San Francisco 1963


Tracks (7)

1 Leaving This Morning (Leaving This Morning) info icon
2 Daddy, Daddy, Daddy (Janis Joplin) info icon
3 Careless Love (Traditional) info icon
4 Bourgeois Blues (Leadbelly) info icon
5 Black Mountain Blues (H. Cole) info icon
6 Gospel Ship (Traditional) info icon
7 Stealin' Stealin' (Traditional Arr. Will Shade) info icon


Live Bootleg
N. CDs: 1


San Francisco 1963 [no label, 1CD]
Live at the California Coffee Gallery, San Francisco, CA; 1963. “Excellent SBD recording for the era.”

These tracks just surfaced and it’s thanks to kneesfudd for sharing them on Dime.

“Center Of The Universe”, Mr JohnK himself, has issued the ultimatum. Share before everyone who gives a damn is dead or can’t hear anymore.

kneesfudd also noted the following:

Warts: ALMOST NONE. I missed some dropouts and there are some non-removable ones. Occasional very tiny clicks in left channel.
Lower generation, better quality, clearer and less distorted than what circulates on “Blow All My Blues Away” and as “1962-08-10?.
Circulates as late 1962, early 1963 and 1962-08-10, but this version is simply labeled “1963?.
For a finer listening experience turn up the bass!

Thanks to the original taper & traders!.. This one was a lot of work. The reel had clearly been played quite a bit before it was digitised, but fortunately the signal on one side or the other was mostly intact and the highs were/are there. Anyway, the multitude of dropouts (that I noticed) were almost ALL seamlessly patched. This is one for the listening archives for sure. Was the TDK SA-XG 90 the heaviest cassette ever made? Sure feels like it. It’s about three times the weight of a Maxell XLII-90. A great early set from one of the voices of the last century. Cool it came from a SUPER HEAVY cassette.

Recording Information:
unknown mono reel-to-reel recorder > master mono reel-to-reel > DAT x1or2 generations > 1st(*) analog generation TDK SA-XG 90 cassette, Dolby off. (* call it what you will).

Playback 2012-05-01:
1st(*) generation TDK SA-XG 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 (normalisation to remove DC offset, fades &/or glitches, dropouts, volume adjustments, no EQ) > CD Wave (track splits) > Trader’s Little Helper > yer ears. This one set a new mastering record for hours of work as it had a COMPLETE 2nd overhaul - hence the re-seed delay. However it is a better gem now & worth the wait. First uploaded week of 2012-05-11.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Leaving’ This Morning (KC Blues) (3.2MB)
Track 02. Daddy, Daddy, Daddy (4.9MB)
Track 03. Careless Love (6.0MB)
Track 04. Bourgeois Blues (4.5MB)
Track 05. Black Mountain Blues (5.1MB)
Track 06. Gospel Ship (2.8MB)
Track 07. Stealin’ (3.2MB)
Total Time: 18:46

Line-up (unconfirmed - my tape had musician information added later from another source):
Janis Joplin - vocals
Larry Hanks - acoustic guitar, vocals
Billy Roberts - acoustic guitar, banjo, vocals, harmonica
OR possibly: Roger Perkins - acoustic guitar and vocals instead of Roberts