MIMI FARINA AND TOM JANS - CLEVELAND 1972

November 12, 2012 – 4:28 am

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MIMI FARINA AND TOM JANS
Cleveland 1972 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; April 8, 1972 (late show). Good to very good FM broadcast (hissy).

Thanks to kneesfudd for sharing this show at Dime.

kneesfudd’s notes:

Cool FM broadcast from what must been a VERY hip (read: radical hippie type hip) radio station at the time, thanks to its DJs, WNCR-FM in Cleveland…

Ah, Mimi Baez Fariña. If you’ve ever seen the Pete Seeger “Rainbow Quest” TV programme with Richard & Mimi Fariña, you know they were in love, and man, she was a lovely soul, indeed. I saw her with Banana, of Youngbloods fame, a couple of times at the Iron Horse & stunning is about all I can say.

She was one of the pivotal figures of the American ’60s folk movement along with her Beat activist writer, her husband, a prince of man, Richard. There must be more recordings of them out there somewhere. Had Richard lived, it would have been interesting to see where his protester & timeless songwriting prowess could have led him, but we can only wonder. In any case, I digress. Certainly there are some DIMERS who are longtime Tom Jans fans & I would welcome a proper entry of appreciation in his direction. “Take Heart” is a gem & very likely it is not the only one from him. If that album seems a bit too pretentiously cute with the passage of time, I think it stands out anyway. I mean, in this election week, “Take Heart”, indeed. “Been Down So Long, It Looks Like Up To Me” carried me circa ‘71 and “Be Not Content” has the real message -  Yr daily dose is in the OJ, man, just sip & descend into the Haight & see what today will bring.

kneesfudd also added:

Quite fine but not super hi-fi FM, with warts.
Warts: Not bad. Some o’ the ol’ hiss & a low level high frequency noise from radio that can be notched out with EQ, but I steered clear. Some dropouts, but mostly all fixed. Slight speed fluctuations for a second on Track 1 and two seconds on Track 8 (very minor)! There are very long dialogues & introductions to songs which could be tracked out. Opening for Dave van Ronk.

CoolSonics 018 commented:

I am quite glad this tape has survived. It’s a missing piece of American folk history from one of the most splendid, highest queens of the ’60s folk scene. Their excellent duo album, “Take Heart”, has still never seen the light of day on CD to my knowledge (wrong - Japan briefly, now $200+). I spent many hours with the album my first year of college, sandwiched in between “Phosphorescent Rat”, “Tiger Rose”, “Blows Against The Empire”, “Baron Von Tollbooth & The Chrome Nun” & a host of others - funnily enough, actually just prior to my intensely serious Richard & Mimi Farina phase, and even though I’d been listening to Joan since about 1970. Jorma’s “Quah” & the first two Richard & Mimi albums (Thanks Ann!) kept me alive in Kathmandu at one time in the ’70s.

While originally trying to research this tape, I saw that Albert V. Baez, the co-inventor of X-ray focusing optics (in 1958), only died a few years ago, in 2007, at the age of 94. Dr. Baez was the father of folk singers Joan Baez & Mimi Farina. So, this one’s in memory of Albert, Mimi, Richard & Tom, & goes out to Mika, “Fast Freddie” & Tom McK. I’m gettin’ on in age & wonderin’ if I will ever hear their non-LP single “Good God, I’m Feeling Fine”. It’s starting to seem unlikely. I know it’s a Tom Jans song, but perhaps Mimi does some background vocals? Of course, of far greater interest & something that one or more Dylan collectors are sitting on & it would be most f’ing great if they would let us hear ‘em (desperate, we are!), are the unreleased Richard Farina publishing demo acetate tracks - I believe some 10 tracks strong… PLEASE!!! It would mean a whole lot to some of us. If someone is willing to pass them along, I would be very, very much indebted & overjoyed to hear them at last.

This performance is quite enjoyable. In some ways I prefer it to the Mimi Farina & Banana shows I saw 10 or so years later, even though Mr Jans isn’t always my cup of tea. For one thing, even though it’s into the ’70s, it still has the innocence of the ’60s folk scene. For another, it provides a lot of the “Take Heart” album material as stripped down acoustic duo arrangements without all the backing musicians & unecessary production present in the studio album. I had learned a lot about mastering in the past year or more since I originally worked on this, so I ran through it for another overhaul (can you spell “dropout?” - fixed most of them now), & it’ll damn sure feed some hungry freaky taper fish. Enjoy.

P.S. If you want to see some funny radio station history, try net searching about the one that broadcast this show on air. Best known at the time for broadcasting “an erroneous report that President Richard Nixon had been shot” (February ‘72), & apparently known as the “People’s Radio”, with a mix of “folk rock, electric, & ‘gut blue’ stuff, with the ‘ultimate four letter word’ often making its way into the programming. There are more quite funny quotes about the station.

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Track 01. In The Quiet Morning (Song For Janis Joplin) (6.4MB)
Track 02. Mama Tried (4.4MB)
Track 03. Reach Out (For Chris Ross) (8.5MB)
Track 04. You’re Sixteen (5.0MB)
Track 05. Children Of Darkness (5.8MB)
Track 06. Loving Arms (5.1MB)
Track 07. Letter To Jesus (4.6MB)
Track 08. Madman (10.3MB)
Track 09. The Great White Horse (6.2MB)
Track 10. Carolina (10.6MB)
Track 11. Good God, I’m Feeling Fine (6.0MB)
Track 12. Carry It On (4.2MB)

Lineup:
Mimi Farina - acoustic guitar, vocals
Tom Jans - acoustic guitar, vocals

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  1. 3 Responses to “MIMI FARINA AND TOM JANS - CLEVELAND 1972”

  2. WNCR and WMMS were Cleveland’s one-two combination for excellent radio in the 70s. DJs played what they liked, no rules, no boundaries. Those were the days, my friend.

    By Rex in Las Vegas on Nov 14, 2012

  3. at UICC (the U of Ill Circle Campus), a buddy of mine and i took Music209 and the prof, a musician (naturally)named richard somethingsomething started off each clas for about the first 3 weeks of class with the studio version of great white horse - played on heretofore the BEST stereo system i’d ever heard out onto a 200 seat lecture hall.
    absolutely beautiful and left a lastng impression on me.
    plus i’ve recently read a couple of ‘histories of folk’ so now i really know who these players were. nice serendipity.
    THANKS for the refresher!!

    By Rocdoc on Nov 17, 2012

  4. Attention fans, Mimi Farina’s and Tom Jans’ album TAKE HEART has finally been reissued on CD. They’ve put it together with Tom Jans’ first album:
    http://www.amazon.com/Take-Heart-Tom-Jans/dp/B00B943SC8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390182011&sr=8-1&keywords=tom+jans

    By Doug on Jan 20, 2014

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