Monday, January 20, 2014

KAAY Beaker Street with Clyde Clifford - June 26, 1970


Here is more than an hour of untelescoped Beaker Street with Clyde Clifford on Friday night, June 26 1970, from 11:00pm to 12:14am.   This is submitted by Thomas Connelley of Carbondale, IL.

This aircheck has surfaced before -- it was posted in September 2008 on the old AJ Lindsay KAAY Blog.  However, that aircheck was of lower audio quality and contained some music spliced in at the beginning and end, perhaps as a reconstruction of the original aircheck.

This new aircheck submittal is longer and superb quality, it sounds like an in-studio tape of the show.  Tom sent us a few comments about the aircheck:

“The history of how this made it onto CD can only be speculated.  This was among my younger brother’s music collection when he passed away.  He and his roommate had a CD recorder.  There are a couple of short glitches in the audio that sound like a tape deck auto-reversing or the CD recorder being paused to resume with another tape.  The show is uncut other than the short glitches where practically no music was even lost.  The last song is a 19+ minute song, so only the first couple of minutes are on this CD.  But it is a Beaker Street classic, so please include the part that is there.”  (note: it is India, by The Corporation).

“As a matter of personal history, I grew up in Little Rock.  And as with others that I have spoken with, Beaker Street changed my life.  The music on the show prompted me to become a professional musician.  I played my first professional (paying) gig in the seventh grade in 1968!  I also had dreams of being on the radio which I accomplished later in life.  I wish that I still had the armful of cassette tapes that I had back in the day of KAAY and Beaker Street.  Little did I know how important the memory of this radio station would be to me and so many others 45 years later!”

Beside the question of how this aircheck originated, there is also a mystery over Clyde Clifford’s opening remark where it sounds like he is saying goodbye to another jock at the station.

Clyde:  “Hmmmm, you say this is your last night, eh?”
Unidentified voice: “Ah, feels like it”.
Clyde:  “Feels like it.”
Unidentified voice: “Feels like it, man…”
Clyde:  “Well, that’s the way it goes.  So let’s go…”

Does anybody know who this guy was???

A big thank-you to Tom for submitting this aircheck, and for compiling a discography of the music:

            Sugarloaf – Green Eyed Lady
            Sugarloaf – Train Kept a Rollin’
            Temptations – Ball of Confusion
            East of Eden – Xhorkom/Ramadhan/In the Snow For a Blow
            Flow – Arleen
            East of Eden – Gum Arabic/Confucius
            Grand Funk – Hooked on Love           
MC5 – Rambling Rose
Bob Dylan – Like A Rolling Stone
John Hartford – To Say
Amboy Dukes – Prodigal Man
The Corporation – India



Greg Barman

6 comments:

  1. This was originally recorded on an 80 minute 8-TRACK tape cartridge! How cool! Listen closely and you can hear the machine switch tracks at 20:19, 40:41, and 1:00:52.

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  2. Originally recorded on 8-Track. How awesome is that?

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  3. Also, for what it's worth, MC5 plays Kick Out the Jams, right after Rambling Rose and the Amboy Dukes song is Prodigal Son, not Prodigal Man. ; )

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    1. Thanks for the info! I also was not sure of the song Flow - Aleen which I don't remember hearing before.

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  4. Actually, you know what? According to wikipedia's track listing for the Amboy Dukes album 'Migration,' the song IS called Prodigal Man. Clyde introduces it as Prodigal Son and fooled me. ; )

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  5. Fantastic! Thanks so much!!

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