Week of April 27, 1998
Grateful Dead (composite of 3/28/94 and 4/4/94)
Grateful Dead 7/16/66 Fillmore Auditorium, SF
CREAM PUFF WAR
by David Gans and Peter Barsotti
NEW YEAR'S EVE 1987
Carolyn "Mountain Girl" Garcia
Grateful Dead 5/26/93 Cal Expo, Sacramento CA
PLAYING IN THE BAND
Mutilaudio by David Gans
Jerry Garcia and David Grisman 5/92 (unreleased)
16 x 16
This is the sequel to last week's show...
As I said in the intro to GDH500, "I thought I'd put together some stuff that you heard first on the Grateful Dead Hour, and some things you probably wouldn't have heard otherwise." GDH501 has more of these firsts and exclusives.
"Days Between" is one of the last songs Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter wrote together, and it is one of my all-time favorites. A sober but unsentimental look back - I think of it as a companion piece to Hunter's poem "An American Adventure" - both pieces dealing with the history of the Grateful Dead form the perspective of age and wisdom.
The 7/16/66 "Cream Puff War" came from a reel that my friend Dave Angress brought over in January 1994. A friend of his had had it in the closet since his family occupied an old scout camp in Marin County following the Dead's occupancy there. There were four reels in the stash, one of which was a copy of Charles Ives' Fourth Symphony (transcribed from an LP). The others were Grateful Dead music. These reels wound up in the Grateful Dead vault where they belonged, and I believe some of the music was included on the two-CD set Birth of the Dead in the boxed set The Golden Road (1965-1973).
In the late fall of 1986, I got a call from Peter Barsotti, one of Bill Graham's principal creative aides, inviting me to create a sound montage for Bill's midnight ride on New Year's Eve. It was an honor and a thrill! Peter came over with some records and a bunch of great ideas, and we went to work. The result was pleasing enough that I was invited to do it again the next two New Year's Eves. The 1987 edition, included here, related to the theme of the midnight pageant, with Tony Bennett's classic "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" as the central thread (although we ducked "San Francisco" at the end, since the event took place in Oakland. Peter's instruction to me was simple: take a room full of really high people right over the top!
The interview with Mountain Girl is a short excerpt from a longer talk that aired on KPFA on March 19, 1997. I plan to play this conversation on Sirius Satellite Radio in the near future.
The Cal Expo '93 "Playing in the Band" speaks for itself: that three-day run of shows was pretty damn satisfying throughout, and this jam in particular recalled the mind-melts of old.
"Brickshake #7" is another of my Mutilaudio digital audio art pieces - this one shuffles "Shakedown Street" ad Pink Floyd's "Anther Brick in the Wall" together like a pack of cards.
And finally, "16 x 16" is from a collection of unreleased live Garcia-Grisman performances recorded at the Warfield Theater in May 1992, given to my by Grisman to share with you nice folks. Ther's an excellent studio version of "16 x 16" on the Garcia-Grisman CD So What.
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