Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by JRM, Apr 11, 2014.
Tucson and Tucumcari, Tehachapi and Tonopah.
Not much to see or do though.
And nobody there showed me a sign nor gave me weed, whites and wine
Happy Birthday David Crosby!
"You're a musician?"
Yeah I listened to the H>S>F a few nights ago...I'm not usually cognizant of anniversaries (my wife and I can never remember what date ours is)
1974-05-12 the Truckin>Other One>Row Jimmy is excellent, with a nifty transition from MLB to Row Jimmy...really good show, and better than 3-23. Maybe second best of the year so far...this or 02-23.
True, and it's striking hearing it in isolation and realizing I don't know where the beat is half the time
Dead of the Day: August 14, 1971
I highly recommend this show. It sounds great and the Gibsons are glowing!
Jerry actually played a lot more "traditional" rhythm guitar than Weir. A lot of the time, if he wasn't soloing (e.g. if he was singing, or someone else was soloing), Jerry played rhythm.
MUATM must've been a hit this year. I just noticed they've actually got a third downtown KCMO screening scheduled for this Saturday. There were at least three area theaters showing it on 8/1, and I know they did an encore screening downtown a week or so ago.
I saw David Crosby last night. The band started playing Happy Birthday and Crosby told them "don't you dare! I hate f@#*in' birthdays!" They kept on playing so Crosby flipped the bird with both hands while repeating "I hate f@#*in' birthdays!".
The show was absolutely amazing, near perfection instrumentally and vocally. Crosby's voice is still all there. If you have a chance to see him, don't hesitate, go!
We met Steve DiStanislao, the drummer (also David Gilmour's drummer) after the show and he was beaming ear to ear. The whole band was obviously enjoying themselves immensely.
I think they did something like 99 takes of it, so they better have nailed it!
Personally I’d put the Terrapin suite above Althea terms of creating a studio-enabled, highly detailed masterpiece, even with the cheesy strings and choir.
And as for studio gold standards, I think everything trails Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty by a significant margin.
I wish I had gone to see it at a real theater. I saw it at a so-called “giant cinema,” the Rangos at the Science Center here in Pittsburgh, and it was unwatchable. We had to leave. The screen is dramatically curved and really way too big for this sort of thing. I think the perspective is only correct from probably about 20 seats in the place.
That plus the horrible sound (Low-res streaming from a laptop) was just too much. Extreme distortion turned the cymbals, higher toms, and higher keys and strings into a pure, earache of a mess. That or all 46 speakers (or however many they advertise) in that place were shredded. Maybe both.
Wake of the Flood and Blues For Allah have their own magnificence that cannot be ignored. Unbroken Chain, by itself, may be the single best studio track they ever created. And the original mix of Aoxomoxoa has to be considered for pure creativity.
Huh, these guys did a bunch of good studio work.
Before the encore, Bill Graham has the audience wish a Happy Birthday to visiting dignitary David Crosby.
Croz would perform twice with the GD in 1972, on 10 September (Dark Star > Jack Straw) and 31 December (The Other One > Morning Dew).
Played 5/21/77 on a night trip back from the beach house. Orange skies for about an hour after sunset. Decent show, albeit with a lackluster "Scar>Fire," and then "Estimated Prophet" (which segues into "He's Gone") kicks in with one of those transcendental jams that defies description and is so spot on that the feeling is visceral. I was at one with Jerry, John Perry Barlow, Phil, and the universe.
Been through Tehachapi on more than one occasion traveling the great Southwest. Beautiful country.
I agree, except for Wake. I was going to cite Unbroken chain as well but it throws in a few too many of the alien spaceship landing sounds. Incredible track though.
Also, it really doesn’t have a comparable live counterpart. Certainly none of the few live takes on it they finally did in ‘95 hold a candle to the studio version. Had they put it into rotation on tour early on though, it almost certainly would have grown and matured, and the studio version might be viewed a little differently. As it stands, it’s the prime example due to its scarcity. If they had never performed Scarlet Begonias live, the album version might be held in the highest of esteem (it’s not bad, but no one ever mentions it).
Overall I think they did a lot of good studio stuff. It’s just very different than the live work. I’m not a big one for cutting it down with the old “dead studio albums sucked” cliche.
That said, I find Wake to be exceedingly weak, and a missed opportunity. There are some classic songs on there, but I’ve never heard it in any format where it doesn’t sound dry, muffled, and poorly engineered. It’s like someone threw a wet blanket over the speakers any time I throw it on. The band doesn’t sound particularly inspired to me either.
You're almost at the Peak Moment of the PNW box.
(last 5 mins of the back half of TOO)
Kind of like my mom's trip to Maui in 1978. She's still there!
I've driven through a few times as well, and the way to / from Vegas, AZ, etc. Always reminds me of that Little Feat song.
Anyone know to what extent, if any, the Garcia estate and the Dead coordinate or align on their releases? I was jamming on Electric on the Eel this afternoon and it suddenly hit me the unavoidable similarity of this year’s JGB box and the Giants Stadium box.
One venue across the years (even though I thought Dave had said at one point they weren’t interest in something like that that), with 3 shows from the exact same years: ‘87, ‘89’ and ‘91. Now that can’t be 100% cosmic coincidence, can it?
Really curious about this myself. I noted the similarities when the Hoffa Box was announced. Bizarre if it really is a coincidence
That thar is a genuwine Spanish Jam, dunno why it wasn't labelled as such. My all-time fave Spanish Jam.
I remember an article I read long ago where Weir was saying that with so many instruments on stage there wasn’t a lot of room to play full chords. He said he mostly played three notes or so, and considered himself more of a jazz player in a rock band. Wish I could remember the article as I’d like to read it again and refresh.
Returned from my brief Dead hiatus with a vengeance this afternoon:
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