May 14, 2014 – 2:38 pm

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Rolf’s Pepperland Bomb [Magna Qualitas Records, 2CD]

Live at the Pepperland Auditorium, San Rafael, CA; October 16, 1970. Very good audience recording.

Thanks to tapers Jay D and Ron C; Rolf Ossenberg; and to MQR for sharing this at The Traders’ Den.

MQR’s notes:

MQR releases this in memory of Rolf Ossenberg, who passed away on 17 December, 2012. This show was the last Rolf worked on in the few days before he left us. Thanks to him and his passionate research over the course of 35 years, research that took him all over the world at great expense to himself in search of master tapes and other Pink Floyd material, this show wasn’t lost to time. All those who knew this gentle and nice guy can recognize in this artwork the same style he used in his loony New Year cards.

The following notes were written by WRomanus and }{eywood based on the recollections of Rolf, Mike K, Ron C, Duckpont49, creamcheese and WRomanus.

Pepperland resided in San Rafael, CA, USA from September 1970 to the end of January 1972. Prior to that it was known as Euphoria (though only for the summer of 1970) Bermuda Palms, and Lichfield’s. Pepperland was a Beatles-themed hall that featured a quadraphonic sound system designed by sound engineer John Meyer, who later built custom PA systems for the Grateful Dead. It was two large rooms joined together with a partial wall separating both rooms. This wall was opened up and later removed. The Room had a very low ceiling less than 10 feet high, creating excellent sound. The support girders for the hall’s roof were adorned with painted portholes that mimicked the windows of the Yellow Submarine. Even the sound system blended into the décor, with the speakers molded into huge fiberglass cones in which people would often be found sitting. There was very poor ventilation. Lots of pot and cigarette smoke. No air conditioning. No HVAC. Very cold in winter, too hot the rest of the time…

Pink Floyd were on tour promoting their new album, Atom Heart Mother, which had just been released a few days before. They played there two nights, the 16th and 17th, returning to California for the fourth time in their career. As with everytime they came to CA they felt at their best and their performance was really hot. This time, though, was the first time they didn’t play Interstellar Overdrive, an omission not lost to the Californian fans who considered it a certainty.

That first night there were many problems with the power. The club’s system was unable to deal with the multichannel sound system the Floyd brought, and several power outages marred the performance of Astronomy Domine. Three more small outages occurred during the crescendo of A Saucerful of Secrets, but this time the band forged on and finished the song in spite of them, much to the fans’ delight.

The main artwork is made with two of the pics WRomanus took of Rolf talking about this show with Ron C, one of the tapers, during a meeting of floydian fans in Rome. WRomanus conceived this artwork with Rolf’s loony New Years cards in mind…

Click here for the complete notes.

As  }{eywood (jpeace) pointed out, “This is the best this show has ever sounded, and probably ever will.”

Tapers: Jay D and Ron C. They sat 10-12 rows back, left of center.
Recording equipment: Sony TC-126 with Powered Single Point Stereo Microphone, using either Sony Red or Green cassette tapes
Oct 1970. Recording equipment > Sony TC-252 7″ Reel to Reel Recorder >1/4“ Scotch 140 RtR Tape (Jay D copy).
Jun 2011. 1st gen 1/4“ Scotch 140 RtR Tape > Baking process > Revox A77 RtR Deck > Tascam US-200 > Adobe Audition 24/96.
2013. 50 Hz dehumming in iZotope RX 2 Advanced > EQ > NR1 in RX > 1st Manual cleaning and restoring iZ RX2 A> NR2 in RX > 2nd Manual cleaning iZ RX2 A > EQ and MB compression > Balancing > Adobe Audition 1.5 for some manual dynamic adjustments…
24/96 version - TLH for SBE fix and FLAC Level 8.

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UPDATED: October 9, 2015

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  1. 10 Responses to “PINK FLOYD - SAN RAFAEL 1970”

  2. Thanks, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on May 14, 2014

  3. Ditto… Thanks.. new for me..

    By Tom on May 14, 2014

  4. Splendid !

    By Claude Nine on May 14, 2014

  5. how frustrating that must have been trying to complete one song.

    By dropkick sarge on May 14, 2014

  6. Super!!!!
    In memoriam of a unique person and a collector with heart

    By Benk on May 14, 2014

  7. Thank you Big O Amigos, this may be a big part of what the Dr. ordered to help me get through what may be a challenging weekend. Thompson sunset here we come !!


    By James on May 15, 2014

  8. Awesome! I’ve actually had this bootleg for a number of years now (PEPPERLAND IN THE WEST), but the sound quality on this one is WAY BETTER!!!! I hadn’t heard of Rolf Ossenberg until now, but BLESS HIM for his work and thanks again BIG O!

    By Daniel Kershner on May 15, 2014


    By darth on May 17, 2014

  10. Was not at this show but did see 2 Captain Beefheart shows at Pepperland.Was great room and remember the big white horns in the corners.

    By Russ on May 27, 2014

  11. Amazing Recording From Pink Floyd In 1970! Here In 2015, I Am Glad Guys That Rolf, Had The Time, Sense & Money To Tape Pink Floyd In 1970! This Is Such A Great Find!I Was Born In 1975! Pink Floyd 1967-1975! I Can not Get Enough!

    By Marc on Jan 23, 2015

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