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Saturday, December 07, 2013

Rockabilly JGB Doing Not Fade Away: July 9, 1977

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Not a whole ton to say, not a ton of time, so I'll just bullet.
  1. Donna is absent. I wonder why? I need to document her 1977 absences, because there was a good number.
  2. "Not Fade Away" is a JGB singleton, and is very interesting. Jerry is super-fired up for it and does a really good Buddy Holly. On this listen, the band's performance doesn't light me up.
  3. Trouble on the Boardwalk in between shows, lots of arrests and such. See note below.
  4. Weird little mini-tour. Pretty good paydays all around, certainly over $30k for JGB, perhaps considerably more. John Scher probably did very, very well, too. Two nights work, four shows: July 8 at the Calderone Concert Hall, two shows, and this night, two shows, all for John Scher. A Don Law show at Cape Cod Coliseum, scheduled for 7/10/77, was canceled. So, again, a nice little payday for leaving Thursday noon-ish and returning Sunday noon-ish.

Jerry Garcia Band
Convention Hall
1300 Ocean Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

July 9, 1977 (Saturday) Late Show 10 PM
85 min Steve Strange late-2 shnid-124426

--late show (7 tracks, 85:27, missing first two songs)--
[MISSING: The Harder They Come]
[MISSING: They Love Each Other]
--late show main set (6 tracks, 63:53)--
t01. tuning [1:20]
t02. Midnight Moonlight [9:37] %
t03. //Russian Lullaby [#13:21] [0:33] %
t04. //Tore Up Over You [#10:09] ]0:03] % [0:36]
t05. Knockin' On //Heaven's Door [16:#00] [0:18] %
t06. Tangled Up In Blue [11:36] [0:20] %
--encore (1 track, 21:33)--
t07. Not Fade Away// [21:33#]

! ACT1: Jerry Garcia Band
! lineup: Jerry Garcia - el-g, vocals;
! lineup: John Kahn - el-b;
! lineup: Keith Godchaux - keyboards, vocals;
! lineup: Ron Tutt - drums, 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: (Mark Mattson early and late aud); (Mark Mattson via Teddy Goodbear); (this fileset).

! map:
! venue:

! ad: Asbury Park Press, June 26, 1977, p. 14.

! expost: "Arrests Follow 2 Rock Concerts," Asbury Park Press, July 11, 1977, p. unk.

! band: This is a very rare Garcia-Kahn-Godchaux-Tutt quartet show, which only took place when Donna and Maria were both absent (naturally). Donna Jean never missed a show in 1976, as far as I can tell. I have to double-check for 1977, but it seems to me that it was more frequent.

! JGMF: see also video notes at "Find Someone Who Looks at You the Way John Looks at Jerry,"

! R: field recordist: Steve Strange

! R: field gear: hand-held recorder with built-in mics > cassette master

! R: Transfer Info: Cassette Master (Sony TC-K677ES) -> Sound Devices 744T (24bit/48k) -> Adobe Audition v3.0 -> Samplitude Professional v11.2.1 -> FLAC/16 (2 Discs Audio / 1 Disc FLAC). All Transfers and Mastering By Charlie Miller,, April 15, 2013.

! R: "Thanks to Joe B. Jones for his help with the pitch correction"

! R: t03 RL cuts in on "somewhere there may be", then another splice near the beginning.

! P: t03 RL has a long bass solo

! R: t04 TUOY clips in

! P: t06 KOHD Keith has an electric piano, glockenspiel feel

! personnel: no backing vocalists?

! R: t05 KOHD splice @ 11:20

! R: doesn't sound like same source for TUIB?

! P: t07 NFA fascinating hearing Jerry sing this. Much more rockabilly, Buddy Holly than you'd ever hear Jerry, in just about any context.

! P: t07 NFA unbelievable how enthusiastic Jerry sounds here. He is singing in a pretty high register with good power and energy. Some real nice guitar fanning in the 2-minute mark, then a hot solo @2:08, long sustained runs, WOW! @@ sustaining all the way to the 3 minute mark, then he takes another job, boundless energy and fluidity. I have to say, though, that the rest of the players (let's say, John and Keith in this context) just don't offer very much. So, much as Jerry tries, it just doesn't hit a memorable peak.

! R: t07 NFA end cuts

! historical: "More than 30 persons, most of them from North Jersey and New York, were arrested Saturday night and early yesterday morning" after the Garcia Band shows ("Arrests Follow 2 Rock Concerts"). 22 police. Crowd of 250-300 (per police) gather at Bradley Park, across Ocean Avenue from Convention Hall, about 6:30 pm. Drinking. Cops announce they're gonna bust the drinking, etc. over the bullhorn. Crowd mostly dispersed 7:30, when JGB scheduled to start. Arrests begin at 10:30 pm, after the early show. "Police arrested people as they came off the Boardwalk and were visibly intoxicated. The arrests continued until about 1:25 am [text not clear]". Most was possession of alcohol, maybe 28? That'd be a summons or $100 bail. Nine for possession of marijuana or LSD, $500 bail. One Prince Charming got three charges and $5,000 bail: possession of a large knife, assault and battery of a police officer, and resisting arrest. (Your mother will love him!) Wage: $20,557. Only 120 tickets shy of a sellout (3,776 of 3,896).


  1. video has now surfaced from the early and late show on wolfgang's vault

  2. I've been listening to an audio-only transfer of the Convert Vault video (which runs slightly too slow probably due to the early video recording technology) and am curious what keyboard (sounds) Keith is using on The Harder They Come (early show) and Knockin' On Heaven's Door (from this late show). On all the other songs he plays acoustic piano, but on these two he plays electric keyboards: Harder They Come sounds like a (typical) organ sound, but on Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Keith achieves a very 'strange' sound from the keyboard (or effect) that sounds very much like an (electric( 'harpischord' in places! If anybody knows what keyboard or effect was utilized for that sound I would be grateful to know!

    and thanks for the info regarding Ron Tutt's backing vocals on this quartet performance; I was curious as to who was singing in unison with Jerry at certain points!

    Great show: too bad the video feed runs slightly slow, and Joe B. Jones ALWAYS suggests the re-pitching of things slightly too slowly as well--perhaps a reason accounting as to why JGMF wrote above for this wonderful performance one-off of NFA that: "On this listen, the band's performance doesn't light me up." ;-)

  3. p.s. oops, sorry my mistake, The Harder They Come is from this late show too--just seems to be missing from the aud. version mentioned here. :-)

  4. oh, maybe it was a clavinet? sorry for all the posts in a row!!!

  5. On the contrary, I love the posts! I would love to know more about the effects/equipment involved.


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