|Camel - SF Remaster (Hogweeds)|
|Recorded at the Boarding House, San Francisco, California, USA. Great recording, taken from a radio broadcast.
From the info file:
Continuing this series of Camel recordings, this is possibly the best unreleased recording of a complete show from the 'Moonmadness' tour....
Boarding House, San Francisco, California
26th June 1976
Radio broadcast, A-, 71min
This recording is one of the best documents of the band's 'Moonmadness' tour. Date is usually credited as 26th June, but 23rd is also mentioned. After their UK tour in support of the new album, Camel made a brief visit to the US, and this concert was recorded for FM radio broadcast. The set is similar to what they were playing at the time, with 'Another Night' instead of 'Lady Fantasy' being played as encore. Note that Mel Collins is not present on this recording, as he joined the band a little later in the year for live shows.
This recording has been widely traded since its first broadcast on KSAN FM, so there are many tape versions of varying quality floating around (some shorter ones missing 'Song Within a Song'). They all seem to originate from off-air masters, and the program seems to have been aired at least twice, judging by slight variations in station ID announcements.
A more contemporary version comes via the PRRP team, but their remaster 'Another Night' runs a little fast, and has noticeable denoising, muffling and artefacts. This version comes to me from a 3rd-generation tape in the custodianship of David D, radio broadcast researcher and collector extraordinare. It is possibly the best source for this show that has come to light so far.
My thanks to David for offering me a fine tape transcription, which I have remastered; balancing the volumes throughout the program (they were all over the place), reduced to mono to stabilise the stereo image (as it is a mono recording), and applying a very gentle equalisation curve (a little more punch in the bass, and drop the brightness in the upper mids), and editing the set together. The recording sounds quite bright in places, and a little dull in others. I've concluded that is not the eq, so much as an erratic live mix, and the prominence of Latimer's guitar, which seemed to have a particularly edgy tone on this occasion.
So here it is, an upgrade for all of you, I hope. Enjoy!
1. Aristillus (tape)
2. Song Within a Song
3. The Great Marsh >
4. Rhayader >
5. Rhayader Goes to Town
6. Air Born
7. Chord Change
8. Procession > The White Rider
9. Lunar Sea
10. Preparation >
12. Another Night
Andy Latimer; guitars, flute
Pete Bardens; keyboards
Doug Ferguson; bass
Andy Ward; drums