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John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - NYE with Blues Brothers (1978) & Hendrix/Band of Gypsies (1969)
January 3, 2022 6:00pm

 

John Hells Live Bootleg Bonanza
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - NYE with Blues Brothers (1978) & Hendrix/Band of Gypsies (1969)
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza
Monday's 6-8PM Pacific
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Another year has come and gone. And what have we to show for it? A few new masks, a few new variants? Some new vocabulary...like "variants". How did you spend this past year? What are you looking forward to in the next year? The midterm elections? Woo hoo! ugh.
Let's step back to two classic New Years Eve shows that deserve your ears.

Starting off is an excellent, albeit too short lived blues band: The Blues Brothers, featuring "Joliet" Jake and Elwood Blues, aka: John Belushi and Dan Ackroid of the Not Read For Primetime Players, from the original cast of Saturday Night Live. I have serious history with this band. My dad bought their debut LP, "Briefcase Full of Blues" when it came out in 1978, and I quickly absconded with it. It is one of the few records that I have literally played to its demise. I replaced it a few years back, but lovingly kept the original. I should frame that in 2022.

It was the Blues Brothers that started my on my love affair with cover tunes, and digging for the originals. This show is from December 31, 1978 at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, opening for the Grateful Dead at the closing of Winterland. It was a legendary night all around. This recording is an excellent Betty Board, recorded by Betty Cantor-Jackson. It is so much fun. Research this band to get to know more about how they came to be.

Lineage: Master SBD Reel > Beta tape > Beta VCR > PCM

The headliner tonight is the one and only Jimi Hendrix with the Band of Gypsies, recorded live December 31, 1969 at the fabled Fillmore East, in New York City. This is the second set from that night, and you can now find this officially released, and you should go grab it. It consists of four sets spread across two nights: December 31st, and January 1st, featuring Hendrix on guitar and vocals, Billy Cox on bass, Buddy Miles on drums and vocals. This is going to take you somewhere you prefer to be.
Lineage: Soundboard

Stick around Monday's 8-10PM Pacific for my weekly music mix, Hell's Kitchen Radio. Lots of new music to share with you every week.

Enjoy and pay it forward.

jh

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - Santa's Boots!
December 20, 2021 6:00pm

 

John Hells Live Bootleg Bonanza
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - Santa's Boots!
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza
Monday's 6-8PM Pacific
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Ok, so I thought I may throw some great live shows from December; there are many great ones from over the years. Instead I have a real treat in store for you. Two hours of live holiday-themed tunes from artists ranging from Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen, Chris Issac, Dave Alvin, Syd Straw, Joni Mitchell and much much more.
All of these are soundboard recordings, but I didn't take the time to normalize them, so go easy on me, will ya? Thanks.

Take a look at the playlist below and tune in Monday 6-8PM PST to enjoy.

Stick around Monday's 8-10PM Pacific for my weekly music mix, Hell's Kitchen Radio. Lots of new music to share with you every week.

Enjoy and pay it forward.

jh

1 .Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Chris Isaak Jay Leno Show 1998

2. Silent Night -> Xmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis -> Silent Night reprise
Tom Waits
Dec. 2 1978
PBS Austin City Limits, Austin TX

3. Winter Wonderland
The Warren Zevon Trio
Warren Zevon, Dan Dugmore, Gurk Morlix
Nov. 20 1990 Kansas City Missouri

4. I'll Be Home For Christmas
Dave Alvin & Rick Solem
Dec 25, 1992
Capital Recording Studios Hollywood CA

5. Jingle Bell Rock
Bruce Springsteen
Dec. 8 2001
Convention Hall, Asbury Park , New Jersey

6. Go Tell It on the Mountain
Christmas Heritage Band
Nov. 24,1998
Maryland Hall Annapolis MD

7. River
Joni Mitchell
Oct. 28 1970
Royal Albert Hall London England
Aircheck Tape (not aired)

8. Christmas Must Be Tonight
Rick Danko
Dec. 8 1987
Dylan's Cafe Washington DC

10.White Christmas
Chris Isaak
Dec. 1998
Christmas Radio Special LA. CA
Chris Isaak, guitars & vocals
Kenny Dale Johnson, drums & vocals
Hershel Yatovitz, guitars & vocals
Rowland Salley, bass & vocal

11. Run Rudolph Run
The Grateful Dead
Dec. 10 1971
Fox Theater St Louis Mo

12. Crystal Ball
13. All I Want For Christmas Is World Peace
Jackson Browne With Bruce Cockburn
Dec. 12 1993
Sony Studios, NYC

14. Blue Christmas
Chris Isaak
Dec. 1998
Christmas Radio Special LA. CA

15. Merry Little Christmas
Shawn Colvin
Dec. 24 1998
KGSR Studios Austin TX

16. Christmas Day
Bruce Springsteen
Dec 8 2001
Convention Hall, Asbury Park , New Jersey

17. Little Road to Bethlehem
18. Mary *
Shawn Colvin
Dec. 24 1998
KGSR Studios Austin TX
* Guest vocals: Patti Griffin

19. Christmas Time is Here
Stone Temple Pilots
Dec. 19 1994
Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, CA

20. Merry Christmas, I Don't Wanna Fight
Joey Ramone
Dec. 11 2000
The Continental NYC NY
Joey's last complete show. Ronnie Spector's back up singers as well as Marky Ramone on drums also Daniel Rey and Andy Shernoff

21. Early On One Christmas Morn
22. Cry of a Tiny Babe
Bruce Cockburn
Dec. 20 1992
Sony Music Studio New York City NY
Columbia Records Radio Hour broadcast, billed as "Christmas with Cockburn
Guests: Roseanne Cash, Rob Wasserman, & Lou Reed

23. A Christmas Song
Ian Anderson
Oct. 10 2002
The Kalamazoo Theater, Kalamazoo, Michigan

24. Christmas Twist
Syd Straw & Los Lobos
Dec. 25 1992
Capital Recording Studios Hollywood CA

25. Happy Christmas (War is Over)
John Hiatt & Los Lobos
Dec. 25 1992
Capital Recording Studios Hollywood CA

26. Angels We Have Heard on High
Christmas Heritage Band
11/24/98
Maryland Hall Annapolis MD

27. Dradle, Dradle
28. Pretty Paper
Chris Isaak
12/00/98
Christmas Radio Special LA. CA

29. Greensleeves
James Taylor, Oakland, CA 1972

30. Love Came Down at Christmas
Shawn Colvin & Patti Griffin
12/24/98
KGSR Studios Austin TX

31. The Christmas Song
Steve Berlin Cesar Rojas
Dec. 25 1992
Capital Recording Studios Hollywood CA

32. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Smashing Pumpkins
Dec. 12 1993
Universal Ampitheater Los Angeles CA

33. Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)
Bruce Springsteen
Dec. 8 2001
Convention Hall, Asbury Park , New Jersey

34. River
Shawn Colvin
Dec. 24 1998
KGSR Studios Austin TX

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - WAND (2018) & FUZZ (2021)
December 13, 2021 6:00pm

 

John Hells Live Bootleg Bonanza
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - WAND (2018) & FUZZ (2021)
Back in about 2008 I stumbled across the Rollo and Grady, which I used to scour for new music to play on my show. They're out of LA and always have some incredible new sounds to explore. On one such search I came across a young garage punk phenom: Ty Segall. This was when he was still living and working in San Francisco, making a name for himself playing as often as possible, anywhere that he could plug in and bash around. I fell in love immediately. I bought everything of his I could find. I still do.
His first full length solo LP came out in 2008, but he had already released a bunch of singles, been on comps and been with the Traditional Fools and Epsilons. In 2012 he created FUZZ with long time collaborators Charles Mootheart (Ty Segall Band, CFM) and Chad Ubovich (Meatbodies, Mikal Cronin). Segall is on Drums in this band. This band rocks my world. Where Ty Segall has evolved from pure garage psych, through psychedelic, to punk and heavy metal, FUZZ is all about heavy metal and acid rock. Honestly it's so hard to pigeonhole, and who would want to do that anyway?

I could go on and on about my serious man-crush I have on Ty, but I'll let the music do the talking.

The first 40 minutes or so is from another great LA-area psych band, WAND. Corey Hansen and gang are well worth your time. This is a great show, albeit a short one from Pickathon, August 4, 2018, since I wanted to make way for FUZZ. Both of these recordings are excellent audience tapes. If you tune in regularly then you know I would never play you a subpar recording, especially an audience recording considering I have thousands of quality soundboards to share.
The FUZZ show is taken from the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles, October 10, 2021. That was just two months ago!!! Take a listen then come to the show Wednesday night at Great American Music Hall. As of Sunday night, tickets are still available.

***UPDATE*** Due to a member (or more than one) of the band having pneumonia, Wednesday night's FUZZ show has been postponed. Dang. I'm very disappointed. Now you MUST tune into my show Monday night to hear what you'll be missing.

Go buy everything you can from Ty Segall and WAND. It's all so delicious.

WAND Lineage: Church Audio CAFS > Church Audio 9100 preamp > iriver H340 (Rockbox 3.14) > Magix Audio & Music Lab Premium (EQ, ReaComp compression, and track splitting) > Trader's Little Helper (24/48 FLACs, FLAC fingerprints)

FUZZ lineage: SP-CMC-4U -> A10 -> Soundforge -> FLAC

Back in 2018 I hosted a two hour special on Ty Segall. You can find it here, and still stream/download it!!!

If you have missed seeing live music as much as I have, then I think you're really going to enjoy my Monday night Live Bootleg Bonanza on Radio Valencia. I have thousands of shows from hundreds of artists and bands, spanning dozens genres. Every Monday is a chance for me to share some treats with you. I hope you enjoy and share the music. MAKE A REQUEST!!!

Have you tried out our iPhone or Android app yet? Get them where you get your phone apps. I love the iPhone app and use it every day.

Stick around Monday's 8-10PM Pacific for my weekly music mix, Hell's Kitchen Radio. Lots of new music to share with you every week.

Enjoy and pay it forward.

jh

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - PJ Harvey (1998) & Beat Farmers (1987)
November 22, 2021 6:00pm

 

John Hells Live Bootleg Bonanza
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - PJ Harvey (1998) & Beat Farmers (1987)
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza
Monday's 6-8PM Pacific

Nothing like leaving your external hard drive full of most of your digitized music in your classroom on the Friday before a week off. That was fun. However, it did make me look on other devices to see what music I missed. Low and behold here's this phenomenal PJ Harvey show at the Avalon in Boston from November 2, 1998, broadcast live on the legendary WBCN-FM that will just knock you off your feet. I forgot how much I do adore Miss Polly Jean Harvey and band. Damn, this show rocks hard.

Lineage: WBCN 104.1 FM live broadcast > Yamaha RX-500U receiver > Naka. BX 125 cassette recorder (dolby off) > Maxell XLII-S 90 minute cassette > Tascam 112 > soundforge (16 bit 44.1 khz wav) > flac 8 (sb's aligned)


Since the PJ Harvey show is 90 minutes long, I needed to throw in something more of a tease than the whole meal. For that there's nothing better than Beat Farmers. Boy oh boy I used to love seeing Country Dick Montana (not to be confused with Handsome Dick Manitoba) when they used to make it up to the Bay Area from San Diego. It's really hard to believe they were a San Diego band. I mean, what does San Diego even sound like? Have they ever had a music scene? You would think I would have a clue about this, but apparently I do not. Somebody please school me on what I've been missing. In the meantime, I have the middle of a great Beat Farmers show from Santa Cruz, at the end of a months-long tour on November 20, 1987 at the Catalyst. I love the comments they make about this being the end of the tour. And the music isn't half bad. HA!

Lineage: Monitor soundboard feed with 2 Crown PZM microphones over stage, 2 Nakamichi cm300 microphones over stage and one other ambient mic. mounted on balcony railing. Live matrix mix > Sony auto-reverse cassette deck > Dolby B encoded Maxell XLII-S master.

If you have missed seeing live music as much as I have, then I think you're really going to enjoy my Monday night Live Bootleg Bonanza on Radio Valencia. I have thousands of shows from hundreds of artists and bands, spanning many genres. Every Monday is a chance for me to share some treats with you. I hope you enjoy and share the music. MAKE A REQUEST!!!

Have you tried out our iPhone or Android app yet? Get them where you get your phone apps. I love the iPhone app and use it every day.

Stick around Monday's 8-10PM Pacific for my weekly music mix, Hell's Kitchen Radio. Lots of new music to share with you every week.

Enjoy and pay it forward.

jh
https://hellskitchenradio.blogspot.com


John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - Black Flag (1984) Minutemen (1985) fIREHOSE (1987)
November 15, 2021 6:00pm

 

John Hells Live Bootleg Bonanza
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - Black Flag (1984) Minutemen (1985) fIREHOSE (1987)
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza
Monday's 6-8PM Pacific
https://hellskitchenradio.blogspot.com

I was asked recently which genre of music defined me the best. This is an almost impossible question to answer. We used to play this game during the weekly KFJC meetings, during the new music run-through, where the person who reviewed the record had to tell us what the genre was. The unspoken role was to come up with the most creative genre to describe the music. Let's just say a lot of hyphens were used during these discussions. Considering the audience I was in front of when I was asked this question, I kept it simple: punk. As much as I love funk, soul, jazz, Grateful Dead (yes, they are their own genre, IMHO), prog, psych, Japanese-ambient-psych-noise, Mississippi Records compilations, electro-kraut-Appalachian-new-wave, punk seems to be my default.
Looking at my live music collection I noticed I haven't shared that many punk shows during this slot, so tonight I have three great west coast punk bands squeezed into two hours.

First up, SST champions: Black Flag. There would be no SST without Greg Ginn. He founded the label to put out Black Flag records, and the records of his friend's bands. And good for us! This show is a real treat. It's the Henry Rollins era from April 6, 1984, in his own Washington DC backyard. I love the energy of an east coast punk audience. You will too.

Lineage: Soundboard. unknown (low) gen cassette > wav (track-splits) > flac


The second hour features two Mike Watt bands. First up is the legendary Minutemen from The Stone in San Francisco, March 1, 1985. I often wonder what would have happened to this band, and to D Boon specifically, if he hadn't passed away. So much talent there. This is such a great show. Every song played to its best, in front of a crowd of Minutemen enthusiasts.
Lineage: FOH soundboard > Marantz PMD-430 w/dbx nr, Maxell MA 90

The final show for the night is a short acoustic set from Mike Watt's band fIREHOSE, recorded live at Brandeis University in Boston on March 17, 1987

Lineage: WBRS-FM ìThe Jointî>FM(master)>Onkyo TA-RW344 w\ azimuth correction>.wav>CD>express rip>flac (level 8)

If you miss seeing live music as much as I have, then I think you're really going to enjoy my Monday night Live Bootleg Bonanza on Radio Valencia. I have thousands of shows from hundreds of artists and bands, spanning many genres. Every Monday is a chance for me to share some treats with you. I hope you enjoy and share the music. MAKE A REQUEST!!!

Have you tried out our iPhone or Android app yet? Get them where you get your phone apps. I love the iPhone app and use it every day.

Stick around Monday's 8-10PM Pacific for my weekly music mix, Hell's Kitchen Radio. Lots of new music to share with you every week.

Enjoy and pay it forward.

jh

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John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - Primus July 31, 2010
November 1, 2021 6:00pm

 

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John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - Primus July 31, 2010
It seems like yesterday I was seeing Primus at some local dive around the Bay Area. They were the local band my friends and I would go see on a regular basis, along with Limbomaniaca, Fungo Mungo, Bug, Deli Creeps, Mr. Bungle, The Melvins, and any other off-color group that were hanging around SF back in the late 80s and early 90s.
When they opened for Rush we all knew they were headed great places. And look at them now! I'll admit I stopped seeing them regularly after that. I was harder to get in to the smaller venues once they hit the big time. And I wasn't really into seeing them at a larger place. I think the largest place I ever saw them was The Warfield and perhaps the greek Theater in Berkeley.

But what a show they put on! The crowd was always loud and into singing along. Those are some fond memories. And I'm happy for where this band has gone, and the many projects Les Claypool has taken on.

Tonight I have an excellent digital soundboard to share with you all, from Bridgeport, Connecticut, July 31, 2010. Most of the songs are from their first few records, which I love.

Tune in and hear me tell the tale of being present when they recorded "Suck On This" in 1988. Fun story, and my 4 year old son is a part of it.

Lineage: SBD : DAT (master) @ 16 bit / 48 kHz
*** from the Teddy Ballgame Archive ***

If you miss seeing live music as much as I have, then I think you're really going to enjoy my Monday night Live Bootleg Bonanza on Radio Valencia. I have thousands of shows from hundreds of artists and bands, spanning many genres. Every Monday is a chance for me to share some treats with you. I hope you enjoy and share the music. MAKE A REQUEST!!!

Have you tried out our iPhone or Android app yet? Get them where you get your phone apps. I love the iPhone app and use it every day.

Stick around Monday's 8-10PM Pacific for my weekly music mix, Hell's Kitchen Radio. Lots of new music to share with you every week.

Enjoy and pay it forward.

jh

Hell's Kitchen Radio with John Hell
Mondays 8-10PM Pacific
Radio Valencia in SF
https://hellskitchenradio.blogspot.com


John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - Johnny Cash (1976) & New Riders of the Purple Sage (1970)
October 18, 2021 6:00pm

 

John Hells Live Bootleg Bonanza
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - Johnny Cash (1976) & New Riders of the Purple Sage (1970)
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza
Monday's 6-8PM Pacific
https://radiovalencia.fm

You can do no wrong with Johnny Cash. He's cool as cool can get, and I think there was a time that he knew it and he liked it. Then I think he grew to a point that he knew it and couldn't care less. That in itself is universally cool. This performance shows him at a point in his life where he is standing on top of the world.

By 1976 Cash was able to afford to take his entire family on tour with him and get them all on the stage. Considering he married into the famous Carter family, it was the least he could do. This show features a few duets with his magnificent bride, June Carter Cash, as well other members of the Carter clan in tow. The quips between songs are enough to get any semi-Cash fan onto the bus.

October 2, 1976 - Jamboree USA, Capitol Music Hall - Wheeling, West Virginia
Lineage: Soundboard->Reel Tapes->1-track CD-R's-> WAV -> track split (WavePad) -> FLAC level 8



Jerry Garcia learned how to play the pedal steel guitar in 1969, so he needed a band that he could showcase this talent. Enter the New Riders of the Purple Sage, featuring three buddies of Jerry's: David Nelson, John "Marmaduke" Dawson, and Dave Torbert. Mickey Hart and Phil Lesh were in the first incarnation of this band. Former Jefferson Airplane/Starship drummer Spencer Dryden taken over on the skins after Hart left.


This band preceded bands like Poco, The Eagle, The Doobie Brothers, and we a hell of a lot more loose and fun. This is barroom drinking in Bakersfield country. This is taking your lady (or fella) out on a Saturday night to drink and dance. And you get to hear Jerry Garcia on pedal steel guitar!
If you miss seeing live music as much as I have, then I think you're really going to enjoy my Monday night Live Bootleg Bonanza on Radio Valencia. I have thousands of shows from hundreds of artists and bands, spanning many genres. Every Monday is a chance for me to share some treats with you. I hope you enjoy and share the music. MAKE A REQUEST!!!

Have you tried out our iPhone or Android app yet? Get them where you get your phone apps. I love the iPhone app and use it every day.

Stick around Monday's 8-10PM Pacific for my weekly music mix, Hell's Kitchen Radio. Lots of new music to share with you every week.

Enjoy and pay it forward.

jh

Hell's Kitchen Radio with John Hell
Mondays 8-10PM Pacific
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John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - Jonathan Richman (1984) & P.E.R.R.O. (1970-1971)
October 11, 2021 6:00pm

 

John Hells Live Bootleg Bonanza
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - Jonathan Richman (1984) & P.E.R.R.O. (1970-1971)

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza
Monday's 6-8PM Pacific
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I'm mighty lucky. I really am. I have this creative outlet I get to play with every week for the past 11 years. And there's just so damn much great music to share! There are times I have sleepless nights considering what I want to play for you. Not really. But I do care.

Let me show you how much I care over the next two hours with these two performances.

First up is a remarkable young man from the Boston, Mass area. He's the geeky love-sick master punk songwriter, Jonathan Richman. And I don't really think plunging him and the Modern Lovers into the Punk genre is very fair. He's steeped in 50s pop, 60s doo-wop, along with the proto-rock-a-billy here and there. Heck, I'd let him sing to my toddler ("I'm a little dinosaur"). This kid's good. I've got a tasty show from July 1, 1984, live in Helsinki, Finland!!! This is a great show. The banter between songs is so much fun. You can tell JR is a fun cat to hang around.
LINEAGE: FM - Cassette (unknown gen.) - Audacity

Next up is something truly from deep in the vault, and a collection that many audiophiles, such as myself, have been praying would be released officially someday in complete form. Until then, you'll just have to enjoy this treat.

Between 1970 and 1971 at Wally Heider's studio in San Francisco, it was a who's-who of Bay Area music


royalty. During this particular time David Crosby (The Byrds, CSN) had moved up to the Bay Area to be closer to this music, and practically moved into Wally Heider's to record his first solo album "If I Could Only Remember My Name". Many local musical dignitaries ended up on that album, who were collectively known as Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra, or P.E.R.R.O.
P.E.R.R.O. consisted of, but were not limited to the following: David Crosby~Jerry Garcia~Phil Lesh~Paul Kantner~Jorma Kaukonen~Jack Casady~Mickey Hart~Billy Kreutzmann~Grace Slick~David Freiberg~Graham Nash~others


There are hundred of hours of tapes from these sessions recorded by the amazing producer/engineer Steven Bancard. For more information on these sessions I urge you to check out the amazing Grateful Dead podcast, Deadcast, which features many great interviews with living PERRO members, including David Crosby. One particular episode right here is worth your time.
If you miss seeing live music as much as I have, then I think you're really going to enjoy my Monday night Live Bootleg Bonanza on Radio Valencia. I have thousands of shows from hundreds of artists and bands, spanning many genres. Every Monday is a chance for me to share some treats with you. I hope you enjoy and share the music. MAKE A REQUEST!!!

Have you tried out our iPhone or Android app yet? Get them where you get your phone apps. I love the iPhone app and use it every day.

Stick around Monday's 8-10PM Pacific for my weekly music mix, Hell's Kitchen Radio. Lots of new music to share with you every week.

Enjoy and pay it forward.

jh

Hell's Kitchen Radio with John Hell
https://hellskitchenradio.blogspot.com
Mondays 8-10PM Pacific
Radio Valencia in SF

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - Prince (1983) & Stevie Ray Vaughn (1984)
September 27, 2021 6:00pm

 

John Hells Live Bootleg Bonanza
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - Prince (1983) & Stevie Ray Vaughn (1984)
It's Monday and the boots just keep on comin'. Let's get dirty nasty funky with Prince and the Revolution from their very first show under that name, August 3, 1983 at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This show features a lot of firsts for Prince and the band, and will lead them to stardom within a year, following the release of Purple Rain. This recording is a newly sourced soundboard recording from this legendary concert.
Lineage: Raw wav -> Mastering studio tools -> dbpoweramp -> foobar2000


The second hour features another phenom right on the cusp of stardom: Stevie Ray Vaughn. Shortly after this show, November 28, 1984 at UC Davis, SRV would only be playing large venues. Listen to how intimate is playing is in front of this smaller crowd. It's beyond imagining.
Lineage: Excellent Soundboard - Silver > EAC > Wav> Flac (level 8)

If you miss seeing live music as much as I have, then I think you're really going to enjoy my Monday night Live Bootleg Bonanza on Radio Valencia. I have thousands of shows from hundreds of artists and bands, spanning many genres. Every Monday is a chance for me to share some treats with you. I hope you enjoy and share the music. MAKE A REQUEST!!!

Have you tried out our iPhone or Android app yet? Get them where you get your phone apps. I love the iPhone app and use it every day.

Stick around Monday's 8-10PM Pacific for my weekly music mix, Hell's Kitchen Radio. Lots of new music to share with you every week.

Enjoy and pay it forward.

Check out my radio blog page: https://hellskitchenradio.blogspot.com Playlists and links to enjoy.

jh

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Mondays 8-10PM Pacific
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John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - Joni Mitchell (1969) & Simon and Garfunkel (1968)
September 20, 2021 6:00pm

 

John Hells Live Bootleg Bonanza
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - Joni Mitchell (1969) & Simon and Garfunkel (1968)
Monday's are a time I really look forward to. I get to dive into my bootleg library and choose something special I think you'll enjoy. I recently had a listener chime in asking what folk I have. I have a ton of folk, by a bunch of great artists. Tonight I have two shows from two artists at the peak of their folk prowess.
First up, Joni Mitchell live at the Mississippi River Festival, Southern Illinois University, July 7, 1969. This is shortly after her award winning, and gold certified album "Clouds" was released. She in fine form here with her songs and banter.

There is some scratchy vinyl sounds on this boot, but well worth sharing with you.

LINEAGE: Boot LP -> Sound Forge 6.0 at 24 bit 96Khz -> click and crackle remover plus lite NR scrubbing ->Bit conversion to 16 bit ->Resampling to 44100hz (Noise shaping was applied to this and the previous process) ->Track Splitup ->FLAC via Flac Frontend Level 6, sectors aligned and verified>WAV>Cool Edit Pro v1.2>FLAC 6

The headliner tonight is the one and only Simon and Garfunkel, live at the Hollywood Bowl, August 23, 1968. This is everything you know it's supposed to be. A stellar soundboard, and performance from a duo that was hard to beat at this point in their career. Performed a few short months following the release of "Bookends", this show is considered one of the finest in a magnificent career. And the recording is incredible.
Lineage: SBD > unknown > CDR > act > FLAC

As usual, following the Monday night show, I will post the link at the top of this page for you to download this show and keep it.

If you miss seeing live music as much as I have, then I think you're really going to enjoy my Monday night Live Bootleg Bonanza on Radio Valencia. I have thousands of shows from hundreds of artists and bands, spanning many genres. Every Monday is a chance for me to share some treats with you. I hope you enjoy and share the music. MAKE A REQUEST!!!

Have you tried out our iPhone or Android app yet? Get them where you get your phone apps. I love the iPhone app and use it every day.

Stick around Monday's 8-10PM Pacific for my weekly music mix, Hell's Kitchen Radio. Lots of new music to share with you every week.

Enjoy and pay it forward.

jh

Hell's Kitchen Radio with John Hell
Mondays 8-10PM Pacific
Radio Valencia in SF

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John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - Miles Davis (1970) & Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1972)
September 13, 2021 6:00pm

 

John Hells Live Bootleg Bonanza
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - Miles Davis (1970) & Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1972)
Another Monday, another opportunity for me to share some live delights with all of you. This wasn't an easy one. I've been asking for requests and a fellow asked for some Miles Davis, but wants me to surprise him. That's just too much responsibility!!!! I have over 100 shows of Miles from 1946 all the way up to his final year performing, and each show is either a radio broadcast or soundboard. This is too much for one person to decide. So I chose to go the Bitches Brew era.

I've got one of his hottest shows from 1970. He did a run of shows at both the Fillmore East in NYC, and the Fillmore West in SF (opening for the Grateful Dead during the SF run!!!). I can only imagine what those hippies thought sitting there, stoned out of their heads waiting for the psychedelic headliner to come on, and here's Miles as bad ass as always, blowing their minds! Damn! I know the Dead were really inspired by his performances during the April 1970 run at Fillmore West.

Enjoy this treat from March 6, 1970. The Davis Sextet opened for Neil Young and Crazy Horse and The Steve Miller Blues Band for two nights at the Fillmore East, March 6-7 (Friday-Saturday). There were two shows each night. Columbia recorded both nights, but this show remains unissued. This two-night gig is Wayne Shorter's last as a member of the Sextet. (He did remain with Davis for a studio date on March 17.)

For the record, Miles could not stand Steve Miller. He did enjoy and respect Jerry Garcia however. Read his autobiography "Miles", for all the juicy details.

Lineage: SBD > ? > Trade CDR > AIFF > FLAC

For the second show tonight, not a request, but something I thought with compliment the Miles Davis set. I've got a man too many called a carny, considering his ability to play multiple woodwinds and brass instruments at once. And he was blind to top it off! I'm talking about Rahsaan Roland Kirk. This show from March 3, 1972 comes to us from a performance in Hamburg, Germany, and may be an audience in a radio studio; I'm not certain. This is the second set only, as the first set appears to be unavailable. But what a set! Kirk aims to please. He shows you the theme and then throws it out the window until the end.
Lineage: EAC > Audacity (normalization - Noises cutting) > TLH (SBE - Flac 8)

As usual, following the Monday night show, I will post the link at the top of this page for you to download this show and keep it.

If you miss seeing live music as much as I have, then I think you're really going to enjoy my Monday night Live Bootleg Bonanza on Radio Valencia. I have thousands of shows from hundreds of artists and bands, spanning many genres. Every Monday is a chance for me to share some treats with you. I hope you enjoy and share the music. MAKE A REQUEST!!!

Have you tried out our iPhone or Android app yet? Get them where you get your phone apps. I love the iPhone app and use it every day.

Stick around Monday's 8-10PM Pacific for my weekly music mix. Lots of new music to share with you every week.

Enjoy and pay it forward.

jh

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John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - Nick Cave (2009) & Queens Of The Stone Age (2010)
September 6, 2021 6:00pm

 

John Hells Live Bootleg Bonanza
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - Nick Cave (2009) & Queens Of The Stone Age (2010)
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza
Monday's 6-8PM Pacific
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Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it. I asked you all to make requests for bands and shows you wanted me to play on my Monday night Live Bootleg Bonanza show on Radio Valencia. At this point I have enough requests for a months worth of these shows. But please, I beg you, keep those requests coming. It's more fun than me blindly throwing a dart at the board. That's not exactly how I choose what I'm going to play; I'm just looking for you to inspire me.

Tonight is very inspiring.

First up, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, live at the Oxegen Festival, Ireland, July 11, 2009. I have seen Nick Cave a handful of times, and each time is better than the last. I saw this tour when it came to San Francisco, and being a collector of live music I can tell you that he must love San Francisco, the setlist for that show was the best and longest of the tour. The show I have for you is the second best show of the tour. HA! Either way, you get a stellar soundboard and an epic performance from a genius singer and songwriter. Sadly this show doesn't have Stagger Lee on it, but you can't have everything. This was originally broadcast on Finnish Radio X3M, October 25th, 2009.
- lineage: FM > standalone burner > CDR > EAC > WAV > Trader's Little Helper > FLAC (8)


There was at least one request so far for Johnny Cash, of which I have many shows. My second show tonight is NOT Johnny Cash. Instead, I have a band that I can see sharing a stage with Nick Cave: Queens of the Stone Age. Like the Cave show, this one is also from a festival in Europe. I take this soundboard from the Pukkelpop Festival, August 21, 2010. The band is in fine form as you will notice. This recording comes from broadcast on 3rd program of Polish Radio. I have no idea what that means. It was in the text file for the show.
-lineage: FM > Technics SA-EH580 > analog cable > PMD-620 > usb > cool edit (+4.44 dB) > wav > tlh > flac
Some of you have asked me about the lineage of the shows I play, not just it being a soundboard. I will add lineage to my posts, moving forward.

As usual, following the Monday night show, I will post the link at the top of this page for you to download this show and keep it.

If you miss seeing live music as much as I have, then I think you're really going to enjoy my Monday night Live Bootleg Bonanza on Radio Valencia. I have thousands of shows from hundreds of artists and bands, spanning many genres. Every Monday is a chance for me to share some treats with you. I hope you enjoy and share the music.

Have you tried out our iPhone or Android app yet? Get them where you get your phone apps. I love the iPhone app and use it every day.

Stick around Monday's 8-10PM Pacific for my weekly music mix. Lots of new music to share with you every week.

Enjoy and pay it forward.

jh

Hell's Kitchen Radio with John Hell
Mondays 8-10PM Pacific
Radio Valencia in SF

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John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - Lee "Scratch" Perry (1998) & The Rolling Stones (1971)
August 30, 2021 6:00pm

 

John Hells Live Bootleg Bonanza
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - Lee "Scratch" Perry (1998) & The Rolling Stones (1971)
I'm not a huge fan of tribute shows, but I guess that's my job, especially when we lose someone (or two) who made a big impact on the scene. Tonight we celebrate the lives of Lee "Scratch" Perry and Charlie Watts.

There would be no roots, no reggae, no dub, no Bob Marley if it were not for Lee "Scratch" Perry. True to form, he pushed the Jamaican music scene way beyond the limits, and took it international. Tonight we start the show with a performance from Perry and the Robotics, July 4, 1998 in Norway. This is a FM broadcast and a soundboard recording. Great stuff here.

The second hour features the band that would not be if it were not for Mr. Charlie Watts: The Rolling Stones. I loved reading Keith Richards' memoir for many reasons, not the least of which was his retelling of their desperate need to have Charlie Watts on the throne, and how expensive he was to hire. Also, the story of Watts telling Mick Jagger he wasn't his drummer, Jagger was Watts' singer, and then punching him in the face. HA! I'm one to believe the Stones stopped being relevant right after "Exile on Main Street" came out. My favorite era was 1971, so the show I have for you, March 13, 1971, from University of Leeds, is a must have! This is an excellent soundboard that should have been officially released...but it wasn't! So I have it for you. This show comes from "Get Yer Leeds Lungs Out" - label: Might Diamonds [MD 2004]
I add a couple of other treats to round out the show.

If you miss seeing live music as much as I have, then I think you're really going to enjoy my Monday night Live Bootleg Bonanza on Radio Valencia. I have thousands of shows from hundreds of artists and bands, spanning many genres. Every Monday is a chance for me to share some treats with you. I hope you enjoy and share the music.

Have you tried out our iPhone or Android app yet? Get them where you get your phone apps. I love the iPhone app and use it every day.

Stick around Monday's 8-10PM Pacific for my weekly music mix, Hell's Kitchen Radio. Lots of new music to share with you every week.

Enjoy.

jh

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-10PM Pacific - YES - October 28, 1978
August 23, 2021 6:00pm

 

John Hells Live Bootleg Bonanza
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-10PM Pacific - YES - October 28, 1978
Prog Rock! You either obsess over it, or can't stand being anywhere near it. Where do you stand? I think I'm somewhere in the middle. Yes is one of those bands that I have gotten lost in over the years, and for good reason. The musicianship is top notch. There would be no Math Rock if it weren't for Yes.

This show I have served up for you tonight, October 28, 1978, is considered one of their all-time best, and for good reason. The lineup of Anderson, Howe, Squire, Wakeman and White are firing on all cylinders, the setlist is a fan favorite, and the venue, Wembley Stadium, is home court for the Tomato tour. Every song is a classic.

If you miss seeing live music as much as I have, then I think you're really going to enjoy my Monday night Live Bootleg Bonanza on Radio Valencia. I have thousands of shows from hundreds of artists and bands, spanning many genres. Every Monday is a chance for me to share some treats with you. I hope you enjoy and share the music.

Have you tried out our iPhone or Android app yet? Get them where you get your phone apps. I love the iPhone app and use it every day.

Stick around Monday's 8-10PM Pacific for my weekly music mix. Lots of new music to share with you every week.

Enjoy.

jh

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-10PM Pacific - Grateful Dead - November 10, 1973 And More!
August 9, 2021 6:00pm

 

John Hells Live Bootleg Bonanza
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-10PM Pacific - Grateful Dead - November 10, 1973 And More!
If you tune in regularly then you know I don't play much Grateful Dead, even though I'm the biggest Dead Head many of you know. Really, I'm a walking encyclopedia. I also hang around some Heads who are much more knowledgable than I. We love to geek out about the band, even going so far as sending one another on scavenger hunts (thanks Room 204 and congrats to Madam Racecar Kayak...if you know, you know). Honestly, I can talk for days about this band.

I think I have strayed from playing them more often on my show because I listen to them so much at home, and there's just so much good music out there that I just have to share with you, week to week. This may change. Maybe I need to convert more of you to the Dead-side.

In the meantime, I do have this lovely two hour window Monday's 6-8PM Pacific to turn you on to my live bootleg library. And when it comes to the Grateful Dead no other band even comes close! I have practically every show they performed, multiple sources for many, and most are soundboards or matrix's (that's a soundboard and audience recording that has been mixed together so you get the sharp sound from the board, mixed with the feel of the crowd. Jubal Seamons has created some of the best matrix sources out there under the name Hunter Seamons.

As for tonight's performance, I have a real treat for you. I'm going to share a 70 minute snippet from November 10, 1973 at Winterland Arena in San Francisco. What sets this show apart is this musical sandwich with band does in the second set: Playin' In The Band > Uncle John's Band > Morning Dew > Uncle John's Band Reprise > Playin' In The Band Reprise. They only performed this sandwich three times, all in 73 and 74, which happens to be my go-to era for them. Following this set I add in a few other treats I hope you will enjoy.
Please share this link with Dead Heads in your circle, as well as fans of quality musicianship. You'll be hard pressed to find any other radio station that takes the risks like Radio Valencia does. We're happy to be here for you.

And if you're in the San Francisco area on Sunday night, August 15th, come on by Make Out Room for our fundraiser. There are bands and DJs, and I'm MCing!!!

Enjoy.

jh

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-10PM Pacific - ZZ Top (RIP Dusty Hill) 1980 & 1983
August 2, 2021 6:00pm

 

John Hells Live Bootleg Bonanza
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-10PM Pacific - ZZ Top (RIP Dusty Hill) 1980 & 1983
ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill passed away last week from an unreleased cause. I always loved the machismoand kick ass sensibilities of ZZ Top. One of the first LPs I ever bought with my own money was "Eliminator" in 1983. And as a young impressionable boy, who could forget those videos? Damn.
It didn't take me long to dive in deeper with this band. Soon after I bought "Eliminator", I found a clean used copy of "Fandango". Hot damn, now we're talking. Side two is still one of my all-time favorite album sides.

I got to see them perform live in August 1992 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, headlining a show that also featured Extreme and Steve Miller Band. Though I wasn't much into the "Afterburner" record, this show was balls-to-the-wall fun. And loud!

Tonight I have two shows from them. First up is May 4, 1980 from Capitol Theater in Passaic, New Jersey. If you like the hits, this is all the hits. And well played.

The second show may not be the entire set, but it's all that circulates. It's from August 20, 1983, Doninghton Monsters of Rock tour, in Derby, England. Considering they were one of many on the bill, this may in fact be the entire set. I close out the show with a few songs from 2008 in France.

RIP Dusty Hill, and thank you for all the funky Texas rock you served up for over 50 years.

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-10PM Pacific - Tedeschi/Trucks - August 30, 2012
July 26, 2021 6:00pm

 

John Hells Live Bootleg Bonanza
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-10PM Pacific - Tedeschi/Trucks - August 30, 2012
I can't recall exactly when I first heard the Allman Brothers Band, but I must have been in a pre-teen. I was hooked from the start. The double lead guitars of Duane and Dicky. The soulful vocals of Gregg. Damn! When Warren Haynes joined the band in 1989, it had a similar feel as the Duane Allman era, and continued through his tenure, especially when drummer Butch Trucks' nephew Derek Trucks joined the band. This wunderkind blew the doors off anything and everything in his path. And he did so with such a calm and soulful demeanor.

Now I'll admit, I have never seen the Allman Brothers perform live, nor any of the off-shoots. But I have dozens of ABB bootlegs, of which I cannot get enough. But tonight I have something really special to share.

Derek and wife Susan Tedeschi have not only married one another, but they have married their bands and fan bases as well for the Tedeschi/Trucks Band. And what a band! Tonight I have August 30, 2012 from Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. A perfect venue for one of the most soulful bands in the land. This is more than a jam band. If you are an ABB fan, or enjoy Delaney and Bonnie, then you are certain to enjoy the Hell out of this show. Susan Tedeschi's voice is to die for. And mixing that with the slide perfection of her husband Derek Trucks, along with pitch perfect backing vocals and one of the best rhythm sections in rock and soul, and you may just have one of the best touring bands in a generation.

I know you're going to dig this.

Enjoy.

jh

Stick around for my weekly music mix: Hell's Kitchen Radio, 8-10pm Pacific. My daughter, Little Lauson Hell will be joining me in our new studio. She's been doing shows with me since she was 7. Now she's almost 17. Where did the time go? What is she listening to now? What lies will she tell about her father? I do not like Foo Fighters, no matter what she tries to claim.

Stick around 8-10PM Pacific for my weekly music mix, Hell's Kitchen Radio.

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John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-10PM Pacific - The Clash (1979) & Blondie (1977)
July 19, 2021 6:00pm

 

John Hells Live Bootleg Bonanza
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-10PM Pacific - The Clash (1979) & Blondie (1977)
I remember being 12 years old in September 1982 when I learned about The Clash from my best friend, Jimmy Mayor's older sister, who was very Orange County punk. I loved everything about her style, especially the music she was listening to. She was listening to Combat Rock and was telling me and Jimmy we really needed to be listening to them too. Trust me when I tell you I took her at her word.
I lived in SoCal for about a coffee break, from early 1981 to late 1982, when I moved to the Bay Area. My time in SoCal was formative where music was concerned. It was the first time that I found myself listening to music that wasn't coming from what my dad or older sisters were listening to. It's the first time I wanted to go by music of my own.

Tonight I feature two great shows from two bands that influenced my young ears. First up, The Clash from January 3, 1979 at the Lyceum in London. This is a stellar soundboard. This show is shortly after "Give 'Em Enough Rope" came out, but they were already playing a few songs that would show up on "London Calling" later in the year.


The second hour features a young Debbie Harry and Blondie from The Old Waldorf in San Francisco, September 21, 1977. This was originally broadcast live on the great KSAN-FM. Much of the reason I am in radio is because of Big Daddy Tom Donohue. I read Harry's memoir, "Face It". She's a fun story teller. It lends a level of "truth" to an already colorful tale. Buy it, you'll like it.
Enjoy.

jh

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-10PM Pacific - John Lee Hooker 1976 & Big Mama Thornton 1970
July 12, 2021 6:00pm

 

John Hells Live Bootleg Bonanza
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-10PM Pacific - John Lee Hooker 1976 & Big Mama Thornton 1970
I was raised on the Blues. My dad had it playing in the garage in our house in Toledo, working on old Chevy's and Oldsmobiles from the 1950s. This was in the 70's mind you, but it was the blues of the 50s and 60s that raised me.

One holiday season my dad was late coming home from work. Turns out he was wishing Happy New Year to the owner of the store down the street from his own, who sold pool tables and jukeboxes. My dad knew he was late, and that my mom was waiting for him so they could head out to a holiday party thrown by who-knows-who? I was young, like five.


The story goes that my dad knew he was late, and he couldn't come home late empty-handed, so he purchased a jukebox, had it loaded up with 50 blues and R&B 45s and brought it home, so my mom wouldn't be as angry as she was absolutely going to be anyway. And yes, she was, thank you for asking.
Anyway, my dad comes home stinking drunk, or so my five year self, and 50 year old memory wants to believe, come stumbling up the driveway, sees my mom standing at the door, hand on hip, glaring at him for being two hours late (you can see that I have no real reason to believe this happened any other way), and my dad looks at her throw beer bottle goggles and proclaims in a beautiful drunken stupor "I bought a big record player" and then hit the floor.

God, how I want this story to be exactly how it has been colored to me over the years.

That jukebox was in our family room in one house, the rumpus room of another. What the hell is a rumpus room? Is that a thing still? Was it a thing, ever? It ended up in my bedroom by the time I was 8. That thing scared the hell out of me when I would see it in the dark of my bedroom. I thought it was the robot of Lost in Space. It looked nothing like it, but I was 8, with a vivid imagination, which I still have, thankfully.

It was the music in that machine that made the biggest impact on my young life. If I were to host a full time daily Blues radio show, that would make my life complete.

Tonight's show is all about the Blues. This first hour features the fire and brimstone of Big Mama Mae Thornton in all her 300 pound glory. This is a great soundboard recorded live in Berkeley, CA in 1970, possibly at the Berkeley Folk Festival at the Greek Theater.
The second hour features what might be my all-time favorite John Lee Hooker show. This is recorded live for WXRT at Wise Fools Club in Chicago, IL.

Here's John Lee Hooker laying down some nasty blues/boogie in front of a very enthusiastic Chicago audience. Hooker and his band are clearly feeding off the energy in the room and turn in a blazing performance in return. It's
obvious from listening that the room is quite small and one can imagine how exciting it must have been watching a blues legend work his magic in such an intimate setting.

Enjoy.

jh

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-10PM Pacific - The Doors July 21, 1969 & Jim Morrison's Final Recordings 1971
July 5, 2021 6:00pm

 

John Hells Live Bootleg Bonanza
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-10PM Pacific - The Doors July 21, 1969 & Jim Morrison's Final Recordings 1971
When I was in my early teens, I heard The Doors for the first time, or at least it's the first time the resonated with me. I'm sure it was "Light My Fire". And regardless of its status as a FM radio hit for the band, that song blazes hot! Robbie Krieger's blistering guitar lines. Ray Manzarek's hypnotic keyboard/bass runs. John Densmore's jazz sylings. And all of this topped with the man who wanted to "take you higher", Jim Morrison.

How couldn't a young, impressionable teen be hooked? I ate up this band. I am certain I owned all of the
Morrison-led Doors LPs within a year, and wore them all out by two. I read "No One Here Gets Out Alive", by Jerry Hopkins and didn't care if half of the stories were rumor and conjecture. I was working at Tower Records in San Mateo, which had a Tower Books next door, when the two volumes of Morrison's poetry were published. Hot damn, I bought those up and devoured them overnight.
I was happily getting stoned, watching the "Live at the Hollywood Bowl" concert film. I actually saw some of it again recently, and surprised myself how I recalled so much the banter between songs. Morrison was such an instigator, wasn't he?

I read John Densmore's book "Riders on the Storm" when it came out, and regardless of how angry he obviously has been over the years, the stories are great.

And to top it all off, I was an extra in The Doors film, by Oliver Stone! That was a trip. No pun intended. The indoor concert scenes were filmed at The Warfield in San Francisco, and the outdoor concert scenes were filmed at the Pulgas Water Temple in San Mateo county. I have a very vivid memory of being pulled to a set that was made to look like the backstage of a concert, where the band was going to come from their limo, head into the theater, and straight onto the stage. I was one of about 20 extras that were supposed to be clamoring for Morrison, played by Val Kilmer, as he drunkenly stumbled onto the stage while holding onto his girlfriend Pamela, played by Meg Ryan. In the film this lasted all of about 10 seconds. It took about six hours to film.
In between takes I would rouse the extras and other stagehands into singing theme
songs from shows like "The Brady Bunch", and "The Jetsons". More than once I caught both Kilmer and Ryan laughing about the goings on. I got to meet them both, as well as Oliver Stone. What a trip.


Both Krieger and Mazarek were at the Warfield shoots. It's Robbie Krieger's hands used in the closeups
during the live shows.

My mother swears she can see me in the concert scenes. I can guarantee you cannot see me in this film. It was a fun though. I think I still have the t-shirt they gave us for being an extra. I did get paid too, and it actually gave me a chance to get my SAG card, which I did not. Hmmmm. Why didn't I do that? Oh yeah, I was a broke radio DJ, who didn't want to try my hand at being a broke actor. That's it.
For tonight's bootleg bonanza, I offer you two, count them two shows. Well, actually one show, and one private recording. The first 70 minutes features a stellar set from the Aquarius Theater in Hollywood, July 21, 1969. Hot damn, this is a great show! WOW! The balance of the show features private recordings of Jim Morrison on March 1969 and June 1971 (weeks before his death), reading his own poetry. There is some organ accompaniment, but not much. It is very well recorded.

I still think of this band as a go-to band. Can you imagine seeing them in a small Hollywood club, or at the Matrix in SF, which sat about 50 people, back in 1966 or 1967? I often still think about that when I listen to them.
Enjoy the hell out of this. I know I still do.

jh

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