Some great places to get started! Thanks.
New! Check Archive for 4/26/71. SBD FLAC. Eight tunes of sweetness. Jerry on pedal. Guess I'll have to throw on the Dead's sets, too.
They all sort of morph though time, and that's half the fun. But you used the word significant (significance outside of a strict statistical implementation is actually subjective and context-dependent, and I shudder when considering the implications of legions of statisticians and actuaries measuring Dead songs for Significance..."Excrement! Rip that whole section out!") so I'll assume you meant substantial instead. First, there's the glaringly obvious ones where Bob covers Pig (Lovelight, Good Lovin') and then Dancin' In the Streets (compare 60's versions with 78-on versions) and one of the biggest is Friend Of The Devil which transforms from a lively, up-tempo country ditty in the early 70's to an almost lethargic heroin dirge by the end of the decade.
I've been into the Dead for a long time, but I'm sort of just now opening up my mind to the live stuff. Took me awhile to be able to sit through a 20 minute jam I guess, but I'm there, and now I'm loving me some 30 minute dark stars, and some of the really cool song sandwiches. Which (finally) brings me to my question: I'm freaking out over the Pauley Pavilion show with the Playing>UJB>Morning Dew>UJB>Playing sandwich (one of the most amazing jams/song medleys I've ever heard), and I'm noticing how different, much slower and soulful this Morning Dew is than an earlier version I have. Are there other songs that they significantly changed their arrangement of over the years that I should be on the lookout for?
Live -- Everybody's Talkin'
There really is something good to be said for a well-played, well-made compilation live album...
Just started set 2, via the archive. The version I'm listening to is a SBD/AUD composite, but its such a great show that I didn't try to fine a full SBD to listen to! I suggest giving it a listen.
Not new, but new to me -- the artist, that is. Checking him out in advance of seeing him open for Todd Snider in a few weeks. What I'm hearing from the album reminds me at times of James McMurtry, of Todd Snider, of Dave Alvin, of Steve Earle. Roosty rocking, great lyrics.
The album was recorded in 2009, mixed/mastered in 2010, the copyright says 2012. What took so long? In the DIY land of what passes for today's music business (see this article by David Lowery, long but worth the time:
If you need a reason to support your favorite artists with your dollars, this should drive home the why of it), it probably took that long for Gordon to be able to afford to release the album.
And in true DIY fashion, when you order the CD from his website, Gordon signs it for you, personalized if you wish. Not just once, mind you: signed the digipak, the CD itself, and an insert. Nice.
And to echo Guitarman: RIP Doc Watson.
R.I.P. I'm going back and listening to his old stuff, a great guitarist and was probably an influence on Jerry. Amazing bluegrass picker.
The 23rd is a revelation. Own this or the odds may never be in your favor!
The 24th is a struggle - Jerry's darn g-string gives him fits repeatedly! But there are plenty of shining moments, including those that wound up on Europe '72.
The 25th is back to position "A". I'm listening to it now and, yes, the Feelin' Groovy is as good as it gets. How can this still be so amazing after 40 years?
The 26th. We know this one. It knows us. Thank you, powers that be. And thank you to my fam for allowing me the spac e to listen to all this magic.
Kongressal 5/18/72 1st set
John Coltrane "Black Pearls" 5/23/58
Dexter Gordon "Our Man In Paris" 5/23/63
Great liner notes blairj, 'cept I like Sugaree's tempo.