Son Seals – Live at Wise Fools Pub, Chicago, IL– August, 1978


Fans of Phish will be familiar with Son Seals’ signature tune ‘Funky Bitch’. Here’s a fantastic set recorded live for Chicago FM station WXRT during a residency at the Wise Fools Pub in 1978. Seals and his band team up with blues sax legend AC Reed and guitar legend Johnny Winter for a fine set of blues classics. The two songs with Johnny Winter are highlights but the whole show is excellent and showcases Seals’ skills as an accomplished guitarist and singer.

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The Black Crowes – Live at The Beacon Theatre, New York City, NY – March 22, 1995


Here is a longtime favorite live tape of Black Crowes recorded during their East Coast swing of the ‘Amorica Or Bust’ tour in 1995. This outstanding performance begins with a short acoustic set featuring fine versions of Gram Parsons’ ‘She’ and the Crowes’ own ‘Waitin’ Guilty.‘ The band then switches on the amps for ‘Thorn In My Pride’ which boasts for one of the best jams offered yet on this blog (Tracks 5-6 in this download).

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There is also some very good fan shot video of this performance on YouTube which can be found here:


Bob Dylan – Live at Tarrant Convention Center, Fort Worth, TX – May 16, 1976


There’s no one quite as unpredictable as Bob Dylan when it comes to live performances. His tendency to drastically rearrange his songs in a live setting works brilliantly at times and is downright perplexing at others. One of his most (if not THE most)successful attempts came during his 1975-1976 tour with The Rolling Thunder Revue, a hodgepodge of session musicians and fellow songwriters including – at various stops throughout the tour – Joan Baez, T Bone Burnett, Joni Mitchell, and Roger McGuinn. The band was bolstered by the great Mick Ronson who had recently come to prominence as David Bowie’s lead guitarist during the’ Spider From Mars’ era. Also on hand was violinist Scarlet Rivera who added to the intensity of the material.

Drawing heavily from his Blood On The Tracks and Desire albums, Dylan and the Revue are in fine form throughout this show from 1976. Highlights are many but check out the sublime versions of Mozambique, Isis, Railroad Boy, Shelter From The Storm, and You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go.

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Jellyfish – Live at The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA – April 4, 1993


Combining the hooks of The Beatles and Squeeze with the power pop of Queen and Cheap Trick, Jellyfish should have been huge. Co-led by drummer and lead vocalist Andy Sturmer and keyboardist Roger Manning, this excellent Bay Area based group unfortunately never got the attention they deserved during their brief career in the early 1990’s. With Grunge taking the world by storm, Jellyfish’s sunny, melodic pop rock went largely ignored.

The band developed a cult following that has only grown over the years since their disbandment in 1994. Recorded for the Westwood One Radio Network in 1993, this live set features songs from both of the group’s highly recommended studio albums, Bellybutton and Spilt Milk.

Don’t pass up on Jellyfish! They were a truly fine band that should have gained far more acclaim and notoriety.

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Does a supergroup of members from The Black Crowes, Jellyfish, Juju Hounds,  Jayhawks and Cypress Hill covering classic rock tunes sound like fun to you? Check out Foamfoot! An impromptu live session recorded in 1994 but never released. Blistering takes on tunes by Free, The Allmans, The Dead, Marshall Tucker and more. Oh, and David Crosby stops by for a guest spot on CSN’s ‘Long Time Gone.’ This is one fantastic show!

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Summer 2015 Sampler

Frawls’ June 2015 Mix

Happy Summer 2015!

Thought I’d try a little something different this time around. I’ve compiled some choice cuts from some of my favorite shows and sequenced them to flow rather nicely as a playlist you can listen to all the way through. Some of the edits between songs are a bit jarring since I didn’t have time to properly smooth them out. What’s here sounds pretty good though.

I’ll be happy to put some others together if this proves to be a hit. Let me know which ones you’d like to hear more of and I’ll do my best to oblige.

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’ June 2015 Mix.’

1) Joni Mitchell – Amelia (Target Center, Minneapolis, MN – 10-23-98)

2) Van Morrison – Sweet Thing (Lion’s Share, San Anselmo, CA – 8-8-71)

3) Van Morrison – Purple Heather (Los Angeles – Summer 1973)

4) Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry On Their Own (Hove Festival, Arendal, Norway – 6-26-2007)

5) Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood – Light My Fire (House Of Blues, Boston, MA – 12-07-14)

6) Boz Scaggs, Donald Fagen & Michael MacDonald – Love T.K.O. (Greek Theatre, LA– 9-29-10)

7) Allen Toussaint – Brickyard Blues (Philadelphia – 1975)

8) Donald Fagen – New Frontier (Massey Hall, Toronto – 3/13/06)

9) Bob Dylan – You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome (Tarrant Convention Center, Fort Worth, TX – 5/16/76)

10) Eric Clapton – Let It Rain (Long Beach Arena – 7-20-74)

11) Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter & James Cotton – Deep Down In Florida (Boston Music Hall – 2-26-77)

12) Bonnie Raitt – Bluebird (Amsterdam, Netherlands – 7-30-77)

13) Joe Walsh & Barnstorm – Tend My Garden (University Of Texas, Arlington, TX – 9/24/73)

14) Johnny Winter – Silver Train (Long Beach Area – 3/30/74)

15) Jerry Garcia Band – Tore Up Over You (Keystone, Berkeley – 10/11/75)

16 & 17) The Who – Amazing Journey > Sparks (Vetch Field, Swansea, Wales – 6/12/76)

18) The Who – Sister Disco (Concerts for Kampuchea LP – 1979)

19) Pretenders – Brass In Pocket (Concerts for Kampuchea outtakes – 1979)

20) Pretenders – Private Life (Concerts for Kampuchea outtakes – 1979)

21) The Clash – Clampdown (The Palladium, New York City – 9/21/79)

 22) The Clash – Wrong ‘Em Boyo (The Palladium, New York City – 9/21/79)

23) Matumbi – Empire Road (Concerts for Kampuchea outtakes – 1979)

24) Bob Marley & The Wailers – Night Shift (Beacon Theatre, NYC – 4/30/76)

25) Jerry Garcia Band – Tangled Up In Blue (The Saddlerack, San Jose, CA – 3/7/82)

26) Every Night – Paul McCartney & Wings (Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland – 12/27/79)

27) Bob Weir & Ratdog – Blackbird– Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands – 7-10-02)

28) Bob Weir & Ratdog – Black Throated Wind – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands – 7-10-02)

29) Rick Danko & Levon Helm – Evangeline (Starry Night, Portland, OR – 1/28/83)

30) Rick Danko & Levon Helm – It Makes No Difference (Starry Night, Portland, OR – 1/28/83)

31 & 32) Bruce Hornsby & Bela Fleck – Mandolin Rain > Brokedown Palace (Miller Auditorium – 4/26/96)

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A Tribute to B.B. King

B.B. King – Live at the Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA – May 30, 1971 & Live at Paul’s Mall, Boston, MA – April 9, 1978


A sad Friday with the loss of B.B. King. His contribution to music and his influence on generations of musicians is huge. In memoriam, please enjoy these two shows both recorded for FM radio in 1971 and 1978, respectively.

The first comes from KISW-FM in Seattle and features some exemplary playing from B.B., particularly on ‘How Blue Can You Get?’ There’s also some great dialogue during ‘Sweet Sixteen’ while he’s fixing a broken string and explains how the infamous Lucille got her name.

The second comes from WBCN in Boston and was recorded on closing night at Paul’s Mall, a now legendary club on Boylston Street run by impresario Fred Taylor (who stills runs Sculler’s Jazz Club in Allston). This was rebroadcast in 1993 by Carter Allen on WBCN and I recorded it off the radio on cassette. It was my introduction to King’s music and I played the tape for years. Thanks to my father, David Frawley, for taking me to see B.B. in concert later that year.

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The Pretenders Live in Chicago, 1980

The Pretenders at the Riviera Theater, Chicago, IL – September 8, 1980

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A tight, rocking show from many fans’ favorite lineup of The Pretenders with the late James Honeyman-Scott on guitar and Pete Farndon on bass. While mainstream success would come a bit later with the band’s ‘Learning To Crawl’ album in 1984, their first two albums are excellent in their own right and feature the edgier sound heard in this show. Don’t miss this first-rate set captured live by WLUP-FM  in Chicago.

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Taj Mahal in Berkeley, CA, 1977

Taj Mahal – Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, CA – February 8, 1977


Here’s an infectious and eclectic performance by the one and only Taj Mahal. Known mostly for his work in blues, his dalliances in funk, soul, reggae and Caribbean music are all on full display in this stellar set. Recorded for broadcast by San Francisco FM station KSAN-FM.

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Etta James at Montreux, 1977

Etta James at Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland – July 9, 1977


Etta James was a powerhouse live, as this FM broadcast from 1977 attests. Her band here includes Brian Ray on guitar, Richard Tee on keys, David “Fathead” Newman on sax and Steve Ferrone on drums. Highlights abound but the absolute pinnacle of the set is her cover of Randy Newman’s ‘You Can Leave Your Hat On.’ A short set but packed with soulful performances by all.

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