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Saturday, November 24, 2012

LN jg1975-04-05.lom.early.aud-CC.xxxxxx.flac2448

So, this show has not really circulated complete, unless it does and I missed it. Nice to hear the John Scher introduction intact. The first 60 minutes have never made the digital jump, as far as I know. There's a "Creepin'" here, which is conceptually interesting but practically, to my ears, not so much. We see some of the strengths and limitations of LOM on any given night here.

Legion of Mary
Capitol Theatre
426 Monroe Street
Passaic, NJ 07055

April 5, 1975 (Saturday), Early Show - 8 PM
91 min Closet Call aud (flac2448)

--Early Show (9 tracks, 91:10)--
t01. John Scher Introduction (1)
t02. Tore Up Over You [8:27] [0:02] %
t03. Creepin' [14:00] [0:02] %
t04. I Feel Like Dynamite [11:25] [0:04] %
t05. Mystery // Train [13:#25] %
t06. Every Word You Say [6:59] [0:03] %
t07. Mississippi Moon [8:23] [0:03] %
t08. I Second That Emotion [18:43] [0:05] %
t09. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down [8:52] [0:08] %

! Band: Legion of Mary
! Lineup: Jerry Garcia - el-g, vocals;
! Lineup: Merl Saunders - keyboards, vocals;
! Lineup: Martin Fierro - saxophone, flute;
! Lineup: John Kahn - el-bass;
! Lineup: Ron Tutt - drums.

! 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.
! TJS:
! db: (40 minute Betty Cantor-Jackson master sbd cassettes, //Mississippi Moon, ISTE, Dixie// Down, "BCJ snippets").
! map:,+Passaic,+NJ&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&hnear=326+Monroe+St,+Passaic,+New+Jersey+07055&gl=us&t=h&z=16
! venue: The Cap, John Scher's homebase, and hence the anchor for Jerry's east coast tours (and, for awhile, the Dead's).
! R: unknown gen aud (Maxell XLII90, no Dolby) > Nakamichi BX-300 playback (no Dolby) > Pyle Pro cables > WaveTerminal 2496 > Samplitude 10.1 Download Version (record @ 24 bits/48kHz) > CDWave 1.9.8 (tracking) > Adobe Audition 3.0 (cross-fades, etc.) > Traders Little Helper 2.4.1 (FLAC encoding, level 8) (flac2448).
! R: There are several cassette gens here, at least one of which (possibly including the master) gave us some reasonably serious distortion. Use the cheap speakers. There's hiss. I suspect that this runs sharp, perhaps substantially so. Warble. Wow and flutter. And the like.
! historical: lots of screaming "Jerry" audible throughout this recording. Just a sense of Jerry's -err, LOM's-- life on the east coast at this point in time.
! t01 (1) John Scher: "OK. On drums, Ron Tutt; on horns, Martin Fierro. On bass, the inspirational John Kahn. On the organ, Merl Saunders. On guitar, Jerry Garcia. The Legion of Mary."
! R: t02 Significant PA problems at the start of Tore Up.
! P: t02 Tore Up Jerry takes his first solo with some real gusto. What he's doing around 7:45 is also pretty insane. I need to be careful about over-interpreting, since when tapes are running fast, like this one, it makes the performance seem higher energy than perhaps it actually was. Ears are funny.
! P: t04 IFLD Garcia's solo about ten minutes in is absolutely fantastic. This is a great version of this song, totally cookin'.
! P: t05 Mystery Train is fantastic. JG's solo about eight minutes in is positively crackling. Nine minutes in Martin plays a little flute lick? Very nice and tasty.
! R: t05 MT splice @ 12:21
! R: picking up the organ nicely.
! P: t06 Every Word You Say Tutt is singing harmony vocals.
! P: t07 NB Martin plays flute on Mississippi Moon
! P: t07 MM they seem a little lost, not quite sure where to take it. Jerry does some nice glassy stuff around 5 minutes in. But the natives are getting restless, lots of chatter. Earlier, someone had kicked a bottle down the floor. They settle down a little bit, though, and the crowd gives a nice round of applause after quiet attention to the finale.
! R: t08 getting some serious tape warble now, in ISTE. Splice ca. 13:15, bad warble.
! P: t08 about 14:40 is Martin playing a clarinet? Or a different sax, an alto? at 17-min it sounds like his normal sax. So he's just doing something with it to make it play higher. Unusual for him, to my ears.
! P: t09 TNTDODD Merl's harmony vocals are horrific. Jerry hits some sweet notes right around 8-min mark, just some very loud nice stuff, at end as well.
! Disclaimer: This is part of a "Closet Call" project aimed at making missing Garcia dates available for study. These are "warts and all" ... straight transfers of the source cassettes with editing only of the most offensive tape transitions and such. If you don't like hiss, possible speed problems, etc., etc., then move along. And, to anticipate a FAQ: no, I don't plan on doing 16/44s of these. Thanks to wk for supplying these tapes!

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