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Early San Francisco Audio and More

The above is not an air check but does have some radio content. From an interesting reel to reel tape I found that may have been a pre-edit for an actual radio program. Below is the sheet that I found with the tape. I have omitted most of the Stones and Dylan content. The air checks on this site are exclusive but as this is not an air check some of this material is available elsewhere.

The tape features early Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and others.  Also  counter culture luminaries such as Paul Krassner, Neal Cassady and Ralph J Gleason can be heard. DJ’s Tom Donahue and Larry Miller from the legendary KSAN are referenced below and can be heard briefly on the clip.

Note – I have more info about the clip courtesy of jmcinnis and chicofishead at the Steve Hoffman Forum :

This is a portion from ‘What Was That or Suddenly Lost Summer 1966-1976’ special broadcast over two days by KSAN San Francisco in 1976. A retrospective look at the decade with music & interviews. This looks to be production notes?

Alt Beach Boys More Than Sun and Fun

Most casual music fans consider The Beach Boys as an oldies act. The group however was much more than that and there is a whole “other music” by them that only the die hards are familiar with. Some of that music was featured on progressive free form radio stations during the early to mid 1970’s. You can hear it being played  on some of the air checks posted to this site.

Below I have posted some examples  of that “other” Beach Boys music recorded between 1966 to 1973. Not a best of list as there is so much more on the albums released during this period.

The tracks below are not just fun and sun or an endless summer and are stylistically diverse with contributions from various band members.

1. FEEL FLOWS

2. CABINESSENCE

3. DO YOU LIKE WORMS

4. FAIRY TALE MUSIC

5. COOL COOL WATER

6. WILD HONEY – LIVE IN LONDON

7. HERE SHE COMES

8. LEAVING THIS TOWN

9. MY SOLUTION

10. STEAMBOAT

Progressive Free Form Rock

PHONOGRAPH RECORDS AND TAPE !

Free Form 45’s

FIGHT THE BLIGHT OF RESTRICTED PLAYLISTS AND SUPPORT THE ALTERNATIVES
DEEP CUT 45’S INCLUDING TRACKS BY THE OUTSIDERS, THE JEFFERSON AIRPLANE, MANFRED MANN,  THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS, THE FLAMIN’ GROOVIES AND MANY MORE !

*I announce the first track on this webcast as the flip side of Time Won’t Let Me by the Outsiders but it was actually the flip side of the second track that I played which was Respectable by the Outsiders.

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The Beach Boys 20/20 on Reel to Reel

Radio Aircheck fans please see the latest additions from WBUF FM and WZIR FM below and a new and fascinating CKOC countdown of the top 100 of 1967 and 68 in the Radio Miscellany section.

Here is the Beach Boys 20/20 album from 1969 on prerecorded reel to reel. This provides a good window into the original mix  as the first run analogue copies become rare.

I inadvertently left a minute plus blank tape gap between side one and side two dedicated to Rosemary Woods.

Addendum:  an astute member  of the Pet Sounds mailing list tipped me to the fact that I had cut a few seconds off the tail end of All I Want to Do, the Dennis Wilson tune, which is the fifth track on side one of the album. I have restored the full fade out now just before the middle of the second clip above. A rather infamous fade out as you can hear and you can Google the details.

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Duophonic Pet Sounds & The Beatles & Stones

This is the original duophonic or fake stereo version of The Beach Boys classic Pet Sounds album transferred from a pre-recorded reel to reel tape. This version has been much derided by the purists who prefer the mono version. Brian Wilson intended the original album to come out in mono only.

The reel is not an audio revelation and has suffered from age degradation, moreover, I think that there was a problem with the mastering to begin with. keep in mind that the tape is 48 years old and to my ears it sounds slightly better than the vinyl version of same. The quality does improve a bit after the opening track.

I have put this up as not everyone has heard this version. You will also note in the pictures below that the back cover art was different from the vinyl version.

The second clip features tracks from the reel to reel copies of The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour and The Rolling Stones Flowers. These were recorded at 3.75  inches per second but they sound better than Pet Sounds ( recorded at the better speed of 7.5). The copy of Flowers is actually the most worn out of the three albums but I think it sounds the best.  There’s also some variations from the vinyl on the back cover of these two albums as pictured below.

The three groups featured were at or near their peak when these recordings were made ( 1965-67) and the pop-rock landscape was ripe with innovation and creativity. Pet Sounds has been acknowledged as an influence on the Beatles Sgt. Pepper. Magical Mystery Tour was the US follow up album to Sgt. Pepper but the single, Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields ( featured on Magical Mystery Tour) actually preceded the release of Pepper. The influence of God Only Knows from Pet Sounds is apparent on Penny Lane.

Addendum – Should be noted that some of the tracks on the album version of Magical Mystery Tour were also fake stereo including Penny Lane and Baby You’re a Rich Man which are included in the clip above. The stereo processing used for these tracks was different than the one used for Pet Sounds and is hard to discern when listening on headphones ( unlike the Pet Sounds mix ). Strawberry Fields, however the flip side to Penny Lane, was mixed in true stereo for the original album and how that came to be is a whole other story.

 

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More Reel to Reel Faves

Enjoy these great Reel to Reel tracks by The Byrds, Lovin’ Spoonful, The Association and Peter, Paul and Mary !

*Apologies for the audio alert  that can be heard near the end of The Ballad of Easy Rider. Will edit that out when time permits.

Also take a listen to Oil of Dog Part 9 updated to The Oil of Dog Corner and be amazed that such a format existed anywhere, let alone on a commercial radio station in 1984. A Great example of progressive free form underground radio.

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Reelin’ In The Years

This Webcast is taken mostly from prerecorded reel to reel tapes that I purchased many years back. The quality is not A grade. I was inspired to do this as a result of a discussion about The Wild Honey album by the Beach Boys and the fact that it is advertised on the reel to reel cover as “Full Dimensional Stereo” but is in fact mono to my ears. Have a listen and you decide. Playlist includes selections from Friends and Wild Honey by The Beach Boys, Through The Past Darkly by The Stones and Let It Be by The Beatles all taken from reel to reel tapes plus a flexi-disc of Gypsy Rider by Gene Clark that came with the magazine Bucket Full of Brains back in 1988. You will also hear two Byrds tracks taken from mono vinyl recordings.

The “Stereo” Wild Honey selections start at 38:42.

I dedicate The Beach Boy’s How She Boogalood it from Wild Honey to the memory of Lou Whitney of The Skeletons. Lou passed away recently and his band covered the tune.

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Firesign Theatre

 

 Check out The Firesign Theatre on You Tube. They were a mainstay on many of the best free form FM stations during the 1970’s.

Free Form Freedom Presents The Folk & Country Rock Webcast

ENJOY A HEAPING HELPING OF FOLK AND COUNTY ROCK NUGGETS
Featuring tracks by the Byrds, Donovan, The Long Ryders, Bob Dylan and The Band and many more !

LISTEN TO FREE FORM FREEDOM RADIO

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The Byrds – My Way is a first-hand description of the inner workings of the Byrds and Burrito Brothers and other entertainment events: written by James ‘Jimmi’ Seiter (Road Manager, production manager and much more for many bands and live events). It sets the record and previous assumptions straight as to what was really going on, from detailed personal, first-hand experience. He takes you on his journey which began in 1966. Click on the Picture for order info.