May 25, 2006

Ryan Adams Bedhead, Volumes 4 & 5

I know that I promised the rest of these live Ryan Adams Bedhead compilation recordings a long time ago, and posted Disc One, Disc Two, and Disc Three, but then fell off the wagon. I kind of figured that after the ginormous orgy of Ryan Adams posts following the San Francisco concert that I would just give it a rest for a few weeks.

But now I’m recovered and am going to go ahead and post up these last two batches, there is some really fantastic live stuff on them from the 2005 tour. Check out the scorching, bluesy rendition of “I See Monsters,” the stunning piano of “Nightbirds,” and darned if you can’t help but laugh at the “Summer of ’69″ (BRYAN Adams cover). That’s the spirit, sport.

Also, I was reminded of this vastly entertaining interview with Ryan Adams via Pitchfork last year. Worth a read (or re-read). It’s like listening in on a phone conversation or something, very fly-on-the-wall.

Disc IV (Volume 18)
01. Love Is Hell 6/4/05
02. When Will You Come Back Home 5/21/05
03. Dear John 5/4/05
04. Sweet Illusions 5/3/05
05. Dance All Night 6/4/05
06. Madeline (unreleased) 8/9/05
07. Just Like A Whore (unreleased) 6/7/05
08. Why Do They Leave 5/21/05
09. Long Black Veil (orig. by D. Dill & M. Wilkin) 7/26/05
10. 16 Days (Whiskeytown) 6/10/05
11. Dear Chicago 6/17/05
12. Harder Now That It’s Over 6/3/05
13. Faithless Street (Whiskeytown) 6/8/05
14. Prison Letter (unreleased) 7/27/05
15. I See Monsters 6/11/05
16. I Still Miss Someone (Johnny Cash cover) 5/9/05


Disc V (Volume 19)
01. The End 5/16/05
02. Call Me On Your Way Back Home 6/10/05
03. Magnolia Mountain 11/18/05
04. Pa 5/3/05
05. Peaceful Valley 5/14/05
06. Nightbirds 6/3/05
07. September 5/16/05
08. My Heart Is Broken (Whiskeytown) 6/8/05
09. Houses On The Hill (Whiskeytown) 6/8/05
10. Willow Jane (Neal Casal cover) 11/18/05
11. Summer of ’69 (loose Bryan Adams cover) 7/26/05
12. Sylvia Plath 5/14/05
13. Jacksonville Skyline (Whiskeytown) 5/4/05
14. Now That You’re Gone 11/18/05
15. Rescue Blues 6/3/05
16. I Will Learn To Love 5/11/05


*series fin*

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  • Thanks for these I loved the Bed Head series, especially the hilarious Ryan Adams pictures. Great site!

    Pz — May 25, 2006 @ 4:18 pm

  • Thank you so very much! The first three were great!

    Sean — May 25, 2006 @ 4:49 pm

  • thanks for these, dear lady ;-))

    meant to grab them a while back, but forgot.

    worth it alone for the cover of Summer of ’69 — hysterical ad-lib — followed by the brilliant segue into the ‘Mats’ / Westerberg’s “Talent Show” as its coda: GREAT stuff!

    i’ve always been amazed by Ryan’s very keen ear, making connection of chord progressions etc.

    love jp bowersock’s lead, too. i do miss Bowersock’s sound being in the Cards’ mix — much preferred to Casals, even if Neil fits the jam-band aesthetic much better, if you will.

    rnrrenegade — May 25, 2006 @ 4:54 pm

  • thank you very much for these, well over at Ledbelly nothing has been going on, but please check in to see how i’m doing: Well heather, i’m having trouble finding out exctally Bedheads i have. i have your #5 1-5, but i have some other ones i obtainted via bit torrent, and i’m confused about what ones they are, they have no informatin besides Bedhead I, II, and III. and the track info, is their a site with information on the bedhead series?

    Ledbelly — May 25, 2006 @ 5:08 pm

  • Great interview. He’s a piece of work, but you know, all in all I don’t think he’s a bad guy. Very driven, and he obviously takes no crap. He’s blessed us with some amazing music, and I feel there’s a lot more to come. Thanks for the post, Heather.

    witchnose — May 25, 2006 @ 5:22 pm

  • nice post. i have some of the good ones, but each is worth a listen. good choice – i’m glad you didn’t forget to come back to this series…

    cheers – ryan (ryan’s smashing life)

    Anonymous — May 25, 2006 @ 7:40 pm

  • This has absolutely nothing to do with this entry, but I thought you’d like to know that Pearl Jam played Leash in Boston last night for the first time since 1994.

    Dan — May 26, 2006 @ 7:20 am

  • There are 5 different bedhead Series – for a totla of (I think) 19 CD’s worth of material. So, if you’re wondering which one you have, good luck. The best place to try and find out is



    Anonymous — May 26, 2006 @ 1:14 pm

  • thanks for this stuff. it’s interesting that ryan plays that bit from “talent show” – he played a show here in mpls in december 2004 where he called out westerberg, referring to him as a “bitter old bitch”, but then extolling his virtues as an influence. it was a great show to be at; i felt like i was witnessing a nervous breakdown breakdown right on stage.

    worldclassfad — May 26, 2006 @ 11:25 pm

  • wasn’t able to download….can you put them up again?

    Anonymous — August 12, 2006 @ 9:27 am

  • Sorry, took em down because they are huge files and I needed the space on the server for more modern stuff; I believe you can get them at the

    heather — August 12, 2006 @ 10:25 am

  • I noticed u posted the Behead volumes. I’ve been wanting that for a loooong time.. Do you think that you can repost them all in a zip or something?

    Dani — May 20, 2007 @ 3:51 pm

  • i realise this post is well over a year old, but do you have these files still for me to download? im pretty much in love with ryan. i have a lot of live shows for a trade if you are interested!

    Ashley — July 13, 2007 @ 12:00 am

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