OfficialSessions, Shows, etc
Sessions with David Walker, 75/76
DB Labs, May 16, 1976
Raven (Extended Version)
Postscripts: Demos and Outtakes
Outtakes and Jams 75/76
Sessions and Rehearsal, 1975/1976
Rehearsal, Corte Madera, May 2, 1976
1st LP Outtakes, Raw Mixes and Demos, Blue Bear Studios, San Francisco, CA, May/June 1976
"Raging Punks" (Palo Alto, CA, June 17, 1976)
Sundance, Lake Tahoe, CA, June 27, 1976
Keystone, Berkeley, July 16, 1976 LMA
Keystone, Berkeley, July 17, 1976
Rehearsal, September 2, 1976
Keystone, Berkeley, September 4, 1976 LMA
Family Light Vocal Session, September 15, 1976
Family Light Vocal Session, September 22, 1976
The Church (Rehearsal), October 16, 1976v

See also:

Post-Raven/Pre-Mistress - Studio Tape, The Church, San Anselmo, October 16, 1977

Sessions with David Walker, 75/76

JC Tree #1

1. The Truth (10-5-76)4:10
2. Prayers3:49
3. Razorblades and Rattlesnakes5:12
4. Collection Box6:05
5. Rooster3:05
6. Moonlight Traveller4:59
7. She's A Shiner5:07
8. Clouds (8-15-75)6:07
9. Shot in the Head3:33
10. Wet Wild & Warm3:04
11. Clouds5:21
12. Moonlight Traveller1:53
13. Grass Is Always Greener (12-9-75)4:47
14. Rooster (9-29-76)2:40
15. Prayers3:29
16. Rooster (Pre-Mistress 10-16-76)3:29
17. Prayers3:58
18. She's A Shiner5:26

John CipollinaGuitar
David Walker Vocals
Greg DouglassGuitar
Skip OlsenBass
David WeberDrums
Jim McPhersonKeyboards1975 only
Andy KirbyDrums1975 only

DB Labs, May 16th, 1976

1.Highway 6:36
2.Grass Is Always Greener4:47
If only life was that easy(?)
4.Piano study
The Truth
7.True Golden Touch (breaks down)
True Golden Touch
8.Bad News 5:43
9.Strangers in the Night

John CipollinaGuitar
David Walker Vocals
Greg DouglassGuitar
Skip OlsenBass
David WeberDrums

John Cipollina's Raven

CD cover

1.Rock and Roll Nurse5:29(Cipollina)
2.Unvicious Circle6:50(Cipollina)
3.Do What You Do6:34(Cipollina)
4.All Worth The Price5:27(Douglass)
5.Clouds4:42(Albritton - Cipollina)
6.Bad News3:58(Douglass)
7.Prayers3:33(Douglass - Kilcourse)

John Cipollina guitar
solo vocal
back-up vocal
open tuned acoustic guitar
electric guitar
first solo
planged guitar
pedal steel guitar
lead "wah" guitar
1, 3, 4
1, 3
6, 7
Greg Douglass plectrum guitar
bottleneck guitars
second solo
acoustic 12 string guitar
rhythm guitar
1, 7
2, 3
4, 6
Nicky Hopkinspiano1 - 6
Jasper "Hutch" Hutchinsonvocal
harmony vocal
back-up vocal
lead vocal
string syntiser
1, 5, 6
1, 3, 4
3, 5, 6, 7
3, 4
Skip Olsonbass
back-up vocal
1 - 7
David Weberdrums
1 - 7
Andrew Kirbydrums
back-up vocal
1 - 7
1, 3, 7
5, 6

Produced by John Cipollina

Tracks 1-4 recorded January 1976 at His Master's Wheels, San Francisco.
Tracks 5-7 recorded May 1976 at C.B.S. Recorders, San Francisco.
Mastered in Forest Knolls, California by Dan Healy with John Cipollina.

Cover: Fehlmann
Photo: Helmut Werb

Release History
LabelCat NoCountryFormatDate
Line RecordsLICD 9.00053 OGermanyCD1988

John Cipollina's Raven (Extended Version)

CD booklet front/back

CD booklet p2/3

CD booklet p4/5

CD booklet p6/7

CD booklet p8/9

CD booklet p10/11

1.Rock and Roll Nurse5:29(Cipollina)
2.True Golden Touch 5:20(Cipollina)
3.Do What You Do 6:31(Cipollina)
4.Unvicious Circle 6:51(Cipollina)
5.True Reward 3:05(Cipollina)
6.Grass is Always Greener4:14(Cipollina)
7.Clouds4:42(Albritton - Cipollina)
8.All Worth The Price5:27(Douglass)
9.Ride (Highway Song)6:17(Cipollina)
10.Burning Corte Madera3:33(McPherson)
11.The Truth 4:02(Cipollina)
12.Bad News 3:57(Douglass)
13.Razor Blade & Rattlesnake5:04(Deke Leonard)
14.Prayers 3:33(Douglass - Kilcourse)

1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 12, 14: His Master's Wheels, San Francisco, CA
2, 6, 11: Black Dragon Studios,San Rafael, CA
5: Keystone, Berkeley, CA, June 7, 1976
9, 10: Blue Bear Studio, San Francisco, CA, October 15, 1976
13: Venue unknown, Berkeley, CA, September 2, 1976

Producer: John Cipollina
Executive Producer, Tape Archivist: Steve Keyser

Sound Engineer, Sequencing: Mick Skidmore

Liner Notes: Mike Somavilla

back booklet & traycard by Rob Cohn (http://www.deadimages.com)
disc photography by Mick Skidmore
Page 11 (small pic) by Helmut Werb

Mastered by Mick Skidmore, Boston, USA

Artwork for this CD release by Pete Tytler, Devon, UK


Well it's coming up on thirty years since Raven first came together. Out of their ten members, maybe six of them are still left to spread the rumors. There isn't a lot that can be written about a band that lasted barely 10 months, and that played at best, maybe 11 shows. And when you consider that after all this time some of the memories and recollections of the surviving band members may be just a little but fuzzy. Here's their story.

Feeling restless with the lack of gigs with Terry & The Pirates, John Cipollina decided to start his dream band Raven, taking with him members of "the Pirates", Quicksilver and Copperhead for this new project. Raven was John's concept of a "Big Band" - 2 guitarists, 2 drummers, 2 keyboardists, 2 singers, and 1 bass player.

During their reign on the Bay Area music scene Raven included - John Cipollina from Quicksilver Messenger Service and Copperhead on lead guitar; Greg Douglass from Country Weather and Hot Tuna on lead guitar; Skip Olson from Boyd Albritton's band The Jones Boys and Quicksilver on bass guitar; Andy Kirby from King Kong on drums & lead vocals; David Weber from Copperhead and Front Page Review (a band he played with in Boston in 1968) on drums; Jasper "Hutch" Hutchinson from The Jones Boys on vocals & synthesizer; Nicky Hopkins from the Jeff Beck Group and The Rolling Stones on piano; Jim McPherson from Stained Glass and Copperhead on keyboards & vocals; Clay Cotton from the Charlie Musselwhite Band on keyboards and Dave Walker from Fleetwood Mac and Savoy Brown on vocals. (John told me once that he felt that Dave Walker was one of the best vocalists he'd ever worked with). It should also be mentioned that by this time John, Greg, Jim, Nicky, David and Andy had all been members of Terry & The Pirates.

In the beginning, but unknown at the time, Raven was born out of a rehearsal at Cipollina's Black Dragon Studio on December 9, 1975 with John Cipollina, Greg Douglass, Nicky Hopkins, Hutch Hutchinson, Terry Dolan, David Weber, Andy Kirby and Dallas Anderson (who played bass that night and was the "caretaker" of John's Corte Madera studio).

As these jam sessions began to take place, they gradually grew into "actual band rehearsals". John and Greg Douglass had often talked about a "serious" project together, but somehow, something always got in the way. But this time they were determined to start a band. Before John ultimately chose Raven for the band's name he was considering as possible contenders Jewel, California Vipers, Rangers, Witness, Prophet and Powerhouse.

Raven rehearsed non-stop for about six months before their first show, although, if you ask the band, it felt more like a year. But John wanted to make sure that Raven was well-rehearsed and ready to play "the Big Time" before they played out.

They probably rehearsed too much because by the time they were ready to play out, some of the songs already seemed old, not to mention that they were burned out on the lack of gigs and a lack of money! According to Greg Douglass "John had a serious case of cold feet". "John", we'd say, "let's go out and do some gigs, man!" "We're not ready", he'd reply. Raven did finally do some scattered gigs. As Greg Douglass put it "The only thing that would have made it all better is if we could've played out more".

Their first show was on June 27, 1976 at Sundance, a small club up in the mountains near Lake Tahoe, Nevada. John wanted to get out of town to debut the band in secret, far away from the familiar surroundings and scrutiny of the San Francisco Bay Area, and unleash this new band on an unsuspecting audience. Skip Olson blew off a gig with Quicksilver to play these shows, pissing off Gary Duncan and Dino Valenti, and subsequently getting kicked out of Quicksilver. Jim McPherson played bass at these gigs because Skip was too sick to play. By all accounts it was a disastrous weekend.

Gary Douglass recalls: "We did this three-night stand in Nevada that still stands near the top of my Worst Gigs Ever List. The first night, the crowd was small but extremely surly. Huge guys would come in small groups and end up scowling and yelling at the band. It turns out the place was a whorehouse that had just been converted into a rock 'n' roll club, without the knowledge of the former patrons. It was an ugly, ugly three days".

Raven then played several back to back Friday/Saturday night gigs: at the Keystone in Berkeley on July 16/17; at the LongBranch Saloon in Berkeley on August 13/14 and then it was back to the Keystone on August 19/20; Jim McPherson played keyboards at the July and August Keystone shows and possibly at the LongBranch Saloon appearances. (There remains some doubt as to whether it was Nicky Hopkins or Jim McPherson that played the LongBranch shows.) On the way to the July 17th Keystone gig, Skip was pulled over by the cops for speeding and not having a driver's licence, which is why their first set was short.

For their last gig on September 4, 1976, also at the Keystone, Clay Cotton played keyboards; Andy Kirby stepped out from behind the drums and was singing lead voals (leaving David Weber as the only drummer), and featuring their new vocalist Dave Walker on a few songs. (Now whether or not Dave played more than one show or if both Keystone shows scheduled for that weekend actually took place, no one can remember).

The songs Raven played showcased the music and songwriting skills of Joh Cipollina, Greg Douglass and Jim McPherson, with the occasional cover tune thrown in for fun. As Greg Douglass put it "A lot of Raven's songs were structurally pretty strange, but at the same time pretty well written and well performed".

Other songs that were part of Raven's repertoire included: Takes All Kinds, Post Scripts, Special Kind of Love, Wet Wild & Warm, All American Boy, Fingers, Snake Eyes, Cloye, Rain or Come Shine, Your Move, She's That Kind of Woman, Moon Light Traveler, Vampira, Saw Tooth, Fever Dreams, Oxblood, and Two Roads (A song by Boyd Albritton).

Over the years there has been much confusion over the identity of Hutch Hutchinson in Raven which is Jasper "Hutch" Hutchinson. The "Hutch Hutchinson" that played bass with Copperhead, Terry & The Pirates and who plays with Bonnie Raitt is "James" Hutch Hutchinson. Jasper was introduced to Cipollina by James, but was brought in to Raven by Skip Olson. (Where is the scorecard to keep this information straight when you need one?)

In 1975 Skip was playing with Cipollina in the reunited Quicksilver Messenger Service and recording at Wally Heider's world renowned studio in San Francisco with Boyd Albritton on guitar & vocals, along with Hutch Hutchinson, Nicky Hopkins, Greg Douglass, Michael Lewis (keyboards), with Sammy Piazza & Harold Aceves (who had also played with Quicksilver) on drums. (In 1998 these recordings were released as Boyd Albritton Band Prehistoric Raven.) John liked Boyd's song "Clouds" so much that he recorded it for the Raven album; Boyd in appreciation of this insisted that John shared the writing credit with him.

Reflecting back Andy Kirby feels that "Cipollina made sure that there were 2 drummers, 2 singers and 2 keyboard players because, in the event someone called in sick, John could still go out and play the gig". Andy also recalls that Beach Boy Blondie Chaplin was being considered as a possible member for Raven and even came over and jammed one day. "He was considered for the band, but I don't recall ever having met the man. John loved his singing & playing. I do remember that" says Greg Douglass.

Having Nicky Hopkins in the band made for some interesting moments. "For instance, there was the high note high dive" factor as Greg Douglass calls it. "Nicky would do one of those spectacular runs up the keyboard all the way to the top note... and keep going, and all of a sudden Bang! He was off the stool and on the floor. To keep Nicky from being seriously injured, Dallas Anderson rigged up a canvas seat belt to prevent any further chromatically-driven spills."

At one rehearsal Raven found themselves being surrounded by a S.W.A.T. team, who thought they were the Symbionese Liberation Army (the group of radicals that kidnapped Patty Hearst). It seems that the band had been shooting at bottles with some of John's extensive gun collection whe a neighbor called the cops, saying they[sic] we're terrorists. A great deal of fast talking was done to convince the gun-toting police specialists that they were just a bunch of goofy old guitar pickers. Dallas did a nice job of hiding Cipollina's M-16s while the band engaged the S.W.A.T. team leader at the front door.

Playing with Raven was a stretch for Clay Cotton because he had come from a Blues & R&B background and Raven was a rock 'n' roll band. He was brought to the band by Skip Olson with whom he worked with in Charlie Musselwhite's band. Clay remembers being treated with dignity and nobility when he met John and Raven and found John to be a gentleman and a true world class artist. "He was clearly a creative genius and composer who put together unique and esoteric songs that had power and integrity" and recalls that "the band played interesting and challenging music that was spot on. I especially remember Fever Dreams as being a zany song with zany lyrics". What appealed to Clay the most was that John had an intellect and personality and wished he could have known John, the person, a little bit better.

Todd Tolces, the San Francisco correspondent for Melody Maker, arranged for Dave Walker to meet John Cipollina and Greg Douglass at Fantasy Studios in 1975. He would later go over to Black Dragon and "jam" a couple of times. Shortly after this Dave moved back to England for about 7 months, and upon his return to the States in August of 1976, he went down to the KSAN studios and signed up on their musicians directory, looking for a band to join. No sooner than he comes home that day the phone rings and it was Cipollina reintroducing himself, and they started hanging out, which led to band practices and recording sessions at John's studio, and then some gigs with Raven. Walker noted, "Being with John gets a little deeper than just doing gigs."

Raven practiced a lot in the studio and they had a lot of freedom to stretch out and play. Dave Walker commented, "Although John was kind of the figurehead of everything, he still counted himself as one of the guys. If you had some kind of idea he was the type of guy that would say, "let's give it a shot and see if we can work something out". John and Greg were kindred spirits and they were a great teaming of guitarists, maybe one of the finest of all time."

Walker continues, "John played with a lot of people and felt he had a lot of responsibility to his friends and he took it seriously. John gave you the free will to be yourself in the studio and on the stage; he was the kind of guy who wouldn't let you down. If he felt he had an obligation to play with someone he would. I've enjoyed playing in America so much more than playing in England, becuase of that freedom to play and be yourself. John got me started here and made it possible for me to continue playing music in America. He took me under his wing a little, and I'll always be grateful for that. Let me put it this way, I've played with a lot of people, but playing with John and Greg Douglass was always a lot of fun".

Raven was an awesome band that was chocked full of some incredibly talented musicians who got along famously, had a lot of potential, and who showed a lot of promise. Maybe the band was too good; but with their aggravation over the lack of gigs and money, members started losing interest. Funny thing though, their disdain for the lack of gigs and money didn't get in the way of their enthusiasm for the music that they creating, both live and in the studio.

At this point Raven wasn't playing live anymore, they weren't earning any money either. This continual underlying theme of "No Gigs equals No Money", only went to underscore once again the frustrations that they felt, and which had plagued them ever since their inception. Greg Douglass sensed Raven's time had about run its course and was preparing for it.

Raven never really broke up; they just stopped playing together, or as John Cipollina explained "Bands in Marin County never really break up; they just have a new rehearsal and fail to tell somebody about it."

Feeling restless with the lack of gigs with Raven, Greg Douglass decided to star a new band, taking with him members of Raven and adopting the name of his old band Mistress and within a month they... De'ja vu... This sounds somewhat familiar... I think this is almost where I started...

In 1980 Line Records in Germany released the Raven recordings as John Cipollina Raven on vinyl. That release was made from a cassette tape that belonged to Andy Kirby; (John didn't have access to his masters so he borrowed Andy's reference tape to use as the master for the record's release).

To summarize - Raven was a powerhouse of a band that played with conviction, fire, intensity, and spirit along with that typical John Cipollina "Take No Prisoners" attitude. The energy and precision with which the band played was a wonder to behold. In looking back, all those rehearsals actually did pay off and they were ready all along.

This CD re-issue has been expanded with studio and live bonus tracks, re-mastered and re-sequenced and really gives the listener a good idea of just how great a band Raven really was!

We hope you enjoy this CD.

Mike Somavilla

Thanks to Clay Cotton, Greg Douglass, Andy Kirby and Dave Walker for their contributions to these notes.

John Cipollina1 - 14
Greg Douglass1 - 14
Nicky Hopkins1 - 4, 6 - 8, 12
Jasper "Hutch" Hutchinson1 - 3, 5 - 12, 14
Skip Olson1, 5, 7, 13
Olson or Hutchinson4
David Weber1, 3 - 14
Andrew Kirby1 - 14
Dave Walker13

Release History
LabelCat NoCountryFormatDateNotes
AcadiaACAD 8092UKCD20067 extra tracks

Postscripts: Demos and Outtakes

JC Tree #4

Disc 1
1. True Golden Touch5:06**
2. The Truth 4:13
3. All American Boy5:01**
4. Grass Is Always Greener 4:06
5. Postscripts6:15
6. Sawtooth5:50
7. Delta Pick Blues6:53*
8. Your Move3:57**
9. Blues Intro / Prayers5:20
10. Clouds 5:13
11. Greg's Tune5:43**
12. Joliene5:53
13. Maelstrom4:19
14. Burning Corte Madera3:46
15. Chicago Town
Total Time71:42
Disc 2
1. Highway 6:15
2. Bad News 4:15
3. Do What You Do5:14
4. Nadine 4:20@
5. Vampira 7:09*
6. Keeper of the Flame5:51
7. Wet Wild & Warm5:14**
8. Special Kind of Love4:05
9. Oxblood 4:41
10. Kiddie Boy 5:41**
11. Cowboy Blues 4:31
12. Sweet Home Chicago5:49
13. Caravan 4:09
Total Time67:22

John CipollinaGuitar
Hutch HutchinsonVocals, String Synth
Greg DouglassGuitar, Vocals @
Skip OlsenBass
David WeberDrums
Jim McPhersonPiano, Vocals
Andy KirbyDrums, Vocals
Nicky HopkinsPiano *
Dallas AndersonBass, Vocals **

Outtakes and Jams 75/76

JC Tree #4 Addendum, distributed as MP3's

1. Chicago Town4:10
2. It Had To Be You3:49
3. Dixie5:12
4. Strange Jam6:05
5. Blues Jam3:05
6. Fast Blues Jam4:59
12-9-75 (w/ Hopkins & Walker)
7. The Breeze5:07
8. Slow Jam6:07
9. Slow & Moody Jam3:33
1-27-76 (w/ Hopkins & Walker)
10. Bad News Jam3:04
11. Rockin' Pneumonia5:21
12. Nicky Jam 11:53
13. Nicky Jam 21:53
Total Time57:52

Sessions and Rehearsal, 1975/1976

Uncirculated John Cipollina tape

Blue Bear Sessions, June 1976 (sbd reel to reel)
1.The Grass Is Always Greener4:17
Joseph's Court, August 1976 (sbd reel to reel)
2.Rock Jam >5:34
3.The Fool (instrumental fragments) >1:58
4.Mona (instrumental fragments)0:45
Tape Rehearsal from Corte Madera, February & May 1976
(from John's little cassette deck source, recording quality of these 3 tracks is acceptable, not great, but it worths the download !)
5.Fever Dreams (May 27th 1976)5:52
6.Moonlight Traveler (February 1976) (this song is a true rarity in this form)4:56
7.John Cipollina Jam (w. Nicky Hopkins & Jim Mc Pherson, various really short takes)1:35
Terry & The Ravens
(John Cipollina, Greg Douglass, Terry Dolan, Jim McPherson, David Hayes, Hutch Hutchinson, Sid Page, Mark Unobsky & Andy Kirby)(Mono recording)
Corte Madera Rehearsal Tape, January 29th 1975 (John's cassette)
(Nobody knews about this session before, obviously i did cause John gave it to me, first time in circulation, unbelivable piece of music, acceptable recording, a must have...)
8.True Golden Touch5:22
9.I'm In Love Again *6:13
10.The Beginning (various takes) *10:39
Total Time47:16

* This the only Cipollina tape i have with these 2 songs in this raw form !

Second part of the tape, ultra rare Raven stuffs. Since all of you are starving for Cipo's maestro guitar style, here you can own something really unique ! I never traded these stuffs before....so please DO NOT SELL IT OR DO ANY OTHER BAD THING WITH IT....

Master reel to reel > revox > amplifiers > tascam audio cdrw750 > cd > computer > plex tool professional XL > wav > flac.

Transfered & uploaded by 38f on Dime, January 2007.

Rehearsal, Corte Madera, May 2nd, 1976

1.The Truth (w Nicky Hopkins Intro) Take 14:16
2.Gimme Shelter > (fades in) 6:18
3.Jumpin' Jack Flash 1:46
4.It's All Over Now 2:01
5.tuning 0:06
6.Postscripts 7:50
7.Give Me Love 4:46
8.Fever Dreams 6:03
9.Jungle Rhythm 4:08
10.Nicky's Tune 3:37
11.Take's All Kind 6:20
12.Natural Selection 4:29
13.Midnight Flyer 8:27
14.You Win Again 1:13
15.Teach Your Children 1:56
16.Suite Judy Blue Eyes 3:19
17.The Truth Take 2 7:46

This is a rehearsal tape, so some songs are cut, some fades in, etc., etc., even if is it not indicated on the text file......

Uncirculated soundboard from master

Master reel to reel > behringer ultra curve pro deq 2496 equalizer > tascam cdrw750 > plex tool professional XL > wav > flac.

John Cipollina Guitars
Greg Douglass Guitars
Nicky Hopkins Piano
Hutch HutchinsonVocals, Bass
David Weber Drums
Andy Kirby Vocals, Drums

1st LP Outtakes, Raw Mixes and Demos
Blue Bear Studios, San Francisco, CA, May/June 1976

1.Clouds 5:05
2.Bad News 4:19
3.Prayers 3:54
4.Rock 'n' Roll Nurse 5:33
5.Unvicious Circle 6:53
6.Do What You Do 6:49
7.All Worth the Price You Pay5:35
John Cipollina & Friends
First recorded rehearsal in New Hall, August 3rd 1977
8.Merry Widow of Mine 2:41
9.I'm Just Fine (no vocals)3:19
10.Fever Dreams (no vocals)1:43
Disc Total45:51

Fantastic uncirculated stereo soundboard

Master reel to reel > equalizer > CD > EAC > wav > flac

If you compare song by song those demos with the Raven's LP, you'll discover a lot of new and different things... is it really interesting to find out how they started from this step to arrive to the final mix of the LP. - Fabio Nosotti

John Cipollina 1 - 7
Jim McPherson 1 - 7
Nicky Hopkins 1 - 7
Greg Douglass 1 - 7
Hutch Hutchinson1 - 7
Mark Unobsky 1 - 7
David Weber 1 - 7
Andy Kirby 1 - 7
John Cipollina & Friends
John Cipollinavocals & guitars8 - 10
Bones Jonesvocals & drums 8 - 10
Bob Strongbass 8 - 10
Dallas Andersondrums 8 - 10

"Raging Punks"

CD cover

1.Going Down 3:14(F. King)
2.Do What You Do 5:24(Cipollina)
3.Razor Blade and Rattlesnake4:45(Deke Leonard)
4.Prayers 3:29(Douglass - Kilcourse)
5.True Golden Touch 5:18
6.The Truth 4:29
7.Rock and Roll Nurse4:58(Cipollina)
8.Clouds 5:03(Albritton - Cipollina)
9.Not Working For You6:24
10.band intro > Unvicious Circle 8:36(Cipollina)
11.Diabolic Pressure 4:42
12.All Worth The Price You Pay10:49(Douglass)

The track listing on the CD is wrong in many ways.

CD Cover Track List
3.Lizard Leg Rattle
5.Rock 'N' Roll Nurse
7.Unreleased song
8.Unreleased song
10.Unvicious Crime
11.Unreleased song

- According to the notes in the Acadia re-issue of the Raven album, their first show was on June 27, 1976, the date of 6.17.76 on this album contradicts that.
- The band intro by JC matches that in a recording of the Keystone, Berkeley, CA, July 17th, 1976 show, but the setlists don't match.

John CipollinaGuitar
Greg DouglassGuitar
Hutch HutchinsonSynthesizer, vocals
Skip OlsonBass
Dave WeberDrums
Andy KirbyDrums
Jim McPhersonKeyboards

Recorded Palo Alto, California, June 17, 1976

Release History
LabelCat NoCountryFormatDate

Sundance, Lake Tahoe, CA, June 27, 1976

1.Razorblade & Rattlesnake 5:19(Deke Leonard)
2.Gimme' Shelter 5:34
3.Moonlight Traveler 5:35
4.Sawtooth 4:14
5.Postscripts 6:28
6.Oxblood 4:42
Rehearsal/Demo tracks
7.Burning Corte Madera (6-76) 3:39
8.All American Boy (7-74) 5:11
9.Vampira (7-74) 7:10
10.Delta Pick Blues (1-76) 6:55
11.Do What You Do (1-76) 6:56
12.Burning Corte Madera (5-76) 4:42
13.Chicago Town (5-76) 6:27

From the notes for the Raven album re-issue:
Their first show was on June 27, 1976 at Sundance, a small club up in the mountains near Lake Tahoe, Nevada. John wanted to get out of town to debut the band in secret, far away from the familiar surroundings and scrutiny of the San Francisco Bay Area, and unleash this new band on an unsuspecting audience. Skip Olson blew off a gig with Quicksilver to play these shows, pissing off Gary Duncan and Dino Valenti, and subsequently getting kicked out of Quicksilver. Jim McPherson played bass at these gigs because Skip was too sick to play. By all accounts it was a disastrous weekend.
Gary Douglass recalls: "We did this three-night stand in Nevada that still stands near the top of my Worst Gigs Ever List. The first night, the crowd was small but extremely surly. Huge guys would come in small groups and end up scowling and yelling at the band. It turns out the place was a whorehouse that had just been converted into a rock 'n' roll club, without the knowledge of the former patrons. It was an ugly, ugly three days".

John CipollinaAll
Greg DouglassTahoe
Hutch HutchinsonTahoe
Skip OlsonTahoe
Dave WeberTahoe
Andy KirbyTahoe
Jim McPhersonTahoe
Dallas AndersonBass7-74
Nicky HopkinsPiano7-74

Keystone, Berkeley, CA, July 16th, 1976

This appears to be the same as the LMA version but before the Ryan Linn edits mentioned below.

1.Mystery To Me ( ? )6:10
2.Burning Corte Madera4:46
3.Razorblade & Rattlesnake5:28(Deke Leonard)
4.Grass Is Always Greener5:24
5.band intro > Unvicious Circle8:22(Cipollina)
6.Prayers 4:14(Douglass - Kilcourse)
7.True Golden Touch 5:07
8.The Truth 4:10
9.Rock and Roll Nurse5:55(Cipollina)
10. 0:09
11.Clouds 5:51(Albritton - Cipollina)
12.Not Working For You6:40
13.Oxblood 4:59
14.Bad News 4:59

Keystone, Berkeley, CA, July 16th, 1976

Another version, with between song chatter & tuning

?Set 1 ?Set 2
1.Intro >
tuning >
Mystery To Me
2.Burning Corte Madera4:46
3.Razorblade & Rattlesnake5:53(Deke Leonard)
4.Grass Is Always Greener6:05
5.Band intro's >
Unvicious Circle
6.Prayers 4:31(Douglass - Kilcourse)
7.True Golden Touch 6:02
8.The Truth 4:39
9.Rock and Roll Nurse6:12(Cipollina)
10.Clouds 6:08
11.Not Working For You7:31
12.Oxblood 4:42
13.All Worth The Price You Pay12:02
14.Bad News 4:56

NB There's a break between tracks 6 & 7, and no announcement of track 7, whereas all tracks up to this had been announced; one of the other recordings has a set break here. There's also a break before track 13.

Keystone, Berkeley, CA, July 16th, 1976

LMA version

Set 1
1.Mystery To Me6:49
2.Burning Corte Madera4:20
3.Razorblade & Rattlesnake6:02(Deke Leonard)
4.Grass Is Always Greener4:25
5.Band intro 1:16
6.Unvicious Circle7:20(Cipollina)
7.Prayers 3:30(Douglass - Kilcourse)
Set 2
8.True Golden Touch 5:17
9.The Truth 4:39
10.Rock and Roll Nurse6:07(Cipollina)
11.Clouds 5:16
12.Diabolic Pressure7:25
13.Oxblood 3:52
14.chatter 1:12
15.Bad News 3:34

AUD > cassette > ? > CDR > cdrparanoia > WAV > edits > FLAC

Editing by Ryan Linn (dirtybrew@happyhippie.com)

editing notes:
-t01 had many clicks throughout, most of which I managed to fix.
-talk and audience noise were moved from the beginning of each track to the end of the previous track.

This version of this show, together with many others, is legally downloadable in various formats from the Live Music Archive section of The Internet Archive.

John CipollinaGuitar
Greg DouglassGuitar
Hutch HutchinsonVocals, Synth
Skip OlsonBass
Dave WeberDrums
Andy KirbyDrums
Jim McPhersonPiano

Keystone, Berkeley, CA, July 17th, 1976

1.Auld Lang Syne... Goin' Down4:46
2.Do What You Do 5:16
3.Razorblade & Rattlesnake5:20(Deke Leonard)
4.Prayers 3:48(Douglass - Kilcourse)
5.True Golden Touch 5:12
6.The Truth 4:34
7.Rock and Roll Nurse5:51(Cipollina)
8.Not Working For You6:59
9.band intro > Unvicious Circle8:34(Cipollina)
10.Oxblood 4:51
11.All Worth The Price You Pay12:00(Douglass)
12.Grass Is Always Greener4:31

John CipollinaGuitar
Greg DouglassGuitar
Hutch HutchinsonVocals, Synthesizer
Skip OlsonBass
Dave WeberDrums
Andy KirbyDrums
Jim McPhersonKeyboards

Keystone, Berkeley, September 4th, 1976

1.True Golden Touch 5:52
2.The Truth 6:08
3.Clouds 6:41(Albritton - Cipollina)
4.Rock and Roll Nurse5:48(Cipollina)
5.Diabolic Pressure 7:33
6.Prayers 4:01(Douglass - Kilcourse)
7.Do What You Do 5:38(Cipollina)
8.Bad News 4:52
9.Grass is Always Greener5:09
10.Unvicious Circle 8:32(Cipollina)
11.Fever Dreams * 4:27
12.Razor Blade and Rattlesnake *5:33(Deke Leonard)
13.Diabolic Pressure 6:09

Dirtybrew Edit #2: AUD (Taped by Steve Keyser) > ?? > CDR > cdrparanoia > WAV > repairs (Amadeus II) > FLAC
Repairs by Dirtybrew (dirtybrew@happyhippie.com)

A version of this show, together with many others, is legally downloadable in various formats from the Live Music Archive section of The Internet Archive.

John CipollinaGuitar
Greg DouglassGuitar
Hutch HutchinsonVocals
Skip OlsenBass
Dave WeberDrums
Jim McPhersonKeyboards
Dave WalkerVocals*

Fixes and other problems:
-I moved the tuning and chatter from the beginning of each track to the end of the previous track.
-There are many small noises that sound like something brushing against the microphone. Since almost all of them are between songs, I chose not to fix most of them.
-I cut down the hiss by using a sample & subtract filter, but didn't eliminate it entirely.
-t03: Right channel badly damaged from 5:14-6:02, so I replaced it with the left channel. This is during applause, so it's not noticeable during the song.
-t13: Mono track. Cut out static bursts during end applause and faded out. The intro is also cut off, I'd imagine because this song seems to be an encore from later in the show and the recording equipment was probably hastily set up when the band came back on.

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