God Lives Underwater- Respectable Cafe, Miami FL 4/27/96 xfer from Hi8 Master Enhanced

Here is another one from Steve Rogers’ amazing batch of Hi8 tapes. This one is a bit of a mystery. This show was an American Recordings showcase, with Slayer headlining. All of the other bands from this show had at least one release on the label. This band never released anything. There is nothing on discogs, nothing on the google, and Shazam couldn’t recognize it. Maybe the band name is wrong. If anyone has any info about these guys please let me know.

Recorded by: Steve Rogers
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Sony DCR-TRV340 firewire into workstation
Degrain in Adobe Premiere Elements/Neat Video

Live Concert Video

Crown Heights- Respectable Cafe, Miami Fl. 4/27/96 xfer from Hi8 Master American Recordings

I recently finished up digitizing Steve Rogers’ collection of Hi8 master videotapes. Steve was based in Stockton and played in the band Surrogate Brains. He moved to Southern Cal in the 1990s, at about the same time that I moved to Whittier.
Steve worked for American Recordings in the mid-1990s, which gave him some pretty amazing opportunities to access bands that don’t typically allow video; one stage-shot video in particular blew me away. You’ll see his stuff being posted over the next few months, along with my stuff, Craig Babb’s PNW stuff and more.
Anyway, here is the first one. All of Steve’s masters are on very high quality Hi8 ME tapes. They produce better quality video than Hi8 MP as a general rule, but the only problem with ME’s is they are not very durable. I can’t play back some of my ME’s anymore- they are shot. Luckily, Steve’s all played back with much issue… except for this tape. You’ll see some lines and a couple quick dropouts.
Crown Heights released one album on American Recordings: More Pricks than Kicks in 1996, then dissolved apparently.

Recorded by: Steve Rogers
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Sony DCR-TRV340 firewire into WinDV
Upscale/denoise in Adobe Premier/Neat Video

Live Concert Video

Fireside- Respectable Cafe, Miami Fl. 4/27/96 xfer from Hi8 Master American Recordings

Here’s another Steve Rogers video from the same show. Fireside appears to be another “one and done” American Records artist. It looks like American picked up the USA distribution of this record from a swedish label. Features Kristofer Åström on guitar and vocals, before his solo career.

Recorded by: Steve Rogers
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Sony DCR-TRV340 firewire into WinDV
Upscale/denoise in Adobe Premier/Neat Video

Live Concert Video

Willie Nelson- King Center for the Performing Arts, Melbourne FL 1/19/95 xfer from DAT Sbd Clone

Here’s another nice quality soundboard clone, courtesy of a trade with Damon Bramblett back in the 90s. It sounds like it cuts in mid-set, and the length of the show is a bit shorter than what was typical for the time. So, assume that this show is incomplete.
Man, it must be a pretty sweet deal to play the performing arts centers and casinos around the country. Good for Willie.

Recorded by: Willie’s soundman
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Sony PCM-R500 and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card

Audio Live Concert

Tilt- Blue Chair, Ybor City Fl. 9/22/93 xfer from unknown gen VHS tape enhanced East Bay Punk

The quality on this one isn’t great- it was generated a bit and extremely dark- but there are ZERO early complete shows of Tilt on YT. Yet another one digitized for the Turn it Around movie. From the collection of Jason Ross

Recorded by: ?
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: JVC HRS9811U and Canopus ADVC300
Enhanced with Adobe Premiere and Neat Video

Live Concert Video