Thursday, November 22, 2018

Weather Report - 1973-05-__, The Quiet Knight, Chicago,

Hey! Its Thanksgiving weekend, unless you're like me,and don't live in the US. In which case, I hope you're not too cold, or too warm, as the case may be.

Today's share is an interesting Weather Report show from 1973, at a club in Chicago called the Quiet Knight, which hosted a variety of styles: I also have tapes of Bob Marley and Bruce Cockburn playing this club. But since I've yet to share any Weather Report here, I figured this was as good a place as any to start!

The material is heavy on early Weather Report - and there's couple tunes Zawinul wrote for Miles Davis - but it's got a nice, funky groove as it goes on. This was near the end of the run for Miroslav Vitous, too, which makes it interesting in that sense: as I understand it, he didn't like the funk/fusion direction they were going in. Didn't stop him from releasing an album where he's welding a double-neck guitar, tho. He's joined by Zawinul on keys, Eric Gravatt on drums, Dom Um Romao on percussion, and Wayne Shorter on sax.
  1. Intro
  2. Vertical Invador
  3. 125th Street Congress
  4. In A Silent Way
  5. It's About That Time
  6. Unknown Soldier
  7. It's About That Time
  8. Boogie Woogie Waltz

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Dramarama - 10-10-1990, Max's On Broadway, Baltimore, MA (FM)

I'd be lying if I said I was a huge Dramarama fan. But I came across this tape many years ago at the old Infinite Foolishness blog (if you're out there, my guy, leave me a comment!) and was blown away by how red-hot this performance was.

You can practically see Dramarama frontman John Easdale pacing the stage, bantering with the audience ("oh it's great to be here in Baltimore," he drawls, "it really is'), before launching into a high-powered version of "Last Cigarette."

Indeed, if you're unsure about this boot, then try just that track and see how it gets you. For me, it's as good as anything the Faces did live, and when they were on, they were really on. So, I guess, was this lineup of Dramarama.

Oh, and if you're really tempted by this show, Rhino has a one-disc Best Of that you can snag over at Discogs.

  1. Questions
  2. No Regrets
  3. Scenario
  4. In Quiet Rooms
  5. Haven't Got A Clue
  6. 70's TV
  7. Until the Next Time
  8. On the Streets
  9. Wonderamaland
  10. Seven Minutes (Or Less)
  11. Tiny Candles
  12. Lullabye
  13. Would You Like
  14. Ain't It the Truth
  15. Last Cigarette
  16. talk
  17. Some Crazy Dame
  18. I'll Give You Anything