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Awesome distraction from my regular programming!
Sorry it took so long for me to respond. I read your question on my lunch break and had to go home to see what you were talking about.
Mine was fine at the time of original release. It seems with shelf life the glue has failed!
It's just like glue spots on the Winterland '73 disks. It must be a shelf life issue.
Now that I've touched mine for the first time in years, mine no longer holds the disks either.
We should both simply carefully reglue the foam I guess.
Edit: on the upside, you paid less for yours than did I.
....on the Relix YouTube channel happening now. Jump in!
There is a strong argument for Flac though.. it has grown in popularity too.
Honestly.. most of the decision making comes down to what software you will be using for playback, and which you feel most comfortable using.
Take a cd and try using a few. For the most part.. the software is free, see what is easiest.
2000 CDs x 0.7 GB per CD (approx) = 1400 GB = 1.4 TB (uncompressed, AIFF for Mac, WAV for PC).
You’ll need a 2 TB HD, plus a back up or two.
An easy way to do it is to use iTunes (Mac or PC) and go into the iTunes preferences and set the iTunes music folder to be on the external HD. Then put a CD into the drive with iTunes open, select import CD, and name the storage folder as GD 19xx-xx-xx CD1, then import the CD. The songs will be stored in a folder with the name you gave it and by naming it that way the computer will always organize them chronologically. Once you are done you can transfer the folders on the HD to other HDs to make back ups. You can also use those files to make files in other formats such as ALAC, FLAC, AAC, MP3.
...mmm. Ask ten people and you will get ten different answers, none --rong.
I will attempt to help.
You can probably get this done by buying an external CD/DVD read/writer and plugging it into your tablet, but I have not tried it myself.
That being said.. here are my opinions.
- Figure out what format you want to store it in.
I use Apple Lossless ALAC. You can likely use Flac too, and there is a high end MP3 that is so close to lossless it might as well be. Also, WAV is lossless, it's more or less the native digital storage, but it's completely uncompressed, so it takes up about % more than Flac or ALAC.
- Pick your software.
If you're using a MAC, ITunes is probably the most integrated. That makes (Apple Lossless) ALAC a natural choice.
If you decide to use your tablet, I bet you can load ITunes for free, again ALAC is easy from here.
If it has Windows Media Player, you can use ALAC, Flac or WAV. No matter what the software you are using, there is a default setting you have to switch to save it as lossless.
- Don't, repeat, DO NOT let whatever software package run amuk. Watch what it does and be prepared to take corrective action. This is a must from day 1.
For example.. lets say you decide to Rip/Burn the latest Dave's Picks, DaP. It has three CD's, it might willy nilly create three different folders with obscure, impossible to find again names. Let it do its thing, then go back and fix whatever it did. Establish a good naming convention for the show, example.. 1972-08-25 Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley CA. This way, shows will be sorted by date on your hard drive instead of seemingly randomly. Look at how it names the songs too.
Finally, look at how the show / CD is stored in your software and get it exactly right.
If you change folder names, you will have to get the software up to speed on the new naming convention, depending on what software you are using.. it's generally not that hard, just takes a little time. Time well spent.
That should get you going.. let's what else the peanut gallery has to say. Get it exactly right though.. and make at least two backups. You will lose your hard drive at some point.. it the software will run amuk and do something crazy. Once you invest all this time, you will want to be able to get it back easily instead of redoing it.
Sorry the long message.. feel free to PM me w/ questions.
Buy an apple iMAC with the biggest hard drive you can get. If your copying 2000 CD's I wouldn't go out and get something cheap. Remember you get what you pay for you buy something cheap your going to get cheap results. If you have 2000 CD's you have quite a bit invested in them why not get something of quality to back them up on. They can all be stored in ITunes with no compression.
I have over 2,000 CDs with some big box sets as well and I'm running out of room. It doesn't help that I'm getting back into vinyl as well.....so I want to store all my CDs on a hard drive. We haven't had a home pic for years, I do all my online stuff on a mini iPad. At Best Buy today, I was advised to get cheap Lenovo lap top that has a cd drive and load up a hard drive using it.....Anyone have any better ideas, I would love to hear them. I'm not computer savvy at all and would love to know what my best option is. Also, I want to store without any compression, these old ears can tell the difference from an MP3 to full sound. If you can spare a few minutes and think you can help, please pm me.
Also hoping for some 69 or 70 for the next Daves to be announced:)
The Scrapbook was on sale on the Holiday Help on the Way the other day and I decided to pull the trigger, mainly for the DVD.
It arrived today. Seems nice, for the most part. However, the book has little cut-in inserts on the back where the 2 discs are supposed to go. There are little white circular foam pieces that are glued onto the book that help hold the discs in place.
Mine have come unglued and so now the scrapbook doesn't hold the discs. My question to anyone who has this, is this the way it is supposed to be (no place to hold the discs) or is my product defective?
Please let me know.
...I have the complete "Europe 72 "music only edition Boxset. A couple shows are opened, but the rest of the shows are still sealed...
If anyone's interested in any shows,please send me a PM, Ill be happy to help my fellow deadheads :)
on my way to work
4/24/72 Dark Star
Mount Rainier rises above a fog bank
then a few minutes later a flock of birds flies round and round and up and down in unison
a nice thing to experience
GD: the only band that _truly_ matters
This is a flac encoded & tagged version of shnid: 9496
From the original uploader:
This is one of the more muffled and hissy master cassette SBDs from the ’69 era. It sounds like there could be several analog generations in the lineage, though the lack of crisp sound quality might mostly be attributed to
the master, which is reportedly degraded. Many analog related crackles and blemishes were embedded in the recording. Sound Forge was used to smooth or reduce most of the glitches, though many minor blemishes remain. Sound Forge was also used to normalize and correct the pitch.
Part of The Music Never Stopped Project 2002 shn em up initiative
thanks to Joe Jupille
edits/encoding by J. Cotsman
101-d1t01 – Introduction
102-d1t02 – Casey Jones
103-d1t03 – Black Peter*
104-d1t04 – Big Boss Man
105-d1t05 – Announcements
106-d1t06 – Me & My Uncle
107-d1t07 – Cumberland Blues
108-d1t08 – Dire Wolf//
109-d1t09 – Dark Star–>
110-d1t10 – High Time
201-d2t01 – Good Morning Little Schoolgirl%
202-d2t02 – Good Lovin’–>
203-d2t03 – Drums–>
204-d2t04 – Good Lovin’
205-d2t05 – China Cat Sunflower–>
206-d2t06 – I Know You Rider
207-d2t07 – Uncle John’s Band**
–disc 1 total time–76:51–
–disc 2 total time–42:35–
*first known rendition of Black Peter
**first known rendition of Uncle John’s Band (with lyrics)
–Dire Wolf cuts out shortly after one minute
–splice in Schoolgirl @ 7:29
–tape damage in China Cat @ 0:44
–other blemishes are frequent, though not offensive
Casey Jones, Black Peter, Big Boss Man, Me & My Uncle, Cumberland Blues, Dire Wolf, Dark Star-> High Time, Good Morning Little School Girl, Good Lovin'-> Drums-> Good Lovin', China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Uncle John's Band
This upgrade comes from an unnameable benefactor...
Editing and mastering by The Wizard - Owenbrothersvault@hotmail.com This was a rather poor monitor mix (Heavy on vocals - little Bobby guitar) It had a good bit of hiss. I reduced the hiss to endurable levels with three different Continuous noise filters. EQ'ed a bit to bring up mids and top. Adjusted gains to level and balance things out a bit. Cleaned up the various cuts and gliches... The tuning after Black Peter and the bit of Dire Wolf were patched in from the older source as they were cut from this tape. All editing done with Diamond Cut DC5 software.
Lineage SBD > MC (Owlsley's) > DAT > DAT > CD > EAC > DC5 > CD
Location San Francisco, CA
Transferred by The Wizard
Venue Fillmore West
If you haven't donated yet to archive.org, now's a good time.
1st Album Outtakes – San Francisco CA
This is flac encoded & tagged version of shnid: 23064
01. I Know Your Rider
02. Cold Rain and Snow
03. Cream Puff War
04. Sitting on Top of the World
05. The Same Thing
07. New Minglewood Blues
08. Your Sons and Daughters *
09. Fire in the City *
* Jon Hendricks and the Warlocks
It’s a good show and the Crazy>Playing is quite nice.....
I see a USED copy on that extremely popular auction/sales site for $24.99 USD + mailing costs.
Yes, I have this release too and I bought it when it was originally released in April 2000. I played the whole show about 6-7 times when 1st got it, then I haven't touched it since. I think the concensus is that there where was a better show in this run at Boston Garden or another show on the same tour that was more deserving for release. Very good but not great.
I'm still grateful for this release.
The Road Trips, Download Series, or this current Dave's Picks series were not conceived yet.
I see one price 37$.
what do they go for on other sites?
just considering it.
I've had it since it came out, but have had zero percent interest in hearing since.
Late thanks philledawg.
Has always been my favorite GD studio album. A seamless trip put to vinyl.
Extra GSTL is headed to a new home in the Pacific NW.
As for Dave's 2018 - spring/summer/fall 1973 in the lineup would suit me just fine.
Des Moines?? PNE?? Dane County??
Second CD I ever bought (around 88/89).
First CD was PF Saucerful of Secrets (87).
Those things were like $20 back then, which was a lot considering that 1/4’s were $25 then.
That was the album that got me into the band. Not particularly because of Pigpen-just the incredible sound. Both sides of the original album were great-and every musician shines very brightly indeed. I always liked the original mix best-although both are worth having, and it wouldn't surprise me if both mixes are included in next years much anticipated re-release. Just so long as it isn't in place of a live show.
Another good thing is listening to the November 1977 shows already released. I tend to overlook Fall 1977 in favour of Spring-but the shows in November are very powerful. Estimated Prophet 2nd November comes to mind-amazing guitar solo after the vocals, and no vocal histrionics-which is a good thing. If there is a weak point, it might be the sound of Keith's electric piano. In a way, these shows seem a bit more like the first half of 1978, than the first half of 1977.
I am happy for all of the incredible music we are so lucky to have released. I am a late 80's early 90's guy just because that is when I saw most shows. I am making my way back and right now I bask in the warmth that is 1973. I will eventually get to Pigpen but I am not there yet. I can't offer an opinion because I really haven't listened to much. I do like Anthem though.
If any non subscribers would like to make a trade if 26 is a Pigpen release I am happy to oblige. These 1973 Playin in the bands. So good!
Say Pigpen FOUR times and I'll haunt the board until that Anthem re-issue second disc show comes out.......
In fact, right here and now, I'll call for a 1970 Pigpen-centric show for DaP 26 with a bonus disc that's a 79:59-minute version of Alligator.
Then comes the Anthem re-issue.
Then and ONLY then I'll return to my tunneling project, Denver to wherever the hell the vault is. I think I'm under St. George, Utah, right now. I hear someone babbling about the "Angel Moroni" and there's a lot of canned goods and ammo stashed down here...
It's completely defensible, and accurate, and if you disagree, so be it.
It's only rock and roll! There are other bands in the world, and some were
a lot tighter and played a lot better. Without the form of PigPen's blues,
the whole thing was, oftentimes, a meandering mess. I'm not talking about the
"out" jazz explorations of Dark Star, I'm talking about trying to get through
songs in time and in key without a trainwreck.
This isn't some kind of holy sacrilege, and it's all open to debate. Maybe
some people should go hide, rather than have anyone - gasp! - post an affront
to their delicately held myths...
The really old shows betray this. Bob could hardly play rhythm. Jerry was
by far - by far - the most accomplished musician, but he grew by leaps and
bounds as well from 66 to 71 or so...
It's all out there, on tape, thanks to Owsley. They started out pretty shaky,
and ended up being a powerhouse. I love the Grateful Dead, uniquely and in my
own way like each and every other voice out there.
Thanks for the link to the update of this show. My stock only had the second set (soundboard), now I have the complete show. I checked the deadbase book, it only shows the second set. Maybe this will be officially released this year, maybe the first set has been lost for a while.
In any case, thanks.
Two days before my 16th birthday. Acid was still legal. One of my favorite early Deads from the thrilling days of yesteryear. Dancin' is cut at the end.
July 16, 1966
San Francisco, CA
This is a tagged version of shnid: 89555
SBD -> Master Reel -> Dat -> Sonic Solutions -> CD
CD -> EAC -> SHN -> WAV -> FLAC
(2 Discs Audio / 1 Disc FLAC)
Transferred and Edited By Charlie Miller
January 16, 2008
— Fixed the flaw in Dancin’ In The Streets
— This is a fix of shnid=21063
— Thanks to David Gans for the source discs
101-d1t01 – I Know You Rider
102-d1t02 – Big Boss Man
103-d1t03 – Standing On The Corner
104-d1t04 – Beat It On Down The Line
105-d1t05 – In The Pines
106-d1t06 – Cardboard Cowboy
107-d1t07 – Nobody’s Fault But Mine
108-d1t08 – Next Time You See Me
109-d1t09 – He Was A Friend Of Mine
110-d1t10 – Cream Puff War – Officially Released
201-d1t11 – Viola Lee Blues
202-d1t12 – Don’t Ease Me In ->
203-d1t13 – Pain In My Heart
204-d1t14 – Minglewood Blues ->
205-d1t15 – Sittin’ On Top Of The World
206-d2t01 – You Don’t Have To Ask – Officially Released
207-d2t02 – Cold Rain And Snow ->
208-d2t03 – Good Morning Little Schoolgirl ->
209-d2t04 – It’s All Over Now Baby Blue
210-d2t05 – Dancin’ In The Streets
I'm with you sister.
Lot's of people banging on the band on here lately. Individual members too. I just posted about it on another page.
Not too cool.
Perhaps the most indefensible subjective comment I've yet encountered in 8+ years here; especially after release of the Shrine. No wonder the established community flees every 3-4 years./K
The timing would be perfect for a 68. We have the 50th anniversary of Anthem just around the corner...
So if you say Pigpen three times, HendrixFreak pops his head up to say hello..
So good to hear the calls for "more grease." First, ForensicDoc, then the tide of accolades.
Couldn't resist dropping in to second that emotion:
Make DaP 26 a Pig-centric show!
And remember, when the subject is Pig Pen's raps, these were performances, not designed or executed as eventual releases, unlike Euro 72, which had the ulterior motive of coming out of it with a releasable record. when Pig Pen hit the stage, all bets were off. Indeed, he was the front man and focal point for many years while Bobby and Jerry's gonads finally dropped and they acquired credible singing voices.
PIG PEN LIVES!!!
Two Souls in Communion
just a bit long-winded at times. and Mr. TMI at times, too.
and apparently, horny as phuq, as well.
One quick segway: The speculation of DaP 26 is pretty intriguing. Many, many pages ago on this thread, several people had commented on the 11/70 shows, specifically 11/27/70, I believe. Not too long ago I came across several references and write ups on this show. So as I understand there are no known recordings yet this show is highly regarded, with the man PigPen at the center of this. The Dave Pick’s series has been tremendous, even though 2016 wasn’t as stellar in my opinion as other years, including 2017. Being that I subscribed in 2015, I missed out on some. I did get to pay the price (literally) and I managed to get 9-12 with the bonus disc so that is cool. I do need to splurge and get DaP #5 that is my birthday show literally. I can't believe I did not get it when it first came out but money was very tight for me then.
I am looking forward to #25 so I can complete the unofficial November 77 box set.
With #26 it would fantastic if it was 11/27/70 show or something like that. Dave L certainly hinted to something that would be that exciting. I am sure I will be happy with whatever is released but something that no one has ever really heard or heard in really good quality would be really thrilling. It will be like traveling back in time as we will all get to experience a show that likely most have not heard, pretty much at the same time. No flux capacitor needed just Dave L, Mr. Norman and the crew...
Back to PigPen- I should have mentioned Empty Pages - another really cool short PigPen tune.
So PigPen was the reason why I got into the Dead in the first place. When I got a copy of Two from the Vault when it was first released, I had limited knowledge of the band. I did not know the history and had no idea of the keyboardists let alone PigPen. Then after playing it I distinctly remember Lovelight massively catching my attention. From there it was all uphill for me- for everything.
There is no doubt of his importance in the earlier years. He was the show man and he definitely had a gift to work an audience, especially with his raps. I am sure many of you have noticed this but listen to DP 4’s Lovelight... It is pretty clear that the audience is singing along “all you need” with him. To me that adds to that recording simply because it is much like a matrix in that you can get a good feel of the audience while still having a good sound from the band.. More importantly I think it just shows how the band basically improvised instrumentally while he did it vocally. This is true for all of the Lovelights and Good Lovin’s especially those Good Lovin’s in Europe 72.
Speaking of Europe 72, there are two other things I have noticed: One is that Pig actually added a lot with the organ and with Keith they really did have a more solid 2 keyboard line up. Again he doesn’t hang in there on every song but he is way more prominent on songs than he was in 71. The second part of Europe 72 is that we get a nice dose of those shorter PigPen tunes. My favorite of those and really my all time favorite Pig tune is Two Souls. Easy Wind is my #2 although it was not played in 72 at all.
Yet I do understand that he didn’t have psychedelic improvisational chops to hang with rest of the boys when they really started to stretch out. Also I do understand why some can definitely get tired of his long raps; I don't feel that way but I don't fault anyone either. Pig could go on and on for a while. To me though, I always think about how cool it had to have been to have heard one of those live in person. I think some of you have stated that have seen The Dead with Pig. In the end still I think his importance to the band lingers all the way through even to today. Not start a Dead and Comany debate but they have done an Easy Wind.
When it is all said and done, the 69-70 shows had that mix of jamming and then his Lovelights which is cool. Taking that and moving into 71 and really Europe 72 we get similar dose of that but then we get all of the other PIgPen tunes. Most of those Europe 72 shows have such a great mix of songs and jamming for the repertoire they had at the time. Plus 72 is just an absolutely fantastic year of playing I think that is why there have been 33 official releases (E72, DP, DaP, downloads). I look at Europe 72 as really one of the high water marks for the band, I do feel that they have had many over their 30 year history. I sometimes think Europe 72 is the actual pinnacle of all of these high water marks.
So for the long post, just love Pig, love this band. I also love being able to talk about this others who get it. We may not all have same opinions but we all have the Grateful Dead.
Let it Shine!
When these guys started out it was all just a bowl of slop.
Pig and his blues was the only thing holding these guys together in any kind of coherent manner. They were tripping and formless half the time; his blues songs and ability to ad-lib and keep the tune flowing, provide some kind of framework, is how these guys became a real live band.
Agreed, after a point, he became unable to keep up musically, hence TC and especially Keith, but man, for a good long while Pig's bluesy organ and cool-ass tunes drove this band.
Yes some of the raps got a little old, but by and large his performances on Europe 72 are stellar. So many killer versions of Mr. Charlie, Chinatown Shuffle and Next Time You See Me...
That was good ol' rock and roll. That was the Good Ol' Grateful Dead, and they were never the same since. Not that they were crap - but, after PigPen, they weren't the same band.
...I have the complete "Europe 72 "music only edition Boxset. All but a couple shows are opened, the rest of the shows are still sealed...
If anyone's interested in any shows, Ill be happy to help my fellow deadheads :)
not just for Days of Dead but for Days to come, already sampled the most likely Betty from a not quite upstate NY venue.
Is it to early to let the guessing begin? Would asking for a clue be too much? Dave was so excited in the video when he started talking about it. Has to be 74 or earlier. Right? Bolo? Anybody?
I remember this show (shoe) quite well and somebody back home recorded it for me. Lots of fun in Philly, or at least for us. Thanks Jim!
Starting with DJ banter & tuning here's:
Best show: NO!
Best run: NO!
Best show of this run: I think it is.
After an extremely quiet 2017, Neil Young fans have been waiting for today. Not only has Neil released a new album entitled The Visitor featuring Promise Of The Real and will play a free webcast tonight, but he’s also unveiled his complete archives for free.
Neil recently shared a message on Facebook detailing today’s feat, “December 1st will be a big day for me. The Visitor will be coming to your town. I will be going to my town. You will be able to hear me and see me. My archive will open on that same day, a place you can visit and experience every song I have ever released in the highest quality your machine will allow. It’s the way it’s supposed to be. In the beginning, everything is free.”
There’s a note on the NeilYoungArchives.com from Young detailing what is available. Neil has finally settled on a format in which he feels comfortable. Xstream Music high resolution streaming by OraStream is said to “allow the listener to hear all of the music available at his or her current listening location” regardless of available bandwidth. “Xstream Music master recordings are always pure uncompressed masters. They are not part of a format that compromises the quality. All compression formats compromise quality,” wrote Neil.
He admits he created the site “for myself as much as for everyone else. I am very interested in collecting and organization, as well as mechanical things and old school record keeping. What we have built here at NYA (Neil Young Archives) is a result of a great effort by many people over a long period of time. A timeline is now live in which fans can explore Young’s vast catalog. The archives span 1963 through “today’s date.”
Thanks for printing out the poem, which I hadn't read before, and thought was beautiful. I know very little about Longfellow, but lines from one of his poems, "Psalm of Life" were used by Hawkwind on the track "Assault and Battery " from the 1975 album "Warrior On The Edge Of Time". Time I investigated further. I should say.
I, too, held the good doctor in such high regard only to find out he is a plagiarizer just like me.
Just kidding.. Doc.. say it isn't so, a year off? You will be dearly missed. A morning starting with some good, strong coffee and words of wisdom from the good doctor is a good morning indeed.
Rock on Doc, see you on the other side.
For those not familiar, Doc's valediction quotes the opening quatrain from one of my favourite poems; immensely touching and profound once you realize the metaphorical use of flowers...
The Reaper and the Flowers
There is a Reaper, whose name is Death,
And, with his sickle keen,
He reaps the bearded grain at a breath,
And the flowers that grow between.
"Shall I have naught that is fair?" saith he;
"Have naught but the bearded grain?
Though the breath of these flowers is sweet to me,
I will give them all back again."
He gazed at the flowers with tearful eyes,
He kissed their drooping leaves;
It was for the Lord of Paradise
He bound them in his sheaves.
"My Lord has need of these flowerets gay,"
The Reaper said, and smiled;
"Dear tokens of the earth are they,
Where He was once a child.
"They shall all bloom in fields of light,
Transplanted by my care,
And saints, upon their garments white,
These sacred blossoms wear."
And the mother gave, in tears and pain,
The flowers she most did love;
She knew she should find them all again
In the fields of light above.
Oh, not in cruelty, not in wrath,
The Reaper came that day;
T'was an angel visited the green earth,
And took the flowers away.
Note: Though he was born in Portland/ME, we can proudly claim HWL as a fellow Massachusetter due to vagaries of Colonial zoning!/K
On the menu this fine day:
After an absence of 18 shows, the grease is back. But it’s down a quart. Long gone were the days of Hard To Handle, Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, and Midnight Hour. But at least we had a few more months of Big Boss Man, Next Time You See Me, It Hurts Me Too, Lovelight, and Good Lovin’. And even Caution………………..
Virtually all of December 1971 circulates EXCEPT the first set of this show. Is it in the vault, in the super secure area? Was it even recorded? Perhaps lost to the ravages of time and temperature? Does anybody out there have any insight into this mysterious phenomenon?
Seeing this IS December 1, I shall repeat my Aprilish offer. Anybody who would like recordings from the fine December 1971 tour, pm me on the anniversary of the show and I shall email it to you………
If you’ve read down this far-----major credit to you----but please note that I will be going on a year-long voluntary sabbatical in 2018. So next year, no Port Chester, April, December, or single show offerings. If there’s something 71 you need/want, now is the time to ask.
For everybody I’ve helped in the past, and my “regular customers”, I’ll still be around----just not on deadnet-----so you know where to find me.
My friends, rock on!!! Play it loud, and proud!
There is a Reaper, whose name is Death,
And, with his sickle keen,
He reaps the bearded grain at a breath,
And the flowers that grow between.
I'm guessing that Dave & crew have decided on numero 26. My bet is on a returned Betty show but which one and what year? After the amazing year of 2017 selections we have been spoiled. Would sure be happy with anything from 71 through 74.
I also get tired of Pigpen quickly---I found that tuning him out and listening to the jam/fills underneath is worthwhile--at times, I perceive the band essentially undercutting/mocking the 'rap', but I remember reading something from TC that the band was all in and supportive of Pigpen's rhetorical excursions. Just listening to the band is easier as the years go by, by the time of E'72 the music usually overwhelms the 'rap'.
Side note: while you are waiting for next year, I just thoroughly enjoyed TTATS '87 to '89. Maybe give a listen.
4/14/72 is indeed tremendous.
but (here's the sacrilege for some people):
Pigpen's raps gets tiresome.
how many times can a person hear about his libido without rolling his or her eyes?
just a person opinion. every time I hear Lovelight start up, I think "oh no, not again."
Disc 4 of 4/14/72 is well underway; I'll hear the rest on the way home.
it's like cosmic energy raining down on my noggin when this comes up...what a fantastic exploration of space time and feelin groovyness!
Jim your memory is fantastic but slightly off in this case; while not an entire thesis I did a little detailed write up a few years back of all of the E '72 Dark Stars in the hunt for 'the best one'. Which, of course, is totally subjective. BUT, 4/14 came out on top in my book, it is fantastic in every aspect. Here's an excerpt, just cause:
4/14/1972 - Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen, DK - 29 mins; loose first 10 mins not overly spacey; gets spacey around 11 mins; interesting groove establishes around 16 min to head into first verse w/interesting beat; heads off into intense nearly 7-minute jam inclusive of a very tight and fast Feelin Groovy jam; final 3 minutes are a meltdown. No second verse.
I finally got around to listening to Dave's Distracted Rant. It's a classic. Oh, a couple of geese are landing, I don't know if you can see them. Can you see them?
Is it just me or does everyone else agree Dave was replaced shortly after the log rolling accident he had filming the Dave's Picks 6 seaside distraction. The dogfish ale baseball cap is the tell, when it disappeared, I knew we were dealing with a Lemieux clone..
I can't believe Sixtus has not commented on the Dark Star from 4/14/72. I think he wrote his thesis on that second set. Great show.. couldn't agree more.