Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders – Berkeley, CA (07/21/74)


Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders
2119 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
July 21, 1974 (Sunday)

Download: FLAC/MP3

MSR > PCM > DAT > ZA2 > CDR (xx) > EAC > flac1644.

Disc One (3 tracks, 47:22)
–end set I–
d1t01. The Harder They Come [18:09] (1) [0:14] %
–set II–
d1t02. //When I Die [12:33#] (2) [0:28]
d1t03. Pennies From Heaven// [15:41#] % dead air [0:14]

Disc Two (4 tracks, 46:02)
–set II (con’t)–
d2t01. //After Midnight [#10:33] (3) [1:59]
d2t02. When I Die [17:10] [1:29]
d2t03. You Can Leave Your Hat On// [11:28#] % dead air [0:04]
d2t04. //How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) [#2:56] (4) [0:17] % dead air [0:04]

Jerry Garcia – el-g, vocals;
Merl Saunders – keyboards, vocals;
Martin Fierro – saxophone;
Tony Saunders – el-bass;
?? – 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.

TJS: http://www.thejerrysite.com/shows/show/1074

db: none.

FYI: http://dead.net/show/july-21-1974

This recording clearly is not what it purports to be. The Grateful Dead were at Hollywood Bowl on 7/21/74, though Garcia could have flown up for a late Bay Area set with Merl after that show ended ca. 9 pm. All available sources also point to Earthquake and Moby Grape playing the Keystone Berkely this night (Berkeley Barb, 7/12-18/74, p. 28; Hayward Daily Review, July 19, 1974, p. 36). Tony Saunders is playing bass here, which works well with the 7/21 dating since John Kahn was down in Hollywood, having opened for the GD as part of Maria Muldaur’s band, and he may not have wanted to fly north right away. The room sounds too big to be a tiny place like the Sand Dunes, which I had earlier conjectured. I also think it goes along well with the material dated 7/22/74 (also featuring Tony S. on bass). My working argument is that we might as well call it 7/21/74, Keystone Berkeley.

We cannot know how much of a show, or how many pieces of shows, this represents. I have conjectured before that this represents bits and pieces of tape. It’s so cut up, we really can’t tell what might go with what except for the ca. 40-minute piece of continuous tape from After Midnight to Leave Your Hat On. HTC is definitely the end of a first set, and HSII is definitely the end of a show, but beyond that we don’t have much to go on.

Personnel: Tony Saunders is on bass, which only really happened when Kahn was unavailable. As noted just above, this lends some credence to a 7/21/74 dating. I do not know who is drumming. The guy is really good. Possibilities include Bill Kreutzmann, Paul Humphrey or Gaylord Birch, all of whom Tony Saunders remembers playing with in the Saunders-Garcia band. E.W. Wainwright apparently played with Aunt Monk at the Generosity (timeframe uncertain) and also sat in at least once with Garcia-Saunders (3/14/74, Keystone Berkeley). Larry Vann and Bob Stellar both also drummed with Aunt Monk and could be possible here.
R: this is a really sweet sounding recording. First fucking rate. It’s maybe a little bright, as if maybe the PCM gen put some pre-emphasis in that never got decoded out. But Betty Cantor-Jackson is a true genius. This recording came from “Batch One” of the Betty tapes, which explains the PCM gen.
P: d1t01 HTC the drummer is really hot. Now, of course, Betty knows how to mic him perfectly. The snap is fantastic. But that’s also because the dude is *hitting. Merl also sounds really nice. Jerry gets a nice metallic sound for his solo in the 12-minute mark, extremely electric.
d1t01 HTC In the 8-min mark is that alto sax? Martin is keeping it nice and tight here.
venue: crowd sounds too big to be the Sand Dunes. Maybe 7/21 and 7/22 go together, and are actually from the Keystone.
(1) JG: “We’re gonna take a break for a little while. We’ll be back a little bit later.”
P: d1t02 WID when they drop into the jam around 2:30, it’s really nice, with Tony Saunders supplying the big bottom end and Merl cooking around and through him. Tony does some nice ascending runs at the start of the 3-min mark. Martin misses the return to the ‘1’ about 11 minutes in, but treats discretion as the better part of valor, stops, andjoins the rest of the band.
R: d1t02 When I Die cuts in, not much missing;
d1t02 (2) Tony Saunders can be heard talking to Jerry from 12:41 to the end of the track.
setlist: d1t03 Pennies From Heaven is the Arthur Johnston/Johnny Burke composition (1936). Thanks to Tony Saunders for identifying it.
R: d1t03 Pennies From Heaven cuts out;
R: d2t01 After Midnight cuts in, substantially underway in the middle of a loud Martin solo.
P: d2t01 AM Tony picks some really big notes about 5-minutes in. Merl is doing his tasteful Jimmy Smith thing as we approach the 6-minute mark, his son thumping along underneath. @ 6:12 the drummer makes himself heard with some nice cymbal work. It’s grooving now.
d2t01 (3) @ 11:52 someone asks “Jerry, you want a hit man?” Folks on and near stage laugh, Garcia asks back “Do, I want a hit, man? I just had one.”
P: d2t02 WID is much faster than the version that appears earlier in this fileset. The drummer is a monster at the start of this version (though, again, there’s always the fact of Betty’s amazing tapes to factor in).
P: d2t03 YCLYHO Merl is a little confused about the vocals at the start.
R: d2t03 YCLYHO Vocals are very low in the mix, come in better after about a minute and a half.
P: d2t03 YCLYHO Martin does some ear-splitting stuff @ 5:55.
R: d2t03 YCLYHO cuts out, unknown amount missing.
R: d2t04 How Sweet It Is cuts in, almost entirely missing
d2t04 (4) JG: “See y’all later.”

5 thoughts on “Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders – Berkeley, CA (07/21/74)

  1. I seem to be getting throttled again. The last few uploads Zippy has been extremely slow. I’ve pinged my connection and its coming back fast so either Zippy is slowing me down seeing that I’m a major user or Cox is. I’m guessing Cox as they are notorious for this sort of thing.

    At first it was just crazy slow, but it took me three times to get this show up. It kept crapping out on me like it used to at the old place.

    I’m going to try Mediafire for sometime soon to see if I’m getting the same results or not.

    This crap is really starting to piss me off.

  2. I don’t know this for absolute fact, but I would be very surprised if Jerry didn’t do 2 or even more gigs on the same day many times. That based on the sheer member of gd, jgb, lom, nrps, a number of other other Jerry bands and all the collaborative efforts he did. The number seems to be so high & I keep hearing of more & more gigs, that there just didn’t seem to be enough time for his body of work.. so he MUST have done multiple shows many times! Jerry Garcia seemed to eat, sleep & breathe music. The Fatman rocked, the Fatman rolled, wish I couldve seem him grow old..

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