Sal Valentino, Ron Elliott & Lydia Phillips Band
1971-08-04 San Francisco, California Boarding House (M3-FM)
01. A Friend Is A Friend
02. It's Not Easy
03. Wanderingman Suite: Pt.I - Everyman -> Pt.II - Story Road
04. The Things You Wish To Do (?)
05. Next In Line
06. Males (?)
Total Time ::: 28:12
::: Superb stereo FM recording. Check the samples for attestations & foretastes.
::: Acoustic outing from our Beau Brummels & Stoneground friends. First class, dreamy West Coast acoustic guitars & vocal harmonies.
::: Warts: The last minute of the recording has some very slight pitch variation & the first part of track 5 has a tiny bit of bleed through. Don't let it put you off! Overall it's excellent quality, a great recording & worth downloading for the incredible "Wanderingman Suite" alone.
::: Obviously I could use some help with a few song titles.
::: The tape was labeled "Sal Valentino, Ron Elliott & Lydia Phillips Band", though they are simply introduced by their names with no "Band" reference in the club.
Recording Information ::: KSAN-FM stereo broadcast -> off-air master -> 2 generations (1 or both reel-to-reel) -> 3rd generation Maxell XLII-90 cassette, Dolby B on.
Playback 2012-01-01 ::: 3rd generation Maxell XLII-90 cassette on Nakamichi BX-300 cassette deck, Dolby B on, azimuth & pitch adjusted, heads cleaned & demagnatized -> Tascam CD-RW900SL pro CD recorder -> CD-RW -> computer, EAC secure -> wavs -> Audacity (fades &/or glitches, dropouts, volume adjustments, no EQ) -> CD Wave (track splits) -> Trader's Little Helper -> yer ears. First uploaded week of 2012-01-01.
Line-up ::: Sal Valentino - acoustic guitar, vocals // Ron Elliott - acoustic guitar, vocals // Lydia Phillips - vocals, guiro or gourd scraper?
Nothing here ever commercially released to my knowledge. If I'm wrong, please advise & I'll take the offending trax offline.
CoolSonics 082 ::: Thanks to the original taper & traders! ::: Corrections welcome ::: A rare fail from Audacity while working on this one. After 3 hours of work, the final save crashed with no recovery possibly in one channel, so I did it all again... Very, very cool recording from the The Man In The Palace, a huge Stoneground fan from way back in the day. This is kind of a missing link between the solo & Stoneground work of the two primary post-Brummels figures (pre-mid-70s reunion era). Killer, way hip offshoot trio effort here, with a very laid back, subtle vibe - check out the acoustic guitars together in track 4, for example). I would kill for some 1970/71 Ron Elliott shows around the time of his monumental album "The Candlestickmaker". It's a real treat to hear Ron himself play his "Wandering Man" suite here, & such an accomplished version. The Joyous Noise Musical Ensemble's "Wandering Man" album Ron produced has a fine rendition, with additional lyrics, but it's not Ron, though you can hear his vision behind it & you gotta wonder if he has his own studio take somewhere... This version seems to be missing "Part 3: Winter", so I didn't include it in the song title. This version would have been a great bonus track on the "The Candlestickmaker" CD reissue. If yer a Stoneground fan, you'll groove on the Sal & Lydia tunes. Just leaves me wanting more, but after so many years you gotta wonder when & if... I've been damn lucky & blown away to have gotten something like 4 times the Beau Brummels I had when I was young, but in many respects, far cooler to hear more of this vintage Ron Elliott & see some higher quality expanded Stoneground reissues. In the meantime, this is a great way to hear what matured Beau Brummels could have sounded like had they done more together in these years & a wonderful music to get lost in for a half an hour. Bon appetit.
More recordings on the way, making up for years of slow netspeed. Kudos to Zongo for life support, Lochner for mikes & much more, & to 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) for over 30 years of trading & friendship. 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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