Howard Stern's long-running syndicated morning FM radio show aired for the last time on Friday, December 16, 2005. In January 2006, Howard and crew took up residence at Sirius Satellite Radio.
Howard's old FM show featured many great musical guests and performances over the years. An FM station that aired the Stern show, WIZN ("The Wizard") in Burlington, Vermont, played 45 previously taped Stern Show musical performances over four hours during the afternoon following the final 2005 broadcast. A friend recorded the WIZN "Musical Memories" tribute broadcast using a Sansui TU-9900 FM tuner directly to hard disc and then edited out the commercials and as much of the between-song DJ banter as possible. What is left are nearly three hours of classic performances in stellar FM sound quality, thanks in large part to the legendary Sansui super tuner.
The relaxed vibe of the Stern Show always seemed to bring out the best in musicians who were not used to waking up and performing so early in the morning!
Some of these tracks have circulated previously as substandard MP3 files sourced from a low-bit-rate Sirius Satellite Radio broadcast, but this FLAC file set, which has not circulated previously, is the genuine lossless FM high-fidelity article. Listen to James Taylor's guitar on "Woodstock" or Alanis Morissette's voice on "Ironic" for examples of the Sansui's incredible combination of analog musical warmth and detail, which somehow managed to survive largely intact despite the necessary evil of the FM > WAV > FLAC digitization process.
These tunes were either performed in Howard Stern's New York City FM studio or in front of live audiences at remote Stern Show broadcasts. The in-studio tunes include several great acoustic versions of electric favorites (e.g., "Pour Some Sugar On Me" by Def Leppard). There are also some outstanding cover tunes, including Kid Rock doing the Charlie Daniels classic, "Long Haired Country Boy" and Train performing a rocking Led Zeppelin medley. One Stern Show inside joke is Blues Traveler's version of "This Is Beetle." 'Beetle' is Stern Show "Wack Pack" member Lester "Beetlejuice" Green, who wrote the song spontaneously one day on the Show. NOTE: The WIZN broadcast also included Staind's version of "This Is Beetle." The Staind version, which was the seventh song of the broadcast, is omitted because it was released officially on a limited edition version of Staind's "Chapter V" album.
There are so many highlights in this set that it would be tough to pick a favorite. Aerosmith's raucous "Bacon Biscuit Blues" is hard to top, though, I must admit!
I do not know the dates these songs were performed / first aired. If anyone can shed some light on the performance dates, that would be great.
01 - "Dancing Days" (Stone Temple Pilots)
02 - "Bacon Biscuit Blues" (Aerosmith)
03 - "Kryptonite" (Three Doors Down)
04 - "Dream On" (Train)
05 - "December" (Collective Soul)
06 - "Learn to Fly" (Foo Fighters)
07 - "This Is Beetle" (Staind) [OMITTED due to offical release]
08 - "Woodstock" (James Taylor)
09 - "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" (Green Day)
10 - "Long Haired Country Boy" (Kid Rock)
11 - "Here Comes the Sun" (Bon Jovi)
12 - "I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying" (Sting)
13 - "Pour Some Sugar On Me" (Def Leppard)
14 - "Slither" (Velvet Revolver)
15 - "Runaround" (Blues Traveler)
16 - "Wanted Dead or Alive" (Bon Jovi)
17 - "Sixth Avenue Heartache" (The Wallflowers)
01 - "Slide" (Goo Goo Dolls)
02 - "A Long December" (Counting Crows)
03 - "Ironic" (Alanis Morissette)
04 - "Pink" (Aerosmith)
05 - "Beverly Hills" (Weezer)
06 - "It's Been Awhile" (Staind)
07 - "Jump" (David Lee Roth)
08 - "Revolution" (Stone Temple Pilots)
09 - "Shine" (Collective Soul)
10 - "Are You Gonna Go My Way" (Lenny Kravitz)
11 - "It's My Life" (Bon Jovi)
12 - "The Jack" (AC/DC with Artie Lange)
13 - "Another Brick in the Wall > Goodbye Cruel World" (Korn)
01 - "Jealous Again" (Black Crowes)
02 - "Ramble On" (Train)
03 - "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" (Jet)
04 - "Mr. Jones" (Counting Crows)
05 - "What Is and What Should Never Be > Whole Lotta Love > Ramble On" (Train)
06 - "Blowin' In The Wind" (Leslie West)
07 - "Help" (Bon Jovi)
08 - "Hash Pipe" (Weezer)
09 - "Desperado" (Joe Walsh)
10 - "Let Love Rule" (Lenny Kravitz)
11 - "The Reason" (Hoobastank)
12 - "Plush" (Stone Temple Pilots)
13 - "Meadows" (Joe Walsh)
14 - "Lifestyles Of the Rich And Famous" (Good Charlotte)
15 - "This Is Beetle" (Blues Traveler)