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Which "Franklins Tower" towers above all others

 
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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2010 1:00 pm    Post subject: Which "Franklins Tower" towers above all others Reply with quote

If there was a prior topic on this, I missed it.

I like Frankins a lot as good versions are both energetic at times and peaceful at other times. I was listening to 10/27/79 and 10/28/79 yesterday and decided to refocus and just listen to some good Frankins, whether or not they were preceeded by Slipknot. I then listened, at least partly to about 10 that I remembered I liked, mostly from 77 and 79 and also listened to 9/2/83. After listening to the later, I focused on earlier versions as I like this song better when Jerry's singing and guitar playing were smoother and lighter.

In comparing 77 versions to 79 versions, I must say that Brent played the heck out of this song compared to Keith in my mind. Thus, I end up going with 10/27/79 as my favorite. Jerry's playing probably is better on 5/22/77 and 6/9/77 but Brent's playing more than makes up for this on 10/27/79.

As a footnote, I am a little surprised that Frankin's has been mentioned so far by only one person on their top ten songs list.
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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2010 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some personal favorites (beyond the great ones you've already mentioned):
7/8/78
9/1/79
3/10/81

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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2010 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I enjoy 11/5/79 because it is different than most any other Tower out there... don't miss the Estimated>Eyes that preceeds it either!
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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2010 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kochman wrote:
I enjoy 11/5/79 because it is different than most any other Tower out there... don't miss the Estimated>Eyes that preceeds it either!


Got you!! Cool Very Happy You reversed the sequence of Eyes and Estimated. Seriously, the Franklins has a nice lead in but them sort of falls flat to me, at least until the jam out of Franklins, which is really good.
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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2010 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My favorite is probably 11/9/79 Dancin'>Franklin's Shocked

9/27/76
3/19/77 Eyes>Dancin'>Wharf Rat>Franklin's>Sugar Mags
4/23/77
10/20/78
12/31/79

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PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2010 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember reading in Blair Jackson's biography on Garcia that Jerry says he got the Franklins Tower riff from Lou Reed's Walk on the Wild Side. ~ do, d-do, d-do, do-d-do, du, d-du, d-du, du-d-du Smile

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PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2010 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, that actually sounds like it could be true... Interesting...
How many times have we all done that out loud, just in a different tone, and I never made the connection.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a GDHour on the '87 Dylan/Dead rehearsals where Gans says that there's a tape in the vault of them playing Franklin's with Dylan blowing harmonica Shocked

I've been going through various 77 HSF's, and so far I think 6/9 may be the best Franks of the year, though 4/29 may be the runner up. Thoughts?

3/13/82 Reno comes to mind as another smoker.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have not heard 4/29, have to give that one a listen.

4/23/77 has a very powerful Help>Slip>Frank, with emphasis on the Frank. I only have the AUD of that show but its worth it to hear that crowd go nuts

6/9/77 is one hell of a show overall top 3 of 77 for me
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you've never heard 4/29, then stream the sbd of HSF:
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The circulating aud is perfectly decent, but probably won't convert anybody. There's no circulating full sbd yet.

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I have yet to sit down and do a version-to-version comparison of 4/29 and 6/9, but my memory is that the 4/29 Franklins is bananas. This one also get bonus points for a weird moment -- when Jer sings "God save the child who rings that bell," a few people in the audience start ringing these little bells! It's very clear on the aud, but also audible on the sbd as well. What the heck? fillmoreeast, you weren't at this show were you?
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