Saturday, 10 September 1988

Beacon Theatre
2124 Broadway
New York, New York 10023

FLAC master, 9 May 2020, by elegymart:
Analog audience recording (stereo) {recorded by Gene Poole}: unknown mics/recorder > 1985-86 US Maxell XLII Epitaxial (Type II CrO2) 90-minute analog audio cassette master {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 [27:14]
01 introduction [0:46]
02 instrumental [2:39]
03 There'll Come a Day [2:40]
04 Shopgirl [3:36]
05 Slave Lover [2:33]
06 Reptile Farm [4:15]
07 Tilt-a-whirl [3:09]
08 Now That We Know What to Do What Have We Learned? [4:00]
09 Prison Correspondence [3:32]

Band line-up:
George Gilmore - guitar, vocals
Bill Schunk - guitar
Al "Dente" Greller - upright bass
Peter Moser - drums



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 in what has already been the start of trying 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 of 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 -- we wait around for that precise detail to be forthcoming, nothing from the collection would probably see the light of day.

We head over to the Beacon Theatre this time for a short opening set from local New York band Tall Lonesome Pines. They opened for Dwight Yoakam at this sold-out show, probably the largest audience they ever played to.

The band never broke big, but started out as a duo in 1985, with Gilmore and Fleshtones bassist Marek Pakulski. After Pakulski left and with more shifts in the band including Dave Schram's brief stint in their final incarnation, the Pines called it a day in 1990 with the Gilmore relocating to Texas.

Gene's recording is a really crisp sampling of what this cowpunk band sounded like live. Most of the songs are original except for the Nappy Brown and George Jones covers. If anyone can identify the opening instrumental, perhaps that one isn't an original either. There's no official recorded output from the Pines, other than the appearance of "Prison Correspondence" and one or two other songs on compilations, so this actually gives you a better indication of the band's music.