Monday, 10 May 1982

Lone Star Caf´┐Ż
61 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10003

FLAC master, 23 January 2020, by elegymart:
Analog audience recording (stereo) {recorded by Gene Poole and friends}: unknown mics/recorder > 1980-82 US Maxell UDXLII C90 (Type II CrO2) analog audio cassette {from the Gene Poole collection} > Sony TC-WE435 (azimuth adjustment) > Roland R05 (24/96) > Cool Edit Pro 2.0 (audio cleanup, convert to 16/44) > SHNtool (fixed SBE) > CD Wave (track splits) > TLH (WAV > FLAC8).
Created this text file.

Total running time [52:05]
01 The Way I Walk [3:54]
02 Crimson and Clover [2:07]
03 Happy Birthday to Tony [1:04]
04 My Babe [3:13]
05 Someday, Someway [2:30]
06 I Love You So [2:46]
07 Lonely Weekends [3:00]
08 Mary Lou [5:12]
09 Silver Bullet [5:23]
10 instrumental [3:01]
11 Fire [3:21]
12 Nervous [2:47]
13 Linda Lu [3:42]
14 Rock Billy Boogie [2:35]
15 Black Slacks (false start) [1:59]
16 I Forgot to Remember to Forget [2:43]
17 Black Slacks [2:41]

Band line-up:
Robert Gordon - guitar, vocals
Chris Spedding - guitar, vocals on t08 and t09
Tony Garnier - bass, bass fiddle
Thommy Price - drums, percussion



Here's the latest installment of the Gene Poole Collection, a random wellspring of recordings which have recently surfaced. To paraphrase Lou: This is gonna go on for a while, so we should get used to each other, settle back, pull up your cushions, whatever else you have with you that makes life bearable to kick off the new decade...

Some of Gene's handiwork has probably been heard by your very ears before, for the most part via the Stonecutter Archives, but this is the first major unearthing of tapes direct from the legend himself. As promising as that may seem, it's best to let the surprises hit as they are shared. The trade-off to the prolific taping on Gene's part is that the expectations for a perfect track record would be unrealistic and unfair. There will be instances of incomplete recordings, caused by late arrivals to gigs, recorder and mic malfunctions, and other assorted foibles as would befall any mortal taper. There will be times where a master from another source exists which could be superior. For the most part, Gene recorded with a variety and mics and recorders, and many shows suffered from wire dropouts, so that only one channel was extant in the capture. Due warning about the past imperfect given and out of the way, credit should be given where due as well -- for many shows thought lost forever, it's exciting to discover that many of these even in incomplete form have now cropped up.

The transfers, the audio fixes, and the research all have required some lead time -- many tapes had scant info (sometimes just the name of the artist/band, with no date listed for the performance). Needless to say, gear documentation is virtually nil -- if we wait around for that precise detail to be forthcoming, nothing from the collection would probably see the light of day.

For this edition, we visit the Lone Star Cafe, joining an enthusiastic crowd in a small club to see Robert Gordon, here backed with his ever reliable stalwarts including long-time cohort Chris Spedding for a really top-notch rockabilly set. Robert Gordon with and without Chris Spedding played the Lone Star Cafe many a time, and there's an official live release available, but with Anton Fig on drums.

This recording might be one of the few exceptions in the collection where everything went right for Gene with the tape. Honing in on the sweet spot isn't too challening when the venue isn't that big, but one still has to avoid the chatter. Gene gets annoyed by the clapping during "My Babe" and requests that his neighbor cease doing so after the song ends, even offering to give him a dub of the show after the gig as an incentive. Who knows if that exchange ever transpired, but if not, this will now be the closest we get to fulfilling that promise.

Two sleuthing assignments for those of you brave enough to step forward:
1) With some more time and effort, the instrumental from Spedding here could probably be identified, but with everything else ready to go, it didn't make sense to delay sharing this, so we're relying on one of you to help identify the track.
2) Robert Gordon sings "Happy Birthday" to Tony Garnier, but Tony's birthday is August 13th. Gene did have a bad habit of not dating his tapes, or noting the approximate date, but he's never been off by such a wide margin. If anyone can turn up an ad for this show from August 13th, that could definitively refute the date Gene put on this tape as being wrong, but until then, we're going with what's listed.


VOL. 1: ROMEO VOID - 1982-10-30 Peppermint Lounge, NYC
VOL. 2: CYNDI LAUPER - 1986-12-19 Madison Square Garden, NYC
VOL. 3: THE GO-GO'S - 1984-06-30 Jones Beach, Wantagh
VOL. 5: X - 1987-10-04 The Ritz, NYC
VOL. 6: WARREN ZEVON - 1987-10-04 The Ritz, NYC
VOL. 7: FRIGHTWIG - 1986-11-30 Maxwell's, Hoboken
VOL. 8: LINDA RONSTADT - 1982-11-07 Radio City Music Hall, NYC
VOL. 9: PATTI SMITH GROUP - 1977-07-26 late show, Syncopation, Hartsdale
VOL. 10: SPURS - 1984-01-24 CBGB, NYC
VOL. 11: THE PRETENDERS - 1980-08-23 Mosport Park, Bowmanville
VOL. 12: THE B-52'S - 1980-08-23 Mosport Park, Bowmanville
VOL. 13: TALKING HEADS - 1980-08-23 Mosport Park, Bowmanville
VOL. 14: THE RUMOUR - 1980-08-23 Mosport Park, Bowmanville
VOL. 15: GRAHAM PARKER & THE SHOT - 1985-08-03 Pier 84, NYC
VOL. 17: ROBYN HITCHCOCK - 1988-07-22 Pier 84, NYC
VOL. 18: 10,000 MANIACS - 1988-07-22 Pier 84, NYC
VOL. 19: COMATEENS - 1984-12-26 The Ritz, NYC
VOL. 20: VIOLENT FEMMES - 1994-07-21 Roseland, NYC
VOL. 21: LENE LOVICH - 1988-06-16 The Ritz, NYC
VOL. 22: THOMPSON TWINS - 1984-08-14 Jones Beach, Wantagh
VOL. 23: THE PRIMITIVES - 1990-03-13 Beacon Theatre, NYC
VOL. 24: DAVE EDMUNDS - 1987-01-30 The Ritz, NYC
VOL. 25: GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS - 1982-02-20 Madison Square Garden, NYC