Jerry Garcia & John Kahn -- November 23, 1984
With Special Guest: Robert Hunter
Chrysler Hall, Norfolk, Virginia
aka 11-23-84 aka 11-23-84 aka 84-11-23 setlist & mp3 download
Robert Hunter: Promontory Rider, Jack Straw, Rock Columbia,
Easy Wind, Touch Of Darkness, Tiger Rose, Amagamalin Street,
Box Of Rain, Boys In The Barroom
Jerry & John, 1st Set: Deep Elem Blues, Friend Of The Devil, Little Sadie,
Peggy-O, Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie, Run For The Roses
2nd Set: When I Paint My Masterpiece, I've Been All Around This World,
Jack-A-Roe, Bird Song, Goodnight Irene
What a great little set the lyrical master turns in here. Promontory cuts in with a verse or two missing but after that it's just so smooth. Easy Wind is always loved and Tiger Rose is certainly a standout as Robert just loves to rock that one. Box of Rain was clearly the winner of the hour but the way Hunter plays his acoustic and adds in some harmonica at times, he makes every song perfect.
Jerry & John provide more beautiful acoustic music on this night after Thanksgiving in Norfolk. Peggy-O makes its first ever appearance with Jerry outside of the Grateful Dead. This is ultra-rare and would be played by Jerry just three more times on this tour and that's it.
In the text file/source info for this show, the taper says Jerry's voice is hurtin' and I'd have to somewhat agree with that -- he's not at his strongest here.
An oddity for me is not being a huge fan of a tune by the Dead or Jerry and one that might fit that category is Masterpiece but I'm really diggin' this one. Splendid is Jerry's playing alongside his other bass partner; he's got some really nice ooomf here and the jam they get into is so, so good. King of the night, though, is Bird Song. Kahn is exceptional here; he and Jerry are magic together on this. A GD Bird Song, with six or seven guys, can take off and soar but here it's just two guys alone making that happen.
A great night of music and a GREAT recording. Soundboard not needed! This is gorgeous!
Master Cassette> SHN
(Sennheiser ME80 mics)
|11/23/84 Chrysler Hall|
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