September 7, 2013 – 4:31 am

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Boston 1970 [no label, 1CD]

Live at WBCN Studios, Boston, MA; November 21, 1970. Good to fairly good FM broadcast.

Posted at lostlivedead.blogspot:

[The Grateful Dead had a gig on November 21, 1970 at Sargent’s Gym, Boston, MA.] Ned Lagin sat in with the Dead for the first time this night. Meanwhile, the Allman Brothers were playing the Boston Tea Party across time [sic]. Early on the morning of the 22nd [21st?], Duane Allman, Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir drop by WBCN-FM in Boston and play a little acoustic music over the air.

The sound isn’t pristine but the music sure is pretty; and everyone seems to be having a good time. Listeners will too. And Deadheads won’t be surprised to find Garcia and company starting the show with Marty Robbins’ El Paso - a song the Dead practically called their own since 1969.

Thanks to original uploader davmar77 and to jarrowsrn for keeping it alive at HungerCity.

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Track 01. advertisement (930k)
Track 02. El Paso (9.4MB)
Track 03. banter (3.2MB)
Track 04. Big River (4.9MB)
Track 05. I Know You Rider (12.1MB)
Track 06. banter (3.1MB)
Track 07. Jam (3.7MB)
Track 08. banter (2.4MB)
Track 09. Dark Hollow (5.2MB)
Track 10. banter (2.4MB)
Track 11. Angie (2.6MB)
Track 12. Let Me In (7.5MB)

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  1. 30 Responses to “JERRY GARCIA, BOB WEIR & DUANE ALLMAN - BOSTON 1970”

  2. these jam sessions from 68-71 whether they were brdcst on fm or just recorded at the house on haight or fulton or the matrix or anywhere else for that matter are some of my fave recordings. thank u so much for offering this. there are some other killer ones with harvey mandel and jorma and elvin bishop etc. that id love to see offered here.

    sure would love to see more tuna or tuna related items here.

    By darth on Sep 7, 2013

  3. agreed darth. i had a beautiful live jerry and john kahn from oregon state prison from ‘81, i believe, that i loaned out and never got back.
    if that’s in the big-O vault, it would be a great offering. in any case, thanks for this one big-O…

    By Billy Jack on Sep 7, 2013

  4. hey admin, no problem on yes. maybe later it will turn up.

    this show looks good. i’ll get it.


    By Ed Saad on Sep 7, 2013

  5. Great! Very historical…… Thanx

    By Timmy on Sep 7, 2013

  6. It’s always a treat to run across something I haven’t heard from Brother Duane, and especially in this company. Thanks BigO, davmar77 and jarrowsrn

    By drkrick on Sep 7, 2013

  7. “I Know You Rider” is the standout track here, very nice in the acoustic setting.

    By Jania on Sep 8, 2013

  8. they should have tuned to Eb

    By 3rd stone from the darth on Sep 8, 2013

  9. I was looking forward to this.. and I really want to say something positive. But the sad reality is that the sound quality sucks, Jerry Garcia had a bad cough, and Duane Allman forgot his guitar. So instead of in-the-groove jamming we have a lot of hung-over musicians with no real cohesion. Yeah, Garcia & Weir pull out a couple ok tunes, but you might as well listen to their live show on any given night in 1970.

    By Damon on Sep 8, 2013

  10. allways good to see duane allman stuff its all about the feel sometimes’ any way anybody know about this one trying to find it Derek and the Dominos with Duane Sky Dog Allman - Soul Mates Twin Flames. love to hear it thanks

    By the duke on Sep 8, 2013

  11. Thanks, for this BCN was THE station, back in the day. They used to have guests like this almost weekly. Does anyone have some of the J Geils shows on BCN?

    By Jimg on Sep 8, 2013

  12. The DJ was Charles Laquidara. For lots of great stories about WBCN and the guests they had on air, check out Carter Allan’s new book-
    Radio Free Boston.

    By Wyatt on Sep 8, 2013

  13. for diehards only , this sounds terrible and the playing is 2nd rate as well.

    By c 90 on Sep 9, 2013

  14. Good call, Darth. Definitely more Haute Tuna and Jorma is called for. I would love to hear some of the early post-Airplane jams with Papa John (”Screech”, as some would have it), which haven’t seen much light of day. There’s also some Tues. Night Matrix club jams with the creme de la SF creme sitting in, which I’ve got some of. Listening to it can be a bit of a slog, but whatever. I’m not a big Dead fan, tho I like some of the long Jorma-led jam-instrumentals, as opposed to the interminable Dead-jams. Why? I don’t know. To each his own. Some of Jerry’s bluegrassiana sounds nice, though.

    By lowendbill on Sep 9, 2013

  15. i have a small shitload of tuna especially from 69 thru 80s and far less in the 90s and up thru jormas birthday gig at the beacon a few yrs ago. i have nearly nothing from the last couple of years however since i dont use torrents anymore. while admittedly their best stuff is the first 20 yrs of their existence i have 100s of those recordings already including some astonishing stuff that im soooo happy to own. demos outtakes rehearsals alternates etc. love that stuff. but i sure would love to find some fms or sbds or very high end audience recordings from shows since that 70th birthday show. i do have a few but not a lot as i said. i am part of a group with 100 members on it (there was 300 a year or two ago but those old groups are dying) but vining and trading is now a thing of the past. people hoard and the best i could find anyone willing to do is b&p. that doesnt work for me. it would make so much more sense to put 10-20 shows on a dvd or 2 and start a vine so many ppl could have them. it would also save a lot of money on postage all around.
    there is a site that had 25 or so rare items on it but all the links were dead. i asked for them to be re-upped but the owner wouldnt do it. i have a bunch i can share with those who write to me privately. the ones i like that is.

    as for the quality of this recording on this page.. it does exist better than this. not by a lot but keep in mind that it has never been rebrdcst and it is 43 yrs old and was recorded on cassette tape originally which had just come into existence that year.
    im sure one or 2 of u idiots will have an argument about this. go ahead i dont mind. i already know this fact. but give it your best shot.

    By darth on Sep 9, 2013

  16. Wrong again, darth. “but give it your best shot.” I did. A Google search for “the history of cassette tapes” was all it took.

    darth: “it is 43 yrs old and was recorded on cassette tape originally which had just come into existence that year.” and “i already know this fact.”

    This concert was recorded in 1970, 43 years ago.

    Time Magazine: “The trusty audio cassette was introduced to the world in August of 1963.”

    eBay: “In 1962, Philips introduced the Compact Cassette.” and “The first prerecorded music cassettes were released in 1965, just three short years after the introduction of the Compact Cassette to the market.”

    Vintage Cassettes:
    “1963: Compact Cassette Philips introduced a prototype in Europe in August 1963 (at the Berlin Radio Show).”
    “1968: TDK SD. First cassette marketed for Hi-Fi market. TDK Super Dynamic.”
    “1970: Dolby B reduction system” and “DUPONT ‘Crolyn’ CrO2 tape”.

    As I’ve said before, darth- Who’s the idiot now?

    By Dingus on Sep 9, 2013

  17. I bought a cassette player recorder in the 60`s and was given a copy of what`s shakin` from elektra as a freebie to go with the player. so much for your info darth.

    By dropkick sarge on Sep 9, 2013

  18. Here’s a tip, darthyboy- if you want to harass your alleged harassers, you need to make them waste more time researching your “mistakes”. I only spent 10 minutes on this one, I didn’t need to look up your Mick Taylor/GHS boner, and everyone ignored your Radio City blabber. You’re too much of a simpleton to be subtle. Troll on, numbnuts.

    By Dingus on Sep 9, 2013

  19. dingus I`m really starting to believe he drops these bombs on purpose to stir the pot. I mean , how easy would it have been to check the origin of the cassette..

    By dropkick sarge on Sep 9, 2013

  20. That’s it, sarge. The “mistakes” are just way too obvious. I almost passed on this one, but it was easy. The Yes argument was a classic.

    The needy troll needs to be ignored.

    By Dingus on Sep 9, 2013

  21. lottsa tuna…this one and go to main page and check for more.

    By dropkick sarge on Sep 9, 2013

  22. yes there are 3 old tuna items there.. one from 69 70 and 76. all ex quality of course. what is very hard to locate and what doesnt seem to be as easily found and downloadable etc.. is material from the last 3 yrs. since jorma’s 70th birthday party at the beacon theater in nyc. but if there are ppl looking for anything they can get ahold of.. yes those 3 items are a very good start. the 76 palladium item is a killer.

    By darth on Sep 10, 2013

  23. Hate to say it, but I don’t know if I’d want recent Tuna recordings. Based on the last couple times I’ve seen him, in Hot Tuna or solo, Jorma’s gone from a guy who’d consistently jam like a madman ’til closing time to a mellow old dude who sits back and lets somebody else take all the solos for an hour or so (and that’s not even mentioning his recent albums). And no, I’m not dissing him for getting old. In fact, I’m glad that, after so many difficult years, judging by the strangely upbeat songs he’s been writing, he seems to have found happiness in his old age. And yet, he’s no longer making music I want to hear.

    By YogaforCynics on Sep 10, 2013

  24. over at sugarmegs…
    look under D for danny gatton and find this set with hot tuna..

    Jack and the Degenerates featuring Danny Gatton
    Riverside Church, NYC – Soundboard
    Dec. 26, 1989: 1-16

    Lone Star Roadhouse, NYC – Soundboard
    18 November 1989: 17-19

    Danny Gatton – Guitar
    Jack Casady – Bass
    Jorma Kaukonen – Guitar, vocals
    Billy Windsor – Rhythm guitar, vocals
    Dave Elliott – Drums

    From :

    Baby What You Want Me To Do
    Come Back Baby
    Jack and the Parakeet
    Deep Feelin’
    Shake Rattle And Roll
    Rock Me Baby
    Jack and the Thunderbird
    Jack and the Epileptic Fits
    Orange Blossom Special
    Folsom Prison Blues
    Johnny B. Goode
    Keep On Truckin’
    Medley Of Theme Songs
    Parchman Farm
    Louis Prima Medley: Oh Marie-Pennies From Heaven
    Salt Peanuts
    Unidentified Samba
    One-Note Samba

    By sluggo on Sep 10, 2013

  25. now theres something i would have absolutely and totally not even noticed or realized was there. and i didnt even see this happen live. thanks.

    By darth on Sep 10, 2013

  26. btw.. the gatton w/hot tuna track is 136mins and 40meg for anyone paying attn.

    By darth on Sep 10, 2013

  27. “i didnt even see this happen live.”

    Then it never happened at all.

    By Everyone Else On bigO on Sep 10, 2013

  28. mickey hart’s 70th birthday is tomorrow and i found this -

    By darth on Sep 11, 2013

  29. what are you planning to buy darth ?

    By c 90 on Sep 11, 2013

  30. what are you planning to buy darth ?

    god,what a stupid question

    By c 120 on Sep 11, 2013

  31. I thought that was Charles doing the DJ thing.Really enjoyed his shows on WBCN.Now have to get my free form radio from college stations and WBCN totally sucks now.And thank u for the show!

    By Mike on Sep 26, 2013

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