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Derek Trucks Band

Posted on March 16th, 2015

I'll be uploading a bunch of Derek Trucks Band shows from 2000 and 2001 that I have on CD and don't see on the etree database or on the archive. Check back as I continue to add them.

3-25-00 Wetlands w/ Soulive FLAC
4-11-00 Lawrence, KS w/ Warren Haynes FLAC
5-24-00 Annapolis, MD FLAC
5-27-00 Angels Camp w/ Jimmy Herring & Phil Lesh FLAC mp3
8-6-00 Blakeslee, PA 1st show w/ Javier Colon FLAC
9-8-00 Pittsburgh, PA FLAC
9-10-00 Lyons, CO FLAC
9-16-00 Charlotte FLAC mp3
10-5-00 Athens, GA FLAC
11-1-00 Ithaca, NY FLAC
12-31-00 Charlotte FLAC mp3
Instrumentals compilation FLAC mp3

Talking Heads 5.1 Downmix collection

Posted on March 16th, 2015

All the remastered Talking Heads albums with the 5.1 Surround Sound mixes downmixed. This link has all of the details that went into the mixes

FLAC files located here


Posted on March 10th, 2015

Down with Disease over the years

Posted on December 30th, 2014

Down with Disease, by far the most jam-friendly tune from Hoist, has gone through many different evolutions and styles over its 20 year history. It has gone from a straight ahead rocker to a vehicle for psychedelic exploration to a funk monster to a shredding masterpiece to an open ended number that could be anything at anytime. It has proven to be one of the most versatile songs of Phish's original catalog. It has adapted as Phish has evolved in style and focus and has been a consistent heavy hitter in every era.

From its introduction in 1994 (barring the coda jam post Auld Lang Syne from 12-31-93) it got the standard album treatment in the live show setting and it continued that way in early 1995. The break through came at SPAC on 6/26 as they opened up the song in a gem that segues beautifully into Free. After that venture they didn't delve back into Disease until 12/12 in Providence for a 30+ min monster.

By 1996 Disease had become a more consistent vehicle for exploration with a standout version in Seattle on 11/27. But 1997 was the true tipping point. Highlight versions abound from spring in Europe through the Fall Tour and New Years run. From 1997 on Disease was officially a powerhouse.

From this point on Down with Disease morphed along with the current style and focus of the year in question. In 1997 it got the funk workout, in 1998 it went to a more ambient nature and then took a turn to the groove in the millennial era. The advent of 2.0 brought a renewed energy to many songs and Disease was certainly one of the beneficiaries. In 2003 Disease broke new ground when the wide open approach led to multiple versions that explored a variety of themes within the same jam. In 3.0 Disease has continued to be a consistent performer that every year has produced versions that can find a place in the top 10 of any complete year review.

After going through the years I found 3 distinct high points, 1997, 2003 and 2013. I definitely have a bias towards 1997 as it is one of my favorite years of Phish, but I picked that as the first high water mark because that is the year that Disease became a true improv beast. It proved to be a perfect fit for the cowfunk that developed that year right from the get go in Amsterdam in the spring and continuing through summer and fall. Before 1997 Disease always had the potential to be the highlight of a show but that potential was only realized on occasion.

The next peak year for Disease, imo, is 2003, when the song became truly open and could go anywhere and through multiple themes during the course of one version. Again, right from the start in spring Disease took on new forms and this approach continued throughout the year, leading to some major highlights in a year that was renown for its deep exploration.

In 3.0 Disease has proven reliable once again to deliver highlight worthy jams. I would classify 2013 as another high point in the evolution of Disease. Unlike previous high points this year did not necessarily debut a new style or form for the song, but 2013 in general it could be said did not produce a new signature style that was distinct from previous years. Rather this year just turned in a number of peak performances that will be revisited often.

Before I started this review I thought about how difficult it would be to narrow it down to some sort of Top 10 list. I have decided instead to come up with a list of candidates for a pantheon list of Diseases. The list includes 28 versions that ideally could get whittled down to a top 10 or 15 that could vary from person to person. Enjoy!

All of the pantheon candidates Phish Just Jams tracks available here

Get Steppin' mix

Posted on October 15th, 2014

Download here
FLAC download
Get Steppin' aka Sweet Soul Music Vol 2
Vinyl Rips
October 2014

01 Grant Green - Ease Back - Carryin' On
02 Ike & Tina - I Better Get Ta Steppin - Too Hot To Hold
03 The Itals - Run Baldhead Run - Brutal Out Deh
04 Stevie Wonder - Too High - Innervisions
05 Sharon Jones - Ain't Nobody - 7"
06 Sly & The Family Stone - Can't Strain My Brain - Small Talk
07 Charles Mingus - Work Song - Mingus
08 Horace Andy - Modern Babylon - Pure Rankin
09 Curtis Mayfield - Hard Times - There's No Place Like America Today
10 Big Youth - Wolf In Sheeps Clothing - Natty Cultural Dread
11 The Temptations - I Ain't Got Nothing - All Directions
12 Al Kooper & Shoogie Otis - 12:15 Slow Goonbash Blues - Kooper Session
13 Dr John - Qualified - In The Right Place
14 King Sunny Ade - 365 Is My Number/The Message - Juju Music
15 Ike & Tina - It Sho Ain't Me - Too Hot To Hold
16 Sharon Jones - You'll Be Lonely - Give The People What They Want
17 George Benson - Take Five - In Concert Carnegie Hall
18 Black Uhuru - Darkness - Chill Out
19 Jimi Hendrix - Third Stone From the Sun - Are You Experienced
20 McCoy Tyner - Celestial Chant - Trident
21 Mighty Diamonds - Survival - Reggae Street
22 Seun Kuti - Higher Consciousness - A Long Way To the Beginning
23 Miles Davis - Right Off - Tribute To Jack Johnson
24 Big Mama Thornton - Let's Go Get Stoned - Stronger Than Dirt
25 Sly & The Family Stone - This Is Love - Small Talk

Jazz links in lossless

Posted on October 14th, 2014

Here is a collection of various jazz recordings I've assembled for sharing. Mostly this is a list of John Coltrane and Miles Davis recordings with a few others as well. All are in FLAC format. Grab what you need and enjoy! More will be listed here as I find it.

Living Daylights

Posted on October 13th, 2014

A very kind friend has shared some under circulated Living Daylights with me and I will pass along the goodness. I have lossless and mp3 links for each show to share. If you haven't checked out the Daylights I would highly recommend it.

This is another Daylights show I had loaded up already. I'll see if I can find the lossless and share it if I do

MMW w/ Nels Cline

Posted on April 18th, 2014

MMW shows in Europe with Nels Cline. Hot stuff indeed. Much thanks to The Shack Project

4/3/14 Russelheim, Germany
4/6/14 London, England
4/7/14 Lugano, Switzerland