1969-06-23 Boston, Massachusetts The Ark (M1?-SBD)
(*partial show upload due to officially released material which has been ommited)
01. --tuning up--
02. Big Road Blues
03. Bring It On Home//
04. ...Brand New Baby
05. Number Nine Train
Total Time ::: 28:42
::: EXC stereo SBD with some minor issues. Check samples to see if it makes yr toenails curl or flips yr wig.
::: Warts: Bit of hiss. Instrument & vocal levels vary due to the vocal microphones mix. Few minor glitches here & there.
::: Officially released material from the show has been omitted from this upload.
::: The original tape has tremendous stereo separation & an everchanging instrument balance. The officially released tracks (not included here) were professionally mixed with some kind of limiter or other technology to try to balance the sound. My remix is somewhere in the middle, as the adjustments were done manually & more primitively, but I think it sounds damn fine.
::: This would definitely seem to be the 23rd of 1969 and the already circulating gig with Kaleidoscope (often mislabeled with various dates, including 1970), was definitely the next night. More notes on date below.
Recording Information ::: stereo soundboard P.A. vocal microphone mix -> unknown reel to reel tape recorder -> master stereo reel-to-reel -> 1st?(*) generation reel to reel.
(*) generation not confirmed. came from a band member's archive. Could be master, or first, or....
Playback (circa 2000?) ::: 1st?(*) generation reel to reel on unknown equipment -> CD-R (I believe) -> CD-R.
Playback 2012-12-28 ::: CD-R in computer -> computer -> Audacity (normalisation to remove DC offset, channel alignment, fades &/or glitches, dropouts, volume adjustments, no EQ) -> CD Wave (track splits) -> Trader's Little Helper -> yer ears. First uploaded week of 2013-01-11.
MASTERING ::: --patched A&B sides from reels --normalised to correct dc offset --channel phase offset corrected (right channel +4 samples) --speed corrected +.25% --repaired or reduced MANY pops, clicks, dropouts, mike bumps, etc. --about 4 minutes into "Bring It On Home", there were "non-repairable" tape mangle problems on & off for 8 seconds. It really was a drag, so I tried sampling & pasting from segments before the problems & got rid of a LOT of the distraction. I think you will not be too bothered! --volume corrections made to correct original taper adjustments at start - still many issues. whenever Bob or Alan step in front of or away from their mikes the instrument levels change. since the copy was originally for my own listening, I worked on that issue quite a lot, raising the instrumental passages when the mikes were obstructed. Then... --copied recording once (2 copies each channel in total) --stereo version 1 - left as was but lowered 4db's --stereo version 2 - changed both channels to mono, lowered 4db's & exported to wav --then... --added mono to stereo version 1, lowered additional 2db's & exported to single new stereo mix. This new mix is still very wide & somewhat true to the original tape, but balances out many of the issues & raises the instrument levels.
Line-up ::: Canned Heat #2 (November 26, 1967 - July 29, 1969) Bob "The Bear" Hite - vocals, harmonica // Al "Blind Owl" Wilson - guitar, vocals, harmonica // Henry "Sunflower" Vestine - guitar // Larry "The Mole" Tayor - bass // Adolfo 'Fito' de la Parra - drums.
Nothing here ever commercially released to my knowledge. If I'm wrong, please advise & I'll take the offending trax offline.
CoolSonics 209 ::: Thanks to the original taper & trader! ::: Corrections welcome ::: Well the music speaks for itself. Even if you don't have the two officially released albums (inexpensive double CDs - go buy 'em!), you should swelter in this HEAT with Bob & Alan. A half hour of bliss. What a fine, fine band, stoned & rockin'. Enjoy.
* COMPLETE ORIGINAL TRACKLIST (1:05:52):
01. --tuning up--
02. Big Road Blues
03. Catfish Blues (Omitted - Official release on "The Boogie House Tapes Vol.3")
04. Please Don't Bother Me (Sugar Mama) (Omitted - Official release on "The Boogie House Tapes Vol.2")
05. Mi Huatla (Omitted - Official release on "The Boogie House Tapes Vol.3")
06. Bring It On Home//
07. ...Brand New Baby
08. Number Nine Train
09. Get Off My Back (Omitted - Official release on "The Boogie House Tapes Vol.2")
::: EXTRA date information. According to the killer website, www.rockprosopography102.blogspot.com Canned Heat played June 23-25, 1969: The Ark, 15 Landsdowne Street, Boston, MA with Kaleidoscope. The 3rd night closed with a 40 minute jam with members of Kaleidoscope. These shows were right before The Ark closed for good & the Boston Tea Party took over the same location. To confirm the date here, note that they are definitely playing the same venue (The Ark) the next night as Hite comments about the ballgame the next night (no game on the night of the tape) & taking over Fenway Park (across the street). They are all weeknights, which seems a bit odd, but correct - June 23 Mon // June 24 Tues // June 25 Weds. I checked the Red Sox schedules for 1969 & 1970.
My tape was labeled with the date given. The Sox only had the 23rd off in '69 and not 1970.
65 06-22-1969 vs New York Yankees 3-5 L 39-26 FENWAY PARK
66-I 06-24-1969 vs Cleveland Indians 3-6 L 39-27 FENWAY PARK
67-II 06-24-1969 vs Cleveland Indians 6-1 W 40-27 FENWAY PARK
68-I 06-25-1969 vs Cleveland Indians 3-1 W 41-27 FENWAY PARK
69-II 06-25-1969 vs Cleveland Indians 3-7 L 41-28 FENWAY PARK
1970 all fenway park, doesn't make sense because Hite says the Sox are playing the "next night" (and not the night of the recording).
63 06-22-1970 vs Baltimore Orioles 8-9 L 30-33 FENWAY PARK
64 06-23-1970 vs Baltimore Orioles 5-1 W 31-33 FENWAY PARK
65 06-24-1970 vs Baltimore Orioles 6-5 W 32-33 FENWAY PARK
66 06-25-1970 vs Baltimore Orioles 8-13 L 32-34 FENWAY PARK
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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