Jerry Plays the Blues

jerry plays the blues

On this post, our old pal Nikos asks this question:

Need some advice: I contribute to a private blues blog, and have the thought of offering a compilation like Mat’s entitled “Jerry Garcia – Blues Guitarist”. Would welcome any suggestions of tracks with Garcia playing blues numbers, whether with the GDead or his own bands, pre-1984.

I thought I’d make a whole post of it as sometimes comments get buried after a day or so.  So friends, anybody got some suggestions?  What are some of the best versions of Jerry playing the blues?

Some Old File Factory Links

I was randomly looking at an old File Factory account of mine and discovered that some of my old uploads were still good and that they were no longer connected to any post.  So I’ve added the good links to the old posts.  Its mostly just MP3 links to shows I do have FLAC files for so I didn’t want to do a brand new post for each thing (not to mention they aren’t on my Amazon so who knows how long they’ll stay active) but I thought I’d share them with you here.
Various Artists – Another Point of VU, Vol. 3
Various Artists – Another Point of VU, Vol. 4

Those are Velvet Underground covers collections.

Neil Young – Big Time in Frankfurt (01/14/96)
Neil Young – Upper Darby, PA (03/22/92)
The Beatles – The Complete Live Collection, Vol. 6 – Convention Hall Wisdom

FLAC only on this one.

The Beatles – The Complete Live Collection, Vol. 7 – Les Beatles En Europe

FLAC and MP3 available.

Donovan – Bath Festival (06/28/70)

I Need More Van


I am officially out of new Van Morrison shows. I actually ran out a couple of weeks back but neglected to say anything. I still have a rather large collection of stuff I’ve previously posted whose links have gone dead so I’ll continue reposting stuff for a long while.

Which means I need your help. I need more Van. If you have some Van shows that I’ve not posted before (or an upgrade to what I have) please send it my way. Just do a quick search of the site to see if I’ve posted it before (easiest way is probably a date search using my preferred posting style – MM/DD/YY. If I don’t have it I’d love it.

Dropbox is easiest but whatever works for me. If you have something and want to share, but don’t know how give me a shout and I’ll work you through the process.

Thanks in advance.

Big Files

I’ve been downloading some really large compilations of late and its got me wondering how big should I be making my uploads.  I generally try to keep the zip files down to about 700-800 mb though sometimes I do go over that mark.  Amazon will allow me to upload files up to 2 gigs.  I know in the old days I needed to keep my files relatively small because a lot of connections would crap out if it took too long to download something.  But now that doesn’t seem like it would be a problem.

Or is it?  Would you all prefer I kept the file sizes to under 800 mb or can I go bigger?  Or maybe I should go smaller?  Leave me a comment with your preference.

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Grateful Dead – Blues For Allah Studio Outtakes


Grateful Dead
Blues For Allah Studio Outtakes

Download: FLAC/MP3

Geneology: CD->EAC->WAV->SHN
EAC performed with a Plextor PX-W1210A using a properly set and checked offset.

–Song list–
01 – Help on the Way (instrumental #1)
02 – Franklin’s Tower (#1)
03 – Help on the Way (instrumental #2)
04 – Lazy Lightning (intrumental)
05 – The Music Never Stopped (instrumental)
06 – Jam
07 – Franklin’s Tower (#2)
08 – Crazy Fingers (instrumental)

Comments from original uploader:
This is from a “liberated” Italian bootleg CD.
For those who MUST know-Entitled “Blues For Allah” on the Triangle label# pycd097.
It also included 3 tracks from 06/17/75 Winterland, I omitted these because that
show already circulates from the same source.

From the Taping Compendium, I assume these are culled from various studio sessions for the Blues For Allah LP and that they are from the March, 1975 time period. All tracks are of outstanding sonic quality (except for Music which suffers from a horrible cut at the end).

The Midnight Cafe Mix-Tape #1: A Jingle Jangle Morning


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I’m an old school fan of mix tapes.  Throughout my high school and college years I made countless mix-tapes for friends – mostly girls I was trying to impress – as a way of expressing myself, of saying something to them that I couldn’t otherwise say.  I love putting a bunch of songs together and creating a really fun hours worth of music.  To this day I make my wife mix-CDs for her to listen to in the car.

For ages I’ve been meaning to make a mix of bootlegs songs.  With the new year I decided it was time to do exactly that.  My hope is to do one every month but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

I may eventually get to where I put together mixes with interesting themes or some sort of cohesion, but that’s not what this is.  There is no rhyme or reason behind this bunch of songs other than I like them and they sound good together.  I started making it when I was still moving music from one hard drive to another and all my playlists were all a-jumble.  I often listen to my bootlegs in my truck as I’m driving around for work.  Whenever I hear a particularly good version of a song I’ll make a note of it.  I made this mix by listening to those songs and choosing ones that flowed well together.

What I’m saying is that these are not my absolute favorite songs by an artist or the best versions of these songs.  There just good songs, played well. One thing you may notice  is that I’ve included a lot of cover songs. I actually removed a couple of other ones from my original mix.  Turns out there are two types of live songs that stand out to me.  One is when a song is performed really well, which either means when its arranged differently from the studio version, or it gets some extended jamming.  The other is when an artists does something interesting to someone else’s song.    Its fine when artists perform their songs just like they do on a studio album, but its not likely to stand out.

I tried to edit out most of the talking, and long bits of crowd noise but I did it with iTunes and I suspect that cuts weren’t actually made which likely means you all will not hear those edits.  If anyone knows of some free music editing software for MP3s on a Mac do let me know.  Also if anyone wants to make me some real cover art for this I would greatly appreciate it.

I’ve only included MP3 versions but if you all want FLACs let me know.  In truth I’m pretty sure most of the actual bootlegs that these songs belong to have already been posted elsewhere on the blog.  Anyways, here it is.

1. Sweet Virginia – Steve Earle, w/Allison Moorer
2004.12.10 – Brussels, Belgium

Steve makes some comments about surviving a bad election before he plays a rollicking version of this Stones classic.  It was recorded in 2004 which would have been when George W. Bush was reelected, but it seems relevant after our most recent election as well.  And that’s as political as I get on this blog.

2. They Love Each Other – Grateful Dead
1983.04.13 – Burlington, VA

It surprised me that I included a Dead song from the 80s in my very first mix, but this is a good one.  There is a really nice solo from Brent followed by some really nice Jerry licks.

3.Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
1973.07.24 – London, England

I know, I know, a real Van Morrison fan would have chosen some thing a little less obvious than his biggest hit, but good golly this is a really sweet version of it.

4. Mr. Tambourine Man – Bob Dylan
1998.01.21 – New York, NY

I love Dylan’s acoustic version of this song during this era.  The jam at the end is terrific.

5. Pocahontas – Beck
20111.10.22 – Mountain View, CA

6. It Stoned Me – Warren Haynes
2001.05.06 – Atlanta, GA

Warren brings some southern soul to this Van classic.

7. The Weight – Gillian Welch w/Emmylou Harris, Old Crow Medicine Show & Chris Thile
2005.06.18 – Telluride, CO

The sound quality here is less than all the other songs on this mix, but the performance is worth it.  You can hear how much fun everybody is having.

8. Saddle in the Rain – John Prine
1987.07.13 – Roslyn, NY

Not my favorite Prine song by a long shot, but the guitarist lays it down for a long solo at the end that just made me include it. I accidentally mislabeled the MP3s for this one 2005.06.18.

9. Pictures of You – The Cure
1995.06.26 – Glastonbury, England

There is a whole lot of acoustic playing on this mix so I needed The Cure to give it a little punch-up.

10. Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
2009.10.02 – Meadowland, NJ

You can’t beat Springsteen in concert as he proves with his classic song right here.

11. Christ For President – Wilco

Wilco’s semi-cover of a Woody Guthrie number closes us out with some really nice playing from everybody.

That’s it.  Hope you enjoyed my very first mix.  Do let me know if you dug it and if you want me to do more of them.

Repost Bonanza: Bob Dylan – Flagging Down the Double ‘E’s

Bob Dylan
Flagging Down Double Es
source: Rolling Thunder in Canada
Manufacturer / Catalog No. 
Razor’s Edge / RAZ 014/15

Download: FLAC/MP3

When I Paint My Masterpiece **
It Ain’t Me Babe
Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll
Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You
It Takes A Lot To Laugh
Romance In Durango
The Times *
Dark As A Dungeon (Merle Travis) *
Never Let Me Go (Joe C. Scott) *
I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine *
I Shall Be Released *
It’s All Over Now Baby Blue (solo)
Love Minus Zero (solo)
Simple Twist Of Fate (solo)
Oh Sister
One More Cup Of Coffee
Just Like A Woman
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door ***
This Land Is Your Land (Woody Guthrie) (all)
Maple Leaf, Dec. 2, 1975:
Hard Rain
Blowin’ In The Wind *
Wild Mountain Thyme (trad.) *
Mama You Been On My Mind *
Mr Tambourine Man (solo)
Tangled Up In Blue (solo)
I Don’t Believe You (1)
With God On Our Side (solo) (2)
It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) (solo)(3)

Source / Venue:
Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON Dec. 1, 1975
Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON Dec. 2, 1975
(1) Municipal Auditorium, Bangor, ME Nov. 27, 1975
(2) Civic Center, Providence, RI Nov. 4, 1975 (day)
(3) Civic Center, Providence, RI Nov. 4, 1975 (eve)
Thanks to Bill Clinton for venue info

Happy Holidays, Y’all


I’ll be spending the next week or so enjoying the Holiday Season with my family. As such I’ve decided to give The Midnight Cafe some much needed rest. I’ll probably start back up a little before the New Year, but if not I want to say a great big thanks to this community for making 2016 a little brighter for me.

I appreciate all the insightful comments, the ‘thank yous’ and even the complaints when I’ve screwed up. I literally would not keep posting all this great music if it wasn’t for your words.

Have the very best of holidays, and a very happy new year.

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Grateful Dead – Unknown Location (xx/xx/66) “1966 Acid Test #3”


Grateful Dead
Unknown Venue *

Download: FLAC/MP3

Source: sbd > 10 inch Master Reels @ 15 ips 1/2 track > Dat (48k)

01 Indecipherable talking over pa//
02 jam, nothing recognisable as a tune. Mostly Phil and Billy (1)
03 possibly part of a soundcheck (2)
04 jam, similar to track 2
05 jam, similar to track 2
06 Phil bass jam > talking


– This version has been provided by an anonymous source.
– The reel is labelled “1966 Acid Test #3” *
The 3rd Acid Test of 1966 took place 21ñ23 January, Trips Festival at Longshoreman’s Hall, San Francisco, CA
– Lots of talking going on over pa but you can’t really hear what’s being said (1)
– The speaking is much clearer. Garcia says “I’m really tired of playing in a warehouse though” and “As long as
they jump up and down, what the fuck” (2)
– All files are tagged.

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Madonna – Daly City, CA (04/23/85)


Daly City, CA
Cow Palace

Download: FLAC/MP3

01. Intro
02. Dress You Up
03. Holiday
04. Madonna PSA
05. Holiday (cont’d)
06. Into The Groove
07. Everybody
08. Angel
09. Gambler
10. Borderline
11. Lucky Star

From the original uploader:
Not a complete show, but truly unbelieveable sound. This was at the height of Madonna-Mania and judging from Madoona’s reaction, the crowd gets quite unruly. She tries to calm people down during Dress You Up and then actually stops Holiday to be more assertive … and then asks everyone to bark like a dog.