dinsdag 16 mei 2017

NEW: Peter Hammill "Radio Tapes volume 5" - 1CD - 1973-1995

Peter Hammill
Radio Tapes Collection Volume 5
1973-1995
(with speed adjustments)

tracks:
In Concert (/w David Jackson, BBC, 1979-12-22)
01 My Room
02 The Future Now
03 Mirror Images
04 Porton Down
05 Faculty X

Saturday Live (BBC, 1983-08-27)
06 Don’t tell me
07 Labour of Love

De Avonden (VPRO, 1996-06-05)
08 Earthbound
09 The Lie
10 Better Time (reading)
11 Better Time
12 Vision
13 Stranger Still

Peel Session (BBC, 1973-11-06)
14 German Overalls

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NEW: Peter Hammill "Radio Tapes volume 4" - 1CD - 1985-1995

Peter Hammill
Radio Tapes Volume 4
1985-1995
(fixed and speed adjusted)


Tracklisting:
De Wilde Wereld (VPRO, 1985-03-20)
01 Just Good Friends
02 The Future Now

Backline (VPRO, 1986-04-02)
03 Patient
04 Last Frame
05 Don’t tell me
06 Just Good Friends
07 Shell
08 After the Show

La Stampa (VPRO, 1990-10-20)
09 Something about Isabel
10 The Wave
11 Our Oyster

Nieuwe Maandag (VPRO, 1994-11-01)
12 Autumn

Leidsekade Live (KRO, 1995-09-17)
13 Don’t tell me
14 Curtains
15 Stranger Still (a snippet)

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NEW: Peter Hammill "The BBC Radio Archives 1971 - 1985" - 1CD

PETER HAMMILL
BBC Radio Archives
1971-1985

A collection of unreleased recordings.

phundercover's notes from 2008:

01 Vision - Top Gear 10 June 1971 (with Hugh Banton)
02 German Overalls - Top Gear 9 July 1973
03 Time For A Change - Top Gear 9 July 1973
04 Easy To Slip Away - Top Gear 9 July 1973
05 In The End - Top Gear 9 July 1973
06 A Louse Is Not A Home - Top Gear 18 February 1974
07 My Room - In Concert 22 December 1979 (with Jaxon)
08 The Future Now - In Concert 22 December 1979 (with Jaxon)
09 Mirror Images - In Concert 22 December 1979 (with Jaxon)
10 Porton Down - In Concert 22 December 1979 (with Jaxon)
11 Faculty X - In Concert 22 December 1979 (with Jaxon)
12 Dont Tell Me - Saturday Live 27 August 1983
13 Labour Of Love - Saturday Live 27 August 1983
14 Just Good Friends - Saturday Live 25 May 1985
15 Don't Tell Me - Saturday Live 25 May 1985

Bonus Tracks:
16 (In The) Black Room - Capital Radio 14 September 1974
17 A Plague Of Sleepwalkers - VdG John Peel show 24 October 1977

                     

NEW: Peter Hammill "Live in the studio 1992 - 1996" - 1CD

Peter Hammill
Live In The Studio
1992-1996


01 Curtains
02 Time To Burn
03 Traintime
04 Losing Faith In Words
05 Curtains
06 His Best Girl
07 Just Good Friends
08 Too Many Of My Yesterdays
09 Autumn
10 Don't Tell Me
11 Curtains
12 Earthbound
13 The Lie
14 A Better Time
15 Vision
16 Stranger Still

Locations and Sources (as provided by phundercover)
01-04 Frankfurt German Radio 1992-02-03 (Radio Archives Volume 2)
05-06 VPRO Amsterdam 1992-04-15 (T-1470)
07-08 RSP-TV 1992-06-07 (T-1470)
09 VPRO Netherlands 1994-11-01 (Radio Archives Volume 1)
10-11 Radio Hilversum, Netherlands 1995-09-17 (LDB Special Series #20)
12-16 VPRO Netherlands 1996-05-06 (Radio Archives Volume 2)

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NEW: Peter Hammill "US Winter Tour 1979" - 1CD - soundboard

Peter Hammill
(with Graham Smith)
US Tour February-March 1979

Source: FM Radio

01. If I Could
02. The Second Hand
03. Energy Vampires
04. Still Life
05. Refugees
06. Out Of My Book
07. Autumn
08. Afterwards
09. Condor/Faculty X
10. Plague of Sleepwalkers

01-05 Cellar Door, Washington, DC  13 February 1979
06 Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA - 16 March 1979
07-10 All Souls Unitarian Church, Kansas City, MO - 4 March.1979

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NEW: Peter Hammill "Reel 3" - 1CD - live in Rome 1973

Peter Hammill "Reel 3"

1973.05.27
Roma (Italy), Stadio Flaminio


Peter Hammill
01. Slender Threads (G) (cut - after the end of the second verse)
02. German Overalls (G) (cut - starts at the end of the first verse)
03. Dropping The Torch (G)
04. In The End (P)
05. Hammill introduces Jackson
06. Easy To Slip Away (P)
07. Troubles announcement - enter Banton & Evans
08. In The Black Room
09. Rock And Role (some major dropouts and cuts)

Tot. Time: 47'45"

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

PH 'REELS' SERIES RELEASE NOTES
This is the third and final one from a set of 3 open reels recordings whose source is the same as all the Rimini 1975 shows I seeded last year, though the quality varies a lot and is definitely not on par with those.
There was no info on the reel boxes about when and where these were recorded, but there was a 99,9% probability they all come from shows in Rome (or very nearby).
Unfortunately those originals reels have been lost (destroyed) years ago, so all I can offer comes from 1st generation copies on cassettes I did about 15/20 years ago...
With the invaluable help of a bunch of much more PH/VDGG knowledgeable guys than I will ever be, I'm bringing all three of them out with as much information as I could gather.


REEL 3 NOTES
This was somewhat 'easier' to identify, in being a show with three separate moments: Peter Hammill solo, then joined by David Jackson, and finally by Hugh Banton and Guy Evans. It was part of a double bill happening which took place in Bologna and in Rome in May 1973, with Arthur Brown and Camel sharing the stage with them. Some of the experts I asked to appeared skeptical at the beginning, having heard different stories about the Rome show that convinced them VDGG actually did not play "as such". But then all the pieces of the puzzle came together and we all agreed upon the date and venue.
The story is quite messed up, but apparently there were 2 major problems. First, there was not enough power for both sound and lights: thus the musicians decided to play without any lights in an impromptu jam session which featured members from all of the bands. A testimony of this jam is available on an "official" Italian bootleg under the name of Arthur Brown (though the date on that cd mistakes 1972 for 1973). Revealingly, the source of the cassette master from which the cd was taken is the same taper of these reels…
The second issue was a fire which broke out and caused a long delay before PH/DJ/VDGG could hit the stage. Again, this fits in perfectly with the onstage announcement after "Easy to slip away" that the Stadium neighbors had phoned the police complaining for the noise and the set had to be shortened and quickly brought to a finish.
Hammill was actually touring Italy as a solo artist at the time, but the 2 'package' shows were billed and sold as the only VDGG reunion gigs. Alas, a reunion which only lasted for the 2 final numbers of the evening.

The recording is somehow perplexing: sound wise it is the best of the 3 reels (and I did nothing to it except normalize to have a more consistent sound level between right and left channel and quiet and louder parts). But the reel itself is the one which suffered the most problems, and the enjoyment of the show is marred by plenty of cuts (the main one being between the second verse of Slender Threads and the first one of German Overalls) and loads and loads of dropouts. Some bits were totally unusable and I decided to just cut them out. In others I left them untouched when the music "continuity" was still there. In other instances I have attempted some "daring" edits in the spirit of preserving as much of the recorded music as possible. In total I have edited out about 2 minutes of the "full" digitized tape.
I know that this will probably leave the purists unsatisfied (or even disgusted - some passages have missing lyrics or bridged instrumental sections that were simply non existing… though they appear to run quite smoothly), but to my ears they do sound definitely more pleasant than garbled tape distortion.

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NEW: Peter Hammill "Reel 2" - 1CD - live in Rome 1973

Peter Hammill "Reel 2"

1973.01.22
Roma (Italy), PalaEur
"Charisma Festival"


Tracks:
01. Intro
02. German Overalls
03. Slender Threads
04. Vision
05. The Lie (Bernini's St. Theresa)

[enters Jackson]

06. What's It Worth? [breakdown]
07. Man-Erg (piano/sax improvised finale)
08. What's It Worth? [reprise]
09. Out Of My Book
10. The Boat Of Million Years

Tot. Time: 38'21"

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PH 'REELS' SERIES RELEASE NOTES
This comes from a set of 3 open reels whose source is the same as all the Rimini 1975 shows I seeded last year, though the quality varies a lot and is definitely not on par with those.
There was no info on the reel boxes about when and where these were recorded, but there was a 99,9% probability they all come from shows in Rome (or very nearby).
Unfortunately those originals reels have been lost (destroyed) years ago, so all I can offer comes from 1st generation copies on cassettes I did about 15/20 years ago...
With the invaluable help of a bunch of much more PH/VDGG knowledgeable guys than I will ever be, I'm bringing all three of them out with as much information as I could gather.


REEL 2 NOTES
This was easier to identify than the previous post (Reel 1), as there is a recording circulating already that I was told was posted a few years ago on an Italian blog in the form of mp3s. Rest assured this does not come from that but from an analogue recording, as my cassette copy off the reel was done at a time when mp3s where not even invented yet…

Lineage here is a bit more complicated than usual… Let me explain.
The taper used 2 microphones placed at the front of the stage and an Open Reel machine. As a back up, he was also recording through a small, unknown and unidentified cassette deck attached to the Reel machine 'line out'. He taped both PH/DJ (though they were actually billed as VDGG) and Genesis, but at the end of the night the management decided to get hold of the reels and the taper was only left with the cassette masters. These were promptly copied onto new reels in the following days, and it's from these second set of reels that my own cassette copies come from.
The recording quality is quite good, although it suffers from one major problem: due to the microphones placement, the recording only picked up the monitor speakers and not the PA. This means that while the guitar pieces are very 'present' and nearly perfect (while playing guitar PH was probably center stage), the piano songs are a bit more muffled (its position must have been on one side) and the voice is mostly distant and echoey...

Compared to the circulating mp3s, the bunch of people who helped me sort these reels out told me there are a few differences. First, we don’t get quite as much of What’s It Worth before it stops, and Man-Erg is a wee bit shorter too. Also, the circulating mp3 version features 2 more songs: 'Easy to slip away' and 'Refugees'. Unfortunately I have no idea why these are missing. What you get here is everything I got… On the mp3 I was given, instead, I could not hear the very short intro by whom I suspect is Armando Gallo asking for silence, while PH announces DJ's arrival later in the set.

As for the breakdown and subsequent improvised bit, the explanation I was given is as follows:
"During Peter's gig, a sudden storm started on the venue and during 'What's it worth?', immediately after a lightning, the power supply went off. According to the reviews and memories of the show somebody tracked down, David started playing Man-Erg unplugged (from double sax break onward) with Peter following as well without microphone and piano on the PA. Everyone who was there remembers that moment as the most thrilling one of the whole evening. The gig resumed after with 'What it's worth?', approximately from the same place it was interrupted…" (note: this is my editing of 2 different accounts of the evening I was forwarded)

Sound editing wise, I only added a fade in and a fade out at the beginning and end of the tape, faded out and in the break between 'What it's worth?' and 'Man-Erg', and spliced up a cut that was present in the reel near the end of 'Boat of million years': you can hear the 'jump' but it's better than the bunch of noise/silent seconds in the original. All the rest is untouched. Luckily, compared to the Reel 1, there seems to be nearly zero radio interference.


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NEW: Peter Hammill "Reel 1" - 1CD - live in Italy 1972

Peter Hammill "Reel 1"

Date: December 1972 - Supporting Le Orme
Location: Italy (unknown town)
Venue: unknown

Tracks: 01. Intro & broken string
02. Easy To Slip Away (P)
03. Refugees (P)
04. German Overalls (G)
05. Slender Threads (G)
06. The Birds (G)
07. I Once Wrote Some Poems (G)
08. Afterwards (P)
09. The Lie (Bernini's St. Theresa) (P)
10. In The End (P) [beginning cut]

(P) = Piano
(G) = Guitar

Tot. Time: 45’35”


PH 'REELS' SERIES RELEASE NOTES
This comes from a set of 3 open reels whose source is the same as all the Rimini 1975 shows I seeded last year, though the quality varies a lot and is definitely not on par with those.
There was no info on the reel boxes about when and where these were recorded, but there's a 99,9% probability they all come from shows in Rome (or very nearby).
Unfortunately those originals reels have been lost (destroyed) years ago, so all I can offer comes from 1st generation copies on cassettes I did about 15/20 years ago...
With the help of a bunch of much more PH/VDGG knowledgeable guys than I will ever be, I'm bringing all three of them out with as much information as I could gather.

REEL 1 NOTES
This was the most difficult to track and its location and date have not yet been 100% ascertained. The hint is in the PH/crowd banter where people start shouting for Orme and Hammill replies that shouting or whistling will not bring them out any sooner. This qualifies it for sure as a late 1972 show when PH was indeed touring Italy supporting Le Orme.

Since ALL of the taper's masters I copied come from Rome, I assumed this show as well might come from there. But for one fact: on that tour there were no shows in Rome that I could find mentioned anywhere. So a possibility is this comes from Rome's closest town, which would place it in Terracina, at Teatro Traiano. But let me stress this is just a wild guess.

The recording is quite good, possibly one of the best from the era, though it suffers from quite a few problems. First, the cassette copy was done in a studio with plenty of unwanted radio interference, as is mostly evident in the quietest passages. Furthermore, the original reels had a few flaws: possibly the show was taped over a previous radio recording, as there were a few different "interruptions" where an Italian dj voice which had nothing to do with the Hammil show broke in. This have been edited out: you can here the skips but I decided this solution was better than leaving them in. There are also a few 'phasing' problems here and there which are due to the original and not to the cassette copy or transfer. Nothing else has been done to the recording eq or editing wise apart from normalizing at -16db in Soundforge, and even the final song, which was cut in the original, has been left the way it was without any fades.

Still, the show is fabulous and there are some ripping cries from Hammill (check out The Birds!).

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NEW: Peter Hammill live in Mexico City 2014 - 2CD - November 9

Peter Hammill & Gary Lucas - Teatro de la Ciudad, Mexico City, Mexico (November 9, 2014)

A quite challenging show for someone who didn't know quite a lot about Peter and Gary's careers (only a very little taste of both...); as it was a show of quite experimental nature, the venue was at half its capacity, so 15 minutes before the start we were taken from the cheapest area to the nearest one! The stuff they played was sort of an enigma for me, but will definitely listen to the show again. They played (I guess...) only songs from their collaborational album, Other World. The tracks I could guess (after a quick listen of album samples) are:

01 Intro
02 Spinning coins
03 Some Kind of Fracas
04 Of Keith and Kin
05
06 This is showbiz
07 Cash
08 Built From Scratch
09
10
11
12 Reboot
13 The Kid
14 2 Views
15
16 Outro

Peter Hammill - voice, guitar
Gary Lucas - guitar, effects, loops, voice

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NEW: Peter Hammill live in Osaka 2011 - 2CD - September 21

Peter Hammill
Osaka, Knave
21 September 2011

I received this one in on CD-R, from a friend of mine
I have no idea about lineage and about who recorded this show


Tracklist

My Room
Curtains
Too Many Of My Yesterdays
The Mercy
Comfortable
Driven
Shingle Song
The Birds
Stumbled
Amnesiac
A Better Time
Bubble
Friday Afternoon
Gone Ahead
Traintime
(encore clapping)
Ophelia
(encore clapping)
Again - a cappella

Peter Hammill solo - voice, Yamaha grand piano, acoustic guitar

Audio quality Very Good

Hammill's was in very good vocal form, both with fresh, very powerful vocals as deep bass - bariton/tenor and with an high controlled falsetto, full of harmonics; the show is intense, theatrical, dramatic and lyrical, with very few instrumental errors, at piano as at guitar, particularly in the first section and Hammill has a great facility with the highest notes of his voice, as ever used like an instrument full of colors and dimamics.
Curtains is one of the best versions of his whole career, if not the best and the same thing I can say for The Mercy, great versions too of Comfortable, The Birds (with a clothing section never so intense), Amnesiac (as a thunder), Stumbled, an intense Friday Afternoon.
If I did not seen the tracklist and the date, I would have thought this was a show of Hammill's best vocal period - '86/'90 or 1997/2004 -
A very interesting document for new and old fans.
Higly Recommended

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NEW: Peter Hammill live in Berlin 2010 - 2CD - January 15

Peter Hammill (solo)
Date: 15 January 2010
Venue: Quasimodo, Berlin, Germany

Audience Recording: Right there in the spitting path...
Sound Quality: Excellent
Artwork: Included

Setlist:
101 Easy To Slip Away
102 Unconscious Life
103 Silver
104 The Mercy
105 The Comet, The Course, The Tail
106 Sign
107 Shingle Song
108 Stumpled
109 Time For A Change
110 Patient
111 Autumn
112 Meanwhile My Mother
113 Undone
114 Bubble
115 A Tall Ship
201 Traintime
202 (on Tuesdays she used to do) Yoga [encore]

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NEW: Peter Hammill live in Berlin 2003 - 2CD - January 24

Peter Hammill & Stuart Gordon
Berlin - Quasimodo - 2003-01-24

There are a lot of recordings from The Clutch tour in 2003

A lot of the German dates were 'released' in a sort-of series
called Clutching at the ..., this is thus called Clutching at the Quasimodo

although it has artwork; there's unfortunately no taper lineage available

tracks

1 Amnesiac 7:24
2 Once You Called Me 5:45
3 Primo On The Parapet 10:23
4 Slender Threads 6:15
5 Ship Of Fools 6:16
6 Bareknuckle Trade 10:32
7 Easy To Slip Away 6:29
8 A Better Time 6:29
9 Unrehearsed 7:13
10 Bubble 6:05
11 A Way Out 9:43
12 Like Veronica 11:00
13 Driven 4:43
14 Modern 14:41
15 Still Life 12:45
16 Again 3:19

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NEW: Peter Hammill live in Utrecht 2003 - 2CD - January 18

Peter Hammill & Stuart Gordon
Utrecht - Tivoli - Netherlands - 2003-01-18


1 Comfortable 6:39
2 The Comet, The Course, The Tail 8:48
3 If I Could 5:52
4 Crossed Wires 4:48
5 Just A Child 6:12
6 Like Veronica 9:23
7 Shingle Song 4:59
8 What's It Worth 6:12
9 The Habit Of The Broken Heart 5:41
10 (On Tuesdays She Used To Do) Yoga 6:51
11 Bareknuckle Trade 10:26
12 Driven 5:11
13 Time For A Change 3:40
14 Last Frame 7:43
15 Patient 10:46
16 Applause 1:59
17 Ophelia 4:55

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NEW: Peter Hammill live in Amsterdam 2000 - 2CD - October 26

Peter Hammill & Stuart Gordon
Amsterdam - de Melkweg - 2000-10-26

BEWARE: some microphone fumbling / distortions.



Setlist
1 The Siren Song 6:31
2 A Better Time 5:50
3 Bubble 5:24
4 Touch and Go 4:45
5 Tango For One 7:33
6 Comfortable 7:51
7 Nightman 7:16
8 Shingle Song 5:56
9 Like Veronica 9:09
10 Ophelia 4:48
11 Patient 9:11
12 Unrehearsed 6:41
13 Faculty X 6:48
14 A Way Out 9:15
15 Traintime 6:55
16 Still Life 9:54

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NEW: Peter Hammill live in Rovereto 1999 - 2CD - May 10

PETER HAMMILL
Rovereto, Italy
Teatro Zandonai
10 May 1999


One from the archives. Typical solo concert of the late 90's.
Great setlist. New to circulation.


Peter Hammill : Voice, Keyboard, Guitar


01. The Unconscious Life
02. Just Good Friends
03. Tenderness
04. Unrehearsed
05. Comfortable
06. Nightman
07. If I Could
08. Amnesiac
09. Time For A Change
10. Modern
11. Bubble
12. The Siren Song
13. Faculty X
14. Stranger Still
15. (encore) Patient


source: audience [sa]
quality: B+

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NEW: Peter Hammill & Kronos Quartet live in London 1994 - 1CD - July 22

Kronos Quartet with Peter Hammill
The Barbican, London, 1994-07-22

This is a gem; an audience recording of Hammill reading a Lovecreaft story
over music performed by the legendary Kronos quartet

Im not sure who the original taper is

Setlist

The Music of Erich Zann (24:58)
Composed (1979) by John Geist (b. 1949)
for quartet and narrator.

split in 7 'tracks'

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