Shows of the Day: May 30, 2023

Happy Jerry Wednesday to everybody. I hope you enjoy it.

I also hope some of you have been enjoying my old adventures in France. It is funny to me because I haven’t read those old posts since I wrote them over 18 years ago. Some posts bring up wonderful memories. Other posts I don’t remember at all.

Reading them now, with many more years under my belt, and a whole lot more world-traveling experience, I sound very young, very naive, and I seem to complain a lot. At the time I didn’t feel like I was really experiencing culture shock, but looking back I can see that I clearly was. I think back then I thought culture shock was something much more overwhelming – something that would bring me to tears every day or keep me curled up under the covers. But that isn’t me. I always get out of bed and do my best to plow ahead.

But reading these old posts I can see how I was being overwhelmed almost every day by all the differences in our cultures. Certainly, the language barrier was difficult.

I’m almost embarrassed by some of the posts. But I also realize that I wasn’t writing to anyone reading this now. I was writing to a handful of friends and family members. I was writing in a familiar way to people I knew. I was often trying to be funny and sarcastic, which comes off to me now as whiny and annoying.

Anyway, I do hope you are enjoying the posts, even if I do sound like a dumb little kid lost in the big world of baguettes.

Legion of Mary – 1975.04.12 – Scranton, PA

Legion of Mary – 1975.04.13 – Washington, DC

Legion of Mary – 1975.04.18 – Chicago, IL

Legion of Mary – 1975.04.19 – Milwaukee, WI

Legion of Mary – 1975.04.20 – Madison, WI

Bootlegs of the Day: May 23, 2023 – Jerry Garcia

Sorry for being so late today with these. I overslept and had to rush to work. Then it was a very long day at work. Every muscle in my body now aches and I want to do nothing more than take a nap. But I’m here for you people and instead, I’m getting these fantastic Legion of Mary shows posted. :).

Legion of Mary – 1975.04.05 – Passaic, NJ

Legion of Mary – 1975.04.06 – Boston, MA

Legion of Mary – 1975.04.08 – New York, NY

Legion of Mary – 1975.04.11 – Upper Darby, PA

Bootlegs of the Day: May 16, 2023 – Jerry Garcia

Happy Jerry Tuesday. I’ve got four shows for you today, some are new, some have new sources and some have been posted before.

Legion of Mary – 1975.04.09 – New York, NY

Legion of Mary – 1975.04.10 – New York, NY

Jerry Garcia Band – 1978.03.16 – Philadelphia, PA

Jerry Garcia Band – 1978.03.17 – Passaic, NJ

Daily Bootleg Links: May 2, 2023 – Jerry Garcia

Happy Jerry Garcia Tuesday, or I guess I should call it Jerry and Merl Saunders day as Merl continues to join Jerry in my shares this week.

Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders – 1972.01.19 – San Anselmo, CA

Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders – 1972.01.20 – San Anselmo, CA

Howard Wales & Friends (including Jerry Garcia) – 1972.01.26 – Boston, MA – added a new source

Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders – 1972.02.06 – San Francisco, CA – added a new source

Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders – 1974.11.06 – New York, NY

Bootlegs of the Day: April 25, 2023

Does anyone know the difference between a Legion of Mary show and just a Jerry & Merl show? Was there a lineup difference at this time? Or were they actually billed differently depending on the day? Or is it that collectors sometimes label them wrong? Or something else. I go by whatever the text file says it just seems strange that some get the LoM label and others don’t, but I have no idea if there is a reason.

Great music either way.

Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders – 1974.10.04 – Berkeley, CA

Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders – 1974.10.27 – Huntington Beach, CA

Legion of Mary – 1974.10.31 – San Francisco, CA

Legion of Mary – 1974.11.02 – Berkeley, CA

Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders – 1974.11.05 – New York

Bootlegs of the Day: April 18, 2023

Jerry playing with Merl is some of my favorite music ever. I’ve got four shows with them for you today, three of which I’ve never posted before. I hope you enjoy.

Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders – 1974.08.31 – Berkeley, CA

Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders – 1974.09.02 – San Francisco, CA

Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders – 1974.10.05 – Berkeley, CA

Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders – 1974.10.06 – San Francisco, CA

Grateful Dead – San Francisco, CA (03/12/88)

Grateful Dead
March 12, 1988
Civic Auditorium – San Francisco, CA
Bammies (11th Annual Bay Area Music Awards)

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Recording Info:

Transfer Info:
PCM (Sony SL-HF860D) > Sony PCM-601ESD > Behringer Ultramatch Pro (16-bit/44.1k) >
Tascam SS-CDR200 > Samplitude Pro X6 Suite > FLAC/16
(1 Disc Audio / 1 Disc FLAC)

All Transfers and Mastering by Charlie Miller
April 13, 2022

The finale jam featured the Grateful Dead along with Huey Lewis and the News
Bob Weir, Jerry Garcia and Chris Hayes on guitars
Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart and Billy Gibson on drums
Phil Lesh and Mario Cipollina on bass, Johnny Colla on sax
Brent Mydland and Merl Saunders (seated at the same organ) and Sean Hopper on keyboards
John Fogerty joins them for Long Tall Sally

01 – Tuning
02 – Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
03 – Turn On Your Lovelight
04 – Long Tall Sally

Jerry Garica – Gotta Get Down, Musical Escapades of November 1973

Jerry Garcia
Gotta Get Down: Jerry Garcia’s Musical Escapades of November 1973

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A Mix By /u/MrCompletely and /u/wilbard

1 Finders Keepers (JGMS 11/05)
2 Cumberland Blues (GD 11/14)
3 Catfish John (OAITW 11/04)
4 Playing in the Band > (GD 11/21)
5 El Paso > Playing jam > (GD 11/21)
6 Wharf Rat > Playing jam > space > (GD 11/21)
7 Untitled Improvisation (PFA 11/28)
8 White Dove (OAITW 11/04)
9 Someday Baby (JGMS 11/03)
10 China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider (GD 11/25)
11 The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (JGMS 11/05)
12 Jerry’s Breakdown (OAITW 11/04)
13 Stella Blue (GD 11/10)
14 Expressway (To Your Heart) > jam > (JGMS 11/03)
15 space > (GD 11/23)
16 Playing jam > (GD 11/21)
17 Playing Reprise (GD 11/17)

Deadheads all know November ’73 to be a high point of the Dead’s early career. The band played nearly a dozen great shows, including some all-time classic performances. But the Grateful Dead was just one of the projects Garcia had going on at that time. The same month featured him on banjo with Old & in the Way in their last full show, on guitar with his Merl Saunders side project (with Bill Kreutzmann on drums), and even in an experimental night of far-out psychedelia at the Palace of Fine Arts alongside Mickey Hart (who was not playing in the Dead at the time), also featuring Ned Lagin and Phil Lesh. Also of note, during the same month Rolling Stone published a long cover-story feature article on the Dead’s evolving “business” model. In the previous month of October, the Dead had just released Wake of the Flood, the forward-looking first album on their own newly-established independent label.
This is a mix meant to capture the wide range of live output Garcia was producing during the month of November 1973. While we were working on this mix, we came across a smaller-scale version of the same concept done recently by another guy here. As he writes:
There’s a paraphrased quote in Skeleton Key: A Dictionary for Deadheads: “Garcia has said that all he needs is one day off a week, and that in an ideal world, he’d be playing six gigs weekly: two with the Dead, two with the Jerry Garcia Band, and two playing with an acoustic group like the Black Mountain Boys.” November ’73 might be the closest he came to achieving this omnivorous vision.
This mix is centred around one of several epic Playing in the Band sequences that were played that month. Overall, the styles covered range from jazz-funk fusion, to bluegrass/country pickin’, to blues, to ballads, to the pure experimental space that was being explored by the end of the month, by the Dead themselves and in the Hart/Garcia/Lagin/Lesh project.
Not only does November ’73 contain much $$$ Garcia playing (as displayed in every single track in this mix), it was also a particularly intense transformative period. Many threads that had been developing came to a head. For instance, the cosmic experimentation that culminated in the Palace of Fine Arts gig led directly into the more far-out sounds that were to be played through December and in 1974. (Note that the PFA segment we’ve included is an audience recording; we think it’s good enough quality to make an enjoyable listen, but if it’s too jarring for you that’s understandable. The stream link below also includes tracks from a similar set recorded in SBD on 6/6/75 in case you’re interested.)
Setlist creativity was also there in spades. Playing in the Band is especially interesting to trace. Perhaps inspired by the successful one-off experiment with a split Playing sequence a year earlier on 10/18/72, Playing’s placement in the second set was being experimented with increasingly during the fall of ’73. The 11/01 Evanston show saw the first Playing > UJB > Playing, which was a precursor to what was to come in more developed form in the classic, epic Playing palindrome sandwiches at 11/10 Winterland & 11/17 UCLA (Playing > UJB > Dew > UJB > Playing). We decided to include the next, lesser-known version from 11/21 Denver, where Playing became the vehicle of a wholly unpredictable affair. With this performance, Playing completed its transition from self-contained song to being a true launching-point song for unplanned improvisational sequences, having broken free of even the planned segue structures of earlier in the month. Given that the Other One segues of the early 70s almost always touched on the same few songs, this moved Playing into a category of its own, foreshadowed only by a few multiply-segue’d Dark Stars of late ’69 and 1970. In a very real sense we can see the maturation of the “main sequence” Grateful Dead second set structure happening in realtime.
The Other One is the other tune to watch. There’s the TOO-segue-filled second set of 11/14 San Diego, which hearkens back to the old 71-72 style versions. And there’s also the unique version of TOO in 11/23 El Paso that gives way to a long “Tiger-y” space segment (from which we included a portion here), anticipating the spacey explorations of the coming weeks and months.
This is meant to be a seamless mix that takes you through it as if all the month’s sounds were played in one evening. Put it on and enjoy from top to bottom. But it’s not meant to be comprehensive, by any means. Most people already know the big shows like Winterland, UCLA, and Boston (if you don’t then get on that!). And the lesser-known GD shows like Evanston (only set 2 survives), El Paso and Tempe are very worth your time too. The whole OAITW show on 11/04 is excellent (their final full concert performance, with Garcia’s banjo chops by then fully re-established), as are both the JGMS Betty Boards (11/05’s soundboard just emerged for the first time last year).
Thanks to /u/arghdos for hosting on his YT channel.
Enjoy,MrCompletely & wilbard

Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders – San Francisco, CA (xx/xx/71)

Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders
San Francisco, CA

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This is a tagged version of shnid: 93137

SBD MR > R > R > CD > EAC > WAV (shntool confirms no sbes) > FLAC

SBD MR (Peter Abrams) > R (Peter Kafer) > R (Will Boswell) > CD
Transferred by Matt Smith—- info: MR@7 1/2 ips>R@7 1/2 ips>R@ 7 1/2 ips>Apogee Mini ME 24/96>Apogee Mini DAC(monitoring)>Wavelab 5.0(dithered to 20/44)>CD

Huge thanks to Will Boswell for the source and to Matt Smith for blessing us with a copy.

Disc 1
01 save mother earth jam > funk space jam > 13:29
02 save mother earth jam continued > 14:40 (reel splice at 2:37)
03 jam 15:22

Disc 2
01 jam > 8:48 (drop out at 5:23-:26)
02 jam > 24:04
03 jam 5:42 // (cuts at 4:42)


all instrumental show with lots of spacey improvisation

wonderful sound and jamming!!!

As Matt puts it:
“It’s clearly a Matrix tape and you can tell from the separation of the instruments
and it has the same type of mix of all other Matrix reels I’ve done. Since Garcia
would show up at the ‘Thursday night Jam’ numerous times, this could be from
late 1970 but since Merle is here it’s most likely early, mid ’71. There is static in the left channel but goes away and the overall dynamics are fantastic!! It’s like
you’re sitting right in front of them!! As an aside Kafer’s reels were destroyed in
his parent’s attic so Will’s stuff is most likely the best and cleanest surviving
analog copies.