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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

new snow on top of freezing rain and fog and really poor visibility, just a disaster of a night for travelin', but we didn't wanna miss the show

This ticket stub is an awesome piece of memorabilia - attendee wrote the names of all of his show-going companions. Here are his recollections, posted from Lossless Legs (12/16/2013):
I vaguely recall the weather bein' a combination of new snow on top of freezing rain and fog and really poor visibility, just a disaster of a night for travelin', but we didn't wanna miss the show and drove down to New Haven from Waterbury, parked on campus somewhere, and made the hike across campus on foot (slippin' and a slidin') to the gymnasium.  I seem to remember the ice bein' more the problem than the snow (no surprise there).  With 13 names on my ticket stub we all must've come down in one car - maybe 2.

LN jg1980-02-16.jgb.all.aud-macfarland.102352.flac2496

The show doesn't slay me. It's OK. The tape is pretty good. I am not sure that WIPMM is actually an encore, need to cross-check with other tapes.

Jerry Garcia Band
Charger Gymnasium, University of New Haven
300 Boston Post Road
New Haven, CT 06516

February 16, 1980
MacFarland MAC flac2496 shnid-102352

--set I (5 tracks, 51:23)--
s1t01. [0:38] How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) [7:27] [1:00]
s1t02. They Love Each Other [6:57] [1:30]
s1t03. Let It Rock [9:18] [0:08] % [0:15]
s1t04. Simple Twist of Fate [16:17] % [0:01]
s1t05. That's Alright, Mama [7:36] (1) [0:15] %

--set II + encore (5 tracks, 56:42)--
--set II (4 tracks, 46:49)--
s2t01. /It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry [11:04] [0:07] % [0:09]
s2t02. Tore Up Over You [8:46] [0:13] % [0:08]
s2t03. Russian Lullaby [12:42] [0:05] %
s2t04. [0:17] The Harder They Come [12:03] [1:14]
--encore (1 track, 9:53)--
s2t05. When I Paint My Masterpiece [9:48] [0:05] %

! ACT1: Jerry Garcia Band
! lineup: Jerry Garcia - el-g, vocals;
! lineup: John Kahn - el-b;
! lineup: Ozzie Ahlers - keyboards, vocals;
! lineup: John D'Fonseca - 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: (unknown aud shnf); (Scott Vid flac1644); (composite of shnid-21477 and shnid-32346); (MacFarland flac1644); (Morris flac2496); (Morris flac1644); (MacFarland flac2496, this fileset).

! map:

! venue:

! band: JGB #11a

! tags: 1980, JGB, college gigs, listening notes, Bob MacFarland, Charger Gymnasium, University of New Haven, New Haven, CT

! R: field recordist: Bob MacFarland a.k.a. Emoto

! R: field recording location: FOB

! R: field recording gear: ?mics > Superscope/Marantz CD-330

! R: field recording media: 2x Maxell UDXL-II90 (Dolby B on)

! R: archivist: Rob Berger

! R: transfer: Nakamichi Dragon > HD-P2 24/96 > HD > Adobe Audition 2.0 > CDWave > flac, 11/3/2009.

! R: seeder notes: "fuckin' killer ... my favorite version of a favorite show ... nice job Emoto!  thanks for sharing your master with us."

! P: overall: Kahn has a nice fat tone this night.

! P: s1t01 HSII I find Jerry's singing to be well articulated on this tour. It's not the 1978 Dylan exaggerations, but he's hitting his hard consonants hard, lots of good 't's and 'f's and 'd's. He's doing a little bit of growling here "open my *eyes* at nigHT" stuff here. Nice strong guitar solo 3:30. Ozzie singing harmony vocals 7-min mark.

! P: s1t03 LIR Ozzie gives a real nice synthesized train effect to set the tone. Nice. Johnny D is a nice drummer, setting the foundation with some hard splashes, Jerry steps right on and starts with the first verse, and takes a strong guitar run late 1-min mark, raunchy rtakinte mark. Late 7 minute mark over 8 Garcia does some ridiculous fanning. He now has the crowd's full attention.

! P: s1t04 STOF meanders, as it tended to. John featuring in the 12-minute range, and I do like his tone this night.

! s1t05 (1) JG: "We're gonna take a short break, we'll be right back."

! s2t01 R: ITALTL, ITATTC clips in, almost nothing missing

! P: s2t02 TUOY does nothing for me

! P: s2t03 RL Ozzie solo late 4-minute mark.

! P: s2t04 HTC some very fine guitar work in the 8-minute mark, Jerry has found a spark, and the crowd is receptive.

! R: s2t04 I think there's a splice about 10 seconds or so after end of HTC, maybe 15. But it's subtle. Otherwise, if this is continuous tape, we should really consider whether this constitutes an encore. I need to check other copies and reviews and such.

! P: s2t05 WIPMM ends with good energy, but it doesn't strike me as equal to the 2/24/80 version.


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