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Pennsylvania 1970 [no label, 1CD]

The Show. WITF-TV (PBS) Studios. Hershey, Derry Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; June 7, 1970. Fairly good audio (ripped from TV broadcast). Tape originally came labeled Chicago 7 TV Special.

From the collection of KNEES.

Thanks to Les_Mountain for sharing the tracks at Dime.

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Thanks to the original taper & traders! My copy came from The Man In The Palace - he whose halls are lined with magnetic recording tape. Sincere thanks to whomever uploads this for me. Corrections welcome. Felt like I worked on this 12-minute tape for days - and it was extreme - the audio needed a lot of experimentation to get it right, then more than a dozen emails went out to try to track down more informaiton on the program…

But signing off on this one today, finally. An extremely(!) fine version of “The Love Machine”. Barry plays some incredible & heavy guitar. With a different organ sound, parts of “The Love Machine” would sound a lot like The Byrds jamming on “8 Miles High”. I realised the reason this had never spent much time in my ears was that it was majorly off-speed (as are many of the circulating Country Joe & The Fish live tapes) - once corrected it sounded cool & the EQ/NR Mk2 version is EXCELLENT. Listen, enjoy, show appreciation, share, give, spread peace. Yrs truly, Knees

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Unrelated FishFactoid #1: In 1970 “Rolling Stone” interviewed Ed Denson (Fish manager) who said they, “plan to record an album of Songs of Man&Faith from a Unitarian songbook. ‘I don’t know if you could say it’s because of the more current events we’re doing that,’ Denson stated. ‘It’s partly because performing as a rock band is getting less and less pleasant, and part of a longer, continuing commitment. And it is difficult to keep a rock band organized when the country is going to chaos.’” Guess that was supposed to be the album after “CJ Fish”!

Unrelated FishFactoid #2: Country Joe&The Fish “The David Frost Show”TV Dec.’69 (NOT this recording!). ChickenOnAUnicycle & Joe’s timeline pages date it Dec04 which must be date of recording (the band played The Troubadour Dec02-04, so was in LA). IMBD listings have Joe Cocker&Henry Mancini as guests Dec04. Dec10 show is missing guest info. Chicken site says CJ&F show re-aired Dec12 which makes more sense with the initial air date of Dec10 (Episode #2.73).

I suspect some of Joe’s letters dated Dec04+05 actually refer to Cocker’s appearance, then the “bearded slob”&”hairy unwashed creature” comments fit (even Joe notes they were essentially clean shaven then - tho’ he did have a moustache). This assumes the letter dated Dec06 was misread. Then all other dates&comments fit the idea that correct CJ&F broadcast date was Dec10 (and possibly the show was taped earlier in the day). Does anyone know if CJ&F played anothersong on the “David Frost” Show besides “Fixin’-To-Die Rag”? The letters are wonderful if you haven’t read them, even if talking about BOTH shows & some may be seen at

Unrelated FishFactoid #3: “Acid Commercial”2CD bootleg traded by collectors as SF Fillmore 1967-04-16 (Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine/I Like Marijuana) is just an off-speed DUPE of commercially released Nov.’68 Fillmore East “The Life&Time Of Country Joe&The Fish From Haight-Ashbury To Woodstock”album trax that nurtured many of us as children.

Unrelated FishFactoid #4: Did you know your Country Joe & The Fish collection isn’t complete until you have the 1968 John Cage & Country Joe & The Fish 10″ vinyl LP? News to me, but I don’t have $600-800 to fork out for it! Odd the Fish trax are from two different LPs. I’m assuming they the regular album versions but couldn’t even find a write-up on it. Titled “Sounds” on”Communicating The Gospel Today”label: A) John Cage&David Tudor – Variations IV  B) Country Joe & The Fish – Section 43/Who Am I/Magoo. Can someone offer more info?

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Track 01. The ‘Fish’ Cheer 0:15
Track 02. I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag 2:34
Track 03. Talk 0:23
Track 04. The Love Machine 8:47
12 mins

Country Joe McDonald - electric guitar (#04?) kazoo (#02), vocals
Barry “The Fish” Melton - electric guitar, vocals
Mark Kapner - keyboards
Doug Metzner - electric bass
Greg “Duke” Dewey - drums, percussion

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  1. 8 Responses to “COUNTRY JOE & THE FISH - PENNSYLVANIA 1970”

  2. Thank you BigO! Even a short Fish is better than no Fish at all.

    By sking on Aug 23, 2021

  3. Blowfish won’t fuck me either. *sob*

    By U L E on Aug 23, 2021

  4. Twernt me above . I’m gay

    By U L E on Aug 23, 2021

  5. Fantastic!!!!!!!!

    By Frank on Aug 23, 2021

  6. Two above twernt me, more fakes

    By U L E on Aug 24, 2021

  7. Rumor has it Country Joe gots a Big Un

    By U L E on Aug 24, 2021

  8. Four above twernt me, more fakes and you can ask my fat , ugly wife if I’m gay

    By HHH on Aug 25, 2021

  9. Sorry guys… I forgot to change names (and my diaper).

    By HHH on Aug 25, 2021

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