BOOTLEG SERIES #21: Jack Bruce & Friends – Fillmore East, New York, NY, USA // 31st January 1970

Jack Bruce has long been one of my all time favourite bassists due to his work with Cream but I’m ashamed to say that aside from his 1969 solo album Songs For A Tailor, I’m not overly familiar with the rest of his solo career. However that changed after hearing this excellent recording of a show he played at Fillmore East in New York with Jack Bruce & Friends, which includes Mitch Mitchell on drums, Larry Coryell on guitar and Mike Mandell on organ. The band only played seventeen dates together between the 24th January and 1st March 1970 and sadly there are less than a handful of live recordings of them. Thankfully, however, this late show recording from the 31st January is one of them.

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BOOTLEG SERIES #20: Cream – New Haven Arena, New Haven, CT, USA // 11th October 1968

For the 20th instalment of my BOOTLEG SERIES I return to one of my favourite bands of all time, Cream, a band who have been the focus of four previous instalments in this series. This show at New Haven Arena in New Havan, CT from the 11th October 1968 is one of the farewell shows the band played on their last tour of the United States and unlike many recordings from this tour, the band appear to be just getting through the show. That said there are countless great moments on each song and they’re enjoyable to listen to.

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BOOTLEG SERIES #19: The Allman Brothers Band – S.U.N.Y at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY, USA // 9th July 1970

It’s not every day that a new recording is unearthed featuring The Allman Brothers Band with Duane Allman, but that’s exactly what we have here. Recorded on the 9th July 1970 at S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook in New York, it really is a remarkable sounding recording given how much time has passed since it was made. For the full history of the recording and how it was made and since released, head here. What follows below is my take and thoughts on the recording itself in the form of a BOOTLEG SERIES article.

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BOOTLEG SERIES #18: Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – Chicago Blues Festival, Chicago, IL, USA // 7th June 1985

Stevie Ray Vaughan was a one of a kind, a blues king for a new generation of blues lovers around the world. Even though he passed away 26 years ago in 1990 we’re blessed to still have his studio albums, live albums and the countless bootlegs from so many shows he played during his career. Live bootlegs for someone as great as Stevie Ray Vaughan are essential listening, and this one recorded at Chicago Blues Festival in 1985 is no different.
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BOOTLEG SERIES #17: Elvis Presley – Robinson Auditorium, Little Rock, AR, USA // 16th May 1956

Wednesday the 16th May 1956 saw the one man hurricane Elvis Presley grace the stage at the Robinson Auditorium in Little Rock, Arkansas. It wasn’t the first time that Elvis had played the venue with his band but from this particular performance we’re extremely blessed to have a great recording to listen back to, especially one with such good quality given the amount of time that has passed since the show itself.

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BOOTLEG SERIES #16: The Rolling Stones – Leeds University, Leeds, England // 13th March 1971

The UK tour of 1971 saw The Rolling Stones stage their first at home since 1966. The band played to sold out venues across the country between the 4th and 26th March, with most of those dates featuring two shows from the band per night. On the 13th however, they were in Leeds playing at the University and we are well and truly blessed to have an exceptional quality bootleg that exists from the one show they played that day.

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