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Randy Robbins: Music

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  • Showcase Live
    Patriots Place Plaza
    at Gillette Stadium
    Foxboro MA, 10/2/2009

    Afraid of the Dark

    (Randy Robbins)
    2009-10-2
    This set was recorded by the engineer at Showcase Live. They sound great, and I'm thankful for those guys for recording the show.

    Holiday

    (Randy Robbins)
    2009-10-2

    Reality Check

    (Randy Robbins)
    2009-10-2

    Thunder Road

    (Bruce Springsteen)
    2009-10-2
    This is a Bruce Springsteen song off of his 1975 Born to Run album. It's got an awesome melody, and I love the way the song builds as it goes. There's a great live version with just his vocal along with Roy Bittan on piano on his live CD Hammersmith Odeon London '75, which was recorded on 11/18/1975, and released in early 2006.

    Oh Well

    (Randy Robbins)
    2009-10-2

    Mirage

    (Randy Robbins)
    2009-10-2

    Visions of Johanna

    (Bob Dylan)
    2009-10-2
    This is a Bob Dylan song off of his brilliant 1966 double album, Blonde on Blonde. This is a song that I love to sing (as I do many of Dylan's songs), though I don't really get to very often because of its length. There's also a great solo acoustic version of this song by Bobby on The Bootleg Series Vol 4: Live 1966, The 'Royal Albert Hall' Concert, and an earlier alternate take with an extra line in the last verse about 'examining the nightingale's code' (that doesn't really fit into the structure of the song, but is cool nonetheless) on The Bootleg Series Vol 7: No Direction Home.

    I Know

    (Randy Robbins)
    2009-10-2

    Sweet Jane

    (Velvet Underground/Lou Reed)
    2009-10-2
    This is a Velvet Underground song written by Lou Reed. It was released on their 1970 album, Loaded. It's probably their best known song, but the original recording of it was butchered by their producer after Lou Reed left the band, but before it was released. The original recording contained a bridge towards the end of the song that was inexplicably cut out. And since most people now know the song without that bridge section intact, it sort of damaged the way that Lou Reed actually felt about it. Which is a shame, because it's a great song with or without the bridge. And the vocal by Lou Reed on the VU cut is awesome. I play the song with the bridge intact. The original version with the bridge section intact is available on the 2 disc 1997 reissue of Loaded entitled Fully Loaded. And also there are notable covers by Mott The Hoople and The Cowboy Junkies among others. Although the Cowboy Junkies version seems to be a cover of an earlier live version that was released with alternate lyrics by the Velvet Underground on their posthumous live album, Live 1969.

    Say What You Say

    (Randy Robbins)
    2009-10-2
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