THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND LOST WAREHOUSE TAPES - FREE ! -
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND LOST WAREHOUSE TAPES - FREE ! -
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND LOST WAREHOUSE TAPES - FREE !
The Taping Story of 9/16/71, The
Allman Brothers Band at A Warehouse
A K A: ' THE LOST WAREHOUSE TAPES ' - FREE ! !
In fact, they were never lost and they were always free. See Youtube source video below.
The Warehouse first opened at the corner of Tchoupitoulas
and Felicity streets, in New Orleans on January 30, 1970. There was a
guy named Bob that worked there as the house sound engineer along with a
technician, Marc. Typically, Bob also recorded sound boards at the Warehouse
shows, out in the open, until his demise in the summer of 1971. I understand
that Bob was then let go and that all his recorded tapes were confiscated by
management. I don’t know if any of these shows have ever surfaced,
except for some ABB shows.
(Photo by Michael P.
Enter the new sound engineer, Marc, and his apprentice
side kick, me, John DuBois. Marc was now in charge of mixing the sound and
maintaining the sound system, which consisted of 8 Seeburg PA cabinets
with 2 - 15’s & 1 Altec horn each , 2 - 300w McIntosh Power tube amps
and an altec tube mono mic mixer. One of my appointed jobs was to
alternately run to either side of the stage and reset the circuit breaker on
the McIntosh Power Amps which were constantly tripping off.
(Sept. 14, 1971) JD: Is Bob going to record this Allman Brothers’
Marc: No, Bob is gone.
JD: Where did he go?
Marc: I don’t know. They took his tapes and let him go.
guess I’ll have to record this ABB show myself I thought, and it won’t be
out in the open.)
(Sept. 15, 1971) As I assisted Marc with preparations
at the Warehouse the night before the show, I also ran mic cables and put
AKG D190 dynamic vocal mics hidden in the rafters and Lo/Hi Z transformers
at the tape deck position. With mics positioned about 40 feet apart and
4 feet forward of the stage, conventional stereo mic placement will not
apply here. I planned to do a matrix recording, but decided not to risk
hardwiring into the antique mixer console, because it might cause a problem
with the house sound. An audience recording would have to suffice.
(Sept. 16, 1971) A hurricane watch had been issued
for the gulf coast and the weather felt humid and tropical. In the late
afternoon, I managed to bring in my Sony TC-355 reel to reel tape deck
and set it up under the bench on the side of the stage.
Larry Eagan and Shelley Barberot)
Cowboy didn’t play
that night. Wet Willie played instead. I set the levels on the tape deck
during Wet Willie’s show and recorded a 1 minute test. Everything seems OK.
After Wet Willie finished playing , an ABB Roadie did a walk thru
near my setup. All clear.
Start of 1st SET: The ABB
takes the stage and a brawl breaks out in front. The band scolds the
perpetrators and breaks into Statesboro Blues and I take a peek at the tape
deck: OVERLOAD ! - VU METERS PEGGED IN THE RED ! Back ‘em down
Start of 2ND SET: Blue sky ? Is that a country song?
No wait, that’s cool ! 1 hr, 29 min into the show, I have to do a tape flip
during Whipping Post. I only have 96 minutes per side @ 3.75 ips on the
2 ENCORES: Revival and Mountain Jam.
(Photo by Sidney Smith)
Wait for a while until everyone
clears out before taking down the mics and tape machine. Now I have to go
home and get a couple of hours of sleep before having to wake up early for
classes at high school . I was 16 years old, and I felt like I had been tied
to the whipping post.
The tape turned out very well instrumentally, but
the vocals were weak to non-existent. This was the only show that I had ever
taped at the Warehouse. As it turned out, Duane would pass away six weeks
later on 10/29/71 and I was shocked. And then Berry, about 1 year later.
So I felt that I had captured a very important show, but I did not have
any plan as to what should be done with the tape or who to share it with.
So the tape remained on the shelf for 26 years, until…
(Feb., 1997) While reading the paper one day, (and I
usually never read the paper) , I some how, miraculously spotted a small ad
in the paper:
“Wanted Reel to Reel tapes of Allman Brothers at the
Warehouse ‘70 &‘71”.
This guy just spent $30 for an ad that was
a long shot at best. Should I call this guy ? What a strange coincidence
this was. I was probably the only one who had what he wanted, and I decided
to really blow his mind by calling him up.
call) JD: Hello, I’m calling about your ad in The Times-Picayune paper.
I understand that you are looking for Allman Brothers tapes around
1970-71 from the Warehouse ?
Chaffe: Yes, this is Chaffe.
What do you want them for ?
Chaffe: I’m a tape trader, we freely trade
tapes of the band.
JD: Uh-huh… Well I think that I have an Allman
Brothers tape in the garage.
Chaffe: Really !? What’s the date ?
JD: Call me back later and I’ll look for it.
Chaffe: How did you
JD: I recorded it at the warehouse.
Chaffe: You did ?
Chaffe: How did you do that ?
JD: …with hidden
mics and reel to reel tape recorder… tape flip…the whole show.
Chaffe: Really ? Please give me your number. OK thanks.
(later) (phone call) JD: Hello ? yea I got
the reel to reel tape in my hand. The date is Thursday, Sept.16,1971.
Chaffe: ….I have never heard of that show. Does it have Blue Sky on it ?
J.D. Yes, I believe it does.
Chaffe: Can I get a copy from you
JD: What is this tape worth ?
Chaffe: The trading community
will probably give you whatever you want for it.
JD: Well, let me
work on it. I have to pull out my old Sony TC-355 ¼ inch tape deck and set
it up. Give me a call later and I will work on it. Yes, I promise I will
make you a copy. OK
(later) (phone call) JD: Hello
? Yea I set up the Sony TC-355 deck and lubed the motors, but it won’t
budge. I’ll have to get another tape deck that plays ¼ track stereo at 3-¾
I have another deck, a Sony TC-880-2 that only plays
7 & 15 ips. I’ll see if I can modify the speed circuit to slow it down
to 3-¾ ips. The tape is in poor condition. The oxide is starting to come
off. Call me later and I’ll let you know what I find.
(later) (phone call) JD: Hello ? Yea, I was able to add an outboard
tape speed control to the deck, and I can adjust the speed all the way down
to 3-¾ ips. The transport is closed loop and the speed regulation and
wow and flutter spec. is fantastic. I’m ready to do a copy now. But, I have
to adjust the EQ on an outboard mixer.
Chaffe: Can you make me a DAT
JD: ….I don’t have a DAT machine.
Chaffe: I’ll send you
JD: Really??! So you’ll trust your DAT machine to a complete
Chaffe: I’ll Fed Ex it to you tomorrow…
(March, 1997) (phone call) JD: Hello ? Yea, its done. I had to ride
the tape speed control for the whole show. I’m packing up your DAT machine
and your ABB 9/16/71 DAT tape to send back to you. ( Version 1tape transfer, offering March, 1997 V1)
Chaffe: OK, thanks
(The deal was made that I would have access to Chaffe’s vast tape
collection to get a start in trading. But there was more. Various tapes
began arriving from people that I didn’t even know.)
Where did this “The Lost Warehouse” Tapes BS come from ? Let me say that I
have never lost this tape. I always knew that I had it, and I knew where it
was. What was ‘lost‘, was the connection to the trading community.)
(Oct., 1997 ) (phone call) JD: Hello ? Yea,
I’m sending you another ABB 9/16/71 DAT V2. ( after I bought a new DAT deck)
I’ve found by aligning the ¼ track reel playback heads right to the tape, I
got some cymbals and high frequency information back. It sounds brighter.
(Version 2 tape transfer, offering Oct., 1997 V2)
2 - AKG D190 mics in the rafters > Lo/Hi Z > Sony TC-355 Reel (1971).
Sony TC-880-2 Reel >Tascam DA-20mkII DAT >
HD > Nero wave editor > Nero burning ROM > CD.
Stereo audience recording by John DuBois
UPDATE: EXTENDED FREQUENCY MASTERING - Nero Wave Editor (8/21/18)