Before I get started on this, I wanted to give a HUGE thank you to Tim Soriano for loaning me his master tape to digitize. Thanks also to Jennifer Curtsinger who connected me & Tim about a year ago about this. Thanks to Scott Soriano for bringing the tape to Tim from his place in SF.
One of my biggest music regrets was missing the entire Club Minimal scene. I started going to Clear & Distinct shows in 1985- the year after Minimal closed down. I have been searching for tapes from Minimal for 35 YEARS now. I see flyers with so many of my favorite bands playing there and it kills me. I only found one show before these- Meat Puppets from a good friend in the late 80s.
So here is one of the two shows that is on the tape. The tape is pretty beat, so I had to delete the channel and duplicate the “good” one. It doesn’t sound all that bad when you consider the age of the tape, the venue(brick walls and concrete floors) and the equipment (boom box). Some of those old boom boxes had some nice mics!
Recorded by: Tim Soriano
Equipment used: 1980’s heavy duty boombox
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Nakamichi Dragon and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card
Flyer Image: Ken Doose