Listening to long-lost live tapes

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by jhundt, Dec 13, 2019.

  1. jhundt

    jhundt Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 23, 2003
    Today my great friend and former bass-player posted on Facebook a live recording he had discovered on Youtube. It was our group playing at a well-known local club (SF) in 1980.

    He was especially enthusiastic because it was his first performance with us, and he was just a kid.

    I listened to it - it's 8 songs, 27 minutes long. It was so much fun to hear it again. The recording is bad - taken off the board, which was so popular back then with recording nerds. They were way more in to recording - off the board! - than they were in to listening to the group, so you end up with a lot of vocals (frequently out of balance), and lots of little bits from the instruments that were mic'ed the loudest. The main instruments (like my guitar!) are almost completely missing, because they were rarely pushed through the board. The bass is always there, as are the kick, snare, and overhead drum mics.

    But even so, it was just such fun to listen to it. I remembered every part of every song; I could hear everything I was trying to play, even if the recording tried to deny me! The vocal harmonies are sketchy, but I remember how we were trying to do like the Everly Brothers.

    It made me very happy to hear that old recording. We never went on to any success with that group, but our short career did indeed bring me to Holland where I met my missus (39 years ago). So that's a big WIN, in my book!
  2. geoff_in_nc

    geoff_in_nc Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Jul 9, 2007
    Very cool. There's one of my old bands that did a good bit of diy on-the-cheap recording. I'd love to have those songs again, but I don't think anyone I know has them available anymore.
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