|10/11/89||NEW YORK CITY, NY||2||B+||80min+11min|
jc, Previously uncirculated 90 mins, I never knew Jon Casper, chances are you didn't either. But Jon was a long term taper at many Dylan shows, the main reason you won't know this is Jon was not part of the usual tapers circuit, and his recordings have never been circulated widely until now. Jon passd away in 2007 but now some years later his widow has given me access to this terrific collection. She has also agreed that I can shere them here., I asked her to write a few words about him, below is what she has asked me to post, Taping Bob Dylan live in concert combined two of Jon (Casper)'s greatest passions: enjoying Dylan's music at its bestthat is, performed live--and creating recordings with audiophile sound., Jon spent a lot of time, energy, and not a small amount of money securing the highest performing equipment he could, figuring how to get the best results from it and continually tweaking tools and methods to achieve as close to perfect sound as he could manage. He not only pored over technical specs, meticulously maintained equipment, secured the best blank tapes for a given machine, handled and stored them carefully. He also tried to locate himself in an acoustically desirable spot at each venue, avoided any conversation while tapes were running, and did whatever he could to shield his mikes from other concert-goers who were not as fastidious about paying attention., There's nothing like taping to help you notice how many people pay big bucks for tickets simply to hang with friends, and spend most of the show discussing what they watched on TV the night before or where to go after!, While Jon taped numerous artists including Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Van Morrison, k.d. lang, Paul Simon, and many lesser known acts, Dylan was number one. He was fortunate enough to see and tape approximately 200 shows in the U.S. and several other countries, starting with the Rolling Thunder Revue in 1975., Some of Jon's happiest times were in the car after a concert, deck plugged into the stereo, listening to the tape he'd just made while driving to the next city. There he'd check into a hotel and immediately start getting things organized to be ready to roll in plenty of time for the next night's show., It was recorded on a Sony Walkman Pro (D6), I believe with Sennheiser binaural mikes, on Fuji FR Metal (type IV) cassette., Transferred back on a Nakamichi CR-7A and recorded using Adobe Audition, having read the above some may wonder why this is the first show to appear the others will follow hopefully, but the reason this oneis first will soon be apparant. Watch this space.., Enjoy, The Caretaker
serge commented "this is a semitone too fast;, drop cut after t10"