A good night is effectively invisible. A good night is like no night at all. A good night is when you never think there’s anything funny, everything happens smoothly and you hear everything perfectly and effortlessly. On a good night everything is easy, from our point of view. Because that’s when we’re most open to everything else. You’re not hung up on your own axe and the sound of it. The vocal monitors might be weird or anything. All those things are little stumbling blocks that start to call your attention. Ideally, that space is best when you aren’t thinking at all. I don’t know whether that’s a good show. People might be bored stiff when we feel great. It might be that the continuous struggle and adjustment provides a lot of interest. – Garcia

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You dive into a rock concert, it surrounds you; and if you value your health and your sanity, you don’t fight it. You swim with the current. That is one reason why rock ‘n roll shattered so many heads when it first exploded over the airwaves. Those intensely human tunes, love songs and blues howls, boosted to jet decibel through the mysterious power of the electron, resonated with more creative energy than any one person could logically handle. A solid dose of it could drive you out of your meticulous mind, free you for a time from the tyranny of your personal concerns and convince you with its driving twelve-tone litany that no matter what you thought you thought, here was something…more. For a whole generation of skeptical non-believers, it was their first taste of communion.

– Enrique Pasa (Sun, Austin, Texas 3/26/76)

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Joe & Sandi’s first

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Bob “Capstan” Matthews and Betty Cantor Jackson (wearing her “Rita” wig) recorded live and in the studio for the band.” (will add info on board they are behind later…) -Jerilyn

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Check out the number of knobs on Phil’s bass!!! I’ll have to ask him how much that one weighed. -Jerilyn

Photo Credits: Joe – Patty Healy, Phil – Jerilyn Lee Brandelius, Bob and Betty – Ed Perlstein