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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 2:41 pm    Post subject: Jerry Singing Reply with quote

He went through several phases with his voice. My least favorite may be the froggy 84-85 Jerry, although I still love it. But he's never worse than when he's bad in the late '60s-early '70s, no matter what happens to his vocal chords at least he learns to sing a little after that. For "clear" Jerry the peak is patently 1977, after that he gets rougher. He starts thickening up in 80 or 81, which is promising to compensate for the loss of smoothness, only to head into frogville soon thereafter. But post-coma is the greatest voice ever, peaking in 88 through 90 or so. Then the voice becomes fragile, still pleasing and soulful but not as much as other eras, probably second worst after 85 but with a high ceiling still.

The interesting thing is how beloved a singer he was without actually being a good singer...just put on Merle Haggard and then try to listen to Jerry butchering Sing Me Back Home. Only a [CENSORED] deadhead could understand why anyone would listen to Jerry singing Merle. The weird thing about the Dead in general is their vocals were so terrible, but sometimes they'd pull off really difficult harmonies and things. Like most other things about them, I guess---it was sloppy and amateurish but sophisticated and brilliant.

Anyway I'll go with, to be generous, 1987-1991 as the period of Jerry's voice that is my favorite. He's got so much soul when he develops his "old" voice that it's ridiculous.

Speaking of "old," now that I'm 42 I look at pictures of Garcia when he was a similar age and say, what the fuck? It's like he had a degenerative disease or something--the guy looked like he was 70 by the time he died.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If i were put on the spot to choose what years jerry sounded the best, and remember guys this is only my opinion I was say 74-78, and then 87-90.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would say 79-83 and 72-74 are my favorite eras and least fav. 91 onward. Always sounded like he was struggling for breath, especially towards the end.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The interesting thing is how beloved a singer he was without actually being a good singer...

Yeah, he was mediocre at best... but beloved. How did that happen? I mean, no one who isn't a deadhead would hear his singing voice and say, "oh man, who's that singing? It's awesome!"

But, we love him. His voice is etched in my mind.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everything he did drips with charisma, his guitar playing too which is sometimes awful but still awesome. If you're a deadhead, that is.
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