This was the last show I saw of the week long run in 1992. 5 shows in 6 nights. I was going to try to go to Kansas City the next day, but that would have been a long drive there, then driving through the night with no sleep to make my flight in Chicago. By the time I got to Columbia, I was pretty tired. I went to the “liquor and guns” store made famous by lyrics in “Whiskey Bottle”… and did not even realize it until well after the fact. D’oh! I got to the club late and it was packed. So packed that I could not get close and I could not set up my tripod. I ended up using my tripod as a folded up monopod-like thing. It turned out ok, except some people kept getting in the way of the filming.
Here is the last UT show from the November of 1992 run that I taped. I was supposed to go to Kansas City the next night and then drive 12 hours straight through the night to catch my plane in Chicago, but my body told me that wasn’t going to happen. I went to the Didjits show with Jim Utz instead. Anyway, I got to Columbia in the early afternoon and tried to find a liquor store for some beer. I saw this place with the sign “Liquor Guns and Ammo”, so I went in and saw that they only had lousy beer, so I bailed. It didn’t even occur to me until years later the store I was in was probably the same one described in UT’s song “Whiskey Bottle”. Duh. I conked out before the show and got there a little late. I get in the club and it is PACKED. Like, sold out packed… and I am late and I have no place to film. I had to wedge myself between some people and use my tripod like a monopod- hanging it over the railing on the balcony a bit to get a clear shot. I think it still turned out pretty good. The only downside of that approach was the DAT recording. I could not tend to the DAT so the battery dies during the last song, so you get crappy stock camera audio for that one.
Recorded by: Shayne Stacy Equipment used: Sony TR-81, Sony TCD-D3 DAT w/Nakamichi CM300 mic. Enhanced (degrain) via Adobe Premiere Elements/Neat Video Audio/Video synch via pluraleyes.
I got the last Uncle Tupelo Band Archive DAT back from the repair man, and he was able to salvage some of the shows on it. I will tell you about the saga of DAT# 253 at a later time. Anyway, this show does not sound very good. The one redeeming quality that it does have, is the only complete performance of the band’s Mashup of Smells Like Teen Spirit/Stepping stone. If you want to hear Uncle Tupelo do Nirvana (kinda), forward to about the 1 hour mark in this show.
Recorded by: ? Transfer by: Shayne Stacy Transfer equipment: Aiwa cassette deck line in to Sony DTC-690 DAT Transfer from DAT with Sony PCM-R500 and M-Audio 2496 card EQ in Sony Soundforge 10 (boost highs, drop mids)
Setlist courtesy of factorybelt.net: Before I Break/ Discarded/ Gun/ Fall Down Easy/ Watch Me Fall/ Looking For A Way Out/ Nothing/ So Called Friend/ Cold Shoulder/ True to Life/ D.Boon/ ?/ Punch Drunk/ Still Be Around/ Postcard/ Screen Door/ Graveyard Shift/ I Found That Essence Rare/ John Hardy/ Smells Like Teen Spirit-Stepping Stone/ Love’s Gonna Live Here/ No Depression/ Off The Hook/ I Wanna Destroy You/ Factory Belt/ Sin City
Here’s the last Uncle Tupelo post for a bit- there is still a lot more to post… but this is one of the best shows in the band’s archive. Just a killer set and those encores! They did not do Dinosaur Jr’s Freak Scene often.
Setlist (courtesy factorybelt.net site): Factory Belt/ No Depression/ Postcard/ Train/ Flatness/ Punch Drunk/ D.Boon/ Discarded/ Life Worth Livin’/ Nothing/ True to Life/ Outdone/ Watch Me Fall/ Before I Break/ Gun/ Wasn’t Born to Follow/ Screen Door/ I Got Drunk/ t-shirt song/ Whiskey Bottle (cut)/ That Year/ Graveyard Shift/ Atomic Power/ Left in the Dark/ Freak Scene/ Fortunate Son/ Gimme, Gimme, Gimme/ Down By The River/ Baby Please Don’t Go/ There Was A Time
Recorded by: Tony Margherita Transferred by: Shayne Stacy Equipment used: 1994 DAT transfer- Playback with consumer Aiwa belt drive deck (big regret)- Sony DTC690 using monster audio cables. Equipment used: 2019 DAT to WAV transfer: Sony PCM-R500 — Audiophile 2496 card — WAV Transfer Lineage: Band Archive Tape – My DAT (90 meter DAT in 32khz- big regret) – You
OK, so I guess it is time to tell the saga of DAT #251. I have already told the story of getting the Uncle Tupelo band archive tapes on one of my coffee creek posts, years back. Once I learned that the tapes were coming, I ordered a box of 10 DATs to use so I could copy them from cassette to DAT. Well, the tape supplier sent me the wrong tape- they sent me 90 meter DATs (3 hour) rather than 60 meter (2 hour). I did not have time to deal with returns and I thought “hey, it’s a free hour per tape” so I put the entire UT archive on these things (except for 1 tape). I now know that 90 meter DATs are notorious for errors and jamming up, and that’s exactly what happened with DAT #251. It seized up and broke so and I tried to splice it myself and made it worse. We recently sent the tape to a guy who specializes in fixing these… and it was too screwed up. He said it was the most damaged tape he had ever seen. He sent me a file with the salvaged files. This show is actually 90 minutes long. Only the first 60min were able to be saved, and this one cuts off before it really gets good! I will need to get one of those DAT clones (or someone transfer the 32khz file) I sent to people so we can do a proper transfer of the full show. Bummer.
Recorded by: Tony Margherita? Band archive tape digitized by Shayne Stacy Equipment used: Aiwa consumer deck and Sony DTC-690 DAT xfer by Bill Reutelhuber
Setlist (courtesy of factorybelt.net): 11/29/90 – Blue Note, Columbia, MO Life Worth Livin’/ Punch Drunk/ Watch Me Fall/ Postcard/ Gun/ Discarded/ Flatness/ Outdone/ Sauget Wind/ Train/ Wasn’t Born to Follow/ Atomic Power/ Nothing/ Before I Break/ That Year/ Country Home/ True to Life/ D.Boon/ I’ve Been Working On the Railroad/ Factory Belt/(HERE IS WHERE IT CUTS) ?/ Do Re Mi/ Freak Scene/ Whiskey Bottle/ No Depression/ No Matter What/ I Got Drunk/ Graveyard Shift/ Cortez The Killer (w/ Brian Henneman, cut)
This was one of my favorite shows from Tony’s archive. They must have thought it was good as well- they used a few songs from this for one of their first demo tapes “Live and Otherwise”.
Great mix, and incredible covers.
Setlist courtesy of factorybelt.net:
Maggie’s Farm/ I Got Drunk/ Cocaine Blues/ Cinnamon Girl/ Screen Door/ Before I Break/ Gimme, Gimme, Gimme/ No Depression/ Graveyard Shift/ Pickle River/ Life Worth Livin’/ Fortunate Son/ That Year/ Baby Please Don’t Go/ Dead Flowers/ Down By the River/ Good Times
Recorded by: Tony Marghertia(?)
Transferred by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: 1994 DAT transfer- Playback with consumer Aiwa belt drive deck (big regret)- Sony DTC690 using monster audio cables.
Equipment used: 2019 DAT to WAV transfer: Sony PCM-R500 — Audiophile 2496 card — WAV
Transfer Lineage: Band Archive Tape – My DAT (90 meter DAT in 32khz- big regret) – You