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Every Dark Star (Grateful Dead)

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by bzfgt, Aug 4, 2020.

  1. jalexander

    jalexander Forum Resident

    I’m a Dead newbie. Have the late 60s live album, Red Rocks, and Cornell. Cornell is my fave of the three. Always wanted to get exposure to Dark Star. I think I lean toward the spacier side of the Dead.
  2. SJR

    SJR Big Boss Man

    Woah! Strap yerselves in, as this is gonna be one long, strange trip!
  3. Archtop

    Archtop Soft Dead Crimson Cow

    First of all, what's the assignment? You posted a partial sente...I'm assuming it's along the lines of the first 12 versions or so (through the end of March 1968, before the tape hiatus (and no Dark Stars in the few tapes we have until August)) are anywhere from 5-9 (most closer to 5) minutes long, so how can we reasonably expedite those?

    Regarding the Dark Star theme, I was thinking of posting: Da.........^Da.........Da.Day.Ah.Da..Da.Di, but then realized that would be just plain silly. :nyah:
  4. zakyfarms

    zakyfarms White cane lying in a gutter in the lane.

    San Francisco
    Anyone care to join for my spinoff thread, Every version of Me & My Uncle?
  5. US Blues

    US Blues Undermining Consensus Reality

    Pull up a virtual chair and enjoy the consciousness lubrication of your choice. :wave:
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  6. Coltrane811

    Coltrane811 Forum Resident

    This should be fun then. I would stream Dicks Picks 2 (10/31/71) real quick just to get an idea.
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  7. Crosseyed

    Crosseyed help I'm a rock

    In viola lee blues I hear an incantation - an ode to a love supreme. This version reminds me that dark star is a meditation on a riff played over and over again like an endless waterfall. When I close my eyes I see a premonition of the acid dropper in the nehru jacket featured in the march 1968 carousel poster done by the artist Steve Catron.
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  8. bzfgt

    bzfgt The Grand High Exalted Mystic Ruler Thread Starter

    That was just leftover text from when you don't post something. I was going to put the outtake but then thought maybe I was going too fast.
  9. US Blues

    US Blues Undermining Consensus Reality

    Maybe you had too much too fast...
  10. jmadad

    jmadad Forum Resident

    It would give me yet another chance to say how much I like the 4/24/78 version (Dave’s 7)....
  11. Harp Of Glass

    Harp Of Glass Forum Resident

  12. Archtop

    Archtop Soft Dead Crimson Cow

    I did the same thing last night!
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  13. Oliver

    Oliver Bourbon Infused

    Sitting here In the Dark due to a power outage streaming some live Dead off YT. 8/4/76 Roosevelt Stadium. First watch. Sippin’ a bit of medium to bottom shelf bourbon.
  14. Oliver

    Oliver Bourbon Infused

    Oops wrong thread! However count me in as interested regarding Dark Star :)
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  15. bzfgt

    bzfgt The Grand High Exalted Mystic Ruler Thread Starter

    Wow no power up there? I got none here either
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  16. Oliver

    Oliver Bourbon Infused

    Nope down since 6pm. A relatively weak storm for us to lose power considering we almost never lose it even in worse conditions.
    Wondering if @Archtop is out too as he’s not that far from me.
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  17. Archtop

    Archtop Soft Dead Crimson Cow

    It was relatively weak here other than a few good gusts of 35-40 mph winds, but there was some serious stuff moving through Fitchburg/Leominster around 5 PM. The warnings were not "possible damage" but "damage will occur..." No outages here, although I charged things and unplugged where necessary for a couple of hours.

    For those of you wondering, Leominster is not pronounced Leo-min-ster; it's lemmonsta.

    The more you know:

    Last edited: Aug 4, 2020
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  18. Oliver

    Oliver Bourbon Infused

    That is correct lol.
    Thankfully I charged everything up. Not feeling power until at least tomorrow.

    So I abandoned the above video and have been listening to Viola Lee Blues 9/3/67 in regards to Dark Star. A rockin’ version where near the end Jerry almost plays the Dark Star riff in every conceivable way but the “right” one.
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  19. I love the sheer Deadheaded craziness of this idea. Count me in.
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  20. Archtop

    Archtop Soft Dead Crimson Cow

    In retrospect, it's absolutely insane, which is probably why we have so many takers. I just hope that I'm still around when we get through this.
    I'd bet that you mean DiP 31, which is 8/4-8/6/74, but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt.
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  21. Oliver

    Oliver Bourbon Infused

    Just listened to the studio Dark Star. Probably have only listened to it a few times ever and not in a long time. To me it really has this closed in, in your head sound especially due to the mostly dry, non reverbed harmony vocals that drift in and out. Amazing how expansive in time and space the song would evolve into.

    Listening through headphones btw.
  22. ianuaditis

    ianuaditis Matthew 21:17

    Long River Place
    I was all over Western Mass today and I saw at least 10 trees that had been standing at 1 PM but in the road at 530PM. Power is also out all over down here, though not at my house. Quite a few trees entirely uprooted, which I can't say I've seen too often.

    Someone must have planted some ice.
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  23. budwhite

    budwhite Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.

    Götaland, Sverige

    Jerry was (often) a great editor of Hunter's words.
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  24. Mike burgess

    Mike burgess Forum Resident

    Norfolk UK
    Looking forward to this. Is there a definitive list as to when every DS was played?
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  25. notesofachord

    notesofachord Riding down the river in an old canoe

    Mojave Desert
    I absolutely adore the mono 45rpm single version of Dark Star. For me, it’s one of the great songs of the 1960s San Francisco scene.

    Yes, it is a song, first and foremost, before it became a jam vehicle.

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