Thursday, September 22, 2022

The Byrds - (Untitled) Studio (1970)

In 1970, the Byrds released the well-received double album "(Untitled)." Half of it was live material and the other half was studio material. I my opinion, even though it's a very good album, it could be improved upon. My last post consists of the live material, expanded into a double album of its own. This is what I've done with the studio material.

The original studio album was about 37 minutes long. I removed "Take a Whiff on Me" because the revised live album contains a version of that song that I prefer. I also edited down the song "Welcome Back Home," because the original version is nearly eight minutes long, and far too repetitive for my tastes. This edited version is only four minutes long. I also used an alternate version of "Yesterday's Train" that I liked better.

After those removals and changes, the album was only 27 minutes long. But I made up for that and some by adding five songs: "Kathleen's Song," "Willin'," "Just like a Woman," "Lover of the Bayou," and "Amazing Grace." All of thesee, plus the alternate of "Yesterday's Train," come from the 2000 expanded edition of the album, given the new name "(Untitled)/(Unreleased)."

After those additions, the studio portion is now 48 minutes long. That's pretty long for a single album of that era, but still doable. I think it's a stronger version than the original. Note that there are concert versions of "Lover of the Bayou" and "Willin'" on the live portion of "(Untitled)" that I've posted separately. But they're both good songs, and I like both versions, so I've included both.

01 Chestnut Mare (Byrds)
02 Truck Stop Girl (Byrds)
03 All the Things (Byrds)
04 Hungry Planet (Byrds)
05 Just a Season (Byrds)
06 You All Look Alike (Byrds)
07 Kathleen's Song [Early Version] (Byrds)
08 Willin' (Byrds)
09 Just like a Woman (Byrds)
10 Yesterday's Train [Alternate Version] (Byrds)
11 Lover of the Bayou (Byrds)
12 Welcome Back Home [Edit] (Byrds)
13 Amazing Grace (Byrds)

https://www43.zippyshare.com/v/50QfceZJ/file.html

The cover here is mostly the same as the official cover, but I made one very significant edit. The original photo was of the band standing on some stairs with sky in the background. This was edited back in 1970 to have a desert in the background instead. I went with the original look, with the sky background. If nothing else, this difference should make it clear that this is an alternate version instead of the original.

The original was also edited to include a warped version of another photo of the band on the side of the stairs, and I've kept that the same.

The Byrds - (Untitled) Live (1970)

Ever so slowly, I've been making my way through improving the discography of the Byrds. The last album I'd posted was a 1969 stray tracks one. That takes me to 1970, and the Byrds album known as "(Untitled)." It's probably the most acclaimed Byrds album from their later era, after David Crosby and Chris Hillman left. It was a double album, with one of the albums all live material and the other all studio material.

I don't want to simply post a popular album here unless I made significant changes to it. In this case, even though "(Untitled)" it s a very good album, I felt it could use a lot of improvement. The main reason for the change is that a deluxe version of the album was released, with the name "(Untitled)/(Unissued)." As you can guess, that had a lot of previously unreleased songs. But, in my opinion, they were added to the end as bonus tracks instead of being integrated into the other songs in an intelligent way.

There was so much material that I was able to turn the single live album into a double album, which is presented here. The single studio album remains a single album, but with a significantly different song list. I'll post that shortly as a separate album.

All the live tracks here were recorded in New York City either on February 28, 1970, or March 1, 1970, with the exception of two ("Take a Whiff on Me" and "Jesus Is Just Alright"), which were recorded also in New York City, but in September 1970. That was the same month the album was actually released, but I'm including them here since they were chosen as bonus tracks.

The first six songs here are the songs that made up Side One of the original release. Side Two consisted entirely of a long version of "Eight Miles High." I've put that at the end, since it was the last song in their concerts at the time (not counting the short "Hold It" instrumental, which is also here). I made an edit to "Eight Miles High," which is why it has "[Edit]" in its title. This version had a fade in at the start. That's a shame, in my opinion, because I love the iconic bass notes that open the song. So I found the missing intro bit from a different bootleg version around that same time, and patched it in.

Most of the rest of the songs come from bonus tracks on the 2000 deluxe edition. But three more songs, "You All Look Alike," "Willin'," and "Black Mountain Rag (Soldier's Joy)" dribbled out on the band's two official box sets, so I included those too.

I think this works much better as a double album than the original single album, since it closely resembles a full concert. Admittedly, it's a bit short as concerts go, at only an hour and nine minutes. I could have added more songs from bootlegs dating that same year, but I wanted to keep this a collection of all officially released material, recorded with great sound quality.

01 Lover of the Bayou (Byrds)
02 Positively 4th Street (Byrds)
03 Nashville West [Instrumental] (Byrds)
04 So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star (Byrds)
05 Mr. Tambourine Man (Byrds)
06 Mr. Spaceman (Byrds)
07 You All Look Alike (Byrds)
08 Willin' (Byrds)
09 Black Mountain Rag [Soldier's Joy] (Byrds)
10 My Back Pages (Byrds)
11 Old Blue (Byrds)
12 You Ain't Goin' Nowhere (Byrds)
13 It's Alright Ma [I'm Only Bleeding] (Byrds)
14 The Ballad of Easy Rider (Byrds)
15 This Wheel's on Fire (Byrds)
16 Take a Whiff on Me (Byrds)
17 Jesus Is Just Alright (Byrds)
18 Eight Miles High [Edit] (Byrds)
19 Hold It [Instrumental] (Byrds)

https://www43.zippyshare.com/v/jDIIlioh/file.html

The cover photo features the Byrds in concert in London in 1971. For the text, I imitated the look of the text on the original "(Untitled)" album.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Chris Isaak - That's My Desire - Various Songs (1988-1995)

A while back, I posted an album of Chris Isaak's stray tracks, dealing with the years 1985 to 1988. I actually have three more stray tracks albums for him. This is the second one. It's from arguably his most commercial successful time period, mostly due to his classic hit "Wicked Game."

This is a very varied mix in terms of the sourcing. Six of the songs are officially unreleased, and all come from live performances. I was careful though to only include performances with very good sound quality, for instance from soundboard bootlegs.

The rest are all studio tracks. They include an A-side, two B-sides, songs from various artists compilations, and movie soundtracks. The instrumental version of "Wicked Game" is of particular note. The song with vocals was first released on Isaak's 1989 album "Heart Shaped World." But in 1990, this all-instrumental version was included in the David Lynch directed movie "Wild at Heart." The song wasn't a hit at all at first, but this version helped it gain attention, and it ended up being a hit in early 1991. The instrumental version is the vocal version minus the vocals, as far as I can tell, but it's still nice. 

This album is 45 minutes long.

01 Suspicion of Love (Chris Isaak)
02 Jack the Ripper - Rumble - Tequila - Jack the Ripper [Instrumental] (Chris Isaak)
03 Don't Leave Me This Way (Chris Isaak & Etienne Daho)
04 Wicked Game [Instrumental Version] (Chris Isaak)
05 Leah (Chris Isaak)
06 That's My Desire (Chris Isaak)
07 Dark Moon (Chris Isaak)
08 5-15 (Chris Isaak)
09 Diddley Daddy (Chris Isaak)
10 Shake Little Sister (Chris Isaak)
11 La Tumba Sera el Final (Chris Isaak)
12 Blue Moon (Chris Isaak)
13 Blue Days, Black Nights (Chris Isaak)

https://www34.zippyshare.com/v/LyGXcF6G/file.html 

The cover is a promotional photo from 1990.

Reina del Cid & Toni Lindgren - Sunday Mornings with Reina del Cid, Volume 12 (2021)

I have been gradually catching up to the present day with this "Sunday Mornings" series of Reina del Cid and Toni Lindgren performing acoustic cover songs. I'm not fully caught up yet, but I'm getting close. If you've missed this series until now, it's never too late to join in.

As I've mentioned with previous volumes, one thing I like out of this series is how they mix doing covers of famous songs with little known but still high quality songs, so I get to learn new songs through them. For instance, I otherwise never would have heard of "Come Back Home," originally done by Trampled by Turtles. But in this album, the rarity that really impressed me is "I'm Gonna Be an Engineer," originally written by Peggy Seeger, sister of Pete Seeger. It's probably the best song about sexism that I've ever heard.

Here's a list of the original artists for each song:

01 Right Down the Line - Gerry Rafferty
02 The Lucky One - Alison Krauss
03 First Day of My Life - Bright Eyes
04 Raglan Road - Luke Kelly & the Dubliners
05 Sleep Walk [Instrumental] - Santo & Johnny
06 Demon in Disguise - David Bromberg
07 Romeo's Tune - Steve Forbert
08 Ain't Goin' Down Till the Sun Comes Up - Garth Brooks
09 Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House
10 I'm Gonna Be an Engineer - Peggy Seeger
11 Come Back Home - Trampled by Turtles
12 Not Fade Away - Buddy Holly
13 Sweet Dreams [Are Made of This] - Eurymithics

And here's the usual song list:

01 Right Down the Line (Reina del Cid & Toni Lindgren)
02 The Lucky One (Reina del Cid & Toni Lindgren)
03 First Day of My Life (Reina del Cid & Toni Lindgren)
04 Raglan Road (Reina del Cid & Toni Lindgren)
05 Sleep Walk [Instrumental] (Toni Lindgren)
06 Demon in Disguise (Reina del Cid & Toni Lindgren)
07 Romeo's Tune (Reina del Cid & Toni Lindgren)
08 Ain't Goin' Down Till the Sun Comes Up (Reina del Cid & Toni Lindgren)
09 Don't Dream It's Over (Reina del Cid & Toni Lindgren)
10 I'm Gonna Be an Engineer (Reina del Cid & Toni Lindgren)
11 Come Back Home (Reina del Cid & Toni Lindgren)
12 Not Fade Away (Reina del Cid & Toni Lindgren)
13 Sweet Dreams [Are Made of This] (Toni Lindgren, Reina del Cid & Josh Turner)

https://www53.zippyshare.com/v/1YyGiLBl/file.html

The cover photo is a screen of the duo playing the song "Don't Dream It's Over," featured here.

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Stephen Stills - University of Florida, Gainsville, FL, 10-22-2003

Here's an interesting Stephen Stills concert. I happened to be listening to it the other day, and decided it was worthy of posting.

Usually, I'm much more interested in Stills (and/or Crosby, Stills, Nash and/or Young) material from the 1960s and 1970s, when he was at the peak of his career. But this is a good listen despite the late date for several reasons. 

For starters, the circumstances behind this solo concert was quite unusual. Based on his banter between songs, it seems he was supposed to give a talk about music to a university audience in his sort-of hometown. (I say "sort of" because he moved around a lot when he was young, but he did spend a bunch of years in Gainsville, Florida as a child.) But he never got around to writing a speech, so instead he mostly played a bunch of songs, often different from the usual ones he played in concert, and talked a lot between songs with banter that was also different from the usual, and told a loose story of his musical development.

Also, the sound quality is very good. It may not be a soundboard bootleg; it's probably just an audience one. But some audience recordings can sound nearly as good as soundboards, and this is one of those. It's helped by the fact that it was a solo acoustic concert. It's much easier to make a good recording of that than when there's a band and one has to have a balance between all the instruments. Plus, audiences are usually extra quiet and respectful in acoustic concerts, and that was the case here. 

Finally, as I mentioned above, many of the songs were different from the usual ones he played in concert. Or at least he played some that he regularly did with a band but almost never did solo acoustic. Many of these are more recent songs. In my opinion, his songwriting almost always stayed at a high level. It's just that as he got older, he wrote fewer and fewer, and they were often marred by bad production. These songs shine in the solo acoustic format.

On the downside, this concert is rather short. It's only 50 minutes long. I'm just speculating, but maybe he was playing to a class of students, and that was the time allotted. Also, the first song isn't actually from this exact concert. But it's another interesting rarity that he played in concert earlier that year, and it fit right in with the solo acoustic mode and the sound quality, so I added it in.

01 Heart's Gate (Stephen Stills)
02 talk (Stephen Stills)
03 Acadienne (Stephen Stills)
04 Helplessly Hoping (Stephen Stills)
05 talk (Stephen Stills)
06 Johnny's Garden (Stephen Stills)
07 talk (Stephen Stills)
08 For What It's Worth (Stephen Stills)
09 talk (Stephen Stills)
10 Ole Man Trouble (Stephen Stills)
11 Seen Enough (Stephen Stills)
12 talk (Stephen Stills)
13 Daylight Again - Find the Cost of Freedom (Stephen Stills)
14 talk (Stephen Stills)
15 Love the One You're With (Stephen Stills)

https://www44.zippyshare.com/v/XF3ZvTvs/file.html 

The cover photo isn't from this concert. But it's from another one less than a month apart, at that year's Bridge Benefit in the Bay Area.

Monday, September 12, 2022

The Montanas - BBC Sessions (1966-1968)

Here's an album of BBC sessions by a British band that I'll bet you've never even heard of. (If you have, my hat is off to you.) This band, the Montanas, may be super obscure, but that's not for lack of quality. In my opinion, much of the music from the late 1960s has a magical quality to it. It was a special time, when even many obscure bands put out really good music. 

The Montanas were a rock band, but very much on the poppy side, similar to say, the Hollies. They should have had some significant hits. There are a handful of songs here that definitely sound as good or better than many of the hits of the era. But musical success is a fickle thing, and sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. They only had one minor hit, but in the US, not Britain. "You've Got to Be Loved" was released in 1967, and scraped the bottom of the Top Forty charts. 

As I said, they should have done better. For instance, some of their early songs were written by Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent, the songwriting team responsible for most of Petula Clark's big hits in the 1960s, including the classic "Downtown." Also, "That's When Happiness Began" was written by the Addrisi Brothers, who also wrote "Never My Love" by the Association. But unlike that ballad, this song is a freakbeat rocker that should have been a hit. On the downside though, the band didn't seem to write much music themselves, which could help explain why they aren't held in better regard today. Also, despite having a long string of singles, they never were allowed to record a full album.

Here's their Wikipedia entry, if you want to know more about them:

The Montanas - Wikipedia

Now, getting to the music on this album, as you can guess from the title, it consists entirely of BBC performances. Only four of the performances have been officially released, and those come from the obscure various artists album "Sights and Sounds, Volume 1." But all of those songs here have great sound quality, since they all come from Top of the Pops transcription discs. By the way, thanks to musical associate Marley for digging up most of this.

The band continued into the early 1970s, but their best stuff, and most successful (given their obscurity) is from the late 1960s. That's when they had enough potential to be featured on popular BBC shows, so everything here is from that time. But that works out well, because this serves as an excellent "best of." Not only does it contain versions of their best A-sides, it includes cover versions that they never officially released in any form, such as "Hey Grandma" and "Omaha" (both originally by Moby Grape), "Bend Me, Shape Me" by the Outsiders (and a hit by the American Breed), and "Beggin'" by the Four Seasons. 

Oh, I almost forgot to mention that these songs suffered from the usual BBC problem of the time where the DJs often talked over the music. But, as usual, I used the X-Minus audio editing program to wipe out the talking while keeping the music. Those are the songs with "[Edit]" in their names. Sadly, that was the case for 12 of the 15 songs!

These are some really obscure recordings. I strongly suspect that nobody has ever compiled an album of their BBC material until I did this, here. But it deserves better, much better. These guys were a cut above most other similar bands. If you like this type of music, I strongly encourage you to give this a try. And by the way, if you do like this, these is a good official release of their studio material called "You've Got to Be Loved: Singles A's and Bs" that's worth tracking down.

This album is 38 minutes long.

01 That’s When Happiness Began  (Montanas)
02 Goodbye Little Girl [Edit] (Montanas)
03 What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am [Edit] (Montanas)
04 Ciao Baby [Edit] (Montanas)
05 Living Above Your Head [Edit] (Montanas)
06 Take My Hand [Edit] (Montanas)
07 Top Hat [Edit] (Montanas)
08 Hey Grandma [Edit] (Montanas)
09 You've Gotta Be Loved (Montanas)
10 Bend Me, Shape Me [Edit] (Montanas)
11 A Step in the Right Direction [Edit] (Montanas)
12 You're Never Going to Get My Lovin' [Edit] (Montanas)
13 Beggin' [Edit] (Montanas)
14 Omaha [Edit] (Montanas)
15 Run to Me (Montanas)

https://www44.zippyshare.com/v/vz8Tny4E/file.html

The Montanas are such an obscure band that I could only find one color photo of them. It's from 1966, back when they still had a square image and wore suits. Not surprisingly, they went psychedelic with their style in 1967, like most other bands. But this photo will have to do unless a better later one comes along. Also, I took the band name at the top from a cover to one of their singles.

Texas - Acoustic Versions, Volume 1 (1991-2005)

Over the past couple of years, I've posted three volumes of cover versions by the British band Texas. (I posted the third volume only a few weeks ago, and updated the other two.) But Texas is not primarily a cover band. I like many of their originals, though they can be hit or miss. And if you've followed this blog for a while, you've probably noticed that I have a particular fondness for acoustic versions of songs. So I've collected two albums' worth of mostly Texas originals done in acoustic mode. To be honest, I generally prefer these versions.

It's a shame that Texas has never released any kind of acoustic album. All of the performances here are officially unreleased. But the sound quality is generally very good to excellent. The first two come from unknown sources. The rest generally were done in the studio for TV or radio shows. Only two songs (the second and fifth ones) were done before a live audience.

As far as I can tell, only the songs "Tired of Being Alone" and "Across the Universe" are cover versions. I found other versions of those two songs for the cover versions albums I posted; these versions are done in a more acoustic style. (There are some other cover versions done in acoustic mode where I could only find one good version, so in those cases I put them on the covers albums instead of these acoustic albums.)

This album is 46 minutes long.

01 Walk the Dust (Texas)
02 Tired of Being Alone (Texas)
03 Prayer for You (Texas)
04 So in Love with You (Texas)
05 Across the Universe (Sharleen Spiteri with Jools Holland)
06 In Demand (Texas)
07 Put Your Arms Around Me (Texas)
08 Can't Resist (Texas)
09 What about Us (Texas)
10 Nevermind (Texas)
11 Getaway (Texas)
12 Sleep (Texas with Paul Buchanan)

https://www104.zippyshare.com/v/Z4bT9vZn/file.html

The cover photo features the band's lead singer Sharleen Spiteri in 1991.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Cilla Black - BBC Sessions, Volume 2 (1966-1972)

I recently posted Volume 1 of Cilla Black at the BBC. Here's the second and last volume.

As I explained with Volume 1, Black's interesting music is generally the 1960s and early 1970s. That's the same for many other British female singers of that era. For instance, Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, and Lulu faded in the mid-1970s too. In Black's case, she kept releasing records, but stopped having hits, and focused more on being an all-around TV entertainer.

By chance, unreleased BBC recordings stop around 1973, at the same time her hits stopped. Thanks to my musical associate Marley who was essential in finding most of the BBC recordings from 1969 and after. 

All but one of the songs here are officially unreleased. That one is an oddity, because it's actually a studio track that I snuck in there. That's because one of my favorite songs by her is "Step Inside Love," which was a big hit for her in 1968, but, strangely, it seems she didn't perform it for the BBC or other TV or radio shows. It's neat that the song was written by Paul McCartney (and even done as a lark by the Beatles during the "White Album" sessions), but it's a darn good song regardless of who wrote it. Instead of including the hit version, I found a rare demo version with McCartney backing her on acoustic guitar, found on the album "The Abbey Road Decade, 1963-1973."

During this time period, Black had a successful BBC TV show called "Cilla." A few of the songs are from that, but only a few. I'll bet there are many more songs from that show that would make interesting listening (including a version of "Step Inside Love," I would imagine), but I couldn't find that much, at least not at a reasonably high sound quality. So six of the songs here are from that, and the rest are from proper BBC studio sessions (not counting "Step Inside Love"). 

With those BBC radio recordings, there was the usual problem of BBC DJs talking over the music. So I applied the usual solution of using the X-Minus audio editing program to wipe the talking while keeping the underlying music. The songs where I did that have "[Edit]" in their names.

This album is 44 minutes long.

01 The 'In' Crowd (Cilla Black)
02 Alfie (Cilla Black)
03 Don't Answer Me (Cilla Black)
04 Step Inside Love [Demo] (Cilla Black with Paul McCartney)
05 Uptight [Everything's Alright] (Cilla Black)
06 Both Sides Now (Cilla Black)
07 It Feels So Good (Cilla Black)
08 The Look of Love - Walk On By (Cilla Black & Cliff Richard)
09 Surround Yourself with Sorrow [Edit] (Cilla Black)
10 Conversations [Edit] (Cilla Black)
11 If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind [Edit] (Cilla Black)
12 [They Long to Be] Close to You (Cilla Black)
13 Something Tells Me [Something's Gonna Happen Tonight] (Cilla Black)
14 Norwegian Wood (Cilla Black & Marvin, Welch & Farrar)
15 Make It with You [Edit] (Cilla Black)
16 The World I Wish for You (Cilla Black)
17 You, You, You [Edit] (Cilla Black)

Melting Pot (Dusty Springfield & Cilla Black)

https://www16.zippyshare.com/v/RlpQcDru/file.html

The cover photo comes from the "Cilla" TV show, around October 1970.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Led Zeppelin - Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany, 6-30-1980

I've posted a bunch of Led Zeppelin live material here, with the vast majority of it being BBC performances. But a problem with that is that it mostly just deals with the years 1969 to 1971, and the band stayed together until 1980. I've been looking for an excellent sounding concert from near the end of the band's career, but there are very few soundboards that sound good. Then I came across a version of this Frankfurt 1980 concert that was recently remastered by someone named Liriodendron. 

I thought that sounded better than the others, but I still felt Robert Plant's lead vocals were buried in this mix. So I used the X-Minus audio editing software to boost them up to a volume I liked better. Additionally, I boosted the talking between songs even more so one can usually actually hear what is being said.

The sound quality still isn't totally excellent, but it's very listenable, and I like it better than other 1980 concerts by the band that I've heard. If anyone else knows of something from that time that sounds better, please let me know and I'll consider sharing that one.

At the time, drummer John Bonham was having increasing trouble with alcoholism. (He would die later in 1980, ending the band.) Sometimes that affected his drumming during concerts. In fact, just three days before this concert, he collapsed after the first song in Nuremburg, Germany, forcing the concert to end early. So the band brought in a second drummer (Simon Kirke of Bad Company) to help out. In my opinion, I don't hear any problems. Either Bonham was having a good night, or the second drummer covered up his flaws.

Bassist John Paul Jones later had this to say about the short European concert tour this show was a part of: "Morale was very high. We were in really good spirits. We were stripped down a lot, musically, and as an act, we remember back to what we were doing. Punk kind of woke us up again. 'Oh yeah, I remember what we are supposed to be doing here.' It was about to go for a change of gears and round two ... By the time John [Bonham] died, we all had sorted it out and were ready to go again. He died in rehearsals for an American tour."

This was the fifth to last concert Led Zeppelin ever did, not counting later reunions.

This concert is two hours and nine minutes long.

01 talk (Led Zeppelin)
02 Train Kept a Rollin' (Led Zeppelin)
03 Nobody's Fault but Mine (Led Zeppelin)
04 talk (Led Zeppelin)
05 Black Dog (Led Zeppelin)
06 talk (Led Zeppelin)
07 In the Evening (Led Zeppelin)
08 talk (Led Zeppelin)
09 The Rain Song (Led Zeppelin)
10 talk (Led Zeppelin)
11 Hot Dog (Led Zeppelin)
12 All My Love (Led Zeppelin)
13 talk (Led Zeppelin)
14 Trampled under Foot (Led Zeppelin)
15 talk (Led Zeppelin)
16 Since I've Been Loving You (Led Zeppelin)
17 talk (Led Zeppelin)
18 Achilles Last Stand (Led Zeppelin)
19 talk (Led Zeppelin)
20 White Summer [Instrumental] (Led Zeppelin)
21 Kashmir (Led Zeppelin)
22 talk (Led Zeppelin)
23 Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin)
24 talk (Led Zeppelin)
25 Rock and Roll (Led Zeppelin)
26 talk (Led Zeppelin)
27 Money [That's What I Want] (Led Zeppelin)
28 talk (Led Zeppelin)
29 Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin)

https://www116.zippyshare.com/v/wbelozDE/file.html

The cover photo comes from a concert in Munich five days after the concert featured here.

Gerry Rafferty - Musikhalle, Hamburg, Germany, 2-12-1993

Today, British singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty is best known for his 1978 mega-hit "Baker Street," which in turn is best known for its iconic saxophone riff. But he's written other great songs, including the hits "Stuck in the Middle with You" (when he was part of the duo Stealers Wheel) and "Right Down the Line." 

In my opinion, he isn't as famous as he should be. One reason is that he suffered from alcoholism and depression most of his life. Perhaps related to that, he generally avoided doing the things stars need to do to become more famous, such as promotional work. That included doing very little touring. As far as I can tell, he toured some in the 1960s and 1970s, but after that the only major tour he did was in 1993. He died of liver failure in 2011 at the age of 63.

Due to how rare he toured, there are almost no live recordings of him publicly available, including nothing that's been officially released. When it comes to bootlegs, I've only been able to find one. Luckily, it's a very good one, a soundboard with excellent sound quality. Naturally, I'm speaking of the one I'm presenting here. (He did take part in some BBC sessions in the 1970s, and I hope to post an album of those eventually.)

There was only one problem with this recording, in my opinion, and that was that his lead vocals were rather low in the mix. That could have been intentional, as it would seem to fit in with his low-profile nature. (A very limited amount of banter between songs is another example of that.) Be that as it may, I boosted his vocals using the audio editing program X-Minus, and I think it sounds considerably better this way.

In terms of song selection, he chose to play songs from most phases of his career, including a couple from his Stealers Wheels days. He had released an album in late 1992, "On a Wing and a Prayer," so naturally he played about five songs from that. But luckily it was a critically well received album, though its sales were low. Three of the songs in the concert are covers: "Get Out of My Life Woman," "It Makes No Difference," and "A Mess of Blues."

This album is an hour and 35 minutes long. 

01 Instrumental (Gerry Rafferty)
02 Waiting for the Day (Gerry Rafferty)
03 Your Heart's Desire (Gerry Rafferty)
04 Right Down the Line (Gerry Rafferty)
05 Get Out of My Life Woman (Gerry Rafferty)
06 Does He Know What He's Taken On (Gerry Rafferty)
07 Moonlight and Gold (Gerry Rafferty)
08 Don't Give Up on Me (Gerry Rafferty)
09 Hearts Run Dry (Gerry Rafferty)
10 Stuck in the Middle with You (Gerry Rafferty)
11 It's Easy to Talk (Gerry Rafferty)
12 Standing at the Gates (Gerry Rafferty)
13 talk (Gerry Rafferty)
14 The Right Moment (Gerry Rafferty)
15 Baker Street (Gerry Rafferty)
16 Late Again (Gerry Rafferty)
17 Get It Right Next Time (Gerry Rafferty)
18 talk (Gerry Rafferty)
19 It Makes No Difference (Gerry Rafferty)
20 talk (Gerry Rafferty)
21 A Mess of Blues (Gerry Rafferty)

https://www65.zippyshare.com/v/4A6WlU5F/file.html

The cover photo is of Rafferty in concert in London in 1993.

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Cilla Black - BBC Sessions, Volume 1 (1964-1966)

Next up in my BBC sessions project is British singer Cilla Black. There's enough material for two volumes.

Cilla Black, who died in 2015, didn't get a lot of respect back in her 1960s and 1970s heyday, and that's still true today. Her vocal talents, while good, didn't rise to the likes of Dusty Springfield's. It didn't help that after her music career success lessened in the early 1970s, she deemphasized her music and became more of an all-around entertainer, becoming a frequent presenter on British TV. 

That said, there's a lot to like about her music career in the 1960s and early 1970s, which is the time frame of these two BBC volumes. She had lots of hits, some of them massive, and was a key part of the British music scene. She had lots of connections to the Beatles, who not only helped her get her first record contract, but even were the backing band for her first audition. The first song here, "It's for You," was written for her by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and was a Top Ten hit in Britain.

As far as I can tell, every single performance here is officially unreleased. But the sound quality is generally excellent, because most of these songs come from BBC Top of the Pops transcription discs, and those sound as good as official releases. But I tried to augment that source, because many of her key songs happened to have not been played there. So there are three songs from the Ed Sullivan Show in the US, two from a 1966 British TV special called "Cilla at the Savoy," and two more from other BBC shows. As a result, I might have missed a key song or two, but overall, this does an able job as a de facto "best of" collection.

This album is 49 minutes long.

01 It's for You (Cilla Black)
02 You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin' (Cilla Black)
03 Heat Wave [Edit] (Cilla Black)
04 Dancing in the Street (Cilla Black)
05 You're My World (Cilla Black)
06 Goin' Out of My Head (Cilla Black)
07 You're No Good [Edit] (Cilla Black)
08 He Was Really Saying Something [Edit] (Cilla Black)
09 I've Been Wrong Before (Cilla Black)
10 Shotgun (Cilla Black)
11 September in the Rain (Cilla Black)
12 Sing a Rainbow (Cilla Black)
13 Anyone Who Had a Heart (Cilla Black)
14 Yesterday [Edit] (Cilla Black)
15 Love's Just a Broken Heart (Cilla Black)
16 1-2-3 [Edit] (Cilla Black)
17 Let There Be Love (Cilla Black with Dudley Moore)
18 Rainbow Edit] (Cilla Black)
19 Lover's Concerto [Edit] (Cilla Black)
20 Night Time Is Here [Edit] (Cilla Black)

https://www99.zippyshare.com/v/V3aa0BYU/file.html 

The cover photo of Black dates to 1966.

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Neil Young - Bread and Roses Festival, Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA, 10-3-1980

In 1979, Neil Young's musical career was hitting new highs. He released an album of new material, "Rust Never Sleeps," and a live album, "Live Rust." Both sold well and were critically acclaimed. He even was named "Artist of the Year" in Rolling Stone magazine by both readers and critics. But in his personal life, things were not going well at all. His young son Ben had cerebral palsy, and for a few years he spent the vast majority of his waking hours every day just taking care of his son. As a result, he didn't play any concerts between the end of the "Rust Never Sleeps" tour in 1978 and a "Trans" tour in 1982.

But there's one exception right in the middle of that four year gap: he played a single, short concert in late 1980 for the annual Bread and Roses benefit festival. This concert is very interesting for those following Young's career. Not only was it his only concert during that stretch, but his set list is quite unusual for him. The concert took place a few weeks before the release of his 1980 album "Hawks and Doves." That album isn't well regarded in his catalog, and for good reason. It's less than half an hour long, and the first half consists of recordings made in the late 1970s that were rejected from other albums. It was a hastily done contractual obligation album, which made it a big step down from his classic "Rust Never Sleeps" album the year before.

That said, the album does have some good songs in it. It's just that there aren't many songs, period, and it has no flow as an album. Since it wasn't received well, Young quickly forgot all about it. Of the five new songs on it (all on Side B), the only one he's ever played in concert much is "Hawks and Doves." He's played that 39 times, all between 1980 and 1985. He's played "Coastline" four times, and the other three - "Stayin' Power," "Union Man," and "Comin' Apart at Every Nail" - just once each! But all five of those were played at this single 1980 concert. 

But that's not all. He also played a new song that remains officially unreleased. Some call it "Winter Winds" and some call it "Turbine." Hopefully it'll be released someday and we'll get to find out what its name is. It's a nice song, and really should have been included on "Hawks and Doves," since it fits in perfectly with the country style of the other new songs. Additionally, he did another new song for the first time, "Motor City." That one would appear on his 1981 album "RE*AC*TOR."

Young played 11 songs in this concert. Of those, seven were played for the very first time, and none of those had even appeared on record yet! The concert had a heavy country sound, and the remaining songs - "Are You Ready for the Country," "Homegrown," and "Four Strong Winds" - all fit in with that. (He played with the same small band that he'd just used to record the "Hawks and Doves" album, and since they didn't know many of his songs, they played "Are You Ready for the Country" twice.)

I'd long had an interest in this concert since it was so unique in his long career. The problem was, the bootleg I'd heard of it didn't sound very good. But a new version has recently come to light. It's still only an audience recording, like previous versions, but it sounds significantly better. The one flaw it had, in my opinion, was that Young's voice was too low in the mix on most of the songs. So I used the audio editing program X-Minus to boost his vocals. Now, his vocals sound great. Sometimes, the rest of the band is kind of muddy, but at least his vocals sound as good as a soundboard boot. While I was at it, I also cleaned up the recording as best I could, removing some of the "woo-hoos" and shouts during songs.

Admittedly, the concert still doesn't sound stellar. But it's certainly listenable now, if you're a Neil Young fan, and it sounds a lot better than it did before.

The concert is rather short, at only 35 minutes. That's the whole thing, since he was on a festival bill with a lot of other acts. 

Oh, and by the way, I just went through all the other Young albums I've posted and fixed the mp3 tags and the volume balance between songs. (Those are just the solo ones - I still need to tackle the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young ones.)

01 talk (Neil Young)
02 Are You Ready for the Country (Neil Young)
03 Coastline (Neil Young)
04 Stayin' Power (Neil Young)
05 Winter Winds [Turbine] (Neil Young)
06 Motor City (Neil Young)
07 talk (Neil Young)
08 Union Man (Neil Young)
09 Comin' Apart at Every Nail (Neil Young)
10 Hawks and Doves (Neil Young)
11 talk (Neil Young)
12 Homegrown (Neil Young)
13 talk (Neil Young)
14 Four Strong Winds (Neil Young)
15 talk (Neil Young)
16 Are You Ready for the Country (Neil Young)

https://www5.zippyshare.com/v/fJlNPRTc/file.html 

I've only been able to find one photo of Young at this concert. (One can tell others used as bootleg covers and such aren't from the show because they don't have him with a beard, and he wore a beard at the time.) Unfortunately, I'd already used that single photo for the cover of my stray tracks album "Winter Winds." So I've used that photo again here. But the difference is I zoomed in on just his face for the "Winter Winds" cover, whereas this one shows all of his upper body. Furthermore, I added in some artwork taken from the actual festival at the bottom, though I changed some of the white text in it.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Seal - MTV Unplugged, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City, 4-9-1996

I have to admit I don't know much about British singer-songwriter Seal or his music. He's best known for the songs "Crazy" and "Kiss from a Rose," and has sold over 20 million records. But the other day, I got the song "Crazy" stuck in my head, and decided to seek out more of his music. He's usual as singer-songwriters go, because he has a soulful voice, and has typically put a lot of dance pop production to his songs, often including elements of trip hop or house music. 

I do like a lot of these modern production elements on his songs. In particular, his first two albums are his most acclaimed, and producer Trevor Horn did a good job with those. That said, being more of a classic rock guy, I was curious to hear if he's done those songs from his early albums without those modern production elements. It turns out there's one concert recording that's ideal for someone like me, his 1996 MTV Unplugged performance, presented here. It's a long stretch to call it an acoustic performance, since he plays with a full band. But it does have a stripped back sound compared to his records. 

This concert has never been officially released. In fact, he hasn't put out any live albums until the 2000s. But the sound quality is excellent, since it was professionally recorded. It lacked one of his biggest hits though, "Killer." This song was credited to Adamski, and was a big number one hit in 1990. But it was co-written by Seal, and he sang lead vocals on it too. It turned him from a musical nobody to a star in a matter of weeks, leading to a recording contact and the rest of his music career. So, since he didn't do it for the MTV Unplugged show, I found a version he did for a French TV show in 1992, and added that at the end. It happened that he did one more song for that show, a cover of "Hey Joe," the classic rock song made famous by Jimi Hendrix, so I added that in as well.

I believe all the songs here are written or co-written by Seal, with three exceptions. First, there's "Hey Joe" which I just mentioned. He also did "Stone Free" by Hendrix, and "Quicksand" by David Bowie.

As I said above, I don't know much about Seal's music career as a whole. But I think this is a solid, impressive concert performance (even though he almost never talked between the songs), and it includes all of his big hits.

This concert is 45 minutes long. But the album as a whole is 55 minutes long, thanks to the two extra songs at the end.

01 Stone Free (Seal)
02 Prayer for the Dying (Seal)
03 Future Love Paradise (Seal)
04 Blues in E (Seal)
05 Crazy (Seal)
06 Quicksand (Seal)
07 Kiss from a Rose (Seal)
08 Violet (Seal)
09 talk (Seal)
10 Deep Water (Seal)
11 Don't Cry (Seal)
12 Hey Joe (Seal)
13 Killer (Seal)

https://www118.zippyshare.com/v/A1vf9Qag/file.html

I could have used a screenshot from the exact concert featured here, since the video of it can be found on YouTube. But I opted for a photo from a different (and unknown) 1996 concert, because the image quality was markedly better.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Texas - Cover Versions, Volume 3 (2008-2021)

Back in 2020, I posted two volumes of cover songs by the British band Texas. I recently took another look at the cover songs available, and found a bunch that I'd previously missed, plus some new ones the band did since then. The result is that I was able to turn two volumes into three. If you want to download this album, I strongly suggest redownloading the previous two as well, because there are significant changes to those. Here are the links to those:

Volume 1

 https://albumsthatshouldexist.blogspot.com/2020/04/texas-cover-versions-volume-1-1989-1998.html

Volume 2

https://albumsthatshouldexist.blogspot.com/2020/04/texas-cover-versions-volume-2-1999-2015.html

Texas's lead singer Sharleen Spiteri pursued a solo career for two solo albums, one in 2008 and the other in 2010. Then she rejoined Texas by 2013. So the first six songs come from that solo time period, and only feature Spiteri. But I doubt you'd notice if you didn't look at the credits, because the sound and style is basically the same. Spiteri's 2010 album, "The Movie Songbook," consists entirely of cover songs. I avoided including any of the album versions of those, though I did include a few if I found good alternate or live versions. One song, "Streets of Philadelphia," is a bonus track from that album.

Aside from that bonus track, the only other officially released version here is "9 to 5," which comes from an obscure various artists album. As for the rest, the sound quality is generally excellent, although there is some variation. The vast majority of the songs come from in-person radio station appearances, or TV shows.

As an aside, I'm particularly impressed with the version of "Come On Eileen," which is radically different from the original, but equally good, in my opinion.

01 Son of a Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
02 Should I Stay or Should I Go - Clash
03 Streets of Philadelphia - Bruce Springsteen
04 God Bless the Child - Billie Holliday
05 Many Rivers to Cross - Jimmy Cliff
06 I'd Rather Go Blind - Etta James
07 River Deep, Mountain High - Ike & Tina Turner
08 Jackson - Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash
09 The Letter - Boxtops
10 Let’s Stay Together - Al Green
11 9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
12 To Love Somebody - Bee Gees
13 Young Americans - David Bowie
14 Come On Eileen -Dexys Midnight Runners

And here is the usual song list:

01 Son of a Preacher Man (Sharleen Spiteri & Charlotte Church)
02 Should I Stay or Should I Go (Sherleen Spiteri)
03 Streets of Philadelphia (Sharleen Spiteri)
04 God Bless the Child (Sharleen Spiteri)
05 Many Rivers to Cross [Acoustic Version] (Sharleen Spiteri)
06 I'd Rather Go Blind (Sharleen Spiteri with Ronnie Wood)
07 River Deep, Mountain High [Edit] (Texas)
08 Jackson (Texas)
09 The Letter (Texas)
10 Let’s Stay Together (Texas)
11 9 to 5 (Sharleen Spiteri)
12 To Love Somebody (Texas)
13 Young Americans (Texas)
14 Come On Eileen (Texas)

This album is 44 minutes long.

https://www65.zippyshare.com/v/Hbo0SG3o/file.html

The cover photo is of Sharleen Spiteri at a celebrity event in 2008.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Broken Links Fixed

Now that I'm back from vacation, I went through all the posts for the last month and fixed the broken links that people pointed out. If you want any more broken links fixed, now is a good time to ask me. I'll soon turn my attention to responding to the other posts made while I was gone. Thanks for your patience.

John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers - BBC Sessions, Volume 3 (1968-1971)

Here is the third and final album of John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers performing for the BBC.

As I mentioned in the previous two volumes, I'm not a fan of John Mayall's lead vocals. However, in the 1960s, his band the Bluesbreakers was famous for the series of lead guitarists in it. The last bunch of songs were from the time period Mick Taylor was the lead guitarist, and the continues with the first seven songs here. Taylor was only with the Bluesbreakers for about a year. He went on to be a member of the Rolling Stones from 1969 to 1974.

All seven of the songs featuring Taylor come from the mega box set "First Generation." As was the case with many of the songs on the first two albums in this series, in my opinion, Mayall's vocals were buried too low in the mix. Even though I'm not a fan of those vocals, they at least should be mixed properly, in my opinion. So I used the audio editing program X-Minus to boost them.

After Taylor left in 1968, Mayall disbanded the Bluesbreakers. He stopped using the Bluesbreakers name for the next 15 years, then resumed using it for most of the rest of his career (until present day as I write this in 2022). In truth, it didn't matter much if Mayall called his backing band the Bluesbreakers or not - it was always Mayall plus the frequently changing line-ups of his backing band.

It seems Mayall stopped performing for the BBC after this. At least, I can't find any mentions of further BBC performances from 1969 or after. But I did a search and found three songs he did live for the German TV show "Beat Club" with a similarly excellent sound as the BBC recordings. So I've added those at the end. The first two of these are from 1970 and the last one is from 1971. Mayall's lead guitarist for most of 1970 and 1971 was Harvey Mandel, so I'm guessing he played on the Beat Club songs.

Arguably, Mayall's most famous song is "Room to Move," which was recorded in 1969. I looked for a good version from a TV or radio show to include here, but unfortunately I couldn't find one.

This album is 40 minutes long.

01 Picture on the Wall (John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers with Mick Taylor)
02 Knockers Step Forward [Instrumental] (John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers with Mick Taylor)
03 The Last Time [Edit] (John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers with Mick Taylor)
04 Rock Me Baby [Edit] (John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers with Mick Taylor)
05 Oh Pretty Woman [Edit] (John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers with Mick Taylor)
06 Long Gone Midnight [Edit] (John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers with Mick Taylor)
07 It Hurts Me to Leave [Edit] (John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers with Mick Taylor)
08 I'm Gonna Fight for You, J. B. [Edit] (John Mayall)
09 The Train [Edit] (John Mayall)
10 My Pretty Girl [Edit] (John Mayall)

https://www55.zippyshare.com/v/433L4Abz/file.html

The cover shows Mayall performing at the Newport Jazz Festival in July 1969.

Monday, August 22, 2022

Bonnie Raitt - BBC Concert: Old Grey Whistle Test, Shepherd's Bush Studios, London, Britain, 3-23-1976

In the 1970s, "The Old Grey Whistle Test" was a popular BBC TV show. Typically, it would have a variety of different performers for each show, but occasionally it would devote an entire show to just one artist. One such occasion was when the American singer Bonnie Raitt played a short concert for the show in London in 1976.

I've posted some of Raitt's acoustic concerts from the early 1970s. But by 1976, she was playing with a full band, so this is a different kind of concert from her. Most of the songs are from her early 1970s albums, but she also does a couple from her latest at the time, "Home Plate," released in 1975. 

This concert is rather short, at only 39 minutes. But I came across another live TV appearance she did one year later for the US TV show "The Midnight Special" where she did her 1977 hit "Runaway" plus another song from her 1977 album "Sweet Forgiveness." So I added those two at the end. That makes the whole album 47 minutes long.

01 Love Me like a Man (Bonnie Raitt)
02 talk (Bonnie Raitt)
03 Too Long at the Fair (Bonnie Raitt)
04 talk (Bonnie Raitt)
05 I'm Blowin' Away (Bonnie Raitt)
06 talk (Bonnie Raitt)
07 You've Got to Know How (Bonnie Raitt)
08 talk (Bonnie Raitt)
09 Write Me a Few of Your Lines - Kokomo Blues (Bonnie Raitt)
10 Sugar Mama (Bonnie Raitt)
11 talk (Bonnie Raitt)
12 What Do You Want the Boy to Do (Bonnie Raitt)
13 talk (Bonnie Raitt)
14 Under the Falling Sky (Bonnie Raitt)
15 talk (Bonnie Raitt)
16 Angel from Montgomery (Bonnie Raitt)
17 Home (Bonnie Raitt)
18 Runaway (Bonnie Raitt)

https://www83.zippyshare.com/v/NgP0mPwZ/file.html

The cover photo comes from a 1976 concert, but I don't know which one exactly. I could have used a screenshot from the TV show, which is on YouTube, but the quality of this picture is significantly better.

Steve Winwood - BBC In Concert, Manchester Opera House, Manchester, Britain, 5-22-1997

Here's another BBC concert, this time from Steve Winwood. 

I figure this one has to be seriously edited down. It's only 45 minutes long, and one would assume someone like Winwood would play concerts that are about an hour and a half long, at least. If there was any dialogue between songs, that's gone too. 

The result is that only the most popular songs remain. For instance, this dates from 1997, but there's almost nothing that he did from the 1990s. The lone exception is a cover of "Family Affair," which he put on his 1997 album, but it is a Sly and the Family Stone song from the early 1970s. Winwood didn't have any big hits in the 1990s. What remains are his big hits from the 1980s, plus three hits he did in the 1960s with the Spencer Davis Group. Curiously, there's nothing at all from his years with Traffic. These editing choices means the songs here have an emphasis on lively rhythm and blues.

As usual with BBC concerts, the sound quality is excellent.

01 I'm a Man (Steve Winwood)
02 Roll with It (Steve Winwood)
03 While You See a Chance (Steve Winwood)
04 Family Affair (Steve Winwood)
05 Freedom Overspill (Steve Winwood)
06 Keep On Running (Steve Winwood)
07 Higher Love (Steve Winwood)
08 Gimme Some Lovin' (Steve Winwood)

https://www33.zippyshare.com/v/sdznT4vZ/file.html

The cover photo comes from a performance at the VH-1 Music Awards in Los Angeles in 1997.

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Thomas Dolby - BBC In Concert, The Dominion Theatre, London, Britain, 2-28-1984

I had no plans to post anything by British new wave musician Thomas Dolby. But it turns out he performed a concert for the BBC in 1984. I gave it a listen and it's quite good, so here it is.

I consider Dolby to be a very talented musician and songwriter, best known for his hit songs "She Blinded Me with Science" and "Hyperactive." The problem I have with his music career though is that there isn't that much of it. He's a man of many talents, and writing and recording music is just one of the things he does. For instance, he started two successful Silicon Valley companies, and was the CEO of one of them for many years. He also is a professor of a music program at John Hopkins University. Additionally, he's been a musical director for TED talks, and has been involved in virtual reality technology.

With so many other things going on, he's rarely done any concert tours. In fact, at one point he went 15 years without any public performances. But it seems his music career was a higher priority in the early 1980s, when he had most of his hits, so we have this recording.

This appears to be the compete concert. It was broadcast on the BBC at various times with various edits. Most bootleg versions on the Internet don't include two songs, "The Flat Earth" and "Windpower," but this version has them all.

Note that one of the songs here was never officially released by Dolby in any form: "New Toy." He wrote it for Lene Lovich, who had a minor hit with it in Britain in 1981. So it's great to have his version of his own song.

This concert is an hour and nine minutes long.

01 White City (Thomas Dolby)
02 Dissidents (Thomas Dolby)
03 The Flat Earth (Thomas Dolby)
04 One of Our Submarines (Thomas Dolby)
05 Puppet Theatre (Thomas Dolby)
06 talk (Thomas Dolby)
07 New Toy (Thomas Dolby)
08 Airwaves (Thomas Dolby)
09 I Scare Myself (Thomas Dolby)
10 Hyperactive (Thomas Dolby)
11 Europa and the Pirate Twins (Thomas Dolby)
12 She Blinded Me with Science (Thomas Dolby)
13 Commercial Breakup (Thomas Dolby)
14 Windpower (Thomas Dolby)

https://www33.zippyshare.com/v/37hsAB5C/file.html

The cover photo comes from his 1984 tour, but I don't know the details.

Supertramp - BBC Sessions, Volume 2: 1974-1975

NOTE: I couldn't post this in order with the other Supertramp at the BBC albums, due to having a problem with it I could only fix at home. Now that my summer vacation is over, here it is.

I've already posted a volume of Supertramp performing for the BBC. That contained BBC studio sessions. This is another volume of more studio sessions. After this, they didn't do any more BBC studio sessions that I know of. However, they did record two concerts for the BBC, so I plan on posting those as well.

Supertramp was formed in 1969, but languished in obscurity for most of the early 1970s. It was only in 1974 with the release of the album "Crime of the Century" that they started to have big success. Their success continued in 1975 with their "Crisis? What Crisis?" album.

When I put together the songs for Volume 1 in this series, I found many early BBC performances had poor sound quality, so I didn't include them. With this volume, the sound is significantly better, despite the fact that everything here is officially unreleased. 

Only two of the songs, "School" and "Crime of the Century," come from proper BBC radio studio sessions. "Dreamer" and "Rudy" were played on the BBC TV show "The Old Grey Whistle Test." Supertramp did two concerts in 1975 that were broadcast on BBC radio. I will post one of them in full as Volume 3 in this series. The other one only has three different songs, so I've put those as the last three songs here.

"Dreamer" has "[Edit]" in its title not because of BBC DJs talking over the music. Thankfully, that was very rare by the mid-1970s. Instead, it's because I found a glitch that I patched up with a different section of the song.

This album is 39 minutes long.

01 School (Supertramp)
02 Dreamer [Edit] (Supertramp)
03 Rudy (Supertramp)
04 Crime of the Century (Supertramp)
05 Ain't Nobody but Me (Supertramp)
06 A Soapbox Opera (Supertramp)
07 From Now On (Supertramp)

https://www59.zippyshare.com/v/6tR1zULl/file.html

For a band that sold tens of millions of records, it's surprisingly hard to find good photos of them. This can be seen on their album covers, which never show the band members. I guess they were really modest or shy or something. As a result, I had to resort to taking a screenshot of their "Old Grey Whistle Test" TV appearance. It's pretty low-res, and only shows three band members. If anyone has a better color photo from this time, please let me know so I can use it.