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).
Earth Day Concert
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: B / B+
1. Hello in There (from Billy Bragg's set, with Natalie as special guest)
2. 10,000 Maniacs stage intro.
3. What's the Matter Here?
4. Poison in the Well
5. Among the Americans
6. [Natalie speaks]
7. City of Angels
8. A Campfire Song
9. Trouble Me
10. Like the Weather
11. Eden (first live performance)
12. Don't Talk
13. Hey Jack Kerouac
I was at this concert, primarily to see 10,000 Maniacs and Billy Bragg, but also in a futile hope that some or all of
R.E.M. would make an appearance (it was not to be, unfortunately). Other bands on the bill included Jesus Jones, Indigo
Girls, Queen Latifah, Jackson Browne, KRS-One, Bruce Hornsby, and Willie Nelson ("On the Road Again" brought down the house).
This short set was most noteable for the first live performance of "Eden". It's tough to hear Natalie's lyrics clearly, but my
suspicion is that the lyrics were not yet in their final form.
It was also fun to hear a latter-day performance of "Among the Americans", which didn't get played very frequently post-1990.