>>>This is a shot in the dark for a needle in a haystack, but it's worth a try.
I am still hosting my KPFK-FM folk show and will be doing so again this Saturday. As below, it's a show featuring quartets, which is why there won't be any KT or JS (for once). There'll still be some great tunes though - The Weavers, The Seekers, MFQ, Clancys and Makem, Willie Nelson's Highwaymen and more - plenty of good four-part harmony.
The labor-intensive aspect of putting together a 2 hour show, as some of you likely already know, is in getting exactly the right 25-30 tracks that you want to air.
Now, one of The Weavers' best harmony efforts and a stirring anthem from Pete Seeger and Lee Hays is a tune called "Wasn't That A Time." I first heard it on the group's late 1950s LP that was a follow-up to their stunning 1955 Carnegie Hall reunion concert (which had a big influence on Dave Guard, clearly and from his own remarks). The follow-up album was called The Weavers On Tour, and it included a thrilling live version of this song.
The problem is this. YouTube doesn't have it (and YT vids can be downloaded and the audio tracks ripped), and Amazon digital music doesn't either. Both have versions of the song - and Rick Daly has sent along many many digitized tracks to me including this one - but all of them are to my ear inferior to On Tour: the original Decca track is limp, and the later reunion concert tracks have the group sounding tired and old, Lee Hays especially, and his bass-baritone had been one of the strongest voices of the era. I just won't air those.
On Tour HAS been digitized and released as a CD (2014, I think) - and it is available on iTunes - but only if I subscribe to the service, which I vehemently refuse to do for lots of good reasons - not to mention for a single track.
So on the off chance that there might be a diehard Weavers fan out there - might anyone have a digital track of the song from this album?
And to warm the cockles of our aging hearts - I wondered if my memory was playing tricks on me as far as the quality of the tune went, so I dug out my old vinyl copy of On Tour and spun it on the turntable of one of those all-in-one record/CD/radio players I have. Well, my memory is intact, and even on a third-rate playback device the thrilling power of the song and the memories came through - on the surprisingly almost pristine and scratchless vinyl.
I'll be in serious debt to anyone who might have this!<<<