ATTENTION: Previous downloaders, there was a problem with the FLACs themselves in the original fileset which I have subsequently corrected and re-uploaded. PLEASE re-download the set; the new URL is down there.
Tap tap, this thing on?
I haven't disappeared. Good thing too, that is.
You know, while I'm still quite bummed about the cease and desist directive issued by a certain bearded bassist, I realized that there is other music I like, and even better, of another favorite band of the blog, one of the musicians involved is a big fan of the proceedings and thinks I got shafted.
So with that I bring you my favorite, probably, pre-Murmur R.E.M. set - the guys live in Marietta, Georgia in July 1982 shortly before recording Murmur. This is an interesting transitional period for the band, as the songwriting is clearly shifting from the 60s-influenced "That Beat" stylings to the ethereal, un-categorizeable Murmurian structurings. We have "That Beat", probably the best evidence (both in terms of songwriting and catchiness) of their garage band roots, and then we have "Perfect Circle" in its likely debut performance - on a drum machine as Bill Berry's working the keyboards! Other new songs "We Walk", "Pilgrimage" - a song Michael Stipe is still clearly working out the lyrics for, and "West Of The Fields" point strongly to the future.
This is a cool little gig too, in that for an audience recording it really puts you, dear listener, direct into the room right in front of the stage. It's lively, it's got a lot of space, it doesn't sound cavernous or muddy. It's just a really great recording that excels after the mastering treatment I gave it over the past few days. I realize I did some work on this in 2008 and put it on dimeadozen, but that effort was crap (in retrospect) - a simple A/B if you have the 2008 variant will make it clear as day. Many tracks can easily fool even an astute listener into thinking it's a soundboard recording, but it's not.
So anyway, onward. Life after Mediafire begins... now.
2 July 1982
Strand Cabaret, Marietta, GA
2013 analogloyalist master
02 West Of The Fields
03 Shaking Through
06 We Walk
07 Wolves, Lower
08 That Beat
09 Pretty Persuasion
10 Sitting Still
12 Gardening At Night
14 There She Goes Again
16 Radio Free Europe
17 Perfect Circle
19 Moral Kiosk
20 Carnival Of Sorts (Boxcars)
Netkups to the rescue - get the FLAC set here!
Oh... and that fan of the blog I mentioned? None other than P. L. Buck, Esq.
ATTENTION: Previous downloaders, there was a problem with the FLACs themselves in the original fileset which I have subsequently corrected and re-uploaded. PLEASE re-download the set; the new URL for the file set is here (and up there too).