NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND
Years ago while in high school, like so many other “doing nothing/ going nowhere (literally) kids, we used to drive around aimlessly on a Saturday Night, saved from our boredom by the cool music on the car’s tape deck. One of our favorites was Cheap Trick- Live At Budokan, recorded in Japan. What was not to like? The primal screeches not only on the song Surrender, but the forever perfect Fats Domino song Ain’t That A Shame. Throw in the thousands of screaming kids on the scale of early Beatles concerts, and a classic was born. Many years later. I still like to joke in the moronic tone about the true significance of Budokan; “DUDE…..Sha…….Like I just picked up the new Susan Boyle CD………Live At Budokan Dude!!”
There are many great live recordings in all music forms. Let’s run down a few of mine. Please send me yours in the comment section.
Harry Chapin– Greatest Stories Live. He made the album because of people’s nonstop comments that he sounded so much better live. It’s true. I did see him live and it was a real treat.
NPR-Various Artist. Tiny Desk Concert Series. Very eclectic from NPR’s All Songs Considered. Tune in and enjoy; no matter who shows up!
Van Morrison-It’s Too Late To Stop Now. A double live album recorded with The Caledonia Soul Orchestra in tow, from the early 70’s, it is often considered one of the greatest live albums of the Rock Era.
The Airborne Toxic Event. 2010. I discovered this one by accident, as they had the good fortune of being welcomed to record the music and the show from the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Guest includes the Calder String Quartet, a girls school choir, and a high school marching band.
Billy Joel- Songs in the Attic. 1981. One of the cool things about this album released during the height of his popularity was the material was from his very early recorded albums 10 years before. The song Miami 2017 (released in 1976) is eerie, and awesome at the very same time! Throw in the Ballad of Billy The Kid, (a quick note here from a previous post on the song) https://zuludelta45.net/2014/12/19/united-states-a-z-day-five/ and this recording is a lost and found gem!
Any live recordings from the Newport Folk Festival. So much music that I never heard until the day I showed up unaware, only to leave completely amazed. The Avett Brothers, Mavis Staples, The David Wax Museum , Josh Ritter. There are some recordings floating around from NPR, YouTube, and WFUV.
And at the moment, “Dude……I’m living my life; Live At Budokan!”