Thursday, November 18, 2021

Juliana Hatfield & Band- Live At The Bridge Sound And Stage, October 2021


The last time Juliana Hatfield performed a livestream concert was back in June when she was gearing up for an upcoming tour with her band beginning in August on a bill with Soul Asylum and Local H. The tour went ahead, but without Juliana and her band, who dropped out only days before the first show of the tour. Apparently, there was an illness within the band (the drummer) leading up to the tour and they decided they didn't want to risk the possibility of further safety and health issues if they went ahead. The concerts would have still be great and I considered seeing a show because of her, but it wasn't to be. Besides, the US/Canada border was still closed at the time of the tour, so I saved a lot more disappointment if I had bought tickets.

The good news for fans is that the latest livestream concert (the video is still up on YouTube as of this writing) features Juliana and the band she was suppose to tour with. Her trio sounds tight and upbeat and their presence really adds a fresh energetic boost to her music. The setlist touches on different eras of her career, but it isn't a "greatest hits" set, as it includes material from her most recent album, Blood and a song each from her Olivia Newton-John and Police cover albums. An excellent sounding set and the performance is well worth the time! Stay tuned for the next livestream and/or more live dates.

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The Bridge Sound And Stage
Cambridge, MA
October 20, 2021
Livestream Soundboard

01. Bottles And Flowers
02. Necessito
03. Nightmary
04. Lost Ship
05. My Sister
06. Had A Dream
07. God Bless America
08. Daniel
09. A Little More Love
10. Touch You Again
11. Hospital
12. Mouthful Of Blood
13. Hole In My Life
14. Wonder Why
15. Chunks
16. Or So They Say
17. Dead Weight
18. All Right, Yeah
19. Everything's For Sale
20. talk
21. talk (more)

note: If you're burning to cdr, tracks 1-20 are under 80 minutes, omit track 21.

Juliana Hatfield- guitar/vocals
Mike Oram- bass
Chris Anzalone- drums

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Big Star- Live In Cambridge 1974

It's been over 11 years since Alex Chilton passed away and last month, I picked up an original pressing of The Letter/Neon Rainbow, the debut album from Alex's first band, the Box Tops for cheap and got me reminiscing about Alex and Big Star. I think I have most of their official releases (and some unofficial), but it's unfortunate there aren't a lot of live recordings of Big Star, at least in their earlier incarnation (1971-1975). The 1992 release of Live was recorded and broadcasted in 1974 in New York for WLIR was the only official live album until the more recent release of Live At Lafayette's Music Room recorded in 1973 and released January 2018. Both are excellent documentations of the band as a trio performing live. Not sure if there are any live recordings (or performances?) when co-founder Chris Bell was still in the band?

When a Big Star live recording surfaced on Dime a short while ago, it was very exciting! This is a re-mastered, cleaned-up version of a cassette recording that has circulated for a while and it remains one of their few non-officially released live recordings. Big Star played two sets (early/late) opening for Badfinger in March 1974. The taper recorded both Badfinger sets and only the early Big Star set, but we should be thankful it was recorded at all considering a lot of tapers (me included) sometimes don't tape the opening band. There literally sounds like there are a few dozen people in the audience which makes this an intimate performance with surprisingly excellent sound for a tape recorder from this time period. (Thank you Steve Hopkins for the recording and Captain Acid for the remaster!) According to the liner notes from Live, Jody Stephens remembers that later in this tour, they played two shows on the same night in Boston, opening for Badfinger. He recalls that for the first set, they played their worst ever, and for the second-their best. Well, we don't have the second set to compare, but the first set sounds pretty good to my ears...judge for yourself!
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Big Star
Performance Center
Cambridge, MA
March 31, 1974 (early show)

Steve Hopkins recording/Captain Acid remaster

recorded by Steve Hopkins on a Panasonic mono cassette recorder
Lineage: first-gen cassette > DAT > CD-R > .flac > Captain Acid remaster

01 In The Street
02 Baby Strange (T. Rex cover)
03 Mod Lang
04 Candy Says (Velvet Underground cover)
05 Till The End Of The Day (Kinks cover)
06 O My Soul
07 Motel Blues (Loudon Wainwright III cover)
08 Thirteen
09 Way Out West
10 September Gurls
11 Come On Now (Kinks Cover)

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