February 24, 1995
Oakland Coliseum Arena,
Sets I & II
From the Ammons Archive
John Ammons & Jeff Zimmer Recording: Schoeps MK4s > Bill Reutelhuber Power Supply > Panasonic SV-255 FOB DFC. Mics in hair.
John Ammons Transfer: DAT master > Tascam DA20 Mark II DAT > Roland SRC-2 sample rate/format converter (from SPDIF to Optical) > Mac Mini > Audacity 3.0 at 48K > Wave.
Edited & mastered in Audacity by Joe Noel > flac 16/48.
- * Weir on acoustic
- The second set had some sporadic channel issues that has been rectified.
- Outstanding percussion session
- The Aqua Net Saga (these recording won't flake)
By the final two Oakland runs (Dec. '94 and Feb. 95) someone had gotten a massive bug up their ass about FOB taping. The bust circulated early and often. It was if as they gave security staff an edict to do nothing else but sweep for tapers. Why? The band was on life support, and the PA system, at least in the sweet spot, was a shell of its former self. But no matter. If one was so much as standing still and wearing a hat they were bust fodder. Or if, heaven forbid, one was standing next to a pile of back packs then the pack might become subject to a quick search. In order to come out with recordings of these shows, we resorted to extraordinary measures.
Jeff Zimmer, a buddy of mine who worked in Cuppertino at Apple Computer, had long hair. Typically very politely pulled back in a pony tail. But he was able to fluff it out, rock star style, such the the Schoeps capsules were invisible inside his mane. So that's great, but what about the power supply and the deck? Wearing them would be risky, and a bag adjacent to his leg would be even riskier. So he came up with the concept of cutting holes in the soles of a pair of old high tops. The cables ran down through his shoes, and he made sure to stand where two blankets came together but with no bag or belongings anywhere near his feet. The cables ran to the back of the blanket where I ran the deck. - John
- Set I -
s1t01 - tuning
s1t02 - Help On The Way ->
s1t03 - Slipknot! ->
s1t04 - Franklin's Tower
s1t05 - The Same Thing
s1t06 - Althea
s1t07 - When I Paint My Masterpiece *
s1t08 - Loose Lucy
s1t09 - Let It Grow
- Set II -
s2t01 - tuning
s2t02 - Scarlet Begonias ->
s2t03 - Fire On The Mountain
s2t04 - Way To Go Home ->
s2t05 - Saint Of Circumstance ->
s2t06 - Corinna ->
s2t07 - Drums ->
s2t08 - Space ->
s2t09 - Visions Of Johanna ->
s2t10 - Turn On Your Love Light
s2t11 - encore break
s2t12 - U.S. Blues
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(J.Noel 21 August 2017)