Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bruce Springsteen – New Haven, CT (05/18/77)

Bruce Springsteen 1977-03-18 New Haven (Official Aud Vol 5 via JEMS) FRONT

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
featuring the Miami Horns
Veterans Memorial Coliseum
New Haven, CT
March 18, 1977
“Official Audience Recording”
Nothing to Lose: The 1977 Tour Revisited Vol. Five
JEMS Archive

Download: FLAC/MP3

JEMS 2015 Transfers

Tracks 1-3: CB master cassette > Nakamichi CR-7A (azimuth adjustment) > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 (24/96) capture > iZotope RX4 > Peak 6.0 with iZotope Ozone 5 > iZotope RX MBIT+ resample 16/44.1 > Peak Pro XT (edit / index) > xACT 2.21 > FLAC

Tracks 3-13: Low generation cassette > 1994 DAT > Fostex D-5 > Sound Devices UBSPre2 > iZtotope RX > pitch correction > iZotope Ozone and MBIT+ convert to 16/44.1 .wav > Peak Pro XT (volume smoothing / patch / edit / index) > xACT 2.21 > FLAC

01 Night
02 Don’t Look Back
03 Spirit in the Night
04 It’s My Life
05 Thunder Road
06 Mona > She’s the One
07 Tenth Avenue Freeze-out (w/ Miami Horns)
08 Action in the Streets (w/ Miami Horns)
09 Backstreets
10 Jungleland
11 Rosalita (w/Miami Horns)
12 Born to Run
13 Quarter to Three (w/ Miami Horns)

Known Faults:
– Night: alternate source

– Don’t Look Back: alternate source

– Spirit In The Night: first 3:22 patched with alternate source
– She’s The One: 18 seconds patched with alternate source

Welcome to the fifth chapter of JEMS’ Nothing to Lose series revisiting Bruce’s remarkable 1977 tour. For the full history of our obsession with this era and the back story on these “Official Audience Tapes,” please refer to the notes in Vol. One found here:

http://jungleland.dnsalias.com/torrents-details.php?id=38539

Installment No. 5 brings Springsteen to New Haven, Connecticut, as the tour settles into its final shows in the northeast, six of which are still to follow. For me, this is a period of near perfection in terms of the caliber of the performances and the sense of urgency that’s palpable in the recordings.

There may be only 13 songs in the set, but Bruce and the band are making every one of them count. My typical listening to material from ’77 has tended to focus on the unique songs, like “Action in the Streets” and “It’s My Life.” But in preparing this show, I was struck by just how good the “standard” songs are. Bruce sings “Spirit in the Night” and “Thunder Road” with every bit as much conviction as he does “Don’t Look Back,” and we all know how special “Backstreets” is every night in ’77. Fresh ears also picked out a lot of distinctive guitar work from Steve and Bruce that I felt I had never noticed before. “We tore it apart and put it together again” indeed.

New Haven is the final “official audience” source in the JEMS Archive. I consider it the best recording of the five, sounding just a bit closer, sharper and with better instrument separation than the previous four. It came to us from a different source than the first four (an insider, not a collector), so it may also be a generation to the good comparitively. But it is incomplete, joined in progress during “Spirit.”

Happily, our pal CB taped the show as well and loaned us his master cassettes. The CB source was previously released by Fanatic; we did a fresh transfer for this release. CB told me he taped from the back of the arena and it sounds like it, but the recording is still clear and fills in what’s missing from the better source to give us the complete New Haven show. Samples provided.

Special thanks yet again to: M and J from JEMS for pulling out our many versions of these DATs and helping make new transfers; to CB, one of “The Original Two” who got the whole Springsteen taping hobby started; the folks on the Stone Pony message board whose thread sparked this series; and to mjk5510 who takes our bits and bobs and gets them all pretty for you.

When the ’77 series returns, we’ll revisit Toronto, Detroit and Toledo, all from fresh master transfers. Until then, enjoy New Haven, and better still, add your thoughts about the show and the recording in the comments.
By JEMS

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bruce Springsteen – Toronto, Canada (02/13/77)

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
featuring the Miami Horns
Maple Leaf Gardens Concert Bowl
Toronto, ON
February 13, 1977
JEMS Master
Nothing to Lose: The 1977 Tour Revisited Vol. Six
24/96 Edition

Download: FLAC/MP3

Recording Gear: Teac M-100 microphone > Sony TC-153SD cassette recorder

JEMS 2015 Transfer: master cassettes > Nakamichi 670 azimuth-adjusted playback > Wavelab 24/96 > iZotope RX4 > iZotope Ozone 5 > iZotope RX MBIT+ resample 16/44.1 > Peak Pro XT (volume smoothing / edit / index) > xACT 2.21 > FLAC

01 Night
02 Rendezvous
03 Spirit in the Night
04 It’s My Life
05 Thunder Road
06 Mona > She’s the One
07 Tenth Avenue Freeze-out (w/ Miami Horns)
08 Something In The Night
09 Growin’ Up
10 Action in the Streets (w/ Miami Horns)
11 Backstreets
12 Jungleland
13 Rosalita (w/ Miami Horns)
14 Raise Your Hand (w/ Miami Horns)
15 Born to Run

Known Faults:
None

Welcome to the sixth edition of JEMS’ Nothing to Lose series revisiting Bruce’s remarkable 1977 tour. For the full history of our obsession with this era and the back story on these “Official Audience Tapes,” please refer to the notes in Vol. One found here:

http://jungleland.dnsalias.com/torrents-details.php?id=38539

Installment No. 6 rewinds to the first week of the tour and a 15-song set at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens, the legendary hockey arena, set up in its Concert Bowl configuration which cut the arena to half its normal size. It is the first of three JEMS master recordings done on the ’77 tour, and, dare I say, we think you’re going to like this one quite a bit.

Toronto ’77 has circulated among collectors since not long after J taped it that frosty February. A master-to-DAT transfer was done in the early days of the format, copies of which almost certainly provided the source for releases like Soul Crusaders (E Street) and No Trouble In Receiver (EV2). It’s long been one of the better audience recordings of the tour, but it has never sounded as good as it could. This marks the first direct digital transfer of the master, and every step along the chain, from the azimuth-adjusted playback to high-resolution capture to final mastering, is superior to what was done to DAT 25 (how can it be?) years ago. Additionally, it lacks some of the minor edits found in the extant versions.

It’s also one of those shows that I personally played dozens and dozens of times throughout the years; the recording which definitively made be believe the following: “Night” is one of Bruce’s greatest show openers; “It’s My Life” had reached its zenith; “Something in the Night” is an under-appreciated classic; “Growin’ Up” can support more than one tall tale; “Action in the Streets” should have been resurrected when the horns came back in 1988 and 2012; the “You lied!!!” moment in “Backstreets” may never be rivaled; “Raise Your Hand” should have been played every night of the tour; and, finally, that J was (and remains) a highly skilled taper.

Hereís what J himself had to say about the show: ìBack in 1977, a taper had to rely on a network of friends and collectors across the country to get early warning of shows and ticket sales. In the case of Toronto, we had a great friend up north in fellow taper The Lewk. He took care of us on our many road trips into Ontario, and he exceeded expectations with this Bruce show, getting me and my friends great seats at Maple Leaf Gardens, curtained off lengthwise to form the ‘Concert Bowl.í The curtain improved the notoriously bad sound there, and The Lewk got me a seat just off the center aisle, ten rows back from the stage. This was the first of three Bruce shows I saw and recorded on this tour, using my Sony TC-153SD and Teac M-100 mic, which I mounted high in a headband. We expected new material on this tour as we presumed that Bruce was probably a month or so away from putting out a new album. After all, it had been a year and half since Born To Run was released. The Toronto show was unique, in that the fire marshall insisted there be an intermission, making it the first time Bruce had split the set, a feature that would later become a staple of the show structure. We got great versions of ‘Rendezvous’, ‘Something In The Night’ and ‘Action In The Streets,’ but the real highlight this night (and at all 1977 shows) was the incredible version of ëBackstreets.í It was never better than it was in 1977!î

Like this entire series, the Toronto performance is a pleasure to listen to and the sound quality (to my ears) approaches the best tapes of the tour, including those of our pal Steve Hopkins and whoever did the official audience tapes. It offers an airy high end, punchy low end and vivid clarity to pick out each member of the band making magic. Samples provided.

I know a lot of you have this recording already and, make no mistake, Toronto has always sounded good, but I think this version is definitive. Then again, I’m biased. We’re making it available in both standard and high-resolution 24/96 editions.

Massive credit goes to J for his outstanding original recording and for pulling out the masters one last time to capture them at 24/96 and giving me so much to work with. Thanks yet again to M, for providing his ’77 source tapes; to the folks on the Stone Pony message board whose thread sparked this series; and to mjk5510 who continues to provide invaluable assistance as JEMS’ packaging and distribution supervisor.

Our next stop in the ’77 series is two nights hence in Detroit and one of the greatest show openers of all time.

BK for JEMS

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bruce Springsteen – Los Angeles, CA (11/01/80)

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Bruce Springsteen
Sports Arena
Los Angeles, CA
November 1, 1980
Mike Millard first gen via JEMS
The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Vol. 6

Download: FLAC/MP3

Likely Recording Info: AKG-451E microphones > Uher CR-240 cassette recorder

JEMS 2014 Transfer: first-generation cassettes made by Mike Millard for SG > Nakamichi CR-7A azimuth-adjusted transfer > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 (24/96) capture > iZotope RX MBIT+ resample 16/44.1 > Peak Pro XT (volume smoothing / edit / index) > xACT 2.21 > FLAC

101 Born to Run
102 Out In The Street
103 Tenth Avenue Freeze-out
104 Darkness on the Edge of Town
105 Independence Day
106 Factory
107 For You
108 Two Hearts
109 Jackson Cage
110 The Promised Land
111 Prove It All Night ’78
112 The Price You Pay
113 The River
201 Badlands
202 Thunder Road
203 No Money Down > Cadillac Ranch
204 Hungry Heart
205 Fire
206 Candy’s Room
207 Because The Night
208 Fade Away
209 Stolen Car
210 The Ties That Bind
211 Wreck On the Highway
212 Point Blank
213 Crush On You
214 Ramrod
301You Can Look
302 Drive All Night
303 Backstreets
304 Rosalita
305 Jungleland
306 Sweet Little Sixteen (with Jackson Browne)
307 Detroit Medley > I Hear a Train > Wabash Cannonball

JEMS is pleased to release the sixth in a series of recordings made by legendary taper Mike Millard, AKA Mike th

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bruce Springsteen – Union, NJ (09/22/74)

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Kean College
Union, NJ
September 22, 1974
JEMS Archive

Download: FLAC/MP3

Audience Recording (equipment unknown) by The Big A

JEMS 2012 transfer: master cassette (TDK D-180) > Nakamichi CR-7A >
Sound Devices USBPre2 > Audacity 2.0 (24/96) capture > iZotope RX
click repair > Peak 6.0 with iZotope Ozone 5.0 (speed corrected) >
resample 16/44.1 via iZotope MBIT+ > FLAC

01 Spirit In The Night
02 Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?
03 The E Street Shuffle > Having A Party
04 For You
05 Saint In The City
06 Cupid
07 Kitty’s Back
08 Sandy
09 Rosalta
10 A Love So Fine (A Night Like This) > Shout

JEMS is very pleased to issue this previously uncirculated recording
of an historically important and otherwise unheard show.

The recording from Kean College in Union, NJ is now the earliest
document we have of the “new look” E Street Band featuring Max
Weinberg on drums and Roy Bittan on piano. According to the essential
Brucebase Wiki, this free, outdoor show (which took place behind the
student center) was the fourth date played by the new line-up,
predating by 12 days Avery Fisher Hall, October 4, which had been the
first circulating recording with Max and Roy.

It gives us a fascinating glimpse into a period of transition for
Springsteen. As such, some of the arrangements heard here are
distinctive as the reconfigured band sorts out how to play the “basic”
set. While Bruce had previously performed songs in early 1974 that
would later appear on Born to Run, the only new material essayed at
Kean is a unique version of the Born to Run outtake “A Love So Fine,”
still in such an embryonic state that the chorus sung isn’t “a love so
fine” at all, but another title rumored to have been recorded for BTR:
“A Night Like This.” He also tags the end of the song with several
lyrics from the Isley Brothers’ “Shout.” According to Brucebase, by
the time the song is played again at Avery Fisher, the chorus had
changed to “A Love So Fine” for keeps.

The Kean tape also captures the earliest known cover of Sam Cooke’s
“Cupid” and a particularly punchy full-band version of “For You,” a
song Springsteen performed solo throughout most of 1974-75. Nearly
every track here is a little different than you’re used to given that
two of the band members are still learning their parts.

Our generous taper, The Big A, says he used a “standard-for-the-time,
no-frills, fat-paperback-sized Radio Shack-type tape recorder with a
built-in mike” to record the show. That description seems to match the
tape, which has hallmarks of ALC (automatic level control) where the
first note of a song starts out loud and a bit distorted before the
level adjusts. There are some distorted frequencies in the recording
and it is not as good as the very best we have of the era. But
considering the circumstances (it was the first Bruce show he ever
taped), the outdoor venue, the gear, the PA volume, etc. it is quite a
listenable document of the performance. We worked hard to improve the
sound, but most of what you hear is just what it is. Samples provided.

Very special thanks to The Big A for loaning JEMS the master tape and
to the ER Archive, who had a copy of the show that helped lead us to
the master.

BK for JEMS

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bruce Springsteen – Hampton, VA (01/04/85)

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Bruce Springsteen
Hampton Roads Coliseum
Hampton, VA
January 4, 1985
ML Master via JEMS

Download: FLAC/MP3

Recording Gear: NAK CM 300s + CP 4 (shotgun capsules) > Sony D5

2015 JEMS Transfer: Sony UCX 90 master cassettes > Nakamichi CR-7A (azimuth-adjusted) > Sound Devices USBPre2 (24/96 Audacity 2.0 capture) > iZotope RX 4 > iZotope MBIT+ convert to 16/44.1 .wav > Peak Pro XT (volume smoothing / edit / index) > xACT 2.21 > FLAC

01 Born In The USA
02 Prove It All Night
03 Darlington County
04 Johnny 99
05 Atlantic City
06 Reason To Believe
07 Mansion On The Hill
08 Johnny Bye-Bye
09 Out In The Street
10 Glory Days
11 The Promised Land
12 My Hometown
13 Badlands
14 Thunder Road
15 Cover Me
16 Dancing In The Dark
17 Hungry Heart
18 Cadillac Ranch
19 Downbound Train
20 Iím On Fire
21 Pink Cadillac
22 Bobby Jean
23 Racing In The Street
24 Born to Run
25 Detroit Medley > Traveliní Band
26 Twist and Shout
27 Do You Love Me
28 Santa Claus Is Cominí To Town (Recorder 2 Bonus Track)

Known Faults:
Out In The Street: last few notes cut
Glory Days: first few notes cut
The Promised Land: Splice
Bobby Jean: Splice
Racing In The Street: first few notes cut
Twist And Shout: end slightly cut
Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town: Missing (Recorder 2 source included)

Courtesy of taper ML, hereís what we believe is a massive upgrade of the very first show of 1985, as the band return to the road after two-and-a-half weeks off. This fresh transfer from MLís fine master tapes sounds light years ahead of circulating copies of the show.

ML taped from a sweet spot, ìthe first row of seats off the floor almost DFCî (Dead Fucking Center). The tape has that classic, appealing ë80s arena sound, clear, steady and with plenty of low end. Samples provided.

The set list lacks for raritiesónot surprising for the first show of a new legóbut still includes highlights from this period like ìJohnny Bye Bye,î the synth-lead ìReason to Believe,î ìRacing in the Streetî and an excellent ìAtlantic City.î

mjk5510 did identify a second source for the show, but it is so inferior as to be a distraction if it were used to patch gaps, so we have left those as is. We did decide to include “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” as a bonus track in the interest of making the night complete. Thanks to him for doing the prep work on this. And huge thanks to ML for reaching out and loaning us his terrific masters which he was keen to share with all of you.

BK for JEMS

 

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bruce Springsteen – Seattle, WA (10/24/80)

Seattle 80 (JEMS) Front

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
That Old ‘80 Sound
Seattle Center Coliseum
Seattle, WA
October 24, 1980
RS Master via JEMS
16/44.1 Edition
(24/96 Edition release pending)

Download: FLAC/MP3

Recording Gear: Nakamichi 700 microphones > Bass Box EQ > Sony TCD-D5

2013-14 JEMS Transfer: RS master cassettes > Nakamichi CR-7A azimuth-adjusted transfer > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 (24/96) capture > extensive iZotope RX3 clean up > iZotope Ozone 5 via Peak 6 > iZotope RX MBIT+ resample 16/44.1 > Peak Pro XT (volume smoothing / edit / index) > xACT 2.21 > FLAC

Project Start Date: October 2013
Project End Date: October 2014
Approximate Project Hours: 35
Years Spent Chasing Down Master Tape: 20+
River Tour Show No. 13

Seamless transfer, suggested CD breaks…

101 Badlands
102 Out in the Street
103 Tenth Avenue Freeze-out
104 Darkness On The Edge Of Town
105 Factory
106 Independence Day
107 Jackson Cage
108 Two Hearts
109 The Promised Land (cut)
110 Racing In The Street
111 The River
112 Prove It All Night
113 Thunder Road
201 Cadillac Ranch (Bruce’s microphone and part of the PA are out)
202 Fire
203 Sherry Darling
204 Here She Comes > I Wanna Marry You
205 The Ties That Bind
206 Wreck On The Highway
207 Point Blank
208 Crush On You
209 Ramrod
210 You Can Look But You Better Not Touch
211 Stolen Car
212 Drive All Night
301 Rosalita
302 Jungleland
303 Born to Run
304 Detroit Medley > I Hear A Train (joined in progress, distortion at the start)
305 Raise Your Hand (joined in progress)

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bruce Springsteen – Detroit, MI (10/04/75)

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Michigan Palace
Detroit, MI
October 4, 1975
ER Archives Vol. 13 via JEMS

Download: FLAC/MP3

JEMS 2016 Transfer: low-generation reels > Ampex 440 > Pro Tools > iZotope RX4 > iZotope Ozone > Peak Pro XT (volume smoothing / patch / edit / index) > xACT 2.35 > FLAC

01 Tenth Avenue Freeze-out
02 Spirit in the Night
03 Itís Gonna Work Out Fine
04 Sheís The One
05 Born to Run
06 The E Street Shuffle > Having A Party
07 Backstreets (patched)
08 Kittyís Back
09 Jungleland
10 Rosalita (cut)
11 Detroit Medley
12 Sandy
13 Ainít Too Proud To Beg
14 Quarter to Three
15 Little Queenie
16 Twist and Shout

Known Faults:
-Backstreets: 1.25 patched with audience recording, the ER tape contains 22 more
seconds of the SB thanAnubis’s “Walk Like Heroes”
-Rosalita: end cut

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bob Dylan – Portland, OR (01/12/80)

Bob Dylan
Paramount Theatre
Portland, Oregon
January 12, 1980
JEMS Master

Download: FLAC/MP3

Recording Gear: Sony Mic > Sony TC-55

LB-11547

2014 Transfer: master cassettes > Nakamichi CR-7A > SoundDevices USBPre2 >
Audacity 2.0 24/96 capture > iZotope RX clean-up > iZotope MBIT+ convert to 16/44.1 >
Peak Pro XT (pitch correction / volume smoothing / edit / index) > xACT 2.21 > FLAC

PEEPLES / HAVIS / DENNIS / YOUNG
101 Can I Ride
102 It’s Gonna Rain
103 Look Up And Live By Faith
104 Show Me The Way
105 Freedom At The Wall
106 This Train
BOB DYLAN
107 Gotta Serve Somebody
108 I Believe In You
109 When You Gonna Wake Up
110 When He Returns
111 Man Gave Names To All The Animals
112 Precious Angel
113 Slow Train
114 Covenant Woman
201 God Uses Ordinary People (Mona Lisa Young)
202 Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking
203 Do Right To Me Baby (Do Unto Others)
204 Solid Rock
205 Saving Grace
206 Saved
207 What Can I Do For You?
208 In The Garden
209 Applause
210 Band Introduction
211 Blessed Be The Name
212 Pressing On

From the original uploader:
To the best of our knowledge, this represents the first time any recording of the second night of the 1980 tour has been made widely available, at least according to the tour and tape histories chronicled by Olof and Lossless Bob.

For years, it has always puzzled us that there were three dates in the Northwest at the start of Dylan’s 1980 tour for which there was no known tape. Puzzling because S of JEMS and some of his taping peers at the time attended the Portland and Seattle shows, and to the best of S’s knowledge, all the shows were taped. In fact, for years, S suggested that he’s not sure he recorded himself because he was so sure the shows were being covered by others with better gear.

And yet, no tapes from Portland January 11, 12 and Seattle January 15 ever seemed to circulate. And among the thousands of tapes in the consolidated JEMS archive, including what we believed to be all of S’s masters, the shows weren’t there either. And yet, they had to have been recorded, right?

I’ve asked S questions about these shows for the last 20 years, so imagine my surprise when he called a couple of months ago to say our friend WG had found a box of S’s tapes in his house. A box of tapes very likely borrowed in 1986 and forgotten about until two months ago when they were discovered lurking behind or under some furniture.

And lo and behold, there in the box were the masters for January 12 and January 15, missing in action for over 30 years. The box made its way to me for fresh transfers, so thanks to WG and S for that. And while it didn’t contain the tape of January 11 (we’ll have to keep our fingers crossed on that one), it did contain another 15-20 tapes missing from the archive that I had held in my own hands back in 1986 and had never seen again.

The bulk of these were first generation copies made for S by a legendary taper, a taper not known to have ever recorded some of the artists included, but it turns out he did.

The tapes are marked in that legendary taper’s own unmistakable way. And the notes he included shed just a bit more light on his legend, both in terms of what additional shows he captured, but also the gear he used. It would appear he even managed to record the same show on two different recorders with two different microphones. Two mics–how appropriate for him. That tease will have to suffice for now, but we will be getting to those tapes in due time.

But until then, it turns out S was underselling himself, as his recording of the lost Portland show is very listenable indeed and a fine document of this compelling slice of Dylan’s career.

Thanks to our brother in arms mjk5510 for his continued assistance in taking these tapesover the finish line. It is partners like him that truly get the flow going, and right now we’re sitting on a stack of great new tapes to post from Dylan and others.

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Van Morrison – Los Angeles, CA (05/24/73)

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Van Morrison featuring the Caledonia Soul Orchestra
The Troubadour
West Hollywood, CA
May 24, 1973, 8pm *Early Show
JF Archive Series Vol. 12 via JEMS

Download: FLAC/MP3

Taper: JF
Source: unknown recorder > unknown microphone (mono)
JEMS 2015 Transfer: JF master TD???K cassette > Nakamichi CR-7A (azimuth adjustment) > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 capture > iZotope RX4 > iZotope Ozone 5 > iZotope RX MBIT+ resample 16/44.1 > Peak Pro XT (edit / index) > xACT 2.21 > FLAC

Contrast Clause: http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=495208
Is a recording of the other set the same night.

01 Intro
02 Saint Dominicís Preview
03 These Dreams of You
04 The Way Young Lovers Do
05 Snow In San Anselmo
06 Day By Day
07 Help Me
08 Beiní Green
09 Listen To The Lion
10 Warm Love
11 Cyprus Avenue
12 Caravan

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Bob Dylan – Santa Monica, CA (11/18/79)

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Bob Dylan
Civic Auditorium
Santa Monica, CA
November 18, 1979

Download: FLAC/MP3

Regina Havis Monologue
I’ve Got My Ticket, Lord
It’s Gonna Rain
Do Lord, Remember Me
Look Up And Live By Faith
Hold My Hand, Oh Lord*
Oh Freedom
This Train
Gotta Serve Somebody
I Believe In You
When You Gonna Wake Up
When He Returns
Man Gave Names To All The Animals
Precious Angel
Slow Train
Covenant Woman
What Are You Doing With Your Heart? (Helena Springs)
Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking
Do Right To Me Baby (Do Unto Others)
Solid Rock
Saving Grace
Saved
What Can I Do For You?
In The Garden
Band Introduction
Blessed Be The Name
Pressing On

*Source 1 Only

Source 1: LB-11759
Mike Millard first gen via JEMS
The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Vol. Five
Recording Info: AKG-451E microphones > Uher CR-240 cassette recorder

JEMS 2014 Transfer: first-generation reel copy (3-3/4 IPS) made by Mike Millard for SG > Otari 5050 mkII azimuth-adjusted transfer > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 (24/96) capture > pitch correction > iZotope RX MBIT+ resample 16/44.1 > Peak Pro XT (volume smoothing / edit / index) > xACT 2.21 > FLAC

Source 2: LB-1819
Offmaster copy of audience recording by Legendary Taper E, complete with the songs by the
backup singers. Apparently a different source from “Madmen Running Loose”, which lacks all
the “girls'” songs. (The “Gospel Project” mentions the “rumored” existence of this
complete recording of the concert; obviously it was not just a rumor.)

More info from JEMS Source
JEMS is pleased to release the fifth in a series of recordings made by legendary taper Mike Millard, AKA Mike the MICrophone, best known for his masters of Led Zeppelin in and around LA circa 1975-77. For further details on how these tapes came to be lost and found again, as well as JEMS’ history with Mike Millard, please refer to the notes in Vol. One http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=500680

Installment No. 5 jumps ahead 17 months but a world apart, as Dylan has converted to Christianity and taken to the road with a set of all new gospel-tinged material, completely ignoring his musical past in deference to his enlightened present.

The Gospel Tour, as it is known, began November 1 at the Fox Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, where Dylan kicked off a 14-night residency. This concert in Santa Monica was the first show that followed the Warfield run and opening night of four in the Los Angeles area. Other than going electric, I would posit there is no other moment in Dylan’s career that reverberated like this seemingly out-of-nowhere shift into what might best be described as a musical tent revival with Bob himself as preacher and soul saver. And because of that, the Gospel Tour is divisive: For some fans, it was the jumping off point; for others, they climbed aboard the slow train coming.

Dylan’s on-stage dialogue at times sparked confrontations with an audience that, by and large, wasn’t sure how to reconcile what they were seeing and hearing with all that came before it. I didn’t see the Gospel Tour in person; my first Dylan show was still six years away. As such, the radical shift that took place in 1979 doesn’t have the same impact for me when revisited in hindsight. On its own merits, the Gospel Tour offers richly satisfying performances and a focused Dylan who was leading the crusade every night.

And talk about a set list that challenged his audience. Dylan didn’t perform a single song from his back catalog, instead filling the set with all eight songs from Slow Train Coming; another seven from its companion, Saved, which would be released the following year; the still unreleased “Blessed Be the Name”; plus several gospel numbers performed by the show’s back-up singers: Regina Havis, Helena Springs and Mona Lisa Young.

To our ears, Millard nails it this night. As usual, he’s close to the PA with a quiet crowd around him, and the AKGs + Uher yield a great pull in his capable hands. It is a pleasure to listen to. Samples provided.

Lossless Bob has six entries for this show which tie back to two underlying recordings. In this case, Millard’s tape does match the complete recording from which the bootleg Live By Faith was derived. So instead of an uncirculated source, we have an upgrade, and while the bootleg and circulating copies are very good, we think you’l find this fresh-first generation transfer from reel sharper and cleaner, with less hiss in the quiet parts and more detail in the louder parts.

If you’d like to learn more about Mike the MICrophone, the links below offer a glimpse of his story.

Millard’s Wikipedia page
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Millard

The best article written about Millard has been deleted from the original website but is reprinted here:
http://www.classicrockforums.com/forum/f6/led-zeppelin-official-thread-6185/index164.html

Thanks again to WG for finding the tapes and to SG for providing JEMS with another fascinating chapter of taping history. Also, JEMS continues to depend on mjk5510 for his skilled assistance in getting these recordings into your hands. He is a vital part of the process at this point.

Here’s to the late, great Mike the MICrophone and to finding more lost tapes.

BK for JEMS