Posted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 1:14 pm Post subject: 8 18 70 FIllmore West
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I chose this show at random because I wanted to hear some vintage Dead from 1970 I hadn't heard before and went blind without looking at the setlist. This recording is by no means great but it is listenable by audience standards of the era, it is not garbage, I didn't mind the warts and all recording, there are far worse auds on the archive.
That being said, Truckin is rather gutty sound quality to start it off after the announcer announces an evening with the Grateful Dead. Pretty standard, what you'd expect.
In between there is the call from Garcia to the soundman to fix problems, ie there is no guitar and voice to be heard by the band, and then Weir asks the crowd to give it up for the guitar and voices. Then Garcia says something like "It's a harrowing trip" followed closely by Dire Wolf.
Dire Wolf is nice, not bad, the crowd starts showing its claphappiness. Friend of the Devil is pretty good, very solid version.
Dark Hollow, and then Ripple. At this point, I was getting fired up on this show, I had low expectations because it was an aud, but damn, this is good stuff. There is no audience reaction to Ripple either, very surprised, and I will get to this point later. Brokedown Palace follows this and I love this combo, straight from the album track list, Ripple followed by Brokedown is awesome. Some tape issues in this one, but deal with it, a tape wrinkle or something and mic sounds. Periodically sounds like the mic is hitting something in this show or rubbed on something.
Garcia singing is awesome throughout this show, I love the vintage Garcia, and this Brokedown is top notch until the end where he says La Da Da instead of Do do do which sounds odd to my ears, but who cares. If this was a board, it would be a spectacular first acoustic set so far.
A decent version of Operator follows this one, I just heard a Hot Tuna recording of this tune, I like this song.
Rosalie McFall is sweet, although I barely recognize this tune for whatever reason, I don't know everything.
New Speedway Boogie is fucking great. Love this song, the clapping even enhances it for me and Garcia plays menacing guitar that fits it perfectly. Also nice piano.
Revival tent Captain Trips follows this with an unstoppable Cold Jordan-Swing Low Sweet Chariot to cap the first set. Personally, I love this stuff, what a great capper for the set. Cold Jordan is particularly good, with mandolin of course, approving hoots from the crowd, and general audience happiness when Jesus comes up in the song. What a great Cold Jordan, the crowd loves it too. Around 47 seconds of Swing Low there is some tape issue, which periodically crops up, but as I said, didn't bother me too much when this cropped up throughout the show, except in Attics of My Life (in the second set later,) which is pretty much ruined by mic problems, at least in the first part. Also it seems like someone near the taper had a rubber duckie, and you can hear this in between songs near the end of the acoustic set. Also clapping along by the audience.
So I really enjoyed the first set, and when I went to cross reference the archive source for review, it says that this is the first time show for Brokedown Palace, Ripple, Operator, and Truckin'. Wow. No wonder nobody reacted at Ripple or Brokedown. Spooky almost.
Second set kicks off with a slow burn Dancin in the Streets. This song in this era can be great, and this one is pretty hot. Around the 2:50 or 3 minute mark before the jam Weir tells the crowd to make a conga line! Like it's a wedding or something! I was amused. 4:00 or so there is a sound drop. Then I noticed that this an ass-kicking cowbell version of Dancin, with multiple cowbell rhythms even. Awesome. Then Garcia starts tearing shit apart with the jam, which almost goes into an Eleven type jammie. Great stuff. Some dipshit yells "Alligator!" at the break after this song, and is ignored.
Next Time You See Me and Mama Tried mark time after the nice vintage Dancin', not much to say about these tunes, kind of boring.
Cryptical Envelopment-Drums-TOO-Cryptical Reprise is great stuff, beefy drums, some guy can't handle the tension and yells "Do It!" before the TOO entrance, and after 10 or 15 seconds, Phil does it, and he does it in style. Nice combo, nice drums. Around 1:20 of TOO there is a small sound dropout.
Sugar Magnolia-Sunshine Daydream is nothing to write home about.
A fair to middling early version of the song with some sound issues.
As I said before Attics of my Life would be decent if the first half wasn't spent with the microphone being beaten up.
It's A Man's World starts out iffy with Pigpen overdoing it, but Garcia and company save it with a pretty sweet blues jam.
Not Fade Away is pretty solid, great version of this tune, more often than not, the NFA of this era is fun for me, and the embryonic And We Bid You Goodnight Jam shows up in the end, later to become part of GDTRFB. I enjoyed this one.
Casey Jones and Uncle John's Band close this one out, nothing superexciting here.
Take what you want here, but I liked this show a lot, especially the ass kicking first set. Loved the extended jams that I expected from the second set. Not everything was great, but there were many moments of this show that stood out, and the vintage Garcia factor is always fun, he was into this one, as one would expect straight from the Fillmore West.
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