Friday, May 25, 2012

The Gun

The Gun
1970-10-xx  Essen, Germany  Grugahalle  (M2-AUD)
3rd International Essen Pop & Blues Festival 
or... the original German name, "3. Internationales Essener Pop & Blues Festival"

01. Race With The Devil -> Hendrix Dedication Medley -> Race With The Devil

Total Time ::: 10:20 ..... Don't skip this because it's short! The performance & quality are outasight.

::: Stunning stereo audience recording. Any doubts, check the samples.
::: Warts: None except waaay too damn short!
::: The recording was obviously out of phase from the original microphone setup. One channel was flipped to correct it.
::: The festival was October 22-25. I have been unable to find the correct & full schedule of bands. Can anyone help?

Recording Information ::: unknown (excellent) stereo reel-to-reel recorder & microphones -> master reel-to-reel -> 1st generation tape -> 2nd generation Maxell XLII-90 cassette, Dolby B on.

Playback 2012-01-23 ::: 2nd 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, glitches, dropouts, volume adjustments, phase correction, timing/channel alignment, no EQ) -> CD Wave (track splits) -> Trader's Little Helper -> yer ears. First uploaded week of 2012-01-26.

Line-up ::: Adrian Gurvitz - guitar // Paul Gurvitz - bass // Louie Farrell - drums.

Nothing here ever commercially released to my knowledge. If I'm wrong, please advise & I'll take the offending trax offline.

CoolSonics 098 ::: Thanks to the original taper & traders! My copy came courtesy of the one & only Commander Brinkhoffs, many years ago, incorrectly labeled under another band name. ::: Corrections welcome ::: This one is for John Martin Thomas, one of the best friends I have ever had & the guy who turned me onto Gun & he's still listening'. And if you wonder why that Sonic Youth lick moves you & you like Gun, be glad to find out Mr Moore spent some hours spinnin' their wax as well. Once again, I spent far too much time preparing a recording... Must have been a fun festival - Guru Guru, Xhol, Embryo, Fotheringhay, East of Eden, Gun, Q 65, Quiver, Taste & many more. This is far more interesting than The Gun sessions from Top Gear & Top Of The Pops, as it is genuine live concert material, but you just wish for more. Imagine versions like this one from either of their albums. One cool thing here is how well they can pull off their vocals harmonies in the opening. I could rave about this much longer than the actual recording, but enough already. One of several recordings that have surfaced to my play piles recently from the first month after Hendrix's death. People were definitely shocked. Nice for Gunguitar riff  to cover Hendrix as Jimi had just played some nods to The Gun the couple of months before his death. has lots of info about the band. Rock on.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Black Sabbath 1972-07-15 Dayton (FLAC)

Black Sabbath
Hara Arena
Dayton, OH
Audience recording
Luciferburns 1st gen tape



This version comes from a 1st gen tape, while the versions already up here originate from a 2nd gen tape


Running time:
59:48 min

Master Reel -> cassette -> CDR.


01 Tomorrow's Dream
02 Sweet Leaf
03 Snowblind
04 War Pigs
05 Under the Sun
06 Iron Man
07 Wicked World & Orchid & Guitar Solo & Wicked World (reprise)
08 Wheels of Confusion
09 Embryo & Children of the Grave
10 Paranoid

Many thanks to Luciferburns for sending me this and allowing me to share it! This recording is well-known for including Under The Sun and Wheels Of Confusion. The taper paused the recorder between songs. I renamed the tracks and added ReplayGain tags, nothing else was changed by me. ENJOY!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Gentle Giant (1975 3 Pack)

Gentle Giant (1975 3 Pack)

1-Gentle Giant
Paris, France
November 29, 1975

1) Proclamation/Funny Ways
2) Talk
3) The Runaway/Experience
4) On Reflection

AM > reel-to-reel (1st gen mono) > wav > flac

Magmasystems Notes:

This is the first time that these recordings have been released. The original reels came from "A French Gentleman" who stumbled upon the various Magma blogs and who, as it turned out, had seen Magma several times in the 1970's. The gentleman not only had some assorted photographs, but had recorded various concerts. These tapes made their way to a well known DIME contributor who wishes to remain anonymous at this time. This person spent quite a bit of time digitizing the music and trying to clean up the sound. Some of these efforts were successful, some were not so ... as will be apparent in some later releases. I have dubbed these recordings "The French Gentlemen Tapes", and after about two years, I have been given permission to share these through time. Much thanks go to the Gentleman, as well as Trahnsferheur.


2-Gentle Giant
Playing the Foole: A Stake In The Heart

Recorded at the Utland Communicable Concourse
January 1975

Source: unknown recording>LP>FLAC Audio
Audio ripped from LP using Nero Soundtrax/ADSTech Analog-to-Digital software.
Size: 233MB

Track List:

01- Proclamation
02- Funny Ways
03- Experience
04- So Sincere
05- The Advent of Panurge
06- Mister Class and Quality
07- The Power and the Glory

Note- The track "The Power and the Glory" was recorded in the studio,
and is not a part of the performance. This track was recorded 26 August 1974.


3-Gentle Giant mega-rare restored vinyl "Playing The Foole" Capitol Studios West Hollywood, Ca 1975-02-13 Killer sound and performance! mp3 sample

This fabulous set was recorded live in the studio with no audience. It was for broadcast in March on Los Angeles radio station KMET. Why this show has never been released is totally beyond me. The performance beats the commercially-available "Playing The Fool" by a mile. Although I haven't indicated it that way, I believe this to be a pre-fm recording. When you listen to the sample, you will understand why - the recording is amazing! This has to be the best recording and performance of "Funny Ways" that you will ever hear.

The following quotation is from Jack Skelly's great GG website, located at

Feb. 13          In West Hollywood, California's Capitol Studios, Gentle Giant made a live studio recording, with no audience, meant for broadcast in March over KMET Radio in Los Angeles.  It included much of the material they were performing on stage during their early 1975 tour.  The group even recorded a brief musical jingle based on the radio station’s call letters, which, during the March broadcast, served as KMET’s station identification.  Interestingly, this jingle has been officially released on SCRAPING THE BARREL under the title With Gentle Giant on KMET.  The date of this live session is often listed as Jan. 1, but this date of Feb. 13 seems definitive.  At the time, they were in the area for the nearby Santa Monica gig listed below, held that same evening.  In fact, the Capitol Studios recording is often mistakenly listed as having been recorded in Santa Monica, as well.


Funny Ways
So Sincere
The Advent Of Panurge
Mister Class and Quality?

The end of this release included the single version of "The Power And The Glory". It had to be removed.

Lineage: TAKRL version ->Pop and click removal via Sound Forge ->FLAC encoding via Flac Frontend V1.1.3 (new version!) sectors aligned and verified. No noise reduction.

I have heard the Wizardo version of this LP. This sounds MUCH better.

Does anyone have any more of this event from a certified pre-fm tape? Please post it!


A DoinkerTape

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

David Bowie - Detroit 1 March 1973 (FLAC)

David Bowie
Detroit Masonic Auditorium
1st March 1973 STEREO.


Nakamichi Tapedeck>CD Wave>TLH

01 Intro
02 Hang onto Yourself
03 Ziggy Stardust
04 Changes
05 Moonage Daydream
06 Panic in Detroit
07 Five Years
08 Watch That Man
09 Aladdin Sane
10 Width of a Circle
11 Space Oddity
12 Time (cut off)
13 Suffragette City 
14 The Jean Genie
15 Rock n Roll Suicide

This is another low gen tape of this show I have been sent : the earlier version sounded very good to me but on comparing to this one the right channel had a little distortion. The guitar sounds slightly clearer on the earlier torrent but that is after some minor processing. I am upping this as a raw transfer at this point : I may offer a 'processed' one at some point but the quality of the recording means I would rather wait until a professional mixer I know might have a go at it (depending on his workload) or whether anyone who downloads this who really knows their stuff works on it. I can do minor tweaks (some will disagree of course), but I often prefer the 'widening' process I do on mono-ish recordings (which of course some like, some don't).

This is a true stereo tape and is very good as it, just a little hissy really.


David Bowie - Detroit 1 March 1973 (FLAC)

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Jethro Tull (November 2, 1972) (FLAC)

Jethro Tull

Ian Anderson- flute and vocals
Martin Barre- guitar
John Evan- keyboards
Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond- bass
Barriemore Barlow- drums

Boston Garden
Boston, Mass., U.S.A.
November (2, I think) 1972
performance quality: A (it's tull in Boston)
recording quality: B (pretty good for this era,
except some speed warbles in source recording.)
source: audience tape (maybe 2nd gen.)
runtime:  85:08

     disc 1  68:46
  1: thick as a brick part I  45:46
  2: news and weather (cuts, tape flip)  :27
  3: thick as a brick part II (with drum solo)  14:43
  4: weirdness instrumental > the cat that crapped in a crypt  1:02
  5: thick as a brick conclusion  6:46
     disc 2  16:22
  6: cross eyed Mary > 4:14
  7: audition > 4:02
  8: aqualung  8:04
  this recording is all except the encore(s) and a little bit of news and weather.
  there is some uncertainty with these 2 recordings (Nov. 1 and 2, 1972 in Boston.
This much I know: Jethro Tull did play both those nights at Boston Garden. I got
both of these in the early 1980's in trade, told they were recorded by a Boston area
taper at the Boston Garden. Both sound like they were recorded close up, not alot of
crowd noise. I did not label them as the 1st and 2nd, and thus do not know which is which.
There is some distinction between the shows. the phone call in what I think is the
Nov. 1st show is for Mike Nelson, in the 2nd it's for Lloyd Bridges. These are clearly
not duplicate recordings, or different recordings of the same concert, although both
were apparently recorded on the same equipment by the same taper and both came from the
same source at the same time. these are both incomplete recordings, but both include
full length, almost complete TAAB's, the beginning of both shows, and are missing the rest
from Cross eyed Mary on. (probably close to half the show.)
  I have seen the Boston Nov. 71 show circulating on dime, but neither of these. The
TAAB versions in both of these are the full monty versions. (NOT the readers digest
version for rockers with ADD.) this was the last tour I did not see of Jethro Tull,
and clearly one of their very greatest. I wouldn't be much of a tullnut, without some
bricks to lay out. These are my two contributions to the brick pyramid on dime, and
I think both of them are worth your time. The Nov. 2nd (I think) one has less of the
speed variation problem but it is noticable in parts of both (not all of either).
the brick was adventurously played in these shows, not much like the album version,
with some improvisations. track 4 is somewhere between hare and babies wearing nylons
(a mix of both). the Boston tullnut society was already solid for these shows, the
enthusiasm is obvious but not overbearing in the recording. if not for the speed problems
these would both be among the best sounding brick shows I've heard. everything comes
through quite well, including Ian's always interesting banter.
  I believe the Nov. 1st recording has just 1 tape flip cut in the brick, only missing
a few seconds. The Nov. 2nd one is missing some news and weather, but none of the brick.
Do not sell this recording.
Trade freely and losslessly.
Not even Buckingham Palace
is built with bricks THIS thick!

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Renaissance-1970-02-25 (FLAC)

Renaissance .... February 25, 1970
Ludlow Garage, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.

Keith Relf - guitar, vocal
Jane Relf - vocal
John Hawken - keyboards
Jim McCarty - drums
Louis Cennamo - bass

Taper, & Taping Gear: ??Unknown??
Lineage: "SBD" trade tape> wav (Turtle Beach sound card A/D)> Sound Forge (indexing only)> Flac (level 8) 2006 Download burned to audio disc (Nero) Trade CDR> (wav) EAC (secure mode)> (flac) Trader's Little Helper level 6 (align on sector boundaries)
Quality: vg
Length: 5 tracks = 47:41 minutes
Artwork: included.
Samples: none.

Set List:

01 - Kings & Queens (14:16) (the band stops the song after a mis-start and begins again)
02 - Wanderer (04:56)
03 - No Name Rage (16:00)
04 - Islands (06:46)
05 - Bullets (cuts off) (05:41)

a - Very rare show and one of few circulating of the one USA tour done by the Keith Relf-Jim McCarty line-up.
b - A straight tape to digital transfer. No EQ or noise reduction applied.
c - Sound quality: VG, but tape hiss present (sounds like 5th or 6th generation), particularly noticeable between songs.

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