1975-xx-xx __ Hawaii __ unknown studio __ unissued album acetate __ (M2?-ST)
"Lee Michaels In Hawaii"(?)
~*~ Carefully remastered fixing various issues, without EQ ~*~
01. Under The Pale Moonlight
02. Ace Of Space
03. Is It Over?
04. Rainbow Is The Way I Feel
05. Wait Darlin�
06. Go Dandy
07. Won�t You Come Out Tonight
08. Thanks For Gettin� Me High
Total Time ::: 34:12
::: EXC quality studio recording. Check samples for "not my bag" or "just the ticket" fantasies.
::: Warts: Repaired dullspots & dropouts but surely missed a few. Most pops removed 1 at a time but some quieter ones remain. #03 tiny jump spliced out (now basically inaudible)
::: Some discographies list 2 unissued LPs, "Lee Michaels in Hawaii" (presumed to be this) & "Saturn Rings" (actually by a different artist).
::: This album was presumably recorded for Columbia Records & would have superceded "Tailface" as his last for the label.
::: As per comments on S.Hoffman's site, purportedly Lee was unhappy with this LP & destroyed the tapes, but an engineer had kept an acetate.
::: This is sourced from an acetate but a ltd boot CD-R also circulates which titles this album �Thanks for Getting Me High�.
::: The boot CD-R says "United Sound 1811 W.Magnolia Blvd. Burbank,CA 91506" but the LP is believed to have been taped in Hawaii.
::: The song titles used here are the ones from the boot except for #04 which uses the acetate variation.
::: All songs written by Lee Michaels. Production unknown but very possibly also by Lee.
::: If anyone has more info about the recording date, location or musicians, your input would be most welcome.
::: Frank Smith, the bassist, played bass in the Bay Area �60s band, the Vejtables (line-ups #3-7).
::: Frank Smith was also a skilled guitarist who played with many Bay Area bands 'til he was killed at a Mill Valley HoJo's in the 70's.
::: Frosty, the drummer, passed away on 2017-04-12. He played with LOADS of artists besides Michaels, as a member & session musician, including Funkadelic, Rare Earth, Sly&The Family Stone, Steve Miller Blues Band, Jimmie Vaughan, Soulhat, Greezy Wheels, Doug Sahm, Rusty Wier, Storyville, Delbert McClinton, Papa Mali, Omar&The Howlers, Alejandro Escovedo, Butch Hancock, W.C. Clark, the Danglin� Wranglers, Mike Flanigin Trio, Sweathog & others.
::: Lee stopped playing in the early 80s but in '91 got the rights to his A&M catalog, recently reissued on Manifesto.
::: Lee's actual final LP, "Absolute Lee", was an early 80s release on his own Squish label where he played synths.
Lineage (unconfirmed) ::: 12" test pressing (acetate) -> 1st generation cassette, Dolby off -> 2nd generation Maxell XLII-90 cassette, Dolby B on.
Playback 2017-11-27 ::: unknown low generation Maxell XLII-90 cassette on Nakamichi 680ZX cassette deck, Dolby B on, azimuth adjusted for individual tape, heads cleaned & demagnetized -> Sony Linear PCM Recorder PCM-M10 (LPCM 44.10kHz/16bit WAV files) -> computer -> Audacity [normalisation to remove DC offset, channel/phase alignment, fades, manual one-at-a-time glitch, bump, pop, click, dropout & dullspot repairs, volume adjustments, further pitch (speed) fixes with single pass per segment after frequency analysis & with pitchpipe verification, NO equalisation or noise reduction] -> CD Wave (track splits) -> flacs (Trader's Little Helper) -> yr ears. First uploaded 2018-03-31.
Line-up (believed to be the same as "Tailface") ::: Michael Olson aka "Lee Michaels" - guitars, keyboards, vocals // Frank "Rank Frank" Smith - electric bass // "Frosty" Bartholemew Eugene Smith-Frost - drums.
Nothing here ever commercially released to my knowledge. If I'm wrong, please advise & I'll take the offending trax offline.
DimeTravel 404 ::: Thanks to the original taper & traders! Sincere thanks to DIMER moriety for taking the time to carefully pitch this one. Many thanks to DIMER Echinops. When I got my tape out of storage (originally acquired circa 1989), I conferred with him & he supplied some background, tho' much is (educated!) conjecture. Other comments found on the Steve Hoffman audio site. ::: Corrections welcome ::: I remembered this as being rather lackluster, but it turned out my cassette was about 2% off pitch & the azimuth needed some help. Once things were adjusted & the crackle removed, I realised it is pretty solid. In fact, if you leave out the kinda cheesy production moves in "Is It Over" (a fine song, just has some dated sounds) & "Wait Darlin�", it sounds more like circa 1970, with a very drugged-out, fat & heavy, cool sound. Given the last song title & the reference in "Rainbow Is The Way I Feel" to a pound of mushrooms (if I understand correctly), it's no wonder about the dosed overtones that run rampant thru much of it. I kind of agree with Echinops' synopsis on the Hoffman forum, "I've heard it and it's like a cross between 'Space & First Takes' & 'Tailface', very far out there." Listen, enjoy, show appreciation, share, give, spread peace. Yrs truly, Knees
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