July 31, 2014 – 4:51 am

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San Francisco 1977 [no label, 3CD]

Live at the Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; April 8, 1977 (early and late shows). Very good audience recordings.

Thanks to kneesfudd for sharing these tracks at Dime.

kneesfudd added: “It really doesn’t speak well of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that these guys haven’t been inducted yet. They’ve been in mine for 44 years and it’d be longer but they didn’t hit my radar until about 1970 other than the big hit. Pretty damn impressive repertoire of material.”

Early Show notes (by kneesfudd):
- Very fine audience in small club (with some overload in this show only).
- Warts: Some distortion in loud passages where taper must have had levels too hot (this show only). #8 cuts and #9 starts late at tapeflip. Could use a bit of treble push in my opinion. Surely missed some dropouts but tapes were in good shape.

Late Show notes:
Could use a bit of treble push in my opinion. Surely missed some dropouts but tapes were in good shape. Tapeflip between 7 and 8 (no music missing).

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unknown stereo cassette recorder & microphone(s) > master narrow stereo audience cassette > 1st generation Maxell XLII-S 90 cassette, Dolby B on.

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Disc 1 (Early Show)
Track 101. intro & tuning up 1:18 (2.2MB)
Track 102. Something Magic 3:54 (6.5MB)
Track 103. Conquistador 5:19 (8.9MB)
Track 104. Nothing But The Truth 3:31 (5.9MB)
Track 105. Strangers In Space 7:55 (13.3MB)
Track 106. Grand Hotel 6:58 (11.7MB)
Track 107. The Mark Of The Claw 5:14 (8.8MB)
Track 108. Homburg Whaling Stories 3:52 (6.5MB)
Track 109. Simple Sister As Strong As Samson 3:13 (5.4MB)
Track 110. Pandora’s Box 5:50 (9.8MB)
Track 111. The Unquiet Zone 9:10 (15.4MB)
Track 112. A Salty Dog 6:58 (11.7MB)
Track 113. Wizard Man 3:52 (6.5MB)
Track 114. A Whiter Shade Of Pale This Old Dog 5:46 (9.7MB)
73 mins

Disc 2 (Late Show)
Track 201. intro & tuning up 1:20 (2.2MB)
Track 202. Something Magic 3:49 (6.4MB)
Track 203. Conquistador 5:09 (8.6MB)
Track 204. Bringing Home The Bacon 4:22 (7.3MB)
Track 205. Strangers In Space 8:21 (14.0MB)
Track 206. Whaling Stories 8:28 (14.2MB)
Track 207. The Mark Of The Claw 5:14 (8.8MB)
Track 208. As Strong As Samson 5:17 (8.9MB)
42 mins

Disc 3 (Late Show contd)
Track 301. Simple Sister 3:05 (5.2MB)
Track 302. Pandora’s Box 6:36 (11.1MB)
Track 303. The Unquiet Zone 9:31 (16.0MB)
Track 304. A Salty Dog 4:53 (8.2MB)
Track 305. Wish Me Well 6:21 (10.7MB)
Track 306. Ooh Poo Pah Doo 4:39 (7.8MB)
Track 307. Wizard Man 3:30 (5.9MB)
Track 308. Well, I 6:54 (11.6MB)
46 mins

Gary Brooker - piano, vocals
Mick Grabham - electric guitar
Pete Solley - Farfisa organ, synthesizer, violin
Dee Murray - electric bass
BJ Wilson - drums

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  1. 11 Responses to “PROCOL HARUM - SAN FRANCISCO 1977”

  2. And thanks much for this one, too, Big O friends! I do love classic PH. This triple disk set will be good for my weekend yard work. Hot sun, but hot tunes makes for an easy job out of doors.

    Best regards!

    By golgo hakase on Jul 31, 2014

  3. One of my favorite bands……still going strong,Thanks, saw some great shows at the Old Waldorf but sure missed this one.

    By russ on Jul 31, 2014

  4. Thanks again Big O. Very interesting music here! The band had just released an underwhelming album and would disband for several years following this tour. Dee Murray filled in on bass for this tour only. Brooker, Grabham, Solley & Wilson, so much talent.

    By Rex on Jul 31, 2014

  5. Two “Whaling Stories” and a “Wish Ne Well” — not too shabby!

    By Jonathan King on Aug 1, 2014

  6. What? no Homburg? darn, it’s one of the only five or six Procul songs that I know.

    thanks for the post, BigO, a great post, as always. :)

    By HatMan on Aug 1, 2014

  7. Thanks, Big-O, great!

    One small correction: Track 109 is not “As Strong As Sampson”, but “Simple Sister”.

    By Jonas on Aug 2, 2014

  8. … and 114 is not This old Dog but A Whiter Shade of Pale.

    By Jonas on Aug 2, 2014

  9. Thanks Jonas.

    By bigozine2 on Aug 2, 2014

  10. Thank you very much! :)

    Great show and great sound, nice to have something more or less well recorded from this lineup!

    Another correction: track 108 is indeed Homburg, not Whaling Stories (but that is done -and greatly- on the latest show).

    By Jack Ponissi on Aug 2, 2014

  11. Thanks Jack.

    By bigozine2 on Aug 2, 2014

  12. Never to late for some old, gold, Procol

    By Jim Davis on Jun 12, 2015

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