Sunday, September 12, 2010

Terence Trent D'Arby bootlegs, anyone?

Well, this worked when I did a "bleg" for boots by the even more obscure Winter Hours a few months back, so I can only hope some avid TTD collector will see this post and share his or her booty. (Get it, boot-y?) I'm a collector myself, at least insofar as owning on CD every track he officially released, but finding live stuff from him is exceedingly difficult -- OK, thus far, impossible. I was lucky to see him perform once in the '90s, and he was fantastic. I love all his work but actually like his most popular album, his debut, the least, compared to his sublime subsequent work -- so I would love to find some tapes of shows from later in his career, especially the Vibrator tour which was the one I saw him on. But really anything live would be great to hear. If you're out there, please get in touch, either in comments or by email (my address is under "About Me" in the right-hand column). Thanks a bunch!

Oh, and if anyone has Winter Hours boots, I'm still on the lookout for more of those, too.

More radio special goodness on the way, as well as all kinds of other Rare Stuff! Oh and a very big thanks to the individual who made a generous Paypal contribution a few weeks ago, it is GREATLY appreciated, and rest assured, the money's gonna go toward more music that will likely end up on this blog.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

We Shall Overcome: Bruce Springsteen and the Seeger Sessions - One-Hour Radio Special

Continuing our series of radio specials, here's the hour-long documentary on the making of Bruce Springsteen's 2006 folk homage, We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions. Thanks to for the scans I've borrowed of the packaging -- which, it should be noted, picture the 54-minute version produced for commercial radio; the special archived here is the 59-minute one made available to non-commerical stations, which consists of one track of the entire special, divided into segments with music breaks, followed by two promos for the program. Perhaps I'll substitute a scan of the appropriate cover when I have time. 

I hope Springsteen, Seeger and folk music fans find this both entertaining and informative. It's about time the Boss showed his face around here!

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Friday, September 3, 2010

Dylan: Four One-Hour Radio Documentaries; Hosted by Patti Smith (Episodes 3 & 4)

And now, the exciting conclusion of the Dylan doc series described below (links in comments). Enjoy! (And btw, don't you love how the cd case design matches the red cover of the Dylan compilation itself?)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Dylan: Four One-Hour Radio Documentaries; Hosted by Patti Smith (Episodes 1 & 2)

Welcome back! We're rare, ready, and rarin' to go! Last weekend I acquired several discs of documentaries produced for radio by Sony Music to promote various archival releases, and I'll be posting them here. As the title says, these are hour-long documentaries, and are specifically the 59:00 versions produced for non-commerical radio, as opposed to other versions for commercial stations, which must have been edited further to leave room for ads. 

Starting off, the item I was most excited to get ahold of is this 4-disc collection released to radio in 2007 to promote the compilation simply titled Dylan. The programs are hosted by the great Patti Smith, and feature interviews with the likes of Dylan cohorts Bob Neuwirth, Suze Rotolo, Dave Van Ronk, Roger McGuinn, and others; critics and historians such as Greil Marcus, Bill Flanagan, and Anthony DeCurtis; and musicians including John Hiatt, singer-songwriter Josh Ritter, and Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello. 

These four shows bear some resemblance to podcasts that were made available on iTunes around the time of that release, but those installments were shorter than the documentaries here. Each show covers a different period of Bob's career, as suggested by their individual titles: Blowin' in the Wind, Like a Rolling Stone, Shelter from the Storm, and Oh Mercy.

In this first post, I'm sharing the first two of those parts. Each disc contains one 59-minute special, broken into three segments which are divided by minute-long music breaks, as well as an episode-specific 30-second promo and another promo for the series as a whole. This latter spot is identical through all four discs, so I've only included it as part of the first disc's download.

These are my first RAR files I've posted here, as opposed to ZIPs, and I hope everyone knows what to do with 'em!  If not, you'll need to web search for a program called RAR Expander. I hope y'all enjoy these, and stay tuned for the next post featuring the other two parts. Following that, we'll offer similar documentaries on Dennis Wilson, Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, and more!

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