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Video: Final "So Many Roads" - 7/9/95

 
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2009 12:42 pm    Post subject: Video: Final "So Many Roads" - 7/9/95 Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

was listening to this show today. only show I caught in 1995. it was an uneven, up and down show. It seemed that Jerry was able to summon up what strength he had to put it into this really soulful and mournful song.

as the rest of the show unfolded, Jerry was just lost in Unbroken Chain and when the song ended and Jerry tried to noodle his way into the next tune, Bobby probably frustrated with the way Unbroken Chain went, just took the reins and launched into Sugar Magnolia. And when that song ended, Bobby stormed off the stage.

I always wondered about that sequence. to me it sounded like Jerry was trying to play Morning Dew which was due but Phil cleared up the mystery in his book.

"At the end of 'Unbroken Chain', toward the close of the set, Jerry tried to go into 'China Doll', but Bobby had something else in mind, and took the reins, rocking to the fore with the first notes of 'Sugar Magnolia.' It took Jerry an unusually long time --sixteen bars or so -- to pick up the thread of the tune, while my heart went out to him. For the encore, Jerry sang 'Black Muddy River,' and then I launched into 'Box of Rain' at the last minute because I couldn't stand the thought of ending the tour with one of Jerry's most sorrowful songs."
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

starchild wrote:
was listening to this show today. only show I caught in 1995. it was an uneven, up and down show. It seemed that Jerry was able to summon up what strength he had to put it into this really soulful and mournful song.

as the rest of the show unfolded, Jerry was just lost in Unbroken Chain and when the song ended and Jerry tried to noodle his way into the next tune, Bobby probably frustrated with the way Unbroken Chain went, just took the reins and launched into Sugar Magnolia. And when that song ended, Bobby stormed off the stage.

I always wondered about that sequence. to me it sounded like Jerry was trying to play Morning Dew which was due but Phil cleared up the mystery in his book.

"At the end of 'Unbroken Chain', toward the close of the set, Jerry tried to go into 'China Doll', but Bobby had something else in mind, and took the reins, rocking to the fore with the first notes of 'Sugar Magnolia.' It took Jerry an unusually long time --sixteen bars or so -- to pick up the thread of the tune, while my heart went out to him. For the encore, Jerry sang 'Black Muddy River,' and then I launched into 'Box of Rain' at the last minute because I couldn't stand the thought of ending the tour with one of Jerry's most sorrowful songs."

That's sad. Jerry couldn't pick up on the intro to Sugar Mag. It's just a simple pattern in A. I was really depressed at the sight and sound of him at the 95 RFK show I saw. A friend sold me and my friend his tickets because he went the night before and it was awful - he described Jerry as a "dying beached whale gasping for air" I went just for the hell of it (the scene) was not expecting much from the band - what I witnessed was the restof the band and Bruce trying their hardest to create some magic and carry Jerry, who just was not there. Really sad way to end things. Sad

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I too was at this show (7/9/95) and wrote the first review on archive.org. It was memorable, if only for three things: 1) it was the last one, 2) the So Many Roads, and 3) Phil not letting the GD go out on a sad note. Black Muddy River as the last GD song ever played really would have been some sort of ultimate depression.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But, Box of Rain is pretty depressing... isn't it? Despite the cheery sound?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kochman wrote:
But, Box of Rain is pretty depressing... isn't it? Despite the cheery sound?


I wouldn't say Box of Rain is depressing....not in the way BMR is. Granted, there is a lot of sadness in it, but it is at the same time very reassuring. Like, you can always make the best of the circumstances.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Box of Rain is uplifting because of the spiritual aspect of it, my simple take on it is that you are offering someone part of your soul in order to help them on their next journey in order to ease the journey, which is a high and noble thing.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess we all have our own takes.
To me, the last line is incredibly pessimistic and is the "grand finale" of the lyrics.
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