5/13/72 Lille Fairgrounds Lille, France Just listening to Jerry sing the chorus of Loser - with a sweet Suzie for good measure - and marveling at his great voice. And then he rips his all-about-the-nuance solo, flirting with harmonics all the while - so sweet!
Sure's good to be alive in the middle of May!!!
I found a used copy of this box (for umm$) but I am loving it.
I am currently on the 2nd show and the Dark Star is getting really spooky.
This sound quality is amazing too.
I absolutely can't get enough of the DaP 6 too. I think the 2/2/70 is a better but its all on fire to my ears...especially the Eleven>New Speedway Boogie. 1st one ever...what a great snapshot in history! I love it.
DaP 6 is actually what made me break down and get the FW 69 complete...
5/11/37 & 5/11/38 "Complete Billie Holiday"
5/11/45 Dizzy Gillespie "Shaw 'Nuff"
5/11/49 J.J.Johnson "Savoy Sessions"
5/11/54 Thelonious Monk Quintet "Monk"
5/11/72 Grote Zaal de Doelen Rotterdam, Holland
5/11/56 Miles Davis "Workin'" & "Steamin'"
5/11/72 Heart of gold band.
5/11/57 Curtis Fuller "New Trombone"
5/11/60 Charlie Rouse "Takin' Care of Business"
5/10/72 Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Holland How did they do this? Please, somebody tell me! I'll say it again - I don't believe I own this!!! And then tomorrow? Holy moly!
Just released third album from these guys originally from my tiny middle-of-nowhere Maine hometown. Keep it up, guys!
Lee 'Scratch' Perry
5/07/72 Bickershaw Festival Wigan, England The one with the Dark Star and Other One. Yep, it's smokin' from the git-go!
I'll see if I can suck it up and listen to the Boston, '77, show later - got the place to myself. '77 might just have to wait 'til tomorrow though. The eighth's a pretty good show, too, isn't it?
After several times listening at different sound levels my opinion has gone up slightly. I don't remember which Dark Star it is, St. Louis I think, that has a jaw dropping catapult into space courtesy of Jerry. I mean, they even pause in the song for a very slivery split second after this sonic boom. The other highlight for me is The Eleven. It is blistering. Conversely, the New Speedway Boogie seems like a tacked-on after-thought.
I guess the purpose of this release is to fill in some not well-lit moment in Grateful Dead history. I accept that every output is not going to be scorching through and through.
Grooving to the DP6 bonus disc and really enjoying the early rendition of "Dire Wolf." Also, this rendition of "Mason's Children" is far superior to the previous night's that's featured on the main release. I can't recall exactly when 'Workingman's Dead' was released, but I like how the song still felt new at the time, how it had to build up steam before the band could really rip into it.
Speaking of DP6 proper, I was a tad disappointed in the 12/20/69 performance of "Dark Star." It was sonically intriguing but felt less ambitious than other performances. Not to say it was "bad," per se, but the band seemed hesitant to really explore the perennial jam session. "St. Stephen" and "The Eleven" that followed, however, were lightning-hot, and that 35-plus min. "Turn on Your Lovelight" burned the house down. All-in-all, another great show to love and cherish!
Also, as a side note, when I ripped the CDs to iTunes, I put the Fillmore show in the proper order. No need to interrupt the jams when you don't have to change CDs!