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Native Bostonian and life long lover of all genres of music!

tower or power – live on long island, april 1975

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The Tower Of Power were at their ’70s peak when WLIR-FM broadcast this set from the Calderone Music Hall in Hempstead, NY in April of 1975. This lineup boasted Hubert Tubbs, perhaps their most favored vocalist who, combined with the tight-as-a-drum rhythm section, sends this show over the top and bests even the excellent ‘Live In Living Color’ recorded the same year.

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eric clapton – live in los angeles, november 1994

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When Eric Clapton announced his intention to record an all Blues album in 1994, many fans were relieved to see him take a break from his more pop oriented work of the 1980s. The resulting album, From The Cradle, was indeed a straight blues affair and a top shelf assortment of covers from such Blues greats as Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Otis Rush and many others.

Clapton put together a 24 song set and hit the road with his band for dates in North America in October and November of 1994. This recording, from The Great Great Western Forum in Los Angeles, originates from a pristine soundboard DAT tape and includes the entire set played that night. Of note is the closing tune, Sweet Home Chicago, featuring Jimmie Vaughan on guitar.

Please note the first minute or two of the recording is sourced from an inferior recording, taped from the floor in the audience that night. It’s obvious when it switches to the soundboard tape at around 1:16.

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Johnny Clegg & Savuka – Live in los angeles, june 1991

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Much to many a collector’s delight, soundboards of The Grateful Dead’s opening acts from the early to mid-90s began surfacing in 2017. These included crystal clear and well balanced recordings of Traffic, The Black Crowes, Steve Miller, The Indigo Girls and this terrifically fun group from South Africa, Johnny Clegg & Savuka.

Savuka was a multi-racial South African band formed in 1986 by musician Johnny Clegg . The group blended traditional Zulu musical influences with Celtic and Rock msuic that had a cross-racial appeal in South Africa. Their politically charged lyrics were often bilingual (English and Zulu) with several songs related to apartheid. These songs included “Asimbonanga” and “Third World Child. The recording features percussionist Dudu Zulu who was killed shortly after in 1992.

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it seems like a mighty long time…

Dear Music Lovers,

At long last, I’m bringing Live From The Archives back. I’ve been encouraged by friends, family and many of you to do so and I hope you’ll follow me in my new sonic adventures.

I’ll be posting a few shows in the next few days. Since Dropbox no longer allows me to share links, I will be doing so using WeTransfer. WeTransfer links expire after a week so if you miss an opportunity to download a show within that time, please send me a message and I will provide a new link. Also, I will be updating some of the old shows with new links but please give me some time to make this happen.

Back in 2016, I posted the following about this blog and it stands true today:

It’s been my mission to bring you some of my long time favorites as well as surprises I’ve discovered along the way, for you listening pleasure. I continue to look for recordings which enthrall and challenge me to listen to music in new ways. This is my wish for all of you. Listen to as much music you can by as many different artists as you can. Whether it’s James Booker maniacally shredding out Chopin’s ‘Minute Waltz’ on the piano, Lowell George crooning the world weary lyrics to his homage to truck drivers in ‘Willin’, Zigaboo Modeliste laying down back beats second to absolutely no one during a Meters club show or simply listening to Rick Danko and Levon Helm picking mandolin and guitar in front of a few lucky patrons at a bar in Portland, OR back in 1983…It’s all just good and good for your head.

Pass the music on to those you think will love it as much as you do and hold it close when you fell you need it most. That’s what it’s all about!

Peace,

Matt Frawley

A Note From The Proprietor

When I was in high school during the Fall of 1993, I was introduced to the world of bootleg recordings through the owners of the now defunct Needham Music shop in Needham, MA. The shop was run by some aging hippies who would sit behind the counter, chain smoke unfiltered cigarettes and listen to whatever new vinyl or rare CDs they had acquired that week. The real treause though lay in the glass cases toward the back of the store containing hundreds of bootleg cassettes and import CDs boasting live shows from classic and modern artists unattainable through the major labels and largely unknown to anyone but die hard music fans. Naturally, I started on Grateful Dead and Phish tapes – as those were what my peers were listening to in those days. However,  I soon came to find out that some of these mysterious labels were turning out some exquisite material from other bands, no less seminal to a budding music lover in 9th grade. My curiosity had been successfully piqued and I’d go on to spend much of my summer earnings on bootleg CDs and tapes, pouring over every note on them and looking for friends as enthusiastic as I was to share them with.

And so I went head first into the world of ROIO recordings, spending entire afternoons in Harvard Square at places like Mystery Train and Second Coming Records. Many of these tapes are still my favorites today; Jimi Hendrix’s 1970 Berkley Concerts, The Grateful Dead’s Ithaca and Buffalo shows from 1977, Bob Dylan’s Royal Albert Hal show from 1966, The Who’s incendiary shows from Philly 1973 and London 1976 and perhaps, the finest performance The Rolling Stones ever gave in Brussels, 1973.

Since peer to peer networks eliminated the need to buy these shows under the table on illicit CDs or tapes many years ago and superior sources of many of the same performances have been brought into circulation by dedicated collectors and even connections to the artists themselves, we have better access to these historical recordings.

It’s been my mission over the last year to bring you some of my long time favorites as well as surprises I’ve discovered along the way, for you listening pleasure. I continue to look for recordings which enthrall and challenge me to listen to music in new ways. This is my wish for all of you. Listen to as much music you can by as many different artists as you can. Whether it’s James Booker maniacally shredding out Chopin’s ‘Minute Waltz’ on the piano, Lowell George crooning the world weary lyrics to his homage to truck drivers in ‘Willin’, Zigaboo Modeliste laying down back beats second to absolutely no one during a Meters club show or simply listening to Rick Danko and Levon Helm picking mandolin and guitar in front of a few lucky patrons at a bar in Portland, OR back in 1983…It’s all just good and good for your head.

Pass the music on to those you think will love it as much as you do and hold it close when you fell you need it most. That’s what it’s all about!

Peace,

Matt Frawley

The Meters – Live In Boston, MA, 1976

The Meters – Live at Paul’s Mall, Boston, MA – September 7, 1976

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From Rolling Stone Magazine – November 4, 1976

Live Report: The Meters

At Paul’s Mall in Boston, Massachusetts on September 6th-12th, 1976

The Meters may well be the finest performing American band. Without resorting to such modern pop trappings as smoke bombs and gyrating pianos, the Meters offer a continually challenging and sophisticated blend of classic New Orleans styles and modern funk, infusing the music with a contagious vitality not unlike the best soul bands of the Sixties.

The band’s foundation and driving force is drummer Joseph “Zig” Modeliste, who throws standard technique to the wind when he plays, punching out rollicking, second-line rhythms with a stiff-armed attack. The characteristic New Orleans syncopation of older Crescent City stickmen Earl Palmer and Smokey Johnson is colored by Modeliste’s semimelodic accents and clipped meters – at times, the cacophony of his style recalls free drummers like Sunny Murray and Milford Graves. Indeed, it may be Zig’s quirky beats that have kept the Meters from their rightful place beside funk giants like Parliament and Earth, Wind and Fire.

The Meters represent the apex of the bar-band tradition. They play rough, nondisco dance music and funk without the luxury of a horn section. In the best American pop tradition, the group pays healthy respect to its roots – their songbook includes updated versions of New Orleans standards from “Junko Partner” and “Tell It like It Is” to “Big Chief.” Like bar bands everywhere, the Meters also include a raft of cover songs, often surprising ones (“Honky Tonk Women,” “Make It with You”), each stamped with indelible second-line accents and given crisp interpretations. Still, the original material is their best and the sets can include virtually any song they’ve ever recorded.

What’s critical now for reggae is whether or not the music can go around the turn toward spiritual fulfillment. The New Orleans music of the Meters, the original inspiration of the Wailers, Maytals and others, is America’s reggae. It’s time we came home.

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JERRY GARCIA & JOHN KAHN – LIVE IN WASHINGTON D.C., 1982

Jerry Garcia & John Kahn – Live at the Warner Theatre, Washington D.C. – June 26, 1982 (Early Show)

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Similar to the Levon Helm & Rick Danko show I posted last night, here’s another acoustic gem you cn enjoy over a nice hot toddy on a chilly, Autumn afternoon. Garcia and Kahn did some terrific acoustic shows in the Spring of 1982, the most popular of which seems to be the Oregon State Prison show from May. I’ve always liked this one just a tad better. The recording has a wonderful ambience to it, the playing is more precise and the crowd is obviously lapping up every single note the guys play. Great for a cozy day in with the family or a long, peaceful drive across the New England countryside!

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LIGHTIN’ HOPKINS’ FINAL SHOW – LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY 1981

Lightnin’ Hopkins (Final Show) – Live at Tramp’s, New York City, NY (Late Show) – December 1, 1981

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Sam ‘Lightnin’ Hopkins final concert before a paying audience in New York City. Fans of The Grateful Dead may recognize ‘Katie Mae’, made famous by Pigpen during his acoustic performances in the early ’70s.

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THE DUKES OF SEPTEMBER (Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs) – LIVE IN LOS ANGELES 2010

The Dukes Of September – Live at The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA – September 29, 2010

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This super group might as well be called the ‘Yacht Rock Revue.’ Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs not only bring plenty of their best known hits to the mix but throw in some definitive covers of Teddy Pendergrass’ ‘Love T.K.O.’, The O’Jays’ ‘Love Train’ and Ray Charles’ ‘I’ve Got News For You’ for good measure.

Any fan of rock, soul or R&B should enjoy this whole set. Don’t miss it!

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LEVON HELM & RICK DANKO LIVE IN PORTLAND, OR – 1983

Levon Helm & Rick Danko – Live at Starry Night, Portland, OR – January 28, 1983

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Levon Helm & Rick Danko, several years removed from the 1st breakup of The Band, are recorded here enthralling a local Portland crowd with a spectacular run through favorites from The Band’s repoitoire, and some 1st rate blues and folks standards. This was one lucky, lucky audience that night back in 1983. A great show for everyone ages 8 to 80!

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