Wednesday, March 28, 2007

More Bootleg Heaven: Eels - Live at Reading Festival 1997

I am too good to you. After the 100% juicy goodness that was the Idlewild show a few days ago, here is something thats just as dear to my nostalgic heart, and almost, if not AS good as that show was. It's a BBC Radio broadcast of the first Eels lineup at the Reading Festival in 1997, which was a performance as part of the Beautiful Freak tour. Now i've detailed my very long love for the Eels in other posts, so I won't go into it again, but I will say that this one reaaaally takes me back as it's one of the first bootleg tapes I ever received from someone, back when the only Eels discussion forum online was a mailing list called Spunky. It's a great show because you get to hear how the band liked to mess with audience expectations even at their earliest stages. So we get a spoken word Novocaine and a bossanova My Beloved Monster. As they only had one proper album, we also get a few rare performances of old E solo songs (Looking Out The Window... and A Most Unpleasant Man), the ace original song Thirteen which is STILL unreleased to this day, as well as some choice covers. There's stuff from Daniel Johnston, Prince, Sophie B. Hawkins and (Little) Stevie Wonder. Hope you like the show!

Eels - 01 Not Ready Yet (live)
Eels - 02 Novocaine For The Soul (live)
Eels - 03 If I Was Your Girlfriend (live)
Eels - 04 Fingertips Part III (live)
Eels - 05 Susan's House (live)
Eels - 06 Guest List (live)
Eels - 07 Livin' Life (live)
Eels - 08 Mental (live)
Eels - 09 Thirteen (live)
Eels - 10 Looking Out The Window With A Blue Hat On (live)
Eels - 11 My Beloved Monster (live)
Eels - 12 Flower (live)
Eels - 13 A Most Unpleasant Man (live)
Eels - 14 Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover (live)
Eels - 15 Rags To Rags (live)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many thanks.

11:53 pm, April 09, 2007  
Anonymous thommo said...

Indeed, many thanks for this. i particularly like the quote from 'Do You Know What I Mean?' at the beginning of 'Novocaine...' and the bit of After The Gold Rush near the end...

3:33 am, April 10, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being a huge Eels-fan, this is a fantastic find. Thanks a lot and... if you have more?

8:56 pm, April 14, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks great but unfortunately the links don't work.

Can you please Re-up this?


4:05 pm, May 18, 2007  
Anonymous FijneWIET said...

I second that: please re-up this?


10:34 am, June 11, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks SO much for this, I've been looking for this show ever since E mentioned it up in the news section of his site. But I'm having the same problem others seem to be, that the links are broken. If you could re-up these, I would be most appreciative, this looks like a killer, killer concert to experience those younger crazier eels!

1:41 am, June 12, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eels are quite possibly the best pop band of the decade...I only have a very shoddy recording (audience member) of this gig. If you could re-up this set I would be eternally grateful.


4:04 pm, June 18, 2007  
Blogger Harbottle Grimstone said...

could you please re-up?

10:37 pm, July 08, 2011  

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