The Bottom Line was a small club in Greenwich Village that was able to book big name acts, resulting in some of the most intimate and unique recordings here in the Vault. This mix presents 10 of the best tracks in our archives recorded at the legendary venue, with an aim to reflect the diversity of performers who played there and to highlight the club's role in making these recordings unique.
Laura Nyro - a great hangover song from one of the gentlest, loveliest voices. Recorded in her hometown shortly before she would take a hiatus from performing for the second time in her career (she was quite pregnant at the time and wouldn't tour again for about 10 years), the crowd's adoration of Nyro is clearly audible.
Blood, Sweat and Tears - these pioneers of jazz-rock allegedly considered Laura Nyro as a replacement for Al Kooper, the original singer. Instead, they ended up with David Clayton-Thomas , who penned this classic tune in 1969.
Tower of Power - there's not much to say about this song except that it might make you sweat. Their sets from this Bottom Line run are some of the most intense and energizing performances in the Vault. Could you imagine sitting at a table 10 feet away from the horn section here?!
Rory Gallagher - this Irish blues guitarist extraordinaire had the Bottom Line crowds eating out of the palm of his hand, playing inspired sets each night of this run. Keep your ears peeled for a little Beatles quote in this one.
Son Seals - with the relaxed nature of the venue and its location in one of the hippest areas of Manhattan, special guests were relatively common at the Bottom Line. For this one, Johnny Winter came out on stage for a few songs, and the interplay between the two guitars is pretty phenomenal. Believe it or not, this was the opening set that night; Seals was followed by Buddy Guy and Junior Wells!
Rockpile - speaking of special guests, here's one where Keith Richards walked on stage during the opening riff (and it sounds like he may have exited the stage before the f