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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

LN jg1984-05-12.jgb.all.aud-dearth.85568.flac1644

Quite a nice performance, quite a nice tape. 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: Jaclyn 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.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Richard Loren: High Notes

Richard Loren is publishing a memoir in November. This I am very much looking forward to!

Former Grateful Dead manager Richard Loren will release his memoir, High Notes: A Rock Memoir: Working with Rock Legends Jefferson Airplane Through The Doors to the Grateful Dead, in November. The book, which features a forward by David Grisman, recalls Loren’s journey through the turbulent era of rock’s ascendancy.
High Notes, which was written in conjunction with Stephen Abney, is broken up into four sections:
Part One: New York City – My life with Jefferson Airplane, The Doors and the Chambers Brothers
Part Two: Stinson Beach, California – David Grisman, the Rowan Brothers, Garcia-Saunders, Old and in the Way
Part Three: The Grateful Dead – Politics, Grateful Dead Movie, Garcia Bands, Egypt, Saturday Night Live, Alaska, Radio City Music Hall
Part Four: The Grateful Dead Merry-Go-Round – Germany, Mississippi River Boat, Watch the River Flow, Sirens of Titan, Garcia-Grisman.
Oh my goodness. Stinson and all the rest of it, Sirens of Titan, Gar-Gris ... so many Garciacentric little nuggets. I cannot wait to read this!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Positively Garcia
Jamming in the shadows of the Grateful Dead, the Jerry Garcia Band thrilled devoted fans for three decades with an alchemist’s brew of blues, rock, jazz, and gospel, as well as Motown and Dylan covers. Positively Garcia is the story of the rise of the Jerry Garcia Band from their early California club gigs through the band’s glory days in the early ‘80s. Author and Garcia aficionado Howard Weiner ranks JGB’s greatest shows, and explores the sublime solos and transcendent moments from those performances in essays that are accompanied by rare concert photos. JGB left behind an unprecedented trail of sonic inspiration, yet this rich musical legacy is largely unheralded. The chronicles of Positively Garcia shine a new light on an intimate and essential slice of Garcia’s prolific career. In the second part of this book, Weinera veteran of sixty JGB showsrecalls all the joys and madness associated with extreme touring. For Weiner, pursuing JGB was all business, and he took it very personally. 
Sounds interesting. Looking forward to it!

Friday, July 18, 2014

LN jg1978-03-22.jgb.all.sbd-ladner.19832.shn2flac

As a prelude to a review of the off-to-a-great-start GarciaLive 4 release of the Sebastopol 3/22/78 benefit show, here are some fragmentary listening notes from a year ago on the rough circulating sbd copy.

It appears that I engaged the question of the pianist on that very date over at Corry's post (probably now getting lots of traffic!) on the show - scroll down to comments.  I was clearly unclear on who's doing what. For I example, I was convinced that Keith was playing on LITA (s2t06), though the release belies this.

I plan on listening a little and then posting more extensively. Hate fragmenting conversations too much, but anyway.

Jerry Garcia Band
Veterans' Auditorium
282 S. High Street
Sebastopol, CA 95472

March 22, 1978 (Wednesday)
118 min degraded sbd shnid-19832 shn2flac

--set I (5 tracks, 46:43)--
s1t01. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) [6:45] [0:18]
s1t02. Catfish John [9:00] [0:08] %
s1t03. Simple Twist Of Fate [10:37] [0:13] % [0:02]
s1t04. I Second That Emotion [10:05] [0:08]
s1t05. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down// [9:27#]

--set II (8 tracks, 71:28)--
s2t01. Harder They Come [11:39] [0:27]
s2t02. Mission In The Rain [11:11]
s2t03. Cats Under The Stars [7:53] [0:06] %
s2t04. Gomorrah [6:27] %
s2t05. Mystery Train [8:22] [0:15] % [1:46]
s2t06. Love In The Afternoon [9:30] [0:03] %
s2t07. I'll Be With Thee [5:06] ->
s2t08. Midnight Moonlight// [8:42#]

! Band: Jerry Garcia Band
! lineup: Jerry Garcia - el-g, vocals;
! lineup: John Kahn - el-b;
! lineup: Keith Godchaux - piano (xxx);
! lineup: ?Ozzie Ahlers - piano (xxx)?;
! lineup: Buzz Buchanan - drums;
! lineup: Donna Jean Godchaux - vocals;
! lineup: Maria Muldaur - vocals.

! R: symbols:
! TJS:
! JGC:
! db: (this fileset)
! map:
! venue:
! band
! see also: March 22, 1978 Veterans Hall, Sebastopol, CA: Jerry Garcia Band (Ozzie Ahlers-piano?),
! historical. Garcia attended Analy High School in this off-the-beaten-path Sonoma County town, and I guess we think he gigged a little during that time xxx. Benefit show xxx.
! R: source: SBD > CM(x) > CDR > WAV > SHN.
! R: shn2flac conversion by jgmf 7/12/2013.
! R: seeder Comments: "Multiple analog generations with a significant amount of hiss.  Sound quality is a bit spotty and gets even spottier by the end of the second set.  End of last song of each set is clipped."
! R: I'd add the there are surely speed fluctuations all over the place.
! P: seeder comment: "Very primitive and open-ended jamming sounding 'Cats Under the Stars' in its lucky #7 performance.  Sounds like a band having a great time."
! R: seeder comment: "Thanks to H.Angus for source CDRs. DAE (EAC 0.9b4, offset corrected, secure mode) > sector boundaries confirmed (shntool) > SHN (shorten 3.4) > FTP via C.Ladner/candyman FTP. MisSHN ITR, 10/03." shn2flac jgmf 7/12/2013.
! P: s1t02 CJ these harmony vocals are not very together.
! R: s1t05 TNTDODD ctuts out, maybe a half minute or a minute missing.
! P: s2t04 Gomorrah, DJG says at the start "This is a true story."
! R: s2t05 the tape wow and flutter is really, really painful to hear.
! P: s2t05 MT noticing the drummer's insistent steel horse rhythm.
! s2t05 interesting long tuning, piano ... my brain delights to think it could be them sitting Ozzie down at the piano bench ... maybe KG passed out. Sounds like drummer is working on tempo, too. Why, if they just came off xxx gigs in xxx nights? But it still sounds like Keith playing piano, too bad.
! personnel: Keith definitely playing on LITA(s2t06)

//notes end

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fieldwork Pictures

A small sampling. I have many more. I was looking for a pic of the Marin County Clerk and Recorder's office, but couldn't find it. I think I took pix of the Inn of the Beginning and the Cabaret in Cotati. Definitely have one of Macky around here somewhere. I have posted a few snaps from Olompali.

Anyway, here are a few more. Ahhh, beautiful Bay Area ...

Marin Civic

2400 Fulton Street
SF Civic

Marin Civic

River Theater, Guerneville

Bear's Lair, UC Berkeley

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Garcia Talks Locally, Fall 1972

Staska, Kathie, and George Mangrum. 1972. Rock Talk by KG: Jerry Garcia discusses Grateful Dead, albums. Hayward Daily Review, October 12, 1972, p. 42.

It's a marvel to study Garcia interviews over the years in all kinds of ways. The man could talk as knowledgeably, engagingly, expansively, and articulately as he played the guitar, which is really quite something.

By way of preface, let me note the out-of-town selection bias exhibited by published interviews - locals barely bothered, but journalists in every burg across the country wanted to write Garcia up when he or the Dead came to town. This has all kinds of observable implications. One I'd note in passing is that it reinforces Garcia's remarkable ability to find an oral formulation that worked, and to stick with it,when it came to the inevitable stock questions about the Acid Tests, all that. He spoke to lots of people he didn't know - good to have a rap ready. Out-of-town stuff is probably also more tied up in commercialization than most local chats, a record to promote or, more likely, just trying to sell out the local basketball shed. It's not good or bad, but to me it's worth remembering that for a lot of what we read Garcia saying, he's on the road talking to people who aren't from where he's from. We get something of Garcia's self projection, from the outside looking in.

Local interviews for lots of periods were more rare. Corry often notes that most media just weren't that interested, a lot of the time. For many years (e.g., probably the second half of the 70s and the first half of the 80s) you'd only write up Garcia for a really slow news day.

This interview seems to have the commercial pretext of promoting the Dead's forthcoming Europe '72. This gives way to a small, slightly grainy, but interesting snapshot of the local context of Jerry Garcia, fall 1972. Among other things, he seems accidentally anti-commercial.

First, about the column. Kathie Staska and George Mangrum ran the amazing "Rock Talk by KG" column in the Hayward Daily Review throughout the 1970s in an unlikely passage from school paper to legit townie news. Hayward is an East Bay town between Oakland and Fremont, a crossroads (I580 and I880 join up, and Mission Blvd. starts running south all the way to Mission San Jose). It's surely a real property-rich spot nowadays, but I have it as "generic East Bay" in the 1970s. Anyway, good little town, and from this spot K and G reported on the Bay Area music surrounding Garcia when he wasn't on the road. They did a great job not just with San Francisco but also with the Berkeley roots music places (Mandrake's, New Orleans House, Longbranch Saloon) forgotten joints like the Bodega down in Campbell, the Marin clubs, all of it. Nice mix of touring acts, one-offs, and local favorites. In short: this is a great local music news column for a guy like me.

Second, I don't know the date of the chat (not really an interview), but I conjecture that it took place at the Dead's Winterland gig on October 9, 1972. (A propos of nothing, the article characterizes that gig as a benefit for the Dead's roadies, "who have been with them for six years".) The article appears on 10/12, and Gar says that Europe '72 will be available locally on 10/15. (FTR: deaddisc has it November 1972 [Warner Brothers 3WS-2668],while wiki says November 5.) The interviewer asks about the Tom Fogerty record, which I take to be Excalibur (Fantasy 9413, October 1972). It all just feels like October to me, though the only hard limits we have are between 8/25 and 10/11. The resolution is not great, but I am pretty comfortable with the 10/9 dating.

Anyway, here are a few shutterclicks.

Garcia Had A Lot of Album Credits in This Period
KG: It sounds like every album we pick up has your name on it. It would seem that you spend quite a bit of time on other people's albums.

Garcia: It's just an illusion. I don't actually spend that much of my life doing it. Each one of those albums represents about two days in the studio, maybe less, sometimes more. It doesn't represent that much ... accumulated time.
Fogerty Record
KG: One of the latest examples of this is on the new Tom Fogerty album.

JG: It has [sic] a chance for me to play different styles than I normally play.
Goodness, I wish he had taken the bait. He sounds rushed. I don't think he's on record anywhere about Tom Fogerty. But here's a chance for him to sell some vinyl - that's why they're together, I presume - and he sort of whiffs. Silly, anti-commercial man. On the other hand, this is a great GOTS quote: "a chance for me to play different styles than I normally play".

August 1972 BCT Dead Shows

The Dead played a four-of-five night run August 21-22 and 24-25 at the Berkeley Community Theatre, selling it out (I think?) for Bill Graham and finding some utterly transcendent moments, as during a hellfiring "The Other One" on the second night. I don't think I have ever met a Deadhead who doesn't love these shows.

Garcia, not so much.
KG: How did your last concert in the area (Berkeley) go for you?

JG: The four days at the Berkeley Community Theatre weren't our best performances. They could have been a lot better in my opinion. We haven't done a good show around here for quite awhile. Generally speaking, when we play here it's during our off season because when we're touring, we're usually touring the rest of the country.

When we've been working is when we're best. When we did the Berkeley show [sic] we hadn't been playing in quite awhile. It was more of a warmup for us for going out on the road.
Two thoughts.

First, huh. I think he's too hard on himself. If ever there was proof of the proposition that Jerry often articulated, that the Grateful Dead experience was totally subjective, this might be it. Anyway, de gustibus and all that. I hope he at least liked Veneta!

Second, I guess this is the piece that frames in the local vs. the road thing for me. Nothing earth-shattering, but an interesting perspective, and one that resonates . It has often been said that, for many years, the Dead played their best shows on the east coast. There's something to this, the people are different, sure, but also the energy of the road, that diesel taste of airline fuel in your nose, the zing. Home is home, if you're lucky.