Hell In A Bucket [6:06] ~ Sugaree [10:09] ; New Minglewood Blues ; Friend Of The Devil ; Queen Jane Approximately ; Loser ; Cassidy > Deal
Eyes Of The World [17:16] > Estimated Prophet [14:16] > Terrapin Station [13:25] > Jam [4:34] > Drums [8:51] > Space [9:05] > All Along The Watchtower [5:59] > SteIla Blue [8:22] > Throwing Stones [8:51] > Not Fade Away [6:48]
Encore One More Saturday Night [3:11]
BUCKET: My cousin Vinny, on the scene with a nice support of the intro! Powerful Phil thumping throughout and excellent Weir vocals at the end. High-energy opener.
SUGAREE: Jerry kicks into gear during the last solo break, and Vince comes crashing down into the final lyrics with a superb "descending" keyboard slide. Yo, Vinny!
MINGLEWOOD: Nothing great here - Vinny was not trusted with a full solo.
FOTD: Leaves something to be desired, despite a good Jerry solo.
QUEEN JANE: Yes - great choice, Bobby. Solid version
LOSER: Another step back in the right direction, and Mr. Welnick fills in very nicely on this one with great tonality.
CASSIDY: Jack Straw could have worked here as well, but this show was not going in the cowboy direction. Rather, a more euphoric feel was beginning to take hold. Great all-around jam at the end with nice timing into the seabirds' flight.
DEAL: Swami's favorite 1st-set closer does not dissapoint - energy level is definitely there, ending on a high note as the set began.
The next 50 minutes or so (pre-Drumz) is a truly unique passage in live GD history. I would describe it as festive, yet deeply-layered and carefully-crafted.
EYES: Nice 1990 tempo but not too slow - VW's intro is absolutely priceless. Totally different than what you would have gotten from the late Brent-ski, but a nice refreshing, fun-like-you're-on-a-tropical-island kinda sound.
Jerry busts onto the scene and Phil is all over the place. First verse is executed flawlessly, and then it's off to dreamland with an extended solo break. Yo Vin gets a full solo - slowly earning Jerry's trust - and Jerry responds in kind with tasty melodic noodling. Phil's playing is powerful and up-tempo, coming through loud and clear in the Miller SBD. No lack of chemistry detected whatsoever as verse 2 is barely noticed (due to your state of mind by this point).
Back to the jam, and then an old friend makes it's first appearance of the night, the MIDI !! Yes, Jerry. Did any musician ever have better timing than Jerry? I think not. "Sometimes we live no particular way" comes at the peak intensity point of this mammoth 17+ minute Eyes, and then a final reflective jam leads towards it's natural end.
ESTIMATED: A thunderous Prophet intro on the burning shore of Lake Erie. Phil again flexes his muscles musically, and Bobby vocally. Nice Bobby cheese leading into one of the all-time classic Estimated jams.
Is that a saxophone??!! No - it's Cousin Vinny of course, with the first ever Vinny sax jam following the Estimated vocals. This of course was a tradition in the Vin Era. Phil continues to dominate, but the upcoming Jerry solo is one for the ages.
The next few minutes of pure Jerry leading up to the Terrapin is absolute peak Dead... Jerome begins with the fluid, ultra-clean guitar tone, then the turtle guitar takes control, foretelling what was to come. But yet more layers of jamming were in store. MIDI was next up, with an extended flute solo with the "euphoria" effect reminiscent of late '89 and early '90. All the while Phil is on precisely the same page as Jerry, and the band is perfectly in sync. Then all of a sudden Jerry takes a sharp right turn, steering the bus in a familiar direction - that direction of course being...
TERRAPIN! Notable throughout the body of this version is Bobby's guitar playing. Weir was always an underrated contributor to this song, but here in particular his guitar tone and execution is undeniably great. Vinny is hanging in there nicely, although Brent's Summer '90 tone is somewhat missed here.
End-or-beginning final jam: Jerry goes MIDI-turtle in his progression this time, as opposed to the turtle-MIDI sequence during the Estimated jam. Phil? What can I say - it's a Phil show start-to-finish. The energy and power peak, and then the jam starts to slowly descend into a more spacey, mellow zone.
JAM: As the Terrapin melody disintegrates, Jerry lets some feedback escape from his amp, and Bobby starts in with his discordant, choppy cuts. Phil meanwhile maintains a steady high-to-low progression, creating a nice backdrop for Jerry's extended melodic feedback to expand. This jam is what I would imagine a mountain climber hears in their head when they reach the summit and finally relax after a treacherous ascent. Bobby's choppy blurbs are the opposite and therefore perfect complement for Jerry's ultra-slow, mind-expanding, underwater-style guitar. Seems a lot longer than 4 1/2 minutes.
DRUMZ-SPACE: Mr. Space, Robert Weir, surfs on some of the Mickey Hart drum waves and someone (Jerry on MIDI?) starts playing church-organ sounding stuff....yep it's little Jerry with his toys. Unfortunately nothing much else develops, but thankfully Bobby is to the rescue, with
WATCHTOWER: The intro is all Vince - yeah that's right - Vince! Outfrickinstanding piano to bring us right into the lyrics. Jerry had momentary technical difficulties, but there he is for the rockin solo break.
Phil re-asserts himself during the second solo, with Bobby screeching away and Vinny using some organ. Bonus third solo, as Jerry needed to hit that high, high note - which he did.
STELLA: Can't help but remember Brent here during the ballad slot, this being only the 2nd show since his untimely passing. In a way, these Richfield shows, despite being Vince's intro to the band, were kind of the Brent memorial shows.
Maybe for this reason I interpret this as a rather somber version of Stella - likely just my perception. Vince could have done better here - makes you really appreciate what Brent did in songs like this now that it's not there anymore. Bobby does give us some comic relief in the final "cryin like the wind" lyric with a "boooiiiiiiinnnnnng" guitar surprise. How dare he.
THROWIN-AWAY: Outstanding high-energy finish, well executed. Vince's keyboard tone is once again relevant, and fits Throwin much better than it did Stella. Bobby's vocals are once again full of energy for the "on our own" break. NFA featured some nice jamming and musical interplay - albeit nothing over-the-top.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Vince's first Saturday Night. What if I did the entire review by simply adding after every song "Vince's first (fill in blank with song)." Wouldn't that piss you guys off? Anyway good call to end the show on a high note.
It's all about the Eyes-Estimated-Terrapin-Jam. That's why this is a Swami Pick. Nevertheless the entire show is well worth a listen. Believe it or not, the Bucket-Sugaree is probably my second highlight.
Vinny's performance? Hit and miss - when he hit, he hit home-runs (Bucket, Sugaree, Loser, Eyes, Estimated, Watchtower), but he also struck out..(Minglewood, FOTD, Stella, NFA). NOT a liability whatsoever during the meat of the show (Eyes/Est/Ter). In fact, he came through during that vital sequence big time.