Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Brian Setzer Live From "The Knife Feels Like Justice" Tour

Brian Setzer's "The Knife Feels Like Justice" album is a criminally overlooked album. It is not a rockabilly, Straycats type record. More like Bruce or John Mellencamp. But much edgier and rockin'. I would post it but it is still available on Amazon and other places. So I will do the next best thing and offer for your listening pleasure, a live show from the tour to promote his 1st solo album.

This recording, done for the King Biscuit Flower Hour in 1986, came in conjunction with the tour to promote Setzer’s first solo album, The Knife Feels Like Justice. Musically, Setzer wanted to embrace the Americana rock scene, and emerge as a modern-day Springsteen or Mellencamp. It wasn’t meant to be, and despite the fact that Setzer had some great songs (“Maria,” which was featured in this show, was actually co-written with Steve Van Zandt from the E Street Band), radio refused to accept him outside of the Stray Cats persona. Still, Setzer gives a spirited performance here, focusing mostly on material from The Knife Feels Like Justice. “Bobby's Back,” ”Something's Wrong With My Radio,” “Breath of Life,” “Chains Around Your Heart,” “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” and the aforementioned “Maria,” are show highlights. Setzer, does, however, treat fans to a taste of his previous glory days with energized versions of “Stray Cat Strut,” and “Rock This Town.”

Haunted River 3:27
Rumble In Brighton 3:55
Bobby's Back 4:08
Aztec 4:59
Maria 4:45
Something's Wrong With My Radio 3:06
Stray Cat Strut 3:19
Breath Of Life 3:57
Chains Around Your Heart 5:21
The Knife Feels Like Justice 4:34
Rock This Town 5:54
Three Guys 4:21
Radiation Ranch 4:28
Crowd/Band Intros 1:48
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams 4:57
Barbwire Fence 6:06
Tear It Up 6:29

50MB, WMA 9.1 VBR, 77 Minutes


I'm not much for posting videos, but WTF, below are a couple of related videos from the album and the tour.

The Knife Feels Like Justice

Bobby's Back Live 86

Barbwire Fence Live 86


Naplesgc said...

This I will enjoy! Thanks and like the new look with the guitar.

Always providing the best and we never know what you are going to pull out of the oven next.


WVKayaker said...

You just never know...Thanks for the kind words Naples.

Conspiracy Theologian said...


thanks for this post! However, I can't seem to grab the entire link. After the "NJ" there is an underscore, and a last piece that I can't copy.

May I ask to copy the full link into your reply?

much appreciation,


WVKayaker said...


try this CT

Megan said...

I’m writing from Surfdog Records. Thanks for posting about Brian on your blog, we really appreciate it! We’re gearing up to release a brand new Brian Setzer album this Fall and I’d love to add you on to our e-mail list so we can keep you in the loop. I did not see an e-mail address on your blog. If you would like to stay informed, please visit Brian's Sign Up Page

knuck said...

Oh wow. I missed out on something I've been looking for for a long time. Just found your blog tonight. If you ever re-up this I'd be forever grateful.

Camarillo Brillo said...


Knuck said...

You're a GOD. Thank you so much for tossing that Knife Feels Like Justice live show back up!

Camarillo Brillo said...

no problem

Steve said...

"The Knife Feels Like Justice" is my absolute favorite song by Brian Setzer or Stray Cats. And even one of my favorite songs of all time. If you know of any videos from this era, please let me know! I cannot find anything other than the 4 on YouTube. Thanks so much for posting this.

Camarillo Brillo said...

Hey Steve...I really dig that tune myself...a totally out of character song and album from Brian...and one of my all time faves'...good luck finding more videos...

Anonymous said...

wow - I never would have though this would exist .. can you re-upload this

Thanks- for listening ..

Camarillo Brillo said...

New Link:

What This Is All About

I've been collecting live music from various sources since the mid to late 70's. Radio shows, TV broadcasts, radio show pre-FM CD's and vinyl LP's and some trades. Most of the shows posted here, I recorded and ripped myself. I always had top of the line stereo equipment and cassette and open reel recorders for those on air broadcasts.

I've downloaded plenty of bootlegged concerts from various blogs. As a rule I will only post stuff from my collection and not what is already available out there.

I also post out of print CDs and LPs from my collection.
I will repost from my readers anything someone sends me as long as it is either out of print or something that's not from someone else's blog. If you want to share a link for a cool item on your blog, or someone else's, please feel free to post it in the comments........

Enjoy and please leave a comment and pass this blog along.

Can you believe that so many out there are starving for the old WHFS? Amazing!

If you leave a comment, how about using a nickname instead of Anonymous. At least make up something please. Thanks!

I have reconsidered my position...and will re-upload dead links, so long as you go to that particular post and make the request from the comments page...

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