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VIC CHESNUTT & THE SCARED SKIFFLE GROUP
- August 14, 1995 -
Alte Maelzerei, Regensburg, Germany
** analog AUD master, AZIMUTH ALIGNED, MWM 0227 **
> "REMEMBER VIC !" - EDITED MWM-version of a
completely UNCIRCULATED "heavymen" recording << w/ samples
Cannot say how much we miss James Victor Chesnutt in this crazy world today...
"Vic Chesnutt is an odd nut to crack. His style - a hodgepodge of Southern folkisms and
his own despairing and uneasily sincere, comic insights - is something you either struggle
with as a listener, wincing at the idiosyncratic truth of his words, or get addicted to so
badly, you lose sight of your own reality in favor of his more difficult and charming one."
- Colin Helms, CMJ New Music Report
Though Michael Stipe had been a fan of Vic Chesnutt since the late '80s, producing his
first two full-lengths, it took the Sweet Relief Two tribute album to make a star of
him in mid-1996. The album featured artists such as Madonna, Hootie & the Blowfish,
Smashing Pumpkins, and R.E.M. covering the songs of Chesnutt, a paraplegic who was
injured in a car accident when he was 18. The singer/songwriter began playing contem-
porary acoustic folk around Athens, GA, soon after his injury.
A show at the 40 Watt Club brought him to the attention of Stipe, who helped with
production on 1990's Little and 1991's West of Rome, both on Texas Hotel Records.
A documentary video of Chesnutt's life called Speed Racer was produced and directed
by Peter Sillen in 1991, and has aired on PBS. Chesnutt's third album, Drunk, followed
in late 1993, but the release of his fourth album was delayed by Chesnutt's membership
in Brute, a project with members of Widespread Panic including David A. Schools, Michael
Houser, Todd Nance, John Hermann, Johnny Hickman, David Lowery, and John Keane.
After Sweet Relief Two was released in July 1996, Capitol signed Chesnutt and released
About to Choke, his major-label debut, in the fall of that year. The Salesman and
Bernadette followed in 1998 on Capricorn and featured Lambchop as his backing band.
The record's poor sales led him to be dropped by that label, but Chesnutt continued
to record, cutting an album with Kelly and Nikki Keneipp called Merriment, which was
issued in 2000. That same year, he teamed up with longtime friend and admirer Kristin
Hersh for a series of U.S. tour dates. The following year, Chesnutt issued Left to His
Own Devices, a collection of rarities, outtakes, and demos. In 2003, Chesnutt struck a
deal with the roots rock-oriented New West label, which released his album Silver Lake
in 2003. Ghetto Bells, which features contributions from jazz guitarist Bill Frisell
and multi-instrumentalist Van Dyke Parks, followed in 2005. The following year, Chesnutt
recorded North Star Deserter in Montreal. It was released on Constellation Records in 2007.
Dark Developments, a collaboration with fellow Athens hometowners Elf Power, arrived in
2008, followed by At the Cut in 2009. Vic Chesnutt passed away on December 25th, 2009.
- John Bush
About the recording:
The concert was recorded by an old friend with analog equipment, and later i got his
master cassettes and transferred them to DAT. The rest was mainly done over the last
few weeks, and as this came from analog cassettes, no noise reduction was used, so there
is a slight tape hiss audible (just detectable with a good ability to hear...hehehe...).
And as the venue was very crowded (like usually @ Vic's shows here), there is some crowd
noise, talking, giggling and murmuring detectable, plus the usual sound of colliding
glasses and some kicked beerbottles - but IMO not too distracting.
Please check the samples...
always remember what our dear buddy real-O-mind (G2) writes:
It is what it is - "It ain't perfect, but it ain't bad"
and if you're still beset by doubts:
LEAVE IT, GRAB SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT !!
IN MY OPINION ANOTHER "MUST-HAVE" SHOW
(i know i write this ALL the time...),
SO: PLEASE ENJOY!
And don't forget:
CRANK UP YOUR STEREO & START SMILING !
VIC CHESNUTT & THE SCARED SKIFFLE GROUP (the artists)
Alte Maelzerei (the venue)
Regensburg (the city)
Germany (the country)
August 14, 1995 (the date)
Regensburg, historically also Ratisbon and in Latin Ratisbona, is a city in Bavaria,
Germany, located at the confluence of the Danube (Donau) and Regen rivers, at the
northernmost bend in the Danube. To the east lies the Bavarian Forest.
Regensburg, with a population of more than 130.000, is the capital of the Bavarian
administrative region Upper Palatinate. The large medieval center of the city is a
UNESCO World Heritage Site.
"Maelzerei", or german "Mälzerei", is a former malthouse (for the breweries) with
an unique, oldfashioned interior and a (usually) fantastic sounding PA-system...
as far as we know NONE of this torrent was used commercially...
the complete concert:
All songs by Vic Chesnutt unless otherwise specified.
CD 1 (44:46.54)
1-01. Bad Boy Town (aborted) & 3:08.43
1-02. Onion Soup 6:51.16
1-03. Sad Peter Pan 4:30.44
1-04. Thailand 4:28.61
1-05. Supernatural 5:18.17
1-06. Ladle 4:58.02
1-07. Doubting Woman 5:47.11
1-08. Degenerate 5:07.48
1-09. Story Of 'Duck In A Tree' 0:56.59
1-10. Duck In A Tree # -> crowd noise $ 3:39.53
CD 2 (50:21.06)
2-01. Strange Language 5:14.23
2-02. When I Ran Off and Left Her 4:16.61
2-03. Gravity Of The Situation 4:58.33
2-04. Parameters # 5:44.46
2-05. Thumbtack 5:17.49
2-06. ..."we're done !" -> crowd noise 1:14.00
2-07. Betty Lonely 5:29.54
2-08. Monster-Dragon Song # 4:53.26
2-09. Free Of Hope -> crowd noise % 7:15.37
2-10. Old Hotel § 5:56.52
total: 44:46.54 + 50:21.06 = 95:07.60 minutes
& -> a.k.a. "short soundcheck" by reason of the band arriving too late at the venue...
$ -> tape flip during the crowd noise/applause, crossfaded
# -> unreleased song, not on Vic's official records (so far)
% -> tape stopped during the very long crowd noise/applause, patch from 6:40.55 to 7:11.20
§ -> song on master tape incomplete by reason of tape-out, patch starting @ 3:51.70 to the end
You can join this one also seamlessly, as there are no fades at the
end of 1-10. and the beginning of 2-01. Nothing was lost @ this cut.
James Victor "Vic" Chesnutt - vocals, guitar, tenor ukulele, harmonica
Alex McManus - guitars, concertina, kalimba
Tina Whatley Chesnutt - bass
Jimmy Davidson - drums & percussion
recorded by heavymen, audience to analog tape
Aiwa CM30 > portable Sony Professional WM D6C (without any Dolby NoiseReduction) >
> Compact Cassette (TDK SA 90, 1-7/8ips Super Avilyn, High Bias (CrO2) Type II, 135 meter tape)
the transfer 1 (mid-90ies):
Cassette (master) > Nakamichi Cassette Deck 1 (manual playback head azimuth aligned ! No NR used) > Analog Cable (coax) >
> Sony Digital Audio Tape Deck DTC-60ES, recorded with "Super Bit Mapping" (16 bit, SP 48 kHz) >
> DAT (Maxell HS-4/90s, Helical-Scan 4mm Data Cartridge, 90 meter tape)
the transfer 2 (last year):
DAT (master) > Sony DAT Deck DTC-60ES, digital S/P-DIF out > Oehlbach Hyper Profi Opto Set (optical fibre, TOS-Link) >
> Behringer SRC-2496 Ultramatch Pro
(Ultra-high-resolution 24-Bit/96 kHz A/D & D/A and Sample Rate Converter & Dropouts-/Jitter Remover) >
> 16 bit, SP 48 kHz converted to 16 bit, SP 44,1 kHz > > Oehlbach Hyper Profi Opto Set (optical fibre, TOS-Link) >
> Terratec Aureon 7.1 PCI - Dolby Digital Live Soundcard with C-Media CMI8768 Soundprocessor Chip, digital S/P-DIF in >
> Motherboard with AMD Multicore Processor, Serial ATA Interface > CD Wave (recording) >
> Harddisc Western Digital with Thermaltake HD Cooler (EVER had a HardDisc burnout ??) >
and finally over the last few weeks:
> lonetaper's secret box of miracles # >
> CD Wave (tracking) > Traders Little Helper (SB aligned/level 6) > FLAC > DIME
This upload here comes directly from the "Men With Microphones" archives,
FROM THE ORIGINAL AUDIENCE MASTER WITH FULLY KNOWN LINEAGE ! Pictures of
the recording gear used back then are included in the folder...
# Fully edited version of the show by MWM 2010
Any EQ'ing was very slight, using the BBE Sonic Maximizer
and several Plug-Ins, lowering some of the mud and especially
to pull the vocal & instrumental frequencies forward - just a
touch - to help balance it overall a bit better...for Leo's ears...
Two patches from a different, superior recording had been
used to complete the final song/tape end and one encore cut,
the only further addition to the files was
a short fade-in and, at the end, a fade-out.
Leo once wrote:
VERY SPECIAL THANKS, from the bottom of my heart, to my longtime
friend & fellow DIMEr heavymen for opening his incredible archive.
Parts of the "Heavymen Collection" are also in the "MWM"-vaults, as
we did not only trade with each other, we also viewed and recorded
a real bunch of shows together, as friends, music fans, etc.pp....
Leo learned an incommensurable lot from his friend, NOT just back then...THANKS !
And if there's some interest, maybe there is MORE TO COME...
it just depends on YOUR demeanor, and lotta useful comments ;-)
Vic Chesnutt, Singer and Songwriter, Dies at 45
Vic Chesnutt, whose darkly comic songs about mortality, vulnerability and life's simple
joys made him a favorite of critics and fellow musicians, died Friday in a hospital in
Athens, Ga., a family spokesman said. He was 45 and lived in Athens.
He had been in a coma after taking an overdose of muscle relaxants earlier this week,
said the spokesman, Jem Cohen.
Mr. Chesnutt had a cracked, small voice but sang with disarming candor about a struggle
for peace in a life filled with pain. A car crash at age 18 left him partly paralyzed,
and he performed in a wheelchair.
The accident, he has said, focused him as a songwriter, and it became the subject of some
of his earliest recordings. "I'm not a victim/Oh, I am an atheist," Mr. Chesnutt sang in
"Speed Racer," from his first album, "“Little," produced by Michael Stipe of R.E.M. and
released in 1990.
In a recent interview on the public radio show "Fresh Air," he told Terry Gross: "It was
only after I broke my neck and even like maybe a year later that I really started realizing
that I had something to say."
Although he never had blockbuster record sales, Mr. Chesnutt was a prolific songwriter who
remained a mainstay on the independent music circuit for two decades, making more than 15 albums.
Musicians flocked to work with him: he recorded with the bands Lambchop, Widespread Panic
and Elf Power, as well as the jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, and in a recent burst of creative
activity he made two albums with a band that included Guy Picciotto of Fugazi and members of
the Montreal indie-rock group Thee Silver Mt. Zion.
Because of Mr. Chesnutt's fondness for simple guitar chords - after his accident his fingers
could no longer form the jazzier ones, he has said - his work was often described as a variant
of folk-rock. But the sound of his albums changed with their revolving collaborators, from
stark recordings of Mr. Chesnutt alone to finessed full-band arrangements.
The constant in his career was a keen poetic intelligence that could be sardonic or unsparingly
confessional. "I'm not an optimist/I’m not a realist/I might be a sub-realist," he sang on his
1996 album "About to Choke."
Born in Jacksonville, Fla., on Nov. 12, 1964, James Victor Chesnutt was adopted and grew up
in Zebulon, Ga.; his grandfather gave him guitar lessons, having him transpose "Sweet Georgia
Brown" into every key in the scale. He was injured in 1983, while driving drunk, he later said,
and shortly thereafter moved to Athens and became a regular at the 40 Watt Club, where he was
seen by Mr. Stipe.
A documentary, "Speed Racer: Welcome to the World of Vic Chesnutt," was released in 1993, and
in 1996 his songs were performed by Madonna, the Indigo Girls, Smashing Pumpkins, R.E.M. and
others for "Sweet Relief II: The Gravity of the Situation," an album that benefited the Sweet
Relief Musicians Fund, a nonprofit group that offers musicians medical support.
His survivors include his wife, Tina Whatley Chesnutt; a sister, Lorinda Crane; and nine nieces
Mr. Chesnutt was an outspoken critic of the health care system, saying in his recent interview
on "Fresh Air" that operations had left him deeply in debt. In his music, he was also frank
about his own problems, including suicide, which he had attempted several times.
He sings about suicide in "Flirted With You All My Life," from his recent album "At the Cut,"
describing death as a lover he must break up with because his accomplishments in life are
"When you touched a friend of mine I thought I would lose my mind
But I found out with time that really, I was not ready, no no, cold death
Oh death, I'm really not ready."
- Ben Sisario
The New York Times - December 26, 2009, on page D8 of the New York edition.
"Angeschossener Wolf", schrieb heute die Berliner Zeitung zum Tode des großen bösen
verletzlichen Songwriters Vic Chesnutt. Am 25. Dezember war der Mann, der kein freundlicher
Vorzeige-Rolli sein wollte, in seiner Heimatstadt Athens, Georgia, gestorben.
"Man muss die erfreulichen und die bestürzenden Ereignisse des diesjährigen Weihnachtsfests
zusammenlesen: Am Heiligabend hatte US-Präsident Barack Obama im Senat einen wichtigen
Abstimmungssieg in Sachen Gesundheitsreform errungen; nur einen Tag später erlag der Songwriter
Vic Chesnutt mit 45 Jahren den Folgen einer Überdosis von Beruhigungsmitteln. Zuvor hatte er
einige Tage im Koma gelegen. Chesnutt ist zweifellos eines der prominentesten Opfer der möglicher-
weise durch Obama bald überwundenen amerikanischen Zweiklassen-Medizin", so die Berliner Zeitung.
Seit einem Autounfall mit 18 Jahren war er querschnittsgelähmt und zum Überleben auf teure
Behandlungen angewiesen. Da aber vorerkrankte Menschen in den USA zu realistischen finanziellen
Bedingungen in keine Krankenversicherung aufgenommen werden, musste er sämtliche Kosten selbst
tragen. Zuletzt kämpfte der Künstler mit einer Klage eines Krankenhauses, das für eine Reihe
von Operationen 70 000 Dollar einforderte.
"Unerschwinglich selbst für jemanden wie Chesnutt, der zwar unglaublich produktiv und trotz
angeschlagener Gesundheit ständig auf Tour war - aber eben niemals das große Geld verdiente.
Dabei veröffentlichte er dieses Jahr doch gleich zwei Alben mit seinem extrem poetischen und
extrem unverlogenen Folkrock", stellte das Hauptstadtblatt fest.
"Speed Racer" hat sich der rasende Rollstuhlmusikant einmal genannt. Zu finden ist der so betitelte
Song auf seinem Debüt-Album "Little" von 1990. "Von da an brachte Chesnutt ein Glanzwerk nach dem
anderen heraus; Pausen wurden allenfalls von den unvermeidlichen Krankenhausaufenthalten diktiert",
heißt es weiter in dem Nachruf.
"Er jaulte wie ein angeschossener Wolf, herzzerreißend und angsteinflößend zugleich (Cobbham Blues
auf YouTube). Weglaufen konnte er nicht, zubeißen indes schon. Seine Songtexte, vorgetragen zu
zarten Moll-Tönen, taten oft weh.
Grandios, wie der gleichermaßen an Punk wie an Folk geschulte Musiker immer wieder in den
schönsten Worten die eigene Degenerierung mit der in seinem gesellschaftlichen Umfeld abglich.
Nein, Chesnutt war kein freundlicher Vorzeige-Rolli."
- sch (kobinet) Berlin
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Torrent #292100 Jeff BECK, Tim BOGERT & Carmine APPICE (BBA)- June 09, 1973 - Nuremberg
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open recorded and carefully stored over the years by heavymen (all thanks go to him...), edited by Leo,
transferred & finally first uploaded by pythonmonty on DIME, November 18, 2010. This here is "MWM 00227"
please consign this info-sheet with the shared music - thanks !