Sunday, February 4, 2018
Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
Supergroups In Concert, American Broadcasting Companies
Broadcast date of May 12, 1979 (Premiere broadcast of SuperGroups...)
Lineage: Original pre-FM vinyls > Audacity > Wav > Flac
Laudir de Olivera
CD 1 - Sides 1, 2, and 3
01. OCC 101 Intro - Bob Sirott
02. Feelin' Stronger Every Day
03. Dialogue Parts I & II
04. Hot Streets
05. OCC 101 Break - Bob Sirott
06. Interview - James Pankow
07. Just You 'n Me
08. Ain't It Time
09. OCC 101 Break - Bob Sirott
11. The Inner Struggles Of A Man
12. Prelude (Little One)
13. Happy Man
14. Flight 602
15. OCC 101 Break - Bob Sirott
16. Interview - Peter Cetera
17. If You Leave Me Now
CD 2 - Sides 4 and 5
18. Alive Again
19. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
20. OCC 101 Break - Bob Sirott
21. Interview - Pankow/Lamm/de Olivera/Parazaider
22. Saturday In The Park
24. (I've Been) Searchin' So Long
25. Interview - Robert Lamm
26. 25 Or 6 To 4
27. I Just Want To Be Free
28. I'm A Man
29. OCC 101 Outro - Bob Sirott
Total time 1:43:54
Orchestra conducted by William "Bill" Conti. From Wikipedia: "...an American composer and conductor best known for his film scores, including Rocky (and all but one of the five sequels), For Your Eyes Only, and The Right Stuff, the latter of which earned him an Academy Award for Best Original Score."
draftervoi's original notes:
Chicago SuperGroups In Concert was the first "SuperGroups" syndicated broadcast on May 12, 1979. The show was pressed on three LPs, but only five sides had music. The sixth side is blank. The cue sheet lists the show as a production of American Broadcasting Companies. There's an ad in Billboard on Aug. 18, 1979 that says 300 ABC stations carried the show, so that may be a good guess as to how many copies of this show were pressed.
The Chicago disc labels are numbered with the catalog number OCC 101. The next SuperGroups show I've identified is Foreigner, which used the code OCC and either 201 or 203 (I've seen both listed, so consider that number unconfirmed). The Foreigner show was identifed as broadcast on May 19, 1979 but is not mentioned in the Billboard ad...
...which says the next show in the series was the Moody Blues. With the Moody Blues show, the series used a different code: The Moody Blues were SGC 101, followed by the Allman Brothers SGC 102, Peter Frampton SGC 103, the Cars SGC 104, Blondie SGC 105, Cheap Trick SGC 106, Journey SGC 107 and Alice Cooper SGC 108.
The earliest of these shows were distributed in boxes, with similar cover designs. The background of each box was a solid color covered in a pattern of dots, with the artist's name on the front and the show credits on the back. The cue sheets were printed on premium paper, and the discs housed in plastic-lined disc sleeves. Occasionally they "themed" the color of the box: The Moody Blues box is blue, and Blondie is yellow.
The original SuperGroups format had live concerts interspersed with short interviews, and no commercials. A "SuperGroups Theme Song" played at the beginning and end of the show. At least two of the shows (Foreigner and Alice Cooper) combined previously unreleased live material with several "faked" tracks from studio albums overdubbed with audience noise.
Sometime in 1980 they dropped the premium presentation (boxes, cue sheets, disc liners) and added prerecorded commercials. Disc labels switched to a solid color - I've seen red, yellow, and silver used, and the numbering system was discontinued. Some of these are listed as "produced by D.I.R. Broadcasting Corp. for Super Groups In Concert" but also carry the ABC name. Spelling of the shows name often shifts from "SuperGroups" to "Super Groups." There was also a series using the Super Groups name called "A Night On The Road," produced by G.K. Productions with ABC.
This version was digitized from the original syndicated radio discs and declicked in Audacity in September 2014. Included are 300 dpi scans of the front and back cover, a disc label, and all four pages of the cue sheet. Flac files of wavs. The only thing I edited out was the 700 Hz test tone.
There's another version circulating with "Mongonucleosis" and "Got To Get You Into My Life" but without "I Just Want To Be Free." I haven't heard it, so I don't know if was also a SuperGroups show, an original over-the-air broadcast, syndicated by a different company...or perhaps two versions of the show were produced.