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The chocolate tape was sliding off the reels and across the silver recording heads, while the needles on the two meters jumped to the beat on the face of the big Ampex. This was 1959 and I finally had German mics and a Cadillac of a recorder and was doing stereo - the first stereo field recordings made in the South. You should hear the recordings - for me a life's dream realized - Alan Lomax, The Land Where the Blues Began

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Offline Gerry Clarke

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Grandma, Grandpa Blues
« on: June 17, 2010, 07:32:17 PM »
Here's an obscure MJB/Memphis Minnie tune that Neil Harpe and I recorded recently.  Hope you may like it.


Offline uncle bud

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Re: Grandma, Grandpa Blues
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2010, 08:01:50 AM »
Nice, Gerry!

Not one for the grandkids, is it.

Offline Mr.OMuck

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Re: Grandma, Grandpa Blues
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2010, 08:36:35 PM »
Very cool gents. Very good singing. What make was the guitar on right of screen, the amped one ?
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Offline Gerry Clarke

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Re: Grandma, Grandpa Blues
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2010, 09:41:38 PM »
That guitar was made by Gibson circa 1930/1. It's one of a small batch built for whoever owned the S.S. Stewart brand at that time.  It's a little fancier than a Kel or a Trujo and has more of the L-2 in it.  Believe it or not, the sound is only picked up by the microphone.  It is not amped, even though it sounds like it.  I was startled when I heard the playback.  There are no added effects, EQ manipulation etc., of which I'm aware.  (Neil is playing an inexpensive Chinese Recording King and makes it sound great.)


p.s. just listened to your rag and really liked it!
« Last Edit: June 18, 2010, 09:42:51 PM by Gerry Clarke »

Offline Parlor Picker

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Re: Grandma, Grandpa Blues
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2010, 02:19:44 AM »
I was convinced it was electric as well! It certainly sounds like it.  :o

Edit: Sorry, forgot to say - Great performance, lads! I've played it a number of times.
« Last Edit: June 19, 2010, 02:31:31 AM by Parlor Picker »
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Offline Pan

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Re: Grandma, Grandpa Blues
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2010, 03:45:58 PM »
Excellent work!

Thanks for posting!!!




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