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Monday, October 19, 2020

These sets aren't getting any longer: JGB #21a at the Beverly Theatre, October 1, 1983

One of the things that I expect will become possible at some point is to get some relatively valid data on set times across the years. One of the reasons I try to be so precise with my timing notations is that I am going to want to train a machine to parse song, set and show timings from my listening notes. The data will still be noisy and need cleaning, but the basic idea is solid.

Case in point, two ca. 50 minute sets on October 1, 1983 in John Kahn's old 'hood. Nothing offensive, but we are definitely sliding down toward the Minelli Line of 45 minutes. We are on the road to Rock Bottom. It'll be a pretty timeseries graph at some point. In my mind, this also connects to the fact that, as I only recently came to understand, this show, and the shows around it, were makeups for the shows canceled in August, a month which laid Jerry low more than once.

Deadbase said that the August shows were canceled because Jerry had an infected foot. I know from photographic evidence that he was suffering from edema a year later, and by this point edema, or sores, or goodness-knows-what could have been possible. But, heck, maybe he stubbed his toe or stepped on a tack while doing his calesthenics - what do I know? Anyway, him canceling August shows for health reasons definitely holds historical resonance, and then seeing the makeup gigs clocking in a little short -- not the only time Beverly Hills would experience this -- all feels narratively consistent.

A few other quickies while I have the table in front of me. First, some of those August dates are a little sketchy to me. The ads and listings and such were a little all over the map. Check 'em out at Jerrybase if you are so inclined. Second, same goes with 10/4/83. I am not sure about it. Third, more San Diego cancellations. That down was filthy with 'em in the Garciaverse. Fourth, Palomino Station in Riverside strikes me, prima facie, as a potentially interesting dive bar. I don't know anything about it, but it screams downmarket to me. It ain't the Beverly, of that I feel pretty confident.

Anyway, 10/1/83 listening notes: I like the atmospheric aud pull by Joe Pinedo, very ambient and showing off the ragged seams of the pause button and 45 minute tape sides. The show is probably a little below average for the period, or maybe average The Cats is peppy, the Catfish John is awesome, and in TWLWMYD Kemper does some syncopated splashing that resets my pulse. Kemper plays very well throughout. There's no "Don't Let Go" or "Rhapsody In Red", which were pretty much necessary if not sufficient elements of a great '83 Jerry Band show, and the whole thing just never really goes BOOM. But YMMV.

Listening note after the jump.

p.s. Blogger sucks

Saturday, October 17, 2020

First JGB at the Keystone: October 11-12, 1975

The JERRY GARCIA Band

Prior to fall of 1975, Garcia's side bands had mostly a) been relatively loose aggregations and/or b) not had his name on the marquee. All of this preserved a kind of informal quality, maybe some plausible deniability, a little bit little less spotlight to go with his insatiable appetite for gigging. "More music [than the Dead afforded him the opportunity to play], less bullshit [than naturally went along with the Dead, and especially with being Jerry Garcia Of The Grateful Dead]" summarizes the Garcia On The Side formula.

Putting his name on the band may have been necessary to sell more tickets, but it implied some kind of ownership / leadership / responsibility, which can all be a hassle, and also killed any shot at anonymity. With the advent of the JGB, every regular band he would ever play in again would bear his name, with the sole exception of 1979's Reconstruction. Now, Garcia being Garcia, he attenuated his ownership by forming JGB as a DBA partnership with bassist and old pal John Kahn and drummer Ronnie Tutt, eschewed leadership by making piano man Nicky Hopkins talk to the audience, and presumably shirked as much "responsibility" as possible by, well, being Jerry.

The Jerry Garcia Band existed in many permutations from 1975-1995, but just about all of them played their first live gigs off the beaten path, on non-weekend nights, or both. JGB #1 established the pattern, debuting Thursday September 18, 1975 in Palo Alto, repeatedly playing tiny River City in Fairfax (including a Sunday and Thursday, as well as a Saturday), and hitting Crabshaw Corner in distant Sacramento, and snagging one bigger payday at a local community college on Friday, October 10th before a Saturday-Sunday debut at homebase, Fred Herrera's Keystone Berkeley. It wasn't big, official capacity of 476, but the audience was the core one that'd keep Garcia in Camels for almost another decade. JGB would play Keystone Berkeley 100 times, according to Jerrybase, which through m0thra's programming wizardry now lets you create a short URL for this kind of search result. (As currently configured, we cannot filter out cancellations. So there are 106 results, and I hand-counted six cancellations. A nice, perfect, pleasing, round 100 results.)


Personnel

This being JGB #1, Nicky Hopkins forms a special point of focus, but of additional interest about October 11-12, 1975 (about which Corry has written) is the presence of a second keyboard player, with Muscle Shoals session man Tim Henson on electric. Henson had already broken in on October 8th for two shows [early | late] in Santa Cruz and played another show on the 9th in Fairfax, skipping Friday the 10th for reasons unknown, so these Berkeley gigs represent his fourth and fifth (and, it seems final) appearances with the Garcia Band, ending what Selvin referred to as a tryout. At times he produces organ sounds, I think I also hear some synth (10/11/75 "No Time", about 1:30 in), but others with better ears should weigh in. Further information is patchy (see herehere, and here for some), but I think Henson would return to Alabama before either ending his own life or being murdered on Christmas Eve, 1977.

A second guest shows up a Saturday night, a guitarist whom Nicky introduces as Mike Godman. I can't really hear him distinctly, and it's possible I am not hearing him at all, as the electric keys deliver a range of sounds. And we can't even be sure that Mike Godman is his name, recalling that Nicky misnamed Tim as "Hensley". I have worked my Google-fu around various permutations of Mikes and Michaels with a variety of proximate family names such as Godwin, Goodwin, Goodman, but I have come up completely dry.

So, on these guests, two request of my faithful readers.

1. Can you please tell me what Tim Henson is playing? Is there electric piano, organ and synth?
2. If you learn anything about Mike Godman, please post in comments.

Randomalia

The band noodles around a few interesting nuggets, such as "Teddy Bear's Picnic" and "Waltzing Matilda".

Introducing "Crazy Arms" on the first night, Nicky credits some of his boogie-woogie piano influences: Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis, and Pete Johnson. I am not sure who "Big Macie" might be.

"Edward" is an awesome tune. It would stretch out more over the next few months, and often segue into "Let's Spend The Night Together", but here it stands alone as the show-closer.

Nicky is slurring some here, though not as much as he would in November and December. I have noted that the Garcia Band contract rider included a pint of Cuervo Especial dark tequila in this timeframe, snarking that it probably lasted him through soundcheck.


Nicky is a stone-cold piano virtuoso, laying down golden licks all weekend. His composition "Pig's Boogie", written for his orange tabby and which on 10/11 features some awesome boogy bass walking by John Kahn, is a keeper, as is the solo instrumental ballad "Lady Sleeps". His other original, "No Time", suffers from Hopkins's vocal limitations and maudlin lyrics, which nevertheless combine to affect me, actually. Nicky was enduring a difficult period here - not only with his overall health and his heavy drinking and drugging, but also financially. His record label (Mercury) was hassling him, something which he mentions from stage with JGB at Concord Pavilion on October 17, 1975, and perhaps not unrelated, the night before this Saturday gig, on Friday October 10th, he and Dolly went into default on their Mill Valley home. So hearing the man earnestly sing these lyrics (credited to Dolly) with his fragile voice, in a kind of session man's lament, actually really works for me.

Lyrics: Dolly Hopkins
Music: Nicky Hopkins

Got no time to waste my life
Got no time to play the game
Life can be such a tragedy
And to you all players are the same

Got no time to live in dreams
That's all you've left me with it seems
Wasted too much time in doing things for you
I don't believe you know lies from truth

Now that it's gone
Just how long
Until I find
A place in life
Where I can find myself
And rest my weary mind

You know that music says it all
Some hasty climbers have to fall
In admiring greatness we can rise again
The world can't see its greatest man

Can't play alone
Been too long
Now I must find
Another key
To help me say the things I feel
And hope it helps someone to see

This time the band should get it on
We've played in shadows far too long
It's time for us to believe in what we do
If we want anyone else to

Consider every day as [bluest] day of life
Admiring greatness there's the chance to rise

Anyway, below the fold, you will find raw listening notes for several filesets, with lots more tiny bits and pieces.

LN jg1975-10-11.jgb.all.sbd-minches.31213.flac1644
LN jg1975-10-11.jgb.all.mtx-motb-0113.105413.flac1644
LN jg1975-10-12.jgb.all.aud-menke-falanga.7669.shn2flac
LN jg1975-10-12.jgb.s1-1.sbd-menke-smith.134658.flac1644

Friday, October 09, 2020

Imagine

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imagine_(John_Lennon_song)

Wiki says John Lennon's "Imagine" was released on October 11, 1971. Yet Garcia and Saunders played it on September 24, 1971. Corry has explained that release dates are a little fuzzy, but can someone narrate how Merl Jr. would have had the record to play some time before 9/24? (He says he was playing it in his room over and over, the guys heard it, liked it, and worked it up.)

Sunday, October 04, 2020

JGMF on Tales From the Golden Road

Dear readers, David Gans and Gary Lambert will be hosting yours truly on "Tales From the Golden Road" on the SiriusXM GD channel today at 5 PM eastern, to talk about the topics you know well from the site and, especially, Jerrybase! m0thra and I keep working the site, lots more features, new data, eye candy and more to come!

Call or email goldenroad@siriusxm.com or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/tftgr. Phone in live to 888-897-4748.

BTW, the partnership for the site was born in comments here, somewhere. I noted I didn't handy way to work with GOTS setlist data, LIA gently chastised me for not having gotten that shit together, m0thra volunteered to help, and the rest is history. If anyone can link me to that discussion, as the uhr moment for Jerrybase, I'd be grateful!

(Of course, it could have been at one of the other blogs, I dunno.)

update: here it is! I had said "I don't really have the data I'd need to map song debuts."
On April 18, LIA replies
Really? This is alarming. Being able to find when Garcia played songs seems like a basic necessity for Garcia scholars! But there currently seems no way to conveniently search this stuff online, short of looking through all the setlists. Someone needs to put together a song database for Garcia's repertoire.
I say I probably have the data for it, m0thra offers his services, which really are a form of white magic, and off we went.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Farewell to Ronnie at the Rainbow: JGB in Denver, November 19, 1981

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If Garcia's local gigs paid for his smokes and such, his east coast jaunts paid the big bills. In the book I will try to narrate coherently (ha!) that late 1981 through 1982 showed Garcia trying to straighten out his financial and business affairs (including a relatively local early 1982 "tax tour" that never really materialized). I have myself persuaded that the "Return of Ron Tutt" tour of late 1981, mostly in the eastern time zone before working back through Chi and Denver, forms part of this initiative. Even at this late date, Garcia, Kahn and Tutt (dba Jerry Garcia Band) faced tax liens and unpaid bills, and an out-of-town run could have provided what for to reconcile everything. Ronnie also worked on Run for the Roses, and though I don't have much precise session information for that record this presumably also involved him getting paid.

These out-of-town tours fascinate me, not least because they often give the lie to the art-commerce tradeoff, with some great music accompanying the ever-expanding paydays as the years went on. I should compile my various tour posts and bring together some summary judgment on the progression of things, but that might have to wait for actual time to write. I know I have said some explicit stuff about the 11/74, 4/75, 11-12/77, 2/80, and 11-12/83 tours. Just gotta poke around, and all that.

The fall '81 tour is not one I have any inside information about on the commerce side, though I estimate that JGB #14b's swan song, this tour of 19 gigs in 20 nights, grossed about a half million dollars. 

I have written a fair number of listening reports, often connecting to Ron Tutt and sometimes to Pete Rowan:

There are some monster performances here, especially, it seems to me, on the back end. Chicago on 11/17/81 has such a long second set (almost 90 minutes) that it was long thought to be a complete late show (i.e., separately ticketed). The windy citizens certainly got their money's worth that night. And the gig in question is another big one, though not as big as we used to think. Forever and ever, 11/19/81 at the Rainbow in Denver was thought to have been one of the only three-set Jerry Band shows (maybe 12/31/75 is the only one that actually happened?). But, as I have long suspected, and can now demonstrate, it was actually an early show and a two-set late show. The smoking gun comes from Mike Cutler, who sent along scans of his ticket stubs, which I reproduce below.

Regardless, this is a kickass show. I *really* wish I could listen blind to stuff, because I worry that knowing it's his last gig leads me to hear Ronnie Tutt playing as well as he ever had with Jerry. About six minutes into the early show-closing "Deal", the band opens the song up in a way I don't really recall hearing before. (Maybe it was always like that in this period, and I haven't noticed or have forgotten.) Things get really spacious and open, I hear Ronnie doing some very inventive stuff, almost like he and Garcia are duetting for awhile. This piece is very worth your ear time. I note Tutt specifically again in the late show's opening set versions of "I'll Take A Melody" ("Tutt is playing so well ... incredible 10:30 ish - so inventive!") and "Harder They Come" ("Ronnie sounds great ... Tutt is on fire!"). During "Dixie Down", toward the end of the show, Tutt spends some time playing a march which is just about the perfect Civil War beat. All it needs is a little fife for color. Again, I don't recall ever having heard him do this.

Garcia sounds great too, in good voice, working carefully with his lyrics, and playing that incendiary 1981 guitar of his. Like so many others from '81, Ronnie's farewell at the Rainbow will reward whatever ear-time you can give it.

Jerry Garcia Band
Rainbow Music Hall
6358 East Evans Avenue
Denver, CO 80222
November 19, 1981 (Thursday) - early (7:30 PM) and late (10:30 PM) shows
aud vamarty shnid-25792 shn2flac rename

Mike Cutler's ticket stub from JGB 11/19/81 early show
Mike Cutler's ticket stub from JGB 11/19/81 early show

--early show (7 tracks, 59:55)--
e-t01. Sugaree [10:01] [0:02] %
e-t02. [0:04] I Second That Emotion [9:36] [0:02] %
e-t03. That's What Love Will Make You Do [7:49] %
e-t04. Simple Twist Of Fate [13:35] %
e-t05. [0:07] /Sitting In Limbo/ [#10:12#] %
e-t06. /Deal [#8:33] (1)

--late show, set I (6 tracks, 55:26)--
l-s1-t01. //TWYDTTYD [#6:42] [0:05] %
l-s1-t02. [0:31] ITAM [12:44] [0:06]
l-s1-t03. [0:04] % [0:18] (I'm A) Roadrunner [5:50] [0:08] %
l-s1-t04. [0:10] Valerie [6:41] [0:02] %
l-s1-t05. /Mississippi Moon [#11:05] [0:04] %
l-s1-t06. Harder They Come [10:55] (2) [0:05]

Mike Cutler's ticket stub from JGB 11/19/81 late show

--late show, set II (4 tracks, 39:03)--
l-s2-t01. [0:25] Mission In The Rain [8:57] [0:02] %
l-s2-t02. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down [8:01] ->
l-s2-t03. Dear Prudence [11:04] ->
l-s2-t04. Tangled Up In Blue [10:29] (3) [0:05]

! ACT1: Jerry Garcia Band #14b
! lineup: Jerry Garcia - el-g, vocals;
! lineup: John Kahn - el-b;
! lineup: Jimmy Warren - electric keyboards;
! lineup: Melvin Seals - organ;
! lineup: Ron Tutt - drums;
! lineup: Julie Stafford - vocals;
! lineup: Liz Stires - vocals.

JGMF:

! Recording: symbols: % = recording discontinuity; / = clipped song; // = cut song; ... = fade in/out; # = truncated timing; [x:xx] = 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.

! Jerrybase: https://jerrybase.com/events/19811119-01 (early) and https://jerrybase.com/events/19811119-02 (late).

! db: https://etreedb.org/shn/25792 (this fileset); https://etreedb.org/shn/116909 (early-p, late-p, flac1644).

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

! JGBP: URL http://jerrygarciasbrokendownpalaces.blogspot.com/2012/10/rainbow-music-hall-east-evans-avenue.html

! preview: "Jerry Garcia Band to appear at Denver's Rainbow Music Hall Nov. 19," Gazette-Telegraph (Colorado Springs, CO), November 6, 1981, p. 8E

! caption: Gazette-Telegraph (Colorado Springs, CO), November 13, 1981, p. 10E

! personnel: Jerry's last live performance with Ronnie Tutt.

! metadata: this traveled forever as a single three-set show. But Mike Cutler's ticket stubs confirm a single early set and a two-set late show.

! setlist: The setlist still has some fuzziness. First, old lists long included a TLEO between Sugaree and ISTE in the early show. It fits pretty plausibly there, but Cutler didn't remember it there and it is not on the tape. Unless more tape shows up, it's hard to know. We no longer list it at Jerrybase. Second, Mike and friends recalled the late show as two five-song sets, with ITAM not appearing second in set 1, but leading off set 2. Their notations on the back of the ticket stub had it in the former position, crossed out, and then in the latter position. We will leave it where it is on the tape (late show set 1, second song) and hope that another master comes forward to shed more light.

! R: unknown aud, shn2flac and rename by jgmf 9/5/2020. Not bad at all, all things considered. The drums sound amazing. A layer of his becomes more noticeable to me late 5, but maybe it was there and I just wasn't paying close attention. By STOF, the hiss is thick as SF summer fog.

! P: e-t04 TWLWMYD Tutt is killing here! bass feature 6:49ff

! R: e-t04 STOF drop @ 3:43

! P: e-t06 Deal interesting. It gets quiet late 6, Tutt does some amazing shit, and this version is really open here for a bit. Unusual!! It's like Jerry and Ronnie duetting, almost.

! e-t06 (1) JG: "Thanks a lot. See ya later."

! R: l-s1-t01 TWYDTTYD cuts in

! P: l-s1-t02 ITAM JG sounds good, committed to these lyrics late 3. God, Tutt is playing so well. Incredible 10:30 ish - so inventive!

! P: l-s1-t04 Valerie very slowly paced for this tune early in its tenure. Love it!

! R: l-s1-t05 Miss Moon clips in

! P: l-s1-t06 HTC man oh man, Ronnie sounds great, Jerry sounds great here in the 3 minute mark. Tutt is on fire! Tempo seems to pick it up even further 5:20ish.

! l-s1-t06 (2) JG: "Thanks. We're gonna take a break for a little while. We'll be back in a litle bit."

! l-s2-t01 MITR Garcia is noodling something spookily interesting before MITR

! P: l-s2-t02 TNTDODD Tutt is doing some march beats in 5:30 that are so perfect for the civil war! I don't remember ever hearing him do this.

! P: l-s2-t04 TUIB Garcia on fire 9, crowd appreciative.

! l-s2-t04 (3) JG: "Thanks a lot. See ya later."

Monday, September 07, 2020

Garcia Undercover

If you have Spotify, someone has done what I have considered doing, and surely better than I could have - compiled a whole bunch of the original and other versions of tunes that Garcia covered.

Spotify - Garcia Undercover

Looking forward to checking this out!

Saturday, September 05, 2020

The New Alphabet: ABCD GD

Here is a list of the Betty/Rex Grateful Dead recordings gathered together and returned to the Grateful Dead Vault in November 2016 by the ABCD group.

1971 – 35 REELS*- 1 REEL 10-19-71; + 1 REEL 12-2-71*= 35 REELS DELIVERED*

 

• 02-18-71 Portchester NY, 2 x 7” REELS ¼ trk 7.5ips Complete

• 02-19-71 Portchester NY, 2 x 7” REELS ¼ trk 7.5ips Complete

• 02-20-71 Portchester NY, 2 x 7” REELS ¼ trk 7.5ips Complete

• 02-21-71 Portchester NY, 2 x 7” REELS ¼ trk 7.5ips Complete

• 02-23-71 Portchester NY, 2 x 7” REELS ¼ trk 7.5ips Complete

• 02-24-71 Portchester NY, 2 x 7” REELS ¼ trk 7.5ips Complete

• 04-05-71 NYC, 3 x 7” REELS ¼ trk 7.5ips Complete

• 04-06-71 NYC, 2 x 7” REELS ¼ trk 7.5ips Complete

• 04-07-71 Boston MA, 1 x 7” REEL ¼ trk 7.5ips Reel #2

• 04-08-71 Boston MA, 2 x 7” REELS ¼ trk 7.5ips Complete

• *10-19-71 Minneapolis MN, 1 x 7” REEL 1/2trk 7.5ips Reel #2 = *MISSING -1 REEL ON ORIGINAL INVENTORY*

• 11-15-71 Austin TX, 2 x 10” REELS 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 11-17-71 Albuquerque NM, 2 x 10” REELS 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

12-2-71 Boston MA, 1 x 10" REEL = + 1 REEL NOT ON ORIGINAL INVENTORY*

• 12-04-71 NYC, 1 X 10” REEL 1/2trk 7.5ips Reel #1

• 12-06-71 NYC, 3 X 10” REELS 1/2trk 7.5 ips Complete

• 12-07-71 NYC, 1 X 10” REEL 1/2trk 7.5ips Reel #2

• 12-10-71 St. Louis, MO, 1 x 10” REEL 1/2trk 7.5ips Reel #1

• 12-14-71 Ann Arbor MI, 2 x 10” REELS 1/2 trk 7.5ips Complete

• 12-15-71 Ann Arbor MI, 1 x 7” REEL ¼ trk 7.5ips Reel #1

• 12-15-71 Ann Arbor MI, 1 x 10” REEL ¼ trk 7.5ips Set #2

 
1972 – 47 REELS *+ 1 REEL 4-8-72; - 1 REEL 4-14-72; -1 REEL 4-16-72; + 1 REEL 8-25-72; + 1 REEL 9-9-72 = 48 REELS DELIVERED*

 

• 03-21-72 NYC, 3 x 10” REELS 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 03-22-72 NYC, 3 x 10” REELS 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 03-23-72 NYC, 3 x 10” REELS 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 03-25-72 NYC, 3 x 10” REELS 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 03-26-72 NYC, 3 x 10” REELS 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 03-27-72 NYC, 3 x 10” REELS 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 03-28-72 NYC, 3 x 10” REELS 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• *04-08-72 London UK, 2 x 10” REELS 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete =*+1 REEL NOT ON ORIGINAL INVENTORY*

• 04-11-72 New Castle UK, 1 x 10” REEL 1/2trk 7.5ips Reel #3

• *04-14-72 Tivoli DK, 2 x 10” REELS 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete * = MISSING -1 REEL ON ORIGINAL INVENTORY*

• *04-16-72 Tivoli DK, 2 x 10” REELS 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete * = MISSING -1 REEL ON ORIGINAL INVENTORY*

• 04-17-72 Tivoli DK, 3 x 10” REELS 1/2trk 7.5ips Reels #1, #2, #3

• 05-03-72 Paris FN, 3 x 10” REELS 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 05-04-72 Paris FR, 1 x 10” REEL 1/2trk 7.5ips Reel #2

• 05-07-72 Bickershaw Fest UK, 2 x 10” REELS 1/2trk 7.5ips Reels #1, #2

• 05-24-72 London UK, 1 x 10” REEL 1/2trk 7.5ips Reel #2

• 05-25-72 London UK, 2 x 10” REELS 1/2trk 7.5ips Reels #1, #3

• 08-21-72 Berkeley CA, 1 x 10” REEL 1/2trk 7.5ips Reel #2

• 08-22-72 Berkeley CA, 2 x 10” REELS 1/2trk 7.5ips Reels #1, #2

• *08-25-72 Berkeley CA, 2 x 10” REELS 1/2trk 7.5ips Reels #1, #2 * = + 1 REEL NOT ON INVENTORY*

• 08-27-72 Veneta OR, 2 x 10” REELS 1/2trk 7.5ips Reels #1, #2

09-9-72 Hollywood CA 1 x 10" REEL = + 1 REEL NOT ON INVENTORY*

 

1973 - 35 REELS

 

• 03-15-73 Uniondale NY, 1 x 10” REEL 1/2trk 7.5ips Reel #3

• 03-16-73 Uniondale NY, 2 x 10” REELS 1/2trk 7.5ips Reels #1, #3

• 03-21-73 Utica NY, 3 x 10” REELS 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 03-22-73 Utica NY, 2 x 10” REELS 1/2trk 7.5ips Reels #1, #3

• 03-24-73 Philadelphia PA, 2 x 10” REELS 1/2trk 7.5ips Reels #2, #3

• 03-28-73 Springfield MA, 1 x 10” REEL 1/2trk 7.5ips Reel #3

• 03-30-73 Rochester NY, 1 x 10” REEL 1/2trk 7.5ips Reel #2

• 03-31-73 Buffalo NY, 1 x 10” REEL 1/2trk 7.5ips Reel #2

• 04-02-73 Boston MA, 3 x 10” REELS 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 05-26-73 Kezar Stadium SF CA, 6 x 7” REELS 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 06-22-73 Vancouver BC, 5 x 10” REELS 1/2trk 15ips Reels #1, #2, #3, #4, #5

• 06-24-73 Coliseum, Portland OR, 4 X10” REELS 1/2trk 15ips Reels #1, #3, #4, #5

• 07-01-73 Universal Amphitheater, LA CA, 4 x 10” REELS 1/2trk 15ips Complete

 

1975 – 5 REELS

 

• 06-17-75 SF CA, 5 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 15ips Complete

 

1976 - 57 REELS

 

• 06-10-76 Boston MA, 5 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• *06-11-76 Boston MA, 5 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete *= + 1 REEL NOT ON ORIGINAL INVENTORY*

• 06-14-76 NYC, 5 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 06-15-76 NYC, 5 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 06-17-76 Passaic NJ, 5 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 06-18-76 Passaic NJ, 5 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 06-19-76 Passaic NJ, 5 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 06-21-76 Philadelphia PA, 5 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 06-22-76 Philadelphia PA, 5 X 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 06-23-76 Philadelphia PA, 1 x 7” REEL Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Reel #1

• 06-26-76 Chicago IL, 5 X 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 06-28-76 Chicago IL, 1 X 7” REEL Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Reel #2

• 06-29-76 Chicago IL, 5 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

 

1977 - 75 REELS

 

• 02-26-77 San Bernandino CA, 5 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 02-27-77 Santa Barbara CA, 1 x 7” REEL Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Reel #4

• 05-05-77 New Haven CT, 5 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 05-07-77 Boston MA, 5 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 05-08-77 Ithaca NY, 5 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 05-09-77 Buffalo NY, 4 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 09-03-77 Raceway Park, Englishtown NJ, 9 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 15 ips

• 09-28-77 Seattle WA, 3 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 09-29-77 Seattle WA, 4 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 10-01-77 Portland OR, 4 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 10-02-77 Portland OR, 5 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 10-28-77 Kansas City KS, 5 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 10-29-77 DeKalb IL, 5 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 10-30-77 Bloomington IN, 4 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 11-01-77 Detroit MI, 4 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 11-04-77 Hamilton NY, 1 x 7” REEL Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Reel #4

• 11-05-77 Rochester NY, 1 x 7” REEL Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Reel #5

• 11-06-77 Binghampton NY, 5 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

 

1978 - 85 REELS * = + 1 REEL 1-10-78 = 86 REELS DELIVERED*

 

• 01-06-78 Swing Aud, San Bernadino CA, 4 x 7” REELS 1/2 trk 7.5ips Nagra Complete

• *01-10-78 Shrine Aud, LA CA, 4 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2 trk 7.5ips Complete *+1 REEL NOT ON ORIGINAL INVENTORY*

• 01-22-78 McArthur Court, Eugene OR, 5 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2 trk 7.5ips Complete

• 04-06-78 Tampa FL, 4 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 04-07-78 Hollywood FL, 5 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 04-08-78 Jacksonville FL, 5 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 04-10-78 Atlanta GA, 4 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 04-11-78 Atlanta GA, 5 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 04-12-78 Durham NC, 5 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 04-14-78 Blacksburg VA, 5 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 04-15-78 Williamsburg VA, 4 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 04-16-78 Wheeling WV, 4 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 06-04-78 Santa Barbara CA, 2 x 10” REELS Nagra 1/2 trk 15ips Reels #3, #4

• 10-18-78 SF CA, 5 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 10-20-78 SF CA, 5 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 10-21-78 SF CA, 6 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6

• 10-22-78 SF CA, 7 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Complete

• 12-31-78 SF CA, 6 x 10” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 15ips Complete

 

1979 - 11 REELS

 

• 02-17-79 Oakland CA, 9 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2 trk15ips Complete

• 04-22-79 San Jose CA, 2 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 15ips Reel #7,#8

 
1980 - 11 REELS

 

• 09-27-80 SF CA, 2 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Acoustic

• 10-04-80 SF CA, 2 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Acoustic

• 10-06-80 SF CA, 2 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Acoustic

• 10-09-80 SF CA, 2 x 7” REELS Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Acoustic

• 10-10-80 SF CA, 1 x 7” REEL Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Acoustic

• 10-11-80 SF CA, 1 x 7” REEL Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Acoustic

• 10-13-80 SF CA, 1 x 7” REEL Nagra 1/2trk 7.5ips Acoustic

 

CASSETTES

 

1. 10/25/69 Winterland = 1 *MISSING = - 1 CASSETTE*

2. 2/24/71 Capital Theater = 1

3. 4/1172 Newcastle = 3

4. 4/14/72 Tivoli = 3

5. 4/16/72 Aharus = 3

6. 4/17/72 Tivoli = 3

7. 4/21/72 Bremen = 2

8. 4/24/72 Frankfurt = 3

9. 4/26/72 Hamburg = 3

4/29/72 Hamburg *= +3 CASSETTES NOT ON ORIGINAL INVENTORY*

10. 5/7/72 Wigan = 2 [*NOTE – LABELED AS 5/4/72*]

11. 5/11/72 Rotterdam = 1

12. 5/26/72 London = 1

13. 0/00/76 Studio = 1 *MISSING = - 1 CASSETTE*

14. 5/9/76 Rehearsal = 1

15. 6/11/76 Boston = 3

16. 7/18/76 Orpheum = 1

17. 12/31/76 Cow Palace = 2

18. 0/00/77 Studio = 1 [*NOTE LABELED “21APR”*]

19. 3/18/77 Winterland = 2

20. 3/19/77 Winterland = 3 *= +1 CASSETTE = TOTAL 4 CASSETTES FOR 3-19-77*

21. 3/20/77 Winterland = 3

4/23/77 Springfield *= +1 CASSETTE NOT ON ORIGINAL INVENTORY*

22. 5/19/77 Atlanta = 3

23. 6/7/77 Winterland = 3

24. 6/8/77 Winterland = 3* = - 1 CASSETTE = TOTAL 2 CASSETTES FOR 6-8-77*

25. 6/9/77 Winterland = 3 * = - 1 CASSETTE = TOTAL 2 CASSETTES FOR 6-9-77*

26. 10/6/77 Tempe = 2 [*NOTE TAPE 2 MISLABELED AS 10-2-77*]

27. 10/9/77 Denver = 2

28. 10/11/77 Norman = 2

29. 10/12/77 Austin = 2

30. 10/14/77 Houston = 2

31. 10/15/77 Dallas = 2

32. 12/30/77 Winterland = 1

33. 1/6/78 San Bernardino = 2

34. 1/7/78 San Diego = 2

35. 1/8/78 San Diego = 2

36. 1/10/78 Shrine = 2

37. 1/14/78 Bakersfield = 2

38. 1/17/78 Sacramento = 1

39. 1/31/78 Chicago = 2

40. 4/6/78 Tampa = 3

41. 4/10/78 Atlanta = 2

42. 4/11/78 Atlanta = 3

43. 4/12/78 Duke = 3

44. 4/14/78 Virginia Poly = 3

45. 4/15/78 Williamsburg = 1

46. 4/19/78 Columbus = 3

47. 4/21/78 Lexington = 2

48. 4/22/78 Nashville = 1 * = + 1 CASSETTE = TOTAL 2 CASSETTES FOR 4-22-78*

49. 5/9//78 Syracuse = 2

50. 5/13/78 Philly = 2

6/3/78 Santa Barbara Sound Check *= +1 CASSETTE NOT ON ORIGINAL INVENTORY* 51. 6/4/78 Santa Barbara = 2

52. 7/31/78 Studio = 1

53. 8/25/78 Studio = 1

54. 9/2/78 Giants Stadium = 2 *= + 1 CASSETTE = TOTAL 3 CASSETTES FOR 9-2-78*

55. 9/16/78 Egypt = 1

56. 10/17/78 Winterland = 3

57. 10/20/78 Winterland = 3

58. 10/21/78 Winterland = 2

59. *10/22/78 Winterland = 3 * = + 1 CASSETTE = TOTAL 4 CASSETTES FOR 10-22-78*

60. 10/22/78 Studio = 1

61. 12/17/78 Atlanta = 2

62. 12/21/78 Houston = 2

63. 12/31/78 Winterland = 1

64. 2/17/79 Oakland = 3

65. 6/21/79 Studio = 1

66. 6/28/79 Sacramento = 3

67. *8/4/79 Oakland = 2 *= + 2 CASSETTES = TOTAL 4 CASSETTES FOR 8-4-79*

68. 8/5/79 Oakland = 2

69. 10/18/79 Studio = 1

70. 11/23/79 San Diego = 2

71. 11/24/79 San Diego = 1

72. 11/25/79 UCLA = 1

73. *12/8/79 Studio = 1 * = + 1 CASSETTE = 2 TOTAL FOR 12-8-79*

74. *12/26/79 Oakland = 2 * = + 1 CASSETTE = TOTAL 2 CASSETTES FOR 12-26-79*

75. 12/27/79 Oakland = 1

76. 12/28/79 Oakland = 3

77. *12/30/79 Oakland = 1 * = +1 CASSETTE = TOTAL 2 CASSETTES FOR 12-30-79*

78. 12/31/79 Oakland = 3

79. 0/00/80 Studio = 1

80. 1/24/80 Studio = 1

81. 2/00/80 Studio = 1

82. 9/25/80 Warfield = 1

83. 10/9/80 Warfield = 3 [NOTE *LABELED AS 10-7-80*]

84. 10/13/80 Warfield = 3

85. 10/14/80 Warfield = 4

86. *10/31/80 Radio City = 3 *= - 3 CASSETTES MISSING*

87. 5/6/81 Nassau = 1


Saturday, August 22, 2020

Feel Your Oats, and Race Back to Eat Them: JGB opening for Frank Zappa, UIC Pavilion, University of Illinois Chicago, August 18, 1984

Last night of the August '84 tour, which was really strong, amazingly strong given the shape Garcia was in. Here JGB opens for Frank Zappa. Not much to write home about, except, on the theme of "oats". 1) Garcia is feeling them in the big guitar tunes CUTS, GOOMLW and Deal. Man - hot-hot-hot stuff, early and often in these tunes. 2) Like a horse racing back to the barn, Garcia sprints the band through the Midnight Moonlight at a really embarrassingly fast tempo. Kemper must have been sore for days trying to keep up.

Jerry Garcia Band
UIC Pavilion, University of Illinois-Chicago
1140 W. Harrison Street
Chicago, IL
August 18, 1984 (Saturday) - 7 PM
Hessberg MAC flac2496 shnid-148835

--main set + encore (7 tracks, 63:23)--
--main set (6 tracks, 53:28-0:55)--
t01. - ... Cats Under The Stars [#7:06] -8:12
t02. Get Out Of My Life Woman [11:00] [0:15]
t03. I'll Take A Melody [13:47] ->
t04. Run For The Roses [5:20] [0:01] % [0:07]
t05. Gomorrah [6:10] [0:14]
t06. Midnight Moonlight [7:29] (1) [0:09] % pre-encore [0:55]
--encore (1 track, 0:55+9:54)--
t07. Deal [9:45] (1) [0:09]

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

JGMF:

! Recording: symbols: % = recording discontinuity; / = clipped song; // = cut song; ... = fade in/out; # = truncated timing; [x:xx] = 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.

! Jerrybase: URL https://jerrybase.com/events/19840818-01

! db: https://etreedb.org/shn/8415 (O'Connell MAC shnf); https://etreedb.org/shn/22084 (Senn 421s shnf); https://etreedb.org/shn/148834 (this master, flac1644); https://etreedb.org/shn/148835 (this fileset). I am also aware of Nak 300 tapes pulled by David Doppelt and another by "Doug and Nancy" (the latter from the 3rd row), but it seems that neither of these has made the jump to lossless.

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

! JGBP: URL http://jerrygarciasbrokendownpalaces.blogspot.com/2012/12/uic-pavilion-university-of-illinois-525.html. This is a relatively rare example of the JGB playing a venue before the Dead would play it (April 9-10-11, 1987). I am surprised the Dead could still play a 10k seat arena in April 1987, but I guess that was just before "Touch Of Grey" hit it big.

! ad: Chicago Reader, unknown date

! listing: Chicago Tribune, August 12, 1984, p. 26

! review: [positive] Van Matre 1984

! expost: URL https://web.archive.org/web/20150910005323/http://home.online.no/~corneliu/picturedisc2.htm

! expost: Billboard, 9/22/1984, p. 53. Sellout @ 9,728 sold, $15, gross $145,920.

! R: historical: Last night of the August '84 tour which must have made a bundle. FZ recalled "we were the opening act and I didn't see any of his set." Van Matre says the opening / closing slots were determined by a coin flip, with Zappa headlining, and he got the imagery in a Chicago Reader ad. Van Matre likes both of the "aggressively unfashionable" acts, finding Garcia "capable of conjuring up a kind of sweet, stoned, meandering magic with his music that has lasting appeal".

! misc: Zappa setlist: Zoot Allures, More Trouble Every Day, Penguin In Bondage, Hot Plate Heaven At The Green Hotel, City Of Tiny Lights, You Are What You Is, Mudd Club, The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing, Dumb All Over, He's So Gay, Bobby Brown, Keep It Greasey, Honey Don't You Want A Man Like Me?, Carol You Fool, Chana In De Bushwop, Let's Move To Cleveland, Cosmik Debris, Sharleena, Ride My Face To Chicago, The Illinois Enema Bandit. via http://etreedb.org/lookup_show.php?shows_key=54581.

! R: field recordist: Michael Hessberg

! R: field recording gear: 2x Sennheiser ME-80 > Sony D5 (MAC)

! R: lineage: Nakamichi DR-1 playback > Tascam DA-3000 (DSF 1-bit/5.6 MHz) > dBpoweramp (24/96) > Adobe Audition CC 2019 > TLH flac2496.

! R: seeder notes: - Thanks to Michael Hessberg for the Master Cassette source - Thanks to Charlie Miller for the transfer and coordinating this effort - Thanks to Brian O'Connell for the shnid8415 Nakamichi 100 source which supplies the first 1:15 of "Cats Under The Stars", some crowd and the first few notes of "Gomorrah" (0:09 total), as well as some crowd and first few notes of "Midnight Moonlight" (0:15 total) - Thanks to Joe B. Jones for his assistance with the pitch correction. Mastered by Scott Clugston, December 2019.

! P: nice punchy tape

! R: t01 CUTS enters in progress, maybe 30 seconds missing

! P: t01 CUTS Garcia's first guitar turn late 2 already has some great fuzz. He had flubbed lyrics and sounded listless vocally, but here the guitar goes straight to the good stuff, no dicking around.

! P: t02 GOOMLW sounds so awesome!! The crowd appreciative 5 as Garcia does some percussive grungy stuff. More great playing late 8 over 9. Man, Garcia is feeling his oats here.

! P: t06 Mid Moon: I can nearly taste the oats from Garcia's feedbag as he gallops to the barn. Embarrassingly sped up.

! t06 (1) JG: "Thanks a lot. G'night."

! P: t07 Deal fucks up verse goes right to "hate to leave you sitting there composin' lonesome blues". It's a fine, if misplaced, sentiment. Notwithstanding this, Deal is very hot, as you would expect. Very hot.

! t07 (2) JG: "Thanks a lot."

What It Is All About: Jerry Band Monday at the Keystone, August 16, 1976

I love love love the mid-1976 versions of "After Midnight", with Donna seconding on "what it is all about". (Happy 73rd birthday to DJG the day of this post, BTW!) I also like the "Stop That Train"s from this era, both imprinted on my brain from some tape I played the hell out of. This show, Monday 8/16/76 at Keystone, is solid. Maria Muldaur harmonizes some in "Ride Mighty High", this now being her earliest known appearance with the Garcia Band (next known to me is 9/12/76).

I had thought of naming the post "Do Me A Favor? Open the Door and Let 'Em In", imaging McCartneyesque Jesus to Gabriel after 17 syrupy minutes of JGB "Knockin' On Heaven's Door". I have a rule, induced after listening to 3/12/76any version of ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’ exceeding 17 minutes in length is too long. But I didn't think that set the right tone for a post about a show which I enjoy, despite the serious issues with this particular warbling tape.



Jerry Garcia Band
Keystone
2119 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
August 16, 1976 (Monday)
sbd shnid-13041 shn2flac rename to sets

--set I (7 tracks, 86:09)--
s1t01. ambience [0:59], They Love Each Other [7:05] [0:21]
s1t02. [0:12] %% [0:12] After Midnight [14:00] [0:14]
s1t03. [3:50] Stop That Train [13:40] % [0:05]
s1t04. [0:05] Midnight // Moonlight [8:#06] [0:18]
s1t05. [1:32] How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) [9:09] [0:31]
s1t06. [0:50] Knockin' On Heaven's Door [17:45] [0:09] % dead air [0:10]
s1t07. The Way You Do The Things You Do [6:43] (1) [0:07]

--set II (5 tracks, 49:56)--
s2t01. //Mission In The Rain [#9:36] [0:03] %
s2t02. [0:30] He Ain't Give You None [11:51] [0:08] %
s2t03. [0:29] Tore Up Over You [11:20] [0:04] %
s2t04. Strange Man 6:58 [0:04] % [0:03]
s2t05. [0:14] Ride Mighty High :15-8:30 (xx)

! ACT1: Jerry Garcia Band #3
! lineup: Jerry Garcia - el-g, vocals;
! lineup: Keith Godchaux - piano, vocals;
! lineup: John Kahn - el-b;
! lineup: Ron Tutt - drums, vocals;
! lineup: Donna Godchaux - vocals;
! guest: Maria Muldaur - vocals (s2t05 only).

JGMF:

! Recording: 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.

! Jerrybase: https://jerrybase.com/events/19760816-02

! db: https://etreedb.org/shn/13041 (this fileset)

! map: https://goo.gl/maps/LDc43

! JGBP: http://jerrygarciasbrokendownpalaces.blogspot.com/2012/02/keystone-2119-university-avenue.html;

! venue: URL http://lostlivedead.blogspot.com/2010/12/2119-university-avenue-berkeley-ca.html; URL http://lostlivedead.blogspot.com/2011/01/jerry-garcia-and-keystone-shows.html.

! ad: SFSECDB19760808p39; SFSECDB19760815p43

! listing: SFSECDB19760815p07

! notes: JGB played Keystone Berkeley Wed 8/11, Mon 8/16 and Sat-Sun 8/21-22 - four shows in ten days, three of them on somewhat atypical nights. He was also at Elliot Mazer's studio working, I guess, on JGB tunes to sell to Arista, including "Ride Mighty High". Very long first set here.

! personnel: Maria Muldaur comes in and adds some "ride mighty high"s to the mix in the 6-minute range. As of 8/22/2020, this is her earliest known JGB sit-in, next one coming 9/12/76.

! R: SBD R/? > CDR > shn; shn2flac jgmf 8/2020.

! R: hissy, running fast, with lots and lots of warble, especially in KOHD, TWYDTTYD, & MITR (especially, especially the last one.

! R: I have flac files dated 10/17/2010, but don't have the original shns. So this was labeled as a .shnf folder, but I am changing it to a .shn2flac.

! P: s1t02 AM In the cassette days I had a tape of 7/9/76, I think, or maybe it was this show or 7/8/76, and I just love the AMs of this era. The vibe is just right, the way Donna adds her "what it is all about" refrain just smites me.

! R: s1t04 Mid Moon cut in Midnight Moonlight at 1:09

! P: s1t06 KOHD this version violates my red-line rule, first articulated in connection with 3/12/76, that "any version of ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’ exceeding 17 minutes in length is too long". And Jesus to Gabriel, pace Paul McCartney and Wings: "Do me a favor - open the door and let 'em in."

! s1t07 (1) JG: "We're gonna take a break for a little while. We'll be back a little bit later on."

! R: s2t01 MITR cuts in

! s2t01 at the wind-down of MITR, it sure sounds like Keith is noodling around with the chords of "Positively 4th Street", but maybe I am hearing things.

! P: s2t04 ASM very slow and gentle to start, but Donna really oversings as it develops.

! P: s2t05 RMH huge grand finish

! s2t05 (2) JG: "thanks a lot. We'll see y'all later on."

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Studio Sessions at Jerrybase

We have pushed a lot of new studio sessions (a subset of "private" musical activities" which also include rehearsals, private events, etc.) to Jerrybase. They appear in blue in your search results.

There is lots of info here that you didn't know. For example, take a look at 1978, and see a few jazz standards you may not have known were played in this period by Keith, Jerry and John in their little "hot jazz" combo thing. I am super proud of having gathered up this information, which sheds new light. It's dramatically incomplete, it mostly covers the 1970s, but most of it has not been systematically documented until now.

Thanks to the amazing m0thra for his generous time and programming skills in getting this stuff presented!

Sunday, August 02, 2020

I don't do a lot of Weir talk

But man, I do love this guy. We are such fortunate fans to have such smart and literate artists in our lives!

Quote from a recent interview about his songwriting, which I recommend. One bigger point, one smaller point.
I take the dream seriously. That’s all I can say. They’re very real. It’s not just brain chatter. There’s chatter involved in your daily thinking, that’s all. But you know how people say it’s just a dream, it’s just a dream. There is no such thing. Dreams are every bit as real as any other part of your body. 

Getting in touch with that, being in touch with that dream world, is a lifelong pursuit. As you’re younger, you can train yourself to get better at it as you get older. Not just for art, but for any sort of endeavor. There’s a lot that dreams can tell you.
Smaller point: He drew inspiration from Of Mice and Men in writing Jack Straw. Maybe you all knew that, but I did not.