7/2/79 Augusta Civic Center. I'm making an "oldies" mix CD for my younger brother for Xmas. He's just turned 50, but musically seems a little older than that. He hates the Dead, but loves these compilations that I make, so I always sneak at least one Dead song in hoping that he'll suddenly "get it".
This Jack Straw was the opener for my first ever Dead show. Maybe 2009 will be the year I turn this younger brother into a convert.
When I bought the album 30 years ago I was disappointed. No matter how hard I tried to like Terrapin Station, I always got bored about halfway through it. For 30 years, for me the album was really just Estimated Prophet, Samson and Delilah, and Passenger. Dancin' in the Streets was OK, but not as good as the early Dead did it.
Then a couple weeks ago I was getting some CDs together to take on a road trip. I decided to take Terrapin Station along. There I was, cruising along at 70 on a cool clear day when I put it on and cranked it loud.
It was then that I heard that song like never before. The electronic solos and the train-time Hart/Kreutzmann drumming were perfect. Even the orchestral and choral parts sounded crisp, clear and upbeat. And the choral closing was beautiful. The Terrapin rose finally bloomed after all these years and when it was over I immediately had to play it again. I don't know why it took me so long to really get on the train to Terrapin. Maybe it's because I'm pushing 60 now. Or maybe it's because the remastered version is so much fuller than the original LP. Or maybe Keith Olsen was a visionary who was just 30 years ahead of his time. I don't know. But I've been digging the studio version of that song every day since.
If you're like me and haven't given it a listen in a long time, crank it loud and check it out. You might enjoy the ride.
12/13/80 Go immediately to Archive and check this one - it was a Saturday!!! Remarkable sound for an audience - I mean reMARKable!!! I really dug the band at this time - yee haw!
"Where does the time go?"
Can these guys open for the Dead in '09? Levon would be great as well...
Totally agree about Dirt Farmer and much of it due to Larry Campbell who plays with Phil as well as Larry's wife Teresa Williams.
If you haven't listened to this pretty new album, go out and get it. Long live The Band!
Have You Seen The Stars Tonight...........
I've always found that if your trying to talk about something as big as space, the way to do it is to personalize it - take a particular and talk about human - sized experiance with it.
Grace, Paul and David - they let me do whatever I heard. I was searching for this kind of environment when I came to America. And whenI was mixing in the studio, our imaginations were running rampant. We were creating virtual kingdoms with music.
Thank you, David, Graham and the many, many minds that expanded our universe......
Took it from our uni - verse, to a verse of humanity that we can all sing.
what a wonderful world.
The Wall Song has been playing in my head all day!
And dry as the wind
That strafes you and leaves you
To lie in the sand
And the wall stretches endless beside you to nowhere
This wall that you've been trying to cross for years
This fence made of fears
No one hears
Nightfall of Diamonds...........Dark Star > Playing in the Band > Uncle Johns Band
Yesterday: Genesis - Foxtrot
This morning's commute: GD - Mars Hotel
This evening's commute: John McLaughlin - Time Remembered; JMcL plays Bill Evans