Cal Jam Festival
Ontario Motor Speedway
April 6, 1974
Soundboard Recording(unedited version) (released track removed)
Maxell MX-90 metal-particle cassette(rec'd in trade(No Gen known), 20-25 years old)>
Playback on JVC TD-595 DECK>
AIWA XC-RW700 Standalone burner>
This has been something I've had for a long, long time, and every single time I've traded it, the person I've sent this to has been blown away at the upgrade from whatever source they had owned before. Since I've not seen this show on Dime, and folks claim that this is THE DEFINITIVE COPY, I thought I'd post it. Instead of posting a CD copy of the tape that I had, I borrowed the tape from the person I got my copy from. I'm glad I did, as his tape turned out to be a very old Maxell Metal particle tape, which is the way he rec'd it from a Zep trader at least 20 years ago.
I've heard of several different boot LP's that have been made of this show, and this is supposedly not from any of those. The recording is so clean and sharp that you can really hear every minute thing that happens on stage,,,,,comments that Ozzy makes under his breath, guitars being plugged and unplugged, every little thing, very loud and clear. Some pops audible between songs have been debated as being LP surface noise, but with constant plugging and unplugging going on between songs, I don't think that's the case. The main things that convince me that this is an actual source tape are the lack of cuts which would be indicative of a boot LP of this length(at least four sides of wax), and the inclusion of ALL of the between song dialogue INCLUDING almost 2 solid minutes between the main set and the encore of nonstop soundboard audience noise through the on-stage mics. None of that is common in the boot LP world. Even though the opening intro is missing, this is also the longest, most complete unedited version.... from what I've been told.
I am not a Sabbath collector by any means, so if anything here is not accurate, let me know.
I do believe, however, that this is VERY possibly the best version available of this amazing show!
Where is the TV footage????
OZZY - VOCALS
TONY IOMMI - GUITAR
BILL WARD - DRUMS
GEEZER BUTLER - BASS
3.KILLING YOUR SELF TO LIVE
8 BILL SOLO 1
9.BILL SOLO 2
12. GUITAR/ORCHID/SABBRA CADABRA(ENDS)
CHILDREN OF THE GRAVE (official track removed)