The Grateful Dead - Live

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I only saw The Dead once (on the Dylan & The Dead tour in '86). The Dead were great (what I remember - some jackass dosed me and several other folks by spraying us with water / DMSO / LSD so I tripped for a decent portion), but Dylan was very much a disappointment (compared to the Dylan / Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers tour of the prior year in which he was dialed in).

Nice to hear these shows, especially so well recorded.
 
Well, thank you.

I am in a constant loop of updating, archiving, and hopefully before too long, will back to real live recording.
The other day, I was going through the data discs, and, audio discs, and found this Vegas recording that had sort of been set aside, and never finished. So, I took to that effort, and, am really happy with the results. There is a lot of energy in this 84 Vegas recording.

The Vegas recording was done with my mentor in live recording, and, a small circle of friends in support. My mentors wife was expectant, at 8 months. We used my dads motorhome to drive to the concert from Orange County, and back. She was well tended to.

Then, a month later, JGB came to town, and we were going to gather at my friends house before the show.
Well, his wife chose this moment to have the kid, and, I was handed the gear bag, and told to handle it. This was my first solo effort (JGB 1984 Irvine).
It also had Robert Hunter as the opening act. And I needed to get a set list for him, as he plays some obscure stuff that I don't know the name of.
I decided, yesterday, to bring this recording into the hi-res digital realm, and, make another transfer some 20 years later (the original audio CD-R master was burned around 2000/2001)
So, as I was remastering the JGB recording to 2448, just yesterday, I searched the internet of things to find a set list. I found this blog site, which really made me smile: The Auds Have It - JGB at Irvine Meadows, May 18, 1984
It turns out that this blog is run by an acquaintance of mine that I haven't spoken to in the same 20 years since the original digital transfer.

So, consider this post a tease of what will be offered next; the next upload to WeTransfer will be of this remastered same JGB show.
Listening to JGB as I type.

That's a cool shout out in that link. I imagine it helps to be tall when taping at a concert. And love that guys prose, very groovy.

Curious as to what player you use?
 

mfrench

Senior Member
@doglv
I use a Marantz SD-63 3-head cassette deck -> Tascam DR70D portable hi-res recorder. Its a really simple signal stream.
In this instance, I'm not so sure if the remaster was able to better the original transfer. The deck is a war horse with many miles on it, and, it might have been a bit more gritty than the original transfer.
I'm still assessing it.
 

mfrench

Senior Member
Thanks! I look forward to having a listen.

I've always had a healthy confusion of archive.org.

Is it possible to DL shows, without having to manually type in all the metadata?

Or DL into a Music mgt software?

Or

The best way to use it is to just use their interface and stream only.

I dream of having access to this catalogue via ROON. I can dream cant I?

View attachment 12335
I just found your question; somehow missed.
Well, I'm hardly the one to answer this question, as I'm a bit of a computer novice.
I have just clicked the download button in the side column, regarding the file type desired. The LMA software does the rest, and deposits it on my desktop in a ZIP file.
 
I probably need to set aside some time and just conquer it. I love computer based audio but I seem to fight it. I should say I love listening and controlling it with my tablet. Everything else I find laborius and frustrating and alot like work... which i try to avoid when not working.

Anwyawy, have you tinkered around with "Relisten"? A friend just showedd it to me and it is pretty awesome. Besides GD and JGB, I love Widespread Panic and Little Feet and they seem to have a whole boatload of live shows. Not sure about dowloading here as well.

I wish I could just click a button and have it dl in my ROON.
 

mfrench

Senior Member
So, this past weekend, I decided that I was going to remaster this recording to hi-res digital, 24 bit, 48khz. I did this today, May 15, 2021, in preparation for an announcement-send on the 18th (today).
Is it any better than the original transfer to 1644 from like 20 years ago? I don't know. Its too soon to say. I don't think it is any worse.
I'm just trying to keep things current and properly archived, and shared, and for backup (hint hint). It sounds quite nice through headphones as my first listening, while editing. And I did do an A/B not-blind comp, and it holds up well enough.


In this remaster effort, I wanted to find the Robert Hunter set list, and, so I did a search, where I found his set at the Live Music Archive, and uploaded by RH himself, it seems. There, I found the set list, and, I followed a link that led me to a website the I found to be quite surprising, truthfully, as I always thought this recording to be a bit rough.


Here is an internet page that was dedicated to this show, it seems, with some reviews, and critical comments. I just found it today, while trying to find the Robert Hunter song list.
The Auds Have It - JGB at Irvine Meadows, May 18, 1984
So, this was an interesting find for me in regard to this long past event. He makes some interesting comparison comments about this recording, and, a sbd/fm mix-down effort by someone else. It made me smile to find it.


I humbly submit my first solo effort, with all of its bumps, bruises, nicks and scuffs. I do hope you'll enjoy.


peace love wellness


Mike





to the good stuff,.... links at the bottom.


Jerry Garcia Band
-with-
Robert Hunter, opening act

May 18, 1984
Irvine Meadows Ampitheater,
Irvine, Ca

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05-18-1984 Irvine Meadows Amphitheater, Irvine, CA

opening:
Robert Hunter - solo acoustic

Taking Maggie Home
Don't Be Deceived
Jacob Baum (Water Witch) (only known complete version by RH)
Cruel White Water
-banter-
Box Of Rain >
Armageddon Rag
Promontory Rider
E: Boys In The Barroom


JGB Set 1
Cats Under The Stars
Catfish John
Simple Twist Of Fate
Run For The Roses
Rhapsody In Red

JGB Set 2
Mission In The Rain
Harder They Come >
Tangled Up In Blue

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Ambient Analog Recording by Mike French
Sennheiser MD-421's 90º Near-Coincidence (modified XY90º past coincidence, or, a very narrow din, something like 8cm 90º) -> Sony TC-D5 no n.r., Maxell UD-XLII 90
Mics hand-held @ 6' "chin level", 9th row center orchestra

*My first solo stealth recording effort, after learning that my taping mentor and his wife were going to the hospital to deliver their first child, Erin Elizabeth. Happy Birthday, Erin Elizabeth P.

*This meant getting the big rig in (big thanks to my sister Kami, for wearing the pouch from hell), set up, hand holding, and level setting, flips, etc.

This fileset is the original digital transfer of this recording, transferred apprx., 2001/2002 (no transfer notes taken). It was burned as an audio burn via a Sony TC-D5M -> Tascam CDRW700 master audio cd recorder.

There was an edited version of set one, performed by JAH, to clean up a sudden level change. That was done before my awareness of flac, text files, etc. So, no notes were taken, as to that edit.

As an added measure, I've included the JAH edited version, and original transfer version of set2

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Notes
Robert Hunter opened.

Recordings in Circulation
90 AUD : MAC>CD
Taper: Mike French
Original Equipment: Sennheiser 421 mics (90 degrees X-Y) > Sony TC-D5 cassette deck. Mics hand-held and performance recorded from 9th row center.


Adding 2021-05-15 remaster to 24.48 by MF
Marantz SD-63 cassette deck no n.r. -> Tascam DR70D 24.48

These links are good for one week from today. Then they'll expire. Grab em if you want em.

1644 remaster: 1984_05_18 flyer.jpg and 22 more files
2448 remaster: 1984_05_18 flyer.jpg and 22 more files

JAH Edit 1644 - Edited version of my original 20y.o. 1644 transfer:
1984_05_18 flyer.jpg and 18 more files
(only set 1 of the original transfer is the JAH edit, that cleaned up some issues. set 2 is as is, original transfer from analog to digital)
This is the version talked about in the The Auds Have It link above.


1984_05_18poster.jpg
 
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