Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Passaic Request

This should've gone up weeks ago. Deep down I've so desperately wanted to listen to the Good Ol' Grateful Dead... but I'm in such a slump right now. Life's just not all gumdrops and rainbows at the moment. This music that I love so much just ain't able to make life better. I pray that things change and I can love this stuff again the way I know I should be able to. Still I'm gonna give this show a second listen and, because I want to try to get back to posting, I'm gonna go ahead and get this up anyway...
This show is one that a commenter here asked me for.

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Grateful Dead -- June 17, 1976
Capitol Theatre
Passaic, New Jersey

1st Set: Cold Rain & Snow, Big River, They Love Each Other, Cassidy,
Tennessee Jed, Looks Like Rain, Row Jimmy, The Music Never Stopped,
Scarlet Begonias, The Promised Land

Set 2: Help Slip! Frank Dancin' In The Streets Samson & Delilah,
Ship of Fools, Lazy Lightnin'
Supplication, Friend Of The Devil,
Let It Grow
Drums Let It Grow Wharf Rat Around And Around

What a seemingly lazy first set up until Music. Some nicely played versions, beautiful to listen, but the band really hits a higher gear with Music Never Stopped. They sure don't jam out for awhile but it rocks. Mmm, then during Scarlet we get a much heavier dose of his guitar work. There's some gorgeous space here where they just take a bit of a sail for a little while. More rockin' goodness comes in a fun and super high-spirited Promised Land to wrap up the set.

Plenty of jammy goodness in Help-> Slip to kick off Set 2. Nice valleys and rolling hills are formed by the precision playing here. What a beautiful ride all the way to the end of the show. One funny spot to listen for comes after Supplication when someone in the crowd yells out: "Cosmic Charley, Lesh!" In a good-humored way, Phil says back: "Ah, shut up! Shut up!" Just gotta love the little moments like that.


transcribed from:

The Deadhead's Taping Compendium Volume II, 1975-1985 [guide to Grateful Dead music]The Deadhead's Taping Compendium, Volume II:
An In-Depth Guide To The Music of the
Grateful Dead on Tape, 1975-1985

[out of print]

This is a birthday show for me, the first in a three-night run at this classic venue in the middle of a northeast tour. This is the band's first tour following the 1975 and early 1976 hiatus and the May 1976 studio rehearsals. This tour may have been the one that sealed the band's commitment to nearly twenty more years of touring after long and hard deliberation about their future. It saw the first comeback of "Saint Stephen," the last return of "Cosmic Charlie," as well as first evers of "Supplication," "Lazy Lightnin'," "Might As Well," "Samson," and "The Wheel." And it is the only GD tour featuring "Mission in the Rain." The strength of set 1 is found in the closer of "Music," "Scarlet," "Promised," although the "Looks Like Rain" and "Row Jimmy" provide respite in enjoyable moments of beauty. Set 2 soars, dips, twists, and reignites like a bird of prey in flight. It kicks off with a well-received "Help" that transcends into a liquidy "Slipknot!," traveling wide before a quick move back into "Franklin's." The "Dancin'" > "Samson" combination also features some of the night's finest Garcia moments with some intense trippy jam segments. "Ship," "Friend of the Devil," and "Wharf Rat" make up the aforementioned dips in the wondrous flight and are filled with moments of passion and warmth. The "Lazy Lightnin'" and "Let It Grow" are solid passages and propel the set to new heights.


I decided to upload the Matrix source of this show rather than the straight soundboard. Why? It's better! Well, methinks so and so do others. A tremendous amount of love and care goes into blending an Aud source with a Remastered SBD source to complete the gem that is a Matrix. The end result is something more full-bodied, yeah, like a fine wine, that's the ticket. Nothing is lost when adding Audience noise. The MTX presents itself as having real ambiance. A straight old soundboard in comparison can be stale and lacking the flavor needed to make it an even sweeter recording. Ya dig? Cool. Enjoy the Matrix!

ARCHIVE HEADPHONES6/17/76 @ the Internet Archive:
an Audience source for downloading
and the Soundboard or the Matrix for Listening Only

Source: MATRIX MIX: SBD/AUD (shnid=91861)
Audio Quality:
Lineage: SBD > Master Reel > Dat (48k)
Dat (Sony R500) > SEK'D Prodif Plus > Samplitude Professional v7.02 > FLAC
Transfers and Mastering By Charlie Miller

AUD: Sony TC 153 Sony ECM 99A Mike's Master Cassette > Reel > DAT
Matrix by Hunter Seamons

6/17/76 - Part 1 Part 2 - 6/17/76
Passaic, NJ - 6/17/76 - Part Three
6-17-76 a.k.a. 06-17-76 a.k.a. 6/17/76 a.k.a. 06/17/76 a.k.a. 76-06-17 mp3 download 320 kbps
Grateful Dead, 6/17/76 Capitol Theatre, Passaic, New Jersey


btsacto said...

Thanks, Zooma- glad to see you're getting back up!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks a bunch for the Passaic show--love the part where Lesh lips off after the crowd crows. Any chance of posting the show from 10/25/73 in Madison? Dick Latvala mentioned this as his favorite from '73 on several occasions. I know he was sometimes prone to overstatement (aren't we all?) and the tapes may be a bit chopped, but the little I've heard from that night on one of the Dead radio shows really was a step or two beyond the usual.

Truly hope your mind and body are in a brighter place soon. - Marcia

Zoooma said...

Btsacto -- You're welcome and I hope you dig this MTX source. I think it's freakin' sweet.

Marcia -- greetings, you're welcome and thanks. I'm always workin' on mind and body which unfortunately means music comes a distant third right now ... but in time I hope to be back to a better place where I can start posting more :)

As far as 10/25/73, since right now I have next to no plans for future shows, I shall hunt that down and work on posting it. It does look choppy but of course there's still some stellar '73 to be heard. As far as when I'll post it -- I don't know but maybe next week. (Hopefully I didn't just curse myself.) You'll have to Stay Tuned.

See ya's.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Zooma!

Glad for the post. I noticed you haven't posted a run lately (which I imagine would be good therapy for you during your healing.) Are you still running?

Keep up the good work (and I ain't saying this from a greedy point of view - you can post downloads of concerts by The Archies and I'll still be happy that your back into your routine.)



Zoooma said...

hey Swahanfan, good to hear from ya.

Posting runs became even less important than it already was. Still, I am out there 5 or 6 days a week now, for upwards of two and three hours sometimes. Mostly I'm hiking in my trail running shoes but each time out I throw in a few short runs to get my heart rate up and burn a few extra calories. So yeah, I'm still running, just not keeping track of times right now. Perhaps in the future I'll get back to posting runs. Just completely not important at the moment.

There's a lot of thinking time out there but I don't know if running/exercise is therapy so much. I do have a ton of hope for brighter days and a beautiful future so I'm really out there to lose weight and to try to be in better shape. (I've lost 14 pounds in 3 weeks so far.) Should there be a wonderful life ahead, I want to be healthy and able-bodied without ever having to go to the doctor! Of course anything bad could happen when it comes to one's health... but this is a good thing.

Anyway..... thanks for the comment and Stay Tuned for more shows.

Brian said...

Thanks for this one Zooma! Very nice post of a great request. The matrix sounds awesome. It has so much more life than most of the 76 boards out there.

Zoooma said...

Hey Brian, I'm glad you dig that '76 Matrix version.

I'll have to compile a list of similar Matrix sources that I have so, instead of randomly hitting one, I can work on specifically posting them from time to time. They are good stuff and usually better than the straight soundboard.

one says one number and the other another
but they were set at the same time. Hmmm...

Calvin and Hobbes in the snow -- animated