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The Setlist Situation

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When Legacy announced a new compilation series called Setlist, featuring some of their roster’s greatest hits in a live setting, some fans understandably started scratching their heads. The label’s Playlist series, from which this new series obviously drew inspiration, made sense on a few levels. They were compilations priced for the budget-conscious, and sometimes had a few bones thrown to hardcore collectors in the form of single-only mixes or edits.

For Setlist, however, the premise seems confusing. A compilation of live tracks? How many have been previously released? Will venue and date information be properly given on the package, or is this going to be a series similar to the low-budget Extended Versions titles? This seems like something fans need to ease into.

As part of that easing-in process, The Second Disc has compiled a thorough (if not entirely comprehensive – I’m sure some vintage live cuts have slipped through the cracks somewhere) list of the artists announced for Setlist titles – and the live material those bands have already released. Keep these existing title in mind when the first wave of the Setlist series comes out on July 13.

Check out the list after the jump, from Alabama to REO Speedwagon.

Alabama

In their 25-plus years as a band, Alabama actually didn’t release all that much in the way of live material. The first live tracks released were on the band’s first greatest hits LP in 1986, where long versions of “Tennessee River” and “My Home’s in Alabama” were included. RCA released their first full live record two years later; Alabama Live was followed by Gonna Have a Party…Live in 1993. A handful more of live tracks – almost all of them unreleased – were included in the Livin’ Lovin’ Rockin’ Rollin’: The 25th Anniversary Collection box set from 2002.

Blue Öyster Cult

Everyone’s favorite band with a little more cowbell released three live LPs for Sony labels: On Your Feet or On Your Knees (1975) Some Enchanted Evening (1978 – reissued in 2007 with seven bonus cuts and a previously-unreleased performance from the era on DVD) and Extraterrestrial Live (1982). (There was also a 1976 show released as Live 1976 on the Gopaco label in 1994 and the CD/DVD A Long Day’s Night, recorded and released in 2002 on Universal’s Sanctuary label.) Other live tracks surfaced elsewhere: the compilation Career of Evil: The Metal Years, the 2001 remaster of Tyranny and Mutation (1973), a track on the 1998 BOC Super Hits set and the inevitable Extended Versions compilation (a BMG-era budget live series that may well be considered the progenitor of Setlist). There’s some opportunity to be had here; a live promo EP from 1972 has yet to get a proper release on CD and would be great material for the Setlist disc.

Johnny Cash

The Man in Black is perhaps better known for live records than anyone on the Setlist line-up. At Folsom Prison (1968) and At San Quentin (1969) were landmark recordings which revitalized Cash’s career. (Naturally, both have seen their share of expansions, most recently as 2 CD/1 DVD Legacy Editions in 2006 and 2008.) Other live LPs followed, including The Johnny Cash Show (1970), På Österåker (1973) Strawberry Cake (1976), Koncert V Praze (In Prague–Live) (1983), and Johnny Cash at Madison Square Garden, recorded in 1969 but unreleased until 2002. Also of note is The Survivors Live (1982), recorded with Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, and a Rick Rubin-produced VH-1 Storytellers special that saw Cash pair up with Willie Nelson.

Cheap Trick

We’ve seen At Budokan get released and re-released nearly a half-dozen times (the 2008 Budokan! box set being the most comprehensive), but there were some other great live Cheap Trick moments, captured on the live sets Music for Hangovers (1999) and Silver (2001) (both independently released but have been licensed in part by Legacy before). The Sex, America, Cheap Trick box set from 1996 included many rare or unreleased live versions, too.

Jefferson Airplane

Assuming a live Jefferson Airplane compilation will be freed from the monkeywrench that is Jefferson Starship, there’s a manageable list of live offerings to take into account. There’s Bless Its Pointed Little Head (1969 – reissued 2003 with bonus tracks), Thirty Seconds Over Winterland (1973), the live track “Please Come Back” from the Airplane-oriented compilation Flight Log (1977), the Live at the Monterey Festival set (released in 1991 by Thunderbolt Records with the band’s blessing), a large chunk of the Jefferson Airplane Loves You box set from 1992 (one set of which was later released in full as Last Flight on the Charly label, also with the band’s blessing), two shows from the Fillmore East (Live at the Fillmore East, released in 1998 and Sweeping Up the Spotlight, released in 2007), more authorized releaseon the Charly label (At Golden Gate Park, released in 2006, and At the Family Dog Ballroom, released in 2007) and the band’s full Woodstock performance, released in last year’s The Woodstock Experience box set. (There’s also a semi-official set, Feed Your Head: Live ’67-’69, released on the Upbeat label in 1996.)

Judas Priest

Priest have issued a few live things in their time. The first live record, Unleashed in the East (1979), was reissued with bonus cuts in 2001. 1987’s Priest…Live! was expanded the following year. Their most recent releases were live too; A Touch of Evil: Live, released last year, chronicled the past three years of the band on tour, while another live show was captured on DVD for a recent reissue of British Steel. In addition, there were live cuts recorded between 1982 and 1990 released on all the Legacy reissues of  the original Priest LPs, from Sin After Sin (1977) to Painkiller (1990). Legacy’s Metalogy box set from 2004 also included some unreleased live takes as well as a 1982 show on DVD. And there are also some live B-sides floating around on a few of the band’s singles here and there. (The band released two live LPs on an indie label when lead singer Rob Halford left and was replaced by Tim “Ripper” Owens, but there’s probably little purpose to include any such tracks on a live compilation.)

Kansas

Though Kansas has issued a few live records over the years, only one of them was ever on a Sony label (that would be Two for the Show, released in 1978 and reissued with a heap of extra tracks 30 years later). The others – a King Biscuit Flower Hour taping recorded in 1989 and released in 1998, Live at the Whisky (1992), Dust in the Wind Live (2001), the CD/DVD Device Voice Drum (2002) and last year’s There’s Know Place Like Home – were on indie labels. Otherwise, as far as Sony-released material is concerned, there have been some live tracks issued between The Kansas Boxed Set (1994), the remasters of the band’s early studio LPs on Legacy through the 2000s and some performance footage on the DVD included in Sail On: The 30th Anniversary Collection (2004).

Willie Nelson

Our beloved, red-headed stranger also has a few live records split between Sony labels and elsewhere. RCA and Columbia got his prime live material – Country Music Concert (1966), Willie Nelson Live (1976) and the multi-platinum Willie and Family Live (1978) – while other smaller labels have issued some latter-day live sets (the most notable of these is probably Live and Kickin’, a 2003 effort that has Nelson collaborating with a myriad of others, including Elvis Costello, Eric Clapton and Ray Charles.

Ted Nugent

One of the wildest men in rock has had his live history well preserved, whether it was from his major label live discs – Double Live Gonzo! (1978), Intensities in 10 Cities (1981) or the archival Live at Hammersmith ’79 (released in 1997) – his indie live efforts  (Full Bluntal Nugity from 2001 and Sweden Rocks from 2006, both released on subsidies of Eagle Rock) or the bonus tracks on Legacy’s reissues of his first three LPs (he did get his own Extended Versions compilation, but there was nothing unreleased on it).

Quiet Riot

A live compilation of Quiet Riot material might actually be worth it for collectors; to date, Sony has not issued a full live QR set. All Sony’s ever overseen, really, were two live tracks on the band’s 1996 greatest-hits record (and another eight on another Extended Versions set, which also had the aforementioned bonus cuts from Greatest Hits). Otherwise there was one live cut on a budget compilation from 2000 on the Connoisseur label and part of a 2005 set called Live and Rare Volume 1 on Demolition Records. (Bonus points if this set can score some Randy Rhoads-era tracks.)

REO Speedwagon

Kevin Cronin and company also have relatively little live material to their name, outside of 1977’s You Get What You Play For (still incompletely released on CD) and a live disc from a tour they shared with Styx (that double album, Arch Allies (2000), was reissued through Sony in part on budget compilations, including – you guessed it – an Extended Versions set).

Written by Mike Duquette

May 25, 2010 at 14:11

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  1. Can’t say I’m terribly interested in this… I love both Cash and Willie, but why bother with this when Folsom Prison and San Quentin from Cash, and Willie’s Willie & Family Live are gold standards for live albums? The Cash at MSG is also supposed to be a gem, and the Storytellers they did together is also great.

    What I’d really like to see the Legacy label do is get more vintage live releases out there from some of Sony’s biggest artists, artists who need more live product out there, specifically complete live shows.

    Springsteen is the obvious choice, given how heavily bootlegged he is. Some great Billy Joel concerts are needed too (London ’84, Bottom Line ’76, Yankee Stadium ’90), to help make up for messed up some of his live albums have been. We haven’t gotten much in the way of live shows from Dylan in a quite awhile either… SRV is another one. I can never get enough of hearing him play. All four artists need to have more “vault” releases made available. I’d buy them all!

    Complete shows though, none of this editing-shows-down crap like what happened with the Carnegie Hall show that came with the 30th anniversary edition of Joel’s The Stranger.

    Shaun

    May 29, 2010 at 11:09

  2. Regarding the Cheap Trick setlist – I can’t get my hopes up too high, but the now deleted “Budokan II” contained 3 tracks from the 1979 Japanese tour (the original Budokan album was recorded in 1978). This tour also included teasers from the forthcoming “Dream Police” album. But I seriously doubt Sony will spend the money to master anything like that. I doubt it will be anything licensed from CT themselves, as their manager Dave Frey went on a major diatribe about Sony releasing rehashed product to cut into their sales. So there is SOME hope that this may include some previously unreleased stuff…

    jon

    June 1, 2010 at 11:36


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