Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Capital Dead

Some tunes for Tuesday...

Man, I wish I was at this show! For the three nights in Albany on this 1990 Spring Tour, it was only the night before that I went to... with stoopid school the next morning and Albany being 3 hours away, dang it, just couldn't swing it... oh well. Still a great listen!

3-25-90 Grateful Dead
Knickerbocker Arena
Albany, New York


1st Set

Greatest Story Ever Told Touch of Grey,
Wang Dang Doodle, Never Trust A Woman, Jack-A-Roe,
When I Paint My Masterpiece
, Bird Song, Let It Grow

2nd Set
Eyes Of The World Samson and Delilah, Crazy Fingers
Spoonful DrumsSpace
Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad
Black Peter Around and Around

Encore: The Mighty Quinn

How could the middle show of a three night stand be so sweet? That's not often the case. This night in Albany it most definitely was the case!

From May of '72 until the end, over a span of 23 years, only 8 times has Greatest Story Ever Told opened a show. Out of those eight, only tonight had the opening combo of Greatest Story-> Touch of Grey. What a fun way to get this show rollin'!

The boys were rockin' and the house was bouncin' and spinnin' and probably doing nothing less than enjoyin' the crap out of these first two tunes!! Up next was Wang Dang Doodle and the only complaint is that they didn't segue from Touch -> into Wang Dang but instead paused for a tuneup. Oh well. Most of the Deadhead boys and girls in attendance probably coulda danced right through a three song opener but I guess the boys on stage needed a breather.

Brent next delighted with Never Trust a Woman including a little hamming it up at the end which the crowd really seemed to appreciate. Ohhh, that Brent! And then what followed was just a flawless string of songs one after another right up until the end of the set. It almost seemed unreal how perfectly this night was going so far. Let It Grow, to close down Set 1 was actually a let down... ha ha, sort of. It wasn't quite a 10 on my scorecard, maybe only a 9.9. So still this night, up to this point, gets a solid A+! It didn't really rock after Wang Dang but was played basically note for note without error.

With a beautifully played Eyes, the second set picks up right where Set 1 left off... almost. Unfortunately, this one gets a few points deducted for a minor lyric flub by Jerry and then a second mess up when he sings one line too early which he surely realizes a moment later when he sings the same line again. Whoops. So two minor flaws which is just a shame because this Eyes was nearly 13 minutes of bliss from a band that is so tight and so right on.

It bein' Sunday and all, Bobby gives us Samson & Delilah to complete the Biblical two-fer. Another beautiful moment of bliss follows with Crazy Fingers. Brief but sweet it was and then it was time to rock again with Truckin'. Amazing how this song, arguably one of the Dead's three most popular ever, is so welcomed. The boys nailed every note and there probably wasn't an unhappy Head in the Knick on this night! Interestingly, though, as they jammed away at the end of the song, what potential there was to really launch this into 12 or 15 minute jamland. Instead we got a left turn into quick Spoonful and the boys decided to let Mickey & Billy take over.

After the lowpoint of the night -- a completely unspectacular Drums -- a short Space wound down into the quietest point in the night with Brent singing his ever-so-sweet I Will Take You Home. Ahhhh... but it was time to rock again!

Great as this show has been, it wasn't until GDTRFB that there was a truly mindblowing moment as Jerry momentarily lit it up. And one more Jerry plateau came in the next song, Black Peter. While this doesn't usually have the unbelievableness that it once did, it can still shine it's light on everyone with a ticket stub in pocket. On this night in New York's capital city, Jerry flipped that switch and hit that plateau and for one amazing moment, that light did indeed shine. Heaven achieved!

And finally, during the closing Around and Around, Bobby wasn't about to exit stage unnoticed... he yucked it up a little in his uniquely cheesy Bobby style, giving everyone a little laugh and a great big smile for sure! After a Mighty Quinn encore the night was complete.

This is 1990 at some it's finest. While not the most orgasmic of shows, it is so close to perfection and it has its moments to qualify it for maybe one of the best of the final years of the Grateful Dead. On top of that, this Soundboard recording SMOKES!!!

24 Track Soundboard Master Reel > Healy 2 Track Mixdown >
Cassette > DAT > CDR
Sound Quality

3-25-90 @ Archive.org: you can listen to the SBD
plus there are two different audience sources
for listening and/or downloading.


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Paticus said...

Nice review. I might just have to hop on over to the Archive and give it a listen. Some of this stuff ended up on Dozin' at the Knick, didn't it ? Even though it's not a full show, I think that's one of the better compiled live records. I saw in your about me that you grew up in Bergen County. Representin' Tenafly here !!( my blog will come up as Sandwich Flats, but Nothing Left To Do But Smile, Smile, Smile is me as well)

a.k.a. Zooomabooma said...

Yeah, like 3 from the 1st Set and post Drums minus the encore, i believe, made onto Dozin. That was indeed a great release... at the time... and I suppose it still is for non-DP collectors, for those who don't take the time to listen to shows, for those who may have been at the Knick that March. But i don't spin it anymore 'cause for me, nothin' compares to listenin' to a show or at least what exists of a show (older dates where sometimes only a little bit made it through the decades.)

one says one number and the other another
but they were set at the same time. Hmmm...

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