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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 3:07 am    Post subject: 11/1/90 Wembley Arena, London Reply with quote

Grateful Dead -- November 1, 1990
Wembley Arena, London, England


1st Set: Hell In A Bucket, Friend Of The Devil, Walkin' Blues,
Cold Rain & Snow, Mama Tried-> Maggie's Farm, Cassidy,
Stander On The Mountain

2nd Set: Victim Or The Crime-> Touch Of Grey, Playing In The Band->
Dark Star-> Drums-> Space-> Dark Star-> Playin' Reprise->
Wharf Rat-> Throwing Stones-> Not Fade Away

Encore: U.S. Blues

Zoooma says: Not bad. I wasn't totally looking forward to listening to this, not as much as others, but I was pleasantly surprised and even more than pleasantly a couple times.

Cassidy is my 1st Set highlight... abso-freakin'-lutely! Bruce's electric piano is magical. Cassidy wouldn't be Cassidy with Bob's vocals and Barlow's lyrics but musically here, Bruce and Jerry are driving this to near perfection. They achieve such a height that for me was... next to orgasmic. So close to perfect... wow.

To close the set is something that's practically completely foreign to a Grateful Dead setlist: the middle of three performances of Hornsby's own Stander On The Mountain. It was busted out in Paris a few days before and the very next show -- a month and a couple days later in Oakland -- it would be played for the third and final time. I thought that coulda been a neat song for say, third song in the setlist, after a smokin' Bertha-> Hey Pocky Way to warm the crowd up, maybe. Oh well. Then again, Bruce shoulda stayed in the band (and Vince never hired to begin with... oh well.)

One last comment for now from me on this show -- Victim Or The Crime is weird! Well, not really weird but different. Thanks for that go to Mickey or Billy as well as Vince, I think. Sporadically, there's a dark, kind of ominous Halloween-ish sound... could it even be Phil maybe? He's not so loud in the mix but maybe its his bass. In any case, there's that through much of the song and one of the drummers begins Victim with a bongo-ish sound. It's so distinct, disappears for awhile and then resumes near the transition into Touch. I really like this unique version. Very... London Tower-ish? Seems to wonderfully suit the location!

A pretty nice show, some minor flaws, but I've got no complaints!



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from Sugarmag: Just a few thoughts on this here Grateful Dead show...it's interesting what Zoooma said about Bruce and Vince, and how Bruce should have stayed in the band and Vince should never have been hired in the first place. I think that if Bruce had joined the band permanently he would have been real dead by now because of the Grateful Dead Keyboardist's Curse and he knew it. Now Vince is dead and Bruce is not, see? Bruce was smart that way. Whenever I listen to a Grateful Dead show I try to listen to all the parts and figure out what everyone is doing and I am especially interested in hearing Vince and Bruce. While I did not fully appreciate Vince back when I was going to shows, there are moments where he really shines. Some examples of this in the first set are Vince's performance on both Friend Of the Devil and Walkin' Blues. As I was listening to FOTD I was not sure at first if what I was hearing was Vince or Bruce, but then you can hear Bruce's piano so it is definitely Vince and it sounds good.

I did not enjoy the Cassidy nearly as much as Zoooma did because as I was listening to it on my MP3 player I got my mail and I received some upsetting news that was a bit of a buzzkill, so no orgasms for me while listening to Cassidy. Stander On the Moon was interesting, I don't think I had heard it before I listened to this.

Victim was very cool and trippy and as I was listening to it I started to put the news I had received in perspective, and then Touch of Grey started and all of a sudden I felt much better. I will get by! Good ol' Grateful Dead! Listening to a show always helps me feel better about just about anything.

Drums and space sandwiched between the two verses of Dark Star was pretty cool. Jerry's voice was a little raspy but it was still beautiful. I liked Bruce's piano in the beginning of space. Playin' reprise after the second verse of Dark Star was pretty cool and Zoooma, it turns out that ANY Playin' Reprise makes me blush, LOL. Wharf Rat>Throwin' Stones was cool and I enjoyed listening to it but that part was like so many other shows, with a nice NFA with plenty of audience participation to close out the set. It was always fun singing back to my favorite band. As an encore, U.S. Blues was pretty common but always welcome and although there was nothing unusual about it, it was always fun to hear. I enjoyed this show and I hope you will, too.


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There you can easily grab a download of the show, if ya want.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Someone else mentioned this show recently... I will have to put it on my to listen at some point soon list.

I wish Stander had stayed in the rotation. With no really singing duties, the two guitarists could have really gotten involved with it musically.

I like the tandem review style too.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 10:35 am    Post subject: hello Reply with quote

Very nice Victim as mentioned. What was hardly mentioned, that deserves it's own book, is the following sequence:

Playin-Darkstar-Drumz-Space-Darkstar-PlayinReprise Shocked

It's as great as one could hope or imagine it to be, including some prime Bruce Hornsby. The spaciest passage is after the Dark Star reprise out of Space. After the "mirror shatters" verse, the jam shatters into pieces, leading into an uncharted black-hole of a dark star jam...very dark indeed. The transition into Playin Reprise is nothing less then epic, bringing the jam sequence full-circle.

Somehow this show flies under the radar for many, as it did for me for a long time. However this is really a fundamental performance - one that relives the explorations of the early-70s - just with a few more bells & whistles.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last night, after I finished reviewing 9/9/72, I popped this bad boy on and listened to it up through Touch of Grey.

Fuckin' great shit! The Bucket has some serious Brucester action. Loved the CR&S and the Stanger.

Victim, with the latter day drummer intro, as opposed to the sick guitar, was also great.

I look forward to the PITB/DS sandwich coming up.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 1:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Dark Star out of space is... _________ (fill in positive adjective here).... I saw... it is fucking spectacular!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The full show came out on DVD at the tradersden.org

Nice addition to any collection.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, thanks for the heads up there, I am grabbing that as we speak.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah, in fact, there was like 4 shows there that are new... I didn't even have HD space to grab them all yet.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:52 pm    Post subject: Re: hello Reply with quote

swamiGD80s wrote:
Very nice Victim as mentioned. What was hardly mentioned, that deserves it's own book, is the following sequence:

Playin-Darkstar-Drumz-Space-Darkstar-PlayinReprise Shocked

It's as great as one could hope or imagine it to be, including some prime Bruce Hornsby. The spaciest passage is after the Dark Star reprise out of Space. After the "mirror shatters" verse, the jam shatters into pieces, leading into an uncharted black-hole of a dark star jam...very dark indeed. The transition into Playin Reprise is nothing less then epic, bringing the jam sequence full-circle.

Somehow this show flies under the radar for many, as it did for me for a long time. However this is really a fundamental performance - one that relives the explorations of the early-70s - just with a few more bells & whistles.


Swami hits the nail on the head here, that is a heady brew of songs there, well played, almost reminiscent of a Capitol Theatre show from 70 with the mighty sequence.

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is the archive streaming page for the sbd.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My friend was at this show. She saw like five shows ever, and three of them had Dark Stars.
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