June 6, 2015 – 3:53 pm

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Bath 1970 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Bath Festival Of Blues & Progressive Music ‘70, Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK; June 27, 1970. (Eighth band o’ the day, sandwiched between Colosseum and Steppenwolf.) Fairly good mono audience recording.

It’s A Beautiful Day was the showcase for David and Linda Laflamme.They enjoyed a brief vogue in the early ’70s ,their reputation built largely on the strengths of their 1969 LP entitled imaginatively - ‘It’s A Beautiful Day.” This featured some of the songs they played during their set at Bath, but by this date they had also released their second album, Marrying Maiden…

Highlights of this set are Time Is, which develops into a lengthy jam, as well as Soapstone Mountain, Hoedown and Bulgaria. This last number builds into a goodly jam which goes into some frantic spaces and is much longer than the album version.The sun actually shone during this set, which probably helped the band get the crowd going, it’s harder to boogie when you are wrapped up in a plastic sheet. -

Thanks to kneesfudd for sharing the show at Dime.

kneesfudd’s notes:

Fine but varying quality AUD (due mostly to weather!).
WARTS: Occasional mike bumps, mostly fixed but some not fully repaired. Bit o’ clappin’ in #4 - mostly exorcised. Occasional AUD talk, especially in #8. Several annoying unrepairable dropouts in #8. Tapeflip a minute into #10. At times wind creates some phasing, distortion & high end & fluctuations, but ’tis pretty damn groovy nonetheless.
Pattie Santos to crowd, “You make me feel so stoned!” and “This sure beats Albert Hall. It’s outside. Everybody’s stoned, having a good time” with AUD member response, “It’s bloody cold!”
WARNING! “The PILLS I gave you were NOT aspirins!, I repeat…” (stage announcement)

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Recording Information: unknown mono cassette recorder (dictaphone machine!) > master mono audience cassette tape > 1st generation Maxell XLII-90 cassette, Dolby off (transfer circa 1984).
Playback 2011-08-02: 1st generation Maxell XLII-90 cassette on Nakamichi BX-300 cassette deck, Dolby B off, azimuth adjusted, heads cleaned & demagnatized > Tascam CD-RW900SL professional CD recorder > CD-RW, no track splits > computer > EAC secure mode (logs made) > wav files

Remastering 2014-08-xx: wavs > Audacity [normalisation to remove DC offset, channel/phase alignment, fades, manual one-at-a-time glitch, bump, pop, click, dropout & dullspot repairs, volume adjustments, single averaged speed fix at +2.4% after spectral analysis & with pitchpipe verification, NO equalisation] > CD Wave (track splits) > flacs (Trader’s Little Helper) Tape was in quite good shape overall.

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. announcements 4:18 (7.2MB)
Track 02. Don & Dewey 9:07 (15.3MB)
Track 03. White Bird 9:59 (16.8MB)
Track 04. Hoedown 3:57 (6.6MB)
Track 05. It Comes Right Down To You 5:16 (8.9MB)
Track 06. Soapstone Mountain 5:49 (9.8MB)
Track 07. Essence Of Now 7:19 (12.3MB)
Track 08. Time Is 10:22 (17.4MB)
Track 09. Bulgaria 5:50 (9.8MB)
Track 10. Bombay Calling 5:44 (9.6MB)
68 mins

David LaFlamme - violin, vocals
Pattie Santos - vocals, tambourine, cowbell on #3
Hal Wagenet - electric guitar, backing vocals
Fred Webb - keyboards, backing vocals
Mitchell Holman - electric bass, vocals
Val Fuentes - drums
Bruce Steinberg or ? - harmonica (including solo) on #2 only

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  1. 16 Responses to “IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY - BATH 1970”

  2. Looks nice.. Thanks BigO!

    By Tom on Jun 6, 2015

  3. if professionally filmed / recorded dvds exist of the knebworth festivals and u can buy the massive box set with the early bath 69 and 70 festivals in there as well.. im curious as to why we are stuck with audience recordings of this? unless of course what is on the box set isnt anywhere near complete. i saw the listing of what is included in that monstrosity for approximately $230 or 150 pounds. and frankly the value is absolutely there. theres reprints of handbills and t shirts and over 100 photos and while i forget the exact details its like 32 dvds etc. etc. i cant even imagine the sound being less than stellar. the shipping wasnt even that bad on it. i think it was about $30 or so. i forget but i still have the mail. i wish the specifics of how much of each performance by each artist were included prior to purchase.

    By darth on Jun 6, 2015

  4. Thanks for this…..those were the days.Bombay Calling was written by Oakland’s Vince Wallace who played in Little John.

    By russ on Jun 7, 2015

  5. I bought the mid-priced first incarnation of the “BATH BOX” and the reproduced posters, book, handbills etc are great. The 3 cdrs were only vg quality audience tapes. Now there a numerous box sets available from the Bannister family. Glad we finally got the Zep set in excellent quality and it wasn’t from the Family either.

    By rich on Jun 7, 2015

  6. the zep from knebworth has been available in ex quality in audio since 80. no later than 81 for sure. in video it sure took a while. not til about a year or so before the official dvds came out did the best quality full shows show up finally. but in the mid 80s or so around 86 or 7 a massive amount of audios from the sbd suddenly appeared and many say it was because page’s apt was robbed. who knows if that was a true story.
    but i got a recent email with the offer of a massive collection and i would assume that the vast majority of recordings in it were sbd. if theyre audience id be pissed.

    By darth on Jun 7, 2015

  7. i always get pissed when the stuff i steal isnt the best quality.

    By darth 3 on Jun 7, 2015

  8. You forgot to credit Dewey Terry and Don “Sugarcane” Harris. I got the opportunity to hang out with them and Merle Sanders for a while in the 90’s. Even after his years battling heroin, Sugarcane Harris was a master on the violin.

    By Playaboy on Jun 7, 2015

  9. Playaboy, kudos for noting Sugarcane. Like many others, I knew of him from “Hot Rats”. What a talent! There’s a few albums out there… “Flashin’ Time” I think, was particularly hot.

    By Happy Camper on Jun 8, 2015

  10. There’s about 4 Sugarcane lps on MPS German label and live stuff with Zappa [1 or 3 shows only] and several shows with Mayall. The Mayall live Canada has some great Sugarcane solos - and Harvey Mandel! There’s some Sugar on some Johnny Otis lps I have also.

    By rich on Jun 8, 2015

  11. Rich, would do you remember the precise title of the live Mayall/Sugarcane album?


    By Happy Camper on Jun 8, 2015

  12. the live double Mayall cd with Sugar and Mandel is called “Rockin’ The blues Tonight” on Castle label from 2000. They don’t id the dates or venues; but it has nice long solo features for all.

    By rich on Jun 11, 2015

  13. Rich, thanks!

    By Happy Camper on Jun 11, 2015

  14. happy camper..

    By sluggo on Jun 11, 2015

  15. sugarcane harris also did an incredible version of “directly from my heart to you” with frank & the mothers.

    thx for the info, i didnt know he was half of don & dewey.

    By barth on Jun 11, 2015

  16. Rich & Sluggo, OK, resistance is futile. Just ordered the disc. Thanks for reference to an album I didn’t know existed.

    Everything Sugarcane did with Zappa is exemplary. I prefer the dirty country-blues style with Frank and Mayall to the funk-based songs he favored on his solo stuff, but that’s just my own taste.

    By Happy Camper on Jun 11, 2015

  17. Johnny Otis had a very small club in Sebastopol, CA during the late 80′ and 90’s. I was lucky enough to see Johnny, Don & Dewey, Etta James, and Merle Saunders play and sing together quite a few times. Sugarcane would always steal the show. The man played an amazing violin.

    Those folks were the SF music scene before the Garcia, Slick and the Haight Ashbury days.

    By Playaboy on Jun 11, 2015

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