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On August 27, 1972, fresh off their now-legendary European tour, the Grateful Dead traveled to Veneta, OR and reunited with the Merry Pranksters for a common cause – to throw a benefit concert for the Kesey family’s Springfield Creamery. A stage was erected under the hot Oregon sun at the Olde Renaissance Fairgrounds, tickets were printed on the fronts of the Creamery’s yogurt labels, and the rest is history…
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Complete 8/27/72 Concert Audio
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popped in the dvd a couple of nights ago and was taken to '72 Veneta, completely. I was going to catch a buzz before I watched this but I got to watching the dvd and I forgot to. Honestly, I felt equally as high at the end of the film just from watching it. What a beautiful job the filmmakers did of capturing just enough of the band and just enough of the audience to convey everything.....just as it should be. Really, really, really loved the additional 30 min. of interviews and how cool to see and hear a regular poster on here...Strider 88.
Nice job of restoration!
I absolutely love Jerry's face at 1hr 18min; that deep, introspective look quickly changes to a huge smile that bounces into laughter, kind of like he was transformed himself from that jam. And poor "pole guy", now that I know he is deceased, I truly root for him. Right there in the thick of it, dosed to high-heaven and dancing, dancing, dancing to try and hold on to that last thread of reality because if you stop, you dissolve into the white light.........we've all been there. And that shot, for about 30 sec. of pole guy dancing naked over Jerry's shoulder, the filmmakers knew what we all know: like it or not, that was an excellent representation of the transformative power of psychedelics coupled with the sound waves of the Grateful Dead AND the back and forth energy sent from band to audience and back. Extremely powerful, life-changing stuff. I, for one, absolutely love it. Great scene! (the nudity is irrelevant....and anyway, when you're close to the peak, those nasty, confining articles of clothing that are bound to our bodies due to the conventions of an uptight society simply have no place resting on our skin......sometimes they just gotta go!)The better the acid, the less clothes you wear, plain and simple.
I know one thing for certain: had I been there, I would've been saturated to the gills on orange sunshine and who knows, I might have been right there with pole guy :))))))))))))
To everyone who worked on this, Thank You! Exceptionally well done!
A tinny start to Promised Land, but it's all there by the time Sugaree cranks up.
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to paraphrase Macklemore's Thrift Shop:
"Veneta's f^ing awesome."
Veneta 72 forever and always.
I found the sound quality on Disc 1 of this set unlistenable,but the rest was fine,
....received my limited edition of this last week--watched the dvd first---very cool--brings me back to when I really started goin to many shows--not in that type of setting--mostly E. coast shows--then moved to Cal. late 70's--listend to cd's --when I had time--B-B-Q coolin libations & enhancers to -as was said--close ya eye music--I called it Brain dancing---which what happened last weekend--NICE---I've seenmany shows since 70& on --on & off nites--to me mostly ON---cuz I went to have a GRATEFUL TIME---always did--I read some of these posts & it seems to me -too many critics instead of lettin loose---but there will always be someone who will complain--when they get hung by a gold rope!!!! hahahaha...live,laugh,love ALOT--NO WHINERS!!
Has better shows. The location, cause, and filming is all part of the lure and mysticism of this date. The Sing Me Back Home is almost incomparable. The other highlights are great Bird Song, China > Rider, PITB. I think he (Dick) was just talking about the amount of requests compared to other shows from that same era. 8-25-72 only has a small portion of 1st set that I know about and I would rate that as piece (plus Berkeley shows from same week) almost in the same category as Veneta. Not much change can occur stylistically in 36 hours. The other Berkeley shows have a Dark > Morning Dew and Dark Star > El Paso > Dark Star. I don't know why the spike in requests were so much higher because all the set lists from that week are basically the same. My opinion is the lure of the event and more people were exposed to that show from the bootlegs and film. I think some of the reasons for a lack of other late summer or early fall shows is because of tape cuts. I know u rider has a cut in 9-24-72. And in regard, to 9-17-72 the soundboard is missing a piece of Uncle Johns band but the AUD is in optimal sound. The other shows 9-21 and 9-27 are complete. That is a huge reason for any show to be released if it is complete. With that being said the 9-27 show is 1 one of my favorite releases and the theater venue had great sound
Thanks for those links to Dick's comments. They provide a window into his thinking-- the man really liked 1972-73! He was clearly listening to GD music on a different level, looking for nuances in jams that could elevate a show from ordinary (in his eyes) to extraordinary. We are all doing that to an extent, but he was on a higher level.
I cannot agree with him on Veneta being so overrated. This is a really fine show with great jams. Without the extreme heat, who knows what the band might have done. I have a sneaking suspicion that Dick liked to stay out of mainstream thought. If 9/24/72 was as widely praised and Veneta forgotten, he may very well have been extolling the virtues of 8/27 instead. I had a cassette of 9/24 and this show(8/27) holds up just fine, thank you. Just my opinion.
I wrote on the DVD thread my opinion of this release-- stellar. Great sound, great music, amazing clarity in the film (too much while Pole Man is hovering overhead, though). This release and Dick's comments make me feel silly for wanting the next Dave's pick to be from the 1980s when there is so much great 1972-73 to be heard. We do need some early to mid-1980s though, definitely a hole in the releases.
I had email exchanges with Dick a few times, in some cases regarding shows that were released well after his death, e.g. 5/10/78. I wonder at times about whether Dick was the prime mover on this or that, pre and post mortem. I think of DP19 from OK City, such a monumental show and for me way preferable to most everything I have heard from that time, including the UCLA show (meh). As well, the sound on Dick's 19 is incredible; it remains one of the very, very best archival releases.
The Lincoln and Baltimore shows (DP 28 and 23, respectively) weren't picked by Dick, though -- they came out well after his death. I'm pretty sure Dave picked 'em.