10,000 Maniacs' "The Wishing Chair" L.P. will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year
(original release date - September 23, 1985). Since it seems apparent that the Maniacs
are not being given the remaster / bonus tracks / box set treatment that they so richly
deserve, I've decided to upload all of my 70+ live and rare 10,000 Maniacs recordings
during the coming weeks. Although many of these recordings will be re-seeds of previous
Dime torrents, a substantial number have never appeared on the Dime (and many others
haven't been shared since the Dime's previous incarnation as "easytree.org" circa 2005).
April 6, 1992 (early show)
Source: audience recording > ? > cassette received in trade > recorded to hard drive > CoolEdit
(track separation) > burned to CD > tracks extracted using iTunes > Trader's Little Helper >
Sound quality: C (disc 1) / C+ (disc 2)
1. Noah's Dove (early version)
2. Jezebel (early version)
3. Eden (early version)
4. What's the Matter Here?
5. Like the Weather
6. Candy Everybody Wants (early version)
7. Stockton Gala Days (early version)
8. Tolerance (early version - instrumental)
9. How You've Grown (early version - instrumental)
10. Trouble Me
1. A Campfire Song
2. Verdi Cries
3. Gold Rush Brides
4. These Are Days (instrumental)
5. Few and Far Between (instrumental)
6. Hey Jack Kerouac
7. Cotton Alley
9. Gun Shy
As far as I'm aware, this is one of only two circulating live recordings of the Maniacs on their "Our Time in Eden" pre-tour,
and unfortunately both feature fairly dismal sound quality. Luckily the March 30th rehearsals exist, and provide an
excellent quality recording of the band working on the new "O.T.I.E." songs in a studio environment.
In comparison to the October 1991 shows, several new songs have been added to the set (although they were largely being
performed as instrumentals). Both "Tolerance" and "These Are Days" are performed as instrumentals at this show, and when
I saw the band at Cornell University a few days later I remember them performing an instrumental version of "I'm Not the Man".
I'm not sure why, but disc 2 of this recording sounds markedly better than disc 1.