lifeblood: bootlegs: 1988
1988-03-16: the white dot - atlanta, georgia
a neat one from back before amy and emily signed with epic records. the sound is pretty good considering its age, and highlights include many of the old standards as well as a partial version of "beauty to disaster" (it is cut part way through), a short rendition of "mandy", a rare performance of "high horse", and an early soc during "all along the watchtower". also includes the earliest known bootleg performance of "prince of darkness".
1988-03-19: artscenter - carrboro, north carolina
a terrific early soundboard with some hiss but otherwise really good sound. the setlist speaks for itself and in between are a lot of fun stories and interactions with the audience, including their speeding ticket story leading into "cold as ice", their st patricks story leading into "lifeblood", and their radar detector/amy's lost and found again boots story leading into nashville. you get the idea, this is a really loose and fun show. also includes the earliest known bootleg recording of "center stage".
1988-03-19: artscenter - carrboro, north carolina (alternate version)
a really great sounding reworking of the existing recording by the "albums that should exist" blog host.
1988-04-11: the uptown lounge - athens, georgia
a pretty good sounding recording that includes john keane sitting in on some of the tracks, highlights include "the ballad of squeaky fromme", "blood and fire", "lifeblood", and "good times".
1988-04-28: boston, massachusetts
this is a pretty good sounding recording for its age, a show from early in the year that would eventually see amy and emily sign with epic records. the performance and the setlist are both terrific, with amy playing "beauty to disaster" for the second time ever, as well as the only known bootleg recording of emily singing joan armatrading's "love by you".
1988-05-xx: decatur on the square - decatur, georgia
a pretty good sounding recording from an outdoor show in downtown decatur, includes an early and very fast rendition of "secure yourself", along with "the water is wide", "peace song", "house at pooh corner", and "danny's song". "up in smoke" really shines. one of the most cover heavy bootlegs.
1988-05-17: wrek - atlanta, georgia
a home town radio performance from before amy and emily signed with epic. the first couple minutes of "prince of darkness" don't sound so great but the rest definitely does. has some lengthy interview segments and also features a really terrific live in the studio rendition of "no way to treat a friend".
1988-xx-xx: wuog - athens, georgia
a pretty good sounding radio broadcast that includes studio performances mixed in with interview segments. highlights include "prince of darkness" and "center stage".
1988-06-09: kingfest - atlanta, georgia
a pretty good sounding recording from an early festival performance, includes a really nice rendition of "knockin' on heavens door" with michelle malone on vocals and sandy garfinkel on harmonica, and a great "white house blues" with sandy sitting in again.
1988-fall: perspective radio program - athens, georgia
not great sounding but neat, john keane (the producer of the original "strange fire") interviews amy ray.
1988-08-31: the uptown lounge - athens, georgia
a pretty good recording with a great setlist, including an amazing "blood and fire" and a beautiful, solo "you and me of the 10,000 wars", which is introduced as a new song. this is the earliest known bootleg recording of "10,000 wars".
1988-09-16: center stage - atlanta, georgia
a pretty good sounding recording, ann richardson adds flute to "the water is wide" and michelle malone adds vocals to "knockin' on heavens door" and "love of the common people". "you left it up to me" is also really beautiful. contains the earliest known bootleg performance of "closer to fine".
1988-09-20: the uptown lounge - atlanta, georgia
a pretty good sounding recording of a good performance that includes most of the songs that would later end up on the "indigo girls" record.
1988-09-25: athens music festival (with michael stipe) - athens, georgia
a pretty good sounding recording with michael stipe and amy and emily teaming up to play the athens music festival. six months later the indigo girls first epic release would be out and they would spend three weeks opening arena shows for rem's 'green' tour. the setlist is an interesting mix of rem and indigo girls songs as well as a number of covers.
1988-10-15: the point - atlanta, georgia
a pretty good sounding recording with a long and terrific set list and guest appearances by ann richardson (flute), michelle malone, and hothouse flowers. there is a lot of chatter between the songs, including right before "no way to treat a friend" when their amp blows.
1988-10-21: little five points pub - atlanta, georgia
another pretty good sounding recording with a long set list, this one from the famed little five points pub, where amy and emily were regular performers in their early days. ann richardson (flute) and michelle malone both make guest appearances.
1988-12-29: center stage - atlanta, georgia
the sound on this one is pretty distant, emily talks about how they just got home from los angeles and recording the "indigo girls" record. emily sings with caroline aiken on two songs, including caroline's amazing "another on the rise", and emily and amy do an improptu partial and very fun version of "midnight train to georgia". michelle malone and caroline aiken both lend their vocal talents to a beautiful "finlandia".
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