Saturday, 6 April 1991

Nectarine Ballroom
516 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

FLAC master, 19 February 2017, by elegymart:
Analog audience recording (stereo) {recorded by Ken F, front of stage}: Sony ECM-929LT, 939LT, or 909A mic > Sony WM-D6C > analog audio cassette master > Maxell XLII 90 and Sony UX 60 (Type II CrO2) analog audio cassettes > Sony TC-WE435 (azimuth adjustment) > Roland R05 (24/96) > Cool Edit Pro 2.0 (audio cleanup including applause reduction, fades, convert to 16/44) > SHNtool (fixed SBE) > CD Wave (track splits) > TLH (WAV > FLAC8).
Created this text file.

Total running time [1:37:21]
-- Poetry set --
01 introduction [3:49]
02 Piss Factory [4:59]
03 Mitty [3:16]
04 Land [3:57]
05 Babelfield [4:30]
-- Music set --
06 Sweet Nothing [5:44]
07 Sweet Little Sixteen [4:00]
08 Heaven and Earth [5:23]
09 For Your Love [5:47]
10 Empty Heart [11:53]
11 My Generation [9:42]
12 A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall [4:14]
13 Paths That Cross [4:03]
14 Ghost Dance [8:46]
15 Dangerous [6:01]
16 Rivers of Babylon [3:14]
17 People Have the Power [7:07]
-- encore --
18 Happy Trails (Roy Rogers) [0:47]

Band line-up:
Patti Smith - vocals
Fred "Sonic" Smith - guitar, vocals
Scott Morgan - guitar, vocals
Lenny Kaye - guitar, vocals
Gary Rasmussen - bass, vocals
Scott "Rock Action" Asheton - drums
Jay Dee Daugherty - drums


"Happy Trails: Benefit for AIDS."

This was the closing night of the Nectarine Ballroom, whose history stretched back to its days as the Second Chance and Chances Are, which began in August 1974. It was one of the few live shows Patti did during her "hiatus" period, and features members of the Patti Smith Group as well as Sonic's Rendezvous Band.

This show was first here back in the EZT days with unknown lineage, then Realomind shared his master (sans poetry set) in 2008, and then shared again with the poetry set included in 2011.

This is a previously unheard alternate version for the completists out there, courtesy of a first gen tape from the Stonecutter Archives. Ken F borrowed Stonecutter's gear to make this recording.

Ken F contributed this comment on Realomind's torrent when Realomind first posted his master in 2008:

"Ah, yes, this show.... I traveled by bus (bus!) more than 36 hours roundtrip on the spur of the moment to catch this one. The weather was gorgeous in Ann Arbor, and it also turned out to be Hash Bash Weekend, so the air was full of peace and love and dizzying fumes. Inside the club, however, it was more like Angel Dust Night. I've never seen a more psychotic group of individuals in one place. It's like all the freaking lunatics had been storing up all their antisocial impulses in the years since Patti had retired, just waiting to unleash them at this show. It was violent and ugly and tragic in there. The show itself was great, and getting to see Patti play at that time was worth all of it, but really, a stun gun would have made it way more tolerable. I was right in front of the stage, but sadly, my tape of the event was useless -- imagine a snuff film with a really good soundtrack that you can almost hear.

Thanks for sharing and for bringing back the memories. I'll be sleeping w/the light on tonight...."

I wouldn't call this tape useless, but be warned it is very rough in parts because of the rowdy audience, and Ken's description seems to peg it pretty much as is evident on this recording. There are also some sudden level adjustments between the softer and louder numbers. For whatever reason, there is a tape flip or cut midway through "Mitty."