Monday, 26 July 2021

BEASTIE BOYS - Saul's Boutique (Flac)

An amazing spell of great weather has finally broken here in the UK. It has provided the opportunity to work on a new post and get it shared to all like minded music lovers out there in the blogosphere.

There haven't been any hip-hop posts on the blog (apart from the Costello/Roots collaboration, not because I don't like the music, far from it, but mainly due to a lack of high quality bootlegs in my collection. This is one all hip-hop heads should enjoy as well as fans of 70's soul and funk.

Beastie Boys - Saul's Boutique

Original Uploader's Notes:
"The quick and to the point version is this is a collection of instrumental versions of the tracks from the Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique album. They were primarily sourced from the vinyl intended to be used for their live tour circa 1989, though that tour did not happen as planned and the vinyl went mostly unused, eventually falling into the hands of collectors.

There are several versions of the instrumentals from Paul's Boutique around, but most are either mp3 sourced or very low quality. Unless there is an official release of these instrumentals, this will probably be the best quality version available, period.

There are some small patches where there were skips and jumps that were unable to be repaired, but you probably won't notice them unless you're really into digging for such detail. Seriously, I think I covered them up pretty good. Also, the name is from Saul's Boutique having been written in sharpie on the label of one of the show vinyls.

This is a project I did with some friends. One of those friends would like to remain anonymous, but they generously provided the raw audio. The other friend is Harvey Cliff, artist and all-around awesome guy, who did the artwork and handled the physical packaging. Myself, I cleaned-up the audio a bit, edited it, sequenced and pseudo-mastered it. We had some professionally manufactured cassettes made that we gave to friends and intend to give copies of to the remaining Beasties and the Dust Brothers.

Lineage: STU > Vinyl > WAV > edited in SoudForge and iZotope RX > foobar2000 FLAC frontend > FLAC

Track list:
01 Ask for Janice, Pt. II
02 Shake Your Rump
03 Johnny Ryall
04 Egg Man
05 High Plains Drifter
06 The Sounds of Science
07 3-Minute Rule
08 Hey Ladies
09 Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun
10 Car Thief
11 What Goes Around
12 Shadrach
13 59 Chrystie Street
14 Stop That Train
15 A Year and a Day
16 Hello Brooklyn
17 Dropping Names
18 Lay It on Me
19 Mike on the Mic
20 A.W.O.L.
21 Some Dumb Cop Gave Me Two Tickets Already

LINK 

       ------------------------------------------------------

          Notes about the original album released in 1989

"The Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique was a masterpiece in sampling, and an album that could never be made in the same way again. Created during the golden age of sampling – that is, before stricter copyright laws were enforced – it epitomised the times. Alongside 3 Feet High & Rising by De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest’s Low End Theory, Paul’s Boutique marked a change in hip-hop, towards the D.A.I.S.Y. Age of rap music you could dance to.

At the time of its release Paul’s Boutique was a relative commercial dud for the Beasties, given that the success of Licensed To Ill had taken the trio from middle-class punk kids to rap poster boys overnight. In Licensed To Ill the Beastie Boys came to disturb the peace, at least for the white, middle-American music market Def Jam were looking to break into. They succeeded in that. “I’m real mad at the Beastie Boys, they definitely messed up a lot of things for me,” said LL Cool J in a 1987 interview. But the Licensed To Ill formula was not built to last. You can only play the teenage rebels for so long.

Anything from “100 to 300” samples lie within Paul’s Boutique according to one of its creators, Mike Simpson of The Dust Brothers. With production partner John King the duo crafted Paul’s Boutique from their LA studio armed with an MPC and a near-encyclopaedic knowledge of funk, soul, rock, rap, jazz and everything in-between. For the Beasties, Paul’s Boutique was their unabashed ode to ’70s funk and bravado, an album as lyrically potent as it was tongue-in-cheek and one that helped set the tone for rap music throughout the ‘90s."

Paul's Boutique tracklist

To All the Girls

Shake Your Rump

Johnny Ryall

Egg Man

High Plains Drifter

The Sounds of Science

3-Minute Rule

Hey Ladies

5-Piece Chicken Dinner

Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun

Car Thief

What Comes Around

Shadrach

Ask for Janice

B-Boy Bouillabaisse:  

a. 59 Chrystie Street  b. Get on the Mic  c. Stop That Train  d. A Year and a Day  e. Hello Brooklyn  f. Dropping Names  g. Lay It on Me  h. Mike on the Mic  i. A.W.O.L.

The website ‘Paul’s Boutique Samples and References List’ is the ultimate resource for the album Paul’s Boutique by the Beastie Boys. It has been compiled through internet collaboration since about 1993, it stands to document the samples and references included on the album.

see: https://paulsboutique.info/

I’ve included one example for the track ‘Shake Your Rump’ of the kind of information that is included on the site.

For further info on all the tracks, including b-sides go to the above website.

track 2. ‘Shake Your Rump’

Sample: Alphonse Mouzon - ‘Funky Snakefoot’ from Funky Snakefoot (Blue Note, 1974)

As one of the most underrated breaks in sampling Alphonse Mouzon’s criminally slept on ‘Funky Snakefoot’ appears only a handful of times in modern day hip-hop. Although Kris Kross’s ‘I Missed the Bus’ didn’t exactly set the world alight, the Mouzon break would become the backbone to one of the Beastie’s most recognisable party anthems ‘Shake Your Rump’.

  • The main drum roll is from “Funky Snakefoot” by Alphonze Mouzon from the 1973 album “Funky Snakefoot”
  • Beat is Harvey Scales’s “Dancing Room Only” from the 1979 album Hot Foot (A Funque Dizco Opera)
  • Additional beats from “Super Mellow” by Paul Humphrey from the album "The Drum Suite"
  • "Shake Your Rump-ah" - from the Unity album by James Brown and Afrika Bambaataa
  • Mostly taken from the "Car Wash" soundtrack by Rose Royce
  • "It's the Joint" - song of same title by Funky 4+1
  • Bong hit
  • ‘Scratch’ heard under "the most packinest", "your belief, chief" and at the end - "Could you be Loved" by Bob Marley
  • "Hoo-ha! Got them all in check." - "8th Wonder" by The Sugarhill Gang
  • Afrika Bambaataa’s, "Jazzy Sensation"
  • Ronnie Laws, "Tell Me Something Good"
  • The sound similar to a straw being pulled through a soft drink lid is an African percussion instrument known as a "cuica" (kwee-kuh). The instrument was originally used in Africa for lion hunting because the sound produced is very similar to a female lion’s roar, thus attracting the male. The cuica’s sound is produced by pulling and pushing a wet cloth on the bamboo stick. 
  • The disco call is from Foxy’s "Get Off"
  • After the chorus phrase "Shake Your Rump-a" there is a drum break with synth. The first two run throughs, right before the rap starts again,
  • The concluding drum fill is from "Good Time Bad Times" by Led Zeppelin.

 

Thursday, 8 July 2021

Bootlegs of the Year 2015-2020

LATEST EDITION including 2020 out now

 

This document was compiled after receiving numerous emails, enquiring as to where bootlegs #1-100 posted on site, could be found. (many of the links were lost in 2016, see Downloads box on top right-hand side panel). 
 
The PDF book will point you in the right direction, the sites I used and importantly the web addresses that they can be located at. Although it concentrates on the best bootlegs I have downloaded in the last six years, the same sites and addresses used are where the bootlegs in the 100 greatest listing originated from. The posts #1 to #100 were mostly made from downloads prior to 2015. 
 
This document includes the best bootlegs I have downloaded in the following years, 2015 to 2020. Having discarded numerous titles, these are the best downloaded in that time frame.

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 aid those that prefer an A to Z alphabetical listing and help you instantly find 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.

As you can imagine, it took some 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 artists featured, then I can confidently state that you will definitely enjoy the bootlegs that have been chosen.
 
If you would like a copy of this document, it's only £5 GBP via the donate button, you do not require a paypal account.(see top R/H bar)
 
Included in the main body of the text of the document are details of the 275 bootlegs downloaded, and where to find them by the following artists:                 
 
6 years - 156 different artists

RYAN ADAMS
THE AFGHAN WHIGS
ARCADE FIRE

ASWAD
THE AVALANCHES
THE BAND
BEASTIE BOYS

BEATLES 
BECK
BELLE & SEBASTIAN
BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE (2)
BJORK
BLONDIE
THE BLUE NILE
JOE BONAMASSA (3)
DAVID BOWIE (5)
BROADCAST (3)
BYRDS
CALEXICO (4)

CALEXICO / IRON & WINE
CAN
JOHNNY CASH
CAT POWER (3)
THE CHURCH
THE CLASH 

COCTEAU TWINS (2)
LEONARD COHEN (2)
LLOYD COLE / THE COMMOTIONS (2)

RY COODER
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS (3)
CRAMPS (2)
CRANBERRIES
CREAM
THE CURE
DEAD CAN DANCE (2)
DELTA 5
DEPECHE MODE
DEREK & THE DOMINOS

DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS
DJ DANGERMOUSE

BOB DYLAN (3)
EAGLES
STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES (3)
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN (2)
EURYTHMICS
THE FALL
ALI FARKA TOURE & RY COODER
FELT
THE FLAMING LIPS
FLEET FOXES
FLEETWOOD MAC (3)
RORY GALLAGHER (4)
GANG OF FOUR (2)
GENESIS
BETH GIBBONS & RUSTIN MAN
RHIANNON GIDDENS
DAVID GILMOUR (2)
GRATEFUL DEAD (2)
GUNS 'N' ROSES
PJ HARVEY (2)
INXS

JANE'S ADDICTION
JIMI HENDRIX (3)
THE JAM
JAPAN (2)
THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN (2)
RICKIE LEE JONES
JONI MITCHELL (2)

THE KILLS
KRAFTWERK (5)
LAMBCHOP (2)
LED ZEPPELIN (7)
THE LEMONHEADS
LENNY KRAVITZ
LINTON KWESI JOHNSON (2)

LONE JUSTICE
MANIC STREET PREACHERS
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS (2)
LAURA MARLING
MASSIVE ATTACK
CURTIS MAYFIELD (2)
MAZZY STAR (2)
JOHN MELLENCAMP
MISTY IN ROOTS (3)
JONI MITCHELL
MOGWAI 
NEW BOHEMIANS (WITH EDIE BRICKELL)
NEW ORDER (9)
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS (3)

NINE INCH NAILS
NIRVANA (3)
OUTCASTS
PEARL JAM (3)
PENTANGLE
LEE PERRY & V/A
TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS (5)
PIL (2)
PINK FLOYD (2)
PIXIES (2)
ROBERT PLANT (4)
POGUES
IGGY POP
THE POLICE
PRIMAL SCREAM (2)
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE (2)
RADIOHEAD (6)
BONNIE RAITT
LOU REED
REM (3)
DAVID RODIGAN'S REGGAE SHOW: PRINCE BUSTER

ROLLING STONES
RUSH
SADE
SANTANA
SCIENTIST MEETS DEVIL DUB
SIMPLE MINDS
SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES
THE SLITS
SMASHING PUMPKINS
ELLIOTT SMITH
PATTI SMITH (2)
SONIC YOUTH (3)
SPARKLEHORSE
SPECIALS
SPIRITUALIZED (2)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
STEELY DAN
THE STRANGLERS
 
THE STROKES (2)
JOE STRUMMER & THE MESCALEROS
SUICIDE
DAVID SYLVIAN & ROBERT FRIPP
TALKING HEADS

TEARDROP EXPLODES (2)
TELEVISION (4)
THIN LIZZY
GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS (2)
TINARIWEN      
TRIFFIDS
UNDERWORLD (2)
VARIOUS ARTISTS (3)
LAURA VEIRS
TOM VERLAINE (4)
THE VERVE (2)
WAH! HEAT
TOM WAITS
JACK WHITE
THE WHO
LUCINDA WILLIAMS (2)
X

THE YARDBIRDS
YOUNG MARBLE GIANTS (2)
NEIL YOUNG (11) 
 


The PDF document comprises:
  • 148 pages A4
  • Word count 78,152
  • 275 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
  • Complete track listings
  • Track timings
  • Informative comments about each bootleg
  • Index

      If you would like a copy of this document, 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: Bootleg Promo. The selected tracks are from bootlegs that never made the cut for the final document, but they will give you an idea of the sound quality I look for.

      page samples above

      Sunday, 6 June 2021

      LOW - Two and a half Peel Sessions +3 from ATP

       

      There isn't a great deal of early unreleased music by Duluth band, Low in circulation currently. 

      I recently came across a few old CDr's with some of my recordings from around 20 years ago. They included a complete session for the BBC Radio One John Peel Show and half of their final 6-track session. 

      I did have the complete session at one time and thought it was lost for good. Until I read an article that said it was possible to recover recordings accidentally erased from minidisc. I might be able to recover some of those recordings - a task I will leave for the winter months. 

      The second Peel session is available on a superb FM recording that was originally shared some years ago on the Dime torrent site and no longer available there.

      I have included it with my one and a half Peel sessions and added the 3 tracks from the ATP appearance in 2002, that was also included on my CDr. I haven't seen lossless versions of the other three sessions in circulation, so this is the best available currently. If you are unfamiliar with the band I can recommend the three albums that appeared around the time of these sessions:

      Things We Lost In The Fire (2001)

      Trust (2002)

      The Great Destroyer (2005)

       

      LOW - Peel Session #2

      1. Sunflower
      2. Dinosaur Act
      3. I Remember
      4. Don't Carry It All
      5. John Prine
      6. In Metal
      7. Closer
      8. Venus
      9. Over The Ocean

      Recorded at Maida Vale Studios, London and broadcast by BBC Radio One FM on 9 Nov, 2000

      CDR from a snail trade:
      FM > CDR > EAC > wav > FlacFrontend > Dime
      Uploaded on Dime by: robjab

      ------------------------------------------------------

      LOW - Peel Session #3

      10. Last Snowstorm Of The Year 2:11
      11. Canada 3:23               
      12. Lil' Argument With Myself 3:18       
      13. In The Drugs 4:41           

      Recorded for the BBC on 28 November 2001 and broadcast by BBC Radio One FM on 2 January 2001 (this recording) complete session

      Low - Live at ATP (All Tomorrow's Parties)

      14. Starfire (2:55)               
      15. intro (0:05)               
      16. Fearless (4:43)               
      17. Candy Girl (5:29)               

      Broadcast Thursday 25 April, 2002 on BBC Radio One FM (this recording) not a live broadcast

      Low - Peel Session #4

      18. That's How We Sing (Amazing Grace) (7:16) 
      19. La La (4:01)               
      20. Tonight (4:51)               

      Recorded live from Peel Acres on 31 January 2003 and broadcast live on BBC Radio One FM (this recording) - incomplete session missing The Last Snowstorm Of The Year, Fearless & Lordy

      Sessions #3 & 4 + ATP were sourced from my CDr. Lineage is as follows: Sony tuner > Sony MD > CDr > WAV > Flac 8

      LINK

       


       

      Wednesday, 19 May 2021

      BUZZCOCKS - BBC Radio 1 Session 'One World' 2003

      This Buzzcocks session was a promotional radio appearance to publicise their self-titled seventh studio album. It was a joint session for the John Peel & One World programmes. Seven tracks were recorded and split over the two programmes. Three included here were not broadcast on the Peel show: Breakdown, Orgasm Addict & Harmony In My Head.
      The session was one of my final recordings before a fourteen-year break.

      The Peel session songs broadcast, all appeared on the new album: Driving You Insane, Certain Move, Lester Sands* & Jerk. 

      Lester Sands* first appeared way back in 1976 on the 'Time's Up' bootleg - now officially released.

      BBC Radio 1 FM - One World
      Experimental DJ's with esoteric forms of music not heard elsewhere on radio. The programme was broadcast every Thursday from 12 midnight to 2am.

      Buzzcocks 'One World session'
      Recorded: 
      2 April 2003
      Broadcast:
      BBC Radio One FM - May 2003

      01. Lester Sands (2:29)
      02. Jerk (1:59)
      03. Breakdown (1:58)
      04. Orgasm Addict (1:58)
      05. Harmony In My Head (2:59)

      Band:
      Pete Shelley – vocals
      Steve Diggle – guitar, vocals
      Tony Barber – bass
      Phil Barker – drums

      Lineage:
      BBC Radio One FM broadcast > Sony Tuner > Sony MD player > CDr > Wav 

      thebasement67 (May 2021)

      LINK 


      If you are unaware of who the Buzzcocks are, there is an interview from 2003 here:

      Interview 2003

      Thursday, 6 May 2021

      BHUNDU BOYS - BBC Sessions 1986 (Flac)

      In the Ken Garner book 'In Session Tonight' - which details the BBC Radio 1 sessions over a 25-year period since their inception in 1967 - DJ Andy Kershaw comments that Zimbabwe's, Bhundu Boys "Were really the ambassadors for African music in Britain." 

      Few who heard those early sessions and on-air eulogies by Andy Kershaw & John Peel will ever forget what an incredible impact they made on the UK music scene. This at a time when Paul Simon's Graceland album was bringing the music and artists of South Africa to a worldwide audience.

      The Bhundu Boys launched their first major label album 'True Jit' at an HMV shop in 1987. The group's British success owed much to John Peel's championing of the band, recording their first session in July 1986. This post compiles the BBC sessions from 1986. 

      The band recorded one further session on 3 March 1987 and it was broadcast nine days later on the Andy Kershaw show. (No! I don't have it)


      "About a month ago or perhaps five weeks ago I went to a club in London to see the Bhundu Boys play and was really genuinely enormously pleased with them, thought they were wonderful. I said at the time rather pretentiously but I think accurately really, the music they play seems just to flow up out of the ground and through them and to us the listeners. As I say I was very taken with them and enormously pleased that we were able to get them in to record a session for this programme.

      ...the title of the first one from the Bhundu Boys translates as 'Wings' (Mahenga)....How wonderful it is, still to be able to play sessions like this for you." .........John Peel, 14 July, 1986


      BHUNDU BOYS - 1986 BBC sessions (FM)

      John Peel session #1

      01. Kuroja Chete
      02. Chemedza Vana
      03. Writing On The Wall
      04. Let's Work Together
      05. Manhenga

      The Hippodrome, Golders Green, London, UK.
      Recorded on 6th July 1986 / First broadcast on BBC Radio 1 FM 14th July 1986


      John Peel session #2

      06. Ndoita Sei?
      07. Rugare
      08. My Foolish Heart
      09. Jig-A-Jig

      BBC radio studios, London, UK
      Recorded on 21st December 1986 / First broadcast on BBC Radio 1 FM 7th January 1987


      Andy Kershaw, Whistle Test

      10. Let's Work Together
      11. Interview with Biggie Tempo (by Andy Kershaw)
      12. Chemedza Vana (fades out)
      13. Hupenyu Hwangu  (b/cast much later)

      BBC Wood Lane TV studios, London, UK  
      Recorded live on 20th September 1986 (as part of 'Rock Around The Clock', BBC TV & FM extravaganza)

      Lineage:
      BBC Radio 1 FM > Roof Aerial > Marantz ST151L Tuner > Aiwa ADF770 3-Head Cassette Deck > TDK-SA (Type II) cassette tape

      Conversion to FLAC: Master Type II source tape > Aiwa ADF770 Cassette Deck (play) > SB Extigy soundcard > CoolEdit Pro 2.1 > WAV > TLH > FLAC


      (All master FM recordings, time: 50 minutes)

       LINK



      Thursday, 22 April 2021

      ARCADE FIRE - Bootleg Mix (2004-2013) Flac

       

      This compilation was inspired by an earlier bootleg mix tape that mixed lossy and inferior sounding audience tracks. I used the bones of it, wanting something with a better cohesion and more balanced flow for an enhanced audio experience.

      It was compiled from the Arcade Fire radio sessions & the odd live track I have on my Hard Drives. It represents a different look at Arcade Fire's career from their EP beginnings through the first three albums. The radio sessions are particularly interesting because the demands of the radio studio, led to a more stripped down sound. 

      It includes two cover tracks one from Talking Heads and the other the Magnetic Fields. 'Born on a Train' reminds me of two old songs, the first is easy 'Then He Kissed Me' but I can't place the other. Anyone?
      This version of Neighborhood #3 is superior, if the power went out it certainly didn't on this performance, there really is some energy to it! The band's intent clear with the 1-2-3-4 intro. There was little point in splitting Rebellion as they merge seamlessly.

      The Arcade Fire's early recordings surely position them as one of the greatest post-millenial bands. Hear this and get the official releases if you've missed them. The early albums come in card sleeves, like minature LP sleeves. Well worth collecting as you can currently pick them up in charity stores for little money. See the bottom of this post for further info, tracks that were performed on this mix are in capitals. (thebasement67, April, 2021)


      01. Naive Melody           
      Radio 3, Studio 211, Toronto - October 2, 2004 

      02. Wake Up                          
      03. In the Backseat                    
      04. Neighborhood #2 (Laika)    
      XFM Radio Studios, London - March 7, 2005       

      05. My Heart is an Apple            
      Berlin - May 20, 2005           

      06. Vampire / Forest Fire                    
      07. Intervention                        
      08. Born on a Train            
      KCRW-FM - January 17, 2005       

      09. Sleeping in a Submarine            
      Lollapalooza - July 24, 2005                  

      10. Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) > Rebellion (Lies) BBC FM session - June 28, 2007   

      11. Keep the Car Running                
      12. Neon Bible                
      BBC FM Hub session - June 29, 2007       

      13. Headlights Look Like Diamonds       
      14. No Cars Go               
      KCMP 89.3 FM Minnesota - September 29, 2005   

      15. Suburban War                
      Bologna - September 2, 2010
             
      16. The Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond...)   
      KCRW FM, Capitol Studios - October 28, 2013       

      Sources:
      FM & Soundboard


      LINK

      The Early Official Releases

      Arcade Fire EP (2003)
      1. Old Flame
      2. I'M SLEEPING IN A SUBMARINE
      3. NO CARS GO
      4. The Woodlands National Anthem
      5. MY HEART IS AN APPLE
      6. HEADLIGHTS LOOK LIKE DIAMONDS
      7. VAMPIRE/FOREST FIRE

       

       Funeral (2004)
      1. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)   
      2. NEIGHBORHOOD #2 (LAIKA)
      3. Une année sans lumière
      4. NEIGHBORHOOD #3 (POWER OUT)
      5. Neighborhood #4 (7 Kettles)
      6. Crown of Love
      7. WAKE UP
      8. Haiti
      9. REBELLION (LIES)   
      10. IN THE BACKSEAT


      Neon Bible (2007)
      1. Black Mirror
      2. KEEP THE CAR RUNNING
      3. NEON BIBLE
      4. INTERVENTION
      5. Black Wave/Bad Vibrations
      6. Ocean of Noise
      7. The Well and the Lighthouse
      8. (Antichrist Television Blues)
      9. Windowsill
      10. NO CARS AGO
      11. My Body is a Cage

       

      The Suburbs (2010)
      1. The Suburbs
      2. Ready to Start
      3. Modern Man
      4. Rococo
      5. Empty Room
      6. City with No Children
      7. Half Light I
      8. Half Light II (No Celebration)
      9. SUBURBAN WAR
      10. Month of May
      11. Wasted Hours
      12. Deep Blue
      13. We Used to Wait
      14. Sprawl I (Flatland)
      15. SPRAWL II (MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS)
      16. The Suburbs (Continued)



      Tuesday, 20 April 2021

      TINARIWEN - BBC Radio 3 Session 2014 (Flac)

      The previous post by Malian band Songhoy Blues has been very popular, its great to know that this music is appreciated by blog visitors so here's another superb session for you all. 

      While searching for some audio files, for what was to be the next post, (a bootleg mix compiling radio sessions and live tracks) from my hard drives by one of the post-millenium's most critically acclaimed and successful bands. I came across these files by another Malian band, Tinariwen. 

      It's a BBC Radio 3 session, ostensibly to promote their sixth album release 'Emmaar' (The heat on the breeze). It was their first full album recorded outside northern Africa. The band had fled to the USA after a Tuareg rebellion in their home region of northern Mali. Three of the five songs performed on this session (*) appear on the 'new' album. 


      BBC Radio 3
      Tinariwen In Session
      World on 3 Studio 80A, Broadcasting House, London
      Friday 2 May 2014 / 11pm-1am


      A live session in our studio, plus interview, with this celebrated nomadic Tuareg band from the Sahara desert, offering more of their unique brand of Malian blues. Tinariwen plays material from their new album Emmaar, recorded in another desert, Joshua Tree National Park in California, miles away from their homeland because of its political instability.

      01. Nazagh Ejbal
      02. Toumast Tincha *
      03. chat
      04. Timadrit In Sahara *
      05. Sastan Nakham
      06. chat
      07. Chaghaybou *

      Eyadou Ag Leche - bass, guitar, calabash, vocals
      Abdallah Ag Alhousseyni - guitar, vocals
      Alhassane Ag Touhami - guitar, vocals
      Ibrahim Ag Alhabib - guitar, vocals
      Abdallah Ag Lamida - guitar, vocals
      Yad Abderrahmane - guitar, vocals
      Said Ag Ayad - percussion, vocals
      Elaga Ag Hamid - guitar, vocals
      Mohammed Ag Tahada - percussion
      Wonou Walet Sidati - vocals

      Mary Ann Kennedy introduces a live session from Tuareg band Tinariwen


      LINK

       


      “Malian musicians in California playing riffs that Robert Johnson would sell his soul for, again.”
      - NME 8/10 (UK)

      “It's a pleasure to hear how Tinariwen keeps finding new ways to translate the soul of the Sahara.”
      -
      NPR (USA)

      “This album will rock your brain, psychedelic!”
      - Les Inrockuptibles (France)

      1. Toumast Tincha

      2. Chaghaybou

      3. Arhegh Danagh

      4. Timadrit In Sahara

      5. Imidiwan Ahi Sigdim

      6. Tahalamot

      7. Sendad Eghlalan

      8. Imdiwanin ahi Tifhamam

      9. Koud Edhaz Emin

      10. Emajer

      11. Aghregh Medin (Hassan’s song)

      TOUMAST TINCHA (The People Have Been Sold Out)
      The ideals of the people have been sold off cheap, my friends.
      Any peace imposed by force is bound to fail
      And give way to hatred.
      My people, where is that self-confidence
      Made of dignity and beauty of spirit
      That our ancestors bequeathed to us?

      Thursday, 18 March 2021

      WIRE - The Unreleased Peel Sessions (Flac)

      From 1977's 'Pink Flag' to the band's most recent albums, Wire, Silver/Lead, and 2020's Mind Hive, legendary art-combo Wire have created a unique body of work. Subverting genres, Colin Newman, Graham Lewis, Robert Grey and Matthew Simms continue to work on new material, regularly confounding expectations. 

      The first three Peel sessions were released on a 'Strange Fruit' CD in 1989 and a re-issue in 1996. 

      Wire recorded a fourth session in 1988 and then following their long lay off in the 90's they returned in 2002 with a series of EP's and their fifth and final session for John Peel. These two unreleased sessions sound so different from each other you would think they were two different bands, the 2002 session is more reminiscent of their punk roots.


      Wire - John Peel session #4 - FM master

      BBC Maida Vale Studios, London, UK
      Recording: 24 April 1988
      Broadcast: 10 May 1988


      01 - Boiling Boy (see the 5th studio album A Bell Is A Cup - May 1988)
      02 - German Shepherds (see the Silk Skin Paws EP 1988)
      03 - Drill (see the Kidney Bongos EP 1988)

      Length = 19:44

      Lineage: BBC Radio 1 FM > Roof Aerial > Marantz ST151L Tuner etc.


       

      Wire - John Peel session #5 - FM master

      BBC Maida Vale Studio 4, London, UK
      Recording: 21 July, 2002
      Broadcast: 17 September, 2002

      01 - Spent (see 'Send' - May 2003)
      02 - I Don't Understand (see 'Read & Burn 01' EP - June 2002
      03 - 1st Fast (see 'Read & Burn 01 EP' - June 2002)
      04 - 99.9 (see
      'Send' - May 2003, 1st album since 1991)

      Length = 16:54



      Lineage: BBC Radio 1 FM > roof aerial > Marantz ST151L FM tuner -> Creative SB Extigy soundcard etc.

       

      LINK 1988 

      LINK 2002

       

      If you've been inspired by these two cracking sessions, for further information and news of the special editions of the groups first three albums, go to the official Wire site here: http://pinkflag.com/

      Wire's three Harvest released albums in the 70's are often referred to as a kind of "accelerated development triptych". The differences between the reductive minimalism of 1977's Pink Flag and the layered baroque (albeit still minimalistic) of 1979's 154 show a staggering turn over of ideas, yet each album remains iconic.

      Wire's debut Pink Flag, was originally released in December 1977 on EMI's progressive label 'Harvest' with it's 21 stripped down tracks and iconic stark sleeve. Dave Fudger reviewed it in the UK weekly music paper, 'Sounds' in December 1977. He wrote:

      "The album has a scale and feel of it's own - totally unique. I can't recommend it enough. It's not like anything you've heard and it'll leave it's mark for a long time" 

      Chairs Missing (1978) represented perhaps the biggest conceptual leap made during this period of Wire and was widely misunderstood at the time yet it remains to the band and production crew, Wire's favourite 70's album. The clarity of vision of the band at the time has been rewarded with a large appreciation in it's standing in hindsight the album also having been awarded (alonside Pink Flag) the distinction of a 10 rating by Pitchfork Media amongst many other plaudits.

      154 (1979) was the first Wire album to be released to a universal set of five star reviews from the British rock weeklies. It represented the point when the British 'pop culture establishment' publicly recognised Wire's primacy. 

      Nick Kent in the NME, Chris Westwood in the Record Mirror and Jon Savage in Melody Maker respectively wrote:

      "154 makes 95 percent of the competition look feeble"    

      "Wire are achieving a lot of things other - and more recognised - names have been striving for" 

      "The album is a musical Tour de Force"

       




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