Most Blogged Bootleg Ever? The Clash at Bonds 1981 Soundboard

I love The Clash, I was lucky to see them perform as a youth and that show made a lasting impression on my musical life’s journey.  Having shared all the Bonds shows on DIME a few years back, I thought I would revisit the best quality recording  of the Bonds run. Not know as their best performance of the series of shows, but many of those recordings were below average audience captures. This is the one I listen to most. Below is info on the Bonds run from WIki.  You can also follow the link to my site to download the lossless FLAC files from the show.
The Clash played a series of 17 concerts at Bond’s International Casino in New York City in May and June 1981 in support of their album Sandinista!. Due to their wide publicity, the concerts became an important moment in the history of the band. Some of the nights were professionally recorded either for CBS records or for FM broadcast. The 9 June performance appears on countless bootleg records and several songs have appeared on From Here to Eternity: Live or other official Clash releases.
The site of the concerts was formerly Bonds department store which had been converted into a large second-floor hall. Promoters kept the name because there was a large Bonds sign on the outside of the building. As The Clash had not yet broken out into mass popularity, eight shows were originally scheduled: May 28, 29, 30, 31 and June 1, 2, 3, and 5, 1981. However, given the venue’s legal capacity limit of 3500, the series was blatantly oversold right from the first night, leading fire marshals for the New York Fire Department to cancel the Saturday, May 30 performance. In response, the band condemned the brazen greed of the promoters while demonstrating unprecedented integrity to each and every ticketholder by doubling the original booking with a total of 17 dates extending through June.
Strict interpretation of the fire laws meant that audiences were relatively small and resulting in a sense of intimacy between the band and the audience. Audience members clambered onto the stage to join in singalongs. New York musicians, including Pearl Harbor, assisted and overseen by Andy Dunkley, provided disc jockey services as the audience entered and gathered.
The concert captures The Clash on the cusp between being a cult band and their short-lived major market penetration. As always with The Clash, ticket prices were set relatively low.
Lossless FLAC files are posted on my website Dubwise Garage Collection
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Bob Marley and The Wailers Beacon Th. New York City 1976

Beacon 1976

Bob Marley and The Wailers Beacon Th. New York City ,NY 1976

Bob Marley and the Wailers performed 2 shows per night on April 30th, and May 1st 1976 AT The Beacon Th. in New York City. Below are tracks and pictures from that historic 2 nights.

The tour began at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, on April 23, 1976, and ended in Manchester, England, on June 27, 1976. On the tour’s second leg Marley performed for the first time in continental Europe and premiered in Germany, Sweden, France and the Netherlands. After the tour Marley performed the Smile Jamaica Concert in his homeland Jamaica, after being shot a couple of days before. The album Live At the Roxy was recorded during this tour, on May 26.

These 4 sets from the Beacon Theater shows.Bob and his band in top form. They contain rare live performances of “Johnny Was” and “Night Shift” on May 1st was first show with the “Get Up, Stand Up”/”War”/”No More Trouble” medley

At the beginning of the tour, for example during the four shows at the Beacon Theater when Marley experimented and changed the setlist much more than later during the tour, a gospel-like medley of two Nyabinghi chants (“Rastaman Chant” and “Lion Of Judah”) and a brief reggae riff (“Keep The Faith”) had been performed at the beginning instead of “Trenchtown Rock”. Since the Nyabinghi chants were very meditative and slow until it segued into the lively reggae riff, it was decided to replace the long medley by the classic and instantly-lively “Trenchtown Rock” to better catch the audience from the beginning, as seen during the Natty Dread Tour in 1975 where “Trenchtown Rock” was the opening song as well

Now all can experience these shows on Bob Marley Concerts.com HERE

Beacon 1976

An example of a setlist here from the first night.

April 30, 1976 – early show

Band lineup

* Bob Marley, vocals, rhythm guitar
* Aston Barrett, bass
* Carlton Barrett, drums
* Donald Kinsey, lead guitar
* Earl “Chinna” Smith, lead guitar
* Tyrone Downie, keyboards
* Alvin Patterson, percussion
* The I-Threes, backing vocals

* Recording Source Soundboard

Setlist

1. “Are You Ready?”
2. “Rastaman Chant” -> “Lion Of Judah” -> “Keep The Faith”
3. “Burnin’ And Lootin'”
4. “Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)”
5. “Rebel Music (3 O’Clock Roadblock)”
6. “Want More”
7. “Roots, Rock, Reggae”
8. “Johnny Was”
9. “Lively Up Yourself”

10. “Night Shift”

11. “Crazy Baldhead”
12. “Positive Vibration”
13. “Rat Race”

14 “War” > “Get Up Stand Up”

Review

* encore break after “Crazy Baldhead”
* rare live performance of “Johnny Was” and “Night Shift”

Listen and Download the complete 4 shows here

Beacon 1976

Beacon 1976