The Dead Live at DCU Center on 2009-04-19
02 Here Comes Sunshine
03 Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
06 Hell In A Bucket
07 Cream Puff War >
08 Good Lovin'
Disc 2 - Set 2
02 Scarlet Begonias >
03 Fire On The Mountain >
04 Drumz/space >
Disc 3 - Set 2 Cont.
02 Born Cross-Eyed >
03 Slipknot >
04 Let It Grow >
05 Uncle John's Band >
06 The Wheel >
07 Turn On Your Lovelight
09 Donor Rap / Intros
10 Samson & Delilah
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|Here Comes Sunshine|
|Good Morning Little Schoolgirl|
|Hell In A Bucket|
|Cream Puff War >|
|Scarlet Begonias >|
|Fire On The Mountain >|
|Born Cross-Eyed >|
|Let It Grow >|
|Uncle John's Band >|
|The Wheel >|
|Turn On Your Lovelight|
|Donor Rap / Intros|
|Samson & Delilah|
Thanks to Myco for the mule & clamp space!
- Wave > Soundforge 9.0(Fade,Track,Resample,Dither 16/44.1) > Flac 16
- Worcester, MA
- Taped by
- Ted Gakidis
- Transferred by
- Ted Gakidis
- DCU Center
Subject: Great Show
...but the second set is furious. They clearly took their vitamins at halftime. Anyone know what's up with that jam Mickey takes the band through pre-drums and post-Fire? It sounds like something a little too organized to be consider a one-off improv. I really like they hit the drumz early on into the set!
And, yeah, they really do turn the beast loose for the rest of the night. This second set is 2 hours long and it's as good as I've heard The Dead play. They prove they still can conjur the magic. Slipknot!
As far as star ratings go, I like to approach it as "all things being equal". Some of us were lucky enough to tour with the Grateful Dead, others came around late in the game, and some haven't been born yet. All we're going to have at the end of the day are recordings like this. As far as I'm concerned rating a show based on overall performance + quality is a fair assessment. I don't like talking too much about my own personal touring experiences and rating shows based on the strength of the windowpane at the time, etc. It just doesn't seem fair to those who only have these recordings. To each his own.
Subject: perspec tive - seen from another
First off, the 5-star rating system seems to be somewhat misleading, to put it mildly. It is so subjective, folks rate their experience of being there, or the recording, and, occasionally, the music itself. So it seems to be,more or less, of little, if any, use.
Let's talk about the perspective. While this tour was happening and we were blessed with these amazing recordings often the day after the show, we were, IMO, hyper-critical. We wanted the best show to be the one we were fortunate to attend, or something like that. If it wasn't that, we were gushing because we were just so happy to be able to experience a show again! I know I was, as I saw the cinco de Mayo show in Chicago, and I thought it was great, Haynes was great, Bobby and Phil were stupendous, Jeff made me forget Brent and miss him at the same time. The song selection was perfect, and overall I couldn't have been happier.
Now with perspective we can listen again and be at our critical best.
One way to look at this show is to compare. Compared to Phil n friends with Jackie in '08, I gotta call it a dead heat. Both were equally satisfying to me. Compared to Furthur, well, I feel like the current lineup comes in third place against these two. I just really hear a freshness in these The Dead concerts that seems to be lacking with Furthur. Furthur is technically much closer to the Grateful Dead in terms of overall sound, but to me, the spark, the soul, is MIA more often than not.
As for this here recording of this 4/19/09 show, today is my first listen to it and I gotta tell ya', I really like it! It rocks hard in places and is pure psychadelia in others. The first set Cream Puff War is simply sublime. Hell in a Bucket is real good, but IMO not as good as the raunchy, bluesy version from 5/5. Scarlet is strong, the best part being the outro jam, it's super trippy, and as they go into Fire, half the band (including Phil) is still playing Scarlet for a solid minute. The result it a face melter of a segue. Fire RIPS. No more to say there. I truly dig the electronica drums sequences, and space could be a buzzkill to some, as its kinda flaccid. The transition onto Satisfaction saves it, though. Satisfaction, while obviously a crowd pleaser, is not real gripping on tape. That being said, by no means is it a clunker. Some real nice fret work by Mr. Haynes.
The segue features some noodly noodling, and isn't a true segue, it drops into Born Cross-Eyed, an enthusiastic 2 1/2 minuts that surprises us by going into Slipknot! Now, this little ditty can go places, and this one does, with mind-bending jamming that defines what I personally love about this music. Ecstacy. Bliss. So nice. Let it Grow was simply ripped every time this band played it.
The rest of this show ranks up with the all timers. (Sorry to all the old torch-bearers, its how I see it). All of the guys are better musicians than they were 10,20,30 years ago. so there are fewer messed notes, lyrics, etc.
By that I mean the level of satisfaction from listening to this tape. I'm sure there are 100's of superior GD shows, but in real time, with what we have to enjoy, I put it neck-in-neck with any show from the 80's and 90's and half of the others. One star to stress the absurdity of the five-star system!
Subject: keep comin' back
enjoy the ride.... ed
Subject: just keeps getting better
Subject: disk division incorrect
Living the dream...
Peace and Love
Subject: More Warren for sure.
I also believe that he should get a lions share of jerry's songs. (and they have been fairly good with grantin that) Bob shouldn't sing all the best ones.
Bob's voice is a little rough sometimes but he's working hard. I like his vocal on Cream Puff War. Very cool.
No body sung better than Jerry but i think Warren sings better than Brent and Brent was awesome!
Subject: great show
Subject: Quit the bashing and take time to enjoy the show
Subject: Don't forget to thank the taper!
PS: Bash the show all you want, but at least thank the taper for there time and efforts. The Live Music Archive was created by tapers to share with YOU!!! Archive etiquette 101 you dopes!
That said, 5 Stars on a stellar recording!!!
Subject: hear here
Subject: More Warren
I agree with other comments that Warren should SURELY be providing the vocals on ALL Jerry parts. The guy is amazing, but it seemed like Bobby was running the show all weekend.
And while I surel love the Dead- they are far better when Warren is singing. Each show seemed to hit it's highest point ad the crowd went NUTS during Warren's screaming blues solos. The crowd loved him and I wish the band would recognize that fact as well.
Someone has to reign in Bobby's leash a little.
Good shows, no doubt... But no one pays 100 bucks to go hear Ratdog with a better bassist- which is what many portions of these shows seemed to be.
With Scarlet Begonias they took one of the most joyously-recognizable song intros in their catalogue and they turned it into a mush of a jam with Bobby even coming in on vocals on the wrong beat. They plodded through Deal, Bob vocals sounded awful on Sunshine, and even Hell in a Bucket sounded powerless.
Moral of the story is Warren should be singing practically all of the Jerry vocals Bob is currently singing, Warren should play more, and they shouldn't fuck with these songs' arrangements like they have been all tour. Still though, it's tighter than '03 and '04.
Subject: Thanks Ted.
Subject: Are they serious
King Soloman's Marbles a few nights ago.
THANK YOU. OMG I can't believe this is still happening. what a blessing to have this music.
If mankind can manage to not implode, I guarantee you that this band will go down in history as the sound of the PLANET!
Subject: yeah they stole my face!
Subject: A band coming together
Cream Puff War is a cool song selection-one of the great things about "The Dead" is their willingness to dig deep into the rarities from the early repertoire in a way that the latter-era Grateful Dead didn't. I'd give the first set a B grade.
Scarlet>Fire is woven together nicely, with all the instruments finding a nice groove, though no incredible peaks. Drumz seems to come awfully early in this set.
Slipknot emerges surprisingly out of nowhere from Born Cross Eyed and thanks to Phil's driving bass lines out front in the mix is a psychedelic monster. The Let it Grow that follows is equally strong and the jam out of Uncle John's is well-developed. The Wheel into is very pretty and Livelight finally shows that this band can play uptempo if they want to.
Overall, I'd give this show a B+/A-. The band demonstrates how well they can play together, but for a lot of the show the tempo never shifts. Born Cross Eyed through Wheel is worth the download.
Subject: THE DEAD...have risen...let us rejoice and be merry!
That's not to knock the shows leading up to 4/19, but this performance is real strong/tight/cohesive, psychedelic and all-together BADASS.
The show starts off mellow and groovy with:
(a typical/nice) Here Comes Sunshine,
(a bluesy/swanky) Schoolgirl,
(an always-fun-to-hear) Alligator,
(a standard/funky) Deal.
(beginning to up the tempo w/)Hell in a Bucket,
(a subtle, yet blazing-hot) Cream Puff War >
(a funky-fresh) Good Lovin'.
Set 2 starts off mellow and groovy as well, then, as the show moves on -- some really exciting and weird, musical-exploration and psychedelic insanity ensues:
(mellow-ish and very pretty) Scarlet > Fire, into
(a VERY cool) Drumz/space (MICKEY and JEFF!!) >
(an all-together satisfying) Satisfaction >
--here's where the show REALLY takes off--
(a simply badass)Born Cross-Eyed >
Slipknot(Slip breakdown jam drops into) >
(WRS) Let It Grow section >
(a GORGEOUS, beautifully harmonized) UJB >
(a spinning) The Wheel (that won't slow down) >
(a delightfully raucous)Lovelight.
OH! and Donor Rap(!)
(POSSIBLY THE BEST EVER?) ;)
(a pretty standard/fun) Samson & Delilah
but, certainly a great way to end that monster of a set II.
NOTE: Bobby's vox are particularly strong on CPW, and you can hear that the band and the fans are pumped up to hear this Dead rarity and lovin' the sounds therein.
CPW > Good Lovin' was a really FINE way to end a perfectly FINE first set.
NOTE: Warren Haynes really adds a nice element to this lineup, both with his Brent Mydland-esque vox and his soulful guitar prowess...it's nice to hear him finding his place within the groove(s) of the core four, and to hear him stepping up to lead the jams and direction of the tunes, more and more as of late.
NOTE: J. Chimenti is such a worthy addition on keys/organ/synth/piano duty.
Kudos to Jeff!
FINAL NOTE: The Dead are getting better and better and BETTER with each performance...don't miss out or snooze on '09 -- there ain't no tellin' how much longer they'll be on the road.
Here's hopin' they'll be on the road for (as) many more years (as possible) to come!
As stated above, they really pulled it out for this show. A very unified bluesy vibe from the group in this one: not as contrived as I'm sensing some of the nights before have been.
Best recording and music so far this Spring - helloooo Chimenti
Subject: Best show I've heard so far
THANKS TO ALL THE TAPERS FOR SHARING!! You Rock, I cannot make it to shows this year but love to hear this!!
Subject: off the hook
And to note, Cream Puff War was last performed 6/8/67
Subject: OFF THE HOOK
i'm not even going to go for the blow by blow except to say that these guys had the sound dialed, the jamming full of prankster-like surprise element, unpredictable song selection, masterful musicianship.
just listen to the cheers after lovelight to get a sense of how moved everyone was by the end. we were moved to the point of temporary speechlessness in our sector. "beam me up, scottie."
the last time i was in the centrum was for the '87 greatful dead run. this time, i was thinking to myself, this is grateful dead 2.0; get it, you'll be glad you did. (oh yeah, if you can, SEE THIS BAND).
Subject: Let It Grow
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