The entire 29 April, 1972 Albik Trizz concert is available for your dining, dancing and dreaming pleasure in ten ‘bite size chunks’ here.
After GilaMonster kindly posted several heavily edited lo-rez cassette dubs of Albik Trizz live a couple of months back, I was able to get with him offline and it was revealed that he possessed first generation reel-to-reel copies of the original concert tapes (recorded on Ed Pierson’s Revox A-77*)… stashed away lo these many years!
But because GilaMonster is a fan (and a fine musician in his own right), it didn’t take too much cajoling to talk him into transferring these originals to digital format. In point of fact, GilaMonster went above and beyond the call and took the tapes to a commercial tape transfer facility in New Jersey and paid good money to have these ‘sonic time capsules’ professionally transferred to hi-rez (24-bit/48kHz) digital format…
I was a bit worried that 38+ years (!) of tape storage may have caused massive sound deterioration, but GilaMonster said they sounded pretty good. Anyway, I received DVD copies of the raw data less than two weeks ago, and immediately went to work. While there ARE some tape ‘artifacts’** (and people would often bump into the table where the recorder was!), the overall sound was remarkably clear.
My first impressions were generally favourable (although also revealing my numerous errors and muffs in glorious Stereo Hi-Fi! ;-})… I must say however, that the ‘vocals’ such as they were, are often problematic to say the least! We were primarily an instrumental group after all… (where were byronius, Sluggo or Natalie when we needed them?!). Truth be told though, Rick could never have tolerated a ‘front man’ anyway… so it just IZ what it WAZ.
The goal however, was not to try to ‘sweeten’ or ‘glitz’ things up too much, but to just represent the original sound as faithfully as possible. I decided to take a documentary approach, leaving the songs uncut and unmodified… as a musical history as it were… For better or worse.
Since I had never posted anything to YouTube, I had to become acquainted with the ‘Windows Movie Maker’ app, which I didn’t even know I had, but which did allow me to wrap the sound in some images (some mine, some swiped from GilaMonster’s posts), and produce some rudimentary ‘videos’ in YouTube acceptable format.
Through several private ‘test postings’ during the process, GilaMonster and Steveareno both provided valuable feedback and criticism, suggesting EQ adjustments and format changes all of which helped me to ‘zero in’ on an acceptable ‘product’. There is some additional ‘Trizz material from other venues that I may post in the future…
Anyway, I’m probably rambling… Please DO check out a few of the posts, and I hope you enjoy them! Whatever else may be true, something unique happened there and then in the Arizona desert, and I believe it deserves to be preserved.
What do YOU think?
* The Revox A-77 (made by Studer in Germany) was the finest ‘consumer’ machine available at the time. The recordings were made in ‘true’ stereo using two Beyer microphones. Nothing fancy!
** One of the more interesting ‘artifacts’ occurs in ‘Thomasina’, where apparent tape ‘print through’ resulted in some intriguing ‘backwards’ effects. They actually sound kinda cool!