May 5 - May 11, 2008
This week we have some very, very classic Grateful Dead, as well as a unique jam from 1972.
First of all, from MIT in Cambridge, MA, on 5/6/70, we have this monster Good Lovin'. This was a free concert that took place at MIT's Kresge Plaza and was part of a student day of striking to protest the Kent State killings a few days before. This show was just after the Harpur College show on 5/2/70, and carries with it much the same energy as Harpur. There was a version of Dancing In The Street played at MIT that was every bit the equal of the terrific version played at Harpur.
Next up we have a very special jam from Europe '72. Amongst all of the small venue shows the band played on that tour, they broke away from the trend on 5/7/72 to play the Bickershaw Festival in Wigan. At every show on the Europe tour, the band played either a Dark Star or an Other One as the central jam vehicle in the second set, but never both songs at the same concert. Except at Bickershaw. This show saw the band playing its longest show of the tour, and the second set featured the ultimate Europe '72 jam, Dark Star>The Other One>Sing Me Back Home. There is a bit of a cut in The Other One before they venture into the second verse, but it's forgivable considering how great the rest of the jam is. We played the Dark Star here last year, but due to popular demand, we have the whole jam here this year. Sorry it took so long.
This being the week that includes May 8, we figured it'd be a good time to play Scarlet Begonias>Fire on the Mountain from 5/8/77 at Cornell. 'Nuff said.
Finally this week, we have a nifty little stand-alone Estimated Prophet from 5/11/77 in St. Paul, MN. The song developed with a longer and more exploratory jam at virtually every stop on this tour. Occasionally it would go into another song, but these stand-alone versions are pretty darn cool, so we figured you could use another.
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There are so many great things about this 5/8/77 clip. This is definitely a peak moment in Grateful Dead history!
These were my first 2 Dead shows but I got to wasted to enjoy them.I have heard how epic they were. Does anyone know how I can get copies of these stellar shows?
the jam after the drum solo is outrageous, Jerry Phil and Bob are so intertwined for asome time, and then the little pause hearing bobby chop it up, it rules!!!!!
one of the best jams ever and the stroy of how this tape even exists is even better.....Gans did a piece on the hour a few years ago and it is one the gems of the time, the whole show is trippy and jammy and raw dead!
very nice, thx david!
i just listened to the following day MIT show, 5-7-70 and the lovelight(32min) at the end of that show would be nice to hear, it has a st.steven jam into darkness darkness jam into chinacat jam, i'm sure you might have a better copy
I was there, that show in my opinion is the best bar none. Ive listened to Barton Hall on the archives and feel its those pushy New Yorkers (IM a relocated one)who try to make it the best ever. The Mosque was a magical show that until I found the archives lived only in my twisted head. Thank You for bringing some of the best memories of my life back again and again.
That arpeggio thing I was talking about in the 7-7-89 Scarlet>Fire is in the transition.
Audience or board? They're both good for this show. Really good. It's a toss up these days, but it's usually the audience version that ends up in the CD player. It has a great ambiance, and I've never heard an audience recording that sounds so much like the soundboard version.
Here is what Dick Latvala said in an interview about 5-8-77 being released. This is from Dupree's Diamond News, Issue #34, Summer 1996. "No way in the world. It's a Betty Board. It's out; everybody already has perfect copies. Why waste everyone's time?" I think this one got outed in the infamous Betty storage auction fiasco. Poor Betty, I always winced reading about that, but lucky us. In any case, the original DL had different priorities then than our new best friend.
As for the 5-8-77 Scarlet>Fire; I have reached deep bliss dancing to that one. It's pretty close to just-exactly-perfect. Cornell has been talked about plenty. I want to talk about another Scarlet>Fire.
There is one from 7-7-89 that just rows my boat (I was gonna say blow my hair back, but I'm on a Row Jimmy binge right now). Jerry sort of accidentally falls into a little arpeggio thing during one of the solo's in Fire at one point that is just plain pretty. He drifts away from it some, but then he finds it again and just starts milking it. I can hear it in my minds ear right now. It sort of lilts up, and then falls back down in a sequence. Brent picks up on it, everybody picks up on it. Folks, I have soooooo much of the boys music that I haven't even listened to yet, music that I SHOULD listen to, and I have dozens of Scarlet>Fire's, but I play this one over and over instead. I've been playing improvisational guitar for most of my life, and I can't touch this guy on this one. He was God's guitar player. Why am I saying all of this?
Play it, David. I can't share it with the whole world, but God love ya, you can.
Independence Day ain't that far off.
OK, that's it, I gotta go put it on.
"..one good thing, one good thing, when it hits you feel no pain..."
a beautiful, evolved and mature dark star from that era...so much space in the music, you can see right through the sound into the nothingness that surrounds the jam
"..one good thing, one good thing, when it hits you feel no pain..."
NO finer Fire as far as I am concerned...there may be longer, there may be more dynamic, but Jerry is total a-flame here, in total command...anyone who has been to Barton Hall can understand that what he was really expressing was his joy with the huge sound of his overdriven but melodic guitar in that monsterous airplane hangar! If you think the soundboard is rocking, you must hear a few of the many great audience tapes of that show...the crowd's breath and heartbeat swells and collapses in resounding collective joy throughout the show...
It wouldnt surprise me if the band were listening to Eruopean electronic acts at the time . The d star from Wigan sounds at times like portions of songs of Tangerine dream [ germany ] on albums like Alpha centauri ( 1971 ] , and Zeit [ 1972 ] . Both albums i recommend to the US fans if in search of ' intriguing ' and experimentative material
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