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1981 Fair Warning Tour -- Bootlegs
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    July 20, 1981 - The Spectrum Philadelphia, PA

    Here's one for ya. Couple abrupt edits and missing encores. But still pure gold 1981 Van Halen!

    Van Halen
    The Spectrum
    Philadelphia, PA
    July 20, 1981

    === DOWNLOAD ===
    https://app.box.com/s/2o64jryavlp7brw2jfcg


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    Lineage: AUD>low-gen cass>Sony TC-WE635 tape deck>Sony RCD-W500C standalone burner>CDR(M)>EAC(secure/offset)>WAV>CDWave>FLAC(level 5)
    Quality: B/B+

    Disc 1
    Total Time: 47:44

    1. On Fire 4:00
    2. Sinner's Swing! 3:33
    3. Drum Solo 2:52
    4. Hear About It Later 4:54
    5. Dave Raps 2:46
    6. So This Is Love? 4:02
    7. Jamie's Cryin' 3:49
    8. Bass Solo 4:36
    9. Runnin' With The Devil 3:25
    10. Dance The Night Away 6:34
    11. Sunday Afternoon In The Park 2:02
    12. Romeo Delight 5:08 (small cut in middle for tape flip)

    Disc 2
    Total Time: 40:58

    1. Everybody Wants Some!! 11:17
    2. Ice Cream Man 8:55
    3. Mean Street 5:20
    4. Guitar Solo 9:22
    5. Feel Your Love Tonight 3:05
    6. You Really Got Me 2:35
    7. Unchained 0:21 (cut)

    Notes:
    Re-transfer from the same source tape spread on Sharing The Groove in 2004. This one is better sounding with no digital errors. Sound is very spacious. Little tape hiss which leads me to believe this is a low-gen tape. Encores are missing and likely not recorded.

    Re-transfer done June 2005. FFP files and shntool files included.

    Credits:
    Thanks to Tim O. for lending me the tape
    Transferred by Lou

    Brought to you by Lou
    Last edited by thismusicsux; July 21st, 2013 at 12:29 PM.

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    Thanks for sharing.

    I assume this is from the same stint in '81 that "Martial Law" is from?

    Van Halen Martial Law Front.jpg

    I don't believe it's the same show...
    "we sound like a goddamn rock band!"

    --David Lee Roth, Stockholm, Sweden, 1984

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    Quote Originally Posted by multo74 View Post
    Thanks for sharing.

    I assume this is from the same stint in '81 that "Martial Law" is from?

    I don't believe it's the same show...
    right... Martial Law is the next night (7/21/81).

    I have that one too and actually quality is a little iffy on Martial Law. I think it's been EQ'd to hell and is kinda harsh on the ears. I do have another FLAC version of Martial Law that seems like a slightly different source and maybe slightly better quality without all the EQ. dunno.

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    Well since it's July 21st ... why don't I just post that show too (7/21/1981) known as "Martial Law" -- This might be slightly different release than that one though. I think this one actually sounds better than the "Martial Law" release I've heard.

    === DOWNLOAD ===
    https://app.box.com/s/vp2fjb6hk9zcodj89au2

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    Van Halen
    The Spectrum
    Philadelphia
    July 21, 1981

    Quality: B+

    aud>1st.gen.cassette>SonyTCWE435>PioneerPDR-O4>CDR>EAC>WAV>Trader'sLittleHelper>FLAC

    Radio Ad
    On Fire
    Sinner's Swing
    Drum Solo
    Hear About It Later
    Break
    So This is Love?
    Jamie's Cryin'
    Bass Solo
    Runnin' With The Devil
    Dance The Night Away
    Sunday Afternoon In The Park
    Romeo Delight
    Everybody Wants Some
    Ice Cream Man
    Mean Street
    Guitar Solo
    Feel Your Love Tonight
    You Really Got Me
    Unchained
    Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
    WMMR Philadelphia Interview w/Alex and Michael 7/22/81 (tracks 23-27)

    Notes: One of the better sounding 1981 Fair Warning shows. Not amazing, just better than some of the others. Given to my by Isaac R. who said a neighbor had recorded it for him, then gave him the tapes...so based on that I believe this a first gen. You can tell some type of stereo recorded was used, guessing a walkman of some sort. Tacked on an interview from the next day at the end. Enjoy!
    Last edited by thismusicsux; August 27th, 2013 at 01:57 AM.

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    Also known as:

    "From hunted to hunter"

    "Listen up, Randy!"

    "Before Sammy destroyed the band"

    "Van Halen Cheese steak"

    "This ain't Aerosmith"

    "Dirty Movies in Philly"

    "Hear about it now"

    "Johnny's revenge"

    "Bare assed in Philly"

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    Aug 25, 1981 - Greensboro, NC

    Here's a pretty good quality bootleg from 1981 if you don't have it (32 yrs ago this week!)

    Among a sea of iffy quality boots from 1981, I still say this one is in the top for quality. Can hear everything. And get the extended "On Fire" intro/jam to the show.

    I think the trick to most of these boots is...listen with headphones. I dunno...that's the main way I listen to these mostly...and it seems like it helps improve quality keeping the sound confined to your ears or somethin'

    === Download ===
    https://app.box.com/s/rkr6q9g0up09z381kfox


    Van Halen
    Greensboro Coliseum
    Greensboro, NC
    August 25, 1981
    Fair Warning Tour


    Audience Recording - tracking/Adobe Audition 3.0 - FLAC
    Lineage Unknown

    While I am not sure of the generation of this show, I discovered while listening to this that it's a very nice upgrade from many versions that have been circulating. The only thing I did to change the version I had was to track out Sinner's Swing and Alex's solo, MA's bass solo and Runnin' With The Devil and Sunday Afternoon In The Park-Romeo Delight so they could be seperate tracks. The quality on this is really good and probably one of the best Fair Warning shows in existence. I love the jam before they start playing On Fire.


    Setlist:

    Disc 1

    On Fire
    Sinner's Swing
    Alex Van Halen Drum Solo
    Hear About It Later
    So This Is Love
    Jamie's Crying
    Michael Anthony Bass Solo
    Runnin' With The Devil
    Dance The Night Away
    Sunday Afternoon In The Park
    Romeo Delight
    Everybody Wants Some

    Disc 2

    Sounds of Summertime
    Ice Cream Man
    Mean Street
    Edward Van Halen Guitar Solo
    Feel Your Love Tonight
    You Really Got Me
    Unchained
    Ain't Talkin''Bout Love
    Last edited by thismusicsux; August 27th, 2013 at 01:24 PM.

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    Thanks for the July 20th show.Don't think I ever heard that one.
    I think you're right about martial law...sounds a touch better than the version I have,too.Thanks!

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    I think I have that one. I'll have to check. It's a great show though, I wish more and better quality would appear.
    http://imgur.com/Yij2gqN

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    NY Times VH show review from the first time they played MSG.

    HARD ROCK: VAN HALEN AT THE GARDEN

    By Stephen Holden Published: July 20, 1981

    DESPITE all the talk about a commercial resurgence of prerock styles of pop, the music that is keeping the record business afloat is the heavy-metal brand of hard rock established by Led Zeppelin in the late 1960's. And the triumphant appearance of Van Halen, one of the heaviest of heavy-metal rock groups, at Madison Square Garden on Friday was impressive evidence of the style's commercial strength.

    This sold-out concert wasn't merely a musical event but a three-ring circus with the southern California quartet's flamboyant lead singer, David Lee Roth, serving as ringmaster and its lead guitarist, Eddie Van Halen, as right-hand man.

    Clad in a gaudy gladiator's costume and tossing his shoulder-length blond hair, Mr. Roth put on a Dionysian performance whose bumps and grinds, high balletic kicks and strip-teasing maneuvers amounted to a one-man burlesque show. And when not singing or prancing, he regaled the crowd in the theatrically condescending tone of a carnival barker act as master of ceremonies for a children's television show. Mr. Van Halen, for his part, wielded his guitar like a lethal weapon, playing it with his teeth, even jumping up and down on it in a mock frenzy.

    The music was about as extreme as the genre gets, with thunderous power chords creating a deafening wall of sound that rendered both the group's blues-based tunes and lyrics almost completely unintelligible. In a way it was a shame, because its latest album, ''Fair Warning,'' is one of the better heavy-metal records of recent years and reveals Mr. Van Halen as a guitarist with more range than most of his peers. But the audience of teen-agers, who remained on their feet from beginning to end, didn't seem to care. They got the spectacle they wanted. Stephen Holden

    http://www.nytimes.com/1981/07/20/ar...he-garden.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by Heisenberg View Post
    Mr. Van Halen, for his part, wielded his guitar like a lethal weapon, playing it with his teeth, even jumping up and down on it in a mock frenzy.
    This part is weird, because he seems to be confusing Mike with EVH.

 

 

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