Cold Rain & Snow, Picasso Moon, Loser, Minglewood Blues, Row Jimmy, Desolation Row, Tennessee Jed, The Music Never Stopped Victim Or The Crime, Foolish Heart-> Playin' In The Band-> Uncle John's Band-> Jam-> Drums-> Jam-> All Along The Watchtower-> Black Peter-> Around & Around, One More Saturday Night, E: U.S. Blues
Comments: Unfortunate diginoise during Victim (on all DATs).
Note added 9/24/09
- d2t03 though extractable had a "truncated" wav error
- on listening to the last ~ 20 seconds of the track it was obvious that the issue was the digital managling of the beginning of Playin'
- it was also clear that the beginning portion of transition into Playin' that was missing
- so the mangled portion was removed in such a way that the remainder was still cut on sector boundary but now sounds like a typical cut where some material is missing
in summary, the new track d2t3 fixes the truncation error in a reasonable way until an improved transfer that does not suffer the digital mangling is available
- note that the "non-canonical" headers of the unchanged files are still present
September 28, 2008 Subject:
to the reviewer below: look man, the reason nobody else called this a "Monster" Music Never Stopped is that it's not one. don't get me wrong, it was enjoyable. the show as a whole was enjoyable. i was at this one as well as the others you mention. never saw a dead show i didn't love and fully enjoy, and Compton Terrace was surely a great venue for shows. with that said, however, if forced to compare i'd have to say this was one of the weaker shows i saw in 1990, and i saw a lot of shows that year, many of which were stupendous. this was not one of them. if you want a great Music Never Stopped from 1990, you could check out 4/1/90 Atlanta (out of a beautiful To Lay Me Down).
September 11, 2007 Subject:
Monster post-Brent Music to end 1st Set
I can't believe no one has mentioned the MONSTER music never stopped. It's always important to mention audio quality and individual songs in reviews of what are essentially just audio downloads to people who didn't attend this, or possibly any, GD show(s). Straight out--this is a sick soundboard. I already had the next night show downloaded, and this is probably a bit crispier. That said, the next night is the highlight of this 2-day run.
Remember the boys had come back from Europe 1990 (having previously SHREDDED their way in Fall Tour 90 from Ohio-Spectrum-MSG). After Europe, they played TWO days at Oakland Coliseum (kinda weird for 90's era), then these shows in AZ, next came the sick 1st post-Red Rocks run at McNichols Arena in Denver. In essence, the Grateful Dead, and Jerry in Particular were absolutely in their groove for these first few months post-Brent. Believe me when I tell you, because I saw all of those shows except Europe and December in Oak-town.
If you wanna here crazy sick shit, then check out first night at McNichols--3 years since GD had been in Colorado and the response to "clear Colorado rain" in the 2nd set is insane.
As for the recording of this show, Jerry is in the middle of the mix, not too out front, but I think that's the way he liked it--he really liked playing WITH other people. Also, unlike how Healy added unwanted effects and fades to Bob's vocals, I don't think Healy would ever consciously give Jerry anything except what he wanted.
I think here it is important to talk about the venue, Compton Terrace Amphitheater. The word "terrace" is descriptive of the set-up: it was a lawn that was terraced, i.e. a series of angular step-ups that crossed the whole lawn in one long incline, with long flats areas about 10-15 feet wide going the width of the lawn in-between the inclines. So it was a very down-home venue, like seeing them in an open field. Also being December and outdoors with shirts off in the sun made it crazy fun--I think Jerry wore shorts.
Jerry thus gets real loose on Music and shreds so hard that when Phil starts the Coda, Jerry keeps soloing for a few seconds.
A 5 star recording and a 4 star show, but I have to give 4 stars because of the 5 star next night in AZ and the 5 star first night in Denver. Sick shit, this show and the next night and the first night in Denver are all must haves.
April 6, 2007 Subject:
It was cool seeing them outside in the day time for the first time, shows were pretty good- I give the first night 3 stars and the second 4 because Bruce on fire. They were also my shows in the Great West..
May 19, 2006 Subject:
Not bad. First set is actually more interesting than the second. No blemishies really, but night 2 is so much better that this has to be 3 stars
April 3, 2005 Subject:
Dead in the Desert
Fun shows, how cool is it to be able catch the Dead outside for a day show in december? Very cool indeed, beat the hell out of thier last visit in august of '87.
December 8, 2004 Subject:
Imagine all the people!
What I remember most about this show was after it ended they played Imagine over the PA & everyone & I mean everyone stopped moving & just sang along. It was the 10th aniversary of John's passsing & we all felt it deeply as well as the loss of Brent. These were the first series of shows I saw without him & I felt like the world was ending.