All posts by frawls78

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

LITTLE FEAT – LIVE IN WASHINGTON D.C. – MAY 1976

Little Feat – Live at the Warner Theatre, Washington D.C – May 10, 1976

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Sticking with the New Orleans vibe (by way of Los Angeles), here’s Little Feat at the height of the Lowell George era playing an exquisite show in one of their favorite cities, Washington D.C. It’s worth noting that most of their seminal live album ‘Waiting For Columbus’, would also be recorded in the same city during the following year. The band is at their raw, loose and funky best here. If you haven’t sampled Lowell George era Little Feat, do yourself a favor and grab this. You won’t be disappointed!

Click the link above or below to download this folder from Dropbox. Unzip > Import to iTunes > Enjoy!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ku54mue9hpf3zwp/Little%20Feat%20-%20Warner%20Theatre%20%2776.zip?dl=0

 

 

JAMES BOOKER – LIVE IN HAMBURG, GERMANY – OCTOBER 1976

James Booker – Live at Onkel Po’s Carnegie Hall, Hamburg, Germany – October 29 & 30, 1976.

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When music aficionados speak of the New Orleans greats, there’s one man who tends to be sorely neglected. James Booker, who Dr. John referred to as “the best, black, gay, one-eyed, junkie pianist to ever come out of New Orleans” truly pushed his instrument to the limits of human endurance, combining classical, jazz and boogie like no one before or since. Perhaps due to his penchant for hard living and inclination to miss gigs or show up wasted and rambling, his shows could be wildly uneven. However, when he toured Europe in the mid to late ’70s, James found an audience he felt he connected with and who coaxed the very best he had to offer in concert.

This download combines highlights from two shows at Onkel Po’s Carnegie Hall in Hamburg, Germany from October 1976 and finds Booker in top form. Listen and marvel at what a talent this man was on the keyboard. Also recommended is the movie, Bayou Maharajah, a documentary on Booker available for streaming on Amazon. It’s well worth your time.

Click the link above or below to download this folder from Dropbox. Unzip > Import to iTunes > Enjoy!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ceygb3gkaye95il/James%20Booker%20-%20Germany%201976.zip?dl=0

 

KOOL & THE GANG – LIVE IN LONDON – NOVEMBER 1981

Kool & The Gang – Live at the Rainbow Theatre, London  – November 7, 1981

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Here’s a funky and fun show originating from a BBC FM radio boradcast featuring Kool & The Gang throwing an all out dance party featuring some of their biggest hits including exceptional versions of ‘Hollywood Swingin’, ‘Too Hot’ and ‘Celebration.’ A great show if you like funky beats and smooth, soulful grooves.

Click the link above or below to download this folder from Dropbox. Unzip > Import to iTunes > Enjoy!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/n0udkqh43bynebp/Kool%26TheGang.1981.mp3.zip?dl=0

ELTON JOHN – LIVE IN HOLLYWOOD, CA – 1986

Elton John- Live at The Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA – October 12, 1986

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And last but certainly not least in the piano man mini series, a terrific show from Elton John from 1986. This comes from transcription LPs used for radio broadcast back in the ’80s so the sound is phenomenal as is the performance. This era marked the last time Elton’s voice would sound so good in concert, changing to a lower register due to throat surgery in the years following this run at the Hollywood Bowl. Elton and his band make a great run through his hits but also some deep album cuts such as ‘Love Song’ from Tumbleweed Connection and ‘Better Off Dead’ from Captain Fantastic.

Click the link above or below to download this folder from Dropbox. Unzip > Import to iTunes > Enjoy!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9ulbeixog2jjc19/Elton%20John%20-%20L.A.%201986.zip?dl=0

BILLY JOEL – US TOUR – JUNE/JULY 1980

BILLY JOEL – VARIOUS USA DATES FROM ‘GLASS HOUSES’ TOUR – SUMMER 1980

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Thought I’d post a couple sows today from two of the most popular piano men ever to take the stage. The first comes from a studio prep tape of Billy Joel’s planned (but never released) double live album from 1980. He had just released and was touring behind his excellent (and some say his last truly great album) Glass Houses. The tour consisted of arena shows but also several surprise club shows, allowing Billy to get back to his roots and play for more intimate audiences. The original idea was to release a double live album featuring then recent hits and older album tracks from his largely overlooked early releases. Ultimately though it was decided to issue a singe album featuring only the early and somewhat obscure songs with the newer ones scrapped. This turned out to be the also excellent Songs In The Attic album in 1981.

Here, from a reference tape, we have the full double album as it was originally planned and it is a real treat even for those who are only marginal fans of Billy Joel. You can even hear the recording engineer calling out the recording location and date reference before the music starts on some tracks, giving this a real behind the scenes feel.

Click the link above or below to download this folder from Dropbox. Unzip > Import to iTunes > Enjoy!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/xwx7iw5u0gsp5d4/Billy%20Joel%20-%20Songs%20From%20The%20Backyard.zip?dl=0

Bruce & Bela ’96, Phil Lesh & Friends ’05, The Band ’70 and ZZ Top ’80

My days of writing extended intros to these shows are few and far between these days so I’ll get right to the music with this post. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED IN ANY OF THESE SELECTIONS!

Bruce Hornsby & Bela Fleck – Kalamazoo, MI – April 24, 1996

Phil Lesh & Friends – Buffalo, NY – December 3, 2005

The Band – Pittsburgh, PA – November 1, 1970

ZZ Top – Passaic, NJ – August 31, 1980

Click the desired link(s) above to download the show as a zipped folder from Dropbox. Unzip > Import to iTunes > Enjoy!

 

 

 

The Allman Brothers – Mansfield, MA 1998

The Allman Brothers – Great Woods, Mansfield, MA – September 19, 1998

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I got some requests for the full audio download of this show after posting the video excerpt of the sublime version of ‘Jessica.’ This show was a Pay Per View broadcast nationwide and WZLX-FM in Boston carried a simulcast of it on the radio. This recording comes from that broadcast. Coming smack in the middle of Jack Pearson’s short tenure with the band, the band is in fine form and the crowd in great spirits. I distinctly remember the band sold out three shows at Great Woods that summer, a testament to the loyal fanbase the ABB has always had in the Boston area.

Click the link above or below to download this folder from Dropbox. Unzip > Import to iTunes > Enjoy!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/colimnb86ws28rn/ABB%20-%201998.09.19.mp3%20%28FM-SBD%29.zip?dl=0

 

The Black Crowes w/Gov’t Mule – Las Vegas 1996

The Black Crowes – Live at The Joint, Las Vegas, NV – December 15, 1996

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Here’s a show I dug up recently that’s been in my collection for many years and it’s an exceptional one. The Black Crowes on the final night of their 1996 Fall tour promoting ‘Three Snakes & One Charm.’ Their opening act on that tour was Gov’t Mule – the exceptional power trio featuring then-current Allman Brothers members Warren Haynes (guitar) and Allen Woody (bass and mandolin) as well as drummer Matt Abts. One can sense the boys wanted to go out with a bang and their set here is heavy on some prime covers. Among them a rollicking ‘Jailhouse Rock’, a fine cover of ‘Feelin’ Alright’, The Allman Brothers’ ‘Dreams’ (featuring some searing slide work from Warren Haynes), Ry Cooder’s ‘Boomer’s Story’ (featuring Allen Woody on mandolin) and a triple Stones encore to finish off the show in a blaze of glory.

This recording is a well mixed soundboard and is sure to please any fan of The Crowes, The Mule, Stones or Allmans.

Click the link above or below to download this folder from Dropbox. Unzip > Import to iTunes > Enjoy!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9wurrejgwfrv8aw/Black%20Crowes%20-%201996-12-15%20-%20Hard%20Rock%20Hotel%2C%20Las%20Vegas%2C%20NV%20%5BSBD%20Rec%5D%20%281%29.zip?dl=0

 

 

 

Phish – Worcester ’97 & Allman Brothers – Darien Lake, NY ’96

There were two bands I caught as often as possible in the mid to late ’90s – Phish and The Allman Brothers Band. Both were riding enormous waves of popularity and creativity that made their shows (more often than not) during this era extremely exciting and musically rewarding events. Phish was taking their past 10 years experience playing in clubs and theatres and ratcheting up their musical energy to match that of the 15-20,000 seat arenas full of adoring fans they were now selling out. The Allmans had reemerged from semi obscurity in the ’80s and added guitarist Warren Haynes, bassist Allen Woody and percussionist Marc Quiñones. As consistent as other lineups were, nothing matched the sheer power of the Dickey Betts, Warren and Allen frontline they had back then. Every show was a powerhouse and – listening back to the recordings – the performances hold up at least as well today and the memories of the ground shaking rock they brought every night come rushing back.

Here’s the proof! Download these two shows and relive two of my favorite bands caught during some great years. Click the links below each photo to download these shows. Download > Unzip > Import to iTunes > Enjoy!

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THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND – LAKESIDE AMPHITHEATRE, DARIEN LAKES, NY – JUNE 22, 1996

https://www.dropbox.com/s/feh5m4cazh7usnx/ABB.06-22-96%28SBD-MP3%29.zip?dl=0

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PHISH – THE CENTRUM, WORCESTER, MA – NOVEMBER 28, 1997

https://www.dropbox.com/s/xs0ru06q2102jzx/11-28-97%20SBD.zip?dl=0

 

 

 

 

LOS LOBOS – LIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO 1998

Los Lobos- Live at The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA – December 4, 1998

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Thanks to my friend Andrew in New Orleans for taking me to see these guys down there way back in 1997. I’ve tried never miss them when they come through town since then. No other band so masterfully weaves rock, blues and Spanish music into a consistently musically satisfying show night after night. I’ve simply never seen Los Lobos play a less than spectacular show. Here they mix their own (and also very underrated) original tunes with covers from the Allman Brothers, Traffic, Neil Young and The Grateful Dead for an appreciative crowd at the Fillmore in San Francisco in 1998.

Click the link above or below to download this folder from Dropbox. Unzip > Import to iTunes > Enjoy!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/zw0ykhvr5y2rfxa/loslobos1998-12-04.zip?dl=0