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Wolfgang’s Vault Concert of the Week-Dickey Betts at Winterland 12.14.74

Posted by jhochstat on December 10, 2008

(All info via Wolfgang’s Vault)

By 1974, in large part due to Dickey Betts, Capricorn Records and The Allman Brothers Band were experiencing a success more lucrative than anyone could have dreamed. Betts, as a result, found himself free to pursue almost anything he desired musically, without having to worry about finances in the least. The situation allowed him to record his first solo album, Highway Call, and to perform with countless great musicians for the pure joy of playing, without any expectations of making money in the process. Over the course of the previous year, Betts had found a true, authentic voice, and had begun to distinguish himself within the ABB as a unique stylist, blending his love for country, bluegrass, western swing, jazz and rock into a style utterly his own – and one that would soon prove highly influential on all the Southern Rock bands that followed in the Allman Brothers’ wake.

Betts’ Great American Music Show featured many of the players from his solo album, including the greatest fiddle player of his generation, Vassar Clements. Both the Poindexters and the legendary Spooner Oldham were also on board, and all these musicians combined to create a show that authentically traced the history of American music.

Betts begins this Winterland show by showcasing his more acoustic side, with plenty of tight harmonies, sweet picking and relaxed communication between the musicians. Several of the best new songs from Betts’ solo effort are included, including “Rain,” “Long Time Gone” and the superb “Hand Picked.” The classic instrumental “Hideaway,” as well as Allman Brothers’ favorites “Blue Sky” and “Southbound,” are given this new treatment with great success.

Betts, Clements and the Poindexters then venture into historic American music and straight bluegrass for half a dozen songs, beginning with vintage material like “Old Joe Clark” and “Salty Dog,” and closing with Vassar Clements raising the roof on “Orange Blossom Special.”

The set’s closer, for which the ensemble goes electric, is perhaps its most interesting and exciting moment. This 40 minute version of “Elizabeth Reed” has to be one of the most expansive versions ever played, and is almost beyond description. Everyone in the ensemble gets several chances to shine on this unbelievable jam. All the elements that influence Betts’ music are represented, from jazz to rock to bluegrass and back. This version literally has it all, and stays amazingly cohesive and inspired throughout. The audience demands more, and the band returns for an encore consisting of the obligatory “Ramblin Man” followed by another of Betts’ most requested numbers, “Jessica.” This lovely instrumental showcases the inventive playing of this large ensemble, and ventures into new areas only hinted at in versions with the Allman Brothers.

This is one of the finest examples recorded of musicians playing for the sheer joy of music, with no egos or financial concerns getting in the way. Touring this type of show was destined to be a monstrous undertaking – and ultimately a financial disaster – but thankfully, for a brief time in 1974, none of that seemed to matter.

Click here to listen to this amazing show!!!


01. Introduction / Rain  4:58
02. Blue Sky 11:05
03. Hide Away 9:11
04. Hand Picked 13:54
05. Long Time Gone 5:32
06. Southbound 9:06
07. Old Joe Clark 1:47
08. Salty Dog Blues 3:13
09. Carolina 2:24
10. Rollin’ In My Sweet Baby’s Arms 3:29
11. Hard Time Blues 4:05
12. Orange Blossom Special 3:08
13. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed 41:19
14. Ramblin’ Man 7:59
15. Jessica 12:16


Dickey Betts – guitar, dobro, vocals
Jeff Hanna – guitar
Spooner Oldham – organ
Vassar Clements – violin
John Hughey – pedal steel guitar
Oscar Underwood Adams – mandolin
Stray Straton – bass, vocals
Bonnie Bramlett – vocals, percussion
Jerry Jumonville – alto sax
David Walshaw – drums, percussion
Jerry Thompson – drums
Leon Poindexter – acoustic guitar
Walter Poindexter – banjo
Frank Poindexter – dobro


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Wolfgang’s Vault Concert of the Week-Winwood, Wonder, Winterland and Birthdays

Posted by jhochstat on May 15, 2008

Well this week’s Wolfgang’s Vault Concert of the Week is actually a two-fer as this week we celebrated the birthdays of two music legends:

Steve Winwood – Born May 12th 1948


Stevie Wonder – Born Stevland Hardaway Judkins May 13, 1950

The contributions that these two men have made to modern music are so great and vast. There is not enough time and space to fully elaborate the impact that these two geniuses and legends have made with all of the songs they have written, people they have worked with, songs of theirs that have been covered by other artists.

They both got their start in music very early, “Little” Stevie Wonder released his first album The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie in 1962 at age 12. Lil Stevie Winwood at age 15 was playing the Hammond B3 in the Spencer Davis Group.

The thread that ties both of these great performers together is that they both played Winterland in early 1973 a little more than a month apart from each other. Traffic played Winterland on January 26, 1973 and Stevie Wonder played Winterland on March 3, 1973.

Today we bring you both of these concerts in their entirety from Wolfgang’s Vault.

First up is Traffic. This is what Wolfgang’s Vault has to say about this show:

This recording was made while the band was taping shows for their soon-to-be-released On The Road double CD. For the tours and records made around this time (‘72-’74), Traffic was augmented by three members of the legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, a group that had provided backing on some of the greatest rock and R&B hits of the 1960s and ‘70s, including many classic Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield records.

By adding David Hood on bass, Roger Hawkins on drums and Barry Beckett on keyboards, the group’s core members -Winwood, percussionist/vocalist Jim Capaldi and sax player/flutist Chris Wood – found an enormous amount of freedom to play their respective instruments. Many Traffic classics are here, including “Empty Pages,” “Evening Blue,” “Forty Thousand Headman,” “Glad” and “Freedom Rider,” but there is still enough room for several, then-new tracks to be featured, including “Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory,” “Rock and Roll Stew,” “Roll Right Stones,” “(Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired” and “Light Up Or Leave Me Alone.”

For fans of Traffic, Winwood, or classic rock in general, it doesn’t get much better than this.

you can listen to the concert here

36 days later Stevie Wonder showed up at Winterland on March 3, 1973 and this is what Wolfgang’s Vault had to say about this show:

Stevie Wonder had spent a good portion of 1972 opening for the Rolling Stones on their Exile On Main Street Tour; and the experience gave Wonder the impetus to bring his music to a huge, diverse fan base. He was now equally comfortable performing in front of smaller, intimate groups of soul music fans and large, predominantly white rock audiences. And both loved Wonder back with equal enthusiasm.

This recording came on the heels of Talking Book, Wonder’s breakthrough 1972 album. While on this tour, he was writing the material that would eventually appear on 1973’s Innervisions. This recording does suffer from an overpowering backup band that seems to get in the way of Wonder’s talented playing and vocals during some of the songs.

In general, this is a very powerful live recording, and it remains a testament to the enormous talent of Stevie Wonder. When grouped together, it is amazing how many monumental songs he has written and recorded: “What’s Going On,” “For Once In My Life,” “If You Really Love Me,” “Superwoman,” “Sign Sealed Delivered,” the always infectious “Superstition” and “My Cherie Amour,” here fused with an instrumental version of the Marvin Gaye classic,

Rare highlights include Wonder’s astonishing version of “Me & Mrs. Jones,” which is clearly as good as the Billy Paul original. Also, check out Stevie’s version of Dylan’s “Blowin’ In The Wind,” clearly the funkiest flavor of protest folk song you’re ever likely to hear.

you can listen to the concert here

It doesn’t get much better than this…

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Wolfgang’s Vault Concert of the Week-Bruce Springsteen (In Memory of Danny Federici)

Posted by jhochstat on April 24, 2008

Last week, the music world lost a true friend, talent and someone that many of us grew up listening to whether on the radio or at Bruce Springsteen’s legendary concerts….Danny Federici. Danny passed away a week ago today at the age of 58 (way too young) from melanoma. Danny and Bruce had a history going back 40 years and it was Bruce who originally joined Danny’s band. RIP Danny, you provided us all with a lifetime of memories. Your talent, contributions and sound will be sorely missed……

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Bruce Springsteen

San Francisco, CA

Get comfortable, ‘cuz all the stories are true – the E Street Band came to play, and they’re not gonna stop until the roof caves in! This is powerful rock ‘n’ roll revivalism and Springsteen makes the heat rain down upon the assembled Winterland parishioners.

Years before punk deconstructed popular music as a violent protest against the bloated rock ‘n’ roll dinosaurs staggering from stadium to stadium, Bruce Springsteen was earnestly providing his own alternative to bone-headed riffing and cowbell solos, putting out albums that echoed a simpler time while thoughtfully chronicling the plight of the workin’ man on his eternal quest for Saturday Night.

Concentrating on material from their recent release, Darkness on the Edge of Town, Springsteen and his crew lay into the first half of this set with reckless abandon, reserving the early hits and holiday cheer for the second half. As soon as they take the stage, it’s all lost love and drag races and full-throttle rock ‘n’ roll; then factory walls and plaintive piano with dusty, wheezing harmonica. This is the whole history of 20th century America set to music, geared up and rolling down the highway ‘till everyone, audience included, is ready to pass out. Then, about an hour after they should be taking their bows, the band launches into “Born to Run” with an emotional fury that would kill a group of weaker constitution. It’s like Phil Spector meets Jack Kerouac, hooked up to about a dozen car batteries. Then they play an encore!

In two short weeks the Winterland would shut its doors for good. Fittingly, Bill Graham brought in the Grateful Dead for the official last concert, but for many present at Springsteen’s show, the Winterland really closed on December 15th.

01.Badlands 5:06
02.Streets Of Fire 5:24
03.Spirit In The Night 8:01
04.Darkness On The Edge Of Town 5:25
05.Factory 3:37
06.The Promised Land 5:50
07.Prove It All Night 11:20
08.Interlude 1:11
09.Racing In The Streets 8:44
10.Thunder Road 5:18
11.Jungleland 10:24
12.The Ties That Bind 3:51
13.Interlude 3:43
14.Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 4:12
15.The Fever 5:40
16.Fire 3:03
17.Candy’s Room 3:09
18.Because The Night 7:21
19.Point Blank 8:36
20.Mona (I Need You Baby) 3:42
21.She’s The One 3:58
22.Interlude 4:39
23.Backstreets 11:10
24.Interlude 2:30
25.Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) 11:13
26.Radio Interlude 1:52
27.Born To Run 4:58
28.Radio Interlude 2:00
29.Detroit Medley 5:07
30.Interlude / Detroit Medley (Reprise)…4:00

Roy Bittan – piano
Clarence Clemons – saxophone
Danny Federici – organ
Bruce Springsteen – vocals, guitar
Garry Tallent – bass
Steven Van Zandt – guitar
Max Weinberg – drums

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Wolfgang’s Vault Concert of the Week-Little Feat

Posted by jhochstat on March 24, 2008


I am sure that I am one of many people who was frst turned on to Little Feat by listening to Waiting for Columbus on vinyl in someone’s basement somewhere in New Jersey. I have to say that Wolfgang’s Vault really steps it up when it comes to streaming live concerts, it is truly one of the greatest collection of live music anywhere.

The summary states:

This concert, when Little Feat was opening for Electric Light Orchestra, remains one of their most legendary performances, broadcast live on KSAN radio.

It’s no wonder that this performance became so popular, as it captures the band at the peak of the “Lowell George era,” promoting the release of The Last Record Album. This album signaled the emergence of jazzier elements being incorporated into the bands sound, as well as stronger contributions from guitarist Paul Barrere and keyboardist Bill Payne, which added greater diversity to the group’s material.

The recording kicks off with a smokin’ version of “Apolitical Blues,” followed by a double dose of funky New Orleans flavored rock, with sizzling takes of “Skin It Back” transitioning into “Fat Man In The Bathtub.” This establishes a deep groove that continues to intensify as the set progresses.

Click on the ticket to enter the show, skin it back, and roll another one…

Little Feat
San Francisco, CA

After the jump is the full setlist and images of Bill Graham and Lowell George……

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Live Music- Jimi Hendrix Experience

Posted by T Rex on February 27, 2008


This week’s gem from Wolfgang’s Vault is a hit filled set by Jimi Hendrix Experience from Winterland 10/10/1968.


Are you experienced?

Voodoo Child

Red House

Foxy Lady

Like a Rolling Stone

This America

Purple Haze

To listen to the show click here.

In related Hendrix news Buddy Miles, who co-founded and played drums in Band Of Gypsys with Jimi Hendrix, passed away yesterday (Feb. 26) in Austin, Texas, at the age of 60.

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