While getting ready to do a blog post on Microsoft’s MVC Web API I dumped my CouchDB database of Grateful Dead Internet Archive tapes into SQL Server 2008. To test the full text search on SQL Server I produced this list. I hope you enjoy it. Here is a list of Soundboard or Matrix concert recordings on the Internet Archive where Scarlet Begonias and Fire On The Mountain are played during the same concert. This is a computer generated list. There are 163 concerts listed here. There are 217 concert recordings with this song combination if we were to include audience tapes also.
Click On the image below of a list of ‘best’ SB –> FOTM concert Recordings
[this is a hypertext list - click on a date and you will jump to the Internet Archive Music Player for that concert]
I haven’t written about the Grateful Dead for a while now. Many of the XMas shows of the Dead are not of the best quality. This is a combination of unavailability of quality soundboard tapes and (often) less than inspired playing on the bands part. This 1977 show is an exception. Listen to the whole show on the Internet Archivehere. This tape is re-mastered by “Bertha” from a master reel source by Jay Ashley. Excellent sound processing of a great show. The first set ends with a strong “The Music Never Stopped” but the second set is on fire (so to speak). I personally think this is a better show that Dick’s Pick 10 (1977-12-29) – and its free.
I only saw the Grateful Dead once. I was a student (barely) at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and it was November 1971. The Dead played with The New Riders and Jerry joined them during the second half of their set. A had gone to the concert with a couple of true Dead Heads from my dorm. How Dead were they? While they had been following the dead tour since school had started in the fall and this was the first time we saw them in Albuquerque this semester. During the first par to the NRPR set there was ol’ Jerry wandering around the back of the auditorium.
Many Dead Heads swear by Dick’s Pick #18 as a definitive sample of the Grateful Dead in the late 1970’s. This was recorded in America’s heartland, Iowa on 1978-02-03 and 1978-02-05. For capturing not only the Godchaux’s (Donna and Keith). Canonical version of Scarlet Begonias and Fire On The Mountain. Donna not in the best of voice that night. Besides the internet archive makes the music from this era available for free (but not 1978-02-03 and 1978-02-05). I have documented elsewhere how to get to the Grateful Dead recordings on the Internet Archive and how to make copies of even the streaming versions of the Dead shows on the Internet archive (Steal This Show!). The (free) music available at this site is more varied than the releases in the Dick’s Picks Series and (in my opinion) is often mixed with a more exciting and live style. Some of the official archive show releases from the Dead organization seem to have the life sucked out of them in the re-mixing process. As good as the February, 1978 shows are I suggest that you take a listen at some of the May, 1977. The Dead has a great run of shows that month.
West L.A. Fadeaway Alpine Valley Music Theater in 1989
The Buffalo and Meadowlands concerts are not, in my opinion, the best of 1989. Nightfall of Diamonds in particular falls short of being a great show. However, like all Dead.Net releases the sound remixing is great. The vocals are far richer on these releases than on the more raw tapes found on the Internet Archive. Crimson White & Indigo is based on the 89/07/07 JFK Stadium Concert. This is a Dead.Net release which I do not own, so I am going on what I hear on the raw non-sound board recordings on the Internet Archive. The show includes a nice Scarlet Begonia ->Fire On The Mountain combination and a ‘big arena’ sound that some may find exciting. Without A Net was produced by Phil. Three cuts are from 1989. The production seems a little ‘cold’ to me. There is a DVD concert video which is a lot of fun: Alpine Valley Music Theater in 1989 DVD you can rent this at many video stores (or watch clips of the concert DVD available on YouTube and elsewhere).
Internet Archive Dead Soundboard Recordings – 1989
There are some interesting shows here and some fantastic (and unique) performances of individual songs. Brent and Jerry are interacting with amazing grace. Phil is flying. Jerry is in fine voice and guitar form. I am listing in this section only shows on the Internet Archive with sound board recordings for 1989. There are other gems out there on the Internet Archive which are available only in audience recordings. I have concentrated here on Soundboard (and where possible, Matrix) recordings of these two tours.
890327 The Omni: Those strange vocal effects you hear are not mistakes but a feature of this concert.
891020 The Spectrum: Jerry is in full voice. The Dead preform “California Earthquake” – which they only preformed twice. A MUST listen.
The version of “The Other One” is very new age-y – very unusual treatment.
Internet Archive Usage Notes
In a prior post I explained two ways to capture “streaming media” off the Internet Archive. In this post I will give some pointers on finding Grateful Dead recordings on the Internet Archive. A good place to start is the Grateful Dead Collection Home Page. Try the link: Grateful Dead Shows on This Day in History. Listen to what others are downloading.
The Internet Archive supports an advanced search option. You can use the search templates provided here to narrow your search. Just change the date and/or target song phrases to match your needs and paste the text into the search Box.
collection:(GratefulDead) AND date:1989-??-??
returns all Grateful Dead recordings for 1989
collection:(GratefulDead) AND date:1989-??-?? AND (subject:”Soundboard” OR subject:”Matrix”)
returns all Grateful Dead recordings for 1989 in either soundboard or Matrix format
collection:(GratefulDead) AND date:1989-??-?? AND (subject:”Soundboard” OR subject:”Matrix”) AND “Fire On The Mountain”
returns all Grateful Dead recordings for 1989 in either soundboard or Matrix format of Fire On The Mountain
Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain in 1989
In general this song series is not as strong here as in the golden years (1977-1981), but interesting none the less.