August 27, 2015 – 5:22 am

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with Howard Johnson Horns
New York 1976 [no label, 2CD]

Live at The Palladium, New York, NY; September 18, 1976 (opening night of The Palladium, formerly the ‘Academy of Music’). Very good WBCN-FM broadcast.

Just two months before their farewell concert The Last Waltz, The Band performed an electric show at the iconic New York venue, The Palladium… It may have been one of The Band’s last live performances, but the passion in their music showed no sign of wavering. Their more famous and high profile goodbye concert performed alongside the good and great of contemporary music a couple of months henceforth would become the group’s swansong thanks to the film of the event made by Martin Scorsese, but this more intimate affair provides an excellent opportunity to hear just how great The Band were sounding live in a more traditional setting at this juncture.

A silver disc bootleg version of this show, Palladium Circles (1CD), has just surfaced. According to the notes, this was a WNEW-FM broadcast. Compared to the WBCN-FM show (below), the sound on Palladium Circles appears to have been equalised (it’s slightly softer).

Thanks to Hezekiahx2 for sharing the show in 2006.

Original notes:

I’ve had a number of messages asking me if I Eq’d these tapes or wondering how I got them to sound this good. I never EQ anything nor did I use noise reduction. When I first began taping a friend showed me how to “Bias’ my reels. This ended up being a ‘pain in the neck’ but also allowed me to make excellent dubs on different manufactured tapes (though the bulk of my collection is on Maxell). Then there was the 10 1/2″ reels. I only knew one other person who had a deck capable of playing back large reels. So… most of my 10 1/2″ reels have only been played back 3-4 times. None of my large reels saw heavy usage. They have stood up well over 30 yrs… and there are more to come…

This is my ‘Off Air’ master of The Band Palladium New York 9-18-76.

This broadcast is a little funky… the audience levels are brought up between songs (the crowd is rowdy) and the vocals are a tad weak at times. The stereo separation expands and contracts in a few places…

The WBCN IDs were not broken out as they overlapped the audience… they also contain a plug for Ampex Tape and Lechmeres. I’ll leave it up to you as to what you want to do with them. Believe it or not I had to do a reel flip during this show… it is only during the 2nd encore when the announcers are talking and did not edit out any music. (Anybody out there ever do a 10 1/2″ reel flip… it can be a little tricky). Though this has been uploaded before, my reels do sound excellent… and I thought there would be a few folks that would enjoy this quality! Hezekiahx2

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Master ‘off air’ FM Reel [Maxell UD35-180 10 1/2″ reel (Revox B-77) 7 1/2ips 1/4 track] > Tascam CD-RW2000 > EAC > CDWAV > 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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Disc 1
Track 101. Intro 0:16 (442k)
Track 102. Ophelia 4:03 (6.8MB)
Track 103. The Shape I’m In 4:26 (7.5MB)
Track 104. It Makes No Difference 7:31 (12.6MB)
Track 105. The Weight 5:34 (9.3MB)
Track 106. King Harvest (Has Surely Come) 3:57 (6.6MB)
Track 107. Twilight 4:06 (6.9MB)
Track 108. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down 4:11 (7.0MB)
Track 109. Across The Great Divide 3:49 (6.4MB)
Track 110. Stage Fright 5:00 (8.4MB)
43 mins

Disc 2
201. Forbidden Fruit - Omitted*
Track 202. Acadian Driftwood 6:27 (10.8MB)
Track 203. The Genetic Method 4:33 (7.7MB)
Track 204. Chest Fever 5:53 (9.9MB)
Track 205. This Wheel’s On Fire 4:34 (7.7MB)
Track 206. Don’t Do It 5:15 (8.8MB)
Track 207. Up On Cripple Creek 6:30 (10.9MB)
Track 208. Life Is A Carnival 4:54 (8.2MB)
Track 209. The WS Walcott Medicine Show 3:41 (6.2MB)
42 mins

* Available on the “A Musical History” boxset.

Robbie Robertson - guitar
Rick Danko - bass
Garth Hudson - organ
Richard Manuel - piano
Levon Helm - drums

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  1. 21 Responses to “THE BAND - NEW YORK 1976”

  2. the audio quality is much cleaner on this than on the palladium circles boot which is very muddy especially on the higher tones. the pc boot does not have “forbidden fruit” either.

    thanks bigO!

    By barth on Aug 27, 2015

  3. Thanx again. As good as it gets.

    By rick harper on Aug 27, 2015

  4. Many thanks. Happmy memories of a great band who had a brilliant collection of songs.

    By Canute on Aug 27, 2015

  5. long live the band!

    By tman on Aug 27, 2015

  6. Who’s playing the horns on this Wheels on fire?

    By Tunafan on Aug 27, 2015

  7. Tunafan I have the “Musical History” Boxset that the omitted track “Forbidden Fruit” appears on and on the credits for that particular song it says horn arrangements by Howard Johnson.
    thanks for this upgrade Big O.

    By sluggo on Aug 27, 2015

  8. and now considered an official release as of this past week.

    By darth on Aug 28, 2015

  9. @darth: “and now considered an official release as of this past week”. On what record label?

    By PT on Aug 28, 2015

  10. Great sound, nearly 40 years later. Thanks!

    By hapster on Aug 28, 2015

  11. Stevie Ray Vaughan died 25 years ago today. Let’s raise one for SRV. Hey Big-O, you guys are usually all over these kinds of anniversaries. What have you got to soothe an aching heart?

    By RollingStoner on Aug 28, 2015

  12. its not an official release its a boot called “palladium circles”. as i said the audio is better on this.

    By barth on Aug 28, 2015

  13. Good thing I have a flac SBD that Darth the Useless didn’t Shit in his dreams

    By Kong on Aug 28, 2015

  14. I think the confusion about which station broadcast the show is hearing WNEW’s Richard Neer during the intro. However, oftentimes whenever WNEW broadcast a big show, they would satellite link other stations up the east coast, from Maryland to Boston. So WNEW was likely the source station for the simulcast.

    By Greg on Aug 28, 2015

  15. darth disappears and this place goes into a nice easy to get along with mode and then he reappears with one of his bullshit posts same old same old.

    By dropkick sarge on Aug 28, 2015

  16. Imagine there’s no darth
    I wonder if you can…

    By Willis on Aug 29, 2015

  17. Guys. Consider the fact that when you trash someone who hasn’t even had a presence for awhile verifies that the problem is not who you think it is. And if even his absence is enough to get you riled….

    By Happy Camper on Aug 29, 2015

  18. hey happy mind your own business.

    By dropkick sarge on Aug 29, 2015

  19. Thanks, BigO. I wonder if you could sometime post the KBFH show from Carter-Baron Amphitheater, Washington DC, also from 1976. I remember it from an old cassette that I made at the time. Iirc, it was both a better performance and better sounding than even this. Don’t believe it includes the horns either which, honestly, I prefer. I just wanna hear The Band. No horns, no guests. Thanks again.

    By Tom L on Aug 30, 2015

  20. Sorry, sarge. My mistake. I guess I thought this was a public page. Didn’t realize that contrary opinions were not allowed.

    By Happy Camper on Aug 30, 2015

  21. Clearly, you have read the ongoing angry posts by the resident trolls then, Happy Camper.

    By jdallenx on Sep 1, 2015

  22. sorry, “haven’t”

    By jdallenx on Sep 1, 2015

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