Black Crowes, Houston, 02/06/93: http://www.sendspace.com/file/imv58v. This was the last-ever show at Sam Houston Coliseum, and it was broadcast on the radio. Because a Crowes show in Houston in 1992 had been canceled due to security-related problems, this show, part of The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion tour, was free. Set list.
Black Crowes, Supper Club, 07/23/96:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/o07ch7. This two-set soundboard show was the record-release party for Three Snakes and One Charm. Somehow I deleted the first song, “Descending.” Set list. Highlights include covers of “Willin’” and “Torn and Frayed.”
Black Keys, London, 12/18/08: http://www.sendspace.com/file/loffax. This show, from the Attack & Release tour, is part of the In the Company Of series, broadcast on BBC Radio from the Mada Vaile Studios. Unlike most radio shows, this is electric instead of acoustic.
Clash, Bond’s International Casino, 06/09/81:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/yv1e3i. The Clash played 17 shows at this Times Square venue over the course of three weeks in the spring of ’81 in support of their fourth studio album, Sandinista!, which basically put them on the map in the U.S. Set list.
Dead Weather, 9:30 Club, 07/14/09:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/f3niwo. This radio show sounds great. Truthfully, I prefer Jack White on guitar and singing. But here he plays the drums and sings backup. But at the very least, this is show is worth downloading for the slow-burning “Will There Be Enough Water,” on which Jack sings and plays guitar.
Eddie Vedder, Maui, 06/29/09:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/zcu76r. I’ve listened to a lot of shows from this solo tour, and this is the best-sounding one I’ve found (so far). This is one of the few shows without any Cat Stevens covers, but there are still the usual covers—“Hard Sun,” “Society,” “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away”—and a bunch of others, but Eddie’s take on Springsteen’s “Open All Night” is enough reason to check this out. Really good sound. Set list.
Faces, London, 05/31/71: http://www.sendspace.com/file/9hqhxh. This was a radio broadcast by the BBC.
Freddie King, San Francisco, 09/03/70:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/nwewlc. Freddie King was a fantastic blues singer and guitarist probably best known for his version of Billy Myles’s “Have You Ever Loved a Woman”—which Eric Clapton later covered in the ’70s—until his take on “Going Down” became the Eastbound and Down theme song. Both tunes are part of this Fillmore West show.
Genesis, Lakeland, Fla., 01/11/75: http://www.sendspace.com/file/xlsu28. This show was about a month and a half after The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway was released. This is the last tour with Peter Gabriel.
Jacksons, Amsterdam, 02/01/79:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/he26wd. Jermaine was replaced by Randy and the Jackson 5 became the Jacksons. Michael sounds a little older here than their stuff from the early ’70s, but the songs are the same.
Jay-Z, Glastonbury 2008: http://www.sendspace.com/file/k6ubnf. “For those that didn’t get the memo, I’m Jay-Z, and I’m pretty fuckin’ awesome.” After Noel Gallagher criticized having Jay-Z headline a night of the Glastonbury festival (“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. If you start to break it then people aren’t going to go. I’m sorry, but Jay-Z?… I’m not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. It’s wrong”), Jay-Z walked onstage strumming a guitar to begin his set with a cover of Oasis’ “Wonderwall.” Really good sound.
Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison, New York City, 03/07/68: http://www.sendspace.com/file/igm13w. The exact date of this may be wrong, but it definitely took place at the Scene Club in March of 1968. It’s really more of a Jimi Hendrix show as Jim Morrison was, surprise, surprise, drunk and rambling. They cover “Tomorrow Never Knows” and “Sunshine of Your Love.”
Jimi Hendrix, Studio Jam Outtakes, 1969-70:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/b81mp1. This is four jazz-rock jams that last nearly 70 minutes. Larry Young, Dave Palmer and Chris Wood each play on at least one track. Good music to get lost to.
Kings of Leon, Coral Gables, Fla., 05/07/09:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/1grsgo. After just being huge in England, Kings of Leon earned some States-side acclaim for their fourth studio album, Only by the Night (including the smash hit “Sex on Fire”). And somewhere along the way, they amped up their live show to the point they no longer sound like they’re just playing their records. (That’s supposed to be a compliment.)
Led Zeppelin, Central Park, 07/21/69:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/9cmqe8. Led Zeppelin headlined the Schaefer Music Festival in Central Park, along with the Byrds, Chuck Berry, Fleetwood Mac, Miles Davis, B.B. King, the Beach Boys, Frank Zappa and Patti LaBelle. (Sweet Jesus. Nice lineup.) Set list.
Leon and Mary Russell and Eric Clapton, New York City, 1974: http://www.sendspace.com/file/kkxycu. This is a rehearsal in Leon and Mary Russell’s apartment—two jams and three songs (including “Paint It Black”).
Louis Armstrong, Chapel Hill, N.C., 05/08/54:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/ytu8cn. This is a great-sounding soundboard filled with songs you’d know, like “A Kiss to Build a Dream On,” “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and “Stompin’ at the Savoy.”
Michael Jackson, Yokohama, Japan, 09/26/87: http://www.sendspace.com/file/sx0iqe. This, from the Bad tour, is one of the last shows before he started lip-synching. Back-up singer Sheryl Crow duets on “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You.”
Muddy Waters, Roslyn, N.Y., 03/18/79:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/xic5tc. This WLIR broadcast of a show at My Father’s Place was part of the tour for Muddy “Mississippi” Waters: Live. This is happy blues and it’s killer. Plus the sound is perfect. If you like Muddy Waters you should check it out. And if you don’t think you like him, then you should definitely check it out.
Monsters of Folk, Philadelphia, 11/09/09:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/6rt3wc. Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis (of Bright Eyes), Jim James (of My Morning Jacket) and M. Ward play a mix of songs from their album, Monsters of Folk, and selected songs from their respective catalogs. Some of it is slow and some of it is frenzied guitar love. The show was broadcast on the radio.
My Morning Jacket, Louisville, Ky., 12/14/99 and 06/18/04: http://www.sendspace.com/file/dye3qz. The first show, five acoustic songs and an interview, happened seven months after MMJ’s debut album, The Tennessee Fire, came out. The second show, part of Lebowski Fest, occurred between the band’s second and third albums, It Still Moves and Z, and it features a different lineup: Only Jim James (vocals and guitar) and “Two Tone” Tommy Blankenship (bass) remained from the band’s original incarnation. They were joined by Carl Broemel (guitar), Patrick Hallahan (drums) and Bo Koster (keys). 12/14/99 set list. 06/18/04 set list.
My Morning Jacket, Denver, 10/03/03:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/zr9s0k. I’m not sure if this is a soundboard, but it’s really good quality either way. This show, from the Bluebird Theater, was about a month after It Still Moves was released, and it ends with a long “War Begun” and a jammy “Phone Went West.” Set list.
Pearl Jam, Zurich, Switzerland, 06/18/92:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/1ty3j3. Eddie tells the crowd, “The next three songs [“Alive,” “Once” and “Footsteps”], we’ve never really played them together, but they go together. It’s all one story. You want to hear about it? I haven’t told anybody about this before. And I don’t want to ruin any interpretations that you have, you know. But it’s about incest, and it’s about murder and all those good things. And if you can picture it in your mind, the third song takes place in a jail cell. So this is our own little, mini opera here.” Set list. (This is taken from a bootleg, so a couple songs are missing, but the sound is perfect.)
Police, Essen, Germany, 10/18/80: http://www.sendspace.com/file/55bgvu. Zenyattà Mondatta had just come out about two weeks earlier, but this show also features music from Regatta de Blanc and Outlandos d’Amour.
Ray Charles, Paris, 10/22/66: http://www.sendspace.com/file/bji4ag. This is a really nice set list with perfect sound.
R.E.M., Florida, 04/29-30/89: http://www.sendspace.com/file/rx6rfc. This, from the Green tour, is a Westwood One Radio broadcast combining highlights from one show in Miami and one in Orlando. They didn’t tour after this for another six years.
Rolling Stones, Leeds, UK, 03/13/71:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/q6p2fp. The Stones released Sticky Fingers about a month after this show, but only a couple of its songs are featured here (“We’d like to do a new song for you called ‘Dead Flowers’”). It’s only about an hour long, but the bluesy sound—including a 12-and-a-half-minute “Midnight Rambler”—is great.
Roots, Minneapolis, 07/02/09:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/p1fea6. The Roots cover “Jungle Boogie,” “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” “Immigrant Song” and “Move on Up.” Fun show. Good shit.
Smashing Pumpkins, Summer 1993:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/zzx91t. The first five songs are from an in-store performance at a Chicago Tower Records the day before Siamese Dream was released. I love the “Rocket,” “Cherub Rock,” “Today” opener. The rest of the tracks are from a festival in the Netherlands and a Dutch radio session. These guys were so good back then.
Stevie Wonder, Berkeley, Calif., 03/04/73:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/5boru9. This is a great show with superb sound. Innervisions came out five months later. In addition to some great covers, like “For Once in My Life” and “Blowin’ in the Wind,” the show focuses on material from Music of My Mind and Talking Book, both of which were released the previous year.
Stevie Wonder, Kingston, Jamaica, 10/04/75:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/r98azo. Stevie was touring for Fulfillingness’ First Finale. While this doesn’t sound nearly as good as the previous show, Bob Marley sits in on “I Shot the Sheriff” and “Superstition.” So this one’s got that going for it, which is nice.
Talking Heads, Boston, 08/24/79: http://www.sendspace.com/file/erxhyk. This show, broadcast on WBCN and later on King Biscuit Flower Hour, features a heavy dose of the Talking Heads’ third album, Fear of Muisc, which came out just three weeks earlier. Really good.
U2, Dublin, 12/30-31/89: http://www.sendspace.com/file/s0pjnu. This is two shows. I bought the 12/31 bootleg, which was broadcast on the radio, in Munich in 1992. And then all these years later, I just got the show from the night before. As you can imagine, playing in their hometown on New Year’s Eve (and at the dawn of a new decade), these are stellar shows. B.B. King sits in at both. While they repeat several songs over the course of both nights, the shows aren’t exactly the same, and they’re definitely worth your time. 12/30 set list. 12/31 set list.
White Stripes, Detroit, 02/03/99:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/v1y9bv. Jack Gillis married Meg White in 1996 and took her last name. Less than a year later, they first publicly performed as the White Stripes. They gained local notoriety, as witnessed by this Detroit radio show on WDET six months before the White Stripes released their debut album, The White Stripes.
Widespread Panic, Missoula, Mont., 10/31/93:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/qxrcm9. A spirited Halloween show with a bunch of covers, including “Lawyers, Guns and Money,” “Sweet Leaf” and “Werewolves of London.” Set list.
Wolfmother, Sydney, 09/19/09: http://www.sendspace.com/file/i6gg3f. First they were a power trio. Then two guys ditched, but the band’s name and singer-songwriter-guitar-shredder Andrew Stockdale remained. He added three guys to beef up the sound and they put out a pretty sweet record, Cosmic Egg. No doubt, these guys turn it up to 11.
If I’ve learned anything today—and let’s face it, I probably haven’t—it’s that people really don’t like it when you refer to the Yankees’ World Series parade as “the other gay-pride parade.”