UPDATE: A new audio source has surfaced, which, in my opinion, has slightly better quality. Audio taper travelinbeat posted his recording of this superjam in February of 2013 as 24 bit flac files (which are no longer available). I have converted to 16 bit flac and you can download travelinbeat’s new source right here:
24BIT FLAC (travelinbeat source): NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Also, Bonnaroo365 has posted 4 youtube episodes about this superjam, a total of 39 minutes of interviews, behind the scenes, and live footage. The videos have been embedded at the bottom of this post.
Thanks to one of my close friends we have an excellent audio recording of D’Angelo‘s first U.S. performance in 12 years! On the morning of June 10, 2012 at 12:15am central time, Questlove hosted the Bonnaroo Music Festival Superjam and the rest is history. Finally, the Soulquarians reunited after 12 years!
Questlove’s Bonnaroo Superjam featuring D’Angelo & The Soulquarians
June 9, 2012 (actually 12:15am on June 10th, 2012)
Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
Source: Schoeps mk4v (DINa/FOB) > kcy > Sonosax SX-M2-LS2 > Sony M10 (24/48)
Transfer: Micro SD > Sound Studio > xACT > FLAC
Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland) [Jimi Hendrix] (including Go Back 2 The Thing & Superman Lover [Johnny Guitar Watson] teases) >
Pride And Vanity [Ohio Players] >
Players Balling (Players Doin’ Their Own Thing) [Ohio Players]
Funky Dollar Bill [Funkadelic] >
Hit It And Quit It [Funkadelic] >
What Is And What Should Never Be [Led Zeppelin]
Babies Making Babies [Sly & The Family Stone] >
Hollywood Squares [Bootsy Collins] >
Mother’s Son [Curtis Mayfield] (including Chicken Grease tease)
Power of Soul [Band of Gypsys]
She Came In Through The Bathroom Window [The Beatles]
My Summertime Thang [The Time] >
Jam (including Fire [Ohio Players] & other teases)
THE BAND: Questlove – drums Kirk Douglas – guitar James Poyser – keys Frank Knuckles – percussion Pino Palladino – bass Eric Leeds – saxophone Jesse Johnson – guitar Kendra Foster – vocals D’Angelo – vocals, guitar, keys
All photos by Questlove.
P.S. You can find Questlove’s 2005 Bonnaroo Superjam with Herbie Hancock, Pino Palladino & Lionel Louekehere.
So, we’ve been waiting exactly 11 years for D’Angelo to make his comeback. Some of us kept the faith, while others lost it at various points over the past decade. For me, it was merely a matter of patience. I knew he’d be back eventually. And if I ever needed a reminder i’d just pull out a live recording of his Voodoo Tour with The Soultronics to dismiss any of my doubts.
Lately, we’ve begun to hear rumblings of a come back, with live dates booked and selling out in Europe for late January and early February 2012. Then Questloveinformed us that the tour is real, that Pino Palladino and Chris Dave just committed, and that D’s new album is 97% done and has to be turned in to the record label 3 days before Christmas.
I also took the audience shot video and synced it up the FM audio. The full video can be downloaded in DVD format here or you can view it on youtube in 4 parts below. Now we just cross our fingers that the tour goes off without a hitch and that some new live recordings show up. Oh, and fingers crossed that the tour continues in the U.S. and that the album actually gets released, finally!
Before you watch this first video, read this except from D’Angelo’s recent interview for GQ Magazine: He was beginning to sense a darkness beckoning. He recalls a particular moment onstage at the North Sea Jazz festival in 2000. The band was in the middle of “Devil’s Pie,” his song about the spell fame casts upon the weak—Who am I to justify / All the evil in our eye / When I myself feel the high / From all that I despise—when he felt an ominous presence in the crowd. “That night I felt something that was like, whoa,” he tells me. E-vil.
(1 of 4) Devil’s Pie > Funk Jam > Send It On:
(2 of 4) Feel Like Makin Love > Chicken Grease:
(3 of 4) Shit Damn Motherfucker, Brown Sugar Interlude > Untitled (How Does It Feel?):
(4 of 4) Lady > Funk Jam > Jonz In My Bonz > Funk Jam:
D’Angelo: vocals, keyboards
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson: drums
Frankie “Knuckles” Walker: percussion
Pino Palladino: bass
June Bervine (or sometimes James Poyser): keyboards
C. Edward “Spanky” Alford & Samuel “Norris” Jones: guitars
Anthony Hamilton, Shelby Johnson & Jack King: background vocals
Jacques “Brother Jacques” Schwarz-Bart: tenor saxophone
Russell Gunn (or sometimes Roy Hargrove): trumpet
Frank “Root” Lacy: trombone & trumpet