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

grateful dead - radio city music hall - 1980 poster

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)

mountain jam IVV

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

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”

rolling stones - australia 1973front

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.

Ten Years of Bootlegs #2: The Allman Brothers Band – San Francisco, CA (12/31/73)

Allman Brothers Band 12-31-73 - San Francisco

Ever since coming up with this list I’ve pondered why The Allman Brothers Band would be the only non Bob Dylan show to crack the top ten. Why is there no Jerry? No Van on this list? I don’t have a good answer. My best guess is that Jerry and the Dead both exist in abundance on the Internet and that my little site is one of but many places you can download and stream those artists. One thing you might notice in my top ten list is that most of the shows on it are either alt-cuts of a specific album or compilations of some sort. Thus far there hasn’t been a single show appear on the list. The closest we’ve come is #4 which includes two complete shows from Dylan in 2000. The thing is I haven’t posted very many compilations from Jerry or the Dead. I suspect there just isn’t a single show from them that can push them above a Dylan comp.

As for Van he doesn’t have that large a presence online. He’s kind of the opposite of the Dead where very few places exist on the Internet that are sharing his shows. Part of this is due to Van himself taking measures to stop the spread of his music being shared online. For years he used the Web Sheriff to take down anything that wasn’t officially sanctioned. He’s calmed down over the last few years but that still leaves people a little gun shy. Van also doesn’t seem to be as popular as Bob and Jerry. At least he doesn’t seem to create the sort of fans that create passion websites about him.

All of this is just me guessing. I really have no idea.

So why the Allman Brothers? Over the ten years I’ve been doing this I’ve only posted a handful of show from the Allmans. Fans are certainly not tuning into these pages for ABB bootlegs. I”m sure many of you are fans of the band, but The Midnight Cafe is not the place you are coming for their shows. Similar to Van Morrison you can’t find a ton of places for ABB bootlegs. Their officially allow tapers to record their shows but they get a little wonky in terms of letting people like me post the shows online. I suspect there is a high demand for the shows, but not as many places to find them. Thus when I posted this show people gravitated towards it. Or more likely someone posted a link to this show on some ABB forum or another.

It certainly doesn’t hurt that this is a pretty epic show from the bands peak. Oh and it does feature Jerry Garcia, Bill Kreutzman & Boz Scaggs.

Whatever the reasons the Allman Brother Band comes in at #2 in my Top Ten viewed bootlegs of all time. Here’s the stats.

Allman Brothers Band
December 31, 1973
Cow Palace
San Francisco, CA

First posted on November 7, 2011.
Total number of views: 3,552

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 -Bob Dylan – A Couple More Years

The Midnight Cafe Mix #3 – The Light, The Heat


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I made this ages ago but apparently forgot to ever post it. It does remind me that I really ought to do another mix sometime.

1. “Oh Valencia!” – The Decemberists
2007.03.27 – Upper Darby, PA

One of my favorite modern bands. They mix rock and folk music with show tunes and 80s alt-rock into a unique blend of awesome. I’m seeing them in a few weeks and I’m all kinds of excited. After a brief screw up they kick us into a really rocking version of this song from their excellent album The Crane Wife.

2. “Cocaine” – Eric Clapton
1978.11.24 – Glasgow, Scotland – “Mr. Robert Johnson”

Clapton in full on rock god mode.

3. “Second that Emotion” – Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders
1974.02.16 – Berkeley, CA

Oh if only Jerry had kept on playing with Merl for the rest of his solo career. This is a funky, bluesy, jazzy cover of the Smokey Robinson classic.

4. “Rhinoceros” – The Smashing Pumpkins
Gish Sessions

The Pumpkins were my favorite band as a teenager in the 90s. Gish is probably my favorite album by them. This is a really cool alternate cut with a trippy instrumental part in the middle.

5. “Friend of the Devil” – Lyle Lovett
1996.08.26 – Austin, TX

I’ve always loved Lyle covering this Grateful Dead classic. It turns it into more of a dirge which makes it sadder and more beautiful.

6. “In the Garden” – Van Morrison
Got to Go Back to the Greek – Berkeley, California, on July 25, 1986

I recently re-listened to the whole Got to Go Back to the Greek bootleg. Forgotten how great it all is. In the Garden is definitely a highlight. The rave up at the end is especially nice.

7. “Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again” – Bob Dylan
1993.06.29 – Marseille, France

This was one of the first Dylan boots I ever laid my hands on. Its still a favorite. Darn fine jam in it too.

8. “Funhouse” – Bruce Hornsby
2009.10.29 – Indianapolis, IN

Not my favorite Hornsby song by a long shot, but darn if the jam doesn’t try to change my mind.

9. “Rearviewmirror” – Pearl Jam
2000.011.05 – Seattle, WA “Grimlock Destroys Seattle”

Another band that was a favorite of mine when I was a teenager. Another monster jam in the end.

10. “In Your Eyes” – Peter Gabriel
1993.09.19 – San Francisco, CA

Listening to this for the first time in nearly a year I find that the theme of all of these songs is the jam. They almost all have some kind of extended instrumental jam at some point. That’s what I love about live music.

Ten Years of Bootlegs #3: Bob Dylan – A Couple More Years

The completist in me wants to own every tape of every show ever made. The realist recognizes that will never happen, but it hasn’t stopped me from trying ;). The listener in me really rather likes compilations tapes. I was making mix-tapes of my favorite songs back when I was a wee lad. I still make mix playlists for my wife. I always enjoy it when folks make mixes of the best songs from an artist or a decade or a tour.

Nellie over at Expecting Rain regularly makes excellent mixes of Bob Dylan’s music. This one includes outtakes from the albums Hearts Of Fire, Knocked Out Loaded & Down In The Groove. Those aren’t exactly three albums that burned up the charts, nor received a lot of love from fans, yet somehow these outtake sessions come in at #3 in my most popular posts of all time. Go figure.

I suppose that due to the fact that those albums aren’t universally lauded the outtakes sessions don’t show up in a lot of places which ironically makes them more popular when they do show up in places like my blog.  Or something.  Whatever reason here are the numbers.

The Third Most Popular Show of All Time:
Lost songs from 1986 and 1987
Outtakes from Hearts Of Fire, Knocked Out Loaded & Down In The Groove

Total number of views: 3646.

Due to the ever changing nature of my hit counts due to me linking to every post in this Top Ten list this set now sits in at # 7, but it was # 3 when I first started which remains impressive to me.  Only two more shows to go until we’ve completed the countdown.  I’ve already let the cat out of the bag at what’s #2 on the list with the Allman Brothers being the only non Dylan related show to make an appearance.  Anybody want to guess at what Dylan boot will be #1?

As always thanks to everyone who makes this blog so much fun to do.


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)

Happy Jerry Garcia Day

Jerry Garcia Day 2018

Jerry Garcia was born on August 1. He died on August 9. The week between those days is often called Jerry week and sites like mine usually put out a bunch of cool Jerry shows. I’ve been a bit slack this week but I did get a few shows up. I meant to do some more this morning but I overslept and had a very busy day. Hopefully the Dead show and the Jerry playing Dylan will help sooth the lateness of those posts. There is also a big concert celebration in California. That’s a little far away for me, but luckily Nugs is streaming it.

Hope it has been a good day for everyone. Hope you get to dig a little bit of that great treasure trove of music Jerry brought to us all.