December 29, 2017 – 5:19 am


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The Lost Broadcast Philadelphia [Leftfield Media LFMCD502, 1CD]

Live at the Sigma Sound Studios, WMMR Rainbow Room, Philadelphia, PA; February 22, 1972. Very good soundboard.

Creep3147, Dime

Easily one of the best shows I ever got from DAD and one I have given out to the most people over the years… here’s my notes.:

The Story: Like any story passed on with some music this needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Here what was told to me and this is what I know: An intern at WMMR in the ’80s recorded this show to an analog source. Being such a tremendous recording this individual longed to re-record the master reel straight to a digital source as they became increasingly popular in the early ’90s.

At this point the intern had moved on and no longer had this type of access. However, he remembered periodically that the studio or the station allowed access to the ‘records room’ for research activity. Posing as a university affiliate doing research on ’70s radio advertising this individual gained access to the master reels with a portable Sony DAT deck. The room was laid out with shelves with tables on the far end with cassette decks, reel to reel and ‘cart’ type recorders. Unplugging the cart recorder and connecting the DAT deck, history was then digitized.

If you look at the timeline it was more than likely recorded with a Sony TCD D3. This early DAT deck was actually graced with a very nice A to D chip. I believe the same chip found in the Panasonic SV3700. Therefore a very nice digital transcript was made that day. At this time I was working at a mail order facility selling DAT tapes. Which at the time were very expensive, $12 or more per tape. The individual with this Bonnie recording told us the story above. Is it true? Who knows but he use to buy DAT tapes from us regularly. He made us a cassette of this famous recording and we bugged him to make us a DAT copy for months. He did not have the means to do DAT to DAT.

On a visit to the ’store’ in Stamford in 1992 we finally were able to make one DAT clone. I subsequently cloned that DAT. Most likely the clone was made between a Panasonic SV3700 and a Sony 59ES. Possibly between two SV3700. At the ’shop’ we had so many DAT decks with many configurations. I have no doubt this is direct from the Pre-FM Reels and one listen and you will have no doubt either. Easily one of the finest recordings by any musician at any time.

DAD poster writes: Blender Blues was a major oddity in the ’70s… people called each other when it was played on the radio. I was near my recorder and caught the whole song once and my tape was VERY popular at college. Don’t ask Bonnie about the song. Someone did on a live interview around the time Lowell died, and she chewed the poor guy’s face off on the air. Another: And for you Philly folks… this is with Gene Shay. (the DJ)

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Upon reseed (at Dime): NorthJersey writes:

Story NOT true. The circulating “pre-fm master” most likely came from the Ed Scaiky archive (That’s where I got my copy). In the early days (’60s-early ’70s)… MMR rarely archived. If a show was preserved it was mainly due to Ed’s passion… In fact, the legendary 1975 Main Point Springsteen broadcast was tape delayed. It started an hour or so later than the actual performance. The record company was so concerned about Ed making a “copy” for himself they actually stood over the DJ in the studio to make sure it wasn’t being copied to another off-air source. Ed was at the show, so he had no control over the operations back at the station. I remember listening that night and If I’m correct - at one point the next reel wasn’t delivered in-time and the station had to wait to continue the show… a few commercials, songs and when deliverd by courier, the show continued.

At the time, Ed’s only copy was the FM version and he spent countless hours with a razor blade trying to remove all those little clicks you heard on the air. They were caused by a problem in the station’s processing equipment which was breaking down and in need of repair. As for this recording, and many others from Sigma Sound… Ed either was given a dub from the studio or had a competent person back at the station who made off-air recordings for him (and the station). That’s why there are excellent sounding shows circulating… Ed was nice enough to allow friends to make copies from his reels.

My lineage was MR > HiFi vhs > cdr at the time. I was the first to offer it up for download here when I first came on board several years ago. For the record, the master “off air” reel shouldn’t/doesn’t contain a station identification jingle. The only mentions of WMMR were from Gene Shay at the beginning of the broadcast and Bonnie does a quickie… “I’m supposed to tell you you’re listening to a live broadcast…” in between songs. If this does have a jingle on it, most likely it’s not a master copy.

There was [a] Billy Joel post here awhile back that also contained an station ID from JAckson Browne. That was not on the master either. When the digital age came around the station actually re-hired DJ Michael Tearson to transfer their archives from analog to digital. It’s possible they allowed interns to do some work, but transfering audio from A to D wasn’t likely.

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Thanks to jamalthemoroccan for sharing the show on the net.

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Track 01. Mighty Tight Woman 3:52
Track 02. Rollin’ & Tumblin’ 3:49
Track 03. Any Day Woman 4:12
Track 04. Woman Be Wise 3:09
Track 05. Thank You 2:49
Track 06. Bluebird 3:23
Track 07. Finest Lovin’ Man 5:29
Track 08. Big Road 4:39
Track 09. Stayed Too Long 3:10
Track 10. Under The Falling Sky 4:14
Track 11. Walkin’ Blues 4:02
Track 12. Can’t Find My Way Home 3:08
Track 13. Richland Woman Blues 2:57
Track 14. Blender Blues 4:37
Track 15. Since I Fell For You 3:51
58 mins

Bonnie Raitt - guitar, piano, vocals
Dan (Freebo) Freeberg - bass
TJ Tindle - guitar, harp
John Davis - harp

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  1. 8 Responses to “BONNIE RAITT - PHILADELPHIA 1972”

  2. Bawdy Miss Bonnie! The best recording / presentation of Bonnie Raitt I’ve ever heard - but also the most edgy, raunchy set list 30’s blues style.

    By ScarRad on Dec 29, 2017

  3. Raitt - wondeful
    some more of the 3chordmusic …

    By fruchtas on Dec 29, 2017

  4. Is this different from the same show posted a few years ago? Great show. Her voice sounds fantastic.

    By Bernestalker on Dec 29, 2017

  5. Hello Bernestalker

    To be honest, your guess is as good as ours as the actual lineage for either version is not given. At least, this is shared at 320 kbps, which is better than the 192 kbps that was shared previously.

    By bigozine2 on Dec 29, 2017

  6. Thanks Big O we can always use some more Bonnie even if it is an upgrade in sound of a tape we’ve had before. Some of the best things coming down the pike are upgrades of concerts we thought were unlistenable back in the day. Top stuff!

    By swappers on Dec 29, 2017

  7. this is an outstanding show that anyone with even the slightest interest in blues folk and/or Bonnie Raitt should have.

    the story i heard or read years ago was that Bonnie was embarrassed by the sexual metaphors in “Blender Blues” and didnt want to be known for that type of risque material. that was supposedly why she stopped playing it and never recorded it. i cant verify the veracity of that story though. having grown up with WMMR and the aforementioned great DJs Gene Shay, Ed Sciaky, and Michael Tearson, i enjoyed hearing it many times. The Geator With The Heater never played it though it wasnt his bag baby. he did however play “Jam Up” by Tommy Ridgley which u should also have.

    By barth on Dec 29, 2017

  8. Thanks! Sounds great.

    By Eclectica on Jan 1, 2018

  9. Excellent performance and recording quality. Thank you for posting BigO.

    By Jania on Jan 25, 2018

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