update: lots of great photos from the EARLY show by Peter Hazou
For example, somewhat svelte Melvin (from the early show)!
1983, like some other years, was best smack dab in the middle for the Jerry Garcia Band. The JGB's May 31 show at the Roseland Ballroom on West 52nd Street in New York is one of the best of the 1980s. I also love the next night's show, and I recall really liking the June 4th early show from Mark Cohen's tape (shnid-15619).
Add in an attractive setlist and a Minches-transferred Jim Vita tape and I had high hopes for 6/4/83b (shnid-78981). I give a bottom line in my listening notes: "I find a lot to like in the guitar playing, much less so in the strained
vocals. The clammy start to MITR also knocks it down a peg or two." "Rhapsody In Red" and "Sugaree" provide some utterly characteristic-for-the-period pyrotechnical guitar.
Oh yeah, one more thing - I don't seem to the board tape of this set (shnid-10133), which is strange. Does anyone have a copy of db.etree compatible sbd of 6/4/83b (shnid-10133)?
Jerry Garcia Band
6 Crannell Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
June 4, 1983 (Saturday) - Late Show
Vita-Minches late-1 shnid-78981
--(9 tracks, 78:02, missing encore)--
l-t01. tuning [0:05]
l-t02. Rhapsody In Red [9:46] [0:06] % [0:11]
l-t03. Harder They Come [14:56] [0:08] % [0:09]
l-t04. Sugaree [12:53] [0:02] %% [0:30]
l-t05. Cats Under The Stars [7:56] [0:03] % [0:04]
l-t06. Mission In The Rain [10:39] [0:13] %
l-t07. Gomorrah [5:04] ->
l-t08. Run For The Roses [5:12] ->
l-t09. Deal [9:13] (1) [0:09]
[MISSING --encore-- Midnight Moonlight]
! ACT1: Jerry Garcia Band #15b
! Lineup: Jerry Garcia - el-g, vocals;
! Lineup: John Kahn - el-bass;
! Lineup: Melvin Seals - keyboards (Hammond B-3 organ);
! Lineup: Greg Errico - drums;
! Lineup: Jaclyn LaBranch - vocals;
! Lineup: DeeDee Dickerson - 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.
! JGC: http://jerrygarcia.com/show/1983-06-04-the-chance-poughkeepsie-ny/
! db: http://db.etree.org/shn/10133 (late show sbd, shnf); http://db.etree.org/shn/15620 (late show Cohen + Vita, shnf); http://db.etree.org/shn/78981 (this fileset).
! map: https://goo.gl/maps/8AuFU
! venue: http://jerrygarciasbrokendownpalaces.blogspot.com/2011/09/chance-6-crannell-st-poughkeepsie-ny.html
! seealso: "I sing the blues, where has it led?" http://jgmf.blogspot.com/2014/06/i-sing-blues-where-has-it-led-ln-jg1983.html. I rave about 5/31/83 there.
! P: Not as good as 5/31/83, but see notes below - I find a lot to like in the guitar playing, much less so in the strained vocals. The clammy start to MITR also knocks it down a peg or two - sadly characteristic of problems with this song during a good long part of the 1980s.
! R: field recordist: Jim Vita
! R: field recording gear: 2x Sennheiser 421 > Sony D-5
! R: field recording media: Maxell UDXLII
! R: Transfer and FLAC encoding by David Minches: Master played back on Nakamichi Dragon > ART DI/O > Digital Audio Labs Card Deluxe soundcard > Cool Edit 2000 > flac encoding > FLAC
! P: l-t02 RIR Garcia's playing in the 8 minute range is outstanding.
! P: l-t03 classic mid-83 HTC ... Jerry has tons of energy to play his guitar, round and round and round. The band cooks behind him. The singing is quite rough.
! P: l-t04 Sugaree again, 8 minute mark is where we really here Garcia digging in on the guitar. Relentless 9 minute, now scrubbing angrily late 9 over 10, gorgeous. Great, great, great, classic Garcia guitar shred. More scrubby 10:30ff, digging to bring it back home from early 11, to shake it up now Sugaree I'll meet you at the jubilee. But he lacks the vocal power to yell out "maybe I'll meet you on the run", as he would have done in 1981.
! P: l-t06 MITR sounds really bad, as it so often did, up front. Vocals no good. 8 min range tempos are really wonky.
! l-t09 (1) "Thanks a lot. See ya later."