Sunday, December 27, 2009

Laurie Anderson and Friends, 26 June 1997

Laurie Anderson's Meltdown
Laurie Anderson and Friends
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Thursday, 26 June 1997

Note. Zero the Counter listed in the programme was a static display with no corresponding audio

First Set
01 Laurie Anderson - Difficult Listening Hour
02 Ken Nordine & Howard Levy - The Movie
03 Laurie Anderson - Chu Lu Lu
04 Ken Nordine & Charles Amirkhanian - The Interview
05 Laurie Anderson - Automatic Voices
06 Ken Nordine, Laurie Anderson, Lu Edmonds, Howard Levey - Mr and Mrs God
07 Lu Edmonds, Howard Levy, Laurie Anderson - Call On Line One
Second Set
01 Ivor Cutler - poems from A Wet Handle
02 Ivor Cutler - Jam
03 Ivor Cutler - A Suck of my Thumb
04 Ivor Cutler - Down and Up
05 Ivor Cutler - A Bubble or Two
06 Ken Nordine etc. - Seven Ways of the Seven Days
07 Arto Lindsay, Vinicius Cantuaria - A Few Songs
08 Laurie Anderson - Crime and Punishment
09 Charles Amirkhanian - Dumbek Bookache
10 Charles Amirkhanian - Church Car
11 Charles Amirkhanian - Dutiful Ducks
12 Ben Ponton - Re-Mix (incomplete)
Tape ran out so lost The Wildebeest

27 February 2011 links re-upped.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Terry Riley, 23 October 1998

Terry Riley, Jarvis Cocker, Members of Pulp, Smith String Quartet
American Pioneers
Barbican, London

Friday, 23 October 1998

First Set
01 Terry Riley - announcements
02 Terry Riley - Keyboard Study No 2 for piano
03 Smith String Quartet - Good Medicine
04 Terry Riley - announcements
05 Terry Riley - MissiGono

Second Set
06 announcements, applause etc.
07 In C (end missing)

In C lasted over one hour so it overran the available tape length

You will notice there is missing track 06. This is the introduction to In C. Owing to some technical glitch which I have not yet been able to fathom, this track was skipped in the conversion to mp3. On balance, I have decided to go with what I've got, rather than spend days trying to get to the bottom of the problem. You really aren't missing much.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Sunn O))) + Om - Koko, Camden, London - Monday, 14 December 2009

Sunn O))) + Om
Koko, Camden, London
Monday, 14 December 2009

We had been to an office party earlier so were late arriving and I only caught the last piece by Om.

Sunn O)))

01 prelude
This is my title for a piece of pre-recorded orchestral music that was played before Sunn O))) appeared. It was fairly quiet and you will hear a lot of chatter over the top of it - more chatter than music in fact.
02 Agharta (now I've actually bought the CD, I know the set was basically Monoliths & Dimensions and Agharta is only a part of that)
Sorry if you were hoping to burn this to CD. Even if you get rid of the prelude, the set runs to just over 80 minutes without a break.

I have a few video clips as well. I'll try and get round to uploading them one day. (Well I'll only upload them if anyone asks. I was quite far away and the dry ice effects were a bit OTT so you can't see much anyway.)
11 August 2012.  Image added.  It is no included in the downloads.

UPDATE 31/07/2015

The Sunn O)) set - along with many of their other shows - is now available for download here:


Friday, November 13, 2009

The Original Harry Partch Instruments, 27 November 1998

The Original Harry Partch Instruments
'American Pioneers' series
Barbican Centre, London
Friday, 27 November 1998
Dean Drummond & Newband
01 Partch: Five verses from
And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma
02 Drummond: Before the Last Laugh
03 Partch: Daphne of the Dunes
04 Drummond: Dance of the Seven Veils
05 Partch: Castor and Pollux
Post-concert Q&A session with Dean Drummond (incomplete)
Programme scan
NB. The programme covered six separate performances. I have scanned here only the pages relating to this particular concert

Monday, October 26, 2009

City of London Sinfonia, 26 November 1998

Cit of London Sinfonia, conductor Marin Alsop
Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano)
Stephen Stirling (horn)
BBC Singers
Barbican, London

First Set
Zappa - The Perfect Stranger
Zappa - Dupree's Paradise
Babbitt - Around the Horn
Crawford-Seeger- Three American Songs

Second Set
Reich - The Desert Music


Saturday, October 24, 2009

Ornette Coleman - 21 June 2009

Ornette Coleman
Reflections of This is Our Music
Ornette Coleman's Meltdown
Royal Festival Hall, London
Sunday, 21 June 2009

First Set
Bachir Attar and The Master Musicians of Jajouka

Second Set
Ornette Coleman (alto sax, trumpet, violin)
Al MacDowell (bass guitar)
Tony Falanga (double bass)
Denardo Coleman (drums)

01 introduction
02 Follow the Sound
06 Bach's Cello Suite No. 1
07 Turnaround
enter Flea (bass guitar)
09 The Rite of Spring - with Baba Maal (vocal)
12 Dancing in Your Head
13 with Bachir Attar & The Master Musicians of Jajouka
15 Lonely Woman - with Charlie Haden (bass)

Both re-upped 25/09/2015

Sorry but I am not overly familiar with Ornette Coleman's work and have relied on press reviews to identify titles. If you can fill in any of the blanks, please leave a comment or contact me direct.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Glenn Branca Electric Guitar Swarm, Barbican, London, 31 October 1998

First, a general comment. As I have said before, I still have several years worth of recordings to digitise and upload. Identifying all the performers and titles, adding and labelling track markers, scanning in any programmes etc. all takes time. So from here on in, I am likely to just upload the recording as it stands, with little editing beyond noise filtering. If you can add any information, please feel free to leave a comment.

My portable cassette recorder was starting to show its age and was becoming temperamental. So I have only four segments of the concert - none of them complete - totalling just over 1 hour. For a review, see

The four segments are:

John Myers' Blastula - announcement and first few minutes only
Wharton Tier's set - incomplete
Phil Kline 'Chant' - incomplete
Glenn Branca, Symphony No. 12 Tonal Sexus - start missing

So this is a flawed recording of symphony No. 12, but I think it is the best available at the moment. It has not been commercially released and I have not found any unofficial recordings anwhere.

(Apologies but the files are dated 1999 instead of 1998 in error.)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Ivor Cutler, 23rd June 1997

"A Wet Handle"
Part of Laurie Anderson's Meltdown
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Monday, 23rd June 1997

First Set
01 applause
02 Doing the Bathroom - Episode Two
03 You Call That Living?
04 On Holiday
05 The Taste of Gunny
06 A Blunt Yashmak
07 The Kiddies
08 The Specific Sundry
09 Just Listen
10 they were going to give me a tumbler...
11 I'm Happy (song)
12 I'm Going in a Field (song) C#
13 I Had a Little Boat (song)
14 Jam (song)
15 Doing the Bathroom - Episode Four - The Qually
16 A Great Albatross
17 A Bird
18 Half and Half
19 Squeaky
20 Oddly Comforting
21 An Original Sweet
22 The Whole Forest
23 She Ran Off
24 Little Hetty
25 Good Morning, How Are You, Shut Up (song)
26 Shoplifters (song)
27 A Suck of My Thumb (song) G
28 I checked up...
29 Out With The Light

Second Set
01 I know what you're thinking, but you're wrong
02 Doing the Bathroom - Episode One
03 I was talking to one or two people...
04 A Loaf of Bread
05 By The Bush
06 My Vest
07 The Thatcher Generation
08 My Disposition
09 It's Stupid
10 Goosey
11 Deedle, Deedly, I Pass (song)
12 Down and Up (song)
13 A Bubble or Two (song)
14 Darling, Will You Marry Me Twice (song)
15 When It Wants
16 Her Zimmer
17 The Farmer's Wife
18 Bets
19 Just in Time
20 The Breaking Point
21 Spring Back
22 Hell
23 A Man
24 The Place
25 Hello Explore
26 Mud (song)
27 A Great Grey Grasshopper (song)
28 What Have You Got (song)
29 A Wooden Tree
30 announcements
31 I'm Walking to a Farm
32 Thank you...
RE-UPPED 17/05/2016

I have more stuff from Laurie Anderson's Meltdown to follow - eventually...

Monday, August 3, 2009

Leonard Barras - the missing episodes

Further to my post of 1 January, I am indebted to Bruce Goatly for filling the gaps with the following:

Eva and Adamson
Part 4 - Either That or Bursitis; Achieving the Unintelligible
(This corrects the title previously given)

Sideways a Bit
The first few words ("The trouble with Tully was...") are unfortunately missing and the next phrase ("nobody ever listened to him.") is muffled because it was at the start of the cassette.

UPDATE - post of 3 February 2012 "Flummoxed Four Times" also includes a re-edit of "Sideways a Bit" with the missing first sentence reinstated.
UPDATE - 18 August 2009

I recently got hold of a copy of the book "Up the Tyne in a Flummox" (you should be able to pick it up cheaply on Amazon). It states that "The various pieces collected in this volume were broadcast on Radio 4 between 1982 and 1986". (The earliest Barras recording I have was first broadcast in 1983, but I believe "Sideways a Bit" was from 1982. Outaspaceman [a keen champion of LB] has suggested there was an earlier series called "Up the Tyne in a Flummox", which would seem logical since I have "Further..." and "Even Further...")

The book includes "Certain Vicissitudes" (a one-off episode), all of "Very Likely" and three quarters of "Further up the Tyne in a Flummox". There are also four titles for which I do not have recordings, viz

A Fearful Conflagration
A Poultice for a Post
Public Exposures
The Finger in the Filing Cabinet

So it seems that the quest for Barras recordings is not yet over.

I tried a Google search for - Barras "A Fearful Conflagration". Nothing led me to "Up the Tyne in a Flummox", but there were a number of hits on Romanian websites, from which it appears the book was translated into Romanian with the title "Iubire in bataia vintului" i.e. Love in a Windy Place. (I'm not sure if there is a direct Romanian equivalent of "flummox".) Here is an example

"Wallsend Amnesia" looks even funnier in translation! Note the reviewer compares Barras to Chesterton. I look forward to hearing from LB devotees in Romania.

UPDATE. Dead download links removed. Please see post of 16 June 2015 for a complte set of recordings.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

B.B. King, John Mayall, Wembley Arena, 28 June 2009

I'll probably come back to this later and add details of set lists, personnel etc., but for now here are just the download links. Each set plays continuously. I haven't put in track markers. I had to put the B.B. King set into a split .rar to keep within the Rapidshare maximum file size.

I have now gone digital. I used a Zoom H2 for the recording.

John Mayall set reuploaded with track markers and song titles added
B.B. King
Original upload as one continuous piece
With track markers and song titles added

NEW - 18 February 2011.  The B.B. King set is now availabe in lossless format:

Monday, May 4, 2009

Spanish Bombs, 28 April 2009

Spanish Bombs: Tropical Tribute to The Clash
Barbican, London
Tuesday, 28 April 2009

01 Jonaz - London Calling
03 Jonaz - Revolution Rock
04 announcements
05 Bruno Garcia - Bank Robber
06 announcements
07 Bruno Garcia - Rock the Casbah
08 announcements
09 Alejandro Escovedo - Straight to Hell
10 announcements
11 Alejandro Escovedo - Train in Vain
12 Alejandro Escovedo - Pressure Drop
13 announcements
14 Alejandro Escovedo - Chelsea Hotel
15 Ruben Albarran - I Fought the Law
16 sneeze & announcements (The sneeze and mention of Mexico is a topical reference to the Swine flu outbreak)
17 Ruben Albarran - Complete Control (about 11 seconds missing for tape change)
18 announcements
19 Blanquito Man - Washington Bullets
20 Blanquito Man - The Magnificent Seven
21 Moyenei - The Call Up
22 Blanquito Man - Guns of Brixton
23 announcements
24 Amparo Sanchez - Spanish Bombs
25 Amparo Sanchez - Police on My Back

01 Radio Clash & credits

The encore file also includes an extract from the programme, the set list and a few photos.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Brood, 6 November 1996

Purcell Room, London
Wednesday, 6th November 1996

First Set
Alvin Lucier - Music On A Long Thin Wire
Christian Wolff - Music For 1,2 Or 3 People
John Cage - simultaneous performances - Aria; Concerto for Piano and Orchestra; Fontana Mix
Second Set
La Monte Young - Composition 1960 #7
Phil Niblock - Guitar Two, For Four
Rhys Chatham - Guitar Trio

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Kathryn Tickell Band, 13th October 1996

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Sunday, 13 October 1996

Kathryn Tickell - Northumbrian pipes, fiddle
Ian Carr - guitar
Neil Harland - bass

First Set
01 introductions
02 The Gathering
03 announcements
04 Lads of Alnwick + Sunderland Lasses; Peacocks March
05 tuning up, announcements
06 St. Kilda Wedding
07 announcements
08 La Bettaille dans la Petite Arbre; Acharavi Waltz
09 announcements
10 Dorrington Lads; I Saw My Love Come Passing By Me
11 title not announced
12 announcements
13 The Lemon Mill Jig; The Burnt Tattie; The Quarrymen
14 tuning up, announcements
15 Dargai

Second Set
01 announcements
02 Otterburn
03 The Cold Shoulder; The Welcome Home
04 announcements
05 Tune for Matt Robson; Kathleen
06 title not announced
07 announcements
08 Brafferton Village; Grey Bull Hornpipe; Grey Bull Waltz
09 title not announced
10 tuning up; announcements
11 The Day Dawn; Christmas Day in the Morning
12 reels
13 announcements
14 Farewell to the Dee; The Wife She Brewed It; Shirley's Reel
15 announcements
16 waltz; The Tyne Bridge Hornpipe; Wark Football Team
17 announcements
18 Raincheck; title unannounced
19 title unnanounced

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Band of 14AOD

This is a curiousity that may interest some readers of this blog. During WWII, my father played in an army dance band. (This was in addition to - not instead of - his regular army duties.) A number of 78 rpm records of the band survive. I don't have recording dates, but they must have been made between 1944 and 1946. You can download them from here:
(Link updated 20/05/2015)
For a history of the band, including more details of the records, see my blog

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Bill Frisell Quartet, 17 July 1996

Part of the 'Sharp New America' season
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Wednesday, 17th July 1996
Bill Frisell (guitar), Curtis Fowlkes (trombone), Ron Miles (trumpet), Eyvind Kang (violin)

First Set
01 introductions
02 The Rain in Spain
03 Twenty Years/Egg Radio
04 'Thank you very much'
05 The Bacon Bunch
06 unknown title

Second Set
01 'Still trying to think of something to say'
02 In Deep
03 unknown/In Deep
04 unknown/No Moe/I Got Rhythm
05 Dead Ranch
06 'You're so friendly'
07 What the World Needs Now Is Love
08 I Say a Little Prayer
09 'We'd better come up with something good now'
10 When I Fall in Love

'When I Fall in Love' is missing the end, but it sounds like I have lost only a few bars.

I have not been able to put names to all of these tunes. Additionally, some of the performances here are medleys and I may not have identified all of the constituents.

First Set
Second Set

Sunday, February 8, 2009

B.B. King, 30 June 1996

Royal Albert Hall, London
30 June 1996

Support act -Big Joe Turner's Memphis Blues Caravan

Only 19 minutes. This was still back in the days when I tried to fit everything on one tape. To preserve as much as possibe of the B.B. King session, I flipped the tape and overwrote some of the BJT stuff.

The history of the blues has seen more than one "Big Joe Turner". This one was a bass player who had worked with B.B. King amongst others. Sadly he is no longer with us. For more information see:

I don't have the complete line-up, but from contemporary accounts I have found, I think the vocalist must be Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges

01 I'm Leaving on that Midnight Train(?) (incomplete)
02 No Response
03 My Take-Home Pay Just Won't Take Me Home

B.B. King
Orchestra: Leon Warren (guitar), James Toney (keyboards), Walter King (saxophone), Melvin Jackson (saxophone), James Bolden (trumpet), Michael Doster (bass), Calep Emphrey (drums)

01 Opening Theme - B.B. King Orchestra
02 Slow blues in A flat
03 enter B.B. King (gap in the middle to change tapes)
04 Let the Good Times Roll
05 Chains of Love
06 When It All Comes Down
07 Five Long Years
08 Paying the Cost to be the Boss
09 Eight Bar Blues in G
10 We're Gonna Make It
11 Blues Man
12 All Over Again
13 Why I Sing The Blues (end missing)
14 Rock Me Baby (start missing)
15 Guess Who
16 The Thrill Is Gone - exit

Sorry about the shouty man who was sitting near me.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, March 1996

Two concerts from the same tour "A Woman's Life". You get more bang for your bucks with the Croydon concert. Theodossi Spassov was missing from the Festival Hall performance. And the earlier show has only one encore. After that, the audience seemed to give up too easily and started leaving in droves without waiting to see if they would get any more. (The house lights were still down, which is usually a good indication that the performers can be coaxed back on stage.)

Both performances are complete,although you will notice the applause around the encores is cut off quite sharply. I hit the pause button while the audience was clapping to conserve tape.

Royal Festival Hall, London
Saturday, 9 March 1996

First Set
01 Ergen Dada
02 Iskal Karadja
03 Mesetchinko Lyo
04 Zapali se Planinata
05 Lazarski Buenetz
06 Kaval solo - Kostadin Kostadinov
07 Vocal Sextette Pripyavki
08 Na Sedyanka
09 Vgradena Nevesta
10 Kalugerine
11 Danyo Maika
12 Polegnale e Todora

Second Set
01 Mehmetyo
02 Tsoninata Mayka
03 Horo
04 Sama Li Si Den Zhalana
05 Moma Houbava
06 vocal duet
07 Velko Voyvoda I Vito Se Horo Zavede
08 Ovchar I Viatar
09 Stani Mi Maycho
10 Duda E Bolna Legnala
11 Dilman Dilbero
12 encore - Ghiore Dos

Fairfield Hall, Croydon
Sunday, 17 March 1996

First Set
01 Ergen Dada
02 Iskal Karadja
03 Mesetchinko Lyo
04 Zapali se Planinata
05 Lazarski Buenetz
06 Kaval solo - Kostadin Kostadinov
07 Vocal Sextette Pripyavki
08 Na Sedyanka
09 Vgradena Nevesta
10 Kalugerine
11 Danyo Maika
12 Polegnala E Todora

Second Set
01 Mehmetyo
02 Tsoninata Mayka
03 Horo
04 Sama Li Si Den Zhalana
05 Moma Houbava
06 Kaval solo 1 - Theodossi Spassov
07 Kaval solo 2 - Theodossi Spassov
08 vocal duet
09 Velko Voyvoda I Vito Se Horo Zavede
10 Ovchar I Viatar
11 Stani Mi Maycho
12 Duda E Bolna Legnala
13 Dilman Dilbero
14 encore - Svatba
15 encore - Ghiore Dos

Programme and handbill

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Orchard Theatre, Dartford
Monday, 4th March 1996

Paul Jones (harmonica, vocal), Dave Kelly (guitar, vocal), Tom McGuinness (guitar, vocal), Rob Townsend (drums), Gary Fletcher (bass, vocal)

This was an all-acoustic set featuring all the tracks from the album "Wire-Less" plus the medley, Work Song and the missing encore.

First Set
01 announcements (DK)
02 San Francisco Bay Blues
03 announcements (PJ)
04 T-Nicey Mama
05 announcements (TM)
06 Sitting on Top of the World
07 announcements (PJ)
08 Room and Board
09 announcements (DK)
10 D-Day Blues
11 I Can't Stand the Rain
12 announcements (TM)
13 Withering the Picks
14 announcements (TM)
15 Sweet Temptation
16 announcements (DK)
17 Stealin' Stealin'

Second Set
01 announcements (TM)
02 Alimony Blues
03 announcements (PJ, TM)
04 Stranger Blues
05 announcements (PJ, DK)
06 Jitterbug Swing
07 announcements (GF)
08 Told No Lies
09 Keys to the Highway
10 announcements (PJ, DK)
11 Frankie Jean
12 announcements (PJ)
13 I'm Not Ashamed to Sing the Blues
14 announcements (TM)
15 Crazy 'bout Me
16 announcements (PJ)
17 Too Young to Know
18 announcements (DK) - enter Benny Gallagher
19 Medley - The Walk, When I'm Dead and Gone, If You Gotta Go
20 announcements (PJ)
21 Work Song

Tape ran out. At least one encore was missed
Personnel and track list

Harry Hill, 3 November 1995

Orchard Theatre, Dartford
3rd November 1995

First Act
01 announcements- Harry Hill (offstage)
02 Steve Bowditch

Second Act
01 Elvis soundtrack*
02 Please welcome...
03 the audience leaving - name the song

*soundtrack to a film shown on stage

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard, Steve Swallow, 3rd March 1995

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Friday, 3rd March 1995

Only 45 minutes worth

01 announcements (CB)
02 Real Life Hits
03 Strange Arrangement
04 announcements (SS)
05 Ups and Downs
06 announcements (CB)
07 Sex with Birds
08 announcements (AS)
09 Mr Misterioso (incomplete)

The set also included "Wrong Key Donkey" but I had run out of tape by then

Support act was Ivor Cutler

Ivor Cutler, 3rd March 1995

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Friday, 3rd March 1995

Support to Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard, Steve Swallow

01 A Stuggy Pren
02 The Other Half
03 a military poem
04 Her Body
05 Squashing Hard
06 One Peck Equals Two Gallons
07 Five or Seven
08 Along Fine
09 Lemonade (song)
10 Jackfish (song)
11 Turn to the Right (song)
12 Between Two Walls (song)
13 Hold the Barrel Steady (song)
14 announcements
15 A Steady Job
16 Jabber
17 The Cake of Life
18 A Perpendicular Attitude
19 The Indian Conquest
20 80 Metre Race
21 Lucky Servants
22 Laughing Poker
23 Her Heart
24 Preventive Medicine
25 I Built a House (song)
26 A Ball in a Barrel (song)
27 One of the Best (song)
28 Flies (song)
29 My Next Album (song)
30 Questionnaire (song)
31 A Cowpuncher and a Bird (song)
RE_UPPED 17/05/2016

Monday, January 26, 2009

Tarika, 17 December 1994

Royal Festival Hall, London
17 December 1994
Support act to Zap Mama - see separate post

01 Vavaka
02 announcements
03 Sadify
04 announcements
05 Taraina
06 announcements
07 Bibiango
08 announcements
09 Ankoay
10 announcement
11 Ondai?
12 announcements
13 Enji?
14 announcements - credits
15 Salam 'Iereo

I cannot trace the songs comprising tracks tracks 11 and 13 on any of Tarika's recordings. I have titled them according to what I think is being said, but no doubt I am wrong. The remaining songs are from the albums Bibiango and Son Egal. The songs here are about a semitone flat in comparison with album versions. It is possible that I copied them from the tape at the wrong speed. But I played this tape back at the same speed as the Zap Mama session (on the other side of the same tape) and other recordings made at the same time on the same recorder and they all seem OK when they are compared to CDs of the same songs.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Zap Mama, 17 December 1994

Zap Mama
Royal Festival Hall, London
17 December 1994

Only 45 minutes-worth

01 Fi Dunia
02 Citoyen 120
03 Plekete
04 The Mama of the Mamas
05 Furahi
06 Mr Brown (incomplete)
07 India
08 I Shall Be Released (incomplete)

The set also included Babanzele, with the audience being asked to participate with the "Zambia, z-z-Zambia.." refrain

Support act was Tarika. I have a recording and this will be posted soon.

Here is a picture from the RFH events diary. It is not included in the .rar files, so save it from here if you want it.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Laurie Anderson, 7 June 1995

Laurie Anderson - The Nerve Bible
Royal Festival Hall, London
7 June 1995

Links re-upped 27 February 2011

Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, 16 November 1994

Royal Festival Hall, London
Wednesday, 16 November 1994
First Set
01 unknown title
02 Shopska Pesen I & II
03 Polegnala e Todora
04 instrumental
05 instrumental with vocal soloist
06 Dva Shopski Dueta
07 Tche Da Ti Kupim, Bela Seitsa
08 Dyulmano, Dyulbero
Second Set
09 Houbava Milka
10 unknown title
11 La Rosa en Floresa
12 A Senora Novia
13 Moma Houbava
14 Lazarski Bouenets
15 Pilentze Pee
possibly something missing here
16 Stani Mi, Maytcho (incomplete)
17 Somewhere over the Rainbow
18 Ghiore Dos
This is the first concert I ever bootlegged. Fearful of discovery, I kept the microphone concealed under my shirt, which will explain some of the scraping noises you hear. The recorder did not have auto-reverse and I did not think I would be able to change tapes unnoticed, so I did not carry a spare tape. I hit the pause button in a couple of places during the second set to be sure of having enough tape left for the encores. But in the event, I was overly cautious. As things turned out, some songs were needlessly omitted from the recording and I was left with plenty of blank tape to spare.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Fast'n'Bulbous, 16 November 2006

Pizza on the Park, London
16 November 2006
Gary Lucas - guitar, Rob Henke - trumpet, Phillip Johnston - alto sax and arrangements, Joe Fiedler - trombone, Dave "the old man of the mountains" Sewelson - beard & baritone sax, Richard Dworkin - drums, Jesse Krakow - mascara and bass guitar

First Set
01 announcements and band credits
02 Pachuco Cadaver
03 announcements - PJ
04 Abba Zaba
05 announcements - PJ, GL
06 poem 'Untitled' - GL
07 announcements
08 When I See Mommy I Feel Like a Mummy
09 announcements
10 A Carrot is as Close as a Rabbit Gets to a Diamond
11 announcements
12 Sugar'n'Spikes
13 announcements
14 Click Clack/Ice Cream for Crow
15 story of "Evening Bell" (10 seconds lost where tape reverses)
16 Evening Bell
17 announcements
18 Dali's Car
19 announcements
20 Suction Prints

Second Set
01 announcements
02 When Big Joan Sets Up
03 When It Blows It Stacks
04 announcements
05 Hollow Smoke
06 announcements
07 Veteran's Day Poppy
08 The Blimp (narration - Phillip Johnston)
09 announcements
10 Flavor Bud Living
11 announcements
12 Blabber'n'Smoke
13 You Know You're A Man
14 announcements & band credits
15 Kandy Korn
16 applause - 'more, more' - announcements
17 encore - Tropical Hot Dog Night
18 exchange with Gary Lucas on the way out

First set
Second set
A few pictures, including Quicktime video clip of Tropical Hotdog Night
Personnel and track listing

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Leonard Barras

If you found this blog while searching for Leonard Barras, he will need no introduction from me. If you do not know of him, his obituary in The Guardian will tell you something about the man and his work.
They describe him as "Beachcomber meets Flann O'Brien" and others have compared him to Ivor Cutler and Spike Milligan. I'd say there are also similarities to Peter Tinniswood and N.F. Simpson.

During the 1980s and 1990s, BBC Radio 4 made several broadcasts of Barras reading his own stories. I taped a number of them and here they are. There is the odd bit of intereference but overall I think the quality is fair. At any rate, as far as I know, none of Barras's readings are commercially available at present, so I think they are better than nothing. If anybody out there can add to the collection, please leave a comment or e-mail me direct at the address given in my profile.

Certain Vicissitudes

Very Likely (three episodes) -
Love in a Windy Place
Nothing Like Flute Practice
Third Time and Still Unlucky

Further up the Tyne in a Flummox (four episodes)
Last Night, Ah Yesternight & Not the Food of Love
A Number of Mean Things & The Case of Many Legs
Ambition's Debt & A Sanctified Artefact
A Hanging Matter & Her Voice Was Ever Soft

Even Further up the Tyne in a Flummox (four episodes)
Much Persuasion & Rhubarb, A Conservative View
Find Truth for Yourself & The Turnip in the Night
Worms Have Eaten Them & Quite Unlike A Singing Bird
Laid on with a Trowel & Everything but Vertigo

Eva and Adamson (three of four episodes)
Not Another Oven Glove & Loping through the Slush
All Circumstances are Grey in the Dark & Words without Songs
Lampooned with Love & Nothing To Do with a Hereford Bull
missing episode:
Battle of Bursitis & Achieving the Unintelligible
The recordings I have are a mixture from the first broadcasts and repeats. Somehow, I managed to miss the fourth episode both times.

Quintessentially Flummoxed (four episodes)
Days of Reflection & Relatively Absolute
Suffering is Permanent & Vibrating in the Memory
Only Stars Above You & After Me In Vain
Such Love as Spirits Feel & After the Flood

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UPDATE. Please see post of 3 August 2009 for additional episodes.
UPDATE. Dead links removed. Please see post of 16 June 2015 for links to the complete collection of recordings