Impediment To Productivity: Wolfgangs Vault

Wolfgang Radio Poster This is just so cool. Talk about taking back your childhood.

The first time I heard Eric Clapton and Cream playing White Room I was sold, I wanted to play guitar, it was that simple. Yeah yeah, so did every other kid in the Sixties and some of them were way better at it than me. But it was the sounds that the musicians pulled out of the guitar back then, they swooped and soared and were dark and mysterious and well quite frankly wonderful.

Now I actually stumbled across this site totally by accident. I was looking for a PHP debug message( never found it ) but I did find this Music From The Filmore and inside 30 seconds I was gone. It was just like running into old friends again. AND it was so LIVE… there is a reason for that

The late Bill Graham and his concert promotion company produced more than 35,000 concerts all over the world. His first venue, the legendary Fillmore Auditorium (and I so wanted to go to show there… still there was the TF Much Ballroom in Melbourne… We will talk about that another day), was home to many of rock’s greatest performers – Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Doors, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Prince – and the list goes on and on.

It seems that Mr. Graham taped thousands of live performances and stored the tapes in the basement. Vault Radio bought the tapes and is now playing selected tracks from these concerts, songs seem to be added and removed from the lists on a regular basis. They claim they will be broadcasting unaltered live performance music from many of the greatest bands of the last 40 years. “The music you hear on Vault Radio has not been sweetened or polished. You’ll be listening to what the band played that night – nothing more, nothing less”.

This is what I have been listening to

Pink Floyd – Have a Cigar – 05/09/1977 Oakland Coliseum Arena

Everly Brothers – All I Have To Do Is Dream – 08/03/1969 Fillmore West

Stevie Wonder – Instrumental Jam – 03/03/1973 Winterland

Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours – 03/03/1973 Winterland

Mothers of Invention – Sharleena – 11/05/1970 Fillmore West

The Band – The Weight – 02/14/1974 Los Angeles Forum

Bruce Springsteen – Blinded by the Light – 03/02/1973 Berkeley Community Theatre

Lighthouse – Eight Miles High – 09/27/1969 Fillmore West

Elvis Costello – (I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea – 06/07/1978 Winterland (my favourite Elvis Costello song of all time)

Led Zeppelin – How Many More Times – 01/10/1969 Fillmore West

Taj Mahal – She Caught the Katy – 09/18/1969 Fillmore West

James Taylor – Fire And Rain – 05/29/1970 Berkeley Community Theatre

Van Morrison – Come Running – 04/26/1970 Fillmore West

Steppenwolf – Hoochie Coochie Man – 08/27/1967 Winterland

Neil Young – Cinnamon Girl – 03/06/1970 Fillmore East

Doobie Brothers – Black Water – 03/23/1975 Kezar Stadium

Such a cool way to spend a Saturday Morning.

Now while continuing to bathe in this river of nostalgia listening to the radio, why not read something appropriate to the the times. How about the Rolling Stone Interview: Pete Townshend (RS 18, September 28, 1968) by Jann Wenner.

The Who are the best known and most brilliant expression of the most influential “youth movement” ever to take Great Britain, the Mods. Their career began in Shepherd’s Bush, a lower-class suburb of London, and took them through such places as Brighton-by-the-Sea, scene of the great Mod-Rocker battles of the early Sixties. Their first big recording was “My Generation”.

Welcome to my childhood, I am so glad it’s still rolling. Oh and I almost forgot… Turn it up to eleven.

The DAEMON CD

Have you ever wished that you could load the contents of a CD right onto your hard-drive, and access it as a drive letter?
Well I know I have and with Daemon Tools,we can do exactly that.

DAEMON Tools is a virtual cd/dvd-rom emulator. It allows you to mount a CD image as if it were a CD drive, including its own drive letter. Of course, given that the data is actually residing on a hard-drive, disk access is much faster than even the fastest CD drives. Plus, while you may only have one physical CD drive on your computer, you can keep a number of CDs actively accessible.

To use it is dead simple, copy the contents of a CD to a subdirectory, and then use DAEMON Tools to give that directory a Drive letter. That’s it. You can now have Myst permanently loaded into the M: drive.

Small warning. When you install the program, it has an option to install some client-side software applications (DAEMON Tools Searchbar and Save Now) , this is basically ad supported software. They claim no URL hijacking or redirects! I guess if you want to support the FREE distribution of DAEMON Tools you might want to have a look at the optional software! (you can remove it anytime later when you wish: via Control Panel-> Add/Remove Programs). Besides it only takes one extra mouseclick to NOT install the searchbar. I really wish they had a Paypal tipjar or the like though.

Oh and it tries to emulate nearly all known copy protections on the market today.

Very cool toy, well worth a look if you have a laptop (one less motor running is a good thing, right?).