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REVIEW - 1989-05-27 Live at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

 
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2010 8:22 am    Post subject: REVIEW - 1989-05-27 Live at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Reply with quote

1989-05-27 Live at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Stadium
with Clarence Clemons on saxophone (1)



Set 1

Touch Of Grey
Greatest Story Ever Told
Althea
Walkin' Blues
Iko Iko (1)
Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again (1)
Bird Song (1)
The Promised Land (1)

Set 2

Hell In A Bucket (1)
Fire On The Mountain (1)
Blow Away (1)
Truckin' (1)
Drums
Space
I Will Take You Home
The Other One
Wharf Rat
Turn On Your Lovelight (1)

Encore
Brokedown Palace (1)

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Intro:
From a fast web research I have discovered that this was the AIDS benefit show which featured other artists such as Tracy Chapman, John Fogerty etc.
I wanted to listen (a) to a casual Brent era show (b) to a show with the sax and (c) a good sounding show, so my "almost" random choice goth this one and .... here I go!
Ah ... yes ... this is the first show I listen fully with headphones and I loved it. I am a big fan of loud music but this had to stop for my family's stability sake.

Set 1.
The show starts with Touch of Grey which is always welcomed in my list I could immediately hear that Brent and Phil are on fire in this show. This is a classical version and a nice warm up, GSET, Althea and Walking blues met my expectatons for a brilliant show I have choosen for friday with tunes I love. The band during those 4 songs adjusted all the engines and pipes so the "machine" was ready for "lift off" together with the man with the sax good old Clarence! The man joind forces with Iko Iko . Now this is a joyful tune I like to hear during car rides and so but in this case I could feel a strange Jerry's driving force singing the tune. I mean it seemed as if Jerry put 1 gear up and wanted to push by his own force the band to another level by means of his singing. Iko, Iko is a simple and funny tune with no extra instrumental possibilities so I guess that Jerome was very happy that Clarence got in. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again, now there is not a secret tha I am a huge Dylan fan and that this is one of his immortal songs, which has been played over and over again from 1987 until the very end, but the addition of the sax during this very sng has such a juicy effect that you can feel the swamps of Luisianna on your feet even if you are home in your cauch. I loved the sax improvs which in this song gave colours and a new light to it. This was a refreshment indeed. Bird Song here the sax element was (to me) less evident and I think that Clarence felt the need to make a step back but only because the band really played with all the energy possible within the limits of total disaster in the last instrumental section. So there we were on the border of triumph and disaster, which delivered some creazy rhytmic apex which was partially unespected being used to think that the best Bird Songs are from the 72 nad 73 era. The latter is true but I simply have to relisten more carefully this song to make my last judgement. The Promised Land with sax is yet another very successful Luisianna refreshment with very fast solos.

Set II
Hell well another remarkable version which was very fast with Bobby singing as a possessed madmen with wide open eyes looking for another .... well. Fire On The Mountain well this was a surprise to hear this song not in a combo with Scarlet Begonnias. This is perhaps the best the BEST song of the show in terms of Jerry being really caught singing and playing. This version of the song is dirty, toxic and mean, the guitar hits very hard riffs so there you will not find the usual "ua-ua" solos (which I love by the way) but hard acid riffs which combined with Jerrys extra singing gave me chills. Blow away is this my favourite version .. maybe the sax really makes the difference here and the band is with Brant this evening. Truckin' a very nice version, but notthing special compared to other evenings ... but again a solid standard. Drums this section started as a continuation from Truckin' with something lie 3 or 4 mins of fast rythmic interactions, to tunr suddenly in a bongos rhytm with gave me a vision of a Maya tribal fights in a hot summer jungle. The obsesive rhytmic soound of bongas was such that I could see the blood and smell the sweat. This made the drums to be better then the Space in my opinion. I Will Take You Home the second Brent song of the evening! I love Brent I said so but that night Brent was in good singing shape and this version of the song was well executed. The Other One was as usual a very spacey version typical for this era. Now this was the first time I used the headphones so I could hera the scarry voices added to the chorus and that was funny I liked it. Wharf Rat very good, but notthing much to add. Lovelight a high standard with a nice Clarence solo in the instrumental section. Brokedown Palace is a classical encore shich was sung by Jerry with all his heart but I would have liked to hear a breking sax solo by Clareance like in "The River" ... but again Clareance took a step back and have accompained Jerry with thome soft backing Melodies.
Conclusion: A solid show everyone was "on" and happy to be there. I guess that Jerry was happy to have Clearance on board. I am a PhilHead and I love the sdbs where you really feel the bass. So if you like that too try this one. No dramatic solos and jams but a solid solid show with no weak parts in my opinion at least.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2010 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was happy to be there that day. The boys came out and played with Fogerty on some great CCR tunes prior to their set; it was pretty cool. Seems like Tower of Power and Los Lobos played sets as well.

I've been looking for a copy of the Fogerty set for years, if anyone has it or knows where to get it, post it please!

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2010 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was at this one as well box!! This was a weird show from a personal standpoint. Through my father's company he was in ' control ' so to speak of the company's Skybox. Normally that meant he took a bunch of clients to the Oakland A's games. It was up on the third base side. I was lucky because if he didn't use all the tickets, he would throw me a couple and my friends and I could take in a game. ( We just had to behave because there were clients there) Free beer, food and baseball, what could be better?

Well it became better because he also got the concert tickets whenever they had a big show there. Needless to say, there weren't many clients who wanted to go see the Dead so I lucked out big time here. So we had free beer, food and the Grateful Dead on this day. It was cool because my dad invited some folks from the office and their kids ( about the same age as me ) and my mom and sister. They had never been to a Dead show but my dad was a HUGE CCR fan so he was pretty stoked to hear Fogerty.

This worked out beautifully. My folks were fine just sitting in the box listening to tunes and socializing and I got to roam around the place with two hotties I had invited to the show. Every now and then we would check in to the skybox, grab a beer and some snacks and head back onto the field to dance and smoke!

On one of these excursions I ran into a guy dressed up in a full Spiderman costume and brought him up to the skybox for some fun. It was hysterical when I walked into the skybox with Spiderman in tow. He hung out for a bit. My mom wanted to walk around and get a feel for the experience so I walked her around the massses. Her eyes were bugging out. Naked chicks, the smell of ganja, the tape rigs ( i'll have to check but I think this was a no taping show because of the other artists), the folks rolling joints and the general freak show all was a bit much for mom but she said she had fun. At one point we found ourselves standing next to Bill Graham so I introduced my mom to him!!! It was totally random:

" Oh hey Bill, great show so far."
He just kind of nodded
" This is my mom's first show, Mom this is Bill Graham"
Mom: " Nice to meet you"
BG "Are you enjoying yourself?"
Mom" It's a little different than what I'm used to"
BG " Well it's been a pleasure"

He then bailed. Wish I could say it was more than it was, but that was pretty much it. Mom had no clue who he was and I'd never met him before but it makes for a cool sidebar in this story.

Anyway I was more excited to see Fogerty than I was the Dead. He hadn't played live in a long time and he hadn't played CCR tunes live in a really, really long time. This was also around the time of his Centerfield album and his resurgence. The gals and I got pretty close to the stage for this. It was AWESOME. There were smiles from everyone on the stage as they all seemed to be having so much fun. The fans were pouring love onto the stage for Fogerty. You could feel this cool energy going on and the crowd ate up all the CCR tunes. It was even cooler to be standing in centerfield while he played Centerfield!! It was just a really fun, energetic and triumphant set for Fogerty.

The Dead's set was pretty good as well. By the end of the first set most of the folks in the skybox had left. It had been a long day. It was awesome to have the skybox to ourselves ( the two gals and I ) We got to really lounge around on the couches and just chill with the Dead on. I'm ending the story there!

I have a couple of pictures of Spiderman and a few crowd shots from this day. Once I get them digitalized, I' ll post them.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2010 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lucasmcain wrote:
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Here too:

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Soon as I replied to tizi, I went to LL and asked for a reseed, got 2 seeders within 5 minutes. Now that is service!

That was a LONG show. My memory of the day is much more foggy than yours; could have been the green window pane...

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2010 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the stories Very Happy

.... and for the link! Now I will have even more fun to listen to this show.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2010 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some how missed this thread. I was there as well!! Who Knew/We'd end up here. It was the one and only Grateful Dead show my wife went to.and I must say she hung in there like a trooper. That was a long day and of course the boys went on last. Fogarty w/Garcia and Weir was very cool. Yeah I remember Los Lobos, Tracy Chapman and Joe Satriani. Danny Glover was also there to talk about the importance of raising money for AIDS research. My wife did return with me to a few JGB shows which she said she enjoyed more than the Dead.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, great review and some great stories to go along with it! Good call Tizi on picking this show, which I don't even believe I have heard...

I've been out of the loop in more ways than one when it comes to the GD recently, so I need to saddle up again...
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Koch I have just returned from a skiing vacation in Livigno (Italy) I will post a review from this vacation ASAP Wink

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tizi wrote:
Hi Koch I have just returned from a skiing vacation in Livigno (Italy) I will post a review from this vacation ASAP Wink

Nice! Hope you had fun.

I listened to portions of this show, and it definitely merits a full listening... thanks again for pointing it out.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lucasmcain wrote:
" Oh hey Bill, great show so far."
He just kind of nodded
" This is my mom's first show, Mom this is Bill Graham"
Mom: " Nice to meet you"
BG "Are you enjoying yourself?"
Mom" It's a little different than what I'm used to"
BG " Well it's been a pleasure"


This is a gas and some quick trickster thinking on your part. Seize the moment! Way to go. Laughing

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

<iframe title="YouTube video player" class="youtube-player" type="text/html" width="480" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/PfEs0sKUHxI" frameborder="0"></iframe>

Haven't given the show a listen, but its a really good iko!

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Ahh man I forgot they broadcast parts of this show a few weeks later. It was simulcast on KSAN- FM, I think as a fund drive for the cause?? I taped it on a boombox while partying with the same two hotties!!!! There has to be a proshot vid of everything out there somewhere.

Man I miss the Bay Area!!


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice video thanks ...

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lucasmcain wrote:
Ahh man I forgot they broadcast parts of this show a few weeks later. It was simulcast on KSAN- FM, I think as a fund drive for the cause?? I taped it on a boombox while partying with the same two hotties!!!! There has to be a proshot vid of everything out there somewhere.

Man I miss the Bat Area!!
I believe PBS taped the show in it's entirety. I taped it when they ran it shortly after the show itself. Seems they only ran it once or twice. My VHS copy is long gone. There were some funny out-takes of Garcia and Weir pitching to the audience why they should send in donations for AIDS research. They are both reading off of cue cards and there is not one successful take.

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fillmoreeast wrote:
lucasmcain wrote:
Ahh man I forgot they broadcast parts of this show a few weeks later. It was simulcast on KSAN- FM, I think as a fund drive for the cause?? I taped it on a boombox while partying with the same two hotties!!!! There has to be a proshot vid of everything out there somewhere.

Man I miss the Bat Area!!
I believe PBS taped the show in it's entirety. I taped it when they ran it shortly after the show itself. Seems they only ran it once or twice. My VHS copy is long gone. There were some funny out-takes of Garcia and Weir pitching to the audience why they should send in donations for AIDS research. They are both reading off of cue cards and there is not one successful take.

The little known first attempt at using a Teleprompter...
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy Yeah it was pretty funny I remember one take...
Weir--"So if you could please send a small donation."
Garcia--"Or anything else you got."

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