Paul Simon – Live in Rosemont, IL, 2011

Paul Simon – Live at Rosemont Theatre, Rosemont, IL – 11-13-2011

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Paul Simon’s 2011 release ‘So Beautiful So What’ is widely regarded as his best in decades. It is essential listening if you don’t own a copy. Following the album’s release, Paul and his excellent band hit the road for an extended North American tour. Recorded for broadcast by Chicago FM station WXRT-FM, this show features energetic versions of songs from ‘SBSW’, many standards and some lesser known album tracks (“Gumboots, “Peace Like a River”, etc).

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/u1748k0da6a8z6t/paul%20simon%202011-11-13.zip?dl=0

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Rory Gallagher – Live in Roslyn, NY 1974

Rory Gallagher – My Father’s Place, Roslyn, NY 1974

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An underrated blues guitarist if there ever was one, Rory was the consummate musician’s musician. Sit back and take in this blazing set from 1974 and prepare to be blown away.

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/wdktaes067le0p0/Rory%20Gallagher%20-%201974-09-08%20-%20My%20Father%27s%20Place%2C%20Roslyn%20%28Denim%20And%20A%20Strat%29%20%5BFM%5D.zip?dl=0

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Live In Boston 1978

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Live In Boston 1978

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Here’s an excellent early show from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers broadcast live on WBCN-FM in Boston. The band is clearly enthused by the very appreciative audience and turns in a heated performance filled with early classics and some choice covers.

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/zohwzqom0xhinfl/TP-7-16-78.zip?dl=0

Wes Montgomery – Live in Paris 1965

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Wes Montgomery – Live In Paris 1965

The following review is by Thom Jurek at Allmusic.com:

Wes Montgomery‘s 1965 concert at the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris is one of the greatest live dates ever recorded from the decade. Here, Montgomery, pianist Harold Mabern, drummer Jimmy Lovelace, bassist Arthur Harper, and saxophonist Johnny Griffin — who guested on three selections at the end of the gig — tore the City of Light apart with an elegant yet raw and immediate jazz of incomparable musicianship and communication. Montgomery was literally on fire and Mabern has never, ever been heard better on record. From the opening bars of “Four on Six,” Montgomery is playing full-on, doing a long solo entirely based on chord voicings that is as stellar as any plectrum solo he ever recorded. Mabern‘s ostinato and legato phrasing is not only blinding in speed, but completely gorgeous in its melodic counterpoint. And while the bop and hard bop phrasing here is in abundance, Montgomery does not leave the funk behind. It’s as if he never played with George Shearing, so aggressive is his playing here. Nowhere is this more evident than in the tonal inquiry that goes on in the band’s read of John Coltrane‘s “Impressions,” in which the entire harmonic palette is required by Montgomery‘s series of staggered intervals and architectural peaks in the restructuring of the head. Likewise, in Griffin Montgomery finds a worthy foil on “‘Round Midnight” and the medley of “Blue and Boogie/West Coast Blues.” Montgomery assumes the contrapuntal role as Mabern floods the bottom with rich, bright chords and killer vamps in the choruses. Highly recommended.

Van Morrison – The Bottom Line, NYC – November 1, 1978 (Early Show)

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Van Morrison – The Bottom Line, NYC – November 1, 1978 (Early Show)

One of my favorite Van Morrison shows from the ‘Wavelength’ tour in 1978. If you listen closely, you can hear Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band bring Van on stage at the beginning of the show. Great stuff!

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/v30h7oi8h8482ni/11-1-1978%20The%20Bottom%20Line%20Early%20Show.zip?dl=0

The Police – The Summit, Houston, TX – March 20, 1982

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The Police – The Summit, Houston, TX – March 20, 1982

Here’s a fun show I received recently in a trade. The Police recorded during their ‘Ghost In The Machine’ tour in 1982. They brought along a horn section on this jaunt. Somewhat surprisingly, the horns add some nice hits and a few solo highlights. One of the better live Police shows I’ve heard.

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/06hdcnim2b8xtmq/The%20Police%201982-03-20%20The%20Summit%2C%20Houston%20Texas.sbd.zip?dl=0

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