Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Free The Dead!

Hot off the presses... so to say. I listened to the show once and I compared it to the FOB (Front of Board) Schoeps mk22 source and I'm sorry to report that the FOB isn't as good as this one. This one (Beyerdynamic mics by Muletaper) is excellent! There are at least a couple other sources, one of which the taper self-proclaims to be "killer." In order to post this as soon as now, I wasn't able to compare to those. In reality, if I never hear those other sources, my life will be just fine because this Beyerdynamic source is just about A+ outstanding.

I'm so freakin' busy today and don't have the time to write up comments/a "review" like I often do, but, possibly for your entertainment and/or enlightenment, I've included one from another site.

The other two shows that The Dead played on Monday (after they were on The View) I hope to post within a week or so... so if you're interested then hang loose, aigh't, 'cause All Good Things In All Good Time!


The Dead: Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Warren Haynes, Jeff Chimenti -- 3/30/09 Roseland Ballroom, NYC

The Dead -- Monday, March 30, 2009
Roseland Ballroom, New York City

Uncle John's Band
Eyes Of The World
St. Stephen-> Dark Star-> Sugar Magnolia

Encore: Not Fade Away

The Dead played a series of free shows in New York City yesterday, culminating with a full band electric set at Roseland Balroom that raged from 11:20 PM to 1:00 AM in the morning.

It was an odd scene at Roseland last night, what with the free tickets, last minute announcement, late show time, etc. It was hard to believe you were about to witness The Dead play a 3,000 person venue but at 11:20 the lights went down and the band filed out onto stage. After a few minutes of ‘dead air’, the stealthy Althea progression emerged and Warren led the band through this soulful classic. Warren did this Jerry tune justice and a patient and restrained jam followed.

Bobby then took the reins for Cassidy and delivered a suprisingly strong performance. The band began to settle in and Phil and the drummers were locked up. The boys kept the cheese factor going and broke into Uncle John’s Band next. By the time UJB rolled around, it was clear the band was both practiced and focused on keeping this a flub-free show. After Saturday night’s Allman Brothers debacle, they rightfully felt they had something to prove. While the band was executing consistently on point, it was at the cost of more adventurous and energetic jamming. At the same time, it’s clear Warren is still settling back into his role in the band - trying to find that balance of paying tribute to Jerry and playing his own southern-blues-rock style.

As the UJB sing-along subsided, The Dead switched gears and launched in the spacey Eyes intro groove. What followed was the most exciting and experimental jamming of the night. Both Chimenti and Phil really shined in the 2nd half of the show and brought about some exciting jamming. After Eyes, the band continued into outer space with St.Stephen>Dark Star - a 35 minute sequence with moments of rocking jams and moments of Phil n’ Friends-esque ’space’. This was by far the meatiest segment of the show and the band just continued to settle in and loosen up. As it got well past midnight, the band returned from the cosmos to bring it home with Sugar Magnolia, complete with the triumphant Bobby reprise Sunshine Daydream. While this was an energetic and fun rendition of Sugar Mag, the Eleven and Other One teases heard within the previous segment left something to be desired in song selection.

After a quick break, the band returned to close out the evening with Not Fade Away, complete with crowd clapping/sing along and some of the most energetic jamming of the night. The crowd was dancing and euphoric as The Dead brought things home on a high note. The band took a bow and Phil reminded the crowd that they’d ‘be back in a few weeks’.

from: Welcome To Now (where there's a few more pics of the show.)

Free The Dead -- Roseland Ballroom marquee 3/30/09

ARCHIVE HEADPHONESThe Dead, as of April 1, 2009,
is not @ the Live Music Archive
Download The Show Here

Audio Quality:
Source: 2x Beyerdynamic MC930's by MULETAPER
Part One - Show #3 of "Free The Dead" - 3/30/09
3/30/09 - The Dead, Roseland Ballroom - Part Two
3-30-09 aka 03-30-09 aka 3/30/09 aka 03/30/09 aka 09-03-30 Roseland


dreadbagel said...

Thanx for finding & posting this so soon. There are already torrents up at etree but I don't swing with torrents just yet!

I was lucky enough to catch this show and both the band and the heads seemed to be in good spirits and everybody was connecting nicely.

No furthur analysis at this point before I review it yet again on my mp3 gizmo!

Killing some time before the gig, my bud & I went around the corner to the "Iridium" jazz club and caught half a set of LARRY CORYELL(!) playing solo as well as with members of LES PAUL's group as Les was out sick and missed his regular Monday gig. Get well Les!

93 years young and showing no sign of slowing down!!

Anonymous said...


RDOwens said...

Thank you! I shared with someone just the other day how mid- to late-March always gets my wheels going. Spring emerges and that was when I used to tour the east coast. I just love this time of the year.

Thanks to you, I had new Dead to listen to. The boys sounded good. Different, but not radical.

I appreciate the files.

Anonymous said...

Hey Zooma. Have not had much time to download and listen lately, but always check in to see what new gems might be on the site. Will listen to this at some point. Unfortunately, my schedule will not allow me to catch a show from the pending tour - not close enough to SLC. Ahh it would be nice to get back to the free and easy days of my youth! Anyways, just wanted to chime in and say thanks to you and Sugarmag for the nice posts. Peace. Torc

Kid Charlemagne said...

as they say in hawaii,

much mahalo...

Jack said...

Thanks for posting this. Looking forward to a tour preview!

Bucephallus said...

cool...this will be a warm up for my housemate...who has tickets for 4 shows this summer...

Anonymous said...

Thanks Zooma,

can't wait for the stop at the forum!


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

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