January 20, 2016 – 10:06 am

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Philadelphia 1969/Nijmegen 1985 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Philadelphia, PA; August ? 1969 (also listed as August 22). Fairly to very good soundboard. Live at O42, Nijmegen, The Netherlands; June 6, 1985 (incomplete). Very good FM broadcast, slight hiss.

The Sir Douglas Quintet was an American rock band, formed in San Antonio in 1964. Doug Sahm, a veteran of the professional music scene who first sang on the radio at the age of five, formed the Quintet (first called simply ‘Sir Douglas’) with longtime friend Augie Meyers and the other original members, Jack Barber, Frank Morin and Johnny Perez. Overall, the quintet were exponents of good-times music with strong roots in blues and Texas-regional traditions. The Quintet is perhaps best known for the 1965 hit single “She’s About a Mover” written by Doug Sahm. The song, which has a 12-bar blues structure, was once named the number one ‘Texas’ song by Texas Monthly. - wikipedia

Sahm died of a heart attack in his sleep in a motel room in Taos, New Mexico, in 1999. He was 58.

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Thanks to amellowsoul for sharing the Philly show at Dime.

Thanks also to rankstranger for sharing the Nijmegen show at Dime.

rankstranger noted: “This is all that’s around in FM quality; I don’t have the rest of the show, not even as an audience tape, which is a shame, as the band is in good spirits, maybe because they feel how much they are liked by the audience.”

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Philadelphia 1969
Track 01. Miller’s Cave 3:50 (6.5MB)
Track 02. I Wanna Be Your Momma Again 5:04 (8.5MB)
Track 03. In The Jailhouse Now 4:11 (7.0MB)
Track 04. Philadelphia Lawyer 4:43 (7.9MB)
Track 05. Colinda 4:13 (7.1MB)
Track 06. She’s About A Mover 4:20 (7.3MB)
Track 07. Mendocino 4:35 (7.7MB)
31 mins

Doug Sahm - guitar, vocals, fiddle
Harvey Kagan - bass
Frank Morin - percussion
Augie Meyers - organ
John Perez - drums

Nijmegen 1985
Track 08. San Antone 4:16 (7.2MB)
Track 09. Crying My Heart Out Over You 2:59 (5.0MB)
Track 10. Nuevo Laredo 2:47 (4.7MB)
Track 11. Mendocino 5:41 (9.6MB)
Track 12. Deep In The Heart Of Texas 3:01 (5.1MB)
Track 13. Ya No Llores 2:39 (4.5MB)
Track 14. She’s About A Mover 7:02 (11.8MB)
29 mins

Doug Sahm - vocals, guitar, bajo-sexto
Augie Meyers - organ, accordion, piano, vocals
Louis Ortega - guitar, vocals
Rocky Morales - tenor sax, harmonica
Larry Campbell - pedal steel guitar, fiddle (on lead guitar too?)
Louis Terrazas - bass
Ernie Durawa - drums

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  2. Thanks for posting thus wonderful music. Sahm is almost criminally unknown nowadays. One of his most amazing attributes was his ability and tendency to jump from one music genre to the next, flawlessly. He played Tex-Mex, Soul, Dance Pop, Country potboilers, Zydeco, Blues, Novelties, Hard Rock, Ballads, Jazzy Jams, Folk, and full-on Psychedelic music. Although he did not sell bazillions of records, he was rightfully respected by many of the finest popular musicians in the world. All of this music is great, but the 1969 show has a very peculiar and unpleasant mix, with Doug’s vocals and maracas on the right channel and all other instruments on the left channel. I did my own A/B mono fold-down, and it sounds superb. Stereo is not always superior to mono.

    By Lightning Popkins on Jan 20, 2016

  3. very nice! thanks bigO.

    Lightning- excellent assessment of Doug Sahm! i didn’t really get into his music until maybe ten years ago when i bought an outstanding live cd of mostly r&b tunes. as u said he was a master of multiple genres. thanks for the mono tip, i tried it and the first concert sounds much better.

    By barth on Jan 21, 2016

  4. thanks a million! great work!

    By yt on Sep 27, 2016

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