All posts by frawls78

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


The Grateful Dead – Live in Kansas City, MO & Iowa City, IA – August 3 & 10, 1982


One of my favorite qualities about the Grateful Dead were their tendency to reshape their sound and improvisational approach slightly from year to year. The wealth of available recordings of their live shows prove that even a seemingly slight adjustment in repertoire, arrangements or instrumentation could breathe new life into their music.

1982 found the band leaning toward simple, more straight ahead rock approach than previous years. The entire year is full of fantastic shows and I was torn as to which one to post. I decided on what I consider to be the twin peaks of the Summer tour, recorded in Kansas City, MO on 8/3 and Iowa City on 8/10.  I’ve had these both on tape for almost 20 years and they remain among my favorites. There are only a few repeats between the more than 40 songs played between these two shows.

Enjoy a double dose of the good ‘ole Grateful Dead at their rocking best!

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Steel Pulse – Live at The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA – July 10, 1982


One of Britain’s most well-respected reggae bands, Steel Pulse made their American debut in 1980. Becoming a favorite among reggae and punk fans for their tough, politically driven roots reggae with melodies and harmonies that made their brand of the genre a standout among their peers.

Here, the band is captured in fine form by Santa Cruz station KUSP-FM at the intimate Catalyst club in support of their acclaimed True Democracy album.

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Rahsaan Roland Kirk & His All Star Vibration Society – Live at Fillmore East, New York City, NY – April 3, 1971


If you’ve never heard Roland Kirk, be prepared to be amazed. Kirk, who lost his sight at age 2, studied and eventually mastered over 40 instruments at the Ohio School For The Blind.  Playing multiple instruments, which became part of Kirk’s signature sound, required mastering a circular breathing technique. Using this technique, Kirk was not only able to sustain a single note as long as he pleased, but he could solo at high speeds for virtually unlimited lengths of time. Kirk was also an influential flute player, developing new techniques such as singing or humming at the same time or playing the nose flute and a standard model simultaneously.

This set (performed as a lead in for the evening’s headline, Santana) finds Kirk and his Vibration Society in absolute fierce form, storming through soul-stirring renditions of The Temptation’s ‘Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)’, Stevie Wonder’s ‘My Cherie Amour’ as well as original compositions from his own early ’70s studio work.

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Prince – Live In Holland – August 1988

Prince – Live at the Trojan Horse Club, Rotterdam, Holland – August 18, 1988


Prince had a long standing tradition of playing secret after shows in small clubs immediately following his major European dates. These shows usually featured many cover songs and a hefty amount of jamming. Not to mention long stretches of guitar pyrotechnics from Prince. It’s really a shame that he still isn’t more widely recognized for his guitar prowess.

This set, recorded at a small club in Rotterdam features excellent versions of The Temptations’ Just My Imagination, The Staples’ I’ll Take You There and James Brown’s Cold Sweat. This is Prince and his band clearly having a blast, playing the music they love in front of a small but very appreciative crowd.

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Medeski, Martin & Wood – Live in New York – November 1996

Medeski, Martin & Wood – Live at the Mandela Room, University Union, Binghamton, NY – November 2, 1996


Medeski, Martin & Wood have covered a lot of musical ground since their inception in 1993. For me, they were never better live than in the 1995-96 vintage. One of the best shows I ever saw was MMW at Tipitina’s in New Orleans as a college freshman, just prior to the release of their excellent Shack Man album (with a young and only locally known Galactic opening). They took the stage, tore into ‘Is There Anybody Here That Love My Jesus?’ and didn’t let up for over two hours. The packed house never stopped moving and grooving and the band hit peak after peak of intensity, culminating in a stomping cover of Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Crosstown Traffic’ that sent everyone back the dorms in awe.

This show, recorded less than two months after the one I saw, captures the same intensity with a similar set list.  Medeksi, Martin & Wood had some fine outings after this one but were never quite as funky and fun in concert as they were during this era.

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D’Angelo & The Soutronics – Live in Holland – July 2000

D’Angelo & The Soultronics – Live at the North Sea Jazz Festival, The Hague, Holland – July 16, 2000


It was 5 years until D’Angelo followed up his debut album, Brown Sugar, with his sophomore effort, Voodoo. Steeped in funk and vibes much darker than his debut, Voodoo showed D’Angelo’s tremendous growth as an artist. He then put together The Soultronics, an ace backing band including Questlove from The Roots on drums and Pino Palladino on bass. It’s these two who propel the rhythms in this show to stratospheric heights but it’s D’Angelo who brings it all together and sends the crowd reeling into funk/soul heaven.

If you like P-Funk, Sly Stone, The Roots or Erykah Badu, check out this show. You won’t be disappointed.

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Bill Evans & Toots Thielemans – Live at De Meerkoet, Lelystand, The Netherlands – December 6, 1979.


I was genuinely saddened today to hear of Toots Thielemans’ passing. You may know his hugely soulful, chromatic harmonica breaks on Billy Joel’s ‘Leave A Tender Moment Alone’ or from the closing credits on Sesame Street – when the theme is slowed down to an instrumental he plays lead on. Paul Simon was a huge of admirer of Toots’ playing, featuring him on his 1975 album, ’50 Ways To Leave Your Lover.’

Pianists Bill Evans collaborated with Toots and the excellent ‘Affinity’ from 1980. Here is a Netherlands club set recorded for European radio at around the same time. Toots, guesting here on the last 5 tunes, gells nicely with Evans and his band, with solid take on Simon’s ‘I Do It For Your Love’ and Toots’ own, Blusette.

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