Big Mama Thornton Blues Band
Joe's Place
Cambridge, MA

Source: SBD: FM Broadcast WBCN > MR by Neil Cronin (courtesy of Pat Lee)
Transfer: MR > Akai GX636 direct tape head output > Bottlehead tube tape pre w/ a pair of Telefunken tubes circa 1960 > Apogee Mini Me 24/96 > Apogee Mini DAC > WAV by Matt Smith
Master: Wavelab 10 (track, correct errors, Izotope de-crackle; resample, mBit+ dither) > FLAC 16

Thanks to Matt Smith for the audio

01. WBCN's Max + Bob
02. Dick Waterman band intro
03. instrumental
04. Goin' Down Slow
05. instrumental
06. My Baby Left Me
07. Ball + Chain
08. Oh Happy Day
09. banter
10. Hound Dog
11. Swing It On Home

12. unknown
13. Max + Bob radio outro

A very nice recording of Big Mama Thornton and the Big Mama Thornton Blues Band. Part of a week-long music festival of some sort.

Dick Waterman introduced the band. Waterman was deeply involved in the mid-1960's blues "revival" centered in Cambridge, Mass., and was a photographer and promoter of blues musicians. Peter Malick was the guitarist for the James Montgomery Band, playing as a guest. The WBCN announcers were Max(anne Sartori?) and Bob.

The recording is solid but suffered from a lot of FM crackle. Most of it has been eliminated using the Izotope de-crackle plugin. In the dead air between songs, you may still hear a little bit, and in other, quieter passages. A couple of larger pops were removed or minimized as well, but you will still find some warts.

Big Mama Thornton - vocals
"Slow Hands" Cayo - piano
Bob Mason - drums
Ken Paulson - rhythm guitar
Ted Perkins - bass
Peter Malick - lead guitar
George Smith - harmonica


--mhg :: 2020-10-10