45rpm Double LP For A Wider Dynamic Range!
Half-Speed Mastering For Richer Sonic Detail!
All-Analog Production Preserved From The Original Master Tape!
This exquisitely recorded live concert of Doc & Merle Watson at The Boarding House in San Francisco is one of four live shows recorded in 1974 by the legendary soundman Owsley Stanley. This is the first release created by the Owsley Stanley Foundation, a non-profit established to preserve and steward Owsleys legendary recordings, which are renowned for their quality and clarity. These performances have not been heard since the nights they were played more than 40 years ago and have been preserved and restored to the highest audiophile standards. Each night is distinctly brilliant and equally captivating reflecting differences in the playing, sound recording techniques, and the energy in the room.
Doc Watson was a legendary American flat-picking guitarist, songwriter and singer of bluegrass, folk, country, blues, and gospel music, who won 7 GRAMMY Awards and a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award. He performed with his son, the multi-instrumentalist Merle Watson, for more than 15 years until Merle's death in 1985. Live recordings from this peak period for Doc and Merle in the 1970s are rare.
1960's counter-culture icon Owsley Stanley, known as "Bear" to his friends, was an audio innovator who helped create the first high-fidelity concert sound systems for rock and roll. As an early patron and first soundman of the Grateful Dead, he amplified, recorded, and influenced many other seminal artists in the psychedelic music scene of San Francisco and beyond in the 1960s and early 1970s, and was known for his focus on products of the highest quality. From the start, Bear recorded nearly every artist that played through a sound system that he built, trying to capture the music precisely as the audience heard it, using the recordings to help him improve his sound. The techniques he developed to create what he called his "Sonic Journals" resulted in recordings of unparalleled quality and clarity, capturing the sound of the room like no-one else.
Doc & Merle's performance from May 2, 1974, is now available on half-speed master, 45 RPM 180g audiophile vinyl, mastered directly analog-to-analog by Paul Stubblebine, who worked with Bear on the Big Brother and the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin Sonic Journals album released by Sony in 2012.
"The most extraordinary Doc Watson ever captured on tape. EVER." - Robert Baird, Stereophile
AAA 180g Audiophile Vinyl
45rpm Double LP
Mastered directly analog-to-analog by Paul Stubblebine
All-analog production preserved from the original master tape
Rare live recording from the 1970s peak performing period of Doc & Merle Watson
The first Bear's Sonic Journals release produced entirely by the Owsley Stanley Foundation from Owsley's storied trove of live concert recordings
Doc Watson, guitar, vocals, harmonica
Merle Watson, guitar, slide guitar
T. Michael Coleman, bass guitar
1. Wabash Cannonball
2. Leather Britches/Cotton Eyed Joe
3. A Rovin' On A Winter's Night
4. Tennessee Stud
5. Black Mountain Rag
1. St. James Infirmary
2. Love Me
3. Blue Suede Shoes
4. Sweet Georgia Brown
5. Lonesome Moan
6. The Clouds Gwine Roll Away
1. Three Times Seven
2. Peach Pickin' Time In Georgia
3. Poor Boy Blues
4. Nancy Rowland/Salt Creek
6. Movin' On
1. Smoke! Smoke! Smoke!
2. Walk On Boy
3. Nothin' To It
4. Blue Railroad Train
5. Brown's Ferry Blues
6. Beaumont Rag