December 24, 2018 – 4:14 am


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San Francisco 1978 [no label, 1CD]

Steps of City Hall, San Francisco, CA; December 24, 1978. Fairly to very good soundboard.

Thanks to original uploader kingrue (The Traders’ Den); and to frogster for keeping the show alive at Dime.

kingrue noted:

Joan performs a free concert on the steps of San Francisco’s City Hall as her Christmas gift to the city. Joan is participating in the candlelight memorial march, following the November 27, 1978 assassinations of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk (killed by the former Supervisor Dan White). White was paroled in 1984 and committed suicide less than two years later.

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This recording seems like a really important piece of music history. I believe this was professionally filmed as well, because at the beginning of “Amazing Grace”, Joan says “The television part of this has to end exactly on the dot”. I was not able to find any film available or any reference on the net.

The tape played really slow, so I spent a few days working on this doing pitch tests. I believe I’ve adjusted it to near perfection. This sounds SO GOOD now !!! I’m sure many Baez fans haven’t heard this one. You’ll enjoy it. During this concert, Joan performs her first recorded song “Scarlet Ribbons” ~ recorded in 1958. After Joan performs “Blowin” in the Wind”, she is joined by a choir and they sing through a collection of Christmas songs. Unfortunately “Holy Night” fades out early, missing the very end of the show. Joan also thanks Bill Graham for the sound. Thanks to MR for another interesting rarity.

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Soundboard > low generation cassette (courtesy of MR archive)
Transfer: Zoom H4n (16 bit / 44.1 kHz) (transfer by MR)
Soundforge (pitch corrected) > Wav (Eac tested) > TLH (sector boundary aligned) Flac level 8

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Track 01. The Boxer 3:35
Track 02. Donna Donna 3:48
Track 03. Scarlet Ribbons 3:28
Track 04. Honest Lullaby 6:09
Track 05. For Sasha 6:08
Track 06. For All We Know 2:24
Track 07. The Cherry Tree Carol 3:28
Track 08. What You Gonna Do With A Baby 2:25
Track 09. Blowing In The Wind 4:48
Track 10. The Twelve Days After Christmas 3:08
Track 11. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing 2:06
Track 12. Deck The Halls 2:10
Track 13. It Came Upon The Midnight Clear 3:17
Track 14. Amazing Grace 4:49
Track 15. Holy Night 1:10
53 mins

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  1. 16 Responses to “JOAN BAEZ - SAN FRANCISCO, CHRISTMAS 1978 [40 YEARS AGO, TODAY]”

  2. Merveilleuse Joan. Je n’ai rien d’autre à ajouter.
    Merci Big O pour ce concert.

    By Bernard (France) on Dec 24, 2018

  3. Rumor has it Joan prefers big uns

    By U L E on Dec 24, 2018

  4. The last time she had big ones was probably Rolling Thunder when Bob Dylan was tapping her on a regular basis . I’m sure there were other big ones around too at that time . She’s old now

    By T J on Dec 24, 2018

  5. This is good . She was still young here and sings great .

    By Pat Grooms on Dec 24, 2018

  6. Merry Christmas BigO!

    By steve22 on Dec 25, 2018

  7. Indeed, and Merry Christmas to all on here as well Iif Christmas is part of your culture, y’understand).

    I shall express New Year wishes at the appropriate time but for now would ask the bozo who stole a Jimmy Page biography from a libteary to stop regurgitating it here, it gets in the way of the Classic Rock program and the backstage stories.

    If Santa brings you some ultra rare ROIOs, do share them here…I really would like to hear an Animals tour soundboard before I shuffle off to the chill out room in the sky.

    By Brian Griffin on Dec 25, 2018

  8. Rumor has it it’s really Jimmy Page

    By U L E on Dec 25, 2018

  9. Rumor has it Jimmy gots a little un but a big memory.

    By U L E on Dec 25, 2018

  10. Cheers U L E - any rumors about Rudolf?

    By Brian Griffin on Dec 25, 2018

  11. I ate his poo several times I was just wondering if he has any STDs it tasted a lot different then mine.

    By Brian Griffin on Dec 26, 2018

  12. Rumor has it I’m an asshole with no life.

    By U L E on Dec 26, 2018

  13. Ah, the old impersonation manoeuvre.

    Well two can play at that game…

    By The real Brian Griffin on Dec 26, 2018

  14. its a game he`s been playing here for a couple of very boring years..

    By cory on Dec 26, 2018

  15. I can jack off whist I cry myself to sleep. It’s quite a learned manoeuvre. Thinking about Prison Meg helps.

    By Brian Griffin on Dec 26, 2018

  16. Brian Griffin is just another of the morons many usernames. Just like Rod Simon ‘ Doc Doom ‘ Jones Brigade ‘ Left Jammer Eiffel Stranger ‘ Everyone else on Big O and many others . Just stick to your old tired nuts on chins routine. At least it’s funny Rod .

    By Eli on Dec 26, 2018

  17. Careful Brian ‘ Your Rod Simon / Moron persona is showing

    By Eli on Dec 26, 2018

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