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Lots to Like About This Old Jerry

LN jg1994-09-02.jgb.all.aud-neumann.12254.shn2flac


Jerry Garcia Band
The Warfield
982 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
September 2, 1994 (Friday) - 8 PM
Neumann shnid-12254 shn2flac

--set I (7 tracks, 64:14)--
s1t01. Cats Under The Stars
s1t02. He Ain't Give You None [12:19] [0:06] %
s1t03. [0:27] Struggling Man -8:31] -8:35 %
s1t04. That's What Love WIll Make You Do [9:16] [0:08] %
s1t05. What A Wonderful World
s1t06. Sisters And Brothers
s1t07. Deal

--set II (5 tracks, 66:47)--
s2t01. Shining Star [22:37] ->
s2t02. Dear Prudence
s2t03. Lay Down Sally
s2t04. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
s2t05. Midnight Moonlight

! ACT1: JGB #23
! lineup: Jerry Garcia - el-g, v;
! lineup: John Kahn - el-bass;
! lineup: Melvin Seals - keyboards;
! lineup: Donny Baldwin - drums;
! lineup: Jacklyn LaBranch - backing vocals;
! lineup: Gloria Jones - backing vocals.


! JGC:


! map:

! db: shnid-12254 (this fileset)

! band: URL

! R: AUD (2x Neumann KM54) > DAT > CDR > WAV > SHNv3

! R: seeder comments:  "For some reason, there's fade-outs at the end of every track with the majority of the intervening crowd noise removed, except for 10-30 seconds at the beginning of the next track preceding the start of the next song."

! R: seeder notes: "Thanks to T. Eliason for the show."

! R: details: DAE (EAC0.9 beta 4) > boundaries confirmed (shntool) > shorten 3.4 > FTP via neo_levo/candyman FTP, 9/02.

! P: I have to check my biases so much here. I want to think it sounds terrible, but here in Struggling Man I am finding much to like in this old Jerry. HAGYN didn't end quite right, but they'd worked the arrangement a little to give it a little more of a cabaret feel. Garcia's less aggressive guitar gives him a chance to mix textures, play around more with tempo. He can still do some really nice stuff, e.g., 2:45, playing with some tone even as they miss a mark here and there.

! R: s1t04 some kind of snit @ 0:34

! P: s1t07 there isn't much wrong with this Deal

! P: s2t02 Shining Star 8:25 ff features the note bending that frail-wristed late Jerry implemented. On the one hand, it's a bummer because it reflects the former gunslinger's loss of vitality over the last 20 months of his life. On the other hand, he continues to challenge himself technically, exploring what he's able to do within the confines of his burgeoning physical limitations. Strength, power, brute force volume were the order of the day ten years prior. Even here he can burn on a tune like "Deal" - but these interludes are becoming shorter and shorter. In their stead he explores more delicate and nuanced spaces, plays more with hanging notes and stretching out, breathing deeply, relaxing, more patiently plucking. The old man gets that every note counts, and by stretching them he's pursuing more of that impossibly elusive elixir of life, time itself, time in a note, which is something very close to the life well-lived, for as long as it lasts. By 19-min mark vocalizations are pretty unique with the ladies, Jerry, I thought I heard another baritone in there somewhere? Very fine true segue to Dear Prudence from Shining Star. Excellent work.

! P: s2t02 DP ending may be pretty, but it ain't quite right.

! P: s2t03 LDS is playing pretty well, but it really requires patience of the listener. I am not a huge DB fan, Garcia is straining 7 minute mark a little bit. John says hello. Garcia with some more concrete expression 7:40ff, not bad.

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