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On Wed, Apr 8, 2015 at 9:13 AM, David Crosthwait <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> The Dick Cavett Show is represented by Global Image Works:
> I am quite sure they know of the existence of these (if any) early
> In regard to the 1969 (and later) Cavett Show appearances by Janis, I have
> transferred each from 2" Quad videotape over the years on the Ampex AVR-1.
> These new masters exist on Digital Betacam. The audio/video quality is very
> Although I am certain that Katherine is already aware of these
> publications, Shout! put out several Cavett compilations over 10 years ago.
> Here is one example of Janis Joplin performances made available from The
> Dick Cavett Show:
> Janis with Big Brother and the Holding Company from '67 or '68 (?) exists
> on 2" Quad videotape (also transferred on the AVR-1) with stunning black &
> white quality. Contact Retro Video in Glendale California for
> representation IIRC.
> I receive no financial benefit from the above listings. They are merely
> presented as a public service to this group.
> Thank you.
> Best Regards,
> David Crosthwait
> DC Video
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> On Apr 8, 2015, at 5:32 AM, Richard L. Hess wrote:
> > Hi, Steve, and Marcia,
> > I recall Dick Cavett being on ABC. I worked at ABC. I've heard some of
> the logging tapes from the 1970s and know how they were made and how they
> > They were 4-track (possibly 5-track counting time code, I don't recall)
> recordings in one direction. Both local (WABC-TV Channel 7) and Network
> were recorded. The other two tracks escape me. One may have been time code,
> though I have a 5-track repro head which allegedly was used as a format to
> provide four logging channels PLUS time code. But I got that head in the
> early 2000s from Joe Dundovic who made it at Nortronics.
> > The recording was on Maxell 18 micron ("1/2 mil" with thin mag coat)
> tape which means 3600 feet on a 7-inch reel. Tape speed was 15/32 in/s
> providing 24+hours per reel. Dual Dictaphone (I think) transports
> alternating days.
> > Those transports were designed more for 35 micron ("1 mil" with a
> thicker coating) tape with 3600 feet of that tape requiring a 10.5 inch
> > The end result exhibited very high flutter and very poor frequency
> response. The 18 micron tape was especially springy and its contribution to
> the poor flutter performance was my conclusion back in the day. But the
> 10.5-inch reels were more expensive and took up more space and fidelity on
> logging tapes was not a hill to die for. Even I understood that way back
> then. I tried much harder to have all 1-inch Type C video tapes recorded
> with Dolby A. Whether that would have been a good decision long term, I
> don't know as there are plusses and minuses, but the Type C audio had about
> the same S/N ratio as a cassette, if I recall correctly.
> > Even if the tapes did exist, I'm not certain I'd want to listen to them.
> If you were lucky and I played the tapes on a Sony APR (not a Dictaphone),
> the interview segments might be tolerable, I think the music would be like
> fingernails on a blackboard or worse, and I'm not making a comment about
> Joplin. I actually like some of her music though I'm more of a Judy Collins
> and Joan Baez fan.
> > Cheers,
> > Richard
> > On 2015-04-08 12:17 AM, Marcia Segal wrote:
> >> If there are, I wonder who.
> >>> On Apr 7, 2015, at 10:11 PM, Steve Smolian <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >>> She appeared on the local-only broadcasts of the Dick Cavett show in
> NYC in hear earlier NY visits. Research will tell you on what channel.
> Even if there are no videotapes, it's likely there were low quality logging
> tapes made for legal reasons. Do any of these still survive.?
> >>> Steve Smolian
> >>> Hello all,
> >>> I am new to the list and hoping to find a few or more Janis Joplin
> fans on
> >>> this listserv. I'm one of the producers on a documentary currently in
> >>> progress on her life. It is the first project to be commissioned by
> >>> family and estate and we are working very hard to unearth as much
> >>> as possible.
> >>> I'm looking for anything from old radio interviews, to home audio or
> >>> recorded at shows, etc.
> >>> Would love to hear from anyone if you have stuff or can think of anyone
> >>> else who might.
> >>> I can be reached at: [log in to unmask]
> >>> Thanks!
> >>> --
> >>> KATHERINE LEBLOND