Roslyn 1978 [no label, 2CD]
Live at My Father’s Place, Village of Old Roslyn, NY; July 13, 1978. Fairly to very good Pre-FM.
John Prine celebrated his 70th birthday on October 10, 2016.
Thanks to EN; and to nobody for sharing the show at Dime.
JP is turning a milestone 70 on the 10th day of this 10th month, so in honor of that septoccasion I ran this through the machines a bit and tried to free the high end from the compressed, claustrophobic sound it previously featured. Because this appears to be a stage-mic situation, with the vocal mics fed through the board for that singing-up-front type radio concert vibe, the band comes through a little on the muddy side on the ensemble tunes.
I smashed it up between a taste of the Graphic EQ and Graphics Dynamics tools in Sound Forge 9, and smoothed out the volume track to track, as it was somewhat this side of all over the place. Additionally, I stripped in, and matched the best I could, the very beginning of Paradise, which was missing from this tape… I used the Bottom Line, NYC FM broadcast of two days before (July 11) of which I saw a boot CD the other day in Amoeba Berkeley. Now it seems a tad more like the typical, balanced pre-FM fare we all know and love so well. I titled and tagged the files like I always do, made new fingerprints, and I separated the radio intro by (WLIR legend of my youth) Larry Kleinman, so you can get right to the music if you want.
This is captured at the height of John’s mythical Bruised Orange tour, and I think I got it into a sonic territory less distinguishable from an official live record and more towards a quality worthy of the exquisite and intimate performance, taped as it was at one of the all-time legendary, long-gone clubs of the fast-passing Golden Age. At least it’s an improvement and likely sounds a Maywood acre or two better than the condition I found it in. Anyway, enjoy and a million more fish and whistles to songwriting deity of distinction John Prine, before he is at last seen off to Heaven.
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EN pre-FM master cassette remaster
Conversion: CD > EAC(secure) > WAV > SHN
[thanks to peter hedeman for the feed]
Original lineage: pre-FM sbd > cassette master > cdr
Pre-FM feed from WLIR-FM recording truck
All stage mics wired to air mix soundboard in recording truck to Maxell XLII cassette (no dolby) on a (then brand spankin’ new) Nakamichi 550 cassette machine.
To computer (23 years later) via:
cr7a Nakamichi cassette (with azmuth adjust) to SBM1 Sony Super Bit Mapper A>D converter to digi in on Linx-one studio card (spdif).
Recorded in Soundforge and mastered with CD architect to CD to SHN.
My cassettes have held up over the years better than the master reels of these shows.
The master 1/4″ reels (recorded on Ampex 456 grand master tape) would need to be literally “baked” in order to squeeze out one final play as the oxide flakes off the tape!
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Track 101. intro by Larry Kleinman 0:35
Track 102. Spanish Pipedream 3:47
Track 103. Often Is a Word I Seldom Use 3:22
Track 104. Fish and Whistle 3:32
Track 105. Crooked Piece of Time 3:00
Track 106. Blue Umbrella 4:38
Track 107. Illegal Smile 5:31
Track 108. Sabu Visits the Twin Cities Alone 4:41
Track 109. The Bottomless Lake 5:04
Track 110. Sam Stone 5:15
Track 111. That’s the Way That the World Goes ‘Round 5:32
Track 112. Quiet Man 5:54
Track 113. There She Goes 3:08
Track 201. Try to Find Another Man 4:25
Track 202. If You Don’t Want My Love 3:34
Track 203. band intros-Pretty Good 5:39
Track 204. Bruised Orange 6:22
Track 205. Hello In There 6:12
Track 206. Grandpa Was a Carpenter 2:19
Track 207. Paradise 3:54
Track 208. Please Don’t Bury Me 3:47
Track 209. Sleepy Eyed Boy 3:35
Track 210. Treat Me Nice 2:17
Track 211. Sweet Revenge 3:17
Track 212. Lawdy Miss Clawdy 3:21
Track 213. Saddle In the Rain 8:27
John Prine – guitar, vocals
Howard Levy – keyboards, harmonica, mandolin, pennywhistle, vocals
John Burns – guitars, vocals
Tom Piekarski – bass, vocals
Angelo Varias – drums
Click here for the tracks.