Artist - The Ramones
Date - 1979/03/07
Venue - The Decade, Pittsburg (Oakland), PA
Setlist And Fingerprints -
Track 01 - Insulting Introduction
Track 02 - Rockaway Beach
Track 03 - Teenage Lobotomy
Track 04 - Blitzkrieg Bop
Track 05 - I Don't Want You
Track 06 - Go Mental
Track 07 - Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
Track 08 - Rock 'N' Roll High School
Track 09 - I Wanna Be Sedated
Track 10 - I Just Wanna Have Something To Do
Track 11 - She's The One
Track 12 - I'm Against It
Track 13 - Sheena Is A Punk Rocker.
Track 14 - Carbona, Not Glue
Track 15 - Commando
Track 16 - Needles And Pins
Track 17 - Don't Come Close
Track 18 - Surfin' Bird
Track 19 - Cretin Hop
Track 20 - Listen To My Heart
Track 21 - California Sun
Track 22 - I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You
Track 23 - Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World
Track 24 - Pinhead
Track 25 - crowd noise one
Track 26 - Do You Wanna Dance.
Track 27 - Suzy Is A Headbanger
Track 28 - Let's Dance.
Track 29 - crowd noise two
Track 30 - Judy Is A Punk
Track 31 - Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
Track 32 - We're A Happy Family
Track 33 - crowd noise three
Track 34 - Chainsaw
Track 35 - Bad Brain
Unknown mic > unknown analog tape recorder >
unknown master tape > Sony HF90 normal bias tape (3rd gen.) >
Sony TC-WE805S stereo cassette deck >
Aiwa XC-RW700 CD/CD recorder > Sony CD-R Audio 80 min. CD >
Cakewalk Pyro 2005 (giant wav files onto HD here) >
Cakewalk Pyro 2005 (tracked wav files here) >
Trader's Little Helper (encode wav to flac, level 8,
align on sector boundaries)
Quality - 8.5-9.0/10 very good plus to excellent minus audience recording
35 tracks or 32 tracks, one CD
35 tracks (with crowd noise) TT: 69:30
32 tracks (minus crowd noise) TT: 63:21
This is the ENTIRE concert.
I was NOT present at this show, although I had been to the
Decade many, many times before and after this concert.
I was given this tape by a long-time Pittsburgh
resident/tape trader about 19 years ago. He told me that it
was a 3rd gen tape and I have no reason to doubt that
statement. That's about all that I know. Here is a brief
synopsis of the recording, good points and bad...
1) This is a COMPLETE recording of the show.
2) There is no distortion in this recording. There are no speed
problems or other faults to detract from your enjoyment of the show.
3) There's not much talking at all around the taper.
There's no whistling or shrieking. There ARE constant
comments shouted out from the crowd but only after the
musical selection is finished.
4) All instruments and vocals are clearly heard. You can
actually understand most of what Joey is singing. This is
a much clearer tape than the last Ramones tape that I posted,
so if you liked that, you'll love this...
1) There IS a little hiss to this recording. It's pretty mild
compared to some tapes I've heard of this era and generation.
You should not find it intrusive.
2) The following comment is more subjective than objective, but
I'll make it anyway : The audience at this show HAD to be one
of the most vicious, nastiest, rudest bunch of assholes ever
assembled in any venue on the planet. The audience was very
HOSTILE towards the Ramones and I have no idea why. Here are
some sample insults from the crowd ; you'll hear them clearly
on the CD if you listen closely:
"New York sucks!"
"Your mother blows sailors!"
"Play something good!"
"Wake up, Dee Dee!"
And the list goes on and on....
Like I said, I have no idea what people's problems were that
night but it is really painful and embarrassing to listen to
how the people of Pittsburgh, PA treated these poor guys who
were there to play music for their fans.....WOW.......
Lastly, if you're a rabid Ramones fan, you may know that this
tape is sometimes labeled as being from the Electric Banana,
Pittsburgh, PA using the same date. I don't mean to piss anybody
off but I don't think that this is correct and here's why:
1) The guy who gave me the tape was pretty much an expert on the
local music scene and was focused on details. He said that the
concert was played at the Decade. That was good enough for me.
2) The Decade (may it rest in peace) had large thin copper or
brass metal sheets hanging on its walls. On these in black enamel
paint were written the names and dates of EVERY SINGLE BAND that
had ever played there since the place opened. The last time that I
was there was in late 1990 before it closed. I clearly recall seeing
the Ramones listed on one of the copper sheets but do not remember
the exact date, but I think it was 3/7/1979. I know that this is not
proof of much, but it still leads you in the right direction.
IF anybody was there at this show & CLEARLY recalls the correct venue
OR if any ticket stubs exist (which I doubt) OR if you have a newspaper
review or a handbill or printed announcement, PLEASE post your info
here and we can get this uncertainty cleared up. Thanks very much in
advance !!! I didn't find anything on the Internet...
Well, that's about all that I can think of to say, so let's wrap this
up. Finally, no buy, no sell, no mp3. Please seed this as long as you can.
Please trade this freely as it is probably fairly uncirculated.
This show will be a welcome addition to any Ramones fan's collection.
I will post a sample to help some of you decide whether or not to get it,
but trust me, it's a really good show. That's about as accurate an assessment
of the show as I can give. The setlist should be 100% correct. If it's not,
let me know. The 3 tracks listed as crowd noise are just that ; no music is
present in them. You can delete them & everything will sound great. So, as
Mr. Natural is so fond of saying, have fun, don't freak out and enjoy the
concert ! Hey ho, let's go again.......