These are some songs from a recording I made circa 1968 of Portable People at the Stage Door in Henrietta, NY. I was in the left spotlight tower working the spotlight. My brother’s band, Bus Stop, opened up for them. It was a real thrill for me, a 14 yr old kid, to work a giant spotlight at this gig! If anyone wants to research the exact date of this gig, I remember that the Spencer Davis Group played there the night before.
The tape deck used to record this was an inexpensive Mayfair 7″ reel-to-reel which my parents bought for me as a Christmas present from Naum Brothers (anyone remember them?). One mic was a Shure shotgun (similar to today’s SM-57) which I bought at Benson Music and I don’t remember what the other mic was. Unfortunately, the quality is pretty poor, but not terrible considering this is a 40+ year old tape. Also, I couldn’t keep an constant eye on the levels since I was also working the spotlight. I transferred to digital with a Teac A-1200 into a Roland Quad-Capture interface. I tried my best to restore the songs using Samplitude, Magix’s restoration suite, and various eq’s and compressors. I think the final result is pretty good job especially considering the quality of the raw audio. There was nothing but noise and hiss above 9kH and mostly rumble below 180h.