Grateful Dead Live at Oakland Auditorium Arena on 1982-12-27


Grateful Dead, “Grateful Dead Live at Oakland Auditorium Arena on 1982-12-27,” Grateful Dead Archive Online, accessed February 13, 2016,


Set I

d1t01 - Bertha ->
d1t02 - Greatest Story Ever Told
d1t03 - Bird Song
d1t04 - Beat It On Down The Line
d1t05 - They Love Each Other
d1t06 - Me & My Uncle ->
d1t07 - Big River
d1t08 - Brown-Eyed Women ->
d1t09 - Let It Grow

Set II

d2t01 - Scarlet Begonias ->
d2t02 - Fire On the Mountain
d2t03 - Playin' In the Band ->
d2t04 - Drums ->
d2t05 - Space ->
d2t06 - The Wheel ->
d2t07 - The Other One ->
d2t08 - Black Peter ->
d2t09 - Sugar Magnolia
d2t10 - US Blues


  • General Notes:

    Bill Koucky contacted me and wanted me to try and matrix this sick but
    relatively unknown show because neither source really did it justice. I
    said I'd give a whirl and sure enough the mix turned out to be a big
    improvement. The Oakland Auditorium Arena later became the Henry J. Kaiser
    Convention Center so this nice FOB sounds great when coupled with a so-so
    SBD which needed much digi snit removal (thanks Chris Ladner) which I used
    for set 1 - the second set I used was the Clugston source but there is
    nothing in the db, so it is unclear if Scott remastered the problematic
    Bruce Fried source or got it somewhere else. Bill K's 1st gen FOB from
    Steve Aldeman that he duped 23 years ago serves as an excellent AUD source.

    The first set is on fire with Garcia constantly trying to slow things
    down in his song selection (Birdsong as the 3rd tune?!! and TLEO is quite
    spirited) but he finally gives and cranks out a ripping Brown-Eyed so Weir
    can stretch out on a monster Let It Grow. Second set opening with Scarlet >
    Fire is big and groovy, and the Playin' that follows has Jerry referencing
    the Woody Woodpecker theme (4:57). The whole show is played well, no big
    surprises, just good ole Grateful Dead.

    On the FOH side of things Healy seemed to be playing with a short delay
    effect (15ms or so) for most of the first set on both Garcia's guitar
    and all the vocals. It is very noticeable in spots, especially on Garcia's
    solo in Bertha and the vocals in BIODTL. The result is a flange effect
    which some might misconstrue as bad synching, but let it be known this is
    how it sounded in both sources and is not the result of the matrix.

    Thanks to Steve Aldeman for recording the AUD, and to Bill Koucky and
    Chris Ladner for transfering, encoding and remastering both SBDs and the
    AUD source. Thanks to Scott Clugston for the mystery SBD II source, and
    to Dr. Bruce Fried for the SBD I source.
    Special thanks to Bill Koucky for motivating me to matrix this wonderful
    yet obscure show (even the LlaMA doesn't have anything for this date).



    Editing Notes:

    - Pitch
    Set 1: Both sources were not very close in pitch. The SBD had to be
    pitched down between 53 and 59 cents, while the AUD had to be pitched down only
    49 cents.
    Set 2: The SBD was relatively close in pitch so I left it as is and
    pitched the AUd down about 50 cents.

    - Synch
    Because of the speed fluctuation within a given source, multiple edits
    were performed to keep the sources synched. Since the AUD was my
    master pitch and time ref, the SBD was synched to the AUD (too many
    edits to list).

    - Sonic Quality/Matrix ratio
    No EQ was applied to either of the two sources. I applied very sparingly
    Waves L2 (limiter) to the master 2 buss to keep things contained, the
    levels rarely hitting zero, thus the limiting is quite scarce. All I was
    trying to do here is to add some dimension to the SBD by using the
    ambience of the AUD. The result is a lively but clear recording, hopefully
    close to how it sounded at the show. If I had to guess the SBD/AUD ratio
    would be somewhere between 2.5:1 and 2:1.

    - Edits
    The following are places where the SBD and AUD had splices, holes or
    incomplete coverage in reference to the final matrix timeline.

    d1t01 (0:00 - 0:14) - missing (tuning)
    d1t01 (0:14 - 1:11) - multiple volume moves to smooth out levels
    d1t01 (1:39) - feedback - minimized on both sources


  • 137

Donor and Provenance:

  • See info file

Accession Number:

  • gd1982-12-27.mtx.sb18a.34705.sbeok.flac16

Archival Resource Key:

  • ark:/38305/g4dz09f7


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