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Sierra Sound Laboratories Discography

Sierra Sound Laboratories, sometimes referred to as Sierra Sound Studios, were located on Alcatraz Avenue in Berkeley. This page is an attempt to document all albums recorded or partly recorded at Sierra Sound Laboratories. It is incomplete. Additions and corrections are welcome

1961

Trouble An' Blues, Sidney Maiden, 1961

Recorded on April 16, 1961 and originally released on the Prestige Bluesville label.

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1964

All The Good Times, Alice Stuart, 1964

Debut recording for Arhoolie.

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1966

Rag Baby EP 2, Country Joe & The Fish, 1966

A three track EP recorded on June 6, 1966.

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Guitar, Vol. 4: The Great San Bernardino Birthday Party & Other Excursions, John Fahey, 1966

Some of the tracks on this album were recorded at Sierra Sound.

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Jazz Trac Seven, Pleasant Hill High School Concert Jazz Band, 1966

The seventh in a series of annual LPs by the band.

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1967

Electric Music for the Mind and Body, Country Joe & The Fish, 1967

The first Country Joe & The Fish album.

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Notes From The Underground EP, Notes From The Underground, 1967

A four track EP recorded on April 3, 1967.

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Ara-Be-In, Jerry Hahn Quintet, 1967

Initially released on the Changes label. Released on CD by Arhoolie.

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Days Have Gone By, John Fahey, 1967

Partly recorded at Sierra Sound.

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Vol 1: Blind Joe Death, John Fahey, 1967

John Fahey re-recorded the Blind Joe Death material in 1967 at Sierra Sound. These 1967 recordings plus 1964 recordings of the material were subsequently released on the Legend Of Blind Joe Death CD.

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Vol 2: Death Chants, Breakdowns & Military Waltzes, John Fahey, 1967

John Fahey re-recorded most of the Death Chants material in 1967 at Sierra Sound. A expanded CD of this material was released in 1999.

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Space Swell, Luna, 1967

Released on the Arhoolie label.

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Black Snake Blues, Clifton Chenier, 1968

Recorded on October 10, 1967 and released on the Arhoolie label in 1968.

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Voluptuous Doom, Colours, 2010

2 CD compiulation of tracks recorded between 1967 and 1970 by Colours and Christian. Includes tracks recorded at Sierra Sound in 1967 and 1969.

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Together, Country Joe & The Fish, 1968

Partly recorded at Sierra Sound in November 1967.

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1968

The Voice of the Turtle, John Fahey, 1968

Recorded at Sierra Sound and released on the Takoma label.

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Greatest Hits, The Cleanliness And Godliness Skiffle Band, 1968

The only album by the band.

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Planned Obsolescence, The Blues Project, 1968

The last Blues Project LP.

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Devil's Kitchen, Devil's Kitchen, 2011

Archive, vinyl only release of 1968 studio recordings, from Sierra Sound Laboratories and 1969 live recordings from the Family Dog Ballroom On The Great Highway and the Nourse Auditorium.

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I Love You, People!, 1968

The first People! LP. Recorded at Sierra Sound.

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The Yellow Princess, John Fahey, 1968

Recorded at Sierra Sound and released on the Vanguard label.

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The Unicorn, Janet Smith, 1968

Recorded at Sierra Sound and released on the Takoma label.

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Oakland Blues, L.C. "Good Rockin'" Robinson, Lafayette "Thing" Thomas and Dave Alexander, 1969

The majority of tracks on this album were recorded at Sierra Sound in September and October 1968, Three tracks were recorded in Los Angeles in March 1969. The album was released on the World Pacific label.

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Now, Now Creative Arts Jazz Ensemble, 1968

Recorded at Sierra Sound on October 31, 1968.

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1969

Paradise Bar & Grill, Mad River, 1969

The second album by the band. Recorded at Golden State Recorders and Sierra Sound Labs.

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Poet Song, Tina and David Meltzer, 1969

Recorded at Sierra Sound in late 1968 or early 1969.

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Manhattan Egos, Sonny Simmons, 1969

Recorded at Sierra Sound on February 10, 1969 and released on the Arhoolie label.

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Smiley Etc., Smiley Winters, 1969

Recorded at Sierra Sound in March 1969 and released on the Arhoolie label.

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Hooker And Steve, Earl Hooker, 1969

Recorded at Sierra Sound on July 18, 1969 and released on the Arhoolie label.

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Corbitt, Jerry Corbitt, 1969

First solo release.

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Both Sides Of, People!, 1969

The second People! LP. Recorded at Sierra Sound.

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Venues In Cancer, Robbie Basho, 1969

Basho's sixth album.

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Mance Lipscomb, Vol 5: Texas Blues and 3 Other Songs, Mance Lipscomb, 1970

The majority of songs on the Arhoolie LP were recorded at Sierra Sound in November 1969.

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Mississippi Fred McDowell and his Blues Boys, 1969

Recorded at Sierra Sound in August 1969 and released on Arhoolie.

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Pagan, Born Again, 2001

This archive release includes 1969 demo recordings made at Sierra Sound.

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Voluptuous Doom, Colours, 2010

2 CD compiulation of tracks recorded between 1967 and 1970 by Colours and Christian. Includes tracks recorded at Sierra Sound in 1967 and 1969.

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1970

Tapestry, Don McLean, 1970

Don McLean's debut album.

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Present Company, Janis Ian, 1971

Recorded in November and December 1970 and released, on Capitol, in 1971.

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1971

Takin' My Time, Charlie Musselwhite, 1971

Recorded in January and February 1971 and released on the Arhoolie label.

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Goin' Back Down South, Charlie Musselwhite, 1974

Two tracks on this Arhoolie release were recorded on January 19, 1971 at Sierra Sound. The other tracks were recorded in August 1974 at Wally Heider Studios.

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1972

The Rattler, Dave Alexander, 1972

Recorded at Sierra Sound on July 31 and August 1, 1972 and released on the Arhoolie label.

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1974

The Force Of Life, Red Star Singers, 1974

Recorded at Sierra Sound Laboratories and Different Fur Studios and released on the Paredon label.

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R. Crumb And His Cheap Suit Serenaders, R. Crumb And His Cheap Suit Serenaders, 1974

Partly recorded at Sierra Sound Laboratories and released on the Blue Goose label.

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1978

Travelin' With The Blues, Tom McFarland, 1978

LP released on the Arhoolie label in 1978. CD with 3 bonus tracks released in 2005.

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Last updated September 2012