Human Condition (Steve Scott) / Scratch Band (The 77s) Split Live Bootleg

Human Condition/Scratch Band
Split Live Bootleg
1981 (no label)
California, USA

Side 1 – Human Condition

  1. Tower of Babel
  2. Flesh and Blood
  3. Walking on Water Wasn’t Built in a Day
  4. Safety in Numbers
  5. Walls of Tears
  6. Farthest Star
  7. No Time Like Now
  8. This Sad Music
  9. The Love U Need

Side 2 – Scratch Band

  1. Someone New
  2. Unsatisfied
  3. Ping Pong Over the Abyss
  4. Denomination Blues

This is not a true release, but as soon as I saw it in a stack of tapes to convert I had to transfer it. Who is “Human Condition” you ask, and why are they covering Steve Scott songs? This is not the Human Condition that released two CDs in the early 1990s on Image and Broken Records. Human Condition on this release is Steve Scott – not sure if he had a band that went by that name for a time, or just the person writing the notes on this didn’t know better and made something up. For those not in the know, the Scratch Band changed names to The 77s, so that is why their song titles sound familiar. This is a good quality recording, no new songs, but the Steve Scott songs definitely have slightly different arrangements than the later recorded versions did. The Scratch Band songs are separated out from each other, so they are obviously pulled from a larger set. There are some skips in the Human Condition recording, but they could have just been cutting out some chatter between songs.

Missing In formation: Who played on this?

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