Coffee Creek- Cicero’s, St. Louis Mo. 7/30/93 Audio Soundboard xfer from Band Archive

First and foremost- this is a MUST LISTEN if you are an Uncle Tupelo, WIlco, Son Volt, or classic country fan. Coffee Creek are Tweedy/Farrar/Heidorn(Uncle Tupelo), Brian Henneman(Bottle Rockets) doing classic country/rock covers! So great.

Back in the early 90s, I was friends with Tony Margherita & Bob Andrews who managed Uncle Tupelo, The Bottle Rockets and many more. I had followed UT around and filmed/audio recorded over 10 shows in the span of a couple of years, including the 2 final shows in St. Louis. Since the band was defunct (and Wilco was not the HUGE band they are today), Tony let my good friend Jim stop by and pick up “a few” cassettes in late 1994. Jim goes to the office and calls me:
J(whispering): Dude, there are like 50 tapes here. Do you have Coffee Creek?
Me: No
J: How about X(some other one)
Me: No. Just grab them all and I will sort them out.
So Jim grabs a box and shoves about 50 tapes in, and takes off. Bob and Tony were like :-O. Haha! Thanks guys.
I am shocked that these are not online yet.

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

Photo courtesy of Michael Pemberton’s excellent factorybelt dot net site. Check it out!
Man, I wish I took pictures of the tapes.

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Uncle Tupelo- Cicero’s, St. Louis Mo 10/13/89 xfer from Band’s archive master soundboard audio tape

Uncle Tupelo were from Belleville, Il, so the closest major city was St. Louis. They played many venues around town in the early days, but Cicero’s was their home base. Cicero’s was a legendary basement bar/venue below an italian restaurant. You’ll see a good chunk of classic UT shows coming from here.
Setlist (courtesy of the great factorybelt dot net website:
Otherside/ Sin City/ Graveyard Shift/ D.Boon/ Flatness/ Cocaine Blues/ Outdone/ Screen Door/ So Called Friend/ Baby, Please Don’t Go/ Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door/ Train/ Whiskey Bottle/ Fortunate Son/ Factory Belt/ Mercedes Benz/ No Matter What/ That Year/ Life Worth Livin’/ There Was A Time/ Mannish Boy (sort of)/ A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall/ Gimme, Gimme, Gimme

That’s right. Gimme Gimme Gimme by Black Flag, country style.

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

PS: I know that the DAT sleeve says 10/13/87, but the band did not have that many songs in 87, so the cassette must have been labeled with the wrong year.

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Uncle Tupelo- Cicero’s, St. Louis Mo. 8/25/89 Soundboard xfer from band archive tape

This soundboard mix is probably the best mix out of all of the cicero’s shows. Unfortunately, it cuts at 90min. Photo is from closing night of the old basement location of Cicero’s- Jay Farrar made a surprise appearance with Brian Henneman and the Bottlerockets.

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

Factory Belt/ Flatness/ Gimme, Gimme, Gimme/ That Year/ Blues Die Hard/ D.Boon/ Fortunate Son/ Outdone/ Train/ Life Worth Livin’/ Cocaine Blues/ Do Re Mi/ Otherside/ Mercedes Benz/ So Called Friend/ Pickle River/ Screen Door/ Whiskey Bottle/ A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall/ Little Guitars/ Orange Blossom Special/ Good Times/ No Depression/ Maggie’s Farm/ Sauget Wind/ Cinnamon Girl/ I Got Drunk/ Graveyard Shift (cut)

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Uncle Tupelo- Cicero’s, St. Louis Mo. 6/30/89 Xfer from Soundboard Band Archive Audiocassette

This show is probably the most legendary of all of the Uncle Tupelo archive tapes. Like I mentioned before, Cicero’s was Uncle Tupelo’s “home base” in the late 80s, and they were famous (notorious) for drunken performances back then. This was rumored to be the pinnacle of great, drunken performances from back then. I mean, just check out that setlist! (setlist courtesy of the excellent factorybelt.net website).

And I know that this is a pic of The Old 97s, but it was the only one that I could find that showed the stage of the original Cicero’s.

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

Setlist: So Called Friend/ Graveyard Shift/ Train/ John Hardy/ Factory Belt/ Life Worth Livin’/ Mr. Soul/ Whiskey Bottle/ D.Boon/ Outdone/ Weary Blues From Waiting/ Little Guitars/ Screen Door/ Otherside/ There Was A Time*/ Willin’/ A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall/ Flatness/ Dead Flowers/ That Year/ No Depression/ Mercedes Benz/ Wasn’t Born to Follow/ Baby, Please Don’t Go/ Cocaine Blues/ Do Re Mi/ Blues Die Hard/ ?/ I Wanna Be Your Dog/ I Got Drunk/ Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

* This refers to the early uptempo version of “Looking For A Way Out,” similar to the version on the “Sauget Wind” single.

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