Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: The Byrds – Live at the Ash Grove (08/23/70)

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The Byrds
08/23/70
Ash Grove
Los Angeles, CA

Lover Of The Bayou
You Ain’t Going Nowhere
Well Come Back Home
Old Blue
My Back Pages
Baby What You Want Me To Do
He Was A Friend Of Mine
Truck Stop Girl
Break My Mind (with Gram Parsons & Linda Ronstadt)
I’m Movin’ On (lead vocals by John Hammond)
Take A City Bride (lead vocals Gib Guilbeau)
Chestnut Mare
Wheel’s On Fire
It’s All Right Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
Ballad of Easy Rider
Jesus Is Just Alright
Turn Turn Turn
Mr. Tamborine Man
Eight Miles High

Bootleg Bonanza: The Byrds – Rome (05/07/68)

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The Byrds
1º festival internazionale in europa di musica pop
(The first International European Pop Festival)
Piper Club
Rome, Italy
May 7, 1968

1 intro 1:07
2 You Ain’t Going Nowhere 2:46
3 Old John Robertson 2:38
4 You Don’t Miss Your Water 3:53
5 Hickory Wind 4:38
6 Feel a Whole Lot Better 2:13
7 Chimes of Freedom 3:42
8 The Christian Life 3:10
9 Turn! Turn! Turn! 2:43
10 My Back Pages > Baby What You Want Me To Do 5:59
11 Mr. Spaceman 2:15
35:08

Source notes: This recording is primarily from a Dutch rebroadcast from circa 1969. That rebroadcast apparently did not include two songs that were broadcast previously.

So, here tracks 2-3 are from the vinyl bootleg, which is slightly better quality than the common CD bootleg (which was mastered at the wrong speed). The quality of those tracks, however, is still much less than the rest of the recording.

The introduction from the FM broadcast (which preceded ‘You Don’t Miss Your Water’) was moved to Track 1.
Source & transfer to CDR (1987):
Tracks 1, 4-11: VPRO FM rebroadcast circa 1969 > probably reel >
my source’s reel or cassette > my cassette (1997) > Nakamichi CR-7
(playback head azimuth optimized) > my CDR (circa 1998)

Tracks 2-3: vinyl bootleg > my cassette (1997) > Nakamichi CR-7
(playback head azimuth optimized) > my CDR (circa 1998)

Transfer to flac (January 2010):
CDR > Macintosh MacBook Pro (2.5 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo) (running in Windows XP mode) > Plextor DVDR PX-716A > Exact Audio Copy V0.99 prebeta 5 (secure mode, no errors – see rip details) > wav > (same computer running in OSX mode) > xACT v1.71 (shntool used to join the songs into one large wav file > Apple Logic Pro v7.2.3 (see editing notes below) > Bias Peak 6.0.2.17641 (normalized, split into songs) > wav > xACT v1.71 (sector boundaries repaired; level 8 compression) > flac

Editing notes:
Bias Peak editing:
* Stereo image was not equal, so left channel raised 2 db
* Entire recording normalized by 3.5 db
Logic Pro editing:
* Vinyl source was noisy, so on Tracks 2 and 3 only, Waves professional Z-Noise v7.0 plugin was used to reduce the noise (Adaptive setting;
Threshold -19; reduction of 4; slight eq push at 150 Hz and 1,433 Hz;normal optimization)
* Throughout tracks 4-11, spikes of feedback were reduced with narrow f lters (the filters fade in and out using automation), usually in the 1,900 and 2,800 Hz range.
Misc. notes:

Date often mislabeled: The International Pop Festival in Rome was May 4-8, with the Byrds appearing as the headliner at the Piper Club on the 7th. The Byrds’ set was recorded by VPRO (a Dutch broadcaster) with assistance from RAI radio (the Italian broadcast network).

Here is a translation of the intro provided by Joep Muijs

At many’s request, the next half hour we’ll rerun the recordings we made of the American pop group The Byrds in May 1968 during the Rome pop festival. It was their first and so far only European tour. The Byrds’ line-up in Rome was as follows. Roger McGuinn, guitar and vocals. Gram Parsons, guitar and vocals as well, nowadays playing in The Flying Burrito Brothers and who at the time was new in The Byrds. Douglas Dillard on banjo, who joined The Byrds in Rome for the occasion, and is nowadays playing in The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark. Kevin Kelley on drums, who isn’t a member of The Byrds any longer now; and Chris Hillman on bass, who also nowadays plays in The Flying Burrito Brothers.

We’ll be hearing now first Gram Parsons as lead singer in the songs You Don’t Miss Your Water and Hickory Wind, and next McGuinn and Hillman singing in I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better and Chimes of Freedom Flashing.

Bootleg Bonanza: The Byrds – San Francisco – (01/04/70) Late Show

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Get the Byrd’s album Sweetheart of the Rodeo.

The Byrds
01/04/70
Fillmore West
San Francisco, CA

Late Show
I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better
This Wheel’s On Fire
Positively 4th Street
Roll Over Beethoven
Honky Tonk Medley:
Close up the Honky Tonks/Sing Me Back Home
So You Want To Be A Rock’n’Roll Star
You Don’t Miss Your Water
Jesus Is Just Alright
Nashville West
Turn! Turn! Turn!
Mr. Tambourine Man
Eight Miles High
He Was A Friend Of Mine
Tuff and Stringy

Comment
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Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: The Byrds – Los Angeles, CA (08/23/70)

the byrds ash grove

The Byrds
08/23/70
Ash Grove
Los Angeles, CA

Links are dead. Eventually I’ll get my CDRs out and reupload.

Lover Of The Bayou
You Ain’t Going Nowhere
Well Come Back Home
Old Blue
My Back Pages
Baby What You Want Me To Do
He Was A Friend Of Mine
Truck Stop Girl
Break My Mind (with Gram Parsons & Linda Ronstadt)
I’m Movin’ On (lead vocals by John Hammond)
Take A City Bride (lead vocals Gib Guilbeau)
Chestnut Mare
Wheel’s On Fire
It’s All Right Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
Ballad of Easy Rider
Jesus Is Just Alright
Turn Turn Turn
Mr. Tamborine Man
Eight Miles High

I’m honestly not much for the Byrds. I absolutely adore their country rock phase that comes from Gram Parsons and the album Sweetheart of the Rodeo and I dig some of the Dylan covers, but most of the rest leaves me flat. I really like Roger McGuinn’s guitar playing on that crazy 12-string Rickenbacker, which makes me not liking them kind of weird. I can’t really pinpoint the why, and I’ve tried a bunch of times to like the rest of their music, but something about the sound just doesn’t do it for me.

This bootleg, honestly doesn’t help much in those matters. The sound quality is less than to be desired. It purports to be a soundboard cut, which is believable enough, but the tapes must have been mistreated, for it sounds battered and beaten. The band also sounds a bit ragged. Definitely worth it for fans, but otherwise you’re better off leaving it alone.