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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ladies Taping at the Boston Music Hall, March 14, 1978

 LN19780314: jg1978-03-14.jgb.all.aud-rolfe-minches.111596.flac1644

Great first set, OK second set. That's based on this listen to this tape.

Jerry Garcia Band
Boston Music Hall
Boston, MA
March 14, 1978 (Tuesday)
Dauby Rolfe MAC

--set I (8 tracks, 83:53)--
s1t01. Crowd and Tuning {3:53}
s1t02. How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You [10:44] [1:31] {12:25}
s1t03. They Love Each Other [7:23] [2:31] {9:54}
s1t04. Knockin' On Heaven's Door [14:14] % [0:31] {14:45}
s1t05. That's What Love Will Make You Do [10:46] [3:10] {13:56}
s1t06. Mission In The Rain [11:01] [0:09] % [0:21] {11:31}
s1t07. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down [10:19] {10:19}
s1t08. /Mystery Train [7:#01] [0:06] {7:07}

--set II (6 tracks, 47:22)--
s2t01. crowd and tuning {0:35}
s2t02. Love In The Afternoon [9:13] [0:08] % [1:25] {10:46}
s2t03. Gomorrah [6:42] [1:49] {8:31}
s2t04. The Harder They Come [11:00] [0:14] {11:14}
s2t05. I'll Be With Thee [5:22] [0:03] % {5:25}
s2t06. Midnight Moonlight [10:27] [0:23] {10:50}

! ACT1: Jerry Garcia Band
! lineup: Jerry Garcia - el-guitar, vocals.
! lineup: John Kahn - el-bass;
! lineup: Buzz Buchanan - drums;
! lineup: Keith Godchaux - keyboards, harmony vocals;
! lineup: Donna Jean Godchaux - backing vocals;
! lineup: Maria Muldaur - backing vocals.


! Recording: symbols: % = recording discontinuity; / = clipped song; // = cut song; # = truncated timing; { } = time as tracked on this recording; [ ] = recorded even 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.

! Jerrybase:

! db: shnid-14969 (Tom Dalti MAC); shnid-92367 (Claudette Gardel MAC); shnid-111596 (Dauby Rolfe MAC, this fileset).

! R: Field Recordist: Dauby Rolfe and female friend;

! R: Field Recording Equipment: 2x Sony ECM 99 microphones > Teac PC-10 cassette deck (possibly Sony TC-152);

! R: Field Recording Location: Right Center Row "G", seat 20;

! R: Analog-Digital-Lossless (12/20/2004): Nakamichi Dragaon playback > ART DIO A/D converter > Egosys Waveterminal 2496 soundcard > Cool Edit 2000 (wav) > mkwACT (shn encoding), by David Minches;

! R: Subsequent (2011): shn > flac8 encoding (Trader's Little Helper v2.4.1, build 160) > tagging (foobar2000 v0.9.6.8). Size: 729 MB.

! Recording: This is another strong recording, to go with great pulls by Tom Dalti (shnid-14969) and Claudette Gardel (shnid-92367). (Question for you taper sociologists: is there another show this early, GD or Garcia or anything else for that matter, taped independently by two female tapers? Thank you so much, ladies. Go!) Anyway, Dauby is in the sweet spot, and while we can hear the limits of the cassette medium (some hiss, for example), everything is here.

! Recording: Steve Rolfe: "According to my wife Dauby, two security guys showed up to confront the evil tapers. She smiled and waved to the security guys, who, in turn, smiled and waved back, then went away. Evidently, they were shocked to find two ladies taping. She had a little trouble with rightleft levels, but did a good job considering it was her first solo effort. It is very listenable" (DNC Garcia folder #52714, 12/26/2004).

! Whoever was doing the sound this tour, and again when the JGB went to the Pacific Northwest in November of 1978, had Kahn's bass sound as beautiful in the room as it would ever be. Yes, Kahn is playing very, very well in this period. But the PA sound on it is just fantastic.

! Show: Based on set I, I was proclaiming this a masterpiece. Set II strikes me as considerably weaker. Notice that the first runs to 84 minutes and the second to 47. That set II timing is exceptionally short for a night when there was only one show (i.e., not early and late shows).

! For CD burning, disc break between TNTDODD and Mystery Train.

! s1t03 TLEO taper's neighbor, as if a celebrity, into microphone: "Well, I'd just to like to say that being here ..." [trails off as song starts]. Funny little moment.

! s1t04 KOHD @ 10:55, Kahn actually bangs the frets of his bass, in the midst of a gloriously lilting version of the song. Awesome. If you want to hear John Kahn when he could play the fucking bass, check this (and 3/12/78, and 3/18/78) out.

! s1t06 MITR @ 4:30 Kahn does a really interesting string bend. Neat.

! s1t08 Mystery Train clips in


  1. Morse, Steve. 1978. Get Together With Garcia. Boston Globe, March 15, 1978, p. 60.

    Lots of JGB reviews mention the languid pacing. This one mentions an hour long setbreak, adding this: "Garcia and Muldaur were rehearsing harmonies backstage for part of the time". Anyway.


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