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29Mar/106

‘Cause a Cheap Fix is What I Need

Hey gang, this post is for all of you who, like me, had your concert life torn asunder by your personal life and missed the Cowboy Junkies over the weekend.

Cowboy Junkies Group color

As unforgivable as that statement was for me to type, I immediately appeal to the greater good by providing the ATV community with a cure for the shakes; 45 minutes of vintage CJ tuneage live from Berlin, Germany on May 17, 1996.

An abbreviated and edited concert presentation in support of the then-current release Lay It Down, it contains a tremendous ten-song mix of Junkies originals alongside five covers including Hank Williams’ classic “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and Neil Young’s tale of death on the water, “Powderfinger.”

Cowboy Junkies Lay It Down front

Kicking off with an appropriately paranoid and dynamic version of Bruce Springsteen’s “State Trooper,” it’s directly on to another in the SD’s “Great Singles That Never Were” file, the ever-cool groove of “A Common Disaster."

Keeping with the theme of self-reflection, murder and lawlessness, you’ll also be treated to early Junkies gems like “Sun Comes Up, It’s Tuesday Morning,” “Murder in the Trailer Park Tonight,” and the desperation that seeps through “'Cause Cheap Is How I Feel.”


Though it’s not all here time-wise, it’s all here.  Michael Timmins’ full range of guitar emotions from swinging country to angry rock, Alan Anton’s firm yet rolling bass foundation, Peter Timmins’ deft and rock-solid drumming, and Margo Timmins’ honest and beautiful narratives.

So while this is a second-rate fix, it’s still better than nothing at all.  Summon the gumption to rise up, download and groove on.

Until the next time I want you to hear what I want you to hear…

COWBOY JUNKIES SETLIST 5-17-96

complete zipped download

State Trooper

A Common Disaster

I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

First Recollection

Sun Comes Up It's Tuesday Morning

Powderfinger

Carmelita

'Cause Cheap Is How I Feel

Murder Tonight in the Trailer Park

Sweet Jane

  • Matt

    I should have known that you'd have a nice Lay It Down-era show from the Junkies. I missed the show myself, so this will be a nice consolation prize.

  • Matt

    Also, this post reminded me that there is a ton of good quality live recordings from the Junkies on the Live Music Archive –

    http://www.archive.org/browse.php?collection=Co

    And officially, the 200 More Miles live record is a must for anybody that digs this band.

  • Kevin

    There are more live CJ shows in my archives as well…

  • Matt

    Yeah, I have a nice show from '89 sitting around somewhere. Too many boots, not enough time!

  • Kevin

    There are more live CJ shows in my archives as well…

  • Matt

    Yeah, I have a nice show from '89 sitting around somewhere. Too many boots, not enough time!