Venue: Opera House
Recording Source: AUD
01. Stoned Soul Picnic
02. Brown Earth
03. Buy and Sell
04. I Am the Blues
05. And When I Die
06. Stoney End
07. Map to the Treasure
//Cut - applause only//
08. Christmas in my Soul *
09. Save the Country
//Cut - beginning of Medley//
10. Medley - Timer > Ooh Child > Up On The Roof *
//Cut - beginning of Intro//
11. Intro to + Mother Earth
* Sound dropouts due to bad mic connection:
Track08: 2 very brief dropouts near beginning (around 9 and 18 seconds)
Track 10: multiple sound dropouts in Up On The Roof
Thanks to the very generous Rick in Seattle (who recored this 42 years ago last April) we have this long-hidden treasure.
Original Reel to Reel tape recorded on Uher report 4000 mono with an AKG D200E mic) >
CDR (by Precision Audio Restoration in Seattle - no details >
CDR copy >
WAV (using EAC) >
Cool Edit 2000 (a few small repairs - see notes below; separated into individual files) >
FLAC (level 8)
Cool Edit 2000 notes:
The CDR had 2 tracks - one large with the complete recording but missing the Intro to Mother Earth, and one small one with the just the Medley but without Up On The Roof and with the Intro to Mother Earth.
1. Restored the Intro to Mother Earth from the second track into the first track.
2. Copied/pasted applause and added a quick fade in to smooth the cut between Tracks 07+08
For anyone who finds the multiple sound drops in Up On The Roof too annoying, I've included in a subfolder a version of the medley without Up On The Roof. If burning with this file to CD, you'll have to re-fix the SBE's.
I have also included in a subfolder a set of photos from the show.
Here are a few of Rick's comments re the recording and Laura:
"Regards my recording of the Seattle concert - I used a Uher report 4000 mono rtr that I bought used. I also used an AKG D200E mic. I brought this combo into a few various concerts during the late 60's and to mid 70's. I wish I had brought it into Laura's 1976 concert, but a couple of my fondest memories were when I was able to meet her after both the 1971 and 1976 concerts. She was very warm, sweet, soft-spoken, approachable, and unforgettable - not at all diva-like. I so wish she were still here making more of her great music, and singing for us."
"I was able to have my original rtr tape transfered to cd by a local audio archivist, and he made about as clean a recording of this concert as possible - considering the age of the tape, and the various flaws made by the recordist (me). Laura herself was flawless this concert, just phenomenal."
"I am not a real tech savvy guy, and that's why I had an archivist do the transfer."
"I had ... problems when I recorded Laura - especially her incredible dynamic range was really hard to record, as she would sing in a whisper, then all of a sudden explode in a very powerful voice. She was really at the peak of her powers around this era."
"The original tape had just portions of the Medley due to a bad mic connection. So "Up On The Roof" didn't fare well in this recording back in 1971. Wish I could go back in a time machine!"
"It was such a great concert, with Laura playing a superb instrument (the Steinway piano for Seattle Symphony's guest artists) and singing with such control and passion. Looking back, I guess it was my place to be where I was to take a chance and haul that Uher and mic into the concert hall, so fans today can catch a glimpse of how great Laura was in concert. Good thing no one threw me out!"
"Having been enamored of her music since New York Tendaberry, I just had to meet her back in the day. She was very sweet, and so warm, I was rather surprised, as I really didn't know what to expect. I remember her wonderful laugh, and being surprised that she was taller than I expected (maybe she was wearing heels)."
Rick was blessed to have met her and we are blessed that he not only recorded this great concert, but also actually kept the tape, was able to find it these decades later, and was eager to share it with the greater community of Laura Nyro fans.
~ltzero (on Dime, Aug 2013)
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