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Kochman Calamity Series - 7/24/87 Oaktown

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07-24-1987 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, CA (Fri)
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Funiculi Funicula ;
Tico Tico Tuning ;
Jack Straw [5:44] >
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo [8:24] ;
My Brother Esau [4:38] ;
Friend Of The Devil [7:40] ;
Me And My Uncle [3:00] >
Big River [5:17] ;
When Push Comes To Shove [4:31] ;
Far From Me [4:07] ;
Cassidy [6:37] >
Deal [7:22]

Hell In A Bucket [5:27] >
Scarlet Begonias [7:13] ;
Playing In The Band [10:13] >
Drums [6:57] >
Space [4:#45] >
Uncle John's Band [4:38#] >
Dear Mr. Fantasy [#5:14] >
I Need A Miracle [3:35] >
Bertha [6:58] >
Sugar Magnolia [9:01]

The Times They Are A-Changin' [5:23] ;
Man Of Peace [4:30] ;
Maggie's Farm [5:03] ;
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight [4:30] ;
I Want You [4:36] ;
Highway 61 Revisited [4:25] ;
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue [6:05] ;
Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again [6:04] ;
Ballad Of A Thin Man [5:41] ;
Shelter From The Storm [4:47] ;
Slow Train [4:56] ;
Knockin' On Heaven's Door [8:52]

Encore: Touch Of Grey [6:21] ;
All Along The Watchtower [6:21]


Shit, even the Funiculi Funicula tuning is great, being video recorded for posterity. Another tuning, Tico Tico, follows before they tear into Jack Straw. Jerry bungles the intro lyrics, but everything else is solid, with a gainy Jerry taking charge instrumentally and crushes the jam. On a dime trans into Half-Step keeps things flowing down the rio. Esau skates into the setlist to my delight, nearing the end of his career selling real estate this one is funky as they get. Jerry then turns in a stellar solo during Friend of the Devil, which inspires Bob to hit the cowboy medley. Uncle is at a sprint and Big River flows with great teamwork, Brent throws in a smashing solo, and Jerry throws down the gauntlet at the end, energy is through the roof! Jerry doesn't let the momentum stop, pulling a great Push Comes to Shove out. Recognizing the prowess of Jerry's crunchy tone, Brent throws Far From Me into the mix. A soaring solo makes Cassidy fly, again the team is on it, Phil is especially heavy here, and X factor is achieved during the extended jam. Jerry, never egotistical, but not to be outdone, an immediate transition into a rocking Deal finishes off the set.

Hell knows no fury like the Bucket to open the 2nd, energy through the roof, punctuated by Phil bombs and serious Jerome solos. Scarlet is played with no quarter, it simply doesn't have time to consider mercy at this tempo! The transition jam starts taking unusual turns, all while within theme, then they stop... to immediately transition to Playing in the Band! Speaking of finding the light in the strangest of places, the tempo drives like the autobahn! The jam slows things down, as we head for poignant Jerry. The ensuing jam reminds me of Terrapin 93, at a faster pace, and before the haters hate, that was a great year for Terrapin. Scales abound, then 6 minutes in, things slowing down, delay guitar steps in to add a dose of psychedelia to the otherwise rocking show. Brent's playing becomes pleasantly anxious to accent the madness.

Uncle John emerges out of a space I thought surely was headed to the Wheel, and the energy hasn't dipped. Mr. Fantasy abruptly ends the UJB, with a zealous Brent singing, the band is all over it with Jerry nailing his solos and Bob playing tough behind him. Bobby keeps it rocking with a fantastic Miracle, once again featuring crunched Jer. Jerry then opts for Bertha, indicating more rockin' and no ballad in a show where FOTD is the slow option back in the 1st set. No need for the ballad, as Dylan's set waits in the wings. Jerry makes his audible count with serious solos in this A+ Bertha, before Bobby calls out old reliable Sugar Mags to close the set before Dylan gets his shot on the mic.

Third set is Dylan's, Times They Are A-Changin' his first offering, sets the mood nicely. While in predictably ridiculous voice his acoustic guitar is nice, and Jerry has some nice leads on unfamiliar turf. Maggie's Farm makes the set, and no wonder they kept this simple rocker. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight slows things down in country style, then the juices get flowing in I Want You. Most of the Dylan & The Dead tour left something to be desired, I believe this show is the exception. Highway 61 drives nicely, great bass rhythm by Lesh. Baby Blue is a bit sloppy as the boys liked jamming it out more, but Dylan cuts off Jerry. A true musician, Jerry figures out how to operate within tighter confines. Memphis Blues, always a winner to me, stuck after this tour. This version is a little sloppy, but fun on its 5th live rendition. With Dylan singing the guitarists both got space to see what they could do instrumentally, though again Dylan goes back to the verses prematurely, this version a few minutes shorter than the typical GD version. Thin Man, unfortunately, would not stick in the repertoire, despite being awesome. This is the most psychedelic thus far, with Jerry nailing a delay solo and Brent providing an eerie undertone. Shelter from the Storm is fun, and then a foreboding Slow Train chugs eerily through. The set is "Knockin'", another keeper, which ends the set in its simplistic, sun-setting beauty.

Double encore for the TKO, Touch is fun, but Watchtower brings sizzling solos and adds another keeper to their rotation. SQ issues mar the Tower a bit, but it's amazing.

Performance Summary
Wow! For a band rightfully accused of blowing the big ones, they didn't blow this show recorded for posterity in video. Energy levels are through the roof, with little exception. The pre-drums is through the roof, and while the post-space does its best to keep up it is outclassed. Dylan's set caps off the long evening, and though his voice leaves something to be desired, the backing band is fantastic.

Sound Quality
The 2 Dead sets are from the video official release, heavy SBD with a touch of AUD, a mix I more prefer than the 60/40 that seems to be the order of the day. 70/30 seems better...
The Dylan set has B+ quality sound. I may be a bit harsh having been spoiled by the perfect mix of the first two sets.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In Dylan's book Modern Times he talks about this period and how he had lost his voice, his confidence performing and the Dead (especially Garcia) helped him find it again on that tour. Love Dylan's voice, no matter what era.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool, I didn't know he had that issue.

Garcia... I mean, he was just a special dude all around. My adulation of him grows the more I learn.
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