Monday, November 20, 2017

Find Someone Who Looks at You the Way John Looks at Jerry

VN jg1977-07-09.jgb.late.voodoonola

Jerry Garcia Band
1300 Ocean Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

July 9, 1977 (Saturday) –Late Show 10 PM
complete (128:25) B&W proshot video via Music Vault, URL

re-do the time markers
0:00:00 – [0:47 The Harder They Come 0:48-15:04 -15:06
0:15:07 - Stage Noise
0:17:42 - They Love Each Other -25:42
0:25:46 - Stage Noise
0:30:05 - Midnight Moonlight
0:40:13 - Stage Noise
0:43:38 - Russian Lullaby (incomplete)

! R: RL splice @ 58:05, not much missing

0:58:57 – noodling
1:00:51 - Tore Up Over You
1:14:06 - crowd noise
1:14:54 - Knockin' On Heaven's Door
1:31:32 - Stage Noise
1:33:51 - Tangled Up in Blue
1:45:46 - crowd noise
1:51:00 - Not Fade Away (Incomplete)

! ACT1: Jerry Garcia Band
! lineup: Jerry Garcia – el-g, vocals;
! lineup: John Kahn – el-b;
! lineup: Keith Godchaux – el-piano (Polymoog keyboard), ac-piano;
! lineup: Ron Tutt – drums.


! 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.

! Jerrybase:

! db: (Mattson early and late shows shnf); (Mattson early and late shows flac1644); (Steve Strange late show flac1644).

! band: JGB #xxx. Notice that neither Donna Jean Godchaux nor Maria Muldaur is present.

! JGMF: see also "Rockabilly JGB Doing Not Fade Away: July 9, 1977,"

! ad: Asbury Park Press, June 26, 1977, p. 14.

! expost: "Arrests Follow 2 Rock Concerts," Asbury Park Press, July 11, 1977, p. unk.

! historical: "More than 30 persons, most of them from North Jersey and New York, were arrested Saturday night and early yesterday morning" after the Garcia Band shows ("Arrests Follow 2 Rock Concerts"). 22 police. Crowd of 250-300 (per police) gather at Bradley Park, across Ocean Avenue from Convention Hall, about 6:30 pm. Drinking. Cops announce they're gonna bust the drinking, etc. over the bullhorn. Crowd mostly dispersed 7:30, when JGB scheduled to start. Arrests begin at 10:30 pm, after the early show. "Police arrested people as they came off the Boardwalk and were visibly intoxicated. The arrests continued until about 1:25 am [text not clear]". Most was possession of alcohol, maybe 28? That'd be a summons or $100 bail. Nine for possession of marijuana or LSD, $500 bail. One Prince Charming got three charges and $5,000 bail: possession of a large knife, assault and battery of a police officer, and resisting arrest. (Your mother will love him!) Wage: $20,557. Only 120 tickets shy of a sellout (3,776 of 3,896).

! R: seeder notes: Thanks to BGA LLC.

! R: Original audio from video mastered using Adobe Audition

! R: audio patch in NFA from shnid 76441 taped by Mark Mattson

! R: audio and video editing by Voodoonola

! R: the video and audio quality are breathtaking.

! P: HTC catch Tutt do a great run around 3:15. Keith's electric keyboard is clearly shown 7:15ish. Watching JG play 8:30 is wonderful. At 10:10 he looks at John with such love. The admiration is so great. Swaying and smiling 10:25 as the crowd cheers. So, so, so nice.

! P: TLEO Tutt doing some harmonies visibly @ 20:10. Keith now on acoustic piano.

! P: MM KG has baritone and Tutt has high parts. KG's voice is unfortunate. Nice solo over 30, Kahn hitting some nice fat stuff and there's a crowd shot of a dude right upfront reacting to it, probably same look I had on my face. Wow. Late 30 Jerry takes another turn, he wasn't satisfied with the first one (it's true he hit a bad note in there), now he has his eyes closed and that helps, sometimes.

! P: RL wow. We know that Jerry, John and Keith, sometimes just Jerry and Keith (!), played some Hot Club stuff at Club Front in mid-1978. The love that Jerry and John share for each other is palpable. Over 43 John is practically cooing at Jerry, playing with him like a kitten, and Jerry is using that to get off. It's potent. At 45, John steps in front of Jerry and is ready to jump on a feature, but Keith steps up and plays a beautiful little thing. Jerry sways with pleasure and smiles at Keith, comping with his eyes on Keith. If Garcia's comping and looking at you and urging you to play, you play, by God. 46 Keith picks up his tempo a little bit. He's playing very well-controlled piano here, not so heavily percussive on the left hand. Now John feature 47:15 ff. At 48:45 you are getting a perfect view of John's fingers. It is very nice to see this, but I don't think this bass solo holds a candle to what some of John's contemporaries could do. Garcia is having a smoke and watching John, so it's a little trio configuration of John leading, Keith and Ronnie just holding the beat. Jerry comes back 50:35, crowd gives John a nice hand. But it also knows, or many of its members do, that Garcia's about to play his guitar.

! P: TUOY John was playing something very interesting around 70 min mark, but the seeder had already tracked KOHD. I think he was noodling something else, and then the transition to KOHD sounded abrupt. But maybe I just wasn't playing close enough attention.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

San Francisco Sessions, 1972

I have been processing information from contracts filed at the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local No. 6 in San Francisco.

There is nothing representative about these – I have information on stuff that is a degree or two from Garcia, and a few other random tidbits of idiosyncratic interest to me. I post them mostly for future researchers who might be interested. (The six-digit numbers just reference my scans, so I can retrieve these as needed.) List after the jump.

Alone and Together

I have always liked this image.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Picture of the Murdering Punks at the Inn

A little piece in the from the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat on the tenth anniversary of the Inn of the Beginning in Cotati notes that "A picture spread in the Pacific Sun featured Jerry Garcia and the New Riders of the Purple Sage playing there in their early days". Great - now I *have* to track that down.

! ref: Jensen, Sophia. 1978. Inn celebrates its beginning. Press-Democrat (Santa Rosa, CA), September 29, p. 1B.