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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

E72 post 10

Hm - Bickershaw left me a little cold. I had this Star > OO etc. as top-shelf material, but it didn't do much of anything for me. Lovelight was kinda lackluster.

IMO, YMMV, etc. On to 5/10/72, which is starting off pretty sleepy and clunky to these ears. China > Rider goes nowhere, at any point. Pig sounds a little tired, too.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

E72 post 09

5/7/72, Bickershaw, have just finished set I. Plenty of good stuff here. Birthday Boy Billy K drives a very intense PITB. Good Lovin is another good one, with Pig again fixin' to do some greazin'.




E72 post 08

5/4/72 is good, but not as good as the previous night.

"You Win Again" and "It Hurts Me Too" back-to-back killed my buzz.

"He's Gone" again reverses the cat on a tin roof and nine mile skiddin verses, to ill effect. I think he's figuring out that the other was it better. On the other hand, on this night he only lost one round, so that's better.

Good Lovin' is just unbelievable. It starts a little slow, but after five minutes or so I was convinced this was the best GL of all time, and the whole 20 minute thing failed to disabuse me of that idea. Pig was just so on fire this tour, my goodness. Someone with a taste for the ribald ought to transcribe his E72 Good Lovin' raps - no cuss words, in particular, but definitely NSFW.

Did he really then do "Next Time You See Me" right after that GL? That might explain why there's no Caution after Sugar Mag.

The "Dark Star" is great, "Uncle John's Band" is still done, to my delight, more in the album form - good clean country.  I was thinking about Sugar Magnolia in the same way - as long as they were doing it like the album, I loved it. When it went from sweet country psychedelia to cocaine screaming, I lost interest.

Got 5/7/72 off and running.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

E72 post 07

It's fun listening to these things in such a way that I can't note times or what have you. I retain a lot less information, but maybe I enjoy the music more than I would if I were taking notes.

4/29/72 con't
I really liked the Dark Star > Sugar Mag > Caution - what's not to like? The Star has a huge, focused, "feelin' groovy" piece that I like, but that more cynical Deadheads love to hate. I think it's good clean fun. This is really the only era during which I can listen to Sugar Magnolia. My vague sense is that I found the Caution less compelling than some of others on the tour, but I dunno.

5/3/72 in Paris
Context here is that, a) I am a raving Francophile, and b) I spent a lot of time with this show in the late 1990s, when it came to CD traders as a Honeymoon Tape.

This show is just amazing on every level. The band just comes at the crowd in waves and waves and waves, and inexorably the crowd is swept long. The tape sounds incredible, somehow better than the rest, and the band seems especially focused and tight, vocals all really clean. Bertha is a good example. China > Rider is very near perfection here, quite distinct from an earlier one on the tour, or maybe more than one (can't remember which), which didn't quite click, wanting to get to the big '73'74 transition jam, which wouldn't fully materialize for another 11 months, but not quite there. This one, by contrast - sharp as a razor.

"He's Gone" has verses mostly in correct order, as I understand it. A few of these iterations (all?), he sings that he "lost two rounds", rather than one. Since Hunter has said this tune is about Lenny, I wonder if there was another ripoff in reference? It's also possible Jerry just forgot or preferred it this way for singing purposes. They are also putting a little meander on the end that will, before long, for the trunk of long explorations that would especially connect to Truckin' and The Other One in some huge jams in the pre-hiatus Golden Era.

On this night, Truckin' -> Other One is one for the ages, some absolutely incredible interplaying throughout. As I have described it in some of these posts, all six players are playing as well as they ever would, and even Pig's organ work is engaged and inventive. They all throw all kinds of stuff at each other, break off into pairs, reform, etc. Weir hits a few Spanish Jam chords here (he has done so in some of the other jams I have heard on E72), and when he lopes it into Bobby McGee we have just traveled from the edge of the universe to a California highway.

Even after a huge jam, the band has the energy to show off sparkling versions of the new tunes, and to keep pushing each other through a high energy version of the NFA > GDTRFB > NFA medley. Outstanding.

Random question, not sure during what show it came up: why no "Hard To Handle" on this tour? During one of the Pig numbers of these last few shows, I think 4/29/72, Bobby is doing some of the great stuff he used to do in the jammy middle of Hard to Handle, and it reminded me. They stopped doing it in 8/71 when Pig got sick, and never picked it back up again. I would much rather hear it than "It Hurts Me Too", but then it's been said that I don't really get the blues.

Can't wait for the next few shows!


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

E72 post 06

4/29/72 in the great city of Hamburg. First set seemed good, nice "Good Lovin'" again. He's Gone needs and will eventually get some re-arranging, or he has just been getting a few things wrong, like the order of the "nine mile skiddin'" and "cats on a tin roof". Maybe a little of both.

Just heard the "Next Time You See Me", and I do not like that plodding tempo they put on it.

Monday, June 12, 2017

E72 post 05



4/26/72, at the Jahrhundert Halle in Frankfurt, is a monster show. No wonder most of the show figured as the first post-Garcia live Dead release, Hundred Year Hall.

The 36-minute "The Other One" has not an ounce of fat. At one point Phil is doing a little waltz that sounds like the bastard child of "Clementine" and "The Seven". (LIA connects this piece from 4/26/72 to the Hartbeats, which is consistent.) The whole thing is just jaw-dropping.

"Comes A Time" is great, less oversinging. I love the falsetto, but it just didn't work. The tune sounds smoother than earlier versions.

"Lovelight" - is this the first one of the tour? It starts off LL and drops into much more of a Caution space, never really returning. Some very good stuff in here, also reminiscent of the E72 Good Lovin's.

Jerry is pushing GDTRFB while most of the rest of the band seems to want NFA. A few very interesting things happen in this track.

Overall, yeah, classic show, deserving of the attention it has gotten.

Started off on 4/29/72 in Hamburg, did anybody but Bobby know whether it was "Black-Throated Wind" or "Jack Straw" before he started singing? BTW is far and away inferior, though Jack Straw hadn't really gotten itself pinned down yet. Not surprising the latter stayed pretty continuously in the repertoire, the former, not so much.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Quick at San Quentin

http://www.sfgate.com/music/article/LSD-king-Owsley-Stanley-s-Sonic-Journals-11209700.php

And Bear was there taping. I assumed immediately this was 2/15/68, partly, I am sure, in hope that this means that the Quick sets from the Pacific Northwest Tour were taped. Hamina hamina. That said, I don't see any reference to Quick guys in the various reports of this gig.


! deadlists: http://deadlists.com/deadlists/showresults.asp?KEY=2/15/68
! ref: URL hannan, Ross. 2009. The Grateful Dead San Quentin Performances: A Theory. Lost Live Dead, December 4, 2009, URL http://lostlivedead.blogspot.com/2009/12/grateful-dead-san-quentin-performances.html, consulted 8/5/2012;
! expost: UPI 1968 ("Hippies Support Quentin Paper");
! expost: Torgerson 1968;
! ref: Abbot 2007;
! Corry: http://lostlivedead.blogspot.com/2009/12/grateful-dead-san-quentin-performances.html?showComment=1259944365140#c6637997183837294175;
! ref: Dister 2007, 150-151.

update: looks like Ross has confirmed Quick guys 2/15/68. Do we imagine Bear would have labeled his tape as QMS?

What about this 4/11/67 listing (not in Deadlists)? Any chance that a) QMS guys were there and b) Bear was taping?

In the alternative, what about the "3/7/68" thing, also putatively a San Quentin date, per Deadlists. Any chance a) this happened (w/ QMS), and b) Bear taped?

Let me step out of my Garciacentrism for a second, actually: I am only looking for QMS at San Quentin that crosses Jerry or the GD. Is there any other known QMS there? I see nothing at Bruno's list.

Anyway, man, 1,300 reels of stuff. Wow.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

E72 post 04

http://deadlists.com/deadlists/showresults.asp?KEY=4/24/72

Man, what a great show.

Truckin' out of the gate. Lots of good energy. Good Lovin' another E72 masterpiece, goes all kinds of weird places, including a little ditty/ballad at some point, can't remember if that's while he's repeating for what felt like minutes, almost to himself, one of the very sexually evocative lines he put together for this tour.

That's one of the things that I said earlier: everyone in the band feels like they prepared, both alone and together. They are brimming with ideas, but they're not over-rehearsed.

The Dark Star here just contains multitudes.

I have heard a lot of 10/31/71's light upbeat groove in these E72 Stars, again here. It doesn't get all the way to "Tighten Up", but it gets hinted at. There are just dozens and dozens and dozens of little pieces, from one of the players, that just make you shake your head.

Most notably for me, is this the real birth of what I have always known as "the tiger"? I know there had been earlier hints, but he brings that shit out of prehistoric jungles for the burghers and hipsters of Dusseldorf.

With all of that said, I am 7 shows in (if we count 4/21), 23 discs and I found myself yesterday not feeling like listening to disc four:
  • He's Gone
  • It Hurts Me Too
  • El Paso
  • Not Fade Away>
  • Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad>
  • Not Fade Away
  • One More Saturday Night
Should I? Or should I just get to Jahrhunderthalle? I actively dislike "It Hurts Me Too" and OMSN. The rest I quite like, in general. In general, I wouldn't be missing much. But, this being E72, Phil might wrap Buddy Holly in some Wagner.


http://bozosandbolos.blogspot.com/
http://deaddisc.com/disc/Europe_72_Box.htm

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

E72 post 03

4/16/72 impressed me, 4/17/72 impressed me even more. The Dark Star is one for the ages, saying like a hundred or two separate things, but totally hanging together. Caution is another killer version, not quite as pulse-racing raunchy as the earlier ones, but still quite explicit, Pigpen working all night long, the sun rising on his sweating back.

4/21/72 is a dud. I remember liking it on the film, but here it really fell flat for me.

4/24/72 out of the gate with a very good Truckin', high energy out of the gate.

http://bozosandbolos.blogspot.com/
http://deaddisc.com/disc/Europe_72_Box.htm

Folk Songs of America, 3: all front matter

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7TAYus5LRzuTDF5bkxHOEx5TU0/view?usp=sharing

This includes the table of contents, which is super interesting. Have at it!

Lomax, Alan. 1960. The Folk Songs of North America in the English Language. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company.

Folk Songs of America, 1: cover
Folk Songs of America, 2: map
Folk Songs of America, 3: all front matter

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Folk Songs of America, 2: map



Lomax, Alan. 1960. The Folk Songs of North America in the English Language. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company.


Folk Songs of America, 1: cover
Folk Songs of America, 2: map
Folk Songs of America, 3: all front matter

Monday, May 29, 2017

Body ... Bent and Broken

LN jg1994-09-10.jgb.all.aud-vasseur.23791.shn2flac

Man, these late era shows are really changing my understanding of Old Garcia. I have been saying it in these recent posts: his lacks lung-power, his voice is weak, his muscles are atrophied and his wrists are sore. He is prone to forgetting lyrics.

These physical limitations dictate his vocal and instrumental approaches. Vocally, we find clearer enunciation and articulation. He wants to be in key, unlike Dylan, but this is interpreted pretty liberally. The grooves are slower and deeper, but a light swing touch can also work. He can still bop his head and swing his shoulders, even if he can't dig in, ass and hips and all, like he used to with his guitar, with respect to which expressiveness trumps power, and, really, the latter doesn't make much of an appearance through the whole show.

It's deeply flawed stuff, but if you know and love Jerry it's really, really good. The post title is a little dark, but he delivers that line from "The Maker" so amazingly, I just couldn't resist.


Random thoughts from the notes below:

! song: "Johnny Too Bad" and #death: He sings it as "one of these days "gonna hear a voice a say come" is JG, instead of "when you hear". I am certainly parsing too finely, his expressive variations were mostly driven by lips, mouth, lungs and brain, but I like it. "Gonna", as a declarative, penetrates more deeply in a probability sense, while the passive "when" leaves some space for at least momentary human delusion and denial, suspending the certainty of the outcome if only for a flash. For ol' Jer, it's gonna happen, And That Right Quick. And Johnny Too Bad, in my mind's eye, ends more The Lord Of The Flies than The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe: there is, as the song reminds us repeatedly, no rock. Might as well play some reggae.

! song: "That Lucky Old Sun" and #race #musics and Old Garcia: As you might imagine with decrepit Jerry, "Lucky Ol' Sun" offers some real possibilities, and he takes especial advantage on "fuss with my woman | toil with my kids | sweat till I'm wrinkled and grey". As commenter Nick and others have helped me understand, Tin Pan Alley tunes like this derive from jazz but crosse the racial divide, with whites appropriating and deploying black tropes and affectations - not unlike good old rock 'n' roll itself. On the other hand, crossing over is his American birthright, and ol' Gar owns it lovingly, inclusively, the tender vocal delivery full of feeling, the band providing a spare backing for Jerry's gentle drop-sparkle string work. These tunes can really evoke Garcia's painting of himself and John as old Mission Street players, even from the loftier confines of the Warfield balcony or an 8,500 set amphitheatre on a hot Reno evening.

Jerry Garcia Band
Reno Hilton Amphitheatre
2500 East Second Street
Reno, NV 89595
September 10, 1994 (Saturday)
?Vasseur? shnid-23791 shn2flac

--set I (8 tracks, 50:15)--
s1t01. crowd [01:00]
s1t02. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) [5:45] [1:17]
s1t03. Stop That Train [7:06] [0:33]
s1t04. Get Out Of My Life Woman [7:27] (1) [2:13]
s1t05. Run For The Roses [05:14]
s1t06. Ain't No Bread In The Breadbox [08:04]
s1t07. My Sisters And Brothers [03:54]
s1t08. Deal [07:42]

--set II (7 tracks, 61:37)--
s2t01. The Way You Do The Things You Do [10:14] [0:22]
s2t02. The Maker [12:29] [0:10]
s2t03. What A Wonderful World [4:44] [0:19]
s2t04. Johnny Too Bad [11:05] [0:20]
s2t05. Don't Let Go [12:22]
s2t06. That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day) [04:21]
s2t07. Midnight Moonlight [05:10]

! ACT1: JGB #23
! lineup: Jerry Garcia - el-g, v;
! lineup: John Kahn - el-bass;
! lineup: Melvin Seals - keyboards;
! lineup: Donny Baldwin - drums;
! lineup: Jaclyn LaBranch - backing vocals;
! lineup: Gloria Jones - backing vocals.

JGMF:

! JGC: http://jerrygarcia.com/show/1994-09-10

! db: http://db.etree.org/shn/23791 (this fileset, shnf); http://db.etree.org/shn/97863 (absent from my archive).

! map: https://goo.gl/maps/fAbuJCQB6zt

! JGBP: http://jerrygarciasbrokendownpalaces.blogspot.com/2012/07/reno-hilton-amphitheatre-2500-east.html

! R: field recordists: [presumed] Chuck Vasseur and Janet Vasseur.

! R: source: MAD (Vintage Neumanns) > D > C > CDR > WAV > SHN; shn2flac jgmf 5/23/2017.

! R: seeder comments: [INCORRECT: "First public performance of 'Johnny Too Bad'"] -- the 3rd song off the "Harder They Come" soundtrack that Jerry would play with JGB (others are "Harder They Come" and "Sitting In Limbo"). This is the second of five times out for JTB (9/1/94).

! R: seeder note: "Minimal hiss, more distant sounding than the typical Vasseur Warfield."

! R: lineage: DAE (EAC) and sbe-free SHN encoding by C.Ladner, May '04.

! R: something swishy and wonky about this tape, panning or something out of phase. By the time I am in "The Maker", it is sounding downright good.

! s1t01 HSII starts with "opened my eyes at night" in06-s2t07 stead of "I needed the shelter". He comes back to it for the second verse - attaboy, Jer! 2-3 he has done some very fluent guitar playing, sounds energetic. Melvin steps up to his big swirling-sweeping piece 3:30, Garcia sounds happy to comp 3:45 behind him. Jerry remembers the next verse, 4:40 ish Melvin provides tasty piano accompaniment with a barrelhouse feel, more after 5.

! s1t04 (1) JG: "We have a little technical problem," as things are being pounded. Melvin hits a little piano thing, JG signals RFTR. FF to s2t01.

! P: s2t01 TWYDTTYD right at end of 5 he puts on his Grateful Dead guitar, wahh-ing in a way that was very uncommon for JGB. Long vocal piece with the ladies out front, him emphasizing behind.

! P: s2t02 Maker John is doing some bowing-type stuff at the very start. Overt religiosity. @ 0354 "oh my body is bent and broken" with feeling. Fragile stuff, glorious. Big pitch-bendy stuff 6.

! song: "What A Wonderful World" (s2t03): this is the Sam Cooke ("don't know much about history", etc.).

! P: song: "Johnny Too Bad" (s2t04): second live version (9/1/94). He sings it as "one of these days "gonna hear a voice a say come" is JG, instead of "when you hear". I am certainly parsing too finely, his expressive variations were mostly driven by lips, mouth, lungs and brain, but I like it. "Gonna", as a declarative, penetrates more deeply in a probability sense, while the passive "when" leaves some space for at least momentary human delusion and denial, suspending the certainty of the outcome if only for a flash. For ol' Jer, it's gonna happen, And That Right Quick. And Johnny Too Bad, in my mind's eye, ends more The Lord Of The Flies than The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe: there is, as the song reminds us repeatedly, no rock. Might as well play some reggae. ^P This has lots of interesting pieces, and credit ol Jer for working it, but the band keeps expecting it to end, and he croaks another go-round. The song is quite repetitive, and that's part of what's so compelling but also challenging about it - huis clos. A for effort, lower for execution.

! P: s2t05 DLG nice to see the ambition. He mumbles first verse. Baldwin sets a fine pocket here. 4 very cool little song-voice piece, set to the weak lungs, allowing him to just not strain. 4:20ff some very plucky plucking. Garcia 4:40ff in a bassier tone, keys are right on it, bass has been inaudible. Heading over 5, it has that worried urgency that an earlier tune with Merl, "She's Got Charisma", also provided in spades. It's a game effort, doesn't knock me out on two listens.

! P: s2t06 "That Lucky Old Sun": As you might imagine with decrepit Jerry, "Lucky Ol' Sun" offers some real possibilities, and he takes especial advantage on "fuss with my woman | toil with my kids | sweat till I'm wrinkled and grey". For book, should probably write Tin Pan Alley up here at the end. Sort of a crossover genre in that it seems to have been whites appropriating and deploying black tropes and affectations - not unlike rock 'n' roll. On the other hand, ol' Gar owns this stuff fully, bringing sincere love and tenderness to the vocal delivery, full of feeling, over a spare band arrangement that lets him play his display a little gentle drop-sparkle string work, too. These tunes can really evoke Garcia's painting of himself and John as old Mission Street players, even from the loftier confines of the Warfield balcony or an 8,500 set amphitheatre on a hot Reno evening.

! P: s2t07 MM I love that Jerry loved this song. At this point, he must have had a real Skinnerian involvement with it, since MM = end of show = nicotine = whatever else. Not that he deprived himself before or during, mind you, but the chance to sit down in a comfy chair and unwind, change your sweaty shirt, soundsl ike a nice prospect, too. So the San Franciscan plays Pete Rowan's paen to another city with a Mission, San Antonio, good music. This version delivers nothing special, and September 10, 1994 goes on its merry way.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Northridge Acid Test

What is the state of our knowledge on February 1966 acid test at a Unitarian Church in Northridge, CA?

I still show a gig 2/6/66 at "Northridge Unitarian Church", no notes or references.

And I also show a gig 2/19 at Valley Unitarian Universalist Church on 2/19.

Maybe we have  been discussing somewhere? Seems like I thought I had this pinned down, but I doubt both can be correct.

Anyway, if anyone has the goods please post in comments.

JG-GUEST v02 now posted

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7TAYus5LRzuemxsSGpBMEZubFE/view?usp=sharing

Please comment on the Page for these data.

Friday, May 26, 2017

E72 post 02

The 4/16/72 Good Lovin' is another balls-out raunchfest, a killer, Pigalicious feature.

http://bozosandbolos.blogspot.com/
http://deaddisc.com/disc/Europe_72_Box.htm

Johnny Too Bad

I cannot get this song out of my ear.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgkZwUDt98o

The Slickers, "Johnny Too Bad"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Slickers. "The Slickers were a Jamaican rocksteady and reggae group in the late 1960s and early 1970s."

https://www.discogs.com/Slicker-The-Johnny-Too-Bad/master/630180 looks like first release was 1971 on Punch. One of the youtube versions is said 1970, but discogs 1971 as Panther P-01.

Since we have been talking genres and ambiguity, this totally feels like rocksteady to me, but I could never explain to you why. Odds are it came to Garcia (along with "Harder They Come" and "Sitting In Limbo") via the Harder They Come soundtrack, 1972 on Mango Records. But these guys collected a lot of vinyl, and it's not outside the realm of possibility that they had some Jamaican stuff in the Bay Area. Corry could probably say more.

http://whitegum.com/~acsa/songfile/JOHNNYTO.HTM

Lyrics: Winston Bailey, Hy Beckford
Music: Winston Bailey, Hy Beckford

Walking down the road with a pistol in your waist
Johnny you're too bad
Walking down the road with a ratchet in your waist
Johnny you're too bad

You're just robbing and stabbing and looting and shooting
Now you're too bad
You're just robbing and stabbing and looting and shooting
Now you're too bad
You're just robbing and stabbing and looting and shooting
Now you're too bad (too bad)
You're just robbing and stabbing and looting and shooting
Now you're too bad (too bad)

One of these days when you hear a voice say come
Where you gonna run to
One of these days when you hear a voice say come
Where you gonna run to

You gonna run to the rock for rescue
There will be no rock (no rock)
You gonna run to the rock for rescue
There will be no rock (no rock)
You gonna run to the rock for rescue
There will be no rock (no rock)
You gonna run to the rock for rescue
There will be no rock (no rock)

Walking down the road with a pistol in your waist
Johnny you're too bad
Walking down the road with a pistol in your waist
Johnny you're too bad

You're just robbing and stabbing and looting and shooting
Now you're too bad (too bad)
You're just robbing and stabbing and looting and shooting
Now you're too bad (too bad)
You're just robbing and stabbing and looting and shooting
Now you're too bad (too bad
You're just robbing and stabbing and looting and shooting
Now you're too bad (too bad

One of these days when you hear a voice say come
Where you gonna run to
One of these days when you hear a voice say come
Where you gonna run to

You gonna run to the rock for rescue
There will be no rock (no rock)
You gonna run to the rock for rescue
There will be no rock (no rock)
You gonna run to the rock for rescue
There will be no rock (no rock)
You gonna run to the rock for rescue
There will be no rock (no rock)

Walking down the road with a pistol in your waist
Johnny you're too bad
Walking down the road with a ratchet in your waist
Johnny you're too bad

You're just robbing and stabbing and looting and shooting
Now you're too bad (too bad)
You're just robbing and stabbing and looting and shooting
Now you're too bad (too bad)

One of these days when you hear a voice say come
Where you gonna run to
One of these days when you hear a voice say come
Where you gonna run to

You gonna run to the rock for rescue
There will be no rock (no rock)
You gonna run to the rock for rescue
There will be no rock (no rock)
You gonna run to the rock for rescue
There will be no rock (no rock)
You gonna run to the rock for rescue
There will be no rock (no rock)
 More info:
http://www.deaddisc.com/songs/Johnny_Too_Bad.htm






Thursday, May 25, 2017

E72, post 01

I have been listening to the integral E72, starting from 4/7 and working my way forward. Not obsessing about details, just listening while pedaling. Some random thoughts.

4/7 has a lot of bucking bronco energy, but lacks discipline.

4/8 so much more controlled and effective than the first night. What a great night of entertainment for the crowd.

4/11 There is so much going on in the Truckin -> Drums -> Other One piece, universes of stuff. Each guy seems to have a bag of trick licks that he's throwing out to the rest of them. Amazing group invention, too much really to process.

4/14 The Dark Star -> Sugar Magnolia -> Good Lovin' -> Caution -> Good Lovin' is truly great. The Dark Star goes a thousand places, and Pigpen's earthy, raunchy rap (ca. 15-17 minutes in of the track below) is one for the ages: https://archive.org/details/gd1972-04-14.136980.mtx.dusborne.flac16/gd72-04-14s2t08.flac

4/16 I am on now, first set feels below average. But set II looks very promising.

More Random Thoughts

It's a good way to soak this material in. It might take me all summer to do it, but so far it's been fun, even listening to the tunes I'd normally FF >> .

 "Looks Like Rain" has the pedal steel which is nice, but good golly do I hate that song.

The Pigpen numbers are great: bootlegs used to have his putative last album as Bring Me My Shotgun, and Pig's weapon of choice appears both in "Mr. Charlie" ("won't take yo life | won't even take y'limb | just unload my shotgun | take a little skin") and the sweet, charming, "Chinatown Shuffle" ("get yourself a shotgun | a pocket full of shells | and we can while away the time"). I have to think Hunter would have wanted these for the final, never-to-be-made third installment of the Ramblin' Rose trilogy, but Ace and Europe '72 bigfooted it.

I am surprised at how short the Playin's are - less than ten minutes the first few nights of the tour. Since I have never really soaked E72 in, I might only be projecting when I imagine that this will extend over the course of seven weeks on the road.

I see that there was an Other One - El Paso sandwich the first night, but it didn't mark me, and I am looking forward to hearing some more Other One -> cowboy tune sandwiches. There's a moment in 4/14 where Me And My Uncle and Caution are both happening (MAMU never really materializes, you understand), and it makes me wish they had played around more with those sorts of possibilities.


see also:

http://bozosandbolos.blogspot.com/
http://deaddisc.com/disc/Europe_72_Box.htm


Garciaverse Event Typology

So, the unit of analysis in my basic framework is an "event", defined as GD (musical), JG (musical), or nonmusical. My method can only pick up events assignable to one or several 24-hour-or-less slices of time. So, something that happened May 25 can be picked up as an event, but something that happened "in late May" cannot.

Based on the rich discussion around my Provisional List of Jerry Garcia's Sit-Ins with Other Musicians (JG-GUEST), here's how I currently think of things.
The top layer is the whole Garciaverse.

The second layer is the type of event: GD (musical), JG (musical), or nonmusical. JG is any non-GD musical event.

The third layer is sociological, and it cuts along conceptions of my own regarding what a band is (a standard personnel configuration), and those asymmetric situations in which one is either hosting others or being their guest. By "unnamed" I mean merely that this is a musical event with Garcia in which no-one can "claim" the gig.

On my readers' suggestions, in lieu of "Sit-Ins" (or JG-GUEST), I am being asked to report the entire JG category. If I could color code and that sort of thing, might be helpful.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Garcia Band's Last Gig (and list of contemporary late-era posts)

I have finally been dipping my toe into late-period JGB, let's call it the Donny Baldwin era, JGB #23. See:


Well, here's the end of the line for the Jerry Garcia Band: April 23, 1995. A fair bit of confusion, but some great spirit, and, to my ears, of all things, a "Think" for the ages.

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Jerry Garcia Band
The Warfield
982 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
April 23, 1995 (Sunday)
aud shnid-17557 sh2flac

--set I (7 tracks, 61:13)--
s1t01. [0:03] How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) [8:41] % [0:16]
s1t02. Stop That Train [8:53] %
s1t03. Simple Twist Of Fate [13:27]
s1t04. Run For The Roses [06:31]
s1t05. You Never Can Tell [10:05]
s1t06. My Sisters And Brothers [04:12]
s1t07. Deal [09:04]

--set II (6 tracks, 54:54)--
s2t01. He Ain't Give You None [11:09]
s2t02. Struggling Man [7:19] %
s2t03. Think [9:3] [0:02]
s2t04. Reuben And Cérise [11:26]
s2t05. Night They Drove Old Dixie Down [8:03]
s2t06. Midnight Moonlight [7:25]

! ACT1: JGB #23
! lineup: Jerry Garcia - el-g, v;
! lineup: John Kahn - el-bass;
! lineup: Melvin Seals - keyboards;
! lineup: Donny Baldwin - drums;
! lineup: Jaclyn LaBranch - backing vocals;
! lineup: Gloria Jones - backing vocals.

JGMF:

! historical: Last JGB show.

! JGC: http://jerrygarcia.com/show/1995-04-23

! JGBP: http://jerrygarciasbrokendownpalaces.blogspot.com/2013/02/warfield-982-market-street-san.html

! map: https://goo.gl/maps/ZW52vfHTbjs

! db: shnid-17557 (this fileset, shnf);

! band: URL http://lostlivedead.blogspot.com/2012/01/jerry-garcia-band-personnel-1975-1995.html

! R: Source: AUD (taper and gear unknown) > DAT > CDR > WAV > SHN; shn2flac;

! R: DAE (EAC0.9b4, offset corrected, secure mode) > digifuzz attenuation and dropout removal (soundforge 5) > tracking (cdwav editor) > shn (shorten 3.4) > sector boundaries confirmed (shntool) > FTP via C.Ladner/candyman FTP. Another installment of the MisSHN in the Rain branch of The Music Never Stopped Project - 5/03.

! R: seeder comments: Technical issues:  There are flaws with the CDR source I have for this show that I initially didn't want to SHN it up, but because of its place in the chronological order of shows and the apparent lack of other circulating sources, people seem to be interested in checking it out, so c'est La Vie.  Despite the flaws the show is highly listenable.  If you have a lineaged source without the below describe flaws or fades please email me at:  candymansiteop@hotmail.com.

! R: seeder comments: There were fades and pauses between most songs on the masters with the intervening "crowd noise" removed.  Several tracks begin with a fade in on the first note of the song so that it is clipped - darn.

! R: s1t01 - significant digifuzz @ 05:10

! P: s1t01 HSII giving it a lot of extra moaning and so forth, even as it goes on a few measures too long. Good spirit.

! P: s1t02 STT nothing wrong with this through 5:45.  FF to You Never Can Tell.

! R: s1t03 - First note of Simple Twist of Fate clipped, noise @ 00:22.

! R: s1t07 - minor digifuzz at 00:20.

! P: s2t01 HAGYN sounds confused on the start.

! R: s2t01 - level changes during the 30 seconds of the recording were evened out using SF5.

! R: s2t02 - small subsecond dropout @ 7:09 removed with SF5.

! P: s2t03 Think hamina hamina there is some hot stuff in the 6 minute mark, molten guitar playing. Excellent version. Great stuff.

! P: s2t04 RAC He gets a bit confused at the start, I think, takes a few extra turns with some neat phrasings, still trying to lock in a minute and a half in. Yikes, he finally jumps on it 1:35. I was following along with the lyrics, and he pretty much gets them all - no mean feat. What a great, great song. It goes far too many times around at the end, with nothing much happening.

! P: s2t06 Mid Moon Melvin getting realy train-choppy with it, say, 4 min mark.

A Provisional List of Jerry Garcia Sitting In with Other Musicians (JG-GUEST)

version 2 is now up

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7TAYus5LRzuemxsSGpBMEZubFE/view?usp=sharing

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Old Garcia Running to the Rock for Rescue

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I listened to the second set, and man did I love it. "Shining Star" isn't may favorite, but the call-and-response with the crowd is nice. Jerry drops on a dime --actually, John first hit the line-- into "Johnny Too Bad", which is very, very good. Wonderful. The return to SS is neat, and readers will know that such true invention and true segueing was very rare in the Garciaverse (as distinct from the GD).

"Don't Let Go" has some issues early on, but the jam is fascinating, including some scowling scrubbing at around 6:20 and a lonely wail at 11:20. I don't know how frequently "Gomorrah" was being played in this period, but it was pretty much *always* special. This one is pretty flawed, but it's a game effort. Midnight Moonlight feels perfectly reasonable.

Jerry Garcia Band
The Warfield
982 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
March 5, 1995 (Saturday) - 8 PM
Michael B goodbear flac1644 shnid-79634

--set I (7 tracks, 63:02)--
s1t01. Cats Under The Stars ~ 13:30
s1t02. They Love Each Other ~ 9:51
s1t03. Run For The Roses ~ 6:48
s1t04. Like A Road ~ 8:36
s1t05. Ain't No Bread In The Breadbox ~ 11:02
s1t06. My Sisters And Brothers ~ 4:01
s1t07. Deal ~ 9:14

--set II (7 tracks, 65:55)--
s2t01. Shining Star [23:38] ->
s2t02. Johnny Too Bad [7:51] ->
s2t03. Shining Star [1:12] [0:20] %
s2t04. Think [7:12] [0:13]
s2t05. Don't Let Go [13:35] ->
s2t06. Gomorrah [5:30] ->
s2t07. Midnight Moonlight [6:13] [0:12]

! ACT1: JGB #23
! lineup: Jerry Garcia - el-g, v;
! lineup: John Kahn - el-bass;
! lineup: Melvin Seals - keyboards;
! lineup: Donny Baldwin - drums;
! lineup: Jaclyn LaBranch - backing vocals;
! lineup: Gloria Jones - backing vocals.

JGMF:

! historical: The second set may be the best complete set of 1995. If this is damning with faint praise, I will also say there is some music being made. The Shining Star -> Johnny Too Band piece is subime, and this is the best rendering of that song I have heard from this band (also: 9/1/94, 9/10/94, this version, 4/14/95, 4/21/95). I have some sense that these shows weren't selling out as steadily as in previous years - no idea about this particular night.

! JGC: http://jerrygarcia.com/show/1995-03-05

! venue: http://jerrygarciasbrokendownpalaces.blogspot.com/2013/02/warfield-982-market-street-san.html

! map: https://goo.gl/maps/ZW52vfHTbjs

! TJS: http://www.thejerrysite.com/Performance.do?action=id&id=1312

! db: shnid-79634 (this fileset); another fileset Ladner shnf s2 only

! band: URL http://lostlivedead.blogspot.com/2012/01/jerry-garcia-band-personnel-1975-1995.html

! R: field recordist: Michael B.

! R: field recording gear: 2x Sonic microphones > DTR80P

! R: field recording location: floor, center

! R: lineage: WAV > Cool Edit Pro > CDWAV > FLAC.

! R: Teddy Notes: - Slight entire left channel amplify reduction -1db. - Slight entire overall eq to reduce booming bass and to increase the mid to high frequencies. - Downsample entire from 48 kHz to 44.1 kHz. Seeded 11/2006 by Teddy "GoodBear" Selby. Thanks go out to Dan Sisler for sending me the DATs in 10/2006!

! P: s2t01 (1) early on, woman in the crowd: "Jerry can you hear me? I love you!" I think he heard her. SS Jerry misses the obvious start at 2, then starts off the beat 15 seconds later. D'oh! This is the biggest pitch-bending he'd do, just noodling with a strikingly different attack, like he's coming at them from the top at a 90 degree angle, so it's more percussive, then allowed to bend and echo around. 23 John is the one who starts JTB, with the bass line.

! P: s2t02 Johnny Too Bad Garcia just jumps the line, the ladies do one more round of "Shining Star" as ancient Jerry canters into the reggae groove, hair solid white at this point, running to the rock for rescue (but "there will be no rock"). Donny @ 3 hitting real hard, and he and Jerry are locked in.  The segue back to Shining Star is true. That is some fine, fine, latter-day Garcia making music.

! P: s2t05 DLG requires a little more vocal power than these other ones, it just challenges him more. Donny Baldwin hits, but he doesn't set a pocket like Kemper did. 2 he should have come to a second verse, but I think he just blanks on it, so he steps back and picks some blues. Comes back to mumbling (should be "thunder lightning wind and rain") - he finishes off with "love is buzzing inside my brain". DB still not really setting the pocket that Jerry wants or needs. He remembers "hound dog" verse. 4:36ff he announces the exploratory part, and it's good. Jerry invents lots of neat call-resopnses stuff, but no one really responds. John is pretty absent and ineffectual to my ear. He hangs a huge note at 6:20, scrubs it, scrubs it some more 6:30, very interesting, totally unique to my ears. Lonely wail at 11:20, exploring some very sweet and interesting spaces late 11 a little darker turn, chunka chunka 12:05 back to the structure of DLG.

! P: s2t06 DLG drops right into Gomorrah, almost certainly the only time he ever did this. Jacks up the verse 4:35 ish, but lands on "wife of Lot got turned to salt" and succeeding "because she looked behind me" admonition.

! P: s2t07 Mid Moon disjointed in second half of 3, Garcia off key.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

JGB at the Warfield: April 21, 1995

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Third to last JGB gig, on the home court. A little bit of historical background, some analysis of the musics figuring in the setlist, and a brief note on "Johnny Too Bad" ("my God, this is just great, so full of feeling") will figure in the listening notes below.

Jerry Garcia Band
The Warfield
982 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
April 21, 1995 (Friday)
Vasseur shnid-21900 shn2flac

--set I (7 tracks, 56:08)--
s1t01. The Way You Do The Things You Do  [10:10]
s1t02. Forever Young  [10:38]
s1t03. Money Honey  [07:35]
s1t04. Run For The Roses  [05:26]
s1t05. Ain't No Bread In The Breadbox  [08:48]
s1t06. My Sisters And Brothers  [04:52]
s1t07. Deal  [08:36]

--set II (5 tracks, 59:00)--
s2t01. Shining Star ->  [22:39]
s2t02. Johnny Too Bad ->  [7:07]
s2t03. Don't Let Go  [13:32]
s2t04. That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)  [09:36]
s2t05. Midnight Moonlight  [06:04]

! ACT1: JGB #23
! lineup: Jerry Garcia - el-g, v;
! lineup: John Kahn - el-bass;
! lineup: Melvin Seals - keyboards;
! lineup: Donny Baldwin - drums;
! lineup: Jaclyn LaBranch - backing vocals;
! lineup: Gloria Jones - backing vocals.

JGMF:

! JGC: http://jerrygarcia.com/show/1995-04-21

! JGBP: http://jerrygarciasbrokendownpalaces.blogspot.com/2013/02/warfield-982-market-street-san.html

! map: https://goo.gl/maps/ZW52vfHTbjs

! db: shnid-21900 (Vasseur shnf, this fileset)

! band: URL http://lostlivedead.blogspot.com/2012/01/jerry-garcia-band-personnel-1975-1995.html

! historical: This is Garcia's third-to-last Garcia Band GOTS gig, and knowing this, and that he'd be dead in three and a half months, naturally biases the llistening experience. Blind randomization of listening would be the way to do it, but who was time to genuflect before the infererence gods? Anyway, it's good to do. Chris Ladner's misSHN comments also informed my listen. I only listened to set II, featuring the 40 minute Shining Star -> Johnny Too Bad -> Don't Let Go medley. It's not great in any conventional sense. Garcia can't sing very powerfully, and his whole body is frail, his wrists are sore. He probably doesn't weigh as much as you'd think, because he's bloated and his muscles have atrophied. He was still diving as of February, whether or not you believe he last-minute canceled the February 10th show from an encounter with a jellyfish, and Bay Area Deadheads of the day harbored some doubts, and diving would be like the only physical activity he'd engage in to confuse his muscles from playing, sitting around, driving around in his day-to-day. He was mostly struggling against an enlarged heart, diabetes, a forty-year several-pack-a-day smoking habit, etc. etc.

! P: Garcia gives the fans an honest's night music, especially in view of the fact (that we only know for sure ex post) that the man is dying. He offers up a tasteful selection of postwar American music. The Garcia Band gave Jerry the chance to play R&B, which the Dead just didn't do. The show opens with TWYDTTYD, the scrappy Great Migration lament "Money Honey" gives the old man a chance to belt a little, while the second set-opening "Shining Star" calls forth the rituals of the Warfield and of the Garcia Band at the end, church is in service, nice and easy call-and-response, Jerry gets the chance to sit back, lovingly play with sound, make some music for the assembled, trusting the band to frame it while he paints. "Don't Let Go" was JGB's "jam vehicle", such as it was. This one shows plenty of verve, nothing really to complain about (except maybe the singing, but I discount very heavily since it's near the end).

! setlist: So: 4 R&B (TWYDTTYD, Money Honey, Shining Star, Don't Let Go); 3 white contemporary Americana (Dylan-Forever Young, Norton Buffalo - Breadbox, Pete Rowan's Midnight Moonlight); 2 Garcia originals: Run For The Roses, Deal; 1 traditional gospel: MSAB; 1 reggae: JTB; 1 other: "That Lucky Old Sun". Written by white guys (Haven Gillespie and Beasley Smith), first done by Frankie Lane, lots of black and white greats did it. Written 1949 - what would we name the musical genre?

! R: field recordists: Chuck Vasseur and Janet Vasseur

! R: field recording gear: 2x Neumann KM54 > DAT

! R: lineage: DATx > CDx > DAE (QPS QUE 2410 EAC0.9 offset corrected secure mode) > editing as above (SF6) > tracking (cdwav editor) > sector boundaries confirmed (shntool) > SHN (mkwact) via Chris Ladner. shn2flac jgmf 5/19/2017.

! R: seeder comments:  Highly listenable audience recording with relatively minimal close up chatting.  Rates a 2.4 on the "Hey Dude" index.  Charged first set with beautiful Forever Young with Jerry wailing it out, hard drivin' Money Honey (this is not your teleprompter Jerry).  Second set kicks off with a stellar Shining Star that instead of dying off into a lagging audience chant Jerry keeps Shining Star going with a reggae beat and drops perfectly into "Johnny Too Bad" which drifts right into the self-explanatory Don't Let Go - over 43 minutes of continuous jamming.  Not what you'd expect for the 3rd to last JGB show.

! R: seeder comments: Thanks to JIm Powell for the source CDR. misSHN in the rain, 1/2004.

! P: s2t02 JTB my God, this is just great, so full of feeling. John doing some interesting things 7, Jerry switches gear real fast to DLG.

! P: s2t03 DLG voice totally shot.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Hooteroll? with Howard Wales and Jerry Garcia - Crouse Auditorium, Syracuse University, January 22, 1972


Previously unknown gig. Thanks to carville for sharing!

Neumann KM 54

http://recordinghacks.com/microphones/Neumann/KM-54

Good, Clean Fun - JGB at the Onondoga County War Memorial, Syracuse, NY, November 14, 1993

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JGB plays two strong hour-plus sets on the November '93 tour. I love Señor, and he gets most of the lyrics on this version."The Maker" is nice and concise, and I swear I heard a little "Mountain Jam" in there.

Anyway, good, clean fun for your twenty-two-and-a-half 1993 dollars.

Jerry Garcia Band
Onondaga County War Memorial
800 South State Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
November 14, 1993 (Sunday)
FOB Schoeps MK4s flac1644 shnid-137896

--set I (8 tracks, 7 tunes, 68:13)--
s1t01. crowd/tuning
s1t02. Cats Under The Stars
s1t03. Stop That Train
s1t04. Let It Rock
s1t05. Run For The Roses
s1t06. Ain't No Bread In The Breadbox
s1t07. Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power) [6:33] ->
s1t08. Deal

--set II (8 tracks, 65:20)--
s2t01. crowd/tuning
s2t02. I Second That Emotion
s2t03. And It Stoned Me
s2t04. Tore Up Over You
s2t05. Lazy Bones
s2t06. The Maker
s2t07. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
s2t08. Midnight Moonlight

! ACT1: JGB #21b
! lineup: Jerry Garcia - el-guitar, vocals;
! lineup: John Kahn - el-bass;
! lineup: Melvin Seals - keyboards;
! lineup: David Kemper - drums;
! lineup: Jaclyn LaBranch - backing vocals;
! lineup: Gloria Jones - backing vocals.

JGMF:

! db: lots of sources, I imagine

! map: https://goo.gl/maps/YXwuDY3RpsT2

! review: Bialczak 1993a. Show was a sellout, 7,500 at $22.50, which is over $168k gross potential more or less realized.

! expost: Bialczak 1993b, on refurbishments to the old shed.

! venue: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oncenter_War_Memorial_Arena.

! JGBP: http://jerrygarciasbrokendownpalaces.blogspot.com/2012/03/onondaga-war-memorial-800-south-state.html

! historic: venue was Onondaga County War Memorial. This was its grand reopening: "The Onondaga County War Memorial was rechristened for big-time concerts by The Jerry Garcia Band on Sunday night, and a capacity crowd of 7,500 enjoyed the new touches of the refurbishment" (Bialczak 1993b). Gross is estimated by me.

! R: source: (FOB) Schoeps MK4s > Dat (Panasonic SV-255/48k)

! R: Transfer: Dat (Sony PCM-R500) > Sound Devices 744T > WAV

! R: Lineage: wav > Adobe Audition 3.0.1 > iZotope RX4 Advanced > iZotope Ozone 5 Advanced > CD Wave > TLH > Flac16.

! R: seeder notes: Thanks to Charlie Miller for the transfer and passing this source to me. edited and mastered SIRMick March 2017.

! R: s1t02 CUTS overloaded to start, especially first minute.

! P: s1t02 CUTS love how much reverb he's already working in late 5.

! P: s1t03 STT very good and bouncy. 5:20 the ladies hit a backing vocal that isn't what the rest of the band was expecting. 6ff pitch-bending.

! P: s1t07 Señor I just love this song so, so, so very much. He hits almost all of the lyrics on this version.

! P: s1t08 Deal late 6 the guitar notes are as fulsomely elaborated as at any other time, but they lack the same old tensile strength. It's outstanding, incendiary guitar playing, but it's just not as aurally potent as it used to be.

! P: s2t05 LB John did a long feature through like 4-5 range, not all bad. 6:08ff Jerry sets out to work.

! P: s2t06 Maker big pitch-bends late 6. I see that this will only clock in at 8:49 - fascinating -- compare over time. I prefer this. Right around 8 he starts playing a "Mountain Jam", I swear.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Rehearsed Post-Brent Garcia Band: Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, November 15, 1990

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An all-time version of "The Way You Do The Things You Do", a top-shelf latter-day "Reuben And Cérise", and a tape with a story to tell - what's not to love?

Jerry Garcia Band
Wiltern Theatre
3790 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010

November 15, 1990 (Thursday) - 8 PM
sbd-patched-miller shnid-135953

--set I (8 tracks, 60:13)--
s1t01. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) [5:54]
s1t02. Stop That Train
s1t03. Let It Rock
s1t04. The Night They Drove Ol' Dixie Down
s1t05. Someday Baby
s1t06. Run For The Roses
s1t07. Sisters And Brothers
s1t08. Deal

--set II (7 tracks, 62:55)--
s2t01. The Way You Do The Things You Do [11:02] [1:00]
s2t02. Knockin' On Heaven's Door [9:40] [0:24]
s2t03. And It Stoned Me
s2t04. Reuben And Cérise [7:46] [0:09] %
s2t05. Evangeline
s2t06. That Lucky Ol' Sun
s2t07. Midnight Moonlight

! ACT1: Jerry Garcia Band #21b
!lineup: Jerry Garcia - el-guitar, vocals;
!lineup: Gloria Jones - vocals;
!lineup: Jaclyn LaBranch - vocals;
!lineup: Melvin Seals - organ;
!lineup: John Kahn - el-bass;
!lineup: David Kemper - drums.

JGMF:

! R: symbols: % = recording discontinuity; / = clipped song; // = cut song; ... = fade in/out; # = truncated timing; [ ] = recorded event time. The recorded event time immediately after the song or item name is an attempt at getting the "real" time of the event. So, a timing of [x:xx] right after a song title is an attempt to say how long the song really was, as represented on this recording.

! db: http://db.etree.org/shn/23228 (sbd shnf deprecated); shnid-23774 (DeTally MAC); shnid-135953 (this fileset).

! map: https://goo.gl/maps/6c14vkBJBMT2

! venue: http://www.rockandrollroadmap.com/los-angeles-area-venues/the-wiltern/view-details.html;

! JGBP: http://jerrygarciasbrokendownpalaces.blogspot.com/2012/09/wiltern-theatre-3790-wilshire-boulevard.html.

! band: THE Jerry Garcia Band, JGB #21b (http://lostlivedead.blogspot.com/2012/01/jerry-garcia-band-personnel-1975-1995.html)

! historical: I have wrongly neglected post-Brent 1990 JGB, despite having big love for 12/22/90's burning "Let's Spend The Night Together". 11/15/90 is gig four of five at the Wiltern in a six-day span. This whole run would probably reward study, just to see how LA differed (and didn't), but there is no time. I find all-time interesting version of TWYDTTYD here, which is quite a claim. Note the 2x 60-minute set structure. Very nice pacing, content. Folks got their money's worth (contrast: "Bullshit! Bullshit! 5/31/85). Nice to see enterprising Deadheads patching out of speakers --generously run by Bill Graham out to hallways to allow people room to dance with nice fresh sound-- running tape in the bathroom. Some good sound on this!

! R: SBD -> ? -> Cassette; Sony TC-K677ES -> Sound Devices 744T (24bit/48k) -> Samplitude Professional v11.2.1 -> FLAC/16 (2 Discs Audio / 1 DVD FLAC). All Transfers and mastering By Charlie Miller, charliemiller87@earthlink.net, June 13, 2016.

! R: Patch Info: John Detally's TOA DM1200d -> FLAC (shnid-23774) supplies: How Sweet It Is (complete track), Stop That Train, Deal (5:05 - 7:24), That Lucky Ol' Sun (complete track), Midnight Moonlight (complete track).

! R: seeder note: Thanks to John Almirall for supplying that tape

! R: seeder note: This was made in the bathroom patched out of the speakers

! R: seeder note: This may not be perfect but I think it's still an upgrade

! P: overall, this show has a lot to recommend it. The second set contains, as it struck me in the moment, an all-time version of TWYDTTYD and a top latter-day version of Reuben And Cérise.

! P: s1t08 Deal: I FFd from after HSII to see how he does Deal. Interesting to hear from a sbd perspective.

! P: s2t01 TWYDTTYD this is really great, very far "out there" for this song throughout 7, over 8, very good. All through 8 Kemper is earning his keep, hammering out the floor like pounding out brass. Garcia picks up his pace 9:10 and Kemper is with him. This has to be one of the spaciest versions of this often-played song - check timings.

! song "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" (s2t02): The rare tune Garcia could do simultaneously with GD and JGB. I don't think I being too partial in saying that the JGB versions stand far superior to the Dead ones, because the organ and the female harmonies and the reggae arrangement all make it beautiful. The Dead version is all angles and elbows, in comparison, IMO, YMMV. This is the last JGB version until 11/12/91. 7:38 Melvin is leaning his ample self down to blast the B3, when Garcia turns to another verse (managing to get to "the sun is setting in western skies", which wasn't always the case). Melvin is light on his feet for a big fella, and rears it back like a horse, letting the vocal go first. Nice. I also like how he pulls it to a close at 9:30, makes it compact.

! P: s2t04 RAC Garcia is right on it vocally - this sounds nicely rehearsed. I think the tempos feel a little squirrely, but he's got the words. He flubbede some lyrics as far as the general public might hear it, but it's pretty remarkable that he gets the whole long narrative in order. http://www.whitegum.com/~acsa/songfile/REUBEN.HTM. Powerful chording, tight ending. Bravo! This is one of my favorite latter-day versions of RAC.

! P: s2t05 Evangeline: I usually dislike this song, but this version is good. Garcia does a lot of great country jukebox descents, very telecasterish.

Lots to Like About This Old Jerry

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SSIA.

Jerry Garcia Band
The Warfield
982 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
September 2, 1994 (Friday) - 8 PM
Neumann shnid-12254 shn2flac

--set I (7 tracks, 64:14)--
s1t01. Cats Under The Stars
s1t02. He Ain't Give You None [12:19] [0:06] %
s1t03. [0:27] Struggling Man -8:31] -8:35 %
s1t04. That's What Love WIll Make You Do [9:16] [0:08] %
s1t05. What A Wonderful World
s1t06. Sisters And Brothers
s1t07. Deal

--set II (5 tracks, 66:47)--
s2t01. Shining Star [22:37] ->
s2t02. Dear Prudence
s2t03. Lay Down Sally
s2t04. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
s2t05. Midnight Moonlight

! ACT1: JGB #23
! lineup: Jerry Garcia - el-g, v;
! lineup: John Kahn - el-bass;
! lineup: Melvin Seals - keyboards;
! lineup: Donny Baldwin - drums;
! lineup: Jaclyn LaBranch - backing vocals;
! lineup: Gloria Jones - backing vocals.

JGMF:

! JGC: http://jerrygarcia.com/show/1994-09-02

! JGBP: http://jerrygarciasbrokendownpalaces.blogspot.com/2013/02/warfield-982-market-street-san.html

! map: https://goo.gl/maps/ZW52vfHTbjs

! db: shnid-12254 (this fileset)

! band: URL http://lostlivedead.blogspot.com/2012/01/jerry-garcia-band-personnel-1975-1995.html

! R: AUD (2x Neumann KM54) > DAT > CDR > WAV > SHNv3

! R: seeder comments:  "For some reason, there's fade-outs at the end of every track with the majority of the intervening crowd noise removed, except for 10-30 seconds at the beginning of the next track preceding the start of the next song."

! R: seeder notes: "Thanks to T. Eliason for the show."

! R: details: DAE (EAC0.9 beta 4) > boundaries confirmed (shntool) > shorten 3.4 > FTP via neo_levo/candyman FTP, 9/02.

! P: I have to check my biases so much here. I want to think it sounds terrible, but here in Struggling Man I am finding much to like in this old Jerry. HAGYN didn't end quite right, but they'd worked the arrangement a little to give it a little more of a cabaret feel. Garcia's less aggressive guitar gives him a chance to mix textures, play around more with tempo. He can still do some really nice stuff, e.g., 2:45, playing with some tone even as they miss a mark here and there.

! R: s1t04 some kind of snit @ 0:34

! P: s1t07 there isn't much wrong with this Deal

! P: s2t02 Shining Star 8:25 ff features the note bending that frail-wristed late Jerry implemented. On the one hand, it's a bummer because it reflects the former gunslinger's loss of vitality over the last 20 months of his life. On the other hand, he continues to challenge himself technically, exploring what he's able to do within the confines of his burgeoning physical limitations. Strength, power, brute force volume were the order of the day ten years prior. Even here he can burn on a tune like "Deal" - but these interludes are becoming shorter and shorter. In their stead he explores more delicate and nuanced spaces, plays more with hanging notes and stretching out, breathing deeply, relaxing, more patiently plucking. The old man gets that every note counts, and by stretching them he's pursuing more of that impossibly elusive elixir of life, time itself, time in a note, which is something very close to the life well-lived, for as long as it lasts. By 19-min mark vocalizations are pretty unique with the ladies, Jerry, I thought I heard another baritone in there somewhere? Very fine true segue to Dear Prudence from Shining Star. Excellent work.

! P: s2t02 DP ending may be pretty, but it ain't quite right.

! P: s2t03 LDS is playing pretty well, but it really requires patience of the listener. I am not a huge DB fan, Garcia is straining 7 minute mark a little bit. John says hello. Garcia with some more concrete expression 7:40ff, not bad.

I came for the Johnny Too Bad, I Stayed for the Don't Let Go

LN jg1994-09-01.jgb.all.aud-neumann.12024.shn2flac

Jerry Garcia Band
The Warfield
982 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
September 1, 1994 (Thursday) - 8 PM
Neumann KM-140 shnid-12024 shn2flac

--set I (7 tracks, 70:18)--
s1t01. [0:43] How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) [6:51] [0:31]
s1t02. Get Out Of My Life Woman
s1t03. Run For The Roses
s1t04. Simple Twist Of Fate
s1t05. Aint No Bread In The Breadbox ->
s1t06. Johnny Too Bad
s1t07. Deal [11:08] [0:03]

-- set II (7 tracks, 68:59)--
s2t01. Second That Emotion
s2t02. The Maker
s2t03. Tore Up Over You
s2t04. Evangeline
s2t05. Don't Let Go
s2t06. That Lucky Old Sun
s2t07. Midnight Moonlight

! ACT1: JGB #23
! lineup: Jerry Garcia - el-g, v;
! lineup: John Kahn - el-bass;
! lineup: Melvin Seals - keyboards;
! lineup: Donny Baldwin - drums;
! lineup: Jaclyn LaBranch - backing vocals;
! lineup: Gloria Jones - backing vocals.

JGMF:

! JGC: http://jerrygarcia.com/show/1994-09-01

! venue: http://jerrygarciasbrokendownpalaces.blogspot.com/2013/02/warfield-982-market-street-san.html

! map: https://goo.gl/maps/ZW52vfHTbjs

! db: http://db.etree.org/shn/21825 (same source tape, shnf, deprecated); http://db.etree.org/shn/94692 (this fileset).

! band: URL http://lostlivedead.blogspot.com/2012/01/jerry-garcia-band-personnel-1975-1995.html

! R: field recordist: unknown

! R: field recording gear: 2x Neumann KM-140 > Panasonic SV-255

! R: field recording location: FOB

! R: lineage: DATx > Tascam CDRW 700 > CDx > DAE (EAC) > tracking (cdwav) > SHN (mkwact) via neo_levo/candyman FTP, 4/02 shn (shnid-12024); shn2flac jgmf 5/17/2017.

! R: seeder notes: "Thanks to Chuck F. for the awesome seeds."

! P: s1t01 HSII is pretty tight, exceeds my expectations.

! R: s1t02 GOOMLW static @ start

! P: s1t02 GOOMLW great to hear him working some provocative R & B this late in the game.

! P: s1t04 STOF comes in on the second verse - sheesh. John took a long lame feature that didn't work for me.

! P: s1t05 Breadbox good, fine, old man guitar playing.

! song: "Johnny Too Bad" (s1t06): Public debut of this relative obscurity (?) from the Harder They Come soundtrack. Jimmy Cliff released it on his 1989 album, when he crossed Garcia. I'd have to check arrangements, but I'll take the Spinners 1970 original all day long. Also 9/10/94, 3/5/95, 4/14/95, 4/21/95, so a five-timer, probably should be considered a rarity.

! P: s1t06 JTB is a running song,  it's got great self-propulsion.

! P: s1t07 Deal still good energy on the guitar.

! P: s2t02 The Maker: This is one that really benefits from the chiller vibe of the JGB. Garcia could never just gently groove this way with the GD. Now, it may be that he is lost, doesn't remember how to start, or he's just enjoying himself. (Or both.) Big pitch-bending 12 min range.

! P: s2t04 E I am not usually a fan of this, but I like it at this tempo. First performance since 5/2/92.

! P: s2t05 DLG an interesting combination of upbeat, almost New Orleans tempo with a little minor blue on it. Doing some little direct punctuations late 6, to good effect. Very good DLG to 7 minutes in. That was a very good DLG.

Il lui manque du souffle

LN jg1995-04-15.jgb.all.aud-vasseur.94692.flac1644

Jerry Garcia Band
The Warfield
982 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
April 15, 1995 (Saturday)
Vasseur flac1644 shnid-94692

--set I (5 tracks, 47:32)--
s1t01. Cats Under The Stars
s1t02. And It Stoned Me
s1t03. He Ain't Give You None
s1t04. Dear Prudence
s1t05. My Sisters And Brothers

--set II (7 tracks, 68:03)--
s2t01. The Way You Do The Things You Do
s2t02. You Never Can Tell (C'est La Vie)
s2t03. [0:09] Rubin And Cherise [:10-
s2t04. What A Wonderful World
s2t05. Don't Let Go
s2t06. Positively 4th Street [7:59] ->
s2t07. Midnight Moonlight

! ACT1: JGB #23
! lineup: Jerry Garcia - el-g, v;
! lineup: John Kahn - el-bass;
! lineup: Melvin Seals - keyboards;
! lineup: Donny Baldwin - drums;
! lineup: Jaclyn LaBranch - backing vocals;
! lineup: Gloria Jones - backing vocals.

JGMF:

! JGC: http://jerrygarcia.com/show/1995-04-15

! venue: http://jerrygarciasbrokendownpalaces.blogspot.com/2013/02/warfield-982-market-street-san.html

! map: https://goo.gl/maps/ZW52vfHTbjs

! db: http://db.etree.org/shn/21825 (same source tape, shnf, deprecated); http://db.etree.org/shn/94692 (this fileset).

! band: URL http://lostlivedead.blogspot.com/2012/01/jerry-garcia-band-personnel-1975-1995.html

! R: field recordists: Chuck Vasseur and Janet Vasseur

! R: field recording gear: 2x Neumann KM54 > Casio DA-7?

! R: lineage: DAT MASTER > DAT; Sony DTC-A7 > Sony TCD-D10PROII, Tascam DA-30MKII > Sound Devices 702 > Soundforge 9 (Fades, Sample Rate Conversion) > CDWAV > FLAC.

! P: s1t01 CUTS muffs first verse, confused all throughout the start, solidifies after a bit.

! P: s2t03 RAC everyone but Deborah Koons loves this tune, but it's striking out of the gate how slow this is. Never heard it like this. Vocals are *brutal*, he can't get anything out. Croaking "painted mandolin" isn't working. Croaking. Extremely repetitive, over long without much new happening.

! P: s2t05 DLG lyrics are a little nonsensical, but he just goes with it.

! P: s2t06 4th St flubs first verse. He just has no oomph to his singing. Here in a long central piece he is doing very well with the lyrics, making up in relative clarity what he lacks in aspiration. Whatever verses he meant to deliver late 5 early 6 didn't come through. "Stand inside my shoes" is well delivered ... "and for just that one moment, I could be you" ... sounds wistful. Nice energy, warts and all.

Never Get Yo Cornbread Made

LN jg1995-01-13.jgb.all.aud-vasseur-ladner.21484.shn2flac

I almost never listen to 1995. I mean to. And then I did. But then, it turns out that I had already listened to the second set of this show, so the novelty factor was reduced by half.

On the flip side, the "study in contrasts" possibilities are wide; in this case, it looks like a November 2015 listen found me, not dissatisfied, but resigned:

I enjoyed this, overall. It was not a ripoff. Jerry's guitar play is fine, if mixed very low. The arrangements are pretty interesting, but the execution suffers without David Kemper in the chair. Garcia is flubbing like 50% of the lyrics, and there are a few moments where he seems completely to lose himself.

On this listen, I find myself appreciating some creative success in "Don't Let Go" and noting that he probably remembers more of the words to 4th Street than I do.

Old Jerry singing "never get yo' cornbread made" just destroys me - a gentler, faux-blacker version of Dylan's "sure got a lot of gall | to be so useless and all" rant in "Visions Of Johanna".

Jerry Garcia Band
The Warfield
982 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
January 13, 1995 (DOW)
Vasseur shnid-21484 shn2flac

--set I (8 tracks, 7 tunes, 65:48)--
s1t01. crowd [0:41]
s1t02. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) [6:53] [0:15]
s1t03. They Love Each Other [10:47]
s1t04. Simple Twist Of Fate [13:09]
s1t05. Run For The Roses [06:34]
s1t06. Ain't No Bread In The Breadbox [14:41]
s1t07. My Sisters And Brothers [03:55]
s1t08. Deal [8:51]

--set II (8 tracks, 7 tunes, 65:02)--
s2t01. crowd [1:34]
s2t02. Harder They Come [10:33]
s2t03. And It Stoned Me [9:53]
s2t04. Evangeline [5:51]
s2t05. Don't Let Go [14:11] [0:07]
s2t06. Lazy Bones [8:45] ->
s2t07. Positively 4th Street [7:58]
s2t08. Midnight Moonlight [6:07]

! ACT1: JGB #23
! lineup: Jerry Garcia - el-g, v;
! lineup: John Kahn - el-bass;
! lineup: Melvin Seals - keyboards;
! lineup: Donny Baldwin - drums;
! lineup: Jaclyn LaBranch - backing vocals;
! lineup: Gloria Jones - backing vocals.

JGMF:

! historical: First shows of 1995, let's see how ol' Jer sounds.

! JGC: http://jerrygarcia.com/show/1995-01-13-the-warfield-san-francisco-ca/

! venue: http://jerrygarciasbrokendownpalaces.blogspot.com/2013/02/warfield-982-market-street-san.html

! map: https://goo.gl/maps/ZW52vfHTbjs

! TJS: http://www.thejerrysite.com/Performance.do?action=id&id=1312

! db: http://db.etree.org/shn/21484 (this fileset); http://db.etree.org/shn/79638 (s2 Schoeps).

! band: URL http://lostlivedead.blogspot.com/2012/01/jerry-garcia-band-personnel-1975-1995.html

! R: field recordists: Chuck Vasseur and Janet Vasseur

! R: field recording gear: 2x Neumann KM54 > DAT

! R: lineage: DATx > CDRx > WAV > SHN (1/2004) > shn2flac (5/14/2017).

! R: seeder Comments: Another outstanding audience recording from the Vasseurs - Jerry fans for all eternity thank you Chuck and Linda [sic] :-)

! R: seeder comments: Strong performance of the seldom played (4th performance post-1980) and often cat-called, "Positively 4th Street" which JGB pulls out of the proverbial playlist closet. I can see Jerry sneering when he spouts "what a DRAG it is ..." Sublime final performance of another relative JGB rarity, Lazy Bones.

! R: seeder comments: There were a few millisecond dropouts before the start of a few tracks which were removed using SF6.

! R: seeder comments. Thanks to J.Powell for providing a lineaged CDR source. DAE (EAC0.9b4,offset corrected, secure mode, track quality > 99.9%) > removal of silence at set boundaries (SF6.0) > tracking (cdwav) > sector boundaries confirmed (shntool) > SHN(shorten3.4) via C.Ladner. misSHN in the rain, 1/04.

! P: s1t02 HSII - Listening in 5/17, when I don't listen to much 1995, I hear the appeal of this stuff for all involved. His guitar lacks power, his voice is way down in the mix, but still functioning.

! P: s2t02 HTC always a litmus test, because it's mostly always there. Il manque son souffle. Flubbing lyrics after singing this tune like 300 times. What are you gonna do? Now going to FF to Don't Let Go about 2 minutes in.

! P: s2t05 DLG there is abolutely nothing wrong with this DLG. It's a creative success. It has all kinds of range, the guitar isn't burning off both my ears with pure power, but the tones are appropriately, at turns, gritty, spacy, driving, etc. Nice chunka-chunnka-ing 10ff, a step closer to DLG theme with little crosscut sawing happening. NB that John hasn't done much that's audible. I sure would love to hear a stage monitor perspective, because I imagine he was just playing for Jerry at this point? I have no complaints with Donny Baldwin's drumming, either.

! P: s2t06 LB: I am expected to love this, and I want to. But, out of the gate I cannot. The guitar approach 3 is interesting, but I am not compelled, it felt a little awkward. @ 6:44 corn bread verse starts off warbly, but he delivers it beautifully, tellingly, knowingly. "Never get yo cornbread made | sleeping in the evening shade". He sings the break, but he's not particularly audible. Same with the next verse: "Lazy bones | talkin' in the shade | how you spect to make a dime that way? | Never make a dime that way" - old, tired Jerry is great on those lines.

! song: "Positively 4th Street" (s2t07): 2/23/80, then 3/1/91, 4/18/93, 4/24/93, 1/13/95. Jerry had to reach up to the top shelf to grab Dylan's snide and splenetic rant - I hadn't been aware when it started that it had become such a rarity. He'd try it again on March 4 and April 15, 1995 - I'd like to check those out. Positively 4th Street is one of those that Garcia loved and never gave up on - Tough Mama being a 70s Dylan analog.

! P: s2t07 4th Street: As Chris Ladner notes, this was a breakout after almost two years, and the hometown crowd knows it. It's a little off between guitar and vocals out of the gate, he has just started with some random verse as far as I can tell - very late Dylanesque! The combination of him just singing scraps and the vocals low in the mix --not unrelated-- makes it hard to hear the lyrics, but whatevs. This feels like bonus time with ol' Jer. Flubs next attempt at a verse, late 2. He remembers a lot more of the words than I would.