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Blow Away
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A later-era classic that only stuck around for a couple of years due to unforseen circumstances
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Monterey, CA, Laguna Seca Raceway
Debuting in June 1988 at Alpine, "Blow Away" became a major show-stopper by 1989, allowing Brent to be a full-blown front man. The last version was 7/16/90 in Buffalo, and ten days later Brent was gone
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A later-era classic that only stuck around for a couple of years due to unforseen circumstances
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Blow Away

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Give it just a minute.
And it'll blow away.

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David, I was at this show. One of my most memorable with many, many stories to go along with it.. too many to write here but I just wanted to say thanks for the memories!

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Fitting lyrics for the time we live in now…
I loved seeing this tune live!
Unbelievably emotional.
Thanks to David for picking this one.
Like a feather in the wind, these 30 Days are blowing away…

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seems to me that when the boys are on then there is always more than one jem in the show.
and when the boys are on dave knows and is drawn back to this show.
yes their was some anomalies in the 2nd set.
wow, could i b actually getting better at this as the years go on, been playing since 2013, never did this well.

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A few years back, someone here on 30 DoD invited us to join them in supporting archive.org financially. It’s a non-profit and a little goes a long way! Especially in these times when non-profits are having a harder time than ever. So I’ve been doing that ever since and I’m giving it a shout out today.

I can’t even begin to count the hours I’ve spent, the shows I’ve discovered and the smiles I’ve had listening on archive.org where the music never stops. WHAT A GIFT! I’m happy to give back, and I hope you’ll consider joining me!

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...I got it, but if I have to listen to one more Blow Away I'm going to have to blow myself away, so I'm going with this one. Now, mind you, I love Brent. The dude could play his ass off and Tons of Steel and Just a Little Light were good songs but otherwise I'm going with Hunter and Barlow and Jerry and Bob for my Dead songs.

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I feel this. I've just started and my process has so far winnowed the field down to 18 candidates, and I dread the prospect listening through that many iterations of this song. I've another criteria that I can test w/o hearing the whole thing, though, and you can bet I'll be using it.

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this one is right up there w/ Picasso Moon. Cheers

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Yeah, Picasso Moon...

I absolutely love Bobby and I think his genius as a songwriter and performer are seriously underrated (inevitable when you stand in the shadow of once-in-several-generations supergenius Jerry) but for me Picasso Moon was definitely a great time to take a piss break.

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I forgot to submit my entry for yesterday. I'd even filled out the form and everything. So when I clicked on "submit my entry" this morning, it entered it for TODAY. Now the website thinks that *I* think that "Blow Away" was performed on 1991-03-18.
(~)>:,-(

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I really enjoyed embarking on the Blow Away case study today. Even after I found "the one," I continued listening to all 23 versions out there. I was fascinated by the evolution of the song in it's short tenure - when the vocal harmonies were added, when Brent channeled his inner Pig with the "wait a minute" rap, the different vibe the song took on between 1st and 2nd set versions. All good stuff. Thanks Dave :)

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All 23? That's some dedication BUT, I agree with you. "Blow Away" (and Brent in general) rules!

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Blown away by the lack of love here today. Maybe not a "classic" song, but it's Brent, a gift that passed too soon. Empty bottles that can't be filled, alas. I didn't listen to all the versions, but as JerryGuitar points out there is a some interesting discovery with its evolution through the short performance timeline. If you don't care for the song (and I think the lyrics are so true - just think back on some of your past relationships), sit back and listen to this remaster and marvel at Phil's clean, powerful bass. Ahhh, better. Like a feather in a whirlwind (and hopefully this pandemic) it will blow away.

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if you love everything, you love nothing

And I loves me some Grateful Dead!

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this one brought into the mix. I've always wondered about its deeper meaning if there is one. Empty bottle that can't be filled?? Going to go back and read Barlow's autobiography and see if he sheds any light on it. Cough @ the end sealed the deal.

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Got the year on first listen and then the show after a little poking around. (Some other good performances in the show, too.) My favourite Brent composition and I can hear why Jerry said that he was the best vocalist they ever had. Not too shabby on the keys, either! I thought it was a shame they didn't continue with the song after Brent passed away. I'd take Blow Away over most of the post-Brent compositions any day of the week (Days Between being the main exception - love that song). Many thanks to the good folks at Dead HQ. 30 DoD continues to please.

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... are *Brent* songs. No one else can do them justice.

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i missed it though, had to see Jerry Jeff Walker that night.
went for the rest of the weekend. when i got off the Greyhound bus, my partner who'd been there was grabbing me, yelling "You should have been here !"
it was an amazing venue.

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was very noticeable when I first heard Touch of Grey at The Frost, '82, but then went up several notches for me when the band broke our Dear Mr. Fantasy, June, '84, at Red Rocks. From that point on, he was not just the new guy. For me, that was his break out moment, and really endeared that line up to me over all the others, as great and unique and wonderful as each of them are in their own right. I met his wife and daughter in Vermont years later. "Death Don't Have No Mercy in this land."

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Got to see this tune a few times. Most memorable was the cap centre 3/16/90 show.

My wife scored a ticket to phils 50th the night before.

After the show, sitting in seats watching everyone as they made their way out. Folks by me talked for a while, they gave me phish show tape.

Just remembering that post show euphoric feeling.....

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Sadly, I think the circumstances of Brent's death were very predictable. I'm not sure whether anyone could have done something to prevent it, but from all I've read, you could definitely see it coming....

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    RichesDog
    6 months ago
    "Unforeseen Circumstances"

    Sadly, I think the circumstances of Brent's death were very predictable. I'm not sure whether anyone could have done something to prevent it, but from all I've read, you could definitely see it coming....

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    Direwolf919
    6 months ago
    Blown away

    Got to see this tune a few times. Most memorable was the cap centre 3/16/90 show.

    My wife scored a ticket to phils 50th the night before.

    After the show, sitting in seats watching everyone as they made their way out. Folks by me talked for a while, they gave me phish show tape.

    Just remembering that post show euphoric feeling.....

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    Odell_Brent
    6 months ago
    Brent Rules

    Brent Rules!!