January 21, 2020 Subject:
The curious from '77 Barton come here. What they find is a solid show with a great late sequence, if not quite the X factor of tour's end. They played Barton a third/final time the following year.
First Set. While Bobby announces Take a Step Back, Jer gamely attempts Cornell's school song (Far Above Cayuga's Waters). How did he know something so obscure? Was a sheet sitting on a band music stand backstage? Was he sight-reading? OTOH, it HAD made the rounds of the folk bands, because it uses the melody of Annie Lisle - written by H.S. Thompson [no, a different HST]. Or maybe he had heard the Johnny Mathis version. I doubt any students knew it [did you know your school song?]. After a fun Jack Straw Jer calls for a They Love, but it's a Tennessee. Still warming up. The mixes aren't great for Cassidy but the playing is, and from here the set is solid. The official release wanted a hard ending for Row Jimmy, rather than the segue into El Paso, so they patched-in a final chord. These are rare for EP so I thought it was from 4/27/77, but later I wondered if it could be 8/4/82 or 5/8/79. Jer confuses some lyrics but Bobby's slide is fine. This time for Take a Step Back Jer plays English Country Garden into Shave and a Haircut. The May '80 Altheas are always good (granted, this one isn't Nassau...). It's Bobby's turn to confuse lyrics for Stranger, but Dough Knees is punchy and excited enough to leave 'em buzzin'. No landmarks but still a scenic set.
Second Set. There are a couple cool sections in this Shakedown. In fact the last part is great. Bobby is hot on Bertha (this is only the second Shake into Bertha, after 11/25/79). A peppy Playing in the Barn starts off the show's peak sequence. The official release has three edits in Drums (36sec cut @0:11; a 27sec cut @1:28; a cut of 10sec @4:32). The SBD has a reel flip @1:23, missing 8sec. The AUD is complete. Space has two cuts on the official (17sec @1:29 & 1: 01 cut @3:40). It's a great, outer-space Space, with a wonderful tranny into a superb Saint. This is the first Saint without a preceding Sailor; which occurs three more times in '80 (of 54 versions!: 5/12, 6/6, &10/29; and only once in '81). Next is an incredible, dynamic, loosely/tightened version of Black Peter. The PitB reprise comes so late it's almost like a new song rather than a sandwich (did you ever stand there wondering if they had played a sammich-half earlier or if you imagined it?). Bobby leaves it all on stage for Good Lovin', returning for a brisk Alabama.
1st Set: B- 2nd Set: B-
Overall = 3½ stars
Cassidy - had new life in this era
Space - true Space and great set-up
Saint of Circumstance - no Sails and meat of hot sequence
Black Peter - dynamic
SOURCES: The morris_100242 AUD runs fast and is muddy, but it has the soundcheck (granted, barely audible). Best AUD is the clugston_3294 (nak700_wise_minches is a copy that has been brickwalled). The best SBD is the miller_26349. It is pitched a hair fast, needing -1% correction, except for Jack Straw. Road Trips v4 n1 has much of the second set (except the encore and the complete Drums>Space), and three from the first set. However it was mastered at the wrong speed, dragging slowly, needing +2.75% pitch correction for Cassidy. Jack Straw & Row Jimmy need +3.25% and the second set needs +3%. It also has the channels reversed, in total making it quite non-essential.
June 9, 2017 Subject:
I hitchhiked to this show from SUNY Brockport with my friend Debbie Ng. We had just finished our freshman year. Such a memorable time! Playing pool & drinking beer in Ithaca.
The show was really tight. I recall thinking that the sound on Dancin' was the best that I'd heard, up to that point. Then again, I'd only been to a trio of shows at that point (Philly May 78, Giants Stadium Sept 78, Buffalo 79). Enjoy!
October 23, 2012 Subject:
fun show. weird mix.
it seems like the "playin in the barn" line must have been a response to the weird mix they had onstage between 'bertha' and 'playin'. i listed to some auds and i couldn't even hear the drummers until about halfway thru 'bertha'. then i jumped over to the road trips source and realized it was the mix, not the room (or a combination of the two). pretty funny.
this was one of the nights that healy missed because he was at his dad's funeral, right?
June 14, 2011 Subject:
First Saint of Circumstance without Lost Sailor preceding it. Also, Garcia plays the Cornell alma mater during the first "Take A Step Back" after Jack Straw.
October 16, 2010 Subject:
only time ive seen that before
specially a saint so late.
October 16, 2010 Subject:
Take A Step Back (Reprise x 2) & Playin' In The Barn!
Jerry had a good night here. Not as colossal as '77, but then few shows are. Knocked a star off for Jerry missing the vox on Shakedown briefly and again on Alabama Getaway. 5 stars for the instrumental prowess of the whole band. Stranger has Jerry coming in through some hazy wah filter, not quite as out front as '89 but mystifying nonetheless. Althea has a mysterious, fresh feel to it. Shakedown > Bertha are good > solid, respectively, whil Playin' > Terrapin > Drums would work at any party or ski area chairlift. Smokin' Saint of Circumstance, great to hear this emerging from its infancy in the rotation and this tightly played Easy To Love You could quickly become my favorite so far.
4 stars also for the tape hiss and periodic feedback squeals Use treble reducer on iTunes etc. to offset the hiss.
Definitely a show I'll choose to listen to some more. Real funny Bobby antics this night = at least a star all to itself.
June 16, 2009 Subject:
The band was in high gear for the return to Cornell. They musicianship is top notch. The quality is really good as well. Stream and enjoy!!!!
April 26, 2009 Subject:
also my second show and a great one. first time i've heard it since the show and it's even better than i remember. jerry's vocals are excellent. i can still see jerry standing there in the erie spot light during black peter and the rest of the barn pitch black. would love to see the film of the show another reviewer mentioned. can it be posted?
November 9, 2007 Subject:
Not bad at all
Oops I originally reviewed the wrong show, Liam you were right, sorry. This is a solid if not outstanding show that has it's charms. In other words it won't knock your socks off but is a very enjoyable listen and is worth the stream. Nice transition from Playing sliding right into Terrapin Station.
December 28, 2006 Subject:
Very nice hidden gem of a show-
I wonder if Darylizer was listening to the aud version and typed his review here? I have no clue what he is talking about- hey yeah- it is all subjective- but I have listened to plenty of dead over their whole career and this show is not awful at all is the named reviewer would have it-
Nothing truly outstanding- but everything is good- a rarity in the last 15 years- or if ever- The second set is killer- great song choices- COrnell is magical for the boys
December 14, 2006 Subject:
Feel Like A Stranger
I love the version of Feel Like A Stranger from this show. It hasn't developed yet to it's full 80's glory, and has this oily, funky, slinky kind of energy all throughout as the band probes around to find grooves. Brent is killing it!
April 1, 2006 Subject:
Wonder where Jer learned the CU song?
March 9, 2006 Subject:
this aint 72 baby but it is typical cornell take a step back and watch us smoke the first set sounds better than the second the row jimmy and terapin are exceptional ty for this
July 26, 2005 Subject:
Take A Step Back
Great, great show. Did you know that during the first "Take A Step Back" Jerry is playing Cornell's alma mater? (d1t01)
May 7, 2005 Subject:
My 2nd Dead show!
Definitely the Playin' in the Barn show! My 2nd Dead show. I have 8mm film fotage of this show only a couple of 3"reels but it was a hot show. So glad there is finally a soundboard of it.
March 20, 2005 Subject:
Good show, sound is good, a slight hiss, but very bearable. A good one to have.
November 7, 2004 Subject:
Playing In The Barn...
I have these old analog tapes. This may be the one with "Playing In The Barn" lyrics. Add it to your collection of odd Grateful Dead items...