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Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Legion of Mary – New York, NY (04/10/75)


Legion of Mary
The Bottom Line
New York, NY
4/10/75 Early Show

Download Early and Late Show FLAC/MP3: Mediafire

MAC (Taped by Jerry Moore, AKG 1000Es > Sony TC-152) >
Nak Dragon playback > ART DI/O > HD > Cool Edit 2000 >
master CD > HP 9350i extraction (EAC v0.9 beta 4) >
sector boundary verification (shntool v1.01) > .shn
encoding (mkwACT v0.97 beta 1). A > D by David Minches,
CD > SHN by Joe Jupille.

Disc One (4) 45:03
01. Crowd & Tuning [1:05]
02. It’s No Use [12:19] [1:38]
03. Instrumental [13:30] [1:40]
04. My Problems Got Problems [14:37] [0:10]

Disc Two (4) 39:59
01. Crowd & Tuning [1:55]
02. Every Word You Say [7:20] [2:48]
03. Wicked Messenger [10:07] [1:43]
04. Boogie on Reggae Woman [15:39] [0:25]

– This is a spectacular show!
– Those interested in making this a one-disc show can do so by
trimming out some of the tunings, which are preserved for the
purpose of archiving to .shn.

– None noted.

A Moore’s Masters Production.

Late Show

MAC (Taped by Ihor Slabicky, Sony ECM-99As > Sony TC-152) >
Nak Dragon playback > ART DI/O > WAV > Cool Edit 2000 >
sector boundary verification (shntool) > .shn encoding
(mkwACT). Transfer by David Minches, documentation by
Joe Jupille.

Single Disc (5) 61:48
01. Let it Rock [12:59]
02. Roadrunner [11:30]
03. It’s Too Late [11:08]
04. I’ll Take a Melody [10:10]
05. Mystery Train [15:58]

– It is not clear if this is the whole show.
– This might fall into the “for completists only” category.
All tunes clip in, there are significant level fluctuations
throughout, and the recording is somewhat muffled. But this
is far from the worst aud out there, and at times is pretty

February 28, 2015 Posted by | Bootleg Bonanza, FLAC, Jerry Garcia, Legion of Mary, Merle Saunders, mp3 downloads, Music | 5 Comments

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders – Berkeley, CA (06/03/75)


Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders
06/03/1975 – Tuesday
Berkeley, CA
Audience FOB Recording

Download FLAC: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5
Download MP3@320: Part 1, Part 2

Media: Maxell UD90
Lineage: Sony ECM-270 and ECM-250 [Positioned Onstage] > Sony TC-152 > MAC
Transfer: MAC > Nak Dragon > LynxTWO-B > WaveLab 5.0 > HD 24/96 WAV
Taper: Bob Menke and Louis Falanga
Transfer: Bob Menke
Mastering: Derek McCabe

Set 1:
d1t01 – It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
d1t02 – I Feel Like Dynamite
d1t03 – Day By Day
d1t04 – Tore Up Over You
d1t05 – Going, Going, Gone

Set 2:
d2t01 – Harder They Come
d2t02 – Bossa Martin
d2t03 – Someday Baby
d2t04 – //Tough Mama
d2t05 – How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders:
* Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
* Merl Saunders – keyboards, vocals
* John Kahn – bass
* Martin Fierro – saxophone, flute
* ??? ????? – drums

Mastering Notes:
— d1t01 – Tape fades in, then taper equipment problems at 02:11 where recording is cut; there is about a minute of intrumentals missing along with some Jerry vocals. Cut was cross-faded with the remainder of the song and kept as one track.
— d2t04 – Tape flip cross-faded.

— This is listed as Garcia and Saunders since it has been confirmed Ron Tutt did not play drums at this show; however, it is not certain who did.
— d1t03 – Based on currently available information “Day By Day” (instrumental) was played just two other times at a show.
— d2t01 – Notable feedback at about 00:43 and 01:16.
— d2t04 – According to db.etree “Tough Mama” is not part of the originally circulating Menke-Falanga taped source (shnid=4477). However, it is included in the db.etree show listing set list (shows_key=4888). It is not present in the set list shown at
— d2t04 – “Tough Mama” fades in, with just a few seconds of music missing.

Taper Talk:
— Question – “Was Bob [Menke] friendly enough with [Steve] Parish to be allowed stage lip mic mounting?”
— Answer – “We had no permission. We snuck the equipment in and were near the front of the line so we could get the spot. In early 1976 at Sophie’s (before the veunue became Keystone Palo Alto) we tried the same thing and 2 things happened. Ramroad cut our mic cable during the first set and Parish threatened to break the 152 over our heads if he saw us trying to tape the 2nd set. Hope that answers your question.”

Special Note:
— These are recordings done by Bob Menke and Louis Falanga at the Berkeley Keystone, made in May and June of 1975, that MOTB will be turning out, the subsequent Grateful Dead and related recordings are dedicated to Bob Menke’s mom, Connie, who is suffering from pancreatic cancer. As you listen to what are certainly the most unique – if possibly not some of the best – audience recordings of Jerry Garcia in his prime, please send out healing vibes and prayers to Connie any way you see fit. We are all pulling for her, so please keep her in your hearts and prayers. The MOTB Team

MOTB Release: 0045 16bit/44.1Khz
Release Date: 09/11/2007

September 19, 2014 Posted by | Bootleg Bonanza, FLAC, Jerry Garcia, Merle Saunders, mp3 downloads, Music | 1 Comment

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders – Berkeley, CA (07/21/74)


Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders
2119 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
July 21, 1974 (Sunday)

Download FLAC: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
Download MP3@320: Part 1, Part 2

MSR > PCM > DAT > ZA2 > CDR (xx) > EAC > flac1644.

Disc One (3 tracks, 47:22)
–end set I–
d1t01. The Harder They Come [18:09] (1) [0:14] %
–set II–
d1t02. //When I Die [12:33#] (2) [0:28]
d1t03. Pennies From Heaven// [15:41#] % dead air [0:14]

Disc Two (4 tracks, 46:02)
–set II (con’t)–
d2t01. //After Midnight [#10:33] (3) [1:59]
d2t02. When I Die [17:10] [1:29]
d2t03. You Can Leave Your Hat On// [11:28#] % dead air [0:04]
d2t04. //How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) [#2:56] (4) [0:17] % dead air [0:04]

Jerry Garcia – el-g, vocals;
Merl Saunders – keyboards, vocals;
Martin Fierro – saxophone;
Tony Saunders – el-bass;
?? – drums.


Recording: symbols: % = recording discontinuity; / = clipped song; // = cut song; … = fade in/out; # = truncated timing; [ ] = recorded event time. The recorded event time immediately after the song or item name is an attempt at getting the “real” time of the event. So, a timing of [x:xx] right after a song title is an attempt to say how long the song really was, as represented on this recording.


db: none.


This recording clearly is not what it purports to be. The Grateful Dead were at Hollywood Bowl on 7/21/74, though Garcia could have flown up for a late Bay Area set with Merl after that show ended ca. 9 pm. All available sources also point to Earthquake and Moby Grape playing the Keystone Berkely this night (Berkeley Barb, 7/12-18/74, p. 28; Hayward Daily Review, July 19, 1974, p. 36). Tony Saunders is playing bass here, which works well with the 7/21 dating since John Kahn was down in Hollywood, having opened for the GD as part of Maria Muldaur’s band, and he may not have wanted to fly north right away. The room sounds too big to be a tiny place like the Sand Dunes, which I had earlier conjectured. I also think it goes along well with the material dated 7/22/74 (also featuring Tony S. on bass). My working argument is that we might as well call it 7/21/74, Keystone Berkeley.

We cannot know how much of a show, or how many pieces of shows, this represents. I have conjectured before that this represents bits and pieces of tape. It’s so cut up, we really can’t tell what might go with what except for the ca. 40-minute piece of continuous tape from After Midnight to Leave Your Hat On. HTC is definitely the end of a first set, and HSII is definitely the end of a show, but beyond that we don’t have much to go on.

Personnel: Tony Saunders is on bass, which only really happened when Kahn was unavailable. As noted just above, this lends some credence to a 7/21/74 dating. I do not know who is drumming. The guy is really good. Possibilities include Bill Kreutzmann, Paul Humphrey or Gaylord Birch, all of whom Tony Saunders remembers playing with in the Saunders-Garcia band. E.W. Wainwright apparently played with Aunt Monk at the Generosity (timeframe uncertain) and also sat in at least once with Garcia-Saunders (3/14/74, Keystone Berkeley). Larry Vann and Bob Stellar both also drummed with Aunt Monk and could be possible here.
R: this is a really sweet sounding recording. First fucking rate. It’s maybe a little bright, as if maybe the PCM gen put some pre-emphasis in that never got decoded out. But Betty Cantor-Jackson is a true genius. This recording came from “Batch One” of the Betty tapes, which explains the PCM gen.
P: d1t01 HTC the drummer is really hot. Now, of course, Betty knows how to mic him perfectly. The snap is fantastic. But that’s also because the dude is *hitting. Merl also sounds really nice. Jerry gets a nice metallic sound for his solo in the 12-minute mark, extremely electric.
d1t01 HTC In the 8-min mark is that alto sax? Martin is keeping it nice and tight here.
venue: crowd sounds too big to be the Sand Dunes. Maybe 7/21 and 7/22 go together, and are actually from the Keystone.
(1) JG: “We’re gonna take a break for a little while. We’ll be back a little bit later.”
P: d1t02 WID when they drop into the jam around 2:30, it’s really nice, with Tony Saunders supplying the big bottom end and Merl cooking around and through him. Tony does some nice ascending runs at the start of the 3-min mark. Martin misses the return to the ‘1’ about 11 minutes in, but treats discretion as the better part of valor, stops, andjoins the rest of the band.
R: d1t02 When I Die cuts in, not much missing;
d1t02 (2) Tony Saunders can be heard talking to Jerry from 12:41 to the end of the track.
setlist: d1t03 Pennies From Heaven is the Arthur Johnston/Johnny Burke composition (1936). Thanks to Tony Saunders for identifying it.
R: d1t03 Pennies From Heaven cuts out;
R: d2t01 After Midnight cuts in, substantially underway in the middle of a loud Martin solo.
P: d2t01 AM Tony picks some really big notes about 5-minutes in. Merl is doing his tasteful Jimmy Smith thing as we approach the 6-minute mark, his son thumping along underneath. @ 6:12 the drummer makes himself heard with some nice cymbal work. It’s grooving now.
d2t01 (3) @ 11:52 someone asks “Jerry, you want a hit man?” Folks on and near stage laugh, Garcia asks back “Do, I want a hit, man? I just had one.”
P: d2t02 WID is much faster than the version that appears earlier in this fileset. The drummer is a monster at the start of this version (though, again, there’s always the fact of Betty’s amazing tapes to factor in).
P: d2t03 YCLYHO Merl is a little confused about the vocals at the start.
R: d2t03 YCLYHO Vocals are very low in the mix, come in better after about a minute and a half.
P: d2t03 YCLYHO Martin does some ear-splitting stuff @ 5:55.
R: d2t03 YCLYHO cuts out, unknown amount missing.
R: d2t04 How Sweet It Is cuts in, almost entirely missing
d2t04 (4) JG: “See y’all later.”

September 19, 2014 Posted by | Bootleg Bonanza, FLAC, Jerry Garcia, Merle Saunders, mp3 downloads, Music | 4 Comments

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Merl Saunders – Ithaca, NY (04/24/91)


Merl Saunders & the Rainforest Band
The Haunt
Ithaca, NY

Our very own commenter Jeff sent me this one from his own taping archives. He says its never been released anywhere else. Its a very nice sounding show and a really great performance. Apologies to Jeff for taking so freaking long to get this up.

Download: FLAC, MP3

Recorded by Jeff (nowurtalkin)

1. Blues for the Rainforest
2. Drums
3. Blue Hill Ocean Dance
4. After Midnight
5. Do I Move You
6. Save Mother Earth
7. Sugaree
8. I Just Want To Be Your Lover Man

Notes from the taper:

There are a few spots on this recording where it sounds like there is a major tape drag, like from out of nowhere, however there are also a few unmistakable instances where it is merl who does this w/the music. He had some kind of flanger or pitch control thing, I guess hooked up to his Hammond, and does this effect occasionally. But there are a couple times when it truly sounds like the recorder is about to die or eat tape & I cannot say for certain if all the instances were purposely done by merl? But there is no reason for the recorder to have done it. Also, there was an in-song tape flip done, during sugaree I think, at around 48 min +. And so I could not help having a 1 second long dropout on the transfer. I cut out that dropout but the joint is not perfectly lined up. Not bad tho. Also there was an unexplained close to 10 second dropout, during the time after sugaree, and the encore, while merl was talking. That’s somewhere around 54:00 mark. I cut out that dropout & it’s almost unnoticeable. I still am VERY inexperienced at this.

September 8, 2014 Posted by | Bootleg Bonanza, FLAC, Merle Saunders, mp3 downloads, Music | 5 Comments

Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Jerry Garcia and Merle Saunders – Berkeley, CA (01/19/73)

jerry merle

Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders
Berkeley, CA
January 19, 1973 (Friday)

Download FLAC: Mediafire
Download MP3@320: Mediafire

Betty Cantor’s 10″ master sbd reels @ 7.5ips 1/2trk > ? > CD > EAC > CDWave >
TLH (FLAC level 8).

Disc One (4 tracks, 61:42)
–Set I–
d1t01. //Dancin’ in the Moonlight [#6:07] [0:33]
d1t02. Lonely Avenue [18:24] [2:36]
d1t03. Expressway // (To Your Heart) [19:45] [3:38]
d1t04. It’s A Sin [9:11] [1:26]

Disc Two (5 tracks, 79:00)
–Set I con’t–
d2t01. Unknown Song [27:44] [2:10]
d2t02. Honey Chile [11:30] 1:43]
–Set II–
d2t03. //It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry [#7:25] [0:59]
d2t04. Find a Rainbow [15:10] [1:57]
d2t05. Georgia // On My Mind [10:#08] [0:12]

Disc Three (4 tracks, 26:52)
–Set II con’t–
d3t01. Tuning [1:19]
d3t02. Soul Roach [7:20] [1:01]
d3t03. Go Climb A Mountain [10:19] [0:13]
d3t04. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) [6:11] [0:28]

– Jerry Garcia (guitar, vocals);
– Marty David (bass);
– Merl Saunders (keyboards);
– Sara Fulcher (vocals);
– Bill Vitt (drums).

– If you like early ’73 Garcia/Saunders, and especially Sara Fulcher’s vocal
stylings, you’ll love this. Lots of super-rare Fulcher-dominated tunes here.
This version of Lonely Avenue is top-shelf, as is Soul Roach.
– d1t01 Dancin’ in the Moonlight cuts in, significant level fluctuations.
– d1t02 Lonely Avenue is tremendous.
– d1t03 Expressway splice @ 17:49.
– d2t03 ITALTL, ITATTC cuts in.
– d2t04 after Find a Rainbow, Garcia tries to noodle into another song, but gives up.
– d2t05 Georgia on My Mind splice @ 6:21.

November 5, 2013 Posted by | Bootleg Bonanza, FLAC, Jerry Garcia, Merle Saunders, mp3 downloads, Music | 6 Comments

Bootleg Bonanza: Various Artists – Nobody Sings Dylan Like Dylan, Vol 35 – We Salute Him When His Birthday Comes

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Nobody Sings Dylan Like Dylan, Vol.35: Salute Him When His Birthday Comes

01 Song to Woody – Uncle Tupelo (May 28, 1990, Cicero’s, St. Louis, MO)
02 Tangled Up in Blue – Robyn Hitchcock (Feb 19, 2000, Largo, Los Angeles, CA)
03 This Wheel’s on Fire – Elvis Costello and the Imposters (May 9, 2011, Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA)
04 Everything is Broken – The Waterboys (Apr 10, 1990, Docks, Hamburg, Gemany)05 You’re a Big Girl Now – Lloyd Cole (Dec 27, 2001, Joe’s Pub, New York, NY)
06 Oh Sister – Robin Pecknold (Jul 11, 2009, Neumo’s, Seattle, WA)
07 I Threw It All Away – Roddy Frame and Edwyn Collins (Oct 17, 1990, Copenhagen Music Cafe, Denmark)
08 Love Minus Zero – Joe Jack Talcum (Sep 13, 2009, The Mill, Iowa City, IA)
09 Queen Jane Approximately – David Rawlings Machine (Mar 24, 2009, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA)
10 Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window – Kaiser-Phillips Band (Jan 7, 1990, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA) 11 Positively Fourth Street – Jerry Garcia and Merle Saunders (Jul 10, 1973, The Keystone, Berkeley, CA)
12 I Shall Be Released – Gene Clark (May 12, 1989, Old Vienna Kaffeehaus, Westboro, MA)
13 Cross the Green Mountain – Elliott Murphy (Sep 5, 2009, Beitohallen, Beitostolen, Norway)
14 Masters of War – Leon Russell (Nov 21, 1970, Fillmore East, New York)
15 Blowin’ in the Wind – Neil Young (Feb 28, 1991, Dean E. Smith Center, Charlotte, NC)
16 Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ – Steve Wynn (Au 13, 2009, Hana-bi, Marina di Ravenna, Italy)
17 Forever Young – Joan Baez (Mar 31, 2004, Murat Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN)

June 18, 2011 Posted by | Bob Dylan, Bootleg Bonanza, Dave Rawlings Machine, Elvis Costello, Gillian Welch, Jerry Garcia, Merle Saunders, mp3 downloads, Music, Robyn Hitchcock, The Waterboys, Uncle Tupelo | Leave a comment

Bootleg Bonanza: Jerry Garcia & Merle Saunders – San Anselmo, CA (01/19/72)

jerry garcia and merle saunders

Garcia & Saunders
The Lion’s Share
San Anselmo, CA

Download FLAC/MP3: Mediafire

It Takes alot to Laugh, it Takes a Train to Cry
Expressway >
Imagine Instrumental
That’s Alright Mama
Save Mother Earth Instrumental*
I Was Made to Love Her Instrumental*

*with Paul Butterfield

This is the Early Show

January 7, 2011 Posted by | Bootleg Bonanza, Jerry Garcia, Merle Saunders, mp3 downloads, Music | Leave a comment

Bootleg Bonanza: Legion of Mary – Berkeley, CA (05/21/75)

Legion of Mary Berkely CA 1875 cover

Download MP3@320kps: Part I, Part II

Legion of Mary
Berkeley, CA

Set I
That’s The Touch I Like
I Feel Like Dynamite
Last Train From Poor Valley
(Finders) Keepers
Tough Mama
That’s What Love Will Make You Do
Set II
I’ll Take A Melody
You Can Leave Your Hat On
Mississippi Moon
The Harder They Come
Creepin Instrumental
How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You

Notes from The Jerry Site: How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) is cut on the master reel. Creepin’ was previously labeled Jam #8. This is an instrumental version of Stevie Wonder’s version which appears on his 1974 album “Fulfillingness’ First Finale”.

Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
Merl Saunders – keyboards, vocals
John Kahn – bass
Martin Fiero – saxophone, flute
Ron Tutt – drums

December 13, 2010 Posted by | Bootleg Bonanza, Jerry Garcia, Legion of Mary, Merle Saunders, mp3 downloads, Music | Leave a comment

Bootleg Bonanza: Merl Saunders – Iowa (02/21/02)

Download MP3@320kps: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV

Merl Saunders
Mile-A-Way Hall
Council Bluffs, IA

Disk 1
Track 1
Child’s Play(?)
That’s What Love Will Make You Do
Track 4
Track 5
Track 6
Track 7
Track 8

Disk II
Track 1
Track 2
Track 3
Track 4
Track 5
Track 6
Track 7
Track 8
Track 9

Sorry about not having the full set list. Etree doesn’t have it and my quick google searching didn’t turn anything up. These are all full songs with names and lyrics, but I’m too lazy to really figure them out. If somebody can figure them out, please do post.

Otherwise this is another fine show from Merl Saunders. Lots of good groovy rock and roll.  The sound is decent, it is definitely an audience recording but it isn’t too muddled.

November 29, 2010 Posted by | Bootleg Bonanza, Merle Saunders, mp3 downloads, Music | Leave a comment

Bootleg Bonanza: Merle Saunders – Live At The Bluebird (05/20/97)

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Merl Saunders & The Rainforest Band
Bluebird Theatre
Bloomington, IN

Source: AT822 (FOB/DFC) > D8 > WAV > SHN FOB/DFC
Taper: Scott F

Set I
Finders Keepers
Built For Comfort
I Put A Spell On You
Franklin’s Tower
Sunrise Over Haleakala
It’s In The Air (Konfusion)
Set II
Save Mother Earth
Boogie On Reggae Woman
Nostalgia For Jerome
My Funny Valentine
Fiesta Amazonica
E: Calypso

Perhaps best known for his work in various Jerry Garcia non-Grateful Dead projects Merle Saunders is a fraking genius in his own right. This show smokes, blows the roof off, and does whatever other words you can think of to say ‘rocks this mutha out.’

It took place at the Bluebird which is a little country bar I’ve been to several times in Bloomington, before I even knew where Bloomington was. Listening to this show I can see myself there, next to the stage blissed out like everyone else.

It is a really tiny venue and I have no idea where the taper could have set up, but he’s got the sweet spot. The band sounds hot and you can hear the crowd singing a long, but in a totally good way. If you love the jam, you gotta have this.

April 27, 2009 Posted by | Bootleg Bonanza, Merle Saunders, mp3 downloads, Music | Leave a comment