February 15, 2012 – 4:27 am

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San Diego 1974 [no label, 1CD]

Live at JJ’s Bar and Grill, San Diego, CA; March 23, 1974. Good to very good audience recording.

This show has been circulating for a while and, over the years, garnered its share of fans. In the notes accompanying the tracks, Bearpalm wrote: “This is an awesome performance. The recording captures the raw energy and emotion when Steely Dan played this small club. I got this tape directly from my friend Rob Bertrando who recorded this show with his set-up at JJ’s.”

Thanks to Bearpalm, Rob Bertrando and Paul56 for sharing the tracks on the net in 2005. Paul56 added: “This set was prepared from Bearpalm’s audience master >PCM Beta >DAT >lossless audio production, which was discovered to run approximately 45 cents fast (sharp). Accordingly, FLAC files were decoded and all tracks combined into one .wav file, where the pitch was adjusted and a few transitions were smoothed. Other than the pitch adjustment, the most notable change is probably track timings, as tracks were split closest to where each new tune commenced.”

Analog audience master with Sony ECM-22P microphones >Revox A-77 Reel to Reel

Revox A-77 Reel to Reel >PCM Beta > DAT >Sound Card Delux Digital I/O card >Soundforge 6.0 >FLAC >decoded to .wav with Trader’s Little Helper >pitch adjusted -45 cents and transitions smoothed with SoundForge 6.0 >CD Wave >FLAC Frontend (level 8, SBE OK)

Artwork from rockrarecollectionfetish - Thanks! (Whoever created the artwork split the show into two discs but the tracks should be able to fit onto one CD.)

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Bodhisattva 6:00 (9.6MB)
Track 02. The Boston Rag 7:08 (11.4MB)
Track 03. Do It Again 8:34 (13.7MB)
Track 04. Dirty Work 3:51 (6.1MB)
Track 05. King Of The World 5:27 (8.7MB)
Track 06. Any Major Dude Will Tell You 4:03 (6.4MB)
Track 07. Rikki Don’t Lose That Number 5:18 (8.4MB)
Track 08. Pretzel Logic 6:13 (9.9MB)
Track 09. My Old School 7:22 (11.8MB)
Track 10. Your Gold Teeth II (Instrumental) 2:15 (3.6MB)
Track 11. Reelin’ In The Years 5:41 (9.1MB)
Track 12. This All Too Mobile Home 10:55 (17.5MB)
Track 13. Show Biz Kids 7:05 (11.3MB)

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  1. 20 Responses to “STEELY DAN - SAN DIEGO 1974”

  2. Thanks for this. Very intimate.

    By Jimg on Feb 15, 2012

  3. WTF Mr BIG - O another gem, You have made me look so good over the years when I share things that i find here with my friends, THANK YOU!!!!
    I started out with this band in the 8th grade I was listening to them while smoking pot for my 1st time and I have been hooked for a long time hooked on “Steely Dan” that is. I’m now broke down in my mid 50’s and two of my pleasures i have in life is this band & Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. The “DAN” is the place my twisted and warped humor comes from and I wear like a badge of honor.

    By S J Yeaton on Feb 15, 2012

  4. Very Cool! Thanks!!

    By Tom on Feb 15, 2012

  5. if you are a guitar player you`ll easily recognize what a kick ass starting song Bodhisattva is…you got to be on your toes and fingers nimble to tackle that it !! thanks..

    By sluggo on Feb 15, 2012

  6. Like you say, this has been around for a while but it’s terrific stuff. Maybe not as good a sound as some of the soundboards from the period but what it lacks in sound it makes up for in atmosphere. Highly recommended. Anyone know where to find it lossless? (apart from torrent sites). Good work BigO.

    By Big Trev on Feb 16, 2012

  7. this is a fine set.

    By tman on Feb 16, 2012

  8. Thanks, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on Feb 16, 2012

  9. thanks so much for the Dan BigO!! Best music site on the net. Keep up the great work!!

    By Dave on Feb 16, 2012

  10. hard to believe after hearing that performance, they soon after decided to stop touring altogether…

    By Jude on Feb 16, 2012

  11. Never really been impressed with SD in the past, with the exception of The Fez which I always loved as a standalone song. It always cracked me up. This set is pretty damned amazing. Thanks, BigO!

    By Adam on Feb 18, 2012

  12. This relaxed club set is a great addition to other shows from that period – the soundboards from the Record Plant, St. Louis, or The London Rainbow. Thank you! Cheers Tony

    By tony lauber on Feb 18, 2012

  13. A big ol’ building near my home has built and sent on their way shuttles, B-1’s and B-2’s, amongst other amazing things that fly. A little decoration of a skunk is on it’s corner as a little reminder. But nothing ever approached the Blackbird SR71 when it turned its back towards my house and showed me her flames, flaring out the engine cowlings in the process, and shaking my little old house. Closest was the double sonic boom when the shuttles would come fly over my house to land near their birthplace. That is what this performance is compared to any other I have ever heard from Steely Dan. In my mind I reconstruct what it might have been like to be there. Wow!

    By 3yrsnojob on Feb 19, 2012

  14. I first got this show on cassette many years ago. When a DAT of the master tape circulated some time ago, I was in bliss. This is the best live Steely Dan show from 1974. They tear the roof off during “Show Biz Kids.” What a scorcher.

    I’m from San Diego. Never been able to figure out where J.J.’s actually was located.

    By Soldout in SF on Feb 22, 2012

  15. whew, finally downloaded them all,and will give a good listen later. many thanks for this show!


    By I-) on Feb 23, 2012

  16. I WAS AT THIS SHOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Jeff Markell on Mar 18, 2012

  17. you a lucky guy then Jeff!

    By sluggo on Mar 22, 2012

  18. JJ’S (4025 Pacific Highway, Midway District): The two J’s stood for Jerry Herrera (later to run the Spirit) and concert promoter Jim Pagni. An outgrowth of a club called the Palace, the all-ages JJ’s occupied a mammoth building (it held nearly 1,200 people) just south of the old KGB radio studios that in the late ’60s/early ’70s served up, among others, ZZ Top and the New York Dolls.

    Here you go, Soldout in SF !!!!!!!!!

    By Jeff Markell on Mar 24, 2012

  19. thanks so much for the re-up! i requested this a while back and kind of gave up.

    im also looking for the other 74 shows i dont have. boston, st.louis, manchester, and portland.

    thanks again!!!

    By moroboshi on Apr 25, 2012

  20. Thanks for the info, Jeff!

    By Soldout in SF on Mar 19, 2019

  21. I was there at that club for the show and I will never forget it as long as I live.
    I was barely 18. My brother and cousins were huge fans and we drove down from Orange County for the show. It wasn’t a very large venue which made it more exciting. When they played Bodhisattva, we went crazy! The joint was jumpin’. Us girls were on the guys shoulders so we could see better, and I fell in love with the music.
    I wish I could remember if Jeff Porcaro was on drums that night. Can any major dude tell me?
    Thanks - Nancy Nadine

    By Nancy Hill on Jul 15, 2019

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