This is a great recording by Joe Maloney, of Bad Company on their first headlining tour. Paul Rodgers sounds amazing as do the rest of the band. We get not only a bunch of great Bad Co. songs, we get a Mott the Hoople song, as well as a Free song. A wonderful experience. If you would like to download the whole concert, you may do so right here: https://mega.nz/folder/CpUSiIyL#imzvBhAcJpAKUmgqDAjJyw
Another Mike Millard Master was released today. The JEMS recording group restores these (heretofore unreleased) tapes, often reshelling them or baking them if necessary… in order to extract every drop of clarity and fidelity. They’re doing god’s work. Today they released Elton John Sept 29, 1975 San Diego…. .and it’s incredible. To me it was a reminder of why Elton John is famous in the first place. In the 70’s this guy delivered. In this show he played two sets totaling 32 songs! I play the songs I know, Rocket Man, Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and Someone Saved My Life Tonight (which is incredibly moving), but the whole damn show is incredible. I hope you enjoy it.
This is good. It’s not Led Zeppelin so it’s ok if you’re not interested, but this show (Sept 21, 1983) has some solid playing by a very nervous Jimmy Page. This is the night after the ARMS Concert and it’s the same show, but this night Charles and Diana were there for the Prince’s Trust Rock Gala… so that’s what it was called. This is Jimmy’s return to public performing after the loss of Zep, and Steve Winwood sang for him (Paul Rodgers would fill in when the tour reached the USA). He played 3 songs from Death Wish 2 and Stairway. He plays really well, especially given how shaky he was the night before, although Prelude is better on the 20th (imo). I like it. I hope you do too.
Dreaming is a song of The Firm’s second album, Mean Business. It was written by bassist Tony Franklin, and it stands out on the album for its inventiveness. I like the song.
Tony posted his 4 track demo on YouTube and I am surprised at how complete a demo it is. It’s like listening to Pete Townshend’s demos as far as completeness of vision goes. The song is 90% finished.
I’m impressed that Jimmy Page stayed so true to Tony’s original guitar parts. It shows that The Firm were truly a band, with input from all members having weight and value, and it shows that Jimmy respected Tony’s talent.
I think this version will be my go to for this song.
This is a great short set by Thin Lizzy, opening for Kansas at the LA Forum on August 16, 1978. This is another JEMS release of a previously unreleased Mike Millard master tape. Insane sound quality of a great band on top of the world.
Thin Lizzy was touring in support of their Live and Dangerous album, although there is one song from their next album (at this point unreleased) Black Rose. I hope you enjoy it. You can download the entire Thin Lizzy set right here: https://mega.nz/folder/L99FmZ5S#w3T9pbbULM8OXmjCYwW9AA
The March 16, 1973 Led Zeppelin show is, arguably, the band at their musical peak. Nite Owl has done this show a solid by creating an AMAZING stereo matrix from 4 separate sources, making a great show with ok/good recordings into a great show with a great recording! The upgrade in sound is incredible. You can download this whole show right here: https://mega.nz/folder/mwdCWYSR#zJ08rmkSsLeht34EeAJtgw
Quarantine Bonus Episode – Mike Millard Master Recording
Here’s an amazing sounding Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers show from March 3, 1990, in Costa Mesa, California. It’s another recently released Mike Millard master tape. Incredible sounding. If you would like to download the entire show, here you go: https://mega.nz/folder/GodmUQqB#9JzhlIHA6uGS8eR643eY2g
I’d not played anything from Led Zeppelin’s only Australian tour before, so when dadgad posted his new remaster of the Feb 19, 1972 Adelaide gig, I was all for it. It’s a great show. Fun. Loud. Outdoors.
I play Immigrant Song, the entire acoustic set (Going to California, That’s The Way, Tangerine, Bron-yr-Aur Stomp), and a rollicking Whole Lotta Love with medleys for days. A wonderful time.
1980 was a weird time for The Who. Keith Moon had died, Kenny Jones was the new drummer, they added John Rabbit Bundrick on keys, and they toured without an album to support.
Who Are You was two years old and Face Dances hadn’t been recorded yet, so The Who did a basic ‘Hits’ tour. On this night Pete was playing with a broken hand, but the show must go on, and it did. If you like to hear the whole show, in excellent quality, from Mike Millard’s master tape, you can download it here: https://mega.nz/folder/iwskmCba#NOcQt2LZi7ANE2TGG0oNhw