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REVIEW - 12/31/1984 Live at San Francisco Civic Auditorium

 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 6:38 pm    Post subject: REVIEW - 12/31/1984 Live at San Francisco Civic Auditorium Reply with quote

REVIEW - Live at San Francisco Civic Auditorium on 1984-12-31

Set 1

Shakedown Street, Minglewood Blues, Peggy-O, Jack Straw-> Bird Song-> Hell In A Bucket-> Don't Ease Me In

Set 2

Sugar Magnolia-> Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain-> Women Are Smarter-> Drums-> Spanish Jam-> The Wheel-> Throwing Stones-> Turn On Your Love Light

Set 3

Gimme Some Lovin'-> Uncle John's Band-> Around & Around-> It's All Over Now Baby Blue,


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I wanted to try something new so I asked Koch for a suggestion about a mid 80s show to listen and eventually give a review, so Koch suggested the show I'm just reviewing. The suggestion seemed interesting because it is the first 1984 show I have ever listened to ... I'm not kidding about that ...

The source features problems with the quality of the vocals. I didn't realized that during the car ride but when I listened it with the headphones the vocals are a little muddy. Overall it is a very good source!!!

I SET
Shakedown Street: the start of the show was a total surprise to me it was like a blast of in my stomack, with a 17,41 min Shakedown, which featured high paced acid funky groove, and some of the most intense psyched out guitar solos by Jerry. For the moment this is the best version of shakedown in terms of tempo of the song and that kind of dark solos by Jerry. The surpise is that I am used to listen to short GD first set songs with a lots of nuclear Bobby cowboy songs, so that kind of opener really surprised me, in a positive way of course.
Minglewood Blues: Bobby tune Ilove to hear in the 1st sets, and that version was also on fire with aggressive Jerry solos, and here you can feel that the rhytmic section starts to warm up really heavilly.
Peggy O: after 25 mins of pure fire the logical turn was a ballad ... here we have a very intense Peggy O which has it all, nice mellow Jerry voice, Jerry licks and all. I don't have yet the knowledge and the precise meters of comparison but this version of the songs has to stand above the avarage standars.
Jack Straw-> Bird Song: Here I have to admit that the Jac Straw is an uptempo version with the drums and bass that just keep pumping Bobby and not letting him to fall in a ballad like version ... you can just hear the rythm maschinery pumping. I have to say that I don't know if this is usual for this song in mid 80s but it came out as a refreshment to me. Then we have a transition to Bird Song!Well ... Bird Song to me is anothe peak of this show not too fast and not too slow. The jazzy influences of the 73 73 versions are gone ... here we can hear some really nasty toxic guitar work that might you feel that the "bird" is flying over a town ruined by an atomic blast .... Good match by those two songs indeed.
Hell In A Bucket-> Don't Ease Me In: Nice clean versions of those songs to close the I set. The band already said what it had to say in the I set.

II SET
The whole II set is seamless and I always like that, so it has a lot of weird intros and outros to the songs.
Sugar Magnolia: This is a very happy version with baloon pops ... come on its NYE we have to have that in the recording its like the candels blowing during the birthdays celebrations.
Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain: here we have another key part of the show with nice Brent's interplay with Jerry in the solos, I have to mention the drums and Phil .... [CENSORED] it everything was working here just the vocals were a bit low. What I can add is just my impression on how the GD can manage to turn the songs to a new and unespected direction, I mean Scarlet is a joyful song, but after the lyrics and during the transition towards Fire you never know what territories you are going to explore. In the past I had a vision of a persian dancer stripping ... but now is more a fast night ride through a desert flying on a carpet. Sorry but during Scarlet/Fire I have to add my "visions", its just like adding the flavour to it. Stll undeciderd if I'mmore for Scarlet or for Fire in this show, maybe I'm for the transition in between.
Women Are Smarter: I didn't enjoy that song mostly because of problems with the vocals in the sdb so I could'nt enjoy it. Otherwise a noce version which made transition to
Drums: a pretty long drums section with some werid sounds made I guess by Mickey, the transition passed to
Space> Spanish Jam: This portion of the show is also worth mentioning, the first part featured a kind of a hypnotic jungle rythm, but the turn of the Spanish Jam was very interesting the sound of Jerrys solos were pure hydrogen ... really Jerry was playing from Neptune that one! I thin that you must listen to the whole Druns/Space section to enjoy the Spanish Jam it is just a logical climax to it.
The Wheel nice way to calm down the spirits and bring us back to planet Earth, but gently and softly ....
Throwing Stones-> Turn On Your Love Light: Hot, Hot, Hot this is when Bobby steps in to deliver his comeths. TS fires me up always with that "ashes, ashes ... all fall down ..." come on you have to raise your fist step up and sing ... even if you are alone infront of your lap top ... Lovelight, ok I love PigPen's versions and I do have problems with other vocals ... namely Bob's ofcourse ... but this duo of songs wored ot just well tonight!

III SET
Gimme Some Lovin': Very strong version with extra organ work out by Brent. Here the voices of brent and Phil worked out better then most of the other times. Cool version I enjoyed ...
UJB: This version reminded me of the older versions mostly because the whole band sung the lyrics together, clean Jerry guitar and Brent keys ...
Around & Around: yet another A&A ... I'm not a fan of the song. If you like the song than give it a try it is a good standard song.
It's All Over Now Baby Blue: One of the most enigmatic closing of the show ... no Johnny B Goode or similiar but ... Dylan cryptical messages of goodby and "turning the page", just think of the last words of the show:

Leave your stepping stones behind, something calls for you.
Forget the dead you've left, they will not follow you.
The vagabond who's rapping at your door
Is standing in the clothes that you once wore.
Strike another match, go start anew
And it's all over now, Baby Blue.

Thanks Koch for your listening suggestion ....

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Being that it's my favorite year, let me welcome you sir to the greatness of 1984. New Year's is a solid show - not in my top 10 of the year but most likely in the top 20.

Hot Shakedown sets the tone, and great Scarlet-Fire out of Sugar Mag opening Set 2. I'm glad however you enjoyed the post-Drumz set 2 sequence of Space-Spanish-Wheel-Throwin Stones-Lovelight, as to me this passage actually outshines the rest of the show. Very unique jamming in the Space-Spanish-Wheel, and prime versions of Throwin and Lovelight.

Nice icing on the cake in the 3rd Set with outstanding versions of Uncle John's and Baby Blue.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tizi...
Thank you for you fresh review of this show! First thing I wanted to say. I love your wording and the visualizations!

One of the best reviews at this site.

As for the show... I would put it in the top 10 of the year, easily... though it is not my favorite year, it is a year that isn't appreciated anywhere near where it should be. I was happy to get a show request, as in what to review, it makes me happy to do that for years that often get no love...
1984 was SOLID, and so is this review, couldn't have put it better myself, Tizi!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 2:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well Swami I will have to look at Your list to see your suggestions ... not only for 1984 but also the other years.

Koch ... I tried my best but I have seen here the Maters at work so ... well thanks for the nice words!

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice review, Tizi; thanks. This show would make a terrific video release. Since it was a NYE show there must have been video, yes?

My only reservations about its greatness are...

1. Deal would have kicked a lot more ass than Dough Knees

2. The Spanish Jam was begging for Phil, but Phil phailed to appear

3. The Around and Around was a sketchy call, especially since Morning Dew was hanging in the air (turn up the volume on the tail end of UJB and you'll hear it).

But that's all nit-picking on an otherwise awesome outing. The "3rd set" (or mega-encore) was some pretty fine icing on an already excellent cake, and the R&R, though not the Dew one could have hoped for, was an exceptionally fine version; Phil is all over it like an 800-pound gorilla.

A couple of aspects I especially like about this show are Weir's playing, he had a great sound at this show, and Hart's work on the congas or bongos or whatever it was he was slapping; his fill-work was exceptional this evening.

Also worth noting: The Baby Blue constituted something of a musical requiem for the wife and infant daughter of Steve Parrish; they had died together in a car accident on December 28th. For anyone familiar with the news this was a heart-rending version; for anyone out of the loop it was an unusually powerful rendition that featured more emotion from Garcia than could be fully fathomed.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Zephyr for the interesting info expecially the one regarding Baby Blue, where I really felt that something was going on you feel it in the air!

Spanish Jam: well this is a weird version but the strange Jerry guitar work is a spacey version from Neptune and the absence of the bass doesn't hurt in my opinion it just adds the "ghostlieness" to it!

... ah ... yes which song is Dough Knees ? Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tizi wrote:
Thanks Zephyr for the interesting info expecially the one regarding Baby Blue, where I really felt that something was going on you feel it in the air!

Spanish Jam: well this is a weird version but the strange Jerry guitar work is a spacey version from Neptune and the absence of the bass doesn't hurt in my opinion it just adds the "ghostlieness" to it!

... ah ... yes which song is Dough Knees ? Very Happy

Don't Ease = Dough Knees!
Yes great show, and very nice review - glad you enjoyed it. I too am a big fan of 1984. The October tour and the Berkeley Community Theatre run in Oct-Nov. are especially hot.
Some very worthwhile shows (not a complete list) - 4/1/84, 4/14/84, 4/20/84, 4/26-27, 5/8/84, 6/26, 27, 29, 30, 7/4, Alpine Valley 7/6! Greek Theatre 7/13-15, Ventura 7/21 & 22.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This was one of my first tapes I made on my own!! NYE was always broadcast and this was the first one I stayed in to tape. Of course, living on the East Coast that meant staying up until 4 -4:30 am to finish recording.

So this show holds a special place in my heart. It also was one of my first soundboards so this got a lot of play. The Shakedown is one of my favorites. The Jack Straw and Birdsong shine as well.

This is also my favorite Drums/Space out there. This one is long and very dark. Mickey sets the tone by hitting deep drone sounds on the beam and hands the whole thing over to Garcia and Weir who continue thd dark theme.
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