Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: 10,000 Maniacs – Atlanta, CA (xx/xx/84)

10,000 Maniacs - Natalie Merchant

10,000 Maniacs
Atlanta, GA
Harvest Moon Saloon

Download: FLAC/MP3

Source: soundboard > ? > cassette received in trade > recorded to hard drive > CoolEdit
(track separation) > burned to CD > tracks extracted using iTunes > Trader’s Little Helper >

Sound quality: A / A-


Disc 1:

1. Grey Victory (fades in)
2. Tension
3. Let’s Twist Castro
4. Just As the Tide Was a’Flowing
5. The Latin One
6. Toy Helmet (aka ‘Primitive Mentality’ / early ‘The Colonial Wing’)
7. Do You Love An Apple?
8. Orange
9. Can’t Ignore the Train
10. Don’t Call Us
11. Stopping By The Woods
12. National Education Week
13. Among the Americans
14. Pour de Chirico
15. Scorpio Rising
16. Katrina’s Fair
17. Burning Airlines (Brian Eno cover)
18. Planned Obsolescence
19. Rum and Coca Cola (Andrews Sisters cover)

Disc 2:

1. Wake Up
2. Red Bum Ball (Lloyd & Devon cover)
3. Death of Manolette
4. Lilydale
5. Daktari
6. Arbor Day
7. John Sings Ska
8. Tension
9. In This Time
10. Can’t Ignore the Train
11. Poppy Selling Man
12. Grey Victory
13. 1-A in the Army (cover of a World War II-era song)
14. My Mother the War
15. Primitive Mentality (aka ‘Toy Helmet’ / early ‘The Colonial Wing’)

From the original uploader:

10,000 Maniacs’ “The Wishing Chair” L.P. will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year
(original release date – September 23, 1985). Since it seems apparent that the Maniacs
are not being given the remaster / bonus tracks / box set treatment that they so richly
deserve, I’ve decided to upload all of my 70+ live and rare 10,000 Maniacs recordings
during the coming weeks. Although many of these recordings will be re-seeds of previous
Dime torrents, a substantial number have never appeared on the Dime (and many others
haven’t been shared since the Dime’s previous incarnation as “easytree.org” circa 2005).

This is an excellent soundboard recording from the pre-“Wishing Chair” era, featuring
multiple songs that were short-lived in the band’s live set and that ultimately remain

Disc 1, track #6, and Disc 2, track #15, are referred to as “Toy Helmet”
and “Primitive Mentality” respectively. Both are early versions of future b-side /
bonus track “The Colonial Wing”. I can’t say exactly why they are labeled under different
titles, but both “Toy Helmet” and “Primitive Mentality” are referenced often enough in
other Maniacs setlists that I’m inclined to believe that both titles were used by the band
at one point or another.

Disc 2, song #7, is a song commonly referred to as “John Sings Ska”, but I have no idea
of whether that’s an unofficial fan-created title or not. The same song also appears on
the Buffalo 1984 recording (to be uploaded separately), using that same title.

6 thoughts on “Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: 10,000 Maniacs – Atlanta, CA (xx/xx/84)

  1. From my town! Thanks for this.

    I saw them in Athens Ga in 1987 and to this day, it stands as one of my favorite shows ever. Natalie’s dancing onstage was so free, so real, it really inspired me.

  2. Hi! Thanks for all your fantastic music! I cannot get either the .flac or.mp3 version of this show to download. The others you offered up yesterday work fine…just this one doesn’t seem to work.Would you please check on the links when you have a moment? Thanks in advance!

    1. My apologies for not getting back to you on this until now. Did you get it resolved. I find that usually when something like this happens it is best to wait a few hours and try it again. So if its not resolved please try again and let me know if it still isn’t working.

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