Fleetwood Mac – KBFH 17-10-75

18 Feb

Fleetwood Mac - KBFH 17-10-75 DS470p front

Release: DS470p

Source: SQ Pre-FM

Process: ‘Phoenix’



16 Responses to “Fleetwood Mac – KBFH 17-10-75”

  1. birdycat19 May 17, 2015 at 23:32 #

    Just getting around to hearing this one. I really wish we had an officially released live document of the Buckingham/Nicks pre-RUMOURS period. It’s really refreshing hearing them do tracks from KILN HOUSE and BARE TREES. That didn’t last long, sad to say. The quad effects are meh, as are most of the radio quadcasts I’ve heard, but it is what it is and as a longtime Mac fan it makes me smile. Thanks!

    • sacdtodvda May 19, 2015 at 00:22 #

      Yes, it’s terrific to hear the band playing homage to it’s history, particularly recognizing Danny Kirwan through Station Man and Bob Welch through Hypnotised. Sadly, the only early song that would continue to consistently survive past 75/76 would be Oh Well, although the post-Buckingham line-up with Rick Vito would briefly revive Peter Green’s I Loved Another Woman. Still, that leaves a huge gap in a considerable musical heritage.

  2. Owen Smith February 28, 2015 at 14:12 #

    This doesn’t do much for me, but then I bought the DVD-A of Rumours on ebay (at some expense) and on playing it I was unclear what all the fuss was about either with the band, the music or the surround mix. The only bit of Rumours that did anything for me was the part of The Chain used for the BBC Formula One motor racing coverage, and it was Nigel Mansell, Prost and Senna etc. that came to mind not the band. So it is with this KBFH recording, it’s OK I suppose but there’s nothing special about it and I doubt I’ll ever listen to it again. I’m left with disappointment at no live rendition of the Formula One music with it’s iconic bass solo riff, and that’s about it.

    Quad mix wise there’s not much to discuss here, it’s just a bit of fairly muted ambience in the rears. I’m sure Phoenix will have done a good job decoding what’s there, but there really isn’t much for it to work with on this disc. Annoyingly there’s more audience noise in the fronts than the rears, which isn’t a good use of quad. I’m left wondering if they started from a stereo mix and tried to augment it with a bit of ambience recording shoved in the rears.

    • sacdtodvda May 19, 2015 at 00:06 #

      Knowing they used the bass solo for the F1 promotion explains a sequence in a BBC children’s television show called The Tweenies that my daughter had on video when she was younger.

      In the sequence two of the characters build race cars from old cardboard boxes accompanied by a piece of music that sounds almost but not quite exactly like that solo.

      I love a good in joke and I like them even better when I get them.

      • Owen Smith May 19, 2015 at 11:00 #

        That sort of thing happens all the time in the UK on TV. Two blokes racing some clapped out three wheelers, and the soundtrack will play The Chain bass solo or if they don’t want to pay the performing rights fees they’ll write something that sounds similar as for The Tweenies.

    • sacdtodvda May 19, 2015 at 00:09 #

      You may be right about the “double stereo” effect as opposed to proper ambience quad. The James Taylor show as converted by Romanotrax – while a fantastic show – has a very similar quad mix.

  3. iaasheim February 28, 2015 at 09:28 #

    Finally got time to listen to this. Really like these KBFH recordings. Thanks!

  4. bigheadrascal February 20, 2015 at 09:31 #

    I love how “bootleg” and “quad” qualities meld in such a way that makes these radio recordings come to life in such a “real” way. Many thanks for preserving this, and other, gems!

  5. sacdtodvda February 19, 2015 at 10:38 #

    This show has been a favourite of mine since I got a copy of the 1990s re-issue CD, so to have it in quad is fantastic.

    Just a note on the dates you have on the cover – FM played at the Capitol Theatre NJ twice in 1975 – 7 June and 17 October. The ’75 tour started on 15 May in Texas, and while they may have played some warm-up shows, it seems unlikely they would have recorded one of them for radio broadcast They did apparently play a show in Alberta, Canada on 5 May.

    The clue might be when this was broadcast. Unofficial sources suggest the FM KBFH broadcast was dated 5 September 1976. I haven’t seen evidence of a broadcast in 1975. Producer Ken Calliat’s book Making Rumours states the KBFH show was mixed in January 1976, so that ties in with the 1976 broadcast date – and makes the 17 ocotber show the more likely recording date.

    I think the 3 May 1975 date is apocryphal.

    • oxforddickie February 19, 2015 at 11:49 #

      Thanks for the correction. I did wonder about including that information as there was so much uncertainty on the internet regarding when it was actually recorded.

  6. admsh February 18, 2015 at 23:56 #

    This is awesome!!!

  7. jumpinflakjackjack February 18, 2015 at 15:14 #


  8. bigtoad73 February 18, 2015 at 15:14 #

    I think there may be a broken link to this post.

    Thanks Paul Carter


    • oxforddickie February 18, 2015 at 16:02 #

      I don’t understand what went on but it seemed to have un-posted itself. Hopefully it’ll stay put now

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