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Deer Creek - 6/6/91

 
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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 4:14 pm    Post subject: Deer Creek - 6/6/91 Reply with quote

This show is amazing. Easily in my top 3 of June '91 along with 6/14 and 6/25. Great set list and playing that goes above and beyond....has anyone on here ever heard this show before?
Such cool uniuque China Rider to open the second set. Monster versions of Jack Straw, Row Jimmy, Black Throated Wind, Estimated,. Uncle John's, and Stella Blue.

Check this beast out!


Jack Straw [5:47] ; They Love Each Other ; Wang Dang Doodle [7:28] ; Row Jimmy [9:34] ; Black Throated Wind [5:46] ; Big Railroad Blues [5:15] ; Cassidy [6:41] ; Might As Well [6:03]

China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider ; Estimated Prophet ; Uncle John's Band > Drums > Space > The Wheel > All Along The Watchtower > Stella Blue ; Turn On Your Lovelight

Box Of Rain [4:49]

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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was my first show!
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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, it is a super good show that is really impressive for the first show of the tour.
The quality of playing in the 2nd set is hidden behind the fairly normal looking setlist.

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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have, at some point or another, heard the whole tour... but I can't remember this one in particular, so I will revisit it.
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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think I've ever actually heard this one, although I am a big fan of several shows right around it.. I'll cue it up after 5/13/79.
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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

^You are about to hear 2 of my 'hidden gems' that are in my Top 64 voting...let us know what ya thunk.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2009 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Transcribed from the Taper's Compendium, Volume III:

by GREG POULOS

I remember going to these shows expecting something hot, mainly because the previous year at the Creek featured some impressive playing. I was standing on the lawn in the back, behind the tapers, for most of the show.

The first set starts with "Jack Straw"--a great opener. However, Vince's synthesizer washes the rest of the instruments out a little too much. In fact, upon listening to these shows again, Vince seems to be experimenting with his keyboard sounds, favoring the sound in "Jack Straw" a little too much for my taste. "They Love Each Other" finds Bruce and Vince stepping on each other's toes a bit but is nice overall. Garcia pulls out the tenor sax riffs for "Wang Dang Doodle" and suffers only some minor vocal flubs in an otherwise solid "Row Jimmy." "Black-Throated Wind" starts off sloppy, but Weir pulls it together with some intense vocal work. I always love hearing this song. "Big Railroad Blues" makes a somewhat rare appearance and is a hot version, which has some sweet vocals by Garcia and overall good playing. Things heat up even more with "Cassidy," which is way hot. Not to be outdone, and just when you think the first set is over, Garcia cranks it up another notch with a sweltering "Might As Well." Jerry wails hard on the vocals and jams, bringing the first set to a close.

"China Cat," which opens set 2, features some more Vince experimentation, this time mimicking Garcia's rhythmic G riff in unison with a Chinese flute sound. This version is pretty good and segues to a hot "Rider." A very hot "Estimated" is next, with some nice sax synth from Vince. The second jam is good and long, with plenty of Bobby screams. This leads into a nice "Uncle John's Band," featuring Hornsby on the squeezebox. During the a cappella part of this song, Garcia forgets a lyric, which prompts Bobby to respond with a high shriek--quite funny. "Drums" and "Space" follow along with a standard rendering of "The Wheel." "Watchtower" has some nice keyboard jams and almost has a techno feel. The highlight of the second set is "Stella Blue." Weir adds some very eerie guitar feedback wails throughout the song; the keyboards add just the right touch of color, and Garcia is on fire, repeating the words "Stella Blue" several times at the end. Rock star Bobby pulls out "Lovelight" to close the set which is very messy all around and is a weak closer. Phil surprises everyone with "Box of Rain" for the encore, only flubbing a few lyrics.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2009 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

by Zoooma!

It doesn't take long for this show to start kicking some serious butt. The Jack Straw opener is ON FIRE. My third listen of this in a few days and I'm more impressed each time. Everyone in the band is purely on overdrive. If I had to leave after just that one song, it would've been worth every cent. Holy moly, if that was someone's very first live Dead experience, what a lucky little Deadhead that girl (or guy) was (and still is!)

Vince voluminously makes himself heard on They Love Each Other. He's seemingly trying to find a solo that works well within the tune. This doesn't give much room for Bruce to shine but Jerry's playing and vocals are strong and solid throughout. After a raucous fun-time Wang Dang Doodle, the show's first flaws comes in the form of some lyrical flubs by Jerry in Row Jimmy. There's a ton of Phil in the mix and the mistakes by Jerry are easily tiny ones compared to the overall greatness of the playing. And here again is a beautiful example of how Bruce can add so much to a GD tune. He wailed in Jack Straw and had a nice solo in Wang Dang but here his touches are as precise as can be. So perfect.

Small laugh from me at the beginning of BT Wind -- Weir jumps the gun a bit and everyone has to immediately cut short what they are doing so as to not step on his first verse. It's easy for me to see how that happened for Bob -- it's evident in his rhythm guitar work through the whole show so far and it's evident in this pretty high-spirited version of BT Wind that Bob's having a very good night here amongst the cornfields of central Indiana.

One thing that really sticks out for me in Big RxR is the incredible synchronicity between Jerry, Phil's bass, and Weir's rhythm. For a moment, to my ears and in my mind, those three alone drove right on down the line... and no one else on stage even mattered. Bruce later finds his place in the song but Jer and Bob just go at it while the Virginia Piano Man looks for spots to try to keep up. Wow!

The perfection of the playing perseveres all throughout every note of Cassidy. Phil and Bob are a roll while Vince adds nice flourishes as Jerry is truly the leader of the band here, carrying everyone up, up and away, up into the Heavens, constantly picking up momentum along the way, charging higher and higher to that ultimate peak when Bob declares victory, it's time to wrap this up. I'm always looking for just exactly that in a Cassidy -- Mt. Fucking Everest and nothing less. Whew.

Since the end of '85, Might As Well had been a pretty darn rare song to hear at a Grateful Dead show. It showed up a few times almost every year after '85 but you could never count on it. For whatever reason, the boys brought it back and the tune began making appearances on the '91 Spring Tour. While I missed seeing a Reuben & Cherise (another, albeit much less played bust-out in '91) I did get to see a Might As Well in late April when the Dead made their return to Vegas -- I couldn't have been a happier camper to hear that in the desert. And here in Indiana for the Deadheads Of The Corn, this is nothing less than a marvelously Mighty Swell version. It rocks, it rolls, Jerry really gets into at the very end. What a closer for the first set!

To start set two, I hate to say it but voluminous Vince isn't fitting in and he's ruining the song for me. His playing is exploratory and rudimentary at best. I'll give to him that he's trying for something that will work within China Cat but this just ain't it. The lightning fast pace of the band means we move beyond that rather quickly (thank God!) and soon enough the slide into Rider occurs. Everything changes as the careen through the second half of this combo is filled with everything delightful including the tastiest solo from Bruce which completely sparks Jerry. Weir's rhythm and Lesh's bass are both exploding while Mickey & Billy provide the backdrop to tie this whole thing together. Absolutely another wow moment!

Majestic is the Estimated on this night. Again I'm hearing the strings section of this band playing front and center while leaving everyone else momentarily in the dust. Jerry's barreling through before Bobby takes over to yell for awhile before the whole thing descends into jamland. Majestic madness, perhaps, as I was first awed before being taken away on a ride through the borderless regions of time and space. As the ride slows we can open our eyes and realize that we're back on Terra Firma for it's a Buck Dancer's Choice, my friend. Come on along. Bruce has his accordion and it's time to be lighter on the way toward Drums. Near the end there's another funny Bob moment -- when Jerry forgets which line he's on Bob steps up to the mic and... lets out a squeal? That was odd. Silly Weir, squeals are for pigs.

Bill & Mickey have a somewhat mellow go at Drums with a nice combination of traditional drumming sounds and the electronic stuff that Mickey likes to play with. Closing my eyes, I'm easily swept into a bit of a trance. Space stays pretty much the same for close to two-thirds of the way through when out of nowhere it completely begins picking up a ton of motion. What was just an amble has turned into a full gallop. Mickey & Billy come back and join in without missing a single beat. Phil eventually begins the slowdown allowing each separate ball of steam to simmer a moment until Jer kicks in the first notes of Wheel. Bruce and Phil are the perfect co-pilots here. There's a brief spot or two of not being perfectly in synch but the way the full force of the band attacks this is amazing. I've never noticed the drummers so prominent in this tune before. If only they'd turned this into a vehicle to really jam. Ah well, we get a ton more greatness in Watchtower. Jerry is so strong here, his best playing of the night. There's one weird keyboard sound going on that I'm not so sure about but other than that, they are, quite simply, blowing Deer Creek right out of the cornfields. Dylan wrote this specifically for the Grateful Dead, didn't he? Sure seems like it! Just so rambunctious that it makes this night outstanding! But it gets better with Stella Blue! GORGEOUS!!! Lovelight is then another raucous romp to dance your ass off to close out the set. Gotta love it!! Box Of Rain wraps it all up in a nice tie-dyed bow. Great show... and a great first show, Amy!
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