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Bootleg Bin: The Fabulous Poodles – Live 1979

“Well, fame at last! Shave my beard and call me normal!” exclaimed Tony de Meur, in 2005 upon learning of the existence of these two radio broadcast recordings of The Fabulous Poodles. The Fabulous Poodles were never what one would classify as “normal.” Coming on full-throttle in those heady days of new wave, they combined

Bootleg Bin: George Harrison – Denver 1974

Popular legend among Beatles fans holds that George Harrison‘s 1974 North American tour was an unmitigated disaster. As the story goes, Harrison came down with a severe case of hepatitis (or, as he called it in some interviews, “hippie-titis”). As a result of the malady, he lost his voice. For many artists, that would have

Bootleg Bin: The Tubes – Remote Control Sessions

Paul Myers‘ excellent book about Todd Rundgren‘s production work will hit the shelves soon (it’s reviewed here). here’s a look at the session tapes for one of the projects discussed in that book. The year was 1979, a mere five years after The Tubes broke onto the scene with their hit, the satirical “White Punks

Bootleg Bin: John Lennon – Dakota Demos

Tomorrow — October 9 2010 — would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday. He died just after he turned 40. Here’s a look at some recordings he made in the last few years before his tragic passing. As the liner notes to the 1996 collection, Free As a Bird: The Dakota Beatle Demos put it,

Bootleg Bin: Priory of Brion – Sheffield ‘99

In the mid- to late-1960s Robert Plant did a stint as lead singer for Band of Joy (no musical relation, sadly and somewhat perversely, to the group of the same name he formed in 2010). That group covered cutting edge US west-coast groups Love, Buffalo Springfield and Moby Grape. Plant then spent the better part

Bootleg Bin: Pastor John Rydgren – Silhouette Segments

There was a brief period — in the late 1960s and early 70s, natch — when mainstream religion tried to get hip. And I don’t mean that in a condescending way, though I myself am a post-dogmatic. Or a “recovering Catholic.” Or a Unitarian; take your pick of labels. But my point is that during

Bootleg Bin: Pinnwheel – Pinnwheel

This endearing collection is of interest primarily to Fountains of Wayne fans, but in a perfect world that would include damn near everybody. Recorded (as best as anyone can determine) in the late 1980s to early 1990s, this set of thirteen songs captures the duo of Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger in their first, abortive

Bootleg Bin: The 101ers feat. Joe Strummer: Cleopatra’s, December 20, 1975

“No Beatles or Rolling Stones in 1977!” Yeah, right. That famously provocative quote has been attributed to The Clash. And while it’s true that mid-70s punk in its various forms was to a large extent something new, there’s a strong argument to be made that The Clash and the Sex Pistols were actually quite traditionally-minded.

Bootleg Bin: John Fogerty – Hoodoo

The year was 1976, not a banner year for mainstream rock music. The charts were populated with the likes of England Dan & John Ford Coley, Firefall and The Eagles; soft-centered mid-tempo artists all. A few groups turned out rock albums of merit (Wings, Ted Nugent, The Tubes) but other than Boston and Frampton Comes

Bootleg Bin: Moby Grape – Monterey Pop Festival, June 17, 1967

In the summer of 2007 I spoke at length with rock impresario Lou Adler, in connection with the 40th anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival. During our talk, I brought up a question he had heard many times before: What ever happened to the film of Moby Grape‘s set? The San Francisco-based Moby Grape was