Friday, May 5, 2017

Pink Floyd 1970-05-01 Civic Auditorium Santa Monica, CA


Santa Monica 1.5.70 1st Generation Reel *COMPLETE* -well, almost :p-

Civic Auditorium
Santa Monica, CA, USA
May 1st 1970

Source: Audience
Sound Quality: EX-

Recording equipment: Nagra R2R > 5" Reel Master
Playback: Tandberg R2R > Revox B-77 > M.M.'s 1st Generation Reels
Transfer: Reel[1] > Sony DAT > DAT(0) > Audigy 4 Pro > Nero Wav Editor > CDWav >
          CDR(0) > CDR(1) > EAC > FLAC

Total time = 121:53m

Disc 1 (44:10m)
1. GRANTCHESTER MEADOWS (0:31m)
2. ASTRONOMY DOMINE (10:00m)
3. CYMBALINE (11:52m) *little patch at 1:59m-2:17m with 70-10-23
4. ATOM HEART MOTHER (21:47m) *listed as Echoes on the artwork (LOL)

Disc 2 (77:43m)
1. tunings (1:07m)
2. THE EMBRYO (12:53m)
3. GREEN IS THE COLOUR (3:38m)
4. CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE, EUGENE (9:23m)
5. SET THE CONTROLS (15:05m)
6. INTERSTELLAR OVERDRIVE (14:51m)
7. A SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS (20:47m)

Thanks a lot to Rudy and M.M. who provided this wonderful source, all credits
to them.

Ah, forget about any other version of this show. Forget even about the nice
tracks from the Omay Yad LP. Straight from a 1st Generation Reel, comparing it
to the other versions around wouldnt be fair for the other releases, because
this never sounded as good as it does with this version. You wont find a better
version of this concert till the master reels gets transferred. And as if this
wasnt enough, now we can hear Green is the Colour, Careful and Saucerful which
werent available till today. It gets a bit distorted on the louder parts but
it's absolutely listenable and the definition is still very good, i can live
with that. Bass is really good but lacks a bit of highs, still, it has excellent
brightness and definition overall. Another source with better highs would make
a better difference even.

Only editing on this recording was on AD, removing some damaged portion at
4:16-4:20m and over Cymbaline, M.M. removed 'the lines converging where you
stand' till the chorus part and patched it with a bif ot Santa Monica 23.10.70.
The common 'Santa Monica' bootleg has the complete Cymbaline with the original
drop-outs and cuts. Also, i have a couple of transfers from fan tapes that have
some dropouts at the beginning of AD, that anomalies are not present here. Also,
Careful has an skip at 2:36m and i think it might be missing around a minute cos
it jumps suddenly from the quiet ambience to a few bars before the scream. ASoS
has another skip towards the end. These skips/cuts are not from CDs.

Spectrum reveals that something happened above the 16khz, i think it has
something to do with the mics used that night, transfer equipment or the Reel
itself. If you want more info about this, go to the thread i started about this
here at Y. Anyway now you all will have it and will be able to make your own
conclusions. M.M. states on his notes (you'll see them in the back artwork) that
the reels were starting to deteriorate so that might be the true reason.

burn one and enjoy

-gbc

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