|Show||GD @ Roosevelt Stadium - Aug 1, 1973 - **uncirculated AUD **|
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|Description||Grateful Dead - Wednesday, August 1, 1973|
Roosevelt Stadium - Jersey City, NJ
Audience Recording - complete show
d1t01 Phil announcements
d1t02 Promised Land
d1t04 The Race Is On
d1t05 You Ain't Woman Enough
d1t06 Bird Song
d1t07 Mexicali Blues
d1t08 They Love Each Other
d1t09 Jack Straw
d1t10 Stella Blue
d1t11 Big River
d1t12 Casey Jones
d1t13 Around And Around
d1t14 Mississippi Half Step Uptown Toodeloo
d1t15 Me And My Uncle
d2t01 Row Jimmy
d2t02 Dark Star >
d2t03 El Paso >
d2t04 Eyes Of The World >
d2t05 Morning Dew
d3t01 Sugar Magnolia
d3t02 Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad >
d3t03 One More Saturday Night
Total time is 2:54:19
-- brand new Nakamichi 550 portable stereo cassette recorder
-- taped with Dolby NR and Chromium Tape bias
-- Maxell UD C90 cassettes
-- ElectroVoice RE-15 mic
-- mic is hand-held on mic-stand shaft, w/arm raised up, FOB (perhaps off to R side??)
MR cassette > Nakamichi LX-3 > Lexicon Alpha > 24-bit / 48KHz > USB > Samplitude > 16-bit / 44.1KHz WAV > TLH > Flac-16 SBE fixed > CD Tag
-- Taped, transferred, and remastered by Monte Barry
-- track changes are seamless
-- EQ is flat (unchanged)
AUD patches provided by shnid 9145:
-- taped by Jeffrey Siniawsky, Neil Merin, and Joel Smith
-- Uher mic > Uher 4000 reel-to-reel
-- transferred and remastered by Noah Weiner
Prep work done to AUD patch source shnid 9145:
-- L and R channel levels matched
-- highend EQ rolled back
-- patch levels matched to source levels
-- no pitch correction required for Stella Blue patch - both tape speeds matched perfectly
AUD Patch List:
-- Track 01 - Phil announcements inserted
-- Track 02 - "happy birthday" inserted at start of Promised Land
-- Track 10 - Stella Blue - 1st note is patched; reel flips at 4:28 and recording stops; patch crossfades in until ending
-- Eyes of The World reel-flip and patch:
-- source tape gets reel-flipped at the 15:46 point
-- source crossfades out at 15:46, source crossfades back in at 16:32
Sound System and Taper notes - by taper Monte Barry:
I taped both shows at Roosevelt Stadium. The Dead's PA system sounded crappy both nights (July 31 and Aug 1). It should have sounded perfect since it was outdoors. The Dead's PA system for June 9 and 10 at RFK Stadium sounded incredible by comparison. I taped both RFK shows with inferior taping gear, yet my RFK tapes sound way, way better.
It is probably correct to say that this Jerry birthday show was the first GD show ever taped with a Nakamichi 550 cassette recorder. This was the first portable stereo cassette recorder model to feature Dolby NR and Chromium Tape bias. I believe I had the first one available on the East Coast. My recording of this show should have been incredibly high fidelity sounding. Instead, it sounds a bit crappy due numerous sound system issues. The sound fidelity at Roosevelt Stadium fell way short of what I expected when I went to this show. Perhaps my mic's location was on the R side (guessing), but I was definitely FOB. Of course, I was heavily dosed when I went there both nights with my GD friends.
I taped FOB the night before on July 31. My mic was mounted on a 10-foot pole that night. A huge Hell's Angel security dude was dispatched by GD from backstage to go into the audience and confiscate my tapes during the last song. He was gigantic - approx 6' 6" / 250 pounds and ripped body, wearing Hell's Angels colors, long hair and beard. I was an itty-bitty 5' 7" / 130-pound hippie, and I was caught red-handed taping. He politely asked me for my tape. I ejected the cassette from my tape deck and I surrendered just this one tape to him. He said "thank you" to me. Then he departed and headed backstage. My friend Jimmy Watson followed him backstage. Jimmy was back 5 minutes later with my tape!
Both nights at Roosevel Stadium the Dead's PA system suffers from: feedback problems, tinny sounding, ringing-sounding, muddy-sounding, weak vocals, poor mixing, not the best sounding overall tone. These problems tended to come and go. The sound tends to get better as the show goes on. I apologize for not getting an incredible sounding tape recording! My taping gear was state-of-the-art! Some thing(s) had to have been wrong with their PA system!
What my recording perfectly captures are very clean and high fidelity audience sounds. The questionable-sounding prototype wall of sound mix is captured in high fidelity. Jer's guitar sounds fine. Phil is low in the mix. Keith is high in the mix. Drums sound dull, yet at times they are more crispy - for example, during Dark Star. My recording is pefect and smooth. Vocals start out low, and get better as show progresses. This recording is still worth having! The sound system and dynamic range for Dark Star are "totally locked in"! Some things I just can't explain.
-- peace from Monte Barry
-- release date is March 6, 2012
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|Will be interesting to compare this to the aud tape that's exixted in cirulation for so long. I was at these shows and DC, The echo of the Roosevelt bleachers made decent liastening difficult- DC sounded much better! Still, I, too got a Nak 550 soon after you and can't wait to hear your tapes. 8/1 is a great D Star! Thanks mucho for this new window on the good ole days.
|Re: "BadBob" comments ("unlistenable") and the quality of my show's recordings from July 31 and Aug 1, 1973 --
My tapes are more clear than the tapes from 10/17/70 that just came out. I compared the Sugar Magnolia and Dark Star tracks from 10/17/70 and my 8/1/73. I listened with my Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones. My notes that accompany my tapes are accurate and correct. The PA had problems both nights. I have described exactly what is taped on my recording. Dark Star sounds petty damned good.
GD sound system photograph - July, 1973
Re: "BadBob" comments ("no way") and availability of Nakamichi 550 tape decks in the U.S.A.? --
I took delivery of my Nakamichi 550 portable stereo cassette recorder in late June, 1973. The serial number is 53963. I still have my Nak 550 deck, owner's manual, and my RE-15 mic. The Nak 550 is a heavy device to haul around for taping shows. This deck weighs 11.25 pounds without batteries. It requires 8 D-cell batteries to operate in the field. I believe I had the first Nakamichi 550 deck on the East Coast in 1973. I bought it from an exclusive high-end audio dealer in Englewood, NJ, named Roger Iselle. He had connections. At his insistence, I had to pay him $500 cash up-front. I have witnesses. I waited one month for my new deck to arrive. It was brand new when I taped GD at Roosevelt Stadium, July 31 and Aug 1.
|I think this sounds real good. Thank you once again.
Really, thank you.
|i am listening to the dark star with headphones and it is stereo(!!). you hear different crowd on each side, also dif instruments at times. the ev re15 is a cardiod microphone, not a stereo microphone. how can you have a stereo recording with one microphone (not two channel mono)? also did you adjust the playback head azimuth for optimum sound? also a ud tape is not chrome bias. for pb, it should be normal bias. as far as your serial #, i would think it would be 530XX, not 53963. that implies this is the 963 unit made. on a positive note, the ds does sound good! i just wonder if it could sound better? get these tapes to mr charlie.
|the phil intro at the beginning and first part of promised land is mono and it sounds crystal clear, no mud. this must be the other source. but the pa sounds fine on the other source. i wonder if the mud/lack of highs/muffled sound was caused by the mics not being elevated? your source has a continuuous buzz in the right channel throughout the whole tape. it gets worse at times. this is definately wide stereo. i woud like to hear a copy pb'd w/o dolby and bias and azimuth adjusted.
|piano is mainly in the right channel.
|i always thought the 550 had a cleaner pause button, not the whirling sound on this recording between songs where the patches are done..
|I hear you, brother willie. I am transferring my July 31 tapes. They sound way, way, way better than my Aug 1 tapes. Here is an image scan of Reel 3, the one seized by HA, and rescued by Jimmy Watson --
The image shows the tape stock I used. Maybe you're correct, and they are not Chromium bias. So that means I switch the Tape Selector on my Nak LX-3 to EX (check), and I switch the EQ setting to 120 μsec (check). July 31 sounds a little brighter now, I think, so that's better. I cannot produce Reel 2 right now. I have Reel 1 and Reel 3 for July 31. My mic was on a 10-foot pole, FOB / dfc. This is the cleanest, purest, and most crispy sounding recording of any tapes I made of GD 1973 shows.
Re: my mic and mono or stereo --
The Nak 550 tape deck is stereo. When I listen with good headphones, I'm hearing the band spread out nicely, and I'm sensing L and R. My recollection is I had an RE-15 mono mic feeding into both channels. The Nak 550 has a third blend mic input that feeds L and R channels equally (ganged). This is the easiest way to go two-channel mono onto the tape. It's possible I still had my Sony ECM-99 single-point stereo mic, and I taped these shows with that mic. I mostly remember my the non-GD AUDs that I taped on my Nak from 1974 and 1975 were all taped mono with my RE-15 mic.
It's very, very possible I have some ground-loops happening in my audio transfer gear and / or in my house power. Anyone who is qualified is welcome to transfer and remaster any of my tapes in a professional setting. I'm just an amateur. To date, I've done everything myself (circulated about twenty shows), at home, on a shoestring budget, while figuring out what works best, and learning how to do it.
|Great snapshot of history. Thanks for sharing!!!
|thanks so much for sharing..pay no mind to menke. tape sounds great
|if you can remember the show, you were not actually there... but you have a master recording. i would guess that 7/31-8/1/73 were recorded with the same gear as the rfk shows. that being said, thank you for recording. it might be best to get these masters into the hands of someone that can do a good transfer. some click/pops might also have to be removed, tape baking, head alignment, etc. i would get your whole collection to mr charlie. oh yeah, menke knows his s... did no one listen to this and question anything?
|bad bob causing trouble.
|Monte - Many thanks! A slice of history & thank you for sharing. You are right - the Dark Star sounds fantastic. I love how up front Keith is in the mix. Fantastic. We are all grateful.
|hey monte . i appreciate your efforts & enjoyed the Dark Star segment from your 8/1 aud master .. from the moment of the 1st Garcia guitar notes I recalled this recording as being from among my 1st GD cassettes that i collected and enjoyed the heck out of in the 70's
|If you want to have the tape transferred with azimuth done I am happy to help.
|What a great birthday gift (I turn 60 today and I feel fucking great). Remember this show amongst many other GD shows at Roosevelt (along with Allmans, Clapton etc).
Remember looking at buying the 550 back in '77 - was and wasn't aware of it's portability (I had no interest in taping live shows). Eventually bought the 600 (slant deck) that I still play.
Great story Monte. And thanks again - listening to Bird Song as i write. Fanfuckingtastic.
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