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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:27 am    Post subject: 2/21/91 - Oaktown Reply with quote

Grateful Dead
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Stadium
Oakland, CA
Date 2/21/91 - Thursday


One
Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Franklin's Tower ; Little Red Rooster ; Loser ; Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again ; Tennessee Jed ; The Promised Land
Two
Playing In The Band [15:44] (1) > Uncle John's Band [10:20] (2) ; Terrapin Station (2) > Jam [6:15] > Drums > Space > Eyes Of The World (2) ; Throwing Stones > Not Fade Away
Encore: Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Comments (1) terrapin Station tease [:40] (2) with Airto Moreira

I randomly listened to this show last night after a recent June 1991 listening tour. I was pleasantly surprised. I know I have been remiss on my show reviews... so here is one.

Help>Slip>Franklin is never a bad way to start a show. This is an opener, and it is not one of those openers where you are blown out of your shorts, but it is good. Followed by the LRR and Loser, both are mediocre efforts. Then we get a great Memphis Blues, with much Vince. This is shaping up to be a great Vince show. To round out the set we get a TN Jed, which I admit I skipped, and a Promised Land to close out, which was its usual rollicking good time.

The second set is where the REAL action is! First, check out the setlist, and this is no paper tiger. PITB rocks, with both Jerry and Vince really dominating, at the appropriate moment. This jam actually contains some of the best Vinny Goombatz I have ever heard, and I have heard a lot of Vinny. The jam is long and exploratory, slowed down from the pace of the 80s, allowed for a less focused, bit more spacey flow. Loved it. It segues into? Well, it looks like Terrapin, but that is just a tease! The tease goes for 40 seconds before segueing into Uncle John's Band. These not just on the spot transitions, but actual segues, very nice stuff here. Airto Moreira comes out to join with some percussion fun for much of the rest of the set during the UJB. He always adds some X-factor if you ask me, allows the drums to expand more deeply, because while one is pounding out the basic rhythm, we now have two to experiment with. Nice stuff. The UJB is no slouch, very nicely pulled off, and then we get a segue into the previously teased Terrapin, solidly played. We got some x-factor in one of the between verse short solos, thanks Jerry. The song progresses nicely, taking their time, and we are treated to a nice Turtle Jam that takes us to nice, mellow yet interesting spaces. Drums follows, and is long, followed by a decent Space. Now, if you were there, chime in about what happens next. Out of Space, not the best of segues ever, but the oh so familiar notes of Eyes of the World begin, and we are off into a fantastic journey, again, very exploratory, yet Jerry is playing even more spirited than before. His MIDI jamming for the final jammizo particularly hits the spot, with blazing notes searing your ear drums as they enter your mind. After this excellent rendition, Airto Moreira realizes it is best to get off stage because that is a hard act to follow (see 10/31/83 for other great Eyes action from Airto), and we are treated to a decent Throwing Stones is followed by a better Not Fade Away to close out the set.
The encore is a somber Knockin'.

This show is worthy of an immediate listening! The 2nd set especially ranks up there with the best 2nd sets of the 90s.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 10:18 am    Post subject: 2-21-91 Reply with quote

Shout out to WVHEAD on this one, as I first listened to the show after he mentioned it in another thread here on the Pub.

Solid H/S/F opener - hot Memphis, and the 2nd Set is jam-tastic, with a full spectrum of sounds during the Playin-UJB-Terrapin sequence, including some very nice Jerry MIDI action. Of course Eyes out of Space is a nice surprise as well.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just fixed it, but swmai pointed out that I had previoulsy titled the thread 2/21/90, sorry if I confused anyone...

The show should be

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll have to listen to this one, although I was there that night, I just don't remember it very well.

This was the first and only time I ever had my buds confiscated at a GD show (or anywhere else). Damn rent-a-cops! The whole experience of arguing with the guard about my stash screwed up my night. Mad
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hopefully nearly 18 years of distance has enable the healing to take place. Let me know what you think of the show.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

absolutely agreed, Koch! i freakin' love this show, great review! hopefully more folks will be turned onto this one, you're right, one of the best 2nd sets of the 90s.

here's what i had to say about it back in November:

Grateful Dead
Chinese New Year Celebration
February 21, 1991
Oakland Coliseum
Oakland, CA


Set 1:
d1t01 - Tuning (2:46)
d1t02 - Help On The Way -> (4:03)
d1t03 - Slipknot! -> (6:37)
d1t04 - Franklin's Tower (12:11)
d1t05 - Little Red Rooster (10:20)
d1t06 - Loser (10:07)
d1t07 - Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again (10:04)
d1t08 - Tennessee Jed (8:04)
d1t09 - Promised Land (4:35)

Set 2:
d2t01 - Tuning (2:29)
d2t02 - Playin' In The Band -> (14:45)
d2t03 - Terrapin Tease -> (0:46)
d2t04 - Uncle John's Band -> (10:14)
d2t05 - Terrapin Station -> (20:40)
d2t06 - Drums* (13:57)
d3t01 - Space -> (3:00)
d3t02 - Eyes Of The World** -> (14:00)
d3t03 - Throwing Stones -> (9:26)
d3t04 - Not Fade Away** (9:22)

Encore:
d3t05 - Tuning (1:21)
d3t06 - Knockin' On Heaven's Door (8:43)


* Airto Moreira, percussion
**Dragon Parade

a fantastic FOB AUD. the jamming in set 2 is sublime...the Terrapin tease after the tripped-out Playin' is sweet as it morphs into a killer UJB...when Terrapin gets going for real, it's damn intense...20 minutes long and a new favorite version of mine...Vince is the only keyboard player for this run of shows and he does a really fine job on this night, playing some interesting tones i haven't heard elsewhere...

the other big highlight for me is the sweet, sweet Eyes of the World that materializes out of Space...last time this was done.

check it out...
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I kept thinking... man, Bruce is pretty quiet this show... thanks for the insight.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That 20+ minute Terrapin looks tempting.
I have skimmed around these February shows, but don't think I have heard ANY of this show, good look.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just listened to it in it's entirety.
Rock fucking solid, I had my doubts too, considering the setlist.

KILLER Rooster, Loser, Promised Land in the first set.
Second set was flawless....one of the better post '84 NFAs I have ever heard...even the lame 'Heavens Door' was solid.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gopher wrote:
I just listened to it in it's entirety.
Rock fucking solid, I had my doubts too, considering the setlist.

KILLER Rooster, Loser, Promised Land in the first set.
Second set was flawless....one of the better post '84 NFAs I have ever heard...even the lame 'Heavens Door' was solid.


I had my doubts too since I had never really heard any Feb 91, and I figured there was a reason for that... as far as this show goes, I was wrong, I had no reason, I was just missing out.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kochman wrote:
Gopher wrote:
I just listened to it in it's entirety.
Rock fucking solid, I had my doubts too, considering the setlist.

KILLER Rooster, Loser, Promised Land in the first set.
Second set was flawless....one of the better post '84 NFAs I have ever heard...even the lame 'Heavens Door' was solid.


I had my doubts too since I had never really heard any Feb 91, and I figured there was a reason for that... as far as this show goes, I was wrong, I had no reason, I was just missing out.


Yeah man, Feb 91 looks pretty tasty.

Starting with the New Speedway revival show..

02-19-91 Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, Ca. (Tue)
1: Bertha> Greatest, Althea, Queen Jane, Ramble On, Picasso Moon, Peggy-O, Cassidy> New Speedway
2: China Cat> I Know You Rider, Truckin> Crazy Fingers> Jam> Drumz> Wheel> Watchtower> Black Peter> Sugar Magnolia E: U. S. Blues
without Bruce Hornsby - last "New Speedway": 09-20-70 - last electric "New Speedway" 07-11-70


Followed by a pretty standard looking (read: awesome) 91 set list, except that they've got baba olatunji. Haven't heard this one yet, but the second half of the second set looks powerful -- i really like that sequence.

1: Bucket> Sugaree, Walking Blues, FOTD, Mexicali> Cumberland, Masterpiece, Bird Song
2: Scarlet> Fire, Estimated> He's Gone> Jam> Drumz*> Jam*> Space> Other One> Wharf Rat> Around E: Mighty Quinn
*with Baba Olatunji and Sikiru Adepojuwithout Bruce Hornsby - false start for "Masterpiece"

And then the Chinese new year show described above. I would love to have lived in Oakland for all those great shows they played there over the years. What a great year.. March picked up right where these shows left off, and they pretty much didn't let up all year.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yo, I listened to most of 2/19/91... man, another spot on show, as you said. The NSWB was GREAT considering how long it had been on the shelf. Good stuff. I have yet to listen to the 2/20/91 though.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kochman wrote:
Yo, I listened to most of 2/19/91... man, another spot on show, as you said. The NSWB was GREAT considering how long it had been on the shelf. Good stuff. I have yet to listen to the 2/20/91 though.


I've got 2/19 cued up right now. This is a solid show. I'd say that these Bruce-less shows -- at their best -- sound like solid shows from the late-Brent era. What I mean is, Vince's playing is actually pretty good sometimes -- especially when Hornsby wasn't in the line-up. Good enough that you can't tell whether it's Vince or Brent.

EDIT: This is a really nice Althea!! I can't wait to hear the rest.
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