“A legend recording a legend” – T. Michael Coleman, Bass

The Owsley Stanley Foundation is pleased to present an audiophile release of incendiary performances by the incomparable Doc and Merle Watson, from Bear’s Sonic Journals -Owsley’s storied trove of live concert recordings.
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Bear’s Sonic Journals Presents:
Never The Same Way Once
These performances have not been heard since the nights they were played more than 40 years ago !  Professionally recorded by Owsley in 1974, and mastered using today’s most cutting edge technologies, they are exquisite.

4 Nights of Live Music: 

94 tracks reflecting a broad cross-section of musical forms, including bluegrass, blues, folk, country, swing jazz, and rockabilly, among others.

1st ever box set of live concert recordings from Doc & Merle Watson

1st release of Bear’s Sonic Journals from the Owsley Stanley Foundation

Several rare songs Doc Watson never recorded live

16 page booklet containing:
The only known contemporaneous photographs of Doc & Merle Watson

Photos of “Old Hoss”, the Gallagher guitar Doc played from 1968 until the end of this tour in 1974

In depth interview with bassist T. Michael Coleman

An original essay by David Holt, 4-time Grammy winner and longtime Doc collaborator

Original cover art by Mike DuBois based on a drawing by Owsley’s son, Starfinder

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Cutting Edge Technology Blurb


Paul Stubblebine created an all-analog master from the original reels. From there, he cut lacquers with 1/2-speed mastering for 45 RPM playback, pressed to 180 gram vinyl


State-of-the-art Plangent Process transfer techniques were used to remove subtle timing distortions created by the recording and playback devices (wow and flutter), resulting in the most accurate replication of the music.

Reel To Reel

The one inch tape format transfer results in a extremely low loss of information, which we consider more like 1/2 generation than one full generation. These running masters are copied in real time to a bank of finely tweaked Ampex ATR-100 decks, yielding a “1-1/2 generation” copy. 

Digital Download

Lossless audiophile downloads in 192kHz/24bit and 96kHz/24bit FLAC

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Donation Total: $20

The "Save The Music!" campaign seeks to raise money to enable the digitization, preservation, and release of Bear's Sonic Journals, a trove of over a thousand live concert recordings from the heart of the psychedelic era. Donations are much appreciated and are in fact essential to our ability to preserve and release future recordings!

Donate via our secure form, or send checks made out to the Owsley Stanley Foundation to: Owsley Stanley Foundation PO Box 625 Occidental, Ca 95465 We were officially granted 501(c)(3) nonprofit status by the IRS in December 2012. Any donations given prior to the granting of our nonprofit status are fully deductable.

Adopt-A-Reel Program:  For donations of $400 or more, we will work with you to select one of Bear’s Sonic Journals for priority preservation. Along with other recognition of your generous contribution, if the recording you select is viable for future release by OSF, you will receive a liner note credit.


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