November 24, 2008

John Fogerty

Thanks Adam for this one.

John Fogerty
Capitol Centre
Landover, MD (USA)
July 4, 1987

Excellent soundboard recording (from cassette master)

Another stellar recording from "The RS Arvhives"
(a Mexminute/TheCommish production)

** mp3 samples provided (as always) in the Comments section **

01. Announcer
02. The Old Man Down The Road (musical intro)
03. Born On The Bayou
04. Down On The Corner
05. John addresses the audience
06. Who'll Stop The Rain
07. Up Around The Bend
08. The Midnight Special
09. Bad Moon Rising
10. Audience applause
11. Fortunate Son
12. Vietnam tribute segment (incomplete; no Fogerty)
13. Proud Mary

TheCommish notes:
* Track 2 is only a musical intro (i.e., no lyrics & is NOT the entire song)
* When burning the show to CD, you can omit Track 12 if desired (since it's not a music track and Fogerty is not present in it); if you decide to leave that track out, Track 11 and Track 13 flow together pretty seemlessly.
* You may also decide to leave out Track 10 (approx. 1:26 of audience cheering) when burning to CD.  If you do, Track 09 and Track 11 should play together seemlessly.

Cassette master > Nakamichi CR-7A (playback) > HHB CDR-850 (burning) > CDR, then
CDR > EAC > WAV > Editing (see below) > FLAC Frontend > FLAC

Editing notes:
* Re-tracked show (combined WAV files in Nero, then re-split with CD Wave)
* To adjust for the gradual volume fade-in on the source, volume was increased in Track 01 (+12dB for 0:00-0:02, +6dB for 0:02-0:09, and +4dB for 0:09-0:18); as a result, the track volume is now much more even

Mexminute's comments about this show:
"I remember most of what happened on July 4, 1987.  RS was hired to run the soundboard at the Capitol Center in Landover, MD for the Vietnam Veterans Benefit Concert.  The bill consisted of many artists & guest speakers who honored the men & women who fought in the Vietnam War. 

There was an interesting group of artists who wanted to participate in this day- long celebration called “Welcome Home”.  A few of the people who appeared were James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Linda Ronstadt with James Ingram, Anita Baker, CS&N, Richie Havens with Lou Gossett Jr., John Fogerty and more.  Each artist played between 1 & 3 songs, except for John Fogerty who played for 35 minutes.  It was a busy day for RS and because he was only a fan of some of the artists, he did not run tape for all the artists (not too unusual for sound people). 

So….back to the story.  RS called me mid-morning on the 4th, and tells me that I should come own down to the “Cap Center.”  He said an all-access pass would be waiting for me at the stage door & I could sit with him at the board & watch the rehearsals and the show later in the day.  I was dressed & out the door in 5 minutes.  I arrived at the backstage door, and before I knew it I was walking all around the arena floor throughout the day watching all these amazing artists rehearse their performances for the show later that evening. 

When it was time for John Fogerty to go on stage to rehearse with his band, I grabbed a seat about 10 rows back on the floor…right on the aisle to hear one of my favorite musicians.  They practiced for about an hour doing all songs from his late 80’s solo career (Centerfield, and Eye Of The Zombie).  You can imagine how I felt. 
However, after he left stage, I walked over to RS & said why there were no CCR songs included in his set.  RS reminded me that Fogerty’s lawsuit with Fantasy Records was still unsettled, and he was forbidden to record or perform any Creedence tunes. 

I excused myself to unload my bladder walking to the cleaner bathrooms in the backstage area.  Now, I don’t know about the habits of others guys when it comes to pissing in a urinal, but, when I am standing up unloading my bladder, I usually close my eyes (don’t ask why….I have no idea).  About half way through my “business”, I hear the bathroom door open, and someone walks in.  He occupies the urinal right next to me, and begins to take care of his business.  My eyes are still closed.  After I am done, I do the shake thing, and begin to return my fly to its original position.  After doing this, I open my eyes.  Out of the corner of my left eye, my peripheral vision catches the side shot of a man’s face with big side burns…..similar to the ones John Fogerty had when I saw him on stage just a few minutes ago.  Holy crap….it was John Fogerty.  I thought that here was my chance.  I turned to my left & said, “Howdy”.  He returned the greeting.  I thought I had died & gone to heaven.  I took a leak next to John Fogerty.    Ok…maybe that wasn’t that interesting. 

Ok…enough about that.  So, the rehearsals ended, and the arena opens the doors early for all the Vets to come in & get settled.  They were given the best seats in the house.  Many were in wheelchairs, walkers & canes.  The show starts, and all the artists honored the Vets.  It was a very emotional evening. 

Then it was time for the last performer…my good friend…my bathroom buddy…John (Fogerty that is).  Well, the place went nuts when he hit the stage.  I remembered that John rarely played out live.  The lawsuit really affect his outlook, however he was ready to rock. 

As the band breaks into the intro of “Old Man Down The Road”, they huddle around each other.  All of a sudden, they let the intro fizzle out, and then you hear the opening licks of “Born Of The Bayou”.  I turn to RS with my face lit up like a kid in a candy store, he looks at me with the old “What the hell is going on” look…..and the rest is history.  John threw the crew, and everyone off guard.  They finished “Bayou”, and broke right into “Down On The Corner”, and continued to play nothing but CCR songs for the entire set.  The entire arena went wild. 

I can’t help but think, taking a leak next to me, changed his mind as well as the direction of his performance.  In any case, it was a night I will never forget. 

NOTE:  RS had a bit of difficulty with the sound for the first song and a half, but & rebounds fairly quick.  Enjoy!"

About "The RS Archives":
The RS Archive consists of a selection of live recordings made by a great individual who passed away in 2005. 
RS worked in the music industry in many capacities….a music fan….a musician….a sound engineer.  He was considered one of the best behind the mixing board.  I was honored to have known him for practically 35 years.  There was no one like him….he was a wonderful human being.  Everybody loved him.  He was a level-headed guy who knew what sounded good and what didn't. He could conceive and design sound systems from scratch in his head to meet the artist’s needs. Whatever they wanted, he could do.

For years, he mixed music at the annual Grammy Awards and the American Music Awards television show.  RS worked closely for years with Daryl Hall and John Oates, Juice Newton, Anita Baker, Mariah Carey, Tears for Fears, Crack the Sky, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Aretha Franklin, Pink Floyd, Whitney Houston, Bette Midler, Ann Murray, Michael Bolton, Kenny G, Tony Bennett, Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton, John Fogerty, Bonnie Raitt, Frank Sinatra, John Hiatt, Little Feat, Little Village,  and Waylon Jennings… name a few.
He had a huge reputation in the business, and that's why he was chosen to work with such budding clients as Mariah Carey.  With the major stars, he was one of the preferred engineers they choose to work with.  A particular client of RS who had a reputation for firing sound engineers with great regularity was Anita Baker, whom he won over not only with his technical abilities and personality, but with his refusal to put up with her criticism.  He quit a few times but always came back because she loved the way he mixed her music.  He could coddle difficult and temperamental celebrities, and they respected his work. He was able to kick back and get along with them. Even though he knew these people, he was a very modest man.

So now, it is time to honor him by sharing some of the many recordings he made while on the road.  All are perfect (or near perfect) soundboard recordings made from the master cassettes or master dat tapes.  Unfortunately, I am not able to identify the original equipment these tapes were made on, however I can say that for the transferring process, the cassette tapes were played back on a Nakamichi CR-7A, and the dat tapes on a Sony PCM-R500.  They were all burnt onto cdr using a HHB CDR-850. 

Please enjoy these tasty gems!   
Mexminute (fellow DIME member).

If you decide to download this show, won't you please consider posting a comment on the show's board?  It only takes a moment, and believe me, it takes A LOT longer to prepare/upload a show for others to enjoy than it does to download and run.

And won't you please consider thanking Mexminute for sharing this mighty fine show with us?

Generously shared by Mexminute
and uploaded on DIME by TheCommish
November 2008