Baker Gurvitz Army
1975-09-09 Ludwigsburg, Germany Stadthalle (M1-AUD)
02. band introductions -> The Hustler
03. Space Machine
04. ? (keyboard instrumental) -> Remember
05. White Room
06. Neon Lights
07. Inside Of Me
08. Memory Lane -> Ginger drum solo -> Memory Lane
Total Time ::: 1:07:40
::: Yee! doggees, this is a damn good 'un! Righteous indeed. Check samples for a bit o' self analysis or to make yer brow start sweatin' & have yer hand reachin' for a cold one.
::: Warts: A few mike bumps in encore. Might have missed a dropout or two & there were a couple I couldn't totally heal - but don't dispair, this is a super recording.
::: Start of the tour for the 2nd Album, "Elysian Encounter".
::: Feel free to help out with the missing song titles. I know the last one but ain't a searchin' no more. Your time has come.
::: Perhaps of some historical interest is that www.krautrockseite.de says the Baker Gurvitz Army was scheduled to play a Ludwigshafen Radstadion festival on 1975-09-06 (3 days earlier) with Alice Cooper, Status Quo, UFO, Heavy Metal Kids, Thin Lizzy, Randy Pie & Ace but they cancelled (along with Streetwalkers, Supertramp & Leslie West). So perhaps the Stadthalle gig was some kind of makeup gig for the promoters.
Recording Information ::: unknown stereo reel-to-reel machine/microphones -> master stereo audience 7&1/2 ips reel-to-reel tape ->
1st generation Maxell XLII-90 cassette, Dolby B on.
Playback 2011-07-29 ::: 1st generation Maxell XLII-90 cassette on Nakamichi BX-300 cassette deck, Dolby B on, azimuth & pitch adjusted, heads cleaned & demagnatized -> Tascam CD-RW900SL pro CD recorder -> CD-RW -> computer, EAC secure -> wavs -> Audacity (fades &/or glitches, dropouts, volume adjustments, no EQ) -> CD Wave (track splits) -> Trader's Little Helper -> yer ears. First uploaded week of 2012-03-31.
Line-up ::: Adrian Gurvitz - guitar // Paul Gurvitz - bass, vocals // Ginger Baker - drums, percussion, vocals // Peter "Flash" Lemer - keyboards // Mr. Snips - vocals
Nothing here ever commercially released to my knowledge. If I'm wrong, please advise & I'll take the offending trax offline.
CoolSonics 134 ::: Thanks to the original taper & trader! ::: Corrections welcome ::: OK. PAY ATTENTION: This guy taped many(!) f'in great heavy rock/prog/blues shows in the early 70s in Germany
& his note says, "one of my favourite tapes", so, you gotta check it out. He sent me amazing Chicken Shack, Mott The Hoople, Steamhammer & many other progressive Brit blues rock shows that he had taped, but if this one stands out, then stand back, crank 'er up & rock on out. By this time his taping equipment had gone from more than acceptable to really sweet. If yer like me, pretty unlikely you'll forget this is an audience recording at all with a bit of volume. One of those rare recordings that really places you in the concert hall. I have 1000s of concert recordings & the quality here is exceptional for a mid-70s audience tape - full-bodied, warm, friendly & not brickwalled. I never thought this band rated anywhere near the efforts of The Gun or Three Man Army, but damn if I don't get shivers up my spine in the midst of some songs. This is from the start of the tour that saw a CD release from some 6 weeks later, just a year or so ago (Derby). Since I don't have it, I can't make any comparisons, but I reckon this will shake yer teeth loose in like fashion.
Kudos to Zongo for life support, Lochner for mikes&more & Fast Freddie for runnin' Video Dick's Record Emporium with the bathroom office full of tape decks. Thanks to Hanwaker (few among us can keep his pace). Mountains of gratitude to Davmar, D.White, Sanchez, Elliot, The Florida Kid, Kloiber, Zingg, JTW, Bershaw, Boston Gold, Weeks, Dixon, Moore, Gough & SO many more for all that collecting & sharing... Royal thanks to The Man In The Palace, Doc Tinker, Brinkhoffs, Barely Eatin', Reel Master Gaule, Parrish & all the traders who housed me thru my music acquisition & travel years. Hats off to Brother Kent, Uncle Jake, Little Queenie (& her neighbor Frank) & his honor Ptomaine Thomas. Glasses raised to Byron for musical horizon expansion & much obliged to J & Thurston for keepin' my concert fires burnin' since my continental shift. Thanks to the Mods for keepin' DIME alive. Enjoy, share, give, spread peace. Yers truly, Knees
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Do whatever you want with it except sell it, 'cause that ain't cool!