October 15 - October 21, 2007
We’re going to be doing some jumping around the calendar this week, to play you some music we didn’t get a chance to play for you the past few weeks.
First, as we’re always interested in playing unique sequences and segues, we’ll pop into 1980 for a quick stop on 10/2/80 at the Warfield in San Francisco. From this very good show is the interesting third set opening sequence of Drums>Comes A Time>Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance.
Next up, we’ll jump ahead 14 years, to 1994, specifically the very good Fall Tour. From 10/1/94 in Boston, we have the second set opener, Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain, and from a few nights later on 10/5/94 in Philadelphia, the very unique second set opening combination of Midnight Hour-Cumberland Blues.
From the Fall Tour of 1976, specifically 9/30/76 in Columbus, OH, we have the second set opening Lazy Lightning>Supplication.
Jumping back a bit to 1972, here are two songs from the 4/7/72 show at Wembley Empire Pool (subsequently Wembley Arena) in London, Chinatown Shuffle and a rocking Me and My Uncle. Bobby wasn’t kidding when he said about these two Wembley shows in 1972, “man, we played like demons at those shows.”
Check in next week when we’ll be playing some great music from your favourite band. As always, we welcome and encourage your questions and comments.
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the 10/01/94 scarlet>fire is up on archive.org.....you can stream it and you dont need WMP!!!
in fact the whole show is up there streaming!
check it out...and
c'mon okay, this is crazy, i mean this a great '83 scarlett fire, awesome, brent sounds fantastic, phil sounds absolutley phenomenal and jerry great, what more could a little pig like me ask for, well that '94 scarlett fire sounds cool, and i have a mac, and can't use windows media player, okay here is me crying, i'm a little sissy, i know, and i'm not complaining 'cuz this '83 scarlet fire is f--in' AWESOME right now brent and jerry weaving, with phil below and bobby kind of pulling them along, drummers keeping rhythm alive, great, '83 is my nuumber one year, far and away, but ...... wouldn't mind some way to catch up with that '94 scarlett fire that's written up there that apparently you can only get with windows media player and you can't get that with a mac ....... i may invoke the equal protection clause
Zaorish your very welcome. As other comments have stated the entire Boston show from 10/01/04 is special. The playings top notch and energized. The whole shows a great listen. Also the show before this one in Boston, 9/29/94 is also worth checking out. Regarding 10/01/04 and your comments about Jerry's passionate singing at the end of Fire, make sure you don't miss the So Many Roads and Stella Blue from this show which as you will hear demonstrate that Jerry's passionate singing was not limited to Fire alone. Theres a good board on archive you can check out. To me it's some of the best vocal work Garcia ever did. I'm actually of the opinion that while Jerry was super inconsistent in 94-95, vocally there are moments where he let himself go unlike any other period of Dead.
I definitely get the same version (a 1994 Scarlet> Fire) whether I choose the quicktime or windows media stream.
How mysterious. Perhaps it's been "fixed".
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOBBY!! Blessings to all Libra people near and far. This selection is from Bob Weir's birthday week ! Thanks again to David!
Thanks David! This is one of my favorite selections. There's a show that was on my birthday in 1994! Love the Midnight Hour! But, Mickey and the Drums are SMOKIN' at the Warfield! In fact it's a great start to a third set. Lost Sailor is one of my all time favorite songs written in Mill Valley (which I love) and in the year I was born. Trip out! Love and Light ;-)
i have to whole heartedly disagree with the archive.org trolls......sure 1994 has its warts, but like you said...it has its hidden quirks and gems of performances. Garcia comes over the top, sometimes vocally, to make up for sometimes sloppy playing. 94 was the year that it became glaringly clear that he was struggling with his addictions. Such a nasty addiction that it affected his playing. It was always sad to see him struggle with what would eventually overtake him. But, that being said, 94 has some of the best and soulful garcia vocals i've ever heard. sometimes, he would also compensate by unleashing new and fresh interpretations of riffs he had played the same ways for years. Sometimes it worked beautifully, and sometimes it sounded terrible. Thus began the game of guessing if it would be a great show, or a lackluster one. If your looking for start to finish exactly perfect performances, then 1994 isn't the year. Compared to say 1973, 1994 can't be compared. The band as a whole would also "overcompensate" for the struggles that jer was facing. Sometimes this overcompensation was amazing. More lesh, a crazier...razor sharp weir, the DRUMS......the DRUMS were sometimes my favorite part of 94 dead. All the extra sweet drum fills ( the extra wood blocks, cowbell, and just big drum sound.) All that being said there are some AMAZING over the top performances from 94 and 95. You just have to know where to look. It takes combing through many many shows from 94 and 95 to find the diamonds in the ruff. It might just be one or two songs from one show. or it might be that 10/01/94 boston show... if you liked the vocals on that "scarlet>fire".....then you will LOVE the" He's Gone" from 12/09/94 (SBD stream over at archive.org)...the whole second set sequence is awesome! way over the top vocally and musically. one of the most amazing "drums" sequences i've ever heard too.
don't ever let others make up your mind for you....you have to listen for yourself, then be the judge!
Ohmydearest, thanks for the note on the actual show date of that S>F, I will go and try to find a copy. (As a geek I really like those Dead trivia games, try to guess the show, etc)
I want to add that I usually get Dead recommendations from the archive.org forum trolls, so I had been under the impression that 1994 was a ugly, festering, black hole. I just listened to the entire 10-01-04 S>F and...wow. The playing is right on par(in my opinion) with something like 5-25-77.
Especially, check out the end of the 10/01/94 Fire..I have NEVER before heard Jerry sing this song so passionately! (closest is maybe 7-07-78)
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God is good.
Yeah, just to add on to my original comment and the others that have followed in its wake. Thank's Zaorish for figuring out what the problem was as I've been listening through quicktime. It did seem strange that there was some disagreement over the lineage as the quicktime version is clearly Brent. Anyways a little bit of research has revealed that the quicktime Scarlet/FIre is from a 10/21/83 show at the Centurm so congratulations to those who guessed the year correctly. Moreover, this version is not only a terrific but part of a strong show in itself, which also contains a serious version of Big Railroad Blues, not a tune paticularly known for it smokin qualities. Also for those of you have been listening to the quicktime 83 version I urge you checkout the Boston 94 as its really some of the best later Dead you'll hear. I can't help but feel like this was a test?
Nice stuff. I always loved Chinatown shuffle, wish they played post pigpen.