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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2009 7:38 am    Post subject: Jerry w/Nicky Hopkins Reply with quote

I think I found my favorite pianist....holy [CENSORED] can Nicky Hopkins play! Crazy fingers.

I've only heard bits and pieces and did a quick research and learned he only played with Jerry from 8/75 ----> 12/31/75.

Anyone have any good show recommendations from this period?

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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2009 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dont have any specific recs from this era, but you should check out his work with Quicksilver -especially the song Spindrifter which is on Shady Grove (I think). He is also all over the late 60's and early 70's Stones recordings. Great player- too bad he was a raging alkie.

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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have three here.

My favorite is 10/23. I have not listened to this in a few months but there is a lot of variety and some rare ones (Rockin Pneumonia, Mean Woman Blues. Crazy Arms, and Every Word U Say) In general, I think that Hopkin's melodic tinkling really worked well with such tunes as Limbo and Mississippi Moon and there are good versions of both of these also, particularly Mississippi Moon where there is a very good interaction between Jerry and Hopkins starting around the 4:50 mark. This show also brings out at least one example of Hopkins' desire to solo in a way that is flashy but does not fit the song, such as with Tough Mama. If you give this a listen, I would like to hear your reaction to it.

Another is 12/20 with the highlight being Lets Spend to Night Together into Edward. LSTNT rocks and there is a great transition into Edward. 12/19 has probably my favorite version of Limbo and is very well played show although not nearly as unique as 10/23.

I have not heard it yet, but 12/31 is a well-liked shoe, with Bobby and Matt Kelly sitting in for much of the show.
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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rgerbel wrote:
I have three here.

My favorite is 10/23. I have not listened to this in a few months but there is a lot of variety and some rare ones (Rockin Pneumonia, Mean Woman Blues. Crazy Arms, and Every Word U Say) In general, I think that Hopkin's melodic tinkling really worked well with such tunes as Limbo and Mississippi Moon and there are good versions of both of these also, particularly Mississippi Moon where there is a very good interaction between Jerry and Hopkins starting around the 4:50 mark. This show also brings out at least one example of Hopkins' desire to solo in a way that is flashy but does not fit the song, such as with Tough Mama. If you give this a listen, I would like to hear your reaction to it.

Another is 12/20 with the highlight being Lets Spend to Night Together into Edward. LSTNT rocks and there is a great transition into Edward. 12/19 has probably my favorite version of Limbo and is very well played show although not nearly as unique as 10/23.

I have not heard it yet, but 12/31 is a well-liked shoe, with Bobby and Matt Kelly sitting in for much of the show.


Ah yes the Bobby JGB show, very classy indeed. Smile
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12/19 is definately my fav from '75...

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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2009 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1975-12-20 is nice too, Nicky does a great "arthur" imitation before tickling the ivories on Jingle Bells Laughing actually don't know if he's doing an imitation or not, but could have sworn it was a drunk Dudley Moore talking and playing :)

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2009 1:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw that lineup from 75 w/Hopkins at Queens College in NYC. Have no idea what the date was but I sure would like to hear it again. Anyone?

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 8:26 pm    Post subject: this version of Reply with quote

JGB were at the Macky Auditorium in Boulder Colorado on 11-23-75. This little campus theater looked like a minature Uptown Theater (Chicago), and was a tremendous place to see any music, much less Garcia, Tutt, Kahn and Nicky Hopkins.
This was a weekend roadtrip and we were all rabid to see these guys as this was during the Dead's 'hiatus'. Fine fall weather as we picked up a bunch of friends and started across I-80 heading west to Colorado. But then we got hammered by a massive surprise ice storm and I can still remember slamming into snow/ice piled in high on the median outside of a rual Nebraska town in the middle of the night. As we carreened into the embankment of ice at about 55 mph, the bug shot up the pile o' ice and started to pivot. I watched out the side window as our VW then rocked up on it's running board and tilted as I watched the ice pile come closer as the bug tipped, .. and was screaming like a little girl (with everyone else in the car) as the VW almost rolled over but caught on that 'running board' then settled right back down, did a 160 degree spin, and we scooted back onto the road, and were heading the right way (go west). Except the tire was blown. And the spare tire was frozen in the VW truck wheel well. Luckily the other vehicle on this road trip was a VW and we grabbed their spare, changed it in the driving snow and headed west to THE SHOW.
Got to Boulder without any other major mishaps (or head trauma) and saw the show, WOW! Hopkins was masterful and Garcia and the band just cooked that night. Sugarre, Catfish John, Tore Up, The Night the Drove ol' Dixie Down, They Love Each Other, Mystery Train & Let It Rock, Friend of the Devil, It's Too Late, Lady Sleeps (Hopkin's compostition/solo), Tough Mama, and Russian Lullaby. I swear they played a Let's Spend the Night Together encore, but that isn't listed in Deadbase. Maybe alternative dimension stuff.
Anyway, the JGB with Hopkins that I have is from 11-29-75 at the Keystone. It is a tasty audience recording and the Let's Spend the Night Together > Edward the Mad Shirt Grinder is delightful (actually the whole show pretty spectacular). All in all Hopkins did add quite a bit to the JGB. Garcia did attract some tremendous keyboardists along with other great musicians.
Highly recomended JGB era.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, at what point during the "retirement" were you finally sure they would get back together? Was it an all the time thing... because they said they were done, right? So... how was it? In 74 was everyone lamenting the death of the GD? Waiting for a miracle? ... what's the deal?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I wa a member of the fan club they would send out news letters periodically. I remember gettig one in summer or fall of 74' stating the boys wre going to take some time off and "Go fishing." It never once mentioned that the retirement was permanant. The group of heads I hung around with never for a second believed that there would be no more Grateful Dead.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fillmoreeast wrote:
When I wa a member of the fan club they would send out news letters periodically. I remember gettig one in summer or fall of 74' stating the boys wre going to take some time off and "Go fishing." It never once mentioned that the retirement was permanant. The group of heads I hung around with never for a second believed that there would be no more Grateful Dead.

Ah, ok, cool. I couldn't remember how that went. Thanks fillmore.
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