Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Annotated Nedbase 1970 - 1975





Ned now has an official website Spiritcats.com with several galleries of his photography and art, a collection of his writings including personal reflections on individual creativity, art, pictures and being a picture, nudes and erotica, and the natural history of electronic media world presence, and extensive content about his music past and present.

To go directly to the music page with texts about his upcoming new album "Cat Dreams", and about "Seastones" composition and the upcoming new two CD release of "Seastones":  http://spiritcats.com/music.html

A detailed diagram of the "Seastones" instrumentation drawn by Ned is here: http://spiritcats.com/seastonesinstrumentation.html

 
Others have created a Facebook site about Ned's website:  Ned Lagin's Spiritcats  https://facebook.com/nedlaginspiritcats/

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Below are listed the performances, rehearsals, and recording sessions where Ned Lagin is known to have performed with the Grateful Dead, or with Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia, and others.  These occurred in the years between 1970 to 1975.  This list is thought to be accurate but remains incomplete.

Ned has reviewed the list and added notes.  Since the interview that was broadcast on February 3, 2001 (transcript at http://www.gdhour.com/transcripts/lagin.010203.html ) and his published interviews with David Gans ("Conversations with the Dead") in August, 2001, no other interviews have been published.  He has received and listened to recordings of many but not all relevant performances, performances which he had not heard at the time of the interviews (11-05-70, 11-08-70, 11-21-70, 2-18-71, 4-8-71, and other concert recordings).  Some complete shows (2-18-71, 4-8-71) which he had played, and which he only identified minimally or partially in the Gans interview as the performances and/or only songs he thought remarkable are more fully documented here.  Where he did not remember, or was not sure about shows or other events, he qualified or asked that those listings be eliminated.

"Seastones" recording, mixing, mastering, and practice sessions for the period 1970-1975 are mostly undocumented and further research is needed.  Most of the "Seastones" sessions and electronic jams at Mickey Hart's ranch in the summers of 1970, 1971, 1972, and 1973 were recorded.  These are presumed to be lost.

Recordings of Grateful Dead performances were graciously supplied to Ned from David Gans, Ihor Slabicky, Noah Weiner, Michael Parrish, and David Finney.

An in-depth biography is available at the "Ned Lagin" entry in Wikipedia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ned_Lagin ).


I-)  ihor


updated  08-10-16


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1970 


05-xx-70 - The Grateful Dead visit Ned Lagin at his dorm room at MIT in Cambridge, MA.  Ned plays piano and plays a four-hand piano jam with Ron "Pig Pen" McKernan; Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, and Mickey Hart are present.

05-xx-70 - Jerry, Phil, and Mickey attend a concert of 8-track electronic music composed and performed by Ned at the MIT Chapel, Cambridge, MA.

MIT Chapel (photo by Melvin Backstrom)


Summer, 1970  - numerous jams throughout the summer, including at Mickey Hart's ranch, the Slide Ranch, and some studio rehearsals; members of the Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby Stills and Nash, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and New Riders of the Purple Sage.

Two business cards from Ned.  The telephone numbers are no longer affiliated with the Grateful Dead.


Jerry (electric, acoustic, and pedal steel guitar) and Ned (piano) play together alone on multiple occasions at Jerry Garcia's house and at Mickey's.  Jerry teaches Ned, through singing and playing, a number of Grateful Dead tunes including new ones for the "American Beauty" album.  Ned and Jerry jam on "Dark Star", on one and two chord pieces, on sound textures, and play and improvise on pop and jazz songs, using Ned's fake books (Ned on piano, Jerry on acoustic, electric, and pedal steel guitars).  Jerry refers Ned to the piano playing of Floyd Cramer, and to bluegrass players.  Ned shows Jerry (and they work through) transcriptions (Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, Dave Brubeck, Bill Evans, and others), scores by Mahler, Copland, Ives, Gershwin, Ravel, Debussy, Webern, and Pendereki (and others), his Berklee School of Music notes on reharmonization, as well as his research on Renaissance music (Obrecht, Okeghem), all of which he also shares with Phil.  Ned plays Bill Evans' "Blue in Green" and "Peace Piece" on piano for Jerry.  These musical interchanges between Ned, Jerry, and including Phil and Mickey also occur during the summers of 1971-1973.

David Crosby and Ned play together (acoustic guitar, piano) at David's house ("The Lee Shore" and other tunes).  David Crosby plays "Songs of the Humpback Whale", Roger Payne's LP of whale songs, for Ned and Phil.

Ned records his first 16-track music at Mickey Hart's studio - a composition of multiple over-layered tracks of solo piano, inspired by the Bill Evans album "Conversations With Myself".  He also starts early "Seastones" 16-track recording.

08-xx-70 - "American Beauty" sessions in August and September 1970 at the Wally Heider Studio in San Francisco.  Ned plays piano on early takes of several songs.  The only piano track of his that is used on the album is the acoustic piano on "Candyman".  If the undated outtake of "Candyman" listed below can be dated to between June and September, 1970, then it is Ned playing the acoustic piano.  http://archive.org/download/gd1971-02-01.sbd.Studio.Rehearsal.120486.flac16/13.mp3 

xx-xx-70 - Ned played acoustic piano on some rehearsal sessions for David Crosby's solo album "If I Could Only Remember My Name".

Fall, 1970 - Ned returns to MIT.

11-05-70 - Grateful Dead at the Capitol Theater, Port Chester, NY (Thursday) - This concert is the first time that Ned plays on stage with the Grateful Dead:  "The Other One" > "Dark Star" > "St. Stephen".  Ned describes it:  "The "Dark Star" was a very abstract feedback-oriented one early on, then beautiful.  It was very much more "Seastones"-esque than other "Dark Stars", characteristic of some of the earlier summer jamming."  https://archive.org/details/gd70-11-05.aud.warner.17182.sbeok.shnf 

11-08-70 - Grateful Dead at the Capitol Theater, Port Chester, NY - Ned sat in on "Dark Star" > "The Main Ten" jam > "Dancing in the Streets".  https://archive.org/details/gd1970-11-08.aud.weiner.28609.sbeok.shnf 

11-21-70 - Grateful Dead at the Sargent Gym, Boston University, Boston, MA - This was Ned's first complete concert with the Grateful Dead.  Ned played a beige original Wurlitzer electric piano that was borrowed.  Friends in the audience yelled "Hey, Ned!" and "Grateful Ned!" to his embarrassment.  Partial set list - other songs not remembered or recorded:  "Casey Jones", "Candyman", "Mama Tried", "Easy Wind", "Good Loving", "Dancing In The Street", "St. Stephen", "Cryptical Envelopment" > "Drums" > "The Other One" > "Cryptical Envelopment" > "Cosmic Charlie", and "Uncle John's Band".  https://archive.org/details/gd70-11-21.sbd.hanno.14858.sbeok.shnf 
 
Bill, Mickey, Pigpen, Ned, Bob, Phil, and Jerry at Boston University on November 21, 1970 (photo by Jeff Albertson)
 

Jerry, Phil, Bill, Mickey, Ned, Bob, and Pigpen at Boston University on November 21, 1970
(photo by Jeff Albertson)
 

Note from Ned:  In 1970 / 1971, because of PA input limitations and/or whoever was mixing, it is hard for him to be heard.  But there was no conscious effort to be absent, and not recorded.  There was no reason not to record him if there were available mix channels, and he had no reason not to be recorded.  Until the 1974 tours when Jerry always wanted him on his side of the stage, there was no typical setup for the times he played (Pigpen's organ or his own keyboards).  If Ned didn't have monitor speakers close so he could tell how loud he was in the mix, he was very careful, playing more diminutively until he found his bearings out of respect for the spirit of the music, the band, and the show.

Note from Ned:  He was sensitive to when earlier TC (Tom Constanten) joined the band and unfortunately affected Pigpen's role.  So Ned wanted always to leave space for Pigpen, who generously gave musical space for Ned.  And as the sixth player in the mix he held back, blending in and not standing out, not cluttering but helping to shape and energize.

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1971 

02-18-71 - Grateful Dead at the Capitol Theater, Port Chester, NY - Ned plays for the entire concert.  He played sparsely or sat out on a very few tunes because the band seemed not in tune (with his keys), some tunes did not need his keyboard (it was by his own choice), and also he wanted to leave space for Pigpen.  In earlier discussions, Ned talked only minimally about his playing on 2-18-71, mentioning only a few of the tunes he really liked and remembered without having a set list or recording.

Ned plays clavichord and Farfisa organ, with Uni-Vibe (Jerry loan) and Cry Baby wah-wah (Jerry gift) pedals; Ned played through two of Jerry's spare Fender Twin Reverb amps.  These had the original tie-dyed speaker covers and were mic'd but because of feedback there was a direct box transformer line output.  Ned was surrounded (virtually buried) in baffling, equipment cases, and padding by Ramrod (and Jerry) to tame feedback problems from having to mic and amplify the very quiet clavichord.

Especially notable is "Dark Star" > "Wharf Rat" > "Dark Star" > "Beautiful Jam" > "Dark Star" > "Me and My Uncle".  https://archive.org/details/gd1971-02-18.sbd.miller.111793.flac16  Ned did not know until the David Gans interview in 2001 that later this was called "Beautiful Jam".  The "Beautiful Jam" is included in the "So Many Roads (1965-1995)" box set on disc two, track 2.

This is the first time that the Grateful Dead performed "Bertha", "Wharf Rat", "Johnny B. Goode", and "Playing in the Band".  The afternoon of the concert, back stage during set up, Jerry told Ned he had new songs they had not played before.  First he talked through "Bertha".  Then "Wharf Rat", which he played for Ned quietly on guitar and singing, showing him the changes (chords) and vocal so he could play it that evening coming out of "Dark Star".  A little later, Phil came up to him, told him about "Wharf Rat", and talked him through it, but with no instruments.  He didn't know Jerry had already done it, but Ned was happy to have more info.  Bob asked Ned to sit back for the first part of "Playing in the Band" and the vocals until he got it.

Jerry sometimes fedback through the sounding board and brass strings of Ned's clavichord as did Ned himself; the feedback character comes from the sweetness of the brass clavichord strings and acoustic wood soundboard.

Set 1: Bertha, Truckin', It Hurts Me Too, Loser, Greatest Story Ever Told > Johnny B. Goode, Mama Tried, Hard To Handle, Dark Star > Wharf Rat > Dark Star > Me & My Uncle

Set 2: Lucky Lager Dance Time, Casey Jones, Playing in the Band, Me, Candyman, Big Boss Man, Sugar Magnolia, St. Stephen > Not Fade Away > Going Down the Road Feeling Bad > Not Fade Away > Uncle John's Band  https://archive.org/details/gd1971-02-18.sbd.miller.111793.flac16 or http://www.archive.org/details/gd1971-02-18.sbd.cantor-crouch-diebert-gmb.85478.sbeok.flac16 

02-xx-71 - Capitol Theater, Port Chester, NY - Two acoustic duo sessions during the day(s) with Jerry on acoustic guitar and Ned on clavichord.  These were recorded on four-track tape by Bob Matthews and Betty Cantor and are either now lost, in the Grateful Dead archive(s), or with other Jerry Garcia tapes.  The sessions included some musical elements from the first night's performance.

04-07-71 - Grateful Dead at the Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA - being researched.  http://www.archive.org/details/gd1971-04-07.sbd.cantor.gmb.96225.flac16 and the post- drums "jam" http://www.archive.org/download/gd1971-04-07.sbd.cantor.gmb.96225.flac16/gd1971-04-07d2t05_vbr.mp3 

04-08-71 - Grateful Dead at the Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA - Ned plays the entire concert.  Once again, on a few tunes he played minimally or sat out because the band seemed not in tune with his piano, some tunes did not need his keyboard (his own choice), and also he wanted to leave space for Pigpen.  Ned played a new Wurlitzer (black) electric piano, with a Cry Baby wah-wah (an earlier Jerry gift), a Uni-Vibe (Jerry's), and a Tonebender (early distortion box), through two of Jerry's spare Fender Twin Reverb amps with original tie-dyed speaker covers for stage monitors, and there was a direct box transformer line output.  Ned's piano's position changed between the first set and the second, and again during the second set (the thought was to do a sequence of acoustic tunes starting with "Cumberland Blues" but that was abandoned after the band was reminded about the amount of playing time remaining before the Boston City curfew took effect.  https://archive.org/details/gd1971-04-08.sbd.cantor.gmb.96627.flac16 or http://www.archive.org/details/gd1971-04-08.sbd.unknown.14397.shnf 

As with 2-18-71 in earlier discussions, Ned had also talked only minimally about his playing on 4-8-71 - "it was a very high night for all - on stage and off" - and mentioning only a few of the tunes he really liked and remembered playing.  Earlier discussions may have confused this night with another concert (and another "Dark Star") in Boston, 9-16-72, when he joined the band on stage for only "Dark Star" > "Brokedown Palace".

Set 1 - Truckin', Bertha, Next Time You See Me, Playing in the Band, Loser, Beat It On Down The Line, I Second That Emotion, Sugar Magnolia, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, Casey Jones

During the break Jerry asks Ned what he would like to play - he asks for "Alligator", "The Eleven", and "Dark Star".  They do "Dark Star".

Set 2 - Dark Star > St. Stephen > Not Fade Away > Going Down the Road Feeling Bad > Jam > Not Fade Away, Sing Me Back Home, Cumberland Blues, Greatest Story Ever Told > Johnny B. Goode, Good Lovin' > Drums > Good Lovin'.

xx-xx-71 - During the summer of 1971, recording sessions continue on "Seastones with Jerry, Phil, Spencer Dryden, Mickey, David Crosby, and Grace Slick.

Jerry teaches Ned more tunes; they jam alone at Mickey's and Jerry's.  David Crosby and Ned play together (acoustic guitar, piano) at David's house.

xx-xx-71 - During the summer, Ned plays in a number of jam sessions with Jerry, Phil, Mickey, Bob, Billy, David Crosby, John Cipollina, members of the New Riders of the Purple Sage, Spencer Dryden, and Barry Melton, among others.

xx-xx-71 - "A Day In The Country" radio broadcast from Mickey Hart's ranch.  This was a jam session ("The Other One Jam" > "The Wall Song", "Jam", "Blooz", and "R&R Jam") with members of the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, David Crosby, and others.  Ned plays organ and piano.  The back of the tape box lists:  "Stokes, Garcia, Lagin, Hart, Lesh, Crosby, Cippolina, Freiberg" and recording information.

 

Tape box for "A Day In The Country"

 

08-14-71 - Grateful Dead at the Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, CA - During Set II, Ned plays on "Truckin'" > "Drums" > "The Other One", "Me and Bobby McGee", "Happy Birthday" for David Crosby, and the two encores: "Johnny B. Goode" and "Uncle John's Band".  https://archive.org/details/gd1971-08-14.sbd.130871.MrBill.flac16 

08-15-71 - Grateful Dead at the Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, CA - During Set II, Ned plays on "Trucking" > "Drums" > "The Other One" > "Me and My Uncle" > "The Other One" > "Wharf Rat".  https://archive.org/details/gd1971-08-15.sbd.130890.MrBill.flac16 

08-21-71 - Mickey's Barn Studio - Ned jams with John Cipollina, David Crosby, Jerry, Mickey, Phil, Bob Weir, and Merl Saunders.  https://archive.org/details/gd71-08-21.hartjam.aud.17179.sbeok.shnf 

Fall, 1971 - Ned returns to Cambridge, MA.

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1972 
 
Summer, 1972 - Mickey's Barn Studio - Ned jams with Phil, Jerry, Mickey, John Cipollina, Barry Melton, David Crosby, and others.

Jerry and Ned play and jam together.  David Crosby and Ned play together (acoustic guitar, piano) at David's house.

xx-xx-72 - In the summer of 1972, "Seastones" recordings continue.  Sessions with Jerry, David Crosby, Grace Slick, David Freiberg, Spencer Dryden, Mickey, and Phil.  The first acoustic mix of part of "Seastones is done at Mickey's studio.

09-13-72  - The first "Seastones" partial mix (dated 09-13-72) is submitted by Jerry, Phil, and Ned to Clive Davis.  In a subsequent meeting they all attended at Davis's Columbia Records office in New York City, he rejected the album on the review and advice of other synthesizer recording artists at Columbia.  The back of the tape box lists the September 13, 1972 "Seastones" mix date and recording information.



 
Tape box for the September 13, 1972 mix of "Seastones"




09-16-72 - Grateful Dead at the Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA - During Set II, Ned played on "Dark Star" > "Brokedown Palace".  Ned played a Wurlitzer electric piano and Crybaby wah-wah when he joined the band on stage for "Dark Star", and after which he and his piano exited the stage.  This was the first and only time prior to 1974 that he sat in with Keith Godchaux playing acoustic piano.  https://archive.org/details/gd72-09-16.psbd.unknown.6683.sbeok.shnf 

Fall, 1972 - Ned returns to Cambridge, MA.

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1973
 
04-xx-73 - Ned moves to California.

04-xx-73 - Mickey's Barn Studio - first playing electric and electronic music together as a group; Ned, Jerry, Phil, and Mickey played all night.

xx-xx-73 - Ned and Phil played one night all night alone at Mickey's in quad - sometimes with their instruments playing themselves with feedback while Ned and Phil went into control room and then back to their instruments.

xx-xx-73 - Recording sessions continue on "Seastones".

xx-xx-73 - Mickey's Barn Studio - jams with Phil, Jerry, Mickey, John Cipollina, Barry Melton, and others.

Jerry and Ned play and jam together alone.  David Crosby and Ned play together (acoustic guitar, piano) at David's house.

xx-xx-73 - Recording (on 4 track, 2 track, and cassette tape) and practice sessions at Ned's apartment in Fairfax with Jerry, David Crosby, and Phil.  Some of these were recorded; they are presumed lost.

11-28-73 - Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA - Billed on the poster as "An Experiment in Quadraphonic Sound" with Jerry Garcia and Mickey Hart; however, Ned performed the entire concert (although not on stage), and Phil did the live quad mix.  The booking and publicity started before all had committed to the concert - this explains why there has been some confusion as to who played and how this related to "Seastones".  Included as part of this show was the first "Seastones" live/tape performance in quad.  This was a partial one, using pre-recorded "Seastones" tracks and the live musicians' performance, and some other pre-recorded tapes by Ned.  Ned played an Arp Odyssey for most of the show seated at the mix board centered in the audience with Phil next to him mixing in quad.  https://archive.org/details/gd73-11-28.sbd-seastones.finney.968.sbefail.shnf 

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1974

xx-xx-74 - Recording (4 track and 2 track tape) and practice sessions at Ned's apartment in Fairfax with Jerry, David Crosby, and Phil.  Some of these were recorded; they are presumed lost.

xx-xx-74 - Recording sessions continue on "Seastones".

04-xx-74 - Grateful Dead album "From the Mars Hotel" sessions - Ned plays an Arp Odyssey synthesizer on "Unbroken Chain".  The album was recorded at the CBS Studios in San Francisco from March 30, 1974 to April 19, 1974.

1974 Summer Tour - At most of the concerts, Ned and Phil perform together ("Ned and Phil") during the set break between Set I and II.  Some of these "Ned and Phil" sets segue into the full Grateful Dead performing.  Some sets include only Jerry.  As yet not documented in the following listings are some "Ned and Phil" sets that included Jerry, but not the full Grateful Dead.  Some "Ned and Phil" sets were partial performances of "Seastones".  Ned plays a Fender Rhodes 88 electric piano, an Arp Odyssey synthesizer, and an Emu polyphonic analog synthesizer with computer control.

Ned's band ID badge that was used for the 1974 tours


In 1974, Ned began playing through the vocal system.  It was considered the best part of the entire Wall of Sound PA.  It had the second highest column of 15-inch bass speakers, second only to Phil.  There were 240 speakers total including the center cluster, a 4-way crossover, and 9600 watts of power provided by sixteen Macintosh 300 amps.  Ned could be as loud as a jet plane and actually had the capability of lifting the entire stage fully loaded by playing a burst of subsonic notes, which he did a couple of times.  When he held a note the speakers created a breeze!

However, there was a switch to select between his 4-channel quad feed and the vocal mic mix.  When band members were singing through the system, the vocal system switch was set to the vocal mics and Ned was switched just to on-stage monitors.  Sometimes the switch back to him was forgotten (for awhile), and sometimes 2 of the 4 channels of Ned's quad feed were lost in the vocal system input mix even when the switch was set to Ned.

Note from Ned:  Many of the "Ned and Phil" performances have missing audio channels - sometimes two of Ned's four quad live channels or the computer rhythm output, sometimes Phil's feed to Ned's synthesizer console for scored processing, and sometimes pre-recorded tapes (basic tracks for "Seastones", "L", others).  The pre-recorded tracks (effectively basic "audio scores") were an important formal component of the musical performance, providing a framework or background for improvising (and/or control and modulation signals).  Like Phil, Ned's instruments had quad 4 channel outputs, but often 2 channels were lost somewhere in the PA feed mix, which converted 4 channels into 2 for the vocal system output.

Note from Ned:  As parts of the "Seastones" open form composition, some of the Ned and Phil (and others) "Seastones" live performances (1973-1975) became "accreted moment forms" in the complete composition.

06-23-74 - Grateful Dead at the Jai-Alai Fronton, Miami, FL - During the set break between Set I and II, Ned and Phil perform the 'first time played' "Ned and Phil" set.  Ned plays on "Ned and Phil" > "jam" > "Ship of Fools", (Ned does not play during "Big River"), "Black Peter", "Around and Around", "Dark Star" jam > "Spanish Jam" > "U.S. Blues".  Ned's parents are in attendance in the audience and meet Jerry and Phil.  The "Dark Star Jam" excerpt > "Spanish Jam" > "U.S. Blues" appears on disc 2, track 6 of the "So Many Roads (1965-1995)" box set.  https://archive.org/details/gd1974-06-23.sdb.smith.116312.flac16 

06-26-74 - Grateful Dead at the Providence Civic Center, Providence, RI - Ned plays on the "Ned and Phil" set.  https://archive.org/download/gd1974-06-26.akgd1000e.moore.berger.105919.flac24/gd74-06-26d2t01_vbr.mp3 

06-28-74 - Grateful Dead at the Boston Garden, Boston, MA - Ned plays on the "Ned and Phil" set.  https://archive.org/download/gd1974-06-28.sonyecm99.moore.berger.106003.flac24/gd74-06-28d1t14_vbr.mp3 

06-30-74 - Grateful Dead at the Springfield Civic Center Arena, Springfield, MA - Ned plays on the "Ned and Phil" set.  http://www.archive.org/download/gd1974-06-30.sbd.miller.96275.sbeok.flac16/gd74-06-30d2t04_vbr.mp3 

07-04-74 - Grateful Dead at Titan Stadium, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI - This scheduled concert, with a fireworks show, was ultimately cancelled, but not before the band, the equipment crew, and the four "Wall of Sound" trucks had arrived in town on July 1, 1974.  The concert was rescheduled for July 6, 1974, which also was eventually cancelled.  Ensconced in nineteen rooms and two suites at the Pioneer Inn, the entourage took full advantage of the unscheduled time off by relaxing at the pool, drag racing the trucks through the center of town at night and being chased by the police (Ned participated), and generally winding down from the rigors of touring before leaving on the 4th of July.

07-19-74 - Grateful Dead at the Selland Arena, Fresno, CA - Ned plays on the "Ned and Phil" set.  http://www.archive.org/download/gd1974-07-19.sbd.miller.32634.sbeok.flac16/gd74-07-19d2t02_vbr.mp3  The "Ned and Phil" set appears on the  "Dave's Picks Volume 17:  Selland Arena, Fresno, CA 7/19/74" album.

07-21-74 - Grateful Dead at the Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA - Ned plays on the "Ned and Phil" set.  http://www.archive.org/download/gd1974-07-21.ecm22p.bertrando.motb0056.88979.sbeok.flac16/gd1974-07-21.motb.0056.d1t11_vbr.mp3



Jerry, Ned, and Bob at the Hollywood Bowl on July 21, 1974


Ned and Phil at the Hollywood Bowl on July 21, 1974  (photo by David Gans)
  


07-25-74 - Grateful Dead at the International Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL - Ned plays on the "Ned and Phil" set.  [add link]

07-27-74 - Grateful Dead at the Roanoke Civic Center, Roanoke, VA - Ned plays on the "Ned and Phil" set.  https://archive.org/download/gd1974-07-27.akgd200e.unk.sirmick.132282.sbeok.flac16/gd1974-07-27s2.mp3 

07-29-74 - Grateful Dead at the Capital Center, Landover, MD - Ned plays on the "Ned and Phil" set.  [add link]

07-31-74 - Grateful Dead at Dillon Stadium, Hartford, CT - Before Set III, Ned plays on the "Ned and Phil" set.  http://archive.org/download/gd1974-07-31.115499.aud-anderson.bershaw-berger.flac16/gd74-07-31d3t01.mp3  



Ned and Jerry at Dillon Stadium on July 31, 1974  (photo by Paul Kiley)




Ned at Dillon Stadium on July 31, 1974  (photo by James R. Anderson)


08-04-74 - Grateful Dead at the Civic Convention Hall Auditorium, Philadelphia, PA - Ned plays on the "Ned and Phil" set.  https://archive.org/download/gd1974-08-04.aud.moore.weiner.gdADT.9112.sbeok.shnf/gd74-08-04d2t03_vbr.mp3 

08-05-74 - Grateful Dead at the Civic Convention Hall Auditorium, Philadelphia, PA - Ned plays on the "Ned and Phil" set.  https://archive.org/download/gd74-08-05.aud.weiner.21294.sbeok.shnf/gd1974-08-05d2t04_vbr.mp3 

08-06-74 - Grateful Dead at Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, NJ - Ned plays on the "Ned and Phil" set.  https://archive.org/download/gd74-08-06.merin.weiner.gdADT.5914.sbefail.shnf/gd74-08-06d2t05_vbr.mp3



 Ned setting up at Roosevelt Stadium on August 6, 1974
 


09-10-74 - Grateful Dead at the Alexandra Palace, London, England - Ned plays on "Ned and Phil" set.  [add link]

09-11-74 - Grateful Dead at the Alexandra Palace, London, England - During Set II, Ned plays on "Ned and Phil" > "Space" > jam > "Space" > "Eyes of the World" > "Stronger Than Dirt" > "Space" > "Wharf Rat".  Ned plays a Fender Rhodes 88 electric piano and trades intro leads with Jerry.  Jerry was very happy, laughing at the end of the sequence, and gave Ned his guitar pick.  https://archive.org/details/gd1974-09-11.sbd.unknown.4647.shnf 

09-14-74 - Grateful Dead at the Olympiahalle, Muenchen, West Germany - Ned plays on the "Ned and Phil" set.  http://www.archive.org/download/gd1974-09-14.28353.sbeok.flac16/gd74-09-14d1t01_vbr.mp3 

09-18-74 - Grateful Dead at the Parc des Expositions, Dijon, France - Ned plays on the "Ned and Phil" set.  http://www.archive.org/download/gd1974-09-18.sbd.miller.20675.shnf/gd74-09-18d2t02_vbr.mp3  At the afternoon soundcheck, Ned plays with Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Jerry, and Phil.  That was recorded and Ned has the cassette.   The "Ned and Phil" set appears on disc 2, track 2 of the ninth show ("Parc des Expositions, Dijon, France - September 18, 1974") on the  "30 Trips Around The Sun:  The Definitive Story (1965-1995)" box set.

09-20-74 - Ned was scheduled to play the "Ned and Phil" set but arrived at the hall too late to play. 

09-21-74 - Grateful Dead at the Palais des Sports, Paris, France - Ned plays on "Ned and Phil" > "Playing in the Band" > "Drums" > "Playing in the Band"  https://archive.org/details/gd1974-09-21.131530.sbd.miller.flac16 .  Jerry asks Ned to stay and finish the set but he left the stage.  There is a black and white video of this concert showing parts of the "Ned and Phil" set and "Playing in the Band" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-G_mOM5LbQ .

The October 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20, 1974 Grateful Dead concerts at Winterland were filmed for the "Grateful Dead Movie".  Ned appears in the DVD release of the "Grateful Dead Movie".  There is additional footage of Ned playing in the Grateful Dead film archives.



Jerry, Ned, Bob, Phil, and Bill at Winterland in October, 1974

Jerry, Ned, Bob, Bill, and Phil at Winterland in October, 1974


10-16-74 - Grateful Dead at the Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA - During Set II, Ned plays on  "Ned and Phil" > "Space" jam > "Wharf Rat" > "Space" > "Eyes of the World".  https://archive.org/details/gd1974-10-16.fob.sonyecm250.falenga.motb-0131.107036.flac16 

10-17-74 - Grateful Dead at the Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA - Ned plays on the "Ned and Phil" set that starts Set II.  http://ia600502.us.archive.org/4/items/gd1974-10-17.sbd.smith.gems.99031.flac16/gd1974.10.17.GEMS.d2t04_vbr.mp3 

10-18-74 - Grateful Dead at the Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA - Ned plays during the first half of Set II:  "Ned and Phil" > jam > "Dark Star" > "Morning Dew".  https://archive.org/details/gd1974-10-18.111459.gems.BOSWELL-SMITH.flac24 

10-19-74 - Grateful Dead at the Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA - Ned plays on "Ned and Phil" set.  He plays alone solo synthesizer and rhythm synth for the first few minutes.  http://archive.org/download/gd1974-10-19.sbd.boswell-smith.116341.flac24/gd1974-10-19s2t01.mp3 

10-20-74 - Grateful Dead at the Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA - Ned plays on "Ned and Phil" set.  During Set II, Ned plays on "Playing in the Band" > "Drums" > "Not Fade Away" > "Drums" > "The Other One" > "Wharf Rat" > "Playing in the Band".  For Set III, Ned's electric piano is left on stage right and he plays only some tunes - the "Grateful Dead Movie" archive film footage can verify which ones.  Ned recalls playing on "Eyes of the World" > (partially on "Slipknot" > "Stella Blue", and "Sugar Magnolia"), and Encores 1 and 2:  "Johnny B. Goode" > Mississippi Half Step Uptown Toodeloo" > "And We Bid You Goodnight".  https://archive.org/details/gd1974-10-20.sbd.smith-lee.GEMS.97193.flac16 

Ned, Bob, Jerry, and Phil at Winterland on October 20, 1974


xx-xx-74 - Recording and work sessions for "Seastones" continued.

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1975

For 1975, only the Grateful Dead rehearsals that exist on recordings are listed.  Other studio sessions that are undocumented or were not recorded are not listed.  Ned's studio rehearsals and jamming alone with Jerry, David Crosby, and Phil are not listed and the recordings were either non-existent or are now lost.  Ned was present for all the Grateful Dead "Blues For Allah" sessions until 6-17-75.

02-xx-75 - Round Records releases three samplers, one of which has "Sea Stones", the basic structure of this segment from "Seastones".



Round Records sampler with "Sea Stones" excerpt from "Seastones"



02-xx-75 to 06-xx-75 - Ned records other "Seastones" compositions, and "Seastones" electronic jams at Bob Weir's studio in Mill Valley, CA.  Some of these were recorded but are now presumed lost.  Recording (on 4 track and 2 track tape) and practice sessions were held at Ned's apartment in Fairfax with Jerry, David Crosby, and Phil.  Some of these were recorded; they are presumed lost.

02-19-75 - Grateful Dead rehearsal at the Bob Weir studio in Mill Valley, CA - Ned plays on "Crazy Fingers" and other songs.  Part of this session can be heard after the 33:00 mark on Grateful Dead Hour No. 359:  http://rhino.edgeboss.net/qtime/rhino/gdead/gdhour/gdh359_podcast.mov?timestamp=1417185039&ttl=600&iprange=0.0.0.0/0&cryptosignature=9A5B71A72B17CCB35DE3A8E0FC13C1C44F222B6C 

02-27-75 - Grateful Dead rehearsal at the Bob Weir studio in Mill Valley, CA - Ned plays on "Groove #1", "Groove #2", "A To E Flat Jam", and "Proto 18 Proper".  These appear as tracks 8, 9, 11, and 12 on the remastered "Blues For Allah" album that is disc 3 of the "Beyond Description (1973–1989)" box set.  These also appear as tracks 8, 9, 11, and 12 on the remastered "Blues For Allah" album. 

02-28-75 - Grateful Dead rehearsal at the Bob Weir studio in Mill Valley, CA - Ned plays on "Distorto" ("Crazy Fingers" jam), "Stronger Than Dirt" jams, "Girl From Ipanema" jam, "They Love Each Other" jams, and "The Music Never Stopped" jams.  "Distorto" appears as track 10 on the remastered "Blues For Allah" album that is disc 3 of the "Beyond Description (1973–1989)" box set.  It also appears as track 10 on the remastered "Blues For Allah" album.  These sessions exist in trading circles on two CDs.  http://www.archive.org/details/gd1975-02-28.sbd.smith.93779.sbeok.flac16  

03-05-75 - Grateful Dead rehearsal at the Bob Weir studio in Mill Valley, CA - Ned plays on "Crazy Fingers" and other songs.  Part of this session can be heard after the 33:00 mark on Grateful Dead Hour No. 359:  http://rhino.edgeboss.net/qtime/rhino/gdead/gdhour/gdh359_podcast.mov?timestamp=1417185039&ttl=600&iprange=0.0.0.0/0&cryptosignature=9A5B71A72B17CCB35DE3A8E0FC13C1C44F222B6C 

03-17-75 - Scheduled Grateful Dead partial rehearsal, then "Seastones" recording session at Bob Weir's studio in Mill Valley, CA - This studio session includes Ned's "Birthday Jam" and a "Seastones" session with David Crosby.  Ned and the group play on the David Crosby tunes "Low Down Payment" and "Homeward Through the Haze".  They jam on Ned's tunes for a second (i.e., to be released later) "Seastones" album entitled "Make a Cat Laugh":  "Running Home", "No Name", and "A Lost Soul".  These sessions exist in trading circles on three CDs.  https://archive.org/details/gd75-03-17.sbd.vernon.10111.sbeok.shnf 

03-xx-75 - Grateful Dead rehearsal at the Bob Weir studio in Mill Valley, CA - Ned plays with the Grateful Dead on these "Blues for Allah" rehearsals.  These sessions exist in trading circles on three CDs.  https://archive.org/details/gd1975-06-07.bluesruffs.sbd.smith.94427.sbeok.flac16 

03-xx-75 - Jerry Garcia and Friends rehearsal at the Bob Weir studio in Mill Valley, CA - Ned plays on the SNACK practice which consists of "Blues For Allah" material.  Merl Saunders and David Crosby play at this session.  These sessions exist in trading circles on two CDs.  https://archive.org/details/gd1975-06-07.bluesruffs.sbd.smith.94427.sbeok.flac16 

03-21-75 - Jerry Garcia and Friends rehearsal at Bob Weir studio in Mill Valley, CA - Ned with Merl Saunders and David Crosby and the Grateful Dead play "Stronger Than Dirt" and "Blues For Allah".  https://archive.org/details/gd1975-03-23.sbd.snack.18525.flac16 and http://www.archive.org/details/gd75-03-21.sbd.backus.14288.sbeok.shnf 

03-23-75 - Jerry Garcia and Friends at the SF SNACK concert, Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, CA - Ned plays on the complete set - the "Blues For Allah" suite and the "Johnny B. Goode" encore.  https://archive.org/details/gd1975-03-23.sbd.miller.110126.flac16 

Jerry, Ned, and Bob at Kezar Stadium on March 23, 1975  (photo by Peter Simon)

Jerry, Bob, Phil, and Ned at Kezar Stadium on March 23, 1975  (photo by Peter Simon)

 
03-26-75 - Grateful Dead rehearsal at the Bob Weir studio in Mill Valley, CA - At this rehearsal for "Blues For Allah", Ned plays on "Lazy Lightning", "Slipknot", and "Blues For Allah", and on "Proto 18 Proper" ( http://rhino.edgeboss.net/download/rhino/gdead/tapers/april23/gd_proto_18_3_26_75.mp3 ).  http://www.archive.org/details/gd75-03-26.sbd.backus.14289.sbeok.shnf 

04-01-75 - The "Seastones" album (Round RX 106) is released.

 
"Seastones" LP cover

 

04-02-75 - Grateful Dead rehearsal at the Bob Weir studio in Mill Valley, CA - Ned plays on "The Walk", "Blue Noodle Soup", "Staccato" jam, "Lazy Lightning", "Crazy Fingers", "The Music Never Stopped", and "Help on the Way".  https://archive.org/details/gd75-04-02.sbd.backus.14290.sbeok.shnf 

04-17-75 - Grateful Dead partial rehearsal at the Bob Weir studio in Mill Valley, CA - Ned plays on "C.C. Rider", multiple takes of "Stronger Than Dirt", "The Music Never Stopped", and "Tico Tico".  The group also performs Ned's unnamed tunes and "Running Home", "No Name", and "A Lost Soul" for the later "Seastones" (i.e., "Make A Cat Laugh") album, and songs that were also played on the 03-17-75 "Birthday Jam" session.  David Crosby and John Cipollina play with the group.  https://archive.org/details/gd1975-04-17.122863.flacf and http://www.archive.org/details/gd75-04-17.sbd.backus.14291.sbeok.shnf and http://archive.org/details/gd1975-04-17.122863.flacf 

04-18-75 - Grateful Dead rehearsal at the Bob Weir studio in Mill Valley, CA - Ned plays in the group rehearsal, which is then followed by a "Seastones" playing and recording session.

04-xx-75 - Grateful Dead rehearsal at the Bob Weir studio in Mill Valley, CA - Ned plays songs with David Crosby that will be used for "Seastones", utilizing synthesizer, voice, and Echoplex.

04-29-75 - Grateful Dead rehearsal at the Bob Weir studio in Mill Valley, CA - Ned plays on "Swing Warm Ups" ( http://rhino.edgeboss.net/download/rhino/gdead/tapers/april23/gd_swingwarmups_4_29_75.mp3 ) and other jams but not on the "E-A-C" jam.

05-07-75 - Grateful Dead rehearsal at the Bob Weir studio in Mill Valley, CA - Ned with David Crosby and the Grateful Dead play "King Solomon's Marbles" (two takes of that were played on Grateful Dead Hour No. 344).

06-03-75 - Grateful Dead rehearsal at the Bob Weir studio in Mill Valley, CA - Ned plays on multiple takes of "Stronger Than Dirt".  These sessions exist in trading circles on one CD.  http://www.archive.org/details/gd75-06-05.sbd.hanno.21936.sbeok.shnf and https://archive.org/details/gd1975-06-07.bluesruffs.sbd.smith.94427.sbeok.flac16 

06-03-75 - Grateful Dead rehearsal at the Bob Weir studio in Mill Valley, CA - Ned plays on "Crazy Fingers".  A "Seastones" playing and recording session followed this.  http://www.archive.org/details/gd75-06-05.sbd.hanno.21936.sbeok.shnf and https://archive.org/details/gd1975-06-07.bluesruffs.sbd.smith.94427.sbeok.flac16 

06-04-75 - Grateful Dead rehearsal at the Bob Weir studio in Mill Valley, CA - Ned plays on "Franklin's Tower" and "Stronger Than Dirt".  This was followed by a "Seastones" rehearsal.  http://www.archive.org/details/gd75-06-05.sbd.hanno.21936.sbeok.shnf 

06-05-75 - Grateful Dead rehearsal at the Bob Weir studio in Mill Valley, CA - Ned plays on the jam > "Help On The Way" > "Slipknot".  This was followed by a "Seastones" rehearsal.  http://www.archive.org/details/gd75-06-05.sbd.hanno.21936.sbeok.shnf and https://archive.org/details/gd1975-06-07.bluesruffs.sbd.smith.94427.sbeok.flac16 

06-06-75 - Angelico Hall, Dominican College, San Rafael, CA - Ned plays "Seastones" and other compositions with Phil, Mickey, David Crosby, and Jerry.  These sessions exist in trading circles on three CDs.  http://www.archive.org/details/gd73-11-28.sbd-seastones.finney.968.sbefail.shnf



Poster for the June 6, 1975 "Seastones" concert



06-xx-75 - rehearsal at the Bob Weir studio in Mill Valley, CA - Ned plays with Jerry, mostly duos.  Ned plays the Fender Rhodes 88 electric piano.  https://archive.org/details/gd1975-06-07.bluesruffs.sbd.smith.94427.sbeok.flac16 

06-17-75 - Jerry Garcia and Friends at the Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA - This concert was originally billed as "Jerry Garcia and Friends"; later listings refer to it as the Grateful Dead.  Ned was included in the original billing and was to play the entire concert; he attended set up and sound check, but decided not to play.

09-xx-75 - "Seastones" rehearsals for the upcoming concert. 

09-19-75 - Palace of Fine Arts Theater, San Francisco, CA - Ned performs "Seastones" and other compositions with Phil, Mickey, Jerry, and David Crosby.

Note from Ned:  The recording indicates that Jerry was present and accounted for in at least in the first part of this concert.  He had to leave this concert early for a Jerry Garcia Band concert in Sacramento.

11-xx-75 - "Seastones" rehearsals for the upcoming concert.

11-15-75 - Angelico Hall, Dominican College, San Rafael, CA - Ned performs "Seastones" and other compositions with Phil.  Whether Jerry, David Crosby, and Mickey played is being researched.


Poster for the November 15, 1975 "Seastones" concert


11-22-75 - La Paloma Theatre, 471 First Street, Encinitas, CA - Ned and Phil perform "Seastones" and other compositions.  They perform early and late shows.  This was the last public performance by Ned.  The early show exists in trading circles on one CD.  https://archive.org/details/paf1975-11-22.early.124127.aud.flac16 

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