Not even a full Blu-ray data disc yet

I changed my mind and decided to capture music videotapes first, which is a blast. I’ve captured about a third of them – results so far at the end of this post – and I think they’ll total about 60GB by the time I’m done. That’s a little less than three Blu-ray data discs, which are 22GB each, to digitise forty or fifty videotapes.

I’m finding that most of the tapes I recorded have a bit of a greenish tint, but a 12-point boost in the capture software’s hue setting takes care of that perfectly:

I have a bunch of old cassette tapes I’d also like to digitise and then discard, mostly live recordings directly from soundboards at bluegrass festivals and such, none of which I’ve seen on the bootleg trading circuit. There’s a US$15 USB cassette deck – of course there is, right? – that’s only a little bigger than a tape, so that arrives from Amazon Prime on Sunday. The free Audacity analog-to-digital capture and editing software will make short work of those.

+—Austin City Limits
¦ 0904 The Whites, New Grass Revival 1983.mp4
¦ 1009 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Steve Goodman 1983.mp4
¦ 1101 Nanci Griffith 1985.mp4
¦ 1108 Kate Wolf 1986.mp4
¦ 1208 Chet Atkins & Friends 1986.mp4
¦ 1301 The O’Kanes 1988.mp4
¦ 1308 Loudon Wainwright III 1988.mp4
¦ 1311 New Grass Revival 1988.mp4
¦ 1314 Leo Kottke 1988.mp4
¦ 1410 Robert Earl Keen, Jr. 1989.mp4
¦ 1607 Bluegrass Superstars 1991.mp4
¦ 1802 Leo Kottke 1993.mp4
¦ 1803 Riders in the Sky, Hot Rize 1993.mp4
¦ Austin City Limits Episode Guide.txt
+—Nanci Griffith
¦ A Voice from the Heartland – VH1 1988.mp4
¦ Austin City Limits 1101 Mar 1985.mp4
¦ I Knew Love Music Video.mp4
¦ It’s a Hard Life Wherever You Go Music Video.mp4
¦ Lonesome Pine Specials 110 Nanci Griffith.mp4
¦ Nashville Now – Apr 1986.mp4
¦ Nashville Now – Dec 1989.mp4
¦ Nashville Now – Feb 1988.mp4
¦ New Country – Little Love Affairs (1988).mp4
¦ New Country – Lone Star State of Mind (Feb 1987).mp4
¦ New Country – Once in a Very Blue Moon (Jul 1985).mp4
¦ New Country – The Last of the True Believers (Apr 1986).mp4
¦ One Fair Summer Evening 1988.mp4
¦ Flecktones – Tonight Show 10-04-90.mp4
¦ Hot Rize with Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers Central Sun
¦   Video 1986.mp4
¦ Miscellaneous Music 1.jpg
¦ Miscellaneous Music 1.mp4
¦ Miscellaneous Music 2.jpg
¦ Miscellaneous Music 2.mp4
¦ Miscellaneous Music 3.jpg
¦ Miscellaneous Music 3.mp4
¦ Tony Trischka & Skyline Live in Japan 1983 Cover.jpg
¦ Tony Trischka & Skyline Live in Japan 1983 Set list.jpg
¦ Tony Trischka & Skyline Live in Japan 1983.mp4
+—The Lonesome Pine Specials
106 Maura O’Connell and Guests.mp4
110 Nanci Griffith.mp4
111 Hot Rize with Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers.mp4
113 New Grass Revival.mp4
116 The Nashville Allstars with Peter Rowan.mp4
118 The O’Kanes.mp4
122 Bela Fleck with the Blair String Quartet and The Flecktones.mp4
125 Moloney, O’Connell & Keane.mp4
201 Mando Magnificat.mp4
204 Christine Lavin and the Rounder Records Allstar Bluegrass Band.mp4
210 Strength in Numbers.mp4
The Lonesome Pine Specials Episode Guide.txt


Tony Trischka & Skyline Live in Japan (1983)

I’m loving this US$23 video capture thingamabob.

25-song performance by Tony Trischka & Skyline at Mido Kaikan in Osaka, Japan on 21 November 1983. Four or five years after it was released in Japan and then went out of print, I serendipitously got my hands on what I think might have been the last copy of this tape in the US. Happy days!

SET 1:
1. Vanished/Don’t Cry Tex
2. Drunken Fiddler
3. Wishful Thinking
4. Shiloh
5. Heart Needs a Home
6. True Life Blues
7. Frostbite
8. Just Pretend
9. Child’s Play
10. Stranded in the Moonlight
11. Steam
12. Late to Work

SET 2:
1. Purchase Grover
2. Lifeline
3. Whoa Me
4. Shenandoah Valley Breakdown
5. Heartbroke
6. Pour Tessa
7. I Can’t Believe
8. Man in the Middle
9. Weary Cowboy
10. Elbow Room
11. Ticket Back
12. Kentucky Bullfight
13. Limehouse Blues

Ray Noble is resting comfortably

By that I mean I don’t think he’d start rotating at 78 rpm in his grave on hearing this, which I just listened to. It’s still one of my all-time favourite tunes, and the best cover of Noble’s big band classic “Cherokee” I’ve ever heard. Recorded live by the Cache Valley Drifters at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica in the early 1980s and carefully ripped from my now-rare copy of their long out-of-print “Tools of the Trade” LP, which was never re-released digitally.

You can hear – and indeed download – Ray Noble’s original here.