I meant to post this show before Christmas, but didn't have the time to upload the file. Anyways, I'm still in Christmas mode and hopefully you are too to enjoy a fabulous Christmas theme concert from one of my all-time favourites, The Kinks. There have been many different versions of this recording floating around, some have less songs or the setlist order has been altered. This version I downloaded on Dime a couple of years ago and supposedly this was taken from the original broadcast and appears to be complete. I remember many years ago taping a Kinks concert on the radio and playing that tape over and over, turns out (after listening to this version) that concert was an edited version of this. This show contains my fav Christmas song (Father Christmas), it's an amazing concert and the sound quality is as good as it gets without being an official release. Video snippets of the concert can be seen on YouTube and downloads of the complete concert video can also be easily found.
I've had it brought to my attention that I have posted some live recordings that were originally posted elsewhere and it has been requested I leave them in uncompressed FLAC format instead of mp3. I don't know how everyone feels about this, but I'll respect the original sources by not compressing the files of live recordings if I post them on this blog. It takes me a lot longer to upload and longer for you to download, but in the end everyone will be happier if I post a better sounding and better quality live recording. If you are not familiar with the FLAC format, read about it here and if you want to convert the files to mp3 for your own use, I use this and here's the download. I'll try this for a while and see how it goes, please leave me a comment if you have an opinion. Personally for me I like to download albums in mp3 format so I can add them to my Portable mp3 device, so for now I'll leave album and non-live concert recordings in mp3 format. Enjoy!
Editor's note: It's come to my attention that the file I posted has a flaw in it. Track 15 (Get Back In The Line), for whatever reason is not included in the rar file. I looked at the original file I uploaded and on the disc I burned from it and #15 is missing. I'm thinking it might have been removed by the original poster on Dime possibly because the track was officially released somewhere else (one of the policies on Dimeadozen). I apologize for this incomplete recording, but if it's any consolation, I've posted for download the mp3 version of Get Back... If you insert the track after Celluloid Heroes and remove track 16 (Dialogue...it's the same that is included within the mp3), Get Back In The Line will fit in nicely. I know the purists won't be happy, but I tried to look for the FLAC version for #15, but to no avail...sorry!
THE KINKS Rainbow Theatre, London December 24, 1977
01. Broadcast introductions 02. Jukebox Music 03. Stage introductions 04. Sleepwalker 05. Life On The Road 06. Dialogue 07. Well Respected Man 08. Death Of A Clown 09. Sunny Afternoon 10. Waterloo Sunset 11. All Day And All Of The Night 12. Dialogue 13. Slum Kids 14. Celluloid Heroes 15. Get Back In The Line 16. Dialogue 17. The Hard Way 18. Lola 19. Alcohol 20. Skin And Bone 21. Father Christmas 22. You Really Got Me