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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Tripsichord Music Box - Times And Seasons / Sunday The Third (1970)

Tripsichord Music Box - "Times And Seasons" b/w "Sunday The Third"

Original white-label promo 45 RPM mono single
San Francisco Sound / Janus Records J-115  (Discogs)
~ThePoodleBites rip in 96 kHz / 24 bit FLAC + full high-res scans~

This is one of several releases by a San Francisco, California band known as Tripsichord Music Box, or Tripsichord, and the first of several records that I plan to post on this blog by that group. These guys were one of a handful of bands to secure major label distribution after working under producer Matthew Katz, the others including Moby Grape, Jefferson Airplane, and It's A Beautiful Day. They also previously had three tracks on the Fifth Pipe Dream compilation, released 1968, which are some of the best songs on that entire LP. For some reason Tripsichord never reached the same popular highs as their peers, though for me their music is some of the best from the aforementioned acts: and for those of us who deeply love the '60s SF music scene, that's no minor statement. 

Major thanks to C.F. for loaning out a stunningly pristine promo copy of this rare 45; for his dedicated
research; and for his (perhaps endless) altruistic contributions in even the most obscure ways!

The recordings on this 45 were completed in late 1969, after their album had already been tracked. However, these songs were actually released first, and not until around February or March of 1970. Both the promo and stock copies (labels of both pictured above) were manufactured by Monarch in L.A. and pressed with styrene instead of vinyl, which makes finding a flawless player copy quite challenging. I had somewhat resigned to the idea that every copy around may have suffered from the typical groove damage until I received this seemingly unplayed WLP from CF. 

These tracks have been released on the Akarma reissue of the Tripsichord album, with the usual Akarma "remastering." For those who don't know, Akarma is an Italian bootleg label who likes to masquerade as being legit, so their releases are usually either done from needledrops or from someone else's digital transfer. In this case, the 45 dubs on their set suffer from channel issues and noise reduction. The restorations I present here are a major improvement in sound quality upon all other digital versions. 

Record World review, 13 March 1970
- Ron McNeely: vocals
- Frank Straight: lead guitar 
- Bill Carr: rhythm guitar
Dave Zandonatti: vocals, bass
- Randy Gordon: vocals, drums

Track listing:
1) "Times And Seasons" -- 3:28
2) "Sunday The Third" -- 3:22

Dynamic Range: DR12
Vinyl condition: M-
Equipment Lineage:
– Audio-Technica VMN40ML stylus on AT150MLx dual moving-magnet cartridge
– Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB direct drive professional turntable (internal stock preamp/ADC removed)
– Pro-Ject Phono Box S2 Ultra preamp with dedicated Zero Zone linear power supply
– Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 MkII (96kHz / 24bit)
– Adobe Audition CC 2020 (recording)
– iZotope RX 7 audio editor (manual declicking, EQ subtraction, additional adjustments)
– Audacity 2.3.3 (fades between tracks, split tracks)
– Foobar2000 v1.5.1 (tagging, dynamic range analysis)

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The "Fifth Pipe Dream" lineup (plus Burke Wallace) performing as the "new" Moby Grape
(L-R): Frank Straight, Dave Zandonatti, Randy Gordon with groupie, Burke Wallace from Easy Chair, Oliver McKinney
Photo from Phoenix music pamphlet A Closer Look, 20 April 1968


  1. Great stuff! And indeed the Akarma remasters of this songs are garbage, they sound like audition demos with poor quality.

    1. Agreed. Noise reduction is not the solution...

  2. I'm looking forward to giving these singles a listen. I'm not familiar with this band. Thanks for sharing. I really love this blog and enjoy your rips. Keep up the good work!

  3. Thanks for another cool 45! Lovin' these!