Prince – Live In Holland – August 1988

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

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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.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/hmouxhvopl85kya/Prince%20-%20Holland%201988.zip?dl=0

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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

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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.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/o0oelvyijo5hdpi/MMW.11.02.96.NY.mp3.zip?dl=0

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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

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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.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/2dus0ab56sn85uq/D%27Angelo%20-%20North%20Sea%202000.zip?dl=0

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BILL EVANS & TOOTS THIELEMANS – LIVE IN THE NETHERLANDS – DECEMBER 1979

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

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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.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/zgjg1ouxkw93u2i/Bill%20Evans%20%26%20Toots%20Thielemans.zip?dl=0

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DICKEY BETTS & GREAT SOUTHERN – LIVE ON LONG ISLAND -AUGUST 1978

Dickey Betts & Great Southern – Live at the Calderone Concert Hall in Hempstead, NY on August 11, 1978

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In keeping with the Allman Brothers Band (or its side projects luckily caught on tape) theme from last night, here is my favorite start-to-finish solo Dickey Betts set of the several in my collection. Recorded just after the release of ‘Atlanta’s Burning Down,’ this set was broadcast by nearby 92.7 WLIR-FM and fortunately captured at home by someone with high end equipment. This sounds a s fat ad funky as you’d wan a vintage broadcast to be!

The Allman Brothers Band took 1976 through 1979 off to break from the escalating tensions that had developed in the last few years and to pursue solo projects. Lead guitarist Dickey Betts arguably fared the best with his new group Great Southern. The secret weapon to this fine ensemble was perhaps second lead guitarist ‘Dangerous’ Dan Toler who pushed Betts to the limit night after night.

Highlights are many but, ‘Liz Reed’, the ‘Jessica > Southbound > Jessica’ sandwich and a majestic, strikingly beautiful ‘High Falls’ are all must hears. This show is good for a long srech in the office, the yard or in the car.

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/41pfbkawsjtnlw4/Dickey%20Betts%20-%20Calerone%20%2778%20%28Full%29.zip?dl=0

GREGG ALLMAN, RICK DANKO, JEFF PEVAR & JOHN POPPER – LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY – 1991

Gregg Allman & Friends – Live at the Lonestar Roadhouse, New York City, NY – June 1, 1991

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One of the very best things about collecting rare music is stumbling onto something like this; a Gregg Allman & Rick Danko bootleg tape from 1991. There have been legendary tales of unreleased jams and live sit ins lurking on bootlegs for decades and the hard truth is that the material typically fails to make any real sparks given the chance for something special to happen.

Then there are shows like this Gregg Allman & Friends show from 1991. If you haven’t had a chance to download the Foamfoot show from a while back, this is the first show that comes to mind in terms of a real and true ad hoc band charging the stage and kicking ass.Gregg and Friends similarly oblige here. Don’t miss either  of these downloads.

Starting off with in an acoustic set featuring Rick on lead vocals and guitar and Gregg on lead vocals and Hammond Organ. It’s a fun affair with the crowd joining in the fun when Danko drops a verse on “The Weight.’ Rick fills up the first half with Band standards and Gregg comes in a few acoustic turns at ‘Midnight Rider’ and ‘Melissa.’

Then the electric stuff comes in straight into a hot version of ‘Crazy Mama’ and into a one-two punch of Allman chestnuts ‘One Way Out’ and ‘Stormy Monday.” Here we have John Popper on harmonica and Jeff Pever on guitar. I’m assuming Rick has moved over to bass at this point but I wasn’t there.

This must have been a hell of a night to be the Lonestar in NYC that night. Great recording, fantastic performance!

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/3l227qm064gxa5p/Greg%20Allman%20-%20Rick%20Danko%201986.zip?dl=0

FRAWLS’ AUGUST 2016 LIVE MUSIC MIX

Frawls’ August 2016 Live Music Mix

I recently had a couple of requests to put another one of these together so here goes. This will kill two plus hours at home, in the car or at a party!

Despite being different artists, you will find this compilation by going to the ‘Artists’ folder in your music library and looking under ‘Various.’. If you’re searching by album, it will be under ‘Frawls’ August 2016 Mix.’

https://www.dropbox.com/s/6wpswb69wcjmutl/August%202016%20Mix.zip?dl=0

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  1. Traffic – Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring?
  2. Traffic – Every Mother’s Son (Fillmore East, NYC – 11/18/70)
  3. Peter Tosh – Pick Myself Up (Bottom Line, NYC – 3/8/79)
  4. Stevie Wonder – Superwoman
  5. Stevie Wonder – To Know You Is To Love You
  6. Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered  (Rainbow Theatre, London – 1/31/74)
  7. Little Feat – Spanish Moon
  8. Little Feat – Skin It Back
  9. Little Feat – Fat Man In The Bathtub (Ultrasonic Studios, Hempstead, NY – 9/19/74)
  10. The Rolling Stones – Tumbling Dice
  11. The Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Forest Nationale, Brussels – 10/17/73)
  12. Hound Dog Taylor – Sadie
  13. Hound Dog Taylor – Roll Your Money Maker (ABC Studios, Australia – 3/14/75)
  14. B.B. King – Why I Sing The Blues (May Y Sol Festival, Puerto Rico – April 1972)
  15. The Allman Brothers – Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More (May Y Sol Festival, Puerto Rico – April 1972)
  16. Gregg Allman – Come & Go Blues (Live 1981)
  17. Bonnie Raitt & Lowell George – Can’t Find My Way Home (Ultrasonic Studios, Hempstead, NY – 10/17/72)
  18. Linda Rondstadt – Tracks Of My Tears
  19. Linda Ronstadt – When Will I Be Loved (Paradiso, Amsterdam – 11/21/76)
  20. Neil Young – No More (Saturday Night Live, NBC Studios, NYC – 9/30/89)
  21. Alejandro Escovedo – Baby’s Got New Plans
  22. Alejandro Escovedo – Sway (Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA – 7/16/00)
  23. Lou Reed – Ride Sally Ride
  24. Lou Reed – Heroin (Konserthuset, Stockholm – 5/14/74)
  25. Santana – Incident At Neshabur (Rynearson Stadium, Ypsilanti, MI – 7/1/75)

 

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