Friday, 11 February 2011

Bootleg: Kingpin's Bowling Alley, 2005

It's quite easy to tell which covers I made myself, isn't it?

Now here's a really rare one, and with a story behind it. In 2005, R.E.M.'s guitar technician Dewitt Burton was holding a wedding ceremony in Athens, at a bowling alley, and the band decided on an impromptu concert to show their appreciation for his work. What could be better than R.E.M. playing at your wedding, you ask? Well, how about having the incredible Bill Berry drumming live for the first time since 2003? Exactly!

Bootleg details:
Tracklist:
01- Sitting Still
02 - (Don't Go Back To) Rockville
03 - Wolves, Lower
04 - Begin the Begin (at the request of the bride)
05 - The One I Love
06 - Permanent Vacation
07 - Radio Free Europe (the last time I recall this being played was in the 90s!)

Quality: A+
Rating: ◊ - Keep in mind this is an impromptu concert, meaning they probably didn't rehearse for it. It does show in places - Wolves, Lower is the example that springs to mind - but is interesting to listen to in any case.

Download: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=9K7GKT0N

One thing I should mention is the inaccuracies on the bootleg itself. The track names, as well as the original cover I made, list the date of the concert as 10/10/05. This is wrong - it was actually two days earlier. Although I haven't bothered to change the track names (just do that manually), you can download the cover at the top of the page which has the right date on it, and delete the wrong one included in the .rar file. Sorry about that!

In other news, remixes of It Happened Today have been pouring in to the Soundcloud website, which you can view here. I also made one myself. Check it out if you like:

It Happened Today - Contrast Mix by ListentotheAuctioneer

I don't have the best mixing software in the world (it crashed after I added too many tracks), but that's the best I can do with the equipment I've got. Enjoy the bootleg!

Yours truly,
Auctioneer

16 comments:

  1. Any chance of a re-up please?

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    1. Dammit, I forgot these all went down! I still have the original files, check back in a few days and I'll hopefully I can get a mirror for the ZIP.

      Yours truly,
      Auctioneer

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    2. I'm not trying to hassle you but how's the download link coming along?

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    3. Sorry for the delay, I just haven't had time to find a host for the files! It's the middle of exam season once again so I've had to spend time revising.

      Tell you what, seeing as you've been kind enough to actually come and check back after requesting a re-up (which nobody ever seems to do these days :( ), this one time I'll personally e-mail you the files - there's only seven tracks after all, not a lot to send! Just post your e-mail address here and I'll message you with the tracks. :)

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    4. Thank you kindly it's Simon.haddow@sky.com

      And all the best with the exams.

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  2. Hi, would be really grateful if you could re-upload this gig (or e-mail me?) - I didn't know Bill Berry had played with the rest of the band since he'd left - and I call myself a fan! Thanks, Jason
    jasnatstmichaels@hotmail.com

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    1. As much as I'd like to, I really don't have the time to individually e-mail everyone the tracks, especially considering what a jerk my e-mail provider is concerning attachments. I'll try and find a host tonight.

      Also, regarding Berry's appearances, he played with the band in 2003 where he came on to play a couple of songs at a show (Radio Free Europe and Permanent Vacation, I think), and additionally in 2007 at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He still plays on occasion, his most recent performance being last year sometime - I think I wrote about it on this blog somewhere.

      Yours truly,
      Auctioneer

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    2. Okay, here's the new link to the file:

      http://www.filehosting.org/file/details/342580/Kingpin_s_Bowling_Alley.rar

      If you could try downloading it, Jason, and get back to me as to whether it works, I'd be very grateful. :)

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    3. Hi, Tested the link and I'm afraid I could't get it to work - maybe I'm being inept but ended up being given option to UPLOAD a file!
      BUT Simon(asithappens)has kindly sent me the files anyway - so I'm ok now.
      Thank you for your efforts, Jason

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  3. here's a link on rapidshare for the kingpin gig and also another reunion in 2006 at the Georgia Music Awards.

    https://rapidshare.com/files/2278244913/R.E.M._-_Kingpin_s_Bowling_Alley_2005__Reunion_from_Auctioneer_.zip

    https://rapidshare.com/files/476784450/R.E.M._-_2006_Georgia_Music_Awards_Ceremony.zip

    you can see a list of Bill's reunions with R.E.M. here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Berry#Reunions_with_R.E.M.

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    1. Thanks very much for the links, Simon! And also for supplying the show to Jason, much appreciated. :)

      Additionally, if anyone requests a re-up for any other shows, I'll make sure to use Rapidshare, as that one seems to work.

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    2. My pleasure, just glad to help.

      well on the re-up subject when you have time if you could that would be ace.

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    3. could you share the link for the Bowling Alley show?
      thanks!

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    4. https://www.dropbox.com/s/xx06sa2erld9cev/R.E.M.%20-%20Kingpin%27s%20Bowling%20Alley%2C%202005.zip?dl=0

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  4. This is a nice post explaining a lot about Bowling Alley. I really appreciate your efforts to do so. If you have more information about this topic plz reply me here in the comment. Thanks in advance.

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