The Re-Re-Return…

Hello, kiddies.
The chef’s hat is back on my head where it belongs, as are the proverbial whites. It’s been a long time coming, but I am slowly but surely finding my way.
Allow me to explain the current situation: I haven’t gone away necessarily, but as I explained in the last entry, I found a comfort zone on social media, for what it’s worth at any rate. A friendly reminder to all of you who read this, you can certainly follow me on Facebook now. Friend me, and I will most likely friend you back… or you can follow me on my newly launched fan page. It is there that I was fortunate enough to reconnect with most of my old blogging colleagues from back in the day, and I am constantly meeting new like-minded friends on the regular. As a result, I have been rediscovering my precious vinyl collection, and play way more records than I ever thought possible. That in turn prompted me to get back into playing live from deck to deck, thanks to one friend in specific who will get a proper namecheck at the end of this post. My skills are awful rusty, but the experience is so much fun that I can’t resist the urge to do it week after week. That being said, I have finally compiled an extra large batch of 45s for your aural consumption. It was recorded live in one take, with the slight exception of gain issues that were fixed after the fact. Enjoy the session at your leisure or on demand with the player thingie as always.

Changeling-The Doors (Elektra)
You’re The One Pt. 1-Little Sister (Stone Flower)
The Overtime Man-Don Covay (Mercury)
Reach Out Of The Darkness-Friend And Lover (Verve Forecast)
Green Power-The Bagdads (Double Shot)
Dock Of The Bay-The Da Kars (Josie)
Keep On Keepin’ On-The Vibrations (Okeh)
Never had A Love Like Yours-Act 1 (Spring)
Let Me Do My Thing-The People’s Choice (Phil LA Of Soul)
Latin Strut-Joe Bataan (Mericana)
Don’t Lose Your Groove-Lavell Hardy (Rojac)
Night Owl-Howard Tate (Verve)
Sing A Simple Song-Sly & The Family Stone (Epic)
Pass It On Pt. 2-Pieces Of Piece (Twinight/Numero)
Baby Let Me Kiss You-King Floyd (Chimneyville)
Ease Back-The Meters (Josie)
In The Pocket-The Kingpins (Atco)
Hip Hug Her-Booker T & The MGs (Stax)
Right On Right On Right On-Milt Grayson & The Mystery Guests (Peak)
Fair But Uncool-Earth Wind & Fire (Kalimba)
Seeds Of Life-Harlem River Drive (Roulette)
Sneakin’ In The Back-Tom Scott & The LA Express (Ode)
Inner City Blues-Grover Washington Jr. (Kudu)
Cartoon People-Freddie & Henchie (DJM)
Cat’s Got Her Tongue-Joe Tex (Dial)
The Pot’s Hot-Sherlock Holmes Organisation (CRS)
You-Marvin Gaye (Tamla)
Keem O Sabe-The Electric Indian (United Artists)
The Stretch Pt. 1-Detroit Sex Machines (Soul Track)
The Electric Surfboard-Brother Jack McDuff (Blue Note)
Soul Breeze-The Ventures (Liberty)
Give Peace A Chance-Lonnie Liston Smith (Flying Dutchman)
Luv N Haight-Sly & The Family Stone (Epic)
Vacuum Cleaner-Isley Brothers (T Neck)
Get Out Of My Life Woman-Lee Dorsey (Amy)
I Been Watching You-Southside Movement (Wand)
The Burning Spear-Soulful Strings (Cadet)
Respect-Rotary Connection (Cadet Concept)
The Cat Walk-Village Soul Choir (Abbott)
My Love’s A Monster-Clea Bradford (Cadet)
Groove And Move-Jr. Walker & The All Stars (Soul)
Hot Potato Pt. 1-Rinky Dinks (Enjoy)

And now for the closing commentary…

I said I was going to namecheck the one who was responsible for my return, so here goes. She says she likes the education I provide with my records, much like the one I got from the many years of following blogs and such. It is always important to pay it forward as the old saying goes, so it is with that said that I have to say thanks to the one known as Snoopy Mann… yes, she helped me to “find my smile” through playing records, and as such, regain my place on the interwebs. This could be the start of something big, and quite frankly, I hope that will happen sooner than later. You’ll see. The eighth year of Fufu Stew’s existence is now upon us, so watch this space to see what happens. I hope you’ll be glad you did ūüôā
Have fun(k), and now more than ever, please be safe.

Peace and blessings.

A blessing from the Psychedelic Lion…

Hello, kiddies.

I’ll get back to the AntiDivas on the next go round (trust me, I have more), but I just got a nice treat from the fine folks at the most amazing Psychedelic Lion blog which I must highly recommend. (Welcome aboard, y’all, I hope you enjoy your stay…) ūüôā Here’s a nice batch of live performances that are sure to blow your mind, hence,

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Hey Lawdy Mama – Steppenwolf
Sookie Sookie – Steppenwolf
Summertime – Janis Joplin & the Kozmic Blues Band
Poor Elijah-Tribute To Johnson (Medley) – Delaney & Bonnie and Friends
Mojo – Quicksilver Messenger Service
No So Sweet Martha Lorraine – Country Joe & the Fish
Plastic Fantastic Lover – Jefferson Airplane
Wasn’t It Bit Like Now (aka Parallel 23) – The Association
Dancing in the Streets – Mamas & Papas
It’s About Time – H.P. Lovecraft
Savor – Santana
Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix
Black Night – Deep Purple

Please download and enjoy Live Music To Blow your Mind Vol. 2

If you like that one, check out Vol. 1 by clicking here. Thanks, Ronnie. Mad props… Don’t forget to check out the Psychedelic Lion and as always, please show your love. I hope to be back later on this week with another piping hot batch. Have a good week and as always, please be safe.

Peace and blessings.

Greetings from Asbury Park, and a huge round of thanks…

Hello, kiddies.

I must begin by once again thanking all of you for checking out the mammoth Thanksgiving Day post last week, which helped to break lots of statistics records here in the Fufu Stew kitchen. Now that all of the food has been digested, it’s time to press on…

I am once again honoured to have been a part of the Asbury Park 45 Sessions which took place this past Friday. I couldn’t think of a better way to work off those extra calories from the Thanksgiving day binge than nodding my head to the great selection of funk and soul that filled the walls of the World Famous Asbury Lanes. All of the regulars were in attendance, each armed with a box of 45 rpm heat that definitely kept the bowling center warm and toasty. One of the many highlights of the evening was getting to meet the special guest selector Devil Dick. For those of you who keep up with DJ Prestige’s weekly digging exploits, this name should be quite familiar. If not, be sure to drop by and visit his blog.
The second highlight of the evening was being able to pick up a few new pieces from Lou the pusherman, as well as from Larry and Prestige. I learned even more valuable lessons about the ins and outs of crate digging from that exchange. I also learned that it’s not always about how rare or common a 45 is, but how good as was demonstrated when¬†some of the selectors¬†stepped up to the stand as I played a few long time faves from the way back file. Because of that, I will never underestimate myself (or the depth of my 45 collection) ever again.
I must admit that once again the cognac took over (I swear by night’s end those shots of Remy Martin VSOP were getting bigger and bigger) so I don’t have a coherent playlist to share, but here’s most of what I spun for the kids in no particular order:

Soul Theme-King Curtis (Atco)
No Matter What Sign You Are-Diana Ross & The Supremes (Motown)
Tuck’s Theme-Bill Deal & The Rhondels (Heritage)
Here It Is-Dorothy Moore (Malaco)
It’s Your Thing-Dennis Coffey & The Lyman Woodward Trio (Maverick)
Filet De Soul-The Flaming Ember (Hot Wax)
Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On-Edwin Starr (Gordy)
Funky Worm-Ohio Players (Westbound)
I’ve Got Just The Thing-Lou Courtney (Riverside)
Got Myself A Good Man-Gladys Knight & The Pips (Soul)
Do What You Wanna-Ramsey Lewis (Cadet)
My Love’s A Monster-Clea Bradford (Cadet)
Get It (Come And Get It)-Jay Dee Bryant (Enjoy)
Shake And Fingerpop-Jr. Walker & The All Stars (Soul)
Ack A Fool-The Sister & Brothers (Calla)
O Wow-Panic Buttons (Gamble)
Get Into Something Pt. 2-Isley Brothers (T Neck)
Blow Your Mind-Sound Experience (Philly Soulville)

Thanks again and again to everyone (selectors, hosts and patrons alike) who made me feel at home, and an extra large thank you to DJ Prestige for adding me to the lineup at the last minute. I hope I can come¬†back and do it again real soon. I will be sure to upload and post my set this time once it appears on JamNow, so stand by…

As far as the normal state of affairs are concerned, I am still hard at work preparing those funk recipes for December as I spoke on last time. Mark my words, it will be an uplifting experience for one and all. With that said, I’m off to get some breakfast and then get back to work. Have a good week everybody.

Peace and blessings.

Another AntiDivas Special…

Hello kiddies.

I’ve been a little under the weather the past couple of days nursing a brutal bout of sinus headaches, but I do have something very special to share with you. To get you all warmed up for the HeavySoulBrutha’s month long Soul Sistas celebration coming in October, I’ve unearthed¬†another piece of AntiDivas history that is just dying to see the light of reissue.

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One of the best ever live recordings was released in 1978 by Natalie Cole, hot on the heels of her biggest hit single of the day “Our Love”. This is a mix of performances from her 1977-78 US tour, recorded just weeks before she was to give birth to her first child. You would never tell that she was pregnant by listening to the sheer power of her voice backed by an incredible rhythm section as they just tear through the hits from her first four albums, as well as some very deep cover tunes.

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Here’s your chance to get one really hard to find record, so act fast… Again I make a plea to the powers that be to give this one a proper reissue, because I can think of lots of things to do with $400.¬†(UPDATE: Looks like someone found something to do with $400. All gone,kids…)

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Please download and enjoy Natalie… Live! This is a two album set ripped from the original vinyl and enclosed in a .zip file, 125 MB.

I’m sending this one out to the good folks at My Favourite Sound. Once again, their kind words (not to mention the enormous influx of new patrons) are greatly appreciated. I also want to send a shoutout to the good sister Lily Kane. I told you I had a surprise for ya ūüėČ

Once I get back to 100% healthwise, I’ll be hard at work in the kitchen whipping up some new batches of soulful goodness for your aural consumption. In the meantime, be sure to drop by Scholar’s place and pick up on the latest guest post submitted by none other than the mighty Larry Grogan, and while you’re waiting for the Soul Sistas celebration at the HeavySoulBrutha’s spot,¬†check out his latest¬†high quality batch of timeless funk and soul classics.¬†I’m off to get some much needed rest, but I hope to be up to snuff by Sunday. Enjoy your weeekend and as always, be safe.

Peace and blessings.

Fufu Stew On Tour week four (including my recap of the Asbury Park Sessions and other tasty concoctions)

A great big post with lots of colourful images for you today… enjoy.

Hello, kiddies.

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Yes, Leslie, Bill¬†and I¬†are back¬†from what was truly an uplifting experience. The world famous Asbury Lanes played host to me and my meager box of 45s, even the two that skipped (it happened to almost everyone who took the stand). Oh well, that’s what happens when you play live and off the cuff. Trust me, it was… Here’s what I played for the kids:

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Rick James – My Mama/ A & M
Bobby Williams – Soul Party Part 1./ Rew
Alvin Cash – Philly Freeze/ Marvlus
King Curtis – Changes Pt. 2/ ATCO
Soul Searchers – Blow Your Whistle/ Sussex
GT + 4 – Bingo/ Groovy
Johnny Robinson – Funky Feet/ Epic
Isley Brothers – Wild Little Tiger/ Atlantic
Willie Mitchell – That Driving Beat/ Hi
Ace Cannon – Soul For Sale/ Hi
Mod Squad – Charge/ Tangerine
Superlatives РI Don’t Know How/ Westbound
Parliament – The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg/ Revilot
Bobby Byrd – I Know You Got Soul/ King
Dynamic Tints – Rose Marie/ Twinight
Sandpebbles – Forget It/ Calla
Cliff Nobles & Co. – Switch It On/ Phil LA of Soul
Jimmy Castor – D-R-Y/ Smash
Alvin Cash РAlvin’s Bag/ Toddlin Town
Jimmy Smith – Cat in A Tree/ Verve
Jack McDuff – Let My People Go/ Cadet
Joe Zawinul – Soul of A Village/ Vortex

Thanks Pres for understanding my drunken chicken scratch. This is just one reason why I don’t drink like I used to, not to mention the huge head that goes along with it the next morning.
Check out Fufusnax and you can get fresh skip free mp3s of the guilty records…

Let’s recap what happened on this most auspicious occasion. First, I was blessed with finally meeting the faces¬†behind my favourite blogs and their cohorts live and in the flesh at long last. Great human beings all.

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Big Daddy Grogan. Yeah, I believe in hero worship…

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The host with the most, The mighty DJ Prestige, all dapper and shit…

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Former Fufu Stew Medal of Honour recipient DJ Bluewater, but here he’ll be kown as Lou the “Pusherman”.

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Please don’t call the cops, it’s purely for medicinal purposes…

And as far as the rest of the usual suspects, the pleasure was all mine for sure.

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M. Fasis. Yeah, he brought the childhood memories with him. I felt like a kid at christmastime once again.

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Connie T. Empress. All hail! You sure sweetened up the joint with your soulful heaters.

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Jack The Ripper who I’ll affectionately call “The Masked Terror”.

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He wore the “Crimson Mask” before all was said and done, but remember, it only takes three seconds to win a match.

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…and last, but certainly not least, Rhode Island’s number one son, Save 1, whose box was so good that I told him I’m meeting him out in the parking lot and jack him for his 45s. Just joking of course. He sure brought the heat no doubt, as did everyone!

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I must also give it up for the master of ceremonies, radio legend and the Empress’s other half,¬†brother Bob Shannon¬†from WCBS radio in New York. He did his best to keep us all in line… Hey, I had a blast. I know I’ve said it before but it bears repeating when I say that the whole experience was absolutely fantastic. I truly hope to be able to return for the next one which surprisingly enough coincides with my birthday, a day early at any rate. Let’s see how the story unfolds over the next few weeks. Anyway, back to the business at hand.

Yes, I have come correct with another mouthwatering concoction, as if you didn’t guess… Soon the total count will reach FIFTY! Damn, who’d have thought that I’d get this far this fast. When I did the guest mix for Rich the Cratedigger a few weeks back, I had the wherewithal (and the inspiration that has come from so many sources – more on that at the end of the post) to get the third installment of my “Best Of” series prepped and ready for serving. Notice the image below…

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Only three records were harmed when I took this photograph of Bill tossing some old 45s in the air some two¬†months ago (don’t worry, they were either unplayable conditionwise or just bad sounding 45s anyway). The premise is to shake things up a bit here in the kitchen. As I learn and gain valuable practise in creating my many and varied mixes, I had decided that I was going to scrap a couple of the older ones in favour of new and much improved versions. The original ones may make their way to the second helpings page at some point. Speaking of which, I do plan to get that page up and running as early as next Friday or so, I hope. The box is getting pretty full, so I will need to delete some older titles to make room for newer ones. I’ll be sure to let you know when this takes place. Anyway, in scrapping the older titles, I found the need to get some of the better ingredients from said titles and add in some newer and better tasting flavours. The end result being Fufu Stew’s Greasiest Groovies in G. Notice the quick allusion to one of my all time fave funk 45s. I will own a copy one day, and it won’t cost me $75. either, I assure you. Here’s the list of ingredients.

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01 Green Onions-King Curtis (Atco)
02 River Rouge-Dennis Coffey & The Lyman Woodward Trio (Maverick)
03 Let My People Go-Brother Jack McDuff (Cadet)
04 The Rabbit Got The Gun-The JBs (People)
05 Booty Bumpin-Oliver Sain (Abet)
06 Hoochie Koochie Man-Skip Easterling (Instant)
07 Hook It To The Mule Instr. and Vocal-Fred Towles & The Jacksonians (Way Out)
08 Pata Pata-Senor Soul (Double Shot)
09 Scramble-Billy Stewart (Chess)
10 Good Enough For Me-Spider Turner (MGM)
11 Ham Hocks Espanol-Jimmy Castor (Smash)
12 Pay To The Piper-Chairmen Of The Board (Invictus)
13 Girdle Up Instr.-Andre Williams (Checker)
14 Tails Out-Willie Mitchell (Hi)
15 Country John-Allen Toussaint (Reprise)
16 I Want To Dance Dance Dance-Freddie/Henchi & The Soul Setters (Reprise)
17 Green Power-Little Richard (Reprise)
18 Hang Loose-Mandrill (Polydor)
19 Rose Marie-The Dynamic Tints (Twinight)
20 You’re The One-Three Degrees (Roulette)
21 Showtime-Detroit Emeralds (Ric Tic)
22 The Whatchama Call It-The Burning Emotions (Bang)
23 The Dribble-Mar Keys (Stax)
24 Treat Her Right-Roy Head & The Traits (Back Beat)
25 Tizzy-Jon Thomas (Junior)
26 1234-Lucky Peterson Blues Band (Today)

Please download and enjoy Fufu Stew’s Greasiest Groovies in G, an .mp3 file, 70 MB

And now for the closing commentary…

Where do we begin. Oh yeah. First off, I want to welcome Baby Grandpa and My Jazz World to the Fufu family. I was most fortunate to have some interesting conversation with BG last week regarding a couple of the many ultra rare Jazz LPs that you can find not only there but also at MJW. You’ve just gotta go check ’em out. This is just one of the many inspirations that I have been blessed with over the past week or so which proves once again that what I am doing here is very much a worthwile affair for all of us, not to mention the fact that it raises the bar that much higher. It gives me a lot more freedom of choice when it comes to serving these delicious goods to all of you. It only gets better kids.

Next, to all of the folks who worked their collective asses off at the Asbury Park Lanes, from the lovely Mrs. Prestige who held it down at center control, to Amy and Joe who kept us fed and to the team of bartenders who kept us drunk (sorry, I want to give you the proper shoutouts by name, but the Remy Martin took over so my memory was jaded by night’s end). Kudos to all of you for a spectacular job! I want to also give it up for Jason and Courtney at JamNow.com for their hard work on the simulcast and promotion. The archives are now up and ready for streaming so log on and relive a piece of history…

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Good news: Kevin has come out of retirement! Got The Fever is once again up and running with fresh goodies for your aural consumption. Keep on showing your love kids. The party continues to get livelier each and every week.

Stay tuned to Fufu Stew for news on not one but two extra special holiday posts. I am hard at work assembling a stellar cast of characters for what promises to be a real swinging affair. Coming in November-A Fufu Stew Thanksgiving! This post will contain contributions from the following bloggers who you all know so well. Have a look see at who I’ve got on tap:

Rich The Cratedigger
DJ Blueprint
Uchenna of Comb and Razor fame
The mighty Scholar
The Stepfather Of Soul
JA Bartlett, who has the hits that just keep on comin’
Colin Dilnot
Sister Lily Kane, the Soul Psycho
The HeavySoulBrutha
DJ Prestige
Larry Grogan
AND JUST ADDED: CONNIE T. EMPRESS!!!
(that one was pulled off by my beloved Leslie…)

There’s room at the table here for you too. If you want to join in, just drop a comment and I’ll email you with the particulars. Now December is another story, because I held a summit of sorts last night. The coup that I pulled off is going to make this the best christmas I’ve had since 1972. More details on that one later. I’m sure I missed something, but the ol’ body is ready for a bit of breakfast, plus I will spend a bit of quality time with my beloved mother and share the simulcast with her. She’s really more of a lover of the Gospel genre, but after all those years of dealing with my cratedigging obsession, she can truly appreciate all of my hard work and dedication. For that, as well as a host of other reasons, I love her with all of my heart. I’ll see you all next time.

Peace and blessings.

Some of the images you see are from Larry and Prestige’s collections. Needless to say theirs looked better than the ones that we shot. One day I’ll invest in a better camera, but for now… it’s all about the 45s.

A Tribute to Allen Woody, some memories and a show…

Hello, kiddies.

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3 October 1955-26 August 2000 

Today marks the seventh anniversary of the untimely death of undoubtedly one of the greatest bass players of our time, Mr. Allen Woody. I know I said I wouldn’t post much Gov’t Mule here, but I happened across one of Woody’s final performances which to the best of my knowledge has yet to be released commercially. For the benefit of those who have already experienced this wonderful band during their early days, this may be something that your bootleg collection is missing. For those who have never heard this band live, strap yourself in and get set for two hours of sheer power trio fury.

This performance was recorded live at Tradewinds, located in Seabright, New Jersey. The Mule’s third studio album (Life Before Insanity) had just been released, so the tunes in the set from that album are still works in progress. Later performances will show just how good their improvisation skills really are. What makes this band so amazing is their ability to put their stamp on any type of song from just about any genre. I’ve heard them cover everything from Otis Redding to Radiohead, and even Prince. The list of influences is too long to mention, but you haven’t lived until you’ve heard their take on “Pass The Peas”. I’ll never forget it. It was my first time seeing the band. I was in a sweaty hole-in-the wall nightclub in Baltimore back in 1998, totally plastered from too much beer, then when the bartender poured that shot of cinnamon vodka. Game over… It was then that I met Woody, although he probably wished I had never approached him bacause I was three sheets to the wind for sure. I was able to shake the man’s hand and thank him for a wonderful performance. He was quite the gentle soul, despite his rather large frame. Later I heard that Mr. Haynes asked “Who was that guy?” Some six foot something dude with a full head of dreadlocks just acting a total fool (if anyone can help me, I’m still looking for a copy of that show for the record – the venue was Fletchers, I’m not sure of the exact date)… It’s all good though because since that experience, my friend Mike and I followed them from venue to venue, under varying degrees of inebriation. When we saw the band at the Recher Theater here in Maryland, we had no idea that it would be the last time we would see Woody play. Not so surprising,¬†but we saw them again¬†just weeks after Woody’s passing in Washington, DC. I was going to be the bold and brazen individual and make sure that the bass player that they chose (Widespread Panic’s Dave Schools) know that he had some huge shoes to fill. For the duration of their first set, I simply held a sign in the air saying “Woody can hear you…” Suffice it to say he did a fantastic job, considering the so-called pressure I put him under… The following night, we saw them again in Philadelphia, and the sign said “I’ve been ‘Schooled’…” He just smiled and they played yet another tremedous show.

As I slowly digress with my sordid tales of concertgoing, let me lay this heavy setlist on you.

Technically, this performance was recorded live to DAT (as far as I know). The Mule are famous for NOT playing a venue¬†unless the fans can record the show. The taping section is usually small but I’ve seen up to fifty mike stands crammed into this space at once, and I¬†ain’t talking about Radio Shack condenser mikes hooked up to 70s style portable tape recorders either… The sound quality¬†on this one may be¬†a bit bass-heavy for some, but since it is in tribute to Woody, that is considered a good thing.

First Set: 192 kbs mp3, 71 MB
Grinning In Your Face
Mule
Rocking Horse
Thorazine Shuffle
Lay Your Burdens Down
Bad Little Doggie
Blind Man In The Dark
War Pigs / Luke’s Wall

Second Set: 192 kbs mp3, 91 MB
Don’t Step On The Grass, Sam
Temporary Saint
Monkey Hill
I Want You (She’s So Heavy) (Excerpt)
The Obligatory Drum Solo
(Matt Abts is one maniac drummer, but his technique is so effortless. It must be seen to be believed…)
Mountain Jam (bass solo portion and conclusion)
Life Before Insanity
Game Face
World Gone Wild
Creep

Please download and enjoy the show. If they come to a town near you (and they do perform worldwide now), go see ’em. You won’t be sorry. I must also recommend The Deep End Trilogy, the story of Warren and Matt’s quest to play with just about every bass player they know, have heard or just flat out worship. Thank you for your time. Next¬†time¬†I will return to the regularly scheduled programme of super heavy Soul 45s.

Peace and blessings.

P.S. Please give this page a visit as well…