Sunday, 31 December 2017

BOOTLEGS OF THE MONTH -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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

July
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

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

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

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

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


Friday, 29 December 2017

BOOTLEG PROMO 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.



BOOTLEG PROMO 2017

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.
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