Stooges at Goose Lake

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Stooges at Goose Lake

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The guy who found these tapes "buried in the basement of a Michigan farmhouse" is none other than friend of GLONO, Joshua Rogers. His dad recorded it (and a bunch of other great Detroit rock and roll). So glad this is finally coming out!

THIRD MAN RECORDS
ANNOUNCES THE STOOGES'
LIVE AT GOOSE LAKE: AUGUST 8TH, 1970
OUT ON VINYL, CD AND DIGITAL ON AUGUST 7, 2020

SHARES LIVE VERSION OF "T.V. EYE"

PREVIOUSLY-UNHEARD SOUNDBOARD RECORDING
OF THE ORIGINAL STOOGES LINEUP'S FINAL PERFORMANCE
AT GOOSE LAKE FESTIVAL

Third Man Records is excited to announce The Stooges' Live At Goose Lake: August 8, 1970. This previously-unheard, high-quality soundboard recording of the original Stooges lineup's final performance -- recorded just before the release of their earthshaking 1970 album Fun House -- will be available on vinyl, CD and digital on August 7, 2020, nearly 50 years to the day after the performance.

The audio was lovingly restored by Vance Powell (The White Stripes, Chris Stapleton) and mastered by Bill Skibbe at Third Man Mastering, and liner notes were written by Jaan Uhelzski (Creem Magazine). There will be two limited-edition colored vinyl variants available as well -- the Rough Trade version will be on purple-colored vinyl with a standard LP jacket, and the indie exclusive version will be on cream-colored vinyl with a screen-printed LP jacket.


The apocryphal tale of the Stooges performance at the Goose Lake Festival has been told countless times over the past five decades. Bassist Dave Alexander, due to nerves or overindulgence or whatever you choose to fill in the blank, absolutely spaces in front of 200,000 attendees. He does not play a single note on stage. He is summarily fired by Iggy Pop immediately following the gig. Here starts the beginning of the end of the Stooges.

But what if that simply... wasn’t the case? What if you could prove otherwise? Well, it’d be the
proto-punk equivalent of having an immediate, on-the-scene, man on the street report of all those folkies booing Dylan’s electric set at Newport in ‘65. Irrefutable evidence of what ACTUALLY went down.

Found buried in the basement of a Michigan farmhouse amongst other tasty analog artifacts of the same era, the 1/4” stereo two-track tape of the Stooges complete performance at Goose Lake on August 8th, 1970 is the Rosetta Stone for fans of this seminal band.

Not only is this the last ever performance of the original godhead Stooges line-up, but it is the ONLY known soundboard recording of said line-up. Playing the entirety of their canonical 1970 masterpiece Fun House, the sound, the performance, everything about this record is revelatory.

Would you believe that... Alexander actually DID play bass on this occasion? Or that, despite grievous failures on some songs, Alexander is damn solid on others? Especially on the bass-led songs “Dirt” and “Fun House”? Does Iggy provoke the crowd to tear down festival barriers? Did the powers that be pull the plug on the Stooges? So many questions are answered only to have more arise.

Released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the performance, Live at Goose Lake: August 8th 1970, is the rare release that literally rewrites the history of these Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.

LIVE AT GOOSE LAKE: AUGUST 8TH, 1970 TRACK LIST

SIDE A
1. Intro
2. Loose
3. Down On The Street
4. T.V. Eye
5. Dirt

SIDE B
1. 1970 (I Feel Alright)
2. Fun House
3. L.A. Blues
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Re: Stooges at Goose Lake

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And there's more to this story. Stay tuned.
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Holy. Fucking. Shit. Rock Action is on a tear from the sound of that teaser. I’m super fucking stoked for this one!
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A kind of goofy documentary about Goose Lake. Some cool footage though.

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Interview with Third Man's Ben Blackwell:

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Hey guys, sorry it's been so long, I have a history of not keeping up with online communities terribly well, even if the people online are literally also my real life friends.

ANYWAY, today is the Big Day and I wanted to say hi... There are several articles out there, a couple of them are good, and you'll see the definitive story right here on GLONO today. If anyone wants any gory details about the process or anything, I'll be around to chat about it.

Thanks for your interest and posts, Jake & Derek, I know you'd be doing it even if you didn't have a friend in the story.
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Here's the official GLONO story: http://gloriousnoise.com/2020/the-true- ... lake-tapes

Thank you, Josh, for being a responsible steward of such an important document of history!

Do you have any idea why your dad didn't tape the Seger System set at Goose Lake? Do you have any stories about Seger's manager, Punch Andrews?
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One thought that I've had is that since many of the biggest acts are not represented is that maybe their managers saw what they took as a high-quality bootlegging operation going on and specifically asked dad not to record them. Occam's Razor would suggest that the Faces/MC5/Seger tapes were given to others sometime after the fact. And then there's the possibility that he just didn't capture them. A few of the sets I do have start well into the performance (the Chicago tape starts halfway through 25 or 6 to 4, which is a REAL bummer because it fucking SMOKES), and that's probably partially due to the rotating stage and fast turnover between bands, but could also just mean dad wasn't always manning the station.

Dad mentioned Punch a lot, they were very close. I'm sure I met him when I was young, but unfortunately I don't remember any details. Mom probably remembers him well. I'll ask if she recalls anything worth relating.
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As it happens, Adam from Detroit News just emailed me and said he had asked Punch for a comment but didn't hear back in time for the story. He did send me Punch's note, though:
I met Jim Cassily when he was managing Teegarden and Van Winkle. They were coming off a very big record called “God, Love and Rock & Roll”. Bob’s own group had just disbanded so we joined the two groups together for a tour. We needed an album to tour with. We didn’t have much in the way of budgets back then. We recorded the album at Pampa Studios which was in the basement of the Pampa Lanes bowling alley. That presented some challenges. But we were fortunate to have Jim Bruzzese as our engineer who helped us make what was arguably our best sounding record to date at the time. The album we recorded was called Smokin’ O.P.’s. As I remember, Jim Cassily felt very strongly about how things were coming along and took a couple of the songs up to RCA studios in Toronto to mix them, “If I Were A Carpenter” and “Hummin’ Bird”. They also turned out great. To this day, these are still two of my favorite songs from the album.
Also, after hearing about some family members who felt that TMR was not giving dad enough credit and me explaining that dad's story is not as relevant to TMR's point of view, but that's why we have the Detroit News and the GLONO stories, Blackwell was kind enough to ask the TMR social team to signal boost Derek's and Adam's pieces. Because he's a stand-up guy.
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That’s super cool, Josh! Now you gotta get in touch with Punch to do something with the Seger tapes you’ve got!!! :)
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