Worth Hearing: The Cure and other non-classic rock on Wolfgang’s Vault

robert smith
I had never paid much attention to Wolfgang’s Vault beyond being bemused by the way they gained possession of their trove of music; apparently Clear Channel, unaware of what they had and unwilling to be bothered to catalog the items, auctioned off thousands of hours of concerts, which the founder of Wolfgang’s Vault acquired for a steal.

For the most part Wolfgang’s Vault contains lots and lots of classic rock performance from shows put on by famed music promoter Bill Graham (nee Wolfgang Graham). So, if you’re into the Allmans, the Dead, etc., it’s a fantastic way to stream some of their really high-quality live performances.

As only a casual fan of the classic rock, I was never compelled to explore Wolfgang’s Vault because I assumed that’s all there was.

I was wrong. While it is mostly classic rock, there’s more to it than just that.

For instance, I’ve been enjoying this great Cure performance from 1984; around the time of their very fertile period that led to, imho, some of their finest records like “The Top” and “The Head on the Door.”

Other concerts that surprised me include:

Talking Heads at CBGB’s in 1977
Miles Davis from 1970
The Psychedelic Furs from 1982
Stevie Wonder from 1973
Merle Haggard from 1981
Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue from 1975 (I know some may consider Dylan classic rock. To this I say, call it whatever you want, it’s Dylan, and it’s worth hearing.)

So, head on over and make yourself a playlist.

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