Friday, June 2, 2017

10,000 Maniacs 1982-10-07 The Old Main Inn Fredonia, NY

10,000 Maniacs
The Old Main Inn
Fredonia, NY
October 7, 1982
**earliest known recording of a complete 10,000 Maniacs show**

16 bit version from the collection of chopper7

1st generation cassette transferred and mastered by }{eywood
Lineage: SBD > cass (M) > That's as:II 100 cassette (1) > Optimus SCT-57 playback deck > Adobe Audition 1.5 (recording at
24/96, speed correction, EQ, normalization, splits & fades, conversion to 16/44.1, peak limiting) > TLH (SBE fix, flac 8)

Another very rare recording of the Maniacs before they were famous.  This is listed on Natalie Merchant's past gig timeline
( as being the band's 5th gig.  It is a single 100 minuite tape and only contains a
fraction of the 2nd set.

Many places on the tape one channel or the other, usually the right, went dead now and then. These spots have been converted to
mono using the remaining channel. The tape has a very pinched noise reduced sound to it, but no NR was used in the mastering.
This is how the cassette sounds.

1. The Latin One
2. Katrina's Fair
3. Poppy Selling Man
4. Pour de Chirico
5. Rum and Coca Cola
6. Magnificent Seven Medley (includes some of The Clash's "Magnificent Seven", plus a handful of other odds & ends that
     I can't identify)
7. Eli Eli
8. Anthem For Doomed Youth
9. Guns of Brixton (The Clash cover)
10. Tension
11. unknown instrumental
12. Toy Helmet (early "The Colonial Wing")
13. She's Lost Control (Joy Division cover)
14. Burning Airlines Gives You So Much More (Brian Eno cover)
15. Among the Americans
16. Planned Obsolescence
17. One Love
18. National Education Week
19. The Lion Sleeps Tonight (The Tokens cover)
20. The Death of Manolette
21. In Every Dream Home a Heartache (Roxy Music cover)


I obtained this from The Trader's Den shortly after initiating the current "flood" of Maniacs shows.  I had never seen or
heard of this recording before, and it beats the previous record-holder for earliest-known full 10,000 Maniacs concert
recording by about 3 weeks (Goodyear Hall, Buffalo, October 31 - I don't have a copy of that one, and would like to hear it,
if any of you are able to upload).

The original setlist was half-complete, so I filled in the gaps as best I could.  "Magnificent Seven Medley" is a title of
my own creation - truly, it's a complete mess of a song, incorporating a bunch of odds & ends including some of the Clash's
"Magnificent Seven".  If you can identify any of the other songs in the medley, please post your info. in the comments section.
It's funny to hear both Natalie and John singing in vaguely Jamaican accents - I'm sure that Natalie's peculiar singing style
evolved from this ska-influenced style, and to this day I think that John sings in the style of Dave Wakeling from The (English)

As the original uploader noted, this was surely one of the earliest 10,000 Maniacs concerts (possibly as early as their
4th public performance under the "10,000 Maniacs" name - unfortunately, the official "" gig timeline didn't go
any farther back than 1985, so I can't be certain).  I can't imagine who would have bothered to record the band at this
stage of their career, but I'm glad they did!


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