WAR: Rehearsals & Jams 1978 - 1979 VOLUME TWO of TWO
Presumably Recorded In Los Angeles
Master Cassettes > Fostex X4 > Phillips (I forget the model number of the stand-alone burner) CD-R > FLAC
First Seeded to Lossless Legs (shnflac.net) 1/07
1. Low Rider Oct. 3, 1978
2. Tightrope* Oct. 3, 1978
3. Instrumental Jam 2 Sept. 30, 1978
4. Thinking Of You* Feb. 6, 1979
5. War Jam* March 3, 1979 (5:30 A.M.)
6. Instrumental Jam 3 March 3, 1979 (5:30 A.M.)
7. Why Can't we Be Friends (Jam) Oct. 3, 1978
All Titles Marked With An Asterik (*) Are UNKNOWN To Me And are Simply Named For Identification.
Back around 1994, a very good friend of mine was driving around San Pedro California and happened upon a garage sale being held by a former member of the band WAR. In flipping through a box of cassettes, he came across four TDKs marked simply 'Rehearsals And Jams' along with the dates (and sometimes time of day) of recording. My pal knowing I was a fan of WAR swooped them up for me.
On recieving them, I was astounded by what I was hearing. There was a LOT of blank space, dead air, chit-chat and tuning. There were also a bunch of previously unheard originals by the band, as well as some serious jamming, some of which positively scalped me (Jam 1 on Volume 2).
When I bought my first CD-R burner (figure 1998), the first project I went for were these tapes. After listening to the entire batch, I transferred just the music and came up with around 2 hours worth of really fine stuff. Now I am happy to share them with you.
I detest bootleggers that make up song titles, yet here though I am no bootlegger, I am making up a lot of song titles. Sorry, any set-list help will be appreciated.
In transferring the music, I simply popped the cassettes into my Fostex 'porta-studio' and ran them dry. No EQ work has been done, and absolutly no NR was used. I started each track where I could hear the first recognizable pattern of a rhythm, song, or jam emerge even if the band were talking over the beginning.
A couple of tracks are cut at the head, this is when their recorder was actually being switched on.
In terms of quality, These are NOT a board or pro recording. They sound as though they were recorded with very good mics placed as close to whatever they used for a vocal PA as possible. The stereo seperation is wide and deep, all due to mic placement. Again, I have not altered the sound of the cassettes in any way.
There is some distortion as the vocals peak, and I do wish their was more instrumentation up front, but overall this is a very nice recording.
Enjoy the tunes, folks!