The Grateful Dead and The New Riders of the Purple Sage
June 24th 1970 Early & Late
Port Chester N.Y
I have also posted the New Riders shows, shnid 25866, here.
This is a combined & tagged version of shnidS: 23062 + 32710 + 100223
Primary Source shnid: 23062
Supplies the entire show except what is noted below.
Ken & Judy Lee Proudly Present
The Port Chester Resurrection Project
Source 2 shnid: 32710
Supplies all of the Dead’s Early Electric set
recorded by J.Cooper: Hitachi trq-222 stereo casstte recoder
using 2 hitachi mics and a 120 minute tape.
Transferred by Coopernicus March 2006:
Sony tcd5pro2>dbx223> Sonyrcdw500c MC>EQ>CDR>EAC>FLAC
Source 3 shnid: 100223
Supplies the Dead’s Late acoustic set
Audience master > ?? > Reel(Mono, Scotch 7″ reel @ 3&3/4ips) >
Alesis Masterlink ML-9600 > CDR > EAC(secure, offset corrected) >
Cool Edit Pro > TLH > FLAC16
Analog to Digital by Bill Gadsden, April 2009
– Aud taper and equipment unknown.
– Some level adjustments were made.
– New Riders tracks were speed corrected +0.8%.
– Cool Edit Pro was used to perform all edits.
– Encoded to FLAC level 8 via Trader’s Little Helper.
– Thanks to Joe B. Jones for his help with pitch correction.
101-D1T01 – Direwolf
102-D1T02 – Dont Ease Me In
103-D1T03 – Attics of My Life
104-D1T04 – Friend of the Devil
105-D1T05 – 83968
106-D1T06 – Candyman
107-D1T07 – Uncle John’s Band
201-D1T08 – Introduction
202-D1T09 – Working Man’s Blues
203-D1T10 – Watcha Gonna Do
204-D1T11 – Live & Let Live
205-D1T12 – If You Hear Me
206-D1T13 – Henry
207-D1T14 – Portland Woman
208-D1T15 – Dirty Business
209-D2T01 – Truck Drivin Man
210-D2T02 – Last Lonely Eagle
211-D2T03 – Honkey Tonk Women
-Dead Electric- from shind:32710
301-D2T04 – Introduction -> Casey Jones ->
302-D2T05 – Black Peter
303-D2T06 – Good Lovin
304-D2T07 – Mama Tried ->
305-D2t08 – Pigsnort
306-D2T09 – High Time
307-D2T10 – Cryptical Envelopment -> Drums ->
308-D2T11 – The Other One -> Cryptical Reprise
309-D2T12 – Cosmic Charlie//-> Begin New Minglewood Blues ->
310-D2T13 – New Minglewood Blues
-Dead Acoustic- from shnid:100223
402-D3T02 – Big Railrosd Blues//
403-D3T03 – Deep Elem Blues//
*D3T04- The Rub
*D3T05- Silver Threads & Golden Needles
406-D3T06 – Friend of the Devil//
407-D3T07 – Candyman
408-D3T08 – Cumberland Blues//
409-D3T09 – //Cold Jordan
501-D3T11 – Introduction
502-D3T12 – Six Days On The Road
503-D3T13 – Superman
504-D4T01 – I Don’t Know You
505-D4T02 – Together Again
506-D4T03 – Fair Chance To Know
507-D4T04 – Portland Woman
508-D4T05 – Garden Of Eden
509-D4T06 – Henry
510-D4T07 – All I Ever Wanted
511-D4T08 – Delia
512-D4T09 – Louisiana Lady
513-D4T10 – Honkey Tonk Women
601-D4T11 – Introduction
602-D4T12 – Not Fade Away
603-D4T13 – Easy Wind
604-D5T01 – Me & My Uncle
605-D5T02 – Mickey’s Gong
606-D5T03 – Dark Star
607-D5T04 – Attics of My Life
608-D5T05 – Dark Star
609-D5T06 – Sugar Magnolia
610-D5T07 – Dark Star
611-D5T08 – St. Stephen
612-D5T09 – China Cat Sunflower ->
613-D5T10 – I Know You Rider
614-D5T11 – Uncle John’s Band
615-D5T12 – Exit Music
616-D5T13 – Swing Low Sweet Chariot
This is a classic show that deserves to be heard in its entirity.
By combining the 3 sources we come close. The late acoustic set is still
incomplete and chopped rather badly, but at this point nothing better
circulates. This is one of those shows that needs to find a home in
every Dead Head’s collection.
The Lee tape (shnid:23062) is the most complete and has the highest
sound quality of all circulating sources. I used all of this source
and combined it with the noted portions of the other two sources.
It was necessary to renumber the tracks of the two secondary sources.
Fortunately The Port Chester Resotration Project folks left space
in their tracking for the missing songs so that added tracks fit right in.
The renumbering may present a mild annoyance to those who wish to match up
ffp checksums to those stored in the data base.
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 11-23-09
notes for shnid: 23062
This is the best sounding yet from the Ken & Judy Lee collection.
The late show has long been regarded as one the Dead’s finest, and to
hear it, in what is up till now the cleanest source available, is truly
awesome. There are four TDK 120 cassettes from this night, however we
have only three. Tape 1, 3 and 4. Tape 2 is missing. We will have to
fill in the puzzle as the pieces emerge. And this poses a problem. We
naturally want to bring you the complete show, but we have no idea when
the missing piece will be found, so it was decided to release what we
have. I included a text file for the missing sets in the torrent for the
sake of continuity. This will have to do until the last tape is found.
Noise Reduction was applied to the acoustic Dead set only. Some
deterioration on the master tape during 83968 (D1T05), and some other
small glitches, none of which should detract from enjoying this show.
The original audience master cassette was recorded on a Sony TC124 with
unknown Sony dynamic mics, spread approx. 25-30 ft. across the balcony,
by Ken & Judy Lee,. The cassette was baked, processed and transfered via
Tascam 122 MK-III > Lucid ADA1000 > Tascam CDRW 700 (CDR) by John Jay
Hance. Noise Reduction by Peter G. Audio extraction via Peak 3.2.1 on a
G4 Titanium Powerbook, Flac’d with xACT V 1.2 and seeded by BoldCaptain
via BitTorrent 3.2.2a.
It was a night that was filled with magic. The kind of night that legends
are made of. All of the elements were in place. The band was on, the
crowd was on, the energy was on, the tape was on. The X factor at a high.
Disc 1 opens with the Grateful Dead acoustic. This set has circulated
only as a fragment, a few songs that Mark Cohen, Judy’s brother and Ken’s
brother-in-law, had tacked on as filler to 4-4-71, sometime in 1976.
Though short, only 30 minutes, it set the mood for the night. The New
Riders of the Purple Sage take the stage as the sun is setting… No
ordinary evening, indeed. There is an electric set of the grateful dead
still to come, and thats only the early show. Unfortunately this electric
set has yet to be uncovered, along with the acoustic set from the late
show. The rest of the show is here, and what a show it is. There is
endless banter from the band, as they seem to REALLY be enjoying
themselves.The New Riders open the third disc with their second set for
the night. Garcia on pedal steel here, as well as the early show, and he
really shines. But the electric set from the Dead is the real payoff.
Open Not Fade Away, slow segue into Easy Wind, broken string banter into
Me & My Uncle. “Mickey needs to get his gong together, where gonna do
Dark Star..” What an understatement ! Dark Star into the second Attics
of the evening, back into Dark Star, into Sugar Magnolia, back into
Dark Star, St. Steven into China Cat – I Know You Rider. The crowd reels
in applause as the band exits the stage. They return for the encore, and
you can tell there is no hurry as they ease into Uncle Johns Band.
He’s come to take his children home…
But his children don’t want to leave. And they roar as the house lights
come up, and Joan Baez plays thru the PA. Judy Lee recalls, “There was
this energy in the air. We were all stunned at what we had just witnessed.
The lights were on. Everyone was standing, clapping, stomping and
yelling. Nobody was leaving. I looked at Ken, we knew it wasn’t over.
So I flipped the tape.” Several minutes of crowd chanting to the exit
music, turns into an eruption as the band, with members of the New Riders
re-emerge on the stage with acoustic guitars. The crowd quiets as they
tune and respectfully offer a prayer of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. And
with that, they sent the disciples into the early morning…
To this Rob Berger adds:
Make no mistake about it, these NRPS sets are not those of an opening
act. The Riders in June of 1970 were not an offshoot of the Grateful
Dead, but rather a thread in the fabric of the trip. I think their music
speaks for itself on these recordings. I was fortunate to have grown up
in a neighboring town of Port Chester and the Howard Stein era concerts
at the Capitol Theatre were actually not legendary, but rather more of
a rock n roll rumor by the late 70’s. Unlike Bill Graham’s fabled
Fillmore East a mere 35 minutes away, a gig at Port Chester’s Capitol
Theatre was considered a fill-in date. Not high profile by any means.
But, as anyone who has seen a show at the Capitol at any point in time
can attest to, that room generates an energy that is truly charged and
special. Very East Coast. Rowdy, but attentive and knowledgeable. Shows
at the Capitol were all marked by a freedom of the artist to let loose
and take chances without being scrutinized by the New York City press
and jaded big city audience. Most groups really seemed to thrive off
the boisterous enthusiasm of the crowd. Between 1988 -1997 I was lucky
enough to have made a living promoting shows at, and managing the
Capitol Theatre. It blew my mind that the shows we were putting on were
so reminiscent of those tapes I remember. So full of energy and abandon.
In May of 1990 we hosted John Dawson and his Riders at the still standing
Capitol. Backstage over a corn cob pipe, Marmaduke shared with stage
manager Dave – O and me a wonderful story of how Howard Stein painted the
stage purple for their first gig there in that warm June of 1970 and how
the cops were ready for the Dead to come to town after they freely gave
out acid at their recent March gigs there. Enjoy the music, the memories,
and thank you Ken, Judy, John Jay, and all those who make the music go
Ken & Judy Lee present the Port Chester Resurrection Project as a loving
tribute to Mark Cohen. A brother and friend to many in the community,
his spirit lives on through the music.
notes for shnid: 100223
In 1973 Bill Gadsden acquired several reels belonging to Buddy Miller,
among them were the three reels comprising the complete 9/20/70
Fillmore East show. which Bill digitized and circulated in 2000.
The ‘A’ side of this particular reel contains the portion of 9/20/70
from Big Boy Pete to the “undamaged” portion of Caution. The ‘B’ side
has an audience recording of a portion of Cold Rain and Snow through the
end of the 2/11/70 Late Show in the left channel and portions of 6/24/70
Late Show in the right channel. Bill remembers listening to 2/11/70 and
possibly 6/24/70 back in 1973 when compiling the complete 9/20/70 show,
but the reels remained shelved for over 30 years, until recently. It is
altogether possible that Buddy Miller taped the shows using his reel to
reel deck that took 5″ reels, but he does not remember. Until such time
as more details arise, the taper remains unknown. During the analog to
digital conversion, the single channel recording was dubbed, making it a
two channel mono recording.
– Chuck Reynolds, May 2009