setlist & soundboard mp3 downloadGrateful Dead -- March 16, 1992
The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
3-16-92 a.k.a. 03/16/92 aka 92-03-16 - Philly
1st Set: Let The Good Times Roll, Franklin's Tower, Friend Of The Devil,
C.C. Rider-> It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry,
Black-Throated Wind, Ramble On Rose, Let It Grow
2nd Set: Corrina, Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain->
Estimated Prophet-> Drums// //Space-> The Other One->
All Along The Watchtower-> Morning Dew
Encore: Johnny B. Goode
Interestingly, the Audience source does this show some justice that I didn't fully get in the Soundboard. I'm not big on Auds but I generally don't mind them, especially now in the digital age when there aren't several cassette generations muddying the sound and also especially when a SBD isn't in circulation. But I've gotta say that I really appreciated the crowd's response here on this first night of three in Philly on the '92 Spring Tour. At times the Heads were so excited for the music, so thankful -- and you know this 'cause they roared their approval.
I got nothing from the LTGTR when listening to the soundboard but the Aud gave it the excitement of being at a Dead show and the opening song just makes you wanna dance.
Franklin's I dig a lot. It's not especially smokin' but it has a kind of nice jazzy feel to it. Nice touches by Bruce and Vince and Jerry feels free to play while the rest of the band plays around what he's doing until it's brought back down. Doesn't last too long but pretty groovy.
C.C. Rider -- sooooo nice. Bruce on piano is a highlight much like Vince's keys on Friend Of The Devil. The soundboard here is preferred but to be a part of the crowd at the seamless transition into Train To Cry -- mmmmmm. This was Jerry's first set Gold Star. Fan-freakin'-tastic. Thank you, Bob Dylan! But why, oh why, did this vanish from the Dead's repertoire? This would be the final time played for C.C. Rider and Train To Cry.
BT Wind -- holy cow. It might be rather brief but Bob works up quite a frenzy and the band follows. The first time I heard it was with the soundboard and it blew me away. The Aud is just as good only because of the crowd also getting worked up at the same time.
It's been awhile since I've heard a Ramble On Rose that was from a 90's Aud. Of course there's the ultimate "leader of the band" moment but even through seeing it probably dozens of times live, I'm not sure I ever realized what a crowd (sing-a-long) favorite it is/was. I'm also not so sure about Jerry playing with his MIDI here. But hey, if it gives him inspiration to be passionate and energetic, that's a good thing. A fine performance!
When I first heard Let It Grow on the soundboard, I wasn't too enthused. Subsequent listens have not given me much to shout about here. Some nice licks from Jerry, some nice tickling of the ivories from Bruce, Vince has a cool moment, too... but overall it's just okay and not exactly the wicked high I like to end the first set with.
Corrina, to begin Set 2, is an early version and still somewhat of an undesirable infant. There is fan appreciation, though; the song isn't totally despised. Scarlet is loved 10 times more. Lots of MIDI from Jer here, nice and solid but not sparkling.
Where things really get crankin' is in Estimated. Whew. An energetic jam, to be sure! And then there's a nice jammy, jazzy (thanks to Bruce) slide into Drums. Phil is also nicely noticeable here.
There's a significant cut not long into Drums but aside from that, this is a pretty good recording. A little low on the decibel level, very minor hiss during quiet moments, but not bad.
Space is very percussion-ish for awhile before we hear something that resembles what guitar and piano normally sound like. A judgment call needs to be made at the end. Does Space go into -> The Other One, The Other One Jam, or should it not even be noted? Clearly that's heard before changing course into Watchtower. Whatever ya wanna call it, Watchtower features, perhaps, the best-of-the-night of Jerry on guitar. This is actually kind of mellow, like perfect for driving down the interstate in a driving rainstorm. Aside from brief spot of feedback, it's just gorgeous. Vince adds an interesting keyboard rhythm and when he stops Bruce takes over on piano... then back to Vince again. Lots of Phil here, as well, making this pretty cool. It winds down into a Dew that has a flubbed line or two but Jerry pumps plenty of emotion into it, both lyrically and musically, with picture perfect lead guitar that we know and love. Once again -- mmm.
Johnny B. Goode leaves everyone happy. Not a show that's gonna blow your mind but it's efficient enough and had some nice moments to it. Totally worth it.
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