Back around 2010 I had this little agreement with a bar – a tiny wee bar that was part of a theatre. They asked me to coordinate some sort of “Live Listening Experience”. That was the brief. It was a tiny bar and there was no room to DJ, they thought I could make them playlists – but wanted something (slightly) more than that. So I called them Live Listening Sessions. I’d create a theme, and a playlist and I’d welcome whoever was there with a short reading/speech-thing and that was that. Hit play. And let the people go about their night, chat about music – the aim was to encourage music discussion – and it kinda worked. It was a regular wee crew that turned out. And bonded over music and booze and banter. And I’ve just found the notes from that first session. So I’ve turned them into a playlist – if I find the others I’ll add those up too. Some good tunes here. This first one was a bunch of favourite live-versions of songs off some of my favourite live-concert albums. I didn’t want to just choose all the obvious staples so there’s some random stuff in here as well as a few obvious classics.
I reckon it’ll play through quite nicely. So maybe some weekend listening for you. Forty songs – just under four hours…lots of longer versions here, a few interesting covers…have at it.