This show has been commercially released as Dick's Picks, Vol. 25
Jack Straw, They Love Each Other, Cassidy, Ramble On Rose, Me & My Uncle-> Big River, Peggy-O, Let It Grow-> Deal Bertha-> Good Lovin', It Must Have Been The Roses, Estimated Prophet-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat-> Sugar Magnolia, E: U.S. Blues
July 2, 2016 Subject:
May 78; deep into Dick's
A show that, AFAIK, wasn't a popular trade and became better known in the 21st century. Dick's #25 includes most of this show and the following night, though this is the good show. Apparently the 9th isn't in the vault, since it's the better show. The show is lengthy, with the 2nd set almost 2 hours.
First Set. This is the way you want Jack Straw. They Love Each Other settles in and x-factor arrives.The final vocal refrain in Cassidy is abandoned in a decent version .For Me & My Uncle Jer is incredibly fluid and on Big River the way he crashes into his 2nd solo is scrumptious pie. The rest is above average but beware of Donnaskreech™ on Deal.
Second Set. They get a little lost on Bertha but things pick up on Must Have Been the Roses, with good harmony, a Bakersfield opening and Bobby fills. This sequence through Estimated>Eyes is tight, '78 stylee. Drums are long and monotonous, with Mickey staying for Space and after half an hour it veers into Other One. Wharf Rat is worth it for the end jam and Phil's chorded bombs. Sugar Magnolia is a bit off but U.S. Blues is an enthused version.
1st Set: B 2nd Set: C+
Overall = 3 Stars
They Love Each Other - first X-factor
Me & My Uncle - fluid
It Must Have Been the Roses - uptempo, Donna & Bobby harmonics, great fills
Estimated Prophet>Eyes of the World - meat of the show; the '78 versions
Wharf Rat - whips up into a great jam
SOURCES: The lai.3899 is the best SBD but the matrix is better for Bertha. All but It Must Have Been the Roses & U.S. Blues are on Dick's Picks 25.
March 10, 2013 Subject:
Really sharp, insightful review there, mikeyank...I mean I'm as democratic as the next guy, but the archive *could* have some standards as to what is just general byte waste and what's actually contributing.
ANYWAYS, Dick's Picks 25 is a perfect representation of the crazy '78 Dead, as opposed to that silver-sterling 'perfectionist' trip the band was on the year before...the proof is in the music itself - just listen to that just-so deliberately messy quality they bring to the music....and how well it works...It's all fantastic, that hot-boiling Let It Grow in the first set to the hang-on-for-dear-life Bertha to open the 2nd...the dirty, wild nature of the Other One out of the steel drums midsection that simply screams at you - this is a collection worth investing in.
BTW, what happened to 'Roses' and why wasn't it included on the collection? We could have a lone outtake for the pickings thrown up here, couldn't we?
April 9, 2009 Subject: