Friday, 8 December 1995

Worcester Auditorium
Lincoln Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01609

FLAC master, 7 December 2017, by elegymart:
Digital audience recording (stereo): unknown mics/DAT recorder > DAT master > analog audio cassette > 1998-2001 US Maxell XLII-S 90 (Type II CrO2) analog audio cassette {via trade, c. 1998-2000} > Sony TC-WE435 (azimuth adjustment) > Roland R05 (24/96) > Cool Edit Pro 2.0 (audio cleanup, convert to 16/44) > CD Wave (track splits) > TLH (WAV > FLAC8).
Created this text file.

Total running time [49:41]
01 Because the Night [3:58]
02 Dancing Barefoot [5:10]
03 Wicked Messenger [4:44]
04 Ghost Dance [5:35]
05 Walking Blind [5:55]
06 December [0:32]
07 Beneath the Southern Cross [6:27]
08 Up There Down There [5:00]
09 Rock n Roll Nigger [4:32]
10 Not Fade Away [7:43]

Band line-up:
Patti Smith - vocals
Lenny Kaye - guitar, backing vocals
Tom Verlaine - electric guitar
Tony Shanahan - bass, backing vocals
Oliver Ray - acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Jay Dee Daugherty - drums


This was the second of ten dates for Patti as an opener on Bob Dylan's Paradise Lost tour. It was a nice way to cap off the year of her return, playing in an auditorium that was added to the National Register of Historic Places around the same time as she'd last been seen in the public eye.

Tom Verlaine was also sitting in with the band during this time, adding flourishes and textures to some old PSG standards, as well as the less frequently played "Up There Down There." Perhaps Patti didn't care much for the latter song as it made its one and only appearance here during the run, but it's a prime instance of where Verlaine's guitar dynamics put in a strong contribution, and the set overall is a strong one.

The recording itself is a fine capture, although digi-noise from the master regrettably mars the first two tracks, and hiss is slightly audible during the quieter numbers on this second gen. Don't let these minor flaws put you off from this though, it's still worthy of a listen.

Over the years on dime, EZT, the Archival Group, and through all the various and assorted other trading groups online preceding that, and the CDR, DAT, and analog cassette traders which came before, I've gathered a moderate collection of items to share. I've helped with transfers (the Cactus and related uploads from over a decade ago here, and currently a bite out of the massive Stonecutter Archives), contributed setlists and corrections to many a torrent -- all the sort of things that don't raise one's share ratio. I've shared some of my masters back in the old snail mail days, but it's high time to give back more here from where I've received so much. I had meant to do a roll-out with something grand and possibly a series (Elegymart #1, #2, etc.), but that's been done countless times before.

At this point not only have we've all aged along with dime's existence, but our media and the equipment that can play it back has as well. So rather than any fanfare or concern over share ratio, consider this upload another step in a more diligent attempt to beat the time and to circulate the collection.