Friday, May 25, 2012
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. http://www.planetalien.co.uk has lots of info about the band. Rock on.