My copy arrived today. I'm halfways listening. Sound is very good and very clean. No audience at all. One new Ondine's picture in the booklet, albeit out of focus. I'm happy!!!
Couldn't find this Dagger release in Discogs (yet). It was shipped from Farm House, Lawrenceville, GA.
I'm in a rush, having dinner in a minute. Hope to give some more details later.
I have to correct myself. On some songs there is an audience, e.g. Sweet Little Angel.
Only heard Lonnie Youngblood in the background on I'm A Man and I'll Be Doggone, as he is listed in the credits (as a member of the Lovelights).
It's funny that Jimi is calling the key in which he is playing in almost every song. In Dec. '65/Jan. '66 one would think
that the Lovelights performed enough times to have established a fixed arrangement for each number in their repertoire.
The CD stops with Curtis announcing that they will be right back. Is this some hint that there will be another Dagger sometime soon?
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More listening notes:
Killing Floor: mono, rather lame rhythm guitar and sloppy drums no audience '65
Last Night: same
Get Out Of My Life Woman: same (very vague) audience (Carol Shiroki only?)
Ain't That Peculiar: tambourine
Mercy, Mercy: tamboutine Ace Hall (falsetto background vocals) girls audience
I'm A Man: sax + rhythm
Drivin' South: strong rhythm guitar (Christmas+1) '65
Baby What You Want Me To Do: narrow stereo with some echo on the right channel, '66
I'll Be Doggone: w/ sax, mono '65 nice interchanging vocals by Curtis and Jimi
Sweet Little Angel: narrow stereo with some echo on the right channel, '66
Let's Go (x3): lame rhythm guitar, narrow stereo with some echo on the right channel, '66
Travelin' To California: mono with audience '65?
What I Say: narrow stereo with some echo on the right channel, '66
Land Of A 1000 Dances: narrow stereo with some echo on the right channel, '66 Ace? on tambourine
Come On: mono, nice rhythm guitar, '65
Outtro: narrow stereo with some echo on the right channel, '66
Possible line up: '65 Jimi, Curtis (guitar and vocals), Ace Hall (background vocals, tambourine), Harry Jensen (bass), George Bragg (drums), Lonny Youngblood (sax on two songs)
'66 Harry Jensen (guitar), Ace on the bass
Me thinks that the early photos At George's Club 20 in the booklet are from October when Ditto was in the band, than Jimi went touring with Joey Dee, and after his return found two new players Harry and George (club-owner). That might explain why Jimi is calling out the key in which he plays the songs. Also it may be possible that on Christmas plus one the visitors in the Club came in rather late due to the holidays, because you hear a little more audience after each song as the evening progresses.
The other photos in the booklet are all from May, June '66, when the line-up of the Squires was completely different.
Next project, comparing the Dagger CD with all the previous releases as they ware assembled painstakingly by Doug Bell and Nico Bauer.
Somewhere between a few hundred magazines I have an article with an interview with Ed Chalpin from 10 odd years ago where he mentions that three concerts were recorded. Maybe the 3rd date was Feb. 14, '66, a date mentioned ages ago? If I could find back the magazine ... when I do I'll put up a scan on CTT. I'm afraid this may take some time
What a lucky, mine is not digipack...
I must say that I was expecting less than the record is... Killing Floor, Mercy Mercy (listening remembering the stones, I should say it), Sweet Little Angel, Come On... really really good, and the sound is amazing!!
Haven't got my copy yet :-/.
But, it's true that some of the tracks feature a second accomplished rhythm and lead guitar player, must be Harry Jensen. He has a couple of solos (Shotgun and Wooly Bully), but on Sweet Little Angel, Drivin' South and a few others you can heard him doing really sophisticated rhythm work far beyond what Curtis Knight was capable of.
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I typed many details into the Discogs.com database. Couldn't find the catalog number, though Anybody else?
Interesting review at Early Hendrix.com - with comments from John Mc Dermott regarding the mixes.
So we don't know whether Chalpin withheld the raw tapes or whether they are lost forever.