Salem 66
1985-03-03 Boston, Massachusetts Emerson College
WERS 88.9 FM Studios "Metrowave" program (M1-FM)

01. --DJ intro--
02. Sleep On Flowers -> (*)
03. Across The Sea
04. Seven Steps Down ->
05. Fragile ->
06. Chinchilla
07. Ancient Eyes
08. Playground
09. ?
10. Carry A Torch
11. ?
12. The Vessel
13. --DJ outro--

Total Time ::: 42:53

::: Excellent FM studio quality. Check samples for verification & elucidation.
::: Warts: None really. Teeny tiny tad o' hiss. Pretty damn juicy.
::: In my opinion this band was in their heyday here. Turn this sucker UP!
::: Number 5 "Fragile" is the Wire song by Bruce Gilbert.
::: Songlist help needed. I remembered most of them, but me memory's a bit rusty.
::: (*) NOT the live 1984 released version, see below for more information.

Recording Information ::: WERS-FM stereo broadcast -> off-air cassette master -> 1st generation Maxell XLII-90 cassette, Dolby off.

Playback 2011-06-15 ::: 1st generation Maxell XLII-90 cassette on Nakamichi BX-300 cassette deck, Dolby off, 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 2012-02-05.

Line-up ::: Judy Grunwald - guitar, vocals // Beth Kaplan - bass, vocals // Robert Wilson Rodriguez - guitar // Susan Merriam - drums.

Nothing here ever commercially released to my knowledge. If I'm wrong, please advise & I'll take the offending trax offline. (*)
DISCLAIMER: Note that a version of "Sleep On Flowers" was issued on the "Bands That Could Be God" compilation LP and it COULD be live from WERS-FM (still waiting to get confirmation about that), BUT it is NOT this version, as the album came out in 1984. It would be the version from the 1984-07-29 Salem 66 WERS-FM broadcast, and not this one.

CoolSonics 113 ::: Thanks to the original taper & trader! ::: Corrections welcome ::: Here's a Boston band full o' females & a lone male guitarist, signed to Homestead Records for much of their existence (some 7 years, 4 records, an EP & some singles included in their canon) whom I saw a few times & was always glad when I saw them listed for a gig I was headed to. I caught them a couple of times in Cambridge, another time out in Springfield at The Zone headlining with the Mongrel Puppy on the bill) & at least one other gig. They sometimes seemed a bit depressed at some of the gigs, but when it came together it was a blast, kinda a droning jangly joyful sound with unusual harmonies. I bought all their releases & spent some time with them. A number of their songs stick in yer head after a listen. Anyway, if you've never sampled their wares, it's well worth a shot & this ain't a bad place to start. One good thing is they avoided some of the standard 80s soundtraps & it has a bit of a timeless feel - the material has aged pretty well. If you groove on this, search out a copy of the album from the same era, appropriately titled "A Ripping Spin".

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

Do whatever you want with it except sell it, 'cause that ain't cool!