The John Langdon Series
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
June 8, 1975
Source: 2nd Gen > TDK AD-90 > Nakamichi CR-1A (Azimuth Adjusted) > HHB 830 Standalone > EAC (extraction and normalization) > CD-WAV > TLH > FLAC (Level 8)
An incomplete show.
At the time of this recording, I was not living in Albuquerque. I was in the Army, stationed in El Paso, TX. I saw the El Paso stop on this tour,
and I thoroughly enjoyed the show. I moved to Albuquerque in 1979, and in the early 80s, I met ... a pharmacology student at UNM. ... we soon
became friends, in part due to our shared passion for the Grateful Dead. I got this tape and a couple of others from Jerry. Jerry told me he got
this from a guy who worked at UNM in Building Maintenance. In addition to building maintenance, this guy also assisted with shows at the school,
setting up chairs, music stands, and other such stuff. Jerry told me that this show was recorded on a reel-to-reel deck (deck and mike types unknown).
The guy made a cassette copy for Jerry, and Jerry made a copy for me. What you have is what Jerry has, warts and all. I suspect that the guy brought
only one reel to the show, and that's why it's incomplete. The cuts may be due to the difficulty in flipping a reel.
To the best of my knowledge, this recording has never been circulated. Sound quality, IMHO, is a C, possibly a B-. Bass is most prominent, a bit
over-modulated, but not horrible. The rest of the instruments are there, but recessed somewhat. This is the remaining music that I received on the
Jeff Beck tape from this date, recorded by the same taper, which has been posted previously. If you have the Jeff Beck recording, this sounds about
the same. I have no idea of the track titles, but I hope that someone can provide more info upon listening. I assume this comes from the beginning of
the concert, but I cannot confirm this. The first track is already in progress when the tape starts abruptly. It's a long track, possibly more than
one piece segued into each other. There is a break about 53 seconds into the third track, most likely from a tape flip. I don't have the expertise
to try to fix it, so I left it as is. While this is not a great recording, it's not terrible. I've heard much worse recordings than this, and there
is certainly some historical value here.
John McLaughlin - guitar
Gayle Moran - keyboards, vocals
Jean-Luc Ponty - violin
Ralphe Armstrong - bass guitar
Narada Michael Walden - drums
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