Friday, 18 May 2018

Best Bootlegs 2015-17

Since many of the links were lost (see Downloads box on top right-hand side panel). I have received many emails inquiring as to where the bootlegs documented on site can be found. This PDF booklet will point you in the right direction, the sites I used and importantly the web addresses that they can be found at. Although it concentrates on the best bootlegs I have downloaded in the last three years, the websites and addresses mentioned are where I previously obtained most of the bootlegs included in the 100 greatest bootlegs blog listing.

The 150 best bootlegs available via internet download, 2015-17 
(3 Years - 91 different artists)

The selections for the 100 greatest bootlegs site were mostly made from downloads prior to 2015. This document includes the best bootlegs I have downloaded in the following years, 2015 to 2017. It includes some that could easily stake a place for being included in that early list. I will leave those for you to ponder on. Having discarded numerous titles in the last three years, these are the best downloaded in that time frame.

I had considered switching to an A to Z format but it would have lost the sense of continuity running through the document. For example the titles at the beginning of the book were those downloaded in early 2015, those on the latter pages date from the end of 2017 and these consequently will be much easier to find. As you will discover the net ebbs and flows, those titles not available currently will eventually make a re-appearance; it’s just a matter of patience.

Full details have been included for each, such as the venue and date of the performance, the type of recording – soundboard, FM, from the audience, etc. and information on the lineage and running times. Most importantly the website address is given for each download. A complete track listing is included, along with track timings and informative comments about each bootleg. The index will help you find instantly a particular artist that is of interest to you.

I have not provided a sound quality rating as virtually all are of sufficient high quality to rate around 5 out of 5, some are worthy of 5+ like the best official releases.

These have been carefully selected from the numerous bootlegs downloaded and listened to throughout the last three years - these are the best. As you can imagine, it originally took some amount of time and effort to pull this all together. What to include and just as importantly what to leave out, has taken considerable thought and listening hours, enjoyable nonetheless. So if you are a fan of any of the ninety-one artists featured, then I can confidently state that you will definitely enjoy the bootlegs that have been chosen.

The PDF document comprises:
  • 88 pages A4
  • Word count 50,454
  • 150 bootleg images

Full details have been included for each bootleg such as:
  • Venue
  • Date of performance
  • Type of recording - soundboard, FM, from the audience, etc.
  • Lineage
  • Running time
  • 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. Further details include:

  • Complete track listings
  • Track timings
  • Informative comments about each bootleg.
  • Index

Included in the main body of the text are details of the 150 bootlegs and where to find them by the following artists:
  •     RYAN ADAMS
  •     ASWAD
  •     THE BAND
  •     BEATLES (2)
  •     BECK
  •     BLONDIE
  •     DAVID BOWIE (4)
  •     BROADCAST (2)
  •     CALEXICO (2)
  •     COCTEAU TWINS (2)
  •     CRAMPS (2)
  •     CREAM
  •     THE CURE
  •     BOB DYLAN (2)
  •     THE FALL
  •     FELT
  •     FLEETWOOD MAC (3)
  •     RORY GALLAGHER (3)
  •     GANG OF FOUR
  •     DAVID GILMOUR (2)
  •     GRATEFUL DEAD (2)
  •     PJ HARVEY (2)
  •     JIMI HENDRIX (2)
  •     THE JAM
  •     JAPAN
  •     THE KILLS
  •     KRAFTWERK (2)
  •     LAMBCHOP (3)
  •     MAZZY STAR (2)
  •     MISTY IN ROOTS (2)
  •     MOGWAI (2)
  •     NEW ORDER (6)
  •     NIRVANA (2)
  •     OUTCASTS
  •     PEARL JAM (3)
  •     PIL (2)
  •     PINK FLOYD
  •     PIXIES (2)
  •     POGUES
  •     IGGY POP
  •     RADIOHEAD (3)
  •     REM (3)
  •     SANTANA
  •     PATTI SMITH (2)
  •     SPECIALS
  •     STEELY DAN
  •     SUICIDE
  •     TELEVISION (3)
  •     THIN LIZZY
  •     TRIFFIDS
  •     TOM VERLAINE (3)
  •     TOM WAITS
  •     THE WHO
  •     THE VERVE (2)
  •     NEIL YOUNG (8)
    If you would like a copy, it's only £5 GBP via the donate button, you do not require a paypal account. An audio sampler is available on a preceding post (see 29 December). Those tracks are from bootlegs that never made the final list, but they will give you an idea of the sound quality I look for.

    page samples above

    Thursday, 17 May 2018

    CAT POWER - Black Sessions 2008 (Flac)

    While the 2018 bootleg scene is unusually quiet for me (surprisingly only seven downloads in four months) it seems an appropriate time to post this wonderful Black Session by Cat Power. It was originally downloaded sometime in early 2008-09 and saved to data disc, my method of backing up, before the price of separate hard drives dropped. I discovered it amongst a clutch of other discs stored in a Doctor Martens box under the stairs. The DM's are long gone but fortunately the audio files remain.

    This is a solid contender for inclusion amongst the greatest Cat Power bootlegs. The sound quality is quite startling for an FM broadcast. The uploader's notes contain no information on the equipment used that has resulted in such a great recording.

    Many of the torrents I downloaded 10 years ago, have appeared in re-seeds but this one is not easily located (at the time of writing). The only flaw is that there is some interference to the FM reception, at points throughout this show, and that may have been a factor in excluding it from the 100 Greatest listing. A Sangatte commercial boot of the session is also in circulation. I've not heard it and it's possible that it may have been sourced from this recording. If it is a different source then it will need to go some to be superior to this.

    The session focuses heavily on the then current (2008) release 'Jukebox'

    Cat Power - Black Sessions
    Studio, Maison de Radio France,
    Paris, France

    Recording and broadcast : January 23rd, 2008
    Lineage : FM > CDWav > Flac > you

    01. intro by Lenoir
    02. Metal Heart
    03. New York
    04. Ramblin' (Wo) man
    05. Silver Stallion
    06. Lost Someone
    07. Lord, Help The Poor And Needy
    08. The Dark End Of The Street
    09. Song To Bobby
    10. Naked If I Want To
    11. Don't Explain
    12. Aretha, Sing One For Me
    13. She's Got You (false start)
    14. She's Got You
    15. Lived In Bars

    Recorded & edited by svp, for you. Bernard Lenoir's comments have not been removed,
    remember that some folks here like to have it all.



    Sunday, 4 March 2018

    NEIL YOUNG - Home Town: Live In Omemee, 2017

    Neil Young (solo)
    Live at Coronation Hall,
    Omemee, Ontario, Canada.
    1 December 2017


    Only a few months after being inducted into the Canadian Singer-Songwriters Hall of fame, Neil Young returned to the town of Omemee, Ontario where he grew up, to play a special solo concert for 225 guests.

    The concert was performed on December 1, 2017 at Coronation Hall in Omemee. It was streamed online and broadcast on Canadian television. Young performed several classic hits, as well as new songs from his recent album 'The Visitor' and rarities that had not been played live in years
    (e.g. "There's a World"). The show is full of comments and asides from Young about his music.

    This audio was recorded from an uncompressed OTA broadcast of the concert and downmixed from 5.1 to 2 channel WAV before being edited and exported as 48 kHz/24 bit FLAC files. The average dynamic range is 14 dB according to Dynamic Range Meter. Care has been taken to keep the best audio quality possible.

    01. Comes a Time
    02. "modern technology" comment
    03. Journey Through the Past
    04. Long May You Run
    05. I'm Glad I Found You
    06. Tumbleweed
    07. "hank" comment
    08. Old Man
    09. Old King
    10. Someday
    11. "it's been through a few changes" comment
    12. There's a World
    13. "not enough mistakes" comment
    14. Stand Tall
    15. War of Man
    16. Don't Be Denied
    17. "not the oldest one" comment
    18. Helpless
    19. Heart of Gold
    20. One of These Days
    21. Mother Earth (Natural Anthem)
    22. "this little journey" comment
    23. Sugar Mountain

    Canadian Television 'Over The Air' broadcast > Downmixed 5.1 to 2 channel WAV > edited & exported > 48 kHz/24bit FLAC

    OTA is short for Over The Air, it uses MP2, of which the data etc. is still too high for cable or satellite. Debates continue on forums about whether it is uncompressed or compressed. What I will say is that, this is the best quality, currently available of this show. At least until Neil Young releases it officially.

    This was the only bootleg downloaded last month (that I kept) and is consequently bootleg of the month for February 2018

    Reviewed by Bruce Head - 2 December, 2017
    On Friday (December 1), Neil Young returned to his childhood hometown of Omemee, Ontario to deliver a solo acoustic concert live-streamed to fans both in Canada and around the world.

    While the concert was a promotion for the release of Neil’s new record The Visitor, he only played one song from that record. However, the show was also a promotion for the launch of the Neil Young Archives — where fans can stream music from Neil’s entire catalog — which may explain why the remaining songs he performed were a mix of beloved classics and some tunes Neil hasn’t performed in many years.

    The invite-only audience inside Coronation Hall included some notable Canadian musicians like Randy Bachman (The Guess Who, BTO) and Tom Wilson (Junkhouse, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings) as well as local musicians like Bobby Watson and kawarthaNOW’s own Josh Fewings of Mayhemingways (Josh also worked on the set-up crew). Some teachers from the Scott Young Public School in Omemee — named in honour of Neil’s father, who has since passed away — were also there. Proceeds from the concert and the live stream (reportedly $18,000) are going back to the school’s music program as well as The Bridge School in California (a school for children with severe speech and physical impairments).

    While Neil was inside Coronation Hall, Omemee’s King Street was crowded with both local residents and visitors. Some people lined up to get into the enclosed viewing area set up outside the venue, where old-fashioned television sets displayed the live stream from inside the venue. The live stream, which was directed by Neil’s girlfriend and actress Daryl Hannah, began with a short video featuring scenes from Omemee along with photographs of Neil from the time he lived there (from when he was four to eight years old), with Neil providing reminiscent narration. Neil then walked to the stage where he performed 18 songs over almost two hours, switching mainly between guitar and harmonica and piano but also performing on ukelele, banjo, and pump organ. With a mic inserted in his harmonica holder, he frequently spoke to the audience between songs, as he moved around the heavily decorated set.

    Others may disagree, but it seemed to this writer that Neil appeared a bit off-kilter at first, perhaps adjusting to the unusual set-up for the concert or to being back in his home town and broadcasting a live concert to the world. He stopped to drink water frequently (he removed his jacket because he said it was too hot), before switching to tea with honey and eventually a beer. He hesitated at times, either for which song he would play next, or in choosing the correct instrument for the song (his crew helped him out there). When there was a small problem with a guitar, he joked “Omemee performance marred by technical problems” (other than that minor incident, there were no technical problems). However, all of this didn’t affect Neil’s performance and, if anything, his humour and openness just made the concert feel more intimate and endeared Neil to the crowd even more (at one point he commented that the world is “too perfect” and we need to embrace our mistakes).

    Neil opened the concert with the title track of his 1978 studio album Comes A Time, followed by “Love Is A Rose” (recorded first by Linda Ronstadt before Neil recorded it on Decade). He switched to piano for “Journey Through the Past” (a song he first performed on piano in 1971 at Massey Hall and recorded later that year with The Stray Gators) and returned to guitar for “Long May You Run”, the title track from the 1976 record by the Stills-Young Band, his collaboration with Stephen Stills. It was back to piano for “I’m Glad I Found You” from 2014’s Storytone and then Neil picked up the ukelele for “Tumbleweed”, also from that record. Neil then returned to guitar for his classic 1972 tune “Old Man” from Harvest. Before launching into the tune, he donned a ball cap that read ‘Ben Keith – Man of Steel’ and spoke about the former pedal steel guitarist, who played with him for almost 40 years. Ben died in 2010 aged 73, at his home on Neil’s Broken Arrow Ranch in northern California, where in 1970 Neil was inspired to write “Old Man” about Louis Avila, the caretaker of the ranch that Neil purchased when he was 25 years old. Next up was “Old King” on banjo, from 1992’s Harvest Moon, a tune Neil last performed in 2009. Then it was back to piano for “Someday” from 1989’s Freedom, and then “There’s a World” from Harvest — a tune Neil hasn’t performed since 1971.

    The final five songs of Neil’s set were all on the guitar. He began with the debut of “Stand Tall”, the only tune he played from his new record The Visitor, which was released on the same day as the concert. He followed that with “War Of Man” from Harvest Moon, the first time Neil has performed this song in concert since 2013. He then performed “Don’t Be Denied” from 1973’s Time Fades Away, a song he last played solo in 2003. When Neil launched into “Helpless” — a song he wrote for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s 1970 album Déjà Vu — the Omemee audience lit up for its referential opening lyric “There is a town in north Ontario”. Before leaving the stage, he followed up with another big crowd-pleaser, “Heart of Gold” from Harvest.

    Following a long standing ovation by the crowd, Neil came back for a three-song encore, first performing “One Of These Days” from Harvest Moon. He then moved to the pump organ for “Mother Earth (Natural Anthem)” from 1990’s Ragged Glory before returning to the guitar for his final song, “Sugar Mountain”, first released as a single in 1969 and then re-released on 1977’s Decade.

    Link Info

    Saturday, 3 March 2018

    RICKIE LEE JONES - Live in Amsterdam 1979

    Rickie Lee Jones
    Theatre Carré, Amsterdam,
    The Netherlands,
    3 September 1979.

    FM broadcast

    January's choice for bootleg of the month is an FM recording, broadcast by Dutch radio and features Rickie Lee Jones live from Amsterdam in 1979. Sound quality and levels vary as a result of the show being put together from two different sources. It could do with a little work, some fades and lowering the sound levels on a few tracks, but this is still an upgrade, compared to the previously torrented version of the show.

     Rickie lee Jones left home as a young teenager. Her drunken travels along the West Coast of the US eventually led her to Los Angeles where she took waitressing jobs and honed her song writing skills in small clubs and wherever she could get a gig. She met Tom Waits and began a relationship, which would lead her to take song writing more seriously and her first taste of success came through credits for her own composition 'Easy Money' on Lowell George’s solo album “Thanks, I’ll Eat It Here”. On the strength of this and a four track demo, she signed to Warner Brothers and began work on her self titled debut album which although mainly written in 1978 was eventually released in 1979. She performs seven of its eleven tracks live during this Amsterdam show.

     Original notes:
     Digging through my box of old tapes I stumbled into this recording. A very good radio broadcast from her first promotional tour. Recorded and broadcasted by KRO Radio.

    A different source was issued for sale on the bootleg “On Saturday Afternoons in 1979”

    One song, 'Something Cool' was later released on the CD release of Girl at Her Volcano (first released as a 10 inch EP). This stereo recording, taken from two cassettes, gave me the possibility to patch a fade in and out on the last track. 'Sentimental Journey' track 6 is taken from my early seed and is in mono.

    Setlist :
    01 High Gear And Young Blood
    02 Something Cool
    03 Young Blood
    04 The Last Chance Texaco
    05 Weasel And The White Boys
    06 Sentimental Journey
    07 Coolsville
    08 Easy Money
    09 Chuck E’s In Love
    10 Up On The Roof
    11 On Saturday Afternoons In 1963
    12 Jam and band introduction

    Line up :
    Rickie Lee Jones: vocals, guitars, keyboards
    Neil Larsen: Keyboards
    Buzzy Feiten: Guitars
    Reggie McBride: bass
    Art Rodriguez: drums
    Steve Letzner: percussion
    Larry Williams: saxophone

    Track 1. High Gear And Young Blood is by The Larsen-Feiten Band (Rickie Lee's backing band)

    Source : FM > Cassette > Audacity > CD Wave Editor > Flac
    Another one from the box of old tapes !

    Link Info!Xo0THLrD!9oI--QXEtjjqNltKbWI6fnQ47uh9f7UBToDbl73-oqM

    Sunday, 25 February 2018

    V/A - Exodus 40 - 1Xtra Remake (2017)

    Exodus - 1Xtra Remake
    David Rodigan
    BBC Radio 1 FM
    31 December 2017

    To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Bob Marley & The Wailers album 'Exodus', 1Xtra has re-created this masterpiece with the likes of Protoje, Chronixx, Kiko Bun, Morgan Heritage, the Marley Brothers and more. It includes an extended interview with Chris Blackwell.  Side One of the album, always the stongest again shines best on this project. Although Jamming & Turn Your Lights Down Low are well conceived versions too.

    01. Sly & Robbie & The Taxi Gang - Natural Mystic (1Xtra Exodus Session, 7 Feb 2017)
          (ft. Noel “Bunny” Brown) (3:29)
    02. Cosima - So Much Things To Say (1Xtra Exodus Session, 30th May 2017) (4:27)
    03. Chronixx - Guiltiness (1Xtra Exodus Session, 22nd May 2017) (6:29)
    04. Protoje - The Heathen (1Xtra Exodus Session, 13th May 2017) (4:14)
    05. Dre Island - Exodus (1Xtra Exodus Session, 9th February 2017) (5:49)

    06. Kiko Bun - Jamming (1Xtra Exodus Session, 30th May 2017) (4:09)
    07. Morgan Heritage - Waiting in Vain (1Xtra Exodus Session, 8th May 2017) (4:33)
    08. Christopher Martin - Turn Your Lights Down Low (1Xtra Exodus Session, 8th Feb 2017) (3:54)
    09. Angel - Three Little Birds (1Xtra Exodus Session, 7th February 2017) (2:52)
    10. Stephen Marley, Damian Marley & Julian Marley - One Love
          (1Xtra Exodus Live From Glastonbury, 20th June 2007) (4:10)

    11. Chris Blackwell Interview (25:28)

    Programme first broadcast on BBC R1Xtra Sunday 4 June, 2017 at 7pm. This repeat is a first time broadcast on FM radio. The first 8 minutes of the Chris Blackwell interview were patched in from the BBC i-player as the beginning of the FM recording missed it.

    This was the final bootleg of the month for 2017.

    Sunday, 31 December 2017


    A self explanatory title for this post, we reach the end of the year and the bootlegs of the month for 2017 are listed below:

    JOE STRUMMER & THE MESCALEROS - Key Arena, Seattle, WA.  October 17, 2001

    BROADCAST - BBC Radio & TV Sessions (1996-2000) (Flac)

    FELT - BBC sessions (1984-86)
    NEW ORDER - Central London Polytechnic, London.  December 6, 1985

    TINARIWEN - The Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool, England. March 7, 2017

    PRIMAL SCREAM - Xtrmntr Live: BBC Maida Vale Studios, London. tx March 20, 2000

    LAMBCHOP - Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY. March 30, 2017

    WOMAD UK - World On 3 from the Womad Festival, Charlton Park, Malmesbury, England. July 28-30, 2017

    August (not posted)
    RHIANNON GIDDENS - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA. May 5, 2017

    THE VERVE - Unreleased Urban Hymns
    DAVID RODIGAN'S REGGAE SHOW - Prince Buster Special

    TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS - Studio A, Capitol Records Tower, Hollywood CA. tx.November 11, 1977
    STEELY DAN - The 'Lost' Gaucho

    JOHNNY CASH & The Tennessee Two - Radio Broadcasts 1956-59

    VARIOUS ARTISTS - Exodus 40 1Xtra Remake, David Rodigan show, BBC Radio 1 FM. tx December 31, 2017

    Friday, 29 December 2017


    What have we got here for you? A reggae version of a classic song by a rock artist, a legendary reggae artist playing acoustic, a tribute to Tom Petty, a rare Banshees session track, two killer sounding instrumentals and as they say much, much, more. Available for all, the link is at the bottom of this post.

    I'm really pleased with the way this has turned out, especially the sequencing and sound levels which are quite balanced. As a diverse compilation of unreleased music it really flows well together. I hope you think so and enjoy it over the holidays. Festive greetings to everyone and have a great new year in 2018.

    The 2017 Bootleg promo was compiled from stand-out tracks from bootlegs that were excluded from the document 'Best Bootlegs 2015-17' (the annual update will be available in January). Some of the tracks included were from sessions or live show broadcasts of only two or three tracks and it didn't seem feasible to include such short part sets. These tracks were saved in a folder throughout the year before finalising the selections for this compilation. Those selected for the best bootlegs document are the best, but this promo download will give you an idea of the quality that was necessary to have been included in the forthcoming document.

    A previous promo disc from 2015 was mentioned in a Hi-Fi forum, a member was using it to test their audio equipment. Now I know that these tracks are high quality but that was a bit too much, certainly a compliment to the selections and the tapers that recorded them but I would suggest using official studio releases for that purpose.

    As for the best boots document itself, work is ongoing. I've dropped the 'Best of the Rest' section (five of those titles have been added to the main body of the document), it was essentially a stop gap to deal with the avalanche of new and upgraded music that invariably appears each Christmas holidays. The season of goodwill certainly extends to the amazing efforts of collectors and uploaders responsible for this deluge.


    01. BECK - Black Tambourine (KCRW session, Santa Monica, CA. November 7, 2017) FM
    Recorded live in front of a small audience, this is a standout not just from this session but of the album it appeared on. A rhythmic masterpiece from Beck

    02. STEVE MILLER BAND - The Joker (live Beacon Theatre, New York. April 12, 1975) FM
    An absolute classic and what a performance this is, Steve gets his reggae vibe on during this live extended version.

    03. PETER TOSH - Creation (acoustic solo) (WHFS, Bethesda, MD. March 14, 1979) FM
    A difficult to find CD 'I Am That I Am' was released with Peter's appearances on US radio, this track is still unreleased.

    04. ANTHONY D'AMATO - I Won't Back Down (BBC RS session, Glasgow. November 28, 2017) FM
    A poignant tribute for the sad loss of Tom Petty, a true American great.

    05. LEONARD COHEN - First We Take Manhattan (live Kongresshaus, Zurich. May 21, 1993) FM
    Sadly missed, Leonard is at his humourous best on this track. Taken from the upgraded FM source and not the bootleg included in the 100 greatest bootlegs listing.

    06. SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES - The Double Life (BBC R1 session 1994) FM
    An electronic dance rhythm collides with the Banshees 80's style on a rare session track, their last ever for the BBC?

    07. SLY & ROBBIE - Taxi (BBC R1Xtra session, Jamaica 2017)
    One of the most famous Jamaican dancehall riddims ever. The only lossy track here, from a digital BBC radio station session.

    08. AUTOMATIC DLAMINI - Johnny Pineapple (Unreleased album 1990) SBD
    From an unreleased album, ex-members Polly Jean Harvey and John Parrish went on to greater things but this is an impressive early song.

    09. THE FALL - Dramatic (unreleased studio outtake, 2002 or '03) SBD
    This instrumental has a real Joy Division feel to it and would have made an epic album track. An outtake from The Country On The Click album aka The Real New Fall Album.

    10. SAVAGES - Adore (live Kagelbanan, Stockholm. March 6, 2016) FM
    A standout track on this all-girl band's second album 'Adore Life'. This brilliant version is from a live show in Sweden.

    11. WILCO - Cry All Day (live Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL. February 25, 2017) FM
    A live performance of one of the better songs from their latest album. This show warrants further investigation.

    12. LUCINDA WILLIAMS - Car Wheels On A Gravel Road (acoustic solo) (WFMU session, East Orange, NJ. September 15, 1998) FM
    An acoustic version of the title track from Lucinda's best known album.       

    13. MARTIN SIMPSON - Blues Run The Game (BBC R3 session, London. September 8, 2017) FM
    A heartfelt cover of the Jackson C. Frank 60's classic.                

    14. NIRVANA - Marigold (studio outtake with cello)
    Appeared during the Elmo leaks as an mp3, here it is in lossless.

    15. RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - Californication (live Whiskey-A-Go-Go, Hollywood, CA. August 31 2000) FM
    A rare intimate! show in front of an extremely animated crowd at this small venue. A showcase for the talents of guitar player John Frusciante.

    16. STATUS QUO - Roadhouse Blues (live Radiohuset, Stockholm. November 24, 1971) FM
    While not reaching the heights of the 1976 version on the 'Live!' album, this is nevertheless a prime example of early Quo.

    Dedicated to all those we have lost during 2017...............and for the Hi-Fi guys in France! Try this one on your sound system.

    Compiled by the basement67 for the 100 greatest bootlegs blog (December 2017)

    PROMO 2017 is here

    Tuesday, 5 December 2017

    JOHNNY CASH - Radio Broadcasts (1956-59)

    Bootleg of the month - November

    Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two - Radio Broadcasts 1956-59

     Country Style USA Radio - 12 November 1956
    Country Style USA Radio - May or June 1956
    Guest Star Radio - 28 June 1959

    Johnny Cash - Vocals & Guitar
    Luther Perkins - Lead Guitar
    Marshall Grant - Upright Bass

    There's an amazing twang and reverb on these 1956 sessions. They should have just let the band run through their entire repertoire. The Sun singles don't sound like this. The freshness and vitality of the new blasts through these recordings. They are quite awesome (despite the crackles) and I say that as someone who only owns a single Cash cd. If you know anyone who is a big Johnny Cash fan get this for them, you will make their day.

    You can hear Sun recording artiste Johnny Cash perform all six sides of his first three singles, released on the label. Cry! Cry! Cry! b/w Hey Porter! released on June 21, 1955,  So Doggone Lonesome b/w Folsom Prison Blues released on December 15, 1955 and I Walk The Line b/w Get Rhythm released on May 1, 1956. Johnny attempts his version of Rock Island Line, then follows it appropriately with an old time gospel cover. The third show on this set is from 1959, a year after Johnny had left the Sun label because of money issues and Sam Phillips refusal to allow him to record gospel music.
    Country Style USA was a radio program syndicated by the US Army Band and Recruiting Services and broadcast as a recruiting tool for them. The series consisted of 15-minute radio and film programs produced from 1957 to 1960. To encourage people to listen to them they included sessions by the top country stars of the day. Each year 13 episodes were produced in Nashville, Tennessee, and distributed to local radio and TV stations.

    Guest Star was produced by the U.S. Treasury Department in the 1940s and 1950s as a public service program. It featured a different often top-name "guest star" (singer, actor, comedian) each week to promote the sales of savings bonds.

    These are from vintage radio broadcast transcription discs (at times you can hear the original vinyl source which adds a certain resonance). The lineage is unknown but the original seeder says 
    "I received these many years ago in a trade and transferred them from cassette." There is no information on the transfer process. 

    The three shows compromise eleven performances and were originally seeded by ‘brownstien’ on the Dime tracker, 1 July 2006. Then by YardGnome’on the Traders Den, 21 August, 2006. They were then reseeded by Aikowolf (on the Traders Den) in 2015 who discovered the correct show dates. The microgaps between tracks exist on all three of those seeds. 

    I have run it through Wavlab and removed a few pops and clicks and repaired the microgaps via Traders Little Helper. The exact date of the second set from 1956 is unknown, it’s thought likely to be around May or June of that year. 

    12 November 1956 - Country Style USA Radio 
    01. Country Style USA Intro 
    02. Hey Porter 
    03. I Walk The Line 
    04. Join The Reserve For Youth Training Program advertising spot 
    05. Rock Island Line 
    06. So Doggone Lonesome 
    07. Country Style USA Outro

    May or June 1956 - Country Style USA Radio 
    08. Country Style USA Intro 
    09. Folsom Prison Blues 
    10. Cry Cry Cry 
    11. Reserve For Youth Training Program advertising spot 
    12. I Was There When It Happened 
    13. Get Rhythm 
    14. Country Style USA Outro

    28 June 1959 - Guest Star 
    15. Guest Star Intro 
    16. Country Boy 
    17. Chat w/ Johnny 
    18. Don’t Take Your Guns To Town 
    19. Johnny Cash “Buy Savings Bonds” advertising spot 
    20. Buzz Adlam & His Orchestra - When It's Twilight On The Trail 
    21. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot 
    22. Guest Star Outro

    These programmes were originally produced by the US Government and are now in the public domain. HERE

    If you have enjoyed these live 50's performances, you may want to hear more and that's where you'll have to go down the official route.

    Johnny's first live radio recording is included on Colombia's official bootleg series 'Bootleg Vol II - From Memphis To Hollywood'. He performs four tracks: Wide Open Road, One More Ride, Luther's Boogie and Belshazzar (Dylan fans will recognize this one). Columbia have wisely included the complete KWEM in Memphis show (broadcast on August 4, 1955) with the radio announcements and adverts, giving it a sense of time and place. It's a more primitive recording than the unreleased bootleg.

    Johnny Cash & the Tennessee Two returned to Country Style USA Radio in 1957 and that performance including: Stay All Night Stay A Little Longer, There You Go, Give My Love To Rose and Home Of The Blues is available on the DVD: 'Various - Country Style USA: Season 2'    

    Finally Columbia's bootleg series 'Vol. 3: Live Around The World' has three tracks live at the Big D Jamboree in Dallas, Texas from 1956: So Doggone Lonesome, I Walk The Line and Get Rhythm.