Tom Waits – Los Angeles, CA (06/19/76)

Tom Waits
The Troubadour
West Hollywood, CA
9pm Show
June 19, 1976

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JF Archive Series No. 1 via JEMS

Taper: JF

Source: Panasonic or Sony portable cassette recorder with provided plug-in mic (mono)

Original 1970’s Transfer: JF master cassette > Toshiba Cassette Deck > Teac reel-to-reel (3-3/4 IPS)

JEMS 2014 Transfer: JF first-generation reel copy (3-3/4 IPS) > Otari 5050 mkII azimuth-adjusted transfer > 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 > xACT 2.21 > FLAC

01 Intro
02 Emotional Weather Report
03 Eggs and Sausage
04 Depot, Depot
05 Semi Suite
06 New Coat of Paint
07 The Ghosts of Saturday Night
08 Jitterbug Boy
09 Fumbling With the Blues
10 San Diego Serenade
11 Diamonds on My Windshield (incl. band intros)
12 Cupid > Heart of Saturday Night
13 Fever

JEMS loves to present vintage taper series and we’re pleased to inaugurate another one, this time from the archive of our new friend JF, who taped in and around Southern California in the ’70s and later resumed taping in Boston in the ’80s. He frequented smaller venues, like the Troubadour and the Roxy, leaving arenas to others and leaning more towards the folksier, jazzier and eclectic sides of rock.

His ’70s tapes were made on what I would describe as the kind of rectangular, portable, C-cel powered cassette recorder that my family and surely many others had in the ’70s, either a Panasonic or a Sony (we’re looking through internet pictures to figure out which one). While I used ours to record myself, my friends and my sister around the house, the teenage JF figured: Why not try taking it into concerts?

I only learned what recorder JF used after I had heard some of his tapes and I have to say I was mildly shocked. Given the gear, his tapes are remarkably clear and judging by his recordings from the Troubadour, he knew the right place to set up.

We kick things off with a fine representation of JF’s work at the Troub, capturing a highly entertaining and previously uncirculated set by Tom Waits. It is an appealing, you-are-there sort of recording that seems to balance the music and the ambiance just right. Samples provided.

You might have noticed above that JEMS transferred from a reel to reel source. That’s because JF, due to tight budgets at the time, routinely transferred his master tapes to reels in order to save money. Because he recorded the masters in mono, he would dub the finished recording onto a single track of a reel, allowing him to fit four or more shows on a single 7″ tape and reuse the cassette for the next show. That wasn’t true in all instances, but it is for most. And yes, in hindsight, he is still kicking himself about it.

And yet, based on the tapes we’ve transferred so far, JF did a fine job dubbing off his masters, and the Waits reel doesn’t sound any worse for wear despite the one-generation loss.

JF was also an active trader at the time and we’ve already found a few uncirculated gems from the early ’70s in his archive that we’ll be getting in the series as well.

While I’m only an appreciator and not aficionado of Tom Waits, I thoroughly enjoyed this recording as he gives nearly every song a long, at times hilarious introduction. It ends on a fine note, too, with covers of Sam Cooke’s “Cupid” and Peggy Lee’s “Fever.”

Thanks so much to JF, who reached out to us on DIME and offered to let us curate his archive, which had been sitting in boxes, 6000 miles away from where he lives today, for 20+ years. Like so many early tapers, he had great stories to tell and the memories flooded back as we sorted through tapes. We are pleased to be able to bring his work to all of you. Please let him know through your comments that you are too.

Thanks as well to mi amigo, mjk5510, helping make the JF series happen.

BK for JEMS

Tom Waits – Los Angeles, CA (08/16/75)

Tom Waits
The Troubadour
Los Angeles, CA
1975.08.16
Late show

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Vinyl bootleg title: “Bounced Checks”
Label: Excitable Recordworks
Catalog Number: 4502ï1

SETLIST:
A1 Emotional Weather Forecast
A2 On A Foggy Night
A3 Warm Beer, Cold Women
A4 Eggs & Sausage
A5 Heart Of Saturday Night

B1 Rosie
B2 Diamonds On My Windshield > Spare Parts
B3 Putnam County
B4 Ol’55

Personnel:
TOM WAITS ñ GUITAR, PIANO & PONTIFICATION
PETE CHRISTLIEB ñ SAXAPHONE
JIM GORDEN ñ DRUMS
JIM HUGHART ñ BASS
TEDDY EDWARDS ñ PIANO

SOURCE: AUD > “Bounced Checks” (Excitable Recordworks 4502ï1) Bootleg LP
TRANSFER: Technics SL-D30 turntable > Yamaha R-S300 > Nero WaveEditor (increased volume and declicked) > WAV > Trader’s Little Helper > FLAC (level 8, SB’s aligned)

All audio is Stereo, 44.1kHz and 16 bit.
TRT: 46:45

NOTES:
I decided to incorporate Diamonds On My Windshield and Spare Parts into a single track, despite that the back cover lists side B as tracks B1 – B5.
The condition of this vinyl bootleg was MINT when I played it back for digital transfer. There were only one or two pops, which I removed.
The exact date of this performance is unknown, but etree is claiming the date is from some point in February of 1975, so that’s what I’m going with (see link below).
Contrary to what the back cover says about the location of this recording, The Troubadour is technically located in West Hollywood, not Los Angeles.
Asylum Records released their own official compilation album entitled ‘Bounced Checks’, which does not contain anything from this recording.

MORE INFO:
Discogs: http://www.discogs.com/Tom-Waits-Bounced-Checks/release/1610163
Etree: http://db.etree.org/lookup_show.php?shows_key=185293

Transferred and Uploaded by Powerfan (September 2013)
http://db.etree.org/powerman%205000

Van Morrison – Los Angeles, CA (05/25/73)

VAN MORRISON
1973-05-25
late show
The Troubadour
Los Angeles, California

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I have two sources for this show, you can read the text files here.

01. I’ve Been Working
02. What’d I Say
03. Bring It On Home To Me
04. Young Lovers Do
05. Purple Heather
06. Hey Good Lookin’
07. Being Green
08. Listen To The Lion
09. Hard Nose The Highway
10. Moondance
11. Snow In San Anselmo
12. Caravan
13. Cyprus Avenue

LINEUP:
Van Morrison – vocals &; other instruments
=== The Caledonia Soul Orchestra ===
Terry Adams – cello
Bill Atwood – trumpet
Nancy Ellis – viola
Tom Halpin – violin
David Hayes – bass
Tim Kovatch – violin
Jeff Labes – keyboards
John Platania – guitar
Nathan Rubin – violin
Jack Schroer – saxophones
Dahaud Shaar – drums

Van Morrison – Los Angeles, CA (05/27/73)

VAN MORRISON
1973-05-27
The Troubadour
Los Angeles, California

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01 Come Running*
02 These Dreams of You
03 The Way Young Lovers Do
04 Snow In San Anselmo
05 Domino
06 I Just Want to Make Love to You
07 Crazy Love
08 Bein’ Green
09 Listen To The Lion
10 Warm Love
11 Caravan
12 Cyprus Avenue

*missing on source 1

Source 1:

Unknown

Source 2:

JF Archive Series Vol. 23 via JEMS

Taper: JF

Source: unknown recorder > unknown microphone (mono)

JEMS 2015 Transfer: JF master cassette > Nakamichi CR-7A (azimuth adjustment) > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 capture > iZotope RX7 and Ozone 6 > iZotope RX MBIT+ resample 16/44.1 > Peak Pro XT (edit / index) > xACT 2.21 > FLAC

JEMS is thrilled to resume the JF Archive series, this time presenting nine Van Morrison performances recorded in and around Southern California by JF circa 1973-74.

Unlike the previous Lost California series covering uncirculated recordings from 1975, JF’s 1973-74 recordings have long been in circulation among collectors. However, this series marks the first-ever digitization and dissemination directly from his cassette masters.

The 5/27/73 late show was the final set in a memorable four-day run at the Troubadour. Several of the shows Van did in May-June of 1973 with the Caledonia Soul Orchestra were recorded and would later form the basis for the fantastic live album It’s Too Late To Stop Now. To his credit, Van changed up the set list with some frequency throughout the run, which meant many songs are not represented on the official document. Several of those were picked up by the expanded reissue of the live album, but there are still several performances from this set not found there.

In all, this a lovely performance and another one of those appealing “you are there” recordings, despite the lo-fi gear. Samples provided.

Here are JF’s reflections of the show:

I remember very few specifics about the second Van Morrison show of my life, beyond the music, that is. What I do remember is being in a kind of Morrison-swoon all three days after that first one. I had never seen a performer like that before and nothing that could come close to matching his band. And all in the tiny space of the Troubadour.

I would like to point out that the supporting act for the two Troubadour shows I attended was Jackie DeShannon. I have always been grateful to Van for widening my musical horizons, not only by the huge range of music he played, but by the musicians he invited to play with him. His concerts almost always got me listening to great music I might not have been exposed to as early as I was with his help.

Part of this recording filled out the “A Spawn of the Dublin Pubs” bootleg album.

Enjoy this master recording for what it is: a rare document of a great artist at work. Do not sell it! I made this recording but it does NOT belong to me. The music was made by Van Morrison and it belongs to anyone who wishes to hear it.

***

Once again, our gratitude goes to JF, who reached out on DIME (you could be next!) and offered us his archive, which had been sitting in boxes, 6000 miles away from where he lives today, for 20+ years. Like so many early tapers, he had great stories to tell and the memories flooded back as we sorted through tapes. We are pleased to be able to bring his work to all of you. Please let him know through your comments that you are, too.

We also appreciate the unnamed Van collectors who helped get JF’s masters back in his control. Special thanks mjk5510, who continues his vital duty as JEMS’ post-production and quality-control supervisor. Lastly, thanks to Mat at Midnight Cafe for his interest in JF’s Van Morrison recordings and in JEMS. We thought it would be fun for this show to debut on his site.

BK for JEMS

Van Morrison – Los Angeles, CA (05/24/73)

Van Morrison featuring the Caledonia Soul Orchestra
The Troubadour
West Hollywood, CA
May 24, 1973, 8pm *Early Show

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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

JF Archive Series Vol. 12 via JEMS
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.

Van Morrison – Los Angeles, CA (05/26/73)

VAN MORRISON
May 26th, 1973
Live At The Troubadour,
West Hollywood, CA

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I have six sources for this show.  One of them doesn’t have any source info at all.  One of them only has artwork. I’ve uploaded the text files and the artwork for that one show.  I renamed the text files by putting the name of each bootlegs folder at the front of the text file if that makes sense.  This stuff gets confusing.  You can read all of that by clicking here.

TrackList:
1. I’ve Been Working
2. Young Lovers Do
3. Purple Heather
4. Come Running
5. Sweet Thing
6. Blue Money
7. Green
8. Wild Night
9. Caravan
10. Cypress Avenue
11. It’s Not The Twilight Zone
12. Foggy Mountain Top
13. Heathrow Shuffle
14. Naked In The Jungle

Musicians:
Violins: Nathan Rubin, Tom Helpin
Cello: Terry Adams
Viola: Nancy Ellis
Piano: Jeff Labes
Trumpet: Bill Atwood
Saxaphone: Jack Schroer
Guitar: John Platania
Bass: David Hayes
Drums: David Shaw