started by dstache
Here are 6 Very Good to Great shows from the early part of 1978. As everyone probably knows, the Dead performed 10 shows in California in January, stopped over in Eugene for a monster show, then hit the midwest for a 6 date run in late January/early February. Jerry lost his voice during the first show of the year (1/6), and Bobby took over vocals for the remainder of that show AND the two subsequent shows. Jerry began to sing again on 1/10. His voice remained raspy until the Chicago Uptown Theatre shows at the end of the month. His guitar was HOT all month long.
1/6, 1/7, 1/8 and 1/18 are on one the eurovines, and 1/22 is available on at least one other vine as well, so those shows won't be on this one.
Initially, this vine was going to be 4 shows, but I listened to a few more shows from the run, was impressed, and since there was room on the DVDs, made it sixer. Both a MTX and SBD source are included for 1/10 and 1/11. Both are fine shows. 1/13 is amazing, the Dead at their rock n roll finest. 1/30 contains a great second set. 2/1 is a fine performance all around. Now we get to one of my all-time favorite shows, 1/31. The show starts off incredibly hot and the first set ends with a rip roaring Let It Grow. The second set contains my favorite Scarlet Begonias. Jerry jumps the gun a bit and neglects to sing the "there ain't nothing wrong with the way she moves" verse, opting instead to go straight into the guitar solo. It is here where the magic occurs. He only does 3 run throughs, each perfect. In the third run-through, he hits a note I have never heard him repeat. Pure ecstasy. Lachrymose eyes every time for me. When the solo ends, Jerry tries to sing the forgotten lyric (at least that is what I think) but instead repeats the "in the heat of the evening" verse, then goes immediately into the "wind in the willows" verse. The Fire, Terrapin and everything else that follows is great as well.
This vine will be 2 DVD's of SHN/FLAC files. The sources included are:
16. Jake R
Thanks for digging boys.
I do not have are 1/6 and 1/7 and I am surprised I don't! Let me do some digging..
"It's got no signs or dividing line and very few rules to guide"
also include the 1/6, 1/7, 1/8, 1/18 shows that were a part of a eurovine that seems to be dead?
If this one gets some life I think im not the only one who needs some early 78.
16. Jake R
will repost the out...
out to joneb 2-23
Out to 1958 tomorrow!!!
Thanks! I'm gonna check out 1/31 now
glad to be of assistance
Thanks for the background info on the pre-Jan. 10th shows!! It's funny because I was getting ready to listen to your 6-pack 78 vine so I pulled up this thread to get some info on the shows. As I'm doing this I'm listening to the 1/8/78 San Diego show and about 3/4 of the way through it dawns on me why had I not heard Jerry sing yet??? Haaa thanks again man! It ends up being a pretty unique show! :-)
"I've stayed in every blue-light cheap hotel. Can't win for tryin. Dust off those rusty strings just one more time. Gonna make em shine."