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Posted - 12/01/2016 :  19:05:08  Show Profile  Visit benji's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thought it made sense to make a new thread for those who weren't reading the one where I posted this earlier today, which is here (http://forum.frankblack.net/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=23836).

I posted this in response to a comment from picpic that went like this:
Originally posted by picpic
I heard BF performed a few solo shows during the Pixies years. Have the others ever been bootlegged ?

And here'd my response:
He performed quite a few times solo during the Pixies days. He did dates in Europe and the US. I don't know of a site that lists them all well as it's not "The Pixies" and it was obviously before he became "Frank Black." But it was during 1990 and 1991. I have recordings of a dozen or so of them, and I'm sure there are more floating around. The most "famous" bootleg of these shows is called The Dream Is Over and can be found floating round a lot on the net. It was recorded in November 1990 in London. But for your listening pleasure here it is: https://mega.nz/#!EhI0lSgC!4W_ZLCpW-W9lKKbTMjqW-rw8h3ZRdtHobir7OG-86sQ

The Dream Is Over was kinda like the holy grail back in the days before the internet took over. I remember so vividly the excitement I felt when I found it for sale at a 2nd hand record shop for real cheap (The shop is still there too!). I'd had a copy on tape before then and had listened to it so damn much, so to finally have it on cd was like the best fucking day of my life! Several years before then I had even tried to buy a copy from KTS themselves (the bootleg label that made the cd along with hundreds/thousands of others - they were the bomb!) when they were still in operation, just. A family friend had internet (amazing I know!), so I headed over there to do some research on this amazing bootleg label I'd heard about and over the course of 2-3 visits over about 3 months I managed to put in a postal order for some cd's with a special cheque I got made up at the bank as KTS was an Italian company and I lived in New Zealand, and no-one I knew had a credit card! Well, the company went bust/were shut down before I got my cd's, so I was absolutely gutted. And I lost some money too, which to me as a pimply ~15-year old, was a huge deal. Crickey, hadn't thought about that for years/decades.
Anyways, there's a link to the cd up above.

Interestingly, I also have a recording of the gig from the day after(?) which is virtually identical in terms of setlist, sound quality so therefore utter musical brilliance as The Dream Is Over. It's never been widely circulated at all - mainly cause an mp3-bloated copy is all that seems to circulate. Here's a link to that as well. Sound quality is not quite as good - probaly only cause it hasn't been processed. Has a few different songs from the night before(?), my favourite of which is Down To The Well - lovely.
Link: https://mega.nz/#!585DyZRS!NUj_8lmxGSjuD9IKT3vAbI4YV6D6vSL4ZGbGXecCDDg

And the 3rd one I've uploaded is from 1991 at McCabes Guitar Shop, Santa Monica, which must have been an amazing place to see gigs as some absolute cracking recordings have been done there. This one's a little different cause Joey joins in for the 2nd half of the gig. Frank talks a fair bit during this gig too, which is unusual.
Link: https://mega.nz/#!o0IhGIKJ!orydD6ifmQ0dsFXKPvxEnM9kvRfvcBihsn5oUQuVuvc

These are all mp3's. If people want them as FLAC, I have that too, so just ask.

all i can say, thank god for polio! brian
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