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The dB's Online presents the first of many live recordings.

In 1984, The dB's started getting a substantial amount of airplay in Chicago, notably on WXRT, one of the groundbreaking commercial stations around the country that wasn't afraid to play modern rock. As a result, the Windy City became the band's biggest market. The Metro is one of the largest clubs there -- over a thousand sweaty fans packed in while the weather outside was frightful this December night. These recordings are from a broadcast over WXRT (which was not sent out live, making the Christmas song a bit out of date in January), was recorded from a received broadcast, and is unfortunately in mono. We've spruced them up a bit.

Black and White - 3.5 Mb MP3 file

A rollicking version of the first Peter Holsapple song released by The dB's, with the added-later key change for the instrumental ending.

pH Factor - 2.5 Mb MP3 file

The dB's aren't known for instrumentals, but in fact were major fans of the Ventures, Booker T. and the MG's, the Meters, Mancini... Originally a B-side, "pH Factor" remained an occasional choice in the live repertoire for years. Obscurantists' note: not only does this instrumental feature Peter's initials, so does the other instrumental recorded by the band, "Purple Hose."

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