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100 Points of Light: Brent Era Countdown
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 1:52 pm    Post subject: 100 Points of Light: Brent Era Countdown Reply with quote

Welcome to the Points of Light list. Here I will post each Point of Light separately, including a blurb about each show. For discussion, see the Brent Era section of the forum, where I will post each release of 5 shows at a time, beginning with #s 96-100 later today. There you will find more of a "running commentary" about the list.

I would like to thank the following:

- President George H.W. Bush (SR), for inspiring the name for this list with his 1,000 Points of Light.
- Our Captain, the Kochman, for keeping this Ship of Fools afloat.
- Deadbase VIII authors (names to be edited in). This hard-copy still proves to be a valuable resource for the Swami.
- Tapers: Miller, DaWeez, D'Amico, Clugston, Tetzeli, Oade Bros, (other names to be edited in)... for providing all of these brilliant recordings.

DISCUSSION THREADS FOR EACH SET OF 5 POINTS OF LIGHT ARE LOCATED IN THE BRENT ERA SECTION. SEE YOU THERE.



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 2:19 pm    Post subject: #100: Hamstrung at the Cumberland Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Jack Straw
Peggy-O
New Minglewood Blues
Revolutionary Hamstrung Blues
Bertha
Wang Dang Doodle
Big Railroad Blues
Supplication
Promised Land

Set 2:
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Estimated Prophet
Eyes Of The World
Drums
Spanish Jam
Truckin'
Wharf Rat
Sugar Magnolia
Encore:
Day Job

Recommended Source: SBD
Synopsis:

Brent delivers the vocals in the one-and-only performance of Revolutionary Hamstrung Blues, which was surprisingly tight, and catchy. Also catchy are the Supplication and Spanish themes, both delivered here in the 1st and 2nd Sets respectively. Bertha and Wang Dang provided some nice verve mid-1st-Set, as does Railroad. 2nd Set features a 25-minute Estimated into warp-speed Eyes, which is equivalent to about 35 minutes of music at regular tempo. Overall, a fun and interesting high-energy Spring show.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 2:28 pm    Post subject: #99: Not Just Anybody on the Accordian Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Feel Like A Stranger
Franklin's Tower
Box Of Rain
Sugaree
Stuck Inside Of Mobile
West LA Fadeaway
Cassidy
Deal

Set 2:
Victim Or The Crime
Blow Away
Foolish Heart
Terrapin Station
Drums
The Other One
Wharf Rat
Throwin' Stones
Not Fade Away
Encore:
Knockin' On Heaven's Door

Recommended Source: AUD
Synopsis:

With Jerry's words, "We don't let just anybody sit in on the accordion," after Box of Rain, there came Bruce. The maiden appearance with the band of Bruce Hornsby went very well with Sugaree and Memphis Blues right in the middle of an outstanding First Set. The mood grew more pensive in Set Two with young versions of Victim and Blow Away, and then a nice Foolish into Terrapin for the double-Jerry effect. All around a very good Summer Tour show, with the First Set shining especially bright.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 3:03 pm    Post subject: #98: Bangles, Nevilles, and the Bayou Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Hell In A Bucket
They Love Each Other
Little Red Rooster
Loser
Beat It On Down The Line
Greatest Story Ever Told
Peggy-O
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Bird Song

Set 2:
Scarlet Begonias
Fire On The Mountain
Estimated Prophet
Eyes Of The World
Drums
I Will Take You Home
The Other One
Wharf Rat
Throwin' Stones
Not Fade Away
Encore:
Iko Iko
Knockin' On Heaven's Door

Recommended Source: Matrix
Synopsis:

First-Set skippers may be justified in this instance. A ho-hum opening stanza did not whatsoever hint at the greatness that was to come. The boys deliver another classic rendition of the Scarlet-Fire Estimated-Eyes quadruplet, full of energy and powered by great percussion. Space hints at Other One, and gets there after a brief interlude for Brent's I Will Take You Home, which does not thwart the momentum as it sometimes did. There is a YouTube currently available of the Iko half of the Encore, and it is very bizarre to see the Bangles dancing along (Walking Like Egyptians?), as well as a Neville playing keys right next to Brent. The Neville attempted to sing a verse but his mic was not working, but thankfully Mydland was right there to flip the switch right on time. Very humorous.

Everyone reading this should listen to at least this 2nd Set; it is highly recommended.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:56 pm    Post subject: #97: What Shall We Say, Shall We Call It By a Name? Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Jack Straw
They Love Each Other
Mama Tried
Mexicali Blues
Stagger Lee
Cassidy
Row Jimmy
New Minglewood Blues
Jack-A-Roe
The Music Never Stopped

Set 2:
Samson And Delilah
Ramble On Rose
Terrapin Station
Let It Grow
Drums
Stella Blue
Truckin'
Around And Around
Encore:
U.S. Blues

Recommended Source: SBD
Synopsis:

Full First Set capped off by a sweet Jack-A-Roe, Music Never Stopped combination. Centerpiece of the show is the return of Let it Grow, born out of a beautiful Terrapin, and culminating in a unique extended jam. Stella Blue out of Space is icing on the cake.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 7:02 pm    Post subject: #96: A China-Crazy-Rider and a Full Playin. Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Iko Iko
Walkin' Blues
Candyman
Queen Jane Approximately
Althea
Blow Away
Cassidy
Deal

Set 2:
China Cat Sunflower
Crazy Fingers
I Know You Rider
Playin' In The Band
Drums
The Wheel
Gimme Some Lovin'
Believe It Or Not
Sugar Magnolia
Encore:
Black Muddy River

Recommended Source: SBD
Synopsis:

Title says it all. Rarely was China-Rider split up by a song, and the Crazy Fingers insert was relatively seamless. The 2nd rarity is that Playin Reprise was completed out of the Playin jam - a full Playin in the Band. Two oddities in the pre-drumz 2nd Set. Otherwise, good show with good 1st Set song selection, and a nice rendition of Believe It or Not in the ballad slot.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:33 pm    Post subject: #95: Gone Journey at the Gaaden Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Jack Straw
Alabama Getaway
El Paso
Althea
Lazy Lightnin'
Supplication
Far From Me
New Minglewood Blues
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider

Set 2:
Feel Like A Stranger
Ship Of Fools
Estimated Prophet
He's Gone
Drums
Saint Of Circumstance
Wharf Rat
Sugar Magnolia
Encore:
U.S. Blues

Recommended Source: SBD
Synopsis:

First Set features a hot Straw-Bama opening combo, as well as a nice Lazy Lightning-Supplication. Stranger finds its home in the 2nd Set opener slot, and features some really slick Brent work as did all of these early versions, but this show is all about the "Power Slot." As He's Gone reached it's lull after the lyrics, Jerry seemingly decided that it wasn't going to be your average night at the office. Blasting off into a Caution Jam that somehow evolved into an Orbital Jam, this is everything one could hope for in post-Gone exploration. A lively Saint seemed like the appropriate return to Earth after the successful mission.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:47 pm    Post subject: #94: Garcia, the Matador Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Jack Straw
Franklin's Tower
Mama Tried
Mexicali Blues
Loser
C.C. Rider
Tennessee Jed
Passenger
Althea
Let It Grow

Set 2:
Scarlet Begonias
Fire On The Mountain
Lost Sailor
Saint Of Circumstance
Drums
Spanish Jam
The Other One
Stella Blue
Sugar Magnolia
Encore:
Don't Ease Me In

Recommended Source: Well, not much choice.
Synopsis:

Unfortunately, Bob's guitar is totally inaudible in this atrocious Soundboard, which is the only option for listening pleasure. The fact that this concert still makes the list speaks to the high level of the performance. It was evident from the get-go that Jerry had brought his "A Game," but Let It Grow to end the First Set is way off the charts in terms of Garcia's aggressive shredding. Like an angry bull.

In Set "Dos," the matador continues his showcase during Fire on the Mountain and Saint of Circumstance, and then most-appropriately we get a Spanish Jam ushering in a hot Other One. After the victory over the bull, the matador shows his human side with a rendition of Stella Blue, then turns it over to P.A. Announcer Bob Weir for the closing ceremony that is Sugar Mags. One can only try to imagine how enjoyable this show would be if the entire band could be heard properly.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 12:11 am    Post subject: #93: Oh, you mean THAT Cornell.. Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Feel Like A Stranger
Friend Of The Devil
Me And My Uncle
Big River
Althea
C.C. Rider
Brown-Eyed Women
Passenger
High Time
Let It Grow
Don't Ease Me In

Set 2:
Shakedown Street
Bertha
Lost Sailor
Saint Of Circumstance
Spanish Jam
Drums
Truckin'
Nobody's Jam
Stella Blue
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad
One More Saturday Night
Encore:
Uncle John's Band

Recommended Source: Matrix
Synopsis:

Fast and funky Stranger got things rolling, followed by good song selection with Devil and Uncle-River. Smokin versions of Passenger and Let It Grow provided more opening-set highlights. Shakedown had more of a slowed-down feel to it, and jammed on for nearly 17 minutes before settling into pedestrian versions of Bertha and Sailor-Saint.

The Circumstancial Jam, which actually begins in the Spanish theme (therefore technically, a Spanish Jam) drifts away into some pleasantly discordant territory. Nice contributions from Brent during this passage, and throughout the show. Outstanding post-Space sequence features killer Jerry & Bob guitar interplay during the post-Truckin, Nobody's Fault blues jam, which melts into a sweet Stella, containing an extended outtro. GDTRFB-Saturday Night was executed enthusiastically, and a John's Band encore really seals the deal for this Point of Light.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:34 am    Post subject: #92: New Years Eve'e Eve with Airto Gone Wild Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Bertha
Good Lovin'
Sugaree
Walkin' Blues
Jack-A-Roe
When I Paint My Masterpiece
West LA Fadeaway
The Music Never Stopped

Set 2:
Jack Straw
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Estimated Prophet
Terrapin Station
Drums
I Will Take You Home
The Other One
Standing On The Moon
One More Saturday Night
Encore:
It's All Over Now
Baby Blue

Recommended Source: Matrix
Synopsis:

First Set gets of to a slow start despite an early appearance of Good Lovin, but heats up starting with a well-placed Jack-A-Roe, then a trip through Europe with Masterpiece, and finally a potent West LA-Music combo. The final 2nd Set of the 80s begins with Jack Straw then a swiss-watch transition into China-Rider. The band had a really full sound this night, with Lesh actively involved as well as Brent.

Top-notch Estimated brought everything together, providing the perfect outlet for the intense energy - well-vetted, and ending up at the right Station. The prime-time Turtle does not disappoint, and features a nice extended jam beyond the theme of the song. As soon as the musicians surrender to percussion, special guest Airto Moreira seemingly loses control of his faculties, and starts ranting and yelling something in Swahili. Transporting himself around the Arena, one wonders if 3-D goggles were dispensed during intermission.

Space revealed the Other One theme, but was interrupted by I Will Take You Home, which seemed a bit out of place this time around. A lengthy Other One followed, which successfully re-captured the intensity. Moon fans will appreciate the ballad, and Baby Blue hit home for the Encore.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:55 am    Post subject: #91: Nearly Invincible, Almost Impeccable Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Cold Rain And Snow
Greatest Story Ever Told
Good Time Blues
Althea
Me And My Uncle
Big River
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
Bird Song
Promised Land

Set 2:
Iko Iko
Playin' In The Band
Crazy Fingers
Uncle John's Band
Drums
The Wheel
I Need A Miracle
Morning Dew
Encore:
Johnny B. Goode
Black Muddy River

Recommended Source: SBD-Healy *(see below)
Synopsis:

Dan Healy's Master board reveals a truly great performance in crystal clear sound. The magic was there from the onset, and one is hard-pressed to find better versions of Althea and Bird Song from this period. The former features some fun Bob Weir "eggshells" guitar, and the latter clocks in at nearly 14 minutes with massive energy towards the end. Also of note in Set One is the MIDI-filled Tom Thumb Blues, which can also be considered a standout version.

Second Set came in thumping with Iko, allowing Jerry to further utilize the saxophone MIDI. Then came the Playin. Somewhere around the 10:30 mark of this titanic expedition, chaos commenced, ending up in a bizarre industrial MIDI section. Hard-hats required when traveling through this space. A beautiful Crazy Fingers emerged, carefully rendered, and then flowing naturally into a very professional Uncle John's. The metaphor firing on all cylinders was certainly appropriate.

Space led into The Wheel and then Weir delivers a punchy Miracle, all signaling toward one thing - a Morning Dew that should have been one of the all-time greats. It was certainly sounding that way, until something happened during Jerry's lead guitar passage after the second-to-last verse. He hit one of those high, high notes, and then his guitar disappears from Healy's mix. The listener is encouraged to switch to an Audience source to hear the remainder of the solo, as apparently Jerry's guitar only came through one "channel" at that point, affecting the SBD but not the AUDs. Whatever happened, the Dew never recovered. An archive reviewer claims that Jerry broke two strings, but what a fall from grace. This concert could have been one of the best ever played if not for this Dew debacle, but even with it - it is worthy of a Point of Light. After all, this is not the "Just Exactly Perfect" era of GD.

Edit: It should also be noted Clarence Clemons was present for Iko, Playin, Crazy Fingers, Wheel and Miracle. Added a few nice fill-ins.

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Set 1:
Alabama Getaway
Greatest Story Ever Told
West LA Fadeaway
Little Red Rooster
Brown-Eyed Women
Beat It On Down The Line
Tennessee Jed
The Music Never Stopped

Set 2:
Touch Of Grey
Samson And Delilah
Cumberland Blues
Estimated Prophet
Eyes Of The World
Drums
Uncle John's Band
Morning Dew
Encore:
Johnny B. Goode

Recommended Source: Matrix
Synopsis:

Electric atmosphere immediately apparent as Jerry rips into the Alabama opener; this is all bam and no glam. Greatest and West LA provide opportunities for more bodacious solos from Jerome, and then Weir and Mydland also join the party during a mind-blowing Red Rooster. Music Never Stopped culminates with a flurry of activity, leaving hopes high for Set Two.

Touch of Grey was a welcome opener in this back-from-coma East Coast tour in which Hartford was just the second stop, and it is delivered emphatically. Jerry then has his way, and tears "this ole building down" in Samson. Barely time to catch a breath, and then off into the Cumberland mine. Energy level continued to be sky high throughout a most excellent Estimated-Eyes combo, with Jerry opting for the strummed chords Eyes intro rather than noodles.

Out of space, Jerry finds some other familiar power chords, and it's a surprise placement for Uncle John's. With the set becoming a pretty wild ride, Jerry finally slows it down for a ballad - the Dew. Utilizing incredible musical patience and timing, Garcia delivers the goods this night - a perfect culmination of the powerful energy throughout the performance. Not a super long final buildup, but it definitely reaches frenetic levels, with fanning included, and a final lyrical reprise from Jerry to send chills down the spine. Johnny B. Goode is performed as good as they ever played it for the Encore - rocked to the absolute max.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:29 pm    Post subject: #89: Transitive Nightfall (of Diamonds) Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Picasso Moon
Mississippi Half-Step
Feel Like A Stranger
Good Time Blues
Built To Last
Stuck Inside Of Mobile
Let It Grow
Deal

Set 2:
Dark Star
Playin' In The Band
Uncle John's Band
Playin' In The Band
Drums
I Will Take You Home
I Need A Miracle
Dark Star
Attics Of My Life
Playin' Reprise
Encore:
And We Bid You Goodnight

Recommended Source: Official Release
Synopsis:

This was released officially in 2001 (time flies). Much has obviously already been said about this fine evening of music. First Set highlights include a nice Feel Like a Stranger, and a very strong Let It Grow-Deal combination to close. Dark Star has an extra pep to its step, and is explored nicely without being forced into deep exploration. After all, Playin in the Band was there to help. The MIDI out of Jerry's guitar early in the Playin jam is almost cartoon-like. The flute sound was working great, along with the euphoria effect (forgive the lack of technical terms), etc. Uncle John's did it's job well, and wanders quietly back into the Playin theme for several minutes of progressive greatness. Such a wonderful section of the show, as it doesn't descend into chaos or push any envelopes, but conveys the band's seemingly content and confident disposition - and freedom from all confines.

I Will Take You Home reminds everyone of human mortality, then Bob delivers a much needed rocker with Miracle. The closing trio of Dark Star II - Attics - Playin (Reprise) is obviously unique and very pleasing to even the most jaded of Deadheads. The only questionable decision was resorting to another acapella tune for the encore. What were they, some kind of quire band?

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Set 1:
The Frozen Logger
Mississippi Half-Step
New Minglewood Blues
Brown-Eyed Women
My Brother Esau
Loser
Dupree's Diamond Blues
One More Saturday Night

Set 2:
Shakedown Street
Crazy Fingers
Samson And Delilah
Uncle John's Band
Playin' In The Band
Drums
Dear Mr. Fantasy
Hey Jude Reprise
Dear Mr. Fantasy
Truckin'
Comes A Time
Turn On Your Love Light
Encore:
Johnny B. Goode
Baby Blue

Recommended Source: SBD
Synopsis:

Bobby really liked that Frozen Logger song, and why not? Nice little pre-Set vocal warm up that tapped the keg on this wild party. Almost like a dream kind of setlist, and the performance does not disappoint. Set One features a double-dirty Jerry with Loser and Dupree's, and then it's Shakedown time to kick off Set Two.

Jubilant Shakedown with Weir achieving a comical guitar tone during the breakdown - almost sounding like some kind of kazoo or noisemaker. Crazy Fingers was an odd choice for this evening, but Samson got the train right back on track. John's-Playin provides a very satisfying main course, but the post-Space sequence really puts this performance over the top. Mr. Fantasy sandwiched the first ever Hey Jude Finale, then a much welcome Truckin revved up the engine. Jerry delivers a sweet Comes A Kermit, and yet one more excellent song choice was made with a hot Lovelight. Double encore Johnny into Baby Blue is one final treat in this embarrassment of riches.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:05 pm    Post subject: #87: Not Just Another Playin in the Band Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Alabama Getaway
Greatest Story Ever Told
They Love Each Other
El Paso
Tennessee Jed
Ain't Superstitious
Down In The Bottom
Dupree's Diamond Blues
Looks Like Rain
Might As Well

Set 2:
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Playin' In The Band
Drums
The Wheel
The Other One
Wharf Rat
Around And Around
Johnny B. Goode
Encore:
Day Job

Recommended Source: SBD
Synopsis:

Smokin Getaway-Greatest opening combo generally signals at a hot show. Really fun rendition of Howlin Wolf's "Meet Me in the Bottom" (bring me my runnin shoes), preceded a nice Dupree's-LLRain-MightySwell triplet to end a solid Set One.

Set Two is all about this mammoth of a Playin in the Band, which is exceptional in quality and quantity - clocking in somewhere in the neighborhood of 18 minutes. Every minute of it was productive - turning corners, reaching new musical spaces and levels of Weir'dness. It is a "must listen" if there ever is such a thing. Also of note in the post-Space lineup is unique transition from Wheel to Other One, featuring a theme similar to Russian Lullaby. Wharf hit home as the ballad, and the double Chuck closing combo rocked out. Don't try this at home folks...Keep Your Day Job.

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Set 1:
Wang Dang Doodle
Jack Straw
They Love Each Other
Mama Tried
Big River
Brown-Eyed Women
New Minglewood Blues
Big Railroad Blues
Looks Like Rain
Deal

Set 2:
Help On The Way
Slipknot!
Franklin's Tower
Estimated Prophet
Eyes Of The World
Drums
Throwin' Stones
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad
Black Peter
Sugar Magnolia
Encore:
Baby Blue

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Synopsis:

"Citizens of Boise, submit or perish: you are a conquered people," the words uttered by Lesh during the Wang Dang intro. Rather odd - given the upbeat nature of Dang Doodle - not exactly the appropriate backdrop for such an ominous statement. But after all, Phil is a gentle giant. First Set highlights are Jack Straw, Big River, and Deal, with everyone in the band sounding alive - especially Bob.

Weir cries for attention during Set Two, with lots of well-placed off-beat guitar fill-ins. As the Slipknot reprise comes back from the spacey portion of the song, Bob fills in the space between Jerry's structured guitar riffs with some pleasantly-odd sounding trills as only Bob could. Help/Slip/Frank and Estimated/Eyes are all filled with greatness, and a bonus jam after Eyes features none other than...yes, Weir. More highlights after Drumz with a rowdy Throwin Stones, a soulful Peter, and a Baby Blue sendoff for the poor Boise citizens that had long since surrendered.

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Set 1:
Hell In A Bucket
Mississippi Half-Step
Blow Away
Mama Tried
Mexicali Blues
Loose Lucy
It's All Over Now
High Time
Let It Grow
Don't Ease Me In

Set 2:
Sugar Magnolia
Scarlet Begonias
Man Smart-Woman Smarter
Ship Of Fools
Truckin'
Mind Left Body Jam
Drums
Jam
The Wheel
Gimme Some Lovin'
Wharf Rat
Around And Around
Sunshine Daydream
Encore:
Brokedown Palace

Recommended Source: SBD
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Phil is bouncing all over the place during a nice opening Bucket, Half-Step pairing, followed by an early placement for Brent's Blow Away. Later in the set Jerry digs deep in the song catalog and pulls out Loose Lucy and High Time - the latter followed up by an excellent Let It Grow.

Second Set starts with a hot summer Sugar Mag to please the ladies, with swiss watch transitions into Scarlet and then Smarter. The plot thickens with a strong Ship of Fools featuring nice Brent synth. Truckin hits the jam portion and really takes off into the ever-after. The setlist here is taken from The Setlist Program, and it should be noted that MLB Jam is not certified. It is a similar chord progression to begin the jam, but it wanders freely into open seas, leaving room for contributions from all band members. Post-Space is also much better than it appears on paper, featuring a far-above-average rendition of Wharf Rat.

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Set 1:
Alabama Getaway
Promised Land
They Love Each Other
Mama Tried
Mexicali Blues
Althea
Little Red Rooster
Tennessee Jed
Far From Me
Lazy Lightnin'
Supplication
Deal

Set 2:
Greatest Story Ever Told
Uncle John's Band
Lost Sailor
Saint Of Circumstance
Comes A Time
Truckin'
Drums
The Other One
Stella Blue
I Need A Miracle
Good Lovin'
Encore:
Brokedown Palace

Recommended Source: AUD
Synopsis:

First Set highlights include the opening Bama, a tight Thea, and a hot Lazy Lightning-Supplication that extends the set out to a 12th song. Second Set features some very interesting song choices and transitions, starting with Greatest Story into Uncle John's. High-level intensity as Bobby delivers a well-placed Sailor-Saint, followed up by an incredible version of Comes A Time, with an extremely enthusiastic D.C.-area crowd hanging on every lyric with baited breath. Seemingly feeding off of the frenzied atmosphere at the Cap, Jerry delivers one of the best Comes A Time renditions of all time, flowing perfectly into Truckin.

The perfect outlet for the built-up energy, the "clapper" is in full effect here with respect to audience participation. Truckin goes out with a flash of energy, ending on a dime into the Drumz. Other One pics up right where Truckin left off, and then Stella picked up where Comes A Time left off. One more interesting choice was Miracle out of Stella, which wisely skipped Bertha and went directly into the Good Lovin closer. What a set.

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Set 1:
New Minglewood Blues
Tennessee Jed
Me And My Uncle
Big River
Don't Ease Me In
El Paso
Big Railroad Blues
Easy To Love You
It's All Over Now
Althea
The Music Never Stopped

Set 2:
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Eyes Of The World
Lost Sailor
Saint Of Circumstance
Drums
Wharf Rat
Around And Around
Johnny B. Goode
Encore:
U.S. Blues

Recommended Source: SBD
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After the Minglewood opener, it all goes Country (& Western). Jed, Uncle-River, Don't Ease-Paso, Big RxR - it's a hoedown of the first order. Finally, and thankfully, Brent breaks into different territory with East To Love You, but Weir then regresses into All Over Now. Strong Thea, Music combo closed the set with a fanning frenzy at the end of Never Stopped, including a couple of Phil bombs at the end - signalling what was to come.

The China-Rider, Eyes-Sailor-Saint pre-Drumz sequence is easily the best part of this performance, and features some especially aggressive Lesh playing. The C/R is at a slowed-down pace compared to many from the 80s, and Phil absolutely lays down the law throughout. Eyes is a prime rendition with a sweet intro and then featuring awesome Phil and Jerry with some early "tinkerbell" Brent keys. Bobby finally gets his turn and delivers a hot Sailor-Saint, which includes a spacey Circumstancial Jam drifting through the clouds for about 5 very dreamy minutes. Wharf Rat emerged nicely out of the official "Space," and then the band finished off with some rock-n-roll Americana in the Crossroads of America.

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Set 1:
Help On The Way
Slipknot!
Franklin's Tower
New Minglewood Blues
Easy To Love You
Peggy-O
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Brown-Eyed Women
Cassidy
Deal

Set 2:
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Looks Like Rain
Terrapin Station
Drums
The Other One
Morning Dew
Encore:
The Weight

Recommended Source: SBD
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Nice Jerry chord strumming in the Help/Slip/Franklin opener, but it wasn't until about midway into the First Set when the intensity started really picking up. Brent delivers a sweet Easy To Love You - sadly, the final rendition. Jerry delivers some great soloing in Peggy-O, and then a top shelf Masterpiece kicks things into high gear. Outstanding versions of Brown-Eyed, Cassidy, and Deal leave hopes very high during the intermission.

Suffice it to say, no-one was let down. China-Rider takes it's time, containing attention-to-detail as well as energy and enthusiasm, and some beautiful Brent piano. LL Rain more than gets the job done, carrying the intensity all the way to the Station. Hard to find a better version of LL. Terrapin find it's inspiration in a major way, with a rousing final melody section as well as a bonus turtle jam, slowly crawling it's way carefully toward the Drumz.

Drumz & Space does not get enough praise, and this night's exploration is one of the finest - finally ending with Phil's Other One intro. 12-minute titanic versions of Other One and Morning Dew leave nothing more that needs to be said.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 3:25 pm    Post subject: #81: End-of-Tour Payoff at Alpine Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Hell In A Bucket
Sugaree
Mama Tried
Mexicali Blues
Althea
Victim Or The Crime
West LA Fadeaway
Desolation Row
Deal

Set 2:
Box Of Rain
Foolish Heart
Looks Like Rain
Terrapin Station
Drums
The Other One
The Wheel
Morning Dew
Encore:
Turn On Your Love Light

Those that stuck around for this final show of a superb Summer Tour and braved the rainy elements, were truly rewarded with this one. Bucket proved within the first 10 seconds that the band was not fatigued whatsoever, so enjoy the ride like Bobby was. A Sugaree, cowboy combo, Thea, Victim, Little Green Light, and a Dylan later - a smokin Deal leaves the listener breathless.

Box seemed like a good choice to focus the energy for one more set, and then Foolish, which seemed to be Jerry's favorite song at that time. LL Rain excelled in it's role building the bridge to turtle land. 15-minute Station provides a full-Phil-ling main course, and out of Space Jerry leads into Other One with some MIDI guitar. The distorted Bob vocals are accompanied by rambunctious Brent piano flurries in the background. Superb version, followed by The Wheel, and then without further A-Dew, the spotlight shined on Garcia. After this Dew does what a dew is supposed to do, Bobby sends off the faithful with Lovelight - an excellent encore choice.

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Set 1:
Shakedown Street
C.C. Rider
They Love Each Other
Cassidy
Jack-A-Roe
On The Road Again
Ramble On Rose
Looks Like Rain
Brown-Eyed Women
Let It Grow
Don't Ease Me In

Set 2:
Playin' In The Band
Bertha
Estimated Prophet
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad
Drums
Not Fade Away
Morning Dew
Playin' In The Band
One More Saturday Night
Encore:
Johnny B. Goode

Recommended Source: Matrix
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Long First Set kicked off by a resounding Shakedown into a boisterous C.C. Nice song choices with Cassidy, Jack-A-Roe, and On the Road Again - and another hot Let it Grow. Playin is more than welcome to open II, and the jam section features some great Bob & Jerry interplay. The post-lyric jam intro starts from almost nothing - a virtual musical stand-still. Bob starts hittin some chords and Jerry hits the noodles, and all of a sudden this thing gets a head of steam, culminating in an exciting peak and then right into Bertha.

This is one of the better versions of Bertha to be found, and Jerry's solo is immaculate. Likewise, Estimated is top-grade all the way through, and leads to yet another surprise with GDTRFB. Out of Space, Weir hits the slide rhythm which wasn't a giveaway, but turned out to be the NFA intro - very funky and pleasing. Dew came next, which was rare in this time period. Jerry delivers a strong performance on the guitar, and preserves his vocal chords at the end.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 6:22 pm    Post subject: #79: Enjoyin The Ride From Greek Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Cold Rain And Snow
Greatest Story Ever Told
West LA Fadeaway
Hell In A Bucket
Loser
Little Red Rooster
Bird Song
Let It Grow

Set 2:
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Estimated Prophet
Eyes Of The World
Drums
Spanish Jam
Throwin' Stones
The Other One
Wharf Rat
Around And Around
Good Lovin'

Recommended Source: AUD - Rango
Synopsis:

The Audience recording gives nice clarity and bass, as they lunge into CR&S this Spring afternoon at the Greek. Funky vibe from the start, and following the L.A. Fadeaway the maiden voyage of Helena Bucket is embarked upon. A little awkward, but Bobby has clearly found a new favorite to add to his repertoire. Bird Song and Let It Grow signal a change of direction into more jammy/spacey territory - which continues in Set 2.

An extra lengthy China-Rider and Prophet-Eyes feature the boys really taking their time and exploring the melodies more than usual. Bob takes forever to jump on the China intro, and Rider takes a while to arrive. Almost an oddball version of Eyes here, which is played at a slower tempo and is expanded much longer than normal in this time period. Space contains some Spanish theme, and then it's a Bob fest with 4 out of 5 post-Space selections sung by Weir - including a most unusual Throwin Stones-OtherOne combo.

This show has a different energy than many other Points of Light - kind of an "odd duck." But there is plenty to absorb, and sometimes a show like this can really hit the spot.

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Set 1:
Iko Iko
Little Red Rooster
Peggy-O
My Brother Esau
Brown-Eyed Women
Baby What You Want Me To Do
Jack Straw
Might As Well

Set 2:
Revolution
Estimated Prophet
Eyes Of The World
Drums
The Other One
I Need A Miracle
She Belongs To Me
Sugar Magnolia
Encore:
Satisfaction

Recommended Source: SBD
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A lot of cover tunes played, this is the kind of fun show that can be addicting. Hard to hear it just once and not come back to it. The final Baby What You Want Me To Do, sung by Brent, pops-up mid-1st-Set, followed by a hot Jack Straw. Bob comments that it is a special night due to the fact that it is no band member's birthday, and then randomly they launch into Revolution. A bit of a rough rendition but still fun, followed by a great choice to head right for Prophet-land. Estimated brought forth a decent Weir meltdown, and Eyes featured some good Garcia noodle solos.

Don't skip the drums - the Vulcan is right on the xylophone, and Space features some wild guitar effects. Soon thereafter, Phil delivers a thundering intro to a swiss-watch OtherOne-Miracle combo. Jerry answers the call to duty with a priceless version of She Belongs To Me, and then Bob brings it all home with a rockin Sugar Mag, and Satisfaction encore. Nice night at the office for Mr. Lesh.

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Set 1:
Jack Straw
They Love Each Other
Me And My Uncle
Big River
Deep Elem Blues
Little Red Rooster
Brown-Eyed Women
Lazy Lightnin'
Supplication
Bertha

Set 2:
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Playin' In The Band
Drums
The Wheel
I Need A Miracle
Black Peter
Playin' In The Band
Johnny B. Goode
Encore:
U.S. Blues

Recommended Source: Matrix
Synopsis:

First Set highlights are the Jack Straw opener, a rare Deep Elem Blues, and a sweet Lazy Lightning-Supplication - but the pre-drumz portion of Set 2 really brings this performance into light. China is explored fully, with Brent's piano all over the place, seeping between the music like water, finally reaching Rider after about 8 1/2 minutes. Playin followed Rider's conclusion immediately, and the spacey mood was there for an exploratory version.

The Playin jam was unstable, changing by the minute - an unbalanced journey. At about 7:30 Bob starts working up to what he would achieve right at about 8:00 - full SEAGULL. Bob had been known to utilize the "whale call" guitar previously, but this sound was clearly none other than the friendly (or annoying) creature that crowds the beaches. This seagull section makes for very exhilarating listening, and the rest of the band is in a semi-orbital state for a short period. At some point Jerry disappears, and a very hot Bob & Brent jam builds the bridge to drum land.

A carefully-done Wheel emerges and wants to head back into Playin, but Weir starts Miracle on a dime. Great audible: a surge of energy was in order. After a solid Black Peter, the Playin Reprise would not be denied, leading into a hot Johnny closer. Uselesss blues was a useful encore.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 6:57 pm    Post subject: #76: Are you Hip to the Drome? Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Shakedown Street
New Minglewood Blues
Candyman
Me And My Uncle
Big River
Althea
Little Red Rooster
Brown-Eyed Women
Looks Like Rain
Don't Ease Me In

Set 2:
Truckin'
Bird Song
Good Time Blues
Estimated Prophet
Eyes Of The World
Drums
Not Fade Away
Morning Dew
Around And Around
One More Saturday Night
Encore:
U.S. Blues

Recommended Source: SBD
Synopsis:

Bonjour. Don't tell Jerry Paris ain't got no heart. Full First Set includes a hot cowboy combo Me&My Uncle-Big River, as well as nice versions of Thea and Brown-Eyed in addition of course to the opening Down. Watch out for the whistle! Truckin is a surprise - and into Bird Song completely unique. Solid versions of both lead to a questionable choice with Good Time Blues.

The set seems to start anew with Prophet, and the sequence into Eyes is top shelf, with Jerry absolutely shredding during Eyes. Space-NFA is entertaining, and then came the Dew. Definitely one of the best Dews of the early-80s, this was of the spine-chilling ilk. Total deliverance. Rockin double-bob combo to close with A&A-Saturday, and then Useful Blues encore.

Time to get "hip" to this one.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 4:32 pm    Post subject: #75: Cow is Givin' Gasoline Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Shakedown Street
Samson And Delilah
Peggy-O
Little Red Rooster
Candyman
My Brother Esau
Big Railroad Blues
Let It Grow

Set 2:
Touch Of Grey
Estimated Prophet
Eyes Of The World
Man Smart-Woman Smarter
Drums
Not Fade Away
Sugar Magnolia
Encore:
Baby Blue

Recommended Source: AUD - Da Weez
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Shakedown gets the party started with plenty of Garcia wah-wah, and Bobby starts of his night with an early Samson sermon. Peggy, Rooster, and Candyman all feature some excellent musicianship. Let It Grow is marred by a gaff in their timing, but still caps off a very satisfying First Set well.

Touch of Grey is brisk but entertaining, as Jerry mutters "kid can't read at 17; cow is giving gasoline." Estimated features a back and forth scream exchange between Bob and the audience, and then Garcia settles back into comfortable wah-wah territory. With help from the keyboard section, the energy builds and gradually surges seamlessly into Eyes, which opts for another sweet transition into Smarter rather than a traditional outtro.

Space reaches the outer limits, as Garcia uses the "water" effect. A chord progression emerges, leading to a blissful intro to NFA. This throwback version takes its time, eventually opting for a rockin Sugar Mag. Classic Baby Blue for the sendoff to the Fall Tour faithful in Greensboro.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 4:44 pm    Post subject: #74: Professional Execution at Rosemont Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Jack Straw
West LA Fadeaway
Mama Tried
Big River
Althea
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Bird Song
Promised Land

Set 2:
Box Of Rain
Iko Iko
Estimated Prophet
Eyes Of The World
Drums
The Wheel
Gimme Some Lovin'
Black Peter
Throwin' Stones
Not Fade Away
Encore:
Black Muddy River

Recommended Source: SBD
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This one is for those looking for a crisp, clean, late-80s performance. While long jams and exploration is not found (outside of Space), excellence in execution is present in just about every tune played - and all band members were on top of their game. Listening to the opening Jack Straw & West LA demonstrates this, and there is really no let down all the way through to the end. Swiss watch versions of songs like Box of Rain and Throwing Stones help this one far exceed it's appearance on paper.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 4:55 pm    Post subject: #73: Festive Night at the Events Center Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Cold Rain And Snow
Jack Straw
Friend Of The Devil
Little Red Rooster
Bird Song
Mama Tried
Mexicali Blues
Candyman
Cassidy
Looks Like Rain
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider

Set 2:
Scarlet Begonias
Fire On The Mountain
Estimated Prophet
He's Gone
Drums
The Other One
Stella Blue
Around And Around
Good Lovin'
Encore:
U.S. Blues
Satisfaction

Recommended Source: SBD
Synopsis:

University of Colorado was definitely the place to be on this December evening in '81. CRS-Jack Straw kicked off a long, fun Set One, marred only slightly by the major gaff in Jack Straw (forgot where they were in the song) - and featuring some great Brent keys throughout. Bobby announces the intermission as the final notes of Rider were still approaching, much like some kind of radio personality would.

Scarlet-Fire is a major highlight, with Phil busting through the speakers with his bass intro to Fire, and Jerry brings the heat in the solo breaks. Estimated carries the energy forward into Gone, which allows for a reprieve. Nice vocal ending, although Garcia heads backstage as a Jerry-less Gone jam meanders into Drumz. Luckily Jerry regroups and gets back to work, helping lead up to an extremely well-developed and inspired rendition of Other One out of Space, and then a delicate Stella. Bobby's Around-GoodLovin was once again an effective one-two punch, and then another one-two punch provided some bonus jubilation - a Useful-Satisfaction Encore.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:09 pm    Post subject: #72: Garnished With Green Onion Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Box Of Rain
Cold Rain And Snow
New Minglewood Blues
Ramble On Rose
Me And My Uncle
Mexicali Blues
Far From Me
Queen Jane Approximately
Don't Ease Me In

Set 2:
Green Onions
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Samson And Delilah
Believe It Or Not
Truckin'
He's Gone
Drums
The Other One
Wharf Rat
Throwin' Stones
Turn On Your Love Light
Encore:
Brokedown Palace

Recommended Source: SBD
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Great outing for the drum section, as evidenced in Samson & Deliliah. Otherwise, very good performance by all - especially in the extremely fun Set Two. Bob's guitar sounds like a cartoon during the Green Onions blues warmup, which ends right where China starts, on beat. After the aforementioned, smokin Samson, the definitive version of Believe it Or Not is served up. Vintage Jerry.

Truckin-Gone was a perfect main course, finally giving way to the all-star drummers. Space-OtherOne is downright bizarre, and Wharf Rat-Throwin-Lovelight were all performed with gusto. Palace encore was a fine dessert for this full meal at Silver Stadium.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:28 pm    Post subject: #71: China Doll's Mighty Return Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Touch Of Grey
Little Red Rooster
Dire Wolf
Far From Me
Queen Jane Approximately
Tennessee Jed
Let It Grow

Set 2:
Victim Or The Crime
Foolish Heart
Playin' In The Band
China Doll
Playin' Reprise
Drums
The Wheel
Black Peter
Around And Around
Good Lovin'
Encore:
The Mighty Quinn

Recommended Source: SBD
Synopsis:

First Set features an excellent Far From Me, followed by a noodle-licious Queen Jane, and then a surprisingly hot Tennessee. Bobby goes ballistic on his guitar towards the end of Jed, leading to a nice crashdown into the lyrical reprise. A power-chord Victim started off the Second Set where Let it Grow left off, and suddenly a musical vacuum sucked out all the sound - leaving an awkward moment of silence, until the Foolish opening chord arrives just on time.

Jerry extends Foolish, with some over-the-top lyrical embellishment, and then a very upbeat Playin appears. Jam reaches a nice groove and then it's the familiar descending intro to Doll, which had been on the shelf for about a year (since Providence '87). YouTube footage shows Jerry trying to find the right guitar tone via his various effects petals and knobs at the beginning of the solo break, and boy did he ever find it. One of the wildest, most raucous China Doll solos to be found, feels much like a roller coaster. Very nice Playin Reprise punctuates the pre-drumz section.

Drums & Space are pretty entertaining, as is the Wheel-Peter combo. A&A into Good Lovin is especially rockin and well-executed for this time period, and nice version of Dylan's Mighty Quinn for the Encore.

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Set 1:
Mississippi Half-Step
New Minglewood Blues
Friend Of The Devil
Beat It On Down The Line
Promised Land
Tennessee Jed
Let It Grow
Deal

Set 2:
Touch Of Grey
Hell In A Bucket
Terrapin Station
Man Smart-Woman Smarter
Drums
Gimme Some Lovin'
Stella Blue
Good Lovin'
Encore:
U.S. Blues

Recommended Source: SBD
Synopsis:

After a slow start, the First Set catches fire with a 42-beat BIODTL intro in honor of Michey's birthday - the beginning of a 5-song medley that includes three set closers and a Jed for good measure. The momentum carries over into Set II with an energetic Touch opener. Bucket-Station-Smarter is an odd threesome on paper, but actually works very well and features smooth transitions. Very lively sound from all band members.

Space reaches goofy territory and provides the most interesting improvisation of the evening, ending with Phil and Brent's intro to Gimme Some Lovin. Jerry delivers a major highlight with a hauntingly beautiful Stella - featuring some echo effect, and Bob heads right for Good Lovin for a solo closer. U.S. Blues is very fun; actually the entire show reminds one of happier times. A classic Kaiser.

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Set 1:
Hell In A Bucket
Bertha
Walkin' Blues
Candyman
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Row Jimmy
Victim Or The Crime
Foolish Heart

Set 2:
Scarlet Begonias
Fire On The Mountain
Estimated Prophet
Crazy Fingers
Drums
I Will Take You Home
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad
I Need A Miracle
Stella Blue
Not Fade Away
Encore:
Knockin' On Heaven's Door

Recommended Source: SBD
Synopsis:

Lively introduction from the stadium announcer "Please welcome back to Saratoga, the Grateful Dead!" and off they went into a smokin Bucket-Bertha opening combo. The petal seemed to really be to the medal through the entire First Set, featuring standout versions of Candyman, Masterpiece and Row Jimmy - and the new songs Victim and Foolish.

Scarlet-Fire continues on this track with super tasty Garcia vocals and guitar leads, and Brent also noticeably on top of his game. An outstanding Estimated follows, winding up in a surprising Crazy Fingers, which worked very well. Another major highlight is the Stella Blue with a very nice outtro into NFA. Smooth Heaven's Door encore.

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Set 1:
Alabama Getaway
Promised Land
It Must Have Been The Roses
El Paso
West LA Fadeaway
New Minglewood Blues
Big Railroad Blues
The Music Never Stopped
Might As Well

Set 2:
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Playin' In The Band
Terrapin Station
Drums
The Wheel
Truckin'
Wharf Rat
Sugar Magnolia
Encore:
U.S. Blues

Recommended Source: SBD
Synopsis:

This one is for those looking for a tight performance from this time period, without the sloppiness that plagued many concerts, and also free from the setlist "gimmicks" which propelled many mediocre concerts into well-known statuses. Performance and energy were a-plenty this night, with Kermit in full effect.

Literally everything played in this show is worthy of being considered a highlight, but the China-Rider-Playin-Terrapin really delivers the main course in fine fashion. This is good ole simple GD at their best.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:28 am    Post subject: #67: Built To Last in Michigan Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Touch Of Grey
Little Red Rooster
Brown-Eyed Women
Mama Tried
Mexicali Blues
Althea
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Bird Song
Promised Land

Set 2:
Scarlet Begonias
Fire On The Mountain
Playin' In The Band
Built To Last
Drums
I Will Take You Home
The Other One
Wharf Rat
Around And Around
Playin' Reprise
Encore:
Brokedown Palace

Recommended Source: Matrix
Synopsis:

As the Spring Tour made its way through the Great Lakes region, the boys deliver this gem of a performance at the University of Michigan. Hot First Set features an early Brown-Eyed and a late-set trio of Thea, Masterpiece, Bird featuring some Brent in the captain's chair.

Second Set brings a great Scarlet-Fire and a very special Playin into Built To Last with an interesting, unique transition. What a bold placement for this new tune, and it just made sense for some reason. After Take You Home, a nice Other One-Wharf Rat combo highlights the post-Space lineup, and Playin is reprised out of A&A providing one more surprise.

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Set 1:
Let The Good Times Roll
Feel Like A Stranger
Dire Wolf
Little Red Rooster
Ramble On Rose
Queen Jane Approximately
Just A Little Light
Let It Grow

Set 2:
Foolish Heart
Looks Like Rain
Eyes Of The World
Drums
Gimme Some Lovin'
All Along The Watchtower
Stella Blue
Turn On Your Love Light
Encore:
U.S. Blues

Recommended Source: SBD
Synopsis:

Not a super-lengthy show, and not a set list that jumps off the paper, but this is one of those that has an addicting quality to it. Difficult to start it and not finish listening, and difficult to only listen once. It has that Without A Net type of mystical energy to it.

Stranger, Little Light, and Let it Grow all have this aforementioned energy, and feature some tasty Jerry riffs. Brent shines especially bright in this version of Just a Little Light. Foolish is played just about as well as the song can be played to open Set II, and LL Rain continued in a reflective space. Eyes was a really good choice to continue the dream-like state of mind, with some excellent Brent and Phil work. Gimme Some Lovin brought Phil back into the spotlight, and then a hot Tower-Blue-Lovelight combo rounded out a special night in this most outstanding New Year's Eve run.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2013 6:16 pm    Post subject: #65: Take a Ride to Tell-U-Ride Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Feel Like A Stranger
Franklin's Tower
New Minglewood Blues
Candyman
Me And My Uncle
Big River
Tennessee Jed
Desolation Row
Deal

Set 2:
Scarlet Begonias
Fire On The Mountain
Looks Like Rain
Eyes Of The World
Drums
I Need A Miracle
Bertha
Morning Dew
One More Saturday Night
Encore:
Baby Blue

Recommended Source: SBD
Synopsis:

This was quite the pilgrimage to Telluride apparently, and a rewarding GD destination it was. Overall, this show has a definite Summertime feel to it. Stranger Franklin's and Minglewood was an established winning formula by this point, but it was the cowboy combo that really switched this flight from auto pilot to manual controls. Brent gives a nice appalachian fiddle solo during Big River, and the fun continued with Jed. Desolation Row is a major highlight with Bob seemingly on roids, and Deal consolidated all the energy in fine fashion.

Scarlet-Fire features some more fine Mydland work, and some major electronic drum action punctuating the latter half of the combo especially. LL Rain provided some more fireworks, and Eyes featured some nice Lesh in the intro. Miracle-Bertha was a nice throwback combo out of Space, and provided a double-Jerry opportunity as Morning Dew made landfall. Superlatives are in order for this Dew, which definitely fulfilled it's role as the main event, with Jerry putting all of his heart and soul into it. Saturday Night was a good choice, and the Baby Blue encore is a standout version - again thanks to Mr. Mydland's melodic fill-ins.

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Set 1:
Jack Straw
Sugaree
Cassidy
Tennessee Jed
New Minglewood Blues
Cumberland Blues
Lazy Lightnin'
Supplication
Deal

Set 2:
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Man Smart-Woman Smarter
Good Time Blues
Lost Sailor
Saint Of Circumstance
He's Gone
Drums
Not Fade Away
Wharf Rat
Around And Around
Good Lovin'
Encore:
U.S. Blues

Recommended Source: Matrix ( Exclamation )
Synopsis:

Superb Matrix sound quality here, and aside from the fact that this show doesn't contain any major breakouts or bizarre jams, it is hard to find much fault with this performance. Brent's electric piano sound is in full effect this Spring day at the Greek. First Set features a sweet Straw-Sugaree opening combo, and a massively hot run of Cumberland, Lazy-Lightning-Supplication, Deal which leaves the listener needing an oxygen mask during intermission.

Very playful China-Rider-Smarter trio opens up a set two which does not skimp on number of songs. After a Never Trust a Woman interlude - which is actually palatable - they launch into another swiss watch threesome with Sailor-Saint-Gone. NFA out of Space is especially funky and well-jammed, and Wharf Rat delivers a fine punch for the ballad. Bobby delivers his signature A&A-Good Lovin combo showcasing his newly-found 1982 vocal confidence, and Useful Blues sends 'em off on an up beat.

Quality and quantity definitely both here.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2013 6:45 pm    Post subject: #63: Daylight Come and Me Wanna Go Home Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Feel Like A Stranger
Franklin's Tower
New Minglewood Blues
Row Jimmy
Mama Tried
Big River
Far From Me
Stagger Lee
Desolation Row
Don't Ease Me In

Set 2:
Shakedown Street
Samson And Delilah
Iko Iko
Banana Boat Song
Man Smart-Woman Smarter
Drums
Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Good Lovin'
Encore:
Johnny B. Goode

Recommended Source: AUD - Zaleski
Synopsis:

Rough sound quality for the first half of Stranger, but evens out afterwards. It was evident early on that Jerry was on and into it, and not coincidentally a long and hot First Set was delivered. Highlights include a smokin Minglewood, Jimmy, Stagger Lee, and Desolation. Shakedown delighted the exuberant western PA crowd, and Jerry added some extra vocal embellishment to this rendition. Samson always seemed to work well out of Down, and this is no exception.

Now ready for something different? Jerry announces that his friends, the Nevilles, were present - and off they went into Iko Iko land. "See that girl dressed in green, she's not a girl she's a lovin machine." Also of note was a loud crash that occurred early in the song. Straight out of Iko was Day-O, the banana boat song! Ok, now everyone is really having fun. After a short but vocally excellent Day-O, a prime time Smarter continued into the waters of the Caribbean. Superb Jerry leads and Neville background vocals.

The Nevilles returned after Space with a completely awesome Knockin on Heaven's Door - probably the "best." Archive reviewers note that not an eye was dry in the entire place. Good Lovin and Johnny B were great Bob choices for closer and encore respectively. What a show this must have been to attend.

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Set 1:
Mississippi Half-Step
Franklin's Tower
New Minglewood Blues
Candyman
Me And My Uncle
Mexicali Blues
Althea
Man Smart-Woman Smarter
Ramble On Rose
Let It Grow
Deal

Set 2:
Shakedown Street
Samson And Delilah
Good Time Blues
Estimated Prophet
He's Gone
Drums
Throwin' Stones
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad
The Wheel
The Other One
Wharf Rat
Good Lovin'
Encore:
Don't Ease Me In

Recommended Source: AUD - Miller
Synopsis:

This is one of those "marathon" shows that just keeps on giving. An 11-song First Set kicks off with the last Half Step that would be played until 1985, contains a dirty cowboy combo in the middle, and still finds the energy for a Let It Grow-Deal combo at the end. Second Set provides 11 more songs, in addition to Drumz, Space, and the Encore (albeit a Don't Cheese encore).

Second Set highlights include Shakedown, Estimated-Gone - featuring a sweet little Gone jam, and an Other One-Wharf pairing deep into the post-Space lineup. This show has a unique quality to it, and the Audience recording provides clear sound and great "ambiance."

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Set 1:
Alabama Getaway
Greatest Story Ever Told
They Love Each Other
On The Road Again
Beat It On Down The Line
West LA Fadeaway
Me And My Uncle
Big River
Dupree's Diamond Blues
The Music Never Stopped
Deal

Set 2:
Throwin' Stones
Touch Of Grey
Estimated Prophet
Eyes Of The World
Drums
Truckin'
The Other One
Morning Dew
One More Saturday Night
Encore:
U.S. Blues

Recommended Source: Matrix
Synopsis:

Well-known show here with great energy and arguably one of the better First Sets of the 80s. Alabama-Greatest theory states that a hot show is likely to follow. On The Road Again tells you that Weir was into it, which is confirmed with a great late-set Me&My Uncle into Big River expedition. Dupree's, Music Never Stopped, and Deal are all top shelf renditions.

Second Set starts with good versions of the new tunes, and then gets Prophetized. Nice Estimated-Eyes showcase featuring a well-tempoed Prophet and a sweet Eyes intro. Truckin-OtherOne-Dew out of Space is quite the power trio, and definitely does the job. Fine musicianship from everyone this night, making Jerry's job nice and easy. Some consider this show to be somewhat of a coming out party for Lesh, who seemed to be more assertive than usual on the bass.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:12 pm    Post subject: #60: For Paul and the Rainbow Bus Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Feel Like A Stranger
Friend Of The Devil
C.C. Rider
Cumberland Blues
Beat It On Down The Line
Row Jimmy
Hell In A Bucket
Don't Ease Me In

Set 2:
Help On The Way
Slipknot!
Franklin's Tower
Far From Me
Estimated Prophet
He's Gone
Drums
Truckin'
Wharf Rat
Around And Around
Good Lovin'
Encore:
U.S. Blues

Recommended Source: SBD (Miller, NOT Bertha)
Synopsis:

Close call between the Miller SBD and the AUD sources on this fine performance at the Five Seasons, by the band of all seasons. Stranger and Devil get the compass pointed in the right direction immediately. Cumberland and Row Jimmy provide some major highlights for Set 1. Down to business with Help on the Way opening Set 2, and what a Slipknot, featuring Lesh pounding away with the power of a Greek god. Far From Me was a good idea in theory, but not the best execution and vocals from the keyboard section here. Estimated gets back on the winning path, and leads into the next major highlight - He's Gone.

This version (and 2nd Set) was dedicated to Paul - god bless him - and the Rainbow Bus, which apparently crashed into a small ditch on the way to this show from Kansas due to the driver falling asleep. Paul was in the front passenger seat, and drowned in the water after parts of the bus fell on top of him. The fact that the band took the moment to announce this dedication really speaks to how tuned in they were with the Deadheads in this pre-touch-head touring era. A close-knit family, observing and mourning a tragic loss.

Gone itself featured a nice extended jam at the end, and then after Space they came roaring out with a hot Truckin. Full steam ahead into a prime rendition of Wharf Rat, and Bobby's A&A-Good Lovin combo featuring "Push Back The Night" lyrics at the end. Useful Blues closed out this classic Summer '84 night in Iowa.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:24 pm    Post subject: #59: In Orbit Somewhere High Above the Red Rocks Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Promised Land
They Love Each Other
Mama Tried
Mexicali Blues
Peggy-O
Lazy Lightnin'
Supplication
Brown-Eyed Women
Looks Like Rain
Althea
Passenger

Set 2:
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Lost Sailor
Don't Ease Me In
Estimated Prophet
Eyes Of The World
Drums
Not Fade Away
Black Peter
Around And Around
Encore:
U.S. Blues

Recommended Source: SBD
Synopsis:

After a ho-hum start, a sweet Peggy-O hits the soft spot, and then Lazy Lightning-Supplication hits a sweet groove. Brown-Eyed delivers as does the young Thea, which is followed by a sizzling Passenger to finish off Set Uno. A delectable China-Rider gets things going after the intermission featuring some "tinkerbell" Mydland keys. The brand new Lost Sailor comes next, but sans Saint. Instead, it's a surprise appearance of Don't Cheese to please the kids.

Estimated gets down to business, and after Bob's vocals Brent delivers one of the smoothest keyboard "solos" ever, featuring more of the Peter Pan sound. Jerry takes the helm and the jam winds up where it should - Eyes of The World. A care-free summertime Eyes cruises along with glee until the outtro - which slows down and begins an exciting ascent to an unknown land. Wherever it wanted to go - it definitely arrived. One of the most blissful orbital/space jams ever performed leaves the listener feeling like he/she is tripping somewhere in the middle of a large green grassy field with plenty of sunshine and a warm summer breeze. A feeling of complete content.

The remainder of the show is well-played although unremarkable. The pre-Drumz portion of this Set II is immaculate.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:39 pm    Post subject: #58: In the Dark Waters of Playin on a Ship of Fools Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Jack Straw
Friend Of The Devil
El Paso
Deep Elem Blues
Cassidy
Tennessee Jed
Little Red Rooster
Althea
Man Smart-Woman Smarter

Set 2:
Bertha
Playin' In The Band
Ship Of Fools
Drums
The Wheel
Playin' In The Band
Wharf Rat
Good Lovin'
Encore:
Don't Ease Me In

Recommended Source: AUD - Wagner (FOB)
Synopsis:

This Audience source puts the listener right in the 4th row front and center, and aside from the guy yelling for St. Stephen before and after El Paso, it is a very enjoyable listening experience. He didn't get a Steven, but he did get a rare Deep Elementary, followed by a nice Cassidy. A clever Thea, Smarter combo closed out a pretty good First Set. Bertha provided a nondescript opener for Set Deux, but the ending led smoothly into the real beginning.

Playin set sail, and Brent took the helm with his new electric piano sound. Phil warned of stormy weather ahead at sea, and the guitar section took notice. A slowly evolving jam discretely exited the confines of the song, and the ship was off course. A moment of decision arose naturally, and there it was - Ship of Fools. As a smooth Ship sailed gently back into Playin, the set had clearly taken on a mystic character. Playin #2 drifted on for several more minutes, not even making an effort for the Reprise, and as the crew headed down for a rest, Brent kept at the helm with a few bonus minutes of solo keys.

The Wheel signaled daybreak at sea, and then for the Playin trifecta - a glorious Reprise was achieved. Wharf Rat really felt like a celebration, and delighted like discovery of a sunken treasure. Good Lovin seemed to bring the set full circle from the Bertha opener so long ago. The exuberant Philadelphia crowd was in full appreciation of this well-crafted Second Set.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:57 pm    Post subject: #57: The Heart of 84 Darkness and Gold Coin Bobby Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Iko Iko
Hell In A Bucket
Loser
Cassidy
Dupree's Diamond Blues
C.C. Rider
Deal

Set 2:
I Need A Miracle
Bertha
Playin' In The Band
China Doll
Drums
Playin' In The Band
Black Peter
Sugar Magnolia
One More Saturday Night
Encore:
Day Job

Recommended Source: SBD
Synopsis:

After a buoyant Iko opener, Weir wastes no time gettin down and dirty with a raunchy Helena Bucket. Sleazy Loser followed, and then a decent Cassidy. Next up a wild Dupree's Diamond, in which Bobby breaks out his "gold coin" slide guitar sound - definitely unique to 1984, and perfected this late Spring night at the Expo. Weir continues this madness during an over-the-top CC Rider, and Jerry lets that Deal crash down in a major way to close a short but hot Set One. Phil puts his foot down with a resounding Miracle Set II opener into Bertha for the classic combo. Next up, the journey.

Playin-ChinaDoll-Playin-Drums-Space-Playin-Black Peter. Folks, this is what 1984 darkness is all about. Lesh is at his absolute best, out in the forefront for the gradual decent from the initial Playin into the depths of China Doll. A spaced-out but yet on-point Garcia delivers a chilling rendition of Doll, featuring some superb Brent in the background, and then back into the Playin theme for several more minutes of greatness. The D/S portion is downright haunting, and instead of departing for other song choices, they double down on Playin yet again! The trifecta is completed with the ascent back up to the Reprise, but Jerry brings it down for another descent into Black Peter - the perfect ballad for the evening.

Garcia's strained vocals in this classic version of Peter tell the tail of a band having been to hell and back, and then it's finally time for happiness with a well-deserved Mag-SaturdayNight combo from Mr. Happy himself. Keep Your Day Job sends everyone home with bug-eyed smiles.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 9:09 pm    Post subject: #56: Why Don't We Do It In The Drums Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Dancin' In The Streets
Bird Song
New Minglewood Blues
Cumberland Blues
My Brother Esau
Ramble On Rose
Hell In A Bucket

Set 2:
Why Don't We Do It In The Road
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Playin' In The Band
Uncle John's Band
Don't Need Love
Drums
China Doll
Throwin' Stones
Not Fade Away
Encore:
Brokedown Palace
Johnny B. Goode

Recommended Source: AUD ( Exclamation )
Synopsis:

PLEASE STEER CLEAR OF THE SBD. Even the Matrix really does not do this show justice, as one of the worst SBDs in the history of bootlegs ruined any enjoyment of this show due to Jerry's guitar being very distant in the mix. The AUD really brings to light what a major league performance this was.

Now on to the actual music. Jerry is at full noodle from the get-go during a peppy Dancin in the Street, which most pleasingly led into Bird Song. Cumberland featured some more shredding - a superb trip to the mine, and Brother Esau was a fine Weir follow-up.

Second Set is one for the ages, beginning with a Do It In the Road rendition that should bring a smile to the face of any Deadhead. Swiss watch into a hot China-Rider, and then a vintage Playin-UncleJohn's combo - fully jammed throughout, and full of tasty bass guitar from His Lesh-ness. Brent gives a bonus with a very well-executed Don't Need Love, and then the drummers take over.

Weir lays down some disturbing guitar during an amazing Space which can give one nightmares, appropriately leading into a sinister China Doll. To emphasize, Space-China Doll is a major highlight. Actually so is Throwing Stones, believe it or not. Bobby nails this version of T-Stones, and NFA consolidates the energy well. Double encore Palace-Johnny caps off a memorable final night of the Greek run.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:54 pm    Post subject: #55: Once In A While You Get Shown The Light Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Feel Like A Stranger
Loser
Cassidy
Ramble On Rose
Little Red Rooster
Bird Song
Me And My Uncle
Big River
It Must Have Been The Roses
Lost Sailor
Saint Of Circumstance
Deal

Set 2:
Scarlet Begonias
Fire On The Mountain
Samson And Delilah
Ship Of Fools
Playin' In The Band
Drums
The Wheel
China Doll
Around And Around
Johnny B. Goode
Encore:
Uncle John's Band

Recommended Source: Matrix
Synopsis:

Despite the first electric Bird Song since 1973, they battled some adversity early on in terms of getting things rolling. Energy level was low with poor versions of Ramble On Rose and Rooster, and finally late in the set Bobby seemed to spark something with Lost Sailor. Saint gathered some steam, and then Deal featured it's newly-jammed ending to include the vocal reprise - bringing hope for a strong Second Set.

Hopes were exceeded. Magical versions of Scarlet-Fire, Playin, and Wheel-China Doll elevate this Point of Light to a higher consciousness. Rather than a fast and furious effort, this performance features outstanding attention to deal and great musical choices within the songs. Samson and Ship are also very well done, preceding the Playin, which keeps reaching dangerous new depths like a secret elevator at the Pentagon. Out of Space, Jerry delicately leads the way into a premier version of The Wheel - a song that is usually not a highlight. China Doll is an outstanding choice after a quick Playin reprise tease, and then after a double-Chuck Berry, Uncle John's provides a peachy nightcap for the faithful in northern GA.

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Set 1:
Iko Iko
Jack Straw
Big Railroad Blues
Little Red Rooster
Candyman
Me And My Uncle
Mexicali Blues
Bird Song
Let It Grow

Set 2:
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Ship Of Fools
Man Smart-Woman Smarter
Drums
Dear Mr. Fantasy
The Other One
Black Peter
Why Don't We Do It In The Road
Around Jam
Sugar Magnolia
Encore:
Touch Of Grey

Recommended Source: AUD - Da Weez
Synopsis:

Garcia comes out guns blazing in Iko Iko, with some extra-pungent vocal antics. Jack Straw features some good guitar noodles and a few Phil bombs, and then Jerry heads back to the playground for RxR Blues. Couple songs later a smokin hot Me&My Uncle-Mexicali features Billy K at his best on the drums. At that point, the show really gets interesting.

Usually the best jamming can be found in the pre-drumz Second Set, but this time the "meat" of the show is the end of Set 1, and the post-Space segment. Regarding the former, Bird Song and Let It Grow combine for about 27 minutes of greatness, with Lesh all over the fret on the low-down bass tones to rock the woofer. Not to discount the fine China-Rider and Ship-Smarter, which all work great, but Space-Mr Fantasy-OtherOne provides another 26 minutes or so of bliss. This was the first time that Dear Mr Fantasy ever appeared out of Space, and the gradual lead in to Other One made it all the more exciting. They may not have paused for the traditional, rolling intro, but Lesh definitely got his jollies.

After a pretty good Peter, a surprise appearance of Do It in the Road gave Phil some face time at the microphone, and featured some tasty Garcia and Mydland fill-ins. A bizarre Around & Around tease/jam dissolved into a hot summer Sugar Mag, and for the encore Jerry re-assured everyone of his intent to survive.

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Set 1:
Jack Straw
Friend Of The Devil
El Paso
Mama Tried
Ramble On Rose
Passenger
Far From Me
New Minglewood Blues
Loser
Feel Like A Stranger
Deal

Set 2:
Bertha
Greatest Story Ever Told
Althea
Lost Sailor
Saint Of Circumstance
Drums
Not Fade Away
Wharf Rat
Good Lovin'
Encore:
Alabama Getaway
One More Saturday Night
U.S. Blues

Recommended Source: AUD - Walker
Synopsis:

Hot Jack Straw kicked off the "15th Anniversary" shows this weekend in Boulder, followed by a nice Devil and an unorthodox pairing of El Paso and Mama Tried. Passenger was an appropriate 70s throwback, and then Brent delivered a really nice Far From Me. Momentum continued to build through a sizzling Minglewood and then Loser, with Jerry tearing it up at every solo opportunity. Late set Stranger provided a major highlight, and then a perfunctory Deal.

The First Set spilled over into Set II with Bertha into Greatest, but the energy level was very high, and Jerry's work in Althea definitely approved it for Second Set placement. Sailor-Saint was delivered with conviction, followed by a fully-jammed Circumstancial. Starting out a full-noodle, this passage featured some prime Jerry as well as nice Brent work. Somewhere around 6:45 Jerry decides to move towards orbital territory, and although the rest of the band doesn't quite get there with him, a nice spacey segue into the Drumz was achieved. All three post-Space songs and all three encores are well-played and energetic. Wharf Rat, the ballad, would be the highlight of the bunch - excellent Rat.

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Set 1:
Hell In A Bucket
Dupree's Diamond Blues
Just A Little Light
Black Throated Wind
Big Railroad Blues
Picasso Moon
Row Jimmy
Blow Away

Set 2:
Built To Last
Victim Or The Crime
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Man Smart-Woman Smarter
Drums
I Need A Miracle
Dear Mr. Fantasy
Gimme Some Lovin'
Morning Dew
Encore:
Brokedown Palace

Recommended Source: FM
Synopsis:

Superb Helena opens this final night of a famous Albany run, and then Jerry delightfully opens his evening with some Jelly Roll blues. Brent joins the party with a sweet Little Light, and then Black-Throated suffers from the Weir'd alternate lyrics. Railroad washed out the bad taste, and the Picasso featured some nice bass. Row Jimmy is a major highlight, due to Jerry's phenomenal solo with MIDI, and then it's Brent turn again with a soulful Blow Away to cap off the set.

Something possessed Jerry to come out with Built To Last, but it worked brilliantly - classic version of this tune from the album with same name. Next a winning run of Victim-China-Rider-Smarter, featuring an epic transition from Victim to China. Just at the darkest of dark points, as the vast wasteland of Victim-world starts to fade way, the first note of China brings new life. Later on, Mr. Fantasy and Gimme Some Lovin built a solid bridge (a bridge built to last) into an excellent Morning Dew - one worthy of closing the set. Weir was denied another song, as a Palace encore provided some bonus Jerry and a sentimental end to a special night and special run at the Knick.

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Set 1:
New Minglewood Blues
Peggy-O
Mexicali Blues
El Paso
Althea
Passenger
Far From Me
Lost Sailor
Saint Of Circumstance
Deal

Set 2:
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Feel Like A Stranger
Comes A Time
Estimated Prophet
He's Gone
Uncle John's Band
Drums
Not Fade Away
Sugar Magnolia
Encore:
Alabama Getaway
One More Saturday Night

Recommended Source: AUD - Wise
Synopsis:

From taper Jim Wise: "There are numerous fireworks and loud explosions during the show." Interesting how the crowd took to booing these noises (between Rider, Stranger). The musical fireworks were definitely in full force as well, especially during a wild ride of Stranger-Comes A Time (first in Brent Era)-Estimated-Gone-UncleJohn's. First Set is well-played albeit fairly standard for this period, but China-Rider began to elevate way above standard normalcy.

Very nice transition from Cat, and Rider caught fire and burned. The final solo break features some major "fanning" guitar from Jerry, producing a nice "crash down" effect into the final vocal. Comes A Time out of Stranger was indeed a joyous surprise, and Bobby's promise of it being a silky, silky, crazy, crazy night was coming true. At the end of this delicate Comes a Time, Jerry kicks on the mu-tron petal, signalling the arrival of Estimated. Some vintage Garcia guitar is born during this Prophet, and a wondrous Brent solo follows Bob's vocals. He's Gone continued what was becoming a momentous run of songs, and was delivered about as perfectly as a Gone can be. Swiss watch transition from the Gone Jam, seemingly mid-noodle, into the John's Band intro. Uncle John's for the time capsule here, featuring yet more massive chops emanating from the lead guitar section and good contributions from the drummers.

Having already delivered the ballads during the epic pre-drumz section, it was all rockers after Space, but ones worthy of not being skipped. Sugar Mags is played especially well.

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#50: Capital Dark Star

07/12/90
Robert F. Kennedy Stadium - Washington DC, DC


Set 1:
Let The Good Times Roll
Feel Like A Stranger
Bertha
Just A Little Light
Queen Jane Approximately
Stagger Lee
Cassidy
Tennessee Jed
The Music Never Stopped

Set 2:
Box Of Rain
Victim Or The Crime
Foolish Heart
Dark Star
Drums
All Along The Watchtower
Dear Mr. Fantasy
Hey Jude Reprise
Touch Of Grey
Encore:
The Weight

Recommended Source: SBD
Synopsis:

An early Stranger warned of long, crazy mid-summer night in the nation's capital, and a Bertha later Brent delivers a crucial rendition of Just a Little Light. Good versions of Jane and Stagger are followed by an excellent Cassidy - a definite highlight. As the warm-up was under way for Set II, it was time for the folks in the front to Take a Step Back. Probably the most psychedelic edition ever of TASB told of "chests moving through the air," and finished with the haunting question "can everybody breathe now...breathe now...breathe now" (echo effect).

And so off they went into a slow-paced Box of Rain, allowing Phil to place extra emphasis on each bass note. Victim seemed like the right choice for song two, and again features some very nice Lesh and some swirling Garcia flurries of the notes at the end - then the familiar fade-out ending and opening chord to Foolish. This was a most delicate Heart, featuring an extended intro and some really good melodies, including a very fine climax jam before the "Bite The Hand" reprise.

With Brent all over the piano in the Foolish outtro, a subtle "G" note can be heard mixed in as a change up from the A/D Foolish structure. Keen musical observers may have known what was coming in that instant, and then the Star appeared. With two full verses, and plenty of spacey jamming including a panicked frenzy prior to the reprise of the melody and verse 2, this is a fully-vetted exploration of this 60s tune. Some of Brent's finest piano work ever can be found within this Dark Star, and the musical interplay between the usual suspects is very intoxicating.

In other news, a smokin, Watchtower blasts out of Space, featuring some more of the "swirling" Garcia guitar, and then finds a companion in Dear Mr Fantasy. An ill-advised Hey Jude reprise is saved by a surprise Touch of Grey closer, and then The Weight provides a singalong opportunity in the encore slot.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 11:12 am    Post subject: #49: To Wish Upon A Star Reply with quote

#49: To Wish Upon A Star

10/09/89
Hampton Coliseum - Hampton, VA


Set 1:
Feel Like A Stranger
Built To Last
Little Red Rooster
Ramble On Rose
We Can Run
Jack-A-Roe
Stuck Inside Of Mobile
Row Jimmy
The Music Never Stopped

Set 2:
Playin' In The Band
Uncle John's Band
Playin' Reprise
Dark Star
Drums
Death Don't Have No Mercy
Dear Mr. Fantasy
Hey Jude Reprise
Throwin' Stones
Good Lovin'
Encore:
Attics Of My Life

Recommended Source: Matrix
Synopsis:

Yes, they broke out Dark Star. Attics of My Life was also performed for the first time since 1972, and Death Don't Have No Mercy had just been dusted off at Shoreline.

Bobby really finds a nice groove during the opening Stranger, and the guitar section really catches fire toward the end in this classic version. Jerry follows with a superb Built To Last, featuring a MIDI solo which sounds very similar to Alphaville's "Forever Young" from 1984 (random thought). Other highlights include a back-to-back Jack-A-Roe and Memphis, and a Music Never Stopped closer featuring the guitar section once again finding a groove late in the song.

Wasting no time, Playin in the Band dives into MIDI jammation, and finds its way to Uncle John's in a very entertaining fashion with bells and whistles abound. John's segues back into the Playin Reprise to complete the sandwich, and then a massive eruption of shock, awe, and joy can be collectively felt with the first notes of the long lost Dark Star. Jerry emphatically delivers the lyrics, and then the music dissolves into total chaos. Aggressive. Out-of-Control. Mind-expanding.

Death Don't features alternating vocals, and Brent's verse is particularly chilling - given his tragic passing in 1990. Throwing Stones is another highlight - a most excellent version, the band seemingly highly inspired from the prior events of the evening - which pleasingly lead into Good Lovin. Smooth transition from T-Stones.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 11:30 am    Post subject: #48: Brent's Heart and Soul, and Mathilda's Birthpl Reply with quote

#48: Brent's Heart and Soul, and Mathilda's Birthplace

03/16/90
Capital Centre - Landover, MD


Set 1:
Let The Good Times Roll
Touch Of Grey
New Minglewood Blues
Peggy-O
Queen Jane Approximately
Loser
Black Throated Wind
Bird Song
Blow Away

Set 2:
Scarlet Begonias
Estimated Prophet
Ship Of Fools
Man Smart-Woman Smarter
Drums
The Other One
Stella Blue
Sugar Magnolia
Encore:
This Could Be The Last Time

Recommended Source: Matrix
Synopsis:

Exceptionally good First Set features fine renditions of everything played, as well as the Black-Throated which was last played in 1974. Bob's "new" verses left folks scratching their head a little bit, but then Bird Song took flight. Arguably one of the highest-flying Birds of this era, Brent is all over the keys and finds perfect sync with Jerry as the jam section gains a nice head of steam, seamlessly finding the lyrical reprise. Then Brent takes center stage with Blow Away - probably the best every performance of this song. Pouring out his heart in the "do you wanna know real love?" rant, Jerry accompanied with some low-note MIDI guitar, and this thing just had power to it. Soul.

Scarlet joyously opened Set II, and instead of the usual Fire transition Jerry opted again for some MIDI - similar to what would be expected in a Playin jam. A very interesting transition to Prophet-land, and Estimated delivered the goods, melting down into the Ship intro. Following a fine Ship, Smarter bounced along nicely and provided some more MIDI soloing opportunities. As the song ended on it's final "That's Right" beat, a few moments of silence preceded a "Smarter Jam" which had distinct hints of Mathilda - a song not yet performed at that point in time. This Smarter/Mathilda jam had a very caribbean/island feel to it, and segued very nicely into the Drums.

Space-OtherOne-Stella was well-crafted, and provided more highlights in the final night of this classic Landover run.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:03 pm    Post subject: #47: Moon over Miami Reply with quote

#47: Moon over Miami

10/25/89
Miami Arena - Miami, FL


Set 1:
Hell In A Bucket
Sugaree
Just A Little Light
Friend Of The Devil
Stuck Inside Of Mobile
Cold Rain And Snow
Picasso Moon
Deal

Set 2:
Playin' In The Band
Uncle John's Band
Playin' Reprise
Standing On The Moon
Truckin'
Drums
Gimme Some Lovin'
Wharf Rat
Sugar Magnolia
Encore:
U.S. Blues

Recommended Source: SBD
Synopsis:

Rock solid, consistently great from start-to-finish Fall 89er from the final tour stop. Literally no low points in the entire show. First Set extra-high-lights include a superb Just a Little Light which starts from an extended Brent-filled "tuning," a nice late-set Cold Rain & Snow, and a hot Deal closer. Second Set kicks off with a Playin-John's-Playin sandwich full of great MIDI utilization, and then Standing on the Moon makes a surprise pre-Drumz appearance.

After the bright Moon, it was back to business with Truckin, although this turned out to be no ordinary version. A focused, energetic extended jam at the end gave no signs that the band was weary from the long tour, and packed a very nice punch in the power slot. Also notable is an outstanding, go-to version of Wharf Rat in the post-Space lineup. U.S. Blues rounded out an inspired performance in the foreign country known as Miami.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:22 pm    Post subject: #46: Fire on the Mount St. Helens Reply with quote

#46: Fire on the Mount St. Helens

06/12/80
Portland Memorial Coliseum - Portland, OR


Set 1:
Alabama Getaway
Promised Land
Peggy-O
El Paso
Brown-Eyed Women
Cassidy
Far From Me
Althea
Lost Sailor
Saint Of Circumstance
Deal

Set 2:
Drums
Scarlet Begonias
Fire On The Mountain
Estimated Prophet
Drums
Not Fade Away
Black Peter
Around And Around
Good Lovin'
Encore:
Johnny B. Goode

Not too far away, Mt. St Helens was experiencing it's third eruption, and see the show reviews for various reports of ash reaching the city of Portland during this time. As for the performance, the First Set delivered quantity with 11 songs, and certified that Jerry had brought his top-shelf guitar chops. This became more evident during an epic Scarlet-Fire, which emerged from an odd Drum solo to begin Set II. In retrospect, the drum intro kind of added to the mystique of the evening. Lightning-speed noodles finished out the Scarlet portion, and then some nifty Brent keys marked the beginning of Fire.

Fire and Estimated consumed about 28 minutes, and was a fine Garcia showcase. Instead of a transition, they opted for the extended Prophet jam, elevating this to a landmark version. NFA out of Space provided an opportunity for some more extended jamming in lieu of a quick transition. Also of note here is the first Around & Around into Good Lovin combo in the Brent Era. Bob was on a roll, and threw in a rockin Johnny B encore for good measure. Great night for the guitar and drum sections in particular.

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Set 1:
Alabama Getaway
Promised Land
High Time
Me And My Uncle
Big River
Row Jimmy
New Minglewood Blues
Ramble On Rose
Looks Like Rain
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider

Set 2:
Feel Like A Stranger
Althea
Lost Sailor
Saint Of Circumstance
Eyes Of The World
Drums
Truckin'
Morning Dew
Around And Around
Johnny B. Goode
Encore:
Brokedown Palace

Recommended Source: AUD
Synopsis:

The available SBD suffers from brent-heaviness - will edit in the best sounding AUD. First Set kicks off with a nice Getaway-Promised and then Jerry opts for a sweet, early-set High Time. Other highlights include a good Minglewood and a closing China-Rider which definitely reaches a groove in the transition

This Second Set is one of the smoothest, most polished sets of music from this Era, starting with a Stranger featuring outstanding Bobby guitar and Brent keys, ending with a swiss-watch Althea intro. Incredible cohesion and unity throught Thea and the ensuing Sailor-Saint combo, reaching peak performances of their new "Go To Heaven" songs. Eyes was a delightful choice out of Saint, and Jerry broke the song down to it's basic essence in this 10-minute effort. After a surprisingly entertaining Space-Truckin, Morning Dew provides another delight. Another gem in this 2nd Set, the Dew may be the finest cut of the batch. Double-Chuck (Berry) and Palace encore is more than enough after..that.

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Set 1:
Bertha
Promised Land
West LA Fadeaway
Little Red Rooster
Dupree's Diamond Blues
My Brother Esau
Brown-Eyed Women
Feel Like A Stranger
Might As Well

Set 2:
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Estimated Prophet
Eyes Of The World
Drums
The Other One
Black Peter
Sugar Magnolia
Johnny B. Goode
Encore:
Baby Blue

Recommended Source: SBD
Synopsis:

Bertha meant business from the get-go, and went into a rippin Promised Land. Top Shelf West L.A. next, and the set never let up. Energetic versions of everything played, with a notable late-Set Stranger superbly-jammed, into a full-steam Mighty Swell closer. Second Set continues the theme of unrelenting excellence with 2 classic combos in the pre-drums, and a suprise Johnny B Goode in place of Sunshine Daydream to close. Baby Blue encore also very satisfying. This is a hear-it-and-believe-it type of show, full of over-the-top greatness. They seemed to be very glad to be back on tour after a long break from 7/22.

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Set 1:
Iko Iko
New Minglewood Blues
Peggy-O
Me And My Uncle
Mexicali Blues
Bird Song
Supplication
Let It Grow
Don't Ease Me In

Set 2:
Uncle John's Band
Playin' In The Band
Don't Need Love
Drums
The Other One
Wharf Rat
Around And Around
Not Fade Away
Encore:
Baby Blue

Recommended Source: SBD
Synopsis:

When Phil was "bombs away" while Jerry was in energizer-bunny mode, it usually meant a killer show - this being a case and point. Everything in Set 1 is performed with extra gusto, and a very slick Supplication Jam follows an excellent Bird Song, after which Bobby leads the charge into Let It Grow. Don't Ease was a warranted celebration of the accomplishments.

Uncle John's features some excellent Lesh, and Garcia reaching full-speed noodle, and then Playin led into an energetic and interesting jam portion, culminating in an odd type of resolution to the song. Odd, in that Jerry seemed to find the "final" chord to the song after all those years of looking for it in the jams. Meanwhile, Brent was dead set to play Don't Need Love, and layed down the choppy intro. Soon everyone was on board, and a fairly intense rendition of DNL ensued - kind of summarizing that pain that was, in retrospect, a black cloud of sorts over their heads in 1986 preceding Jerry's coma.

More pounding, earth-shaking Lesh in the Space leading up to Other One, in which Phil was able to deliver the thunderous rolling-intro. Classic execution of the OtherOne-WharfRat, and then A&A-NFA delivered more fireworks and some outstanding work by Bob and Brent. A strained Baby Blue from Uncle Jerry closed out a mighty fine Spring Tour night at the office in Hartford.

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Set 1:
Alabama Getaway
Promised Land
Candyman
New Minglewood Blues
Row Jimmy
Mama Tried
Mexicali Blues
Althea
Lost Sailor
Saint Of Circumstance
Don't Ease Me In

Set 2:
Shakedown Street
Franklin's Tower
Estimated Prophet
He's Gone
Truckin'
Drums
The Other One
Stella Blue
Good Lovin'
Encore:
Casey Jones

Recommended Source: AUD - Wise
Synopsis:

First Set moves along well, then catches fire with Althea. Energy rises exponentially with a top-shelf Sailor-Saint into what has to be one of the premier renditions of Don't Ease. Bobby warmed up for Set 2 with some wah-wah calisthenics, and the first chord of a slow, funky Shakedown cut through the tension at the Ally Gym like a knife. Jerry's solo between the verses is one of his most simple, and also one of his most brilliant. Every note virtually poetic, Garcia was seemingly on a higher plane of consciousness then even his usual brilliance during this period.

Shakedown found an odd groove, with some unique sounds working into a frenzy, and then morphing into Franklin's Tower. With Jerry strumming the opening chords, Brent was stubborn to leave Shakedown land, and stuck to the Down organ sound for a few extra seconds, finally relenting into the joy of Tower. These few seconds between Shakedown and Franklin's define the zen moment of enlightenment. The ensuing Franklin's features an over-confident Garcia floating through the clouds with every note played in the most efficient version of this song ever.

Franklin's into Estimated also contains a bit of fusion, as once again Jerry's guitar foretold of the impending song intro that was still seconds away. Gone into Truckin feature more brilliant Garcia, and the Truckin leaves behind a cloud of dust as it suddenly crashes into Drumz. Other One explodes of out Space in a massive consolidation of energy, and slowly melts down into Stella. Jerry gives an incredible vocal performance in a very memorable rendition of this classic ballad, and then Weir delivers a rockin Mags to close a very special 2nd Set. Casey Jones encore caused the crowd to go bananas, and rightfully so.

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Set 1:
Alabama Getaway
Greatest Story Ever Told
Friend Of The Devil
Little Red Rooster
Big Railroad Blues
Me And My Uncle
Mexicali Blues
Althea
Looks Like Rain
Might As Well

Set 2:
Scarlet Begonias
Touch Of Grey
Estimated Prophet
Eyes Of The World
Drums
The Other One
Wharf Rat
Around And Around
Johnny B. Goode
Encore:
U.S. Blues

Recommended Source: AUD - Suraci
Synopsis:

This one is for fans of raw energy, and requires the Phil bomb shelter to be stocked up. Smokin' Getaway-Greatest is another example of the theory that this particular combo usually spells the beginning of a great show. Other highlights included lightning-speed versions of Big RxR and then Uncle-Mexicali, after which Althea and L.L. did well to slow things down temporarily. Might as Well had the petal back to the metal to punctuate a wild First Set.

Scarlet-Touch confirmed that there was no letdown in energy from the set break, and the transition featured a couple odd seconds of uncertainty before Touch fully broke through. Massive Touch of Grey came to a resounding finish, allowing for a collective catch of breath before the arrival of Prophet. A care-free Prophet features some very choppy, "angular" Bobby guitar work during the outtro,

The mid-section this Set is completely out of control, as Eyes-Drumz-Space-OtherOne features some interesting melodic jams somehow played at supersonic speed, and a notably good percussion break. Superb Bob and Brent in support of a noodlematic Jerry in final Eyes jam, and Lesh takes over during the Space-OtherOne. The seemingly endless surge of energy continues throughout the final selections without a dip. "Wild Stuff, Ed," as Johnny Carson would say.

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Set 1:
Mississippi Half-Step
Little Red Rooster
West LA Fadeaway
Me And My Uncle
Big River
Ramble On Rose
Gentlemen Start Your Engines
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Bird Song

Set 2:
Hell In A Bucket
Foolish Heart
Man Smart-Woman Smarter
Terrapin Station
I Will Take You Home
Drums
The Other One
I Need A Miracle
Morning Dew
Encore:
Midnight Hour

Recommended Source: AUD - Thompson
Synopsis:

Rooster and West LA feature special guest David Hidalgo, from Los Lobos, who added some nice guitar work to these tunes. A few songs later, an intro similar to Gimme Some Lovin turned out to be the second and final rendition of Gentlemen Start Your Engines. Not sure why this one didn't stick in the rotation, as it was performed very smoothly with some nice Phil work and good vocals from Brent. The ending became a spacey transition into Masterpiece. An outstanding version of Masterpiece was followed by an even better Bird Song to close the set, with some great jamming in the "improv" section of the song.

Bobby's engine was revved up for a Bucket Set 2 opener, and Jerry was "charging his chopper." Wild Star Trek vocal effects at the end of this Helena, and then the opening chords of what would be a Phil-dominated Foolish. Lesh took advantage of a slow pace and basically played at twice the speed of the rest of the band. Up next a nice Smarter, and then a swift right turn from Garcia with the opening chords to Terrapin. Powerful Station with more Lesh dominance, finally relented into a soothing I Will Take You Home.

Space quickly morphed into an Other One buildup exercise, featuring some more weird sound effects. The bus came by and Phil was already on, dominating with more power bass, and then Bobby doubled-up with a punchy Miracle. Creature from the Blue Lagoon is a Scooby Doo story, with Casey Kasem as "Shaggy," but here it was Garcia - unveiled as the creature of the Dew Laguna - stealing the show once again with a fabulous plot. But seriously, good Dew. Bobby made a nice encore choice with Midnight Hour, to end the hot summer trio of shows in Monterey.

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Set 1:
Alabama Getaway
Promised Land
They Love Each Other
Cassidy
Loser
Lazy Lightnin'
Supplication
Althea
Easy To Love You
Jack Straw

Set 2:
Dancin' In The Streets
Franklin's Tower
Estimated Prophet
He's Gone
Drums
Wharf Rat
I Need A Miracle
Bertha
Good Lovin'
Encore:
U.S. Blues

Recommended Source: SBD
Synopsis:

First Set picks up momentum as it goes along, with Weir's guitar sounding especially crisp. Hot Lazy-Lightning preceded a nice Thea and Easy To Love You. Easily the highlight of the set, however, is the closing Jack Straw which is absolutely sizzling off of the skillet.

Out of the break, it's time for some Dancin up to Buffalo, with a fully-funkadelic Streets into Franklin's combo to sooth the soul. Estimated into Gone continues the excellence, and then an extended Gone Jam picks up pace, reaching "Caution" status. Then all of a sudden they were playing Gloria - say what? An all-out Gloria jam finally began to space out thanks in part to some Peter Pan Brent key work, and finally surrendered to the Drums.

Space into Wharf Rat is, somewhat surprisingly, a major highlight. The former emerges from some power drums with scattered Brent keys and whale-call Weir, and then Garcia enters with some horror-movie low guitar notes. Brent changes to the soothing synth sound, and amongst some other unidentifiable sounds, Wharf Rat was born. A top-shelf Wharf delivers in every way, and then they coast to the finish line with the Miracle-Bertha-GoodLovin trio.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:10 pm    Post subject: #38: Something To Keep Us All Happy Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Touch Of Grey
Jack Straw
Peggy-O
Walkin' Blues
Ramble On Rose
Me And My Uncle
Big River
It Must Have Been The Roses
Desolation Row
Don't Ease Me In

Set 2:
Playin' In The Band
Uncle John's Band
Estimated Prophet
Eyes Of The World
Drums
Dear Mr. Fantasy
Stella Blue
Throwin' Stones
Turn On Your Love Light
Encore:
The Mighty Quinn

Recommended Source: SBD - Miller
Synopsis:

An opening Touch-Straw combo afforded Weir the opportunity to show off his skills on the whammy bar. Later in the set, Big River afforded Brent the opportunity to show of his skills on the violin. The hot cowboy combo was followed up by a sweet Roses, and then a solid Desolation Row.

After an entertaining "tuning," Playin blasted off Second Set - leaving the Oakland faithful thinking "oh, didn't know it was going to be one of THOSE kind of nights." The improv portion reaches some nice depths courtesy of Mr. Weir - seemingly in great spirits all evening, providing for an uplifting transition into Uncle John's. An efficient, well-executed John's ends with a true swiss-watch transition into Prophet after the vocal reprise and subsequent 4 measures of minor key summation. Estimated brings the might and glory, and could it be another classic combo? The answer is a resounding Yes: Uncle Jerry taking his children to the lazy summer home of Eyes.

What is left after a fabulous pre-drums foursome? A not-so-shabby post-Space foursome, begging with a Mr. Fantasy to bring down the house. After an extremely hard-rocking rendition, a ballad was needed allow for a respite, and along came Stella. Nice "harpsichord" keys in support of Jerry in a very good Blue, and then Weir time with a rousing Throwin-Lovelight combo. More swiss watch action in this Weirfest, as Jerry leads the charge into Lovelight right out of the "ashes, ashes, all fall down" chant finale. Mighty Quinn encore was a nice touch to this full night of music, opening the New Year's run.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:35 pm    Post subject: #37: Autumn Inspiration at the Kaiser Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Hey Pocky Way
Jack Straw
Row Jimmy
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Dupree's Diamond Blues
Box Of Rain
Cassidy
Might As Well

Set 2:
Uncle John's Band
Playin' In The Band
Terrapin Station
Drums
I Need A Miracle
Black Peter
Throwin' Stones
Not Fade Away
Encore:
Knockin' On Heaven's Door
One More Saturday Night

Recommended Source: SBD - Miller
Synopsis:

Very high energy right from the start with Brent's Pocky Way into Jack Straw. Jerry opens his selections with a vintage version of Row Jimmy, full of tasty soloing between the verses. After a rare appearance from Dupree's, the "We Want Phil" prayers were answered with a nice Box of Rain. Cassidy took flight, and with some nice help from the drum section, soared to a nice finish into a rockin Mighty Swell closer.

Uncle John's Set II opener brought the electricity, but there is also a spacey element to this show and the Second Set in particular. The John's-Playin-Station can rightfully be considered a "power trio," and they did not cut any corners in the jamming this night. Fully-vetted melodies, and outstanding work from Phil and the drummers really give the listener plenty to absorb throughout this trio of songs. The swiss-watch transition from the John's lyrical reprise right into Playin is notable, and after a very interesting jam section, Station really delivered the main course. Certainly one of the better Terrapins from this period.

Miracle was played with finger-in-the-socket electricity, and Black Peter is one for the ages. A double encore was in order after they realized that it was Saturday (well, maybe Sunday by that time). This is a highly-recommended show for anyone seeking power, depth, energy, and spaciness from Fall '87.

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Set 1:
Wang Dang Doodle
My Brother Esau
Peggy-O
Little Red Rooster
Brown-Eyed Women
Lost Sailor
Saint Of Circumstance
Deal

Set 2:
Help On The Way
Slipknot!
Franklin's Tower
Estimated Prophet
Eyes Of The World
Drums
St. Stephen
Throwin' Stones
Not Fade Away
Encore:
Revolution

Recommended Source: SBD
Synopsis:

An odd Weir pairing kicked off this Halloween show, in which percussionist Airto Moreira was present throughout. Brown-Eyed is played at a pleasantly-brisk tempo, and Airto's contribution was either a tambourine or had a very similar sound - adding unique texture. Brent lays down some beautiful keys during the Lost Sailor, and the Saint-Deal combo is incredibly fun.

Fast intro to Help immediately signaled of a wild Second Set, and a zoned-out Garcia could not remember the first lyric in time to sing it. In Slipknot world, Jerry really gets out there - pushing the musical boundaries with some purposefully-discordant notes preceding the thematic reprise, for added effect. Despite the fast tempo, the synchronicity is definitely there, as all the right notes and changes are executed brilliantly. Franklin's is one of those that coasts through on pure energy, and is noodle-riffic with regard to Jerry. A trip to Prophet-land slows down the tempo only slightly, and Weir gives a very entertaining vocal meltdown. Brent shines very bright in the ensuing "lounge" jam and transition to Eyes. Actually, this is about as picture perfect of a transition between these songs as one can find. The first chord of Eyes is a moment of exhilaration, and 13 minutes later Jerry is still noodling away at full speed.

Airto is allowed some time for his antics during the Drumz portion, and he added in some intelligible vocals which include something about Halloween. Space started typically for this period then began hinting at St. Steven, but thanks to the drum section the music took a brief detour. A swirl of energy seemed to suddenly transport the band into a free-form avant-garde exploration into the unknown for a couple of minutes, reaching an unusual pinnacle before fizzling out - all within the confines of what is labeled "Space." Finally the last-ever St. Stephen did actually appear, and methodically made it's way through the classic lyrics into a previously-charted transition to Throwin Stones. A hot NFA closer brought down the house, and a fun Revolution encore sent the kids home with having had plenty of treats, and even a few tricks this memorable Halloween night.

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Set 1:
Mississippi Half-Step
Franklin's Tower
Mama Tried
Mexicali Blues
Peggy-O
Cassidy
Loser
Promised Land

Set 2:
Scarlet Begonias
Fire On The Mountain
Estimated Prophet
Eyes Of The World
Drums
Black Peter
I Need A Miracle
Bertha
Good Lovin'
Encore:
U.S. Blues

Recommended Source: Matrix
Synopsis:

First Set a bit short for 1979, but features a very nice guitar sound from Weir. Highlights include a hot Half Step-Franklin's opener and nice versions of Cassidy and Loser later in the set. Second Set really brings the thunder, beginning with a massive Scarlet-Fire for the ages. Garcia goes ballistic with loud, celebratory soloing towards the end of the second half of this combo, and the fireworks continue with Estimated-Eyes. Jerry's guitar playing is at breakneck speed, almost difficult to even comprehend. Peak Jerry for sure as well as Bobby on point, this is as good of a performance of this quadruplet as can be found, if not the best.

Space is much longer than normal for this period, providing an entertaining journey towards Black Peter. With the band still riding high from the pre-drums journey, Miracle-Bertha-GoodLovin is performed with extra gusto. Useful Blues appropriately finishes on an up note this inspirational late-summer night in Manhattan.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 6:46 pm    Post subject: #34: Behold, Terrapin-Estimated-Eyes Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Alabama Getaway
Greatest Story Ever Told
Dire Wolf
Me And My Uncle
Cumberland Blues
Cassidy
Big Railroad Blues
It's All Over Now
Loser
Looks Like Rain
Might As Well

Set 2:
Touch Of Grey
Man Smart-Woman Smarter
Terrapin Station
Estimated Prophet
Eyes Of The World
Drums
Throwin' Stones
Black Peter
Around And Around
Good Lovin'
Encore:
U.S. Blues

Recommended Source: AUD - Da Weez
Synopsis:

With the guitar section beginning on auto-pilot, the drummers and Lesh picked up the slack early in the First Set. Cumberland showed some signs of life, and then a very nice Cassidy, however Big RxR and All Over Now brought a reversion to auto. Lesh would not not let this show go in the wrong direction, and a powerful Loser woke everyone up for good, including Jerry. Bobby cursed up the storm in LL Rain, and Mighty Swell rounded out a long, up-and-down First Set. Groovy versions of Touch and Smarter nonchalantly got the Second Set going, but then the opening chords to Terrapin echoed across the pavilion, and it was "go-time."

Phil's name must be emphasized yet again, as this prime Station is filled with some massive bombs leading up to and following the final "Terrapin" lyric. Next it was Bob's turn, as they delightfully transitioned into a bouncy Estimated. After this great trip to Prophet-land, one might have expected a surrender to the drummers, but Jerry had other ideas. Garcia shines bright in this version of Eyes, completing the power trio with a 13-minute version chocked-full of tasty lead guitar playing at a nice brisk tempo. Kudos once again to the drummers and Lesh, who solidified a standout night for the rhythm section. Space let to a Bobby showcase, with 3 Weir songs surrounding an excellent Black Peter

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Set 1:
Jack Straw
They Love Each Other
On The Road Again
Peggy-O
Cassidy
It Must Have Been The Roses
Little Red Rooster
Cumberland Blues
Man Smart-Woman Smarter
Might As Well

Set 2:
Feel Like A Stranger
Franklin's Tower
Estimated Prophet
Terrapin Station
Drums
The Raven Space
The Wheel
Truckin'
Stella Blue
Around And Around
Good Lovin'
Encore:
Brokedown Palace

Recommended Source: Matrix
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Entertaining First Set went from care-free (Straw, TLEO, On The Road Again) to grinding it out (Roser, Rooster), to coasting toward the finish line (Cumberland, Smarter, Mighty). An extra-bouncy Stranger got the Second Set going, and featured some really great Jerry and Brent interplay. Swiss-watch transition into Franklin's continued the extra-brisk pace, and excellent musicianship across the board, and similarly into Prophet. A wild Estimated jammed along and somehow ended up back to the pre-crashdown chord progression at the end - a seemingly random culmination of the night's energy which left the band at a loss for a moment of where to go next. Terrapin was found, and off they went to the Station.

Not your ordinary Space, as Phil took the mic and started talking about the raven "knock, knock, knocking" at the bedroom window - leading up to Edgar Allen's quote of the raven. Bizarre, but fun. The post-Space selection featured top-shelf versions of everything played, in no small part due to Brent and Bob. A well-placed police siren during Around & Around really spoke to the fun that was being had, as well as the band's attention to detail.

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Set 1:
Shakedown Street
Greatest Story Ever Told
Friend Of The Devil
El Paso
Bird Song
Cassidy
Tennessee Jed
Looks Like Rain
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider

Set 2:
Scarlet Begonias
Fire On The Mountain
C.C. Rider
Estimated Prophet
Eyes Of The World
Drums
Not Fade Away
Wharf Rat
Around And Around
One More Saturday Night
Encore:
Baby Blue
Good Lovin'

Recommended Source: AUD - Wagner
Synopsis:

They were certainly in no hurry at this Greek, which witnessed quality and plenty of quantity. First Set highlights include Shakedown, Bird Song, Cassidy, and China-Rider. Scarlet-Fire opens up Set Two with a dreamy 25-minute version to capture the imagination, and then Bobby transitions back to reality with C.C. Rider - which somehow actually worked in this odd set placement.

Needing more face time, Bobby launches in to Estimated, which heads towards it's soul mate - Eyes of the World. More driftin and dreamin, even without a Lost Sailor. This Eyes cruises along just fine until around 12:30, at which point it begins liftoff. After a slow, gradual ascent, they reach a long-lost place called "Orbital" at around 17:00, and enjoy the view for a couple minutes of Zen before the Drums.

NFA emerges from the actual "Space" with surprising conviction, given the spacey theme of the show - and rocks out pretty hard into a nice Wharf Rat. Around & Around - Saturday Night was a nice combo, but not as nice as the double encore of Baby Blue and Good Lovin. Magical night at the Greek.

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Set 1:
Feel Like A Stranger
They Love Each Other
C.C. Rider
Cumberland Blues
Mama Tried
Mexicali Blues
Althea
Cassidy
Loser
The Music Never Stopped

Set 2:
Scarlet Begonias
Fire On The Mountain
Playin' In The Band
Terrapin Station
Drums
Not Fade Away
Black Peter
Around And Around
Johnny B. Goode
Encore:
U.S. Blues

Recommended Source: SBD
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Nice, smooth Stranger opened up the festivities, but then the next few songs were plagued by Jerry's mic not working which made for an odd Cumberland. Bob got things back on track with a nice cowboy combo, and then everything started to come together in Althea. Having settled into a groove, excellent versions of Cassidy, Loser, and Music Never Stopped left hopes high for the Second Set.

What happened to begin Set II was nothing short of a mystical journey through four songs - each about 15 minutes in length. Beginning this power hour was Scarlet, which was not in any rush to reach it's partner - instead coasting along with Brent and Jerry trading ideas. A dramatic music pause gave Phil the opportunity to usher in Fire, and he seized it. After a fully-explored Mountain, they took pause, and then launched into part two of the expedition with Playin. This rendition started with some attitude, and soon into the jam portion Phil was aggressively bouncing along with Jerry's "noodle" guitar riffs for an intense period of unity. Although Weir's guitar is not represented well in the mix, Brent's organ sound was perfect for the occasion, and twisting and turning they finally found their way to the Station.

A delicate intro leads the way into one of the premier Terrapins from this period. Jerry's vocals are brilliant, Brent's playing is melodically amazing, and they even give a short, reflective jam before the drums - in acknowledgement of the road less traveled (or "Lesh traveled"). The post-Space sequence is well-played, albeit pedestrian in comparison to this pre-Drumz dreamscape.

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Set 1:
Mississippi Half-Step
Franklin's Tower
Beat It On Down The Line
Greatest Story Ever Told
Row Jimmy
Me And My Uncle
Big River
High Time
Little Red Rooster
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider

Set 2:
Shakedown Street
Lost Sailor
Saint Of Circumstance
He's Gone
Drums
The Wheel
Truckin'
Wharf Rat
Around And Around
Good Lovin'
Encore:
Brokedown Palace

Recommended Source: AUD - Senns
Synopsis:

Nice lengthy Half Step into Tower opens the festivities this final night of London '81 Part I, and a couple songs later Row Jimmy is well-soloed. Nice cowboy combo and China-Rider round out the First Set highlights, but now it's time to get Down. Extended funk in the Shakedown breakdown, which sounds rather like a Dancin in the Streets in terms of Jerry and Brent's approaches. Finally Jerry breaks from the mold and busts into some loud wah-wah as the jam reaches a crescendo before the lyric-less reprise.

Weir follows with a very good Sailor-Saint, which leads to a steady and ready rendition of He's Gone. Jerry takes the opportunity to explore some vocal/guitar fusion toward the end of the lyrics as he was apt to do in this period. The post-lyrical jam starts out slow and bluesy, then drifts into noodle territory in a semi-Caution-like state, before allowing some more room for Bobby and Brent to say their goodbyes before drums.

An extremely solid 2nd half of the set cannot be skipped. Nice Wheel ends with the gym teacher blowing the whistle in a hard-charging Truckin. Wharf Rat gets up and flies away nicely into Bob's A&A-G'Lov twosome. Palace is so nice, it started twice.

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Set 1:
Jack Straw
Tennessee Jed
Mama Tried
Mexicali Blues
Bird Song
C.C. Rider
Althea
Let It Grow
Franklin's Tower

Set 2:
Terrapin Station
Playin' In The Band
He's Gone
Drums
Not Fade Away
Black Peter
Around And Around
Johnny B. Goode
Encore:
U.S. Blues

Recommended Source: AUD - Rolfe
Synopsis:

Bob Weir brought his A+-game to the Garden this night, and his contributions can be heard with nice clarity in this fine Audience recording. After a hot Straw opener, an early Tennessee works pretty well and rouses the crowd. Next up a wild Mama-Mexicali, and then time for the Bird to take flight. Althea is a major highlight, in no small part due to Mr. Weir, who leads the way into a superb Let It Grow. Franklin's tower popped up as a surprise - a nice upgrade from other choices such as Don't Cheese.

The Lady With a Fan foretold of a non-ordinary 2nd Set, and the full Station led into it's old partner, Playin. Weir excels again during the jam-out, inspiring Jerry into some great guitar interplay. Instead of a transition, the jam seems to break down into it's core elements for an extended period of exciting uncertainty. With Weir sounding like an agitated animal, Brent felt free to also misbehave. Jerry pushed forward with nicely-timed flurries as the drummers were left wondering what the heck was going on.

Finally He's Gone was found, completing a tri-fecta of songs that seemed to really represent the culmination of this tour's energy. Fantastic Gone, with a nice dreamy finish into the drums. NFA-Peter gave Bobby more opportunities to sound off on the rhythm and slide guitars, which he seized. A double-Chuck closing combo was an appropriate celebration of one of Bob's better nights.

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Set 1:
Bertha
Greatest Story Ever Told
Peggy-O
Mama Tried
Mexicali Blues
Brown-Eyed Women
Passenger
Good Time Blues
Cumberland Blues
Looks Like Rain
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider

Set 2:
Feel Like A Stranger
Franklin's Tower
Lost Sailor
Saint Of Circumstance
Terrapin Station
Drums
Not Fade Away
Stella Blue
Around And Around
Good Lovin'
Encore:
Don't Ease Me In

Recommended Source: SBD
Synopsis:

Brent laid down some ambient synth during the Peggy-O intro, providing an early highlight, and Brown-Eyed is also very well-played. After a couple of poor song choices in Passenger and Good Time Blues, a wild Cumberland got things headed in the right direction. Brent's out-of-control playing during Cumberland added extra pizzazz to this version, and the energy carried though a pretty good LL Rain. Nice China-Rider capped off this 12-song set, leaving the energy level near the ceiling.

With Stranger-Franklin's, it was through the roof. Fast and funky Stranger featured yet more vintage Mydland during the post-lyrical buildup section, and then Tower came busting through at breakneck speed. This Franklin's is nothing short of a cardio workout, so be sure to be properly hydrated and monitor pulse rate. Sailor provides a much-needed slowdown, and Garcia lays down some sinister low notes in the intro. Saint brings back the need for speed, and allows Bobby to drop in some "haaiiiyyy" screams in the final rant.

Swiss watch dropout of Saint to Terrapin, to complete the superb pre-drums quintuplet, but they were not about to mail it in. Space-NFA-Stella is nothing short of awesome, featuring top-notch jammation in the 11.5-minute Fadeaway, and beautiful 10-minute Stella. Bobby closes out with his favorite combo - A&A-Good Lovin.

This is one of the most under-appreciated shows of this era, and one of Brent's finest performances on the keys.

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Set 1:
Alabama Getaway
Greatest Story Ever Told
Peggy-O
Hell In A Bucket
Dupree's Diamond Blues
New Minglewood Blues
Bird Song
Lazy Lightnin'
Supplication
Might As Well

Set 2:
Help On The Way
Slipknot!
Franklin's Tower
Playin' In The Band
Drums
Uncle John's Band
Playin' In The Band
Throwin' Stones
Not Fade Away
Encore:
Brokedown Palace

Recommended Source: Matrix
Synopsis:

GD chemistry class: combine September '83 energy with a set list allowing for free jamming, and this is the result. Without the confines of burdensome songs, this Second Set provides lots of room to roam.

First things first, as the Alabama-Greatest theory holds once again (foretells of a great show when this combo opens). Punchy Bucket, carnival Dupree, and solo-matic Minglewood hold down the set's mid-section, and then Bird takes flight for the first improv opportunity. Lazy Lightning into Supplication really brings the set to a climax - one of the better versions of this 70s combo to be found anywhere. Energy spills over into a mighty fine Mighty Swell.

Jam on the Way, as Slipknot goes deep, eventually finding it's way back to usher in a festive Franklin's. Playin goes even deeper, featuring some really amazing playing from both halves of the guitar section, and some good contributions from Brent, including some xylophone sounds. Even the drummers go the extra mile, throwing in some well-placed off-beat power percussion in this marathon version.

Space is a very special Bob & Jerry showcase, with several pleasing guitar-only minutes of exploration. Finally, the rest of the band decides to re-join after an extended break, for a classic John's Band. Plenty of Garcia noodles within this version, as well as some nice Lesh. Playin is reprised in lieu of a ballad, and then a hot Throwin Stones provides one more highlight.

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Set 1:
Hell In A Bucket
Sugaree
Easy To Love You
Peggy-O
Desolation Row
West LA Fadeaway
Picasso Moon
Ramble On Rose
The Music Never Stopped

Set 2:
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Man Smart-Woman Smarter
Standing On The Moon
He's Gone
Drums
Truckin'
Wharf Rat
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad
Around And Around
Encore:
Baby Blue

Recommended Source: SBD
Synopsis:

Top-shelf Bucket/Sugaree opener paves the way for an outstanding First Set, featuring prime versions of Peggy, Desolation, and West L.A. Even Ramble On Rose is extremely good, due to some great Garcia soloing. China-Rider continues the excellence, with some nice Mydland piano, and then Smarter allowed for more fine Jerry solos.

The time had come for Jerry to take over, and Standing on the Moon into Gone provided the double-dose. Proving very effective in double-blind clinical trials, this remedy was approved for the general population, but requires a warning about the Gone Jam side effect. Post-lyrics, Jerry takes on a decidedly bluesy posture, and slowly picking up steam the jam heads toward an Other-One-like musical space. Bobby gets his MIDI going, and with Phil bouncing along at double speed, some swirly background noises added some spaciness. Jerry keeps it going with some lightning-speed guitar flurries, Phil keeps on bouncing, and Brent also gets some time in the limelight late into this tour de force.

An explosive Truckin out of Space picks right up where the Gone Jam left off, and into a fine Wharf Rat for the old-school combo. GDTRFB is a pleasant surprise into the Chuck closer, and a very nice Baby Blue closes out an inspired effort in "Loo-vull."

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Set 1:
Shakedown Street
Promised Land
Candyman
Cassidy
Brown-Eyed Women
C.C. Rider
They Love Each Other
Mama Tried
Mexicali Blues
Althea
Let It Grow

Set 2:
Samson And Delilah
Don't Ease Me In
The Music Never Stopped
Ship Of Fools
Lost Sailor
Saint Of Circumstance
He's Gone
Drums
The Other One
Stella Blue
Around And Around
Johnny B. Goode
Encore:
U.S. Blues

Recommended Source: SBD
Synopsis:

Really fun Shakedown intro starts with just a Jerry guitar chord, and then the drummers "limp in" (poker term) to the action - creating a lazy feeling. Phil takes advantage of the extra funkage to lay down a really groovy descending bass line in the breakdown portion, and Jerry gets right on it - for a delightfully unique spin on the tune. The rest of the set continues to gain momentum, and works up to a frenzied finish with Althea into Let It Grow. Both halves of the guitar section sizzling, in addition to Phil and Brentski.

All the animals in the OKC Zoo were treated to a sermon as Samsonian blasted off Set 2, and then an odd Don't Ease into Music Never Stopped combo excelled in its later half. Attention to detail is in abundance the rest of the way, with Garcia hitting all the right notes throughout the Ship-Sailor-Saint-Gone (with jam), and the Space-OtherOne-Stella. Weir delivered the double Chuck very well, and U.S. is a fine rendition. Mighty fine night on the guitar for Bob.

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Set 1:
Jam
Jack Straw
Friend Of The Devil
El Paso
Jack-A-Roe
Beat It On Down The Line
Brown-Eyed Women
New Minglewood Blues
Row Jimmy
Let It Grow
Deal

Set 2:
Cold Rain And Snow
Samson And Delilah
Scarlet Begonias
Fire On The Mountain
Lost Sailor
Saint Of Circumstance
Drums
The Other One
Wharf Rat
Sugar Magnolia
Encore:
Don't Ease Me In

Recommended Source: SBD - Seaweed
Synopsis:

The recording begins with tuning and some Bob Weir stage banter, relating to the equipment. "Imagine our surprise and overwhelming consternation.." blah, blah, and then talks about a TV movie "Springtime for Hitler in Germany," and whether it was in good taste. Couple of jokes ensued but nary a laugh can be heard.

On to the music - Jack Straw emerged out of a spacey tuning, and absolutely smoked. Massive Jerry in the final jam portion, signaled even to the blind man that they were not messing around this night. Other set highlights include a raucous Jack-A-Roe with Brent everywhere, and a powerful Jimmy, Let it Grow, Deal trio to end the set.

Pre-drums features 3 high-energy song combos, beginning with a top shelf Cold Rain & Snow into Samson, and then a purposeful Scarlet-Fire - played at an exhilarating tempo. Sailor-Saint features some incredible Garcia throughout, and the Circumstancial Jam is more like a brief period of tribal meditation. Space is very melodic while also intense, and evolved into a Spanish Jam. Classic trio - OtherOne-Wharf-Sugar Mag - rounds out another winner from across the pond.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:32 pm    Post subject: #23: Archetypal Scarlet-Fire Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Jack Straw
They Love Each Other
Mama Tried
Mexicali Blues
Peggy-O
New Minglewood Blues
Candyman
Looks Like Rain
Don't Ease Me In
Easy To Love You
Promised Land

Set 2:
Scarlet Begonias
Fire On The Mountain
Samson And Delilah
Terrapin Station
Playin' In The Band
Drums
Black Peter
Good Lovin'
Encore:
U.S. Blues

Recommended Source: SBD
Synopsis:

First Set starts high with a very good Jack Straw, after which they go for happy country and then sleazy. The set regressed a bit with a poor LL Rain, Don't Cheese combination. Nothing really foretold of what was to come next.

Scarlet expands past normal with some funkified Brent stylings and then finsds its way into a more psychedelic fusion, achieving what can be described as circular musical motion, poetically reaching the summit with the transition into Fire. A lengthy, rhythmic and layered Mountain left the Long Island crowd stunned. Samson keeps everything grounded before the trip to the Station.

Terrapin into Playin contains more inspiring jams. Amazingly after all of that, they had the wherewithal to propel the Playin jam up towards orbital. Basically this Playin reaches orbital status before the drums due to excellent cohesion, capping off a vintage pre-drums Second Set. The post-Space segment seems more "normal" as similar to the First Set, but by that time it was all (wavy) gravy.

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Set 1:
Uncle John's Band
Playin' In The Band
Uncle John's Band
Me And My Uncle
Mexicali Blues
Tennessee Jed
Samson And Delilah
Easy To Love You
Althea
Looks Like Rain
Deal

Set 2:
Feel Like A Stranger
Ship Of Fools
Estimated Prophet
Eyes Of The World
Drums
Saint Of Circumstance
Black Peter
Sugar Magnolia
Encore:
Alabama Getaway
Brokedown Palace

Recommended Source: AUD - Walker
Synopsis:

The energy of the previous night's show seemed to carry right over, as Lesh led the way into Uncle John's to thrill the crowd. Jerry was at full noodle chops without wasting any time during the instrumental, and the outtro faded into Playin. Minor gaff during the lyrical portion, but the jam section gets pretty out there for an early-first-set version. A rare Uncle John's reprise completes as good of an opening song combo as one could hope for. Other set highlights include a hard-charging Samson, and some nice "clapper" crowd exuberance during the Deal closer.

Tuning did not conceal the forthcoming Stranger opener, as Jerry and Bobby continued to perfect their guitar tones for this tune while Brent allowed himself additional synth liberties. Phil also got in on this party with some up-and-down bass jumps. Ship slowed things way down and created a bottleneck of pent up energy, which channeled into an amped-up Prophet, in which Lesh drops some major bombs in the buildup to the crashdown. Eyes reaches the land of prime Jerry guitar, fully weaving the web with spider-like precision, and an extended post-outtra jam allows for some adventurous improv exploration. Space-Saint-Peter provides some nice musical drama in the up/down contrast, and the encore produced a bonus double-Jerry Alabama-Palace combo.

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Set 1:
New Minglewood Blues
Sugaree
El Paso
Jack-A-Roe
Little Red Rooster
Tennessee Jed
It's All Over Now
Bird Song
Man Smart-Woman Smarter

Set 2:
Shakedown Street
Lost Sailor
Saint Of Circumstance
Spanish Jam
Drums
Uncle John's Band
Not Fade Away
Wharf Rat
Around And Around
One More Saturday Night
Encore:
Baby Blue

Recommended Source: SBD (never Bertha remaster)
Synopsis:

Old-school Minglewood opener gets Phil revved up, and great follow-up song choice in Sugaree. Weir excelled throughout the set, and a fun and unique Bird Song, Smarter combo allowed Brent some space to work the electric piano.

Shakedown accelerated into a Second Set which truly embodies the meaning of Bobby's occasional mumbling "Just Like a Swiss Watch." The Shakedown breakdown is so in-sync that it sounds digital, almost robotic. Precision execution allowed for a feeling of arrogance in the delivery, and Brent flawlessly mimicked Jerry's guitar blurbs on the piano in real time. Sailor-Saint floated along seemingly without gravity in this top-shelf rendition, and then Jerry retreated offstage. Bob and Brent, however, had other ideas - leading the way into a very fun Spanish Jam. Weir made the best with his time in center stage, relying on his Brent, his right-hand man, who did not let him down whatsoever.

When Uncle John arrived out of Space, they again elevated into a higher state of bliss, with some more "water" Brent - seeping through every crack in the melodies. Jerry noodlized the perfect sharp tone, and somehow the swiss watch signalled NFA. A smooth-like-butter transition between the songs ushered in a pristine Fade featuring some good Lesh, and then along came the Rat. Garcia brings down the house with a celestial Wharf Rat, which crashes into a hot A&A-Saturday Night combo featuring yet more swiss in the transition. Baby Blue is rolled out majestically, rounding out this air-tight Hartford performance.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 4:30 pm    Post subject: #20: Maybe You Know How Xylo-Brent's Feelin' Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Jack Straw
They Love Each Other
Beat It On Down The Line
West LA Fadeaway
Mama Tried
Cumberland Blues
Ramble On Rose
Far From Me
My Brother Esau
Might As Well

Set 2:
Scarlet Begonias
Fire On The Mountain
Estimated Prophet
Eyes Of The World
Maybe You Know How I Feel
Drums
Morning Dew
Throwin' Stones
Good Lovin'
Encore:
Touch Of Grey

Recommended Source: Matrix
Synopsis:

Spring 1983 presented a much dreamier sound compared to the previous year, and this show is particularly tranquilized. Brent was yet again showcasing some new sounds, including a synth setting which perfectly mimicked a xylophone. First Set highlights includes great renditions of Jack Straw, West LA, and Cumberland, as well as a pleasing trio Far From Me, Esau, Mighty Swell to round out the list.

Scarlet-Fire features some prime Xylo-Brent during the transition, as he and Jerry boil the Scarlet jam down to the core element of the Fire intro like mad scientists. This spacey, dreamy combo does not precede a return to reality, as they opt to stay in the land of magic with Estimated-Eyes. Very animated Weir breakdown on the Estimated vocal, and then a very smooth, brisk Eyes featuring more Jerry and Brent tradeoffs. As the outro wound down, Brent opted to go rogue, and broke out a new tune - Maybe You Know, which harmlessly added a nice wrinkle to the setlist.

An atmospheric Space laid the groundwork for a surprise appearance of Morning Dew, which delicately hatches into life like a chick from its egg. With timeless wisdom from Father Jerry imparted via this Dew journey, the chick was a mature hen when Throwin Stones hit. An aggressive Weir took it from there, opting for a really excellent Good Lovin to close the set. The Touch satisfied the encore and showcased more of Brent's new synth sound.

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Set 1:
Hell In A Bucket
Row Jimmy
Me And My Uncle
Big River
Stagger Lee
New Minglewood Blues
When Push Comes To Shove
Sugaree
Jack Straw

Set 2:
Box Of Rain
Crazy Fingers
Estimated Prophet
Eyes Of The World
Drums
Willie And The Hand Jive
Iko Iko
Stella Blue
Sugar Magnolia
Encore:
Midnight Hour

Recommended Source: Matrix
Synopsis:

He's baaaaaaaaaccck. 2nd show post-Coma left no doubt that Garcia's lead guitar aptitude was there in full force. Following a rousing Bucket opener, Jerry delivered a powerful early Row Jimmy, and they never looked back. Smokin cowboy combo, then a well-placed Stagger Lee and hard-charging Minglewood. Weir was back to basics with a very clean, un-distorted guitar tone, symbolizing the band's "clean slate" and a new beginning or sorts. After the 2nd performance of Push To Shove, a sleek Sugaree-Straw combo closed out the set.

Very nice Box opens the Second Set, followed by an even better Crazy Fingers, which thrived due to attention-to-detail. Prophet came next and continued the set's ascent, featuring an extended Jerry showcase in the lounge section, in which Garcia opts for more of a traditional distortion sound as opposed to heavy mu-tron. Eyes reaches the summit of the night's energy and is delivered at an exhilarating pace.

Instead of a journey through Space, it was Neville time. A ridiculous Hand Jive into Iko Iko combo out of Drumz continued right where the breakneck Eyes left off, and Jerry could barely sing the Iko lyrics fast enough to keep up. After the final "nah ney" beats, a moment of respite was in order, before they completely shifted gears into a slow and steady Stella. Really impressive change of mood and great musical patience in this ballad, and then Bobby brought it home with Sugar Mag. Nice Midnight Hour for the Encore.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:42 pm    Post subject: #18: High Times at Henry J. Kermit Reply with quote

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11/20/85
Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center - Oakland, CA


Set 1:
Jack Straw
Peggy-O
C.C. Rider
Stagger Lee
My Brother Esau
High Time
Beat It On Down The Line
Promised Land
Don't Ease Me In

Set 2:
Iko Iko
Lost Sailor
Saint Of Circumstance
Terrapin Station
Don't Need Love
Drums
Stella Blue
Sugar Magnolia
Encore:
U.S. Blues

Recommended Source: SBD
Synopsis:

Minor sound issue early in Jack Straw, as Jerry's guitar suddenly turns "on" right in the midst of some massive shredding in the solo passage. Pristine Peggy-O follows, and then C.C. provides some more soloing opportunities. After prime versions of Stagger Lee and Esau, Jerry slows it down for a classic Kermit High Time, giving it his all vocally. Closing trio BIODTL-Promised-Don'tEase is petal-to-the-metal with some fine Americana rock-n-roll riffs from Jer.

Centerpiece of this show is a huge run of Iko-Sailor-Saint-Terrapin-Jam, in which Lesh is at his very best. Great Kermit action in Iko as Jerry botches the first lyric in standard mid-80s style, but makes up for it musically. Sailor-Saint is played about as well as this combo can be, with aforementioned Phil, as well as Brent, in peak form - with some laser-sharp Garcia. Exhilarating buildup to the peak and lyrical reprise in Saint, and on the heels of Saint's finale, Jerry shifts gears right into the Lady With A Fan chords. With plenty of energy and momentum, a standout Terrapin brings down the house from start to finish, and then expands past the Turtle theme into a Playin-esque jam. During this "improv" segment, Jerry absolutely lets loose and rips some sizzling noodle solos with conviction.

Brent leads into a nice rendition of Don't Need Love (and I sure as hell don't need you) as a bonus prior to the Drums. Space returns to the land of the unknown for a while, and finds its way into Stella. Fine Kermit Blue lands into a Sugar Mag which features some rowdy Weir antics at the end. Just as Bob was trying to extend Sunshine Daydream into higher levels of cheesedom with his vocal shrills - complete with echo effect - Jerry seemingly cut off the song prematurely. Possibly driven by frustration, Weir's rhythm guitar during the U.S. Blues encore was especially pungent - making for a very exciting, standout performance of Useful.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:51 pm    Post subject: #17: Itsy Bitsy Spider, and Other Children's Tales Reply with quote

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Set 1:
Mississippi Half-Step
Jack Straw
To Lay Me Down
Ballad Of A Thin Man
When Push Comes To Shove
New Minglewood Blues
Cumberland Blues
Deal

Set 2:
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Estimated Prophet
Eyes Of The World
Drums
The Other One
Wharf Rat
Throwin' Stones
Not Fade Away
Encore:
Brokedown Palace

Recommended Source: Official Release
Synopsis:

Whether it's "Little Bunny Foo-Foo" or "Itsy Bitsy Spider," it's a fun tuning that precedes the opening Mississippi. Half-Step was 1/3rd of a wild opening trio which included a Straw into To Lay Me Down. Next up was the second and final Ballad of a Thin Man by Bob Dylan, perfected this night by Bob Weir and the gang. Push and Mingle brought things back to earth for a minute, but a raucous Cumberland, Deal combo pushed the energy back to the roof.

China-Rider and Estimated-Eyes deliver the goods in a major way, with outstanding work from Bob and Brent especially, but no band member lagged behind. OtherOne burst of of Space like it should, and the ensuing Wharf-Throwin-Fade far exceeds its appearance on paper. Palace closes out this memorable night at the Meadowlands.

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Set 1:
Mississippi Half-Step
Franklin's Tower
New Minglewood Blues
Peggy-O
El Paso
Cumberland Blues
Althea
Cassidy
Big Railroad Blues
Man Smart-Woman Smarter
Might As Well

Set 2:
Shakedown Street
Samson And Delilah
To Lay Me Down
Let It Grow
Drums
He's Gone
The Other One
Stella Blue
Sugar Magnolia
Encore:
Casey Jones

Recommended Source: Matrix
Synopsis:

Extra-exuberant Half-Step into Tower combo opens up a long First Set this hot summer night in the nation's mid-section. A prosperous trip to the Cumberland mine started to build momentum, as they then coasted through nice versions of Thea, Cassidy, and Railroad, en route to a Smarter, Mighty Swell finish.

Down begins with a massive "D" note from Lesh, and what follows is a 2nd Set for the ages. The Shakedown breakdown features some amazing guitar from Weir which swirls together with Jerry's fundamental funk and Brent's water piano, producing a uniquely-brilliant sound combination. Samson was the perfect choice, and the drummers rose to the occasion in a superb reading of the gospel. Jerry slows it down for a vintage To Lay Me Down, and then Bob charges forward into Let It Grow.

Making the most of it's 2nd Set limelight, this Let it Grow has major dance-a-bility, and features a most excellent Weir solo jam at the end. Jerry comes out for Space with a purpose, and a melody emerges, almost Spanish but not exactly. Re-capturing the zen unity from the Shakedown, this Space is not one to be missed, especially since it transitions into a very rare post-Space He's Gone. They were on a higher plane throughout this Gone-OtherOne-Stella sequence, featuring some prime Garcia vocals and more brilliant Bob guitar. Casey Jones was the proverbial icing on the cake here.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 10:26 am    Post subject: #15: A Pirate's Treasure Chest Reply with quote

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05/09/81
Nassau Coliseum - Uniondale, NY


Set 1:
Mississippi Half-Step
Franklin's Tower
Feel Like A Stranger
Bird Song
Little Red Rooster
Candyman
Mama Tried
Mexicali Blues
Looks Like Rain
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider

Set 2:
Lost Sailor
Saint Of Circumstance
Ship Of Fools
Estimated Prophet
Eyes Of The World
Drums
Truckin'
Nobody's Jam
Black Peter
Around And Around
One More Saturday Night
Encore:
Brokedown Palace

Recommended Source: Matrix
Synopsis:

Festivities get underway with a well-jammed HalfStep-Tower-Stranger triplet, featuring a really smooth swiss watch transition from Franklin to Stranger. Jerry follows up with a very good Bird Song with leads into a rambunctious Rooster. After the cowboy section, Bobby doubles down (actually triples down) with LL Rain, but surprisingly this was a major winner. Spectacular rendition of LL Rain spills over into a nice China-Rider.

Lost Sailor is very rare to open Set II, and this one features a beautiful intro thanks in large part to Brent's keys. Thriving in it's early-set spotlight, this Sailor-Saint leads, fittingly, into a Ship of Fools to keep the lost at sea theme in effect. As the story unfolds, Weir brings some determination in Estimated, which achieves a great crash down and a fully-jammed lounge section. Eyes begins with the 2nd running of the "new" intro, which was very melodic and joyous. Top-shelf Eyes of the World features a little off-the-wall jam at the end - proving again that this was not an auto-pilot kind of night.

Out of Space, Truckin-Peter featured the whistle intro, sex-change lyric, and Nobody's Jam in between. Can one ask for more? Saturday night was rollicking out of A&A, and Palace worked good after they got the intro correct. Extremely entertaining show from start to finish, with the unique pre-Drumz Second Set really flying above the clouds.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 10:39 am    Post subject: #14: Late Night With Paul Schaffer Brent Reply with quote

#14: Late Night With Paul Schaffer Brent

05/08/81
Nassau Coliseum - Uniondale, NY


Set 1:
Jack Straw
Peggy-O
Me And My Uncle
Big River
Loser
C.C. Rider
Althea
Let It Grow
Don't Ease Me In

Set 2:
Shakedown Street
Samson And Delilah
Terrapin Station
Playin' In The Band
Drums
Nobody's Jam
Not Fade Away
Stella Blue
Sugar Magnolia
Encore:
U.S. Blues

Recommended Source: Matrix
Synopsis:

First Set features Brent's Paul Shaffer organ sound in full effect, and features some cowboy tunes with some giddyup. Classic Me&My Uncle - Big River with nice drums. Late in the set, Althea and a smokin Let It Grow provide more highlights, and Lesh makes his presence known.

Second Set reaches epic proportions, with 16.5-minute versions of Shakedown and Playin - the latter reaching spacey if not orbital territory right before the Drumz. Samson gave the drum section another chance to sound off, and Lesh continued his good night at the office in a very sweet Terrapin. After some Kesey harmonica during the Drumz, Space morphed into a charged-up NFA, which included some ripe-for-the-pickin Weir guitar. Stella was packaged so perfectly - the type that one's mother insists be carefully unwrapped rather than ripped open on Christmas morning.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 11:12 am    Post subject: #13: Swami's "Holy Grail" Reply with quote

#13: Swami's "Holy Grail"

04/07/84
Irvine Meadows Ampitheatre - Irvine, CA


Set 1:
Feel Like A Stranger
West LA Fadeaway
Me And My Uncle
Mexicali Blues
Althea
C.C. Rider
Big Railroad Blues
My Brother Esau
Touch Of Grey

Set 2:
Iko Iko
Playin' In The Band
Uncle John's Band
Drums
Spanish Jam
The Other One
Throwin' Stones
Wharf Rat
Not Fade Away
Encore:
Not Fade Away
One More Saturday Night

Recommended Source: AUD - Da Weez
Synopsis:

Phil was taking no prisoners from the get-go, and goes on to deliver what can be reasonably considered one of his finest performances of the era on bass. Also especially rambunctious, Weir promised of a crazy, crazy night in a wild Stranger, and Jerry answered with a little green light on the speedway. More sleazy selections with Uncle-Mexicali, and then an insane Althea with Lesh and Weir all over the place. Good song choices to close out the set - nice Touch of Grey.

Iko struts into action with lazy, west-coast swagger, and Jerry's simple lead stylings demonstrate how less is sometimes more. Bobby mumbles that they need to take a minute to "nail Mickey's other foot to the floor," and off they go into Playin. Without wasting much time, this jam goes off the radar map quickly. Weir busted out some loud and wild "gold coin" style guitar and Lesh refused to play any normal notes as Garcia brought forth the noodles. From the depths of darkness, Uncle John's gradually emerges with some fundamental theme notes from Jerry - and off they went. The minor key portion again departed from the confines of the song in favor of spaciness, and makes a glorious return just as the drummers seemed to be taking hold. Phil drops some massive bombs over Jerry's meandering guitar as they then fall off the cliff into a sea of percussion, including some great xylophone.

Space emerges with some fierce Jerry notes, and a serious intensity took over the mood. Weir steered into Spanish Jam, and Jerry delivered some piercing harmonic notes. Other One emerged quite organically, and allowed for the rolling Phil intro. Wharf Rat features a most exhilarating "fly away" section, with a superb climactic ascent courtesy of Phil and Jerry, and also some excellent soloing before the final verse. Throwin Stones provides yet one more crash down, right before the "if the game is lost" reprise, and by NFA everyone at the Meadows was a full believer in whatever this magic was that they were witnessing.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 11:31 am    Post subject: #12: Show You How to Walk That Dog Reply with quote

#12: Show You How to Walk That Dog

03/29/84
Marin County Veteran's Auditorium - San Rafael, CA


Set 1:
Walkin' The Dog
Bertha
Promised Land
It Must Have Been The Roses
Little Red Rooster
Bird Song
My Brother Esau
Might As Well

Set 2:
Shakedown Street
Estimated Prophet
Eyes Of The World
Drums
Spanish Jam
The Other One
Wharf Rat
Sugar Magnolia
Encore:
Day Job

Recommended Source: AUD - Da Weez
Synopsis:

There is a decent SBD available, but unfortunately during Shakedown Jerry's guitar is absent in the mix - obviously curbing listening enthusiasm due to incomplete audio. The AUD reveals Jerry's wah-wah in full force.

One of the most surprising show openers of the Brent Era could possibly by the most pleasing. Weir nails the lyrics of Walkin The Dog, last played in November 1970, and Jerry's vocal harmonies are priceless. Bertha marked a return to regularly-scheduled programming, but Promised land kicked the energy back up, and featured some nice choppy Brent. After good versions of Roses and Rooster, Bird Song provides another highlight. This Bird achieves full altitude and cruises along nicely back into the "don't cry now" reprise. Esau features some more vocal excellence from Weir, and Mighty Swell punctuated a fine first set quite well.

Powerful intro, powerful Down. Breakdown section features some full-steam-ahead guitar section, as well as excellent use of the cymbals by Billy K. After the full stop, Bobby's "tuning" hinted of Estimated, and Prophet it was. Frenzied buildup as the wave crashed down on the burning shore, and the lounge jam witnessed another musical ascent powered by some low-down Lesh, atmospheric Brent, and more notable help from the drummers. Drums are key in the smooth transition into an outstanding Eyes, in which Jerry and Brent really let loose during the solo breaks.

Brent's fine performance is worthy of note, and he really shines during a carefully-crafted Spanish Jam-Other One combo out of Space. Fine versions of Wharf Rat and Sugar Mags close out this long highlight of a 2nd Set in what was only the second show of 1984.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 11:45 am    Post subject: #11: 85 Alive and On Exhibit at the Zoo Reply with quote

#11: 85 Alive and On Exhibit at the Zoo

9/02/85
Zoo Amphitheater - Oklahoma City, OK


Set 1:
Bertha
Greatest Story Ever Told
West LA Fadeaway
Mama Tried
Me And My Uncle
Stagger Lee
Iko Iko
New Minglewood Blues
Ramble On Rose
Hell In A Bucket

Set 2:
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Man Smart-Woman Smarter
Ship Of Fools
Playin' In The Band
Drums
I Need A Miracle
China Doll
Around And Around
Good Lovin'
Encore:
Day Job

Recommended Source: SBD
Synopsis:

One of the most consistently energetic shows of the Brent Era, this fine representative of 1985 sparkles from the opening chord of Bertha all the way through the Day Job encore. Excellent outing for Brent, whose contributions can be heard clearly in the available SBD source.

After a high-octane West LA, they achieve reverse cowboy - with Phil's base screaming out of the speakers during Me&My Uncle. Apparently this was due to some issue with their equipment, but it certainly made for a unique version. Next up, a surprise New Orleans combo with Stagger Lee & Iko Iko! The two songs fitting together so perfectly, it's amazing that this was never repeated. Helena left the chopper fully charged for Second Set liftoff.

China-Rider-Smarter lifted spirits extremely high, and features some prime Brent as well as excellence from the guitar section. Jerry then delivers a fine Ship of Fools, whose final note segues into the Playin intro. This full 14-minute journey was feeding time for the animals, especially the odd species known as Deadheads. Trip through Space provides some fun sound effects, and then the post-Space song lineup delivered the goods. Bobby was on top of his game with Miracle, and A&A-GoodLovin, and in between Jerry mixed in a very tasty China Doll.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 8:30 pm    Post subject: #10: Through The Cool Colorado Rain Reply with quote

#10: Through The Cool Colorado Rain

07/27/82
Red Rocks Amphitheater - Morrison, CO


Set 1:
Jack Straw
Sugaree
On The Road Again
It Must Have Been The Roses
Me And My Uncle
Big River
Peggy-O
Little Red Rooster
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider

Set 2:
Playin' In The Band
Terrapin Station
Drums
The Wheel
The Other One
Stella Blue
Playin' In The Band
Encore:
U.S. Blues

Recommended Source: Matrix
Synopsis:

First Set starts innocently with a nice Straw-Sugaree, but then demonstrates upward mobility. After a very peppy On The Road Again, Jerry slows it down temporarily for a very sweet Must've Been the Roses, and then saddle up for cowboy. High quality soloing throughout the Uncle-River, and subsequent Peggy-Rooster. Rooster is especially a standout version, with Jerry shredding in his solo opportunities. China-Rider consolidates the energy, and delights the Colorado crowd in the wish I was a headlight verse - quite appropriate given heavy rains occurring during this run.

This Second Set does not waste time and energy on second-tier songs, nor does it stop to catch it's breath. While not the longest set to be found, it really contains some core jamming on fundamental songs. Playin features some extra Weir vocal embellishment leading into the instrumental segment, and then the forum is opened up for input. Station delivers inspiration and ever-so-sneakily finds its way back into the Playin theme. Weir then starts into a chord progression, unique from any "song," with a very contemplative mood, and quickly the usual suspects catch on. Brent sticks to his electric piano sound here, which worked brilliantly, and Jerry was at prime noodle. Rhythm section was also having a field day, and after several prime minutes of jamming, had it's time in the spotlight for Drums & Space.

The Wheel emerged innocently from Space, and instead of a possible return to Playin, they opted for a massive Other One-Stella combo. Both can be considered superb versions, and rather than a typical trip into rock-n-roll Americana, they opted for the Playin trifecta. Nothing was rushed, as proper time was taken during the set's song transitions, including this final one. No need for a finale, except for a nice Useful Blues encore, as the set ended full-circle.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 8:51 pm    Post subject: #9: The "Fat Man" in Full Glory Reply with quote

#9: The "Fat Man" in Full Glory

06/30/84
Sports And Music Center - Indianapolis, IN


Set 1:
Jack Straw
Dire Wolf
New Minglewood Blues
Dupree's Diamond Blues
Far From Me
My Brother Esau
Ramble On Rose
Lost Sailor
Saint Of Circumstance
Deal

Set 2:
Shakedown Street
Playin' In The Band
Terrapin Station
Drums
Playin' In The Band
Truckin'
Spoonful
Stella Blue
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad
One More Saturday Night
Encore:
Day Job

Recommended Source: SBD
Synopsis:

Much has been said about Jerry's health during this period, but he was still able to will the band into this kind of performance - with powerful soloing and impassioned vocals. Jack Straw and Minglewood proved early on that Garcia brought his top-shelf chops, and then a carnival Dupree's provided a mid-set highlight. After Brent's loopy key playing in Diamond, he took the mic for a pretty good Far From Me. Even with all of that, the Sailor-Saint-Deal triplet has to be considered the pinnacle of the Set. Absolutely brilliant playing from Jerry and Brent as well as some aggressive Lesh in the mix, with massive surges of energy in the Saint and Deal.

The Tuning pointed "Down"ward, and off they went into a vintage Shakedown Street. Instead of the typical breakdown jam, a spacier aura overtook the funkiness, and ended up flowing right into the Playin intro. Bobby hits the vocals hard, and then Jerry takes over again with the stir-fried noodles. Playin features more great Lesh, and great everyone - and ends up at the Station to complete quite the power triplet. Brent lays down some of the laser-beam keyboard sound which he was using at this time throughout this Station, adding some extra flare to the sound.

Space back into Playin is prime musical territory - one of the finest Reprises to be found, featuring more Garcia and Lesh at their best. Bobby takes the spotlight with a rousing Truckin-Spoonful, and then finally the ballad arrives as the Fat Man belts out Stella Blue. Very rocking GDTRFB-Saturday Night closes the set, and then a fun Day Job encore tries to pretend that it was just another night at the office.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 9:06 pm    Post subject: #8: In Full Bloom at the Blossom Reply with quote

#8: In Full Bloom at the Blossom

06/25/85
Blossom Music Center - Cuyahoga Falls, OH


Set 1:
Day Tripper
West LA Fadeaway
C.C. Rider
Dire Wolf
Beat It On Down The Line
Row Jimmy
Me And My Uncle
Big River
Big Railroad Blues
Jack Straw
Might As Well

Set 2:
Gimme Some Lovin'
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Playin' In The Band
Drums
The Wheel
Playin' In The Band
China Doll
Sugar Magnolia
Encore:
Touch Of Grey

Recommended Source: Matrix
Synopsis:

They storm out of the gate with a wild Day Tripper opener, seemingly (or literally) on crack. West LA and CC feature some boisterous Bobby guitar, and then Jerry delivers a fun Dire Wolf. Row Jimmy out of BIODTL is a top-shelf rendition, featuring some choppy Jerry background guitar in the final vocal section. The cowboy combo is absolutely rippin, and amazingly they still had sufficient energy to cruise through an out-of-control Big RxR and then a Straw-Mighty combo to round out one of the finest First Sets of the 80s.

Gimme Some Lovin marches into Set 2, and Phil takes advantage of his face time very well. Awesome swiss watch transition into a well-paced China-Rider, continuing the previous set's energy. Playin blasts into some killer interplay in the guitar section - with both Bobby and Jerry at full speed and in sync. Eventually, Brent is allowed to add some good input and then the rhythm section begins to take over the jam. The end of this Playin is really special musical territory, as it is almost hard to determine where Drums begins and Playin stops. With the Vulcan taking to the xylophone, a really tribal texture took hold for a few quality minutes.

No letdown whatsoever post-Space, as the Wheel steered carefully back into Playin for the Reprise, and then the descent into China Doll. Brent's keyboard playing is outstanding in support of a determined Garcia in this excellent Doll, and then Bobby brings down the house with a really pumped up Sugar Mag closer. Touch of Grey appropriately finishes on a plateau of high energy.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 9:25 pm    Post subject: #7: Ladies and Gentleman, The Warlocks Reply with quote

#7: Ladies and Gentleman, The Warlocks

10/08/89
Hampton Coliseum - Hampton, VA


Set 1:
Foolish Heart
Walkin' Blues
Candyman
Me And My Uncle
Big River
Stagger Lee
Queen Jane Approximately
Bird Song
Promised Land

Set 2:
Help On The Way
Slipknot!
Franklin's Tower
Victim Or The Crime
Eyes Of The World
Drums
I Need A Miracle
The Wheel
Gimme Some Lovin'
Morning Dew
Encore:
And We Bid You Goodnight

Recommended Source: SBD
Synopsis:

Billed as "Formerly The Warlocks," this tour opener had a tepid start with Foolish into Walkin, but then got on track with Candyman and cowboy. Stagger Lee continues the old western theme, and then Bobby breaks out a nice Queen Jane. Bird Song is the set's highlight, flying high for over 13 minutes and finally reaching the Promised Land.

A frenzied crowd absolutely goes ballistic at the opening chords of Help on The Way - not having been played since September 1985, and set to flourish in this MIDI era. Brent's synth is all over this Help On the Way - seemingly feeding off the crowd's energy and adding some much welcome drama to the performance. They hit all of the changes nearly perfectly in a fast Slipknot, and then Franklin's flourishes in it's old musical position of completing the trio. With the energy level through the roof, Weir takes a risk with Victim, but it pays off with a most rewarding rendition. Powerful vocal performance and nice pace, this Victim finds itself into a frenzied final jam, with Garcia channeling some full-speed swirl guitar. Eventually satisfied with his exploration of the fret board for the time being, Jerry allows a brief musical pause and then delivers the opening chord to Eyes of the World right on time.

Eyes is played with ample verve, and then a wild Space emerges from the Drums. Showcasing their new technology, this Space has a dangerous, unpredictable feel to it. Bobby makes another great decision with Miracle, which is full of some heavily-distorted crunch guitar from Jerry. The Wheel was a nice idea, as was a very rollicking Gimme Some Lovin, but the ensuing Morning Dew was what everything is all about - why the folks kept coming back. Making his way through the verses with gusto and confidence, Jerry then works up to a spine-chilling frenzy with lead guitar, crashing down into the final, resounding vocal "guess it doesn't...matter...any waaaaay." We Bid You Goodnight encore was an afterthought.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 24, 2013 9:03 am    Post subject: #6: Abundant Joy in East Troy Reply with quote

#6: Abundant Joy in East Troy

06/26/87
Alpine Valley Music Theater - East Troy, WI


Set 1:
Feel Like A Stranger
Franklin's Tower
Walkin' Blues
Row Jimmy
Tons Of Steel
When Push Comes To Shove
Cassidy
Deal

Set 2:
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Estimated Prophet
Eyes Of The World
Drums
Gimme Some Lovin'
The Wheel
All Along The Watchtower
Black Peter
Around And Around
Sugar Magnolia
Encore:
Touch Of Grey

Recommended Source: AUD (no choice)
Synopsis:

This is what it sounds like when they were "on;" not just on, but to the max. Nearly unparalleled energy in this show shines through a run-of-the-mill audience source. Stranger-Franklin's was immediate evidence of this, and after the fourth post-coma rendition of Walkin Blues, Jerry takes over with a killer Row Jimmy. All over the fret board in the solo breaks, a spider-like Garcia was weaving a tangled web. Couple of new tunes, Tons of Steel and Push To Shove, precede another major highlight - Cassidy. The seabirds take flight, and Bobby is pushing and shoving Jerry into a dangerous crash down finish. Higher and higher they go, pushing the boundaries of the apportioned jam space creating quite a fall into the final lyric. Similarly, Deal also features sizzling guitar and another crescendo in the final instrumental.

Second Set starts with Brent on the saxophone for jazzy China Cat intro, but make no mistake, this was not a "laid back" kind of night. Rider smoked like a Wisconsin bratwurst, and then they blasted off into Prophet land. Estimated features another insane crash down after the major-key interlude into the final verse, and a very impressive Weir vocal melt down. This was the type of Prophet that really focused the night's energy into a capsule, and only one song could have possibly followed at that point. Eyes is especially notable for the bizarre animal sounds that accompany the outro jam into drums. Wild, but extremely fun - in a most bodacious 80s kind of way.

The post-Space is a 6-song tour-de-force. Gimme Some Lovin provides over-the-top energy with some very nice Lesh, proving that the show was far from winding down. Fine rendition of the Wheel provided a launching pad into Watchtower. An absolute smoker, the guitar section again exhilarates during the instrumental opportunities, and Weir belts out the vocals with extra emphasis. Black Peter was the perfect ballad for the night, and then Bobby cranks out a superb A&A into Sugar Mag closing combo. Off-the-chart energy spills over into a fine Touch of Grey encore. Titanic performance.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 25, 2013 9:30 pm    Post subject: #5: Dew From Atop the Watchtower Reply with quote

#5: Dew From Atop the Watchtower

07/10/89
Giants Stadium - East Rutherford, NJ


Set 1:
Feel Like A Stranger
Franklin's Tower
Walkin' Blues
Jack-A-Roe
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Tennessee Jed
The Music Never Stopped
Don't Ease Me In

Set 2:
Foolish Heart
Just A Little Light
Playin' In The Band
Uncle John's Band
Drums
Iko Iko
All Along The Watchtower
Morning Dew
Sugar Magnolia
Encore:
Knockin' On Heaven's Door

Recommended Source: Matrix
Synopsis:

Stranger-Franklin's soars into the Northern NJ summer night sky, with Bobby & Jerry in sync. Also great work from Brent as they put forth prime versions of Jack-A-Roe, Masterpiece, and Jed. Brent seems to want to break into Just a Little Light based on the tuning, but they decide to save that for later, and instead opt for a nice, bouncy Music Never Stopped that picks up steam at the end.

Brisk, punchy Foolish confirmed that there was no sluggishness present in this performance, and then the Little Light appeared. Chillingly-good Mydland on the vocal and the organ. Playin reaches some good medium-depth exploration, but instead of going deep they steer into Uncle John's. Outstanding rendition of the actual song, but after they finish the structured portion the magic really happens. Almost like a group meditation, a truly ethereal, reflective unity takes hold of the band, and they just glide along for a few minutes in this incredible zone, allowing for one of the most interesting transitions into drums to be found.

Drums & Space really can be thought of as the 2nd piece of this 3-piece Set, and takes up about 25 minutes of quality time. The rhythm section really took hold, and Space was in no hurry either. Having departed from normalcy, why not bring out some Nevilles? And so this wild 2nd Set takes a completely unexpected turn into Iko Iko.

The Neville guitarist actually adds some nice texture to Iko into Watchtower. Unlike some other special guests, there was clearly good chemistry between the Nevilles and the boys by this point in time. Garcia really takes over and shreds the solos in Watchtower and Bob's vocal performance adds nice flare. Next up, Morning Dew - which really takes this from a great show to a "holy s***" show. Amazing Dew steals faces off of heads, and then Bobby rocks the stadium to it's core with Sugar Mag. With the Nevilles still partying along, a truly heartfelt Heaven's Door provides a special sendoff.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 25, 2013 9:54 pm    Post subject: #4: Calypso, Caribbean Dead featuring Madman Weir Reply with quote

#4: Calypso, Caribbean Dead featuring Madman Weir

04/22/83
Veterans' Memorial Coliseum - New Haven, CT


Set 1:
Funiculi Funicula
Feel Like A Stranger
Bird Song
C.C. Rider
Row Jimmy
Mama Tried
Mexicali Blues
Cold Rain And Snow
My Brother Esau
Deal

Set 2:
Help On The Way
Slipknot!
Franklin's Tower
Samson And Delilah
Ship Of Fools
Man Smart-Woman Smarter
Drums
Truckin'
Spoonful
Stella Blue
Around And Around
Good Lovin'
Encore:
Baby Blue

Recommended Source: AUD - Da Weez
Synopsis:

After some fun melodies in the tuning, they're off into Stranger-land - and the Da Weez source allows for some really low-down bass notes from Lesh to shine through. Bobby breaks down the "you a Stranger too?" rap to a talking voice for some interesting tidbits of advice, and then Jerry is inspired to toy with the song's melody during the breakdown instrumental. Next up, an early Bird Song, which provides some more excellent instrumental jam time. Quite a 1-2 punch to open the show, but Bob had much more cheese in store - starting with C.C. Rider. Row Jimmy settles into the night's theme, the Caribbean rhythm, and also allows Garcia to show off some excellent lead guitar.

Mama Tried is the only low light - a sloppy version - but Weir is right back on track with a nice Mexicali. Definitely head to the Lesh bomb shelter for this Cold Rain and Snow or brace for impact. Massive skull destruction from the bass section here. Esau provides Calypso #2, complete with an extended "island" intro featuring some great drumming and great Brent. Deal to end the set is full of energy, and spicy noodles from Garcia in the final instrumental.

Help on the Way springs into action, and Slipknot is a major highlight. With Lesh all over and Garcia on a roll, Weir and Brent played their supporting roles in an impressive exploration and reprise to the theme. During the ensuing Franklin's Tower, Brent provides island moment #3 with some great background keys during this well-paced and noodlicious Tower. Samson comes next, allowing the drummers some time to shine and continuing what seemed to be a tsunami of energy taking hold of the band. Jerry makes a great call to slow things down with Ship of Fools, and delivers a delicious rendition. Smarter is the only possible next song choice given the night's theme, and back to the Caribbean they went. An extended Smarter Jam really builds on the theme of the song, and provided a perfect forum for Brent to utilize his "xylo" keyboard sound.

A long Space is another highlight, in which they really get way out there. Finally, after a very interesting journey, Weir had had enough - and blows the whistle! Bobby takes over and delivers a hot Truckin-Spoonful combo, followed by a really good Stella Blue. Weir has the nerve to interject yet more cheese in a really fun A&A-Good Lovin combo to round out an action-packed set. Baby Blue is a an excellent encore choice, providing bonus Garcia.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 25, 2013 10:13 pm    Post subject: #3: Wicked Jamming in Cape Cod Reply with quote

#3: Wicked Jamming in Cape Cod

10/27/79
Cape Cod Coliseum - South Yarmouth, MA


Set 1:
Jack Straw
Candyman
Me And My Uncle
Big River
Brown-Eyed Women
Easy To Love You
New Minglewood Blues
Stagger Lee
Lost Sailor
Saint Of Circumstance
Deal

Set 2:
Dancin' In The Streets
Franklin's Tower
He's Gone
Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) Jam
The Other One
Drums
Not Fade Away
Black Peter
Around And Around
Encore:
One More Saturday Night

Recommended Source: SBD - Miller
Synopsis:

First Set provides a lot of standard-issue goodness, including a fun cowboy combo followed by a nice Brown-Eyed and Easy To Love You, and also a great Stagger Lee followed by Sailor-Saintiscism. Good solid playing, but not a warning of what was about to come in Set 2.

Dancin had only been played once since Brent joined the band, and that was several months back in the May tour. This was really a breakout, and allowed Brent an opportunity to really sound off. At a steady, disco pace, this Dancin went through all of the post-lyrical changes without error, and reached a most funkadelic musical zone. Definite swiss watch transition into a bold Franklin's Tower. Fully explored, this Franklin's Tower even exhibited some nice spaciness, which is very uncommon given the song's tight structure.

With journey #1 complete, they chose to stick with another Garcia tune, He's Gone, to embark on journey #2. Really good Gone features nice drumming and keys, and then Garcia gets the motor revved up for the post-lyrical jam. Accelerating to full noodle, they reach "Caution Jam" status for the first time in about a year, and somehow this becomes an Other One prelude. With the path laid out with rose petals for Phil, Lesh belts out one of the loudest and boldest rolling intros to Other One ever, and this prime time Other One is of the above-the-clouds ilk.

Having already reached Space at the end of Other One in an orbital type ending, the Drumz lead directly into NFA, which cruises along at a slow, deliberate pace. Black Peter provides another highlight, although the show's fireworks are obviously centered in the pre-drums double journey segment.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 25, 2013 10:41 pm    Post subject: #2: A Frosty Morning Reply with quote

#2: A Frosty Morning

05/02/87
Frost Amphitheater, Stanford University - Palo Alto, CA


Set 1:
Hell In A Bucket
West LA Fadeaway
Beat It On Down The Line
Stagger Lee
Little Red Rooster
Dire Wolf
Far From Me
Jack Straw
When Push Comes To Shove
One More Saturday Night

Set 2:
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Playin' In The Band
Terrapin Station
Drums
Truckin'
Morning Dew
Around And Around
Turn On Your Love Light
Encore:
Black Muddy River

Recommended Source: SBD - Miller
Synopsis:

The crispness of this performance is like the cold air on a frosty morning, but keen readers have already deciphered that the title here is a clever pun based on Jerry's performance of Morning Dew at the Frost Ampitheatre.

Bucket starts the festivities, and features some sharp Garcia guitar and nice vocal embellishment from Bob. Weir gets it going on the guitar in fine fashion during a killer West LA. Stagger Lee and Rooster also feature some fine Weir on the slide guitar, and Brent was also shining through. After his turn at the mic with an excellent Far From Me, a tuneup preceded a massive Jack Straw. Taking on the role of the First Set's centerpiece, this Straw works up to a wild frenzy in the final instrumental, as the best versions of this tune do. Lesh's bass is emphatic and Brent is all over it, but Jerry's guitar is really the key - as he made use of the heavy crunch effect for maximum velocity into a roller-coaster-like crash down. Push Comes to Shove and Saturday Night were interesting and rockin' song choices to end Set A.

China-Rider is played at a high level, and allows for Bob and Brent's contributions to shine during the transition. Playin in the Band takes the next natural step in the set's progression, and reaches a very good groove led by Jerry at full speed. Power Slot next with a glorious trip through the Terrapin Station. One of the better Terrapins from this period, everyone is at their best, and inspiration is achieved in the final instrumental celebration.

Truckin, out of Space provided the perfect vehicle in which to travel to the land of Dew. Still not far removed from his '86 coma, a refurbished Garcia belts out an amazing version, and again uses the crunch distortion effect at the end to reach another exhilarating peak just prior to the final lyric. What a Dew, most definitely, is supposed to do. A&A into Lovelight is a really good Bobfest, as he surfed the waves of energy created by the Dew very nicely. Muddy River encore provided some nice bonus Garcia.

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