Gregory Alan Isakov @ Lee’s Palace

Gregory Alan Isakov
Gregory Alan Isakov @ Lee’s Palace

. : : November 10th, 2011 : : .

It seems about ten years ago is when I started to get overwhelmed with sorting, editing, and posting live concert recordings, and a lot of them didn’t make it online to the blog.

You may have noticed that I’m been picking away at the backlog with weekly updates for about 7-consecutive months now(!!), and luckily we’re past the point of scratching the surface (but still plenty to go!).

This particular recording slipped away from me after being taped ten years ago this week. I was recently reminded of it when I was discussing music with a client at work. I asked who his current favourite artist is, and he replied, “Oh, you’ve definitely never heard of him.”

“Try me,” I challenged.

“No one around here knows who he is: Gregory Alan Isakov,” He said with resignation at my presumed befuddlement.

“Oh, yeah! I saw Gregory perform like, ten years or so ago!”

I couldn’t remember exactly who I saw him open for or where the venue was, but how do you forget a name like that?

So I went home and dug through my archives and was reminded that he opened for Blind Pilot at Lee’s Palace, November 10th, 2011.

I hate that I didn’t get around to treating more of these recordings with the attention they deserved, and the memory of them is lost to the sands of time. I listen back to this tape (and others similarly like it), and don’t remember being there — experiencing any of it — at all.

That makes writing the blog entries challenging to write, and probably a bit boring to read, but the process is fascinating. After all, I get to experience the other end of the stick, so to speak. Like you, I am hearing it for the first time (again). I get to appreciate the music, the recording, the atmosphere with fresh ears, without the baggage of comparing it to the original perceived experience.

And you know what? It’s pretty cool.

It helps that this tape sounds tremendous. Lee’s Palace is known for a great (if somewhat bassy) room mix, and that comes through loud and clear here. The crowd chatter is present, but distant and unobtrusive.

I used to wonder how great recordings of fantastic bands would suddenly be “Newly Surfaced” years (if not decades) after being originally recorded. Obviously, due to my own failures, I no longer wonder that; but I am excited for fans of Isakov’s who get to travel back in time and share the lived experience for me… again, for the first time.

  1. The Universe
  2. That Moon Song
  3. This Empty Northern Hemisphere
  4. [banter]
  5. Virginia May
  6. Evelyn
  7. [banter]
  8. All Shades of Blue
  9. Liars
  10. [banter]
  11. Creatures

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That Moon Song (Live at Lee’s Palace) [MP3 sample]

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