Only a handful of concerts at Lagoon’s Patio Gardens were recorded and made available, and of those few, most are Stan Kenton concerts. The earliest of which is this three-volume series on compact disc from the nights of the 16th & 17th of August in 1957. It was released in 1992 by the Magic label of England.
Each show was about an hour and a half long, but the set list was fairly different each night (see Info For Collectors below). A 30-minute portion of the first concert was broadcast live on KSL Radio and hosted by Rolfe Peterson, who peppered it with his infamous dry humor. This portion, with Peterson’s introductions and comments, are included on the first volume.
These impressive performances are available today thanks to recording engineer Wally Heider who made hundreds of mobile recordings like these around the country. In later years, Heider started his own studio in San Francisco that was used by many well-known bands of the 1960s & ’70s such as Jefferson Airplane, Santana, The Grateful Dead and Creedence Clearwater Revival, to name a few.
Hear both full concerts in the playlists below:
INFO FOR COLLECTORS
You can buy Volume One, Volume Two and Volume Three on Discogs. I wouldn’t recommend buying from Amazon as some sellers will send you cheaply-made bootleg copies instead of originals as advertised.
Because the two concerts are split up onto three separately-sold CDs, the tracks were re-arranged to give a more cohesive experience for those who might not be able to obtain all three. Here’s the actual set lists for each night as originally performed, according to the liner notes:
|FIRST NIGHT, 16 AUG 1956|
|1||The Opener||CD 1, track 1|
|2||Walking Shoes||CD 1, track 2|
|3||Remember You||CD 1, track 3|
|4||Theme And Variations||CD 1, track 4|
|5||I’m Glad There Is You||CD 1, track 5|
|6||I Should Care||CD 1, track 6|
|7||The Big Chase||CD 1, track 7|
|8||Artistry In Rhythm||CD 1, track 8|
|9||Spring Is Here||CD 1, track 9|
|10||My Ideal||CD 1, track 10|
|11||Love Letters||CD 1, track 11|
|12||Sophisticated Lady||CD 1, track 12|
|13||The Way You Look Tonight||CD 1, track 13|
|14||When Your Lover Has Gone||CD 1, track 14|
|15||Intermission Riff||CD 1, track 15|
|16||Love For Sale||CD 2, track 17|
|17||Artistry In Rhythm (End)||CD 1, track 16|
|18||Opus In Chartreuse||CD 1, track 17|
|19||Tenderly||CD 2, track 2|
|20||I Get Along Without You Very Well||CD 2, track 1|
|21||Memories Of You||CD 2, track 3|
|22||I Married An Angel||CD 2, track 4|
|23||Day By Day||CD 2, track 5|
|24||I See Your Face Before Me||CD 2, track 6|
|25||So In Love||CD 2, track 7|
|26||Artistry In Rhythm||CD 2, track 8|
|SECOND NIGHT, 17 AUG 1956|
|1||I’m Glad There Is You||CD 2, track 9|
|2||My Ideal||CD 2, track 10|
|3||Spring Is Here||CD 2, track 11|
|4||Street Of Dreams||CD 2, track 12|
|5||Intermission Riff||CD 2, track 13|
|6||Where Or When||CD 2, track 14|
|7||Walking By The River||CD 2, track 15|
|8||All Of You||CD 2, track 16|
|9||Tenderly||CD 3, track 2|
|10||Baby You’re Tough||CD 3, track 3|
|11||When Your Lover Has Gone||CD 3, track 4|
|12||The Way You Look Tonight||CD 3, track 5|
|13||Fearless Finlay||CD 3, track 1|
|14||You Turned The Tables On Me||CD 3, track 6|
|15||Memories Of You||CD 3, track 7|
|16||Intermission Riff||CD 3, track 8|
|17||The Nearness Of You||CD 3, track 9|
|18||I See Your Face Before Me||CD 3, track 10|
|19||Laura||CD 3, track 11|
|20||When Sunny Gets Blue||CD 3, track 12|
|21||Nightingale||CD 3, track 15|
|22||The End Of A Love Affair||CD 3, track 13|
|23||I Married An Angel||CD 3, track 14|
Special thanks to Jim Brown for his comment on the Woody Herman article letting me know about these CDs.
MORE FROM LHP
Harry Oliver’s Desert Rat Scrapbook. Harry Oliver’s Desert Rat Scrapbook, Packet One of Pouch Nine, undated.
Bennett, John R. Stan Kenton And His Orchestra Live At The Patio Gardens Ballroom liner notes, 1992.
Brown, Jim. Comment on Live At Lagoon, 1956. 16 Mar 2021.
History of Hyde Street Studios. HydeStreet.com, accessed 2 Sep 2021.