It had been a long time since Barbara has played with a band in this area, so it was a nice surprise when she played a couple of shows with a “one night band” in the bay area back in 2017. This was the second of those shows. Some of these angles are not perfect (sorry for cutting off your head Melanie) but I don’t think another multicam of Barbara exists, so good enough.
Video recorded: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Canon HFG40, Canon HFG10, Gopro Hero 4 silver.
Audio recorded by: Anonymous(see “about” section of sac music archive)
Equipment: Sbd + Schoeps MKIV into a Denon R44(I think).
Edit by Tromster
Man, I can’t believe it has been 3 years since this happened. Barbara played 2 shows in the bay area in 2017- she would gather up some musician friends to play a show- hence the “one night band”. I think they practiced once. This one came off a lot better than the Ivy Room show, pretty tight performance for 1 practice! I don’t know all of the musicians on stage, but Barabra’s sister Terri does some harmony vocals and Melanie Clarin (Yard Sale, Donner Party, SF Seals, Harm Farm) plays drums and adds some vocals. It was nice to see them playing/singing together again. The Make-Out room has some funky lighting. They have the type of lights that make my cameras freak out(tungsten?) and on top of that, they have a fan in front of them which exaggerates the flicker. The show sounded great and I’m pretty happy with the video despite all of that.
Recorded by: Shayne Stacy Equipment used: Canon HFG30 w/Rode Videomic Pro Stereo, HFG10, Gopro hero 4 silver Edit: Tromster
I remember this show well- I helped Barbara book her 2001 tour with the Go Luckys, and then did not hear much from her after that. I think this was her first Sacramento show after that tour, which ended in Sacramento. I went across the street to Simon’s to visit and she looked totally different than she did a year and a half before- and very happy.
Recorded by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment Used: Sony TCD-D7 DAT and Coresound mics (battery box bass rolloff)
I think this is one of my only recordings from the True Love. What a cool place. I did eat the waffles that Barbara was encouraging people to eat. For Kevin Seconds and Allyson- I don’t know if you have any documents from the place, but here’s one for you! Mix improves a couple of songs into it.
I’m posting this one for 2 reasons- 1. I see ZERO recordings from Pugz Records in Sacramento and 2. Some of my friends were talking about the place. This is a good quality recording of Barabra Manning playing an in-store… but NO ONE was there. I felt so bad for her. She played well and powered through anyway. Recorded with a Sony TCD-D7(I think) and coresound mics with bass rolloff.
This is going to be long. The mix gets better at about 17:00.
I had transferred this DAT a few months ago and was planning to post it for a couple of friends who I know are big fans- Lane Campbell being one of them… but I wasn’t totally happy with the mix. Lane had been missing for a week from the Chicago area, and they found his body yesterday. I never met Lane, but he was the heart and soul of the Postcardfromhell email list that I have been part of for the past 20 years. He had a rough presence on the internet but he was always super cool to me(possibly because of our mutual love of Barbara Manning’s music)… and I have been told that in person, he was a totally different person than his online persona. He was a person who didn’t forget a name or face, and brought people together. I’m sorry that I did not get to meet him. I wish I got this posted for him a couple months back- he would have gotten a kick out of it. This recording was made in the era when I would go to the club and use a battery-powered 4 channel mixer to tap into, then boost the levels of the soundboard, live. I would have these HUGE Nova Pro headphones on my head inside the club or on the sidewalk, trying to hear the mix as I went. Apparently, I was having some difficulty with the setup. You can hear the raw mix at the start (all vocals), then I dink around with it forever (found the drums a few minutes in) to get it right. I finally get it dialed at about 17:00 in… then I lose the guitars for the encore. No idea why. This show is memorable because it was one of the first shows in the USA with her new band, the Go-Luckys… which is my favorite incarnation next to the SF Seals. She also gets totally zapped/electrocuted by the mic about halfway through the set, which sent her stumbling to the back wall of the stage. It was a scary moment. Anyway, raise a glass for Lane. I might just go on a Barbara Manning bender over here and post stuff for a week or so.
Recorded by: Shayne Stacy Equipment used: Sony TCD-D7 and Roland MX-5 Mixer Transfer equipment: Sony PCM-R500 and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card
Here’s another post in memory of Lane Campbell from Postcard. I need to recognize the Postcard group — they are an email list of about 1,000 people. I have been on the list for about 20 years but I do not post often (lurker). The way that they have come together to support Lane, Lane’s family and each other through this tragedy has been incredible. Impromptu fundraising for Lane, phone lists in case anyone needs someone to talk to, and love/support for each other. Thank you.
Lane loved Barbara and they were personal friends. This recording comes from Melarkey’s when she toured solo as an opening act with Bettie Serveert. I am shocked that there are ZERO pictures of Melarkeys on the internet.
Thanks to John Taylor for the sweet mix. Yet another Brian Mckenna production.
Recorded by: Shayne Stacy Equipment used: Sony TCD-D7
This show was not only one of my favorite Cattle Club shows, but a pivotal one for me. I was a casual fan of Barbara Manning’s music, but this early incarnation of SF Seals really got me hooked. I love Melanie Clarin’s harmonies with Barbara- just excellent! We all became friends and I even booked Barbara’s 2 month long 2001 U.S. tour. Huge amounts of respect for booking agents- that’s not an easy job! Unfortunately, this mix isn’t great. When I use Izotope rx7 to rebalance a recording, it usually lets me re-do the vocal, bass, drums and guitar. Well, instead of guitar, Izotope only allowed a rebalance of the cello. So the guitar is buried and the cello is prominent in the mix. Still a great set and funny between song banter.
Recorded by: Shayne Stacy Equipment used: Sony TCD-D3 Transfer equipment: Sony PCM-R500 and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card Rebalance in Izotope Rx7.