Willie Nelson w/ Symphony- West Point Rehearsal Early 1995 xfer from DAT Master sbd clone

This was supposed to be yesterday’s Mediocre Monday post, but I was travelling and my laptop conked out. Nothing like calling tech assistance at midnight, trying to fix your laptop for meetings first thing in the morning!

Anyway, this qualified for Mediocre Monday because even though it is nice quality and the arrangements are unique, it is pretty damn boring. This is most likely a rehearsal for Willie’s shows in early 1995 when he was backed by a symphony. Those actual shows are GREAT- we have one from the Beacon Theatre that will get posted soon and is a really nice listen.
This is another one from DAT trades with Damon Bramblett in the 90s.
One more post coming today

Lineage is most likely willie’s soundman– Damon– my DAT
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Sony PCM-R500 and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card

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R.K.L.- Practice/Rehearsal for Riches to Rags 1993/94 xfer from band archive cassette Rich Kids LSD

Here’s another really cool one that I found when moving Barry Ward’s tapes- an instrumental rehearsal session from the Riches to Rags era. These sound different than the versions that Barry posted on his channel a few years ago (BK Ward- you should all subscribe)

Recorded by: ? (Barry Ward Collection)
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Nakamichi Dragon and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card

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Tiger Trap- 1992 demos

Recorded by: the band, as while this is labelled “demos”, this to me sounds like a rehearsal recording

Shared by: tomzero


01 For Sure

02-03 Words And Smiles (two takes)

04-05 Supreme Nothing (two takes)

06-08 Unknown #1 (three takes)

09-10 You And Me (two takes)

11 You And Me (bass mix)

12 Puzzle Pieces

13 Tore A Hole

14 Unknown #2

15 Unknown #3 (“Dumb Song”)

16 Sweetheart

This copy is labelled SBD3 meaning master > tape > tape > tape, so it’s not the best, but this does include the *vocal* version of Tore A Hole that Rose stopped singing to because she thought her lyrics are bad, so subsequent live performances of this are instrumental.  

I haven’t done any mastering/cleanup, though there were a few dropouts I patched, as well as clearing out bumps caused by stop/starting recording, it’s pretty much as Tomzero ran these off tape…

I checked against the extant videos since they also have unreleased songs, but the other three aren’t anything that’s out there.

My friend Mike Siou has SBD2 and one day I’ll encourage him to make me a lower-gen copy, but suspect this won’t be a huge improvement. Mike got his version from a fellow concertgoer/fan by the name of “Matt” that we met at a 2016 Guided By Voices SF show, and Matt got his from Rose Melberg.

Listen/download here

Update: Mike kindly provided additional commentary:

  • He received these demos in late ’92, and would play them quite frequently in his car, so factor that into getting his copy, it may be worn out!
  • Mike saw Tiger Trap nine times in the 1992-93 time frame, starting with Matt’s birthday party at his house, up to their final gig at Slim’s in SF with Velocity Girl around October ’93.
  • Mike has a tape from 7/15/93 at the Cattle Club in Sacramento with they playing with Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet, as well as a 4/20/93 show where he was very inebriated
  • A full gigography from Mike’s POV:
    • August 1992 – Matt house
    • Fall ’92 – Chico show. Mike noted there’s also a VHS of them with Matt introducing them
    • Jan 1993 – some basement with Karp / Unwound (maybe more Karp). Mike followed up with a note that “Maybe Karp didn’t play the 1/93 Sacramento but I bought a Karp demo tape from someone, who could have been a guy in Unwound. Or from Karp. I did buy another tape that Rose said was awesome but I forget the moniker.”
    • Jan 1993 – like a bowling alley
    • Mar 1993 – chameleon room (Valencia Street) opening for Mecca Normal
    • 4/20/93 – cattle club (no idea how I taped it or who was holding onto the tape / Marantz / mic since I was so intoxicated)
    • May 1993 – cattle club (no taping, ARGH) – the one time I saw them play Supercrush
    • June (??) 1993 – “jazz” club on Fulton Street (next to former Pasquales and across from former Petrinis) by Masonic, Sf (opening Tore A Hole; also played Supercrush; no taping)
    • 7/15/93 Cattle Club with Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet
    • Oct 93 (??) – Slims opening for velocity girl – friend taped with D6 master.

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The Boon- Rehearsal, Sacramento Area 9/24/89 xfer from Master Sony WMD6C Pro Walkman Master Cassette

The Boon was John Conley and Mike Yoas’ (from Desario) band in the late 80s. John & Mike have been playing in bands for almost 35 years now- their first was the hardcore punk band Concerned Children Rebel (1987), then The Boon(1988-89), Ellie (1990), and I lose track from there. Desario has been going for about 10 years now.
This was a home rehearsal, recorded with Anonymous’ D6.

Recorded by: Anonymous
Equipment used: Sony WMD6C and ECM909 mic
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Transfer Equipment: Nakamichi Dragon and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card

Audio Live Performance

John Conley and Brian McCullough- Rehearsal/ 4 Track Demo Deasrio Erie Loch Wiccid 1989? Tape xfer

I love finding stuff like this on the end of old tapes. This was on the tape after the Little Guilt Shrine show I posted yesterday. It is labeled as “The John and Brian Thing” and it sounds like that is Brian on keys and John on guitar and vocals. Great stuff! Who woulda thunk that these 2 would make a killer collaboration. I mean, look at them- it doesn’t look like they run in the same circles. Not that there anything wrong with that.
John has been in many Sacramento bands over the last 30 years- CCR, The Boon, Ellie, Hliday Flyer, Desario, and I am sure I am missing some. Brian has built up a good fanbase with his Wiccid band.
From Anonymous’ collection, who knows from where. John didn’t remember this existing.

Recorded by: Probably Brian
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Nakamichi Dragon and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card

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R.K.L.- New Bomer Songs Rehearsal Tape xfer from Band Archive cassette Late 80s Rich Kids on LSD

I have been heads-down digitizing all of these new collections and I have not been giving enough time to some of these amazing collections that friends have dropped on me. Here is an example- I pulled this one out of Barry Ward’s pile of cassettes because it looked like it would be amazing.. and it really is if you are a fan of the band. This looks to be 4 track recordings of bass and guitar parts for some of Rock and Roll Nightmare. Really cool.

From Barry Ward’s collection
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Nakamichi Dragon and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card

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Sacrilege B.C.- Rehearsal 1985 East Bay Thrash Metal

You would not believe how bad this one sounded before EQ- it was muffled and not a fun listen. Now it is not quite as muffled and it kinda kicks ass.
In my last Sacrilege post, I pondered why they didn’t get as big as their peers at the time, like Forbidden, Possesed, etc. Sean from the band mentioned something that I never considered, because my brain isn’t wired that way. There was a “tight jean and high top shoes” fashion that was pretty popular in the scene in the 80s. Maybe that was it. Who knows, the songs were definitely there.

From Wayne Vanderkuil’s collection
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Nakamichi Dragon and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card
EQ in Sony Sound Forge 10.

Audio Live Performance

Teenage Warning- 4 Track Rehearsal March 1983 Christ on Parade Attitude Adjustment Hardcore

This one is somewhat of a mystery. It was on the end of Wayne’s master recordings of New Method 8/2/86. He is not sure where it came from, but he offers this context:
“I can’t even remember what that was from. Chris Dodge and myself used to go to the Maximum RocknRoll house all the time. Tim had numerous tapes lining the top of his record shelves. Once or twice we brought our tape decks and spent all day recording our favorites from Tim’s collection. I think I even ran out of room and started adding stuff to pre existing tapes that had room at the end.”

Since this was at the end of a master tape and it hastily cuts in, I am running with it. This is likely to be from Tim’s MRR archive.

Teenage warning were Barrie Evans and Todd Kramer (later to be in Christ on Parade amongst others), Kevin Reed (later Attitude Adjustment), and Jim Lyon.

More context from Barrie Evans: “This was recorded on a 4 track in Todd’s mom’s dining room which we used to practice in. I gave this tape to Tim Yohannan and he played ” My Life ” on MRR. Eric asked me what Song 1) was and song 9) Song 1 is Depression and since we played War twice, 9 is either “Skate” or “My Life”. We passed this tape around to friends and clubs. Wes Robinson being the one who really liked it and had us play a million times. This recording was in March of ’83. Barrie – Jim – Kevin – Todd. The original line up.”

Recorded by: ?
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Nakamichi Dragon and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card

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