October 1, 2013 – 9:07 am

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Gentle On Your Mind TV Special 1970 [no label, 1CD]

Audio from TV special, Gentle On Your Mind, KCOP-TV, LA; October 18, 1970. Very good soundboard (TV broadcast).

This TV special titled, Hartford, Mitchell & Seeger - Gentle On Your Mind, features John Hartford, Joni Mitchell and Pete Seeger.

Thanks to Flashback17 for sharing the tracks at Dime; and to ethiessen1 for the artwork.

Joni and Pete performed a duet of Both Sides Now. Pete wrote, and sang, three new verses especially for Joni.

Daughter, daughter, don’t you know,
you’re not the first to feel just so?
But let me say before I go,
it’s worth it anyway.

Someday we may all be surprised.
We’ll wake and open up our eyes
and then we all will realize
the whole world feels this way.

We’ve all been living upside down
and turned around with love unfound
until we turn and face the sun.
Yes, all of us, everyone.

From Reel to Reel tape of broadcast
1st Gen Cassette
Transfer: PB Pioneer CT-F1000 > ASUS Xonar DG Sound Card > Audacity 2.0 @96k/24bit > Export to 44.1k/16bit Flac8 > TLH SBEs Fixed
No added signal processing

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. Frustrated Bird (Hartford) [2:58] (5.0MB)
Track 02. In Tall Buildings (Hartford) [2:03] (3.4MB)
Track 03. I Could Drink A Case Of You (Mitchell) [3:57] (6.6MB)
Track 04. Bring Me Little Water (Seeger) [2:37] (4.4MB)
Track 05. Orange Blossom Special (Hartford) [4:38] (7.8MB)
Track 06. Both Sides Now (Mitchell-Seeger) [6:20] (10.6MB)
Track 07. Willy (Mitchell) [3:13] (5.4MB)
Track 08. For Free (Mitchell) [4:14] (7.1MB)
Track 09. A Simple Thing as Love (Hartford) [4:04] (6.8MB)
Track 10. Sunshine Lady, You Really Know How to Slow a Man Down (Hartford) [3:24] (5.7MB)
Track 11. The Water Is Wide (Seeger-Mitchell) [3:21] (5.6MB)
Track 12. Mr. Tambourine Man (Mitchell-Hartford) [3:59] (6.7MB)
45 mins

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  2. Thanks. Looks like a great show!

    By Berend on Oct 1, 2013

  3. Met John Hartford once when I was working in a club in the DC area in the early 80’s - he was talented for sure but man was he one strange dude….

    By dwight on Oct 1, 2013

  4. please tell us more, dwight

    By barth on Oct 1, 2013

  5. real nice. Thanx……..

    By Timmy on Oct 1, 2013

  6. don’t agree, dwight; john was the greatest; his gd wife was a problem….he preferred dying on the road in the bus than being with her….

    By rick harper on Oct 1, 2013

  7. Since when are being “one strange dude” and “the greatest” mutually exclusive?

    Thanks for this, BIGO!

    By YogaforCynics on Oct 2, 2013

  8. I didnt say he wasn’t great - he was a fantastic musician and as I remember he played a great set to a sold out show - and he also came out to meet all the crowd and sign autographs. It being 30 years or more ago - I can’t say i remember all the details - that was just how he struck me - very inwardly drawn - he was almost frail it seemed and didn’t really like shaking hands as I remember - not that he was rude and didnt want to do it - maybe he was just shy - and still came out to meet folks anyway - its hard to say - really - I was not trying to be rude - a lot of musicians I met fell into that one strange dud category - hell I’d probably fall into that category on many occasions as well

    By dwight on Oct 2, 2013

  9. you and me both, dwight. john hartford seemed to be a man from a different era, playing old-time traditional folk and bluegrass music. he also was a mississippi river boat captain for a long time. u could be right he may have just been a shy guy offstage. thanks for sharing.

    By barth on Oct 2, 2013

  10. btw.. steve martin and edie brickell are on ellen on tues the 8th. figured fans of bluegrass would appreciate this. shes on around 4pm in most markets.

    By darth on Oct 5, 2013

  11. Thanks BigO. Based on listening to the Joni Mitchell tracks, sound quality is good but several tracks either start or end abruptly with excess applause. “Mr. Tambourine Man” is particularly interesting. On “Both Sides Now,” Mitchell dominates and Pete Seeger has some trouble keeping up on the harmonies but is strong singing his verses, with some interesting harmonizing from Joni.

    By Jania on Oct 7, 2013

  12. thanks for the bigO, joni!


    By I-) on Oct 7, 2013

  13. this is how the song appears in my collection -
    Steve Martin & Edie Brickell - Sarah Jane and the Iron Mountain Baby (Ellen Degeneres La Ca 10-8-13)

    By darth on Oct 9, 2013

  14. isn’t that sweet.thanks so much for sharing

    By candy says who cares on Oct 9, 2013

  15. no problem-was glad to

    By candy says who cares on Oct 9, 2013

  16. well isn’t that precious.

    By candy says who cares on Oct 9, 2013

  17. It would be very interesting to know who the other musicians are.

    By slot sleet on Oct 10, 2013

  18. It would be very interesting to know who the other musicians are.

    By slot sleet on Oct 10, 2013

  19. Hi folks,
    I am the person that found this tape and created the lossless files these mp3s came from.
    If there are any questions.

    By flashback17 on Dec 5, 2013

  20. thanks for the efforts flash.. what other tv specials have u done? when did u actually do this one? was it 43 years ago or from a rebrdcast or from an old recording etc.? the audio tracks of such tv performances as this from the 60s and 70s that have no official audio cd counterpart are hugely collectible of course. would love to know about and hear many more. talk to us.

    By darth on Dec 6, 2013

  21. RIP, Pete Seeger.

    By YogaforCynics on Jan 28, 2014

  22. I am responsible for this audio recording. I was an recording engineer at Sound City in the valley, when we were contracted to manage the audio portion of the show.
    The first major audio encounter was they had no echo chamber. Sound City had echo facilities, so we contracted with Pac Bell for a 1 day balanced line to our Burbank studios echo chamber.
    The drummer for the gig, drums were to loud for the set. KOPC’s wardrobe fixed the problem with felt circular pads fastened to the drums skins. The drummer also, I think first ever, wore headsets for the session, the same as in recording studios.
    I miked Pete Seeger with a lavaliere mic. up under his shirt. I sat in for Joni, for the lighting crew.
    The reel to reel mono tape came into existence purely as an editing tool for the show. The show was shot twice with a live audience as a dress rehearsal, then for the main show.
    It was through my suggestion that we record the audio track and the talkback tract on the reel to reel, to facilitate a pre-video editing with the reel to reel’s audio and talkback feed. The talk back is the com line to all cameras,video switcher, lighting director, producer etc.
    The audio is mono, because there was no stereo TV’s back then.
    The show was Recorded at KCOP because KCOP did not charge the Hartford production company a fee, so they could air it first, before it went into distribution.
    If anyone knows where the video tape for this production is, they have a real gold mine.
    Dale Batchelor
    [email protected]

    By Dale Batchelor on Feb 3, 2014

  23. on joni’s site there is this link -

    and on the site there is a link for a single video clip of the 6th track above but it didnt play for me. i had the full show on vhs in 88 or 89. i made an audio tape of it the week i got it. it fit easily on one side of a 90min tape. i lost them both in july 02.

    i highly recommend the 4 cd set - the clearwater concert from madison square garden 5-3-09. pete’s 90th birthday tribute. if you people here dont have it get it.

    By darth on Feb 3, 2014

  24. Hello Dale

    Thanks for your very informative note. Regards.

    By bigozine2 on Feb 3, 2014

  25. I was a very close personal friend of John Hartford’s of long duration and I take umbrage to some of the unfounded comments made about him. Seeing a person in passing does not give you want it takes to analyze someone (for one thing, he was anything but shy offstage. reserved nay better fit his demeanor. reserved yet kind and accommodating…). And as far as the vicious comment that he would rather died on the road then be with his wife, well think again, John and his 3rd wife were exceedingly close, and clearly very much in love. You have no idea what you are talking about. When John died I do believe they could not bear to be apart from each other because his wife died just months after John passed — on his birthday. What you are basing your opinion of only you know but you are off base and I r4esent the implication — on behalf of both John and his wife. (Easy to play loose and fast now that John is no longer with us…). John was like someone out of another time. The Victorian era to be exact. He loved the decor, the styles, the clothing from that time. His home reflected this penchant for the turn of the century. He fell in love with the river as a young school boy in St. Louis and he went on to get his pilot’s license. He was also an artist with great talent — a renaissance man to be sure. I would suggest that you do not judge ANYONE unless you have persona experience of some depth over and above seeing a person sign autographs following a performance. I felt the need to tell these self styled experts how wrong they are about John…

    By Gypsygirl on Apr 14, 2014

  26. I was a fan of John’s from the first time I saw him on the Glen Campbell Show. The way he often would put a little lick on the banjo at the end of the songs that he did with Glen made me buy and teach myself the banjo, still playing today, copying his finger picking patterns.
    I was wondering if anyone knew how his relationship with his father was; since John didnt follow in his footsteps, Carl G. Harford being a highly respected doctor. I’m glad he became a doctor of music instead, it certainly has healed my spirit during some rough times.

    By M White on Jul 14, 2014

  27. Wow, comments before the prepubescent boys started dropping in on this site. And thanks O and all who left some interesting info

    By Matches on Apr 2, 2019

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