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26 Sep

Elvis Presley – Also Sprach Zarathustra/CC Rider

Dallas Memorial Auditorium 1976
“Dead Cat Bounce” is a financial term for a stock that sees a slight rise in price before its eventual fall into the gutter. I can think of no better way to describe Elvis’ 1976 show in Dallas.

Phish – Possum
Hampton Coliseum 1998
It’s like a roller coaster that won’t let you off for a full ten minutes.

Allman Brothers – One Way Out
Cow Palace San Francisco – 1973
Part of an amazing New Years show. The Allman Brothers were one of the rock bands with two drummers. You can really hear it on this recording.

Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Drugs and Kittens
Middle East Club, Boston – 1997
Now matter how big they got, the Bosstones always played a holiday show at the same small venue in their hometown. The crowd goes what could only be described as “completely apeshit.”

Sly and The Family Stone – Medley
I can’t imagine what drugs were flowing through Sly Stone and his band during this song, but I would guess that they weren’t benzopiapines.

James Brown – Ain’t It Funky Now
Olympia, Paris – 1971
The first time I heard this album I was standing in a store that allowed you to preview an album before buying it. I soon found myself dancing all by myself in the middle of a mall.

The Kinks – Medley

Kelvin Hall, Glasgow – 1967
I’m not going to give away the secret of this medley, but let’s just say that The Kinks sneak in a cover song that completely blew this Glasgow crowd out of their seats.

AC/DC – Whole Lotta Rosie

Atlantic Recording Studios – 1979
A very loud tribute to a very large woman.

Duke Ellington – Diminuendo In Blue And Crescendo In Blue

Newport Jazz Festival – 1956
This performance was greatly responsible for Duke Ellington’s late career revival. Paul Gonsalves turns what was usually a brief solo into an amazing twenty-seven choruses, creating utter pandemonium on stage and off.

Bruce Springsteen – Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)

Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco – 1978
If your frame of reference for Bruce Springsteen is only Born in the USA, you owe it to yourself to listen to this track from the “Darkness On The Edge of Town” tour. The best part comes at the end where Springsteen humbly says “I know a lot of you guys wait out in line to get ticketsand then wait out in line to get for a long time and I just want to let you know I appreciate it.”