January 25, 2018 – 4:44 am


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Havana 1979 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Karl Marx Theater, Havana, Cuba; March 3, 1979. Very good FM broadcast.

Thanks to kingrue for sharing the show at The Traders’ Den.

kingrue noted:

After two decades, the US ban on travel to and from Cuba was lifted, creating new diplomatic and cultural exchange opportunities. Sensing the time was right, CBS Records, in conjunction with the US State Department, staged an international coup by organizing an unprecedented three-night series of concerts in the Cuban capital of Havana.

Dubbed “Havana Jam,” this historic cultural exchange took place on March 2, 3 and 4, 1979 at the 4800-seat Karl Marx Theater and marked the first time American musicians had performed in Cuba since the Castro regime gained power two decades prior.

The King Biscuit Flower Hour accompanied a plane full of Columbia Records artists as they participated in this first comprehensive music festival held in Cuba, which featured an all-star cast of musicians from a wide range of musical genres. In addition to Cuban artists, performers included Weather Report (with Jaco Pastorius); Stephen Stills (who had been experimenting with Latin music his entire career); Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge; John McLaughlin (famed Mahavishnu Orchestra guitarist) performing a one-off trio gig with Tony Williams and Jaco Pastorius; the CBS Records Jazz Allstars, which featured a wealth of jazz greats including the Heath Brothers, Stan Getz, and Dexter Gordon, in addition to the final night headliner Billy Joel. Unfortunately Billy’s set at Havana Jam was not recorded or videotaped.

The King Biscuit Flower Hour would nationally broadcast various material from these historic concerts, most of which has never been officially released.

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King Biscuit Flower Hour > low generation cassette (16/44 wave)
Soundforge (tracking) > Wav (Eac tested) > TLH (sector boundary aligned) Flac level 8

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Track 01. Introduction 1:34
Track 02. For What It’s Worth 5:14
Track 03. Jet Set (Sigh) 1:01
Track 04. Turn Back the Pages 5:18
Track 05. Love the One You’re With 5:13
Track 06. Cuba Al Fin 7:31
26 mins

Stephen Stills - guitar, lead vocals
Bonnie Bramlett - lead vocals
Mike Finnigan - keyboards
George Perry - bass
Gerry Tolman - guitar
Joe Vitale - drums
Joe Lala - percussion

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  1. 19 Responses to “STEPHEN STILLS - HAVANA 1979”

  2. Thanks again BigO for a new great Stills-show. The Cuba-al-fin included here much better than the remix on his BoxSet

    By Stig on Jan 25, 2018

  3. Thanks, BIGO!
    Any chance you’ve got that McLaughlin/Williams/Pastorius set?

    By YogaforCynics on Jan 25, 2018

  4. Thanks Big O always enjoy some Stevie and this line up looks cool as . . .

    By swappers on Jan 25, 2018

  5. This is great ‘ but why so short ? Was it edited ?

    By Derrick on Jan 25, 2018

  6. Steven Stills used to be in the monkees before CSNY . He changed his name to Peter Tork for the role

    By Ullies Gold on Jan 25, 2018

  7. Stephen and Mike Neismith were real musicians but Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz were not . They weren’t allowed to play their instruments in the studio or on stage . Jimi Hendrix actually opened for them of all things

    By Ullies Gold on Jan 25, 2018

  8. False. Stephen Stills and Peter Tork are two different people. Still had auditioned for the Monkees but turned down for the part. He recommended his friend Peter Tork who did get the part. There’s an outtake of Monterey Pop where you see Peter Tork introducing Buffalo Springfield. You can see Tork and Stills together. Two different people. btw Peter Tork still tours as a solo folkie act.

    By David Young on Jan 25, 2018

  9. The John Mclaughlin, Jaco Pastorius Tony Williams set was released on CD as The Trio Of Doom.

    By Bevis on Jan 25, 2018

  10. The article I read says that Tork and Stills are one and the same and that he quit when CSNY were formed

    By Ullies Gold on Jan 25, 2018

  11. Stephen was very small ‘ and didn’t have much to offer in the pants dept . Based on our backstage encounter very disappointing

    By BB Buel on Jan 25, 2018

  12. Once was definitely enough with that small fry

    By BB Buel on Jan 25, 2018

  13. Gene Simmons remains the biggest I ever had

    By BB Buel on Jan 25, 2018

  14. Stephen was rejected for the monkees due to his bad teeth!!

    By leigh palfrey on Jan 26, 2018

  15. Hey BigO, cheers for all these fab downloads you keep on giving us. How about a Fall bootleg or two in memorial to the late Mark E Smith’s popular beat combo?

    By Bingomaster on Jan 26, 2018

  16. Imagine how music history would have been changed if Stills had been accepted. No Buffalo Springfield, or CSNY, Mannases etc Neil Young may never have become the legend he became either

    By George on Jan 26, 2018

  17. I believe both Clapton and Hendrix played on Stills first solo

    By George on Jan 26, 2018

  18. that’s right Hendrix plays on Old Times Good Times and Clapton on Go Back Home

    By leigh palfrey on Jan 27, 2018

  19. and Mike Finnigan - keyboards plays on “electric ladyland”

    By harmon on Jan 27, 2018

  20. Ringo also played on Still’s first solo LP.

    By gary on Mar 14, 2018

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