Sigma Sound Studios
Rainbow Room, WMMR
Philadelphia, PA, US
February 22, 1972
Pre-FM Master Reel > DAT
01 [04:03] Mighty Tight Woman
02 [04:23] Rollin' & Tumblin'
03 [03:39] Anyday Woman
04 [03:43] Woman Be Wise
05 [02:57] Thank You
06 [03:38] Bluebird
07 [05:23] Finest Lovin' Man
08 [04:42] Big Road
09 [02:50] Stayed Too Long At The Fair
10 [04:04] Under The Falling Sky
11 [03:59] Walkin' Blues
12 [03:06] Can't Find My Way Home
13 [03:52] Richland Woman Blues
14 [03:32] Blender Blues
15 [01:04] Radio Jingle Promo
16 [02:50] Since I Fell For You
Like any story passed on with some music this needs to be
taken with a grain of salt. Here what was told to me and this
is what I know.
An intern at WMMR in the 80's recorded this show to an
analog source. Being such a tremendous recording this
individual longed to re-record the master reel straight to
a digital source as they became increasingly popular in the
early 90's. At this point the intern had moved on and no
longer had this type of access. However, he remembered
periodically that the studio or the station allowed access
to the 'records room' for research activity. Posing as a
university affiliate doing research on 70's radio advertising
this individual gained access to the master reels with a
portable Sony DAT deck. The room was laid out with shelves
with tables on the far end with cassette decks, reel to reel
and 'cart' type recorders. Unplugging the cart recorder and
connecting the DAT deck history was then digitized. If you
look at the timeline it was more than likely recorded with a
Sony TCD D3. This early DAT deck was actually graced with a
very nice A to D chip. I believe the same chip found in the
Panasonic SV3700. Therefore a very nice digital transcript
was made that day.
At this time I was working at a mail order facility selling
DAT tapes. Which at the time were very expensive, $12 or more
per tape. The individual with this Bonnie recording told us
the story above. Is it true? Who knows but he use to buy DAT
tapes from us regularly. He made us a cassette of this famous
recording and we bugged him to make us a DAT copy for months.
He did not have the means to do DAT to DAT. On a visit to the
'store' in Stamford in 1992 we finally were able to make 1
DAT clone. I subsequently cloned that DAT. Most likely the
clone was made between a Panasonic SV3700 and a Sony 59ES.
But, possibly between 2 SV3700's. At the 'shop' we had so
many DAT decks with many configurations.
I have no doubt this is direct from the Pre-FM Reels and one
listen and you will have no doubt either. Easily one of the
finest recordings by any musician at any time.
For the alternate artwork to be used, you will need to use
the track, 15 - Since I Fell For You, included along with it
in the separate folder. It is a joining of tracks #15 & #16
into a single final track for this recording. Of course, this
being a live show, all of the tracks are burned to CD-R with
no gap between them for an unbroken seamless performance.