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Jerry Garcia American: Freedom. Liberty. Leave Me Alone, To Find My Own Way Home. 1993-08-22   1 comment

If I was an eagle I’d dress like a duck  kantnergarcia
Crawl like a lizard and honk like a truck
If I get a notion I’ll climb this tree
or chop it down and you can’t stop me
Chop it down and you can’t stop me
Freedom
Liberty
Leave me alone
To find my own way home

Liberty.  (Giants Stadium 1993-06-06)

I have been spending some time with the 1993 Grateful Dead concert tapes on the Internet Archive.   The Modern Deadhead blog has a nice discussion of this year with the Dead here.  Jerry is drawing from deep within himself with both is playing and his singing during the summer tour.  There are some powerful performances during 1993 including:

The 1993-08-22 show at the Autzen Stadium an the University of Oregon has been in pretty heavy rotation on my mp3 player.  There is a lot to recommend this show including  a stand away version of Days Between with a great vocal and a strong end solo.  The first set opens with Jack Straw.  About 60 seconds into the show the mikes die and Bob’s guitar set up goes into cardiac arrest.  It takes several minuets for his setup to reboot and come back on line.  Jerry, who is no stranger to equipment failures and guitar solos takes the weight and carries the song with some real pyrotechnics. The first set ends with a fresh sounding The Music Never Stopped.  The second set is action packed starting with Help On the Way –> Slipknot –> Franklin’s Tower.  The closer is really a great Space followed by The Wheel –> I Need A Miracle –> Days Between –> Not Fade Away. WoW.  Liberty takes us home as an encore. Listen NOW!

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1993-08-22 Autzen Stadium  (University of Oregon)

Click Track to Play or Steal

01 crowd/tuning 05:07
02 Jack Straw 09:12
03 Bertha 08:04
04 Little Red Rooster 09:26
05 Broken Arrow 05:25
06 Althea 08:02
07 Masterpiece 05:27
08 Tennessee Jed 08:56
09 The Music Never Stopped 08:48
10 crowd/tuning) 02:46
11 Help On The Way– 04:26
12 Slipknot!– 05:28
13 Franklin’s Tower 11:55
14 Samson And Delilah 06:46
15 Ship Of Fools 07:51
16 Corinna– 09:23
17 Drums– 07:46
18 Spacey Drums– 12:38
19 Space– 13:03
20 The Wheel– 06:59
21 I Need A Miracle– 04:05
22 Days Between– 10:51
23 Not Fade Away 11:41
24 Liberty 06:28
With film footage from all over space and time.

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And while we are visiting the past here is a little snip from 1981:

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Went to the well but the water was dry
Dipped my bucket in the clear blue sky
Looked in the bottom and what did I see?
The whole damned world looking back at me

If I was a bottle I’d spill for love
Sake of mercy I’d kill for love
If I was a liar I’d lie for love
Sake of my baby I’d die for love
Sake of my baby I’d die for love

Freedom
Liberty
Leave me alone
To find my own way home
To find my own way home
I’m gonna find my own way home

RIP, Jerry.

Chanting by The Guyoto Monks (1995-06-02)

The Grateful Dead At the Fillmore West, June 1969   2 comments

This is the first of three blog posts on the Grateful Dead at the Fillmore West, 1969, 1970 and 1971.

The Internet Archive is the home of the Grateful Dead Tape Collection.  The 1969 represents in many ways the high point in the first phase of the Grateful Dead (the era of the Dark Star, Jamming, Pig Pen and LSD) and also a transition to the more single song orientation of Aoxomoxoa .    The Dead did a four night run at the Fillmore West on June 05, 06, 07 and 08.   The Fillmore West is more or less the home court for the Dead during this era and June is, mostly, the best month, for most years, that quality performances were caught on sound board recordings.   This run survives on three sound board recordings (June 05, 07 and 08) and a fragment of the June 06 set with an audience recording of three songs (including what may be the longest LoveLight at 46 minutes plus).  These shows show the extreme breath of the Dead’s song list even at this early date when enthusiasm often exceeds technique and also point clearly to the future dead where Dark Star all but disappears from the set list (Jerry said it morphed into the Mise-en-scène of the band).

The June 05 show is the type of Dead set which the early Dead are remembered for most today.  The run of Cryptically Envelopment/Drums/The Other One/ Cryptically Envelopment pretty well sets the crowd on fire and this is followed by a classic Dark Star/ St. Stephen / The Eleven in the second set.  Jerry’s petal steel guitar version of He Was A Friend of Mine is unique to this show. 

The June 07 show  is very different.  Pig Pen is absent and TC on the keyboards through out  until Pig Pen returns for the closing Lovelight.  This is a very Jerry set  as the opening shows:  Dire Wolf –> Dupree’s Diamond Blues –> Mountains Of the Moon –> Dark Star –> St. Stephen –> The Eleven. 

The show of June 08 turns the wheel again.  This is a dance riot set and the bass and drumming are way up front. The set  starts with Dancin’ in the Street and a monumental  early Dead classic New Potato Caboose.  The second set opens with  a unique 37 minute  deluxe version of Turn On Your Love Light (with With Elvin Bishop & Wayne Ceballos).  Phil and the drummers are just on fire.  Jerry is more or less absent.  If less typically psychedelic in sound, our old friend is clearly in the minds of the band.  Phil Lesh wrote of the June 08 show:

” I looked over at Jerry and saw a bridge of light like a rainbow of a thousand colors streaming between us; and flowing back and forth across that bridge: three-dimensional musical notes – some swirling like the planet Jupiter rotating at 100 times normal speed, some like fuzzy little tennis balls with dozens of legs and feet(each foot wearing a different sock!), some striped like zebras, some like pool balls, some even rectangular or hexagonal, all brilliantly colored and evolving as they flowed, not only the notes that were being played, but all the possible notes that could have been played. That moment may well have been the peak of psychedelic music for me – the combination of absolute inevitability and ecstatic freedom has never been equaled.”

You could pay out big bucks to Dead.Net and get the “Dead at the Fillmore West” with its much restricted set list  or you can listen to these recordings for free.  After you have  absorbed these 3 and one half hours of music, you might want to stay in your  seat at the Fillmore but jump ahead to June 1970.

Fillmore West: 1969-06-05

  • 01 09:51 Morning Dew Listen
  • 02 03:31 Me And My Uncle Listen
  • 03 07:06 Doing That Rag > Listen
  • 04 11:46 He Was A Friend Of Mine Listen
  • 05 05:43 Hard To Handle Listen
  • 06 06:39 Cosmic Charlie Listen
  • 07 02:18 Cryptical Envelopment -> Listen
  • 08 01:31 Drums -> Listen
  • 09 08:36 The Other One > Listen
  • 10 12:11 Cryptical Envelopment Listen
  • 11 04:33 China Cat Sunflower -> Listen
  • 12 03:41 Sittin’ On Top Of The World Listen
  • 13 21:12 Dark Star -> Listen
  • 14 05:54 St. Stephen -> Listen
  • 15 12:57 The Eleven -> Listen
  • 16 26:57 Turn On Your Lovelight Listen
  • Concert Length: 02:07:26Fillmore West: 1969-06-07
  • 01 02:29 Dire Wolf Listen
  • 02 04:01 Dupree’s Diamond Blues Listen
  • 03 05:35 Mountains Of The Moon Listen
  • 04 20:46 Dark Star Listen
  • 05 06:40 Saint Stephen Listen
  • 06 14:56 The Eleven Listen
  • 07 03:25 Sitting On Top Of The World Listen
  • 08 02:49 Cold Rain and Snow Listen
  • 09 08:01 Doin’ That Rag Listen  (is that Joplin saying Come On at ~3:40?)
  • 10 03:31 Me and My Uncle Listen
  • 11 20:57 Turn on Your Lovelight Listen(Joplin again according to set notes on Dead.Net)
  • Concert Length: 01:25:10Fillmore West: 1969-06-08
  • 01 13:00 Dancin’ In The Streets Listen
  • 02 12:09 He Was A Friend Of Mine -> Listen
  • 03 04:14 China Cat Sunflower -> Listen
  • 04 13:32 New Potato Caboose Listen
  • 05 04:01 Me & My Uncle Listen
    • 06 37:17 Turn On Your Lovelight Listen  (With Elvin Bishop & Wayne Ceballos)
  • 07 08:03 The Things I USed To Do Listen
  • 08 05:39 Who’s Lovin’ You Tonight Listen
  • 09 02:06 Cryptical Envelopment -> Listen
  • 10 00:59 Drums -> Listen
  • 11 11:31 The Other One -> Listen
  • 12 08:02 Cosmic Charlie Listen
  • Concert Length: 01:44:24Plus: Bonus Track:  Casey Jones early arrangement from 1969-06-27

Grateful Dead: Three Nights in June, 1990–Live on the Internet Archive   Leave a comment

Jerry Garcia once said that he didn’t care what venue he played at but that what he liked was to play the same venue on successive days.  These three nights in June, 1990 are nice sound board recordings of Jerry and the Grateful Dead on what was, for many, the last great tour.  Throughout the Dead’s career, the keyboard player was  integral to the Dead’s sound.  Amazingly the three great Dead key board players brought remarkably different talents to the band and indeed, the band (and Jerry) sounds very different depending if its Pig Pen or Godchaux or Mydland.  These shows of course are part of the Mydland era (his last show would be 23 July 1990 and he died on the 26th) .  The recordings on these three nights are available in full on the Internet Archive, are very good. These are NOT modern, cold, digital recordings.  The crowd can often be heard in the background.  Bob’s supporting guitar work is excellent and easy to hear on these tapes.  Jerry and Brent  are pretty subdued, and soulful.  Of the three shows 06/08 is my favorite the run from Bird Song through Foolish Heart are particularly sweet.  The second night, for me, suffers from a set list not to my tastes(although Lucy Loose and All Along the Watchtower are unforgettable.).  The last night has some great runs including Playin’ in the Band –> Crazy Fingers -> Playing In The Band Jam  as well as the closing of Standing On the Moon through ‘Last Time.  All of Jerry’s ‘first set classics’ like Jack-A-Roe, Jack Straw and Row Jimmy are great examples of the types of sweet solos Jerry developed late in his career.  If you are looking for the classic, happy hippy ‘Keep On Truckin’ Grateful Dead, you will not find them here.  This is the mature Jerry Garcia (he was 48 and in poor health) with thirty years and thousands of shows on the road.  Death did stalk the halls on these nights and Jerry plays against the devil.  And the music plays the band.

Cal Expo Amphitheatre: 1990-06-08

  • 01 06:46 Cold Rain & Snow* Listen
  • 02 07:13 Walkin’ Blues Listen
  • 03 05:39 Easy To Love You Listen
  • 04 05:01 Jack-A-Roe Listen
  • 05 08:06 Queen Jane Approximately Listen
  • 06 07:51 High Time Listen
  • 07 08:52 It’s All Over Now Listen
  • 08 12:00 Bird Song Listen
  • 09 10:23 Uncle John’s Band ? Listen
  • 10 11:22 China Cat Sunflower ? I Know You Rider Listen
  • 11 10:10 Estimated Prophet ? Listen
  • 12 14:53 Foolish Heart ? Jam ? Listen
  • 13 07:05 Drums ? Listen
  • 14 11:42 Space ? Listen
  • 15 05:34 The Wheel** ? Listen
  • 16 04:02 I Need A Miracle ? Listen
  • 17 09:57 Black Peter ? Listen
  • 18 08:44 Sugar Magnolia/ Listen
  • 19 05:40 U.S. Blues Listen
  • Concert Length: 02:08:00

Cal Expo Amphitheatre: 1990-06-09

  • 01 04:32 Let The Good Times Roll Listen
  • 02 08:54 Feel Like A Stranger Listen
  • 03 09:52 Peggy-O Listen
  • 04 02:47 Me And My Uncle > Listen
  • 05 08:06 Mexicali Blues Listen
  • 06 08:09 Loser Listen
  • 07 07:03 When I Paint My Masterpiece Listen
  • 08 09:48 Loose Lucy Listen
  • 09 06:03 Cassidy > Listen
  • 10 03:27 Don’t Ease Me In Listen
  • 11 08:42 Victim Or The Crime > Listen
  • 12 07:04 Touch Of Grey > Listen
  • 13 08:27 Looks Like Rain > Listen
  • 14 14:53 Terrapin Station > Listen
  • 15 06:24 Drums > Listen
  • 16 07:06 Space > Listen
  • 17 06:09 Dear Mr. Fantasy > Listen
  • 18 05:01 Hey Jude > Listen
  • 19 06:17 All Along The Watchtower > Listen
  • 20 07:09 Stella Blue* > Listen
  • 21 07:57 Turn On Your Lovelight Listen
  • 22 06:31 Black Muddy River** Listen
  • Concert Length: 01:41:54

Cal Expo Amphitheatre: 1990-06-10

  • 01 06:34 Bertha Listen
  • 02 06:03 Jack Straw Listen
  • 03 01:31 We want Phil Listen
  • 04 03:42 Dire Wolf Listen
  • 05 06:37 Wang Dang Doodle Listen
  • 06 11:22 Row Jimmy Listen
  • 07 07:26 Picasso Moon Listen
  • 08 07:46 Tennessee Jed Listen
  • 09 04:53 The Promised Land Listen
  • 10 05:28 Box Of Rain Listen
  • 11 14:59 Eyes of the World -\> Listen
  • 12 08:27 Playing In The Band-\> Listen
  • 13 10:17 Crazy Fingers -\> Playing In The Band Jam -\> Listen
  • 14 07:30 Drums -\> Listen
  • 15 08:44 Space-\> Listen
  • 16 06:48 Gimme Some Lovin\’ -\> Listen
  • 17 10:27 Standing On The Moon -\> Listen
  • 18 09:08 Throwing Stines -\> Listen
  • 19 07:50 Not Fade Away Listen
  • 20 06:01 The Last Time Listen

Grateful Dead: 1991-05-04: Eine kleine Nachtmusik   Leave a comment

It starts out as a not great recording of a not great night of the post Brent Grateful Dead.  Then, as it some times does, during the second set the magic hits Jerry during Crazy Fingers.  The vocals have a timeless blues feel and the solo is out of this world (with parts of ‘Spanish Jam’ showing up). You can hear the band pick up Jerry’s vibe.  Vince’s keyboards start to rock and we are off and running seamlessly into great versions of Playin’ in the Band and Uncle John’s Band.  After the Drums and Space thingy a rocking I Need a Miracle and and Jerry is outstanding on Standing On the Moon.  Not two hours of bliss but these five songs show how the post 1990 could cook even without Bruce.  When Jerry is there, he is there.

Cal Expo: 1991-05-04

  • 01 01:18 Tuning Listen
  • 02 06:15 Hell In A Bucket -> Listen
  • 03 15:51 Sugaree Listen
  • 04 07:47 New Minglewood Blues Listen
  • 05 08:11 Loser Listen
  • 06 03:42 The Race Is On Listen
  • 07 10:27 Row Jimmy Listen
  • 08 06:26 When I Paint My Masterpiece Listen
  • 09 08:59 New Speedway Boogie -> Listen
  • 10 08:22 The Music Never Stopped Listen
  • 11 12:22 Victim Or The Crime -> Listen
  • 12 08:49 Crazy Fingers -> Listen
  • 13 09:11 Playing In The Band -> Listen
  • 14 12:06 Uncle John’s Band -> Listen
  • 15 13:21 Drums -> Listen
  • 16 13:40 Space -> Listen
  • 17 05:43 I Need A Miracle -> Listen
  • 18 10:14 Standing On The Moon -> Listen
  • 19 06:51 One More Saturday Night Listen
  • 20 06:56 Touch Of Grey Listen

Concert Length: 02:15:31

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