Thursday, January 29, 2009

Black Sabbath-2-19-73

Black Sabbath
"Palasport" Bologna, Italy
February 19, 1973

Great Audience Recording!

01-Tomorrows Dream
02-Sweet Leaf
03-War Pigs (aborted about halfway through, due to PA problems)
05-Iron Man
07-Killing Yourself to Live
08-Wicked World
09-Guitar Solo & Jam
11-Wicked World (cont.)
12-Embryo/Children of the Grave

Line up:
Ozzy Osbourne
Tony Iommi
Geezer Butler
Bill Ward


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Sabbath played at Palasport in Bologna, Italy on February 19th, 1973. This was the 5th stop on their final European tour to support VOLUME 4. It was also the 1st of four shows in Italy, 3 of which were recorded. This was the first “known recorded” show for this leg of the tour.

Very good audience recording. This appears to be a complete show musically, but there are several cuts between songs. It sounds as if the taper was trying to conserve tape or edit out pauses between songs. The recording always seems to resume as the next song is being introduced. The quality is “good” at the very beginning, with the band sounding a bit more distant. There are also some minor defects (tape hiss, etc.) throughout, but the sound improves by the 2nd song when the taper moves fairly close to the PA. Ozzy, Bill and Tony are loud and clear, but Geezer is nearly inaudible. It’s really great to hear Bill so up front in the mix, as you can really sense the interplay between he and Iommi.

Sabbath turns in a respectably good show, but has to contend with various technical problems during the show. Ozzy’s microphone coaxes a bit of feedback from the PA at least a few times. The most major problem occurred during “War Pigs”, where it sounds like the PA system was actually cutting out. You could still hear the sound of the bands amplifiers in the distance, but Ozzy’s vocals are gone about halfway through the song. Bill and Tony make a brief attempt to bridge into an unplanned improvisation, but give up after a few minutes.

Regardless, the show continues with a fairly intense rendition of “Iron Man”. Bill takes the tempo up even faster than usual during Tony’s intro solo. You can tell that Iommi is working harder to keep up with Bill’s manic drum rolls. I know they had to have a good laugh after coming out of that exhilarating ending. This segues into “Cornucopia”, which is on the money. Ozzy isn’t quite that animated during this show, but his vocals sound good.

The show includes the earliest known rendition of “Killing Yourself To Live” with even different lyrics than what are heard on LIVE AT LAST (which was recorded a month later). What struck me about this song is how fully developed Tony’s guitar parts were even at this point. His guitar solos are nearly identical to what he would end up recording for the SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH album.

I was particularly amused by the reception that Tony Iommi got during his usual extended guitar solo section. On most nights, Tony shreds like a madman and the audiences usually reserve their biggest applause for the end. The Italian audience here was clapping and cheering after almost every section in his solo, which had to make Tony grin like a Cheshire cat! The enthusiasm of the Bologna audience really underlined the fact that this was a good show for the Sabs!

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Tomorrow (Mono Mix 1968)+ BBC tracks

Tomorrow (Mono Mix 1968)+ BBC tracks

Thanks goes to ottoman79!

Near Mint vinyl PMC-7042. This is the mono mix currenlty unavailable on cd, and not the crappy phased mono (mock stereo) crap on the stereo cd either. By far the best version of this album! I normally don't post official albums,but considering this has never been released since 1968,I figure why not??

01-My White Bicycle
02-Colonel Brown
03-Real Life Permanent Dream
06-IncredibleJourneyOf T Chase
07-Auntie Mary's Dress Shop
08-Strawberry Fields Forever
09-Three Jolly Little Dwarfs
10-Now Your Time Has Come


12-Blow Up 1-31-68
13-Colonel Brown 9-21-67
14-Real Life Permanent Dream 9-21-67
15-Revolution 9-21-67
16-Three Jolly Little Dwarfs 9-21-67

Monday, January 19, 2009

Gong-The Farm Tapes 73-74

Gong - The Farm Tapes 73-74

I really dont know any details on this one.
Just a cassette I ended up with. No case, just a tape with
farm tapes 73-74 on it. Just spacey jams. Sounds like it was
during the mushroom expirimation period. A bit of tape hiss
but fairly good sound and great jams. Maybe a GAS Tape? Who knows?

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Friday, January 9, 2009

King Crimson-Academy of Music,NYC-Nov. 24,1971

King Crimson
Academy of Music,NYC
November 24,1971

Outstanding Audience Recording


2-Pictures of a City
3-Formentera Lady
4-20th Century Schizoid Man
5-Devil's Triangle

Fripp clearly says they are in town for two shows, and that this is the first of those, so this is the day before the Thanksgiving. Shakurav says he went the second night, on Thanksgiving. Toole lists his Yes was 11/24/71. This comes courtesy of the Florida Kid. He doesn't remember exact date of the gig, just that it was November 1971. So we'll go with 11/24/71. The Kid had the Academy masters for all three shows (Yes, Procol, Crimson) at one time, but he loaned out the Yes one decades ago, and can't remember to whom. Glad the Toole brought it back to life for us! Enjoy!

Lineup: Fripp-Boz-Mel Collins-Ian Wallace

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Atomic Rooster-1-8-72

Atomic Rooster
January 8,1972
Milan, Italy

1. Breakthrough
2. Death Walks Behind You
3. A Spoonful Of Bromide Helps The Pulse Rate Go Down
4. Black Snake / ??? >> Sleeping For Years >> ???
5. Tomorrow Night
6. Gershatzer
7. Devil's Answer

Pete French (vocalist),
Vincent Crane,
Ric Parnell,
Steve Bolton.

(Warning-Pretty rough recording. But still very listenable! Being as their's so few recordings of this band,why not post it?)


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