Sunday, May 7, 2017

Pink Floyd 1970-10-23 Santa Monica Civic Auditorium Santa Monica, CA

Live at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
Santa Monica, California
Friday October 23, 1970

Recorded by: Dub Taylor
master 5" reels > Revox B77 w/Dolby > unknown cassette deck w/Dolby
Nakamichi CR3A w/Dolby > Audigy 4 Pro @ 24/44.1 > Extensive editing using NERO wave editor > Dithered to 16 bits with Audacity > Tracked with CD Wave > Flac16 (level 8)

Disk 1
01. Intro
02. Astronomy Domine
03. Green Is The Colour ->
04. Careful With That Axe, Eugene *
05. Fat Old Sun
06. Set The Controls for the Heart of the Sun
07. Cymbaline.

Disk 2
01. A Saucerful of Secrets
- Break
02. Introduction
03. Atom Heart Mother * (with orchestra and choir)
04. Interstellar Overdrive


Dub Taylor recorded this show using a portable 5”- 2 track reel to reel. The tape was recorded at 7 ½ ips in single-track mono so this pint size reel was flipped at least every 22 minutes. This created some breaks in the original recording.

I copied this concert from the original 5” reels in 1986 using a Tandberg reel to reel > Revox B-77 reel to reel (w/ Dolby). My friend made a cassette copy of my reel (without the Dolby decoder) and this complete concert is from that source. The missing decoder creates a slightly brighter version of this concert as compared to my DAT copy but this version includes the encore that was missing from that DAT.

I have transferred the audio from a Nakamichi CR3-A cassette > Audigy 4 Pro sound card @ 24/44.1 to my hard drive. NERO wave editor was used to splice the tape flips and remove many volume dropouts and fluctuations that originated from the master tapes and also from my reel to reel copy which had aged poorly.

The first master tape ran out and was flipped during “Careful With That Axe Eugene”. An unknown amount of music is missing and a splice can be found at 8:07.

The next missing section is approximately 22 minutes into “Atom Heart Mother “ where the master tape runs out and the required flipping and rethreading of the reel to reel similarly took place in the dark so an unknown amount of this song is also missing.

I took the liberty to copy about 20 seconds from an earlier section of the same song to fill in the missing section with those 20 seconds. This patch is located between 22:40 and 23:01.

There is likely more missing seconds but this patch blends the break nearly transparently.

24 Bit files dithered to 16 bit using Audacity then the tracks were cut using CD Wave.

Many thanks to Rick Sheehy for sending me his cassettes.

Mike Martin, June 2009


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