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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:24 pm    Post subject: PHIL LESH....Man o' Man Reply with quote

I know...weird title and I think this is going to be a weird post....so I've been listening to a shitload of show lately on my iPod, and for some reason lately I've been keying in on Phil....shit as much as Garcia jammed out and tripped us all out with his solos, if you really listening, Phil is always doing the sickest shit

So far I've noticed that he does sick [CENSORED] in 74 and 75, and now I'm noticing how much he does it from 77 to 79 to. I mean don't get me wrong, I've always respected Phil and his playing, but after keying in on him, I just can't get over the contributions that he brought to the Grateful Dead. He is always is doing something, and just jamming, and he is just in his own world...and doing his own thing...and it all just works.

I wish I had made this discovery sooner, because it is making my listening so much more enjoyable.

Anyhow I just felt the need to share this with you guys to see if you guys have had similar experiences, either with Phil or another member of the band.
Let me know what you guys think.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was on a Phil kick for a while too, but the last couple years I have been really keying in on the drummers. Lesh had his ups and downs, but certainly when he was "on," it added a whole other dimension to the music. Any specific shows or passages that have wowed you in particular?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, as you and I have discussed on occasion Swami...
X show may be a Phil show, Y show a Brent/Keith show, Z show a Bobby show.

When Phil is off, (see much of 80-82), it is definitely very noticeable... moreso than the others.

However, no one surpasses Jerry as far as I am concerned.

I can get into some of the stuff without Jerry, very limited.
I can get into some of the stuff with a failing Jerry (think 95), again, very limited.

You put me in Garcia's sweetspot(s), and it's hard to be disappointed.
72-74, late 76-85, 87-90
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 7:21 pm    Post subject: It just trips me out..... Reply with quote

I'm just tripping myself out, because I just can't believe what he is doing on that bass. Phil plays actual chords on the damn thing. It's just amazing that it all worked and went together....I mean two drummers (If I was the bass player, which one would I pick to follow). So what does he do...he just goes Into his own world and plays to the beat of his own drum.

The thing I can't figure out is why it took me so long to pay this close attention. I figure I was all wrapped up into the Let Phil Sing shit, that I wasn't paying attention to what Phil was doing when we left him alone, to not sing and just to play. I keep finding new shows every night and I can't stop keying in on Phil.

I guess your right....I'm on a huge Phil kick. I have to say this has been the most enjoying listening to the Grateful Dead in a long time.

Come on guys, get this thread going...awesome topic.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you've hit on something important.

I believe the two drummer situation really allowed him to spread out in places.
Of course, he's amazing on yet another level...
72-74, one drummer (who is also a superhuman)... and Phil would find room to get nuts.

I love when you can tell he's just dancing, or as I like to call his style, be-bopping.

Shakedown St is another song where he can let go.


As far as improvisational bass players, and I certainly don't know them all... is there one better?
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