Dark Star Orchestra
Marquee Theater
Tempe, Ariz.

Avantone CK-1 (cardoid) > Fostex FR-2LE (@24bit/48kHz)
FOB/~right of center; ~50' from stage; mic's ~8' high
CF > HDD > Wavelab 6.0 > CD WAVE > Traders' Little Helper

Taped, Transferred and Seeded by: MSTaper
*** A Team Dirty South Recording ***

Set List

Set One:

01 tuning
02 Alabama Getaway >
03 Greatest Story Ever Told
04 Jack-a-Roe
05 Queen Jane Approximately
06 Next Time You See Me
07 To Lay Me Down
08 It's All Over Now
09 Easy To Love You
10 Sittin' On Top of the World
11 Feel Like A Stranger

Running Time: 1:16

Set Two:

12 tuning
13 Scarlett Begonias >
14 Rubin and Cherise >
15 Fire on the Mountain
16 Man Smart (Woman Smarter)
17 He's Gone >
18 drums > space >
19 Saint of Circumstance >
20 I'll Take A Melody >
21 One More Saturday Night
22 encore break
23 Let Me Sing Your Blues Away

Running Time: 1:48

Total Running Time: 3:04

I've been wanting to see DSO for a long time. We were visiting Phoenix, Ariz., the first week of October and just so happened, DSO were playing the Marquee Theater in Tempe on Oct. 4 so we decided to go.

We grabbed our tickets at will call and walked across the Salt River bridge to the bars on the outskirts of the Arizona State University campus and drank a beer before the show. We got in the theater about a half hour before the 8 p.m. start time and the place was virtually empty. I was told it was due to the Further show in Las Vegas. A local also told me shows in the Phoenix area are not well attended.

We set up in front of the board and the band started at 8 p.m. It was an original DSO set with a mix of Grateful Dead songs and a couple of Jerry Garcia tracks. They played a great first set and we were floored when they opened with "Alabama Getaway" since we're from the Muscle Shoals area of northwest Alabama. The Grateful Dead opened with "Alabama Getaway" when I saw them at the Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham, Ala., on April 28. 1980.

The second set was nearly two hours long and included some of my favorites and a 20 minute drums > space. Despite the very sparse crowd, the band did not disappoint and gave the fans a nice show that clocked in at just over three hours.

The recording is a little bassy at times and in my opinion suffered a bit from the empty room. I tried to adjust but it still came out a bit over driven at times. Obviously, I've never taped in this room, but overall it came out pretty good.



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