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Rare Jim Carroll Albums, Live Recordings, & Videos

Updated 21 August 2009

My website partner, LaVerne, rarely steps out from behind the scenes. This page represents his collection of primo recorded rarities and ephemera. If you have anything unusual or any audio or video tapes not listed here, please e-mail him.


Singles & Promotional Vinyl

Best of the Biscuit
Best of the Biscuit
The Pretenders / The Jim Carroll Band
ABC Radio Networks, 1981

 

People Who Died promotional single
"People Who Died" Promotional Single
The Pretenders / The Jim Carroll Band
Atco, 1980
The Jim Carroll Band

 

 

People Who Died promotional single

The Jim Carroll Radio Special
Atlantic, 1984

See also: transcript of the radio special

 

Foreign Vinyl

Gravedad Malvada - Spanish Wicked Gravity Single
Gravedad Malvada

Spanish single: "Wicked Gravity" (b/w "Catholic Boy")
The Jim Carroll Band (CBS, 1980)
(No additional information available)

 

Vinyl Bootlegs

Live Dreams
Live Dreams

As near as I can determine this was the only vinyl bootleg of the Jim Carroll Band.  The album cover states this show was recorded at "My Father's Place." New York City, December 27, 1981, but in reality the show was recorded at "The Bottom Line," December 20, 1980.  The song list is:

  • Wicked
  • Gravity
  • City Drops Into The Night
  • It's Too Late
  • Catholic Boy
  • Nothing Is True (the album has Three Sisters listed in error)
  • Day & Night
  • I Want The Angel
  • People Who Died

 

CD Bootlegs

Catholic Boy Confessions
Catholic Boy Confessions

This CD shows there is still an interest in the Jim Carroll Band's music.  This "commercially" made CD is the Paradise Theater show of 12/1/80 that is listed in the Audio Tapes area as "Live".  It looks like a regular silver CD, but in reality it is a CD-R.  None the less it is a nicely done bootleg.

  • Wicked Gravity
  • Three Sisters
  • City Drops Into The Night
  • Catholic Boy
  • It's Too Late
  • Voices
  • Crow
  • Lorraine
  • Nothing Is True
  • People Who Died
  • Sweet Jane

 

Audio Tapes

Live at the Palms
Live at The Palms

This tape was recorded November, 1980.  Quality is excellent.  The song list is:

  • Wicked
  • Gravity
  • City Drops Into The Night
  • Voices
  • It's Too Late
  • Crow
  • Day And Night

 

Portland Oregon '81
Portland Oregon '81

This tape was recorded at The Euphoria, Portland, Oregon, on January, 1981.  This tape also included a 1/2 hour interview (which is not on the CD) with Jim Carroll.  The tape was EQ'd and is listenable, but not great.  The song list is:

  • Three Sisters
  • City Drops Into The Night
  • It's Too Late
  • Catholic Boy
  • Tension (later to be known as Voices)
  • Lorraine
  • People Who Died
  • Sweet Jane
  • Nothing Is True

 

JCB Live in Boston 1982
JCB Live In Boston 1982

This tape was recorded at Uncle Sam's in Boston, MA, on June 20th, 1982 and was aired on WBCN.   The tape is excellent and includes a before and after show interview.  The song list:

  • It's
  • Too Late
  • Wicked Gravity
  • Them
  • Jody
  • Still Life
  • Lorraine
  • City Drops Into The Night
  • Barricades
  • People Who Died

 

Jim Carroll Band Live
Live

I have been told this is from the Paradise Theater, Boston, MA  12/1/80.  The quality and performance are excellent.  The play list is:

  • Three Sisters
  • City Drops Into The Night
  • Catholic Boy
  • It's Too Late
  • Voices
  • Wicked Gravity
  • Crow
  • Lorraine
  • Nothing Is True
  • People Who Died
  • Sweet Jane

 

Casbar
Casbar

This tape was recorded March 12th, 1982 at The Casbar, Manchester, NH.  The tape has been EQ'd, but still pretty much sucks, although the song list makes up for the poor recording. This tape also includes an interview that is not on the CD. The song list:

  • Three Sisters
  • (No More) Luxuries
  • Voices
  • Catholic Boy
  • Jealous Twin
  • City Drops Into The Night
  • Jody
  • It's Too Late
  • Black Romance
  • Freddy's Store
  • Love Crimes
  • People Who Died
  • Sweet Jane
  • Lorraine

 

Fillmore 11-25-88/Brownies 4-12-97
Fillmore 11-25-88/Brownies 4-12-97

As the title says, the first half was taken from a video (yes VIDEO) of the 11/25/88 show at "The Fillmore" (six cuts).  The quality is OK, but probably could be better with some EQing.  The second half is from Brownies.  It is good quality.  The songs are:

  • Trouble
  • Shape Shifter
  • Chief In Doubt
  • I Want The Angel
  • When The Flesh Fails
  • Wing And Claw (spoken word)
  • Wicked Gravity
  • It's Too Late
  • She's Ready
  • Catholic Boy
  • People Who Died

 

Didn't Die in D.C.
Didn't Die In D.C.

This show was recorded February 19, 1981, at the Bayou Theater, Washington, D.C.

  • Wicked Gravity
  • Three Sisters
  • City Drops Into The Night
  • It's Too Late
  • Voices
  • Catholic Boy
  • Nothing Is True
  • People Who Died
  • Sweet Jane

 

Eugene
Eugene

This show was recorded in Eugene, Oregon, January 13th, 1981.

  • Wicked
  • Gravity
  • Three Sisters
  • City Drops Into The Night
  • Catholic Boy
  • It's Too Late
  • Lorraine
  • Crow
  • Voices
  • Nothing Is True
  • People Who Died
  • Sweet Jane
  • Day And Night

 

The Uncut Show
The Uncut Show

This is the complete Bottom Line show, December 20, 1980.  The song list is:

  • Wicked Gravity
  • Three Sisters
  • City Drops Into The Night
  • It's Too Late
  • Catholic Boy
  • Nothing Is True
  • Day & Night
  • I Want The Angel
  • People Who Died
  • Sweet Jane

 

Bottom Line 11/12/98 (early show) Bottom Line 11/12/98 (late show)
Bottom Line 11/12/98

I have both the early and the late show.  They are almost identical.

  • Facts
  • Train Surfing
  • Locked Wing
  • Catholic Boy
  • Desert Town
  • Zeno's Law Of High-Heeled Shoes
  • Things That Fly
  • I Want The Angel
  • Lorraine
  • Hairshirt Fracture
  • Wicked Gravity
  • It's Too Late
  • Female As Thunder
  • My Ruins
  • Pools Of Mercury
  • Falling Down Laughing
  • 8 Fragments For Kurt Cobain
  • The Beast Within
  • People Who Died

 

Spoken & Sung
Spoken & Sung

This was recorded at the Crocodile Cafe, Seattle, Washington, November 17, 1998.

  • 8 Fragments For Kurt Cobain
  • Train Surfing
  • Sick Bird
  • My Ruins
  • Message Left On A Phone Machine
  • Catholic Boy
  • It's Too Late
  • I want the Angel
  • Wicked Gravity
  • Runaway
  • Falling Down Laughing
  • People Who Died
  • City Drops Into The Night

 

Music and Words from the Radio
Music And Words From The Radio

This tape consists of a King Biscuit Flower Hour show of the JCB and of a copy of Jim Carroll interview about I Write Your Name.  Quality is excellent.


 

Video

JCB on Fridays
Jim Carroll Band TV appearance on Fridays
The quality is very good.


 

Fillmore, 11-25-88
Live, with Tamela Glenn on guitar. Quality is watchable.

First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, 9-27-97
Excellent quality.

Carroll talks about Trinity School (early-mid 80s)
Quicktime, very poor quality (about 2 minutes).


Promos, Posters, etc.

Dry Dreams Test Pressing
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Test Pressing for Dry Dreams
Probably one of the rarest items in my collection although very un-glamorous


Promo poster for Catholic Boy
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Promo poster for Catholic Boy
This poster measures approximately 23" x 23"


Dry Dreams promotional poster
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Promo poster for Dry Dreams
This poster measures approximately 22" x 29"


Poster announcing First Avenue Reading, 9-27-97
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Poster announcing First Avenue Reading, 9-27-97
This poster measures approximately 22" x 35"


 

One World Poetry - Giorno Poetry Systems Records GPS 028-029
This album seems to be very rare. It has a number of the usual poets from the Giorno albums, including Jim Carroll.
Instead of being listed as "I Want The Angel", is it just called "The Angel" and was recorded The One World Poetry Festival, 1981 in The Melkweg.
Listen:

   

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