“Yesterday’s Dead Today”, Monday, January 20th, 7-9pm Eastern
Written by Mark Binder on January 19, 2020
“It is said that, if you lined up all those who have ever been to a Grateful Dead concert head-to-toe, the line would stretch around the moon, and about halfway back. And nobody would complain!”
Shea’s Theatre,, Buffalo, N.Y.
January 20, 1979
Bertha Remaster of Jerry Moore’s Master Cassette source.
For those of you interested, I have posted Jason Ashley’s comments on his remastering philosophy, as
well as his tribute to Jerry Moore, legendary taper operating all over the greater Northeast…I have
featured many of his recordings here on WSLR.
Digitally Remastered using the Bertha Digital Audio Workstation and its proprietary Audio and
Restoration processes. Completed 7/3/2009 by firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transferred by: Charlie Miller and Jay Ashley
Entire show without Donna Jean.
Set 1 – Disc 1:
- The Promised Land
- El Paso
- It’s All Over Now
- New Minglewood Blues
- Stagger Lee
- Jack Straw
Set 2 – Disc 2:
- I Need a Miracle >
- Good Lovin’
Disc 3 – Set 2 cont’d.:
- Estimated Prophet >
- The Other One >
- Drums >
- Space >
- Jam Out Of Space >
- The Other One >
- Dark Star >
- Not Fade Away >
- Sugar Magnolia
- Encore: tuning
- One More Saturday Night
REVIEW: R I P Jerry Moore
R I P Jerry Moore , a true pioneer of the first GD tapers …
REVIEW: The Highs are High and the Lows are Low
First of all, this is a wonderful sounding AUD. The high points here, Peggy-O (a very very good
version) and The Other One through Dark Star, are beautiful. The lows, starting with Promised Land
and a messy Minglewood, to name a few, are distracted and disjointed. Overall, not exceptional, not
REVIEW: Nice recording, uneven show
A nice artifact of a unique show. I’d call this an above average-to-excellent AUD recording. Some
funny crowd comments. What’s really a bummer is the fact that Jerry sounds tired, Donna’s missing, and
the band generally wastes a chance to open the show with Truckin’, or maybe even encore it, which the
audience is clearly shouting for. Jerry sounds half asleep for most of this show, but he wakes up for a
brilliant Dark Star. Bobby does his best to keep things lively. Too bad they didn’t play Shea’s in say, ’73.
REVIEW: A Perennial favorite
This show has long been a favorite since I had the tape back then (did’nt see it though). Granted the first
set is just ok, with a good Jack Straw. The Second set is some of my favorite GD, Mainly for the
Estimated jam through Dark Star, including a seamless transition to a telepathic “Other One”. There is a
certain otherness to this sequence, maybe it was the phases of the moon, maybe it was no Donna, or the
beautiful Sheas theater…but this is some prime Grateful Dead. Here the band plays as one, There is an
ebb and flow and dynamic contrast which seems to cause the music to contract and expand. The
recording quality is excellent, you can hear each member distinctly, this is one of the best aud
recordings I’ve heard, and the crowd noise is minimal. My copy from a Dat tape is definitely from the
same source but sounds a little better than this. Nagara Reel to Reel and Nak mics were listed as the
recording equipment for my copy, so maybe that would clear up some of the confusion regarding the
Sony D5 given here. Would get five stars if the rest was as good as the estimated- other one- dark
star….check this one out.
REVIEW: Another great show from bygone days
The Sheas Dead show is one that is indelibly etched into my brain. This was my best show. Freezing
cold saturday night in Buffalo. What a venue. Sheas is an amazing theater, like going back in time a
hundred years. Sitting in the balcony, as if right on top of the band. High energy night. Certain songs
stuck out in my mind after all these years. It’s all over now. Not Fade Away. Saturday Night encore.
eing able to listen three decades later I only wish that when I was there I was paying better attention.
REVIEW: The Forever beautiful Shea’s
If you never seen what this theater looks like, try to find a picture on the internet. Its the Mack Daddy ,
one of those few remaining very orninate/opulant rich old theaters they no longer build do to cost vs.
seating capacity. Its Like a kings palace absolutely stunning-eclectic if you will. It reminds me of a
church in Rome. The Fox theater and a few others survived the depression and beyond with investers
smart enough to keep a few of these landmark venues around for the arts etc. Imagine getting totally
psychedelic in the Shea’s during Dar Star (lucky fools). The show isn’t on par with venue, just looking
at set list and venue I thought Jerry was going to pull out the sweetest Peggy-O- and a smokin over the
top Jack-a-Roe in this intimate gorgeous venue but not the case. There are some brillant moments like
All Over Now and Other One has some nice guitar work.
As far as this show 3 for show 5 for venue~Round up for Dark Star in a mind blowing setting its a 4.
REVIEW: Sweetest Peggy-O solo I have ever heard
1/20/79- just came across this gem and every hair stood on end on my body- the first long solo break is
simply outstanding- so beautiful it could bring tears (yep this happens to me from time to time when I
hear some good stuff and it hits me again that he is dead and gone). Add this solo to best jerry moments
thread I started a few months ago
REVIEW: My 1st Show
An experience I’ll never forget. Phil was drinking Heinekens the whole show, and at one point I swear
Jerry had to take a whiz and left the stage laughing. We heard that Donna was sick, but Keith was on
fire. Phenomenal Sugaree and Darkstar. UB students were ushers; I knew where I wanted to go to
REVIEW: A+ sound and no Donna!
Don’t get me wrong, I love plenty of Donna-era shows, but when the boys had an opportunity to play
without her (ala December ’73) it was special. Combine that with amazingly clear sound (although the
vocals are quiet at times) and a late second set Dark Star and this show becomes an important artifact.
Only two Dark Stars all year (1-10 is with Donna) and this one, while short, is thoughtful and deep. It
comes out of a beautiful post-drums noodle>Other One and climbs into a rockin’ NFA (although it
seems Jerry wanted to explore it further).
REVIEW: A Night to Remember
This was quite a show in quite a place. Uncharacteristically, they started about an hour late. I was
getting concerned because I was really taking flight when the thought occured to me that there might be
a problem, like in New Haven the previous November. I found out later through a reliable source that
Jerry had the job of telling Donna and Keith that they were done. (Contrary to what was written in
‘Long Strange Trip’) Donna headed home and Keith hung on for the remaining shows. Jerry was found
meandering the hotel lobby minutes before the show was to begin. (A combination of being upset and
under the infulence of his choice at the time) It took the band a few songs to find their stride and the
show provided enough ‘moments’ to be considered a keeper. I have never heard a recording of this show
that captures the energy of how I remember it, but this one here is in the neighborhood.
REVIEW: A strange trip
sorry for the cliche title – but such an odd night in the pantheon of GD shows – I was there and the vibe
was strange – an hour late in starting – no Donna – and no idea of the tension in the band but upon (yet
another) listening – the “boys” showed such beautiful musicianship w/ intricate and real jamming –
crazy post estimated> OTher one > and then that compact but still deep Dark Star into NFA w/ that
infectious riff that they played off on…maybe it was the gorgeous theater that brought the “jazziness”
out of the band – but I find much of the music simply sublime and beautiful.
Notes from Jason Ashley:
I will only work on the very best Audience recordings due to the difficult nature of the beast. In Jerry
Moore’s memory I spent even more time than ususal to make this one special and I think Bertha’s audio
and restoration processes have brought out every bit of the beauty of this recording.
Jerry Moore was a member of our CDead family for nearly two years and we got to know him through
his writings. Jerry’s large red font became his trademark and I enjoyed reading his posts very much.
Jerry wrote with intelligence and humor and always respected others opinions, though he always made
it clear, he had his own. Jerry posted just the night before he passed and that morning I thought
someone was playing a very bad joke on us. But, as the morning wore on it became clear that our
brother had, indeed, passed away. I was shocked and saddened as were so many others as they found
out this awful news. Jerry leaves us with a number of wonderful recordings made with love and
dedication. I thank him for his gifts and will miss that large red font.
Rest well Brother. Jay
“Today’s Dead Tomorrow”, Upcoming Gig Events
As always, verify with the venue…
Kettle Of Fish:
Siesta Key Oyster Bar, Wed., Jan. 22nd, 7:00 p.m.
5238 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, 346-5443
Marina Jack’s Patio Bar, Thurs., Jan. 23rd, 6:00 p.m.
2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, 365-4232
Cortez Kitchen, Fri., Jan 24th, 6:00 p.m.
Cortez Fishing Village, 198th Street, Cortez, 798-9404
The Blue Rooster, Sat., Jan. 25th, 6:00 p.m.
1525 Fourth St., Sarasota, 388-7539
Stottlemyer’s Smokehouse, Sun., Jan. 26th, 4:30 p.m.
19 East Rd., Sarasota, 312-5969
Schmitz Brothers Band:
Siesta Key Oyster Bar, Fri., Jan 24th, 8:00 p.m.
5238 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, 346-5443
Snook Haven, Sun., Jan. 26th, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
5000 East Venice Ave., Venice, 485-7221
The Blue Rooster:
Tues., Jan. 21st, The Divebombers 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 21st, Richard Smith, World Guitar Champ, 8:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 22nd, Al Fuller Blues Jam, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 23rd, Bryan Lee “Braille Blues Daddy”, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 24th, Ari and The Alibis, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 25th, Kettle Of Fish, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 26th, Truality gospel brunch, 11:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
1525 Fourth St., Sarasota, 388-7539
J.R.’s Old Packinghouse Cafe: (new times! Tues., Wed, Thurs., 6 p.m.; Mon, Wed., Sat., 7:00 p.m.)
Mon., Jan. 13th, Open Mic with Rick Alvis, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 21st, John Bastiani, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 22nd, Doctor Paul, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 23rd, Stumble Creek, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 24th, The Missing Links, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 25th, Cahoots, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 26th, Gin and Juice Band, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
The OPC is now open Sundays with food and drink specials, 12:00 – 7:00 p.m., with music afternoons.
987 South Packinghouse Road, Sarasota, 371-9358
Sarasota Folk Club:
This month’s Fogartyville concert is Mon., Jan. 27th, Mara Levine/The Whispering Tree.
Open mic at 7:15 p.m., concert at 8:30,
Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota, 894-6469
For all information regarding the Sarasota Folk Club, go to their website: http://www.sarasotafolk.org/