Uncle Tupelo- Charlie’s Tap, Cambridge Ma. June 1991 Xfer from band archive audiocassette

Uncle Tupelo were (in)famous for early, drunken performances. A few of them were documented in their archive, but this one is next level drunkenness. They were recording their album Still Feel Gone at Fort Apache, and this appears to be a one-off acoustic show. Jeff can barely talk straight at the beginning of the show. Awesome setlist, including single-verse attempts of songs never played before or since!

The recording of this in the pile of archive tapes was messy- the tape was just labeled “Charlie’s Tap”, and other fragments of the show was split across other vaguely named tapes.

Setlist: Willin’/ Flatness/ True to Life/ Gun/ There Was A Time/ Corona/ I’ve Been Working on the Railroad/ Punch Drunk/ Sin City/ Do Re Mi/ Life Worth Livin’/ Friend of the Devil/ Before I Break/ Whiskey Bottle/ Factory Belt/ September Gurls/ Gimme, Gimme, Gimme/ Watch Me Fall/ No Depression/ At the Crossroads/ You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet/ The Joker (Brian Hennemen vocal)/ Graveyard Shift (cut)
Only known versions of the Grateful Dead’s “Friend of the Devil,” Big Star’s “September Gurls,” and Doug Sahm’s “At the Crossroads,” (though each of those were unrehearsed and aborted after a verse or two).

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

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Uncle Tupelo- KCOU In Studio, Columbia Mo. 10/31/89 Xfer from band archive cassette

Man, this Uncle Tupelo archive transfer project has led me down endless rabbit holes. I just wasted an hour downloading flyers. Ugh. Anyway, here is an excellent quality session from KCOU in Columbia. It sounds like a pre-FM soundboard.

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

Tracks: Screen Door/ There Was A Time/ I Got Drunk

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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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Uncle Tupelo- Corner Tavern, Edwardsville Il. 6/30/87 xfer from 2nd gen VHS tape FULL SHOW

I think most of you know that I have a mountain of stuff to post and not enough time to post often enough. I had a pile of Groovie Ghoulies stuff to do, but then I decided to check my alt country videos against youtube.. and I was shocked that a lot of the OLD uncle tupelo stuff that Jim Utz helped get from the source had not been posted to YT. Odd. There is only 1 song posted in YT from this show, here is the full show. This is the first show billed as Uncle Tupelo, opening for Das Damen. It’s super dark and the sound is not the best, but it is the lowest gen available… unless Jim can track down that 1st gen VHS again, that we dubbed back in the 90s. 🙂

Recorded by: Shayne Stacy

 

Additional help by: Jim Utz

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