Monday, 30 January 2023

TOM VERLAINE (December 13, 1949 – January 28, 2023)


TELEVISION
02 ABC, Glasgow, Scotland
8 June 2016


PERSIA (20:56)

This show was the only time I managed to see Television. I had been hoping to see their support slot with Billy Idol last year but it was unfortunately cancelled.

The show consisted of just ten songs but three of them were epics in length and stature, Little Johnny Jewel, Persia & Marquee Moon.
There are numerous performances of Little Johnny Jewel and Marquee Moon and they can be found on many of the sites listed in the Bootlegs of the Year document.

It is to 'Persia' we return. This near 21-minute performance of an unreleased song. If Television had got round to recording a fourth studio album, then surely this would have take up one side of the vinyl release.

Standing watching this performance live I was rooted to the spot, the audience had quietened down from a boisterous beginning, an altercation near the centre front of the stage. There was a guy dressed like Jimmy Rip with accompanying hat being jostled by some younger guy, who was trying to show off his dance moves to a woman he was trying to impress. (Dance moves at a Television show! see also the Mogwai post.)

It's interesting that the person recording this show moved position to the left as I did to get peace to concentrate and enjoy the show without any distractions, he must have been close to where I was standing. The sound quality in the venue was stunning as was the performance. 

It's a great shame that one of Glasgow's newer iconic music venues suffered such a fate of having to be knocked down, after damage because of the fire to the nearby Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed Glasgow School of Art in 2018. The O2 ABC had the largest mirror ball suspended from the ceiling that I've ever seen, not one you would have felt comfortable standing underneath.  

Lineage:
CA14 Cards-CA 9200-Sony PCM-M10-Sandisk Ultra Class 10 Micro SDHC 16gb sd card-Audacity,amplify 4db,Compresser,CD Wave-Traders Little Helper level 6 to flac (Recorded at first 30ft center till 3rd song, then 30ft left hand PA speaker.)

Band:
Tom Verlaine-Vocals & Guitar / Jimmy Rip-Guitars / Fred Smith-Bass / Billy Ficca-Drums

LINK

 

                                  R.I.P. Tom

Sunday, 22 January 2023

Bootlegs of the Year 2015-2022

7th & Final Edition including 2022

 


This document was first compiled in 2015 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). 
 
This is the latest, the seventh and final edition of 'Bootlegs of the Year'. It incorporates a further fifty-eight boots downloaded during the last twenty-four months.
 
This seventh edition now includes 332 bootlegs, the best I have downloaded since 2015. The 178-page book will point you in the right direction, in finding the sites I have used and most importantly the web addresses where they can be located. 
Although it concentrates on the best bootlegs I have downloaded in the last eight years, the same websites and addresses noted in the book are where the majority of the bootlegs in the 100 Greatest listing, originated from. The posts #1 to #100 were mostly made from downloads prior to 2015. 
 
To sum up, it includes the best bootlegs I have downloaded in the preceding years, 2015 to 2022. Having discarded numerous titles, these are the best from that time frame.

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 (see the top right-hand bar - above blog archive). You do not need a paypal account.
 
Included in the main body of the text of the document are details of the 332 bootlegs downloaded, and where to find them by the following artists:                 
 
8 years - 177 different artists

RYAN ADAMS
THE AFGHAN WHIGS
ARCADE FIRE (3)

ARCTIC MONKEYS
ASWAD
THE AVALANCHES
THE BAND
BEASTIE BOYS

BEATLES (2)
BECK (2)
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & HIS MAGIC BAND
BELLE & SEBASTIAN
BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE (3)
BJORK
BLACK KEYS
BLONDIE
THE BLUE NILE
BLUR
JOE BONAMASSA (4)
DAVID BOWIE (6)
BROADCAST (3)
BUCKINGHAM NICKS
BYRDS
CALEXICO (4)

CALEXICO / IRON & WINE
CAN
JOHNNY CASH
CAT POWER (3)
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS (5)
THE CHURCH
THE CLASH (2)

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

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

DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS
DJ DANGERMOUSE

BOB DYLAN (4)
EAGLES
STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES (3)
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN (2)
ELECTRAFIXION
EURYTHMICS
EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL
THE FALL
ALI FARKA TOURE & RY COODER
FEEDER
FELT
THE FLAMING LIPS
FLEET FOXES
FLEETWOOD MAC (5)
FONTAINES DC
RORY GALLAGHER (4)
GANG OF FOUR (2)
GENESIS (2)
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 (8)
THE LEMONHEADS
LENNY KRAVITZ
LINTON KWESI JOHNSON (2)

LONE JUSTICE
MANIC STREET PREACHERS
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS (4)
LAURA MARLING
MASSIVE ATTACK
CURTIS MAYFIELD (2)
MAZZY STAR (2)
JOHN MELLENCAMP
MISTY IN ROOTS (3)
JONI MITCHELL
MOGWAI 
THE NATIONAL (3)
NEW BOHEMIANS (WITH EDIE BRICKELL)
NEW ORDER (12)
STEVIE NICKS
NINE INCH NAILS
NIRVANA (3)
GARY NUMAN
OASIS
THE OFFSPRING
ORBITAL
OUTCASTS
PAVEMENT
PEARL JAM (4)
PENTANGLE
LEE PERRY & V/A
TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS (5)
PIL (2)
PINK FLOYD (2)
PIXIES (2)
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
ROBERT PLANT (4)
POGUES
THE POLICE (3)
IGGY POP
PRIMAL SCREAM (2)
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE (2)
RADIOHEAD (7)
BONNIE RAITT
LOU REED
REM (4)
DAVID RODIGAN'S REGGAE SHOW: PRINCE BUSTER

ROLLING STONES (2)
RUSH
SADE
SANTANA
SCIENTIST
SEBADOH
THE SHINS (2)
SIMPLE MINDS (2)
SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES
THE SLITS
SMASHING PUMPKINS
ELLIOTT SMITH
PATTI SMITH (2)
SONIC YOUTH (3)
SPARKLEHORSE
SPARKS
SPECIALS
SPIRITUALIZED (2)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
STEELY DAN
STING (2)
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 
THE WATERBOYS (2)
JACK WHITE
THE WHO
LUCINDA WILLIAMS (2)
X

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


The PDF document comprises:
  • 178 pages A4
  • Word count 108,343
  • 332 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
       
       

      Monday, 16 January 2023

      EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL - Black Sessions 1993

      Black Session no. 29
      Recorded live at Studio 105, Paris, France.
      June 1, 1993

      French FM Radio broadcast

      A quantity of high quality recordings of the John Peel show were made available for the first time last summer on the John Peel Wiki. These range from 1979 through 1983 with the majority of them from 1980. 

      Included were 25 Peel shows from 1983, most of these included the complete shows plus the ten o'clock news. I've listened to a few of these this year on the exact date but forty years on. It's a strange experience listening to radio shows again that I first heard on their original broadcast as a young man. 1983 would be my last year as a regular weekly listener of the Peel show. I would return now and again throughout the years but my most regular listening took place in the seven year period between 1977 and 1983. 

      The rapid change in the music scene was incredible and is documented extremely well in Jon Savage's book 'England's Dreaming' and Simon Reynolds book 'Rip It Up And Start Again.' There are many high quality shows from this era available on the Peel Wiki site and I will feature one of the best on a future post.

      I coincidentally downloaded this show on the same day that I listened to the 5 January 1983 Peel show recording. The second track Peel played was by Tracey Thorn, 'Plain Sailing' included on her solo debut album in 1982 and later re-recorded for release as a single. By the time Tracey Thorn had formed Everything But The Girl with Ben Watt and released their debut album 'Eden' in 1984, she had already been through two bands and a short solo career.

      Everything But The Girl released their eighth album in 1994, 'Amplified Heart' which took them into mainstream success via the remixed single 'Missing.' The follow up in 1996, 'Walking Wounded' was also highly successful and the 90's closed with their tenth album, 'Temperamental.' Tracey had twin daughters with Ben in 1998 and this led to the dissolution of the band in 2000.
       

      They will return in spring with a new album, 'Fuse' their first in twenty-four years, scheduled for release on April 21st. A new single 'Nothing Left To Lose' is out now and this post may hopefully nudge you into exploring their back catalogue.

      There is little lineage information with the download notes but it's a superb sounding recording and has been made using high quality audio equipment. Those who have a copy of the 'Bootlegs of the Year' pdf document will know how great the best Black sessions recordings sound. This is another to add to your collection and is the equal of those listed in the pdf above. 

      Tracklist:

      1.  Love is Strange (Mickey & Sylvia)
      2.  Lonesome for a Place I Know
      3.  Each & Every                 
      4.  My Hometown (Bruce Springsteen cover)
      5.  I Didn't Know I Was Looking for Love    
      6.  Sugar Finney
      7.  I Don't Want to Talk About It (Danny Whitten, Crazy Horse cover)
      8.  Me and Bobby D
      9.  The Road
      10. Another Bridge
      11. Only Living Boy in New York (Simon & Garfunkel cover)

      Lineage: Unknown CDr > EAC > You

      LINK 

       

                          scheduled release date: 21 April 2023

       

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