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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Second night out for Kemper: The Stone, 7/21/83

Second night out for drummer David Kemper and Gloria Jones. See also "First Night Out for Kemper: The Stone, 7/20/83 (WED)."

This was conventionally considered the second show for vocalist Gloria Jones, but the late '83 Garcia Band tour still featured DeeDeeDickerson, raising doubts about a summer time switchover. It's still possible, but as of now I consider it questionable.

Kemper, of course, was an absolute rock for Garcia for 11 years. So much to say, so little time.
Jerry Garcia Band
The Stone
412 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133

July 21, 1983 (Thursday)
84 min CC aud

--set I (6 tracks, 45:36)--
s1t01. //How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) [5:05] [0:07] % [0:02] %
s1t02. /They Love Each Other [7:44] [0:19] % [0:06]
s1t03. Let It Rock [7:13] ->
s1t04. Run For The Roses [4:36] [0:11]
s1t05. Simple Twist Of Fate [12:18] [0:04]
s1t06. Deal [7:46] [0:06] %

--set II (5 tracks, 38:28)--
s2t01. /Cats Under The Stars [6:59] [0:34] % [0:21]
s2t02. Mission In The Rain [8:44] [0:13]  % [0:29]
s2t03. /Love In The Afternoon [7:25] [0:28]
s2t04. Gomorrah [5:47] [0:06]
s2t05. Midnight Moonlight [7:15] [0:08] %

! Band: Jerry Garcia Band
! lineup: Jerry Garcia - el-g, vocals;
! lineup: John Kahn - el-b;
! lineup: Melvin Seals - keyboards;
! lineup: David Kemper - drums;
! lineup: Jaclyn LaBranch - vocals;
! lineup: Gloria Jones - 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:

! db: none as of 12/23/2012.

! venue:

! map:

! historical: This show is of primary historical interest as the second show of a new lineup, and the first of this group to a core audience (San Francisco), albeit on a Thursday night. After nine months Greg Errico leaves the Garcia Band kit for the last time, while the foundational David Kemper newly arrives, where he'd stay almost without interruption through the end of 1993. It had been thought that vocalist Gloria Jones replaced DeeDee Dickerson at these shows, as well, but Ms. Dickerson's documented presence on the late '83 east coast tour calls this into question. The band seems reasonably together.

! R: 4th 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: Not a great tape. Wow, flutter, maybe slow (or fast, who can really tell?). Low levels.

! R: s1t01 HSII cuts in, several minutes missing.

! P: s1t03 LIR is quite hot. In the 4-minute mark, Jerry is getting some nice raunch, then a little double-time gallop heading through the 5-minute mark. Some very nice playing here.

! P: s1t04 RFTR starts off kind of a cluster.

! P: s1t05 STOF Jerry is completely lost with the words to start the song. A relatively early instance of just sheer mumbling into the mic. Tries it again at the first verse, I think, "sat together in the park".

! R: this could very well be running fast in set II. Levels are low in set II. Vocals are nice and close in set II.

! R: s2t01 CUTS clips in

! R: s2t01 nice to hear the enthusiastic Stone crowd.

! P: s2t02 MITR Jerry can still pull off the vocals, at least on occasion. His voice is a little thin and reedy, but he is still able to hit these notes without too much pain. At various points, MITR was a real barometer of Garcia's vocal health. The backing vocals are tight, the arrangement seems solid. MITR is good, and the crowd is appreciative.

! R: s2t03 LITA clips in

! P: notice that this show and the night before are pretty short.

! 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!


  1. I have not seen this show seeded anywhere, and I can't find any record of it on the usual sites. Where can a fellow download this?


    1. I'd be happy to seed it somewhere. I have some BT problems with my current networking setup, but will happily share when these are resolved.


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