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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Acoustic Sing-Along at the Stone: Garcia and Kahn, September 27, 1985

I don't have a ton to say about this - it's about what you'd expect. Two sets below the 45-minute Minnelli Line, voice bad to start and shot by the end. But, besides the fact that this was taped by the lovely Don Dearth, who was my third grade teacher, the best part about this is the fact that the audience is just singing along enthusiastically with like every song. It has a real homey feel. They don't care too much about the vocals or whatever. It's a Friday night in late September in The City, probably a warm one that time of year, and Jerry's playing and the drinks are flowing and folks are singing and probably dancing and having a good old time.

Jerry Garcia and John Kahn
The Stone
412 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133
September 27, 1985 (Friday)
Don Dearth MAC shnid-84821

--set I (5 tracks, 38:51)--
s1t01. [0:29] Jack-A-Roe [4:56] [0:03] % [0:14]
s1t02. Deep Elem Blues [7:36] [0:12]
s1t03. Friend Of The Devil 7:25] [0:11]
s1t04. When I Paint My Masterpiece [7:06] ->
s1t05. Little Sadie [5:10] ->
s1t06. Run For The Roses [5:20 [0:09] %

--set II (5 tracks, 44:20)--
s2t01. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry [7:45] ->
s2t02. Reuben And Cérise [6:40] [0:07]
s2t03. Gomorrah [5:57] [0:05]
s2t04. Bird Song [10:02] ->
s2t05. Ripple [4:11] ->
s2t05. Goodnight Irene [9:27] [0:05]

! ACT1: Jerry Garcia and John Kahn
! lineup: Jerry Garcia - ac-g, vocals;
! lineup: John Kahn - ac-b.


! 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: this fileset

! map:

! R: field recordist: Don Dearth. He was my 3rd grade teacher at Burton Elementary School in Lafayette. I saw him at one of the 12/87 Dead shows and hung out with him, so I knew then he was a Deadhead, but it still tickled me years later to learn that he was also a casual taper.

! R: field recording gear: Sony D6C with Sony stereo mic

! R: field recording media: MaxellXL2S90 (one tape would have done it).

! R: transfer Nakamichi CR3A playback (no Dolby) > HP computer > Sound Forge Vol@ 5.5DB and normalized, CD Wave to make tracks->Flac7->You! Transferred by John Moses.

! R: not high fidelity. I would track a little earlier than seeder has, in many cases.

! P: this is a full-on singalong all night long. I have never quite heard anything like this - neat. Garcia's voice is characteristically raggedy.

! P: s1t06 RFTR a few missteps in his guitar playing here.

! P: s2t05 GI at this point his voice is a totally shot.

1 comment:

  1. I "think" I was there - have to check my list...

    Nine (!) songs also performed by the GD - probably a record.


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