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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Casey Jones Used Cocaine: LN19790613 Reconstruction River Theater Guerneville CA

On Wednesday, June 13, 1979, Reconstruction appears to have played the River Theater in Guerneville, CA. As far as I know this gig is only known because of a surviving audience recording made by Alan Bershaw. It is catalogued at etree as shnid 96235.

Listening notes below.

River Theater
16135 Main Street
Guerneville, CA 95446-8301
June 13, 1979 (Wednesday)
GEMS aud shnid-96235

--presumed complete set (7 tracks, 74:15)--
t01. dead silence [0:07] (1) [0:51] I'll Take A Melody [11:16] [0:13] % [0:10]
t02. [0:05] Fast Tone [18:17] [0:14] % [0:05]
t03. The Jealous Kind [4:40]
t04. [0:04] That's What Love Will Make You Do// [13:#13]
t05. Lyinda [13:02] [0:15]
t06. What You Won't Do For Love [5:56] (2)
t07. Dear Prudence [9:23] [0:27]

! Band: Reconstruction
! lineup: Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals;  
! lineup: John Kahn - bass;
! lineup: Merl Saunders - keyboards, vocals;
! lineup: Ed Neumeister - trombone;
! lineup: Ron Stallings - tenor saxophone, vocals;
! lineup: Gaylord Birch - drums.

! 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.

! band: Reconstruction #1

! TJS:

! db: shnid-96235 (this fileset)

! venue:

! map:,+CA+95446-8301&num=100&client=firefox-a&hnear=16135+Main+St,+Guerneville,+California+95446&gl=us&t=h&z=16


! R: field recordist: Alan Bershaw

! R: field recording equipment: Nakamachi 300 w/CP3 caps > unknown cassette deck

! R: subsequent analog: 1st gen reel @ 7.5ips > 2nd gen reel @ 7.5ips

! R: transfer: 2nd geen reel > DAT > CDR

! R: "from the Jjoops Tupperware of Treasures..."

! R: seeder notes: - Edited and Mastered by Jamie Waddell on the GEMS Edit Station - Sound = C+ - No setlist of this show circulated really except from this CDR cource, no less a copy in some of the more trusted vaults - This is the first PROOF this show happened and contains the first verson of the skanky Merle tune "The Jealous Kind"..ya gotta love it! - This is a complete remastering.  What i had, had issues. I took about three months to get to this happy medium between quality and an overprocessed feel. - Most songs cut in or out - Thanks Jjoops for the source and where is Alan Bershaw?  Anyone?"

! setlist: this sounds like the complete set to me.

! historical: We might think a one-off Wednesday night billing seems a little odd, but it seems to have happened a fair amount during Reconstruction's 9-month run (January 30, 1979 through September 22, 1979, by current reckoning). This is about "as off the beaten path" Garcia could be in 1979 and still be performing with others before an audience.

! R: GEMS did a great job with this tape. C+ sound rating is too harsh. It ain't hi-fi, but it ain't horrible. Recording may be a bit fast. Jerry's vocals sound a little high on ITAM and Dear Prudence.

! d1t01 (1) when recording enters @ 0:08, you hear a request for Casey Jones. @ 0:15, emcee requests a "nice round of applause for Casey Jones." @ 0:32, audience member notes astutely that "Casey Jones used cocaine." All right, then.

! R: t01 some tape warble

! setlist: t02 was listed as "Another Star", but it is "Fast Tone"

! P: t02 great bass and drums interlude @ track 16:19-17:23

! S: t03 This is understood as the public debut of "The Jealous Kind"

! R: t04 TWLWMYD cuts out not long before the end

! P: t05 Lyinda is the best song here, IMO

! R: t06 possible  spice @ 1:28 WYWDFL

! P: t06 (2) Some stage introductions (Neumeister, Stallings, Saunders) in the energy after "What You Won't Do For Love," and Jerry sounds like he and John want to force the pace into Dear Prudence before they can announce him!

! P: d1t07 DP JG is tearing it up reasonably well in 7-min mark

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