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Sehr rar! 3 CD-Set! Neue exzellente Veröffentlichung aus der fantasischen Grateful Dead "Road trips"-Serie, der Nachfolge-Serie von den berühmten "Dick's Picks"-Releases. Ein weiteres begnadetes Live-Dokument aus den Dead-Archiven. Es handelt sich um das komplette Konzert vom 1. April 1988 und zusätzlich ein paar Highlights aus der Show tags davor, also am 31. April 1988, jeweils aus der berühmten Brendan Byrne Arena von East Rutherford/New Jersey . Der Sound ist klasse! Die Band ist in prächtiger Verfassung. Ein weiteres Live-Highlight für die vielen Deadheads..
Hier das offizielle Statement zu dieser Veröffentlichung von Blair Jackson:
You all know about the glory that was 1987. A year after we almost lost Jerry to his diabetic coma in the summer of ’86, the Dead were back, Jerry was the phoenix risen, and the band was bigger than ever: There was “Touch of Grey,” In the Dark, the stadium tour with Dylan, a huge influx of new Heads; it was good times all around, for sure. The band was revived and a new day dawned!
But when I interviewed Garcia for my old Dead ’zine, The Golden Road, the following autumn—1988—he revealed that he felt like he was just then finally catching up to his old, pre-coma self, “That is to say, having access to everything I know about playing. I’m getting to that point where it’s physically as comfortable… [and] feeling there.”
Indeed, 1988 was a fantastic year for the Dead, with some of the band’s most explosive and energetic playing, as the whole band rose to meet Garcia in his return to absolute peak form. This “high” washed over into 1989—a year that has been extensively documented with official releases in part because the band recorded so many shows on multi-track tape and multi-camera video (Downhill From Here,Truckin’ Up to Buffalo,Nightfall of Diamonds, the recent Formerly the Warlocks box). But 1988 has, curiously, been largely ignored, save for a single official download-only release many years ago of the epic 3/27/88 Hampton show. What gives? It’s certainly no reflection of the quality of the music from ’88, which most Dead Heads would agree was almost uniformly strong. You’ll find many folks singing the praises of runs at Kaiser, the Centrum, Irvine, Alpine, Frost, the Greek, Alpine, Oxford Plains in Maine, Laguna Seca… just solid stuff all around. Gets me tingly just thinkin’ about it!
Well, we haven’t forgotten ’88—far from it—and this edition of Road Trips (Vol. 4, No. 2) shows you why. It offers up the entire April 1, 1988 concert from the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, NJ (maybe you just called it “the Meadowlands” back in the day), plus the entire second set and a few first set highlights from the previous night’s show, March 31. That April Fools show is a real barn-burner, with a first set that includes a “double-opener” of high-octane versions of “Mississippi Half-Step” and “Jack Straw,” a rare and nearly perfect take on “To Lay Me Down” (played for just the second time since 1983), followed directly by the second (and final) GD-only version of Dylan’s “Ballad of a Thin Man.” Less than a year after their six-show jaunt with the Mysterious One, Weir & Co. give the classic tune an impressively emotional workout; in fact, it’s hard to discern why it didn’t remain in the Dead’s repertoire after this evening. That first set also includes nearly manic versions of both “Cumberland” and “Deal.” Blazing!
There’s no letup in Set Two, either, as the band tears through what looks on paper like a fairly conventional set list, but in execution is far from that. “China Cat” > “Rider,” “Estimated” > “Eyes” and “The Other One” > “Wharf Rat” all sound fresh and alive, and seem to glow with fiery embers thanks to Garcia’s speedy and imaginative runs—basically the guy is on fire!
A few nuggets from the 3/31 first set are tucked onto the back side of Disc One—including a superb “Let It Grow”—and then that night’s second set fills the other disc, and it’s another rockin’ affair loaded with favorites: A “Scarlet” > “Fire” nearly the equal of the famous Hampton version just four nights earlier, a fine “Terrapin,” and a post-“Drums” that never lets up as it moves from “Goin’ Down the Road” into “Miracle,” “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” the coda of “Hey Jude,” and “Watchtower” in the closing slot. The encore is another Dylan tune, “Heaven’s Door”—a perfect grace note for a raucous and exciting show. We should also note that the “Rhythm Devils” and “Space” portions of each show are also fantastically varied and interesting—in the spring of ’89 Garcia will be the last band member to “go MIDI,” so this is provides a glimpse of the more “pure” Garcia “Space” tones.
Intrigued? You should be! It’s hot stuff from beginning to end. As is customary, the original recordings (in this case by Dan Healy) have been mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman.
Die Komplette Setlist:
1. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo - 10:09
2. Jack Straw - 5:18
3. To Lay Me Down - 8:29
4. Ballad Of A Thin Man - 6:51
5. When Push Comes To Shove - 4:49
6. New Minglewood Blues - 7:47
7. Cumberland Blues - 5:51
8. Deal - 7:10
9. When I Paint My Masterpiece - 5:03
10. Let It Grow - 12:10
11. Brokedown Palace - 5:21
1. Scarlet Begonias - 8:05
2. Fire On The Mountain - 11:34
3. Samson And Delilah - 6:39
4. Terrapin Station - 11:41
5. Rhythm Devils - 5:52
6. Space - 6:22
7. Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad - 6:17
8. I Need A Miracle - 3:21
9. Dear Mr. Fantasy - 4:20
10. Hey Jude - 1:41
11. All Along The Watchtower - 4:45
12. Knockin' On Heaven's Door - 8:29
1. China Cat Sunflower - 6:19
2. I Know You Rider - 5:36
3. Estimated Prophet - 12:35
4. Eyes Of The World - 8:55
5. Rhythm Devils - 6:59
6. Space - 8:33
7. The Other One - 7:18
8. Wharf Rat - 7:54
9. Throwing Stones - 9:05
10. Not Fade Away - 5:57