Grateful Dead Live at Knickerbocker Arena on 1995-06-22
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
known flaws: cd skips at d1t05 08:21; d2t04 2:03
- 2004-05-18 14:26:04
- DAT > CD > CD(?) > EAC > SHNv3
- Albany, NY
- Audience: Nakamichi 300's
- Transferred by
- Scott Agne
- Knickerbocker Arena
Subject: Reviewing this show watching it on YouTube
On the other hand, So Many Roads, not one of my favorites is delivered with power and presence, as is It Must've Been the Roses. TMNS finds Jerry very active (as seen on video) but inaudible as Vince and Bob step all over him. At one point he goes way up to a screaming high note just to be heard. He must have had a talk with the guys between sets, because they settle down a bit in the second set, and Jerry delivers a creditable Help>Slip before moving into the aforementioned Franklin's. Estimated is a solid if unspectacular rendition. On Terrapin, the high point is at the lowest volume, as the band quiets way down for the enchanting bridge jam before the final crashing peak.
Drums>Space is a total snoozefest, unfortunately. Watchtower at first does little to wake anyone up. It takes Jerry well into the song, but he does eventually build up some steam. That leads into the final and one of the best performances of Black Peter. Around follows Peter as it so often did, and Vince carries the load here. I Fought the Law is a nice easy song to end the show.
There's just enough good here not to give it 2 stars. I'll go with a round-up to 3.
Subject: The Last Times
Subject: The problem with Franklin's
As the band started in on Franklin's Jerry waited endlessly for the lyrics to start but they were not coming up. Eventually Jerry decided to start singing and he started with the wrong verse. Immediately the first verse loads in the teleprompter and Jerry got really flustered.
I thought it was funny at the time but after he died I realized what I had seen was a symptom of his worsening health and state of mind.
Subject: My last show too
In listening to your final show, so many years ago now, you can take off the fuzzy glasses or simply put them back on.
These two nights had some of the best moments of the final tour along with the harsh realities of life on the road for Jerry.
Touch starts off very promising, until Jerry takes his first solo, he is off key, but pulls it together but again Jerry struggles at the end.
They settle down and they hit the books with Walkin' and deliver a solid version. One of the run's highights is the next three songs. Roses was a total surprise and is played with that romantic poetic conviction that makes this song so special.Iloved it! Masterpiece may be the highlite of the set, Bobby at the helm and Jerry emotionally singing his harmonies, that was not always the cases of these later version, they knock it out of the park.All of us errupt into joyous acknowlegement. The So Many Roads is a unique version and is a must listen to, the ending being very strong with Jerry's guitar solo clearly very emotional and raw with distortion.
The Music is high energy, but Jerry seems to have volume issues in the end jam, but is played well.I liked the chord change they started doing in the final years with this jam as well.
My buddy wanted to go into the halls for the second set, we had front row seats on Jerry's side so it was a tough to leave them. Anyways Albany has a very cool dance scene on the floor level opposite the stage. If the usher were cool, which they were this night, they would leave the long black curtins open so you could see the band and the sound was quite good there.
The Help on the Way starts off ok, but it is clear Jerry is struggling, it gets worse in the Slipknot! that follows, this may have been one of th wrose one i ever saw, but starts to come together right before Franklin's. Franklin's which at 18 minutes may be one of the longest ones played. By the 3 minute mark Jerry has turned it around and is starting to hit his groove again. The song ends strongly and the audience being very appreciative and granted Jerry some much need latitude.
To follow with Samba is good and Jerry continues to get it going, it not the easist song for him to play either.
The real gems of this night start with a very good Estimated, that has Jerry in the front seat and his volume cranked. It is like night and day the band delivers an excellent version and they play it out witha nice slinky jam, arriving at a show stopping Terrapin.
It is not perfect, Jerry misses his cue for the first verse, but is an emotional one and it gets stronger and stronger as the song unfolds. It is interesting that we all respond and emphathize with Jerry's plight and roar with support for him this entire night at those key personal verses.
It is actually the bridge jam where Jerry really displays his mastery, painting a soft and lilting unfolding of emotions that is hearfelt and sincere. It is more reassuring than anything and when they arrive at the Inspiration verse the place explodes. Well done and Jerry ends it mightly.
There is a short jam and the D/S is quite good.We went back down to our seats for the ending. The space into Watchtower is almost 20 minutes long and is again reassuring but hs some interesting parts as well as Bralove's contributions. This version played is passionate, Jerry starts off on the midi flute and plays some nice runs but then goes raw and cranks up the distortion which end up creating a powerful version.Once again Bob really shines on this one.
Jerry noddles for a couple moments, not sure what he may have been thinking, but then pulls out Black Peter and this one is really good. Jerry sings his heart out and delivers the highlight of the night, tinged with that humor and irony that always made this song a favorite. His playing is passionate and the harmonies sweet. It has a rollicking ending too.
Around is played very well and they rock it out quite well too.
IFTL was clearly for the tour heads who were roughed up the night before and maybe for ole Jer too.
Except for some distortion post space this audience is quite nice.
Subject: Capital District Throwdown
What a party...
The inaugural three-night stand in '90 were my first shows and evolved into Foxboro, Buffalo, Denver and eventually Vegas by '95...
But the annual THROWDOWN in Albany were always among the very best. The boys just seemed to LOVE that town...
Subject: Thank You!
I'm also thankful for the opportunity to see a number of great shows over the following 10 years which was culminated by a Help>Slip>Franklin's at my final show. I could never get enough Franklin's!
If you get confused, listen to the music play.
Subject: my personal east coast 95' favorite
Subject: no words...
Great recording from the GREATEST band ever.
Subject: nice touch
Subject: The Last Time
Subject: long live Jerry
Subject: so many roads
Subject: The "SMR" project
Subject: The Knick's last stand
Nothin' like the Knick, the place raged both inside and out!!
Subject: On second thought
Pretty sloppy indeed. On the plus side, Garcia does a good job with lyrics, it's the guitar work that is inconsistent. So Many Roads is a highlight
Subject: It was a nice farewell.
I've listened to it a few times, and now it will collect dust.
Albany was just such a kind scene for heads, the cops were mellow, the city was into it, just pure good vibes every year.
I was with my friend Brad "Clevy" for this show, and is'nt it ironic, I was with the same guy when we heard the news in August....
Thank You Jerry.... For a REEL good time....................
Subject: very good 95 show
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