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Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Armistice Day Rocker: JGB at Felt Forum, November 11, 1982

JGB #15b played two long, smoking shows for John Scher and the assembled faithful on Thursday, November 11, 1982. Among these faithful was taper Jim Wise, who pulled two beautiful, powerful tapes from the theater inside Madison Square Garden. If forced to choose, I'd recommend the late show to you. Clocking in at 108 minutes of tape, it features a very hot Valerie, and a good Don't Let Go which actually noodles over into Knockin' On Heaven's Door, a rare true segue for the JGB. Garcia's voice is quite shreddy even in the early show, and by Mystery Train in the late show it's pretty well shot, but the playing is excellent throughout.

Both gigs sold out 4,332 at $12.50 a pop, so Scher and Jer and friends grossed over $100k for the night, not bad at all, and well worth it for the fans who caught one of the best Garcia Band shows of 1982.

Listening notes follow.

Jerry Garcia Band
Madison Square Garden, Felt Forum
4 Pennsylvania Plaza
New York, NY 10001
November 11, 1982 (Thursday) - Early Show and Late Show
Wise Minches flac1644 shnid-34710 track rename

--early show, main set + encore (11 tracks, 10 tunes, 86:05)--
--early show, main set (10 tracks, 9 tunes, 78:46)--
e-t01. crowd and tuning [0:14]
e-t02. How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You [8:05] [0:01] % [0:07]
e-t03. Catfish John [9:45] [0:14] % [0:07]
e-t04. Valerie [6:59] [0:04] % [0:13]
e-t05. Simple Twist Of Fate [15:51] [0:02] %
e-t06. crowd and tuning [0:43]
e-t07. That's What Love Will Make You Do [10:00] [0:04] % [0:07]
e-t08. Run For The Roses [4:45] [0:07] % [0:02]
e-t09. Sugaree
e-t10. Tangled Up In Blue [10:30] (1) [0:05] %
--early show, encore (1 track, 7:18)--
e-t11. Deal [7:15] [0:04] %

--late show, main set + encore (11 tracks, 10 tunes, 108:28)
--late show, main set (10 tracks, 9 tunes, 101:01)--
l-t01. crowd and tuning [0:13]
l-t02. Mission In The Rain [9:51] [0:06] % [0:02]
l-t03. They Love Each Other
l-t04. The Harder They Come [18:31] [0:03] % [0:22]
l-t05. Valerie
l-t06. Mystery Train [10:56] [0:12] %
l-t07. Don't Let Go [14:10] ->
l-t08. Knockin' On Heaven's Door [13:30] [0:12] % [0:01]
l-t09. Run For The Roses [5:52] [0:27]
l-t10. Deal
--late show, encore (1 track, 7:26)--
l-t11. Midnight Moonlight

! ACT1: Jerry Garcia Band #15b
! lineup: Jerry Garcia - el-g, vocals;
! lineup: John Kahn - el-bass;
! lineup: Melvin Seals - keyboards;
! lineup: Greg Errico - drums;
! lineup: Jackie LaBranch - backing vocals;
! lineup: Dee Dee Dickerson - backing 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: (early); (late).

! db: (late, Jim Wise MAC shnf, deprecated); (early-late, Jim Wise MAC shnf, deprecated); (early Mark Cohen MAC, shnf, great tape); (late Mark Cohen MAC, shnf, great tape); (this fileset); (David Dyche early show flac1644, runs SLOW); (David Dyche late show flac1644, runs SLOW)

! map:


! band:

! seealso: JGMF, "Greg Errico hits like a linebacker,"

! ref: Billboard, November 27, 1982, p. 34.

! ref: John Scher Presents in New York City: Jerry Garcia Band at the Felt Foum, November 11, 1982. John Scher Presents Program no. 270.

! historical: Two very long shows - check out the 1 hour 48 minute late show - both with encores, both sellouts, grossing $107,661 for the night.

! P: both shows are exceptionally strong, the whole band playing with tremendous energy. Garcia's vocals are shot, but this is nonetheless a strong candidate for best show of the tour (which I don't claim to know that well) and of the year (contending in that context with the likes of 6/16/82). It's hard for me to identify any standouts, because everything is good. I guess I'd note "Valerie" really coming into its own here - great song, performed with just the right frazzly, coked-out, post-Belushi burn. I'd also note the rare and very good true segue from DLG into Knockin'.

! R: early: Recording by Jim Wise: Master Audience Cassette; Beyer M160s w/ Senn 421 blend at SB (Maxell XLIIS); Transfer and FLAC encoding by David Minches: Master played back on Nakamichi Dragon > ART DI/O > Digital Audio Labs Card Deluxe soundcard > Cool Edit 2000 > flac encoding > FLAC.

! R: late: Recording by Jim Wise: Master Audience Cassette; Senn 421s (at SB) > Uher cassette deck (Maxell XLIIS); Transfer and FLAC encoding by David Minches: Master played back on Nakamichi Dragon > ART DI/O > Digital Audio Labs Card Deluxe soundcard > Cool Edit 2000 > flac encoding > FLAC.

! R: early show: very nice.

! P: e-t01 HSII Kahn keeps hitting some very, very, very low notes, which are just awesome. This has very nice pep.

! R: e-t01 HSII warble 6:40 ish.

! P: e-t07 TWLWMYD very energetic, but the voice is getting a little shreddy.

! e-t10 (1) JG: "Thank you, see ya later."

! P: l-t05 Valerie very hot

! P: l-t06 MT his voice is completely shot - ouch

! P: l-t07-t08 DLG -> KOHD is a truly true segue, very rare, and very nice!

! R: l-t08 KOHD patch from alt source 12-12:20.


  1. Great show and the night before at Rutgers isn't bad either.

    I've been trying to find anything from the 11/10/82 show for years now - a poster, flyer, handbill, ticket stub, etc...

    1. I have a couple of ticket stubs. Feel free to email me at jgmfblog at gmail if you'd like the scans.

  2. Trying to pick a favorite JGB show from fall 1982 is just impossible. 11-6 and 11-9 are certainly in the conversation, maybe 11-1 and 11-10 are also very close. You're right about Valerie- almost all of the fall 82 versions smoke. I've always wondered why he dropped that song (and Roadrunner too- another great 1982 song).

  3. So many shows, so little time. I am listening to 11/6 now, and it is indeed very lively. At some point I have listened to 11/9 and 11/10 - not sure about 11/1.


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