August 13, 2012 – 3:31 pm

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Los Angeles 1972 - Upgrade [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Whisky A-Go-Go, 8901 Sunset Boulevard at Clark, Los Angeles, CA; November 15, 1972 (late show). Very good FM broadcast. This is an upgrade (2nd generation) to the 5th-generation copy that had previously been circulating.

Thanks to kneesfudd for sharing the tracks at Dime.

kneesfudd noted:

Warts: Very, very slight hum and distortion. Dull spots were mostly repairable but actual dropouts difficult due to extreme stereo imaging. I definitely did not get ‘em all!

My tape said 1972-11-15? It circulates as 1972-11-15 but the excellent Whisky list at shows NO America appearance ever and Nov. 15-18, 1972 as Sylvester & The Hot Band, Hemlock featuring Miller Anderson. The Whisky had many unannounced bands, but since America did early and late shows the evening of this recording, I’m not sure what’s up.

Many thanks to DIMER gv0000 who added (abridged): The “Homecoming” album (according to Wikipedia) was released 1972-11-15 (same date as this gig). A posting to an America fan site said, “Am currently working with a little known band called COUNTRY that released one LP in 1971. They were the support band at America’s big promotional gig at the Whisky in 1972… just had this email from Bobby De Simone their drummer, ‘When we opened for “America” at the Whiskey A Go Go, there was a film crew there. They were filming America, of course… but, I remember them being on stage while we opened for them… they were all over the place, in and out of our faces… I would love to see a copy of that. I think the film crew was from England as well.’ It would make sense that there was a promotional gig surrounding the release of “Homecoming.” Although this doesn’t confirm the date at the Whisky it does lend support to why it may not have been an advertised gig. Unfortunately, The chickenonaunicycle list for The Whiskey doesn’t have any gig with Country listed either, so there you go! Still, quite interesting historical input. Thanks gv0000.

CoolSonics 175: Thanks to the original taper and traders!

Recording Information:
101KGB-FM San Diego, CA stereo original radio broadcast of pre-recorded concert > unknown stereo recording equipment > off-air master tape > 1st generation cassette, Dolby off > 2nd generation Maxell XLII-90 cassette, Dolby off.

Playback 2012-08-01:
2nd generation Maxell XLII-90 cassette on Nakamichi 680ZX cassette deck, Dolby off, azimuth & pitch adjusted, heads cleaned & demagnatized > Sony Linear PCM Recorder PCM-M10 (LPCM 44.10kHz/16bit WAV files) > computer > Audacity (normalisation to remove DC offset, fades &/or glitches, dropouts, volume adjustments, no EQ) > CD Wave (track splits) > Trader’s Little Helper

Front cover posted at bbchron.blogspot - Thanks!

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.

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Track 01. Radio DJ intro (369k)
Track 02. Riverside (4.9MB)
Track 03. Sandman (7.5MB)
Track 04. I Need You (5.3MB)
Track 05. Submarine Ladies (6.2MB)
Track 06. Don’t Cross The River (4.3MB)
Track 07. Three Roses (6.1MB)
Track 08. Coming Into Los Angeles (4.3MB)
Track 09. Living Isn’t Really Giving (7.6MB)
Track 10. Rain Song (3.3MB)
Track 11. Horse With No Name (5.7MB)
Total Time: 34:59

Gerry Beckley - vocals, guitar, bass
Dewey Bunnell - vocals, guitar
Dan Peek - vocals, guitar, harmonica

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  1. 8 Responses to “AMERICA - LOS ANGELES 1972”

  2. Very nice to get a concert with the late Dan Peek included. Many thanks to all that made this possible.

    By 4yrsnojob on Aug 13, 2012

  3. America stuff is always a good news
    Thank you :)

    By easynow on Aug 14, 2012

  4. many thanks for this,any chance of any America outtakes?. thank you

    By paul on Aug 14, 2012

  5. excellent. just saw the band last month in Red Bank, NJ. Met Gerry and Dewey after the show and got my picture taken with them. They really are decent guys and are very hard working. They are continuously on TOUR. Go see them and support the band.

    By JALtheImpaler on Aug 14, 2012

  6. Ι love the sound of those simply miked unadultered acoustic guitars accompanying the beautiful three-part vocals…
    Thank you !

    By Akis on Aug 15, 2012

  7. i’m gonna havta lissen to this one!


    By I-) on Aug 15, 2012

  8. Yes, it’s good to hear Peek sing “Don’t Cross the River” again.

    By hfs radio fan on Aug 16, 2012

  9. Thanks for this gem :)

    By Tony on Aug 25, 2012

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