Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by JRM, Apr 11, 2014.
Thanks for leading me to 10-18-72. That whole sequence is intense, particularly Playin'.
Phil's birthday announcement on the first Beacon show in the set.
These are fun if you haven't seen them:
I think at least once Weir said it was both Bill and Mickey's birthday.
I've seen most of those, but not that one.
^ His analyses are quite good, but the music is too chopped up for my tastes.
And that is saying something, coming from a guy who likes his GD in 43 second chunks.
Yeah...believe it was. Always thought it interesting since it wasn’t a show I ever sought out, but some random college kid was playing. I can’t say I ever saw it to tape it and I traded a bunch. That guy was a true Touch Head. In The Dark band poster....never saw another.
The touch of grey single poster?
I got it in the day, but that was so I could get Esau!
Well, that's the thing: my 43-second chunks are typically spectacular moments spread out over several tracks, shows, tours or even years. But breaking down every 20-30 second segment of an 11-minute version of He's Gone is focusing on some things that are more mundane, comparatively speaking.
FYI there is a "Bone Crushing Half Speed Master 12-inch" (as the sticker on the sleeve helpfully informs) of this, a UK pressing. It is pretty "Bone Crushing" actually!
No poster with this pressing unfortunately.
Grateful Dead* - Touch Of Grey
The way he breaks it up reminds me of my early days of lessons, when my teacher and I would sit there with a tape picking out licks and changes.
I watch them mostly for the reactions, there have been a couple where he gets caught up watching and then talking about them and never really gets that much teaching in.
He's yet to do anything super serious from them. Morning Dew 10-18-74, which was the first vid of his I saw, came the closest.
He mostly sticks to video, so that limits what's available, and on the other hand I don't even know how long a lesson breakdown of something like 5-26-72 would even take. I suppose starting with songs is probably the best choice.
Just listened to 3/10/81 (Madison Square Garden). A really enjoyable show. Opens up with a fantastic Mississippi Half-Step > Franklin's Tower. Little Red Rooster, Don't Ease Me In, Me And My Uncle, Lazy Lightning > Supplication and Deal are some of the highlights that follows. Garcia's solos are terrific.
Earlier in the day I listened to 5/31/69 (McArthur Court). Now this show was just incredible. A quality Dark Star, outstanding in every way are of note. It segues into a version of Doin' That Rag which is really good (maybe the best version?). This is also the first time I've heard GD covering It's all Over Now Baby Blue (one of my fave Dylan songs). The Hard To Handle is an energetic opener and Hurts Me Too is another highlight.
I'd say that might be the best version of Doin That Rag. IIRC 5-24-69 is also very good.
Baby Blue seems to have been common in their earliest days. When I first got into them I was almost exclusively into 66-70, I had a few bootlegs with that song on it, including Vintage Dead, which was an unauthorized release, but not a bootleg. (though my copy was totally a bootleg CD.) One of the first 74 tapes I got was 2-24-74, which has the only performance between 72 and 81, when it became common, mostly as an encore, for the duration of their career.
In the meantime, they brought it back into the repertoire on 4-6-69, as part of a general trend in April-June of 69 of reviving 'oldies' from their repertoire as well as a bunch of classic country numbers, and ultimately the WD originals like High Time and Dire Wolf etc. It stuck around throughout 69 and 70. I think that version on 5-31-69 is the most slow and overwrought take they did on it (I mean overwrought in a good way, that one has the Ken Babbs intro etc.)
I’m watching the 4/17/72 show right now, through YouTube pumped into my stereo for my own private Dead show. Next up, complete 7/28/73 Watkins Glen minus Dicky Betts tunes.
The Touch 45 is 4:14, the 12” is 5:47. Esau 4:17 on both. For those keeping score at home.
Hi guys! Long time no talk. Being as I'm finally forced to take some time off work, I've been listening to a lot of dead lately.
10/15/76 has become my new favorite show of 1976. Very solid first set with an explosive ending to Sugaree, and the whole second set is off the charts. The Other One brings the heat big time, into a beautiful Comes a Time.
Anyway, hope you are all well!
EDIT: and the Comes a Time-->Franklin's is absolutely rippin. GO Phil!
Don’t forget, you can watch the whole show of 8/4/76 on YouTube with great sound. One of my favorites from ‘76, although we had to walk through broken bottle, rat infested lots to get there. Phil plays a monster show start to finish. Jerry smiling a lot and having fun.
Great show. I've been repping this around here for a while, but it never hurts to remind people. This and 10-10-76 (their previous show) are probably my favorite of the year.
Now listening to the "Eyes" from 10/14/83 (Dick's 6), after playing the whole show last night. I really liked October '83 when I went through it several years ago, but I'd forgotten how great this second set is (Scarlet>Fire; Estimated>Eyes>D>Space/Spanish Jam>The Other One>Stella>Sugar Mag; US Blues). Just as exploratory as any of the best of the late '70s, and not far off the mark of '72-74, either. Now I have an itch to hear the rest of the month again, although I had been prepping for the June '76 box by listening to 8/13/75 and 6/9/76. I guess that I'll be jumping between '76 and '83 this week.
IWT. Fabulous show! A personal favorite.
Now listening to 3/29/85[Nassau Coliseum]on TIGDH on SiriusXM's Grateful Dead channel via the webstream now playing Cold Rain And Snow.
Enjoying a little anniversary spin of the 3/29/90 show on vinyl now. Probably one of the top 3 Grateful Dead pressings in my library thanks to Plangent (@jamiehowarth) and a great Chris Bellman (@Chris B) cut.
Stronger Than Dirt > Cosmic Charlie
July 16, 1976
San Francisco, CA
“There’s technically too much happening there for me to be able to come up with a comfortable version of it I can sing and play onstage." (Interview w/ Blair Jackson, 1981)
And just like "Drums" and "Space", this is going on for an age.
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