Road Trips Decades
Road Trips Decades
Road Trips In Review
was St. Paddy's Day, 3/17/95. I thought it was a nice show, especially since they pulled out a rare NSB.
How about the VERY underrated back to back shows from MSG 3/9 and 3/10/81?
I also am less enthusiastic about the 90's material, unfortunately, even though I attended most of those 90's shows at MSG, but PLEASE ! take another listen to these two shows from 81. The entire second set of 3/10 is tremendous... including the encores.
The Smokestack tease sent an electrical shock through the crowd that night that made everyone look at eachother for like three long seconds like NOOOO!!!
The Amp surge in the opening Half-Step is shortlived and got a great crowd reprieve afterwards anyway, thus should not get lost from consideration for that one hicup.
For the record, 90+% of my collection is 66-79 so, obviously I'm not a huge post-Keith fan, but this run in 81 was stellar.
Just my .02 ...
Philzoner - At your recommendation, I just tried listening to 5/26/95. So what if it's the best of '95? With all due respect, it still stinks. Badly.
05-26-95 Seattle Center Memorial Coliseum, Seattle, Wa. (Fri)
1: Help> Slipknot> Franklin's, Same Thing, Loose Lucy, Eternity@> Don't Ease
2: Scarlet> Fire> Playin> Uncle John> Drumz> Jam> Easy Answers> Stella Blue> Good Lovin E: Liberty
That was the hottest show of '95.... IMO...... except for the Easy Answers outta Space...... Dark Star would have made it complete
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.
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.
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?
...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...
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 : /
... 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.