THE BARRY "THE FISH" MELTON BAND

(aka FISH & CHIP)


The band


The Fresno Saloon (aka The Saloon), San Francisco, CA, August 6, 1983

Last Day Saloon, SF, 19 January, 1984
Mabuhay Gardens, San Francisco, CA, April 13, 1984
"Train Songs" (The Saloon, SF, CA, 15 June,1984), Part 1
"Train Songs" (The Saloon, SF, CA, 15 June,1984), Part 2
"Band In Your Pocket" (The Saloon, SF, CA, 30 June,1984)
"Rotten People" (The Saloon, SF, 7 July, 1984)
The Saloon, SF, 19 July, 1984 (Partial)
The Saloon, SF, 19 July, 1984
The Saloon, SF, 27 July, 1984
The Saloon, SF, 3 August, 1984
Mabuhay Gardens, San Francisco, CA, August 24, 1984
The Saloon, SF, CA, 5 October, 1984
"The Great President Series" (The Saloon, SF, CA, 20 October, 1984)
The Saloon Years


Links:

Barry Melton Home Page


The Fresno Saloon (aka The Saloon), San Francisco, CA, August 6, 1983

Tracks
1.Barry talk0:39
2.I Got Love6:06
3.Alabama Bound5:34
4."We all thought Eric Burden was out of his fuckin' tree when he wrote that song..."2:04
5.30 Days in the Hole5:38
6.LSD Song3:01
7.Break it Up10:30
- set break -
8.Stagger Lee5:44
9.Colorado Town5:33
10.Love Machine (cut in middle)10:47
11.Betty and Dupree6:51
12.Band Intro - "what the hell is that?"1:34
13.Blind Man4:24
14.Frere Jacque0:32
15.Life is a Bucket Full of Shit ->
"And now a Song from John's Childhood ...
my 4th year consecutively without getting any sun...
I want my own mic from now on ... D-C-G-F...
these old burn-outs can't take it ..."
8:21
16.Motel Party Baby5:40
17.My Sharona/Juan Corona1:25
18.Take a Whiff on Me -> I Can't Dance9:30
- set break -
19.It's Up to Us4:51
20.unknown 17:55
21.Hold On to the Good Times5:44
22.Butcher Boy11:41
23.Rawhide!-> Hail to the Bus Driver...4:46
24.Mona11:07
25.(cut) Closer25:16
Total165:34


Source: Sony ECM-220T Mics -> Sony TC-D5M, TDK MA90 Master Tape, Dolby B

Lineage: Master Tape/Sony TC-D5M -> Tascam DR-1 44.1KHz/16b -> Audacity 1.3.5 -> CD Wave -> FLAC 7

Notes: I kept all the between-song tuning and banter in this upload, and tried to highlight a couple of them. These guys - consummate musicians all - were like the bar band at this place; what a trip it was to go see them there. You can tell, just listening to this particular show - it was always a privilege to see them here with maybe 50 to 75 people squashed into what Nick Gravenites called "the Sweatbox Lounge". Vocals quality is marginal, particularly later in the show.

Apparently (who can remember?) it was one of those rare, warm evenings in San Francisco. Sweatbox indeed! Later, after a change in ownership, this became just "The Saloon".

The second cassette tape has some minor drop-outs here and there, unfortunately.

This recording, together with many others, is legally downloadable in various formats from the Live Music Archive section of The Internet Archive.


Personnel
Barry MeltonGuitar, Vocals
John CipollinaGuitar, Vocals
Peter AlbinBass, Vocals
Spencer DrydenDrums
Special guests:
Pete Spalanka(?)Sax
Ben "King" PerkoffSax
Tom ClancyHarp



Last Day Saloon, SF, 19 January, 1984

As seeded on DimeADozen by wh1pnk, April 2006

Tracks
Disc 1
1.San Francisco Shuffle3:57
2.Got Love3:53
3.Stagger Lee3:31
4.Got To Hold On4:28
5.Blind Man4:07
6.Ships, Mountains, Dreamland4:09
7.Thirty Days5:13
8.The Dance10:09
9.Open My Eyes3:32
10.Colorado Town7:10
11.Motel Party Baby7:33
12.Sloop John B.3:57
13.Nobody For President1:20
14.Love Machine11:41
Disc 1 Total74:45
Disc 2
1.Butcher's Boy7:08
2.I Can't Dance5:00
3.?West LA Fadeaway4:21
4.?Betty & Dupree5:20
5.Lucille3:10
6.?4:50
7.Closer15:28
8.Mona8:47
9.Take A Whiff On Me5:46
10.Jessie James9:29
11.The Sun Is Shining7:07
Disc 2 Total76:29
Total151:14


Master Cassette Sony D6 w/Sony Stereo Microphone > NAKCR3A > hard Drive > (Slight Bass Boost w/Sound Forge) > Flac6

A JAM Production!

Personnel
Barry Meltonguitar, vocals
John Cipollinaguitar, fangs, vocals
Peter Albinbass, vocals
Spencer Drydendrums



Mabuhay Gardens, San Francisco, CA, April 13, 1984

As seeded on DimeADozen by deadmanmort, September 2014

Tracks
Set I (partial?)
1.Darkness ?6:50
2.Michael Wilhelm intro/tuning/banter2:24
3.When You Got A Good Friend3:49
4.tuning1:00
5.? 4:48
6.Boogie On Reggae Woman5:49
7.The Dance13:01
Set II
1.//Whip me?4:39
2.Colorado Town 7:18
3.You Can Leave Your Hat On8:29
4.crowd/tuning2:00
5.Cocaine Blues6:38
6.crowd/tuning1:54
7.Howard Hughes Blughes4:04
8.Johnny B. Goode4:45
9.Mona12:21
10.Lay Back Baby4:34
11.Outro1:05
Total95:34


Source: Audience recording > Sony mic (hand-held) > Sony D6 > mac
Lineage: mac > Sony D5 > Edirol > wav 24/48 > Adobe Audition 3 > iZotope Ozone 5 Advanced > iZotope RX 3 Advanced > CD Wave > TLH > Flac 16

Notes:

- This was originally a stereo but there were too many problems to make it viable in that form. The right channel has therefore been copied over to the left channel so that it is now mono.
- A significant number of level adjustments have been made.

Thanks to John Moses for providing the tapes and John Bleich for the transfer

A good performance but the sound is not the best.

edited and mastered, SIRMick, September 2014

Personnel
Barry Meltonguitar, vocals
John Cipollinaguitar, vocals
Peter Albinbass
Spencer Drydendrums
Guests
Merl Saunderskeyboards, vocals
Michael Wilhelmguitar, vocals



"Train Songs" (The Saloon, SF, 15 June, 1984), Part 1

As seeded on DimeADozen by wh1pnk, April 2006

Tracks
Set 1
1.Alabama Bound 4:17
2.Wabash Cannonball4:14
3.This Train 4:36
4.John Henery 3:25
5.Train crash 1:42
6.Hobo's Lullaby 3:32
7.Love 5:49
8.Love Machine 8:24
Set 2
9.Thirty Days 4:46
10.Get The Feeling 8:54
11.I Can't Dance 7:44
12.The Dance 14:38
13.Blind Man 4:36
Total76:42


Master Cassette Sony D6 w/Sony Stereo Microphone > NAK CR3A > hard Drive > Flac6

A JAM Production!

Well the best laid and made plans... I have all these great tapes and my tape deck wants ever so badly to eat them, so for now until I get it fixed, enjoy part 1 of this gem. Peace!

Personnel
Barry Meltonguitar, vocals
John Cipollinaguitar, fangs, vocals
Peter Albinbass, vocals
Spencer Drydendrums



"Train Songs" (The Saloon, SF, 15 June, 1984), Part 2

As seeded on DimeADozen by wh1pnk, May 2006

Tracks
Set 2 continued
1.Motel Party Baby7:54
2.Colorado Town 10:25
Set 3
3.Dupree's 7:54
4.S.O.S. 5:29
5.Hold On 5:13
6.Whiskey And Women3:56
7.Stagger Lee 4:47
8.Cipo's Tune 5:31
9.Juan Corrona 0:48
10.Mona 11:13
11.Level With Me// 4:22
Total67:35


Master Cassette Sony D6 w/Sony Stereo Microphone > NAK CR3A > hard Drive > Flac6

A JAM Production!

Personnel
Barry Meltonguitar, vocals
John Cipollinaguitar, fangs, vocals
Peter Albinbass, vocals
Spencer Drydendrums



The Saloon, SF, 30 June, 1984

As seeded on DimeADozen by wh1pnk, April 2006

Tracks
Disc 1 - Set 1
1.Stagger Lee5:38
2.Got Love5:19
3.New York Town6:53
4.Keep On Truckin'3:50
5.Wild About My Loving5:05
6.San Francisco Bay Blues6:55
7.Just a Closer Walk With Thee3:35
8.Sloop John B.5:14
9.Midnight Special3:09
10.San Francisco Shuffle5:34
Disc 1 Total51:17
Disc 2 - Set 2
1.The Dance15:24
2.Something You Got4:16
3.Thirty Days4:43
4.Love Machine9:48
5.Blind Man4:59
6.Motel Party Baby5:50
7.Third Degree4:41
8.S.O.S.7:09
Disc 2 Total56:53
Disc 3 - Set 3
1.Jesse James7:00
2.I Can't Dance4:48
3.Little Girl5:23
4.Hold On to the Good Times4:55
5.Level With Me11:32
6.Mona11:08
7.Colorado Town6:39
8.Closer //11:12
Disc 3 Total62:41
Total170:53


Master Cassette Sony D6 w/Sony Stereo Microphone > NAK CR3A > hard Drive > Flac6

A JAM Production!

Personnel
Barry Meltonguitar, vocals
John Cipollinaguitar, fangs, vocals
Peter Albinbass, vocals
Spencer Drydendrums



"Rotten People" (The Saloon, SF, 7 July, 1984)

As seeded on DimeADozen by wh1pnk, April 2006

Tracks
Set 1
Disc 1
1.Stagger Lee 6:15
2.Pretty Boy Floyd5:04
3.Tricky Dicky 6:04
4.Super Bird 7:03
5.Dupree's 6:45
6.Juan Corona 2:23
7.Jesse James 5:42
8.Whisky And Women3:21
Set 2
9.Thirty Days 5:41
10.Love 5:12
11.New York Town 5:37
12.Blind Man 4:37
13.Motel Party Baby5:38
14.The Dance 10:18
Disc 1 Total79:47
Disc 2
1.Butchers Boy 8:27
2.Colorado Town 6:34
3.S.O.S. 6:23
Set 3
4.Level With Me 9:46
5.I've Been In the Darkness7:48
6.Take A Whiff On Me 4:50
7.San Francisco 9:38
Disc 2 Total53:28
Disc 3
1.Got To Hold On 4:39
2.Mona 14:32
3.Closer 15:42
Disc 3 Total34:54
Total168:10


Master Cassette Sony D6 w/Sony Stereo Microphone > NAK CR3A > hard Drive > Flac6

A JAM Production!

Personnel
Barry Meltonguitar, vocals
John Cipollinaguitar, fangs, vocals
Peter Albinbass, vocals
Spencer Drydendrums



The Saloon, SF, 19 July, 1984 (Partial)

As seeded on DimeADozen by wh1pnk, June 2006

Tracks
Disc 1
1.Franklin D. Roosevelt's Back Again4:29
2.Mean Ol' Stagger Lee 6:27
3.Life's Railway to Heaven 4:14
4.Thirty Days 6:11
5.New York Town Blues 7:55
6.Tricky Dicky 2:29
7.Chit Chat 5:06
8.San Francisco Shuffle 1:55
9.Third Degree Blues 4:03
10.Got Love 4:49
11.In the Pines 6:01
12.JC Intro > 5:49
13.Motel Party Baby 1:00
14.The Dance 21:51
Total82:24


Master Cassette Sony D6 w/Sony Stereo Microphone > NAK CR3A > Hard Drive > Flac6

A JAM Production!

Personnel
Barry Meltonguitar, vocals
John Cipollinaguitar, fangs, vocals
Peter Albinbass, vocals
Spencer Drydendrums



The Saloon, SF, 19 July, 1984

As seeded on DimeADozen by wh1pnk, August 2006

Tracks
Disc 1
1.Franklin D. Roosevelt's Back Again4:29
2.Mean Ol' Stagger Lee 6:27
3.Life's Railway to Heaven 4:14
4.Thirty Days 6:11
5.New York Town Blues 7:55
6.Tricky Dicky 2:29
7.Chit Chat 5:06
8.San Francisco Shuffle 1:55
9.Third Degree Blues 4:03
10.Got Love 4:49
11.In the Pines 6:01
12.JC Intro > 5:49
13.Motel Party Baby 1:00
14.The Dance 21:51
Total82:24
Disc 2
1.Colorado Town5:42
2.Got To Hold On4:34
3.Blind Man3:37
4.Chit Chat2:10
5.Love Machine9:26
6.Sloop John B.5:23
7.Banks Of The Ol' Ohio >3:16
8.I Can't Dance6:03
9.S.O.S.8:30
10.Wabash Cannon Ball4:00
11.Duprees6:43
12.Mona!17:57
Total77:27


Master Cassette Sony D6 w/Sony Stereo Microphone > NAK CR3A > Hard Drive > Flac6

A JAM Production!

Personnel
Barry Meltonguitar, vocals
John Cipollinaguitar, fangs, vocals
Peter Albinbass, vocals
Spencer Drydendrums



The Saloon, SF, 27 July, 1984

As seeded on DimeADozen by wh1pnk, April 2006

Tracks
Set 1
Disc 1
1.San Francisco Shuffle4:57
2.Third Degree Blues4:33
3.Stagger Lee4:36
4.Butchers Boy8:06
5.Codine7:50
6.Thirty Days6:11
7.New York Town Blues5:56
8.S.O.S.6:26
Set 2
9.Ships, Mountains, Dreamlands3:52
10.Colorado Town6:07
11.Blind Man4:41
12.Motel Party Baby5:05
13.The Dance11:27
Disc 1 Total79:53
(Missing) Sloop John B.
Disc 2
1.Whisky Wine & Women7:19
2.Bourgeois Town > Little Girl9:38
3.Closer * > forthcoming shows > Closer * >
(set break) > tuning
17:48
Set 3
4.I Can't Dance4:06
5.Babylon6:10
6.Mojo Navigator *11:57
7.Lucille *4:33
8.Mona *12:16
9.Good Night Irene * > Band intro's5:42
Disc 2 Total79:32
Total159:26


Master Cassette Sony D6 w/Sony Stereo Microphone > NAK CR3A > hard Drive > Flac6

A JAM Production!

Personnel
Barry Meltonguitar, vocals
John Cipollinaguitar, fangs, vocals
Peter Albinbass, vocals
Spencer Drydendrums"2/3 of the night"
? Dave Dippdrums
Beans Balankasax*



The Saloon, SF, 3 August, 1984

As seeded on DimeADozen by wh1pnk, April 2006

Tracks
Disc 1
1.San Francisco Shuffle4:42
2.Got Love4:26
3.Babylon19:46
4.Thirty Days4:51
5.New York Town Blues6:23
6.Blind Man5:06
7.Motel Party Baby7:01
8.Butchers Boy7:47
9.Stagger Lee6:07
10.Closer13:40
Disc 1 Total79:53
Disc 2
1.The Dance9:45
2.Colorado Town6:42
3.Codine11:32
4.Lucille4:16
5.Third Degree Blues6:52
6.Hound Dog3:55
7.I Can't Dance5:07
8.Love Machine7:41
9.Mona16:18
Disc 2 Total72:12
Total152:06


Master Cassette Sony D6 w/Sony Stereo Microphone > NAK CR3A > hard Drive > Flac6

A JAM Production!

Personnel
Barry Meltonguitar, vocals
John Cipollinaguitar, fangs, vocals
Peter Albinbass, vocals
Spencer Drydendrums



Mabuhay Gardens, San Francisco, CA, August 24, 1984

As seeded on DimeADozen by deadmanmort, September 2014

Tracks
Set I
1.//Thirty Days3:15
2.Got Love3:58
3.Blind Man6:06
4.Little Girl4:47
5.Motel Party Baby5:25
6.Colorado Town6:28
7.Hold On To The Good Times5:17
8.Sloop John B4:13
9.Cl//oser22:10
Set II
1.tuning0:52
2.Betty And Dupree5:42
3.The Dance9:16
4.Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad5:18
5.I Can't Dance4:11
6.SOS (Same Old Song)9:11
7.Codeine7:32
8.Good Ol' Rock 'N' Roll3:28
9.Who Makes The Moves11:07
10.Mo//na10:55
11.Happy Birthday To John > outro2:27
Total131:42


Source: Audience recording > Sony mic > Sony D6 > MAC Lineage: MAC > Sony D5 > Edirol R-09HR > wav 24/48 > Adobe Audition 3 > iZotope Ozone 5 Advanced > iZotope RX4 Advanced > wav 16/44.1 > CD Wave > TLH > Flac 16

Notes: - There are tape flips in "Closer" and "Mona" which has been crossfaded.

Comments: - John Cipollina's 41st birthday

Thanks to John Moses for providing the tapes and John Bleich for doing the transfers

edited and mastered, SIRMick, September 2014

Personnel
Barry Meltonguitar, vocals
John Cipollinaguitar, vocals
Peter Albinbass, vocals
Spencer Drydendrums
???harmonica



The Saloon, SF, CA, 5 October, 1984

As seeded on DimeADozen by wh1pnk, June 2006

Tracks
1.Band intro's 1:51
2.Mean Ol' Stagger Lee 6:00
3.San Francisco Shuffle5:33
4.What A Beautiful City1:48
5.Love Machine 9:25
6.Sloop John B. 4:17
7.Colorado Town 7:38
8.Band 4 sale 2:07
9.Got Love 6:42
10.Orange Blossom Special5:23
11.I've Been In The Darkness6:52
12.Good Old Rock & Roll 4:17
13.The Dance 12:23
14.Blind Man 3:30
Total77:52


Master Cassette Sony D6 w/Sony Stereo Microphone > NAK CR3A > Hard Drive > Flac6

A JAM Production!

Personnel
Barry Meltonguitar, vocals
Bobby Foyiarguitar
Peter Albinbass, vocals
Spencer Drydendrums



"The Great President Series" (The Saloon, SF, CA, 20 October, 1984)

As seeded on DimeADozen by wh1pnk, May 2006

Tracks
Set 1
Disc 1
1.Love 4:38
2.Thirty Days 4:24
3.Mass Debater 2:36
4.The Great President Series 3:20
5.FDR Back Again 5:25
6.LBJ Super Bird 7:47
7.The Greatest President Of All2:06
8.Tricky Dicky 4:44
9.San Francisco 5:00
10.Ill Be Back Some Ol'Day 7:44
11.Love Machine 13:13
Disc 1 Total61:02
Set 2
Disc 2
1.Intro Melody 10:10
2.The Dance 10:42
3.Blind Man 3:46
4.Motel Party Baby 7:42
5.Colorado Town 5:55
6.Sloop John B. 4:59
7.New York Town 7:09
8.Chit Chat and Melody 6:54
9.I Can't Dance 4:16
Disc 2 Total61:37
Set 3
Disc 3
1.Jam 7:27
2.Closer 18:58
3.Codine 8:00
4.Good Ol' Rock n Roll 5:53
5.Seventh Seal 8:24
6.Got To Hold On 1:32
Disc 3 Total50:17
Total172:57


Master Cassette Sony D6 w/Sony Stereo Microphone > NAK CR3A > hard Drive > Flac6

A JAM Production!

Personnel
Barry Meltonguitar, vocals
John Cipollinaguitar, fangs, vocals
Peter Albinbass, vocals
Spencer Drydendrums



The Saloon Years

The Saloon Years


TrackComposer(s)DatePersonnelTime
1.I Can't Dance(Melton)4-29-89BM JC PA SD4:43
2.Mojo Navigator(Denson, Melton, McDonald)7-27-91BM BF PA SD6:32
3.Colorado Town(McDonald & Melton)7-27-91BM PF PA SD5:36
4.3rd Degree(Boyd)2-25-89BM JC BF PA SD8:37
5.Love(Armstrong, Barthol, Cohen, Gunning, Melton)6-25-94BM BF BW PA DG5:25
6.Hold On To The Good Times(Melton)2-25-89BM JC BF PA SD4:53
7.Just A Little Bit(Thornton, Bass, Washington, Brown)6-25-94BM BF PW PA DG6:35
8.Harlem Nocturne(Hagen)5-17-91BM BF PA SD5:10
9.Mona(McDaniel)4-7-89BM JC PA SD19:00
10.SOS(Melton)5-17-91BM BF PA SD7:07
Total Time73:38


Personnel
Barry Meltonguitar, vocals
John Cipollinaguitar, vocals
Peter Albinbass, vocals
Spencer Drydendrums
Bob Flurieguitar, vocals
Peter Walshguitar, vocals
David Getzguest drummer

Since the 50's the North Beach section of San Francisco has been home to those who have sought a Bohemian lifestyle; its great restaurants, bookstores, cafes, and strip joints are known worldwide. And in its heart on Grant Avenue, up from Columbus Avenue, stands The Saloon; it is the oldest remaining saloon in the city, having survived the earthquake of '06. In 1996, The Jack Daniel Distillery recognised The Saloon as one of the best bars in the United States in their Gentleman Jack Classic Bar and Bartender Guide.

A small, funky bar, The Saloon is a place where people come to dance, drink, party, sweat, and listen to loud blues and rock. It was here twice a month from 1982 to 1994 that The Barry "The Fish" Melton Band played (Barry estimates almost 300 gigs!). This CD is a tribute to that era and includes some of the band's finest moments.

The boys in the band include:

Barry Melton was the lead guitar player with Country Joe & The Fish. He recorded six solo albums, and has performed with such greats as Otis Spann, Donny Hathaway, Phil Upchurch, and Dinosaurs. An accomplished attorney and candidate for a San Francisco judgeship, these days Barry is serving as a Public Defender in Mendocino County.

John Cipollina is best remembered for his guitar work with Quicksilver Messenger Service. Among the dozens of bands he performed with are Copperhead, Terry & The Pirates, Thunder & Lightning, Dinosaurs and Zero. Barry and John were referred to as "Fish & Chip". The concept of "The Saloon Recordings" was inspired by efforts to record John's last performance at The Saloon. He passed away too early in 1989.

Peter Albin was a founding member of Big Brother & The Holding Company, and has played bass with Pigpen, David Nelson, Dinosaurs, and Country Joe & The Fish.

Spencer Dryden rose to prominence with Jefferson Airplane in the Sixties and also drummed with New Riders of the Purple Sage, and Dinosaurs.

Bob Flurie played guitar with Roy Buchanan and The Chambers Brothers, as well as stints with Quicksilver Messenger Service, Country Joe & The Fish, The Pointer Sisters, and The Hoo Doo Rhythm Devils.

Peter Walsh, who appeared in The Dick Clark Show in 1960, has played guitar on stage and record with Seatrain, Lou Reed, The Rowan Brothers, and Commander Cody.

- Mike "Fan Man" Sommavilla



Recorded live at The Saloon, North Beach, San Francisco

Produced by Myron Mu • Cover Art: Mike Dolgushkin/Hot Tomato Studios
Photograph: Steve Keyser/Jim Filippi • Recording & Mix: Myron Mu
Special thanks to Huck, Greg, the bartenders & cocktail waitresses, doormen, roadies and especially everyone who came to dance
(P) 1989, 1991, 1994 © The Saloon Recordings, 1232 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133


Release History
LabelCat NoCountryFormatDate
The Saloon RecordingsSR1994CDUSCD1997



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