April 22, 1986
Rex Foundation benefit - final "Visions Of Johanna"
Set List:Box of Rain
Visions of Johanna
Little Red Rooster
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Looks Like Rain
Turn on Your Love Light
Attendees of this show
Christopher Selden- I hate to post a negative comment on this site because this is by far my favorite web site in the world. This site is the first thing I pull up in the morning and jam while I am making breakfast and the last thing I listen to before going to sleep at night. So, with that being said I will be gentle in my comment. I went to the Spectrum show on 3/17/95 and missed the following night. The reason I write this and remember it so vividly is because I was bummed I missed 3/18/95 because Jerry played an awesome "Visions Of Johanna." I have the version saved from You tube and although Jerry does not look all that great he just flat out jams this Dylan cover and it appears that he did not want the song, or the show to end for that mater, so I was a little mad at myself that I missed the seeing and hearing the song by a night. However, as we all have learned sometimes it is a crap shoot on planning which shows to attend unless you go to the whole tour because you run the risk of missing "The Big One." The notes at the to of the page states that this is the final "Visions Of Johanna." So, I do not mean to be a stickler but the big guy had a few more Dylan covers left in him after this show on 4/22/86. I just wanted to bring it to attention that Jerry played the song some more after this awesome show at The community Theatre.
"Oh, jewels and binoculars hang from the head of the mule
But these visions of Johanna, they make it all seem so cruel."
Box > Visions is pretty huge. Some rough singing moments from two of our favorite guys right out of the gate, but so much feeling. I was a little too young to have caught this in person, but it was a listening staple of being a young bay area deadhead completely blissed out in a car, on the way to something or other, playing this so loud you thought you'd tear the speakers. If you've got 15 minutes and some forgiveness for imprecision, start with the box, if you're looking to cut to the chase go to the visions directly. The rest of this show is pretty solid too, great sound, good proportionate mix, attentive uptempo playing, but even excellent versions of birdsong, china > rider terrapin get overshadowed by one of Jerry's best Dylan song renditions, and that my friends, is saying something.
here's a link to the Charlie Miller PCM soundboard on archive.org: