January 18, 2012 – 10:13 am

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San Francisco 1982 - Early Show [no label, 2CD]

Live at The Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA; December 10, 1982. Very good to excellent soundboard.

Here’s a thumbnail account of this jam group from the Wikipedia:

The Dinosaurs, formed in 1982, was a Bay Area supergroup to emerge from the psychedelic music era of San Francisco. The group consisted of Peter Albin of Big Brother and the Holding Company, John Cipollina of Quicksilver Messenger Service, Papa John Creach of Hot Tuna, Spencer Dryden of Jefferson Airplane, Robert Hunter of the Grateful Dead, Barry Melton of Country Joe and The Fish and keyboardist Merl Saunders from the Saunders-Garcia Band. In the 1990s David LaFlamme of It’s A Beautiful Day and Jerry Miller of Moby Grape also toured with this group.

In 1988, the band released its only studio album, Dinosaurs. In 2005 the band released a retrospective album on the Evangeline label, entitled Friends of Extinction. They were the band that forced Dinosaur Jr to add on the “Jr.” in 1987, shortly after that band released You’re Living All Over Me.

Thanks to Wharfratpat who recently shared both the Early and Late Shows at Lossless Legs.

Wharfratpat added:

This is the first time that these shows have been torrented from a (soundboard cassette) master source and, as you might expect, it all sounds much better than the previous versions. There is a short seamless patch from an alternate first generation soundboard source at the beginning of Blindman and for the stage talk before that song starts.

This show features many guests including Country Joe McDonald, Mickey Hart, Sam Andrew, Righteous Raoul, Nicky Hopkins, Merl Saunders, David Nelson, Harold Aceves and Mike Wilhelm… And finally - special thanks to John Cipollina (RIP) who helped to make this master recording possible!

The Second or Late Show will be shared in the coming week.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Early Show:
Disc 1
Track 101. talk and tuning [01:00] (1.6MB)
Track 102. Who Makes The Moves? [06:10] (9.8MB)
Track 103. One Way Out [04:03] (6.4MB)
Track 104. Got Love [04:11] (6.7MB)
Track 105. Only To Believe [04:53] (7.8MB)
Track 106. Babylon [04:23] (7.0MB)
Track 107. talk - Sam Andrew intro [00:48] (1.2MB)
Track 108. I Can’t Dance [with Sam Andrew on sax] [05:38] (9.0MB)
Track 109. talk [00:38] (1.0MB)
Track 110. Promontory Rider [05:43] (9.1MB)
Track 111. talk - Righteous Raoul (Joshua Raoul Brody) intro [00:19] (524k)
Track 112. Jesse James [06:21] (10.1MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. talk [00:14] (386k)
Track 202. Blindman [04:15] (6.8MB)
Track 203. talk [01:07] (1.7MB)
Track 204. Franklin’s Tower [06:48] (10.9MB)
Track 205. Closer [with solos] [21:33] (34.5MB)
Track 206. Crooked Judge [cuts in] [03:47] (6.0MB)
Track 207. thanks at end of early show [00:20] (551k)

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  1. 12 Responses to “DINOSAURS - SAN FRANCISCO 1982”

  2. A Big Thank You to BigO for this one. Right up my alley. While the Dinosaurs never really lived up to the sum of it’s parts it’s always enjoyable to hear these guys having fun playing together. Let’s hope they do Mona in the late show. - And look at the guests on this show!

    I’m a happy dude.

    By Sking on Jan 18, 2012

  3. im crazy about this band. would love to get ahold of some of the studio and jam sessions they did. those were very psychedelic and bluesy. this is the stuff i live for.
    as for the question above…
    they do mona. yes.
    heres the info on 2nd set–

    Set 2: Love machine, Saint Louis blues, SOS (6), Flying high away (6) (7), Howard Hughes blues > Dust my broom (6) (8), Passing thru (6), Chemical body (1) (6), Mona (1) (6) (9), The dance (1) (6) (9), New Minglewood blues (5) (6), San Francisco shuffle (1) (6), Dinosaur (6)

    Comment: Solos on “Closer” are in the order : Spencer Dryden, Peter Albin, Barry Melton, Robert Hunter, John Cipollina, Mickey Hart
    (drums), Sam Andrew, Nicky Hopkins, Mickey Hart
    (cowbell), Riteous Raul
    (1) Sam Andrew
    (2) Riteous Raul
    (3) Mickey Hart (drums and percussion)
    (4) Merle Saunders
    (5) David Nelson (guitar and vocals)
    (6) Nicky Hopkins (piano)
    (7) Country Joe McDonald (guitar and vocals)
    (8) Mike Wilhelm (guitar and vocals)
    (9) Harold Aceves (drums)

    if u want the specific info on the 1st set.. ask and ill provide.

    By darth on Jan 18, 2012

  4. Dear Bigo,

    Thanks for the sharing, its always nice to to hear bands live so I can judge their playing skills. This one is a keeper.

    By Creatist on Jan 18, 2012

  5. This is a riot of Frisco folks. Thanx………

    By Timmy on Jan 18, 2012

  6. Thanks for this rarety :)
    Does anyone know the lyrics of jesse james ?

    By easynow on Jan 19, 2012

  7. Any chance of having Man’s 1976 Berkeley, CA show with John Cipollina?

    By Matt on Jan 19, 2012

  8. Hi Matt,

    If you are referring to Man live at Keystone, Berkeley, CA, Aug 9, 1976 with John Cipollina, that’s now an official release. It used to be sold at this site http://www.mickyjones.co.uk. Not sure if that site is currently up but Man have released it once before.

    If any readers have up to date info, please share.

    By Admin on Jan 19, 2012

  9. Hi Darth- I’d like the info on the other disc. Can you post it here please?
    Here’s a little something for you that is too good to keep to myself. Barry and two Man guitars 2004

    great sound on this

    By Sking on Jan 19, 2012

  10. ok so u like what i gave for set 2 but u want it for set 1. well the info isnt quite as extensive as it was for set 2 but here goes.

    Set 1: Who makes the moves?, One way out, Love, To believe, Babylon, I can’t dance (1), Promontory rider (1), Jesse James (1) (2), Blind man (1) (2), Franklin’s tower > Closer > Introductions and solos > Closer reprise (1) (2) (3) (4), Crooked judge (3) (4) (5)
    if u want this info for any show any band i have it for a few 100 bands and 1000s and 1000s of shows.
    prob best if u handle this sort of thing privately tho. [email protected]
    i would sure like to get some tuna without their camp giving this site a hassle. or haynes or govt mule etc.
    thanks for the link btw.
    when i did torrents i dl’d about 80-120 barry melton items that it seems a small team or perhaps one guy was posting up. i jumped on everything that i saw. i was constantly jumping on all the sf bands that had anything to do with qms or cipollina or melton or canned heat or airplane or offshoots of any of tuna or dinosaurs etc. there were so many of these little gigs that were constantly going on week after week. probably 2000 of em in all if i were to try to guess.
    i went out to sf every year in sept from 88 to 95 and would look for anything that might be going on. caught announced and unannounced gigs. harvey mandel with greg allman at a pool hall and all sorts of weird stuff surrounding the blues festivals each year. i took pics from 80-96.

    By darth on Jan 19, 2012

  11. Thanks Darth- I still have your email address. I just thought in this case others might want the information too. Sounds like you have quit a collection fueled by the same addiction I have. The SF bands are the best.

    By Sking on Jan 19, 2012

  12. yeah i understand. thats why i posted the stuff here. when i say that its best to use email i meant for other shows they did or other bands etc.
    u know the dinosaurs 10th known show is this one. and they did at least 2 shows in march 89. thats with cipollina. earliest is july 5th 1982.
    i had taken pics of them in nyc in a tiny little club where there were maybe 25-50 people there to see them and the manager approached me to see the work i had done. i had sent him some of the photos i took but i guess he wasnt impressed the way jorma and jack were when i showed them my work. the club isnt very condusive for photos but if not for that club some of the most amazing things i have seen and experienced wouldnt have happened–
    jeff beck and jimmy page jamming with bo diddley.
    stevie ray and albert collins jamming.
    stevie ray and buddy guy jamming.
    mick taylor and keith richards jamming.
    bobby bare and dickey betts jamming.
    bob dylan and ron wood and keith richards rehearsing the day before live aid.
    eric clapton with roomfull of blues for 4 hours.
    johnny winter with johnny copeland.
    johnny winter with john hammond jr.
    jimmy page and jaco pastorius.
    ok ill stop. but it goes on and on. this is just a few from 83-95. there were 100 more and thats just unannounced things. the stuff that was actually scheduled where they said what was coming was jaw dropping. in a club that could not hold more than 75-100 people. no way.

    u know sometimes i get tired of dl’ing music cuz i dont really have anyone to talk about it with. i dont know anyone and the ppl i do know are either very young and dont really like good music (they listen to stuff from the last couple of years) or they cant really talk about it or dont wish to.
    i mean i cant really deal with too many people that have the mind set of sean penn’s character in fast times at ridgemont high. ya know? ‘hey bud lets party!’
    altho dont get me wrong.. im sure lacking for a little of that right about now too.
    sorry for rambling.

    ps–i have photos from less than 5 feet away of all the things i mentioned above with only a couple of exceptions.

    By darth on Jan 19, 2012

  13. Great Sound Top!bigo goes on!!!

    By udo on Jan 20, 2012

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