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Monday, March 23, 2015

Old Folks at Home for a Very Long Show: JGB at the Uptown, November 17, 1981

LN jg1981-11-17.jgb.all.aud-mason.131710.flac1644

Not much to report. Note that I have just been doing a bunch of listening and most of my reports are lukewarm - what are the odds that it's as much to do with me-in-these-moments as what's actually on the tapes?

Anyway, there were no early and late shows on the Chicago stop of the JGB's "Return of Ron Tutt" tour in the fall of 1981 - normal, two-set Garcia Band show.

That said, I can see why people might have thought otherwise, because the second set here clocks in with a good solid 90 minutes of music; at 169 minutes, this is a very long show for the period.

Also from this tour:
One last thing: John twice noodles "Old Folks At Home" at the start of set II. I'll tag #songs-O and call that a singleton, because they're fun.

Jerry Garcia Band
Uptown Theatre
4816 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640

November 17, 1981 (DOW) - 7:30 PM
Mason Taylor MAC flac1644 shnid-131710

--set I (7 tracks, 69:11)--
s1t01. [0:38] How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) [8:01] [0:45] %
s1t02. /They Love Each Other [#6:46] [0:20] % [0:41]
s1t03. Sitting In Limbo [12:10] [0:31]
s1t04. Valerie [7:00 ][0:05] %
s1t05. Let It Rock [8:26] [0:31] % [0:19] [-0:09]
s1t06. Mississippi Moon [0:09 + 12:03] ->
s1t07. Tangled Up In Blue [10:09] (1) [0:36] %

--set II + encore (8 tracks, 89:00)--
--set II (7 tracks, 80:19)--
s2t01. [0:20] (2) The Way You Do The Things You Do [7:54] [0:13] % [0:46]
s2t02. I'll Take A Melody [13:07] [0:39] % [0:43]
s2t03. Mystery Train [8:19] [0:06] % [0:04]
s2t04. Simple Twist Of Fate [15:10] [0:12] %
s2t05. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down [8:48] ->
s2t06. Dear Prudence [12:10] [0:04]
s2t07. Harder They Come [11:35] (2) [0:07] %
--late show encore (1 track, 8:42])--
s2t08. Sugaree [8:22] [0:20] %

! ACT1: Jerry Garcia Band #14b
! lineup: Jerry Garcia - el-g, vocals;
! lineup: John Kahn - el-b;
! lineup: Jimmy Warren - electric keyboards;
! lineup: Melvin Seals - organ;
! lineup: Ron Tutt - drums;
! lineup: Julie Stafford - vocals;
! lineup: Liz Stires - 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:

! db: ("early show" aud, shnf); (2nd gen aud ["maybe 1st"] from Gary's master); (same as shnid-33423?, but via Moses-Minches); (this fileset).

! map:

! band:


! seealso: Show was originally scheduled for 10/29/71, at the front end of the tour. Instead, it ended up, reasonably enough, between Boston and Denver as the penultimate show of the 18 show "Return of Ron Tutt" tour in the Fall of 1981.

! seealso: my engagements with 11/13/81 Boston ( and 11/15/81 Provy ( from this tour.

! setlist: this has often been misconstrued as early and late shows, but it was a single two set show, confirmed by MP at the JGMF metadata post and by note 1's setbreak announcement on this tape. This second set is uncharacteristically long, I'd say, and 169 total minutes is way north of the mean for the period. Note to self: IIRC 11/19/81 Denver used to be listed as a three-set show. Maybe it's really long, too?

! P: Overall, not much struck me as noteworthy, but I have been in a very churlish listening mood (3/23/2015).

! R: field recordist: Mason B. Taylor

! R: field recording gear: 2x Nakamichi 300 shotguns > Nakamichi 550

! R: field recording media: chrome cassettes

! R: transfer: playback on original deck -> wizardry -> flac1644, via Lossless Legs, 11/6/2014.

! R: info: "Mason B. Taylor was a taper from Chicago that recorded concerts by many bands in the Chicagoland area and on Dead tours. He used a Nakamichi 550 with Nakamichi 300 mics with shotgun capsules for most of his earlier recordings. In later years he used Sony D-5 and Sony D-3 cassette recorders with Nakamichi 300 mics. Mason captured spectacular musical moments and loved to share them with his closest friends. In honor of Mason and all the love he put into his recordings we are now able to share these moments with those who can appreciate them most. As the shows get uploaded we would love for you to share your stories about the epic times the music evokes so we can all dial back into that moment when the magic was happening. Thanks to Mason’s family and his Chicago and Cleveland friends for opening up Mason’s Jar ... Recorded By Mason Taylor on a Nakamichi 550 Cassette Deck, on chrome tapes, with Nakamichi microphones. Transferred on Mason's restored Nak550 properly."

! P: s1t01 late 6 Jerry playing some nice plucky guitar, with a little extra sum'in-sum'in.

! R: s1t02 TLEO clips in

! P: s1t03 SIL Jerry sounds vocally ragged, but his guitar work in the 4-minute mark is quite nice.

! R: s1t05-s1t06 wonky tracking, Miss Moon starts nine seconds before end of t05

! s1t07 (1) "Thanks a lot. We'll be back in a few minutes. We're gonna take a break for a little while."

! s2t01 (2) They play a little snatch of "Old Folks At Home", again after the splice after the song, John playing it.

! R: s2t01 TWYDTTYD L channel out 6:25-6:43

! P: s2t03 MT Garcia's guitar very fluid, e.g., in 3 minute range.

! P: s2t04 STOF very slow. Bass lead 8-11:26. Three and a half minutes. Crowd is yelling "Cmon, Jer!"

! s2t07 (2) "See ya later."


  1. re 11/19/81 Denver and its three sets: forgive me if this was cleared up elsewhere, but I happened to be curious and checked the recording. Just based on what Garcia says, it appears to be an early show and late show split into two shorter sets. The “first set” is an hour, then Garcia says, “thanks a lot, see ya later!” — it sounds like the end of the early show. Then the late show has a 56 min set, “We’re gonna take a break for a little while, we’ll be back later,” and another 40 min set. That wasn’t unheard of: there were a few shows on the JGB fall 83 tour with a similar format and similar length — 12/13/83 is even longer than 11/19/81.

    If anything, all that just makes the long 2nd set on 11/17/81 all the more remarkable. I wonder if this is the longest two-set JGB show on record from the 80’s-90’s?

  2. I was there and there was only one show. I've never heard of a big theater, as opposed to a club, having an early and a late show. When the Stones came to town in 1972 they did do two shows in one day, but the first show was a matinee.


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