Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY – August 15, 1995


Here’s a tribute I was hoping I wouldn’t have to write for a very long time. I think the best testament to the huge appeal of Tom Petty’s music came the day after his death. A fan asked David Crosby on Twitter if he was of fan. Croz responded, “Wasn’t Everybody?” It’s not an exaggeration, either. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers were every bit as vital as Dylan, Neil, The Stones, you name them.

I have many Tom Petty shows in my collection but chose this one as it was recorded during the tour that I first caught them live – at the old Boston Garden with a very nice opening set by The Jayhawks. This one comes from a few months later when the band hit SPAC in upstate New York. SPAC isn’t just your average shed. It sits on miles of park grounds with statues and a giant reflecting pool. This must have been a lovely evening for this fine show.

It wasn’t until 2008 when I saw them again at Great Woods in Mansfield. I was hoping to maybe I could take my son to see Tom some day as I figured he was going to stay out there like Dylan, Neil & Willie. RIP, Tom. You’ll be missed more than you can possibly imagine.

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Frawls’ Fall 2017 Live Music Mix

This is for my WordPress buddy, John B, who asked me to make him a new mix for his road trip. I think he probably already took his trip since the request came over a month ago (Sorry, dude!) but hopefully he can enjoy this one on his next trek. For everyone else, this will kill two plus hours at home, in the car or at a party.

01 Surrender (Tom Petty-Sausalito ’77) 3

02 Comin’ Through (War On Drugs – Paris ’14) 4

03 Ride Across The River (Dire Straits – Houston ’85) 10

04 Can’t Find My Way Home (Steve Winwood – Chicago ’03) 5

05 Walking On (Steve Winwood – Chicago ’03) 7

06 Incident At Neshabur (Santana – Cape Cod ’81) 13

07 Chicken Dog (John Scofield – Netherlands ’98) 12

08 Hope Springs Eternal (John Scofield – Netherlands ’98) 6

09 Steppin’ Out (Joe Jackson – Philadelphia ’08) 4

10 Morrison (Crosby, Pevar & Raymond – Hamburg ’98) 5

11 In My Dreams (Crosby, Pevar & Raymond – Hamburg ’98) 7

12 Tired of Waiting (Rick Danko – NYC ‘77) 3

13 I Need You (Rolling Stones – ‘Some Girls’ Outtake) 4

14 Yellow Cab (Rolling Stones – ‘Some Girls’ Outtake) 6

15 Fire in The Belly (Van Morrison – Basel ’00) 6

16 Back On Top (Van Morrison – Basel ’00) 4

17 You Don’t Have To Go (Muddy Waters – Boston ’77) 4

18 Got My Mojo Workin’ (Muddy Waters – Boston ’77) 3

19 Statesboro Blues (Warren Haynes, Dickey Betts & Rick Derringer – NYC ’88) 7

20 Pretzel Logic (Steely Dan – Toronto ’11) 7

21 Tumbleweed in Eden (Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Live ‘14 ) 12

Despite being different artists, you will find this compilation by going to the ‘Artists’ folder in your music library and looking under ‘Various Artists.’. If you’re searching by album, it will be under ‘Frawls’ Fall 2017 Mix.’

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Gregg Allman – Assorted Demos and Great Studio Tracks


I’ll leave it to those who have written some excellent tributes to Gregg Allman, who passed this weekend after battling liver cancer. I’m sure it’s obvious if you follow this blog that The Allman Brothers are one of my very favorite groups and one that I had the good fortune to see in concert many, many times.

For this tribute, I’d like to focus on Gregg Allman the singer and songwriter. I’ve combined two albums worth of studio material, both unavailable except in trading circles. The first is a lengthy ‘Anthology’ that was very briefly released in 1997 and contains a treasure trove of unreleased studio takes. My personal favorites are ‘Turn On Your Lovelight’, ‘Will The Circle Be Unbroken’ ‘Can You Fool’ and an exquisite ‘These Days’ which blows away the officially released version. It’s a shame this album was pulled upon it’s released but here’s a clean copy for you to enjoy free of charge.

The next is an aborted album from 1995, titled ‘The Duck Tape Sessions’ here. It features a very young Derek Trucks and several members of the legendary Muscle Shoals session players. Many of these songs would go on to be featured on the ‘Searching For Simplicity’ album but with much unneeded production. The version here is far superior.

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Sting – Live at Wembley Stadium, London, England – November 30th, 1991


Here’s a nice capture of a Sting concert recorded by BBC Radio 1-FM during his 1991 tour promoting The Soul Cages, a broody, jazz tinged tribute to his then recently deceased father. This marked the end of perhaps Sting’s most jazz influenced phase. He would soon focus more on straight ahead pop bringing him far more commercial success as a solo artist.

It was also during this tour that my father and I caught an excellent show in Mansfield, MA (see ticket above – a whopping $23 for seats under the pavilion!). Even as a 13-year-old, it was easy to be impressed by Sting’s ace band which featured Frank Zappa veteran Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, Dominic Miller on guitar and one time E Street band keyboard player David Sancious. David Sancious was an absolute monster that night, oozing jazz filled piano runs (check out his solo on ‘When The World Is Running Down‘ here) and MIDI horn riffs controlled by a mouth piece attached to his keyboards. He made quite an impression on me and I can still see him leaning into his keyboard rack, pounding out one amazing line after another.

The set list featured here was the exact same one we saw and I remember being amused with his choice of Bill Withers’ ‘Ain’t No Sunshine‘ and Hendrix’s ‘Purple Haze.’ His solo tracks were rendered beautifully. ‘All This Time‘ (a criminally underrated song), ‘Why Should I Cry For You‘ (with a lovely segue into ‘If I Were A Carpenter‘) and ‘Fortress Around Your Heart‘ were all standouts that night, as they are on this recording.

But it was the songs from The Police repertoire that had the crowd on its feet. One of my most vivid memories of the night (and of any concert) was the crowd swaying and singing along to the chorus of ‘Walking On The Moon‘ under the late summer sky, overpowering Sting’s vocals. Blissful!

This performance is a lot of fun to revisit. I hope you find will enjoy it as well.

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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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