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DEREK & THE DOMINOS
Soho, London 1970 [no label, 1CD]
Live at the Marquee Club, Soho, London, UK; August 11, 1970. Good to fairly good audience recording (audio upgrade).
While this show has long circulated among fans, this version has been generally seen as a very good audio upgrade.
Thanks to kneesfudd for sharing the tracks at Dime; to CoolSonics 210 for the upgrade, essentially to the taper and everyone who kept this show alive; and to ethiessen1 for the artwork.
Very fine AUD UPGRADE without many problems on other circulating copies. (Upgrades most all circulating copies - to my knowledge!)
Warts: Some hiss. Surely missed some dropouts but the improvements are remarkable, I promise. “Anyway” at 21:30 and 22:30 has split second tape speed lags from master.
Tape labeled by taper as “Early Show” and he is not prone to error, tho’ the newspaper ad I found online just showed one show from 7:30-11:00 pm (advance tickets 1 pound). If it sold out immediately (and why wouldn’t it have?), there could have been a second show added - even a newspaper review of the evening might not tell us… But probably, especially at this point in history, someone knows “for sure” and can even prove it… A million Eric pundits can weigh in.
Bill was only Derek & The Dominos.
CoolSonics 210 noted:
Thanks to the original taper and trader! As with so many of my favourite British sourced recordings of the late ’60s and ’70s, this one came from “The Man In The Palace”, so all hats off to him. Royal thanks!
This would seem to be MUCH better than most all circulating copies. I checked against three, including a couple of purported “remasters” and this is far superior. There is none of the wavering between channels, I repaired hundreds of dropouts, the clarity seems much better and I have worked with the volume somewhat as the taper was doing the same (and also moving the microphone around at times).
Some background on this gig posted at whereseric.com:
[F]rom early in the UK Tour when the Dominos were running up and down the country trying to find places to play. The band is still getting to know each other on stage. They were pretty much playing all-new material, including several numbers from EC’s first solo album, a lightning-fast “Tell The Truth” (reminiscent of the Phil Spector produced single) along with “Anyday” and “Little Wing”, which they would record in a few weeks for Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs. This show first surfaced on the bootleg CD Roll It Over (Colosseum), but later became available in better quality on Marquee Club Gig (Tinker Bell) and the three-CD set, Nightclubbing (Mid Valley). A remaster of the Tinker Bell version was released directly to the internet.
Uher portable mono reel to reel tape recorder, external microphone (unknown brand) > master 5″ mono reel to reel audience tape (tape speed unknown).
Playback circa 1987:
(unknown equipment) master 5″ mono reel to reel audience tape > 1st generation Maxell XLII-90 cassette, Dolby not indicated (believed off).
1st generation Maxell XLII-90 cassette on Nakamichi BX-300, Dolby off > azimuth & speed adjusted, heads cleaned & demagnatized > Tascam CD-RW900SL pro CD recorder > CD-RW > computer, EAC secure > wavs > Audacity (fades &/or glitches, MANY pops, clicks, dropouts, mike bumps, claps, etc repaired or reduced, normalised to correct dc offset, volume adjustments*, no EQ) > CD Wave (track splits) > Trader’s Little Helper
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Eric Clapton - electric guitar, vocals
Bobby Whitlock - organ, vocals
Carl Radle - electric bass
Jim Gordon - drums
From their short US tour in 1970, Derek And The Dominos released In Concert, an album featuring their show at Fillmore East on October 23 and 24, 1970. It was released in January 1973, long after the band’s demise to cash in on the sales revival the Layla album received. Click here to order Live At The Fillmore, an upgrade of the In Concert album.
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