Legendary promoter Bill Graham kept a remarkable library of the live performances he touted in the heyday of rock and roll. As you might expect, amongst the tapes lie a treasure trove of classic performances from the rock icons of that generation. With Internet radio becoming an intriguing entertainment commodity, Vault Radio, which came on the air (or more appropriately, on the net) this past Wednesday, adds to the medium's allure, presenting live classic rock from the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and an extraordinarily young Bruce Springsteen.
Culled from tapes that have been stored in the basement of Bill Graham Presents headquarters until purchased by Wolfgang's Vault in 2003, Vault Radio plays the performances in their original form, without enhancements or remixing. Given that Graham worked with practically every major act in the sixties and seventies, the 5 million dollars reportedly paid for the library, which consists of thousands of live shows, may be a bargain. Wolfgang's Vault presents Vault Radio in a simple fashion, providing the song title, artist, venue and year, leaving the historic context of the performances to the listener. Although the promoter in Graham might have appreciated a more comprehensive presentation, Vault Radio is worthy monument to his considerable legacy.