Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Amazing Little Parlor Games Volumes 1-9

Hello everybody.

First let me apologize for the lack of activity on this blog. Thanks for the kind words and for taking time to actually read this. Making the blog took a toll on me, and hence the lack of contributions for the last year or so. That said, I would like to offer the following post to say "I'm sorry."

When I decided to start making the Amazing Little Parlor Games compilations 7 years ago, I had no idea that it would evolve to NINE volumes (so far), feature 145 songs and would have a supposed impact on the way Vic released his music. I was flattered when he would ask me for the comps, and I was more than happy to oblige. I did not expect that eventually over 20 of these tracks would be recorded and put out for the world to hear.

Whether or not I had any impact in that I don't know for sure, but Vic did tell me that he sent "live versions" of some of these songs to his producers and that the song choices for the albums came from that. I like to think that perhaps they were from these comps. Maybe not, but to be sure, he was always very happy to get them.
Nine volumes in and there still may be enough unreleased material for a few more sets. Vic was prolific, to say the least.

I have taken the time to 'remaster' the 9 previous volumes, and have decided to upload them for everyone to be able to have for themselves. These remasters were done in order to upgrade quality, to speed correct, to replace with superior versions, and in general just to clean them up to the best possible sound that they could be. The songs deserve it, and so does Vic. These should be considered the definitive versions.

I hope that everyone will take time to download, enjoy, share and leave comments. Some changes have been made since the initial sets were offered and the most accurate and up to date info is below. Song titles have been changed to reflect the proper titles and in incidents where the song was eventually released, that information has been noted.

Feel free to critique, criticize, praise and compare all you want. I would like to see some dialogue regarding these songs and have this blog be more active in discussions and proactive in keeping Vic's music alive. The more interest that there is in the man and his music, the more likely hood for future releases, at least that is my hope.



Volume One: http://www.divshare.com/folder/888992-13a
Volume Two: http://www.divshare.com/folder/889026-397
Volume Three: http://www.divshare.com/folder/889043-501
Volume Four: http://www.divshare.com/folder/889060-3fc
Volume Five: http://www.divshare.com/folder/889078-ef5
Volume Six: http://www.divshare.com/folder/889339-277
Volume Seven: http://www.divshare.com/folder/889449-21c
Volume Eight: http://www.divshare.com/folder/889469-c2a
Volume Nine: http://www.divshare.com/folder/888098-7d9

Amazing Little Parlor Games... A Collection of Live and Unreleased Songs (Revised, Remastered and Upgraded in July, 2011)

Disc One:
1. Is the Actor Happy?- The Mint, Los Angeles, CA, 11/16/99
2. Got Me Me- The Mint, Los Angeles, CA, 11/16/99
-Released on Ghetto Bells, 2005-
3. Shit- Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR, 1/27/04
-Planned for release on Preachy, 2010 (CANCELLED)-
4. Town Crier (Jack Logan cover)- Uptown, Minneapolis, MN. 9/22/94
5. Push- The Mint, Los Angeles, 11/16/99 -Released as a demo on www.vicchesnutt.com, 2003-
6. Salt and Pepper Life- The Mint, Los Angeles, CA, 11/17/99
7. Fodder On Her Wings (Nina Simone cover)- Turf Club, St. Paul, MN, 4/21/03 -Released on North Star Deserter, 2007-
8. Grave Governess-The Mint, Los Angeles, CA, 11/17/99
-Released as 'Glossolalia' on North Star Deserter, 2007-
9. Sundown (Gordon Lightfoot cover)- Electric Lounge, Dallas, TX, 10/2/95
10. Sugar Daddy- The Mint, Los Angeles, CA, 11/17/99
11. Lagoon- Mountain Stage, Charleston, WV, 3/10/96
-Released on Ditch Lilly, by Barbara Cue, 2003-
12. Debriefing- Dunhams Radio Show, WZGK, Atlanta, GA, 1998
-Released on North Star Deserter, 2007-
13. Practice Makes Perfect- Stiltskins, Sioux Falls, SD, 11/18/92
14. Boston Blackey- The Mint, Los Angeles, CA, 11/16/99
15. Poor Little Jesus (Trad.)- BBC-Radcliffe Sessions, London, UK, 12/9/96
16. Mr. Smartypants- The Mint, Los Angeles, CA, 11/16/99
17. Zippy Morocco (Early Version)- Stiltskins, Sioux Falls, SD, 11/18/92
-Alternate Version released on Silver Lake, 2003-
18. I'm Proud Of You (You've Done It)- 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA, 9/11/04

Disc Two:
1. Little Pink Boy- Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR, 1/27/04
2. Eat And Learn- 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA, 12/13/03
-Planned for release on Preachy, 2010 (CANCELED)-
3. Unlike Joni Mitchell- Barrymore Theater, Madison, WI, 4/14/99
4. Opened Up- 400 Bar, Minneapolis, MN, 12/4/99
5. Like Timothy Leary- Schuba's, Chicago, IL, 12/9/99
6. Object With Two Heads (Ernest Noyes Brookings cover)- Büchsenstadel, Ulm, Germany, 8/17/95
7. Drunk Electrician- Tin Angel, Philadelphia, PA, 3/13/00
-Recorded for supposed Robert Dickerson (Benjamin Smoke) Tribute album 'BENJAMIN REMEMBERED' (CANCELLED)-
8. Rips In The Fabric- Little Brother's, Columbus, OH, 7/26/03
-Released on Skitter on Take Off, 2009-
9. Vesuvius- Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA, 2/15/02
-Released on Ghetto Bells, 2005-
10. Rustic City Fathers- 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA, 2/15/98
-Released on North Star Deserter, 2007-
11. Miss Prissy- FM4, Vienna, Austria, 2/17/97
12. Bust A Nut- Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA, 2/15/02
13. Stop The Horse- 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA, 2/15/98
-Released on Dark Developments, 2008-
14. Left A Message Twice- Grey Eagle Tavern, Asheville, NC, 7/18/99

Disc Three:
1. Nucleus- Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA, 2/15/02
2. Don't Take Her (She's All I've Got) (Johnny Paycheck cover)- 40 Watt
Club, Athens, GA, 7/24/96
3. Ignorant People- Schuba's, Chicago, IL, 12/9/99
-Released on Ghetto Bells, 2005-
4. Wallace Stevens- 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA, 2/15/98
-Released on North Star Deserter, 2007-
5. Forthright- Old Music Hall, Madison, WI, 5/20/00
-Released on Ghetto Bells, 2005-
6. Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line (Waylon Jennings cover)- Uptown,Minneapolis, MN. 9/22/94
7. Worst Friend In The World- Blue Cat's, Knoxville, TN, 10/21/04
-Released on Skitter On Take Off, 2009; Alternate version planned for release on Vibratile Nerves, 2006 (CANCELLED)-
8. Wussy- 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA, 12/13/03
9. Portrait- Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA, 2/15/02
10. Virginia- NPR, Weekend Edition, Washington, DC, 8/03
-Released on Ghetto Bells, 2005-
11. On Paper- KCRW, Santa Monica, CA, 5/22/91
12. The Moon - Black Mountain Folk Festival, Black Mountain, NC 5/91
13. Rational Man- Uptown, Minneapolis, MN, 6/9/92
14. Slice of Life- 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA, 3/29/01
15. Cocks And Weenies-400 Bar, Minneapolis, MN, 12/4/99
16. Hero- Uptown, Minneapolis, MN, 6/9/92

Disc Four:
1. Dirty Dog- Under The Street, Durham, NC, 2/2/93
2. Garden Party (Ricky Nelson cover)- Georgia Theater, Athens, GA 1/27/00 (with Brute)
3. This Cruel Thing- Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA- 3/17/00
4. Cushy Laurels- Park West, Chicago, IL, 5/18/00
5. Wealthy and Wise- Cat's Cradle, Carburro, NC, 3/11/97
6. Cock-a-Doodle Dee- Uptown, Minneapolis, MN, 6/9/94
7. Boys In The Backroom (Marlene Dietrich cover)-VARA Radio, Netherlands, 3/19/94
8. Everything I Say- Uptown, Minneapolis, MN, 6/22/94
-Released on North Star Deserter, 2007-
9. Rainy Night In Georgia (Brooks Benton cover)- The Mint, Los Angeles, CA, 11/17/99 (with Dave Phillips)
10. Backsliding Deist's Prayer- Austin, TX, 3/16/01 (w/ The La Di Das)
-Released on rare 7" single by The Deist’s Pouch, 2000- (Limited to 750 copies)-
11. Daddy's Little Dandy- 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA, 10/17/92
12. Beyond Belief (Elvis Costello cover)- Exit/In, Nashville, TN, 2/26/99 (with Lambchop)
13. Sultan So Mighty (Early Version)- The Mint, Los Angeles, CA, 11/16/99
-Reworked version released on Silver Lake, 2003-
14. Rumors, Remedies and Ruminations- 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA, 10/17/92
15. The Garden- Grey Eagle Tavern, Asheville, NC, 3/19/00
-Released on Ghetto Bells, 2005-

Disc Five:
1. Warm- Park West, Chicago 5/18/00
-Released on North Star Deserter, 2007-
2. Mezzanine- KCRW Radio, Santa Monica, CA 10/13/95
3. Fishin' For Compliments (Improv)- Knitting Factory, New York, NY 7/14/99
4. The Grit- 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA 1/18/94 (w/ The La-Di-Das)
5. It Is What It Is- Munich, Germany 5/31/05
-Released on At The Cut, 2009-
6. Fidgety Boy- KCRW Radio, Santa Monica, CA 10/13/95
7. All I've Got To Do (Beatles cover)- 40 Watt Clubm Athens, GA 4/29/01 (w/ Barbara Cue)
8. Witchita Lineman (Glen Campbell cover)- KCRW FM, Santa Monica, CA, 5/22/91 (w/ Bob Mould)
9. Bye Bye Blacksheep- Hannover, Germany 8/12/94
10. Ooh Las Vegas (Gram Parsons cover)- -40 Watt, Athens, GA, (“Beat Bush Bash”) 10/17/92
11. Bilocating Dog- Barbican Hall, London, England, 11/3/2001
-Released on Dark Developments, 2008-
12. Have You Never Been Mellow (Olivia Newton-John cover)- High-Hat Club, Athens, GA 8/16/97 (w/Brute)
-Studio version appeared on Pancake Mountain DVD #1, 2003-
13. Soldering Gun- Knitting Factory, New York, NY 7/14/99
14. Big Absurd Suits Of Glory- St. Anne's Wherehouse, Brooklyn, NY ("Josiah Meigs and Me")11/17/01
15. Pencil Dick (Improv)- Kendall Café, Cambridge, MA 7/21/03
16. Holly Jolly Christmas-40 Watt Club, Athens, GA ("40 Watt X-mas Party") 12/13/03 (with Breck Steele)
17. Hang On Sloopy (McCoy's Cover)- 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA 10/18/04


Disc Six:
1. Phil The Fiddler-40 Watt Club, Athens, GA, 1/23/06
-Released on At The Cut, 2008-
2. Delta Dawn (Tanya Tucker cover)- CBGBs, New York, New York, 6/11/93 (w/ Giant Sand)
3. The Pool- 40 Watt, Athens, GA, 2/8/06 (w/ Undertow Orchestra)
4. Robots- Mound City Music Fest, St. Louis, MO, 12/10/05
5. Private Picture Show- St. Anne's Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY ("Josiah Meigs and Me")11/17/01
6. I Am Judas Iscariot- Belcourt Theater, Nashville, TN, 2/28/06 (w/ Undertow Orchestra)
7. Joy Without Pleasure (Daniel Johnston cover)- Barbican Hall, London, England, 4/14/06
8. Psychiatrist Song (Giant Sand version)- CBGBs, New York, New York, 6/11/93 (w/ Giant Sand)
-Originally released as 'Where Were You' on West of Rome, 1991-
9. Whatever The Reason- Mound City Music Fest, St. Louis, MO, 12/10/05
10. Vibratile Nerves- Orange Peel, Asheville, NC, 10/6/05
-Planned for release on Vibratile Nerves, 2006 (CANCELLED)-
11. Independent Bookstore- St. Anne's Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY ("Josiah Meigs and Me")11/17/01
12.Over- Mound City Music Fest, St. Louis, MO, 12/10/05
-Released on North Star Deserter, 2007-
13. Tuna Ketchup (Daniel Johnston cover)- Barbican Hall, London, England, 4/14/06
14. 3-D Billiards- St. Anne's Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY ("Josiah Meigs and Me")11/17/01
15. Minotaur- 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA, 12/16/06

Volume Seven:
1. When The Bottom Fell Out- The Basement, Nashville, TN, 10/13/07
-Released on At The Cut, 2009-
2. Rhinestone Cowboy (Glen Campbell cover)- KCPR Radio, St. Louis, MO- 3/93
3. Nothing's Happening- 40 Watt, Athens, GA, 12/16/06
4. Continence Rome- Fordham University, Bronx, NY, 5/9/07
5. Society Sue- 40 Watt, Athens, GA, 3/1/08
-Released on Skitter on Take Off, 2009-
6. Beady Blue Eyes- 40 Watt, Athens, GA, 6/11/07
7. Ruby Tuesday (Melanie cover)- Registratur, Munich, Germany, 11/3/07
8. Granny- Neu Club, Madrid, Spain, 9/16/08
-Released on At The Cut, 2009-
9. Does Curtis' Reverb Work (D.C.R.W) (Porn Orchard cover)- 40 Watt, Athens, GA 2/2/08
10. Best Show I've Ever Seen- The Earl, Atlanta, GA, 10/20/07
11. Cut and Run- The Earl, Atlanta, GA, 3/2/08
12. Angry Man- Club Congress, Tuscon, Arizona, 9/9/06
13. Shrewd Politician- Cat's Cradle, Carrborro, NC, 11/29/95
14. Coward- Gartenbaukino, Vienna, Austria, 11/02/07
-Released on At The Cut, 2009-
15. Lean On Me (Ben E. King cover)- 40 Watt, Athens, GA, 2/2/08
16. The Passenger- (Iggy Pop cover)- 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA, 10/18/07


Volume Eight:
1. Legacy- Daytrotter Studios, Rock Island, IL, 6/2/09
2. Chamberlain- 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA, 1/8/94 (w/ La Di Das)-
3. Smiley Punk Rocker- Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC, 11/29/95
4. Butterfly Collector (Garbage cover)- The Knaack, Berlin, Germany, 8/13/94
5. Conjunctions of Coincidence- St. Anne's Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY, 11/17/01 ("Josiah Meigs and Me")
6. Time After Time(Annalise) (REM cover)- Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC, 9/10/09
7. Sacrificial Lamp- The Knaack, Berlin, Germany, 8/13/94
8. He's In Love With His Dog- Club IOTA, Arlington, VA, 5.13.00
9. Everybody Hurts (REM cover)- Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC, 2/9/09
10. Palomino Girl- 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA, 1/8/94 (w/ La Di Das)-
11. Secret Satisfaction- 40 Watt Club, Athens, Georgia, 07/24/96
12. Good Hearted Woman (Waylon Jennings cover)- Joe's Pub, New York, NY, 2/22/02 (w/Kurt Wagner)
13. New Fiction (Incomplete)- The Uptown, Minneapolis, MN, 9/22/94
14. Blue Christmas (Elvis cover)- 40 Watt, Athens, GA, 12/16/05
15. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues (Bob Dylan cover)- Urania, Vienna, Austria, 10/19/08

Volume Nine:
1. Welcome To The Show, Ya'll- Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany, 6/1/05
2. Supreme Fiction- Under The Street, Durham, NC, 2/2/93
3. Roses are Red (Parody)- Unknown Venue, Augsburg, Germany, 8/10/94
4. The Trumpet Song- 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA, 1/8/94 (w/ The La Di Das)-
5. Someday Never Comes (CCR Cover)- Sala Rossa, Montreal, Quebec, Canada- 6/13/08
6. My Blue Wave (Lambchop Cover)- Barbican Hall, London, England- 11/3/01 (w/ Kurt Wagner)-
7. Until The End- Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA- 2/15/02
8. A Letter From Li- Po (Conrad Aiken poem)- St. Anne's Warehouse, New York, NY- 11/17/01 ("Josiah Meigs and Me")
9. Bite The Cocky (Soundcheck)- The Grey Eagle Tavern, Asheville, NC- 2/9/09
10. Estimate -The Downstairs, Athens, GA- 1/16/91 (w/ Mr. Greenjeans)-
11. Save Her- Union Chapel, London, England- 6/3/03
12. The Twist (Chubby Checker cover)- Club Soda, Montreal, Quebec, Canada- 10.25.95
13. Muscle Beach -The Downstairs, Athens, GA- 1/16/91 (w/ Mr. Greenjeans)-
14. Bakersfield (La Di Das version)- Human Rights Festival, Athens, GA- 5/17/98 (w/ The La Di Das)
15. Sampan (Soundcheck)- KPCR Radio, St. Louis, MO- 3/93
16. Dicking Around- The Knitting Factory, New York, NY- 7/15/99
17. Harmonica Solo- Büchsenstadl, Ulm, Germany- 8/17/95
18. O! Holy Night (Traditional)- Canturbury House, Athens, GA- 12/89
19. Coming Home- 40 Watt, Athens, GA- 11/2/09

Some titles assumed.






23 comments:

  1. Thanks for all the great work Charles! Personally, I am not sure how to make more people interested in Vic's music though... I have failed miserably so far trying to convince friends to listen to his songs and basically given up on playing his records to other people. As much as I would want to make his songwriting skill become known to a broader audience, I just don't see it happening. Hope I am wrong....

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  2. a genuine treasure trove of stuff here! am really enjoying the cover of hang on sloopy, much to my surprise - a genuine base metal into gold transformation there.

    was very interested to see mention of the cancelled vibratile nerves and preachy projects - what's the backstory there charles?

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  3. Thank you so much, this looks fantastic! However it seems that divshare is gonna make it really hard for me (us?) to download this...Is there a way to get this at leas kind of easily?
    Thanx again, it really looks great.

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  6. Artwork for all volumes can be downloaded here:
    http://www.divshare.com/folder/891454-2ec

    Be aware that the artwork has not been revised since these sets have been updated so there may be some discrepancies.

    Thanks!

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    1. Anyone know why I keep getting this error message when trying to download anything from the diva site?

      Cannot connect to the rep database because: Lost connection to MySQL server at 'reading initial communication packet', system error: 111

      Thanks in advance.

      Peace,
      Lee

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    2. Hi Lee. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

      Message me directly at chazarrelli@gmail.com

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  7. I'm glad I checked back--and really happy to see these files here but divshare is apparently saying the account has exceeded its bandwidth or whatever and can't be accessed till after aug.7-- not sure if you know that.

    I'm hoping to be able to download these wonderful collections then. Regardless, I'm so glad to see activity on this site.

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  8. Well now it says that the files can't be accessed until Aug 13. I signed up for divshare and it says I can download some files, but it won't download. Anyone have any suggestions? I'm not impressed with divshare.

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  9. Hi again,
    has anyone tried a paid divshare account? Will they let you download then? No luck so far.

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  10. Well I did finally manage to dl most of what I wanted. Divshare is kind of a pain but no pain no gain, I guess. And sorry for all the posts that were basically me whining. But mostly, I wanted to say I appreciate your generosity in posting these, thanks so much.

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  11. All I can say is WOW!!
    Finding these recordings is just what I needed..
    A thousand Thanks couldn't describe my excitement uincovering this nine volume masterpiece.. Truly appreciated...
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    I think regardless of who is listening, Vic has a wide rabid audience and any release would be a genuine find... a guaranteed classic... A little patience goes a long way, but it makes sense when things aren't what they seem to give people the strength to carry on.. no matter what the pain...
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    I am forever grateful for your stance in keeping the life of Vic alive and well..
    the one thing music brings to all of us is eternity.. an abyss of lost thoughts and cloudy memories..
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    I hope more rleases are in the works for not only new releases, but more remasters like New West did with all the bonus tracks.. Or even a box set of rarities...
    The interest is all around us..

    Again, Thanks!!

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  12. I found this blog, via Southern Shelter, shortly after Vic died, and it’s been a source of joy and comfort. I missed it when it fell silent, but never has any blog post made me happier than this one. I thank you sincerely and excessively for all of the work you do helping to preserve and promote Vic’s legacy. He’s truly deserving and, there being no obvious payoff in it, you’re kind of at the forefront of that effort. If you’re ever down New Orleans way, you eat and drink gratis.

    I’m sorry to hear some of the other commenters have trouble getting folks to appreciate Vic. I’ve had no such trouble. I must have at least a dozen friends who now know and appreciate the best songwriter of the past 20 years. I always mention Vic in class (I teach college writing), I’ve used him as an aid, and I usually have one or three students per class who later confess they looked him up and love him.

    Thanks again, Charles, for all of your hard work, for helping Vic, for gifting this to his fans, and for being a seemingly genuine cool guy. Now please, I don’t want to seem ungrateful, but what do we have to do to get the Buddha in a Raincoat series up?!?

    p.s. Acquiring this collection was not easy one-click downloading, but it works and that’s all that matters.

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  13. What treasure you've shared with us, Charles. Thank you so much for your generosity. The blog and the recordings are a beautiful tribute.

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  14. So many thanks from France ! For your work, for beeing here for Vic, for sharing all this with us.
    The sounds are awesome, your words so helpful to have a better understanding of the Vic's so complex universe. The huge blank is a little smaller.

    Your work would deserve a superb boxset made by a respectful label !

    But you made my appetite grow... How to get the Buddha in a Raincoat serie ?

    Thanks again !

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  15. I am quite literally floored by the breadth and quality of these recordings. This collection is fantastic and a must for any Vic devotee.

    A thousand thank-yous for your arduous and ardent labours. I raise a little libation to you and Vic.

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  16. You are very welcome. Thanks for checking this out. I am working on a new volume of this set, and hopefully it will be ready by Christmas. Also, I've decided to revisit this blog, so updates are forthcoming.

    I am glad there is still interest in Vic and his music.

    Charles

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  17. I've just stumbled on this amazing piece of work and being heavily into Vic's music at the moment I wanted to download the tracks immediately. My question is: are the links down or am I doing something wrong?

    Regards,
    Ardy

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  18. I found this site by accident while I was researching BRUTE and would like to thank you for the 9 volumes of Vic, not what I would play back-to-back but something to dip into on weekends. I saw Vic twice when he visited Oldham (near Manchester) UK, unusual for any American to visit it once let alone twice!
    I saw him play solo at a cellar bar called Jackson's Pit around 1996 I think and with a band in a pub called the Castle in May 2005, never to be forgotton.
    Thank you again
    Tom (Oldham Greater Manchester UK)

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  19. Thank you so much for this! It breaks my heart that one of the best, original songwriters of the last 20 years still hasn't been more vindicated! I met Vic 2009 and made an ass out of myself and I'm sure Vic hated me, but he was such a sweet curmudgeon! God, I miss the little f@#*%r!

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  20. All the links are down. How can I get ahold of these?

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  21. Any plans to re-up the links anytime soon? My life cannot be complete without these amazing collections. Big thanks and hats off to your obvious hard work in putting this outstanding site together.

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