Thursday, December 27, 2012
Jerry Garcia Band
Rissmiller's Country Club
18415 Sherman Way
Reseda, CA 91335
October 27, 1982 (Wednesday)
83 min s1s2p Closet Call aud
--set I (7 tracks, 57:16)--
s1t01. crowd and tuning [0:28]
s1t02. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) [8:43] %
s1t03. ... They Love Each Other [8:11] [0:08] % [0:32]
s1t04. Valerie [7:34] [0:11] % [0:19]
s1t05. I Second That Emotion [9:57] % [0:09]
s1t06. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down [7:53] [0:03] %
s1t07. Dear Prudence [12:57] (1) [0:05] %
--set II (4 tracks, 25:41, presumed incomplete)--
s2t01. crowd and tuning [0:21]
s2t02. Sugaree [11:16] [0:16] %
s2t03. Run For The Roses [5:25] [0:04] % [0:07]
s2t04. Let It Rock [8:12] %
! Band: Jerry Garcia Band
! Lineup: Jerry Garcia - el-g, vocals;
! Lineup: John Kahn - el-bass;
! Lineup: Melvin Seals - organ;
! Lineup: Greg Errico - drums;
! Lineup: DeeDee Dickerson - vocals;
! Lineup: Jaclyn LaBranch - vocals.
! 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: http://www.thejerrysite.com/shows/show/2452
! db: none as of 12/9/2012
! map: http://goo.gl/maps/wR2rw
! venue: http://jerrygarciasbrokendownpalaces.blogspot.com/2012/06/rissmillers-country-club-reseda-theatre.html
! metadata: This date has been mysterious, for such a contemporary one in such a large media market. It was not mentioned in the McNally-Arnold JG List. As far as I know as of 12/9/2012, the only hard evidence for this is the picture at TJS of the Rismiller's marquee, reading "The Jerry Garcia Band Oct 27 28". It is surprising that no ticket stubs or participant recollections have emerged. The setlist is similar to what we have from clean provenance for the show on the 28th, but it is not identical. I have compared the two performances and I conclude that this is, indeed, a distinct set of music. I have a theory about what happened: I suspect that this first show was unadvertised (beyond the marquee). Maybe Jerry's people agreed to just a percentage of the door, or something, so they could have a Wednesday-night warmup for the new girls. This is consistent with a broader pattern in the Garcia Band, of breaking in new players midweek and off-the-beaten path. They want to have them broken in before they put 'em before the Keystone regulars.
! historical: the key historical interest of this tape lies in the presence of the black backing vocalists DeeDee Dickerson and Jaclyn LaBranch, for their second show (after 10/24/82). Dickerson would serve two stints in the JGB, from October 27, 1982 (this show) through June 5, 1983, and again from September 15, 1984 through September 28, 1985. Jaclyn LaBranch would stay with JGB through the very last show, April 23, 1995. Garcia had always liked "chick" or "girl" singers, as he put it, but had always been backed by white women. The arrival of singers from the black R&B/soul/gospel traditions nicely complemented Melvin Seals's contribution from the keys. It would only take a change of drummer (Errico would give way to David Kemper on 7/20/83) and substituting one singer (Gloria Jones for DeeDee Dickerson on 7/20/83) --update 2016: that appears to be wrong: DDD is present for the late '83 Garcia Band tour-- to complete what should properly be considered THE Jerry Garcia Band: Garcia, Kahn, Seals, Kemper, LaBranch and Jones. It's a band probably representing a higher share of "black music" than "white music". I like to focus on these kinds of shows --at the interstices of band/membership configurations-- because the speciation process is, in theory, particularly discernible in these spaces. I do think there's a bit of that here - sounds like the arrangement of RFTR is not quite right, and doesn't have the same vocal embellishments from the ladies that it would acquire with time. But, overall, there's not that much of note here, certainly no introduction or anything like that.
! R: 4th gen audience cassette (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: This is fundamentally a nice tape, notwithstanding several cassette gens.
! R: s1t02 HSII badly oversaturated, brickwalled to start. Levels come down about 30 seconds in.
! P: s1t02 HSII Jerry's voice sounds a little wrecked.
! R: s1t03 TLEO fades in, a few beats missing
! P: s1t04 Valerie JG flubs the first verse vocals. Nice vocal inflection on "growled at you". Pretty nice guitar solo 4-minutes in. Doesn't completely ignite at first, but then 4:30ff, late 4-min mark, some fuzz and distortion. Good, not great.
! P: s1t05 ISTE is peppy.
! P: s1t07 DP 9-min mark Jerry's playing is very fluid. He's making perfectly symmetrical circles, which, as anyone who has ever tried to hand-draw one can attest, is not easy to do. Very airy and nice. No rush, but not ponderous. Exploratory.
! R: s1t06 TNTDODD levels way way down
! R: s1t06 splices after song, then returns to the start of "Run For the Roses". I can't tell whether this RFTR fragment is actually from in front ot the RFTR in this fileset (s2t03), and it's just a scrap of tape, but I saved it anyway. Who knows that it is.
! s1t07 (1) "We're gonna take a break. We'll be back in a little while." Good sized crowd.
! P: s2t02 Sugaree Jerry's vocals are very expressive. He sounds engaged. Melvin some nice swirls behind the action during the first verse. JG some nice fanning 8-min mark. Again, late 9-min mark, Jerry is giving the vocals his all. Not bad.
! P: s2t03 RFTR starts off a little tentative. I note that the backing vocalists aren't as present with the oohhh-ooohs and "run for the roses!" exclamations, behind the verses, as they would later become. Nothing that this is the first show with the ladies, I would suggest that they don't quite have the arrangement where Jerry wants it. The tentative instrumental and vocal start to the song almost seems to reflect this, as if Jerry needs some fill under his feet to really dig in, as the song requires. It'll be interesting to hear when this particular lineup puts the fuller vocal arrangement in. Of course, the musical execution falls apart once in the 3-min mark, as well. Melvin isn't very audible during the verses either. In some, there are some holes in the sound, especially under and around the verses, that need to be filled. Garcia can't carry it vocally, though he doesn't sound bad yet.
! 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!
! URL: http://jgmf.blogspot.com