March 22, 2014 – 5:33 am

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City Mourning Freedom [no label, 1CD]

Live in Ohio 1970. Mega-rare restored vinyl. Good to very good FM broadcast.

Mark-Almond (made up of Jon Mark and Johnny Almond and occasionally referred to as The Mark-Almond Band) were an English band of the late 1960s and early 1970s, who worked in the territory between rock and jazz. The melancholy tones of saxophonist Almond were an integral part of the group’s sound, and Almond frequently played flute as well, including the bass flute. - wikipedia

Thanks to Doinker for sharing this at Dime and at Lossless Legs.

Doinker’s notes:

If there ever was a bootleg show that I could take to the grave with me, it would be this one. Musically, it’s that important to me. This music is perfect for listening to at 3 am when you don’t know where or what you are anymore. Complex, inward harmonies blend with haunting sax and striking vocals. And, don’t forget, the social conciousness thrown in for good measure!

The sides were reversed and blended for this torrent as [the tracks were] out of sequence on the vinyl. The setlist listed on the vinyl goes like this:

The City

In fact there are a couple of mistakes here. The City was played at this show as an encore, Mourning is in fact The Sausalito Bay Suite, and there is another track after The City. The fact that “TSBS” is cut at the point where it is, is a wound deep enough that I can’t heal it. You just have to take the fact that there’s almost 12 minutes of this piece, and leave it like that. I can’t tell you how much it would mean to me if you have this song in its entirety from this show.

After retracking and properly identifying these songs, I come up with the setlist [below].

Beg and Plea: If you have a more complete version of this show, please post it!

Artwork by davies51 - Thanks!

Phonygraf vinyl speed corrected on turntable > Sound Forge 6.0 > Click and Crackle removal > Noise Reduction using SF’s excellent NR suite (”dead space” noise removal) > cdr > Flac via Nero

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Track 01. Freedom 11:11 (18.8MB)
Track 02. Mourning (The Sausalito Bay Suite) 11:45 (19.7MB)
Track 03. The City - Part A 7:40 (12.9MB)
Track 04. The City - Part B 11:22 (19.1MB)
Track 05. Love (Pickup) 7:18 (12.3MB)
50 mins

The City has been arbitrarily split for easier access.

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  1. 14 Responses to “THE MARK-ALMOND BAND - OHIO 1970”

  2. Thanks BigO- The City has always been a favorite. I’m curious to hear it live. I guess folks know that Mark & Almond were in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers but for something that sounds closer to this try to find Sweet Thursday with Jon Mark, Alun Davies & Nicky Hopkins.

    By sking on Mar 22, 2014

  3. Thanks, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on Mar 22, 2014

  4. Few laughs lately but . . . . . here’s me waiting for ‘Tainted Love’!

    Keep ‘em comin’ Big O

    It’s appreciated, you know that right?

    By swappers on Mar 22, 2014

  5. Thank you. Seeing this band was my first exposure to superlative drummer Dannie Richmond.

    By Jim Duckworth on Mar 23, 2014

  6. Back in College in the Early-Mid Seventies, Mark-Almond was probably my Favorite Band! Thanks, BigO!

    By Britinvdon on Mar 23, 2014


    By darth on Mar 23, 2014

  8. darth- I’m sure you’ve realized by now that you made a huge mistake about Kent State. It’s time to man up and admit it and also to apologize for your rude comments towards me. Here’s the link:

    By Dingus on Mar 23, 2014

  9. i didnt make any mistake. i am 100% positive in what i said. period.

    By darth on Mar 24, 2014

  10. Then you should be able to back it up with credible information, but you can’t. Asshole.

    By Dingus on Mar 24, 2014

  11. “i didnt make any mistake.”

    no you didnt darth…





    but have a good day you fucking loser…!!!

    By Jerry's Finger on Mar 24, 2014

  12. According to wiki, you’re all kinda wrong. 4 dead, 1 paralyzed:

    Killed (and approximate distance from the National Guard):

    Jeffrey Glenn Miller; age 20; 265 ft (81 m) shot through the mouth; killed instantly
    Allison B. Krause; age 19; 343 ft (105 m) fatal left chest wound; died later that day
    William Knox Schroeder; age 19; 382 ft (116 m) fatal chest wound; died almost an hour later in a hospital while undergoing surgery
    Sandra Lee Scheuer; age 20; 390 ft (120 m) fatal neck wound; died a few minutes later from loss of blood

    Wounded (and approximate distance from the National Guard):

    Joseph Lewis Jr.; 71 ft (22 m); hit twice in the right abdomen and left lower leg
    John R. Cleary; 110 ft (34 m); upper left chest wound
    Thomas Mark Grace; 225 ft (69 m); struck in left ankle
    Alan Michael Canfora; 225 ft (69 m); hit in his right wrist
    Dean R. Kahler; 300 ft (91 m); back wound fracturing the vertebrae, permanently paralyzed from the chest down
    Douglas Alan Wrentmore; 329 ft (100 m); hit in his right knee
    James Dennis Russell; 375 ft (114 m); hit in his right thigh from a bullet and in the right forehead by birdshot, both wounds minor
    Robert Follis Stamps; 495 ft (151 m); hit in his right buttock
    Donald Scott MacKenzie; 750 ft (230 m); neck wound

    By rick on Mar 25, 2014

  13. As a teen, did you ever take chances on music, buy something and hope for the best? This was me in 1972. Finding Mark-Almond Rising in a record store with no knowledge of their history or background (i.e., Mayall). Well, somethings do turn out well and finding Jon and Johnny has been a wonderful experience for these many years. The City can though turn you inside out.

    By Hap on Nov 15, 2016

  14. Links are not working for “THE MARK-ALMOND BAND - OHIO 1970”

    By John on Feb 12, 2021

  15. No John, they won’t be! You’ve got two hopes: Bob and NO!!

    By DD on Feb 12, 2021

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