May 13, 2012 – 6:16 am

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San Francisco 1963 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the California Coffee Gallery, San Francisco, CA; 1963. “Excellent SBD recording for the era.”

These tracks just surfaced and it’s thanks to kneesfudd for sharing them on Dime.

“Center Of The Universe”, Mr JohnK himself, has issued the ultimatum. Share before everyone who gives a damn is dead or can’t hear anymore.

kneesfudd also noted the following:

Warts: ALMOST NONE. I missed some dropouts and there are some non-removable ones. Occasional very tiny clicks in left channel.
Lower generation, better quality, clearer and less distorted than what circulates on “Blow All My Blues Away” and as “1962-08-10″.
Circulates as late 1962, early 1963 and 1962-08-10, but this version is simply labeled “1963″.
For a finer listening experience turn up the bass!

Thanks to the original taper & traders!.. This one was a lot of work. The reel had clearly been played quite a bit before it was digitised, but fortunately the signal on one side or the other was mostly intact and the highs were/are there. Anyway, the multitude of dropouts (that I noticed) were almost ALL seamlessly patched. This is one for the listening archives for sure. Was the TDK SA-XG 90 the heaviest cassette ever made? Sure feels like it. It’s about three times the weight of a Maxell XLII-90. A great early set from one of the voices of the last century. Cool it came from a SUPER HEAVY cassette.

Recording Information:
unknown mono reel-to-reel recorder > master mono reel-to-reel > DAT x1or2 generations > 1st(*) analog generation TDK SA-XG 90 cassette, Dolby off. (* call it what you will).

Playback 2012-05-01:
1st(*) generation TDK SA-XG 90 cassette on Nakamichi BX-300 cassette deck, Dolby B on, azimuth & pitch adjusted, heads cleaned & demagnatized > Tascam CD-RW900SL pro CD recorder > CD-RW > computer, EAC secure > wavs > Audacity (normalisation to remove DC offset, fades &/or glitches, dropouts, volume adjustments, no EQ) > CD Wave (track splits) > Trader’s Little Helper > yer ears. This one set a new mastering record for hours of work as it had a COMPLETE 2nd overhaul - hence the re-seed delay. However it is a better gem now & worth the wait. First uploaded week of 2012-05-11.

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

Please Do Not Hammer The Links. Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. The tracks should still be around. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Track 01. Leaving’ This Morning (KC Blues) (3.2MB)
Track 02. Daddy, Daddy, Daddy (4.9MB)
Track 03. Careless Love (6.0MB)
Track 04. Bourgeois Blues (4.5MB)
Track 05. Black Mountain Blues (5.1MB)
Track 06. Gospel Ship (2.8MB)
Track 07. Stealin’ (3.2MB)
Total Time: 18:46

Line-up (unconfirmed - my tape had musician information added later from another source):
Janis Joplin - vocals
Larry Hanks - acoustic guitar, vocals
Billy Roberts - acoustic guitar, banjo, vocals, harmonica
OR possibly: Roger Perkins - acoustic guitar and vocals instead of Roberts

Janis Joplin’s Live At The Carousel Balloom 1968 was released in March 2012. Click here to order the album.

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  1. 17 Responses to “JANIS JOPLIN - SAN FRANCISCO 1963”

  2. This looks interesting. I’ll listen to this tomorrow. Thanks for posting!

    By Tom on May 13, 2012

  3. Short but very sweet.

    By Creatist on May 13, 2012

  4. Thank you for 18 mins of musical history.

    By Erik on May 13, 2012

  5. 3 X better Janis 63 sound than any other early 62-64 recording we have. I have a few of those cassettes in my collection. Someone might say it feels like it was filled with lead inside. But in this particular case, IT WAS FILLED WITH GOLD!

    By 4yrsnojob on May 13, 2012

  6. Great stuff. Thanks a million, BigO :)

    By Tony on May 13, 2012

  7. You have to love how this early on in her short career she has the audacity to just let go , the confidence is brimming, she simply owns those vocals . The funny thing is , her real career consisted of a different approach [electric with horn section]and basically different styling but had she been around now doing these songs in the alt country movement she would reign queen. awesome find, thanks big o.. you are one of the only places left to get the goods.

    By sluggo on May 13, 2012

  8. Soulful & generous. A heapin’ helpin’ of some great coffee blasts. Thanx…

    By Timmy on May 13, 2012

  9. Thank you. This is a revelation and a pleasure to listen to.

    By Eric F on May 14, 2012

  10. Thank you so much for sharing these awesome tracks! I just love listening to Janis sing roots blues.

    By Shelley on May 14, 2012

  11. She trully was a force of nature…even then.No matter what I hear from Janis,I still love when she just sings the blues with just guitar or piano.Thx Big O ….

    By couz on May 15, 2012

  12. if she was on american idol she would be voted off.
    So would Dylan.
    That about wraps up the intelligence of the voting youth who prefer meat dresses and pop divas.
    I was under the impression a bio movie was being made about Janis but I haven`t heard anything for quite a while.
    when Iwas a kid with a hippie pad I kept a poster of Janis inside the fridge because I thought she was so hot.

    By sluggo on May 15, 2012

  13. Such an incredible vocal range from start to finish of a short life. Summertime from Amsterdam 1969 is a tour de force, just listen to that voice. check it out on you tube if you haven’t heard it before.


    By Creatist on May 15, 2012

  14. thanks, big O! janis is a jem!!!


    By I-) on May 15, 2012

  15. if she was on american idol she would be voted off.
    So would Dylan.

    what`s your point,neither one of them can sing.

    By dungusthepaparazzi guy on May 15, 2012

  16. Hey dungass. Does your mother know you are on the internet? She needs to install some child safety features to keep you on the Disney site. By the way you harass folks on this site I can tell you have never been married and were probably a bottle baby. If you can manage to lose your virginity it will probably clear up some of these anger issues you have.

    and you probably are of the American Idol intelligence and are taken in by meat dresses.

    By sking on May 16, 2012

  17. lol sking

    btw.. for fans of jj.. i highly recommend the carousel 6-68 14 track cd that came out recently. its incredible. also the winterland 4-68 14 track cd. amazing stuff.
    i also have been listening to the box of pearls from 99 with the rare pearls 5th cd. nice stuff. 5 songs on there altho im missing one track it seems.
    the pearl sessions 2 cd set 36 tracks is very nice stuff. surely worth having.

    did anyone catch santana on leno last nite? good stuff. willie nelson on monday nite was on fallon and did 2 songs. one was aired. the one that wasnt was a stevie ray vaughan cover. 7.5 mins long. find it on his site. trust me on this. his son kicks ass.
    gregg allman didnt sing on conan last nite altho he sure looked like he could have died during the interview. and i know this isnt a tv guide site but.. haha.. carole king was on a show called tavis smiley last nite. i dont think she performed but i didnt watch it so i dont know yet.

    By darth on May 16, 2012

  18. for 1024 x 1024 pixel itunes artwork


    By brett jordan on May 16, 2012

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