Upgrade Bonanza: Grateful Dead – Portland, OR (01/16/70)


Grateful Dead
January 16, 1970
Springer’s Inn
Portland, OR

Download: FLAC/MP3

This is a slight rework of SHNID 7111

Original notes:
Thanks to Moss Willow for the discs
eac>shn by; popi n. feeld

Flac encoding notes:
All processing with Trader’s Little Helper
Shn – st5 generated
Shn > Flac ( level 8 )
Flac – st5 generated and matched to Shn st5
B. Proctor 10-06-09

–Set 1–
101 – Stage Announcements
102 – Casey Jones*
103 – Mama Tried
104 – Black Peter
105 – Hard to Handle
106 – China Cat Sunflower ->**
107 – I Know You Rider
108 – High Time
109 – // Good Lovin’***
110 – Stage Announcements
111 – Dancin’ in the Streets
112 – Alligator ->****
113 – Drums ->
114 – The Eleven Jam ->
115 – Death Don’t Have No Mercy

–Set 2???–
201 – //Cumberland Blues//
202 – //Me My Uncle->
203 – Dire Wolf
204 – Uncle John’s Band
205 – Easy Wind – Officially Released on the Golden Road Boxed Set
206 – Cryptical Envelopment ->
207 – Drums ->
208 – The Other One ->
209 – Cryptical Envelopment ->
210 – Cosmic Charli//e*****

Droncit notes:
*Lots of problems in Casey Jones – distortion, noisy pots, loose wiring. I tried to fix as much as I could.
Mostly in left channel, but some in both. Some fun comments after Casey Jones related to coca-cola.

**Garcia says “boogie” before his second solo

***Opening riff to Big Boss Man is played, so songs may be missing.

****Someone in the audience calls it.

*****the opening to Cosmic Charlie sounds like an edit was made; songs may be missing or it may not have
come directly from Cryptical

I was listening to this as it was; it had nice sound quality, but there were a couple of noticeable speed issues.
101 through 115 had a curvilinear increase in speed and was slightly fast. 201 through 210 was noticeably slow,
but in a straight offset. I straightened the first out and slowed it very slightly; I sped the 2nd one up slightly.
They are all very close to the same speed now. There were also spots that appeared to be from a stretched tape.
Noticeably Pigpen’s opening line to Alligator. Still not perfect, but better.

After that, I thought I might as well rework the sound, which seemed to have at least 2 generations in it, and had
a lot of clipping in certain songs. Dancing in the Streets was especially bad. There’s still a lot of distortion
on vocals for some songs. I de-clipped it (about 300,000 clips altogether), and gain-normalized by channel.

Finally, I used a multi-filter on it with equalization, very light expansion, and some virtual valves. All done with
Diamond Cut Forensics 8.5 and 9 alpha 2. No noise reduction was needed, so just a tiny bit of hiss is evident.

The original indicates that Cumberland is a “possible set 2” – it’s difficult to say, so I just left it as it was

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