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Thursday, April 21, 2011

'Yayyyyy, Jerry!'

LN jg1981-04-18.jgb.all-1.aud-jaret.107843.flac1644

Looks like I hear a mixed bag - HSII and CJ strong to start, but on STOF I call him zonked - "Sounds like he's learning how to sing on smack", and there are various clusterfucks. Little kid in the crowd gives a "Yayyyyy, Jerry!" as Our Hero steps up for "Let It Rock", but the band fails to rise to the occasion.

Jerry Garcia Band
Phoenix Theatre
201 Washington Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
April 18, 1981 (Saturday), 9 pm
all-1 Phil Jaret Minches xfer MAC shnid-107843

--set I (7 tracks, 64:33)--
s1t01. tuning [0:12]
s1t02. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) [7:24] %% [1:49]
s1t03. Catfish John [10:00] [0:03] % [0:36]
s1t04. Simple Twist Of Fate [15:02] % [0:03]
s1t05. Let It Rock [9:04] [0:06] %
s1t06. Sitting Here In Limbo [11:03] ->
s1t07. Tangled Up In Blue [10:01] (1) [0:08]

--set II (6 tracks, 59:17)--
s2t01. tuning [0:34]
s2t02. I'll Take A Melody [13:27] [0:02] % [0:16]
s2t03. That's What Love Will Make You Do [9:43] [0:04] %
s2t04. /Russian Lullaby [11:37] [0:03] %
s2t05. Dear Prudence [12:56] [0:03] ->
s2t06. Midnight Moonlight [10:18] [0:05] % [0:06]

[MISSING --encore-- The Harder They Come]

! ACT1: JGB #12b (1/27/81-6/1/81)
! lineup: Jerry Garcia: el-g, vocals;
! lineup: John Kahn: el-b;
! lineup: Daoud Shaw: drums;
! lineup: Jimmy Warren: keyboards (Fender Rhodes);
! lineup: Melvin Seals: keyboards (Hammond B3).

! 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.

! TJS:

! JGC:

! db: shnid 107843 (this source); shnid 93183 (same master, earlier transfer, deprecated except contains the encore, Harder They Come). Not sure why the later Minches transfer lacks that song.

! map:


! band: JGB #12b, this is the shortlived twin-keys-no-vocalists configuration, with Daoud Shaw drumming (one presumes). I have called this "the twin keys quintet." Earlier note: Garcia-Kahn-Seals-Warren-Shaw quintet version of the Jerry Garcia Band. A weird little period in this configuration, starting ca. 1/27/81 and ending ca. 6/1/81. After that, ca. 6/24/81, backing vocalists Essra Mohawk and Liz Stires come in.

! R: field recordist: Phil Jaret

! R: field recording equipment: JVC M-201 Stereo Microphone > Teac PC-10

! R: transfer and FLAC encoding by David Minches: Master played back on Nakamichi Dragon > Grace Lunatec V3 (24/96) > Digital Audio Labs Card Deluxe > Adobe Audition 3.0 > Ozone 4.0 > FLAC encoding, pitch correction by Joe B. Jones. This is the 16/44.1 version.

! R: s1t02 HSII @ 1:05 big level jump. A couple of tape discontinuities @ 7:41-7:59

! P: HSII: Jerry is fired up! Check out his singing in the "Open my eyes at night" (2nd) verse starting @ 1:37.

! P: CJ @ 5:25 Jerry just tears it up with some fast strumming to catch up to the one ... awesome!

! P: STOF is kind of a clusterfuck. Jerry is zonked, just cannot get the vocals together. Sounds like he's learning how to sing on smack. I know this doesn't seem consistent with the note above about HSII, but anyway.

! s1t04 STOF bass feature for about two minutes from 6:46ff.

! P: Jerry tried to end the song @ 14-min mark, but the drummer just keeps playing.

! Historical: Classic. At the start of Let It Rock you can hear a little kid, maybe 3-5 years old, yelling "Yayyyyy, Jerry!"

! P: s1t05 Let It Rock really isn't happening. This band is not clicking. Jerry comes in with some fanning @ 7:15, some nice fanning over key changes and running around a little. He is bringing it here, but the band overall is pretty uneven.

! R: s1t06 SHIL levels are very low.

! s1t07 (1) JG: "We're gonna take a short break. We'll be back in a few minutes."

! R: s2t02 ITAM levels up @ 3:42

! P: d2t02 ITAM nice fanning in 11:30 range

! P: d2t03 TWLWMYD love the guitar tone JG is getting in the 8-min range.

! R: d2t04 Russian Lullaby clips in

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