MP3: Download Paisley Underground-era Shows from ‘85

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Green On Red and Rain Parade were at the top of their respective games.

By Uncle Blurt

Did someone say “paisley underground”? While some of the movers and shakers of the aforementioned u-ground—generally regarded as operative during the mid ‘80s (although the musicians continue to wield their own influence upon modern times)—chafed at that journalist-coined catchphrase, the fact of the matter is that there was an aesthetic commonality among the likes of the Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade, Long Ryders, True West, Three O’Clock, Green On Red, Bangles, etc. And I dearly loved every one of ‘em, seeing each band a number of times during their heyday.

So it’s quite a blast from the past to unearth not just one but two ace recordings from 1985, one of which yours truly was actually in attendance for. They are available for free download over at the ever-astute archival site The Big O, complete with downloadable artwork. Full tracklisting at the bottom of the page.

Up first: Green On Red – The Brewery, Raleigh NC 9-11-85

It finds Danny Stuart, Chuck Prophet, Chris Cacavas, Alex MacNichol and Jack Waterson firing on all six chambers, er, cylinders, tackling choice tunes from Gas Food Lodging and No Free Lunch along with a handful of covers, among them Neil Young’s “Cortez the Killer.” And if you happen to hear yer ol’ uncle emitting some of his signature whoops—the tape, after all, was originally recorded by moi—pat yourself on your paisley back.

Rain Parade

 

Second: Rain Parade – Big Club, Torino Italy 11-13-85

No, I was not there, but I have long had a copy of the tape, so it’s doubly nice to hear one of my fave Rain Parade shows digitized and suitable for burning to disc. The soundboard recording finds this group in top form as well, and intriguingly the legacy extends to today: the group got back together in 2012. Salute!

Green On Red tracklisting:

      Track 01
. No Free Lunch 2:18 (3.6MB)
      Track 02
. Time Slips Away 3:43 (5.9MB)
      Track 03
. Time Ain’t Nothing 3:35 (5.7MB)
      Track 04
. Sixteen Ways 3:12 (5.1MB)
      Track 05
. That’s What Dreams Are Made For 3:59 (6.3MB)
      Track 06
. Send Me A Postcard 2:36 (4.1MB)
      Track 07
. Hair Of The Dog 2:10 (3.4MB)
      Track 08
. The Drifter 2:04 (3.3MB)
      Track 09
. Down By The River 6:19 (10.1MB)
      Track 10
. Sea Of Cortez 4:00 (6.4MB)
      Track 11
. Burn 3:15 (5.2MB)
      Track 12
. Gravity Talks 2:14 (3.5MB)
      Track 13
. 5 Easy Pieces 2:44 (4.3MB)
      Track 14
. Honest Man 2:17 (3.6MB)
      Track 15
. No Easy Way Out 3:02 (4.8MB)
      Track 16
. Play The Fool 2:17 (3.6MB)
      Track 17
. Fading Away 4:22 (7.0MB)

Rain Parade tracklisting:

      Track 01
. Intro/No Easy Way Down 6:43 (11.3MB)
      Track 02
. It Can’t Be Today 3:57 (6.6MB)
      Track 03
. Ain’t That Nothing 4:18 (7.2MB)
      Track 04
. Invisible People 3:15 (5.5MB)
      Track 05
. Don’t Feel Bad 3:30 (5.9MB)
      Track 06
. You Are My Friend 3:27 (5.8MB)
      Track 07
. Broken Horse 3:47 (6.4MB)
      Track 08
. Mystic Green 3:17 (5.5MB)
      Track 09
. Depending On You 3:38 (6.1MB)
      Track 10
. My Secret Country 3:34 (6.0MB)
      Track 11
. Blue 3:06 (5.2MB)
      Track 12
. Night Shade 2:44 (4.6MB)
      Track 13
. Both Eyes Closed 4:48 (8.1MB)
      Track 14
. Cheap Wine 4:44 (7.9MB)
      Track 15
. Band Intro 0:51 (1.4MB)
      Track 16
. Only Business 2:17 (3.8MB)
      Track 17
. 1-1/2 Hours Ago 4:59 (8.4MB)

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