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PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2009 6:56 pm    Post subject: 03-25-91 Knickerbocker Reply with quote

Note: Bruce Hornsby not present - he skipped the New York state section of this tour.

Knickerbocker Arena
Location Albany, NY
Date 3/25/91 - Monday

One Shakedown Street ; Little Red Rooster ; Stagger Lee ; Queen Jane Approximately ; High Time ; It's All Over Now ; Tennessee Jed ; The Promised Land > Touch Of Grey

Two Greatest Story Ever Told ; Crazy Fingers ; Truckin' > Spoonful > Jam > Drums > Space > The Other One ; Black Peter ; Throwing Stones ; Playing In The Band Reprise

Encore Turn On Your Lovelight



****************Set 1*****************************************

Out of the gates with a funky, 16-minute Shakedown! Phil is well-anchored and Vince seems to be relishing his opportunity to represent the keys 100%. Very nice jamming back into the lyrical reprise to complete a highly-recommended version of SS. A smokin' Rooster is next up, which included some nice soloing. Jerry follows up with Stagger Lee, and the rest of the set is very well executed. Jerry makes up for a lack of blistering guitar solos with heartfelt versions of High Time and Touch of Grey to end the set.

*****************Set 2****************************************

During the break someone figured out that the one thing missing that night was a left-hand monkey-wrench, and so GSET got things goin. Good version in an unusual place - nothing crazy - crazy like the Fingers that followed. Vince especially shined with some perfectly-toned organ to smooth out the intricate chord changes of the Crazy Fingers composition. Very silky rendition, and then it was Truckin time.

Not a huge ending jam, and before you could hear it coming there's Bobby with the Spoonful lyrics. I've always liked the Truckin-Spoonful (see 6-30-84 for perfect execution) combo, and this one delivers. Instead of going into a Jerry tune, a jam emerges not unlike MLB in that it is a slow, descending chord change. Actually it sounds very similar to Russian Lullaby - very melodic and easy on the ear. No-one steps on Jerry's toes here, as it is a Garcia-centric melody that gives us a few minutes of bliss heading into the Drumz.

Space is full of MIDI and winds up in Other One - Phil delivers the rolling intro with power. At that point I stamped this officially a "Phil show," as his performance throughout is outstanding. Nicely jammed 12-minute Other One leads us into a decent Peter, and then Throwin Stones.

No typical NFA here though..instead to our delight, it's Playin Reprise! What a seamless transition Shocked ..one that they should have probably revisited. Playin was performed 3-23-91 (an excellent version by the way), at the 1st of the 3 nights at the Knick. This set-ending Reprise brought everything back full-circle and must have been especially pleasing to Heads that caught the entire run. Bobby, the unrelenting one-upper (we have a few of those personality types posting here at the Pub), gives us Lovelight as an encore. Appropriate, fun, and well-done Mr. Weir.

*****************Summary*************************************

This turned out to be a fine little show, flying way under the radar. Listening to a Vince-only show during the "Bruce era," gives you a chance to really appreciate Vinny's contributions, and at least on this night they were not lacking anything. As mentioned, Phil was on his game. If I had any gripe it would be that Jerry didn't give us lightning-speed noodling, but then again his guitar playing in 1991 was often that way: melodic but not razor's-edge. I would give this show a solid B+ overall, and will definitely give it another spin in the future.

Highlights:
- Shakedown Cool
- Crazy Fingers
- Spoonful-Jam Exclamation
- Stones-Playin Reprise

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2009 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent review... I will have to check this one out.
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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I may have even been too hard on this show. It is definitely among the best shows of the tour!

Had to give this one a 2nd shout as it has earned a high 1991 ranking for me and a regular place in my lifetime rotation. For anyone who hasn't yet heard it - give it a spin next time your ears decide to visit the Vinny Era and let us know what you think.

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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually saw DSO do this several years ago. Nice show (the actual one)

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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 7:55 am    Post subject: Re: 03-25-91 Knickerbocker Reply with quote

swamiGD80s wrote:
Note: Bruce Hornsby not present - he skipped the New York state section of this tour.


Maybe he didn't want to pay such high taxes on his earnings there. Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just listened to the shakedown...spot on swami...funky jamfest! great shakedown...will give rest of the show a spin later
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