Upgrade Bonanza: Eric Clapton – Norfolk, VA (08/30/75)

eric clapton - norfolk 1975 - great final at the scope

Eric Clapton
Great Final At The Scope
August 30, 1975
The Scope
Norfolk, Virginia, US.

Download: FLAC/MP3

Audience Recording
Lineage: Beano-040 Boot 2CD > WAV > FLAC

01: Opening
02: Layla
03: Bell Bottom Blues
04: Key To The Highway
05: Mainline Florida (song by Grorge Terry)
06: Can’t Find My Way Home
07: Further On Up The Road
08: Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

01: Blues Power (incl. Drum Solo)
02: Teach Me To Be Your Woman
03: Stormy Monday
04: Tell The Truth
05: Let It Rain (with Poco)

Band Lineup:
Eric Clapton: Guitar, Vocals
George Terry: Guitar, Vocals
Dick Sims: Keyboards
Jamie Oldaker: Drums
Carl Radle: Bass
Yvonne Elliman: Backing Vocals
Marcy Levy: Backing Vocals

Repost Bonanza: Neil Young – Live and Rare

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Neil Young
Live and Rare
Made In: japan
Release Date: 12/31/94

Download: FLAC/MP3

1. Mr. Soul (Young) 5:02
2. Cinammon Girl (Young) w/Crazy Horse –
Great Woods, Massachusettes 1986 3:23
3. If You Got Love (Young) – “Human Highway” LP outtake 3:20
4. Amber Jean (Young) w/International Harvesters, Nashville 1985 3:42
5. Baby What You Want Me To Do (J.Reed) 6:57
6. Things I Used To Do (Trad.) 4:14
7. Sweet Little Rock And Roller / Nadine – Medley (C.Berry)
w/G.E.Smith and the Michael Bloomfield Band – The Ritz, NY 9:25
8. My My Hey Hey (Young) 2:46
9. Worried Man Blues (Trad.) w/Devo from the film “Human Highway” 4:08
10. American Woman (Bachman/Cummings/Kale/Petersen) 6:41
ll. Just Like Tom Thumb Blues (Dylan) 5:34
12. Down By The River (Young) ll:58
13. Takin’ Care Of Business (Bachman) w/Guess Who, The Devrons & The Squires
Winnipeg,Manitoba “Shakin’ All Over 25 Year Reunion Party” 6:30

Total time of CD: 73:47

From the Booklet liner notes :
“Neil Young is an incredibly diverse musician and individual.
One look at his solo catalogue, and a more careful investigation
into the many musical styles & motifs represented by that catalog will
easily prove this point. He can play the tastiest blues licks,
the grungiest power chords, the tightest little rock and roll arrangements
and some of the best country twang ….. all wherever the mood strikes.
Over the years, Neil has also gained the reputation of a rocker who likes
to lend a hand to his fellow musician when the opportunity arises.
Most folks in the industry, then, are quick to return the favour if
Neil ever asks for their support or help on a song, a concert or a film
project. Knowing his sense for fun & adventure, and his eye for quality,
anyone who works with Neil can assume that the finished product will
probably turn out extremley well … or that at least they’ll have
a blast at making it happen.

So this CD show’s off some examples of Neil’s work; mostley with his
friends. The first 2 tracks offer Neil with long time cronies
“Crazy Horse”; captured live here in 1986 at Great Wood in
Massachusettes in the U.S. Track 3 features Neil all on his own in an
outtake from the original “Trans” LP, when it still carried the titleto
the [unreleased] film “Human Highway”. Tracks 8 & 9, incidentally,
are Neil’s jam’s with Devo, taken directley from the soundtrack to that
film. Neil shows off his country side on track 4 in concert with
the International Harvesters in Nashville in 1985. Neil takes the stage
with G.E.Smith & the late Michael Bloomfield’s former band as they play
tribute to Bloomfield during this performance at The Ritz in New York.
The closing segment of the disk is, in my opinion, the most historic.
In 1990, a musican who had played in a regional rock band in the sixties
organised a benefit concert at Calvin High School, his alma mater,
in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He called upon all the famous, and not so
famous musical alumni of the school to see if they could lend a hand to
this musical high school reunion. The call back to Calvin High
Schoolcaught the ears of it’s most famous students.

Neil Young (Former member of “The Squires”),
Burton Cummings (Of “The Devrons”)
and Randy Bachman (“Chad Allen & The Expressions”)
were among the dozens of Musicians who reunited with their old bands
from the sixties and, inevitably, with one another.
The last four tracks are taken from this incredible event which took place
at the local concert hall in Winnipeg and it includes jams on two Guess
Who classics, a Randy Bachman solo number, a Neil classic & a Bob Dylan oldie.

Please Stop Sending Me Money

Friends, your generosity is overwhelming.  I reached my goal in just over an hour this morning.  As soon as I did I removed the link on the blog.  What I didn’t think about though was the fact that many of you receive my posts in your e-mail which would still have an active link to my Pay Pal account.  As of right now I have received $469.77!  As moved as I am by this gift I do not need any more.  This will more than pay for my annual Amazon account and any upgrades I will need.  I will use the extra to pay for my WordPress account and my Flick account (they recently started making free accounts become pro accounts when more than 1,000 photos have been uploaded). There will still be some remaining and I will keep that in my PayPal account until it is needed again.  I promise to only use the funds you have generously donated for this blog and the spreading of the music.

If anyone wishes to have their donations refunded please let me know.


Thank you again.

The Begging, Part II

Nearly a year and a half ago I put a question up to the blog. Remove or beg I asked, referring to the fact that I was pressing up against my space allotment on my Amazon Drive, and couldn’t afford the upgrade. Overwhelmingly you all responded with your willingness to toss in a few bucks to help me pay for additional space.

At the time I was still about 500 gigs away from hitting my allotment, but I had wanted to figure out a solution before I got there. It took me about six months to reach my limit and need to use your money to upgrade. I’m currently about 400 gigs away from the next need for an upgrade – I’ve uploaded 2.62 TBs of shows, the current limit is 3.0 TB. It will probably be another six months before I hit that limit. However, in January I will hit my annual renewal date and thus will need to pay Amazon once again.

The cost of the 3TB plan is $179.97 per year. When I reach that limit the upgrade to the 4TB plan is $239.96. Rather than begging again in six months for the 4TB upgrade I’m going to set my goal at $239.96. In January I’ll purchase the 3TB plan but when it comes time to upgrade I should have that additional money in my account to use to pay for it.

All of this is dependent on your willingness to pitch in again. I’m not asking the question this time, assuming you all are willing to send me a few bucks in support. That may have changed. If so then I’ll figure something else out. But if you are willing to send me $1 or $5 I would greatly appreciate it. Last time you hit my goal in a matter of hours. As soon as I hit it (assuming I do) then I’ll shut it down. This site has never been about money. I don’t run ads, or any other money making schemes. I just love this music and want to share. If you are willing to help out just a little bit then the link to do so is below.

Link removed, goal met.

Thank you so much to everyone who comes to this blog, who leaves comments, and who has shared such wonderful music with me over the years.

The Grateful Dead – The Entire Radio City Music Hall 1980 Run

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To celebrate their 15th anniversary as a band The Grateful Dead played fifteen gigs at the historic Warfield Theatre in San Francisco (which I previously posted here) followed by an eight night run at Radio City Music Hall. They played three sets each night. The first set was acoustic, something they hadn’t done since 1970, which was followed by two electric sets. They eventually released two live albums from this run, the fantastic Reckoning features songs from the acoustic sets and the quite a bit less fantastic Dead Set contains songs from the electric sets.

I have posted the entire Radio City Music Hall run and thought it would be nice to make a master post of it. I’m missing quite a few soundboard recordings from this run so if anyone has access to them I’d appreciate an assist. I tried to remove all the official tracks from the soundboard recordings that I do have, but generally kept them in on the audience recordings.



Repost Bonanza: The Avett Brothers – Hunter, NY (06/04/11)

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The Avett Brothers
Mountain Jam VII
East Stage
Hunter Mountain Ski Area
Hunter,New York

Download: FLAC/MP3


2.Tin Man
3.Sally’s Lover
5.And It Spread
6.Slight Figure Of Speech
7.Down In The Valley
8.The Fall
10.January Wedding
11.Head Full Of Dought
12.Kick Drum Heart
13.Go To Sleep
14.I & Love & You
15.Just Like A Woman
16.Talk On Tolerance

Recorded By Keo
Master Audience Nakamichi CM300/CP4 Shotguns>2′ Custom Microphone Bar> 10′ Monster Cables>Korg MR-1000 @ 1 Bit/5.6MHz
Microphones Set Up 15′ In Back Of Taping Area,Left Center Of Speakers
Microphones 9′ High,Foam Windscreens
Tracking/Sample Rate Conversion/Metadata Tagging With AudioGate Software To 32 Bit Float/96kHz
Dithered/Flacked With Korg Aqua To 16/44
SBE’s Checked/Fixed With Trader’s little Helper

New Source Bonanza: Van Morrison – Stogumber, England (01/17/90)


Van Morrison
The Church of Our Lady St. Mary
Stogumber, England

Download: FLAC/MP3

Source 1:
1. My Sunday Feeling [GF solo] – MISSING
2. Did Ye Get Healed?
3. Whenever God Shines His Light
4. It’s All In The Game > Make It Real One More Time
5. Orangefield
6. When Will I Ever Learn To Live In God
7. Full Force Gale
8. Beautiful Vision
9. Dweller On The Threshold
10. Vanlose Stairway
11. Give Me My Rapture
12. Bright Side Of The Road
13. So Quiet In Here
14. Benediction [GF]
15. Into The Mystic

1. She Gives Me Religion
2. Northern Muse (Solid Ground) > Auld Lang Syne [instr.] > When Heart Is Open
3. In The Garden (cut start on master) – MISSING
4. Down By The Riverside

The rest of this is missing, sorry.
5. Haunts Of Ancient Peace #1 [instr.]
Haunts Of Ancient Peace #2 [instr.]
Haunts Of Ancient Peace #3 [Van vocal]
6. Into The Mystic [Van vocal]
7. When The Saints Go Marching In #1 [Van vocal]
When The Saints Go Marching In #2 [instr. – end only]
8. This Little Light [Van vocal]
9. Down By The Riverside [Van & GF vocal]
10. Benediction #1 [Van vocal]
Benediction #2 [instr.]
Benediction #3 [Van & GF vocal]

11. Orchard Radio FM: 23 JAN 90 /
Interview of Andy Lock by Pete Geraty and review of concert by P G
12. Somerset Sound FM: 18 JAN 90

Source 2:

Van Morrison
Live UNAPPROVED (1993) Bootleg

MP3 Only

Track Listing:
01. When Will I Ever Learn (5:07)
02. Full Force Gale (2:15)
03. Beautiful Vision (3:58)
04. It’s All In The Game (5:34)
05. Orange Field (3:24)
06. Give Me My Rapture (3:39)
07. Bright Side Of The Road (3:42)
08. Vanlose Stairway (4:27)
09. Dweller On The Threshold (4:01)
10. Thank God (3:01)
11. Into The Mystic (4:54)
12. Northern Muse (6:16)
Total time: (50:18)

Ripped from CD by AussieRock at rockonvinyl.blogspot.com

This appears to be a “cut/chop” job of the “The Church of our Lady St. Mary” bootleg (see below)

New Source Bonanza: The Rolling Stones – Australia 1973 “Happy Birthday Nicky”

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The Rolling Stones
Happy Birthday Nicky
Oh Boy 2-9039
Silver CDs -> EAC -> WAV -> TLH -> flac 6

Download: FLAC/MP3

I previously posted only disk one to this set.

Disc 1 :
Western Australia Cricket Ground, Perth, February 24, 1973
Excellent stereo soundboard recording

01. Brown Sugar
02. Bitch
03. Rocks Off
04. Gimmie Shelter
05. Happy
06. Tumbling Dice
07. Honky Tonk Women
08. All Down The Line
09. Midnight Rambler
10. Little Queenie

Disc 2 :
Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, February 26, 1973
Excellent stereo soundboard recording

01. Brown Sugar
02. Bitch
03. Rocks Off
04. Gimmie Shelter
05. Happy
06. Tumbling Dice
07. Love In Vain
08. Sweet Virginia
09. You Can’t Always Get What You Want
10. Honky Tonk Women
11. All Down The Line
12. Midnight Rambler
13. Little Queenie
14. Rip This Joint

Enjoy !!!


Happy Birthday Nicky – Live In Perth
2 CD

Version 1
Oh Boy 2-9039
Disc 1 contains 11 tracks from Perth February 24, 1973. Disc 2 contains 14 tracks from Sydney February 26, 1973, missing only the last two tracks Jumping Jack Flash and Street Fighting Man. Not Perth 1st and 2nd as cover says, there was only one show in Perth! Both in exc. stereo soundboard quality.

Version 2
Oh Boy 2-9039
Picture CDs, different colours


Perth, Australia 2/24/73; 50 min; 9.0 s; “Rocks Off”
A classic. This stereo soundboard recording first turned up in 1987 on a German LP and is now on several CDs. Great recording and performance. I think this Swingin’ Pig release is the best; it’s a combination of the 2/24 show with parts of the 2/26 show; there is no 2/24 2nd show as some boots claim. It sounds a little better than disc 1 of “Happy Birthday Nicky” below. (Note: Total time of Rocks Off is longer; 50 min is the length of the 2/24 portion).

Sydney 2/26/73; 65 min; 8.5 s; “Happy Birthday Nicky”/others
The CD may claim disc 2 is 2/24 2nd show, but there was no 2nd show that day; it’s actually Sydney 2/26. This is another stereo soundboard recording though not quite as good as 2/24; the tape has been copied a few more times. Avoid the Japanese “Winter Tour 1973” 2CD set if you ever see it; it’s the audience recording of the show. At least it has the last 2 songs missing from the soundboard recording. VGP’s “Rock ‘n Roll Stew” is the soundboard recording with the last two songs tacked on from the audience recording, and the missing beginning of Brown Sugar added in from Perth; said to be similar quality.X

Ten Years of Bootlegs #1: Bob Dylan – The 1974 Soundboard Collection

And here we are, the #1 most popular bootleg post. When I started this blog I had no idea how long it would last. When I first started posting bootlegs it was really just one more thing in the big pop cultural potpourri that I was posting to my little plot of webspace. I couldn’t have guessed they would completely take over the blog within a few years and that I’d still be plugging away ten years later. I have no complaints, this blog has brought me a lot of joy. I’ve met some pretty cool people and listened to and learned a lot about some really great music. So once again to all of you, thanks for making The Midnight Cafe such a great place, it wouldn’t exist without you.

Ten Years of Bootlegs #1: Bob Dylan – 1974 Soundboard Collection

Of course this is the biggest bootlegs on my site. It is Dylan, It is the Band, it is arguably one of the best tours ever, and its all from glorious soundboards.

First posted on September 2, 2015
Total number of hits: 4367

I don’t know about you all, but I’ve had a lot of fun trolling through these old posts and seeing what’s most popular. It been really interesting to watch all the numbers go way up after I write a new Ten Years post and see everybody flock to the old post. I’m thinking about doing a regular post where I highlight some old show I posted ages ago. Might be a fun way to remind people of something maybe they didn’t see the first time. Maybe I’ll even ask for some guest writers to pick out a favorite show or something.

Anyways thanks for hanging around.

Here at the other Ten Years of Bootlegs posts.

#10 Bob Dylan – Abandoned Desire
#9 Bob Dylan – 1978 Tour Collection
#8 Bob Dylan – The Genuine Never Ending Tour Covers Collection (1988-2000)
#7 Bob Dylan & The Grateful Dead – The Entire Tour
#6 Bob Dylan – The Complete Supper Club Soundboards
#5 Bob Dylan & Mark Knopfler – The Complete Recording Sessions
#4 Bob Dylan – Santa Cruz, CA (03/15-16/00)
#3 Bob Dylan A Couple More Years
#2 The Allman Brothers Band – San Francisco, CA (12/31/73)

Ten Years Of Bootlegs: The Ten Most Popular Non Bootleg Posts


My first post on this blog was May 29, 2004. It was a pretty innocuous post. This was early days for blogs. They had just become a thing not that long before I started writing. My wife and I were about to embark on a year long adventure in France and I knew I wanted to journal my experiences there. Blogs were new and hip and seemed the perfect way to both journal my adventure and easily allow friends and family to read about it.

Over the next few months I spoke about the preparation for France, the journey to France, and living in France. Eventually I started writing about movies and music and pop culture in general. When we returned to the USA I kept up the pop culture writing. As I noted when I started this Ten Years of Bootlegs series many of those posts are actually more popular than the bootleg posts I’ve been doing the last ten years. Go figure.

Anyways before I unveil the #1 bootleg post in a few days I thought it would be fun to do a top ten of all the non-bootleg stuff I wrote so long ago.

#10: Bootleg Country: Nirvana – 10/31/91

It amuses me that this is more popular than any bootleg I’ve posted. Before I started posted the actual music I was writing about bootlegs. I called the articles Bootleg Country and basically I reviewed the show and the sound quality of the bootleg. For whatever reason this Nirvana review become fairly popular.

#9: The Office: Season 3, Episode 1 – “Gay Witch Hunt

For a time I was trying to do recaps of various television shows I liked. This was before recaps had become its own cottage industry. I wasn’t very good at it and it was actually quite difficult to keep up with it so I eventually dropped the idea. This was my very first attempt. Its very sloppy, but it got the hit count.

#8: What Michael Jackson Would Look Like Without Plastic Surgery

I suppose anyone who blogs, or has a website or puts anything out in public does so in part due to ego. We want people to read or listen to or watch or look at the things we create. Isn’t that what the Facebook like is for? It strokes the ego, it validates in some small way. When I first began journaling about France I didn’t share the blog with anyone but friends and family. But as time went by and as I started writing about pop culture I wanted to be seen. To be read. I started trying to bring in an audience. I was chasing hits. I started finding all sorts of silly things online and reposting them, hoping they’d bring in more views. I don’t remember where I found this ridiculous Michael Jackson bit, but I must have thought it was funny and reposted the pictures for my audience’s enjoyment. Over 8,000 people came. Some of them left comments.

#7: I Might Have To Rethink Tom Waits

It took me a long time to *get* Tom Waits. This post talks about that process. I have no idea why more than 9,000 people found this particular post. This was also written just before we moved to China. So, we lived in France in 2004-2005 then moved back to Indiana. Then in 2008 we moved to Shanghai for a year. More adventures were had, but I didn’t blog those nearly as much as I blogged my adventures in France.

#6: Jason Says, “Happy Friday The 13th

This post is nothing but a picture of Jason, the hockey masked wearing psycho killer from the Friday the 13th movies. It was but a bit of silliness that keeps gathering more hits every time that date happens to roll around. A bit of silliness that has out hit counted every single bootleg post I’ve made in the last decade.

#5: The Simpsons: Season 18, Episode 10 – “The Wife Aquatic

Another recap. I was getting the hang of them by this point. Or at least I don’t cringe at it like I did the one for The Office. I was also adding in some trivia for the show, which I surely got from some other site. There are a lot of comments on this one but they are mostly about what songs played during the episode.

#4: Movies I’ve Seen Since 2007

The title explains it all. This is a list I’ve been keeping since 2007 of every movie I watch. Nothing more, nothing less. I’m guessing it gets hits because there are a lot of movies on the list and thus it shows up in a lot of searches.

#3: House, MD: Season 3, Episode 4 – “Lines in the Sand

I’m starting to think I should have continued doing TV recaps. Maybe I could have become a famous TV critic, instead of an obscure collector of live music recordings 😉

#2: The World’s Tallest Bridge

Yet another post consisting of nothing but a single picture and a few words. It is a spectacular looking bridge.

#1: Premier’s 25 Most Dangerous Movies

Premier magazine did an article on what they thought were the most dangerous movies ever made. I copy/pasted their thoughts and then added in a paragraph of my own on the movies I’d actually seen. It was a little throw off piece I did just for fun. I had no idea it would become my most popular post ever.

Well that was fun. I don’t know what it means that all of these articles have received more hits than any of my bootleg bonanza posts. Part of it does stem from me changing websites for awhile. I was posted bootlegs to a different site all the while these non-bootleg articles were gathering hits here. Part of it is that pop culture and memes are always going to be more popular than our little musical obsession. Not that any of this matters. Not that I really pay much attention to hit counts.

It was fun for me to go back to some of my old writings (and more than a little embarrassing) and remember what I was doing over the last decade or so. If you made it all the way to here, thanks for reading. I’ll have the #1 bootleg up tomorrow.