A Milestone Revisited

Just slightly less than 6 years ago I wrote this little piece for my blog. In it I talk about how I’d been posting bootlegs to my blog for (at that point) two years (which means I’ve now been posting them for 8 years!) I also note that I had started systematically going through my bootlegs (which at that point consisted of CDs and DVDs because hard drive spaces were not at the ginormous capacities they exist at now.)

I made special note that I had finally made it through the first book of CDs. Interestingly I have been reposting (and upgrading to lossless) those very same CDs in that very same book and as of tomorrow will have finished it.

I’m amused that I was concerned that I’d eventually run out of bootlegs to post. I’m amused because I’m currently sitting on at least several hundred bootlegs (and constantly downloading more) that I’ve yet to post.

Anyways I just randomly ran into that old post and thought it was a fun thing to share since I’m at a very similar point I was then with my CD books. Its also crazy to me to think I’ve been doing this for so long.

Thanks very much to all those who leave comments even if its a simple “thanks.” It really keeps me going.

Upgrade Bonanza: William Shatner – Hempstead, NY (??/??/77)

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William Shatner
Captain of the Starship
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY

Download: FLAC/MP3

Read my (very old and slightly embarrassing) review here.

1. Earthbound/Go with Me/High Flight/The Flight of Man/Galileo
2. 6 Ways to the Moon/War of the Worlds
3. The Movie
4. SHORT TAKES: William Shatner – Audience/Starship’s Facilities/Peter/Summer Spaceship/Three-way Alchemy – The Brain/Finale

Upgrade Bonanza: Jerry Garcia & David Grisman – Mill Valley, CA (12/17/90)

Garcia & Grisman
The Sweetwater
Mill Valley, CA

Download: FLAC/MP3

The Thrill Is Gone
When First Unto This Country
Grateful Dawg
Spring In California
Off To Sea Once More
So What?
Two Soldiers
Dawg’s Waltz
Russian Lullaby

Garcia & Grisman. This is a complete show and was the first Garcia/Grisman show

Upgrade Bonanza: Sam Bush – Louisville, KY (09/21/02)

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Sam Bush Band
Slugger Field
Louisville, KY

Download: FLAC/MP3

Soundboard > Benchmark AD2K >Digigram VX-Pocket V2 > Sound Forge 5.0 >24bit/48k PCM.WAV > Sony Vaio PCG-C1VSX/K>MP3

01 Star Spangled Banner >
02 Watson Allman
03 Eight More Miles To Louisville
04 They’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone
05 Lively Up Yourself >
06 Is This Love
07 Band Introductions
08 It Ain’t No Trouble To me
09 Mahavishnu Mountain Boys
10 Howlin’ At The Moon
11 Lee Highway Blues

Upgrade Bonanza: Phil Lesh & Friends – Berkeley, CA (09/24/94)

Phil Lesh & Friends
Berkeley Community Theater
Berkeley, CA

Download: FLAC/MP3

SBD > DAT(s) > CDR

Walkin’ Blues
Lazy River Road
K.C. Moan
Dupree’s Diamond Blues
Childhood’s End
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Attics Of My Life
Cassidy >
Bird Song >
Throwing Stones*

Acoustic Show

* – First And Only Time Played Acoustic

Phil Lesh – Electric Bass, Vocals
Jerry Garcia – Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Bob Weir – Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Vince Welnick – Grand Piano, Vocals

I think this is the first Phil & Friends ever. Actually it is really the Grateful Dead minus the drummers and I think the just called it Phil and Friends as a joke. It was for some benefit or another. It is also a very fun, laid back show.

Repost Bonanza: Bruce Springsteen – Tempe, AZ (11/05/80) “Love, Soul & A Broken Heart”


Bruce Springsteen
Love, Soul & A Broken Heart
November 5, 1980
Activity Center
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ

Download MP3@192

Disc One:
01 Born To Run
02 Prove It All Night
03 Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
04 Darkness On The Edge Of Town
05 Independence Day
06 Factory
07 Jackson Cage
08 Two Hearts
09 The Promised Land *
10 Out In The Street
11 Racing In The Street
12 The River
13 Badlands

Disc Two:
01 Thunder Road
02 Intro / No Money Down
03 Cadillac Ranch
04 Hungry Heart
05 Fire
06 Candy’s Room
07 Sherry Darling
08 Intro / Here She Comes
09 I Wanna Marry You
10 The Ties That Bind
11 Stolen Car *
12 Wreck On The Highway
13 Point Blank
14 Intro
15 Crush On You
16 Ramrod

Disc Three:
01 You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
01 Drive All Night
03 Backstreets *
04 Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
05 I’m A Rocker
06 Jungleland
07 The Detroit Medley

08 Yellow Rose Of Texas – Reunion Auditorium, Dallas, TX November 8, 1980.
09 Fade Away – The Summit, Houston, TX November 15, 1980.
10 Walk Like A Man – The Centrum, Worcester, MA February 25, 1988.

* Mixed with another show to fill missing part

Many pops/clicks removed one by one, mixed missing parts with another soundboard shows from 1980, boosted audio levels on some quiet parts and so on. You’ll hear the difference.
+many other improvements I never list

“Yellow Rose Of Texas” is originally just an intro to “Cadillac Ranch”, that’s the reason it fades out to “Fade Away”.

Notes from the original uploader.

“One of only four (circulating) complete soundboard shows from the entire River tour.
This show includes several highlights from early in the tour, especially opening with Born to Run, as well as rare performances of “Jackson Cage” and “No Money Down” as an intro to “Cadillac Ranch.”
Another “highlight” may be the trio of “Stolen Car,” “Wreck on the Highway,” and “Point Blank.””

“Definitive performance of Drive All Night.” -brucebase

Repost Bonanza: Doc Watson – North Wilkensboro, NC (05/01/88)

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Doc Watson’s Jam
Merle Watson Memorial Bluegrass Festival
Walker Center
North Wilkesboro, NC
May 1, 1988

Download: FLAC/MP3

Source: 1st Generation Soundboard Cassette from Alf Houck
Transfer: Nakamichi BX-100 > M-Audio 2496 @ 24/44.1 > WaveLab 5.01
Mastered to 16/44.1 KHz WAV (Waves L3, X-Noise) > CDWAV 1.9 > FLAC
Remastered and Seeded to bt.etree by Bill Koucky November 2006

1. Intro George Hamillton IV M.C.
2. Docís words of thanks and Band Intros
– Doc Watson & The Frosty Moren Boys –
3. Red Hot From Birmingham
4. Sugar Babe
5. Love Come Home
6. The Promised Land
7. – Enter Jack Williams ñ
8. Down Yonder
9. Your Cheatiní Heart
10. Step It Up And Go
11. – Intro The Moody Brothers ñ
12. Cotton-Eyed Joe
13. Tumbling Tumbleweed
14. Praise For Evermore
15. A Farmerís Dream Plowed Under
16. I Saw The Light
17. ñ Intro Mike Cross ñ
18. Alice Green
19. Directions
20. Your Body Keeps Getting In the Way
21. Song For Merle
22. ñ Intro John Hartford ñ
23. Learning To Smile
24. The Mississippi Queen
25. Gentle On My Mind
26. Fiddle Tune
27. Rolling In My Sweet Babyís Arms

Time: 81:37

Note: can be burned with overburn with NERO or with other
programs to 80 min disc by omitting the first track.

Performers in order of appearance:
Doc Watson
Jack Lawrence
Joe Smuthers
Bob Hill
Jack Williams
Carlton Moody
David Moody
Trent Moody
Mike Cross
John Hartford

Repost Bonanza: Bruce Hornsby – Portsmouth, NH (09/03/11)

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Bruce Hornsby
Music Hall
Portsmouth, NH

Download: FLAC/MP3

recorded from balcony
sony stereo mic > d8 > cool edit pro > flac 8

set 1 disc 1

way it is (bruce solo) (missing)
01 sneaking up on boo radley (cuts in)
02 lost soul
03 funhouse
04 shadowhand**
05 prairie dog town*
06 dreamland
07 cruise control

set 2 ñ disc 2

01 invisible (bruce solo)
02 space is the place
03 the good life
04 road not taken > coalmine
05 jack of diamonds > valley road*
06 show goes on
07 across the river
08 rainbow’s cadillac

** bruce on dulcimer, sonny emory on washboard
* bruce on dulcimer

Upgrade Bonanza: Van Morrison – New York Sessions

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Van Morrison
New York Sessions
A&R and Century Sounds Studios
Studio Sessions
New York City, New York
March and November, 1967

Download unavailable this set has been commercially released.

CD 1

These are songs from the studio sessions for Bang records that never became released except on unofficially released albums “T.B Sheets” and “Bang Masters”. After further research i notice that the times and takes on these song tracks do not match any of these albums either. The closest would be the “Bang Masters”.But there are some differences and that does not include cd 2 at all. Furthermore i know the first 8 tracks are in the same order of the commercially released “Blowin Your Mind” that was recorded on March 28,29 1967. Yes that album came out of these sessions but those commercially released takes are not included and do not even come close to the track times and or sound the same that is included here. Also PLEASE NOTE if you look at the original info. the setlist for CD 1 is in a different order than what is presented here. i changed the tracklist order to match the artwork and what i found when i researched these New York Sessions. The only thing that matches this (meaning having all of these tracks included) is the bootleg “Brown Eyed Beginnings” released 4-28-1998 (see below for notes). That bootleg matches thes these tracks but i can not tell how it matches in sound. i do not have that bootleg. I can tell you the “New York Sessions sounds awesome and is one of the Best early Van out there.

01. Brown Eye Girl (3:05)
02. He Ain’t Give You None [alternate take] (5:49)
03. T.B. Sheets (9:36)
04. Spanish Rose [alternate take] (3:53)
05. Goodbye Baby (Baby Goodbye) [written by Bert Berns,Wes Farrell] (2:58)
06. Ro Ro Rosey (3:04)
07. Who Drove The Red Sports Car [alternate take, possible take #6] (5:35)
08. Midnight Special [traditional] (2:40)
09. Beside You [longer take] (6:06)
10. It’s Alright (4:58)
11. Madame George [shorter take] (5:16)
12. Send Your Mind (2:50)
13. The Smile You Smile [alternate take] (2:56)
14. The Back Room (5:29)
15. Joe Harper Saturday Morning [alternate take] (4:16)
16. Chick-A-Boom [written with Bert Berns] (3:12)
17. I Love You (The Smile You Smile) [acoustic take] (2:22)
18. Brown Eye Girl [alternate take possbile take #6] (3:35)

Bert Russell – American songwriter and record producer of the 1960’s
Wes Farrell – also wrote “Come On, Get Happy” (theme song for The Partridge Family TV series) and produced

CD 2

This the second disc contains the notorious “Contractual Obligation” session thirty-one improvised nonsense songs Morrison recorded in order to fulfill his contract with Bang Records. This is just great vintage Van the Man. Listen to the lyrics to theses songs they are just flat out amusing and one of a kind

Jamming Sessions with just Van and his acoustic guitar

01. Twist and Shake (1:18)
02. Shake and Roll (0.57)
03. Stomp and Scream (1:13)
04. Scream and Holler (1:14)
05. Jump and Thump (1:08)
06. Drivin’ Wheel (1:12)
07. Just Ball (0.59)
08. Shake It Mable (1:12)
09. Hold on George (1:29)
10. The Big Royalty Check (1:36)
11. Ring Worm (1:31)
12. Savoy Hollywood (1:00)
13. Freaky If You Got This Far (1:04)
14. Up Your Mind (1:12)
15. Thirty Two (0:59)
16. All the Bits (0:53)
17. You Say France and I Whistle (0:53)
18. Blow Your Nose (1:24)
19. Nose in Your Blow (1:01)
20. La Mambo (0:51)
21. Go for Yourself (1:20)
22. Want a Danish (1:04)
23. Here Comes Dumb George (0:55)
24. Chickee Coo (1:10)
25. Do It (1:00)
26. Hang on Groovy (0:56)
27. Goodbye George (1:16)
28. Dum Dum George (1:27)
29. Walk and Talk (1:06)
30. The Wobble (1:02)
31. Wobble and Ball (1:06)

Personnel during these sessions includes:
Van Morrison (vocals, guitar); Eric Gale, Hugh McCracken, Al Gorgoni, Donald Thomas (guitar); Artie Kaplan, Seldon Powell (flute, saxophone); Artie Butler, Paul Griffin (keyboards); George Devins (vibraphone, percussion); Bob Bushnell, Russell Savakas (bass); Herbie Lovelle (drums); Jeff Berry (tambourine, background vocals); Cissy Houston, Dee Dee Warwick, Myrna Smith (background vocals).

CD Description
BROWN EYED BEGINNINGS is essentially THE BANG MASTERS (which includes all the songs Morrison recorded on his first solotrip into the studio with American producer Bert Berns, plus an extra disc of strange, one-minute tunes. While the first disc, which comprises the Bang sessions proper, shows Morrison to be an already-formidable progressive blues/R&B artist, the second disc demonstrates that he was also quite the willful chap, even as early as 1967. Embroiled in legal/contractual disputes with Berns over the amount of material Morrison owed Bang, the singer recorded an album’s worth of short, commercially unusable nonsense cuts. These make up disc number two of BROWN EYED BEGINNINGS, and while notable mostly for their novelty value, they are early evidence that Morrison was a man to be reckoned with.

Upgrade Bonanza: Van Morrison – London, England (10/24/10)


Van Morrison
London, England
Royal Albert Hall
October 24, 2010

Download: FLAC/MP3

Disc 1
01-Baby Please Don’t Go
02-Here Comes The Night
03-Brown Eyed Girl
04-Fair Play
05-Keep Mediocrity At Bay
06-Little Village
08-It’s All In The Game
09-In The Garden

Disc 2
01-Celtic Excavation-Into The Mystic
03-Have I Told You Lately
04-Bright Side Of The Road
05-Keep It Simple
06-Help Me

Another audience recording from 2010. Overall sound is pretty good. There’s quite a bit of crowd noise between songs which often overlaps into the actual music, but usually the quiet down for most of the song. To my ears it sounds a little far away, but mostly its quite pleasing.