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Going Furthur...

Whatever the current version of Furthur is up to, discuss it here!

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Here's another

when the Who's Live at Leeds was released on vinyl in the early 70's, it appeared to be a live show of random, mixed songs. The only anomaly was the bit of Tommy that they segued into during My Generation, which I always wondered about, since mixing songs was not really done then. Now with the release of the entire monster weekend show on 3 CD's, we can hear what they actually played, which was all of Tommy, with My Generation sandwiched in near the end of it. I can appreciate the artistry of that subtle addition so much more now, having enjoyed years of the Dead mixing songs in order to tell a story or create a word picture. I particularly enjoy Playing in the Band as a sandwich song. In a few cases the song began during one show, and wasn't finished til the next one. Now that's fun!

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Oh, and

one of my favorite concerts was Jethro Tull in 1979 at MSG wherein they performed their entire new album, Storm Watch, complete with Ian Anderson swinging from the big masted sailing ship rigging they had set up on the stage, while he was singing; and playing the flute hanging from the rigging. Awesome concept, fabulous delivery. Second set was a medley of many of their numerous hits. As far as I can remember, Tull did that with every new album released, and so did Pink Floyd for Animals, and the Wall, at least. This way, rarely heard songs are given an airing. Besides, since the band is in charge of what they gets played, they still get to pick the songs, right? Frankly, I don't get these nay-sayers! Are we supposed to pack it all up and go home because they say so? Hahahahahahah.....

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AMEN, INCOGNITO

and hallelulah, too. Can't wait for this Mountain Aire Fest. The Friday night jam should be fabulous. Jorma's website says he'll be playing that night, too. I'm really looking forward to ELECTRIC Hot Tuna! Talk about relentless heavy metal sound, these boys can really belt it out. GE Smith is in the line-up, as well as Barry Mitterhoff on mandolin, and it will be super interesting to see this latest configuration of Electric Hot Tuna. As for 6 for 6, I think it's a great idea, and super exciting. I am always stoked, no matter what they play. Dance my a** off is the name of the game. As for masknu, I think you must be lost, baby. Maybe you'd better find your way home.

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For Incognito

AMEN! Hahahaha

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Shills?

Naw, this is the real thing. I know, it's hard to believe that Furthur has such rabid enthusiasts. I remember being excited at the original Furthur Fest tour in '96 because of the guys all taking bold different directions with their respective projects, only to reconvene as the Other Ones in '98. I was disappointed cuz it just sounded like pandering and singing the old refrains without the key player. But you know what? After awhile I got curious to hear the music again, and in different configurations. It's not as electrifying or as good as the original, but it's still interesting. And, yes, there are those of us willing to travel to be with Bob and Phil, the new lineup and the current scene, just because it makes us happy and fulfilled. Dead tour '09 was one of the most memorable and happy times I've had in recent years. So, believe it or not, we are still everywhere, and, surprise, there are actually enthusiasts posting their excitement on dead.net!!!!

As for whole albums, Critter, aside from the rock opera concept albums like the Wall, Tommy, Quadrophenia, Lamb Lies Down, etc... Isn't it a newer trend to play whole albums which weren't necessarily designed that way?

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You can't go Furthur

When all you do is look behind.

Could these be written by corporate shills? Just a little too energetic.

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Lou Reed

Did "New York" beginning-to-end to start the shows on the "New York" tour. Talk about plugging the new album (sounded excellent to me). Lucinda Williams did east and west coast residencies, an album a night. And Bruce Springsteen last year with (mostly) "Born to Run", "Born the USA", "The River," "The Wild, the Innocent"...and you know, Phil's done it too. So not exactly a groundbreaking concept, just a FUN one. Wish I could be there for Furthur...

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ONWARD FURTHUR!

Can I get an AMEN for Incognito!!!!!!!! I don't normally say, man I agree, totally....but you hit the red thing in the middle of the circles. Ding, Ding, Ding....tell him what he's won Jack.

Well said.

Honestly the whole album concept was not started by Phish....I mean come on does no one remember The Wall??? How many Live "Albums" were created that were classics, a whole mess of em. Anyway, heck I'm willing to toss my $10 gold dollars in that someone knows of full albums in the 50's or 60's played live.

Right on, keep on keeping on.
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Albums Live

Did Phish start this trend before it was a marketing ploy? I think they would pick an album, by someone else mind you, and surprise their audience by playing the whole goddamn thing. Exile on Main Street and Dark Side are two I seem to remember...

Heard Steely Dan's The Royal Scam last year. I had mixed feelings because I knew I was certain to hear some killer songs, but the element of surprise was gone. I like surprises.

I heard a bunch of that early stuff at MSG '09 - it was truly awesome. I'd love to hear the whole Anthem live. Can't wait to hear how they get that prepared piano and amplified top sound... =)

You Westcoasters are lucky - Furthur Fest is really turning out to be a whole GD experience and I am envious! You must bring back anecdotes, please.

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for what it's worth

Grateful Dead albums are not normal rock and roll albums, they are Grateful Dead albums, and with stuff like Terrapin and Aoxomoxoa you can play them hundreds of times and hear nuances that you didn't hear before. Now i know we are not talking about the original cuts, but it's still going to be a treat, dammit!!

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