Wednesday 27 November 2019

#133 THE STROKES - Vienna 2002 (Flac)

The Strokes
Pepsi Music Club, Vienna, Austria.
9 March, 2002
FM broadcast

In April 2002, the N.M.E. (New Musical Express) declared The Strokes as “undoubtedly the most exciting – and most hyped – band of the last two years.” (mmm…what about The White Stripes? I guess they forgot about them.) The weekly music paper certainly played a major role in hyping and promoting them. After hearing ‘The Modern Age’ EP in December 2000 it became a regular on the office stereo system being played virtually non-stop. It was decided that they should be added to the annual NME show along with …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Rocket From The Crypt and Peaches on 3rd February 2001.

They featured in the paper at the end of January, to coincide with their appearance a week later at the Astoria in London. Like the White Stripes (July 2001) it took them a week to break in the UK. They appeared on the front cover in June and a month later were on the UK TV show ‘Top of the Pops’. The debut album ‘Is This It’ had gone platinum by the end of the year. Weekly music papers like NME, at that time were essential in spotting and promoting new bands such as the Strokes, leading to massive sales in their own country just like Nirvana, Pixies and countless other American bands before them.

A reader of the 100 Greatest Bootlegs blog emailed me recently to comment on the lack of availability of bootlegs by the band. After a search I had to agree that apart from those streaming on Youtube, locating files to download was hard going. Searching the largest torrent tracker for recordings from the early years 2001-03, turned up a 12-minute FM broadcast of four tracks from the Reading Festival 2002. There were three other FM broadcasts from 2002, the Paradiso in Amsterdam, Birmingham Academy and Pepsi Club in Vienna. This posted show has the best sound quality and performance although Birmingham was comparable but this just had the edge. The Paradiso show was a rather subdued recording lacking in clarity.

It was a different story seventeen to nineteen years ago when the following were readily available:

  •           Live at Arlene's Grocery (2000)
  •           Live at Brownie's (2000)
  •           Live at WFMU Radio Station (2000)
  •           The Peel Sessions (2001)
  •           Live on KCRW (2001 Radio Session)
  •           Live on Osaka on Air (2002)
  •           Live at Zepp (2002 live bootleg)
  •           Live in Reykjavik (2002 live bootleg)
  •          This Is Legal Radio Sessions (2002 radio compilation) 
Some of these can be heard on Youtube as previously mentioned but until they re-appear into circulation enjoy 'Is This It' live from Vienna.

Lineage: FM - Sony Dat TCD-D7 - HDD - WAV – FLAC

01. Meet Me In The Bathroom
02. The Modern Age
03. Someday
04. Ze Newie (aka early version of "Between Love And Hate")
05. NYC Cops
06. Soma
07. Hard To Explain
08. Is This It
09. When It Started
10. Barely Legal
11. Alone Together
12. Trying Your Luck
13. Last Nite
14. Take It Or Leave It

Thursday 7 November 2019

#132 OASIS - Cabaret Metro, Chicago - 1994 (Flac)

25 years ago Oasis released their debut album 'Definitely Maybe.' To be exact on the 29th of August, 1994. Prior to this they had released three singles, all in 1994, Supersonic, Shakermaker and Live Forever, which was the first to break into the top ten of the UK singles chart. 

With the music press on board from the beginning, significantly the NME, who had interviewed them in April, just a week before the release of debut single, Supersonic. The band along with rivals Suede and Blur re-ignited a revival of interest in British guitar-based groups, after the dominance of US bands in the early 90's.

This show highlights a blistering performance taken from their first US tour, just before Tony McCarroll left the band. As was usual for Oasis it was a tour that would not run smoothly, Noel stormed off the tour in California forcing the cancellation of dates in Austin, Kansas, Dallas and Missouri. He finally re-joined the band in Las Vegas and after the show in Los Angeles, Ringo Starr declared that he was "Well impressed".

This is a perfect live complement of how the band sounded on their ascent to world-wide fame. The complete debut album track-list is performed live, less than two months after its release.  

Some classic brotherly rivalry is evident as Liam says “This one’s called Up In The Sky!” and Noel retorts “No it’s not, it’s called Bring It On Down!”

‘Definitely Maybe' frequently appears in high placings, on the many listings of greatest ever debut releases, which music magazines and web sites are fond of publishing.

The band:
Noel Gallagher - Guitar, Vocals
Liam Gallagher - Vocals, Tambourine
Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs - Guitar
Paul 'Guigsy' McGuigan - Bass
Tony McCarroll - Drums


Original notes

The Cabaret Metro
Chicago, Illinois, USA
October 15, 1994

SBD / Audio courtesy of JBTV / ESK 6805
Source:  Label Promo > EAC v0.95 beta04 > WAV > mkwACT v0.97b1 > shn > River Past Audio Converter Pro 7.7.1 > FLAC

01  Rock 'n' Roll Star
02  Columbia
03  Fade Away
04  Digsy's Dinner
05  Shakermaker
06  Live Forever
07  Bring it on Down
08  Up in the Sky
09  Slide Away
10  Cigarettes & Alcohol
11  Married with Children
12  Supersonic
13  I Am the Walrus

This is from an 'Oasis Live' promo disc that we received here at the radio station in probably late '94 or '95, show is also on boots called 'Ode to the Walrus' , 'Supersonic' and 'Climbing The Sky'.  It's excellent sound from a promo sent from Sony.  Included are scans of the CD itself.  By all accounts it's a complete show

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