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Here you will find samples, some complete shows, many partial recordings, of music programs heard on KRAB, listed in rough chronological order. Where we have found multiple recordings of a series of programs, they have been placed in their own pages, which are accessible through the Audio Archives main menu.

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The KRAB Top 10 - Only to be heard on KRAB, over and over

What did you hear on KRAB, only on KRAB, that seemed to be played more frequently than necessary? Or maybe it just seemed that way. Here are some musical selections that I remember being very popular with volunteers and listeners alike.

Hey you! We are still waiting to hear from any of you that have memories surviving from listening to KRAB. Or did I just imagine all this? Nominate something you heard on KRAB that got stuck in your memory, that you believe to be "top ten" material. Remember, only heard on KRAB, and heard often. Write us at archive@krabarchive.com

The Manhattan Transfer does the Java Jive - Gouda's Theme

John Cage and David Tudor: Indeterminacy - Story number 90 - No explanation necessary

The Crane, by Harry Partch, from the Twelve Intrusions (later reduced to eleven). These short works appeared on KRAB frequently. The earliest we can document Partch on KRAB was Apr 15, 1963 with Castor and Pollux in a concert of dance music sandwiched between Bugaku and two horos from Bulgaria.

Sundanese "Water Music" - In an ethnic music program from 1963, Bob Garfias mentions that KRAB has a sign-on theme. Why yes, of course. And the one he describes was immediately dripping through my head, Sundanese Water Music on a Folkways album. The sign-on themes changed at least as often as the person doing the morning show changed, and sometimes oftener. This one is a duet for suling and kecapi. The notes to the album were by Henry Cowell.

Whispered song in praise of a benefactor; performed on inanga and sung by Francois Muduga; 1967 (KRAB Jun 14, 1970)

Cosmic Love by Ralph Lundsten, from the album Olskog; 1970 (An electronic new-age interpretation of Serge Gainsbourgs popular and exceedingly self-indulgent J'Taime) (KRAB Jan 14, 1972)

Cantata Ich habe genug, by J S Bach; performed by Dietrich Fischer Dieskau ("Dishcloth" as he was known to his friends) [See also: RALPH Magazine]

Listen now Listen now: The KRAB Top 10

Point of clarification - As of today, the "Top 10" is only a top 7. Are there any former KRAB listeners in the audience with memories of what they could only hear on KRAB, but heard it, perhaps, a little too often?


A Selection of Music Broadcast on KRAB 1965 - 1969

Recently we were loaned a number of tapes that may be dubs of recordings from the old KRAB archives, or may have been recorded over-the-air. We can't tell for sure. But the contents of the the recordings are without a doubt typical KRAB. Some have less than sparkling audio quality, and since the tape labels are sometimes not enlightening, only a sample of the tape is shared below.

If you would like to hear complete recordings with restored audio quality, you may be able to find them at Smithsonian Folkways.

Listen now Listen now - Open KRABplayer to select what you want to hear

Amalia Rodrigues and the Fado - KRAB Mar 4, 1969 (4:29)

"Erros meus"

Amalia Rodrigues

Bessie Smith, announced by Bob West (King Biscuit Time): Easy Rider,
Cake Walkin' Babies, Muddy Water (9:29)

Bessie Smith

Mississippi John Hurt - Cow Hooking Blues (3:34)

Mississippi John Hurt

An excerpt from Ed Mignon's New Record Review (5:26)

 

Bobongo (song and dancing) by the Ekonda tribe of the Congo - KRAB May 28, 1966 (2:14)

Ekonda

Classical Oud Performed by Khamis El Fino - KRAB Feb 10, 1973 (13:44)

Oud

Om Kolthoom sings "Akoulak Ih-Aan EI-Shouk Ya-Habiby" ("How could I express my longing for you, my darling") - KRAB Mar 6, 1965 (30:41)

Om Kolthoom

Lui Tsun Yuen - Chinese Classical Masterpieces for the Pipa and Chin - KRAB Aug 2, 1969 (14:22)

Pipa and Chin

Russian Folk Music from commercial recordings collected by Robert Garfias (27:34)

Russian folk music

Classical Indian Music from the UNESCO Collection - Svara Mandala, in mode Brindavani-Tilang played by Svami D.R. Parvatikar - KRAB Feb 23, 1971 (3:08)

Brindavani

South Indian Nagasvaram Music - Mamavasadavaraday performed by Karukurichi P. Arunachalam - KRAB Oct 30, 1967 (9:34) (Full piece is 17 min; only 9:34 is on the tape.)

Nagasvaram

Gagaku - Ranryo 0 (The Prince Lanling) and Etenraku (Ancient Chinese Court Music) - KRAB Nov 4, 1965 (25:40)

Gagaku

Gagaku Netori from Kagura Uta Suite (Shinto Ceremonial) - KRAB Nov 21, 1968

Evening Ceremony, Eiheiji Temple, Soto Zen service for the dead - KRAB Dec 25, 1967

Shinto Ceremonial

Recordings courtesy Nancy Keith


Music of Egypt from the Consulate of the United Arab Republic - KRAB 1964

In 1962 as KRAB was getting ready to go on the air, and then also during the first few years, Lorenzo, Jeremy and others sent letters out to embassies and consulates in the US, to United Nations member offices, and to radio broadcast systems overseas, requesting that they share recorded examples of their country's music, and spoken arts. The result was the occasional package with a one-time shipment that someone had scrabbled together, or sometimes KRAB made it on to a list, and there were regular shipments from Radio Nederland, Deutsche Welle, RAI, NHK, RSA, and others I can't remember.

I think there were six or maybe a dozen tapes that came from the consulate of the United Arab Republic. By the time they were sending material to us, the UAR was only Egypt. This is from two of the tapes - in my naive ignorance what I thought the best. You can judge for yourself. (Hekayet Shaab and Batal Al-Salam are phenomenal)

Note, the spellings (and translations) below are as found on the original tape labels, and not altered to conform to contemporary standards.

Program 1 (47:15)
Abdel-Halim Hafiz: Baad-Ein (It is too Late)
Abdel-Halim Hafiz: Abo Oyon Gariaa (Daring eyes)
Abdel-Halim Hafiz: Hekayet Shaab (The story of a Nation)
Om-Kolthoum: Batal Al-Salam (Hero of Peace)
Unidentified Egyptian sounds

Listen now Listen now - Music from the UAR, Program 1 - KRAB Feb 13, 1969

Program 2 (47:16)
Fayza Ahmed: Ya, Amma El-Amar Ala-El-Bab (Oh mother, my darling is by the door)
Mohamed Abdel-Wahab: Aziza
Mohamed Abdel-Wahab: Bent Al-Balad (Egyptian girl)
Mohamed Abdel-Wahab: Zina
Mohamed Abdel-Wahab: Balad Al-Mahbob (The home town of my beloved)
Om Kolthoum: two songs from "Rabaa El-Adawiea" (a very famous lady in Islam history)
Nagat el Saghira: Ariba Mansiah (Forgotten)
Unidentified Egyptian sounds

Listen now Listen now - Music from the UAR, Program 2 - KRAB Dec 26, 1964

Recordings collection of C Reinsch

Jul 23, 2014 - A former KRAB listener writes from Taipei regarding Program 2, "from 38:39 is not Arabic music, but South Indian". This is a mystery. The tape label says "Unidentified Egyptian sounds" (but has no timings), but it certainly sounds South Indian. Perhaps the tape onto which the original UAR program was copied had previously been used, and not properly erased.


"Can all you bongo-ists hear me out there?" - Three by Henry Jacobs, 1965

Beginning in the early 1950's, Henry Jacobs brought a sly wit and a kind of slapstick Zen to the production of electronic and experimental audio compositions. The forms and themes of these compositions, almost always manipulating sound with new uses of technology, include interview with fictitious characters, exploration of formats of educational radio programs about ethnic music, montage, sound effects, and social and philosophical commentary. Mix in a little Dada, and it became impossible for the listener to sort the seriously absurd from the absurdly serious.

There is something about Jacobs' productions that make me wonder what influence he may have had on a couple of other Bay area radio jokesters, Jim Coyle and Mal Sharpe, whom I used to listen to on KGO during the mid 1960's.

Listen now Listen now - Three by Henry Jacobs

Umdagumsubudu, KRAB Mar 3, 1965 (7:50)

Although this seems to have been later credited to Alan Watts, I recollect a 7" 45 floating around the doughnut shop with Umdagumsubudu on one side and with the credit to Henry Jacobs, and that is also how it was credited in program guide number 56.

Professor Irwin Corey interviewed by Henry Jacobs, KRAB Apr 20, 1965 (26:50)

Corey's rambling non-sequiturs were made for Jacobs' straight man. A re-mastered, and complete, version of the interview is available directly from Irwin Corey's web site. According to one source, if you visit New York, you may find him hawking CD's on the street. Be sure to get an autographed copy.

Recording collection of C Reinsch

Henry Jacobs - La BombaLa Bomba, a Mexican Dance, KRAB Sep 29, 1965 (31:40) - While many, if not most, of Jacobs' programs appeared first on KPFA, I cannot find any indication of La Bomba being broadcast anywhere except at KRAB. That it has not reappeared on any of the recent compilations makes me wonder if the master was destroyed in a 1995 fire. La Bomba was created somewhere between Dec 1963 and Sep 1965.

Recording courtesy Nancy Keith

If you are interested in hearing more of Henry Jacobs, take a look at John Whiting's web site where you will find a Conversation beween Whiting and Jacobs recorded in 1994 as well as of productions by Jacobs. There are also albums that have been re-released by Smithsonian Folkways and Important Records, and an article and interview at Smithsonian.


Steve Lalor and Group with a LIVE concert from the Doughnut Shop - KRAB Mar 12, 1965

Here is "Monte Curlew and the Rhythm Blossoms", with Steve Lalor, Danny O'Keefe, David Brooks, and Larry Van Over, and a bunch of others packed into the studio. It seems Lorenzo Milam engineered, wearing his engineer's cap (as pictured on the Richard AC Greene page. Lorenzo's scrawl is unmistakable on the label of tape 2. On Tape 3 David Cutler writes "Might be interesting as fill in place of records."

Tape 1 of 3 is missing, but what we have includes the following:Tape Label

Looking Glass
After You're Gone (Hey baby)
Diamond Joe
Mean Mother Woman
?Tape Label
Baby, What You Want Me To Do
The Look of Love
Steel Rail Blues
Parchman Farm (Devil Got My Woman)

Listen now Listen now - Steve Lalor and Group with a LIVE concert from the Doughnut Shop - KRAB Mar 12, 1965 (58:59)

Recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, JSF inv M0304 and M0305


Gagaku - Music of the Imperial Court of Japan - KRAB Nov 4, 1965

During the years Professor Robert Garfias was Music Director he permitted KRAB to make tape copies of LP's from his personal collection. I believe that he was the source of this recording. The KRAB copies sounded good enough, but since the phonograph album text was often not in English and the person writing the notes on the box likely not be conversant in the language used, the notes on the tape label lacked much substance.

The recording presented here may be from a three 12-inch Victor LP set titled "Gagaku Taikei – Kigaku Hen", although you would never know it from the tape label. The spellings of the titles on the tape label are different than those Garfias uses in his extensive treatise on the Tōgaku style of Japanese Court Music Music of a Thousand Autumns. Some other sources indicate these are interchangeable variants.

1 - The first short selection was labeled Hyō-jō Netori (Tuning in Hyō-jō)

The next 3 selections are each introduced on the album/tape with the title:Gagaku Takei

2 - Instrumental suite "Gojoraku" (The Five Virtues)

A - "Gojoraku-Jo" or "Goshōraku Jo" - Introduction

B - "Gojoraku-Ha" or "Goshōraku Ha" - Scattering

C - "Gojoraku-Kyu" or "Goshōraku Kyū" - Gathering and resolution

Listen now Listen now - Gagaku (26:13)

Recording collection of C Reinsch


HagoromoYokoku: Music of the Japanese Noh drama - KRAB Nov 13, 1965

 

Hagoromo

Miidera

Shishi

 

Listen now Listen now - Yokoku (31:16)

Recording collection of C Reinsch

 


A Conversation With John Cage - KRAB Feb 23, 1966

The composer of sounds and spaces talks with Lorenzo Milam and Bill Holcomb of the UW School of Music

The earliest appearance of John Cage on KRAB that has been identified so far is April 11, 1963, just four months after KRAB went on the air. Over the next 22 years, Cage's explorations of sound (randomness, coincidence, silence, more silence) became regular features of KRAB's schedule. If KRAB had a "top-ten", Indeterminacy would have been near number one.

The exact date this was recorded is unknown, but sometime before February 23, 1966. This is the interview about which I have written elsewhere on the web site. I was pleased to discover that the tape box label confirmed my memory of the occasion. What I had forgotten was the Tape label amount of cigarette smoke and ash that would fill the studio during and after a recording session. The label credits Lorenzo as the Producer, so I suspect he was the one that added the musical excerpts that punctuate the interview.

Listen now Listen now - Composer John Cage in conversation (64:54)

Recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, JSF inv M1441


ISCM: Contemporary Concert - Recorded Apr 23, 1966, KRAB May 27, 1966

A concert on the occasion of a meeting of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) and the American Musicological Society in Seattle in 1966.

  • Tape labelTransitoria, for clarinet and piano, by Terrance Kincaid (Michael Davenport, clarinet; Alastair Hood, piano)

  • Piano Sonata Op 1, 1909, by Alan Berg (Fay Bolcom, piano)

  • String Trio, by Alastair Hood (Dorothy Davenport, violin; Constance Whalen, viola; Lura Tuttle, cello)

  • Madrigal II, by Posseur (William Bolcom, harpsichord; Elizabeth Crooks, flute; Joanna Jenner, violin; Laura Tuttle, cello)

  • Concerto for Orchestra Op 24, by Webern (NW Chapter ISCM Chamber Ensemble, directed by Alastair Hood)

  • Aleatoric Study, by Stumpff (Alastair Hood, harpsichord; William Bolcom, piano; Joanna Jenner, violin; Elizabeth Crooks, flute; bar stools and fortune cookies)

Recorded at Piggott Hall, Seattle University, by Dave Calhoun.

Listen now Listen now - NW Chapter ISCM Chamber ensemble: Contemporary Concert - KRAB May 27, 1966 (41:03)

Recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, JSF inv M-0063


Education of a Record Collector with Ed Mignon - KRAB Jul 17, 1966 and Jul 31, 1966

The Phantom (of the opera) Strikes Again. Ed Mignon hides in the wings with rapier drawn.

Between September 1964 and September 1966, Ed Mignon recorded about 25 programs, including reviews of new records, an interview of Julian Bream, commentary about music, and the series, "Education of a Record Collector".

Ed Mignon died January 17, 2012 in Tucson, where he had been living since retiring from the University of Washington. From the obituary published in the Seattle Times:

During the 1960s Mr. Mignon was employed by the Boeing Scientific Research Laboratory in Seattle. He left in 1966 to accept a fellowship for four years of study at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received a PhD in information science. While at Berkeley, he participated in research leading to the development of the Internet at Berkeley's Institute of Library Research. His research supervisor said the "the most intense, intelligent, and sensitive work came from the heart, head, and hands of Ed Mignon," a compliment Mr. Mignon valued above all others. Mr. Mignon later returned to Seattle and began his teaching career at the University of Washington, where he taught information science for more than 30 years.

After his retirement, he and his wife, Molly moved to Tucson, where Mr. Mignon became a friend of the Chandler Symphony Orchestra, writing a number of compositions performed by that ensemble, including "Frolic," which received its premier lastOctober, and "Optimistic Overture,"first performed in November, 2008. Another of his compositions, "A Short Symphony,"was performed by the Arizona Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Mignon continued composing music up to the time of his death.Tape label

So far two recordings of Ed's programs have been found. They are consectutive parts of a series he did on Opera. This first was recorded on July 17, 1966, sub-titled Opera #3 of 4, and described in the program guide with the above description.

Listen now Listen now - Education of a Record Collector, Opera Nbr 3 - KRAB Jul 17, 1966 (65:44)

* * * * *

Based on Mignon's comments at the beginning of this next recording, it was recorded Jul 31, 1966, and is number 4 in what was becoming a longer series than he had originally planned. In this episode he presents several singers, including Friedrich Schorr (1926), Lauritz Melchior (1941), Pol Plançon (1903), Lilli Lehmann (1905), Enrico Caruso (1920), and duets by Alma Gluck and Louise Homer (1920) and Beniamino Gigli and Giuseppe De Luca (1929). Unfortunately, we do not have guide number 93 (Jul 27 to Aug 10, 1966), so we do not know how the program was originally described.

Listen now Listen now - Education of a Record Collector, Opera Nbr 4 - KRAB Jul 31, 1966 (59:24)

Jul 17 recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, JSF inv M1454; Jul 31 recording courtesy Saint Louis State Historical Society of Missouri (KDNA archive).


New Music for Solo Trombone Performed by Stuart Dempster (KPFA Aug 11, 1966) - KRAB Nov 18, 1966

Recital by San Francisco trombonist Stuart Dempster, with a personal repertoire of works of Austin, Cage, Erickson, Berio, Oliveros & Childs.

As you can see above, the description in the Guide did not provide a lot of detail. More information is available now: The program is announced by Charles Boone, a composer himself. The concert took place June 24, 1966 at the San Francisco Tape Music Center, which coincidently happened to be KPFA's San Francisco studio at 321 Divisadero Street.

At the time of this concert, Stuart Dempster was principal trombonist of the Oakland Symphony and a faculty member at the San Francisco Conservatory and San Francisco State College.

I have a vivid memory of playing the tape of this performance during my Friday night engineering shift. It is not a concert one would easily forget.

Listen now Listen now - New Music for Solo Trombone Performed by Stuart Dempster - KRAB Nov 18, 1966

Part 1 (62:50)

1 - Changes: In Open Style, for trombone and magnetic tape (1965) by Larry Austin;

2 - Solo, for sliding trombone (1957-58) by John Cage;

3 - Ricercar à 5 (1966) by Robert Erickson

Part 2 (41:09)

4 - Sequenza V, for solo trombone (1966) by Luciano Berio;

5 - Theater Piece, for trombone player, garden hoses, & tape (1966) by Pauline Oliveros and Elizabeth Harris;

6 - Sonata, for solo trombone by Barney Childs

This recording has been shared under a Creative Commons license by the Internet Archives, RADIOM, and the Pacifica Archives.

CreateCommons
RadiOM


Night Into Day with Bob Fass and guests Arlo Guthrie and Jeff Outlaw - KRAB Jul 28, 1967

May 12, 1967 - 10:30pm - NIGHT INTO DAY. This program begins the regular playing of a series of late-night musicathons from WBAI in New York. They will include live and recorded music, as well as discussion and occasional interviews. The music is mostly folk and ethnic.

The above guide description announced the start of a new program on Friday nights, during my engineering and announcing shift. Sort of like a few other programs (Jean Shepherd and Martin William's "Scope of Jazz", for instance) KRAB received and rebroadcast, this one featuring Bob Fass with a variety of characters of late-night New York, including Marshall Efron, Bob Dylan, and Arlo Guthrie. "Night Into Day" was a one-hour selection of the best of the previous week's "Radio Unnameable" programs, with Bob Fass as anchorman.

On Jul 28, 1967 the guide announced: NIGHT INTO ETERNITY: Bob Fass, of late, sleepy WBAI fame, with Arlo Guthrie and Jeff Outlaw. Here Arlo plays piano and Jeff Outlaw guitar. Over the next six months it was played and played until the cows fled to Canada.

I kept a copy, as did Nancy Keith. The best parts of both are assembled here. And, there is another, the "Philadelphia" version ("Sam. Do you remember Sam?"). If there is enough interest, I might put it up.

Listen now Night Into Day with Bob Fass, Arlo Guthrie and Jeff Outlaw- Alice's Restaurant - The Multi-Colored Rainbow Roach Affair- KRAB Jul 28, 1967 (17:09)

Recording courtesy of Nancy Keith and C Reinsch, NK0003


Seattle Symphony Review with Geoffrey Hewings - Oct 10, 1967

Seattle Times 1967-10-09GEOFF HEWINGS comments on the Gala Opening of Oct. 9th, with "Belshazzar's Feast" and all.

Shortly after starting this web site, Geoffrey Hewings was amongst the first KRAB programmers I was able to locate via a web search: His KRAB volunteer work is mentioned in his CV. Between Mar 1967 and Jul 1969, he is heard in over fifty three programs: Commentaries; readings, discussions and occasional interviews about World Affairs; morning and afternoon classical music programs; a series of readings from "The English" by David Frost and Antony Jay; and reviews of Seattle Symphony concerts.

Here is Geoff's review of the opening concert of the Symphony's 1967-68 season.

Listen now Listen now - Seattle Symphony Review with Geoffrey Hewings - Oct 10, 1967 (9:38)

Recording courtesy Geoffrey Hewings


The Service From the Seattle House of Refuge Church of God Pentecostal - KRAB Aug 18, 1968

Bishop R. J. Causey preaches and leads the congregation

Between Jun and Oct 1968, Sundays at 6:00pm KRAB would play a recording made of the morning's service. A similiar program was aired during 1975.

Listen now Listen now - The Service From the Seattle House of Refuge Church of God Pentecostal - KRAB Aug 18, 1968 (59:07)

Recording courtesy Bob West


An Interview with Morton Subotnick - Rec Feb 22 or 24, 1971; KRAB Apr 14, 1971

9:15 One of the originators of electronic music in this country, a man who co-founded the San Francisco Tape Library, who has been Musical Director of Lincoln Center, and who is now primarily interested in the theatrical uses of mixed media. He is presently on the faculty of the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. Interviewed for KRAB by Nick (Baltic) Johnson.

10:00 The Wild Bull - a composition for electronic-music synthesizer by Morton Subotnick. (A Nonesuch Records Commission, 1967)

Tape LabelThis was recorded when Morton Subotnick was in Seattle for two concerts sponsored by New Dimensions in Music and performed at A Contemporary Theatre on lower Queen Anne hill. When broadcast on KRAB, the interview was followed by an airing of Subnotick's composition "The Wild Bull", which was not included in the concert, but was in the KRAB library. There were three works performed at ACT:

Sidewinder - Electronic Music and modulated laser beams (the record was released later in 1971)

Circles - Electronic music and synthesizer, with computer film by Doris Totten Chase. (Doris Totten Chase also designed opera and dance stage sets, some of which ended up being stored at KRAB's Harvard and Union Ave Fire House.)

Windows - Controlled tape and synthesizer, with two films by Don Levy and two dancers

Announcing, and joining Nick with a question, sounds like Phil Bannon.

Wayne Johnson of the Seattle Times reviewed the performance/concert (attached).

Listen now Listen now - An Interview with Morton Subotnick - KRAB Apr 14, 1971 - Rec Feb 22 or 24, 1971 (41:34)

Listen now Now listen to - The Wild Bull by Morton Subotnick (Nonesuch Records) - KRAB Apr 14, 1971 - (28:10)

For more about Morton Subotnick see www.mortonsubotnick.com

Recording courtesy Jack Straw Foundation, PA0181; The Wild Bull courtesy Morton Subotnick


“Between the Lines”, a composition by Philip Munger - KRAB Nov 25, 1972

Phil Munger studied music composition at Oberlin and at the University of Washington and served as KRAB’s co-Music director, News Director, and producer of the morning program from 1970 until 1973, when he left Seattle for the wilds of Alaska.  He describes this piece, one of his experimental programs, created for KRAB, as his “Goodbye!” to hosting the morning show and working at KRAB.  The work is now in his catalog as Op. 10, No. 2.

Program guide description: "Echoes & silent sections from some colossal Romantic works, re-oriented through, tape, permutation (& other such tricks)"

Assisting in the production were the following:

Michael Wiater – voice
Leila Gorbman – voice
D.J. – voice
Pamela Jennings – production
Jerry Jensen and New Dimensions in Music – Buchla synthesizer

Since the over-the-air recording was made at the house of volunteer Leslie Mohrman, located on the south side of Queen Anne, KRAB’s signal had to traverse many obstacles and unfortunately seems to have suffered from multipath distortion which added some of the whooshing and swishing noises.  At least that is what may be happening in some places.

Listen now Listen now - Between the Lines by Philip Munger (26:51)

These days Phil is still in Alaska, composing, conducting, teaching, and writing.  There is an autobiographical sketch at firedoglake.  More of his music can be found at Music of Philip Munger.  And his writings about politics and the environment can be found on his blog Progressive Alaska.

Recording courtesy Phil Munger


Roswell with Live Jazz: The Chrono Synclastic Infundibula - Aug 12, 1973

This was probably one of the first live music broadcasts from firehouse 25. Since a lot of guides from 1973 are missing from the archive, we can't know exactly what was scheduled the night of Aug 12th, but the tape label says this:

The musicians are Jeff Johnson, guitar; Dean Johnson, bass; David Lewis, electric piano; Robert Harris, percussion; Rekovic (?), tenor sax and flute.

"Play various tunes including "Badia" by Weather Report, and various originals. Bad gaps in program caused by tech problems when recorded."

Roswell and the musicians may be annoyed as the levels change dramatically at the gaps, but I've left them in anyway. Bob Friede's (music director and general manager of that time) Sharpie scrawl is distinctive on the tape label.

Tape labelWas Roswell reading The Sirens of Titan?

Listen now Listen now - Roswell with Live Jazz: The Chrono Synclastic Infundibula - Aug 12, 1973 (32:10)

Recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, JSF inv M-1583


The Labyrinth, with Pamela Jennings - Rec Dec 17, 1973; KRAB soon thereafter

THE LABYRINTH comes creeping after 'im, creeping, crawling and confusing with the light. Pamela holds on to the ball of twine. (As described in Feb 1974 guide)

"The Labyrinth" is only found scheduled in a few guides between Feb and Apr 1974, for Tuesday nights, alternating with Gary Danzl, and Pamela's other late night program "Underwater Ballet". This recording starts with Tom Berghan playing lute; followed by Bob Gronenthal playing guitar; Tom Berghan again; Pamela reads a bit from John Donne while Tom plays; and then Bob Gronenthal returns and plays piano. Details are on the tape label, although the order of play is a little different.The Labyrinth

Listen nowThe Labyrinth, with your host Pamela Jennings - Rec Dec 17, 1973 (56:19)

Recording courtesy Jack Straw Foundation M0216


The Tibetan Book of the Wet - KRAB Sep 3, 1975, recorded Aug 18, 1975

A walk through the KRAB rain forest, realized the day the roof leaked everywhere. An impromptu composition. ("Liquid" -- the Daily Rag.) With the KRAB Aqua-Infinity Arkestra, Including: Jeff Follette, ethereal space conduit; Leila Gorbman, Pepsi can: Lee Read, orange juice bottle and shovel; Chuck Reinsch, tape, jar, and vacuum cleaner hose; Johnny Walker, heating grate: Stu Witmer, conduit and soprano buckets; Greg Palmer, bass buckets; Shanti, styrofoam cup; Bob Weppner, sheet metal and acoustic bead curtain. Produced by Tom Eckels, with the assistance of Gravity.

Tape labelA summer storm (mid-afternoon Aug 18, 1975) brought the KRAB staff together for a spontaneous collaboration that started with a rush to protect the Production Room equipment and a search for containers to catch the deluge. Do any of the perpetrators remember whose idea it was to broadcast this live?

Listen now Listen now - The Tibetan Book of the Wet - KRAB Sep 3, 1975 (37:53)

Recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, JSF inv M-1483


Music of Seattle's Taverns - KRAB Apr 6, 1976, recorded Mar 22, 1976

P. K. Dwyer and Donna Beck; Barbara Bush, and Ron W. Bailey, some of Seattle's best pass-the-hat tavern musicians, bring you solos, duos, trios and quartets, from a LIVE-at-KRAB pub-jam session on March 22, 1976. Run-fetch-a-pitcher-and-get-the-baby-some-beer!

Here are some links for more info about the performers:Tape Label

PK Dwyer and Donna Beck

Ron W Bailey

Produced and introduced by Judith Hadley, with a "semi-live audience".

Listen now Listen now - Music of Seattle's Taverns - KRAB Apr 6, 1976 (66:27)

Recording courtesy Jack Straw Foundation, M0218


200 Years of Obnoxious American Music - Greg Palmer with a Bicentennial Special - Jun 7, 1976

Just in time for America's special day.....Tape label

A Marathon presentation of obnoxious, or loathsome, or simply inane recordings; either performer, material or both performer and performance reaching crud standards. Including notes for other obnoxicologists.

Listen now Listen now - 200 Years of Obnoxious American Music - Greg Palmer with a Bicentennial Special (38:56)

Recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, JSF inv M-0552


Marlene Fontenay, the only French Cabaret singer in town - KRAB, Oct 19, 1976

A live concert from the Seattle Folklore Society Clubhouse. Chanteuse Marlene Fontenay plays piano, sings, and speaks with KRAB Music Director Bill Noll about her life and music. She performs classics as well as her own work of surprising authenticity. Click here for 1981 review in the New York Times.

Tape labelIn the mid-1970's KRAB went nuts with live broadcasts from around Seattle. This is from a series entitled "Tuesday Night live at KRAB".

Listen now Listen now - Marlene Fontenay Tuesday Night Live at KRAB (90:47)

Recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, JSF inv 311


Equal Time with Fred Lieberman - KRAB Nov 29, 1976

"A new show with Ethnomusicolgist Fred Lieberman. Professor Lieberman will make it possible for you to hear what you probably have never heard."

Tape LabelIn this program some choral music of Stravinsky; biwa and voice from Japan; P'i -pa played by Lui Pui-yuen; and New Mexican Alabados sung by Cleofes Vigil.

Listen now Listen now - Equal Time with Fred Lieberman - KRAB Nov 29, 1976 (58:18)

Recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, M0964


International Women's Day - Ellen Thorne, Jill Johnson, Gwen Harrel, Mary Litchfield - KRAB Mar 8, 1977

Tuesday Night Live At KRAB - A Women's Day presentation tonight featuring peformers: Sandy Bradley and Jill Johnson with Balkan folk songs; Ellen Thorn, banjo; and Gwen Harrell, guitar. This is live from the KRAB studios.

These two recordings came from Karen Berge's collection of tapes from her Production Assistant days at KRAB. In 1977 she orgainzed the programming for International Women's Day.

The first recording begins with Ellen and Jeff Thorne; then Jill Johnson with Sandy Bradley; and then Gwen Harrell guitar and vocal. The second tape is of Mary Litchfield playing guitar and singing.

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Unfortunately, these tapes suffer from some distortion which may have been caused by over loading of the microphones, or clipping in either the microphone preamps or the tape deck. Record volumes could be set in either the board (mixer) or in the tape deck, and operators sometimes did not monitor both.

Listen now Listen now - Tuesday Night Live at KRAB - Ellen Thorne, Jill Johnson, Gwen Harrel - Mar 8, 1977 (50:50)

Listen now Listen now - Tuesday Night Live at KRAB - Mary Litchfield - Mar 8, 1977 (39:22)

Recordings courtesy Karen Berge


Earth Music - Third world music with Leory Backus and Fred Katz - KRAB Mar 12, 1977

If my program guide searches are working, it seems the "Earth Music" category/program title was first coined by Phil Munger way back in 1972: "In praise of the multiplicity of musical possibilities on this planet". A mid-morning program in 1973 sometimes named "Ethnic Melodies" and other times "Ethnic Music", with rotataing hosts, adopted "Earth Music" in May 1973, and it stuck.

Today its reggae and maybe some dub.

This cassette recording was shared by a former KRAB listener.

Listen now Listen now - Earth Music - Third world music with Leory Backus and Fred Katz - KRAB Mar 12, 1977 (46:22)

Recording courtesy Anne MacFadden


Emphyrio Dub with Karl Kotas - KRAB Mar 19, 1977

Blues and reggae with Karl Kotas, says the guide. There's a PSA mid-program for a Spring Equinox Celebration tonight at the Polish Home, with Dumi. Tickets are on sale at the Central Tavern. And be warned, there will be a marathon Apr 1 to 10, so Karl probably won't be back for awhile.

Listen now Emphyrio Dub with Karl Kotas - KRAB Mar 19, 1977 (88:59)

Recording courtesy Anne MacFadden, AM0003

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NEW APR 2016: More Emphyrio Dub - KRAB Aug 6, 1977

If Reggae were the Congo, then Dub would be its Heart of Darkness. With Karl Kotas and "Leech."

Thomas Lantz and Karl Kotas with Emphyrio dub. At 26 minutes Karl Kotas announces engineer Ralph Blumenthal will be substituting for Howard's and Cynthia's Earth Music program. So is it Ralph playing the blues, or is it the beginning of Saturday Afternoon Blues with Jack Cook?

Listen now More Emphyrio Dub - KRAB Aug 6, 1977 (46:13)

Recording courtesy Anne MacFadden, AM0005-b

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NEW APR 2016: And even more Emphyrio Dub - KRAB Aug 20, 1977

Leech and Karl fiddle while Babylon burns.

Listen now And even more Emphyrio Dub - KRAB Aug 20, 1977 (46:07)

Recording courtesy Anne MacFadden, AM0005-a


Saturday Afternoon Blues with Jack Cook (maybe?) - KRAB 1978

Between 1974 and 1982 KRAB blues hosts seemed to be always moving. In the Sep 1976 program guide it was announced:

Starting in September, Baby Biscuit Blues goes away, to be replaced by Jack Cook and Karl Kotas, alternating, Saturdays, at 2:30PM

Here is another cassette recording made off the air by Anne MacFadden. Jack, is this you?

Listen now Saturday Afternoon Blues with Jack Cook (maybe?) - KRAB 1978 (31:07)

Recording courtesy Anne MacFadden, AM0002


True Blues with Dave White - KRAB sometime between 1978 - 1982

Although the label on the cassette says, "Jack Cook", at the end of the tape, Phil Bannon says it was Dave White. And Phil should know. "True Blues" was the name of the show and it ran from Nov 1978 to Feb 1982, and was hosted, alternately, by Karl Kotas, Jeff Poskin, and Dave White.

Jack Cook, sometimes with Steve Patterson, hosted "Blue Shadows" for a while in 1974, then took over King Biscuit Time from Bob West, then Double Biscuit Blues in 1976, and then Saturday Afternoon Blues until 1978.

Listen now Listen now - True Blues with Dave White - KRAB sometime between 1978 - 1982 (45:15)

Recording courtesy Anne MacFadden


Patchwork with Patchman - An interview of Arnold Grizzley - KRAB Aug 25, 1979

Patchwork - Chinas Comidas, Red Dress, 84 year old Arnold Grizzly, the Blackouts! & other local luminaries on vinyl, on tape, on mike & on drugs. Also stars Patchman, Bill Dempsey and you.

Patch was KRAB production manager for a time. He was sometimes mildly outrageous and always provocative. He was Cerberus standing at the entrance to the record library

Ed note: After 1977 I worked for organizations that required me to be conscious during "normal business hours", so KRAB after midnight was a mystery to me. It still is.Aptch and Arnold Grizzley

Listen now Patchwork with Patchman - An interview of Arnold Grizzley - KRAB Aug 25, 1979 (14:28)

 

Recording courtesy Robert Deardorf, RD0002


Life Elsewhere with George Romansic, Judith Malmgren, Jim Anderson, and Norman Batley - KRAB 1979 to 1984

Life Elsewhere was first revealed Saturday, Mar 3, 1979 with this notice

More curious than involved? Tune in for painfully loud and unintelligible music, from the Buzzcocks and x-ray spex. Also the delightful Yes LA., not produced by Brian Eno. An approach to rock with George Romansic, Judith Malmgren, and Jim Anderson.

It occurred again Apr 28, 1979 with this

The second of monthly doses of real music, this time exploring George's fascination with metric groups, Judy's keen interest in screaming women and Jim's attempt to discover WHO KILLED BAMBI.

It was Gojira (ゴジラ), wasn't it?

And then, in Jan 1980, beneath the title "smith-corona, My Sharona", the manifesto appeared:

As Darwin predicted in his Origin of the Species, Life Elsewhere has not remained the same. Initially produced by Judy Malmgren, George Romansic, and Jim Anderson in January of 1979, Life Elsewhere was a punk rock show airing once a month. In September of this year Norman Batley joined us and the show has been expanded to every other Saturday night. Life Elsewhere is a new wave music show committed to bringing Seattle the new, the exciting, and the ignored music of the Seventies.

Norman moved to Seattle a year ago and his contacts with the British music scene bring us tapes and records not available in the United States. George's roots are more basic to the American scene, veering towards the unusual. Judy can't give up the sounds of the sixties that first drove her parents crazy, and Jim adds a local enthusiasm, his finger ever on the throbbing pulse of the city.

Commercial radio has become an institution which denies airplay to musical variants from the norm, an instrument of the corporations which dictate what our ears will receive. The prohibitive expense of vinyl and the veritable plethora of shiny black discs present a difficult if not impossible barrier to those who seek epiphany producing sounds. Though the impetus may be political, our underlying love of rock and roll continues as we bring to Seattle the music which it asks for and needs to initiate the previously unexposed. Our hope is to provide a medium of communication, as is the intent of listener-supported radio, and a means of escape for late night Saturday hours. Join us on into Sunday morning. We invite you to listen, entreat you to call (325-5110), and enjoy any and all written responses.

Buzzcocks Sex Pistols Tom Verlaine Lou Reed Pere Ubu Ramones Cabaret Voltaire B-52's XTC X-Ray Spex Eno Only Ones Patti Smith Dictators The Jam Kleenex Siouxsie and the Banshees Teenage Jesus and The Jerks Heartbreakers The Clash James White and The Blacks The Contortions Ultra Vox T.V.O.D. Alternative T.V . Public Image Generation X Richard Hell and The Voidoids Destroy All Monsters Dead Boys Sham 69

Listen now Listen now - Life Elsewhere with George Romansic and Jim Anderson - KRAB Nov 3, 1979 (85:52) (updated)

Listen now Listen now - Life Elsewhere with George and Jim - KRAB Feb 23, 1980 (80:00)

Listen now Listen now - Life Elsewhere with George and Jim - KRAB Apr 13, 1980 (159:59)

Listen now Listen now - Life Elsewhere with Norman Batley - KRAB Apr 12, 1984 (39:45)

Recordings courtesy Gregg Whitcomb and Paul Dorpat


KRAB Music Hall with John Jay - KRAB 1980 (Census time)

On the flip side of Anne MacFadden's Saturday Afternoon Blues cassette (above), is John Jay's KRAB Music Hall substituting for Sunday Afternoon Jazz with Doug Ekblade. Doug did the jazz show from mid-1980 to mid-1983, and the PSA for census workers dates this to 1980.

At the 28:10 the tape shifts to a poetry program.

Listen now KRAB Music Hall with John Jay - KRAB 1980 (Census time) (30:41)

Recording courtesy Anne MacFadden, AM0002


Sing Out a Woman's Story with Leslie Larsen - KRAB Feb 1980?

"Sing Out a Woman's Story" was mostly a music program, although some episodes included poetry and other content.

Trying to figure out when this was broadcast: At approximately the 36 minute mark there is an announcement that "International Women's Day will start Mar 8 at 6 pm.....". That does not narrow it down much, as IWD special programming almost always started on Mar 8, except for 1981 when it started on Mar 7.

"Sing Out a Woman's Story" aired from Aug of 1978 to Sep 1983, which narrows down the broadcast of this particular program to sometime between 1979 and 1983. On the other hand, Leslie Larsen is credited for hosting "Sing Out" monthly from Mar 19, 1979 to May 1981, but she continued to be on the volunteer list through Feb 1982. Was this program aired in Feb of 1980?

Amongst the producers of "Sing Out" were the following: Betsy Rose, Py Bateman, Eileen Michel, Della Hennesee, Judy Bierman, Betsy Dennis, Karen Berge, Beliz Brother, Joanne Craig, Leslie Larsen (in some guides spelled "Larson"), Doris Brevoort, Kathryn Taylor, Helene Silverman, Kathy Bottoms, Sarah Jacobus, Jill Smith, Karen Thomas, Kristin Means, Annie Rose, Carla Becker, Carol Rutenberg, and Marcie Sillman

Can anyone tell us more about this program, or share additional audio?

Tape LabelListen now Sing Out a Woman's Story with Leslie Larsen - KRAB Feb 1980? (63:46)

Recording courtesy Dennis Flannigan, DF1042


True Blues, with Dave White - KRAB Aug 26, 1981

As an extension from our "prewar blues" show, dark and murky corridors will be swamped with a blue light as the many blind recording greats, including Blind Blake, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Sonny Terry guide us through the dusty, winding roads of ancient record grooves with your chaperone, Dave White.

Listen now Listen now - True Blues, with Dave White - KRAB Aug 26, 1981 (61:56)

Recording courtesy Glen Beebe


Start at the Start, with George Romansic - KRAB Sep 13, 1981

R.I.P. George Romansic, an Unsung Pioneer of Northwest Indie Music Culture, (1956-2015) - Kelton Sears in Seattle Weekly, Jan 26, 2015

Listen now Listen now - Start at the Start, with George Romansic - KRAB Sep 13, 1981 (79:00)

 

Recording courtesy Gregg Whitcomb


KRAB Music Hall - KRAB Jul 4, 1982

With John Jay. Other somewhat similar programs aired on KRAB featuring recordings made in the first half of the century using prehistoric technology included the following:

Songs Like It Aint But Oughta Be ("Jack Roberts hosts a program of straight music of the thirties. Syruppy
melodies, golden throats, visions of Busby Barnaby choreography, etc. Wonderful!" 1968-1969?);

Nostalgic Syrup ("Dave Jones with straight music of the late 20's, the 30's and the 40 's");

Smitty's Old Records (Earl Smith with "songs of the good old days .. ragtime .. vaudeville", 1970-1972);

Yesterday's Sunshine (Ellfed Parry plays old 78's 1975-1976);

Memory Lane (Frank Olin with Old 78's, 1976-1980);

KRAB Music Hall (John Jay, Bill Osborne and Barbara Hayes with "American popular music from the 1890s to 1950, 1980-1984)

Listen now Listen now - The KRAB Music Hall - KRAB Jul 4, 1982 (27:24)

Recording courtesy of aircheck collector George Gucinski, who offered this when I posted in several radio history web sites about the KRAB archive project.


KRAB Music Hall with John Jay - Jul 11, 1982

Opening with the last four minutes of Libby Sinclair's hour of music and stories especially for children. That's Libby doing the ID.

Then, it may sound like the theme for Greg Palmer's Sunday show, but it is actually John Jay with KRAB Music Hall. Last week on Jul 4 he played Bing Crosby's version of "Ballad for American's". At a listeners's request, this week, he presents Paul Robeson and the American Peoples Chorus with their version. The poem by John Latouche set to music by Earl Robinson.

Listen now KRAB Music Hall with John Jay - KRAB Jul 11, 1982 (21:15)

Recording courtesy of George Gucinski, GG0002


Music of Burma with Joan Rabinowitz - 1982-1984

Tape LabelJoan Rabinowitz came to KRAB through the UW Dept of Ethnomusicology, and had a regular program between 1982 and 1984. She is now the Executive Director of the Jack Straw Foundation.

Listen now Listen now - Music of Burma with Joan Rabinowitz - 1982-1984 (61:32)

Recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, JSF inv M-1506


Jazz Vocalist Mark Murphy is interviewed by Nick Johnson on Round About Jazz - KRAB Jul 2, 1983

Seattle Times Jun 1983Sometime between the mid 1970's and 1982, jazz spread into Saturday mornings, and none other than late night jazz and bebop host Nick Johnson (aka Captain Baltic) started alternating with Dave Gardner and Traff Hubert. Here is Nick speaking with Mark Murphy at KRAB's Jackson Street studios on a Saturday morning. Murphy was in Seattle appearing at Jazz Alley in the U District (4135 University Way NE).

Murphy died in Oct 2015 at the age of 83. Here's an obit published in No Depression that may be of interest.

Listen now Jazz Vocalist Mark Murphy is interviewed by Nick Johnson on Round About Jazz - KRAB Jul 2, 1983 (22:24)

Recording courtesy Nick Johnson


The Electrifying Warriors at the Tender Mercy Deliverance Center - KRAB 1983

The first reference I can find to gospel music on KRAB was Dec 18, 1963, a "Big Fat Obscure Jazz- Blues-Gospel Festival", which was a return event of a program that Mike Duffy, Ray Skjelbred, and William R Lovy, Sr. did in the Spring of 1963.

Other highlights over the years included:

  • "The Gospel Show with Rev Causey and his congregation" (Jun 30, 1968);

  • Christmas Month Service recorded at the the First A.M.E. Church in Seattle, with the Reverend Cecil L Murray and the church choir (Dec 24, 1974);

  • "Not a live broadcast, but a LIVE broadcast from the House of Refuge Church of the Pentecost, complete with its remarkable congregation and choir, drums, piano, organ, trumpet, tambourine, and a special Christmas sermon by the Reverend Robert J. Causey" (Dec 25, 1974);

  • The Total Experience Gospel Choir in the KRAB music studio (Apr 6, 1977);

  • TEGC again, this time live from the Bilalian Kitchen (Jun 13, 1977);

  • And in the 1980's, "Sea-Tac Gospel Train" hosted by Sister Mae Campbell; "The Gospel Hour" hosted by Sister Anjetta Hardison; and "Gospel Pearls", a program with a lot of hosts: Fred Katz and Cleven Ticeson (Oct 1978 - Oct 1980); Tim Weatherly (Dec 1980); Diane Watt; "The Weatherlys"; Tim Weatherly and Anjetta Hardison (1982 - 1984).

Bob West made this recording. According to his notes it features Tim Weatherly with the Electrifying Warriors performing at the Tender Mercy Deliverance Center located at 2520 S Dearborn. Pastor John Sauls presiding. It was aired on "Gospel Pearls" in 1983 or 1984.

Listen now Listen now - The Electrifying Warriors - KRAB 1983 (69:11)

Recording courtesy Bob West


Music of India with Shantha Benegal - KRAB Apr 8, 1984

Listen now Listen now - Music of India with Shantha Benegal (13:58)

Shantha was a volunteer program producer for almost 13 years. She played and discussed the Music of India. This short clip is from her last show on KRAB, April 8, 1984. She is featured on a web page listing Hindustani Classical Musicians in Seattle Area.

Off-the-air recording courtesy Paul Dorpat


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