December 13, 2018 – 3:15 am


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The Main Point, Bryn Mawr 1975 / Philadelphia 1974 [no label, 2CD]

Disc 1: Live at The Main Point, Bryn Mawr, PA; July 25, 1975. Fairly to very good WMMR-FM broadcast. Disc 2: Gene Shay Show, Philadelphia, PA; October 27, 1974. Very good WMMR-FM broadcast. [JF Archive Vol 9 via JEMS]

Thanks to Mauro Verona; original uploader happyrudolf; and to goody for mastering and sharing the 1975 Bryn Mawr show at Dime.

Yer PervFesser noted:

The source is extremely slow/flat. This edition makes an effort (successfully, I hope…) to correct that situation and provide a clearer perspective on the sonics via various additional methods. In addition to the pitch adjustment, I applied some EQ to the remaster. Unfortunately, it unmasked some of the harsher tones inherent in the original recording’s at-times weak FM signal. But the clarity in being able to understand lots more of Tom’s more interesting extended intros and spoken parts (the stuff we like the most!) was worth the reveal, IMHO. It’s a lot less ‘muddy’ now!

Text and art have been updated to reflect what’s new. We’ve decided to take a tracking position contrary to what’s presented on the official “Nighthawks At The Diner” release, wherein Tom’s long spoken-word intros are separated from the songs to which they belong. In our opinion, it makes more sense from a perspective of musical flow to have those parts joined, as well as the decision made in the medley in track 7 to keep those two pieces together. I had this all broken down to 19 tracks before rejoining some of those back together to a tight 12. I hope no purists mind… If so, they can take it up with my Mom.

If anyone happens to have a higher generation better-sounding source of this historic broadcast from WMMR in Philly please bring it out… It would be greatly appreciated! Til then, this is quite listenable now (IMHO) and will serve y’all quite well indeed!

WMMR-FM Broadcast > unknown generation cassette > Wav
Goody’s additional lineage: Audition (DC Bias adjusted; Pitch Bender +98 cents; Auto Align/Center Channels; EQ; Tracking updated) > FLAC (Level 8; Align sector boundaries; .ffp) > foobar2000 & Tag&Rename (tags)

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Thanks to JEMS; BK; and to frogster for sharing the 1974 Philadelphia show at Dime.

Installment 9 is what we believe to be an upgrade of an entertaining early Tom Waits appearance as a guest on Gene Shay’s WMMR radio show, October 27, 1974. The recording consists of an interview along with three solo performances. The segment also included two album tracks omitted here.

The tape had issues, including material level fluctuations that were somewhat improved in mastering but not entirely. Still, it is a highly listenable and very entertaining set.

Taking this one public on JEMS’ behalf is frogster, who came to our attention through many excellent posts and reposts of late, including several key early Waits’ concerts. Thanks to him for taking it the last mile and to glasnostrd19 who suggested we connect with frogster.

Thanks to JF, who reached out on DIME (you could be next!) and offered us his archive, which had been sitting in boxes, 6,000 miles away from where he lives today, for 20+ years. Like so many early tapers, he had great stories to tell and the memories flooded back as we sorted through tapes. We are pleased to be able to bring his work to all of you.


Low generation reel (7.5 IPS) > Otari 5050 mkII azimuth-adjusted transfer >
USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 (24/96) capture > IZotope RX + Ozone 5 > iZotope RX MBIT+ resample 16/44.1 > Peak Pro XT (volume smoothing / edit / index) > xACT 2.21 > FLAC

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The Main Point 1975
Track 01. Emotional Weather Report/Diamonds On My Windshield 8:35
Track 02. Eggs And Sausage (In A Cadillac With Susan Michelson) 5:46
Track 03. Warm Beer And Cold Women 5:46
Track 04. Semi Suite 6:46
Track 05. Nighthawk Postcards 12:55
Track 06. Band Introductions, guitar tuning 1:01
Track 07. The Ghosts Of Saturday Night (After Hours At Napoleone’s Pizza House)/(Looking For) The Heart Of Saturday Night 9:54
Track 08. Drunk On The Moon 5:24
Track 09. San Diego Serenade 4:19
Track 10. DJ announcement/encore call 1:01
Track 11. Putnam County 7:03
Track 12. Ol’ 55/DJ outro 3:53
73 mins

Philadelphia 1974
Track 01. Interview 5:41
Track 02. On A Foggy Night 2:18
Track 03. Interview 6:24
Track 04. Interview 3:37
Track 05. Big Joe And Phantom 309 5:35
Track 06. Interview 1:59
Track 07. Interview 1:10
Track 08. Diamonds on My Windshield 5:13
32 mins

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  1. 13 Responses to “TOM WAITS - MAIN POINT, BRYN MAWR 1975 / PHILADELPHIA 1974”

  2. Rumor has it Tom gots a big un.

    By U L E on Dec 13, 2018

  3. two Tom’s in one week! thanks bigO! good to hear Philly legend Gene Shay again too.

    By barth on Dec 13, 2018

  4. On this day in 1969, the song Jennings Farm Blues was recorded. This is a chord sequence and structure for an electric version for a song I wrote on acoustic guitar termed Bar III. The title by Robert Plant, Jennings Farm Blues, was named after his house at the time.

    There were a number of alternative versions attempted during the session, the one I settled for acquired a number of quickfire overdubs. Although it was recorded at Olympic Studios in London with engineer Andy Johns, it was to be recorded acoustically some six months later and became Bron-Y-Aur Stomp.

    By Jimmy Page on Dec 13, 2018

  5. I just discovered a band called Big Star . They put out 3 albums in the 1970s . Their leader was Alex Chilton who fronted a band called the boxtops in the 1960s . This band is excellent and all three albums are outstanding. To me they sound like an American version of Badfinger . I don’t believe they were ever commercially successful ‘ and I can’t understand why as this band absolutely blew me away . To me they have to be the third best rock band in history ‘ behind only Kiss and Grand Funk Railroad . Are there any Big Star shows available?

    By GW on Dec 13, 2018

  6. What gw said except his kiss assessment. ( are you serious) Also love big star and would like to know if anything live is out there .

    By Frank on Dec 13, 2018

  7. So who started the rumor about Tom Waits Coc ? He never struck me as a guy who banged groupies. Maybe it was men’s room sightings like with Uncle Milte .

    By Scaromouch on Dec 13, 2018

  8. Keeping Muzak in da 70s is where it’s at . No fake modern shit wit lipsinkin an auto tune . Makes me happy by keepin da Muzak in da 70s

    By Boom Boom Mncni on Dec 13, 2018

  9. 70s rock 70s roll

    By Boom Boom Mncni on Dec 13, 2018

  10. Fake modern shit sucks

    By Boom Boom Mncni on Dec 13, 2018

  11. I appreciate all the work that went into correcting the sound on this recording. The result is still one that is mainly for Tom Waits’ aficionados, but well below what a casual listener would want if they busted to pick up a Tom Waits’ soundboard.

    By songster1928 on Dec 13, 2018

  12. Didn’t TW “find” his “singing” voice after his first album?

    I can’t stand his music, personally. I’m hoping for BigO to come up with a long lost unreleased Free album, a soundboard from the Animals tour
    and a service of carols and readings from Cambridge (featuring Syd Barrett) as Christmas treats.

    Oh yeah, and some Grand Funk.

    By Brian Griffin on Dec 14, 2018

  13. I’d love to hear a show with his song, “On the Nickel.”

    By Rick on Dec 14, 2018

  14. Thanks for the early Waits. It’s interesting in the WMMR interview to hear how accessible he was back in those days compared to the way he danced around questions later just a few years later.

    By Miles on Dec 20, 2018

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