Dear Al Gore,
I believe you!!!
A few miles down the Richardson, down 'round Wainwright and Eielson
it's currently about 36° (2°C)...
that means it's 36 degrees ABOVE NORMAL.
What the hell?!?!?! We're on the very edge of setting the record high temperature for this date.
It's been a good morning, though, listening to some good ol' Grateful Dead. Third time in a few days I've listened to this and I'm now thoroughly envious of those who were lucky enough to be there. Bastards!!!
University of Oregon
Minglewood Blues, Dire Wolf, Cassidy, Peggy-O, El Paso,
Tennessee Jed, Jack Straw, Row Jimmy,
The Music Never Stopped
Bertha-» Good Lovin', Ship Of Fools, Samson And Delilah,
Terrapin Station-» Drums-» The Other One-» Garcia Jam-»
St. Stephen-» Not Fade Away-» Around And Around
Encore - U.S. Blues
The first set ranks as one of the best ever, with each tune having that extra something. Jack Straw and the set-closer The Music Never Stopped are the obvious highlights. The second set opens with a Bertha> Good Lovin that is as exciting as I have ever heard this typical medley.
Things get especially hot with the most potent and meaningful version of Terrapin Station ever done. The following drum solo, easily one of the all-time most thrilling, escalates into a hair raising intro to a very direct and powerful The Other One. After this we get something that Garcia had been fooling around with on this 1978 California tour, but here everything comes to dramatic fruition. This is the Close Encounters theme in all its glory, beautifully flowing into one of the best modern (after 1976) versions of St. Stephen. Not Fade Away and Around & Around end this awesome performance.
I should mention that U.S. Blues (the encore) was surprisingly hot.
If Dick was alive I'd mention to him that, while the preceding ten shows on this tour were all in California, Eugene is in fact one state north in a place called Oregon... which is most definitely not a part of Cali. (Hey, I'm a stickler for gettin' the facts right. Sue me!)
I'm also wondering when he wrote that 'cause in my opinion, Drums... hmmm... well, I don't want to argue but I'm not sure that I'd call it thrilling. This was surely above average but there've been better. And it doesn't really escalate at the end, at least not that much. What makes it incredible is Phil's entrance to power into The Other One. Just a damn fine transition! Mmmmm... oh so sweet!!!
The Jerry Solo a.k.a. Garcia Jam a.k.a. Close Encounters doesn't truly have the same fullness that was brought to life on the silver screen by Steven Spielberg a couple months before. That doesn't mean what's here ain't cool, it totally freakin' is! It's really the jam as a whole which is just phenomenally mind-blowing. Not an everyday thing when just Jerry alone is wailin' away up there without anyone else joining in.
So a couple things there I disagree with Dick on but other than that, man, he is right on about what takes place in Eugene on this January night 30 years ago. You want a ton of perfect Jerry on guitar? Right here. No bullshittin' that this is just an excellent show from start to finish!
his first Grateful Dead show.
He posted up a pic from the show here.
*all except the first four songs of Set 2 which are:
Audience Front Of Board Sony TC-640 reel to reel > TCD-D8
(if they exist in SBD form, they are not in circulation.)
Sound Quality: mostly A+
(the 4 Aud tunes aren't that bad.)
|the Soundboard-Audience composite of 1-22-78|
is @ Archive for listening only.
|the entire Aud FOB of 1-22-78 is also @ Archive|
for not only listening but downloading as well.
|1/22/78 Grateful Dead - Eugene 1st Set|
|Set 2, Part I - Eugene 1/22/78|
|1/22/78 Eugene - 2nd Set, Part II|