May 23, 2015 – 2:49 pm
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Los Angeles 1968/San Remo 1966 [no label, 2CD]
Live at at the Shrine Exposition Hall, Los Angeles, CA; May 31, 1968 and June 1, 1968. Fairly good audience recording. Live at the 16th San Remo Festival, Casino‚ Municipale, Salone Delle Feste, San Remo, Italy; January 27 and 28, 1966. Very good radio broadcast.
Thanks to Philip Cohen, we had previously shared the 1968 Los Angeles shows via the Goldtone CD release of Last Rave-Up In LA (click here). The tracks here are taken from the vinyl and tape source. As a bonus, we have added the four Yardbirds tracks from the 1966 San Remo shows.
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Thanks to taper David Cole; Thomas aka DocDondy and to watchit for sharing the 1968 Shrine shows at Dime.
On May 31-June 1, 1968, the Yardbirds played two consecutive nights in Los Angeles, CA. The shows were taped by David Cole. The second night recording is obviously incomplete, but I find it interesting the amount of variation between the two nights. The highlight for me is their cover of the Velvet Underground’s “I’m Waiting for the Man.” With so few live Yardbirds recordings, this is the only known version. In 1979, the taper released a three-LP bootleg box set with the highlights of the shows; basically every song minus the duplicates played both nights. Tapes of both shows including duplicates also circulate. These were made into a CD on the Goldtone label with inferior sound quality.
This material has been seeded previously at Dime from tape source but I like the sound of the vinyl bootleg three-record set better. Since it is incomplete, I have filled in the missing portions from the previous torrent. All tracks have been carefully remastered and edited for the best possible sound, but it’s still fairly bad. It appears that the LPs are made from the master tape, and the extra songs are from a copy tape of ~3rd generation. The LPs have a crisper sound with better stereo separation, and unfortunately more tape hiss.
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Thanks also to 38f’s father who recorded 1966 San Remo shows; and to 38f for sharing the tracks at Dime in 2007.38f noted:
The Italian San Remo Festival is a music competition started in 1950… The rules of the competition in the ’50s and ’60s were pretty different from now, every performance had to be strictly live, and there were an Italian and a foreign artist competing together against other couples and they had to sing two songs, one of each had to have italian lyrics, so we saw artists like the Hollies, the Rolling Stones, Paul Anka participating… the Yardbirds did not make it to the third final night because they had not enough votes to reach the final.
Well, my now 84-year-old father used to record all the festival editions with his Revox from this Filodiffusione radio and he still has those reels… recently I went through those tapes and found the Yardbirds performances… Many of you probably never heard Questa Volta with extended lyrics because it was only sung with these lyrics at the San Remo Festival. Another thing is that the Yardbirds were stayng at the Grand Hotel Del Mar in Bordighera, three miles from San Remo. In this hotel there is a swimming pool that has some stone pedestal in the middle of the pool… many photo sessions were done in this pool… and the cover of the italian single “Shapes Of Things” was done in this pool during the days of the Yardbirds’ San Remo experience.
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Los Angeles - Disc 1: Tracks 1-10 from vinyl “Last Rave Up in LA,” transferred using Music Hall turntable, Adcom preamp and Cakewalk ADC. Tracks 11-14 from November 2009 tape source torrent sped up ~7%… to match vinyl speed.
Los Angeles - Disc 2: Tracks 1-4 from November 2009 tape source torrent sped up ~3% to match vinyl speed. Tracks 4-10 from vinyl “Last Rave Up in LA” with tape source patches between most tracks.
San Remo: Master reel to reel > revox > amplifiers > tascam audio cdrw750 > cd > computer > plex tool professional XL > wav > flac
Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.
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First night; May 31, 1968
Track 101. The Train Kept a-Rollin 3:24 (5.7MB)
Track 102. You’re a Better Man Than I 5:11 (8.7MB)
Track 103. Heart Full of Soul 2:39 (4.5MB)
Track 104. Dazed and Confused 8:23 (14.1MB)
Track 105. Shapes of Things 2:56 (4.9MB)
Track 106. I’m a Man 13:39 (22.9MB)
Track 107. White Summer 6:44 (11.3MB)
Track 108. Smokestack Lightning 7:29 (12.6MB)
Track 109. I’m Waiting for the Man 4:42 (7.9MB)
Track 110. Bye Bye Bird 5:59 (10.1MB)
Track 111. Happenings Ten Years Time Ago 3:24 (5.7MB)
Track 112. Drinking Muddy Water 4:05 (6.9MB)
Track 113. NYC Blues (aborted) 2:39 (4.5MB)
Track 114. I Wish You Would 7:24 (12.4MB)
Second night; June 1, 1968
Track 201. introduction 0:54 (1.5MB)
Track 202. The Train Kept a-Rollin 3:23 (5.7MB)
Track 203. You’re a Better Man Than I 5:42 (9.6MB)
Track 204. Heart Full of Soul 2:31 (4.2MB)
Track 205. Happenings Ten Years Time Ago 3:1 (5.4MB)
Track 206. I Wish You Would/Hey Gyp 13:11 (22.2MB)
Track 207. Drinking Muddy Water 3:42 (6.2MB)
Track 208. NYC Blues (Become My Friend) 5:34 (9.3MB)
Track 209. I Ain’t Done Wrong 7:13 (12.1MB)
Track 210. Over Under Sideways Down 1:58 (3.3MB)
San Remo; January 27, 1966
Track 211. Paff Bum (radio signal issues at the beginning) 2:59 (5.0MB)
Track 212. Questa Volta 2:40 (4.5MB)
San Remo; January 28, 1966
Track 213. Questa Volta (with extended lyrics) 2:41 (4.5MB)
Track 214. Paff Bum 2:48 (4.7MB)
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