Grab this Rocky Horror Recording from 3/14/75 ! Tim, Richard & Meatloaf...
Date: 4/17/2008 12:15:33 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Read this story after my post. This explains the entire story of this recording. It's very interesting to read, and there's even a moral to it. -
This is a live recording made on March 14th, 1975 of the
(very short-lived) Rocky Horror Show's original run at
the Belasco Theatre on Broadway. It was taken from a 1/4"
reel-to-reel tape kept by one of the sound engineers at
the Belasco. This source is the same source that was used
on The Website "The Musical World Of Rocky Horror" however......
This is a new rip from the Original Wav files, Completely
retracked and Speed Corrected. I also had to do a lot of
Declicking, due to some imperfections in the Original Recording.
(wine glasses clinking, and some weird clickng noises. They are now gone.) I was extremely careful not to do any editing or to alter the
recording, other than to fix the speed to match the Roxy LP.
I personally have been searching for a copy of this recording
for about 25 years before it turned up last Halloween. After
some trading, I was able to get a copy of the WAV files, and I
went to work to clean them up a bit. This is a mono recording,
but it's the Complete Play, and it's extremely rare because
it has Tim Curry, Meatloaf AND Richard O'Brian in the cast
(who was filling in). This was the 3rd Performance of a three
month run at the Belasco Theatre, and this took place After
the movie was filmed, but Before it was released in the movie theaters.
That in itself makes this a very rare recording. I know of a
few people who claim to have a copy of this for years, but never
would trade it.
This version also has no Digi-Noise that is on the versions posted on The Musical World Of Rocky Horror. Both the mp3 and flac versions posted there have Digi-noise in different places in the recording. I got a hold of the Original files Via Shawn, and they were not present in the recording, leading me to believe that it was ripped poorly. I offered to send Shawn a better copy, but the trade never went thru. Shawn, Please download a copy from Dime, or I will send you one, and you can replace the files on your site!
I wanted to help share this amazing show with the world
before I have to move to a new apartment. Please share this with
anyone who is a Rocky Horror Fan! They will thank you for it!
I have listened to this show about 10 times in the last 2 weeks, to
make sure I am posting the best possible copy.
Info found on Musical World of Rocky Horror:
(sorry I borrowed this info)[/b]
This is a recording from March 14th, 1975 of the (very short-lived)
original run of The Rocky Horror Show at the Belasco Theatre on Broadway. It was taken from a 1/4" reel-to-reel tape kept by one of the sound engineers at the Belasco. The show opened on March 10th, 1975 so this was one of the first few performances. It features Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Richard O'Brien as Riff Raff, and Meat Loaf as Eddie/Dr. Scott along with the rest of the cast from the Roxy Theatre. All sound files contributed by Justin "Muzzle" Carpenter.
The quality is excellent, and the recording is of the complete show
(including all dialogue). It was transferred from 1/4" reel-to-reel
to a chrome cassette which was played only twice, first to test and
second to record it digitally. It's very listenable, though some of
the dialogue does get very low in volume and is occasionally overpowered
by audience reactions. It's fantastic being able to hear Richard O'Brien,
Tim Curry, and Meat Loaf all on stage together though.
Thank You Justin for finally making this available to the world. I hope you don't mind that I improved the recording by speed correcting and declicking it. I used SoundForge to do all the editing, etc. I would not consider this a remaster, just an adjustment, and a new rip from the Original Files, Not the Flac files found on Music World Of.....
This is[b] Not a knock against The Musical World of..., I just wanted to try to get a cleaner transfer posted for the trading community. I also noticed some small 1 second breaks between some of the tracks in the original files, (I'm talking about the flac files, and not just the mp3s), so I very carefully removed them in soundforge, and it's perfect now, and totally retracked. No EQ has been added.
Thank You Shawn for helping me aquire the Original files to work with. I hope that you don't mind that I am sharing it on another site. I take No Cerdit for this, but many people who download torrents aren't aware of your website, and I know that over 10,000 + people belong to DIME, so I figured it would be a great place to circulate it to the masses! I honestly Love this website, and have even submited some videos here (Tom Snyder footage + The Rocky Horror Treatment + Others) I have another disc of stuff I want to have posted here as well, so shawn, Please contact me with your mailing address so I can ship you a copy of these DVDs! I know that you will want to see this stuff. They really need to be seen.
~Michael Lestatkatt~ (Yes, I have seen this movie over 1,000 times in the last 25 years) This recording still Blows My Mind. I will treasure this forever. A Huge thanks goes to Shawn and to Muzzle!
Track 1 Welcome To The Show Tonight
Track 2 Science Fiction/Double feature
Track 3 Damnit Janet
Track 4 Narrator
Track 5 Over At The Frankenstein Place
Track 6 Sweet Transvestite
Track 7 The Warp
Track 8 Dialogue - Creation Scene
Track 9 Sword Of Damocles
Track 10 Charles Atlas Song
Track 11 Hot Patootie (Bless My Soul)
Track 12 Charles Atlas Song (Reprise)
Track 13 Bedroom Scenes
Track 14 Touch-A, Touch-A, Touch Me
Track 15 Once In A While
Track 16 Eddie's Teddy
Track 17 Planet Schmanet Janet
Track 18 You're A Hot Dog
Track 19 Rose Tint My World
Track 20 Don't Dream It, Be It
Track 21 Wild And An Untaimed Thing
Track 1 I'm Going Home
Track 2 The Death Of Frank & Rocky
Track 3 Super Heroes
Track 4 Science Fiction/Double Feature (Reprise)
Track 5 Sweet Transvestite (Company Bows)
Track 6 Time Warp (Reprise) (Company Bows)
Belasco Popcorn Girl: Jamie Donnelly
Brad Majors: Bill Miller
Janet Weiss: Abigale Haness
Narrator: Graham Jarvis
Riff Raff: Richard O'Brien
Dr. Frank-N-Furter: Tim Curry
Magenta: Jamie Donnelly
Columbia: Boni Enten
Rocky Horror: Kim Milford
Eddie: Meat Loaf
Dr. Scott: Meat Loaf
* a last note I forgot to mention is there sounds like a small break right before the beginning of I Can Make You A Man. I'm wondering if that was on the Original Transfer of this. Maybe that is where the Cassette tape flipped over? Seems too early in the recording to be the spot to flip a cassette? Maybe they were 30 minute side tapes? Questions I would love to know the answers to....... It's the same on the files of Musical World of, as that one and this one came from the same master files........... No big deal. It doesn't sound like much, if anything is missing. I noticed it due to multiple listenings on headphones while declicking the recording.
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Here's an amazing comment left on the thread on Dime. It needs to be read here too about this recording, and how it surfaced:
Posted by Sthunder69
In the beginning of the Nineties, when The Rocky Horror Show was riding high on the wave of renewed interest from its fifteen anniversary video release, there was a young man who loved The Rocky Horror Show more than -- well, more than any other show on earth. He amassed an enormous collection of the play's various productions, making friends with many of the cast members past and present. He became something of an authority in matters concerning The Rocky Horror Show, and was generally respected by the play's collector circles as a driven and devoted archivist of RHS goodies of all sorts. Quickly accepted into the "elite trading circles" as a peer, he was soon the primary point of contact for many a Rocky Horror Show fan.
Those of you who are Rocky Horror Show fans might be aware of stories of a recording of the Belasco Cast -- the show's 1975 original pre-film brief appearance on Broadway. This gentleman, who shall be identified by the name of Muzzle for purposes of this story, was the one who discovered it. He traced it to an individual who had worked the soundboard for the Belasco Theatre during that time, and while he was not the engineer who recorded that particular night, he was entrusted with the first-generation copy of the taping. (The recording's nature is uncertain -- it may be a raw monitor mix, or a well-planned open air recording.) Muzzle rented equipment, drove down to the engineer's rural New York home, and made a transfer from the master tapes to a second-generation DAT tape source, which he then transferred to high-quality digital masters.
He was proud of himself; he had in his possession a recording that 'didn't exist,' a rare and amazing find that would surely take the Rocky Horror Show community by storm. He had never felt quite so powerful, quite so influential. He knew that his next few choices concerning the recording would be instrumental in the Rocky Horror Show fandom. Many people believed this landmark production, with many of the stars of the film (including Tim Curry, Meat Loaf, and Richard O'Brien), had never been recorded.
He was young, though, and he made a choice he deeply regrets -- after giving the recording to several of his closest friends, he agreed with them that this was a "special" recording, one far too valuable to allow to be traded. He stamped the recording "NO TRADE," and bound his friends by honor to refrain from making copies of it. His friends agreed quickly, and even liked the idea -- this made them "special" too, gave them a tool of influence and power, a mark of their "elite" standing in the Rocky Horror Show audio community. However, far more people were upset by the decision -- they didn't understand why others were deemed "worthy" of the treasure, and they weren't. Muzzle shrugged and smiled and tried to assure them that they were important to him, too, but...but...
...well, it boiled down to the fact that Muzzle had drawn an artificial line in the sand, and declared some people "a little more important" than others. He lost a lot of friends during those weeks, though the "trusted lieutenants" flanked to his side and insulated him with rhetoric and solidarity.
Muzzle married, and retired from active trading, devoting his energy to family and career matters. He quietly lurked on this new "internet" thing, watching his old friends in Rocky Horror Show fandom...and watched some distressing consequences of his choices. Some of his "trusted lieutenants" decided to exercise their power, and offered the recording to their own trusted lieutenants...some of whom proved less than honorable. The next thing Muzzle knew, he heard tales of copies of his recording being sold for considerable sums. He was furious, and resentful, and felt betrayed...but when he complained to his old friends, they told him, in short, to cry himself a river.
He realized, then, what a hypocrite he'd been. They were simply doing what he'd done, way back when -- distributing the recording as they saw fit, enjoying the power that having a "special super-rare recording" afforded them. Once he'd let the recording out of his hands, he lost control of the copies he'd made -- and others exercised that control to their own design. They profited, socially and financially, from the treasure they had -- and they did so in the same way he had, by playing 'God,' and enjoying the power to give to some and deny to others.
In a fit of disgust, Muzzle shipped his entire Rocky Horror Show collection to one particular old friend, threw his remaining listening copies into a dumpster in La Puente, California, and abandoned The Rocky Horror Show completely, ashamed. His better-known fandom names, and his real name, vanished into the shadows of a youth-based, fast-changing fandom, and today he's little more than a footnote in a few books written about Rocky Horror fandom.
Today, Muzzle is ashamed of himself, and the lesson he learned is simple: recordings are meant to be shared, and any attempt to limit access to them defeats the point of fandom. Fandom is above love, obsession, passion, admiration, rapt attention and blathering on and on about details the average person would find trivial and uninteresting. Fandom of musicals is about microanalyzing the subtle arrangement differences in cast recordings, arguing into the wee hours of the morning about the relative merits of one performer versus another, feeling that exquisite little deep-shine shiver and chills when one's favorite song hits that magic moment. Without these moments of connection, of kinship to share, there is no 'fandom' of which to partake, only the hoarding of things. Becoming a 'dead end node' of a recording -- taking it in without giving it out to more in return -- is the single most terrible thing, in Muzzle's opinion, a fan can do; it deprives the fandom of that which it loves, denies it moments of bonding and communing in appreciation. It is selfish, and the puny, tiny "prize" of having something others don't is a lousy prize in light of all the happiness that could have been shared by being a giver rather than a hoarder.
Trades are wonderful -- they help guard against leechers, who are very much like hoarders, in that they take without giving back. However, should you ever be in the position of being tempted to "dead end" a rare recording, think about Muzzle, and the burden he's carried for over a decade by using his moment of power for selfish ends rather than generous ones, the friendships he ruined, the bitter taste left in his metaphorical mouth by the stageplay he once loved with all his heart, in the truest spirit of fandom.
There is only one thing left for him to do, and he's chosen to do it: with sincere apologies to the Rocky Horror Show fandom circles, Muzzle offers his recording of the Belasco cast of The Rocky Horror Show to free trade status, with absolutely no restrictions -- and indeed, he asks that you thank him by spreading it to absolutely every person who might want to hear it, without any "rare recording" restrictions. If you encounter someone in your travels who has a copy of the recording, feel free to tell him or her that the person most likely to have been responsible for the master copy of the show they have has rescinded all trade restrictions on the recording, and is deeply ashamed of his own past selfishness.
Spread this recording, friends -- and if you like, spread Muzzle's story, too, if you feel his example is one you'd like to see others adopt. Nothing would please Muzzle more than to see rare recordings given away freely, and his name, one day, remembered as the man who liberated the Belasco Cast, not the man who hoarded it in the first place. And if you have a rare recording that's really just too good not to share, and the only thing stopping you from volunteering copies of it is the desire to keep it "special" -- imagine, for a moment, how much better it will feel to be the one credited with liberating the recording. Imagine, if you will, all the voices rising to thank you, all the smiles you'll inspire, all the evenings of fans losing themselves in the recording you shared with them, you introduced them to, you made possible.
We have the opportunity, every day, to be "heroes" in little ways, in our fandoms. Muzzle would, I think, urge you to take advantage of them. It is a million times more rewarding to exercise the power to spread the wealth, than the power to hoard it.
For now, though, please enjoy the newly-liberated live, full-play Belasco Cast recording of The Rocky Horror Show, from its original 1975 pre-film brief Broadway run, courtesy of Muzzle.
BTW: I need to meet some friend in the Philadelphia area who are Rocky Horror Freaks like me. I have never had any friends when I was growing up who were into the movie, and now it is hardly even shown in Philly on a real Movie Screen. It's just not the same since it closed up at the TLA & Roxy Theater in Philly.
Has anyone who is good at editing, ever try to dub the Official Audience Participation CD to the DVD for their own enjoyment and maybe for trade? I like that version so much better than the one on the DVD, and it would great to have them in sync on a DVD.