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Road Trips Decades

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Big Rock Pow Wow

Yes, and it would've been a ridiculous running order. If you placed the songs in the order played, Disc 2 would've opened with two 30 minute Lovelights in a row.
But if exact running order is really a must-have, all the music is right there for you to re-sequence.

Since we're on the subject, can't not repeat how fine a reading of the classic Dark Star -> Stephen -> Eleven -> Lovelight sequence resides on disc 1.

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Out of Order

JackStraw7 -

Well, it's either that or cut tunes/jams across CDs... or add additional discs (and raise prices). Can't satisfy everyone.

Overall, I think the quality of material relased via Road Trips was excellent - generally surpassing that of Dick's Picks. (IMHO, of course...) How RT compares to Dave's Picks remains to be seen, but most of the cream has been skimmed.

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Order of tracks?

I am very curious why on several of the Road Trips discs that baoast complete shows, the tracks were intentionally placed out of order so that when listening from beginning to end you in fact do not hear the complete show as it happened. It seems odd to say the least especially when highlighting the "full show" aspect of the recording. The most obvious is the Big Rock Pow Wow set. Thoughts?

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give these a try...

...3-27-95 Picasso Moon, 3-26-95 Other One->Dew, 5-26-95 Scarlet->Fire. Although the pickings are indeed slim, there are a few numbers with some redeemable musical value. This has been my experience, of course YMMV. And, hey I like Queen Jane...a nice rendition is featured on this weeks Taper's Section. On pains of vilification, I can't say the same for Wave to the Wind. I been down that road...
P.S. On listening to these numbers once again, I must restate them as merely musically passable in my opinion. I could see why some might indeed just go ahead pass altogether. The vocals on Morning Dew are quite eerie, I am struck by how fragile Jerry's voice sounds. It sounds as though a stiff wind could've just knocked him over...

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FOTD, 3-30-95, out of favor songs.....

Didn't Jerry usually give the second solo to the pianist on Friend of the Devil? I only ever saw two played, but of those 3-20-86 is one of the loveliest versions I know about and a highlight is Brent's (beautiful) piano solo from 3:45 to 5:02. Of course, Jerry answers it right back with a sweet confection of his own. Maybe that doesn't happen on 3-30-95? I've never heard it, but the setlist sure looks strong....except, maybe, for Queen Jane Unfortunately ; )

Then again, the setlist on paper doesn't always tell the tale. Thoughtful commentary on both sides of the show's equation, though.... And thanks, Dark Star, for the info on the numbness : /

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It all depends...

... on how much joy you can feel while listening to a dying man struggle. I gave up on 3/30/95 after hearing JG slog through his Touch solo, play only the most basic 2nd-year guitar student lines in GMLS, and - most painfully - let Vince take one of his solos circa 4:28 in FOTD. Still, I must admit that even these three tunes were far better than much of '95.

Yeah, I probably sound just like older Heads who insist the Dead died with Pigpen... or even Keith's departure. But when the band lost Brent, they really did seem to be running on borrowed time - and with a lot less soul. The crowds were never the same, nor was the music. I think much of that has to do with how musically engaged Brent and Jerry were, and can't help but speculate what woulda happened had Mydland not passed on in '90.

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Not Fade Away

All eras have merit. I listen to all eras of The Dead. Think I enjoy 1970, Europe 72 and Fall 1973 the best. With that being said I have a certain affinity for 90's shows. That's the Jerry I remember, as it was the only era I ever got to see him in. I think by 1991 Jerry's heart was gravitating back towards his roots. He was rediscovering his love for acoustic music. I remember reading in McNally's book that he would say "Is it me, or do we need a f*ckin break?" The rest of the board members would sit there in silence, as they realized that the Grateful Dead was swallowing it's own tail. Kids with college tuition, weddings, and staff members used to a certain lifestyle that had come to be expected. The weight of the whole scene was held up by Jerry and it killed him.

Now, i think I'm gonna go find a hot show from 1994 and crank it up!!! Gems from 1995 include 2/21/95, 3/23/95, 3/30/95, 5/21/95 and 6/30/95. Dig out your old tapes and crank em up!!!

China Cat>Rider from 3/30/95 is my all time favorite!!! Listen to that jam at full blast, step outside and enjoy this beautiful spring day!

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Numbness

Hi Antonjo -

Beyond Blair's references (perhaps he can chime in?), phalangeal numbness would be entirely consistent with diabetes and carpal tunnel - both of which plagued Jerry in his later years. In videos from '94 and '95, you can also see the ring and little fingers of his left (fretting) hand twitching like mad - particularly when they're extended. This may be evidence of nerve damage. Mix with the more acute effects of self-medication (nodding, lack of focus, etc.), and you have a recipe for disaster.

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Bobby Fuller cover?

And we do have That must be something (w/o lyrics) on DP 17. Was it ever sung?

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The final list of "new" songs never released

1) Days Between
2) So Many Roads*
3) Lazy River Road
4) Lone Way To Go Home
5) Broken Arrow
6) Shoe Fits
7) Corrina
8) Easy Answers
9) Wave To The Wind
10) Liberty
11) Eternity
12) Childhood's End
13) Samba In The Rain

"New" Covers
1) Salt Lake City
2) I Want To Tell You
3) Rollin's & Tumblin;
4) Matilda
5) It's All Too Much
6) That Would Be Something
7) Take Me To The River

It may very well be that it is up to us to come up with our own CDs as it is likely that Rhino/Dead.net will ultimately turn it's back on this project...

Anybody know a kick-ass version of "Cheesy Answers"? (Now there is another topic -- altering the names of songs when they are played too much or fall out of favor. An example would be Passing Stones instead of Throwing Stones.)

* Released singly in the big box of that name

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