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Johnny Cash - Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968 (2021) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Johnny Cash - Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968 (2021) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Johnny Cash - Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968 (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 01:04:06 | 1.31 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

The idea of a live album as a documentary is a naïvely outdated one. For decades, fans have understood that, if one wanted to hear a tip-to-tail, warts-and-all live performance by one of their favorite musicians, a bootleg would be just about the only way, since the "live" albums typically released by most acts were usually cobbled together from multiple performances (and sometimes even across multiple tours). This state of affairs means that while these releases are providing a simulacrum of the live experience, they never exactly transport the listener to any fixed place in time. Thankfully, though, "official bootlegs" like those being released as part of the Bear's Sonic Journals series are not just providing historical documentation of a specific concert, but also a more fully immersive listening experience. After all, as it turns out, those "warts and all" that get removed in the overdub-and-edit process of many live albums are what can make them so vital and exciting. Most well-known as the sound engineer (and LSD purveyor) for the Grateful Dead, Owsley "Bear" Stanley also recorded hundreds of performances by other acts who performed in San Francisco. Stanley's approach to live audio was revolutionary at the time, constantly iterating and optimizing both the in-room amplification and the mixing (and, by extension, recording) process, in the pursuit of a multi-sensory experience for a concert's attendees. And while the recordings he made were largely a byproduct of his optimization, the resultant archives have turned out to be an extensive documentation of Bay Area concerts during the heyday of the counterculture's most expansive period, which wasn’t just limited to rock 'n' roll. Bluegrass bands, country acts, Indian classical masters, jazz artists, and more provided sonic counterpoints to the psychedelia that dominated the scene. This particular set—recorded a few months after Cash's legendary show at Folsom Prison, but a few weeks before the (edited and polished) live album of that set was released—is just one of those sonic counterpoints. Even though Cash tosses a couple of nods to his Haight Ashbury audience with some Dylan covers in the set list and a shoutout to Gordon Lightfoot who is in the crowd, the set is largely in line with what he was performing across the country at the time. That said, it's an absolutely rollicking set, with an incredible amount of energy and dynamism, even in the quieter, more pensive moments. Jamming 28 tracks into just over an hour, Cash and the Tennessee Three are absolutely in prime form here, barrelling through a wide range of material that ironically gives lost cuts like "The Ballad of Ira Hayes" more breathing room than a 90-second version of "Ring of Fire." The sonics are enveloping, dynamic and holistic, favoring clarity and immersion over separation and perfection (although the harmonica just pops out of the mix on "Orange Blossom Special"), and even though the mid-show June Carter portion is truncated a bit due to a tape change, this recording absolutely puts the listener in the middle of the room, right alongside the hootin' and hollerin' crowd of hippies. © Jason Ferguson/Qobuz



Tracklist:

1. Cocaine Blues (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968) (3:03)
2. The Long Black Veil (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968) (3:11)
3. Orange Blossom Special (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968) (3:04)
4. I'm Going To Memphis (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968) (4:07)
5. The Ballad of Ira Hayes (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968) (2:53)
6. Rock Island Line (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968) (3:04)
7. Guess Things Happen That Way (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968) (1:24)
8. One Too Many Mornings (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968) (2:03)
9. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968) (2:11)
10. Give My Love to Rose (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968) (2:29)
11. Green, Green Grass of Home (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968) (2:30)
12. Old Apache Squaw (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968) (1:29)
13. Lorena (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968) (3:23)
14. Forty Shades of Green (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968) (2:22)
15. Bad News (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968) (2:39)
16. Jackson (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968) (3:26)
17. Tall Lover Man (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968) (2:19)
18. June's Song Introduction (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968) (1:33)
19. Wildwood Flower (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968) (0:53)
20. Foggy Mountain Top (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968) (0:45)
21. This Land Is Your Land (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968) (0:55)
22. Wabash Cannonball (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968) (0:34)
23. Worried Man Blues (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968) (1:15)
24. Long Legged Guitar Pickin' Man (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968) (2:23)
25. Ring of Fire (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968) (1:31)
26. Big River (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968) (2:34)
27. Don't Take Your Guns to Town (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968) (2:39)
28. I Walk the Line (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968) (3:39)

foobar2000 1.4 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2021-10-29 08:47:31

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Analyzed: Johnny Cash / Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR13 -0.18 dB -16.23 dB 3:03 01-Cocaine Blues (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968)
DR13 -1.26 dB -19.53 dB 3:11 02-The Long Black Veil (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968)
DR12 -0.19 dB -16.60 dB 3:04 03-Orange Blossom Special (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968)
DR14 -0.19 dB -17.82 dB 4:07 04-I'm Going To Memphis (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968)
DR14 -0.28 dB -18.11 dB 2:53 05-The Ballad of Ira Hayes (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968)
DR13 -0.01 dB -16.97 dB 3:04 06-Rock Island Line (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968)
DR13 -1.18 dB -15.33 dB 1:24 07-Guess Things Happen That Way (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968)
DR12 -0.20 dB -17.41 dB 2:03 08-One Too Many Mornings (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968)
DR13 -0.18 dB -16.33 dB 2:11 09-Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968)
DR13 -0.17 dB -16.76 dB 2:29 10-Give My Love to Rose (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968)
DR14 -0.19 dB -17.56 dB 2:30 11-Green, Green Grass of Home (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968)
DR15 -0.53 dB -16.91 dB 1:29 12-Old Apache Squaw (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968)
DR14 -0.19 dB -19.19 dB 3:23 13-Lorena (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968)
DR13 -0.43 dB -18.26 dB 2:22 14-Forty Shades of Green (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968)
DR13 -0.19 dB -17.86 dB 2:39 15-Bad News (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968)
DR12 -0.01 dB -15.51 dB 3:26 16-Jackson (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968)
DR12 -0.33 dB -17.81 dB 2:19 17-Tall Lover Man (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968)
DR18 -1.80 dB -25.47 dB 1:33 18-June's Song Introduction (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968)
DR14 -0.21 dB -18.49 dB 0:53 19-Wildwood Flower (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968)
DR13 -0.10 dB -17.94 dB 0:45 20-Foggy Mountain Top (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968)
DR13 -0.20 dB -19.64 dB 0:55 21-This Land Is Your Land (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968)
DR12 -0.20 dB -16.17 dB 0:34 22-Wabash Cannonball (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968)
DR13 -0.20 dB -16.77 dB 1:15 23-Worried Man Blues (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968)
DR12 -0.14 dB -16.95 dB 2:23 24-Long Legged Guitar Pickin' Man (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968)
DR12 -0.19 dB -15.96 dB 1:31 25-Ring of Fire (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968)
DR11 -0.19 dB -15.27 dB 2:34 26-Big River (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968)
DR12 -0.34 dB -18.09 dB 2:39 27-Don't Take Your Guns to Town (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968)
DR13 -0.19 dB -17.30 dB 3:39 28-I Walk the Line (Bear's Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968)
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Number of tracks: 28
Official DR value: DR13

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 2920 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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