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Grateful Dead 09/26/81
Community War Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY
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Source Summary flac16; Sick Bits Vol. 10 - SBD/AUD matrix of 2 previously circulated sources: (SBD - SHN ID# 18110, and AUD - SHN ID# 12554); edited and transfered by Chris Chappell  
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Grateful Dead
War Memorial Auditorium
Buffalo, NY
Sick Bits Vol. 10

Source: Matrix (SBD/AUD mix):

SBD: (SHN ID # 18110) - via Charlie Miller

AUD: (SHN ID # 12554) - via popi n. feeldz
Set 1: Nak 100's w/cardioid capsules>Uher CR-240>DAT>CDR

Set 2: AKG 414's>Revox cassette deck (Cass. Master)>DAT>CDR  
(Recorded by Dan Healy at the sbd)

cdr>eac(secure mode)>shn

Both sources were SHN files downloaded from LMA and converted to
WAV > Sony Vegas 5 > WAV > CD Wave > FLAC 16 (level 8)

Matrixed by Chris Chappell
[email protected]

Set I:

d1t01 - Shakedown Street
d1t02 - CC Rider
d1t03 - They Love Each Other
d1t04 - Cassidy
d1t05 - Jack A Roe
d1t06 - On The Road Again
d1t07 - Ramble On Rose
d1t08 - Looks Like Rain
d1t09 - Brown Eyed Women
d1t10 - Let It Grow
d1t11 - Don't Ease Me In

Set II:

d2t01 - Tuning
d2t02 - Playin' In The Band ->
d2t03 - Bertha ->
d2t04 - Estimated Prophet ->
d2t05 - Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad ->
d2t06 - Drumz/
d2t07 - /DrumSpace ->
d2t08 - Not Fade Away ->
d2t09 - Morning Dew ->
d2t10 - Playin' Reprise ->
d2t11 - One More Saturday Night

d2t12 - Johnny B. Goode

Total Times:
Disc 1 [79:03]
Disc 2 [73:53]

- for track times see shntool output

length     expanded size   cdr  WAVE problems filename
13:20.43      141221180    ---   --   ---xx   gd81-09-26d1t01.flac
  8:04.52       85499948    ---   --   ---xx   gd81-09-26d1t02.flac
  6:56.42       73481228    ---   --   ---xx   gd81-09-26d1t03.flac
  5:29.21       58085036    ---   --   ---xx   gd81-09-26d1t04.flac
  4:25.68       46905980    ---   --   ---xx   gd81-09-26d1t05.flac
  3:20.49       35395292    ---   --   ---xx   gd81-09-26d1t06.flac
  6:32.40       69242924    ---   --   ---xx   gd81-09-26d1t07.flac
10:04.57      106679708    ---   --   ---xx   gd81-09-26d1t08.flac
  5:50.21       61789436    ---   --   ---xx   gd81-09-26d1t09.flac
11:16.27      119309948    ---   --   ---xx   gd81-09-26d1t10.flac
  3:41.33       39062060    ---   --   ---xx   gd81-09-26d1t11.flac
  0:56.51        9998396    ---   --   ---xx   gd81-09-26d2t01.flac
10:07.56      107206556    ---   --   ---xx   gd81-09-26d2t02.flac
  6:49.10       72171164    ---   --   ---xx   gd81-09-26d2t03.flac
10:12.05      107968604    ---   --   ---xx   gd81-09-26d2t04.flac
  7:05.00       74970044    ---   --   ---xx   gd81-09-26d2t05.flac
  8:02.23       85078940    ---   --   ---xx   gd81-09-26d2t06.flac
  2:31.32       26711708    ---   --   ---xx   gd81-09-26d2t07.flac
  5:56.05       62810204    ---   --   ---xx   gd81-09-26d2t08.flac
10:09.45      107533484    ---   --   ---xx   gd81-09-26d2t09.flac
  2:47.40       29552924    ---   --   ---xx   gd81-09-26d2t10.flac
  4:51.16       51370076    ---   --   ---xx   gd81-09-26d2t11.flac
  4:25.09       46767212    ---   --   ---xx   gd81-09-26d2t12.flac
152:56.70     1618812052 B (totals for 23 files, 0.6303 overall compression ratio)


General Notes:

By popular vote, this show got the nod for Sick Bits Vol. 10 for obvious
reasons.  First and foremost, this show absolutely rocks, with Jerry often
employing a telecaster style twang on the likes of Ramble On Rose, Bertha,
GDTRFB, Johnny B Goode and epitomized in Playin' - that country twang thang
(uptempo, the way I like it - especially in the Reprise).  Morning Dew is
impressive, but the spirit of the aforementioned tunes is where the sickness
is, especially the Goin' Down The Road, the highlight of an amazing second set.

Of note is the second electric On The Road Again since 1966 (3 in that year),
and it is one of 4 played in '81 (one of those being acoustic - Melk Weg) with
there only being 12 electric versions post 1980 when it was a staple in their
acoustic set.

Three sources from the LMA provided coverage for this matrix: a okay SBD,
and different, but nice sounding AUDs for each set. The result in my mind
is a very worthy matrix, because each source on its own do not do this
show justice.  There are some mix issues from Healy's end on the SBD
(covered in the editing notes), and it should be known that the first two
tunes (Shakedown and CC Rider) and Drums do not circulate in SBD, so there
is no resulting matrix.

This show was not easy to matrix, but in the end it was well worth it.  I
definately ended up rediscovering this gem, mainly because the power that is
conveyed in the recording is palpable; and that same energy, albeit raging,
was more diffuse in the AUD I've enjoyed for years. So here's the best of both
worlds - this one is a definate candidate for most improved sound, even though
the final result is not nearly as crisp as the '81 Chicago Uptowns (SB Vols. 2).

-------Reviews from the LLama:

"The Dead came on stage about an hour or more late because they were catching a
Rolling Stones concert in Pennsylvania or somewhere. So they owed us a bit when
they finally arrived."

"This is a very active, high pitched show where nearly every song is in dance
mode. Especially good were the GDTRFB and Morning Dew in the 2nd set."

"This was a strange little 3 show mini-tour, and very hot. The band was smoking
right out of the gate. Shakedown very explosive. The highlight is the killer
Playin-Bertha-Estimated-GDTRFB. Morning Dew came as the final sermon, delivered
by Jerry to the faithful. I am really starting to believe the 1981 May - Sept.
tours were amoung the best. Brent by now, had really started to find his tone."


Thanks to Charlie Miller for the SBD; and Dan Healy for recording the set 2
AUD source. Thanks to John Tallmadge for the AUD source discs; and popi n. feeldz
for the eac>shn transfer of the AUDs.



Shntool output
Editing Notes  
FLAC Fingerprint
SBD & AUD source Notes

Timeline/Tracking Notes:

Each set fits on a disc nicely, however there is a small portion
of Drums missing from the second set.  Also, Shakedown, CC Rider and
about 8 minutes of Drums are AUD only.

Editing Notes:

- Pitch
Each of the three sources were pitched differently, the set 2 AUD being the
closest to A=440Hz. For the first set, I used the SBD as my pitch reference
and pitched the AUD down on average about -.20 (20 cents), the result is very
close to A=440Hz, leading me to think there is different lineage for the SBD
set to set.  For the second set I used the AUD as my pitch reference and
pitch corrected each track of the SBD to it. The SBD on average had to be
ptched up on average about .20 (20 cents) to achieve pitch correction for the
first part of set 2 (through Estimated).  At that point the SBD source changes
and is more full and vibrant requiring a pitch correction up on average of only
about .04 (4 cents) - 1.00 being 100 cents which is a semitone.  The result is
very close to A=440Hz, however there is some fluctuation throughout the show
due to the age of the recordings.

- Synch
Even after pitch correcting the AUD and the SBD, because of the speed
fluctuation within a given source, multiple edits were performed to keep
the sources synched (too many edits to list).

- Sonic Quality/Matrix ratio/Source mixes
No EQ was applied to any of the sources, but the SBD did receive a little
Waves L2 (limiter) to give it a little more punch and presence.  Conceptually,
all I was trying to do here is to add some dimension to the SBD, which is
pretty dry, by using the ambience of the AUD. The result is a lively but clear
recording, hopefully close to how it sounded at the show. If I had to guess
the SBD/AUD ratio would be somewhere between 3:1 and 4:1, leaning more towards
the 3:1 end of things.

The SBD is peak shaven at points mostly during loud chorus sections.  Healy
finally dials in the left channel of the SBD during Bertha and the mix is
balanced from then on out; before that however, the left channel is a little
lower than the right for the whole first set.  There seems to be a source change
in the SBD after the cut in the intro to GDTRFB.  Things get fuller, and Phil
is more present.  Minor distortion appears at peaks, but it is not that noticeable
even at it's worse during Drums.  The AUDs are both great, providing enough "hash"
to liven up the SBD.

- Edits
The following are places where the SBD had holes or incomplete coverage
in reference to the final matrix timeline.


d1t01      all     - missing
d1t02      all     - missing
d1t10 (0:01 - 0:08) - missing
d1t05 (0:16 - 0:27) - missing (source change)
d2t06      all     - missing
d2t11 (3:16 - 3:18) - right channel only

d1t08 (8:34 - 9:53) - missing (crowd)
d2t01 (0:00 - 0:57) - missing (crowd)
d2t07 (0:00 - 0:12) - missing

- Recap
Almost full coverage was achieved by combining both sources, with the exception of an unknown amount of Drums missing.  This was a tricky matrix due to what would seem to be multiple SBD sources and two AUD sources, all of which were pitched differently.  The hard part was matching the SBD/AUD ratio (and resulting blend) source change to source, so what I did was to minimize the difference within reason.  The most noticeable is the change during the intro to GDTRFB; thus everything before that has more AUD than after, which is pretty board heavy especially because they rock every tune till the end.
Show Checksums
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AUD>MC>?>CD; via Scott... (1) Recording by Dan Healy. Set... (1) SBD>Cm>Cass>Dat>CD with aud... (0) flac16: AUD: 2x... (0) flac16; Set 2... (2) flac24; Set 2... (2)
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