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The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Winterland Vol. 1 - 3 PDF Print E-mail
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Winterland Vol. 1 Just in time for the 2011 holiday shopping season, Sony Legacy will be releasing a comprehensive CD and LP package of The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s 1968 three night, six show concert event from the Winterland in San Francisco. While I eagerly await this official release, I’ve been listening to the excellent Whoopy Cat soundboard bootlegs from these historic shows.

Winterland Vol. 2 By today’s standards these recordings seem crude and amateurish. But what they represent is the modern rock concert in its infancy, along with three nights of amazing showmanship and guitar playing. The six shows were plagued with technica l difficulties and rushed, out-of-tune performances. But despite all this and even the boredom of playing the “hit” songs, The Jimi Hendrix Experience did not fail to deliver. There is a wealth of information on the web about these concerts and I recommend anyone interested in Jimi Hendrix take time to explore this period of his life.

Winterland Vol. 3 The Whoopy Cat bootlegs were released some time in the 90’s as three individual double CD packages. At the time, they offered the most complete and best sounding recordings from the Winterland shows. Only part of the first show from October 11th is missing due to technical issues. These are my favorite Jimi Hendtix bootlegs and I look forward to hearing the new official release. They’re great concerts and I’ll finally know just how right Whoopy Cat got these.

Song List:


Winterland Vol.1 [Whoopy Cat, WKP 0025/26] (58:42, 7 tracks - 69:53, 8 tracks)



Winterland, San Francisco, First Show, 10 Oct 68

  1. Are You Experienced 6:52
  2. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) 8:22
  3. Red House 15:18
  4. Foxy Lady 6:00
  5. Like A Rolling Stone 9:53
  6. This Is America 5:31
  7. Purple Haze 6:46


Winterland, San Francisco, Second Show, 10 Oct 68

  1. Tax Free 16:34
  2. Lover Man 4:02
  3. Sunshie Of Your Love 7:23
  4. Hear My Train A' Comin' 12:06
  5. Killing Floor 9:47
  6. Hey Joe 7:08
  7. This Is America 7:13
  8. Purple Haze 5:40


Winterland Vol.2 [Whoopy Cat, WKP 0027/28] (67:52, 13 tracks - 72:09, 8 tracks)



Winterland, San Francisco, First Show, 11 Oct 68 (tracks 1-3) Civic Opera House, Chicago, 25 Feb 68 (tracks 4-12)

  1. Are You Experienced 16:36
  2. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) 9:57
  3. Red House 11:01
  4. Sgt Pepper's 1:44
  5. Fire 2:26
  6. The Wind Cries Mary 3:29
  7. Foxy Lady 3:18
  8. I Don't Live Today 3:35
  9. Hey Joe 4:28
  10. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window 3:13
  11. Manic Depression 4:07
  12. Like A Rolling Stone 1:30
  13. Purple Haze 2:28


Winterland, San Francisco, Second Show, 11 Oct 68

  1. Tax Free 22:11
  2. Spanish Castle Magic 10:32
  3. Like A Rolling Stone 12:14
  4. Lover Man 5:34
  5. Hey Joe 5:32
  6. Fire 4:56
  7. Foxy Lady 5:20
  8. Purple Haze 5:50


Winterland Vol.3 [Whoopy Cat, WKP 0029/30] (63:02, 8 tracks - 68:45, 9 tracks)



Winterland, San Francisco, First Show, 12 Oct 68

  1. Fire 5:28
  2. Lover Man 4:49
  3. Like A Rolling Stone 11:59
  4. Foxy Lady 7:23
  5. Jam/Tax Free 19:18
  6. Hey Joe 6:44
  7. Purple Haze 3:41
  8. Wild Thing 3:39


Winterland, San Francisco, Second Show, 12 Oct 68

  1. Foxy Lady 8:25
  2. Manic Depression 7:08
  3. Sunshine Of Your Love 8:50
  4. Little Wing 4:57
  5. Spanish Castel Magic 7:47
  6. Red House 11:35
  7. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) 7:21
  8. This Is America 4:57
  9. Purple Haze 7:45
Last Updated on Saturday, 17 September 2011 18:47




Garden State 78 PDF Print E-mail
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Garden State '78 Back CoverGarden State 78 Front Cover
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In June of 1978, the Rolling Stones released the excellent Some Girls LP which marked a return to a more back-to-basics rock album. Not since Exile On Main Street had the Stones delivered such a raw, stripped down sound. Not long after the Some Girls release, I stumbled upon the exceptional bootleg – Garden State 78. This concert was recorded on June 14th on the third stop of the ’78 tour in the intimate setting of the Capitol Theatre in Passaic NJ, before the Stones hit the big stadiums. Some reviewers of the time considered many of the ’78 shows to be sloppy and short; but this recording captures all of the raw power of Some Girls. The obvious influence of punk music from this time period worked well for the Rolling Stones and the mixture of classic and new songs made this bootleg a wonderful complement to the Some Girls LP. Time has been kind to the Rolling Stones and many fans now consider the ’78 tour to be the band’s finest.

Garden State 78 was released by the infamous Smilin’ Dork Records (SD 3957) on two LPs and is a superb stereo soundboard recording. The high quality black and white jacket matches the look and attitude of Some Girls, which along with its excellent sound, made this a very high quality package for its time. There was another release from this show on Lurch Records called Out On Bail―a reference to Keith Richards’ arrest in 1978. Hot Wacks added the boast, “It’ll blow your socks off for its sound quality.” This was a single LP packaged in a plain white jacket with a paper insert and included a bonus orange vinyl 45. This show was re-released in the digital era numerous times, the most notable release being The Swinging Pig’s aptly named Out On Bail (TSP 064 2).

There were no official live releases from this tour. Maybe their record label knew they couldn’t compete and left it to the bootleggers to document the tour. I highly recommend this bootleg for any fan of the Rolling Stones―if you had only one live recording, this would be the one to own. For music fans that have yet to discover the 1978 era Rolling Stones, this is proof that they are the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band. You will not be disappointed if you manage to find it! I know I listened to this show at least a hundred times! I never left home without it―it fit perfectly on a 90-minute cassette tape.

Let me know what your favorite Rolling Stones bootleg is!

Song list:

  • Let It Rock
  • All Down The Line
  • Honky Tonk Women
  • Star Star
  • When The Whip Comes Down
  • Miss You
  • Imagination
  • Lies
  • Beast of Burden
  • Respectable
  • Far Away Eyes
  • Love In Vain
  • Shattered
  • Sweet Little 16
  • Tumbling Dice
  • Happy
  • Brown Sugar
  • Jumpin' Jack Flash
  • Street Fighting Man
Last Updated on Saturday, 02 April 2011 09:50




Bruce Springsteen: The Promise PDF Print E-mail
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I was excited to hear about the release of The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story.  This is an official release of the much bootlegged demos and leftovers from The Darkness On The Edge Of Town recording sessions. This also contains a complete show from the legendary 1978 Darkness tour. The release date is November 16th - I plan to get the blu-ray version. 

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 November 2010 21:08




Live In The Promised Land PDF Print E-mail
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Live In The Promised Land - FrontLive In The Promised Land - Back

This may have been the first bootleg I ever purchased and was definitely the first Bruce Springsteen  LP I purchased. A friend once told me that to fully appreciate Springsteen, you simply had to hear him live. Well with one listen to this gem, I was hooked on both The Boss and the live experience. Though not perfect, the sound quality on this three LP set was great. The recording was taken from a live FM broadcast at Winterland in San Francisco on December 15, 1978.

In 1989 this three LP Piste Disques release was brought over to the digital age by Great Dane Records on three CDs. It included two additional tracks from the broadcast not found on the LP plus another bonus track from a different show. Later this show was released by the Crystal Cat label from a different source – a tape that was mixed by the Springsteen camp for a later broadcast on KSAN-FM. Included are seven additional tracks from two different 1978 concerts. Also a three CD release, this is the best available recording of this show and probably the best Bruce Springsteen show ever. I finally did buy some official Springsteen LPs, but I still agree with my friend - his concerts run circles around his studio recordings. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 June 2010 18:57




Not Forever, Just For Now PDF Print E-mail
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Uncle Tupelo CD

The first 22 songs on this package were recorded on May 1, 1994 at Mississippi Nights in St. Louis which would be the final live show for Uncle Tupelo. The sound quality of this show is not perfect but what a set of songs.  Any Uncle Tupelo fan should have this recording and if you are new to the band, this would be a good place to start.  This is alt-country at its finest.  When the remastered versions of the band's studio CD's were released, it was reported that an official version of this show would be released.  To date that has not happened, but I understand there is a better version of the show out there - possibly from the original soundboard source tapes.  I'm still trying to locate a copy.

I was disappointed when the band split, but now we have two great bands to carry on - Son Volt and Wilco.


Last Updated on Saturday, 13 November 2010 20:44
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