I guess I'd say I see that as a rather loose and very good show, maybe above average for the time.
Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders
326 Monroe Street
Passaic, NJ 07055
November 9, 1974 - 11 PM Late Show
Slabicky shnid-8661 shn2flac
--(9 tracks, 85:20)--
l-t01. band introduction (1) [0:26]
l-t02. Harder They Come [15:21] % -16:53
l-t03. Favela [10:15] %
l-t04. /Let It Rock [#8:29] %
l-t05. //My Problems Got Problems [#10:37] [0:02] %
l-t06. //He Ain't Give You None [#11:24] [0:05]
l-t07. La-La [13:50] ->
l-t08. People Make the World Go 'Round [3:58] [0:02] %
l-t09. //How Sweet It Is [#9:11#] [0:07]
! ACT1: Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders
! lineup: Jerry Garcia - el-g, vocals;
! lineup: Merl Saunders - keyboards, vocals;
! lineup: Martin Fierro - saxophone, flute;
! lineup: John Kahn - el-bass;
! lineup: Paul Humphrey - 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: http://jerrygarcia.com/show/1974-11-09-capitol-theater-passaic-nj-2/
! db: http://db.etree.org/shn/8661 (this fileset). Note that the 11/9/74 early show is MIA - no known recordings
! map: https://goo.gl/maps/GSy7A
! venue: http://jerrygarciasbrokendownpalaces.blogspot.com/2011/09/capitol-theater-monroe-st-and-central.html
! R: field recordist: Ihor Slabicky
! R: field recording gear: 2x AKG d190e > Sony TC-152sd
! R: field recording media: Ampex 90min High Frequency Cassette)
! R: transfer: playback on a Nakamichi CR-3A > Lucid AD9624 24-bit A/D converter (44.1kHz) > DAT (Sony R500) > CD. Extraction via EAC, re-tracking via WavMerge and CD Wave, and .shn encoding via mkwACT.
! l-t01 (1) John Scher: "OK, here we go. On saxophone, Martin Fierro. The drummer is Paul Humphries [sic], on bass John Kahn, on keyboards Merl Saunders, on guitar Jerry Garcia. Please welcome [inaudible]."
! P: l-t02 HTC Paul Humphrey is incredible! The vibe of this HTC is fantastically warm, up through 10, come to verse 11:15 and that was a really nice passage. This might have gone a time or two around longer than it needed to, but still in 14 there's lots of really good energy and playing.
! P: l-t03 Favela starts off really hot. Garcia takes a real nice turn 4ff while the band absolutely cooks. This is great stuff. Merl nice turn 7. Things get a little loose 8:45, maybe Martin's fault, not sure, but they right the ship for a bit. Looking ahead, I see the track only times to 10:15 - looks like they're gonna bail out. But here at 9:36 it's still cooking along nicely, down to a tight close - all right, then.
! R: l-t04 Let it Rock cuts in;
! P: l-t04 LIR in the first minute, now continuing 1:14 is playing some great decaying stuff, very country for awhile there. The band is not entirely together at all times.
! R: l-t05 Problems Got Problems cuts in;
! P: l-t05 MPGP in 2 Jerry is playing some very nice bluesy stuff. This band isn't always together, but this is a case where it just sounds wonderful. Jerry's guitar playing is unrushed, expressive, exploratory, soft edges around deep grooves. Merl's long swirls runs in 8 are excellent. He sounds great this night, moaning and growling about how his problems got problems.
! R: l-t06 HAGYN cuts in;
! P: l-t06 HAGYN more really nice playing by Garcia in the 8-minute mark of this song. He sounds great.
l-t09 How Sweet cuts in