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Friday, May 23, 2014

From Sanctity to Sin - Club Casino the Night after the Nunnery

Jim Costa's ticket stub from JGB 8/12/84, Club Casino.
LN jg1984-08-12.jgb.all.aud-senn441s-FAIL.24496.flac1644

Since I did the night before, at the nunnery, I cued up a random fileset for 8/12/84, first of two nights at the Club Casino in Hampton Beach, NH.


Not a ton to say - I think this is also an average show for the period, like the night before. It has its moments.

Jerry Garcia Band
Club Casino Ballroom
169 Ocean Blvd.
Hampton Beach, NH 03842

August 12, 1984 (Sunday)
Senn 441s C1 flac1644 shnid-24496

--set I (5 tracks, 48:14)--
s1t01. [0:03] I'll Take A Melody [13:26] %
s1t02. Get Out Of My Life, Woman [9:50] [0:01] % [0:07]
s1t03. Love In The Afternoon [9:28] ->
s1t04. Run For The Roses [5:00] ->
s1t05. De//al [10:#13] (1) [0:07] %

--set II + encore (6 tracks, 54:56)--
--set II (5 tracks, 45:30)--
s2t01. /The Harder They Come [14:16] [0:03] %
s2t02. Like A Road Leading Home [9:00] [0:03] %
s2t03. Tore Up Over You [8:37] [0:02] %
s2t04. /Gomorrah [#5:45] ->
s2t05. Midnight Moonlight [7:39] (2) [0:06] %
--encore (1 track, 9:26)--
s2t06. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) [9:22:] [0:04] %

! ACT1: Jerry Garcia Band #21b
! lineup: Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals;
! lineup: John Kahn - bass;
! lineup: Melvin Seals - keyboards;
! lineup: Jacklyn LaBranch - backing vocals;
! lineup: Gloria Jones - backing vocals;
! lineup: David Kemper - 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:

! JGC:

! db: (Ziemba Nak 300s shnf); (Silberman Senn 441s shnf); (Senn 441 c1 flac1644, this fileset); (McCabe flac2496); (Derek McCabe flac1644).

! venue:

! map:

! band: JGB #21b, THE Jerry Garcia Band (

! historical: after the convent gig on Saturday, the Garcia Band moved to a two-night engagement in the ballroom of the Club Casino, on the water in Hampton Beach, NH, built 1899.

! see also: "A Motley Crew Down at the Nunnery (LN jg1984-08-11.jgb.all.aud-weez.111743.flac1644)," URL, on the previous night's show.

! R: field recordist: unknown;

! R: field recording gear: 2x? Sennheiser 441 microphones > unknown;

! R: field recording location: up front;

! R: source and transfer: 1st gen cassette > Denon DRM550 playback > Tascam DA-20MKII;
DAT to CD-R Transfer: Tascam DA-20MKII> Tascam CD-RW700; post-CD: EAC > WaveLab 4.0 > CD Wave Editor> FLAC/

! R: processing: "I used WaveLab 4.0 to edit out a few nasty 'between-song' splices/dead air by inserting crossfades where needed.  I then retracked in those spots using CD Wave Editor."

! R: seeder notes: "Let me start first by saying that 'Yes!', this is from a first gen cassette, not the master.  I received this (as well as 8/13, 8/15 & 8/16) show about 15 years ago from a fellow taper/trader from VT who had "borrowed" the masters from the taper (name?).  He ran first gen copies for himself (and me) on XLIIS and, due to the superb sound, I felt it was worthy of a DAT transfer sometime in the mid 90's.  I then transferred it over to CD about 3 years ago and have yet to see it in circulation, so I figured it was a good candidate for a BT seed. Just recently, I remember someone asking for some more '84 JGB ... so here you go. FYI, before seeding, I tried to track down the source of the original master cassette, but to no avail.  Do not be fooled by the knowledge of an extra cassette gen. This show is an absolute smoker, in performance as well as sound quality.  This will make a nice addition to any Memorial Day barbeque jamboree.  Enjoy!"

! R: another way upfront tape, with very upfront guitar and low vocals. Vocals are distractingly low, but if one had to choose a flaw, this might be it. Very nice tape, drums really in the pocket, guitar right on you, organ nice.

! R: presumed sonically-irrelevant sector boundary errors (SBEs) on a few tracks.

! P: s1t01 ITAM starts the show auspiciously. At one point Jerry hit some real unusual combination, somewhere in the middle of the song. I was doing other things, but heard it. Here in 11 minute range Jerry gets the crowd into it with some higher energy.

! P: s1t02 GOOMLW as sometimes happens, the fact that they don't have their arrangement quite together means that they take an extra 30-45 seconds to get warmed up, which can be nice. Extra little vocal thing @ 1:48. Nice stretchy bend 2:15. Man, Kemper is such a great drummer.

! P: s1t03 LITA the voice is shot.

! R: s1t05 Deal splice @ 0:51

! s1t05 (1) JG: "Thank you, we're gonna take a short break. We'll be back in a few minutes."

! R: s2t01 HTC clips in

! P: s2t01 HTC is going a mile a minute. Jerry is a little unsure on the vocals. His voice is quite rough. Nice tone late 5-minute mark, the guitar work is good, Jerry steps back and comps for Melvin, who leads 6:10ff. Voice not good, but good effort @ 12:45.

! P: s2t02 LARLH Melvin on piano

! P: s2t03 TUOY very nice

! s2t05 (2) JG: "Thanks a lot. See y'all later."


  1. I went to the following night's show. I was 16, had seen the GD twice at that point. No idea what to expect from JGB. I had their vinyl, but no live tapes (I had a few live GD tapes recorded off the air from WHRB 'Dead Orgy' so I knew how they sounded relative to commercial releases). Anyway, the next night, Cats Under The Stars opener, it sounded great, but I didn't really get a sense of *difference* until his first guitar solo seemingly never ended. It was awesome. I only saw JGB 2 other times (89, 91), they were way mellower (although he was himself less doped up I expect) and/or the energy was more diffused over the space of much larger venues (can't imagine Club Casino held more than 2k but we were pretty close to the stage at that).


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