))

 24. Oh Yoko - May 26 to June 2, 1969, John & Yoko's hotel room, the Bed-In for Peace, Montreal
Acoustic guitar and lead vocals by John with Yoko contributing backing harmonies. An early version of the song that appeared on the 1971 Imagine album. (Complete Lost Lennon V12t23)

 25. Nowhere to Go - Circa late May 1970 George Harrison demo for All Things Must Pass
George solo on vocals and electric guitar on an unreleased song (The Art of Dying (All Things Must Pass Outtakes))

26. Long Tall Sally - August 29, 1966, Candlestick Park, San Francisco.
Less than a minute of the Beatles last live song from their final show, until the rooftop appearance in 1969. (Candlestick Park (Masterdisc))

Bonus hidden track
If I Fell - Convention Hall, Philadelphia, September 2, 1964. (CDR trade)

A listing of 30 of the most interesting unreleased Beatles tracks from the book "The Unreleased Beatles: Music and Film" was used as the basis for the compilation. It was compiled by the basement67 for the 100 greatest bootlegs blog (March 2016). The sources I have used are in brackets after the notes on each track.


Note that two tracks from Richie Unterberger's list are missing from this post. These have now been officially released on the BBC sessions 'BBC Vol.2'

Beautiful Dreamer - January 22, 1963 BBC session. Saturday Club, broadcast 26 January 1963
Lucille - September 3, 1963 BBC session.  Pop Go The Beatles, broadcast 17 September 1963

The following track was not used:

If I Fell - Early 1964 John Lennon demo vocal and acoustic guitar
This is a very lo-fi recording with extremely low sound levels (Complete Lost Lennon V15t19)


More information on the book that inspired this post can be found at this site:
The Unreleased Beatles: Music and Film by Richie Unterberger


Monday, 22 February 2016

(Flac) JEFF BUCKLEY - Knitting Factory, New York 1997

Tuesday 4 February, 1997
Knitting Factory, New York, NY.

Next month sees a 'new' Jeff Buckley release "You And I". Comprising session recordings discovered by Sony as they sought to compile material for a 20th anniversary re-release of Grace in 2014. These were recorded at Steve Addabbo's West 21st Street, New York studio, over two solo eight-hour sessions in early February 1993. Further recordings with back up musicians followed at the Knitting Factory in May, these were stored together with the test session tape in Columbia's archives.

For this post we move on to Tuesday 4 February 1997. It would be Jeff's last solo performance in New York, part of the 10th Anniversary celebrations at the Knitting Factory, the downtown club where he had performed early in his career. Struggling with sound problems affecting his guitar and telling the audience that his voice was "shot" he nevertheless turned in a fascinating and important performance over a short seven song set. There is a sparse raw feeling to the music, playing mostly new tracks; Jeff was also accompanied by his former band mate Gary Lucas on a live version of 'Grace'.

A week later Jeff and his band would fly to Memphis to continue the ill-fated Easley sessions with Tom Verlaine.

01. Lover You Should've Come Over 8:07
02. Jewel Box 5:41
03. Morning Theft 4:29
04. Grace (feat. Gary Lucas)* 6:43
05. The Sky is A Landfill 7:11
06. Everybody Here Wants You 5:27
07. Yard Of Blonde Girls 4:57

Total running time: 42:35

Soundboard recording
Lineage: Flac > CDr > EAC (sec. mode) > Wav > Flac
Uploaded to Dime in 2005

On this concert for the 10th anniversary of the Knitting Factory, Jeff played a solo gig followed by  Jazz Passengers after him.


Saturday, 23 January 2016


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 disc or the best on hard drives for safe keeping and possible future uploads.

The titles covered in this booklet are in my opinion:

The 50 best bootlegs available for download from the WWW in 2015. 

Full details have been included for each bootleg such as:
  • Venue 
  • Date of performance
  • Type of recording - soundboard, FM, from the audience, etc. 
  • Taper’s name if available
  • Lineage
  • Running time
  • Name of uploader
  • Date uploaded
  • Website address
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. Details also include:
  • Complete track listing
  • Track timings
  • Informative comment on each bootleg. 
  • Index 
  • Brief details of the best of the rest including a further 20 bootlegs
The PDF document comprises:
  • 32 pages in A4
  • Word count 16,500 +
  • 50 bootleg images. 
It will be emailed direct to anyone who donates to the blog in 2016. 

Each donor can request a bootleg included that they would like to see appear on the blog. Links for the most popular two or three will then be posted 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 Star’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