Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia
Huntington Beach, CA
December 29, 1974 (Sunday)
Taper: Charlie Disalvo;
Field Recording Gear: 2x Shure Unidyne IVs (spaced ca. 15') > Uher 4400, 3.75ips master reels;
Source: taperpat's 3.75ips 1st gen reel
Transfer (Matt Smith): Akai GX 625 playback > Apogee Mini ME (@24/96) > Apogee Mini DAC (monitoring) > Wavelab 5.0 (dithered to 20/44) > CD;
Track & FLAC (jj): EAC > CD Wave > Sony Sound Forge Studio 7.0 (d1t01 fade-in, d2t01-d2t02 fade-out/in, d2t03 fade-out) > Trader's Little Helper (FLAC8 encoding).
Disc One (3 tracks, 48:36)
d1t01. That's The Touch I Like [11:15] [0:24]
d1t02. Favela [16:48] [2:00]
d1t03. You Can Leave Your Hat On [17:24] [0:44]
Disc Two (3 tracks, 37:09)
d2t01. Sitting Here in Limbo (1) [16:40] [0:15]
d2t02. Tuning [1:12]
d2t03. I Second That Emotion [18:58] [0:04]
Merl Saunders - Keyboards, vocals;
Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals;
John Kahn - bass;
?? (?Paul Humphrey?) - drums;
Martin Fierro - horns.
- (1) with Maria Muldaur. The Jerry Site says this is Donna Jean Godchaux, but to my untrustworthy ears this sounds like Maria. Speculations/corrections welcomed!
- The show is a little laconic and slightly disjointed, IMO.
- The recording is fairly hissy, hissier than the circulating copies of the late show from the same taper.
- Charlie Disalvo says this about taping these shows (DNC Garcia folder post by Sean Cribbs, April 3, 2002): "That machine was a bitch to run!" ... "I placed one mic in front of Jerry and the other one was passed down to total strangers in front of Martin Fierro. The stereo effect was amazing, almost like setting up in a studio. You can hear the drums go from the left to the right."