Earl King
Johnny Adams
The backup band for both acts was Joe Louis Walker and The Boss Talkers.
Earl played the first set and Johnny played the second.

July 16, 1986
Larry Blake's
Berkeley, CA

stealth audience recording by Easy Ed

[record] Audio Technica AT853 microphone > Sony TCM-D6 portable cassette deck (mono two channels, Denon HD8-90 high bias cassettes, Dolby B on)

[playback] JVC KD-V6 (playback, with Dolby off) > Sek'd Prodif Plus soundcard > Sound Forge 8 (24 bit, normalize, fade in and out, track splits) > 16 bit .wav files > FLAC level 8 encoding align on sector boundaries

disc one:
1. (instrumental)
2. (introducing Earl King)
[Earl King]
3. Trick Bag
4. There's Been Some Lonely Lonely Nights
5. (title?)
6. Night Time Is The Right Time
7. Always A First Time
8. The Things I Used To Do
9. Come Let The Good Times Roll
(approximately 53 minutes)

disc two:
[Johnny Adams]
1. Stand By Me
2. From The Heart
3. Roadblock
4. Don't Wait Another Minute (Do It Right Now)(?)
5. Turning Point
6. Garbage Man (cut in middle for tape flip, fades out and in at approximately 2:48)
7. I Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home
8. Lovers Will
(approximately 67 minutes)

Larry Blake's is a small bar in Berkeley, about one block from the University of California Berkeley campus. This music took place downstairs, in a room that help 100 or so people. I was in the center about thirty feet from the stage, with my mike about 8 feet up from the floor, taped to a column. The guitar and drums come out very clearly, the vocals are a little echo-ey but quite discernable. Compared to the entire universe of audience recordings, I would rate this a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10. (In terms of being able to hear somebody order a hamburger or drop a bottle I would rate it an 9 out of 10). I offer it here because because it was such a fun show and I never see live shows by either of these artists in circulation.

Johnny Adams is an incredible singer and really put out that night. In this show, during "Another Minute" he walked thru the audience with his mike and would sing a phrase and then put the mike in an audience member's face for them to sing/repeat the phrase - quite hilarious! During the song "Garbage Man" he did a call and response thing, one at a time with each of the players in the backup band, where Johnny would sing a phrase and the player (e.g., the guitarist) would attempt to mimic it. And the instrumentalists played some phrases and Johnny mimicked them. This really revealed the talents of the players.