Monday, March 24, 2014

Replacements At The Ritz, Feb. 1, 1986

For me, the musical highlight of 2013 was the comeback for one of my all time favourite bands, The Replacements. Beginning the year with the release of a limited edition 10" EP called, Songs For Slim that consisted of the first new recordings by the band (at least Paul and Tommy together) in over 20 years. This EP and subsequent SFS 7" releases by an all-star cast of musicans that donated their time and songs to help raise to date over $200,000 to go towards Slim Dunlop and his family to help with the significant expenses for his long-term care. For more information about about this fundraiser, check out

The Replacements completed their comeback/reunion with a trio of shows at Riotfest in Toronto, Chicago and Denver. Even though I never made it anywhere close to these three locations, fans like me were fortunate enough to hear live audio and video audience recordings of the shows. Thank you to everyone that recorded the shows and thank you for sharing!

Speaking of live recordings, if you are a die-hard Mats fan like me you should browse the Replacements Live Archive Project for downloads of pretty much every known Replacements show that has been recorded. The mission of the site is "to track down, digitize, share and archive all Replacements and related recordings". I'm sure there are more out there and if you have any shows to contribute, contact them.

Recently, I've begun to digitize my live tapes to a HD (and burn a disc), but also to post to this blog. Most of the Replacements shows I have on tape can be found at the RLAP already, as I probably have some generation from the same masters, but I found one show that hasn't been posted yet or widely circulated. The Replacements at the Ritz (below) is from February 1986, less than a month after their infamous SNL appearance, but not to be confused with a pair of shows at the Ritz in June which ended up being the last shows for Bob Stinson. As usual, a great setlist with some covers and decent sound recorded from the crowd.

Note: there might be a slight drop in volume after Trouble Boys. This is the tape flip and for some reason to me it doesn't sound as loud. Still good though!

The Replacements
The Ritz
New York, NY


Disc One:
01. Rock and Roll All Nite
02. Color Me Impressed
03. Can't Hardly Wait
04. Bastards of Young
05. Fuck School
06. Sixteen Blue
07. Waitress in the Sky
08. Hold My Life
09. Left of the Dial
10. Answering Machine
11. Lay It Down Clown
12. Trouble Boys
13. Go!
14. Unsatisfied
15. I Will Dare
16. Take Me Down to the Hospital

Disc Two:
01. Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out
02. Black Diamond
03. Let It Bleed
04. Galveston
05. Favorite Thing
06. Temptation Eyes
07. Careless
08. Ace of Spades
09. Hey Good Lookin'
10. Stuck in the Middle
11. Shiftless When Idle
12. Eighteen
13. Johnny's Gonna Die
14. God Damn Job
15. My Town

REPLACEMENTS- 1986-02-01 Ritz, NYC, NY FLAC. rar


Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this one. I've been checking in on the Replacements Project site for quite a while. Did you send this over to them?

Brendon from Los Angeles said...

You post a lot of stuff I enjoy, so thanks for keeping this going. And looking forward to this 'Mats live recording!

Anonymous said...

I was at this show and it was one for the ages. Who opened for them that night?

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