I need to wake this site up a bit. I’m not too sure how many folks are downloading & not leaving comments, but I receive great joy in hearing how excited people are about the music available here. The last post generated just one comment, and it was a negative one at that. So if this post doesn’t generate a decent amount of interest, nothing will and I’ll have to assume there is not much interest in me continuing this site. So here we go…
Yes on the King Biscuit Flower Hour
Boston Garden, December 11, 1974
Here is a Relayer show that holds a special place in my heart. I remember paying $15 for a cassette copy of this at a convention back in the 80s. I hadn’t yet developed any trading friends, so the only way to get live, unreleased music was to pay the bootleggers. (Thank God for the Internet!) I remember listening to that horrible, several-generations-down tape over and over and over. It became my favorite live show, despite the overwhelming hiss and the right channel that dropped out several times. The quality of the performance was that good.
A few weeks ago, I came across this on Dime, and it was a dream come true. Finally, a clean, first-generation recording of this awesome show. The poster described it as a pre-FM copy of the King Biscuit Flower Hour tapes, and the quality is top-notch. The only downside to this recording is that it is missing “Ritual,” but according to the information included with the show, “Ritual” has never been included in the KBFH recordings. A quick check of Forgotten Yesterdays shows that none of the known recordings of the show include “Ritual.” Bummer…
As with the XM Radio show, this is in a lossless format. This time around, thay are flac files. The decoding utility is available here. As before, I had to post the files as zip files, as I still can’t figure out how to download .flac files from a Web browser (can someone help me with this??). However, this time they are not actually zip files! When you save them to your hard drive, just delete the .zip extension. You will then be able to decode them to wav with the flac decoder. If you don’t see the .zip in the save window, then click here to learn how to tell Windows to display file extensions (sorry – don’t know what to tell Mac users). Lastly, this post is pretty big, so grab it while the bandwidth lasts.
Source/quality: Soundboard (pre-FM)/A+
Tracks, CD 1:
Close to the Edge
To Be Over
KBFH Station Break
Tracks, CD 2:
The Gates of Delirium
And You and I