A live-concert time machine

You missed David Bowie at Nassau Coliseum in 1976? The Cure at the Ontario Theatre in 1984? The Clash at the Agora in 1979? Elvis Costello at the Philly Spectrum in 1984? Always wished you’d caught Jimi Hendrix at Winterland in 1968?

No problem.

Wolfgang’s Vault, the company that owns and markets the archives of the late Bill Graham, the ultimate rock promoter, has just openedthe Concert Vault, which features 300 entire concerts — audio of which you can stream online, right now, for free.

The recently rediscovered tapes were legally, professionally recorded by Graham’s staff, so the sound quality is great. And for each show you can click around a playlist to select individual songs.

The concerts on the site right now — which also include Neil Young, Cream, The Band, Stevie Wonder, The Cars, Bruce Springsteen, and dozens more — are just the beginning. Wolfgang’s Vault (Graham was born Wolfgang Grajonca) is in the process of digitizing thousands of other concert tapes from the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s. Which means this singular audio history of live rock (and pop and R&B and punk and all the rest) should only get even more awesome.

“>HEAR Concert Vault concerts (available as free streaming audio after a registration process that takes roughly five seconds)

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A live-concert time machine