April 14, 2014 – 5:31 am

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Featuring Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, the Marin County Collective and others
Mr Love [no label, 1CD]

Unreleased album sessions; California Rolling Thunder Studios, Novato, CA. 1972-1974. Good to very good soundboard; a bit of hiss.

From hooterollin.blogspot:

Sometime in 1969, Mickey Hart moved to an unused ranch near Novato Road in Novato, CA, in Marin County… Sometime in late 1970, a studio was built on Hart’s ranch, in the barn… The Grateful Dead’s plan to have their own record companies, Grateful Dead and Round, was years ahead of its time. The idea to have a dedicated studio at The Barn was also years ahead of its time. Both plans were too far ahead of their time to make economic sense. A few decades later, many acts had their own record companies and worked out of home studios… but the Dead started the train rolling before the track was finished.

Thanks to kneesfudd for sharing the tracks at Dime.

kneesfudd’s notes:

If this freaking cool collection of songs doesn’t shake some angel dust outta your music rafters, I don’t know what will - an antidote to the terrible überdownloader terrabyte lethargy and general binary digit burnout. Hoping it gets out to the right folks. If you like the Dead connections, you’ll be more than happy, but you SURE as hell shouldn’t be scared off by it if that’s not your bag, as that ain’t really what this is all about. If you dig The Meters, Paul Pena, Merl Saunders, fine funk/rock and West Coast jamming, cool psych-tinged ethereal guitars and the like, put the grandkids to bed somewhere far away and crank this sucker up.

I took some liberties and went ahead and titled this unissued studio album after this song, “Mr. Love”, which led off the recording. This one has some of the funk sound and some of the Paul Pena “New Train”-like sounds as well.

Very fine studio tapes with slight generational/ageing/hiss issues.
Warts: Not many, but got some hiss (louder at track starts and ends), slight muffling, and surely missed some dullspots (repaired most but a few in #3 not totally fixable).
Surfaced in early ’80s with Barry Melton and Mickey Hart unissued albums, all ‘72-74 and Snooky’s likely recorded over one to three months within one of those years.
No actual album title on tape. “Mr. Love” is the very hip first song and I took liberties and used it for the unissued album name.
#6 had no title so it’s a guess. (May also be “Trying To Survive”, “Cry If You Still Love Me”, or ?). If you know better, do tell.
Snooky is also seen spelled ‘Snookey’ and occasionally ‘Snookie’. [Janis Joplin’s Kozmic Blues Band fame.]

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master multi-track reels > master 2-track stereo mixdown reels > unknown analog generations (my cassette pre-dates DAT) > unknown generation Maxell XLII-90 cassette, Dolby B on

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. Mr Love 4:05 (6.9MB)
Track 02. untitled instrumental #1 3:32 (5.9MB)
Track 03. I’ve Got You (We’ve Got Each Other) 2:29 (4.2MB)
Track 04. You Got To Stay 2:56 (4.9MB)
Track 05. untitled instrumental #2 3:27 (5.8MB)
Track 06. Fighting To Stay Alive 2:30 (4.2MB)
Track 07. untitled instrumental #3 4:31 (7.6MB)
Track 08. Love Is A Mystery 3:21 (5.6MB)
Track 09. What Can I Say 7:09 (12.0MB)
34 mins

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  2. Thanks, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on Apr 14, 2014

  3. thanks, bigO!


    By I-) on Apr 14, 2014

  4. Thanks Big O!

    Any idea who the players are?

    By ocripes on Apr 16, 2014

  5. The “Marin County Collective” (aka “The Planet Earth Rock’n'Roll Orchestra”) is a name attached to a loose affiliation of Bay Area musicians that played on a number of one-off projects in the early ’70’s. A couple of released albums they appeared on were David Crosby’s “If Only I Could Remember My Name” and Paul Kantner and Grace Slick’s “Blows Against the Empire.”

    The musicians involved in one session or another included: John Cipollina, David Freiberg, Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Robert Hunter, Phil Lesh, Kathi McDonald, Jim McPherson, Barry Melton, Steven Shuster, Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady.

    Your ears will have to tell you which ones were playing what here.

    By drkrick on Apr 17, 2014

  6. so why did this never get released??? and more unreleased stuff in mickey’s vaults? ye gods, release thee!

    By Ron Tamra on Aug 8, 2014

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