December 14, 2013 – 1:40 pm

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Boston 1970 [no label, 1CD]

Boston Tea Party, 15 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA; February 8 (not 5th), 1970. M1-SBD* BostonGold/CoolSonics TRUE STEREO upgrade versions.

Thanks to kneesfudd for sharing the tracks at Dime.

kneesfudd’s notes:

- UNISSUED Tea Party jam experience in aural technicolor
- From BostonGold’s 1st generation reel by way of The Florida Kid
- Complete true stereo (!) upgrade: Remasters with and without EQ plus raw tape and new bonus version

- ABSOLUTELY NOT the same as Joe Walsh and Clapton “Encore Jam” on Fleetwood Mac “Live At The Boston Tea Party” box set
- Also NOT the same as “On We Jam” on CD3 from that set
- this jam is NOT commercially released

- In my opinion, for the best continuous enjoyable listening, go directly to #1
- For me, the EQ’d BostonGold version UPGRADES circulating copies as it’s a continuous, true stereo, warmer, remastered source

TWO “NEW” [completely true stereo] VERSIONS of the unissued Tea Party Fleetwood Mac and Eric Clapton jam.

UPDATE: December 15, 2013

The date of the jam is February 8 and not February 5. gv0000 at Dime noted:

Dinky Dawson (Fleetwood Mac sound guy), in his book “Life On The Road” describes the jam taking place at the end of the Delaney & Bonnie set on Sunday February 8, with Clapton, Peter Green, Joe Walsh and Donnie Scott (Tea Party light show operator and janitor) on congas. He notes that Fleetwood Mac hung around after their Tea Party run to see Delaney & Bonnie with Clapton. The James Gang also opened the Delaney & Bonnie shows on February 8 & 9, 1970 as well as the Fleetwood Mac run.

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Click here for additional notes.

Recording Information:
stereo soundboard (*or possibly on stage microphones) > unknown stereo equipment > master stereo 2 track reel-to-reel > 1st generation (7&1/2 ips?) stereo reel > circa 2008 transfer on unknown equipment to digital data DVD-R as a 48kHz/16bit wav file. (*Stage mikes possibility based on extraneous sounds in a couple of places & noise after jam). EXCEPT… Version 3, the first 2/3rds has one additional reel generation (noted as 2nd Gen Maxell tape @7&1/2 ips on a Technics 1506 > Tascam Professional CD Recorder > EAC > wav > flac) and other unknown subsequent digital generations and tinkering.

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. Unissued Jam Version 1 - BostonGold remastered and speed correction & EQ (16:53) (28.4MB)
Track 02. Unissued Jam Version 2 - BostonGold remastered and speed correction and NO EQ (16:53) (28.4MB)
Track 03. Unissued Jam Version 3 - Sidewindersf version NEWLY remastered WITH new BostonGold 6-minute ending with more extreme EQ (16:52) (28.3MB)
Track 04. Unissued Jam Version 4 - BostonGold RAW tape (dithered down from 48/16 to 44.1) (17:00) (28.6MB)
67 mins

Lineup (unconfirmed except Green and Clapton!) - kneesfudd’s notes:
Peter Green - electric guitar
Eric Clapton - electric guitar
Danny Kirwan - electric guitar
John McVie - electric bass
Mick Fleetwood - drums
And… maybe Jeremy Spencer - electric guitar, though very likely Spencer was not on stage as he was coming and going during their sets and I don’t think there are four guitars here.

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  2. Thanks,bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on Dec 14, 2013

  3. someone is definitely contributing on an insistent tambourine throughout the piece. perhaps Spencer may be the one on tambourine?

    By erskine bowles on Dec 14, 2013

  4. So, ummmm…for those of us who aren’t serious audiophiles, any recommendations as to which of these is best to listen to?

    By YogaforCynics on Dec 15, 2013

  5. The first is just fine. The thread over at Dime places this on the 8th of Feb after a Delaney and Bonnie gig.

    By jameschan on Dec 15, 2013

  6. Hello James

    Thanks for the feedback.

    By bigozine2 on Dec 15, 2013

  7. if its only 67 mins of your life.. listen to them all and then dl the one u think sounded the best. or dl them all and make one cd.

    By darth on Dec 15, 2013

  8. i don’t care what you guys say, i’m gonna listen to them all!

    and, as always, thanks, big o!


    By I-) on Dec 16, 2013

  9. ..Once again, thanks to big O for such great musical history..2 young guitar giants BEFORE all the other stuff in their lives, when BLUES mattered most..

    By beega on Dec 17, 2013

  10. I have this jam as part of a Mac show dated 2/5/70. Mac played the Tea Party on the 5th, 6th and 7th, but not the 8th. I’ve heard that Joe Walsh sat in on the jam at some point. There are a couple of jams from these shows commercially released as all 3 nights were recorded. On the 11th, Mac jammed with the Dead and Duane Allman down in New Orleans.

    By micummings on Dec 17, 2013

  11. NIIIIIIIIIICE!!!!!!!!! Thanks BigO dudes!!!

    By DanC on Dec 18, 2013

  12. chances are fmac didnt make the trip to new orleans yet and hung around in boston and didnt actually play the tea party as a unit themselves on the 8th. they are not actually listed as having played that nite. however delaney and bonnie are listed as playing the tea party that nite. so what seems likely is that some of the members of fmac joined eric and so on… and had a jam on the 8th at the tea party before fmac ran off to new orleans to do their performance there. then joe walsh joined as he often did with whoever was around at the time in whatever city he was in. there are various jams with him both released and unreleased. he could have jammed on this session as well as the released one which happened on another nite which is obviously different from this one. simply listening to this and that will tell anyone that there is a difference.
    to clarify.. i hope this clears things up a little. this is from the 8th. it isnt from the end of a fmac performance. it is likely with joe walsh. it is with several fmac members. it is from boston. it isnt released. it isnt the same as the released one from the same venue from a couple of days prior. whew!

    By darth on Dec 18, 2013

  13. i hope this clears things up a little

    another news item from wannabe rolling stone reporter darth .
    clear as mud.

    By teeny bopper on Dec 18, 2013

  14. “i hope this clears things up a little.”

    It doesn’t. You’re just regurgitating what Dinky Dawson wrote in his book, which is clearly stated in the notes above.

    By Dingus on Dec 18, 2013

  15. darth you got any pictures of Fmac from the blues days?

    By dropkick sarge on Dec 20, 2013

  16. Stellar line-up. Thanks!

    By Rintesh Roy on Feb 28, 2014

  17. Are these tracks with Eric Clapton, part of the 3 cd collection of Fleetwood mac in Boston in 1970, and what are the track names in this collection?
    Martin Pardys

    By Martin Pardys on Mar 26, 2014

  18. Is this Fleetwood mac collection with Eric Clapton on cd for sale?

    By Martin Pardys on Apr 2, 2014

  19. check this out !! …

    By Bruno on Sep 17, 2014

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