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 60+ 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).
Although I will be uploading most of my collection in chronological order, from 1983
onward, I'm going to begin with a brand new 2015 transfer of the band's 1986 appearance
on the "SPIN Radio Concert", recorded directly from my vinyl LP using a brand new
turntable. I think this pre-FM version is probably the best possible capture of this show,
and supercedes all other circulating versions. And since this is a "Wishing Chair"-era
concert, it's appropriate to begin the 30th anniversary celebration with this recording.
Daytona Beach, FL
March 28, 1986
"SPIN Radio Concert"
Source: my copy of the original vinyl LP > recorded to hard drive from a brand new turntable,
using Audacity > CoolEdit (track separation) > converted to FLAC using Trader's Little Helper >
Sound quality: A+
1. SPIN LP side 1 intro
2. My Mother the War
3. SPIN break
5. Can't Ignore the Train
7. Maddox Table
8. Grey Victory
9. SPIN break
10. Everyone a Puzzle Lover
13. Wildwood Flower (The Carter Family cover)
14. SPIN LP side 1 outro
15. SPIN LP side 2 intro
17. Angels of Stone (unreleased song)
19. Among the Americans
20. Planned Obsolescence
21. SPIN break
24. Just As the Tide Was a'Flowing
26. Arbor Day
27. SPIN LP side 2 outro
This is almost certainly the best quality "Wishing Chair"-era show in circulation, although a substantial number
of songs that would have been performed that night are clearly not included. Nevertheless, it's worth
downloading this show for the rare version of "Angels of Stone" (never released, outside of the leaked 1986 demo
tape referred to as "Lost Songs", which I will be uploading soon) and the fantastic live cover of "Wildwood
Flower", which later ended up as a b-side but with a much slower tempo.
The interviews with Natalie and John are also enjoyable. It's nice to hear them both sound so happy and enthusiastic.
Many more rare Maniacs recordings will be coming soon - enjoy!