Feel Like A Stranger-> Franklin's Tower, Minglewood Blues, Row Jimmy, Far From Me, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Sugaree-> Hell In A Bucket China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Cumberland Blues, Women Are Smarter-> Drums
Ultramatrix (soundboard/audience mix) Master Cassette> DAT> CD> SHN patched with FOB Schoeps; via Raoul Duke, encoded & patched by Peter Braverman
January 26, 2008 Subject:
Maybe my favorite of the four
Overall: a very good show. First, please note that although the song listing for this show is incomplete in the description, the entire show is, in fact, on here. Second, as others have noted, this is not an "ultramix" but rather is a SBD with the first two songs patched from an AUD recording. The patched part is a bit too tinny and high pitched (no equalizer on my computer at work), but it's still probably a little better than the other recording currently on archive. Once you get to Minglewood, the SBD kicks in and it's smooth sailing from there as far as sound-quality.
The scene: my second west coast show (see the night before for my review of my first). I went to this show with my sister Petrina, with whom I went to quite a few shows over the years. She is a few years older, but we both got into the band around the same time - although if memory serves correct, I think she went to her first show one year earlier than me, in '84. For much of my Dead touring years, she lived in SF and I was in Rochester, NY, so the only time we'd see each other was at shows. Meet up for Alpine, Greek, NYE, etc. Nice bonus to the "family reunion" concept of Dead shows. On this night, we started out sitting in a decent section on the Jerry/Brent side, but by the time Stranger was half over, I'd convinced her to join me in the hallway. :-) I was dancing with my friend Cid this night, which I didn't always do at shows (in fact, after my first few shows, that rarely happened). I only note that b/c it may have influenced the fact that this was probably my favorite show of this run in terms of me just having a fun night.
The music: Set I: there is no better way to start a show than Stranger, in my book. Ok, LTGTR>Help>Slip>Frank beats it, but regardless I really always love a Stranger opener, especially when followed by a proper can't-take-the-smile-off-my-face Franklin's. The jam in this Stranger isn't anything to write home about, but it's fine. Some very nice instrumental interchanges between Brent and Jerry on Franklin's, which ignites the crowd and seems to enliven Jerry as well. Jerry cranks the distortion pedal for Minglewood, which rips pretty nicely. Tame Row Jimmy - they started to explore this song a bit more in 88 and 89, but not here. Far From Me is standard, although I always appreciate a Brent tune. Brent does the nice slide guitar sound for Masterpiece, which he stopped doing in 88 (i think?), and Jerry then gets out his slide as well, which makes for a cuople of nice little trade off licks between the two of them. Jerry also throws in nice harmonies. A late set Sugaree is decent, with Jerry doing nice guitar work. I remember thinking at the time that since they did Sugaree near the end, they should end the set with Hell (inverting the somewhat typical Hell>Sugaree set opener), and sure enough... it's a decent version with enough energy to justify its place at the end of the set.
Set II: solid, well-played and energetic China>Rider. Cumberland - interesting placement and it is played with second set energy, but I've never been a huge fan of this one. But this version is good, as far as Cumberland goes. Brent's keyboard solo is really nicely on Women R. A little early for drums in my opinion, but it's a pretty good one, followed by what I think it is a very good space. Usually I don't pay a whole lot of attention to space unless something stands out, but this one has some cool cascading sound effects that are decent. Nice Truckin>Smokestack with Bobby putting some real energy into it. Black Peter is solid, and Sugar Mag is well played as well. Black Muddy is something that I never particularly liked back in the day, but actually the song has grown on me.
December 29, 2007 Subject:
rippin Cumberland! whhooooooaaa ooooooohhhhhh
May 23, 2007 Subject:
only first two songs audience
There do not appear to be any good SBD recordings of the first two tunes, so they be patched. The rest is a fine SBD
Reviewer:FRANK THE cAT
September 2, 2004 Subject:
Correction needs to be made here...
...This is just a Digital Aud Schoeps Recording, Not An Analog Sbd Master w/Daud Mix from a Cassette Master which would be with the mics @ sbd via Healy Thus you have a Matrix Mix. Geeez that dont even make any sense, does it ? Maybe I just don't understand but U Will when U Listen to it...Thanks