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Re: The Dead Head Thread
« Reply #35 on: May 03, 2012, 08:54:30 AM »
Yeah, this just had to go here too,


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« Reply #36 on: August 01, 2012, 10:32:50 AM »

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Re: The Dead Head Thread
« Reply #37 on: August 01, 2012, 11:38:36 AM »
RIP Jerry, you are still loved.

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« Reply #38 on: June 30, 2015, 11:09:30 AM »
Bump.

Anyone been keeping up with the Fare Thee Well reunion shows in Santa Clara?

I have soundboards, and have sampled them, and they sound really neat. Trey from Phish is playing like some freakish Trey/Jerry hybrid, he's amalgamated their styles beautifully.

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« Reply #39 on: August 30, 2019, 03:49:53 PM »
Recent discussion of CSN reminded me about the PERRO sessions (Planet Earth Rock n Roll Orchestra).  Was wondering what the board Dead Heads think about it?  I'm familiar with many cuts, but I've never heard all of them until now.  I'm digging it.   :hat

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WELRag-wuwo

I'm also bumping this thread up to remind me that I have to continue my foray into the Dead.  So far I enjoy Terrapin Station, 1980 Dead Set [Live], Europe '72 [Live], In the Dark, What a Long Strange Trip It's Been.

Based on this thread, I'm going to get Dick's Pick Vol 4.  What should come next?

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« Reply #40 on: August 31, 2019, 12:05:51 PM »
It's almost a cliche at this point, but there's truth to it:  almost any '77 show is going to pay off in the end.  "To Terrapin", a '77 show in Hartford, CT is a good one.  I'm also a fan of the '76 and '78 era shows, and am just now getting into some of the earlier Godchaux era stuff ('73 and '74).  I'm not the hugest fan of the Brent Midland years, and I'm not a fan of PigPen (though I LOVE the song Mr. Charlie). 

You mentioned Dick's Picks Vol. 4; that's a fairly schizophrenic era; you have the psychedelic aspect of Anthem Of The Sun and Aoxomoxoa, and the more bluesy PigPen stuff.  I love the former, don't care for the latter (some of the "Turn On Your Love Lights" go for over a half an hour, and it's not my thing.   There's a Dave's show (Vol. 10) from LA that is really good from this era.

They're expensive, but I'm finding the Dave's Picks are a better value than the Dick's stuff; the Dave's releases are largely complete shows (sometimes with snippets of adjacent shows) and are a little better quality than the Dick's stuff.  I have Dick's 1, 6, and 7. 

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« Reply #41 on: August 31, 2019, 04:29:53 PM »
Note to self:  When looking through the extensive CD collection you've amassed with your spouse, don't forget to search the spouse-mobile for hidden gems!

Just found Dick's Picks Vol 18.   :o  It's so good.  I also found a double CD of Jerry Garcia Band Live from 1990 that looks pretty darn interesting.  Happy days.

Now I wonder how many CDs are under the seats?   :D
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« Reply #42 on: August 31, 2019, 05:52:11 PM »
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« Reply #43 on: September 03, 2019, 08:10:40 AM »
Just found Dick's Picks Vol 18.   :o  It's so good.

I haven't heard that particular set of shows but that's a hell of a setlist:  Cold Rain And Snow, Looks Like Rain and Brown-Eyed Women are always good in the first set but I'm a second set guy, and discs 2 and 3 look killer. 

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« Reply #45 on: July 17, 2021, 02:56:07 PM »
It's almost a cliche at this point, but there's truth to it:  almost any '77 show is going to pay off in the end.  "To Terrapin", a '77 show in Hartford, CT is a good one.  I'm also a fan of the '76 and '78 era shows, and am just now getting into some of the earlier Godchaux era stuff ('73 and '74).  I'm not the hugest fan of the Brent Midland years, and I'm not a fan of PigPen (though I LOVE the song Mr. Charlie). 



'77 was definitely a high-water mark for live Dead. But overall, I love how these live recordings get attention and love in the same way one might judge the vintages of a fine red wine. The fact that the Dead recorded so many of their concerts has given us a veritable treasure trove of music to dig into.

Being a piano guy, the Keith Godchaux era is easily the one that suits my tastes. His jazzy sound just gave the band so much depth. As far as Donna Godchaux, her wailing could be a bit much at times (Playin' in The Band), but her harmonizing and 'scat' parts were really good on stuff like Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On the Mountain, so overall I give her a thumb's up. I wasn't much of a Brent fan either, his keyboards didn't do much for me... they sounded, for lack of a better word... rinky-dink. And the songs he contributed were not very GD-like, sounding like stale pop. I would definitely take a hearty Pigpen blues number over any of the Brent stuff.

The Dead didn't need two drummers. It was overkill, but I guess that idea evolved into the whole World Music/Space/Drums/Jam sessions that you got beginning in the late 70's and into the 80's, which I could really take or leave.

If you haven't done so already, check out the documentary 'Long Strange Trip'.  It really gives some insight into Garcia's mindset during those later years. He was feeling trapped. Also check into the 2015 release: The Best of the Grateful Dead Live 1969 -1977. Even tho it's not a full concert like the Dick's and Dave's releases, there are some really stellar recordings on there, and this coming from someone who has all of Dick's Picks from 1-30.

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Re: The Dead Head Thread
« Reply #46 on: July 17, 2021, 05:37:12 PM »
I love that moment when Jerry met Phish

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For real, though, Jerry was the best part of the band. I saw JRAD at Peach Fest a couple of weeks ago. They were pretty good. More impressive than any post-95 Dead side project with Weir and co. But something was missing.

No one can replace Jerry, he just had the magic fingers. For me, the band died when he died.
I will say, that GD50 in 2015, with Trey Anastasio on guitar, was the closest to real GD I've ever heard without Jer Bear.