Schools Out For Summer

My daughter is out of school for the summer. As such I’m gonna take a small break from the blog to enjoy a little family time. I should be back sometime next week, or possibly the week after. I left you a variety of goodies today to tide you over. See you soon!

New Source Bonanza: Grateful Dead – San Francisco, CA (10/04/80)

Grateful Dead - San Francisco - 1980-10-04-Warfield\

Grateful Dead
Warfield Theatre
San Francisco CA

Download: FLAC/MP3

Sources 2 & 3 are new.

Set 1 Acoustic

//Deep Elem Blues
The Race Is On
It Must Have Been The Roses
//Monkey & the Engineer
Rosalie McFall
Dark Hollow
To Lay Me Down
//On the Road Again//
//Oh Babe, It Ain’t No Lie

Set 2 Electric

Alabama Getaway ->
Greatest Story Ever Told
Mama Tried ->
Mexicali Blues

Source 1:
This is a flac encoded & tagged version of shnid: 19147

Bertha Remaster of the partial Master Reel source.
SBD>>MR>>PCM>>CDA>>WAV(EAC)>>DAW(Bertha)>>CDA/SHN – Sound A+

Digitally remastered using a custom built, Dual-DAW, nicknamed Bertha,
by on September 2, 2002.

In June of 2003 I contemplated combining this source with the complete source
that circulates, however, the only sources available were multi-gen and of
such miserable quality, I chose to keep this as a single disc.
The cuts and drop-outs were edited to make them a bit more tolerable.

While this source is superior to the complete soundboard of this show
(shind=14989), the quality of the complete sound board is not anywhere
near as awful as Jay describes. The complete source is actually a satisfying
listening experience. This source is a nice addition as a first disc replacement.

Source 2:

This is a flac encoded & tagged version of shnid: 14989

SBD>?>CDR>EAC>Cool Edit(minor cleanup, normalization)>CDWAV(tracking)>

Seed discs via Joey Browning
Shn encoding Steve Blanchard
Part of The Music Never Stopped Project

Source 3:

shnid: 141334

Source Info:
Betty’s 7″ two track reels @ 7 1/2 ips > PCM

Transfer Info:
PCM (Sony SL-10)> Sony PCM-601ESD > Behringer Ultramatch Pro > Tascam DA-3000 (wav 16-bit/44.1k)> Adobe Audition 3.0 > TLH flac16

– Thanks to Tim Dalton for the source PCM
– Thanks to Charlie Miller for the transfer
– First few notes of “Monkey & The Engineer” clipped
– “On The Road Again” clipped on both ends
– First few notes of “Oh Babe, It Ain’t No Lie” clipped
– Transitions smoothed
– Levels smoothed
– No patch source available….

Mastered by Scott Clugston
March 12, 2018

Link Removals

My apologies for posting a bunch of early Jerry stuff only to remove all the links a couple of hours later. I totally forgot that they had recently released a bunch of Pre-Dead Jerry stuff. I don’t know how it slipped my mind as it looks like a fantastic box, but it did. Feel free to send me a private message if you want to talk about it.

Ten Years of Bootlegs #6: Bob Dylan – The Complete Supper Club Soundboards, 1993

The Genuine Supper Club Shows (SBD) Vol 1 - F

Ten years ago I had just come home from living a year in Shanghai, China.  My wife and I were living with my folks until we could figure out what we were doing. Pretty quickly I started getting back into bootleg collecting but the methods had changed.  Certainly I had downloaded plenty of torrents before then but up until this time I’d also traded quite a bit and gotten heavily into vine trading.  By 2008 most of that had dried up. For awhile it was torrents, torrents, and nothing but torrents. I have no problem with torrents. I like torrents. I still torrent. But torrenting takes up a lot of bandwidth, time and disk space. This was still in the days when disk space was a real concern as hard drives did not have the massive capacity they have now. I would torrent shows, convert them to MP3 then back up the FLAC files onto CD and DVD disks. Eventually I found other MP3 blogs and it was heaven. Suddenly I could get cool shows at half the bandwidth and disk space. Now I try to avoid obtaining lossy files and I put everything on any number of external drives.

I don’t know why I mention this except that its interesting how things come back around. Writing these pieces always make me nostalgic. Always make me think of my life over the last ten years. Like I said, when this first started my life was in limbo. I didn’t have a real job, I was living with my parents, my wife and I had no idea what we were going to do. Since then we’ve moved at least five times into three different cities and two states. We did a couple of stints taking college students to Europe. We had a kid. I became a stay-at-home dad. Then my wife told me to get to work so she could stay home. Now I’m working with my Dad and brother. For the first time in my life I’m a homeowner.

Through all of this there has been the music. And the blog. There will always be music. I hope there is a blog for many years to come.

Anyways, writing these things always makes me nostalgic.

The 6th most downloaded bootleg of all time:

Bob Dylan – The Complete Supper Club Soundboards
Total hits: 3,302

For two nights in November of 1993 Dylan played four shows on two consecutive days at the Supper Club in New York City. They were acoustic performances presumably played as a warm-up to his appearance on MTV Unplugged the following night. Much like that album the performances here are excellent. If you don’t have this set I highly recommend it.


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

New Source Bonanza: Bob Dylan – Goteborg, Sweden (06/09/84)

Bob Dylan - Goteborg, Sweden (06/09/84)

Bob Dylan
Ullevi Stadion
Goteborg, Sweden
9 June 1984

Download: FLAC/MP3

Source 2 is new.

Highway 61 Revisited
All Along The Watchtower
Just Like A Woman
Maggie’s Farm
I And I
License To Kill

Gregg Sutton:
Just My Imagination

Mr. Tambourine Man (acoustic)
It Ain’t Me, Babe (acoustic)
It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) (acoustic)
t’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
Masters Of War
Ballad Of A Thin Man
When You Gonna Wake Up
Every Grain Of Sand
Simple Twist Of Fate
Like A Rolling Stone


Tangled Up In Blue (acoustic)
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (acoustic)
Blowin’ In The Wind
Tombstone Blues
Love Minus Zero / No Limit
The Times They Are A-Changin’

Concert #9 of the 1984 Europe Tour.

Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar),
Mick Taylor (guitar),
Ian MacLagan (keyboards),
Greg Sutton (bass),
Colin Allen (drums).

1-7, 9, 10, 19, 20 Bob Dylan solo (vocal & guitar).
4, 9, 10, 19 Bob Dylan harmonica.
21-24 Carlos Santana (guitar).

Note. 10 partly broadcast live by Danish TV with sound recorded from the audience.

Source 1:
LB-06975 ; 73min+61min ; 2CDR ; Rating: B+

BOOTLEG: A Dying Voice Within Me
Thinman 072/73

Original Thinman CD -> WAV (EAC) -> FLAC (flacfrontend) -> You

Ullevi Stadion, Gothenburg, Sweden
June 9th 1984

Very Good – Excellent Audience

Great recording of the Gothenburg 1984 show. As always, “Thinman” has copied a torrent – but I don’t know which LB number. (I had previously heard Gothenburg 84 on an old tape).
Performance: Very good – ups and downs all the way. I especially enjoy all the songs from Infidels, the acoustic performances – and “Love Minus Zero/No Limit”. Funny to hear the band not knowing how to play “When You Gonna Wake Up”….they simply have to give it up.

Please note that “Thinman”‘s amatourish production made the applause after “Like A Rolling Stone” a seperate track, so that “Tangled Up In Blue” begins at “track 7” (instead of track 6 – despite of what the artwork says).

Old habits die hard, but I think this is the last Thinman release I’ll buy
Hope this torrent will save other people from spending money on this label.

Artworks are included (I’ve corrected the date from June 6th to June 9th)


(Upped to Dimeadozen by Erik Snow, Nov. 2008)

Source 2:


Bootleg: Sweden 1984

This title, venue, and package is identical to the 1984 Swedish LP release. It is assumedly a copy of that title. This title is not in the library, and we have no further information about it.
© 2001 Craig Pinkerton

Source / Venue:
Ullevi Stadion Gothenburg, Sweden June 9, 1984
Manufacturer / Catalog No. 
Released: xxxxxxxxunknownxxxxxxxx

CDR trade > XLD > Flac

Ten Years of Bootlegs #7: Bob Dylan & The Grateful Dead – The Entire Tour


I mentioned last time that Bob Dylan held every spot in this Top Ten Countdown except for one. This was actually surprising to me as I figured some of the other artists I post regularly around here would show up more. Though I post lots of Van Morrison, Jerry Garcia, Neil Young and others none of them will show up on this list. This is the only time the Grateful Dead will appear. Can anyone guess who the other artist will be?

I suppose it makes sense that Bob would dominate. Dylan fans are rather obsessive. Unlike the Dead his shows are relatively difficult to find online. Where the Dead exist on and a bevy of other sites where you can find essentially every show of their in existence no such place exists for Dylan (at least that I’ve ever found). He’s also got a very long history of performances and is still touring regularly which means there a ton of shows out there to collect.

For whatever reason Van Morrison doesn’t have that big of an online presence. He still makes records and tours but his heyday is many years in the past, at least in terms of popularity. While I’ve found he’s got a dedicated group of followers and bootleg collectors, its a pretty small group. Jerry Garcia solo stuff is similar in that way.

I don’t really know why Bob dominates on here so much but here we are at number 7 and this is the first time another artist has made an appearance.

#7 Most Visited Shows on The Midnight Cafe

Bob Dylan & The Grateful Dead – The Entire Tour
3015 Hits

On paper having the Grateful Dead tour with Bob Dylan sounds like a dream come true. The Dead would play a couple of sets on their own and then become Dylan’s backing band. What could be better? The Dead were clearly longtime fans of Dylan as they’d been covering his songs since nearly the beginning. Dylan too had a great respect for The Dead, especially Jerry Garcia. Putting them together should have been amazing.

And yet, it clearly wasn’t. 1987 was not a great year for either artist. Bob was still in the midst of his 80s funk with his early 90s resurgence still a few years away. Garcia had come out of a coma just a year earlier and had to relearn how to play the guitar. Though the Dead still had plenty of good shows left in them they were very much on a downward spiral. The officially released album they put out from this tour has been pretty well derided by critics and fans alike.

However, I really feel that listening to the entire tour shows that it really wasn’t as bad as its reputation, and in some moments its really quite wonderful. The Dead are clearly enjoying playing with one of their heroes and they help elevate Dylan in nearly every way.

With DylanDave’s help I posted each show from the tour with multiple sources and then did a master post of the whole thing. It makes sense that this master post garnered a lot of hits as fans of both artist would enjoy various shows from the tour. All of the shows were originally posted via Mediafire and I have no replaced those links with ones from Amazon. Please do let me know if I am still missing anything or if any of the links are bad.

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)

New Source Bonanza: Bob Dylan – Munich, Germany (06/03/84)

Jokerman Has Just Left The Stadium

Bob Dylan
Olympia Stadion
Munich, West Germany
3 June 1984

Download: FLAC/MP3

Sources 2 & 3 are new.

01 – Highway 61 Revisited
02 – Jokerman
03 – All Along The Watchtower
04 – Just Like A Woman
05 – Maggie’s Farm
06 – I And I
07 – License To Kill

Greg Sutton:
08 – Got My Mojo Working (McKinley Morganfield)

09 – It Ain’t Me, Babe
10 – It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
11 – Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
12 – It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
13 – Masters Of War
14 – Ballad Of A Thin Man
15 – When You Gonna Wake Up
16 – Every Grain Of Sand
17 – Like A Rolling Stone


18 – Girl From The North Country
19 – The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll
20 – Blowin’ In The Wind
21 – I Shall Be Released
22 – Tombstone Blues
23 – Why Do I Have To Choose? (Willie Nelson)
24 – Forever Young

Concert #5 of the 1984 Europe Tour.
Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar),
Mick Taylor (guitar),
Ian MacLagan (keyboards),
Greg Sutton (bass),
Colin Allen (drums).

9-11, 18, 19 Bob Dylan solo (vocal & guitar).
4, 9, 19 Bob Dylan harmonica.
20-21 Joan Baez (shared vocal & guitar).
20-24 Carlos Santana (guitar).

Note. 20 broadcast by VDR-TV, West Germany, 4 June 1984.


– Thank you. Greg Sutton’s gonna sing for you now. He just wrote on the way over
to the football stadium, called I Got My Mojo Working.

Source 1: No LB # that I could Find

20 mono TV recording.
Stereo audience recording, 100 minutes.

Jokerman Has Just Left The Stadium
Manufacturer / Catalog No.
Sound Bites / SB 001 (Disc 001/002)


Olympia Stadion, Munich, West Germany June 3, 1984
Bonus: Minestadio, Barcelona, Spain June 28, 1984

Source 2: LB-1514

Source: “Taped by Legendary Taper D, remastered in the Improved Air Remaster series.”

Source 3: LB-1784

Converted by: Fendert
Conversion: Tape>?x>CDR>Wav>FLAC
Quality: Very Good / Audience

This is the 5th Show of Bob Dylan’s 1984 tour with former Rolling Stones guitarist
Mick Taylor. The songs are starting to have a little life in them but still they are far
from what they will become in the coming weeks. Taylor still is feeling his way
around them but vocally Bob is starting to groove. Compare “Every Grain of Sand,”
“I and I,” “License to Kill” and “Masters of War” compared with later versions (or
with Real Live if that’s all you have) and see how far Taylor will take these songs.
We get a couple of gems on this one. Again we get “Why Do I Have to Choose” (the
only cover on the tour) and Dylan really sings great on it this night and Mick Taylor’s
slide is just about perfect. Also, Joan Baez joins Bob for a great version of “Blowing
in the Wind” and “I Shall Be Released.” “Forever Young” is a great treat here also.
Right now is the 20th Anniversary of those shows and I thought it would be cool to
release each show to STG on the date of the actual show plus 20 years. So, here is the
fifth show and we’ll see if I can keep up with the rest of the tour. Enjoy.

Santana report: Plays the lead on “Why Do I Have to Choose” beginning at 2:46 and
even though his tone does not fit the song, at least he doesn’t hit any wrong notes this
time. This guy is bad. These shows really highlight how BAD Santana was, playing
in the wrong key, at the wrong time, bad tone and playing a part which did NOT fit
into the song. What was Bob thinking with this guy? No artwork, enjoy!

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bob Dylan – Hamburg, Germany (05/31/84)

santana - joan baez - bob dylan - hamburg - 1984_0531

Bob Dylan
St. Pauli Stadion
Hamburg, West Germany
31 May 1984

Download: FLAC/MP3



Highway 61 Revisited
All Along The Watchtower
Just Like A Woman
Maggie’s Farm
I And I
License To Kill
Greg Sutton: Got My Mojo Working (McKinley Morganfield)
It Ain’t Me, Babe
It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
Masters Of War

Upgrade Bonanza: Miles Davis – Zurich, Switzerland (04/08/60)

miles davis - zurich - 1960

Miles Davis Quintet
Zurich, Switzerland

Download: FLAC/MP3

If I Were a Bell
So What
All Blues> The Them

From unknown Radio Broadcast

From my CDR collection, I have no other source or lineage info – Mat

Miles Davis – Trumpet
John Coltrane – Tenor Sax
Wynton Kelly – Piano
Paul Chambers – Bass
Jimmy Cobb – Drums

Ten Years of Bootlegs #8: Bob Dylan – The Genuine Never Ending Tour Covers Collection (1988-2000)


I must confess that the transition of The Midnight Cafe from pop culture blog (where I posted about movies, music, books and other assorted oddities) to to solely being a bootleg blog was mostly due to hit counts. I had a brief but passionate affair with the idea that I could somehow become big enough of a site to, well not make a living from it, but at least supplement my income. I dreamed of being a cool little corner of the internet where people would come to read my thoughts on art and entertainment and maybe discuss it with me.

During this time I paid a lot of attention to my hit counter. I poured over my stats looking to see where folks were coming from and how they’d gotten to my little blog. As I started posting more bootlegs I noticed that a lot of searches were for various live shows. I also noted that since posting bootlegs my daily hits were increasing. The transition was slow but eventually all other non-bootleg things fell away.

I now actually do some pop culture writing, but its on other sites so that the Cafe could remain pure.

These days I pay very little attention to hit counts and all those stats. Now and again I like to see where people come from and what links they click on but its not something I keep up with. But were it not for those early days of counting I’d never have become The Midnight Cafe I am today.

The Midnight Cafe’s #8 most viewed bootlegs of all time: The Genuine Never Ending Tour Covers Collection (1988-2000)
Because my hit counter really was fluctuating a lot due to me linking to the posts in this little countdown I finally got around to writing the top ten down somewhere permanent so as to not get confused as the numbers changed. Today’s post is technically now sitting at #10, because the original #10 and #9 have since moved up in the count so we’ll pretend its actually #8.

The always great DylanDave gave me this compilation.  It contains every cover song Dylan sang on the Never Ending Tour up until 2000 (I keep hoping someday someone will do a Part II to catch us up.) While Dylan is one of the great songwriters of our time its kind of fun to have a whole compilations of him singing other peoples songs.

It was originally posted in July of 2016 and has accumulated a total of 2,345 hits.Smart readers will note that this is actually more hits that I posted for #10 and #9 but again those have since moved up quite a bit. Those same readers may also notice this is the third Bob Dylan boot in a row for the countdown. Get used to that as all but one bootlegs in the top ten comes from Dylan (there are a couple of others that have Bob playing with other artists, but he’s in 9 out of the 10).

That’s it. If you haven’t grabbed this boot I highly recommend it.

You can read about the #10 show here and #9 here.