Friday, October 15, 2010

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 04/24/84 London

Electric Ballroom, London, United Kingdom
April 12th, 1984

DISC #1/#1 (23:51)
01) I Put a Spell On You
02) Well Of Misery
03) Mutiny In Heaven
04) In the Ghetto

soundboard > unknown (Betacam)

TV > VHS(1) > DVD-R(1) [8mps MPEG-2/48kHz, 256kbps AC3] >

unknown > MPEG Stream Clip > DVD Studio PRO

* This band played under the name, "Nick Cave and the Cavemen"
* Originally posted on DIME as part of the "Stolen Files" series.

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Transferred by kigonjiro on DIME.
Please do not encode to lossy formats and/or sell.

I haven't paused to think about Cave in what seems like decades. A friend of mine had the Grinderman vinyl and I remember thinking I should give it some more attention...Continuing with just what comes to mind watching this...I also remember picking up a Cave disc at the public library where there was a lyric about a "Frappuccino"! - at some point in 50 years, you got to expect some filler, but cmon, buddy!!!! some people actually paid for that disc...

Coincidentally, at the library yesterday, I was browsing a Heylin book about punk that discussed Cave...Now Heylin's Bootleg is required reading by anyone- and I mean anyone- remotely interested in understanding Rock and Roll...His other efforts seem to evoke the same diligence, but there is not as much primary research in them. In Bootleg, there are labels and recordings being discussed that you simply aren't going to find out more about in hardcover--- find out more about without doing the legwork yourself- if you even can, because the stories have disappeared with the industry.  Just as important, the guy is reaching for conclusions that display an intelligence comparable to perhaps, say- Marcus, Reynolds, Bangs or Kent- trying to find a deeper relevance to rock music than mindless, kneejerk conformity fandom.

What was I talking about? Oh, yeah. The Heylin punk book...In it, you read quotes from Cave talking about how Birthday Party gigs were fight with the audience style confrontations...Until the audience came expecting it, so it wasn't really a confrontation anymore. He also is quoted talking about his first trip to London where his expectations of being in a real Rock and Roll country were disappointed to find a bunch of raincoat bands staring at their feet. (echo bunnyman etc.) Well, Nick...looking at the iconic wings of desire footage I'd conclude that sometimes, as a performer, you have to give the audience what it wants...eventually, the goth scene forced its reflection upon Cave as well.  Of course, he adopted a lot of earlier influences, abandoned the confessional persona for storytelling theater and avoided a lot of the cliches.

For this particular show... FROMTHEARCHIVES.COM says: " Shambolic affair in which Nick often forgets the lyrics." Which just goes to`say that a lot of the birthday party style chaos is in effect here.

I was in a college radio station a few years later than this and had to absorb all of the Bad Seed LPs. From what I remember the mercy seat was the best of them...the title track and "up jumped the devil" are particularly inspired.

As for this particular footage, it is a performance that was broadcast on the Spanish Edad De Oro program..   The "Stolen Files" are discs devoted to performances on the Edad t.v show- not files documenting Cave's career...Here is some information about what remains of this program floating about on the internets...

LA EDAD DE ORO 1:"The Golden Age" Live music television from Madrid 1983 - 1985. Includes excellent live performances and interviews. On this disc in order of appearance: Lords Of The New Church, Killing Joke, Alan Vega, Johnny Thunders, Nick Cave & The Cavemen, Psychedelic Furs, John Cale & Lou Reed. Great quality. Runs 87 minutes.

LA EDAD DE ORO 2: "The Golden Age" Live music television from Madrid 1983 - 1985. Includes excellent live performances and interviews. On this disc in order of appearance: Residents, SPK, Lords Of The New Church, Aztec Camera, Tom Verlaine, The Sound, Psychic TV, Echo & The Bunnymen, Violent Femes, The Smiths & Spear Of Destiny. Great quality. Runs 98 minutes.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Arcade Fire 08/28/10 Reading

Arcade Fire
Reading Festival, Reading, Berkshire, UK.
28th August 2010

Broadcast 28th August 2010 by BBC three

BBC three is a digital only broadcaster

**Direct transport stream capture and authoring - No Re-encoding**

Video : PAL, 720 x 576, MPEG-2, 25fps, 4186kbps, Aspect Ratio : 16:9
Audio : MPEG-1 Audio Layer II, 256kbps 48Khz

DVB-T > Nebula DigiTV > VideoReDo > PVAStrumento demux > TMPGEnc
DVD format, BBC three logo, full menu and chapter selection by track.


01 Introduction
02 Ready to Start
03 Keep The Car Running
04 Laïka
05 No Cars Go
06 Haiti
07 Modern Man
08 Rococo
09 The Suburbs
10 Intervention
11 Crown of Love
12 Tunnels

13 Sprawl
14 We Used To Wait
15 Power Out
16 Rebellion (Lies)
17 Month of May
18 Wake Up

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Pulled down a torrent of this.  Headliners of the Reading and Leeds festival last month (sharing their top billling w/Blink 182 and Guns & Roses).  First off, gotta say that it's beautiful looking footage.  Those who shot this and those who rendered it into something that we can watch on our computers:Man! Really fine job guys!

I don't recognize anything in this lineage, so the links represent a complete nOOb trying to tackle yr signal flow:

Nebula DigiTV 
PVAStrumento demux 

Kind of surprising that such a glamourless band can get top billing at one of the world's biggest shows...But the festival's policy seems to be- top bill one band less than a decade old alongside two legacy acts....And, unlike the 70's, 80's and 90's, where a well placed TV appearance could catapult a band to fame, a rock band really has to slog it out these days...And, keep reminding yourself, this band's latest album was released to first week sales of 156,000 and the #1 spot in the Billboard 2000...They made their way there social networking site after social networking site after social networking site.  Festival after festival after festival.  So many festivals these days.  People are wanting them more, I suppose.  And also, technology makes the logistics of herding all these people so much easier everyday. Some more of my rambling about the hundred thousand people festival HERE

As far as a review of the music goes, I have to confess I listened to about a quarter of it before tossing it in the bin.  If you, like me, have gone this long avoiding Pitchfork and the Arcade Fire, this video isn't going to turn you over.  I do remember thinking that it all might be more interesting if you could actually hear the accordion and the bowed instruments that the ladies play with such animation.  The most energetic song was "Power Out" which they really flash the lighting rig and streak some pixels across the Jumbotron (yeah, I know, but if you are so smart, what is it? a Barco?)

Speaking of Pitchfork, the site is leading the way forward into the future of the "dead rock image" :They now can deliver to you- POV: synchronized multiple streams of camera angles- one for each musician... so you can choose when to watch your favorite bandmember from the comfort of your virtual fandom.  No, I have not examined this yet.  Their inaugural concert was Broken Social Scene.  And I'm still trying to recover from the excitement of the Arcade Fire

((Hey Internet dorkdom, don't get so offended...and Hey----- Attention young white girls with rich parents: I really like these bands, honest...)

Cheap Trick 08/30/1979 Köln

Just back from a little bit of a break where I was rearranging my manias. The purpose of this blog and my interest in death, the law. video, and rock and roll is all up for debate. I will say that 1500 people have clicked across these pages. I've started to title the screen shots with the band names, so perhaps that will attract some more voices to the discussion.
I've very little to say about Cheap Trick. The definitive video bootleg of them is, of course, the Budokan show.  A version of which I have somewhere- along with 30 or so other Cheap Trick concert videos. And I don't even particularly care for Cheap Trick.  You see, in the era of disc collecting, you would get copies of whatever you could knowing that sometime along your collecting it would help you trade for something that you wanted to s see Now it is all torrents and harddrive space...Saving what you really want to see in the fear that one day, someone will stop seeding that special file that you really need...But then you reach that critical mass of having more than you could ever view. A sudden moment of stillness.

Nothing to say about Cheap Trick, but I do have to give a shout out to Rockpalast...Was it the greatest rock TV program of all time? It's certainly outlasted all the contenders. And never pandered to the lip synch crowd...When I see that a trader is offering up a Rockpalast show, I know it's going to be well filmed, that the band will be giving it a real effort. HERE is a list of every group that has been broadcast live on the program.

I also want to take the time to thank all of the people who have maintained the database over the years.  Even though Web 2.0 is really making the damn thing look rather rickety. Even though I can't see spending a weekend burning dvds and making multiple trips to the post office- there is still a lot of information there that is going to be missed when the developers finally decide to pull the plug.  Hours of happiness and knowledge came down that pipe.  Big respect...

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Nine Inch Nails 12/13/2008 Las Vegas

First off...I was actually at this show- so it's nice to have a video of it for a souvenir. I was never particularly familiar with the music, I knew the hits and heard most of the discs a couple times...but a friend who had seen NIN several times convinced me that the live shows always come correct with a great deal of energy and innovation. This turned out to be the case. While there were a few quieter pieces of music that added a little dynamics to the set, for the most part, the band stormed about the stage with all of the rebellious anger and self-loathing for which the music became famous... Equally impressive was the interactive LED rig constructed for the tour. For me, personally, it was more impressive than the actual music. I've clamped lamps onto truss for a living and seen many of the multi-million dollar Las Vegas Showroom spectacles. There were moments during this 2008 Planet Hollywood show which were some the hallucinogenic displays of light that I have ever seen (outside of when I was actually on hallucinogens, that is) Anyone would have been interested by it, regardless of their opinion of the band and the music...But I am not saying that the band was upstaged by the setting. In fact, it was just the opposite. What was so striking about the concert is that several times during the show the band's interaction with the multiple LED screens became part of the music itself.

The other thing about this show that merits discussion is how it came to exist as a video file- one of three parts of a project entitled Another Version of The Truth. It is an audience shot bootleg. But not just an ordinary one- it was edited together from footage filmed by more than a dozen audience members...The audiences' commitment to the proceedings and their unprecedented degree of involvement with it is at the cutting edge of rock and roll theater. A website was set up prior to the show and a forum was established in which all of those who were bringing in cameras coordinated which part of the stage that they were going to be responsible for filming. When the show was complete, the editing and distribution of the footage was all completed by a small army of volunteers all communicating the progress of their efforts- and the finished product, online.

Both the video and the show itself are so interesting that I foresee myself surfing through all of the discussions about how they came about in order to understand the fine details. There are other discs in the Another Version of the Truth project that I will review in months to come. And at that time, I will have hopefully digested this information in such a way that I can present it with a little more depth


* Alessandro Cortini: Keyboards, programming, guitar, backing vocals
* Robin Finck: Guitar, backing vocals
* Josh Freese: Drums
* Justin Meldal-Johnsen: Bass, guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
* Trent Reznor: Vocals, guitar, keyboards


1. 999,999
2. 1,000,000
3. Letting You
4. Discipline
5. March of the Pigs
6. Head Down
7. The Frail
8. Closer
9. Gave Up
10. Corona Radiata
11. The Warning
12. The Great Destroyer
13. 21 Ghosts III
14. 28 Ghosts IV
15. 19 Ghosts III
16. Ghosts Piggy
17. The Greater Good
18. Pinion
19. Wish
20. Terrible Lie
21. Survivalism
22. The Big Come Down
23. 31 Ghosts IV
24. Only
25. The Hand That Feeds
26. Head Like a Hole

My first impression of "Las Vegas" was that seemed strangely different from the show as I had seen it. For instance, from where I sat, the Ghosts landscapes did not seem particularly compelling. Yet on the video, they really do have quite a beautiful dimension to them. And then, in the other direction, I remember being really struck by the weirdly distorted halos surrounding the band members in the song x, yet the video of this doesn't seem to have the same impact.

While the disc is very enjoyable and a fantastic accomplishment, I am going to embed another video from this tour for this review- The Big Come Down from the Another Version Bonus disc...When I play this for people, they eventually get sucked into how gorgeous the lights become ((fast forward to 3:00 of the clip- when the processors really start cycling))) ...From the things on Another Version that I've watched, the widescreen aspect of this video really does the best job presenting what NIN accomplished with their Lights Across the Sky tour. It's unfortunate that a 3-D recording didn't come to pass...I'd say that the current push to add a third dimension to video will make such a rendering of such a show the next step of the future.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Amon Düül 01/18/1975 Dillingen

In North America, prior to the internet, only the most weathered record store employee had any awareness of a Krautrock beyond late Kraftwerk, late Tangerine Dream and a Can comp or two.

Looking at Julian Cope's guidebook in a mid-nineties Virgin Megastore, I thought for sure that I'd never get a chance to hear all of the bands he goes on about. Damn if I was going to drop $30 (half a day as a wage slave) on some import CD without hearing it first and knowing if it would get more than a single play. And now there's blogs with file sharing links to all of this stuff, and even posts with a scan of Cope's book I can slowly make my way through his top 50 list. It's possible that, one day, I'll have built up a significant quantity of hot air for the purpose of impassioned arguments with similarly pathetic music dorks. As far as purchasing any of it, owning some physical copy, I'd have to say that it seems sadly unlikely. I thought that I would be a more positive associate to musicians at one point, but poverty has decided that this is not my fate...Perhaps some real music will appear one day and wipe away everything we thought we knew.ln
I have to say that, personally, the first couple of Amon Düül LPs don't really rise to the hype. They just aren't druggy or rocking enough for me. I thought that this live show might shine some light on the appeal of the group, but I'm still no fan. The high quality of the files making their rounds on the internet make this easy to watch, however...Its a beautifully filmed TV program with an in studio concert and lengthy discussions with the group. If you like Düül, you want this... The only bummer is the time code. Other than that the quality is ace.

running order:

01. Archy the Robot
02. Lonely Woman
03. Jam Session I
04. discussion with studio guests (part 1)
05. Surrounded By The Stars
06. discussion with studio guests (part 2)
07. Jam Session II
08. Traveller
09. discussion with studio guests (part 3)
10. La Paloma Jam

Renate Knaup Krštenschwanz - voc, percussion
Chris Karrer - guitar, sax, violin, voc
John Weinzierl - guitar, voc
Lothar Meid - bass
Falk Rogner - keys
Peter Leopold - drums
unknown keyboard guesting on La Paloma Jam

Video Format: PAL
Size [720 x 576] 25.00 fps 8.00 Mbps
Audio : Mpeg 1 layer 3
32 kbps 44100 Hz

What is it like? It's certainly unique. On one hand, you have the cabaret styling of the frontman. On the other, you have a group embarking on muso flights of jazz fusion. Only in the serious toned interviews do you get any impression of a hippie commune counterculture that music scribes tell us was the origin of their association. Of course, this is 1974, at this point, Germany's branch of flower power was aggressively fighting a losing battle with being marginalized out of existence.

I suppose I'll just use this post to scrabble down my impressions of the peak Kraut achievements, updated as the spirit moves me. Below is a youtube linked Rough Guide for Dummies to the Cope cited 50...I've got a much less tolerant ear than most. Kosmische= synths and a groove..Prog and Flute bore me, so much of the genre gets a quick dismissal.

1. Ash Ra Temple "Amboss"
2. Can "Mother Sky" "Mushroom"
3. Harmona "Watussi"
4. Neu "Hallogallo" "Negativland"
5. Tangerine Dream "Ashes to Ashes"

The Soul Jazz people, who rarely put out a record which doesn't have a good track on it, have just comped a krautrock sampler (misnamed as electronica because it rarely is)- I've only clicked the 30 second samples, and can say that there is a lot of variety to what's on hand

The Clash 02/01/1982 Tokyo

I play records every now and then in Vegas bars and the Clash is always a safe bet. Popular with the Warped tour set, the Hotrod/Tattoo set, the 77 forever set, the I-got-a liberal arts degree in college Loolapoolza set ...etc.etc. The only problem being that, as a snobby, elitist record collector, you tire of things that you've heard more than three or four times. I've looked around for quality Clash bootlegs a couple of times- so as to find some playable, familiar material that had the uncommon freshness of something that isn't readily available.
This Japan set is so readily available that you can find people hawking it on Amazon. Nevertheless, it is not official product. There is a recently issued live document (audio only) of a 1982 The Clash opening for the Who. I haven't got around to hearing this so I can't vouch.

This set was pro shot for TV and is very well filmed and edited. The quality of the image is fair...the file that I pulled from some random torrent had the following specs:
608X448, 700 MB, 29.97 fps, 1588 kbps

By the way. in Gspot, what are Len, Qf, Sar, Dar, and Par???

I expect that the only thing that has held this back from being sold through official channels is that the guitars sound dismally weak- thin and quiet. Really a shame because otherwise the performance is strong.

1. London Calling
2. Safe European Home
3. (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
4. Brand New Cadillac
5. Charlie Don't Surf
6. Clampdown
7. This is Radio Clash
8. Armagideon Time
9. Jimmy Jazz
10. Tommy Gun
11. Fujiyama Mama
12. Police On My Back
13. White Riot

Vocals on Fujiyama Mama are courtesy Pearl E. Gates AKA Pearl Harbour...a punk goddess apparently linked with Simonon about this time.

Although I've taken a few stabs at becoming more familiar with the Clash beyond the official releases, I haven't gone too deeply into it. I can recall two other things that I've examined. I also have a video of a 1980 Paris show which I vaguely remember as perhaps superior to terms of audio quality and energy level...I also have an audio boot of a Bond's Casino night which is of superb quality straight through and is actually holds the interest of a casual fan through the course of the whole show. The only thing to stop anyone from reviewing hundreds of hours of Clash show recordings needs nothing but bandwidth and time...For HERE is a whopping collection of links to such a collection, all in both MP3 and lossless!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Bob Dylan Eat The Document 1966

My loss of enthusiasm for rambling on about bootlegs is well timed. Because what is there to say that hasn't already been said about Bob Dylan? There are more than enough life long fans and scholars writing word after word after word about all of what he's done and what it all means. With Dylan, I actually enjoy the interpretations, the persona, more than I do listening to the songs. I got more entertainment out of Don't Look Back or No Direction Home than the LPs...
A buddy called me up and asked me if I had "Eat the Document" and I had to check; somethings I collect without really remembering and knowing what I have. Ridiculous, no? Whatever keeps you preoccupied...I had the Hard Rain TV special and the Isle of Wright, but that's it for Dylan DVDs. It showed up in the mail a few weeks later.

My impression was: it's a year later than Don't Look Back, and the success is now showing signs of becoming tedious. Whereas in the earlier film, Dylan seems to find the Dylan phenomenon a little surprising and precarious.

As for the electric controversy. What was at stake? What were they looking for that they were disappointed to lose? What was different, before and after? The birth of rock; with Dylan's conversion to be considered one of the signs...The death of rock; for which now a case could now be made - But of course, there are still bands, concerts, guitars, fame...What is different, before and after?

This disc's edition ("the videotape network") of the movie looks O.K. but the materials could really do with a little restoration work. The document was taped from a T.V broadcast- moderately sharp with rather faded color. The film itself is almost an hour. The disc I have has a considerable number of extras, they are:

dylan lennon conversation 21:09
cash documentary excerpt 3:30
johnny cash show appearance 8:17
'75 john hammond tribute 17:48
'75 NBC News clip :54
'75 ABC News clip 3:24
'79 SNL 7:01

Bob Dylan inaugurated the bootleg forty years ago...Since then, law breaking chroniclers have been continuously contributing to the public image of what the man has done. This has given birth to one of the two or three best concert databases I have seen: DVDylan. The beauty of its design is superb- A testament to the efforts of the obsessive-compulsive and their different kind of recording industry- as the consumer of commodities model of audience to a music itself undergoes transformation.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Lush 03/05/1991 London

Images...some video on your hard drive that wants looking at...some vinyl LP records in the garage that compel you to find them a new owner. There are, you know, images and real life. The one often a denial of the other...Something keeps telling you to not settle for the image, to somehow get to the place where things change you and can themselves be changed.
I review this because of it's brevity, mostly. I had the thing on in the background when I was reading something else. Apparently, Lush fans have compiled a whopping 5 DVD set of Lush footage. The person who upped the torrent for this TV show performance was doing it to provide an upgrade of material that was is in this collection. Such compulsion. Love for a rock band. People you saw twenty years ago on telly or at a gig and never actually met- though perhaps the bunch doing all this collecting were the inner circle of the earliest days. Those who were as secretly as instrumental for the existence of Lush as the musicians themselves. How far back in time does this sort of thing go?...A couple of centuries earlier there was written poetry and vicarious relationships from what people read. Cults of Hugo, Byron and the like...Before that, there are probably only political leaders, athletes, soldiers of renown, people you knew only through a crowd...saints as well, yes. Like, you go into a Hard Rock Cafe and see John Lennon's shirt behind glass- the shirt of Saint Lennon

In 91, I had the Gala CD, which I remember for "sunbathing" which had really complementary production on the sparse wisp of a song. I did some time at a college radio station and probably heard a few seconds of all of their tracks. If Lush is unknown to you, I'd first up recommend the remixes of the "Last Night" single. I hate strings in pop- but damn if they don't fly in perfect over the sequenced rhythm tracks in this supremely pretty tune.

The group do a good job with the first song in this gig, but I feel like the singer goes a little flat in the second. Still, nice enough distraction for the length of the clip.

If this blog were made up reviews of things you could buy, there would be a reason for it....Consumer reviews...Where can you get the most delivery for you entertainment dollar? But all of this can't be bought, and the reason for reviewing it is elusive. The reason for writing any of this escapes me: Why do I bother? Time better spent elsewhere, perhaps. I thought, the other day, using Exactfile, that the hashes used on the files could be their unique entries in a database- such that every digital file in which a certain celebrity is tagged would be uniquely identified and then you could eventually have the complete collection of every existing moment in which that celebrity was recorded. I thought for a moment about learning enough MySQL to construct the basis of such a thing...with the idea that understanding it might eventually be useful in some other way. Eventually such databases will exist not just for celebrities, but for everyday people.

Speaking of databases, I paid my first visit to songkick, the other day, which seems pretty well poised to beat pollstar as the most information rich, live rock show resource...pretty fascinating. Wondering about how this is all going to spiral into the future makes you wonder what kind of interface exists for Sporting Events...Team stuff would change its geography as seasons progress

Saturday, March 13, 2010



the tags could be better, some documentaries and music videos get mixed in with the search...but it's an easier way to surf google video than most

also. there is obviously some commercially available material interspersed through here, although I expect that the uploads are pretty compromised, qualitywise

# FULL CONCERT : Daft Punk @ Coachella 2006
# FULL CONCERT: The Psychedelic Furs Live (House Of ...
# FULL CONCERT: Coldplay Glastonbury Festival 2005
# FULL CONCERT: Aerosmith Live In Chicago
# FULL CONCERT: Metallica 2006 Live @ Rock Am Ring
# FULL CONCERT: Rammstein - Live aus Berlin
# FULL CONCERT: Motion City Soundtrack
# FULL CONCERT: Dio - Holy Diver Tour
# FULL CONCERT: Metallica 2006 Live @ Rock Am Ring
# FULL CONCERT: Rammstein - Live aus Berlin
# FULL CONCERT: Dio - Holy Diver Tour
# FULL CONCERT: The Smiths - Live in Madrid
# FULL CONCERT: Radiohead @ MTV 10 Spot
# FULL CONCERT: Michael Schenker Group - Rockpalast
# FULL CONCERT: Grateful Dead 04-26-1977
# FULL CONCERT: The Doors - Live In Concert
# FULL CONCERT: Beck - The Information (Live)
# FULL CONCERT: The Ramones @ Musikladen 1978
# FULL CONCERT: Jimi Hendrix - Live at Woodstock '69...
# FULL CONCERT: Van Halen (1983)
# FULL CONCERT: Rick Danko & Paul Butterfield
# FULL CONCERT: Oasis live in Boston
# FULL CONCERT: G3 Live in Tokyo 2005
# FULL CONCERT: Yngwie Malmsteen - Concerto Suite in...
# FULL CONCERT: Wolfmother - "Wolfmother" Album Liv...
# FULL CONCERT: Queen - Live Aid (1985)
# FULL CONCERT: Asia Live 80s
# FULL CONCERT: Deep Purple - Machine Head Tour 1972...
# FULL CONCERT: Mother's Finest - Live @ RockPalast ...
# FULL CONCERT: Alice In Chains MTV Unplugged
# FULL CONCERT: Crossroads Guitar Festival
# FULL CONCERT: The Sex Pistols - Last Live Concert
# FULL CONCERT: Pink Floyd Live
# FULL CONCERT -Gorillaz - Demon Days
# FULL CONCERT: Neil Young - BBC Concert 1971
# FULL CONCERT: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arca...
# FULL CONCERT: Dream Theater - Live At The Budokan
# FULL CONCERT: Metallica - Concert 9-10 May 1997 - ...
# FULL CONCERT: Genesis - The Charisma, Silent Sun P...
# FULL CONCERT: The Doors Live - Hollywood Bowl 1968...

I hope it's unnecessary to mention that neither I nor fuzzy tv posted any of this material...if anybody has a problem with it they should talk to google

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

James Brown 03/08/1971 Paris

In 1970, the musicians playing for James Brown walked out on him when he refused to meet certain demands about their employment. Brown had assembled some top notch players in his rise to success, but he was undaunted by their departure. He sent his jet airplane for the Collins brothers in Ohio, and they joined him onstage the next night without a single rehearsal. In the months that followed, the new band recorded "Sex Machine," "Super Bad," "...Get Involved," "Soul Power," and "Talking Loud..." Brown recorded a lot of hits before and and after this period, but the case could be made that this is his funkiest material. The musicians play off of one another with such attentiveness that Mr. Brown's on-the-fly intuitions about what should happen next become the structure of the compositions. The tracks from this time period are compiled in unedited form on the Funk Power CD. (I've a few dozen James Brown C.D.s, and this is far and away the most solid) On many other discs, you can hear fade out edits of these tracks. In fact, on the 45 rpm singles themselves the songs were often split in the middle to fit on two sides of the record. The full length performances are what you need. You can disagree with me, but you might as well be talking to a wall: the wall that your back is up against, while everyone else in 14+ minutes into the groove. Hipp-O's limited edition collection of the complete James Brown singles is sure to become an expensive second hand item, (And I'd really enjoy reading the extensive liner notes by the always informative Alan Leeds) but splitting these songs wrecks their momentum. What the world really needs, and I cross my fingers that they exist and that I might hear them some day, are alternative takes of these tracks. Even a few minutes of a flubbed chorus or misplayed verse. Because, of course, all you need is a good bar or two; two second fragments of JB material has been put to use to make music for thousands. If there is anything in the vaults, irregardless of its completeness. there is certainly an interest and market.

By 1971, many of the prodigal players had returned to the fold. March saw the band in Paris, where the show was recorded for an album that was not released until decades later. The bootleg video that I possess is footage from a TV broadcast of the same show that appears on a officially released CD....Whereas the sound on the CD is immaculate, the DVD is muddy and noisy and is screaming out to be cleaned up and married to the "Love Power" audio. The show is a monster: When you simply hear the audio, the speed with which the band tears through the older songs make them less satisfying than the studio recordings. When you watch the concert however, you see that the band is playing to the crowd and knows exactly how much they can take, what they expect, and when to deliver it to them. This is a well-honed showtime machine, the bases covered like a Swiss army knife: a go go dancer, a string section, the driving horns, the charismatic Bobby Byrd, two drummers. and, exclusive to this brief lineup: the raw edged Collins brothers...really holding it down on the one. As for Brown himself-as of 1971 he is pushing 40. And while he exerts more energy during this concert than most people do in a month, can it be said that the peak of his physical powers are a little while past?..Honestly- on dance moves and vocal effort, this is all as good as Boston 68, and the material is better.... the show and the band itself far, far more energetic.

There are a few other films of Mr. Brown in which he himself, personally, may have been a little closer to the top of his game. Shout Factory has finally put together a disc of the long awaited TAMI show and it is going to be available in a few short days. Rick Rubin has speculated that it might not only be the greatest filmed performance of James Brown, but the greatest filmed music performance period.

The Hardest Working Man in Show Business can be seen performing on a few other DVDs- none of which I've managed to see. I got the 68 Boston show five years ago as a badly cut up bootleg, but I haven't yet taken a look at the 3 DVD I Got the Feeling, with its documentary and some 68 Apollo footage...

There is also this: ---James Brown On Television Volume 1: The Sixties - 2 hours - "Hollywood A-Go-Go", "Music Scene", , "Where The Action Is", "The Hollywood Palace", "The Mike Douglas Show",
I spotted it on a Bomp list a while back. Hard to find any more specific details or review about it anywhere.

I've heard the bootleg of Zaire '74, which is a stellar performance- a peak for Brown perhaps, he acknowledges this by denying it during the concert itself. Not yet seen Soulpower, the documentary- which I've read contains three songs from Brown's set, and one each from the other performers...

On the outskirts of odds and ends, there is a BodyHeat disc that I pulled from a torrent. 4 episodes, I believe...Of interest more for the enjoyment of the dancers than anything live show or particular to JB...
Further out than that, Alan Leeds, JB's tour manager and archivist, makes mention of complete 1966 and 1967 shows HERE. Nothing concrete is said about them beyond that they exist, but the general discussion is of interest to fans of Brown or Prince, by whom Leeds was employed for many years.

Traders with other footage have made reference to their discoveries HERE and HERE

One of the trader's lists above mentions that he has two versions of this show, one with upgraded audio. As to which I have, I can't be certain. As I mentioned above, marrying this footage to the official CD release should already have been checked off on some industrious bootleggers to-do list. I downloaded exactfile and tried to run it on my DVD while it was in the drive, but the program crashed before I got any numbers... I'd like to have MD5s of all my reviews, so those of you who are playing along at home can compare your versions. I don't want to be forced to rip my boots to my harddrive in order to do this, however. Until a solution presents itself, we are going to have to refer to the menu shots, as I expect that these would be altered in the event of an upgrade