I wasn't planning on posting anything here today -- nada, zip, zilch --
but it would appear I am feeling better this afternoon
Might even get to an actual show soon. For now just this...
Friday, July 31, 2009
I wasn't planning on posting anything here today -- nada, zip, zilch --
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Here's another Re-upload.
This -- 3/17/91 Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland -- features the very first (of a whopping 4 Times Played) Reuben & Cherise.
I tried to put my confusion and lostness aside to give this show a listen. Didn't work so well. I feel like my life is in a huge state of suspended animation right now. Thanks to all who've expressed concern and best wishes. Tis appreciated. I'll get back on track eventually... I just don't know how and I don't know when.
Every day I've actually been listening to some music. It doesn't really help me any but when I'm on the trail running or hiking, being alone in my thoughts and in my sadness would drive me insane. Music doesn't take my mind off things but it prevents me from laying down to die. So I load into my mp3 player the likes of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden and Jane's Addiction and Guns 'N Roses and Van Halen and Alice In Chains and Ministry. Not my favorites by any means, but they distract me a little from the crap that can't seem to get worked out yet.
Grateful Dead and Jerry shows I desperately want back in my life... but I'm not in a place where I can enjoy the tunes the way I know I should.
But I did (attempt to) listen to this show and from the amount of attention I was able to give it I can tell it's pretty good.
Up to this point in time (the date of the show,) Jerry (outside of the Grateful Dead) had played Reuben And Cérise 70 times from late 77 thru late '90 -- 13 years. Never a-once had the GD played it... until this first night of the 1991 Spring Tour. Magnificent. One thing I hear so well is Bob's rhythm guitar. It's like he's been playing this forever and he had never played on the song before. It's a damn shame the Dead played this only 3 more times -- twice more this tour and once early in Summer Tour. I mean, what the hell? Never a west coast performance!? That's where I was living at the time, in Utah; I didn't travel for Spring shows and I didn't see Summer Tour shows until halfway through the tour. My shows seen in the first half of '91 were in Oakland and Vegas... and they never played Reuben anywhere west of central Ohio. Ahh well, I have seen it by the JGB at the Warfield so I can get over my jealousy kinda easily here.
I didn't get to see a Reuben but the lovely Sugarmag got to see two of the four! Very lucky you are, Babe! I'm glad you got to see this wonderful tune.
Well, on to the show. Once again, utilize the patented slick ticket click trick to get to the original post with the new download links. Okie dokie? Enjoy.
Monday, July 27, 2009
3/2/85 - Jerry Garcia Band @ The Stone in San Francisco is one that had expired... but it's been Re-upped for your enjoyment.
use Sugarmag's patented slick ticket click trick
(click the ticket, yo, and it'll take ya there.)
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
A very personal and utterly devastating tragedy in my family immediately followed my vacation. I'm completely lost and broken right now. I don't owe this post to anyone but I know many people often come around here looking for a new show. The sweet music we love doesn't always heal. It's not helping right now and I don't know when it will be a pleasure to listen to again. I'll see what I can do. Stay tuned.
Carefully crafted, I'm sure, by Zoooma at approximately 2:14 PM
Monday, July 13, 2009
Hey folks! What up? Have ya noticed no posts since Sugarmag's a few days ago, the Alaska GD show she posted, on Thursday? Well, tis vacation time for us. For me this is my first extended vacation in many years and I'm away from my normal setup for posting. Not a lot goin' on right now as far as Inspiration, Move Me Brightly goes. Shows haven't come to a complete halt, though, as I hope to have one up in the next couple days and hopefully one more before next week. So don't hit the road forever, Jack, 'cause I'm lookin' forward to gettin' something new posted as soon as I can! So to all y'all out there -- I hope you're havin' a good summer, thanks for comin' round, and I'll catchya's later!
Dig this for now... or not... whichever.
Watch it if you need it, if you don't just pass it on.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Hey now it's me, Sugarmag. I've been so busy with summer school these last few weeks that I have not written much but I wanted to tell you about this show that I've been listening to. The set list doesn't look like much on paper but it is a really good show...
Me & My Uncle-» Big River, Loser, Lazy Lightning-» Supplication,
Far From Me, Ramble On Rose, Feel Like A Stranger
Set 2: Big Railroad Blues, Samson & Delilah,
Terrapin Station-» Playing In The Band-» Drums-» Space-»
Truckin'-» Stella Blue-» Sugar Magnolia
Encore: One More Saturday Night, Brokedown Palace
Brent had just joined the band a few months before and every song is fresh and full of energy. I love 1980! There is not a bad moment in this entire show, starting with Sugaree. I am often not excited about Sugaree but I think that this is the best one ever! The energy builds into a great jam near the end of the song, and the band rides this energy through the whole show. Bobby belts out the lyrics to Minglewood while Jerry wails on his guitar. These guys are having a great time. Have I mentioned how much I love Brent's sound? Another highlight from the first set is the Supplication jam, wow! Jerry blows me away every time. I also like Far From Me a lot. I can't hear this song without thinking of the last few times he played it ten years later in 1990. Of course in 1980 it was brand new, and it sparkles! I really like Brent's voice. Ramble on Rose and Stranger are excellent, too. This show truly does not have a bad moment. I first listed to this show during a listening party over at Lost Sailor's Pub, and at some point my friend Kochman said, "Jerry was putting on a clinic on this night!" If Jerry was putting on a clinic, so was everyone else in the band. This is how it's done.
I love hearing the enthusiasm from the band and the crowd in the opening of the second set. The crowd is going nuts clapping along. Terrapin is good although I should whisper that I have heard better Terrapins but I hate to say that because Terrapin is still good and this is such a good show! In Terrapin I think the best part is the way Jerry plays before he sings, "since the end is never told..." My favorite part of this whole show is the Playin' in the Band. There is this really cool, trippy spacey jam that doesn't even sound like Playin' where Jerry and Brent and everyone else are just going nuts and then it is time for drums.
I love the rich sound that Brent brings to every song and I really like the way he plays the opening notes to Truckin'. On this night in Alaska Bobby sang Chicago New York Alaska it's all in the same street. Jerry, of course, rocks. Things slow down for Stella Blue and it is so pretty, so poignant. I try not to think too much when I hear this song because I could easily cry. Jerry's voice in 1980 was so sweet and clear. After that is my song ;-) to close out the set.
I know some people don't care for Saturday Night as a closer but I think it's always fun. Brokedown Palace is such a sweet ending to this show. I hope you dig it.
Psst! Hey Zoooma, I love you!
PSSST! Hey Sugarmag, I love you, too!!!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
|New Riders of the Purple Sage|
February 28, 1971
Fillmore West, San Francisco
David Nelson - acoustic & electric guitar
John Dawson ("Marmaduke") - acoustic guitar
Dave Torbert - bass
Jerry Garcia - pedal steel
Spencer Dryden - drums
& special guest: David LaFlamme - violin
I Don't Know You
Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down
Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line
Fair Chance To Know
All I Ever Wanted
Truck Driving Man
Long Black Limousine
Last Lonely Eagle
I don't know much about NRPS. Along with Garcia-Wales, they are the Jerry side-project that I listen to almost never. I wanted that to change so lately I've been getting some NRPS shows with Garcia (plus one or two without Jerry.) My first listen in years is this nice Soundboard from a non-opening-for-the-Grateful Dead show back in San Francisco shortly after the Dead's run of shows on Long Island in New York. From those we have the Relix Records release Vintage NRPS.
Each of these tunes I'm really digging but All I Ever Wanted, in particular, has me captivated. I also really like their take on Creedence Clearwater Revival's Lodi. Another one that smokes is Portland Woman with some solid solos in there. Unfortunately the recording isn't crystal clear otherwise LaFlamme's violin would be playing a bigger part in some of the songs such as Portland Woman and Glendale Train, as well. At times he seems to be lost in the background which is a shame. But overall this is a pretty nice recording and it's been a great listen.
Lineage: SBD-» Master Reel-» Reel 1-» Reel 2 @ 3.75 ips DAT-» CDR
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
|An album I'm listening to|
a.k.a. the Music I Ran To Earlier This Tuesday Morning...
|One Man Band|
The Way Of The World
You Are Yourself
You And Me
It's A Hard Life
Giving It All Away
The Story So Far
When The Music Stops
One Man Band (reprise)
There Is Love
free mp3 rapidshare download 320 kbps
|Tuesday Morning Run: 16 minutes 12 sec||+3:46 sec|
almost 2 Days Since My Last Run
8:40 a.m. ● 74° but humid ● overcast
Running Tunes: Roger Daltrey
I'm not sure what to think about my running this summer. This I know -- it's gone down the drain. I woke up not as early as I'd've liked this morning but since the sun wasn't shining down, the temp was kind of low and so I decided to run anyway. Normally I'd wait until afternoon and do an 11 or 12 minute run but I put together a playlist for 16+ and that would be my run for today. It was better than a shorter afternoon run but not what I wanted. This summer is just not working out.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
The Dead Spring '09 -- Volume 10
Madison Square Garden
New York City
Ship Of Fools, He's Gone, Cassidy, Sugaree
Set 2: Drums-» Cryptical Envelopment-» Other One, Born Cross-Eyed,
St. Stephen-» The Eleven-» Foxey Lady Jam-» The Eleven-»
Uncle John's Band, Unbroken Chain, Gimme Shelter-»
One More Saturday Night
There's something about this China Cat that doesn't sit perfectly with me but I'm not sure what because the band is tight and absolutely working perfectly together. Maybe it's Warren who sounds too much like Jerry here. That happens on occasion, especially in a song where he has less room to just be himself and play; sometimes he's almost got to sound like Garcia and maybe that's the case here. Another problem with this is it goes way off course. There's no smooth transition whatsoever into.... Shakedown Street? WHOA! Holy moly! No smooth transition but what a surprise for the crowd! On the recording you can actually almost know due to a few notes from Phil just prior to the proper grand entrance into the song. Wow. It's pretty cool and I like it, especially when they head way, way off into jamland. It didn't seem right the way it happened in China Cat but here it's awesome. Each member of the band has complete control over the piece of music they are adding to the overall output here. Outstanding! At one point things quiet down and Phil's bass takes centerstage for quite a long time. The jam dwindles nicely down and soon they're ready to set sail with Ship Of Fools. This an interesting version as it's more uptempo than a beautiful Jerry ballad. It's almost like a new take on the song. Warren handles the vocals respectfully and his guitar never steps on Jerry at all. They keep it rather brief and to the point and it's... kinda cool this way!
He's Gone, here on this Soundboard-Aud Matrix, gives the listener somewhat of an understanding of the "magic" that Phil, in previous shows during his "Donor rap," tells the crowd they bring each night. They (the Heads) are really into it and in turn the guys in the band are pumping even more of themselves into the true heart and soul of this song. A pleasing rendition.
The tune here in the first set that blew me away the first time I heard it (but not so much the second time) is Cassidy. They really really reach and put themselves way up on a summit so high. They're knockin' this out of the ballpark perhaps furthur than the Grateful Dead ever did. It's soooo good. Weir's rhythm guitar is like I've never heard in this tune before. Let Warren's lead be background noise and focus on the rest! Wow!!
More wow in Sugaree when the band works themselves into such a frenetic state. At nearly 20 minutes in length, there's sooo much room to roam here and play to their heart's delight. They never get lost, always staying right on course with some of the most beautiful and probably confident playing this entire tour has seen so far. Mmmm!!! Fantastic playing here. This is a Sugaree that I'd bet Jerry would be happy to be hearing!
Coming out of halftime Mickey, Billy & Jeff perform Rhythm Devil duties to begin the set. It could be noted that Jeff is now an officially(?) anointed member (see pics at the JamBase link below.) It's far from a traditional Drums, more like a Space but it's not but it is, in a way, because it's mostly electronic percussion dealie and gadgets. This continues as the rest of the band comes out and joins in... in a most particular way as Phil begins "singing" Cryptical. I wonder if this is what they were practicing backstage before the show (again, see pics at the JamBase link.) Wow, this almost really sounds more like What's Become of The Baby? than a Cryptical we all know so well. They meander along, eventually bringing everything up to speed before...... PHILLLL! Man, they set this up soooo nicely, they took their time and set it up, no half-assed stroll into O1 here. Often there's no regard for what the Phans want to hear from Phil and they bypass what could be a monumental moment. Not here, no way. This is primo Phil thunder. After that point, The Other One is sounding like they're deep into the second set and on such a roll... but we're just gettin' started!
Actually kicking it up not just a notch but three or four notches is Born Cross-Eyed. I'm sorry but the word "Wow" is about all I've got once again. They are blasting this through the roof. New York City been berry berry good to these guys through the years and here they are bein' berry berry good back. The playing from Phil and Bobby is meticulous while Warren fills in on "lead" (Phil & Bob and Mickey & Billy combined are the lead. No offense to those other two guys but they're just the filler sometimes!) One complaint, though, is how the song just fades away before the wildly energetic and appreciative crowd welcomes in the opening of St. Stephen. The legions are going nothing but nuts for this. I'm sure this crowd is louder than any of the previous nine on tour. Again, no offense to anyone but NYC's the winner!
As they move out of St. Stephen, the intro to The Eleven is something to behold. The Foxey Lady Jam near the end is a treat, as well. Again another song dwindles down to little more than a trickle of music before the next one starts up. Why do they keep doing that? Amazing they are at jamming but it appears that they have completely lost the art of the transition. Ahh well, must push aside the negative and focus on the great, great music they are playing.
Uncle John's Band seems to be toning it down a little; it definitely has a nearing-the-end-of-the-show feel. This is one for the crowd to take part in, a bit of a sing-a-long, a bit of a clap-a-long to celebrate hearing this music. Listen for some sweetness from Jeff on keys, perhaps his best playing of the night here and in the next song, Unbroken Chain. He's rockin' along on electic piano in the latter. Bruce who??? (I'd rather this tour have Hornsby but there are spots when Jeff plays perfectly like here.) He switches mid-jam to Hammond B-3 and helps rock this song even more! Just about every note is perfection. Warren's guitar here is wild and makes me think -- Jerry who? Haa, no way, it's just that it's not like Unbroken Chain was a GD favorite played live for so many years, so I'm more forgiving here. He's not playing Garcia note-for-note anyhow; his first solo is nearly purely all Haynes and then the one at the end is his own addition that would never be Jerry.
While Unbroken Chain was sweet, Gimme Shelter really mixes things up. My God!!! Holy moly, they are rockin' here!!!!! Who in the house was not diggin' this?!? Crank this sucker up! Warren's flyin' here and the band is keeping up like they're 25 again. I bet Mick Jagger would be happy to be hearing this.
Because this show was on a Saturday night, Saturday Night, in obligatory fashion, wraps up the set. Predictable, yes, but forget about that fact for a moment and dance because this is hot and a damn fine follow-up to Gimme Shelter!
Maybe this is the best show of the tour to this point. Didn't I say that about the last one and also Buffalo? Of course "best" is completely subjective but if I had to choose, this would be in the Top 3!
My comments were written
without reading a single word about this show from anyone else.
The Grateful Dead's tape archivist is on tour
and I wonder what he has to say...
In and out of the Garden he goes… This place has always been such an important venue for the Grateful, where they played more than 50 concerts. I only saw two there, in 1987, but I do recall the energy in the building was unlike any other place I’d seen the Grateful Dead. As Jerry said, the place is juiced. And speaking of Jerry, the show tonight opened with five Garcia tunes in row, Cosmic Charlie, China Cat, Shakedown, Ship of Fools, He’s Gone. Pretty cool. The only non-repeat of the tour amongst this batch of songs is Ship of Fools. After these Jerry tunes comes a Weir-Barlow classic, Cassidy, always such a fine first set tune. Capping everything off with Sugaree seems like a nice launching point for the break, as this is one of those tunes the post-1995 bands have consistently nailed.
Well, that’s quite a second set opening sequence, all music written in 1969 or earlier. That is the type of setlist we used to write down as a fantasy setlist. Very cool. Opening with Mickey and Bill doing Drums (aka Rhythm Devils, which can be used in lieu of Drums anytime Mickey and Bill are involved) is a great way to start the set. I recall seeing The Other Ones on 7/5/98 at Darien Lake, NY, a show at which Mickey and John Molo opened the show with Drums for about 5 minute before the band joined in for Samson and Delilah (it was Sunday, after all). At MSG on this night, though, they barreled into Cryptical>Other One>Born Cross-Eyed>St. Stephen (no surprise here, a reminder of 10/11/83)>The Eleven>Uncle John’s Band. And then comes the first foray of the set into the 1970s, Unbroken Chain. This is followed by not only another early 1970s song, but a perfectly appropriate song for the night: One More Saturday Night. And sending the masses out the door with Brokedown Palace is the perfect capper to what was evidently a fun night of music. On to Hartford!
by David Lemieux
If our bodies were made to be able to inhale a dozen donuts a day and never gain a pound, life would be perfect. But nope so I've got to run...
|Sunday Afternoon Run: 12 minutes 26 sec||+42 sec|
3 Days Since My Last Run
12:40 p.m. 88° (31C) Heat Index: 92° overcast
Running Tunes: U2: Boy
Not a bad run and that's only because the sun wasn't on fire on top of me. The overcast sky didn't allow me to run a normal run but it was some relief out there. I was eager to run since I had completely missed this morning... again. I'm having such a difficult time this summer. The warm temperatures keep my mind inside and thinking about donuts. This is not good. But a short run in the afternoon is, I guess and I am told, better than nothing.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
And there are always more cool tunes on the horizon
so Stay Tuned!
Have a Groovy, Happy & Safe 4th Of July!
found at out there
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Here's one that a commenter around here asked for a.k.a. another request fulfilled. I can't always get a request up quickly but I'll certainly work on it! Always happy to help out... and happy when it's something like this that I haven't heard in like a gazillion years or so. Holy moly, this brings me back. I found this tape in a friend's tape case once upon a time, a long, long time ago back in Missoula, Montana. What a score. My copy off his was just fine at the time, hissier than this here in the digital age, but it was the PERFECT tape to pop in and play on a warm summer night with steaks on the grill, dogs in the yard, a nice breeze a-blowin' through the trees and a Pete's Wicked Ale in hand. Sittin' on the porch in the summertime, watchin' life go by back in western Montana... man.... that was Heaven on a Stick, Mick, it didn't get much better than that. Work hard, relax mightily. We were often as broke as a son-of-a-bitch but the steaks they were always prime and the beer was never Bud, bud. When possible it was nice to splurge a little to make life a little bit sweeter. Summertime in Montana with the Good Ol' Grateful Dead jamming in the background while watching the late night summer sun dip below the horizon after steaks cooked on the grill... ahhhhhh...
|Mickey & The Hartbeats|
October 30, 1968 - The Matrix
Dark Star Jam-» Death Letter Blues, Other One Jam// St. Stephen Jam//
... Jam (Other One-esque)-» Turn On Your Lovelight Jam-» Jam-»
The Eleven Jam-» Death Don't Have No Mercy-» Jam, Blues Jam*,
Prisoner Blues*, Jam, (another) Dark Star Jam
* with Elvin Bishop; Bobby & Pigpen were not present
The Deadhead's Taping Compendium, Volume 1:
An In-Depth Guide to the Music of the Grateful Dead
on Tape, 1959-1974 by Michael Getz and John Dwork
[out of print]
The opener is a mellow, stratospheric "Dark Star" jam that meanders into an amorphous portion that is mostly extended Lesh improvisation. Ultimately, Garcia cranks up a nasty, fuzzy tone on his guitar, building a blues jam that flows into a short, speedy version of Son House's "Death Letter Blues." After a bit of tuning, Lesh cranks out his patented "Other One" introductory riff to herald a long, intricate "Other One" jam. This abruptly changes into a loud, syncopated improvisation on the instrumental break in "Saint Stephen," and wraps up with a frenetic instrumental "Turn On Your Lovelight." After another lengthy pause, the Hartbeats groove into a slow, sensuous instrumental rendition of "Clementine" that shows how marvelous the melodic skeleton of this song really is, particularly the middle passage's insistent, repetitive bass figure. A sweet, low-key version of "The Eleven" gives way to an impassioned, set-closing "Death Don't Have No Mercy."
The second half of the show begins with Elvin Bishop on second guitar sitting in on a bittersweet, late-night improvisational jam that moves into conventional twelve-bar blues, during which Bishop and Garcia trade some remarkable leads. The dueling guitars continue into the next number, an energized version of "Baby Please Come Back to Me," which Bishop played on October 8. After Bishop's exit, the Hartbeats play around on another improvisation based on the middle of "Clementine." At the end of this, Garcia dismisses the audience's applause saying, " That isn't necessary. We're here primarily to screw around, so don't expect anything that isn't screwing around. We will be screwing around, unless otherwise stated in advance." The last piece of music on this tape is another "Dark Star" jam, which cuts abruptly after about thirty minutes.
by MICHAEL PARRISH
Lineage: Digitized from First Generation Reels
Analog To Digital using a Revox A-77 Reel 2 Reel >
Alesis Masterlink ML-9600 (24 bit sampled @ 96k) >
16 bit @ 44.1k downsample to CD>EAC>SHN