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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.
The subtlety of the Dark Star.... when it settles down into the hypnotic drumming about a third of the way through... one of my favorites from the tour.
Clementine Jam (Pacific Recording Studio, San Mateo CA 8/13/68)
Nobody's Spoonful Jam (Pacific Recording Studio, San Mateo CA 8/13/68)
The Eleven Jam (Pacific Recording Studio, San Mateo CA 8/13/68)
Cosmic Charlie (Avalon Ballroom 01/25/69)
i decided to listen to aoxomoxoa
called it up on youtube
after the album there are some good jams. Clementine Jam, untitled jam, maybe some more after that.
In the car on the way home, it will be 4/14/72, though.
Playin' on the way to work this a.m. was fun. Daybreak on the land, indeed.
Whatever you do don't play it in your car!
Finds it: "Live At Lyceum" Kiwi Records.
I used to have a 3 disc pressed CD set called "Grateful Dead Lyceum 72." If I recall correctly, it was all of set 2 of the 5/26/72 show + some filler from an earlier Lyceum or other E72 show on the 3rd disc. It was housed in one of those thick, three disc plastic jewel cases with art being a black & white photo of a brick wall with a color Skull and Roses and red lettering. I sort of forgot what the back looked like - another b/w brick wall photo with areas that had the track listings. I believe it was pressed in "Taiwan" as the bootleggers were moving out of Italy and the rest of Europe. There was no "Record Company" listed, but several numbers on the discs themselves.
I no longer have this release, as I "loaned it out to a friend".... and he loaned it out to someone else who lost it in a terrible car accident where the car caught fire in a rural area and both cars were lost in the fire and nothing was salvageable.
I am trying to recreate this CD release. Since 5/26/72 has been officially released, I don't need the real thing, just high quality scans of the artwork. I have not found anything on the internet, yet.
Just finishing up revisiting the Munich show from 5/18/72 this afternoon, good stuff, nice Darkstar. There really is not a weak show in the entire E '72 tour and the sound on the official releases is fantastic. Newcastle and Aarhus shows definitely seemed top-shelf to me as well, especially that Other One from Newcastle. If I could only have one show from the tour it would probably be the Dusseldorf show from 4/24 that was initially released as Rockin' the Rhein. Or at least that would be my choice today.
I believe some of the recordings that used to circulate pre 2012 were a bit uneven, perhaps that's part of the old rap.
It's the one off's that have captured my attention of late. 5/18 Munich, 5/24 Lyceum and 5/13 Lille come to mind. You could add Newcastle, Aarhus almost any other show to the same list. I'm not saying they surpass the legends, just that they are excellent, five star shows that stand up on their own.
There really isn't a dud in the bunch.. Give the Truckin' Other One from Lille a spin or the China Rider, Playing from 5/24 a fresh listen. Practically perfect.
Yes, I think this tour is amazing. I can remember reading somewhere-possibly in the Taping Compendium, that there were some uneven shows. Not to my ears there aren't- every one is immaculate.
I haven't played any shows from the tour this year-but I am heading in the general direction. Today was 19th October 1971. I am hoping to be in Europe by April-which might seem like its taking a long time. I get easily distracted.
As long as you've received a Confirmation # and ordered w/dead.net when the Early Bird price was still, $99.98.....You're OKAY!
I ORDERED ON OCT.27TH THE EARLY BIRD and RECEIVED AN ORDER# 13900xxxxxxx confirmation status: processing. It also says not shipped, PayPal $$ was taken from account. I'm good right? I forgot last years order process. I just want to be sure so I'm not missing out. Thanks for replying.
hopefully something from 72.
i have heard 4/7, 8, 11/72 on my journey through E72.
now on 4/14/72.
E72 has to be the greatest tour of all time.
what's up for this number with bonus disc? anybody has any clue? bolo?
Same thing I thought.
Got to say, the boys put on a great show last night, with one of the hands down best and rockin'est versions of "Deal" I can recall, from any era!
While I, like most of you all, love the brilliant works of the past, we should always remember to try and enjoy the best of what's available in the now. Jerry may be gone, but the music lives on, and the boys did it proud last night. Great set list, great sound, well played.
Best of all, the show is already downloaded and on my iPod as we speak!
Thanks to Bob and the gang for a great evening.
76 spry and creative and on
77 speaks for itself (I hate the term "'nuff said")
78 starts getting rough around the edges, kinda creaky, but rockin'
79 really getting rough around the edges, and in the middle. His playing starts getting plinky.
anything to do with his off-stage activities? Donna's departure? big difference in sound from 2/17/79 to 8/5/79.
restricted to England venues was stepping out
that's where we are
pretty quiet around here.
a sign for me to focus on work, not the GD.
but work is WORK.
and the GD is FUN.
youtube streaming soundboard. No video, but great sound
11/21/73... Denver happened!
a mosaic from various E72 concerts.
that's not what my memory told me...
anyway, I don't have all of 4/7/72, but I have enough.
looking forward to my journey through E72.
2015 30 Days 'Ship Of Fools' was from Red Rocks which was released the following year.
....the Cassidy's. It was new, and the band tore it open like a Christmas present at times....
I enjoyed June 76.
Now for THE BIG TOUR.
4/7/72 is the current show.
I would LOVE this. That Boston Music Hall run, followed by the Beacon Theater run is worth the price of admission alone. The remainder of June would be gravy.
6/11/76 is among my all time favorites....
One of my all time favorite 2nd sets
The best recording I've ever heard of it, while only about 40 minutes of are from this source it's readily available, GDH 406.