Wednesday 29 May 2019

#127 BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS - Paul's Mall, Boston 1975 (Flac)

The greatest bootlegs listing continues after the recent break for the special posts sequence (most had been previously available, albeit briefly.)
I have another sequence that includes radio sessions and live shows from Elvis Costello & The Roots, Johnny Marr, Iggy Pop, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Sonic Youth and the Afghan Whigs that have not been available on the blog before. These will appear in the coming summer months.

Bob Marley & The Wailers
Paul's Mall, Boston, MA
June 25, 1975

The 'legendary' Lyceum show in July dominates the 1975 tour, recordings of both dates are now available on official release. In bootleg circles the recordings from the Quiet Knight club in Chicago and the Boarding House in San Francisco provide an unofficial perfect representation of the tour. This upgraded source from Paul's Mall can now be added to those two shows.

A consequence of the Wailer's growing popularity and fame enabled the quantity of live recordings to increase markedly for each subsequent tour. More in-depth information about the tour dates and set lists became available.

After a warm up show in Miami, the tour began with a trip over the border to Massey Hall, Toronto in Ontario, Canada; early dates in June then covered the north eastern states of the USA. After a seven day consecutive run at Paul's Mall in Boston, the tour broke for a few days with some much needed rest and the inevitable travelling time for the remaining dates on the west coast.
Ten consecutive days in California followed, beginning on July 4 with a four-night stand at the Boarding House in San Francisco. One night at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland followed before finishing this North American leg with a five night run at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles.  Only four days later, the group were in London for the previously mentioned Lyceum shows. One show followed in Birmingham before finishing this short visit to England in Manchester on July 20.

Paul’s Mall and the Jazz Workshop, located on Boylston Street, was a popular venue from it’s opening in 1963 until it closed in 1978. Bob Marley and the Wailers played there for 7 consecutive nights, from June 23-29, 1975.  Each show had 350 people in attendance and tickets were priced at $7.00.

I've heard a few versions of this in the past and prior to hearing this, the best was the 24-bit Dubwise source. This is an upgrade to that, despite a few small flaws; a tiny cut after a minute and an area of tape damage during "Get Up Stand Up" but only for a few seconds.

Set list:
01. Trench Town Rock
02. Concrete Jungle
03. Rebel Music
04. No Woman No Cry
05. Natty Dread
06. Get Up Stand Up
07. Kinky Reggae
08. Stir It Up
09. I Shot The Sheriff

Total Time: 61:22 min

Source : WBCN-FM > Cassette Master (Maxell UD C120 w/Dolby B on)
Transfer : Sony TC-WE 475 (w/Dolby B off) > Tascam DR-40 Linear PCM Recorder 16/44.1 kHz) 
Editing : Soundforge (tracking) > Wave > TLH (SB's aligned) Flac level 8
Originally uploaded to Traders Den - 1/12/19
Transferred, Tracked & Pitched Corrected by kingrue upload 1767 (grateful thanks to him)

Band members:
Bob Marley : guitar, lead vocals
Al Anderson : guitar
Aston Barrett : bass
Carlton Barrett : drums, percussion
Alvin Patterson : percussion
Tyrone Downie : keyboards, percussion, backing vocals
Lee Jaffe : harmonica - Manager of the Wailers

The I-Threes : backing vocals
Rita Marley
Judy Mowatt

Marcia Griffiths was absent because of her pregnancy