Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Grateful Dead – Springfield, MA (04/23/77) – Matrix Source

Grateful Dead - Springfield, MA 04/23/77

Grateful Dead
Springfield Civic Center
Springfield, MA
April 23, 1977

Download: FLAC/MP3

This is a tagged version of shnid: 97596

I previously posted the SBD source here.

Jerry Garcia – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Donna Jean Godchaux – Vocals
Keith Godchaux – Keyboards
Mickey Hart – Drums
Bill Kreutzmann – Drums
Phil Lesh – Electric Bass, Vocals
Bob Weir – Rhythm Guitar, Vocals


I think I’ve mentioned that Deadheads get a little bit obsessive. This is a good example. Last night I posted the soundboard version of this show, and now we’ve got the Matrix version. For those who don’t know a soundboard copy is simply a show that was recorded off of a direct plug into the actual soundboard. Usually that’s going to give you the best possible sound as you’re actually getting the mix before it even goes out to the house speakers. An audience recording is obviously when a member of the audience throws up some microphones and records the show. The sound quality is usually not as good as a soundboard, but some people really like AUD tapes as you get more crowd noise and it feels a bit like you are actually right there in the thick of things. A matrix is when someone combines the two sources. The idea is that you still get the high quality sound of a soundboard tape, but also get some ambient crowd noise that gives off the feel of being right there. Personally I still prefer a soundboard, but for those who wanna hear some crowd here’s the matrix.

SBD (shnid=88401):
Recording Info:
SBD -> Master Reel -> Dat -> CD

Transfer Info:
CD -> Samplitude Professional v9.11 -> FLAC
(3 Discs Audio / 2 Discs FLAC)

All Transfers and Mastering By Charlie Miller
November 9, 2007

Patch Info:
(FOB) Sony ECM-99A -> Cassette Master -> Dat -> CD -> Samplitude supplies:
Franklin’s Tower (5:05 – 5:34)

AUD (shnid=17178):
Source: Sony ECM99A > Sony152TC taped by Steve Hopkins
Lineage: AUDMC > DAT > C
Encoding: EAC(secure) > Cool Edit > CDWAV > mkwact > SHN(seekable) by mvernon54@attbi.com

MB – some crackle near the end from PA??, tape flip after song completes
RJ – some mild crackle in a few places
FT – one instance with a bit of distortion on the vocals
AAA – tape flip covered by omitting a part of a refrain

–Set 1–
101-d1t01 – Tuning
102-d1t02 – Sugaree
103-d1t03 – Cassidy
104-d1t04 – Loser
105-d1t05 – New Minglewood Blues
106-d1t06 – Ramble on Rose
107-d1t07 – Me & My Uncle
108-d1t08 – Row Jimmy
109-d1t09 – It’s All Over Now
110-d2t01 – Scarlet Begonias ->
111-d2t02 – Fire on the Mountain

–Set 2–
201-d2t03 – Take a Step Back
202-d2t04 – Estimated Prophet
203-d2t05 – Bertha
204-d2t06 – The Music Never Stopped
205-d3t01 – Help on the Way ->
206-d3t02 – Slipknot! ->
207-d3t03 – Franklin’s Tower ->
208-d3t04 – Around & Around ->
209-d3t05 – Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad ->
210-d3t06 – Not Fade Away

211-d3t07 – One More Saturday Night

1) Fades were used to create a continuous AUD track between songs.
2) Shnid=17178 was preferred over shnid=83685.
3) Third Fire On The Mountain

Tagging notes:
Show information is embedded within the header of each flac file. It will display on any player capable of directly playing flac files. If converted to wav during processing, all tags will be stripped, however audio data will remain unaffected. If you must transcode to a lossy format, do so directly Flac > Lossy. Use ffp to validate audio integrity. Md5 values will change if tagging is altered. B. Proctor 2-24-09

Thank you to Charlie Miller for the SBD transfer, to Steve Hopkins for recording the show, and to Matt Vernon for the AUD transfer.

Matrix by Hunter Seamons using Final Cut Pro (SHN & FLAC>AIFF>Final Cut>WAV>FLAC)
February 23, 2009

3 thoughts on “Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Grateful Dead – Springfield, MA (04/23/77) – Matrix Source

  1. Ha! I was hoping you wd post the matrix 🙂

    Hunter Seamons always does a fantastic job.

    Thank you, can’t wait to set the controls of the time machine……

  2. I’ve listened to this a few times now…
    it’s fantastic – when a matrix really works, you can’t
    beat it.

    It’s not just the sound of the crowd – though that is
    great in itself, especially to hear Jerry get a cheer for
    a good solo.
    But also you get a better feel for the actual music as it
    was played….
    EG, Sugaree here – Phil’s bass lurches around like
    a big-footed monster, while Jerry’s guitar solos glide
    and soar on the waves of sound.

    Personally I think there’s a lot of official picks could really
    have done with a (small) dose of AUD to liven them
    up a bit!

    Many thanks again for sharing.

    (BTW, I’ve been having a bash at doing a matrix myself
    with Dick’s Picks 20 for the soundboard – man, it is not as
    easy as you would think…. I’ll probably have to give it up).

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