March 16, 2011 – 4:46 pm

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Sausalito 1973 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Record Plant, Sausalito, CA; December 30, 1973. Very good radio broadcast; slight hiss. Plus bonus tracks.

The blues has long been associated with heartache and heartbreak and currently provides a poignant soundtrack to the sufferings in the world - from the oppressed people in the Middle East to the victims of natural disasters in New Zealand, China and Japan (and as history professor Gary Leupp wrote in our cover story this week, even man-made ones in Japan).

At the same time, there is a yearning and energy in these tracks that, hopefully, they will provide comfort, solace and encouragement to someone, somewhere.

From the mid-’60s to the early ’70s, the late harmonica player and vocalist, seen by some as “the American musician most responsible for introducing urban blues to rock audiences”, had entertained fans with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band but in 1973, he disbanded his band (basically trimmed off the horn section) and formed Better Days.

The following was posted at

“It was definitely an adventurous band for the time,” (Amos) Garrett recalls. “It was definitely the furthest Paul ever got away from the Midwest, Chicago harmonica or horn band sound. That band was a very unique rhythm & blues band. It incorporated blues influences of Paul’s, but it had an acoustic, Delta influence of Geoffrey’s (Muldaur) and a heavy New Orleans feel from Ronnie (Barron). My playing was just so strange; it kind of fit in everywhere, in every context. Plus the fact it had four vocalists. And everything was a group decision in terms of material, but we leaned toward new songs. We loved Bobby’s (Charles) writing in particular.”
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Thanks to fshurrat who shared the tracks on Dime; and to everyone who kept this show alive. As for the bonus tracks, even after trawling the internet, fshurrat noted that “I can’t tell you where the tracks were performed, recorded or when.” Thanks also to the person who created and posted the artwork on the net.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

KSAN/Record Plant without Geoff Muldaur
Track 01. Intro (207k)
Track 02. Walkin’ Blues (9.4MB)
Track 03. Take Your Pleasure Where You Find It (6.3MB)
Track 04. Broke My Baby’s Heart (10.7MB)
Track 05. Done a Lot of Wrong Things (6.8MB)
Track 06. Piano intro (1.9MB)
Track 07. He’s Got All the Whiskey (14.4MB)
Track 08. It All Comes Back (fixed - thanks to 2yrsnojob) (7.0MB)
Track 09. Down at the Bottom (8.5MB)
Track 10. Too Many Drivers (9.7MB)

Bonus; with Geoff Muldaur and Amos Garrett in the band
Track 11. Piano Intro (1.1MB)
Track 12. He’s Got All the Whiskey (29.2MB)
Track 13. Nobody’s Fault But Mine (14.7MB)
Track 14. Please Send Me Somebody To Love (9.0MB)

Paul Butterfield’s Better Days band included Amos Garrett (guitar), Geoff (guitar) and Maria Muldaur, Ronnie Barron (keyboards), Billy Rich (bass) and Chris Parker (drums).

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  1. 16 Responses to “PAUL BUTTERFIELD - SAUSALITO 1973”

  2. we`re talkin`..thanks for i wish bobby charles would`ve recorded with this bunch..

    By sluggo on Mar 16, 2011

  3. by the the way I`m listening to walkin` blues right now and that definitely is Amos Garrett`s unmistakable guitar ..your description makes it sound as though Amos is only on the bonus tracks

    By sluggo on Mar 16, 2011

  4. track 7 listed as He`s Got All the Whiskey is on Bobby Charle`s self titled release[ the one with the guys from the Band, Amos ,Dr.John et al as “He`s Got all the Money” on the back cover and “He`s Got all the Whiskey” in the liner notes..someone must `ve been samplin` the hootch.

    By sluggo on Mar 16, 2011

  5. Hello sluggo. Thanks for the feedback.

    By bigozine2 on Mar 16, 2011

  6. I don’t understand why you go to all the trouble to create the covers on these and then totally screw them up when you omit songs. I also don’t get why all of these have to mp3 on the cover.Funny I don’t seem to see this on other blogs.Phil

    By Phil Winans on Mar 17, 2011

  7. Thanks bigO!

    @ Phil W- the covers were created by someone who did not omit the missing tracks.

    bigO has addressed omitted recordings in the past. Those tracks may have either been officially released or deleted for other, possibly technical, reasons.

    None of us need a copyright/piracy lawsuit.

    By Namoosedog on Mar 17, 2011

  8. Thanks Phil W and Namoosedog for your comments. Most of the music this is shared come from lossless sources and the “mp3″ note is to indicate that these are lossy (to avoid muddying up the pond, so to speak). Omitted tracks are usually official releases.

    By bigozine2 on Mar 17, 2011

  9. Once again bigO you’ve made my ears very happy!!! Paul Butterfield is my all-time favorite blues harmonica player and I’m just thrilled to get these tunes. Thanx for all you do, Dave

    By Dave Jiles on Mar 17, 2011

  10. the omitted track is not the same one as on the Bobby charles disc.
    Bobby`s is a studio track with different musicians, hope this helps to get it reinstated.

    By sluggo on Mar 17, 2011

  11. Hello sluggo. Thanks for your feeback. Track 7 has been reinstated. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Mar 17, 2011

  12. Thanks for number 7, bigO (and sluggo).

    By Namoosedog on Mar 17, 2011

  13. Thanks to 2yrsnojob who provided the fix for Track 8 - It All Comes Back.

    By bigozine2 on Mar 18, 2011

  14. Oh, thanks much for the Better Butter! Anyone who likes it is advised to also check out the band’s May 27, 1973 KMET Los Angeles gig and the terrific but Japan-only release, Live at Winterland Ballroom.

    By Marcobar on Mar 18, 2011

  15. Now this is cool,I see Amos Garrett and his band at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, nice to have a live piece of his history to listen to.

    As always, thanks and well done Big O!

    By raoul duke on Apr 1, 2011

  16. ..superb stuff from Paul Butterfield, many thanks for your efforts!..much appreciated, 1st time responder, cheers from the south..

    By jazzhorn on Apr 1, 2011

  17. anybody else having trouble with tracks 6 & 11?

    By MT on Sep 15, 2015

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