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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Don Dearth Was My Third Grade Teacher, And He Was A Taper: JGB at the Stone, May 12, 1984

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Quite a nice performance, quite a nice tape, pulled by my 3rd grade teacher from Burton School (Lafayette, CA), the lovely Don Dearth. I like the Cats and the Knockin' here.

Jerry Garcia Band
The Stone
412 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133

May 12, 1984 (Saturday)
Dearth shnid-85568

--set I (5 tracks, 51:07)--
s1t01. //Sugaree [#11:48] [0:21] %, dead air [0:12], [0:27] %
s1t02. [0:05] Catfish John [10:15] [0:18]  %
s1t03. //Simple Twist of Fate [#12:35] [0:02] ->
s1t04. Run For The Roses [5:13] ->
s1t05. Deal 5:19 // abut s1t06. //Deal +4:20 (1) [0:09] %

--set II (5 tracks, 50:49)--
s2t01. [0:07] Cats Under The Stars [8:39] [0:12] % [0:17]
s2t02. Knockin' On Heaven's Door [14:31] [0:06]
s2t03. Russian Lullaby [12:57] ->
s2t04. Gomorrah [5:48] [0:12] %
s2t05. [0:03] Midnight Moonlight [7:46] (2) [0:10] %

! 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.

! JGC:

! db: (Flair-Corleypatch shnf); (Dearth flac1644, this fileset).

! venue:

! map:

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

! R: field recordist: Don Dearth

! R: field recording location: "real up close"

! R: field recording gear: Sony D6C w/Sony Stereo Microphone

! R: field recording media: TDK SA90

! R: transfer: Nakamichi CR3A (no Dolby) playback > HP computer > Sound Forge (Vol@5.6db) > CD Wave > flac, by John Moses.

! R: retrack by jgmf

! R: what a great tape! Right up in your face, my goodness.

! R: s1t01 Sugaree cuts in

! P: s1t01 @ 1:40 Melvin steps up for some bright and beautiful leads. Jerry drops beautifully on the 1 to "though you was a cool fool", maybe in the wrong key so bring it down a touch. Nice Sugaree.

! R: s1t03 STOF cuts in; tape weirdness 6:50.

! P: s1t03 STOF bass lead 6:22-9:02.

! R: s1t05-s1t06 joined tracks to new s1t05. Tape flip? Just a drop. Lots of static at this point.

! P: s1t05-s1t06 Deal is really good. :13 into second piece he produces some piercing feedback. Takes it to another tempo level 1ff of the second piece, and Kemper is amazing, and Garcia is mixing the earlier feedback into very long scalar circles, swings into Deal 1:45, or quotes it, more feedback 1:55, high run down the frets 2:00, great playing.

! s1t05 (1) JG gives a set break announcement, but I can't make it out.

! R: s2t01 CUTS start vocals are inaudible to start.

! P: s2t01 CUTS Jerry sounds pretty focused, as does the whole band. Goes big pretty early on 4:15 into some very raunchy spaces. Second half of 4 Kahn is playing, does that same three-note run 5:04. Man, Kemper is such a rock for Garcia! He is killin'. @ 5:35 Jerry is full on rock star, still just shredding, now softens his tone back up 5:50 ish. So that was a very cool minute and-a-half of guitar work with the pedal to to the metal, so to speak. Back to the '1' perfectly 6:15, Kemper. Jerry remembers the words!

! P: s2t02 KOHD perfection @ 3:52, big note 4, crowd likes. Great, great early 80s JGB KOHD right there. Absolutely representative. Garcia gave several extra vocal flourishes, never really stumbled. He sounds sharp this night. Bass lead 5:25ish - John is giving it his all, good energy. Not sure the sequences of notes are crafted totally successfully ... still playing over 8, quite good. In fact I'd say this is some especially good John Kahn bass playing. Climbs again 8:25. That's at least 3 and and half minutes of Kahn leading, and it is not terrible.

! P: s2t03 about a minute in the waitress can be heard taking drink orders, maybe last rounds, and there's a little taper talk, lady friend and taper.

! P: s2t05 JG (2) inaudible, maybe "see ya later" or "have a nice night". The former is more likely.

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