THE TEN GREATEST BOOTLEGS Page 3
By Pat O' Connor
5. RUSH: ELECTRIC LADYLAND STUDIOS
(Recorded live for broadcast in 1974)
Another case of an in-studio live radio station broadcast. This show captures Rush in their prime! Songs like "Finding My Way," "Fly by Night" and "In The Mood," plus a rare Beatles cover (actually, a Larry Williams song) "Bad Boy" are all featured here (of all the Beatles tunes, I still can't understand why they chose this obscure song.) Their original songs sound so much more powerful on this recording than the studio versions (Note: This was recorded two years before their live record All The World's A Stage.) This recording truly defines Rush as the ultimate power trio...years before they went on to write commercial radio pop songs.
6. VAN HALEN: '77 WARNER BROS. DEMO + '76 LIVE
(1977 audition demo and live in Pasadena in 1976)
This is the most collectible VH bootleg, for everyone knew it existed, but hardly anyone had heard it. Back in 1977, when Warner Bros. showed interest in signing Van Halen, they sent the band into the studio to record a demo. They recorded a total of 25 songs, later narrowing it down to ten. Among those ten songs are unreleased VH songs like "Get The Show On The Road," "Big Trouble," "She's The Woman" and "Babe Don't Leave Me Alone." Also included is the song "Voodoo Queen," which the band later re-worked and re-titled "Mean Street" (which, years later, appeared as the opening track on Fair Warning). Also included on this disc are bonus live tracks from (believe it or not) a mini trucker dance at the Pasadena Hilton! (The actual flyer from that show read: "$2.50 admission - No Blue Jeans & No Bare Feet"!). Featured here is an unbelievable VH set including the cover songs "Jene Genie," "Rock'n'Roll Hoochie Koo," and The Stones' "If You Can't Rock Me," all done in traditional Van Halen fashion with Eddie performing smokin' leads, making them sound far better than the original versions. This CD is a must for any VH fan!
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