...shall we go, you and I while we can...
There was a singular moment that occurred during every show that was so meaningful because it contained no music. It was the moment when the house lights dimmed, before the stage lights went up, as the band walked onstage. In that moment, you knew the band could take you anywhere they wanted to, and you gave in to it. It was the moment of the highest trust and vulnerability. The Grateful Dead never took anybody on a bad trip. Even on the off nights, the inherent good will of the musicians shown through. Thanks to Jerry and the rest of the band for letting me experience this 170 times. These were the highest moments of my life.
Looking for a smoking Althea. Any recs?
Has anyone heard the music never stopped from 10/29/79 to end the first set? One of my favorite versions of this song. It just keeps rising and rising until you think they can't build it any higher and then they go ahead and jump up another 3 steps. Mind blowing. Check it out. The whole first set is superbly played. A wonderful Sugaree, Mexacali, High Time among others but the Music Never Stopped is the gem of that show.
I really loved that song, and it was getting better up until the end. I caught a few, but there were always a couple vocals flubs by Jerry that disturbed the flow. fall 94 at Boston Garden was one of the better ones I caught, but I wonder if there was one that they nailed at some point. If anyone remembers a particularly powerful and flowing Days Between please let me know, and better yet if you have a copy....
Oh and I have to mention the New Speedway Boogie from June 17th(?) 1991 at Giants stadium. Wow. If you like New Speedway as much as I do check this out. The interplay between Jerry and Bruce is incredible.
My favorite Scarlet>Fire is from 3/22/90 at the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario.
Oh….indeed….you are right on with that one! What a great show. I totally forgot about it until you brought it up. I’ve always been puzzled as to why 1980 gets swept under the rug (even by myself). I mean, let’s not forget the magical acoustic shows that were performed. Nothing like that was ever done before (well, maybe not since The Warlocks, or studio material) or after that. And so much of that year was just fantastic. Thanks for reminding me.
Morning Dew - 4/28/71 Fillmore East
The Wheel-6/18/83 SPAC -I SWEAR TO THIS DAY ,I WAS WITH ROBIN HOOD & FRIAR TUCK GOING THRU SHERWOOD FOREST
Estimated-5/8/80 Glens Falls,N.Y.
Best Scarlet/Fire - 10/21/83 - Worcester Centrum
Best Eyes - 9/3/77 Raceway Park, Englishtown, NJ
Best Jam of all time - Jam before Goin' Down The Road - 4/29/71 - Last Night at Fillmore East
I don't know why tis doesn't get mentioned more often. Maybe it was my state of mind the first time I heard it, but the China/Rider from Miami Jai Lai in June of 1974 is without equal. In the jam out of China Jerry keeps taking the band to higher and higher peaks with relentless speed and abandon culminating in an incredible creshendo that races into a furious equally fast paced Rider. Check it out!
The version of China Cat/I Know You Rider from Without a Net. Ive heard other really good versions but none with near as much energy
"You know the one thing we need is a left handed monkey wrench....."