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The Great ’60s Ball 1986 [no label, 3CD]
Live at The Saint (formerly Fillmore East), New York City, NY; May 29, 1986. Very good to excellent soundboard (Jerry Moore’s copy).
Thanks to Rob Berger for sharing these tracks at Lossless Legs.
This is what Elizabeth Mehren wrote of the show at the Los Angeles Times:
Mesmerized in front of huge screens flashing film clips of Woodstock, the Vietnam War, J.F.K.’s White House and Dean Rusk’s State Department, they wore headbands (not the kind from Jane Fonda’s Workout), miniskirts, T-shirts, non-designer jeans and Give Peace a Chance buttons. Many wore tie-dyed shirts or pants, a phenomenon remarkable mainly because they had purchased these garments, not whipped them up in the bathtub. On the other hand, many of these nouveau tie-dyed creatures were barely out of diapers when their 1960s ancestors were ruining sinks with packages of neon-hued coloring agents…
[A] “family reunion” was what the Rev. Jesse Jackson likened the evening to. Arriving with all the fanfare and crowd adulation of a celebrated rock star, the former presidential candidate greeted old pal Hoffman with warm embraces and a salute to the virtues of “friendship born out of struggle.” Looking back on that era, “it was a mixture of sweat and blood that made things happen,” Jackson said. Now, he said, “our challenge is to put on this generation an agenda of substance”…
Moments earlier, a thousand or so people had been gyrating while Sainte-Marie sang in a laser-lit, planetarium-roofed dance area. Country Joe McDonald was preparing to perform, and after that, the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir played “Blowin’ in the Wind” with Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary. The Chambers Brothers had appeared, and Stokely Carmichael - now known as Kwame Ture - was in the audience. Sometime after 1:30 in the morning, Yoko Ono floated in and mingled with the crowd. Did it feel like the ’60s? Sainte-Marie smiled.
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Rob Berger’s notes:
Sound check is more complete than circulating sources, unsure as to what the original master was recorded on… As per Jerry Moore (written on cassette with marker): “The Saint, as you may know, once was the Fillmore East which does make this somehow appropriate. It’s now mostly a gay disco, though they have a hetero night.”
sbd 1st gen cassette (Jerry Moore’s copy)
sbd > master > cassette (1st gen copied: nak bx-2 > sony d5, maxell mx-90, dolby b)
nak dragon/b > tascam hd-p2 24/96 > pc > cd wave > adobe audition 2.0 > flac
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Disc 1 - Bob Weir And Friends (soundcheck)
Track 101. Festival (6.6MB)
Track 102. This Time Forever (3.1MB)
Track 103. City Girls (3.6MB)
Track 104. My Blue Tears (3.0MB)
Track 105. My Blue Tears (3.2MB)
Track 106. My Blue Tears (2.8MB)
Track 107. Walkin’ Blues (2.9MB)
Track 108. Easy To Slip (7.3MB)
Track 109. Easy To Slip (5.5MB)
Track 110. Spoonful (3.6MB)
Track 111. Winners (2.9MB)
Track 112. Hey Jude (1.8MB)
Track 113. Desolation Row (8.0MB)
Track 114. Blackbird (684k)
Disc 2 - Bob Weir And Friends
Track 201. Intro - Abbie Hoffman (2.6MB)
Track 202. Festival (8.2MB)
Track 203. City Girls (7.4MB)
Track 204. My Blue Tears (3.5MB)
Track 205. This Time Forever (7.2MB)
Track 206. Desolation Row (16.6MB)
Track 207. Youngblood (5.6MB)
Track 208. Spoonful (6.8MB)
Track 209. Winners (8.1MB)
Track 210. Easy To Slip (10.1MB)
Track 211. Victim Or The Crime (5.7MB)
Track 212. Throwing Stones (16.4MB)
Track 213. Baby What You Want Me To Do (9.5MB)
Track 214. Blowin’ In The Wind (7.3MB)
Buffy St. Marie - sound check
Track 301. Until It’s Time To Go (3.9MB)
Track 302. Universal Soldier (5.4MB)
Track 303. Now That The Buffalo’s Gone
These Ones (5.2MB)
Track 304. Starwalker (4.2MB)
Track 305. Until It’s Time To Go (in French) (4.9MB)
Buffy St. Marie
Track 306. Universal Soldier (5.9MB)
Track 307. Until It’s Time To Go (6.2MB)
Track 308. Cripple Creek (5.3MB)
Track 309. What Little Kids Do (5.6MB)
Track 310. These Ones (5.5MB)
Track 311. announcements (5.0MB)
Country Joe McDonald
Track 312. Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine (7.6MB)
Track 313. Tricky Dicky (16.1MB)
Track 314. Fuck Cheer (446k)
Track 315. Fixin’ To Die Rag (6.4MB)
Track 316. Go Go Johnny Rambo (5.1MB)
Track 317. Save The Whales (8.7MB)
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