The following information
11/22/69 [aka 5/23/70 &
5/??/70] @ Georgian Terrace Hotel Ballroom – Atlanta (1 disc - partial)
Remastered by CaptSkipper ~ "Peach Cobbler 6"
Currently, there is only the final tune from the main set (Mountain Jam) and
the encore (Don’t Want You No More / It’s Not My Cross To Bear) available.
It was originally hoped that the rest of the show would also be transcribed
from analogue tape to digital by Johnny Sandlin and then given to Skip to be
remastered, however this did not happen before Skip sadly passed away.
This is a contender for the best version of “Mountain Jam” by the original
band, played with such dynamic enthusiasm. It would be wonderful to be able
to hear the rest of this show, the full track listing of which is given
below, although with the passing of time and sadly with Johnny Sandlin
having now passed away also this appears more and more unlikely.
Statesboro Blues > Jam
Trouble No More
Every Hungry Woman
In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed
Outskirts of Town
Don’t Want You No More >
It’s Not My Cross To Bear
(Tracks in bold are all that are currently available)
For those interested in the basic background behind this recording, the
following are a few snippets of quotes by Ann Sandlin:
"The tape with the show was discovered in a trunk along with a number of
other historically interesting tapes Johnny had long thought were stolen
when our garage was cleaned out several years ago. It took a while before we
even listened to the tapes and then a while longer before Johnny transferred
the Mountain Jam to DAT.
It wasn't long after the music was transferred that a copy of the DAT was
given to Kirk West with the caveat he had to promise to not try to do
anything with it. Johnny didn't think it would be anything Polygram would be
interested in, but he felt honor bound to offer it to them in hope that the
band and Berry and Duane's heirs would benefit from any sales. Polygram
wasn't interested and the tape sat in our safe for a few more years.
After the record company passed, Johnny was all for releasing it for
trading, however the original quality of the tape wasn't very good. When
Skip offered his mastering services if we ever needed them, we sent him the
Mountain Jam. Skip worked on it for several weeks before he felt it was
ready to go and now, it's finally out there for everyone to enjoy.
At the time Skip was working on the CD we were trying to figure out where
(and when) it was recorded. The box had Atlanta written on it and after
doing some research Skip came up with the date originally listed on the disc
- 5/23/70. Since the CD has been released and listened to, Johnny remembered
the tape had been recorded at Alex Cooley's Ballroom.
I talked more with Johnny and got some additional information he remembered
.... sometimes he has no idea what he knows until I drag it out of him ....
but the tape for certain was recorded in Atlanta at an event promoted by
Alex Cooley. I don't know who recorded it, but Duane got it to Johnny to
The date on the original “Peach Cobbler 6” release of 5/23/70 was
subsequently proven to be wrong. The general consensus at the time however,
due to the development level of the Mountain Jam, was that it probably was
from the spring of 1970 and so it became referred to as 5/??/70. One thing
that was verified was the venue, being the Ballroom at the Georgian Terrace
Hotel in Atlanta.
Recently we have finally had the actual date of the gig confirmed. Bill
Thames remembered attending the show and said that it had originally been
scheduled to be at the Duke Tyre Warehouse, however following a legal
injunction to move concerts closer to downtown Atlanta the gig was played at
the Georgian Terrace Hotel (across from the Fox Theater). He recalled that
it was on a weekend near Thanksgiving and the event was called the “Turkey
Trip”. Further delving resulted in finding the poster for the show which
listed the event as being on the weekend of Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd
November, 1969. Ann Sandlin subsequently spoke with Bill Thames and
confirmed that Johnny had been given the tape after the show on the Saturday
Many thanks to Skip for his unending diligence in remastering this gem, to
Ann for making sure this was available for us all to enjoy, to Johnny for
keeping this treasure for us and of course to Duane who was absolutely on
fire this night and surely must have realised what a wonderful recording it
was that he was passing on to his friend.