Bootleg Bonanza: Elton John – Rocket Man

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Elton John
Rocket Man

DISC ONE
1. Country Comfort – 11/21/70 Fillmore East, NYC and 11/12/70 Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA
2. Amoreena – 11/12/70 Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA
3. Skyline Pigeon – 10/11/71 Kosei-Nenkin Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan
4. The Greatest Discovery – 2/5/72 The Royal Festival Hall, London, England
5. Daniel – 12/22/73 Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
6. The Ballad Of Danny Bailey (1909-34) – 12/22/73 Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
7. Elderberry Wine – 12/22/73 Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
8. Border Song – 12/24/74 Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
9. I Think I’m Going To Kill Myself – 5/7/77 Rainbow Theatre, London, England
10. Sweet Painted Lady – 5/7/77 Rainbow Theatre, London, England
11. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word – 5/7/77 Rainbow Theatre, London, England
12. Part Time Love – 5/28/79 Rossya Hall, Moscow, USSR
13. Song For Guy – 5/28/79 Rossya Hall, Moscow, USSR
14. Harmony – 9/13/80 Central Park, NYC
15. Imagine – 9/13/80 Central Park, NYC

DISC TWO
1. Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding – 7/7/82 Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO
2. Someone Saved My Life Tonight – 7/7/82 Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO
3. Better Off Dead – 7/7/82 Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO
4. Empty Garden – 7/7/82 Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO
5. The Bitch Is Back – 12/24/82 Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
6. Ticking – 7/7/82 Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO
7. Rocket Man – 7/7/82 Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO
8. Benny and the Jets – 7/25/82 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
9. Crocodile Rock – 7/25/82 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
10. Your Song – 7/25/82 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
11. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – 12/24/82 Hammersmith Odeon, London, England

DISC THREE
1. Tonight – 12/14/85 Wembley, London, England and 8/30/86 SPAC, Saratoga, New York
2. Levon – 8/30/86 SPAC, Saratoga, New York
3. I’m Still Standing – 10/12/86 Los Angeles, CA
4. Nikita – 10/12/86 Los Angeles, CA
5. Song For You > Blue Eyes > I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues – 12/14/85 Wembley, London, England
6. Tiny Dancer – 11/4/84 Worcester Centrum, Worcester, MA
7. Philadelphia Freedom – 9/16/88 Poplar Creek, Illinois
8. Come Down In Time – 5/13/93 Earl’s Court, London, England
9. Sacrifice – 5/13/93 Earl’s Court, London, England
10. Grey Seal – 3/30/98 Tokyo, Japan
11. Believe – July 2004 Radio City Music Hall, NYC
12. Saturday Night’s Alright – July 2004 Radio City Music Hall, NYC
13. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me – 11/4/06 Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada

Bootleg Bonanza: Mark Knopfler – Newcastle (05/21/08)

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Mark Knopfler
05/21/08
City Hall, Newcastle
United Kingdom

Set I
Cannibals
Why Aye Man
What It Is
Sailing to Philadelphia
True Love Will Never Fade
The Fish and The Bird
Hill Farmer’s Blues
Romeo and Juliet
Sultans of Swing
Set II
Marbletown
Secondary Waltz
Postcards From Paraguay
Speedway At Nazareth
Telegraph Road
Brothers in Arms
Our Shangri-La
So Far Away
Going Home

Bootleg Bonanza: James Taylor – New York Halloween (10/31/91)

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James Taylor
10/31/91
Paramount Theater
New York, NY

Set I
Secret O’Life >
Wandering
Traffic Jam
You’ve Got A Friend
Got To Stop Thinking ‘Bout That
Copperline
Down The Hole
Carolina In My Mind
Country Road
Sun On The Moon
Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
Fire And Rain
I Will Follow
Something In The Way She Moves
Slap Leather
Set II
Frozen Man
Shed A Little Light
Walking Man
Never Die Young
Up On The Roof
Mexico >
Your Smiling Face
Shower The People
How Sweet It Is
Only One
Steamroller

Bootleg Bonanza: Warren Zevon – New Jersey (10/22/82)

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Warren Zevon
10/22/82
Capitol Theatre
Passaic, NJ

Johnny Strikes Up the Band
The Overdraft
A Certain Girl
Jeannie Needs a Shooter
[band intros]
Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner
The Envoy
Simple Man, Simple Dream [Souther]
Charlie’s Medicine
Jungle Work
Play It All Night Long
Accidentally Like a Martyr
Poor Poor Pitiful Me
Cadillac Ranch [Springsteen]
Excitable Boy
[banter] > Ain’t That Pretty At All
Werewolves of London

Bootleg Bonanza: Warren Zevon – New Jersey (10/01/82)

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Warren Zevon
10/01/82
Capitol Theater
Passaic, NJ

Johnny Strikes Up The Band
The Overdraft
A Certain Girl
Let Nothing Come Between You
Jeannie Needs A Shooter
Join Me In L.A.
Gorilla You’re A Desperado
Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner
The Envoy
Simple Man, Simple Dreams
Charlie’s Medicine
Jungle Work >
Play It All Night Long
Lawyers, Guns And Money
Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School
The Hula Hula Boys
Accidentally Like A Martyr
Mama Couldn’t Be Persuaded
Looking For The Next Best Thing
Poor Poor Pitiful Me >
Cadillac Ranch
Excitable Boy
It Ain’t That Pretty At All
E1: Werewolves Of London
E2: Carmelita
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead

Warren Zevon – Vocals, Guitars, Piano
Randy Brown – Guitar, Vocals
Joe Daniels – Drums
Larry Larson – Bass
John Wood – Lead Guitar, Vocals

Bootleg Bonanza Repost: Bruce Springsteen – Nashville (08/21/08)

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Bruce Springsteen
08/21/08
Sommet Center
Nashville, TN

Out In The Street
Radio Nowhere
No Surrender
Lonesome Day
Spirit In The Night
Good Rockin’ Tonight
Growin’ Up
I’m Goin’ Down
Held Up Without A Gun
Loose Ends
Youngstown
Murder Incorporated
Mona >
She’s The One
The Promised Land
Mary’s Place
I Walk The Line >
I’m On Fire
The Rising
Last To Die
Long Walk Home
Badlands

E: Girls In Their Summer Clothes
Thunder Road
Born To Run
I Fought The Law
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)*
American Land
Dancing In The Dark
* – w/ Dave Bielanko

Bootleg Bonanza: Uncle Tupelo – Wisconsin (09/11/92)

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Uncle Tupelo
09/11/92
Beloit College
Beloit, WI

Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down (flawed)
True To Life
No Depression
Watch Me Fall
Shaky Ground
Atomic Power
Whiskey Bottle
Wait Up
Wipe the Clock
I Wish My Baby Was Born
Do Re Mi
Life Worth Livin’
I Wanna Be Your Dog
Still Be Around
Warfare
Moonshiner
Grindstone
Sin City
Motion Pictures

Soundboard recording. All acoustic set at a folk festival. Brian Henneman sat in for the entire set. First known version of “Moving Pictures” by Neil Young.

Bootleg Country: Whiskeytown – Forever Valentine

whiskeytown - forever valentine

Whiskeytown was a mix of country music, punk rock and drunkenness. They were one of the forerunners of the alternative country movement. They were also a revolving cast of characters save for their two leads, Ryan Adams and Caitlin Cary. No other members of the band lasted more than a couple of years. Like so many other things involving Ryan Adams, Whiskeytown self-destructed after a while. In the few years they survived, however, they became one of the most influential elements to alt-country, and spouted many would-be torch carriers.

They officially released only three albums, but there is a plethora of unreleased material available on the Internet. Ryan Adams writes music like I eat sandwiches: with finesse, gusto and at regular intervals. I swear he has written and recorded more unreleased music than he put on officially sanctioned record-store shelves. My notes on Forever Valentine say that Adams got the band together in the studio wanting to record a full album but without the label’s knowledge. I can’t say whether this was the first time he had pulled that trick, but it certainly wasn’t the last. I haven’t the slightest idea why he decided to record so much music without making it officially available to anyone, but fans are all the better for it. Whiskeytown broke up some ten years ago, but with a little digging their are still songs to find.

I don’t believe I have ever talked about an unofficially released, studio-recorded, non-live album before on Bootleg Country. Yet they are an essential part of my bootleg experience. So many artists have recorded songs, and entire albums that for whatever reason never get officially released. There are so many gems out there that can’t be purchased at a record store, but need to be heard.

Whenever I listen to Whiskeytown, I immediately realize how much I miss hearing Ryan Adams duet with a feminine voice. Caitlin Cary adds so much depth to his songs. Ryan often writes songs of great heart ache and Cary’s harmonies both strengthen it and add to its fragility. On songs like “Easy Hearts” the mixture of Ryan and Caitlin’s voice makes part of my insides tingle and weep. It is also one of two songs (the other being “Don’t Wanna Know Why”) that made it onto the officially released Pneumonia, but in slightly different versions. I actually prefer this version of “Easy Hearts” as it is more raw and emotional than the one on Pneumonia.

Like so much of Adam’s output much of Forever Valentine is full of melancholy and heartbreak. The guy just knows how to write a sad song. My favorites are when he matches the mournful lyrics with music and melodies that elevate the sad bastard lyrics into something more. Songs like “Anyone But Me (aka Dial Tone)” retain the depths of sorrow, but are also a great deal of fun to listen to, and sing along.

Not all is so depressing, on “Rays of Light” they unleash their inner punk rockers and spill loud, distorted guitars all over the place. It is a hint of what would come years later when Ryan unleashed his Strokes-inspired album Rock N Roll.

Forever Valentine shows just how amazingly talented Ryan Adams is – who else would record a full album this good, only to leave most of it sitting on shelf for all eternity? It is also a great reminder of what a lovely voice Caitlin Cary has and makes me wonder why she hasn’t found the success her (however brief) musical partner has had. Ryan Adams is currently retired from music. Potentially he has released everything he is going to release. If all you have is his officially released albums, you really are missing out. Go digging online and you can find so much more. Hopefully he’ll be me and those sandwiches, I might give them up for a time, but I always come back for more.

Download an MP3 of Forever Valentine at 192kps.