Friday, August 7, 2009

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Rutgers University, Piscataway, April 15, 1986 NJ, USA, [2CD][FLAC]

This was a last minute show I found out from reading, I believe, THE AQUARIAN WEEKLY, which was the local entertainment newspaper. I left work in New York City, took the train to my normal stop in Brunswick Junction (New Jersey), and headed to Piscataway and the gig.

The show was held in the gym at Livingston College on the campus of Rutgers University. As I stood in line to enter the gym, I noticed that everybody in front of me was getting the full pat down from security before they went in, and I felt that they'd find my recorder for certain. Since I had just come from work, I was still wearing my tie, and at the time, I was in my late 30's. The security guard looked at me, and just waved me through, likely thinking I was somebody's
father! Who knows, this may be the only document of this gig? There was no seating on the main floor, and being full of drunk and high college students, I didn't think that would be a good place to record. There were bleachers off to the left, and I positioned myself right on the end, as close to the left P.A. stack as I could get. The gym was an acoustic nightmare. It was shaped like an
airplane hanger, or a huge Quonset hut. Every note came roaring back at you echoing off the back wall and roof. The concert sounded like shit, but surprise, surprise, the recording turned out WAY better than what my ears heard that night. I wonder if any other tapers have experienced something like this? This was my first of the two times I saw SRV. This was before he went to rehab, and I kind of felt he was a little tipsy this night. The songs were jammed out
forever, and I had three tape flips, which wasn't my norm. The last time I saw him was with the tour with Jeff Beck in 1989, after he had cleaned up his act. Personally, I thought his playing had improved dramatically. Still, if one can play like this being high, then there is no hope for any of you aspiring guitarists! I had the pleasure of meeting Stevie at a record store signing on July 29, 1989 at "CROW'S NEST DIGITAL" in Naperville, IL. Easily the nicest person I ever met in the music biz. He made you feel like you were some long lost friend he hadn't seen in ten years. His autographs were beautiful penmanship, with a nice sentiment, not the normal rock star scribbles that you can't even figure out who there are, if you didn't already know. He was one of the greats, and is sorely missed. Enjoy!!!!

Livingston Gym/Livingston College
Rutgers University, Piscataway
April 15, 1986 NJ, USA


Stevie Ray Vaughan - guitar & vocals
Tommy Shannon - bass
Chris Layton - drums
Reese Wynans - keyboards

Taper: bpthree

Taping Gear: Sony TC-1100T with Sony ECM-16 condenser microphone.

Lineage: Maxell UDXL1 master cassettes> Teac A-550RX cassette playback> TASCAM CDRW-700> Trade CD-R> (wav) EAC (secure mode)> (flac) Trader's Little Helper level 6 (align on sector boundaries)

Quality: vg/vg+

Set List:

Disc One (Time 79:56m):

01. Scuttle Buttin'
02. Say What!
03. Ain't Gone N' Give Up On Love
04. Come On (Part III)
05. Voodoo Child (slight return)(Part One)(Tape Flip)
06. Voodoo Child (slight return)(Part Two)
07. Texas Flood
08. Cold Shot
09. Couldn't Stand The Weather

Disc Two (Time 62:29m):

01. Life Without You (Part One)(Tape Flip)
02. Life Without You (Part Two)
03. Riviera Paradise
04. Unknown Instrumental
05. Rude Mood
06. Little Wing/Third Stone From The Sun (Part One)(Tape Flip)
07. Third Stone From The Sun (Part Two)/Closing Introductions

Length: 142:25 minutes

Format: FLAC

Enjoy !!!

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Dr. Fusion said...

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9
Part 10

Crimhead420 said...

Fred, your blog is awesome!

JJ said...

You are correct, there is another copy of this show that is somewhere out there, but Vince nor I have been able to track one down. Thanks for this.
BTW it's rated c+ audience.