tigerstrat wrote:Some of those eras don't make a lot of sense to me in terms of the music. This is my own division of eras.
1965 - 1967 - Warlocks, The Tests, pre-Mickey
1968 - mid-1969 The Primal Peak
mid-1969 - 1970 Americana Explosion, Psychedelic Expansion
1971 a year apart - Mickey's departure, Pigpen's Last Stand
late 1971 - 1974 The One-drummer Renaissance, Enter the Godchauxs
1975 - 1978 Jewels Polished And Gleaming + decline of Keith & Phil
1979 - 1983 Brent's Magic Elixir
1984 - 1986 Trouble Ahead, Jerry In Red
1987 - July1990 We Will Survive; MIDI-everything;
Sept1990-1991 Farewell Brent, The Bruce Experiment
1992 - 1995 This was the Last Time
1995 - now Ratdog, TOO, The Dead, Phil & Friends, etc.
fwiw, I will cast my vote for 1972, although it belongs in the same category with 1973, 1974, and Oct-Dec of 1971.
Because the spring of 1971 was his last great tour before he became too ill to play, and he played a very minor role in 1972. I also seperated it from 1970 because in 1970 you have Mickey, but he left at the very beginning of '71.strumminsix wrote: Why do you have 71 as Pig's last stand?
Actually I would group Oct 1971 to Oct 1974 as one "era". because it's the beginning and most creative half of Keith's tenure, and the fairly cohesive flavor of the songwriting period, the ending defined by the 1975 hiatus and the return of Mickey.strumminsix wrote:Also, I think splitting 73 & 74 away from 72 was perfect musically. There is no way those 3 years should be in the same grouping.
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