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Tuesday, November 03, 2015

In the beginning


Grateful Dead Live at Golden State Studios on 1965-11-03

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  1. Jerry recorded here on
    11/3/65 Grateful Dead
    Emergency Crew demo for Autumn Records.
    Jerry plays an early 1960's cherry red Guild Starfire III guitar.[3]
    First performance of I Know You Rider.[5]
    In 1965, label co-owners Tom Donahue and Mitchell brought in another one of their acts: an odd blues and R&B influenced rock band called The Warlocks. Half a year earlier, they had been an anarchic acoustic group called Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions. In one day at Golden State, they recorded six songs-four originals, one traditional, and a cover of Gordon Lightfoot’s Early Morning Rain—none of which were ever released until a box set thirty years later. With Kulka at the board, they recorded under the name The Emergency Crew, reportedly because bassist Phil Lesh had spotted an album in a record store by another group called The Warlocks. Soon after, they permanently changed their name to the Grateful Dead, putting an end to any risk of band name infringement.[1]

    The Emergency Crew demo was done in a single afternoon, a typical session in those days lasted three hours-with the band laying down the instrumental tracks first, completely live with no overdubs, and then adding vocals, and perhaps hand percussion such as tambourine."[2]

    1.)^Johnson, Heather, A Historical Tour through San Francisco Recording Studios, pg. 28-36.
    2.)^Jackson, Blair, Grateful Dead Gear pg. 22, 23.
    3.)^Wright, Tom, Garcia musical instrument historian, 2014-03-02, email to author.

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  2. "and remember that the only time is now,"

    This is wonderful stuff! Thanks for posting this!

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  3. Yeah, I love these original lyrics and tunes, through and through. This ain't no jug band.

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  4. Golden State Recorders was at 665 Harrison Street, very close to the (by then former) site of the bar that Jerry's parents had owned.

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