Thursday, 2 July 2020

Late!: Pocketwatch (Dave Grohl Demo Tape)

Pocketwatch is a cassette album by Dave Grohl, under the pseudonym Late!, released in 1992 on the now defunct indie label Simple Machines as part of their Tool Cassette Series.

In the summer of 1991, Dave Grohl went into WGNS Studios and recorded four songs, playing all the instruments himself. The recording was combined with six songs from a previous Upland Studios session recorded in late 1990. Although both sessions occurred after joining Nirvana, Grohl unobtrusively acknowledged their existence. A tape of the songs, given to Simple Machines co-founder Jenny Toomey by Grohl, immediately became a candidate for the labels Tool Cassette Series. The 1990 sessions emerged as Grohl, then the drummer of Scream, requested his producer friend Barrett Jones to record songs in his home 8-track tape recorder. Upon accepting Simple Machines' request for a demo tape, Grohl decided to hide his identity under the pseudonym Late!, "because I’m an idiot and I thought it would be funny to say to everybody, 'Sorry, we’re Late!’".

I'm not sure of the source for this one as there are a number of bootlegs that feature these tracks. I downloaded them as 320kbps mp3 and dispite the cassette tape heritage the sound is actually very good. I did do a little bit of level adjustment and removed a couple of clicks/imperfections on tracks 01-10. I've also added four alternative versions taken fron various official releases. The download also includes the unedited mp3 files of tracks 01-10.

01 - Pokey The Little Puppy
02 - Petrol CB
03 - Friend Of A Friend
04 - Throwing Needles
05 - Just Another Story About Skeeter Thompson
06 - Color Pictures of A Marigold
07 - Hell's Garden
08 - Winnebago
09 - Bruce
10 - Milk

Bonus Tracks:
11 - Marigold (Demo Version)
12 - Marigold (B-side Version)
13 - Winnebago (B-side Version)
14 - Friend Of A Friend (Album Version)

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Monday, 29 June 2020

Longpigs: Singles, B-Sides & Rarities

Longpigs were a British alternative rock band who rose to fame on the fringe of Britpop in the 1990s, comprising Crispin Hunt (vocals), Richard Hawley (guitar), Simon Stafford (bass guitar) and former Cabaret Voltaire member Dee Boyle (drums) who was replaced by Andy Cook (drums) on their second album. Hailing from Sheffield, the group had success with singles such as "She Said", "On and On", and their well-received debut album The Sun Is Often Out (1996). source

Whenever discusing underrated 90s bands it usually won't belong until someone metions the Longpigs. A friend recommended them to me over a decade ago, up until that point I had never heard of them before which surprised me as they sounded exactly like the kind of band I would have been into during the mid to late 90s (if I wasn't busy listening to Oasis on an almost constant loop that is).
As the years have gone by I've come to like Longpigs more and more but it's putting this mix tape together I've really begun to appreciate what a great collection of songs are in their back catalogue.
It's a real shame that there has been an official "Complete Collection" or singles boxset released in the 20 years since the band split as that would be a must buy for me. In 2013 saw the release of "On And On: The Anthology" by 3 Loop Music but it seems to have been done with no involvement with any member of the band. So I've put this mix tape together of singles, b-sides and rarities. This isn't a definitive collection as there are a few b-sides missing but this is everything I have.

01 - She Said
02 - Take It All
03 - Devoted
04 - Juicy
05 - Jesus Christ
06 - Sweetness
07 - Vagina Song
08 - Whiteness
09 - Far
10 - Blah Blah Blah
11 - Amateur Dramatics
12 - Far (Sheffield Version)
13 - Lost Myself
14 - Floss
15 - The Wonder Drug
16 - When You're Alone
17 - On And On (Radio Mix)
18 - Your Face
19 - Dozen Wicked Words
20 - On And On (Pass The Snake Mix)
21 - She Said (Single Mix)
22 - Flare Is Meteor
23 - Soap Opera Credo
24 - Tendresse
25 - The Frank Sonata
26 - New York
27 - The Frank Sonata (Rae And Christian Remix)
28 - Blue Skies
29 - Headaches
30 - Elvis (BBC Radio 1 Session, 1995)
31 - All Hype (BBC Radio 1 Session, 1995)
32 - Free Toy (BBC Radio Session, 1999)
33 - Gangsters (BBC Radio 1 Session, 1999)
34 - Travel (Live at Glastonbury '97)

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Thursday, 25 June 2020

Jeff Buckley: Rarities From NYC *UPDATED 2020*

"Rarities From NYC" is a collection of unreleased demo recordings and radio sessions from Jeff Buckley. I know very little about the original collection of song contained in a folder entitled "Rarities From NYC" that surfaced sometime around 2005. I can not find a tracklist or even confirm how many tracks were in the original file (I read somewhere there were at least fourteen). A post on the blogspot: "I Am Fuel, You Are Friends" shines a light on some of the tracks.

My collection contains as many of the original tracks as I could find, from multiple sources (I always try and get the highest possible quality/bitrate I can find) plus a few rarities and couple of bonus tracks.

Updated 31/03/16: I've now combined both my original upload and the revisited version to create this new improved collection of tracks. I've removed the studio demo of I Know It's Over as it is now available on the album You & I but I have added three "sketches" which were previously missing. I've also sucessfully removed the glitch from the radio promo version of Last Goodbye.

Update: 09/10/18: I was able to download tracks 01 and 05 from a better source I thought it would be nice to give this one a bit of an update of  new cover art (based heavily on the old one) and updated tags. I also took the opportunity to remove the clicks in "All Flowers In Time". I remastered the track for a Youtube video so I've included that version too.

Update: 25/06/2020: I've now split this collection into two new parts. Part One is the "Rarities From NYC" collection plus two acoustc tracks taken from the 'Idiots Delight' WXPK (K-Rock), NY radio session. Tracks 01 - 09 have been very lightly altered/edited for better sound. Nothing too invasive, in some cases I've just removed clicks (where possible) or adjusting volume levels.  Tracks 10 - 14 are a unaltered, these tracks are as I downloaded them. Track 15 is now in 320kbps quality. Tracks 16 & 17 have been remastered.
Part Two made up of the raw source tracks (01 - 10, 13 &14: these are the same tracks from part one but in their unedited/unaltered form, they are as I downloaded them) and other rarities.

Part One
01 - When The Levee Breaks
02 - I Know We Could Be So Happy Baby (If We Wanted To Be) (Alt. Take)
03 - Forget Her (Alt. Take)
04 - All Flowers In Time (feat. Elizabeth Fraser)
05 - When My Love Comes Down
06 - Sky Blue Skin
07 - You & I (Guitar Version)
08 - Opened Once (Instrumental)
09 - River Of Dope
10 - Moodswing Whiskey
11 - Witches' Rave
12 - Your Flesh Is Nice
13 - Let's Bomb The Moonlight
14 - Peace Offering
15 - Thousand Fold

16 - I Woke Up In A Strange Place (WXRK 'Idiots Delight' Radio Session 17.12.95)
17 - Lover, You Should've Come Over (WXRK 'Idiots Delight' Radio Session 17.12.95)

Part Two: Raw Sources and Other Rarities 

01 - When The Levee Breaks
02 - I Know We Could Be So Happy Baby (If We Wanted To Be) (Alt. Take)
03 - Forget Her (Alt. Take)
04 - All Flowers In Time (feat. Elizabeth Fraser)
05 - When My Love Comes Down
06 - Untitled (Sky Blue Skin)
07 - You & I (Guitar Version)
08 - Opened Once (Instrumental)
09 - River Of Dope
10 - Sky Blue Skin (Demo, September 13, 1996)
11 - All Flowers In Time (feat. Elizabeth Fraser) 2018 Remastered Version
12 - Last Goodbye (WHFS Radio Promo Version 11.06.95) - Glitch Fixed
13 - I Woke Up In A Strange Place (Live on 'Idiots Delight', WXRK Radio 17.12.95)
14 - Lover, You Should've Come Over (Live on 'Idiots Delight', WXRK Radio 17.12.95)
15 - All Flowers In Time (Live at Selina's, Coogee Bay Hotel 01.03.96)
16 - Lilac Wine Ft. Nina Simone (Marco Rigamonti Rai Tunes Remix)
17 - Opened Once (Marco Rigamonti Remix)

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Saturday, 20 June 2020

The Verve: Change My Life (Sessions 92-97)

Change My Life is a collection of radio sessions and live rarities by The Verve.

New and updated for 2020. Now with all new improved sources. This collection mostly is made up of two bootlegs Urban Live (1997) and Acoustic Sessions (1998). Also included are two rare live tracks from couple of compilation albums plus some various mp3 downloads from various sources.

01 - Mover (Simon Fanshaw Show, GLR 12.08.94)
02 - The Rolling People (Simon Fanshaw Show, GLR 12.08.94)
03 - On Your Own (Johnny Walker Show, GLR 07.07.95)
04 - The Drugs Don't Work (Johnny Walker Show, GLR 07.07.95)
05 - Lucky Man (Modern Rock Session, New York 05.10.97)
06 - Sonnet (Modern Rock Session, New York 05.10.97)
07 - Lucky Man (MTV Europe, September '97)
08 - On Your Own (Acoustic) (MTV Europe, September '97)
09 - Bitter Sweet Symphony (The Encore, Hammersmith Palais, 14.08.97)
10 - History (The Encore, Hammersmith Palais, 14.08.97)
11 - Come On (The Encore, Hammersmith Palais, 14.08.97)
12 - She's A Superstar (LA2, 17.12.93)
13 - Already There (LA2, 17.12.93)
14 - South Pacific (Live At Camden Town Hall 23.10.92)
15 - Gravity Grave (Live At Glastonbury '93)
16 - Brake Lights (Peel Session 07.03.92)
17 - Slide Away (Peel Session 07.03.92)
18 - She's A Superstar (Peel Session 07.03.92)
19 - Already There (Peel Session 07.03.92)
20 - Bitter Sweet Symphony (Acoustic, Unknown Session)
21 - See You In The Next One (Have A Good Time) (Acoustic)
22 - Make It Till Monday (Acoustic)
23 - Make It Till Monday (Oxford Road Studios, Manchester '93)
24 - Where The Geese Go (Oxford Road Studios, Manchester '93)
25 - Virtual World (Oxford Road Studios, Manchester '93)

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Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Oasis: Promos & God Knows Vol. III

Promos & God Knows Vol. III is a collection of live tracks, demos and other rarites from Oasis.

Although tracks 08 and 13 have appeared on the blog before these tracks have been sourced from compilation/promo CDs so the quality is higher. "Trip Inside" demo was included on some issues of the 2016 reissue of "Be Here Now" but some versions it was replaced with a shorter, untitled instrumental although the original track remains listed on the back cover. All other tracks come from various singles, promos and compilation albums.

01 - Supersonic (MTV 120 Minutes '94)
02 - Morning Glory (Radio Edit)
03 - Live Forever (Radio Edit)
04 - D'You Know What I Mean? (7" Edit)
05 - All Around The World (Radio Edit)
06 - It's Gettin' Better (Man!!) (Promo Version)
07 - Don't Stop... (Demo)
08 - Songbird (Demo)
09 - Trip Inside (Demo)
10 - Stay Young (Faculty Mix)
11 - Don't Look Back In Anger (MTV Unplugged '96)
12 - Wonderwall (Y100 Sonic Session 26.04.00)
13 - Songbird (Jo Whiley 'Live Lounge' Session 12.02.03)
14 - Don't Look Back In Anger (Live at G-Mex 14.12.97)
15 - Cast No Shadow (Yumi Zouma vs. Oasis)
16 - Wonderwall (Yumi Zouma vs. Oasis)
17 - Don't Look Back In Anger (Yumi Zouma vs. Oasis)
18 - Champagne Supernova (Yumi Zouma vs. Oasis)
19 - I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (No Way Sis)

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Friday, 5 June 2020

Morrissey: B-sides & Rarities Vol. I

A collection of B-sides, demos and other rarities from Morrissey.

Now updated with improved sources for a number of tracks plus some new ones.

01 - Lost
02 - Heir Apparent
03 - The Edges Are No Longer Parallel
04 - This Is Not Your Country
05 - Now I Am A Was
06 - I Can Have Both
07 - Sorrow Will Come In The End
08 - Tomorrow (USA Steve Peck Mix)
09 - Let The Right One Slip In
10 - Happy Lovers At Last United
11 - Lifeguard On Duty
12 - Please Help The Cause Against Loneliness (Demo Version)
13 - Oh Phoney
14 - The Bed Took Fire (Early Version Of 'At Amber')
15 - Let The Right One Slip In (Long Mix)
16 - You Should Have Been Nice To Me
17 - Fantastic Bird
18 - Nobody Loves Us
19 - "Honey, You Know Where To Find Me"
20 - A Song From Under The Floorboards
21 - Interlude (Solo Version Extended Edit)
22 - No One Can Hold A Candle To You
23 - The Slum Mums
24 - Human Being
25 - The Public Image
26 - Mexico
27 - I Am Two People
28 - Interlude (Solo Version Album Edit)
29 - Striptease With A Difference (Studio Outtake)
30 - Born To Hang (Studio Outtake)
31 - Oh Phony (Studio Outtake)
32 - Treat Me Like A Human Being (Demo)
33 - Safe, Warm Lancashire Home (Demo)
34 - Honey, You Know Where To Find Me (Demo)
35 - Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself (Demo)
36 - Irish Blood, English Heart (Demo)
37 - Let Me Kiss You (Demo)
38 - My Life Is A Succession Of People Saying Goodbye (Demo)
39 - Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice (Maida Vale Studios, May '04)
40 - No One Can Hold A Candle To You (Maida Vale Studios, May '04)
41 - Action Is My Middle Name (Janice Long Session 15.06.11)
42 - Something Is Squeezing My Skull (Later... with Jools Holland 08.02.08)
43 - First Of The Gang To Die (Live at the Manchester Arena 22.05.04)
44 - Hidden Track

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The Morrissey album "Swords" contains 18 tracks of B-sides not found here. 

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Morrissey: B-sides & Rarities Vol.II

A collection of B-sides and Rarites from Morrissey. Part one can be found HERE.

01 - Suedehead (Mael Mix)
02 - There Speaks A True Friend
03 - Pashernate Love
04 - You Must Please Remember
05 - I Know Very Well How I Got My Name (Outtake)
06 - There's A Place In Hell For Me And My Friends (Live On KROQ 03.06.91)
07 - My Love Life (Live On KROQ 03.06.91)
08 - Sing Your Life (Live On KROQ 03.06.91)
09 - Cosmic Dancer (Live In Costa Mesa 01.06.91)
10 - Jack The Ripper (Live In Paris 22.12.92)
11 - London (Live In London 26.02.95)
12 - Billy Budd (Live In London 26.02.95)
13 - Spring-Heeled Jim (Live In London 26.02.95)
14 - Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself (Live In London 26.02.95)
15 - We'll Let You Know (Live at the Theatre Royal 26.02.95)
16 - Now My Heart Is Full (Live at the Theatre Royal 26.02.95)
17 - I Want The One I Can't Have (Live At The Royal Albert Hall 17.09.02)
18 - Speedway (Live At The Royal Albert Hall 17.09.02)
19 - Late Night, Maudlin Street (Live At The Royal Albert Hall 17.09.02)
20 - The Boy with the Thorn in His Side (Live In Omaha 11.05.07)
21 - The Last of the Famous International Playboys (Live In NYC 27.10.07)
22 - Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself (Live In Salt Lake City 15.10.07)
23 - Noise Is The Best Revenge (Janice Long BBC Session 17.12.04)
24 - Action Is My Middle Name (Janice Long BBC Session 10.06.11)
25 - People Are The Same Everywhere (Janice Long BBC Session 10.06.11)
26 - The Kid's A Looker (Janice Long BBC Session 10.06.11)
27 - Sweetie Pie (Alternative Version)

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