I used to have a Maxell XLII tape of the Talking Heads performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival, but I lost it soon after I graduated from college. Eight years later, I’ve finally found that set on a torrent site. The FM-sourced recording of the show starts off with a trio of songs by the Tom Tom Club before the Heads officially take the stage. Psycho Killer opens the set, as usual, but after that the setlist takes a few unorthodox turns. The Heads play the ultra-rare My Big Hands, a song that should have gotten more attention from the band and their audience.
David Byrne’s voice sounds amazing and strong throughout the set, and the band is tight as hell. Houses In Motion contains a bit of improvisation that isn’t found on the album version. Life During Wartime continues that theme before Take Me To The River closes the show on a high note. I haven’t come across many Talking Heads bootlegs from 1982, so I’m glad to have this one back in my collection.
Bruce Hornsby has always been a huge fan of bluegrass, and he finally got a chance to play with some of his favorite pickers in 1989 at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Hornsby, who was riding the wave of two extremely successful albums, guested on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s May The Circle Be Unbroken. The combo won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album, and Hornsby was asked to headline Telluride. A few years ago a soundboard of Hornsby’s Telluride set leaked, and recently it turned up on the torrent sites again.
The show begins with a stripped down version of The Range playing On The Western Skyline and Not Fade Away. From the fourth song on, guests would join Hornsby for every song. First up were Mark O’Connor and Jerry Douglas, who sat in for a beautiful version of Every Little Kiss. Next up was Bela Fleck, who added banjo to a quartet of songs that included a bluegrass version of Jacob’s Ladder. Towards the end of the show Hornsby is joined by the New Grass Revival for extremely unique takes on The Way It Is, Valley Road and The Mighty Quinn. Earlier this year, Hornsby released a bluegrass album alongside Ricky Skaggs — apparently Bruce can’t get enough of the genre.
Anytime I come across a Warren Zevon soundboard I haven’t seen before, I plan to write about it in Grousing The Aisles. This week I discovered this tasty recording of Zevon playing the Fox in Boulder from 1992. The sound quality of this show is stunning, but the performance is what makes this a must-download.
Warren seems in good spirits as he plays nearly all of the classic songs from his repertoire. Between almost every song Zevon banters with both his band and the audience. Lawyers, Guns & Money has a nice bite to it, and French Tickler shows off Warren’s prowess on the keys. Other highlights include Poor Poor Pitiful Me and of course the fitting Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead. I couldn’t stop thinking “Warren died too young” as I listened to this boot.
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