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  posted on 3/9/2004 at 08:40 PM
Peachnutt wrote this on the guestbook (thanks brotha!)....

anyone got any idea where to find them? any bit torrent links?

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I just saw this on the list serve (which got it from one the Dead lists) and since I was at a number of these concerts thought it might be of interest to the other old bags like me

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The famed "usher tapes" are beginning to circulate in MC>CD flavor.

The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, N.Y.
The Howard Stein Years
list compiled by Rob Berger

2/ 6/70 CHAMBERS BROTHERS w/ NRBQ
2/ 7/70 CHAMBERS BROTHERS w/ NRBQ
2/11/70 THREE DOG NIGHT w/ Hoyt Axton
2/13/70 CHUCK BERRY, SHA-NA-NA, The Coasters, The Platters
2/14/70 ALBERT KING, SHA-NA-NA, The Coasters, The Platters
2/20/70 IRON BUTTERFLY w/ Cold Blood
2/21/70 IRON BUTTERFLY w/ Cold Blood
2/27/70 RICHlE HAVENS, BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND
2/28/70 RICHlE HAVENS, BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND
3/ 6/70 GRAND FUNK RAILROAD w/ Blues Magoos
3/ 7/70 GRAND FUNK RAILROAD w/ Blues Magoos
3/13/70 MOUNTAIN
3/14/70 MOUNTAIN
3/20/70 GRATEFUL DEAD w/ Catfish
3/21/70 GRATEFUL DEAD w/ Catfish
3/24/70 JEFFERSON AIRPLANE w/ Roxy
3/27/70 COUNTRY JOE & THE FISH, STEVE MILLER BLUES BAND w/ Hamilton Face
3/28/70 COUNTRY JOE & THE FISH, STEVE MILLER BLUES BAND w/ Hamilton Face
4/ 3/70 TEN YEARS AFTER w/Stone The Crows
4/ 4/70 TEN YEARS AFTER w/ Stone The Crows
4/10/70 JOHNNY WINTER w/ Taj Mahal
4/11/70 JOHNNY WINTER w/ Taj Mahal

4/17/70 TONY WILLIAMS LIFETIME featuring JACK BRUCE,
JOHN McLAUGHLIN, LARRY YOUNG,w/LEE MICHAELS, Charley Brown
4/18/70 TONY WILLIAMS LIFETIME featuring JACK BRUCE, JOHN McLAUGHLIN,
LARRY YOUNG, w/ LEE MICHAELS, Charley Brown
4/22/70 PINK FLOYD
4/24/70 JOHN MAYALL w/ Blodwyn Pig
4/25/70 JOHN MAYALL w/ Blodwyn Pig
5/ 1/70 SAVOY BROWN, JAMES GANG
5/ 2/70 SAVOY BROWN, JAMES GANG
5/ 8/70 JOE COCKER - MAD DOGS AND ENGLISHMEN w/ Brethren
5/ 9/70 JOE COCKER - MAD DOGS AND ENGLISHMEN w/ Brethren
5/10/70 Simulcast of John Lennon, Rolling Stones, George Harrison from
London
5/15/70 JAMES TAYLOR w/ Hamilton Face, Jo-Ann Kelly
5/16/70 JAMES TAYLOR w/ Hamilton Face, Jo-Ann Kelly
5/22/70 VAN MORRISON w/ Flying Burrito Bros., Country Funk
5/23/70 VAN MORRISON w/ Flying Burrito Bros., Country Funk
5/29/70 MOUNTAIN, SMALL FACES featuring Rod Stewart
5/30/70 MOUNTAIN, SMALL FACES featuring Rod Stewart
6/12/70 SANTANA w/ John Lee Hooker
6/13/70 SANTANA w/John Lee Hooker
6/19/70 GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, Mott The Hoople, KINKS
6/20/70 GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, Mott The Hoople, KINKS
6/24/70 GRATEFUL DEAD
6/26/70 TRAFFIC w/ Silver Metre, Swallow
6/27/70 TRAFFIC w/ Silver Metre, Swallow
6/28-7/1/70 SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL (movie)
7/ 8/70 PROCOL HARUM w/ Livingston Taylor
7/28/70 JETHRO TULL w/ MC Kendree Spring, Livingston Taylor
7/29/70 JETHRO TULL w/ MC Kendree Spring, Livingston Taylor
8/ 8/70 JANIS JOPLIN w/ Sea Train, Runt
8/ 9/70 MOTHERS OF INVENTION featuring FRANK ZAPPA w/ Toe Fat, Head Over
Heels
8/10/70 TEN YEARS AFTER w/ Cactus, Haystacks Balboa
8/11/70 TEN YEARS AFTER w/ Cactus, Haystacks Balboa
8/28/70 ARLO GUTHRIE
9/11/70 MOUNTAIN w/ Mylon, David Rea
9/12/70 MOUNTAIN w/ Mylon, David Rea
10/ 2/70 SMALL FACES featuring ROD STEWART w/ Cactus, Chicken Shack
10/ 3/70 SMALL FACES featuring ROD STEWART w/ Cactus, Chicken Shack
10/13/70 CHICAGO w/ Charlie Brown, Seals and Crofts (replaced Illinois
Speed Press on bill?)
10/14/70 SANTANA w/ Elvin Bishop Group
[See the attached file]
10/16/70 FRANK ZAPPA AND THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION w/ Frost, Fat
10/17/70 FRANK ZAPPA AND THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION w/ Frost, Fat
10/30/70 TRAFFIC w/ Brethren, Jake and the Family Jewels
10/31/70 TRAFFIC w/ Brethren, Jake and the Family Jewels
11/ 1/70 TRAFFIC w/ Brethren, Jake and the Family Jewels
11/ 5/70 GRATEFUL DEAD w/ New Riders of the Purple Sage
11/ 6/70 GRATEFUL DEAD w/ New Riders of the Purple Sage
11/ 7/70 GRATEFUL DEAD w/ New Riders of the Purple Sage
11/ 8/70 GRATEFUL DEAD w/ New Riders of the Purple Sage
11/13/70 JEFFERSON AIRPLANE w/ E. Pluribus Unum
11/27/70 JOHNNY WINTER w/ Edgar Winter's White Trash, Tin House
11/28/70 JOHNNY WINTER w/ Edgar Winter's White Trash, Tin House
12/ 4/70 DEREK AND THE DOMINOS w/ Toe Fat, Hammer, May Blitz
12/ 5/70 DEREK AND THE DOMINOS w/ Toe Fat, Hammer, May Blitz
1/20/71 HOT TUNA w/ Big Brother & The Holding Co., John Hammond Jr.
1/22/71 DELANEY & BONNIE w/ Allman Brothers, Bert Sommers
1/23/71 DELANEY & BONNIE w/ Allman Brothers, Bert Sommers
2/18/71 GRATEFUL DEAD w/ New Riders of the Purple Sage
2/19/71 GRATEFUL DEAD w/ New Riders of the Purple Sage
2/20/71 GRATEFUL DEAD w/ New Riders of the Purple Sage
2/21/71 GRATEFUL DEAD w/ New Riders of the Purple Sage
2/23/71 GRATEFUL DEAD w/ New Riders of the Purple Sage
2/24/71 GRATEFUL DEAD w/ New Riders of the Purple Sage
3/ 5/71 LEON RUSSEL w/ Brethren, Freddie King
3/ 6/71 LEON RUSSEL w/ Brethren, Freddie King
3/10/71 MOUNTAIN
3/13/71 STEPPENWOLF w/ Fat
3/26/71 BYRDS w/ Mother Earth, Eric Andersen
3/27/71 BYRDS w/ Mother Earth, Eric Andersen
4/ 2/71 SAVOY BROWN w/ The Grease Band, Small Faces featuring Rod Stewart
4/ 3/71 SAVOY BROWN w/The Grease Band, Small Faces featuring Rod Stewart
4/27/71 JETHRO TULL w/?
4/28/71 CAT STEVENS w/ Kate Taylor
4/30/71 JOHNNY WINTER w/ Mylon, Tin House
5/ 1/71 JOHNNY WINTER w/ Mylon, Tin House
5/14/71 BLOODROCK
5/15/71 BLOODROCK
5/21/71 JOHN MAYALL w/ Randalls Island, Baldwin & Leps
5/22/71 JOHN MAYALL w/ Randalls Island, Baldwin & Leps
6/12/71 JAMES GANG w/ Steel River, Edgar Winter's White Trash

7/14/71 BLACK SABBATH w/ Yes, Humble Pie
7/15/71 BLACK SABBATH w/ Yes, Humble Pie



Hey, whats the deal with these anyway? are they from a theater usher? why "USher tapes"?

thanks guys.

[Edited on 3/11/2004 by LinnieXX]

 

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  posted on 3/9/2004 at 08:51 PM
Not sure, but this could refer to the shows that have been circulating under the 'Port Chester Resurrection Project'. A detailed description is below. I just seeded one of the shows here: http://www.allmanbrothers.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=XForum&fi le=viewthread&tid=13889

The Port Chester Resurrection Project story...

Ken and Judy Lee didn't think anyone would be interested in hearing their recordings...

Between the years 1970 and 1971, Ken worked security at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, while his girlfriend Judy ran movie projections between sets. One of a few live music taping enthusiasts of the time, Ken was granted exclusive permission by club promoter Howard Stein to record the shows at the theatre for his own personal use. Judy was on hand to perform the tape flips while Ken was busy doing his job.
In 1968, the couple took Judy's brother Mark, who was nine years old to his first concert at "Cafe Wha?" in New York City. The Monkees were on tour and Jimi Hendrix was along for the ride as their opening act.
Several years later, Mark was introduced to the music of the Grateful Dead at the Nassau Coliseum on March 19th, 1973 in Uniondale, Long Island. This single event marked the beginning of a life long odyssey of musical experiences with the band that affected him most deeply. Along with his good friend, John Jay Hance, who Mark met at a Dead show in 1979, the two traveled around the United States with the band in search of the ultimate musical experience, attending over 350 shows together. The two also shared a common interest in seeing live music of a wide variety of genres, and during the 23 years that they knew each other attended more than 1000 total concerts together, until Mark's untimely death in November of 2002.
Mark knew of brother in-law Ken's recordings from the Capitol Theatre, and had a strong interest in having the shows circulated; however, being true to his word to Howard Stein, Ken kept the recordings under wraps and the tapes never saw the light of the trading domain (One noteworthy bending of this rule occurred when Ken agreed at Mark's request to circulate the late show that the Grateful Dead did on June 24th of 1970. This show is highly regarded as an all-time magical performance by the Dead during their 30 year history as a band).
It was not until John Jay, who also knew Ken Lee, and of the Port Chester tapes, ran into Ken at Mark's funeral in 2002 that the fateful discussion of having the recordings released occurred. At that time, Ken didn't think anyone would have any desire to listen to his tapes. They had been sitting up in the attic of his present home for over 20 years going through the early stages of decay.
Because such a great deal of time had elapsed since Ken made his agreement with Howard Stein, and the fact that John Jay was insisting that there was an overwhelming interest by music lovers to hear these recordings, Ken agreed to open the flood gates and the Port Chester Restoration Project began, which is ultimately a tribute to Mark Cohen's passion for live music.
By fortune and coincidence, John Jay Hance, a master at the art of recording and restoring live music himself had already developed his own method for preserving fragile, decaying audio tapes with a heating method commonly known as "baking." The process of restoring Ken's recordings presents an even greater challenge, however. The cassette shells which encase the audio tapes first have to be removed and replaced because they are too fragile to be played. This is extremely difficult, being that these cassettes were glued together during manufacturing (as opposed to the use of screws, today). The halves of the shell must be carefully removed without doing damage to the tape inside.
Once the analog tape is restored and rebuilt, it must then be then played back one time through an analog to digital converter onto a cd, which is then cleaned of hiss and other extraneous noises. Then it can be replicated and introduced to the world of music trading. For the cleanup job, John Jay enlisted the help of "Sound Forge" software guru Peter G to help make what exists from the master tapes sound just exactly perfect.
Keep in mind that Ken and Judy recorded nearly EVERY show at the Capitol during '70 and '71, on an estimated 300-500 cassettes (one box of cassettes is believed to be missing). While many are labeled with correct dates and the music they contain, much of what exists is still a mystery. Several gems containing long forgotten performances and musical collaborations have already surfaced. Expect some nice surprises in the years to come.
Enjoy Ken and Judy's recordings from the Capitol Theatre and appreciate the great care and quality of craftsmanship that went into their creation and is currently going into their preservation.

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  posted on 3/9/2004 at 09:50 PM
Ron, you offered two of these as I recall. Is everything from that entire list actually available? Or are there just those two shows in circulation?

I ask for several reasons. First, some of the shows include artists that I really love, for example the ABB and Freddie King among others.

There is also a "potential" gem on there. In circulation is a fairly poor audience tape of 12/5/70 Derek & The Dominos. That date matches up with what has been commonly traded. This lists includes a 12/4/70 listing also. Duane is known to have played two shows with the Dominos. The 12/1/70 Tampa and a show several nights later in Syracuse, supposedly 12/4/70.

Maybe the dates are wrong, but it raises the possibility that if 12/4/70 is correct for Portchester instead of Syracuse, that this could be the second show that includes Duane. Intriguing.

Can this 12/4/70 show be verified and does anyone have access to it????

Also, traded for some years is a 1/23/71 ABB show from The Capitol and there is a fair copy of Delaney & Bonnie 1/22/71 from The Capitol that includes both Duane & Gregg. Any way of knowing if these are different sources from what's in circulation and could there be another complete ABB show from 1/22/71?

I hope that someone can answer these questions.

 

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  posted on 3/9/2004 at 10:55 PM
As far as I know the Port Chester Restoration Project has seeded two shows so far: The first one was a Janis Joplin show (I can't remember the date off hand), and the second was Grateful Dead 3/21/70.

There may be more around, but those are the only ones I've seen so far

 

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  posted on 3/9/2004 at 10:59 PM
There's also a Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna show, but the sound quality isn't very good. I don't have the other shows, but they're supposed to sound better.
 

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  posted on 3/9/2004 at 11:17 PM
Here's what's been released, at least on Sharing the Groove, so far:

Janis 8/8/70 (#1)
http://www.sharingthegroove.org/msgboard/showthread.php?s=6b8d9ee3b94581ddf 0db0c67a8539f02&threadid=36797&highlight=Port+Chester

GD 3/21/70 Early and Late (#2 & #2.5)
http://www.sharingthegroove.org/msgboard/showthread.php?s=6b8d9ee3b94581ddf 0db0c67a8539f02&threadid=17813&highlight=Capitol+Theater

John Hammond Jr. & Hot Tuna 1/20/71 (#3)
http://www.sharingthegroove.org/msgboard/showthread.php?s=6b8d9ee3b94581ddf 0db0c67a8539f02&threadid=34450&highlight=Port+Chester

Jefferson Airplane 11/13/70: (#4)
http://www.sharingthegroove.org/msgboard/showthread.php?s=6b8d9ee3b94581ddf 0db0c67a8539f02&threadid=40232&highlight=Port+Chester

 
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  posted on 3/9/2004 at 11:29 PM
Bert Sommers.
wasn't he the unknown guy that played at woodstock,Long curly hair,puffy shirt.
BLACK SABBATH/HUMBLE PIE what an awesome bill.
you'd have no hearing at the end of the show

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  posted on 3/10/2004 at 01:28 AM
The Hot Tuna from 1/20/71 is circulating now as well...I have it, it is not a great sounding show but it is nevertheless quite nice to have
 

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  posted on 3/10/2004 at 06:04 AM
Thanks RonB, for the info on the "new" seeds.

Let's not forget that several shows from this venue already circulated (coot has mentioned the ABB and D&B shows from 1/22-23/71) - namely, the GD's shows from all 12 dates they've played (though the aud's for Feb '71 are rare). I'm sure there were probably also one or two others, though I'd have to trawl through etree, to check.

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  posted on 3/10/2004 at 08:50 AM
RonB: thank you so much buddy. i love those stories.

if anyone sees the Black Sabbath posted anywhere, PM me please!


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  posted on 3/10/2004 at 03:02 PM
This is really exciting information. I didn't check this thread until I saw the info on the GB. Our daughter used to listen to some guy named Usher. When I saw this thread about Usher Tapes I thought "who cares?" (Sorry Linnie, I didn't know)

Looks like we could get a new Duane era show possibly? That would be real cool, not to mention all those other wonderful shows. WOW!

Anybody know if these are like SBDs or AUD (techically should that be USH instead of AUD?)

 

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  posted on 3/10/2004 at 06:37 PM
They're AUD's, Jimmy - recorded from the balcony I believe, using a pair of mics taped to the rail (apparently you can hear knocking noises coming from crowd members tapping on the rail, on at least one of their tapes!)

It would be amazing if someone had recorded SBD's (the GD shows in particular, are among the best they ever played, IMO) but, from what I've heard of some of them, these will do just fine for now!

 
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