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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:08 pm    Post subject: 8/16/91 - Shoreline Amphitheatre Reply with quote


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8/16/91
Shoreline Amphitheatre
Mountain View, CA


Set 1
Jack Straw, Bertha, It's All Over Now, Ramble On Rose, Desolation Row, Dark Star-> Promised Land

Set 2
Scarlet Begonias-> Victim Or The Crime-> Fire On The Mountain-> Truckin'-> Drums-> Jam-> Playin' In The Band Reprise-> Standing On the Moon-> Good Lovin', E: U.S. Blues
"Dark Star" is first verse only - last first-set "Dark Star": 11-15-71 [1307]


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, it is solid! Great SQ. It is listed as an SBD, but has AUD equipment in the source list? It is in fact a SBD.

Set 1
Jack Straw - As the boys start warming up Bruce decides to throw in a little dervish that is energetic and lets you know right off the bat that he came to play... Too bad the sound guys didn't attach his mike, his first singing verse is silence... Morons.
Bertha - If you didn't think this show would have energy, you now know it will... sound problems are fleshed out.
All Over Now - Bobby senses the time is right for this rollicker... very high energy show for later 91. Was there something in the water?
Ramble on Rose - Some interesting MIDI work in the jam, but the low poinf of the show thus far.
Desolation Row - This song is generally hit or miss with me. Bruce grabs the accordion, to shake things up a bit, which of course gives Vince some more room on the boards. They play off each other surprisingly well. Jerry is a bit asleep in the early phases of the song. Bob, wake the fat man up!
Bruce gives it a go with a nice accordion solo around 5:30... and, what's this, Jerry makes a feint, but doesn't procede... back to the endless and unique lyrics of Bobby D. Phil is certainly awake, this is good. Finally, at the 9 minute mark, Jerry steps up, with a slow solo that nevertheless is soulful and interesting... certainly not with the energy of the show or the song though... as he progresses, so does my interest, but he stays somewhat slow and sloppy, to my disappointment. Therefore, this DR is a disappointment.
Dark Star - Ok, obviously this is a pretty big deal... the first 1st set DS since 1970! They only sing the 1st verse. This is preceded by a few solid minutes of tuning. I would love to have been able to take part in the conversation that led to selecting DS in this slot... who would've guessed it!? Bruce hints at it heavily at the 2:30 mark, but the fans could not have believed it... but it was to be. The actual song clocks in around 10 minutes all told. It does seem to have peaked Jerry's interest. The theme is covered beautifully before the verse... I love it, very mellow. Bobby throws in some interesting fills to Jerome. Vince is providing the funeral dirge organ... Verse starts around 6:15, Jerry is in chilling voice. Out of the verse Jerry goes straight to the MIDI, keeps it pretty low key... I am actually more interested in what the rest of the band is doing at this point, it is a no frills DS. The MIDI playing develops more, and then Jerry switches back to guitar sound, for which I am grateful, the MIDI was holding him back. There is nothing earth shattering here, but there is plenty of good playing going on. What a great way to get ready for the 2nd set! They head out of DS with some nice fluttering...
Bobby says "Not so fast, Kochman", and they head into Promised Land... pumping back up energy levels that had dipped during the space journey. Great transition.

Set 2
Scarlet>Victim>Fire - This is one of the more interesting S>F's out there, because of the obvious side road they take... This was done only a couple of other times, I believe, with Touch of Grey taking the slot in between the classic pairing. Energy is high as Jerome gets us going. Whatever he did during the break got his playing to be more relevant. During the first jam, Bruce begins to make his presence felt as well, and even Vince tries to chime in, but Bruce says not so fast buddy, overpowers him, and Jerry feeds off the energy. Energy is high at the "Wind in the willows"... and we head off into tranny land (Gopher's now excited). Vince is a bit cheesy, and so is Bruce... but who will break out of cheese mode first? Jerry! The music he plays leads a somewhat calypso style around the 5 minute mark. At 5:55 the first dark notes are starting to come from Bruce's piano, which matures nicely to take us into Victim or the Crime... Bob being the first guitarist to really venture out there, with his famous Victim dark stroke... This Victim is great because it features chaos in the beginning, whereas it is usually more structured at the beginning and crumbles into chaos... very cool to hear them go from chaos>structure>chaos. We even get some fanning in the outro portion. At about the 7:30 mark we head back into the aforementioned chaos with some more MIDI action, a dark horn sound, that works here. The Fire has, unfortunately, lost some steam, but Jerry is still with it at least. It resumes the calypso style... Wah wah is in effect. Jerry hits some nice high notes around the 5 minute mark, where the song actually starts to get some fire too it... Just in time for the return to the verse. In the next jam, Bruce starts us off at around the 7 minute mark... Vinny tries to keep up. Jerry emerges for his shot, and it's nice high pitched quasi-wahwah time. Definitely not the best ever, or even best of the year, but with the Victim thrown in the middle, this S>F is one to remember.

TO BE CONTINUED!



Summary - This show clocks in, musically, at under 2 hours! That's not cool, but they sure did pack some greatness into those less than 120 minutes. Source is awesome... a perfect Friday afternoon listen to get me going for the weekend without taking tons of my time up.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 4:35 pm    Post subject: Q over Q Reply with quote

Definitely agree with the Captain here - prime 1991 Hornsby-Era stuff! Awesome Scarlet-Victim-Fire being the highlight, but really strong show throughout. As mentioned it is a shorter show, but then again LESH IS MORE. Phil's slappin bass sound in the Jack Straw and Bertha is awesome. The Dark Star is a cool wrinkle, and the Space-Playin Reprise-StandinOnTheMoon is super sweet.

Love it!!!!

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 4:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice review but I have some vocabulary explanations to ask:

MIDI - is this the weird flute - like effect of Jerry guitar?
Fanning - what exactly do you mean I have read about this word a number of time ...

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:34 am    Post subject: Re: 8/16/91 - Shoreline Amphitheatre Reply with quote

2 hours excluding D/S, right?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tizi wrote:
Nice review but I have some vocabulary explanations to ask:

MIDI - is this the weird flute - like effect of Jerry guitar?
Fanning - what exactly do you mean I have read about this word a number of time ...

Yes, MIDI is the flute, and other odd instrumental sounds, that you hear mainly in the 90s...
Not sure when it began.

Fanning is when he hits the strings of his guitar as though he was sweeping (rapid back and forth, full swing).

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2 hours excluding D/S, right?

I believe that includes D/S... not 100% sure.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kochman wrote:
tizi wrote:
Nice review but I have some vocabulary explanations to ask:

MIDI - is this the weird flute - like effect of Jerry guitar?
Fanning - what exactly do you mean I have read about this word a number of time ...

Yes, MIDI is the flute, and other odd instrumental sounds, that you hear mainly in the 90s...
Not sure when it began.

Fanning is when he hits the strings of his guitar as though he was sweeping (rapid back and forth, full swing).

Quote:
2 hours excluding D/S, right?

I believe that includes D/S... not 100% sure.


Capito grazie ...

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was this run but not the first night. was really bummed when I saw the setlist the next day...
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2011 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"and we head off into tranny land (Gopher's now excited)." Shocked Confused Laughing I did not know he was into that kind of thing, but whatever!
Nice review - very cool show.
I would like to comment on the "under 2 hours" remark - as a friend of mine said to someone after 10/12/84, who was actually bitching about hte show, specifically that they did not play more songs in the short (45 minutes) but awesome first set - "It's quality my friend, not quantity".


tizi - MIDI stands for musical instrument digital interface. Garcia could turn his guitar into a sax, flute, trumpet, fart, etc...I think he first started using it in Summer 89, and got really into it Fall 89 through 91. Sometimes he overdid it - frankly sometimes I would have rather heard him kick in an overdrive pedal or have a pure loud guitar tone, but it was pretty cool. He brought back "The Wolf" guitar breifly since that was modified for MIDI first then had it installed in the Tiger guitar.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

starchild wrote:
I was this run but not the first night. was really bummed when I saw the setlist the next day...


This is one of the most memorable nights of my life. A GRATE fucking show. Sorry you missed it. Hard show to peg, but the energy was unreal.

And that photo is crazy. My friend, Ray, is standing next to the dude in the red/white hat, and I am just out of sight stage left of him, weird.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

boxorain, glad you were there...
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[And that photo is crazy. My friend, Ray, is standing next to the dude in the red/white hat, and I am just out of sight stage left of him, weird.[/quote]
Mullet sighting in right foreground, and another possible mullet just to the left of him (long hair - hard to tell if its business in front)

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