Friday, February 12, 2010
San Francisco International Pop Festival-October 26, 1968 (FLAC)
San Francisco International Pop Festival
Alameda County Fairgrounds, CA, USA
26 October 1968
Mad River, Rejoice, The Everpresent Fullness,
Lee Michaels, Iron Butterfly, and Jose Feliciano
01. Taper's Comments/Stage Announcements/Introduction to Mad River
02. Mad River - unknown
03. Rejoice - unknown (cut)
04. Rejoice - unknown
05. The Everpresent Fullness - "Golden Gate Park"
06. Stage Announcements/Introduction to Lee Michaels
07. Lee Michaels - unknown (fragment)
08. Iron Butterfly - unknown
09. Unknown Drumming/Taper's Comments
10. Jose Feliciano - "Star Spangled Banner" (cut)
11. Jose Feliciano - "Hi-Heel Sneakers"
12. Iron Butterfly - "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"/Stage Announcements
Total Time: 32:40
Audience Tape. Reel > CDR (from master) > FLAC
Sound Quality: (B) I believe that this is a 2nd gen tape.
This is an interesting, if not pretty raw, audience tape, recorded during the first
day of the two-day San Francisco International Pop Festival. It does not make
for the best listening, because many of the tracks are mere fragments of songs
and the taper speaks throughout.
Nevertheless, I am thankful to whoever taped these performances, because it
is a small, but important document of a fascinating time and place. To be sure,
despite its flaws, it is a good sounding recording for its time. Further, it is
interesting because few studio recordings of Rejoice and The Everpresent Fullness
exist, let alone live tapes. Mad River is likewise underrepresented in tape trade
circles. And, finally, the Lee Michaels track, a mere one minute or so, is to my
knowledge the oldest live recording that exists of his work. The best preserved
tracks are from Iron Butterfly and Jose Feliciano, so this tape would certainly be
of interest to their fans. Please let me know the names of the songs.
While researching this upload, I found a Billboard Magazine article from
26 Oct 1968, in which the writer claims that this entire two-day festival was
being officially recorded by "McCune Sound Co. of San Francisco" and that the
festival's organizers planned a release of the music. To my knowledge an album
never came of this (though there was an album released called S.F. Int. Pop Festival,
I don't believe it had anything to do with this festival). Does anyone know
if soundboards exist?