Formerly Fat Harry
1970-04-24 :: Hampstead, London, England :: The Country Club :: M-AUD
210a Haverstock Hill

~*~ Mk1 version, carefully remastered fixing various issues, with minimal EQ on some aging dull areas, NO NR ~*~

01. --tuning up/gig announcements/band intro--
02. Seulbe
03. --applause/thanks/tuning--
04. Funky 8
05. --applause/thanks/tuning/song intro--
06. Honky Tonk Angel
07. --applause/thanks/tuning/song intro--
08. Goodbye For Good
09. --applause/tuning/talk--
10. Travellin' Blues(?)
11- --applause--

Total Time ::: 46:29

::: Somewhat muffled AUD but eminently digestible (tho' the Mk2 version is much better). Check samples for outward or inward trajectory.
::: Warts: Repaired dullspots & dropouts but surely missed a few. Some high end fluctuation from aging master tape (mostly fixed on the Mk2 version). A few micro (split second) digi noises weren't repairable.
::: CONTRAST CLAUSE: This is the Mk1 version mostly without EQ except to match some dull areas to the rest. The more even Mk2 version with overall EQ & many EQ patches to shore up dull areas/spots may be found elsewhere.
::: I greatly prefer the Mk2 overall EQ version - a much steadier listen.
::: I'd written this off long ago due to DAT issues, but resuscitated it w/new technology/remastering skills.
::: "Goodbye For Good" was untitled at the time of this show.
::: The Country Club was a.k.a. the "IROKO Country Club" & at some point "Ginger Johnson's Iroko Country Club".
::: #10 - If you have a title confirmation or correction, please advise.
::: 3 Americans moved to the UK&formed this band~Country Joe&The Fish bassist w/guitarists Gary Peterson&Phil Greenberg.
::: One of the old London psychsters hIgHeSt(!) rated bands - just ask Nigel Cross or The Man In The Palace.
::: Bruce Barthol was a founding member of Country Joe & The Fish & later played with Energy Crisis.
::: Laurie Allen was replaced at times by other legendary UK jazz drummers, Alan Jackson & John Marshall.
::: Laurie Allen played w/Delivery/Piblokto!/Gong/Spontaneous Music Ensemble/Robert Wyatt and many others!
::: The band had a 1971 eponymous Harvest Records LP which was not very representative of their live sound.
::: FFH also issued a excellent 7" with Wizz Jones on Peter Eden's label (more recently reissued on Shagrat).
::: In 2007, Hux released an archival CD entitled, "Goodbye For Good: The Lost Recordings 1969-72".
::: In 2008, Shagrat kept the FFH flag flyin' w/an archival LP of experimental trax, "Mariachi Riff Live&Free Music".
::: More recently, Shagrat issued a Phil Greenberg 10� entitled "London 1969-72'.
::: FFH's BBC Top Gear session taped less than 3 weeks after this gig & featured 3 of the songs they play here.
::: Looking for Top Gear "Honky Tonk Angel" brdcst on 1970-05-23.
::: Top Gear 1970-05-23 "untitled" in Garner is "Goodbye For Good" (circulating) & "Seuble" same as HUX CD.

***Anyone have the full BBC "Peel Sunday Concert" rec.1970-12-03 & broadcast 1970-12-13?
***Anyone have the full BBC "Sounds Of The 70s" rec.1971-12-15 & broadcast 1971-12-30?
***2 trax on HUX CD probably 1971-12-15 but maybe there's more and/or they are from 1970-12-03.
***It'd be cool to hear the unissed parts of these shows. They were surely recorded off-air.

Recording Information ::: unknown mono recorder/mike -> master tape -> DAT (LP speed/circa 1995?).
Playback (circa 1995?) ::: master tape -> Sony TCD-3 DAT Recorder (LP speed) -> DAT.
Playback 2018-11-19 ::: Sony TCD-D7 -> Tascam CD-RW900 -> CD-RW -> computer/EAC -> Audacity [normalisation to remove DC offset, channel/phase alignment, fades, manual one-at-a-time glitch, bump, pop, click, dropout & dullspot repairs, volume adjustments, pitch (speed) fixes with single pass per segment after frequency analysis & with pitchpipe verification (#01&02 OK, 03 -.5%, 04 -.8%, 05 -1.2%, minimal EQ on some very dull areas to match to rest of tape, NO noise reduction] -> CD Wave (track splits) -> flacs (Trader's Little Helper) -> yr ears. (Note: 9 second time difference between the Mk1 & Mk2 versions due to extra repair in Mk2 & speed adjustments between songs set in different places - no music is missing). First uploaded 2018-12-xx.

Line-up ::: Gary Robert Peterson - electric guitar, vocals // Phil Greenberg - electric guitar, vocals // Bruce Barthol - electric bass // Laurie Allan - drums.

Nothing here ever commercially released to my knowledge. If I'm wrong, please advise & I'll take the offending trax offline.

DimeTravel 475 ::: Thanks to the original taper & trader, The Man In The Palace! ::: Corrections welcome ::: Another fine discovery found buried in a "DATS with death knolls" box in the aging archives. Lots o' good can be said about this band. I always found it entertaining that not only was Ralph McTell close friends with C.O.B. (Clive's Own Band), he was also close friends with Formerly Fat Harry & partied with them a lot. There have been comparisons made to the Grateful Dead, which, from the standpoint of a mix of some country sounds with rock & jamming, and with its West Coast roots & influences & similar aethetics, makes sense, but overall the sound is not so similar... except at times, like the jams in the first song & places in the second - just when you think it isn't so, you get a taste again. They are often lauded for the jazzy time signatures in some of their songs, supported by the series of famed UK jazz drummers that played with them. Two of these blokes were Jabberwock regulars ~ the Berkeley acid bathhouse where the ashes of old folk gave rise to the mantle of the new hipster folk & psychedelic rock phoenix that rose over the Bay Area in its five-hundredth year epoch, after the bird of wonder had died & the maiden phoenix's ashes created new heirs to the dance of life. And on that note, give it a whirl. Listen, enjoy, show appreciation, share, give, spread peace. Yrs truly, Knees

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