Tanya Donnelly- El Dorado Saloon, Sacramento Ca 11/8/97 xfer from DAT Soundboard Master Belly

I was in the chest o’ DATs last week and this wasn’t what I was looking for, but it caught my eye.
This show is such a funny memory to me- I have been friends with Brian McKenna for 33 years now, and he would always vouch for me when I would talk to the band for taping permission. This time, we kinda steamrolled the poor sound guy. The soundman was all “I don’t know if I should do this” and Brian told him not to worry about it, it will be fine… and we plugged in. See? 25 years later and it was fine.
Tanya’s vocals are so dry in this mix. You usually get some reverb but not on this one. The snare was super high in the raw mix, so I compensated by boosting guitar/bass/vocal and dropping the snare a tiny bit. If you try to drop an instrument more than 1-2db in Izotope, it sounds weird to me.
Anyway, great show from an era that doesn’t seem to have much documentation. There are a grand total of 0 full band Tanya shows from 1997 on the internets.

Recorded by: Shayne Stacy
Recording Equipment: Sony TCD-D7
Transfer Equipment: Sony PCM-R500 and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card
Rebalance in Izotope: Vocal +2db, Bass +3db, Drums -1db, Guitar +5db

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Man or Astroman? – El Dorado Saloon, Sacramento Ca. 10/26/97 Audio only xfer from DAT SBD Master

So Brian is bringing Man or Astroman? back to Sacramento next Wednesday. EVERYONE should go. They are super entertaining. I took my DAT recorder and recorded their show back in 1997 through the soundboard. If you like surf rock, space rock, comedy, vintage computer gear or people in silly suits you should totally go to this.
Requested by Wayne Triggs

Recorded by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Oh geez, I think a Sony TCD-D7.
Transfer via Sony PCM-R500 coaxial into audiophile 2496 card.

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Exodus- El Dorado Saloon, Sacramento Ca 9/97 xfer from DAT soundboard master rebalanced thrash

Since Exodus is playing the big outdoor show in Oakland on Sunday, I figured I would put this one up. This show is bizarre- I clearly must have recorded this (the tape # is a few behind Tanya Donnelly, which took place 1-2 months after this), but I have no recollection of this at all. I asked Brian about it and he didn’t know why I chose to bury the recording either. Odd.
It was probably due to the fact that Paul Baloff could not perform because he was sick, and Rick chose not to perform as well… but it is still a lot of fun to hear Gary play these songs with a drummer and guest vocals (he might be singing as well). Some cool covers toward the end.
Oh, please ignore the sped up audio at the end. I forgot to trim the Melvins stuff that I recorded at 32khz. If you were ever curious, that is what a DAT sounds like when transferred at the wrong sampling rate!

Recorded by: Shayne Stacy (I think)
Equipment used: Sony TCD-D7
Transfer equipment: Sony PCM-R500 and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card
Rebalance in Izotope – bass and guitar boost

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Shonen Knife- El Dorado Saloon, Sacramento Ca. 4/10/97 xfer from DAT Soundboard Master Rebalanced

Thanks to Brian Mckenna for the flyer image, it got me motivated to transfer the DAT of this show.
A somewhat funny story behind this one- I asked the soundman for permission to tape and he said “sure, as long as you don’t have a DAT”. Uhhh… luckily, I had the Marantz PMD430 in the backseat of the car. At this point, the Marantz deck was 10 years old and not really functional anymore. I think I lined the board feed into the marantz, and then out into my DAT which was hiding in my gear bag. Odd but effective, and it explains the cut at about 41:00 into the show.
I rebalanced it (maybe a little too much on the guitar) and it sounds pretty full.

Recorded by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Sony TCD-D7
Transfer equipment: Sony PCM-R500 and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card
Rebalance in Izotope rx7 (Bass +6, Guitar +3)

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Groovie Ghoulies- El Dorado Saloon, Sacramento 4/10/97 xfer from DAT Master Audio Rebalanced

Following up yesterday’s Shonen Knife post is the Groovie Ghoulies’ opening set from the same night. This is Dan Panic (from Screeching Weasel)’s first show with the Ghoulies! There is an inexplicable 2 minute cut (lost signal) at the beginning of the show that I edited out.
The rebalance in izotope made a huge difference in the quality of this one. This used to be a typical board mix- guitars and bass way back in the mix, lots of drums and vocals up front. Izotope was able to pull the guitar and bass up in the mix without making it sound funny. One of the better results I have had to date with the app.

Recorded by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Sony TCD-D7
Transfer equipment: Sony PCM-R500 and M-Audio Audiophile 2496
Rebalance in Izotope RX7 (Bass +6, Guitar +3)

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Heathen- El Dorado Saloon, Sacramento Ca 03/26/1988

Thrash metal band Heathen performing live at El Dorado Saloon, Carmichael, Sacramento County, CA 26 March 1988.

00:00-07:06 Hypnotized ++
07:07-11:50 Save The Skull ++
11:52-19:43 Opiate Of The Masses ++ {New Song!!!}
19:45-22:27 The Goblin’s Blade ++
22:28-26:00 Open The Grave ++
26:02-29:31 Pray For Death ++ [Alternate Intro]
29:40-31:47 Solo [Doug Piercy]
31:48-38:34 Heathen’s Song ++
38:42-43:29 Death By Hanging ++

Fishbone- El Dorado Saloon, Sacramento Ca 10/19/87 xfer from 1st gen cassette

It’s mediocre Monday! Let me explain mediocre Monday a little, since I have had people come to me and say “what are you doing? This isn’t mediocre”. Mediocre Monday showcases recordings that are typically old and usually uncirculated, but were recorded with non-professional equipment. They aren’t bad (well, sometimes they are), they just aren’t Pro Walkman/DAT quality.
Today’s MM comes from my good friend Anonymous. He had an Aiwa consumer recorder that produced thin but clear recordings. I did everything I could to EQ this so it had some bass, plus I cut out some of the highs. It was too much high end, even my damaged ears.
Fishbone, in their prime, in Sacramento! I know a few friends were at this one.

Recorded by: Anonymous
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Nakamichi Dragon and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card
EQ in Sony Sound Forge 10

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Attitude- El Dorado Saloon, Sacramento Ca 9/2/87 xfer from master cassette tape Attitude Adjustment

I am running late today- I almost didn’t have time to put one up. Here is another Anonymous master tape that he did with the little handled Aiwa recorder. That deck/mic combo had no low end at all, but they are pretty crisp and they EQ well. It’s listenable.
I remember hanging out with Andy and the band before a show, but I can’t remember if it was this one. I know that I didn’t stay for the actual concert. Great lineup- C.O.C., D.I., Attitude as a late sub for Reagan Youth.

Recorded by: Anonymous
Equipment used: Aiwa handheld recorder
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Nakamichi Dragon and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card
EQ in Sony Soundforge 10 (drop highs and midrange, boost bass)

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