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Sunday, November 07, 2010

GSCBF11: John Hartford (& Friends): Sunday, April 28, 1974, ca. 20:15

Part of a series of back-of-the-napkin thoughts about the Golden State Country Bluegrass Festival (GSCBF), held in San Rafael, CA from Friday, April 26th through Sunday, April 28, 1974.


Previous installments:

John Hartford comes on around 8:15 and plays like a real pro on banjo, guitar, and fiddle for about an hour, it seems. Norman Blake (guitar), Tut Taylor (dobro), Vassar Clements (fiddle) and Doug Dillard (banjo) join in as the set moves forward. I am not quite sure what all's being played, nor by whom, for the encores. See my notes below.

Update: I have now listened to both the "Debbie reels" version and the Kuykendall version, as the latter has been gently edited by PB at the Steam Powered Preservation Society. The Kuykendall source is less complete but better sounding. See the extensive notes below. I am leaning toward the idea that the Debbie materials indeed do come from cassette masters, while the Kuykendall tapes are indeed from reels. There is still much to unravel here. Anyway ...

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Golden State Country Bluegrass Festival
Marin County Veterans' Auditorium Building and Grounds
San Rafael, CA

<--Ramblin' Jack Elliott precedes-->

John Hartford & Friends
Sunday, April 28, 1974 ca. 20:15

Source: "Debbie reel 4/27/74" CD 4 of 4
Provenance: unknown sbd recording (?maybe MSC > C?) > reel
Transfer: AKAI GX 636 playback > Apogee mini ME @ 24/96 > Apogee Mini DAC (monitoring/mastering) > lynx one soundcard > wavelab 5.0 > CD, by Matt Smith.
Lossless encoding: EAC > CDWave > TLH (FLAC level 8).
Tagging: Foobar 2000.

(17 tracks, 59:51)

--John Hartford (banjo)--
GSCBF-1974-04-28-2015-Hartford-t01. % ambient noise % [0:38]
GSCBF-1974-04-28-2015-Hartford-t02. //Old Joe Clark [#6:28] [0:08]
GSCBF-1974-04-28-2015-Hartford-t03. Up on the Hill Where They Do the Boogie [5:20] [0:16]

--John Hartford (guitar)--
GSCBF-1974-04-28-2015-Hartford-t04. tuning and talk [1:30]
GSCBF-1974-04-28-2015-Hartford-t05. Turn Your Radio On [7:34] [0:10]
GSCBF-1974-04-28-2015-Hartford-t06. Good Old Electric Washing Machine [2:12] [0:20]

--John Hartford (fiddle)--
GSCBF-1974-04-28-2015-Hartford-t07. tuning, false start & talk to soundman [0:43]
GSCBF-1974-04-28-2015-Hartford-t08. Skippin' in the Mississippi Dew [5:01] [0:07]
GSCBF-1974-04-28-2015-Hartford-t09. Boogie [3:15] ->
GSCBF-1974-04-28-2015-Hartford-t10. Jelly Bean Psychedelic Song [1:10] [0:18] %

--John Hartford (??instrument??); enter Norman Blake (guitar), Tut Taylor (dobro), Vassar Clements (fiddle)--
GSCBF-1974-04-28-2015-Hartford-t11. Steam Powered Aereoplane [7:12]
GSCBF-1974-04-28-2015-Hartford-t12. call out Doug Dillard, tuning [2:43]

--John Hartford (??instrument??); Norman Blake (guitar), Tut Taylor (dobro), Vassar Clements (fiddle); enter Doug Dillard (banjo)--
GSCBF-1974-04-28-2015-Hartford-t13. Wheel Hoss [2:05] [0:08]
GSCBF-1974-04-28-2015-Hartford-t14. encore calls [1:05]

--encore (note: 2x fiddle, dobro, banjo, guitar, bass)--
GSCBF-1974-04-28-2015-Hartford-t15. tuning, talk (1) [1:42]
GSCBF-1974-04-28-2015-Hartford-t16. Peacock Rag [2:08] [0:15]
GSCBF-1974-04-28-2015-Hartford-t17. Foggy Mountain Breakdown [6:03] [1:13] %

Notes:
! % = tape discontinuity; # = truncated timing; // = cut song
! GSCBF-1974-04-28-2015-Hartford-t02 OJC cuts in with hot levels, adjust in first 0:12.
! GSCBF-1974-04-28-2015-Hartford-t15 (1) JH: "This is the California Chapter of the Dobrolic Practoral Society, which is an organization founded by Tut Taylor in Georgia to honor the dobro."

<--Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys follow-->

~~~~~

Golden State Country Bluegrass Festival
Marin County Veterans' Auditorium Building and Grounds
San Rafael, CA

<--Ramblin' Jack Elliott precedes-->

John Hartford & Friends
Sunday, April 28, 1974 ca. 20:15

Provenance: "master sbd reel" (a.k.a. Kuykendall source)
Source: "SBD: MR > DAT > Echo Mia > Cool Edit > CDWave > Philips CDRW804 > EAC > WAV > SHN."
Transfer: "PB" of thespps.org: received shns > wavs > joined wav (shntool) > tracking (Total Recorder Pro 6.1) > SBE fixed (shntool) > flac(6) (Flac frontend 1.7.1 / flac 1.1.2a) > tagging (Foobar2000 Live Show Tagger).
This info file by JGMF.

10 tracks, 43:44
[MISSING: Old Joe Clark]
hartford1974-04-28t01. //Up On The Hill Where They Do The Boogie [#4:58] [1:45]
hartford1974-04-28t02. Turn Your Radio On [7:28] [0:12]
hartford1974-04-28t03. Electric Washing Machine [2:10] [1:02]
hartford1974-04-28t04. Skippin' In The Mississippi Dew [5:23] [0:18]
hartford1974-04-28t05. Boogie [3:05] ->
hartford1974-04-28t06. Jelly Bean Psychedelic Song [1:09] [0:05] %
hartford1974-04-28t07. Steam Powered Aereo Plane * [7:05] %
hartford1974-04-28t08. Wheel Hoss ^ [2:08] [0:07] % (1) [0:54]
--Encore--
hartford1974-04-28t09. Peacock Rag ^ [2:05] [0:16]
hartford1974-04-28t10. Foggy Mountain Breakdown// ^ [#3:31]

Notes:
! % = tape discontinuity; # = truncated timing; // = cut song
! * with Blake, Taylor & Clements
! ^ with Blake, Taylor, Clements & Dillard
! This fileset calls the event the "First Annual Golden State Bluegrass Festival." GSCBF is technically correct, though the program does call it the first annual.
! This source definitely sounds better than the "Debbie reels" source, less hiss. The Debbie source is also more present in the L channel than this one, which seems to have a more balanced, centered sound. This could well be from master reels for all I know, though I am slightly dubious about that. It certainly looks for all the world like this is a 7.5 ips reel side (note the proximity to 45 minute total time). The "Debbie reel" source, of course, clocks in at 60 minutes. The big differences are the start (7:30 or so more on Debbie) and the end (3:45 or so more on Debbie). There a few more minutes missing here between the Doug Dillard call onstage and the start of "Wheel Hoss", and another 1:45 or so (encore calls from the crowd) between Wheel Hoss and Peacock Rag. That probably accounts for the lion's share of the time difference, though this source makes the Debbie tape (with its possible cassette gen) feel like it's running a bit slow. I suspect that, as Matt Smith's genealogy for the Debbie reels suggests, they may be sourced from cassettes. I.e., the Debbie reel source for this Hartford set probably lived on a 60-minute cassette at some point, perhaps even from the master. The patterns of recording discontinuities don't match this perfectly (the Debbie source seems to start with 35 continuous minutes of tape, whereas we'd expect 30 at a time from 60-minute cassettes), but everything else points in this direction.
! hartford1974-04-28t01 Up on the Hill comes in about 21 seconds into the song.
! hartford1974-04-28t01 Note that the time between Up on the Hill and Turn Your Radio On is identical here and on the Debbie tapes. Same between Washing Machine and Skippin'.
! hartford1974-04-28t04 Haven't figured out the time difference between the two versions of "Skippin' In The Missippi Dew" ... this one is about 15 seconds longer, and I don't hear a splice in the Debbie version. I am sure I am missing something.
! hartford1974-04-28t08 (1) JH: "This is the California Chapter of the Dobrolic Plectral Society, which is an organization founded by Tut Taylor in Georgia to honor the dobro."
! hartford1974-04-28t10 Foggy Mountain Breakdown cuts out @ 3:31 ... ouch!

<--Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys follow-->

THESPPS INFO FILE BELOW:

John Hartford & Friends  
First Annual Golden State Bluegrass Festival,
Marin County, CA   

04/28/74  

John Hartford - guitar, banjo, fiddle
Norman Blake - guitar
Tut Taylor - dobro
Vassar Clements - fiddle
Doug Dillard - banjo  

1.  //Up On The Hill Where They Do The Boogie
2.  Turn Your Radio On
3.  Electric Washing Machine
4.  Skippin' In The Mississippi Dew
5.  Boogie >
6.  Jelly Bean Psychedelic Song (break?)
7.  Steam Powered Aereo Plane*
8.  Wheel Hoss^
9.  Peacock Rag^
10. Foggy Mountain Breakdown//^

* with Blake, Taylor & Clements
^ with Blake, Taylor, Clements & Dillard

Original Source: SBD: MR > DAT > Echo Mia > Cool Edit > CDWave > Philips CDRW804>
Recieved as CDA audio.  EAC > WAV > SHN

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PB's notes:  Original info and shntool files are included. 

Instead of just converting shn to flac for TheSPPS I decided to re-track this show in order to append tuning and false starts to the previous tracks and split "Boogie" and "JBPS" into two tracks.  This allows for jumping to the music if you wish while still preserving the original show as recorded.  The shntool composite md5 fingerprint for the original shn files and final flac files are the same:

f439fd696ac5634d54d38a2afe6d9342  [shntool]  composite

This lineage: received shns > wavs > joined wav (shntool) > tracking (Total Recorder Pro 6.1) > SBE fixed (shntool) > flac(6) (Flac frontend 1.7.1 / flac 1.1.2a) > tagging (Foobar2000 Live Show Tagger)

ffp

hartford1974-04-28t01.flac:4983759746f56a4978bd7ca48a4da118
hartford1974-04-28t02.flac:169101b2f474f1924e3b3b1b572f26d3
hartford1974-04-28t03.flac:0b7339a4aaf66a8b902732f94cf21acc
hartford1974-04-28t04.flac:8e1ac3ebf83606081040785f167c1cad
hartford1974-04-28t05.flac:247f5fe059eef2dde6f23b290404070e
hartford1974-04-28t06.flac:372b567ffff98e47a4b4d918246d09a4
hartford1974-04-28t07.flac:1dfc5333455254316ce51ac3ad4c4af0
hartford1974-04-28t08.flac:68e5f7949c92e64adce674ce41841a22
hartford1974-04-28t09.flac:67824a9c9e02029b467b054d860cddba
hartford1974-04-28t10.flac:921e7bbd546071ba4df9b7c5b6865220

    length     expanded size   cdr  WAVE problems filename
     6:43.52       71211548    ---   --   ---xx   hartford1974-04-28t01.flac
     7:40.08       81162860    ---   --   ---xx   hartford1974-04-28t02.flac
     3:12.22       33920588    ---   --   ---xx   hartford1974-04-28t03.flac
     5:41.23       60206540    ---   --   ---xx   hartford1974-04-28t04.flac
     3:05.00       32634044    ---   --   ---xx   hartford1974-04-28t05.flac
     1:14.22       13105388    ---   --   ---xx   hartford1974-04-28t06.flac
     7:05.23       75024140    ---   --   ---xx   hartford1974-04-28t07.flac
     3:09.45       33445484    ---   --   ---xx   hartford1974-04-28t08.flac
     2:21.24       24928892    ---   --   ---xx   hartford1974-04-28t09.flac
     3:31.24       37276892    ---   --   ---xx   hartford1974-04-28t10.flac
    43:44.18         441.47 MB                    (totals for 10 files, 0.5600 overall compression ratio)

2 comments:

  1. (1) JH: "This is the California Chapter of the Dobrolic Practoral Society, which is an organization founded by Tut Taylor in Georgia to honor the dobro."

    For what it's worth, this should read "Dobrolic Plectral Society," which was an inside joke name for the band that recorded the classic John Hartford Aereo-Plain album. Other than Tut Taylor, almost all dobro players use finger picks. Tut played with a pick, which is also called a plectrum, thus the "Plectral" portion of the name.

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