Thursday, February 16, 2006

VAULT RADIO, CLASSIC ROCK AT ITS BEST


From Mercury News:

REVIEW: PINK FLOYD, GRATEFUL DEAD, JIMI HENDRIX: VAULT RADIO, CLASSIC ROCK AT ITS BEST
Brad Kava

When Clear Channel, the giant conglomerate that dominates the radio and concert businesses sold off the contents of Bill Graham's vaults three years ago to raise a quick $5 million, it's hard to believe that someone in the company had a clue what was in there.

One of the great unearthed treasures came to light recently, thousands of hours of classic live tapes kept in the basement of Bill Graham Presents. I mean, CLASSIC.
You can hear it here.

In the last hour I've heard Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, from a 1974 concert I attended at Roosevelt Field in New Jersy; Led Zeppelin from the Fillmore in 1969; Pink Floyd, from Oakland Arena in 1977; Jimi Hendrix from the FIllmore, 1969; Cream from Winterland, 1968; Muddy Waters and Paul Butterfield, from the Fillmore in 1967.
This is the greatest tour of the history of live rock you can imagine. All are soundboard copies, in other words, as perfect as any live album.

And now there is talk that the entrepreneur, Bill Sagan, 55, who scooped these up may release a long line of albums. You would think that alone would be worth $5 million, not to mention the posters, shirts, and historical artifacts

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