Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Tom Waits – New York, NY (12/14/76) “Nighthawks On The Radio”

tom waits - nighthawks on the radio - 1976 - New York

Tom Waits
WNEW Studios
New York, NY
Remastered Edition

Download: FLAC/MP3

Originally CD-R traded on the Rain Dogs imprint

Recorded at Media Sound, New York, December 14, 1976.

Lineage: Recording from WNEW-FM NYC 96-03-24 > ??? > SHN > Usenet > me > .wav > data CD > Audition > FLAC > you

Emotional Weather Report
A Sight For Sore Eyes
Step Right Up
Eggs & Sausage / Invitation to the Blues
Jitterbug Boy
Diamonds on my Windshield
San Diego Serenade
Tom Traubert’s Blues
New Coat of Paint
The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me)
I Can’t Wait To Get Off Work

Radio Interview/Set w/Vin Scelsa, host
Broadcast on WNEW-FM (Rebroadcast 3/24/96)

Tom Waits-vocals, piano
Ralph Ebler-snare, hi-hat

From the text on the front insert:

“This was a show that I recorded with Tom in December of 1976 that was originally broadcast on WNEW during my first sojourn at the station. I played this one-hour rare tape tonight as my contribution to the station’s “From The Archives Weekend.” Tom and I, and drummer Ralph Ebler, taped this at a recording studio in town – Tom at the piano, Ralph on snare drum and hi-hat; it was unrehearsed, unscripted and totally cool! This is the first time the show has been aired in its entirety since the original broadcast almost 20 years ago.” – Vin Scelsa

I’m listing this as an FM recording, because I don’t know for sure that it isn’t; there is no 19 KHz pilot tone on it to identify it as an FM recording.
The original files ran at the wrong speed, and there was a pretty serious channel imbalance. I corrected the pitch to A=440, matched the levels and ran phase correction on the whole program, then resplit the tracks and converted to FLAC.

This show has been posted to TTD one other time, on 10-08-07 by Flick, as a transfer from an 8-track cartridge, which he says was captured in mono due to poor reception, and he did some noise reduction on it due to massive tape hiss, and there were some dropouts and tape damage. It’s also missing the last two songs. The version I’m posting sounds as close to perfect as you are likely to get, and it includes the two extra songs.

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