Island piano player Jamie Howarth told me he had been working on some Grateful Dead original recordings, his secod commercial application of software he created to clean up old recordings better than anyone else has yet been able to do.
When Frank Conroy passed away, Jamie contacted me to ask if I had any old tapes of the Frank Conroy Band at the Roadhouse from 78 to 80. I did, some beat up old cassettes recorded probably right from the recorder with no external mic. Jamie processed about a dozen songs in just a few days, in time to be given to Frank’s family after the service. What I could not bear to listed to before, I now play when I want to think of those halcyon Roadhouse nights of straight ahead jazz.
I picked this up on YACK today – I’ll summarize.
On Jan. 23, Warner/Rhino will release a 3-CD set of music recorded at the Dead’s 1976 New Year’s show at the Cow Palace, San Francisco, restored by Jamie Haworth. But even sooner, Live At The Cow Palace, New Year’s Eve, 1976 will be streamed in its entirety New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day beginning at 3:01 AM.
You can read more in an article written in the Independent by Mary Lancaster about a year ago.
I checked out some of the previews online, and the sound is warm and silky. Makes me want to roll one. Thanks Jamie.