Sunday, January 27, 2019

Dog and Butterfly Effect

Phase Two of Ladies' Weekend commences with a post from the Heart. Or just a post from Heart. Or perhaps both.
My friend Maceo adores these gals, and he's been feeling somewhat not-so-good, so this post is for him.
This show is one of those archtypical, tremendously vintage 1970s radio concerts, where they'd cut live to whatever venue in whatever city on whatever Saturday night, and 19 stations would all simulcast it in its entirety.
It's celebrating its 40th anniversary today, so I spent the week messing with it in the headphones to make it really explode forth from everyone's speakers.
Overall its one of those classic-to-the-power-of-classic broadcasts, and until the pre-FM surfaces we have these master off-air FM reels, which are tremendous. 
There's two versions of this, but I chose to work on the 3.75 ips version that has the complete thing -- rather than the 7.5 ips reels that have the tape flip in Mistral Wind -- and not just because it was one-stop shopping for the whole show. 
After a meticulous review of each, I honestly felt the 7.5 ips sounded brittle and harsh in the high end, while the 3.75 one was more spread out and warmer, if a bit flat up top. 
I did very little to it, brightening it subtly using the Sound Forge 11 Graphic EQ and Graphic Dynamics tools. Other than that, I just moved a single track marker to begin closer to the music. 
Someday this'll crop up in a pre-broadcast version that'll obviate this iteration of it, but until then and for its 40th anniversary here I thought I'd give it a bit of work. My heart was in the right place, anyway, so enjoy!
Boston Music Hall
Boston, MA
late show

01 WBCN intro
02 Cook with Fire 
03 High Time 
04 Heartless 
05 Devil Delight 
06 Straight On 
07 Magic Man 
08 Love Alive 
09 Magazine 
10 Mistral Wind
11 Dog and Butterfly 
12 Crazy On You 
13 Kick It Out 
14 Barracuda
15 Mark Parenteau commentary
16 White Lightning and Wine 
17 Rock and Roll
18 Mark Parenteau commentary
19 band introductions
20 Without You 
21 WBCN outro

Total time: 1:35:25
disc break goes after Track 09

Ann Wilson -  vocals & flute
Nancy Wilson - guitar, vocals, harmonica & keyboards 
Roger Fisher - guitar, lap steel guitar, mandolin
Howard Leese - guitar, mandolin, keyboards & vocals
Steve Fossen - bass & vocals 
Michael Derosier - drums

master 3 3/4 ips off-air FM reel of the complete WBCN-FM live broadcast
remastered by EN, Jan. 2019
I have one more blast of January boognish coming this week, and then it's on to the February mayhem.
But today, I hope you get next to this gargantuan performance by one of the most beloved Rock bands ever. It's definitely got its Heart on its sleeve fasho 💘--J.